Astros right-hander Scott Feldman is expected to miss six weeks following surgery to repair a torn mensicus in his right knee.
Feldman, who’s in the second season of a three-year, $30 million deal, started 10 games with a 4.80 ERA and 37/14 K/BB ratio in 60 innings before the injury. He had a 3.74 ERA in 29 starts for Houston last year.
Brett Oberholtzer figures to take Feldman’s rotation spot and the Astros added Double-A call-up Michael Feliz to the roster for bullpen help.
To make room for Cody Asche’s return to the roster and the outfield the Phillies have designated for assignment Grady Sizemore.
There was some speculation that Philadelphia would trade Ben Revere and that may still happen, but in the meantime they cut bait on the 32-year-old former All-Star who’s struggled to re-establish himself as a useful regular since injuries derailed his career.
Sizemore hit just .250 with three homers and a .657 OPS in 99 games for the Phillies since they acquired him in the middle of last season and he hasn’t topped a .725 OPS in a season since 2009.
Out since mid-April with a fractured left hand, Alex Rios is expected to come off the disabled list and return to the Royals’ outfield Saturday.
Rios signed a one-year, $11 million deal with Kansas City this offseason and was off to a nice start before the injury. He’ll jump back into the starting lineup in right field after the Royals turned primarily to 29-year-old rookie Paulo Orlando in his absence.
Overall this season Royals right fielders have hit just .246 with two homers and a .623 OPS in 46 games.