Marco Gonzales to start on Sunday in place of Michael Wacha


Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Michael Wacha won’t start on Sunday as scheduled. Marco Gonzales will be asked to toe the rubber against the Rockies instead. Manager Mike Matheny said Wacha “doesn’t look right.”

Wacha, 23, has gone only three and four innings in his two starts since returning from the disabled list on September 4. He was sidelined for two and a half months with a stress fracture in his right shoulder. In 17 starts overall this season, Wacha has a 3.14 ERA with an 89/30 K/BB ratio.

Gonzales has made four starts and two relief appearances in the majors for the Cardinals this season and has a 5.01 ERA to show for it.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.