This was understandably lost in the concern regarding Will Middlebrooks’ wrist, but Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston passes along word that Jonny Gomes required three stitches in his left knee after he banged into the left field fence during last night’s game against the Orioles.
It appears Gomes suffered the injury when he made an unsuccessful attempt to rob Chris Davis of a two-run home run in the sixth inning. He’s considered day-to-day, so it shouldn’t keep him out of action for long.
Gomes, who homered off left-hander Zach Britton last night, is expected to serve as Boston’s primary left fielder this season. The 32-year-old landed a two-year, $10 million deal from the Red Sox over the winter after batting .262/.377/.491 with 18 home runs, 47 RBI and an .868 OPS over 333 plate appearances last year with the A’s.
Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove is done for the year after suffering an abdominal wall muscle strain and stress reaction in his pelvic bone. While he isn’t expected to undergo surgery or miss additional time in 2019, he’s been prescribed six weeks of rest before resuming any baseball-related activities.
Musgrove, 25, finished out his third year in Pittsburgh with a 6-9 record in 19 starts, backed by a 4.06 ERA, 1.8 BB/9, and 7.8 SO/9. Despite logging a career-high 115 1/3 innings at the major league level, he’s also been dogged by a string of injuries, from the shoulder strain that robbed him of eight weeks at the start of the season to an index finger infection that kept him sidelined for a minimum 10-day stay on the disabled list in June.
While he works his way back up to full strength yet again, rookie right-hander Nick Kingham is expected to cover for him and will make a spot start during the Pirates’ series finale against the Brewers on Sunday. The 26-year-old righty hasn’t started a single game for the team since August 1, and currently carries a 4.69 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.1 SO/9 over 71 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.