Chris Carpenter has been given clearance, and will make his 2012 season debut when he takes on the Cubs on Friday.
Carpenter has missed the entire season with thoracic outlet syndrome, but has made remarkably quick progress in his recovery to get to this point. He threw a pain-free 95-pitch simulated game on Saturday and experienced no abnormal pain afterwards.
Assuming that the Cardinals stick with a five man rotation, Carpenter would get three starts before the end of the regular season. After his debut against the Cubs, he would take on the Astros in Houston on September 26 and then battle the Reds at home on October 2.
After having Tommy John surgery in 2008, Carpenter returned stronger than ever to post a 2.24 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 144/38 K/BB ratio in 192 2/3 innings in 2009. He has shown the ability to come back strong off of serious injuries and long layoffs in the past, and should be owned and active in all formats.
When healthy, he’s always shown the ability to be an elite starter. He draws a favorable schedule for his three starts, and with his extremely competitive nature you know he’ll be giving it his all every time out. He’s a much better option than most waiver wire options at this point of the season, and could be a true difference maker down the stretch.
McDonald booted from Pirates rotation
Wow, how the mighty have fallen. Heading into the All-Star break, James McDonald was one of the most dominant pitchers in all of baseball, posting a 9-3 record, 2.37 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 100/31 K/BB ratio over 110 innings of work.
Since that point, he’s been absolutely dreadful over 12 starts, going 3-5 with a horrifying 7.08 ERA, 1.74 WHIP and 51/37 K/BB ratio in 61 innings.
His inability to command the strike zone, decline in velocity and propensity to serve up the long ball (13 in the second half vs. 7 before the break) are all very troubling signs. McDonald is unlikely to make another start in the Buccos’ rotation this season, and will attempt to work out his flaws in the bullpen.
Still only 27-years-old, there’s plenty of time for him to right the ship and get his career back on track, but it’s been a terribly frustrating season for the hard-throwing right-hander.
The time is now for Martin Perez
The Rangers have officially announced that 21-year-old left-hander Martin Perez will replace Scott Feldman in the rotation for the remainder of the season.
It comes as no major surprise that Feldman was given the boot, as he posted a 6.99 ERA over his last seven starts. Perez is extremely highly thought of within the organization though, and has done a nice job in his first taste of big league competition.
Through 29 1/3 innings on the season (three starts, six relief appearances), he’s more than held his own with a 3.38 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 18/11 K/BB ratio. He does have some command issues, but there is also strong strikeout potential to be had here.
He’ll make his first start on Friday against the Mariners in Seatt
le, which would also line him up to pitch twice more this season at home and on the road vs. the Athletics. He’s well worth the gamble in mixed leagues.
National League Quick Hits: Jorge De La Rosa is expected to return from the DL and rejoin the Rockies rotation this week… Corey Hart could receive a pain-killing injection for his ailing left foot after an attempt at running Sunday didn’t go well… Troy Tulowitzki (groin) is aiming to return to the Rockies lineup for the final week of the season… Angel Pagan left Sunday’s game with a lower back injury, but it’s not believed to be serious… Shelby Miller earned his first career victory, tossing a scoreless inning of relief against the Dodgers… Though he is improving, the Reds are still unsure when Zack Cozart (oblique) will be able to return to the lineup… Kyle McPherson will make his first MLB start on Wednesday against the Brewers, taking James McDonald’s spot in the rotation… Yonder Alonso went 4-for-5 with a game-winning single against the Rockies, and is hitting .289 with five homers and 31 RBI since the All-Star break… Josh Reutledge blasted his first career grand slam in a loss to the Padres… Ryan Vogelsong was hammered again in a loss to the Diamondbacks and has compiled an abysmal 10.31 ERA over his last seven starts… Justin Upton homered for a second straight game, but still has only 15 bombs and 62 RBI in a disappointing season… Pedro Alvarez homered twice and plated five in a loss to the Cubs. He now has 29 homers and 80 RBI on the year… Anthony Rizzo smashed a pair of homers, and is hitting a stellar .300/.352/.491 with 14 homers and 43 RBI through his first 72 games… Ryan Braun swatted his NL-leading 39th and 40th homers in a victory over the Mets… Wily Peralta was outstanding, tossing eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball while fanning five in a victory over the Mets… Chase Headley continues to amaze, smashing his 28th homer of the season and driving home his 104th run… Gio Gonzalez was denied his 20th victory of the season in Sunday’s loss to the Braves… Jonathan Broxton recorded his 25th save, and second as a member of the Reds, in an extra-inning victory over the Marlins.
American League Quick Hits: The Royals recalled pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi from Triple-A after he posted a 3.03 ERA and 135/50 K/BB ratio in 145 1/3 innings over two minor league levels this season… Alex Avila left Sunday’s contest with an injured jaw and is considered day-to-day… Austin Jackson was scratched from Sunday’s lineup with an ankle injury, but is expected to rejoin the lineup on Monday… Edwin Encarnacion was scratched from the Jays lineup on Saturday due to a sore right big toe… Jim Thome is scheduled to play in a simulated game on Monday, and hopes to return to the O’s as a part-time DH before the end of the week… Chris Archer will start for the Rays on Wednesday against the Red Sox… Matt Harrison earned his 17th victory, allowing only one run over 8 2/3 innings against the Mariners… Matt Wieters launched a pair of homers in a win over the Athletics, giving him 21 on the season… Lonnie Chisenhall delivered a walk-off RBI single to beat Jose Valverde and the Tigers on Sunday… Miguel Cabrera blasted a three-run homer in a critical loss to the Tribe… Joe Mauer launched a solo homer in his return to the Twins lineup… Dayan Viciedo homered and drove home three, helping to lead the White Sox to a three-game sweep of the Twins… Mark Trumbo snapped an 18-game homerless drought with a three-run shot against the Royals… Matt Moore was hammered to the tune of five runs on three hits in three innings in a losing effort against the Yankees… Brandon Morrow tossed six shutout innings in a win over the Red Sox… Chris Tillman will rejoin the Orioles rotation to take on the Mariners in Seattle on Monday… Jose Valverde picked up his first blown save since July 14 in a crucial loss to the Indians on Sunday… Adam Dunn belted his 39th home run of the season in a win over the Twins… Jim Johnson matched Fernando Rodney with his MLB-leading 43rd save… With Ernesto Frieri unavailable, Kevin Jepsen recorded his second save of the season… Hiroki Kuroda struck out 10 and earned his 14th victory in a win over the Rays.