Angels closer Huston Street had to be carried off the field in the ninth inning after suffering what appeared to be a serious injury. MLB.com’s Mike DiGiovanna is calling it an apparent groin injury.
Street allowed a leadoff single to Brad Miller, who then stole second base in a 2-2 game. Franklin Gutierrez then hit a ground ball to third baseman David Freese. Street broke to cover third base, which is when he suffered the injury.
The Angels should pass along more info soon. Street, 32, dealt with a strained groin in July. It’s possible he reaggravated the injury on the play.
The Pirates are officially shutting down Chris Archer for the season, GM Neal Huntington revealed Sunday. It’s more of a formality than anything else, but, as the Pirates are currently out of postseason contention, there seems to be no point in forcing the right-hander to accelerate his recovery from right shoulder inflammation.
Archer, 30, sustained the injury in late August and was initially projected to return sometime during September. He’s been throwing from flat ground over the last several weeks, but there had been no indication that he was ready to resume starting duties for the club. He’ll end his 2019 run with a 3-9 record in 23 starts and a 5.19 ERA, 4.1 BB/9, 10.8 SO/9, and 0.7 fWAR across 119 2/3 innings pitched; not his worst performance to date, but a considerable step down from the sub-5.00 ERA and 2.6 fWAR he posted with the Rays and Pirates in 2018.
With two weeks left in the regular season, the Pirates will soon wrap up their fourth consecutive non-contending campaign. Following Saturday’s brutal 14-1 loss to the Cubs, they were mathematically eliminated from postseason qualification. They last reached the playoffs in 2015, though it’s been six years since they advanced past the wild card tiebreaker and 27 years since they advanced past the Division Series.