UPDATE: Yankees manager Joe Girardi hinted that Whitley is dealing with a major injury. He also said that Whitley has been dealing with an elbow injury for a while, but kept it from the team and tried to pitch through it.
9:49 p.m. ET: Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley left tonight’s start against the Rays with what has been termed as a right elbow injury. Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports that he’ll go for an MRI in Tampa tomorrow to determine the severity.
Whitley, who has been filling in for the injured Masahiro Tanaka, exited the game in the bottom of the second inning. He ended up being charged with three runs on two hits and two walks and now owns a 4.19 ERA through four starts.
Chris Capuano is nearing his return from a right quad strain, so it’s possible that Whitley would have been bumped from the rotation after this start anyway. The Yankees could have some other options soon, as Tanaka has resumed throwing bullpen sessions and Ivan Nova is close to a rehab assignment as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Wil Myers was sent back to San Diego to be evaluated for a left wrist injury, but Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that he’s been diagnosed with tendinitis and will avoid a trip to the disabled list.
Myers injured the wrist Sunday when he collided with Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed while running the bases and felt continued discomfort during batting practice Tuesday. As of now, the Padres are hopeful that he’ll only have to miss three or four days. Myers missed a big part of last season with a fractured right wrist, but he also jammed his left wrist early last year.
Myers was filling in for the injured Yonder Alonso at first base prior to the injury, so the Padres’ depth is being tested at the moment. They are going with Will Middlebrooks at first base and Will Venable in center field tonight against the Nationals.
Myers, who was acquired from the Rays in a three-team trade over the winter, is batting .291/.340/.493 with five home runs and 19 RBI over 32 games this season.
We heard earlier this week that Troy Tulowitzki was set to have a meeting with his agent about whether to ask Rockies management for a trade. Per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, Tulowitzki said today that he doesn’t plan on forcing his way out of Colorado. Watch the video below:
Tulowitzki might very well want out, but he’s saying the right things here. Remember, the Rockies go into tonight’s game against the Dodgers on an 11-game losing streak. This situation is bad enough already, so floating a trade wouldn’t put him in the most positive light. It’s better to just squash this story and put the possibility on the backburner regardless of what he really thinks. Still, it feels like something has to give here soon and a trade would be the best thing for all involved. Teams aren’t really in trade mode yet, but things should pick up as we get into June and July.
Tulowitzki went into this season with six years and $118 million remaining on his contract. After having his 2014 season cut short due to hip surgery, the 30-year-old is batting .303/.310/.477 with two home runs and 11 RBI through 31 games this year.
While making the rounds for his new book, Jorge Posada said on CBS yesterday that he didn’t think players connected to PEDs, including his former teammates Alex Rodriguez and Roger Clemens, should go into the Hall of Fame. Rodriguez didn’t take the bait on the situation when asked about it by reporters, but Posada backtracked on his comments during a radio appearance on WFAN this morning.
Here are the relevant comments from Posada, via Chad Jennings of the Journal News:
“I tried to text him yesterday. I feel like I was cornered into this answer. I know better. I was really caught off-guard. … He knows how I feel about him. And I would like to — if I caused him anything, I would like to apologize.”
A-Rod was asked about the apology this afternoon and once again handled it in a judicious manner:
Posada had to know this kind of question was coming, so it’s hard to feel bad about him being “cornered” into the answer. It might be how he really feels, but apologizing is the best way to make nice and turn the page. The New York press might not like it, but this mini-controversy appears to be over.
Thanks to a little help from the Mets, the Cubs rallied for a 6-5 win this afternoon at Wrigley Field to finish off a four-game sweep.
The Mets got out to an early 5-1 lead behind two home runs from Anthony Recker, a solo shot from Wilmer Flores, and a two-run single from John Mayberry, Jr., which chased Travis Wood from the ballgame. However, the Cubs tied things up against Jon Niese by batting around in the bottom of the fifth inning. A throwing error from Wilmer Flores helped open the door for more damage, but Niese gave up four hits and a walk in the frame.
Niese stuck around until the seventh inning when he gave up a one-out single to Dexter Fowler before hitting Anthony Rizzo with a pitch. He was relieved by Hansel Robles, who got Kris Bryant to fly out to right field, but Fowler moved over to third base on the play and eventually came around to score the go-ahead run when Recker was charged with a passed ball during Starlin Castro’s at-bat. Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon followed with scoreless innings to finish off the victory for Chicago.
This was the Cubs’ first four-game sweep at Wrigley Field since May 29-June 1, 2008 against the Rockies and their first four-game sweep against the Mets since August 6-9, 1992.
The Mets are 7-12 since their 11-game winning streak and now sit at 20-15 on the year, just one game ahead of the Nationals in the National League East. As for the Cubs, they improved to 19-15 on the year with the sweep and find themselves five games behind the first-place Cardinals in the National League Central.