Add right-hander Jesse Chavez to the Athletics’ long list of injured starting pitchers.
Oakland skipper Bob Melvin informed beat writer Jane Lee of MLB.com on Tuesday that Chavez — who was scheduled to start Wednesday night against the White Sox — has been shut down for the remainder of the season after an MRI showed a non-displaced fracture in his rib cage.
Chavez told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that he’s been experiencing discomfort around his ribs for a while, which might help explain his recent struggles.
The 32-year-old will finish the 2015 season with a 4.18 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 136/48 K/BB ratio in 157 innings. He’ll be arbitration-eligible this winter.
Drew Hutchison boasts a 13-4 record and 2.91 home ERA this season for the American League East-leading Blue Jays, but the 25-year-old right-hander has been dreadful on the road and will no longer be trusted in a starting role.
MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that Hutchison has been demoted to the bullpen, where he’s likely to remain through the remainder of the regular season and playoffs. There might be a spot start for him in late September if the Jays clinch early.
Hutchison allowed six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings last Wednesday at Fenway Park and he holds a 9.44 ERA in 12 starts away from Rogers Centre this year.
Alex Rodriguez is in the Yankees’ starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Rays, but here’s something to keep an eye on going forward …
George A. King III of the New York Post heard from a club official that A-Rod underwent an MRI on Tuesday in Tampa after complaining of discomfort in his left knee and was diagnosed with a bone bruise. It’s obviously not a significant issue right now, but there may be some days off ahead for the veteran designated hitter.
New York entered play Tuesday with a three-game cushion on the first American League Wild Card spot.
Rodriguez is batting .257/.359/.501 with 31 home runs and 82 RBI in 132 games.