It hasn't always been pretty for the righty, who now has five starts under his belt, but Gee is managing to put his team (and himself) in a position to win ballgames. His seven strikeouts on Tuesday was a season high, and he has a respectable 26:7 K:BB since joining the starting rotation. He'll go at it again in Cleveland on Sunday.
It looked like Dyson was going to get the day off with Texas entering the bottom of the ninth with a 7-2 lead, but some Matt Bush struggles early in the frame necessitated the closer's abbreviated appearance. He threw all seven of his pitches for strikes to shut the door, and holds a firm grasp on the ninth-inning role at the moment.
He had just returned after missing over two months following core muscle repair surgery on March 17, and Carney speculated that Boxberger's season could be over. We will await word as to the severity of the injury, but this initially appears to be a pretty significant occurrence. Alex Colome, who was lights out as the closer while Boxberger was out, figures to continue to work as the ninth inning man going forward.
The 26-year-old righty has been up working out of the bullpen, and pitched five innings of relief in his last outing May 27, so he's stretched out nicely, relative to most relievers. At no point has Suarez ever profiled as a big strikeout pitcher, and the fact that he was being deployed as a reliever speaks to how the Giants view him long term. That said, it's a tasty matchup against the Braves, but that's really the only thing working in his favor for Wednesday's start.
With 51 innings under his belt at Double-A Biloxi, Hader is nearly halfway to his innings total from 2015 (104). The organization wants to give the 22-year-old a little time to recharge, so it will likely skip him one time through the rotation. Hader has been dominant this season -- he hasn't given up more than one run in any of his 10 starts and has posted a 65:17 K:BB.
An MRI revealed only inflammation on his throwing shoulder, and the hope is that the cortisone shot will alleviate his pain so that he can resume throwing. Meyer, who hasn't pitched since May 3, has felt great in his bullpen sessions, but then his arm/shoulder feels stiff the next day. His status should be updated later this week after the shot has had a chance to ease his pain.
It has only been a few days, but so far Perkins' throwing program is going well. The veteran closer has already suffered a setback since hitting the DL in mid April, so it's hard to say how long it will be until he can return to the big league bullpen. Stay tuned for updates about how his bullpen session went this weekend.
The hard-throwing right-hander will slowly work up the minor league ladder, and eventually progress to throwing on back-to-back days, before returning to the major league roster. Alvarez underwent surgery in late May to have bone chips removed from his elbow.
Gregerson entered the game after Scott Feldman allowed two runs (one earned) at the top of the ninth, but he didn't have problems to retire all three batters he faced while tossing only 18 pitches. Gregerson has only converted eight of his 11 save chances and currently spots a 3.28 ERA, but remains a pretty reliable option for the closer role in all formats. He has converted his last four save opportunities.
Jason Grilli was traded to the Blue Jays and Weber was called up to take his spot on the Braves' active roster. Weber was clobbered for nine runs on 15 hits (including two homers) in 7.2 innings with Atlanta earlier this year, and while the results have been much better with Gwinnett (2.81 ERA), he's managed a mere 13 strikeouts in 25.2 innings with the affiliate.