From MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon comes word that Reds pitching prospect Robert Stephenson has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Louisville with a right forearm strain. It’s presumably going to be a season-ending injury for the 22-year-old right-hander.
Stephenson, the 27th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft out of a California high school, had registered a 3.59 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 131/64 K/BB ratio through 120 1/3 innings this season between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville.
He could be in the running for a rotation spot next spring in Reds camp if his health cooperates.
Forearm strains can sometimes be a precursor to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.
A’s right-hander Sonny Gray had to be scratched from his last turn in the starting rotation Thursday afternoon against the Blue Jays because of back spasms. But all is well with the Oakland ace …
MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports that Gray, who made it through a 25-pitch bullpen session on Saturday at Camden Yards, has been cleared to start Monday in the Athletics’ series finale versus the Orioles.
Felix Doubront will step back one day and face off against Clayton Kershaw in the A’s series opener against the Dodgers on Tuesday night in Oakland.
Gray, 25, owns an exceptional 2.06 ERA, 0.959 WHIP, and 136/40 K/BB ratio in 161 2/3 innings (23 starts) this season with the A’s.
He is headed toward some serious Cy Young Award consideration.
Angels starter Matt Shoemaker burst onto the scene in 2014 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 124/24 K/BB ratio in 136 innings, but his past minor league numbers suggested he was pitching way over his head and that idea has proven accurate in 2015.
Shoemaker was officially optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday after allowing six earned runs over just 1 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Royals. The 28-year-old right-hander has a rough 4.76 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 105/30 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 total frames this season at the major league level.
His regression has been a pain for the Halos, who currently trail the Astros by 2 1/2 games in the AL West standings. Anaheim does have a slight hold on the second AL Wild Card spot.
Braves right-hander Shelby Miller is working on a no-hitter through seven innings Sunday against the Diamondbacks, though his pitch count sits at 102 heading into the eighth. We’ll pass along updates as the 24-year-old tries to finish this thing off — if Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez lets him finish it off.
Miller has walked four and struck out 10 over his seven hitless frames. He’s going to have to be pretty efficient from here to complete his first career no-no.
UPDATE, 3:46 PM ET: Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed led off the top of the eighth inning and dropped a bloop single into shallow right-center field to end Shelby’s no-hit bid. Jarrod Saltalamacchia followed with a hard-hit single off the glove of Braves second baseman Jace Peterson. That pushed Miller from the game with zero outs in the eighth, and Ahmed then scored on a fielder’s choice against Braves reliever Ross Detwiler to strip Miller of a possible win.
Shelby holds a stellar 2.43 ERA in 152 innings this year, but he hasn’t earned a win since May 17.
Jose Bautista jumped all over this Luis Severino offering in the third inning Sunday in Toronto …
That’s the 28th homer of the year for Bautista and it capped off a three-run third inning for the Jays.
As play opened Sunday, the Yankees held a 1 1/2 game lead over the Blue Jays in the AL East.