Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin asked for and was granted his release by the Indians, who had been using him as a starter on their Triple-A team.
Chacin showed a lot of promise early in his career with the Rockies and was a very solid starter for Colorado from 2010-2013, but he was let go during spring training following an ugly, injury filled 2014 season and has spent all of this year in the minors.
Chacin had a nice-looking 3.21 ERA in seven Triple-A starts, but his 25/15 K/BB ratio in 42 innings was unimpressive.
It turns out things can get even worse for the Phillies in the midst of a nine-game losing streak, as the team just announced that left-hander Cole Hamels will miss his scheduled Friday start against the Cardinals with a strained hamstring.
Hamels has been his usual outstanding, No. 1 starter self in the face of constant trade speculation, throwing a league-leading 94 innings with a 2.96 ERA and 103/31 K/BB ratio.
He shut out the Pirates for seven innings on Sunday, striking out 12 and walking one in yet another no-decision due to terrible run support from Philadelphia’s lineup.
Phillippe Aumont will make the spot start in Hamels’ absence after pitching exclusively out of the bullpen for his first 45 career appearances.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is out of the lineup Thursday for the third straight game with shoulder and toe injuries.
David Lough is starting in his place against the Phillies.
Jones hurt his shoulder Monday while diving for a ball in the outfield and the toe injury is one of several nagging health issues he’s dealt with this season while hitting .301 with 10 homers and an .836 OPS in 61 games to more or less match his 2012-2014 production.