A’s left-hander Drew Pomeranz exited Monday night’s start against the Astros in the fifth inning with a shoulder injury.
Back-to-back walks caused manager Bob Melvin and the A’s trainer to go visit Pomeranz on the mound, at which point they removed him from the game.
Pomeranz was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Indians and was traded to the Rockies in the Ubaldo Jimenez swap. He struggled in Colorado, but has pitched well since being traded to Oakland with a 3.13 ERA in 112 innings.
He indicated after the game that similar shoulder issues in the past haven’t kept him from pitching, although at some point the “similar shoulder issues in the past” part gets worrisome for a 26-year-old.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered what appeared to be an awful injury during Sunday’s game against the Pirates, twisting his ankle while attempting to field a bunt. An MRI revealed that he has a lateral sprain of his right ankle, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated.
Given that there are only two weeks left in the regular season, it seems doubtful Rizzo would be able to return to aid the Cubs’ NL Wild Card chase. The club entered Monday leading the second Wild Card by a game over the Brewers.
Rizzo, 30, is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year. Victor Caratini started at first base for Monday’s game against the Reds. The Cubs may also use Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, and Jonathan Lucroy at first base while Rizzo is out.