Watch as Reds third baseman Todd Frazier slugs a solo shot on Tuesday in Pittsburgh …
Frazier’s last five hits have been home runs and he has now leapfrogged Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for the National League lead in that category (at nine total). Frazier is probably going to be named the National League captain for this year’s Home Run Derby at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Tim Cooney got the first shot at replacing Adam Wainwright (heel) in the Cardinals’ starting rotation and struggled, yielding seven hits and three earned runs over 2 1/3 innings last Thursday against the Phillies. Tyler Lyons is getting the next crack at it on Tuesday night versus the Cubs. But the best bet for that spot is 23-year-old left-hander Marco Gonzales, who has been sidelined at Triple-A Memphis since April 22 because of a sore left pectoral muscle.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Gonzalez has been cleared to return to the Memphis rotation on Saturday. He’ll be on a pitch count in his first game back, but if the outing goes well and Lyons struggles there will probably be strong consideration given to promoting Gonzales late next week.
Gonzales was the 19th overall pick in 2013 out of Gonzaga University. He posted an underwhelming 4.15 ERA and 1.529 WHIP in 34 2/3 innings last season for the Cardinals, but his minor league numbers are very good. In a total of 161 1/3 frames on the farm, Gonzales boasts a 2.68 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 153/38 K/BB ratio.
Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is nearing a rehab assignment and could also become an option for the Cards’ rotation at some point, but he has not been able to stay discomfort-free for an extended period of time.
The announcement comes from Corey Brock, the Padres beat writer for MLB.com …
Morrow held a potent Rockies lineup to two runs over six innings on Saturday, improving to 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 23/7 K/BB ratio in 33 innings this season. He has a long and loaded history of injuries, but his shoulder hasn’t been an issue since 2010. Maybe it won’t be too long of an absence. The 30-year-old righty was looking like a tremendous offseason find for the Padres on a one-year, $2.5 million free agent deal.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times shares the rough news …
Rays RHP Alex Cobb’s season is very much in jeopardy.
The Tampa Bay Times has learned and confirmed that a new more detailed MRI revealed a partial tear in his elbow ligament. After a program of rest and treatment Cobb will try to pitch with the injury, and if that doesn’t work he faces Tommy John surgery and could miss not only the rest of this season but most and possibly all of 2016.
Cobb was placed on the disabled list before Opening Day with discomfort in his right forearm. Tests done in late March and early April ruled found no sort of structural damage, but something has obviously changed.
It’s an awful situation for the Rays, who are off to a surprising 14-12 start this season. Cobb, 27, boasts a 2.82 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 8.2 K/9 over his last 309 2/3 innings.
With staff ace Adam Wainwright ruled out for the remainder of the 2015 season following surgery for a ruptured left Achilles tendon, 24-year-old left-hander Tim Cooney was called on to make his major league debut last Thursday against the Phillies. It did not go well — Cooney allowed three earned runs on seven hits in just 2 1/3 innings — so the Cardinals will try something different on the next turn through …
Lyons has served as a spot starter and long reliever for the Cardinals at various points over the last two seasons. He owns an ugly 4.62 ERA in 89 2/3 career major league innings, but his 1.216 career WHIP and 7.9 career K/9 aren’t too bad-looking. If the 27-year-old pitches well Tuesday against the Cubs, he could stick around for a bit. But injured prospect Marco Gonzales (pectoral) figures to take over by the end of May.
St. Louis entered play Sunday with the lowest combined ERA (2.28) in the majors along with MLB’s best record (17-6). The Cards are trying to complete a three-game sweep of the Pirates on Sunday afternoon.