Toni Ginnetti of the Chicago Sun-Times passes along word that White Sox backup catcher Ramon Castro had to be removed from Saturday’s game against the Twins after breaking a bone in his right hand while receiving a pitch from starter Mark Buehrle.
The White Sox have not commented on the severity of the fracture, but Castro is sure to miss at least three weeks and will almost certainly be placed on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday’s game.
Tyler Flowers, sporting a cool .868 OPS and 14 home runs this season in 268 plate appearances at Triple-A Charlotte, will likely be called up in a corresponding move.
Castro, 35, has hit .235/.307/.456 in 22 games this season while serving as A.J. Pierzynski’s understudy.
Long-time rotation mainstay Tom Koehler was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Monday and reliever Hunter Cervenka was recalled, the Marlins announced.
Koehler, 31, made 131 starts out of the Marlins’ rotation over the last five years, but his 12 this season have not been good, so the club hopes he can figure things out with a stint in the minors. He’s carrying a 7.92 ERA with a 44/29 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. Koehler battled bursitis in his right shoulder in May and June, which may partially explain his struggles.
Cervenka, 27, posted a 4.50 ERA with a 34/21 K/BB ratio in 34 innings of relief with New Orleans. He hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season, but compiled a 3.53 ERA over 43 1/3 innings in the bigs last year in the Marlins’ bullpen.
At the trade deadline, relief pitching is the name of the game and one of the names clearly available is Pat Neshek. Today Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Nationals, Dodgers, and Red Sox are among the clubs who are closely scouting the Phillies reliever. Last week Ken Rosenthal reported that the Brewers and Rays were involved as well.
Neshek is an impending free agent, so he may come cheaper than Justin Wilson or some of the other bullpen arms available right now. The All-Star is 36 and is posting a fantastic season, featuring a 1.12 ERA and 45/5 K/BB ratio over 40.1 innings this season.