the Guardians set starter Aaron Civale on the 15-day disabled list due to left gluteal tightness, writes Joe Noga of Cleveland.com. It’s not expected to be a long absence, with manager Terry Francona telling reporters the organization is considering whether he’ll even need to spend two weeks on the shelf. The skipper suggested that Civale would likely continue to throw in the paddock sessions while he was away, and the hope is that “the next time he throws, he won’t have to worry about that.”
Civale has had a tough time this season. The right-hander was tagged for a 7.84 ERA in seven starts, allowing six homers in 31 innings. His strikeout and walk rates are in line with last season’s ratings, and Civale posted a 3.84 ERA in 124 1/3 frames in 2021. However, his ground ball rate has dropped this year and he saw an increase in the average of his opponents. output velocity and barrel rate. Civale will try to get his results back on track once he is eligible to return in a few weeks. Konnor Pilkington is about to be called up to start tomorrow’s game against the Tigers in his place.
The latest on a few other injured pitchers around the game:
- Nationals entrance Joe Ross was retired after three innings in yesterday’s rehab outing with Double-A Harrisburg, manager Dave Martinez told reporters (including MASNsports.com’s Mark Zuckerman). The 29-year-old has felt further tension in his elbow and is heading for an MRI. It’s obviously a worrying development, as the outing marked Ross’ first game since being diagnosed with a partial UCL tear in his elbow last August. This ended his season and he also underwent surgery to remove bone shards from the joint that spring. Ross, who threw 108 ERA 4.17 innings last year, is in his final season of refereeing the club.
- Jake Odorizzi returned to the mound yesterday, kicking off a bullpen session ahead of the team’s game against the Guardians (video provided by Mark Berman of FOX 26). It is quite remarkable the Astros the right-hander was back throwing just as quickly, as we are just nine days away from leaving the field at Fenway Park. Odorizzi suffered a left leg injury which prevented him from going, but an MRI later revealed that his Achilles tendon remained intact. The 32-year-old suffered ligament and tendon problems and was placed on the 15-day injured list, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be out for a particularly long time.
- angels entrance Griffon Cannery hasn’t pitched in the majors since July 2. A minor league option, he made just one start with Triple-A Salt Lake before being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back that ended his 2021 season. The right-hander opened this year on the 60-day injured list, and while there has been some hope he could be back by June, he recently suffered another stress reaction that will push his schedule even further. Canning told reporters (including Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times) that after meeting with a specialist, he chose not to undergo surgery. There’s no timeline for him to return to throwing, but Canning still hopes to return at some point this season. The former second-round pick has had myriad health issues over the past two years, keeping him at 43 MLB appearances since the start of the 2019 campaign.