Giants place Tim Hudson on the disabled list with a shoulder strain

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The Giants have placed starter Tim Hudson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder, per Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. The move creates roster space for Mike Leake, acquired from the Reds just after midnight on Friday.

Hudson, 40, was on the disabled list between June 27 and July 19 with a strained shoulder and made only two starts before winding up back on the shelf. In 17 starts overall this season, the veteran has a 4.80 ERA with a 53/26 K/BB ratio in 101 1/3 innings.

Leake will debut for the Giants on Sunday in Texas against the Rangers.

Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife gives birth

Zack Wheeler miss starts
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Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.

Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”

Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.

The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.