The Astros announced a handful of roster moves on Monday. Recently acquired reliever Tyler Clippard was activated, the contract of catcher Max Stassi was purchased from Triple-A Fresno, pitcher Reymin Guduan was optioned to Fresno, pitcher Jordan Jankowski was designated for assignment, and catcher Brian McCann was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right knee soreness.
McCann, 33, had been struggling since the start of the second half, owning a .162 average with a .574 OPS over 18 games dating back to July 14. He joins fellow catcher Evan Gattis on the disabled list, meaning Juan Centeno and Max Stassi will handle things behind the dish for the time being.
The Astros enter Monday night’s game against the Diamondbacks with the American League’s best record at 72-45, holding a comfortable 12-game lead over the Angels for first place in the AL West.
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.