Phillies pitcher Matt Harrison, acquired from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade, has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports. Hypothyroidism is when a person’s thyroid gland doesn’t produce thyroid hormones. Harrison is hopeful the diagnosis will allow him to effectively deal with weight loss, back problems, and a loss of velocity.
On Friday, the Phillies placed Harrison on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation. The lefty said he would’ve gone on the disabled list even if he hadn’t been traded, but added that he’s dealing with back stiffness as opposed to back pain.
Harrison, 29, has made a total of nine starts dating back to the start of the 2013 season. He had spinal fusion surgery in June of 2014 and made his return to the mound on July 8 this season. He made only three starts, posting a 6.75 ERA with a 6/5 K/BB ratio in 16 innings.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.