P.J. Walters was throwing in the low-80s and failed to retire any of the four batters he faced before exiting last night’s start with a shoulder injury, so not surprisingly the Twins placed him on the disabled list today.
Walters provided a much-needed spark for the Twins’ injury wrecked rotation initially, but then came back down to earth and heads to the DL with a 5.40 ERA in 37 innings.
And yet the Twins are so short on healthy starters that losing him actually hurts. They called up Triple-A reliever Lester Oliveros to fill his roster spot, but are expected to recall top pitching prospect Liam Hendriks to step into the rotation this weekend.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.