BEGINNING: White Sox OF Eloy Jiménez injured again
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The Chicago White Sox will likely have an update on Eloy Jiménez after the outfielder suffered a right hamstring injury in Saturday’s 9-2 loss at Minnesota. But he is expected to be out for some time after also missing much of last year with a ruptured left pectoral tendon.
This time, Jiménez was injured when he stretched for first base while executing a grounder at third. He tripped after the game and his right knee seemed to lock. Jiménez fell face down in a shallow right field and immediately grabbed his right leg.
Jiménez was sent for an MRI, but manager Tony La Russa said the team did not believe the injury was season-ending. The hope is that the recovery won’t be as long as it took him to come back last season.
“Thinking about what he’s going to go through and turning down a chance to play, it breaks your heart,” La Russa said.
Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees go for a three-game sweep in Cleveland – a day after some fans in the notoriously rowdy right-field bleachers at Yankee Stadium pelted Guardians outfielders with bottles, cans and debris in a chaotic scene moments after New York rallied for a 5-4 victory.
Yankees stars Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and other New York players raced for the wall in right center field, trying to calm the crowd. Security personnel joined in the effort to quell the unrest.
Cole (0-0, 6.35 ERA) pitched a career-low 1 2/3 inning last time out at Detroit. He matched his career high by five walks and allowed two runs and a hit, throwing just 37 of 68 pitches for strikes.
The Cincinnati Reds have lost 11 straight games for the first time since 2016, and next is St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright (2-1, 2.81 ERA) in their weekend series finale against the visiting Cardinals. Wainwright is 10-15 with a 5.29 ERA in 36 career appearances against the Reds. It is his only losing record against a major league team against which he has more than one decision.
After splitting its first four-game series in Atlanta, Cincinnati was swept by the Guardians, Dodgers and Padres and lost the first two games of the series with St. Louis. Nick Lodolo (0-2, 8.00 ERA) tries for his first major league win.
A VICTORY IN THE WEST
Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw (2-0, 3.00 ERA) faces the Padres for the 44th time in his decorated career. He’s 22-9 with a 2.09 ERA against San Diego, including 1-2 in three starts last year. The Padres counter with left-hander Sean Manaea (2-1, 1.42).
San Diego won 3-2 in 10 innings Saturday night to snap a 10-game losing streak against the rival Dodgers, who outscored the Padres 57-23 in a streak dating back to Aug. 24.
“Last year was last year and this year is this year, so we’re 1-1 against them. Not bad,” said Padres infielder Jake Cronenworth, who has ended an 0-for-23 drop and then homered.
Bryce Harper and the Phillies host Milwaukee the night in the final of a three-game series. Philadelphia sends Aaron Nola (1-2, 5.52 ERA) to the mound against Brewers left-hander Eric Lauer (1-3, 3.48). Milwaukee’s pitching staff has a 2.32 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 62 innings over the last seven games. Harper, the NL MVP last year, is averaging .345 with six RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak.
ON THE RECOVERY
A day after Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera surpassed 3,000 career hits, the Tigers are hoping star shortstop Javier Báez returns with a sore right thumb. Báez took batting practice Saturday and could be activated from the 10-day injured list against Colorado.
THE woes of O
Orioles left-hander John Means needs surgery for Tommy John, ending the season for Baltimore’s opener.
Means broke the news on social media on Saturday, a day before her 29th birthday.
“After several MRIs it was confirmed that I needed Tommy John surgery,” he posted on Twitter. “I’m obviously disappointed, but more motivated than ever. In the meantime, I can’t wait to see what this team can do this year.
All-Star in 2019, Means was 0-0 in two starts this season, giving up three runs in eight innings.
Last May, Means threw a no-hitter against Seattle. He finished 6-9 with a 3.62 ERA last season, leading a team that had the worst ERA in the majors.
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