Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Gerrit Cole's elbow injury could be a bone spur issue.
The good news is that an MRI didn't reveal any ligament damage, according to Biertempfel. Cole will receive a second opinion on his elbow from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Sunday. The righty has posted a 7.06 ERA over his last four starts, so it's possible the elbow has been bothering him for a while. Steven Brault will fill in for Cole on Monday versus the Cubs. It's unclear at this point how much time Cole might miss, although more should be known after Sunday's exam.
Hector Santiago revealed Saturday that his left thumb has been bothering him for nearly two months.
"I went back and watched a [July 2] start against Boston. I threw a pitch and you can see me [grimace] from the pain," Santiago said. "That was almost two months ago, so it’s not like this just came up. But it got really bad about 10 days ago." Santiago pitched well in July but has really struggled since joining the Twins earlier this month, posting a 10.89 ERA in his four starts. He'll start Monday after having a start pushed back and the southpaw says that his thumb is feeling much better. "There were days when it was throbbing before I even got to the park, but that’s over," he said.
John Lackey (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Monday at Wrigley Field.
It will be his first time throwing off the bump since he suffered a right shoulder strain in his August 14 outing. Lackey will not be ready for his next turn on Wednesday, which means Mike Montgomery will get another start. It's unclear what the next step will be for Lackey after Monday.
Braves pitching prospect Jed Bradley could be called up to make his major league debut Wednesday versus the Padres.
The former first-round pick has experience a career resurrection since being acquired from the Brewers in June, posting a 2.19 ERA and 84/28 K/BB ratio over 78 innings between Double- and Triple-A. Bradley could wind up sticking the rotation for the rest of the season if he pitches well, as the Braves are desperately in need of quality arms.
The Braves will skip Joel de la Cruz's next start.
De la Cruz has allowed nine runs over his last two starts and could be wearing down since he did more relieving than starting at Triple-A this season. Matt Wisler will start on regular rest Tuesday in de la Cruz's place.