Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Astros have acquired reliever Tyler Clippard from the White Sox. This marks the second time in less than a month that Clippard has been traded. The Yankees sent him to the White Sox on July 19 as part of the Todd Frazier deal.
Clippard, 32, has an aggregate 4.27 ERA with a 54/24 K/BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings. He has pitched well for the White Sox, yielding only two runs in 10 innings since the trade.
Clippard is owed the remainder of his $4.25 million salary for the season and can become a free agent after the season. He’ll help bolster the Astros’ bullpen behind closer Ken Giles for the final month and a half of the regular season as well as the playoffs.
Attempting to make a play on a bunt during Wednesday’s split-squad game against the Athletics, Brewers starter Wade Miley suffered a strained left groin, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Miley will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. On the afternoon, he gave up two runs on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts in four innings.
Miley, 31, signed a minor league contract with the Brewers last month. He had been having a solid spring until last Friday, when he served up seven runs in three innings against the Reds. The lefty had been battling for a spot in the Brewers’ rotation but this injury may take him out of the running.
Last season with the Orioles, Miley made 32 starts spanning 157 1/3 innings, posting a 5.61 ERA with a 142/93 K/BB ratio.
With the Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn, and Alex Cobb signings recently, many wondered why the Brewers didn’t make a move. They may regret not having done more.
In related news, reliever Boone Logan also left with an injury on Wednesday, per Haudricourt. The Brewers should have more on both players’ statuses later.