Top pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz was dealt from the Indians to the Rockies in late July as part of a package for Ubaldo Jimenez, but Pomeranz was drafted just last year and didn’t sign until the August 15 deadline so he wasn’t allowed to join an affiliate in the Rockies’ system until last week.
Pomeranz made his debut at Double-A Tulsa this past Wednesday, and took a perfect game into the seventh inning before allowing two hits. He struck out four and did not issue a walk, needing only 78 pitches in the impressive seven-inning start.
It was a sparkling first impression, but it will also go down as the left-hander’s final appearance of the 2011 season.
According to David Heck of MiLB.com, Pomeranz underwent an emergency appendectomy on Saturday night after showing up to the ballpark in Tulsa with pain in his abdomen. The recovery time for such a procedure only takes about 10 days, but the minor league schedule will be finished by the time the Rockies would feel comfortable with letting the organization’s new top arm back on a mound.
Pomeranz, 22, wound up posting a 1.84 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 116/38 K/BB ratio in 98 innings this season.
Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.
Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.
With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.