After throwing 34 pitches Tuesday, the Pirates did not have closer Jason Grilli available Wednesday against the Cubs. With a 2-1 lead heading into the ninth, they turned to a reliever who has been almost as dominant as Grilli this season, Mark Melancon
Melancon, who entered the game with 16 holds, earned his first save despite allowing the winning run to reach base with one out. But two pop flies to second base to end the threat and the game.
Melancon allowed a hit and struck out one batter, who reached based on a wild pitch. He needed 22 pitches to finish the save.
Melancon has an 0.72 ERA in 25 appearances, with 26 strikeouts and a walk in 25 innings.
Shawn Camp hid toe injury
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Cubs reliever Shawn Camp
has been dealing with a sprained toe for nearly a month
, according to the Chicago Sun-Times
, but he did not disclose the injury to the team until Sunday, when he first received treatment for it. Camp did not respond well to the treatment, forcing him to be placed on the disabled list Wednesday.
Camp had a 7.56 ERA and three blown saves before the injury, and it appears as if he might require a lengthy stay on the DL. He has been told to stay off his foot until the pain and swelling subsides.
The Phillies announced Wednesday that pitcher Phillippe Aumont
was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after a 3-0 win over the Marlins. A corresponding roster move will be announced before Friday's game against the White Sox.
Aumont had a 4.15 ERA in 16 appearances for the Phillies. He struck out 15 in 13 innings, while walking 10 and allowing 17 hits.
Fernando Salas to see specialist Thursday
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Cardinals reliever Fernando Salas
will see St. Louis-area orthopedic surgeon Dr. George Paletta Thursday
, MLB.com reports. Salas was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with inflammation in his right shoulder.
Nationals closer Rafael Soriano
bounced back Wednesday from two blown saves with a 1-2-3 inning to secure a 2-1, extra-inning win over the Giants.
Soriano needed 17 pitches for a perfect 10th inning, a night after he blew a save chance. He retired all three batters he faced on fly balls for his 13th save of the season.
Soriano has 13 saves in 16 opportunities with a 3.00 ERA in 21 innings.
Rex Brothers fills in for ninth
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Rockies reliever Rex Brothers
stepped into the closer's role Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, with Rafael Betancourt nursing a groin injury. Brothers allowed a hit but earned his first save, throwing nine pitches in the 4-1 win.
Brothers lowered his ERA to 0.42, with 21 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings. He has a 1.13 WHIP and six holds working mostly in middle relief.
Jeanmar Gomez the likely odd man out
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Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton is expected back from the disabled list early in June, which could cost Jeanmar Gomez
his spot in the rotation
, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
. Manager Clint Hurdle said the team does expect Morton to be in the rotation once his rehab assignment is over.
"We won't have to worry about that for another 10 days," Hurdle said. "We all believe that starting is Charlie's niche right now."
Gomez has a 2.78 ERA and has allowed six runs in 18 2/3 innings in four starts.
Mike Adams will need rehab
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Phillies reliever Mike Adams
hopes to return from the disabled list before the end of the weekend, but that does not appear to be the team's plan
, according to pitching coach Rich Dubee.
"He's throwing fine," Dubee told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "But he needs to see some hitters."
Adams is set to go to extended spring training in Clearwater, Fla., to face hitters in batting practice Friday then in a rehab game Monday. Assuming everything goes well in his recovery from a back strain, he is likely to be activated no sooner than Tuesday.
Manny Parra moving up to Triple-A
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Reds reliever Manny Parra
is set to continue his minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville Thursday, as he continues to recover from a strained left pectoral muscle.
Parra has made three starts at Double-A Pensacola, pitching five combined scoreless innings. Parra has been out since the end of April.
Sean Marshall unavailable with shoulder inflammation
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Reds reliever Sean Marshall
is sidelined, due to inflammation in his left shoulder
, a similar issue to the one that forced him to the disabled list earlier in the season.
"A little bit," he told the Cincinnati Enquirer . "I'm getting a little better understanding of when it feels good and when it needs a little more rest. Today, when I was warming up as normally do to get my shoulder loose, I felt little bit of crankiness. I threw some balls and felt a little bit of crankiness."
Marshall does not seem to think this will also require a trip to the DL, but they are being extra careful with him.
"We're erring on the side of caution," Marshall said. "I told them I was little sore. We have some very capable arms come out of the bullpen a time or two season so far. I needed this extra day of rest. I'll be back to the way I’ve been feeling."