Nick Tropeano wasn’t long for Monday’s start, as he lasted just two innings and yielded four runs on three hits (all homers) and a walk with two strikeouts. He exited with right elbow soreness and was scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday.
The results from that MRI are in and, unfortunately, Tropeano has been diagnosed with a medium- to high-grade UCL tear in his right elbow, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Tropeano will have a second opinion, but he is likely looking at Tommy John surgery.
I sang Tropeano’s praises prior to yesterday’s start in Monday’s preview, highlighting how good he’s been for the Angels. He’ll hit the disabled list with a 3.56 ERA and a 68/31 K/BB ratio in 68 1/3 innings. Tyler Skaggs will likely take his place in the rotation.
As DiGiovanna notes, Tropeano is the third Angels pitcher to suffer a torn UCL this season, joining Garrett Richards and Andrew Heaney.
The Pirates activated starter Jameson Taillon and catcher Francisco Cervelli from the disabled list on Tuesday, the club announced. With corresponding roster moves, the Pirates optioned pitcher Chad Kuhl to Triple-A Indianapolis and designated catcher Erik Kratz for assignment.
Taillon, 24, was shut down in early July due to fatigue in his right shoulder. He made five starts, including his major league debut on June 8. Overall, he put up a 3.86 ERA with a 21/5 K/BB ratio in 28 innings. At the time of his promotion, Taillon was considered the Pirates’ fourth-best prospect and #49 overall in baseball according to MLB Pipeline. The right-hander will start against the Brewers on Tuesday night.
Cervelli, 30, suffered a broken left hand in June. He returns with a .257/.373/.293 triple-slash line with five extra-base hits (four doubles and a triple) and 21 RBI in 201 plate appearances. Among catchers with at least 200 PA, Cervelli’s .373 on-base percentage is second-best behind the Nationals’ Wilson Ramos (.380).
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been on the disabled list since late June with mild disc herniation in his lower back. He threw 60 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday, but manager Dave Roberts said the lefty “didn’t feel great” on Sunday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The Dodgers will shut Kershaw down until his back pain goes away. Roberts called Kershaw’s return timetable “uncertain.”
Hyun-Jin Ryu also hit the disabled list on Tuesday as the Dodgers’ starting pitching woes continue. Kershaw was in the midst of another spectacular season, as he was 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA and a 145/9 K/BB ratio in 121 innings.
Julio Urias is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to rejoin the Dodgers rotation on Thursday. The Dodgers enter Tuesday’s action 52-42, 5.5 games behind the first-place Giants in the NL West.