Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers have moved Matt Moore to the bullpen and pitching prospect Yohander Méndez will be called up from Triple-A Round Rock to start on Friday.
Moore, 28, has been abysmal this season, posting a 7.88 ERA with a 41/26 K/BB ratio in 56 innings over 12 starts and one relief appearance. The Rangers acquired him along with international bonus slot money in December from the Giants for two minor leaguers.
Méndez, 23, made his major league debut in 2016 but is still rated as the No. 7 prospect in the Rangers’ system by MLB Pipeline. In 16 innings in the majors, the lefty has a 7.31 ERA with seven strikeouts and five walks. Méndez struggled for Triple-A Round Rock this season, compiling a 5.26 ERA with a 40/23 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.
Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong was pulled from Saturday’s game against the Brewers after sustaining a right elbow contusion, according to a team announcement. The full extent of the injury has not been revealed, nor is it clear when Wong might return to the lineup, though he’s presumed to be day-to-day for the time being.
Wong suffered the injury in the third inning. He reached base on a line drive single to right field, his first of the evening, and was accidentally struck on the elbow when Wade Miley made an errant throw to Jesus Aguilar on a pickoff attempt. The 27-year-old second baseman has already seen his season shortened by injuries after sustaining a right thigh contusion and, more recently, dealing with a bout of chronic inflammation in his left knee. He entered Saturday’s contest batting .238/.323/.388 on the year with eight home runs, and a .711 OPS through 330 PA.
Following the incident, Wong was replaced on the field by Greg Garcia at the top of the fourth inning. The Cardinals currently lead the Brewers 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth.