Bad news for the Cubs: starter Jake Arrieta left today’s game against the Pirates in the third inning with an apparent right hamstring injury.
Arrieta tweaked the hamstring on a pitch. He attempted to throw a warm-up pitch after a visit from the trainer but didn’t even get through his full motion, grimacing and walking off the field gingerly. Before he left, Arrieta allowed three runs over two and a third.
The Cubs will provide an update on his status later, but it’s hard to imagine that the disabled list is not in Arrieta’s future.
The Angels released a medical update on P/DH Shohei Ohtani Thursday evening. Ohtani was reevaluated by Dr. Steve Yoon at the Kerlan Jobe Institute. The right-hander’s sprained UCL showed improved healing and, as a result, he has been cleared to begin a throwing progression.
Ohtani, 24, was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow after his June 6 start against the Royals and hasn’t pitched since, though he has been in the lineup as a hitter since July 3. It was initially believed he would undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Then the thought was that Ohtani wouldn’t pitch again for the rest of the season, but this update suggests a possibility he could return to the mound before the season is over.
In nine starts, Ohtani put together a 3.10 ERA with a 61/20 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings. As a hitter, he batted .283/.365/.522 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 157 plate appearances.