The dreaded oblique strain has claimed another victim, with the Rays placing starting catcher John Jaso on the disabled list.
Jose Lobaton has been called up to take his spot on the roster after hitting well at Triple-A, but veteran Kelly Shoppach figures to see most of the playing time behind the plate.
Jaso and Shoppach were basically splitting time, although it wasn’t quite a true platoon, with the left-handed-hitting Jaso in the lineup 50 times and the right-handed-hitting Shoppach getting the nod 40 times.
Jaso has struggled following a very strong rookie season, with his batting average dropping from .263 to .222, his on-base percentage falling from .372 to .300, and his OPS declining from .750 to .639. And he’s also thrown out just 15 percent of stolen base attempts.
Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.
Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.
The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.