Garrett Richards left Wednesday's start against the Red Sox with a potentially serious knee injury.
Richards was covering first base when his knee buckled, and he remained on the ground for several minutes. He was eventually carted off the field, an ominous sign. Richards had allowed five hits and two runs in his 1 2/3 innings of work before exiting. The Angels should update his status soon, but it would be a devastating blow if he's lost for a substantial period of time.
Mets manager Terry Collins said Jenrry Mejia was unavailable Thursday with a back issue.
Mejia has been hobbled by a hernia recently, but Collins made sure to differentiate. The 24-year-old is still the Mets' closer, but he's been rendered less effective by the various ailments in recent weeks. He'll still get the occasional save, but it won't come without some headaches for fantasy owners going forward.
Clayton Kershaw's next start has been moved to Thursday against the Padres.
Kershaw was originally slated to go Friday for the series opener against the Mets, but Zack Greinke was pushed back a few days to give his sore elbow a little rest. Kershaw will be on regular rest for the start, so there should be no concern about his effectiveness.
Jacob deGrom (shoulder) will be activated and start Saturday against the Dodgers.
Everything has gone well with deGrom's recovery from rotator cuff tendinitis. His return will be welcomed by fantasy owners, as the 26-year-old is 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA and 94/33 K/BB ratio over 100 1/3 innings thus far this season.
Bartolo Colon will start Sunday at the Dodgers before returning to the Dominican Republic for his mother's funeral.
Colon missed his Monday start and has been on the bereavement list after his mother lost her battle with breast cancer earlier this week. He will fly back to the Dominican Republic briefly, but he shouldn't miss another turn in the rotation after his Sunday start.