Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is headed to the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder, shutting down the speedster until at least early September.
Hamilton’s defense is outstanding and he made big strides with his base-stealing this year after being thrown out a league-high 23 times in 2014, but he simply hasn’t hit.
Hamilton has batted .226 with four homers and a .563 OPS in 107 games this season, posting an ugly .272 on-base percentage that makes it particularly impressive that he’s swiped a league-leading 54 bases.
Skip Schumaker and Jason Bourgeois are the most likely in-house options to fill in for Hamilton.
Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.
Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.
The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.