As first reported by Eric Stephen at SB Nation’s True Blue LA, the Dodgers have scratched right-hander Mat Latos from his scheduled start Wednesday night against the Angels due to neck stiffness. Joe Wieland is going to take the mound instead for the Dodgers in what will be just his second major league appearance of the season.
Latos has struggled to the tune of a 6.56 ERA and 1.54 WHIP through five starts with Los Angeles since being brought over from the Marlins in late July.
The 27-year-old impending free agent had a 4.48 ERA and 1.25 WHIP through 16 starts with Miami.
Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy was hit on the mask by a foul tip Tuesday night in Miami and he is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday’s series finale at Marlins Park due to concussion-like symptoms.
Adam McCalvy of MLB.com says Lucroy passed an initial cognitive test after Tuesday’s game but showed up at the visitors clubhouse Wednesday afternoon “feeling lousy.”
Nevin Ashley is getting his first major league start at catcher on Wednesday night against the Marlins. Martin Maldonado will then start Thursday’s series opener versus the Pirates.
Lucroy could be sidelined through the weekend.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson ran through the tentative rest-of-season plan for Matt Harvey in a chat with the media ahead of Wednesday night’s series finale against the Nationals.
Per beat writer Marc Carig of Newsday, the right-hander will be skipped on his next turn through the Mets’ rotation — with Logan Verrett likely filling in — but could then return for next weekend’s series against the crosstown Yankees. Harvey will be called on for the Mets’ final regular-season series against the Nats if he’s needed. If the Mets have already wrapped up the National League East at that point, he might just be saved for the playoffs.
That seems like a lot of time off for a guy who’s been charging hard and in a very nice groove for going on six months, but this is apparently the blueprint that has been agreed upon between Harvey, his agent Scott Boras, and the Mets’ management team.
Harvey allowed a career-high-matching seven earned runs on Tuesday night against the Nationals, but the Mets wound up winning anyway and currently hold a six-game division lead over Washington.
Harvey, 26, has a 2.88 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 164/36 K/BB ratio in 171 2/3 total innings this season.