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.
Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper played some third base during Monday’s intrasquad game at Citizens Bank Park, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Harper had been pestering manager Joe Girardi for the opportunity and the skipper finally gave in.
Girardi told Harper, “No diving. And make sure your arm is loose.” Harper had the opportunity to field one ball, a grounder to his left and he made the play perfectly.
Why put Harper at third base? Girardi said, “I think it’s important the guys have fun. I saw him a week ago taking ground balls there and I was impressed. His hands worked well out front and he threw the ball across the field well. I told him, ‘You look good there.'”
Despite the solid showing, don’t expect Harper to show up at third base in a meaningful game anytime soon. That being said, the Phillies’ second and third base situations are still not cemented. Jean Segura will likely open the season at the hot corner with Scott Kingery at second, but things could change between now and Opening Day in 10 days.
Harper, 27, is coming off a solid first season with the Phillies. He hit .260/.372/.510 with 36 doubles, 35 home runs, 114 RBI, 98 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases across 682 plate appearances. Per FanGraphs, Harper’s 4.6 Wins Above Replacement ranked 16th in the National League. For some people, those numbers weren’t nearly good enough, so the expectations remain high as Harper enters year two of his 13-year, $330 million contract.