Matt Albers is off to a nice start as a member of the White Sox bullpen after missing most of 2014 due to shoulder problems, but JJ Stankevitz of CSNChicago.com reports that he’s headed to the 15-day disabled list with a finger injury suffered during Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl with the Royals.
The specific diagnosis is a compression fracture of a finger on his throwing hand. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is hopeful the injury won’t keep him sidelined for long, but there’s no clear timetable for his return.
Albers, 32, has allowed one run on four hits and one walk over 5 2/3 innings this season to go along with five strikeouts.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.