A’s left-hander Drew Pomeranz exited Monday night’s start against the Astros in the fifth inning with a shoulder injury.
Back-to-back walks caused manager Bob Melvin and the A’s trainer to go visit Pomeranz on the mound, at which point they removed him from the game.
Pomeranz was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Indians and was traded to the Rockies in the Ubaldo Jimenez swap. He struggled in Colorado, but has pitched well since being traded to Oakland with a 3.13 ERA in 112 innings.
He indicated after the game that similar shoulder issues in the past haven’t kept him from pitching, although at some point the “similar shoulder issues in the past” part gets worrisome for a 26-year-old.
Braves infielder Phil Gosselin is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing thumb surgery for a fracture suffered while fielding a ground ball Sunday.
Gosselin has played well in a part-time role this season, hitting .325 with a .782 OPS in 42 plate appearances, and the injury comes at a particularly bad time because with Chris Johnson hurt he was starting to see regular action at third base.
Now the Braves will likely turn back to Alberto Callaspo and they called up infielder Adonis Garcia from Triple-A to take Gosselin’s spot on the roster.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.
Whitley was added to the Yankees’ rotation as an injury replacement earlier this month, but made just two starts before being shut down and will be sidelined until at least the middle of next year.
Whitley, who was a 15th-round draft pick in 2010, has a 5.02 ERA and 76/23 K/BB ratio in 95 total innings as a major leaguer since making his debut in 2014.