The Twins announced on Wednesday that All-Star starter Jake Odorizzi has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a blister on his right middle finger. The right-hander suffered the injury during Tuesday night’s start against the Athletics.
Odorizzi, 29, has been quite good for the Twins this season, going 10-4 with a 3.15 ERA and a 96/30 K/BB ratio across 88 2/3 innings. He only lasted three-plus innings last night, failing to retire the first four batters he faced in the fourth inning. A Chris Herrmann grand slam was the final straw.
Odorizzi was just named to the All-Star team for the first time in his eight-year career. He was replaced by teammate José Berríos.
Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.
Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.
The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.