The prior week in MLB was about a starting pitcher in the National League being placed on the injured list, a pitcher in the American League lands on the injured list, and a third baseman undergoes season-ending surgery.
Los Angeles Dodgers Place Starting Pitcher Walker Buehler on Injured List with Blister
The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed starting pitcher Walker Buehler on the injured list with a blister on his hand, per a team announcement.
The Dodgers have recalled RHP Joe Kelly and placed RHP Walker Buehler on the 10-day injured list with a blister on his hand, retroactive to September 9. Kelly will begin serving his five-game suspension tonight.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 10, 2020
This is the second time this season that Walker is on the IL because of a blister issue.
He was initially placed on the IL on Aug. 27, retroactive to Aug. 23, with a blister.
Buehler returned on Sept. 2 to throw five quality innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
However, he lasted less than three innings in his last outing against the Diamondbacks.
The right-handed pitcher has thrown the ball well for the Dodgers in 2020.
He has compiled a 3.86 ERA in 32 2/3 innings pitched (seven starts) with 36 strikeouts, seven walks issued, 10 home runs allowed, a 112 ERA+, and a 1.01 WHIP.
The Dodgers would prefer that Buehler can return before the regular season is over, so there is no large gap between his last start and him pitching in the postseason.
Chicago White Sox Place Starting Pitcher Dallas Keuchel on IL with Back Spasms
The Chicago White Sox have placed starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel on the injured list with back spasms, per a team announcement.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 10, 2020
The move to put Keuchel on the IL is retroactive to Sept. 7.
The injury to Keuchel is substantial to the White Sox rotation as the left-hander has been phenomenal this year.
Keuchel has posted a 2.19 ERA in 53 1/3 innings pitched (nine starts) with 32 strikeouts, 12 walks yielded, two home runs surrendered, a 3.16 FIP, and a 1.05 WHIP.
The White Sox signed Keuchel to a multi-year deal in the offseason, and he has been one of the best starting pitchers in the American League.
The White Sox are hopeful Keuchel will be healthy when the playoffs start as they will need the best version of Keuchel to have success in the postseason.
Oakland Athletics Third Baseman Matt Chapman to Undergo Season-Ending Hip Surgery
Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman was placed on the injured list a couple of days ago and will undergo surgery today, per a team announcement.
Today, the A's placed Matt Chapman on the 10-day injured list, recalled Seth Brown and added Daulton Jefferies as the 29th man for the doubleheader. Chapman will undergo surgery on Monday.
— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) September 12, 2020
The operation will repair a torn hip labrum, Chapman’s agent Scott Boras, told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Chapman will miss the rest of the season but will return to full strength after having rehab for about 12-16 weeks.
The third baseman had not played since Sept. 6, when he injured his hip.
Chapman had a decent 2020 campaign for the Athletics, by posting a .232 batting average and .812 OPS in 37 games with 10 home runs, nine doubles, two triples, and 25 RBIs.
The club will miss his production in the lineup but also his glove at third base.
Chapman is a superb defender as he won the Gold Glove Award last year.
The loss of Chapman is enormous for the Athletics, but, hopefully, it does not prevent them from having success in the postseason.
- Chris is a 29-year old New Jersey native whose favorite sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously attended Western New England College to study Sports Management. Chris has been following the Diamondbacks since he was 12. You can find him on Twitter at @aecanada12.
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