As if losing third baseman David Freese for 8-12 weeks with a broken hand wasn’t enough bad news for St. Louis’ infield, the Cardinals announced that second baseman Skip Scumaker will be out 2-4 more weeks with his elbow injury.
Schumaker, who has already been on the disabled list for two weeks, took a cortisone injection Friday and told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that it “felt horrible.”
General manager John Mozeliak told Hummel that despite the Cardinals’ injury depleted roster they “don’t want to rush it” with Schumaker’s recovery and have not cleared him to hit or throw yet.
Nick Punto and Daniel Descalso have split time at second base in Schumaker’s absence, but with Punto sidelined by a hamstring injury of his own and Descalso drawing the start at third base last night in place of Freese the Cardinals used Tyler Greene at second base yesterday.
Mariners starter Félix Hernández will come off of the disabled list to make his final start of 2018 on Wednesday against the Athletics, MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports. Hernández has been on the disabled list since September 8 with a right hamstring strain.
Hernández, 32, has endured the worst season of his 14-year career. He’s 8-13 with a 5.46 ERA and a 121/57 K/BB ratio over 151 2/3 innings. Hernández wants the opportunity to finish 2018 on a good note. He said, “I feel good. No problems. It’s 100 percent. I just want to finish strong and show them I can still pitch. It wasn’t a big injury. They just wanted to give me some rest.”
Hernández is under contract for one more year at $27 million. He has been the face of the franchise for the last decade, but if he doesn’t show he’s capable of beating major league hitters by the end of spring training next year, the Mariners may not be able to afford to give him a spot in the starting rotation. Despite a second-half slide, the Mariners were competitive in the AL West this year, entering the All-Star break 58-39, five games out of first place. With some roster fine-tuning, the Mariners could give the Astros and Athletics a run for their money. Hernández’s involvement with that effort remains to be seen.