Sonny Gray turned in another masterpiece on Sunday, tossing a two-hit shutout against the Indians. With the effort, he lowered his AL-leading ERA to 2.04 with a 0.96 WHIP and a 108/30 K/BB ratio in 123 2/3 innings.
One problem: because he pitched today, Gray won’t be available to pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday in Cincinnati. As a result, Angels starter Hector Santiago has been added to the roster to replace Gray, per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Santiago, 27, has quietly put up a 2.33 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP and a 98/34 K/BB ratio in 108 1/3 innings.
Cubs closer Pedro Strop strained his hamstring last week and, at the time, the club said that he’d miss the rest of the regular season. He’s not so sure. Yesterday he said that he expects to return to game action before the playoffs begin. Strop told reporters that “everything is pain-free.”
Strop took over as the closer from Brandon Morrow, whose season is definitely over. Since Strop went down Steve Cishek, Justin Wilson, Jesse Chavez, Jorge De La Rosa, and Carl Edwards Jr. are handling ninth-inning duties on a rotating basis.
Strop is 6-1 with a 2.26 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 57/21 in 59.2 innings on the year. Getting him back would be a big deal for Chicago as they get ready for the postseason.