Gerrit Cole a late scratch from Tuesday’s start vs. White Sox


Astros starter Gerrit Cole was a late scratch from his scheduled start in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the White Sox. According to AT&T SportsNet reporter/host Julia Morales, Cole warmed up for a few minutes before going back to the clubhouse. Chris Devenski began warming up in the bullpen and started the game in Cole’s place.

Cole, 28, is in the midst of another great season. He’s 14-5 with a 2.87 ERA and a 226/39 K/BB ratio in 156 2/3 innings. No one in the league has more strikeouts than Cole. Teammate Justin Verlander is second at 217.

Obviously, losing Cole for any amount of time would be a big loss for the Astros. Thankfully, they were able to add an ace to the rotation at the trade deadline, acquiring Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks.

The Astros should provide the reason behind Cole’s absence later tonight. (Update, 9:25 PM EST: It was right hamstring discomfort, per’s Brian McTaggart.)

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.