It’s a familiar story. Player gets hurt. Player and team assure everyone it’s a minor injury. Player is placed on the disabled list with a not-minor injury.
This time it’s Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn, who’s been put on the shelf with a strained forearm after experiencing discomfort in his last start. Left-hander and Triple-A call-up Tyler Lyons will join the rotation.
St. Louis is already without ace Adam Wainwright for the season and losing Lynn for a long stretch would be a big blow as well. He has a 2.83 ERA in 45 starts since the beginning of last season. At some point the Cardinals’ winning machine has to stop rolling because of injuries piling up, but it certainly hasn’t happened yet.
The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.
Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.
The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.
At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.