Carlos Gomez has been sidelined since September 12 with an intercostal strain, and it’s not clear when he might be ready to return to the Astros’ starting lineup.
Gomez took swings on Sunday and reported feeling good on Monday, but Astros manager A.J. Hinch told Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday that the workout wasn’t all that intensive. Hinch added that there remains no timetable for Gomez and that he’s growing concerned about how much the 29-year-old deadline acquisition will be able to contribute the rest of the way.
Gomez has batted just .234/.282/.379 since being acquired from the Brewers in late July.
Houston is clinging to the second American League Wild Card spot.
Greg Holland has struggled to the tune of a 3.83 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 44 2/3 innings this season and he’s sidelined currently with tightness in his right elbow, so the Royals are finally turning their closer gig over to dominant setup man Wade Davis.
Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com on Tuesday that Davis will handle any save opportunities that arise for the remainder of the regular season and will remain in that role into the playoffs.
Davis, 30, owns a 0.88 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and 70/19 K/BB ratio through 61 2/3 innings this season. And a 0.94 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 179 strikeouts in 133 2/3 innings since the beginning of 2014.
This all sets up an interesting internal offseason debate for the Royals with salaries set to rise on both relievers heading into 2016. Holland is entering his final year of arbitration after pulling in $8.25 million in 2015 and Davis holds an $8 million club option.
Scary stuff here for Braves rookie Mike Foltynewicz, via Mark Bowman of MLB.com …
The Braves were looking forward to the opportunity to see Mike Foltynewicz make at least a couple more relief appearances over the season’s final weeks. But they are now simply concerned about the health of their talented young pitcher, who has been hospitalized because of blood clots in his right arm.
Foltynewicz felt some discomfort on Thursday and was rushed to the emergency room when he arrived at Turner Field on Friday with redness and swelling around his right arm. He has since remained at Piedmont Hospital to undergo further evaluations.
“We’re just trying to evaluate where it would go from here,” Braves assistant general manager John Coppolella told MLB.com on Sunday. “Our first and foremost thoughts are just for his health and that he is OK. As we keep going through this, we should learn more going forward.”
Foltynewicz had a nearly-two-week battle with pneumonia earlier this month, but the Braves don’t believe the clotting is related.
The 23-year-old former first-round pick was acquired from the Astros in January as part of the Evan Gattis trade. He’s registered a 5.71 ERA and 77/29 K/BB ratio in 86 2/3 innings (15 starts, three relief appearances) this season for Atlanta.
On this date in 1998, Cal Ripken Jr. elected to end his record consecutive games played streak at 2,632.
He attempted to do it quietly, telling then-manager Ray Miller to remove his name from the lineup card shortly before first pitch, but the crowd at Camden Yards quickly caught on and so did the Yankees in the visitors dugout.
You can relive that moment here …