Sergio Santos has a 9.00 ERA this season and pitched his way out of the closer mix when Toronto needed a fill-in for the injured Casey Janssen, so it’s no big shock that he’s now headed to the disabled list with right forearm soreness.
Santos has struck out 20 of the 58 batters he’s faced this season and his average fastball has clocked in at 94.0 miles per hour, but he’s also handed out 11 walks in 12 innings while allowing opponents to post a .574 slugging percentage.
He has a history of arm problems, but Santos was dominant down the stretch last season after returning from an elbow injury. There’s no stated timetable yet for his return this time around and the Blue Jays just got Janssen back from the DL over the weekend.
Incidentally, here are Santos’ seasonal ERAs since 2011: 3.55, 9.00, 1.75, 9.00. That’s a certain kind of consistency, I guess.
PITTSBURGH — Jose Quintana is back in time to help the Chicago Cubs’ playoff push.
The NL Central-leading Cubs plan to activate the left-hander on Tuesday and start him against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Injuries have dogged Quintana for much of the season. He’s appeared in just two games, both out of the bullpen, thanks to issues with his left thumb and a lat problem.
Quintana recently completed a 35-pitch session off the mound and Cubs manager David Ross said he plans to give Quintana “a little bit of a leash” in his first start since last Sept. 26.
There’s a chance Quintana could get another opportunity to pitch when the Cubs wrap up the regular season with a three-game series at the rival Chicago White Sox this weekend.
The 31-year-old Quintana is 83-77 with a 3.73 ERA, including a 33-23 record with a 4.26 ERA since being traded from the White Sox to the Cubs in July 2017.