Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau currently has a chance at his first career batting title, but his efforts took a hit last night when he was forced to exit a game against the Cardinals due to what was described as left side intercostal soreness.
Morneau went 0-for-3 before leaving in the sixth inning, which brought his average down to .315 for the year. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post writes that the Rockies are calling him day-to-day, but these type of injuries are tricky to treat and it’s difficult to pinpoint a recovery time.
Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison went 3-for-4 last night against the Cubs and now leads the National League with a .318 batting average. Morneau sits in second while Andrew McCutchen (.311), Buster Posey (.310,). and Ben Revere (.307) are within shouting distance.
Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.
Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.
The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.
The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.