Clayton Richard tossed six innings of one-run ball in a win over the Padres on Sunday, but he was designated for assignment by the Cubs today for the second time in the past two weeks.
While it’s some tough luck for Richard, the Cubs don’t have a spot for him in their starting rotation after acquiring Dan Haren from the Marlins before the trade deadline last Friday. Chicago has been going with a short bench in recent days, so outfielder Matt Szczur was called up from Triple-A Iowa to take his place on the active roster.
Richard, 31, has a 4.29 ERA and 9/5 K/BB ratio in 21 innings over three starts and one relief appearance this season. The southpaw passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment in July and the Cubs are surely hoping to keep him around as depth once again.
Steven Matz impressed over his first two starts in the majors before going down with a partial tear of his lat muscle, but he’s starting to ramp things up in preparation for his return.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Matz threw today for the first time since landing on the disabled list. It wasn’t much, as he threw off flat ground at 60 feet, but it’s good news. The thought is that he’ll need at least two minor league rehab starts, so he’s unlikely to rejoin the Mets until September. Still, his presence would be valuable as the Mets attempt to manage the innings of their other young starters while also making a postseason push.
Matz won each of his first two starts in the majors while allowing two runs in 13 2/3 innings to go along with a 14/5 K/BB ratio. He also had three hits in six at-bats and drove in five runs.
After sitting out Sunday’s game, Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was placed on the disabled list today due to right shoulder inflammation.
According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Kipnis has been dealing with the injury off and on for most of the year and it bothers him the most when he throws. He served as the designated hitter on Saturday, but will now get some extended rest. The expectation is that he’ll miss two to three weeks.
Kipnis cooled down a bit in July, but he’s still having a heck of a year, batting .326/.401/.477 with six home runs, 39 RBI, and 11 stolen bases over 101 games. Serving as the Indians’ leadoff man, he’s tied for eighth in the American League with 66 runs scored.