A’s pitcher Jharel Cotton has been diagnosed with a strained UCL and a strained flexor muscle. The knife could be in his future, ending his season.
He’ll get a second opinion but manager Bob Melvin said yesterday that surgery is a possibility. If so, he’s done for 2018 and won’t be ready until after the 2019 season begins, in all likelihood.
Cotton was a promising prospect with the Dodgers and was a key part of the deal the sent Rich Hill and Josh Reddick to Los Angeles in 2016. He’s made 29 big league starts since then, but has struggled to a 11-10 record, a 4.95 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 128/57 in 158.1 innings.
MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports that Mets starter Noah Syndergaard will be placed on the 10-day disabled list because he contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease. The ailment is more common in children than adults and is caused by Coxsackievirus A16 or Enterovirus 71. According to James Wagner of the New York Times, it is believed that Syndergaard picked up hand, foot, and mouth disease working at a youth camp during the All-Star break.
Syndergaard, 25, started on Friday. He pitched well but lasted only five innings, throwing 84 pitches, because he had diminished velocity and felt tired. He yielded a run on eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts. It was his second start since returning from a DL stint (strained ligament in right index finger) that kept him out between May 26 and July 12.
The Mets expect Syndergaard to need only the minimum 10 days to recover. Corey Oswalt will temporarily take Syndergaard’s spot in the rotation.
In 13 starts this season, Syndergaard owns a 2.89 ERA with 83 strikeouts and 15 walks in 74 2/3 innings.