The Dodgers announced on Tuesday that starter Walker Buehler has a microfracture in his right rib and has been placed on the 10-day disabled list. Pitcher Caleb Ferguson has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
There is currently no timetable for Buehler’s return. He apparently suffered the injury several starts ago but was able to pitch through it for a while.
Buehler, 23, has been terrific through nine starts this season, posting a 2.63 ERA with a 54/11 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings. He tossed six hitless innings against the Padres on May 4, which turned into a combined no-hitter with Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia, and Adam Liberatore.
Ferguson, 21, will start in Buehler’s place against the Rangers on Tuesday night. He has already made one start this season — his major league debut. He went 1 2/3 innings against the Pirates last Wednesday, yielding four runs on two hits and three walks with three strikeouts. In 47 innings in the minors, mostly with Double-A Tulsa, he compiled a 1.53 ERA with 52 strikeouts and 17 walks.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.