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The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed starter Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Saturday, with a right triceps muscle strain. They had thought that maybe he’d do better with a couple of days of rest, but he’ll need a bit more time.
Cole left his start Friday due to the injury. The Pirates are optimistic, however, that he’ll be ready to return when he’s first eligible. Jameson Taillon has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis and will start Tuesday night against the Mets in New York.
Not great news. The Pirates have lost 10 of 13 and now sit 11.5 back of the Cubs.
Phillies righty Zach Eflin made his major league debut today. Big day for him! Big day for the Phillies rebuild overall too, as Eflin was the first real product of said rebuild, coming over from the Dodgers in the Jimmy Rollins trade in 2014. Time for the 22-year-old to show Phillies fans how much promise the future holds!
Eh, let’s give him a mulligan, shall we? Because today went crappy for him. Eflin gave up nine runs — eight earned — on nine hits in two and two-thirds innings. He allowed three homers, walked three and struck out only two. Corey Seidman of CSNPhilly.com notes that Eflin was the first pitcher in the majors to allow eight or more earned runs in fewer than three innings of his major league debut since Cesar Carrillo did it for the Padres in 2009. Carrillo ended up pitching two more games in the bigs and has been in unaffiliated ball since 2012, so . . . yay?
Eflin doesn’t seem primed to follow his path, of course. He was the third-youngest pitcher in the International League this year and had no trouble with it, going 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 11 starts for Lehigh Valley, holding opponents to a batting average of .199. Everyone is entitled to a bad day. Here’s hoping Eflin got his worst one out of the way right out of the box.
The latest All-Star voting results are in and they look a lot like last week’s results, with the same starting nine position players. The only change is that Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has jumped Lorenzo Cain of the Royals for second place in the voting. Mike Trout leads all outfielders.
Otherwise it’s Salvador Perez of the Royals catching, Eric Hosmer of the Royals at first base, Jose Altuve of the Astros at second, Manny Machado of the Orioles at third, Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox at shortstop and David Ortiz of the Red Sox at designated hitter.
At the moment Mookie Betts is closing fast in the voting and is now fifth in the outfield. If somehow makes it to third place — and the voting is pretty close as you can see below, we’d have five Red Sox starting.