MLB.com’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.
Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.