With Wade LeBlanc landing on the 10-day DL due to a left quadriceps strain, Brault will make another trip up to the big leagues. During a pair of appearances with the club this year, he's allowed two earned runs off four hits and two walks while striking out two over four innings. He figures to serve in a long relief role out of the bullpen moving forward.
Enns was placed on the disabled list Thursday, and today received the shot to help the healing process in his pitching shoulder. It is a step in the right direction, but a time table can't be established for his return until he has a chance to undergo more tests.
Kershaw was able to throw another bullpen session prior to Friday's game in Detroit, tossing 40 pitches which went "very well" according to manager Dave Roberts. The southpaw is set for a three inning simulated game -- his second in as many weeks -- and then he's off for a rehab outing with either Double-A Tulsa or Triple-A Oklahoma City, which projects to occur next weekend. If all goes well, Kershaw could be back on the mound when the calendar turns to September.
Weaver has made two starts with the big-league club already this year, giving up a combined six runs on 10 hits and four walks while striking out 13 over 11.1 innings against the Brewers and Diamondbacks a few weeks ago. He figures to take the mound for Wednesday's game against the Padres, and could make a couple starts depending on the timetable for Wainwright's injury. On the year, Weaver has appeared in five games for the Redbirds, posting a 3.31 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.
That quote from Price is pretty ominous, so owners should brace themselves for the fact that we might not see Price on the mound again until 2018. His rehab was put on hold Wednesday, and he is still ailing heading into the weekend. Doug Fister will continue to serve as the fifth starter for now, and Brian Johnson could add some depth to the rotation if the Red Sox want to rest the occasional starter when rosters expand in September.
The Rockies will hit the reset button with Hoffman, who served up four home runs in 4.1 innings Thursday and dropped his fourth straight decision. He has struggled in a major way at home, as most pitchers do at Coors Field, and it's hard to imagine Hoffman will shed the "streamer" label even if he regains his form by September. Colorado could turn to Antonio Senzatela or Tyler Chatwood, or dip into the farm system, to replace Hoffman in the rotation.
He has three double-digit strikeout games in his last four starts with Double-A Birmingham, so this promotion was well deserved. Kopech has the best strikeout stuff in the minors (31.8 percent strikeout rate), but walks remain an issue (12.3 percent walk rate). Still, those free passes did not prevent him from posting a 2.87 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, as he limited the opposition to 77 hits in 119.1 innings. He is not on the 40-man roster and does not need to be added in the offseason, so it seems highly unlikely that we will see him in the majors until 2018.
With the minor-league season winding down, it seemed inevitable that we would see Giolito join the big-league rotation at some point in either late August or early September. He has not necessarily earned the promotion, but he is on the 40-man roster and has 166 career innings at Triple-A, so it is reasonable for Chicago to turn to him for this start. Giolito posted a 4.48 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 24.3 percent strikeout rate with Charlotte, so while he is a big ERA/WHIP risk, there is some strikeout upside. We know the date Giolito will make his debut, but it remains to be seen whether he will start the day game or the night game. The White Sox needed to call upon a sixth starter due to the doubleheader, so it is possible that Giolito will be sent back to Charlotte after Monday's start before rejoining the White Sox when rosters expand in September, or he could remain up for good, with his performance possibly dictating which course the White Sox take.
The move will mean Skaggs will be away from the team for anywhere from three to seven games, possibly forcing the team to skip his next start as he is away with his family. Andrew Heaney was activated from the disabled list in a corresponding move.
Wainwright was hit pretty hard during Thursday's outing, giving up five earned runs off seven hits over three innings before getting the hook in Pittsburgh. He wound up flying back St. Louis on Friday to be reevaluated, and will now make another stay on the disabled list. The right-hander recently returned from a back injury earlier this month, but has seemed out of sorts since, lasting just 11 innings over the course of three starts following his activation on Aug. 6. While there hasn't been a definitive timetable on Wainwright's status, he could return after just one or two missed starts depending on the severity. Luke Weaver will step into his place in the rotation starting Wednesday against San Diego.