Jose Urena was rocked for eight runs in 4 1/3 innings Friday against the Cardinals.
Ouch. Urena gave up a three-spot in the third before he was chased as part of a six-run fifth inning. He gave up eight hits (including a two-run homer to Jeremy Hazelbaker) and walked four. Urena was coming off back-to-back solid starts, but he could lose a rotation spot with Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea now in the fold.
Tommy Pham finished 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and three runs scored against the Marlins on Friday.
Pham was hit on the wrist by a pitch in the second inning, but he remained in the game and managed an RBI single in the Cardinals’ six-run fifth inning before slugging a 420-foot blast off Nick Wittgren one inning later. The 28-year-old has packed a punch when called upon this season, slugging seven homers in just 105 plate appearances.
Martin Prado went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in a loss to the Cardinals on Friday.
After hitting three homers through his first 95 games this season, Prado has now gone deep in back-to-back games. He has six multi-hit games in his last nine, raising his batting average from .313 to .327 overall. He’s third in the NL in batting average behind Wilson Ramos and Daniel Murphy from the Nationals.
Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday’s loss to the Cardinals.
The chase continues. Suzuki made the start on Friday after delivering a pinch-hit single on Thursday, but he failed to take advantage of the opportunity. He remains two hits away from 3,000 in MLB.
Alex Dickerson was diagnosed with a right hip contusion after leaving Friday's game after colliding with teammate Travis Jankowski in the outfield.
Given how bad the collision looked, Padres fans and fantasy owners alike can breathe a sigh of relief that the only damage is a hip contusion. He should be considered day-to-day.
Francisco Cervelli had to be removed from Friday's game against the Brewers after getting hit on the right ankle by a pitch while behind the plate.
Cervelli had to be helped off the field by team trainers and was unable to put any weight on his injured ankle. He'll presumably head for X-rays and the Pirates should have an update on his status before Saturday's game. Losing Cervelli for any length of time would be very detrimental to the Pirates.
Jason Kipnis went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Friday’s 5-3 win over the Athletics.
Kipnis tied things up with a single against Marc Rzepczynski in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Indians then took the lead on a wild pitch from Ryan Dull. Kipnis has hit .333 this month to go along with five homers, but it has resulted in just eight RBI. On the bright side, he has scored 18 runs in the process. He’s batting .285/.342/.483 with 16 homers on the year, so he’s shown a significant uptick in power from the previous two seasons.
Cody Allen tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Athletics on Friday for his 20th save of the season.
Allen struck out two batters in the frame and worked around a pair of singles. The 27-year-old took the loss in a non-save situation against the Orioles on Sunday, but he has bounced back with back-to-back scoreless appearances. Allen is 20-for-22 in save chances this season to go along with a 2.44 ERA, but rumors continue to circulate about the Indians looking for an impact bullpen arm.