David Wright gave the Mets quite a scare Thursday when he was hit in the helmet by a pitch, but Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News passes along word that he’s back in the starting lineup this afternoon against the Brewers.
The good news is that Wright passed all of his concussion tests, but he injured his right thumb while attempting to get out of the way of the pitch. He told Ackert that he still feels it in his thumb, but it’s not serious enough to keep him out of the lineup for the second straight day.
Wright just returned from the disabled list this week after missing seven weeks with a hamstring injury. The 30-year-old is batting .312/.397/.522 with 18 home runs, 57 RBI, and 17 stolen bases over 111 games this season.
Starter Gerrit Cole has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 25, with posterior inflammation of his right elbow, the Pirates announced. Pitcher Steven Brault has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis for Monday night’s start against the Cubs.
Cole was scratched from Monday’s start on Sunday and instead traveled to Los Angeles to be examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The right-hander previously underwent an MRI which ruled out structural damage.
Cole hits the shelf with a 3.55 ERA and a 95/32 K/BB ratio over 114 innings. The Pirates entered play Monday a half game out of the second National League Wild Card slot, so losing him for at least two more weeks will sting.
Thursday is September 1, which means rosters expand. As a result, the Nationals plan to promote pitcher Mat Latos to the major league roster, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Latos had an opt-out clause for Monday, but after discussing the matter with the team, he agreed to stay at Triple-A Syracuse until Thursday.
Latos, 28, put up a 4.62 ERA over 11 starts with the White Sox before being released in mid-June. Nearly two weeks later, he signed a minor league contract with the Nationals.
In the Nationals’ minor league system, Latos has made three starts for the club’s Gulf Coast League team as well as three for Syracuse. In aggregate, the right-hander has yielded six runs (four earned) on 20 hits and 10 walks with 28 strikeouts in 28 innings.
Latos will likely pitch out of a long relief role for the Nationals and can be used as starting rotation insurance as well.