Phillies place Chad Billingsley on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder

8 Comments’s Todd Zolecki reports that the Phillies have placed starter Chad Billingsley on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 16, with a strained right shoulder. Hector Neris has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Billingsley pitched well against the Diamondbacks on Friday, his third start of the season. He has a 6.75 ERA and a 7/3 K/BB ratio in 16 innings overall, his first work in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2013 and had flexor tendon surgery in June 2014.

The Phillies haven’t announced yet what they’ll do in Billingsley’s absence. Severino Gonzalez could get a promotion back to the majors on the day of what would have been Billingsley’s next scheduled start, Wednesday at Coors Field against the Rockies.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.