The Pirates placed right-hander Chad Kuhl on the 10-day disabled list with a right forearm strain, per a team announcement on Friday. The move is retroactive to June 26 and will allow Kuhl to come off the DL during the club’s series against the Phillies next weekend, though it’s not yet clear exactly how long they expect him to be sidelined.
The 25-year-old righty appeared to suffer the injury during Tuesday’s start against the Mets. He turned in a solid four innings of two-run, four-strikeout ball, but experienced discomfort in his right forearm throughout his outing and was pulled prior to the fifth. Through Tuesday, Kuhl carries a 5-5 record in 16 starts with a career-high 4.55 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 across 85 innings. This appears to be the first significant arm injury of his career to date.
In a corresponding move, infielder Max Moroff was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. Moroff, 25, left Triple-A with a .258/.348/.455, five home runs and an .803 OPS in 155 PA, but hasn’t fared quite as well at the major league level. He’ll look to improve on his .215 average and three extra-base hits while playing off the bench.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.