The Orioles placed right-hander Chris Tillman on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain, the team announced Friday. In a corresponding move, reliever Jimmy Yacabonis was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.
The move comes one day after Tillman’s last start, during which he tossed 1 1/3 innings of six-run, three-walk, zero-strikeout ball in an 11-6 win over the Royals. Over his last two starts with the club, he’s issued a cumulative 13 runs on 11 hits and four walks… in just 2 1/3 innings. In fact, the 30-year-old righty has had difficulty striking the right balance all year, with a 1-5 record in seven starts and a 10.46 ERA, 5.7 BB/9 and 4.4 SO/9 over 26 2/3 innings.
There’s no estimated timetable for Tillman’s return just yet. The veteran starter inked a one-year, $3 million deal with the club back in February and was expected to try to bounce back from the career-worst performance he delivered in 2017. Whether this move spells the end of his decade-long tenure in Baltimore’s rotation remains to be seen.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.