Middle Notes AL: Gray, Grossman, Greinke

Middle Notes AL: Gray, Grossman, Greinke

Entrance of the twins Sonny Gray left today’s match after being visited by the team’s coaches. The team announced to reporters, including Dan Hayes of The Athletic, that Gray has right pectoral tightness. The severity is not known at this time, but it is undoubtedly worrying for the Twins and their fans. Gray has already missed about three weeks on the IL this season, although it’s been a hamstring strain.

Still, the Twins are in a bit of a rush when it comes to their rotation. chris paddack, Josh Winder and Joe Ryan have all landed on the IL in the past two weeks, which has thinned their depth. The rotation currently consists of Gray, Dylan Bundy, Bailey Ober, Chris Archer and Devin Smelzer. The club are currently in the middle of a streak where they play 18 games in 17 days, thanks to a doubleheader which takes place on Tuesday. Even if Gray can make his next start, it will be a challenge to get through the next part of their schedule.

Perhaps adding to that challenge will be the subtraction of some unknown players when the Twins travel to Toronto next week to face the Blue Jays. Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports word from president of baseball operations Derek Falvey that “a few” of the players on the roster won’t be making the trip. Current Canadian health restrictions do not allow people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 to cross the border into the country. (Canada is not exceptional in this regard. The same restrictions apply in reverse, as unvaccinated Canadians are not currently allowed to enter the United States.)

Other division notes…

  • Robbie Grosman started today’s game as the designated hitter for the Tigers, but was replaced by Jeimer Candelario. Manager AJ Hinch told reporters after the game, including MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that Grossman suffered from neck spasms. While it doesn’t look like Grossman is headed for a long absence, it’s surely frustrating for a Detroit team that’s been heavily snakebitten this season. Although the club entered the season with hopes of competing for a playoff spot, they were plagued by a slew of injuries, especially during the starting rotation. The club’s record currently stands at 17-29, which puts it second to last in the American League, ahead only of the Royals. This means that the club tends to be short at the deadline this year, with short-term assets the most likely to disappear. Grossman fits this bill, as he is in the second season of the two-year deal he signed with Detroit in 2021. Unfortunately, his trade value is likely at rock bottom, due to his slow start. of year. After hitting .239/.357/.415 last year for a 114 wRC+, he is currently down to .199/.311/.241 this year for a 71 wRC+. The withdrawal rate of 23.1% last year has also increased to 30.7% this year. Surely he and the Tigers are both hoping this current issue can be quickly put aside so Grossman can get back on track. The Blue Jays tried to acquire Grossman at the deadline last year, although they may not have as much interest now, depending on his campaign so far.
  • Royals manager Mike Matheny told reporters, including Lynn worthy of the Kansas City Starthis Zack Greinke faces a forearm/flexor problem. Greinke himself spoke to reporters about the issue, including Worthy, describing his arm as “painful and tense”. Like the Tigers, there was some hope that the Royals would come out of their rebuild and compete in their year, although that didn’t happen. The club’s 16-30 record is worse than any major team except the Reds 16-31, largely due to starting rotation. The Royals starters had a 5.07 ERA today, which was better than just the Reds and Nationals. That’s going to go up once today’s game is factored in, as Greinke allowed five earned runs in four innings today. His personal ERA on the season soared to 5.05 from that start, which would be his highest since the 5.80 he put up in 2005, his season at age 21. Although the severity of the injury is not known, it is never a good sign for a pitcher to have a problem with his arm, even though he and the club are surely hoping that he can overcome it and be on a better path. in the future.

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