The Mariners’ bullpen will be without a key cog for the near future, as Stephen Pryor was placed on the 15-day disabled list this evening with a tear in the latissimus dorsi muscle behind his right shoulder.
According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, the tear was found by Mariners medical director Edward Khalfayan after Pryor complained of tightness in his back during an appearance against the Rangers yesterday. It’s not clear how long he’ll be sidelined, but it’s safe to say that the injury will require a lengthy absence.
After posting a 3.91 ERA and 27/13 K/BB ratio over 23 innings as a rookie last year, Pryor has allowed just three hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings this season to go along with a 7/1 K/BB ratio. His control is the biggest question, but the hard-throwing 23-year-old has the potential to be a dominant late-inning arm.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.