Some injury news out of Chicago. Or San Diego, really.
Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome was scratched from Thursday’s lineup against the Padres due to a mild left knee sprain that he suffered Wednesday while stealing third base.
The injury doesn’t sound overly serious, and shouldn’t affect him at all long-term, but there is a chance that the 33-year-old won’t return this season.
The Cubs are expected to shop Fukudome this winter because of the $13.5 million that he’s owed in 2011 and his poor performance at the plate over the last two-and-a-half seasons. With all things considered, they might have trouble finding a deal.
Fukudome has turned in a .263/.371/.439 batting line, 13 home runs and 44 RBI in 358 at-bats this season. He swiped seven bases but was caught eight times and is just a .259/.368/.410 career hitter.
The Blue Jays placed right-hander Aaron Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list with a contusion in his right index finger, per a team announcement on Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to Friday. In a corresponding move, righty Marcus Stroman was activated from the DL (right shoulder fatigue) and will take the mound for the Blue Jays at 9:07 PM ET tonight.
Sanchez, 25, is in his fifth season with the club. He hasn’t looked his sharpest so far this year, going 3-5 in 15 starts with a career-worst 4.52 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 through 79 2/3 innings. It’s not yet clear how long he’ll be sidelined, though he could miss as little as one turn in the rotation before returning to the roster in the next week or two.
Sanchez isn’t the only struggling starter in Toronto’s rotation, either. Per MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, the team placed southpaw Jaime Garcia on the DL (right shoulder tenderness) as well, with lefty reliever Tim Mayza scheduled to take his spot on the roster. In 13 starts this season, Garcia carried a 2-6 record, 6.16 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 61 1/3 innings. Any further decisions pertaining to the rotation — including Tuesday’s starter against the Astros — have yet to be publicly addressed.