We learned yesterday that Josh Beckett was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday due to right shoulder inflammation. Now he’s DL-bound.
The severity of the issue isn’t yet known, but Beckett will be eligible to rejoin the Red Sox before the end of the month. It’s another tough blow for a team that is having troubling digging their way out of the cellar in the American League East. The Red Sox have lost eight out of their 11 games to fall to 31-33 on the year.
Franklin Morales is scheduled to start in Beckett’s place Sunday against the Cubs. The 26-year-old southpaw has pitched exclusively in relief during his time with the Red Sox and hasn’t started a game in the big leagues since 2009 as a member of the Rockies.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.
The Dodgers staved off a four-game series sweep at the hands of the Phillies, winning 5-4 on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The win reduced their magic number in the NL West to one, meaning that a win against the Giants at home or a Diamondbacks loss to the Marlins on Friday will result in clinching the division.
Of course, the Dodgers winning and the Diamondbacks losing hasn’t exactly been a sure thing lately. The D-Backs rattled off a 13-game winning streak from August 24 through September 6. The Dodgers lost 11 games in a row from September 2-11 and were on a four-game slide before Thursday’s win.
The Dodgers will send Rich Hill to the mound to start opposite Jeff Samardzija. The Diamondbacks have Zack Greinke opposing Adam Conley.