BALTIMORE — The Purple Sox oft-used bullpen misplaced one in every of its better arms on Friday, when Heath Hembree was placed on the ten-day injured record with a proper elbow extensor pressure.
Hembree tried warming up to pitch the seventh inning on Thursday night time however felt soreness in his forearm and wasn’t capable of pitch.
“I feel better than I did final night time,” he stated Friday.
Hembree didn’t assume any testing was essential.
“I know I don’t need testing,” he stated. “It’s nothing I’m frightened about. Just a soreness I’m preventing via. Hopefully in a day or two it’s gone.”
The Sox anticipate to have Hembree again as quickly as the ten days are up. He was positioned on the injured listing retroactive to June 11.
“We’ll simply be careful with him,” manager Alex Cora stated. “He’s throwing the ball so nicely. Moderately not take the prospect. Made the move. He feels he ought to be effective sooner quite than later. It’s nothing main.”
Hembree had one of many few relievers Cora might trust in late-recreation situations. He has a 2.51 ERA and 1.12 WHIP whereas putting out 35 in 28-⅔ innings this yr.
Courting back to April 25, Hembree had allowed just one earned run in 20 appearances.
“We’ll determine it out,” Cora stated. “Obviously at present, it’s not that we’re hurting, but we’d like Eduardo (Rodriguez) to go out there and go deep. Hopefully the offense keeps swinging the bat properly. We hope we don’t should go to our guys. If we’ve to, we have now to. Anyone will step up.”
MOOKIE OUT, GETTING CLOSE
About every two weeks Cora tries to get his regulars a time without work.
Mookie Betts’ two-week mark was up on Friday, as Betts took a seat on the bench for a much wanted day of relaxation.
“We’ve been talking about that for a while,” Cora stated. “He fought it a bit bit yesterday after he hit that line drive to 3rd base. However after the game he talked to me like, yeah. He needs it. One factor that final yr, I do know it was a special season, he went on the DL and he had a while to relaxation. This yr he’s been grinding together with his swing.”
Because the start of Might, Betts has hit simply .242 with a .776 OPS, though he’s walked 33 occasions to 26 strikeouts in that stretch.
“He’s been working exhausting at it,” Cora stated. “A day like at the moment is sweet for him. He’ll play the rest of the week. We really feel like he’s getting shut. Yesterday was a very good signal, line drive up the center, line drive to 3rd base. He’s still dominating the strike zone but he hasn’t hit a line drive to 3rd base shortly. He’s been hitting plenty of fly balls empty to right area, middle subject. Yesterday, that was an excellent signal.”
SALE’S VELOCITY NOT AN ISSUE
Chris Sale will take the mound on Saturday having not allowed an earned run in a streak of 17 consecutive innings.
After beginning the yr with an eight.50 ERA in 4 starts, he has a 2.17 ERA and 106 strikeouts over sixty six-⅓ innings in his 10 begins since.
“Obviously, it was a wrestle early in the season,” Cora stated. It was fastball command, then the subsequent one was a slider, then it was mechanics and all that. He’s put every part together. Physically he feels great, he’s wholesome, which is crucial factor. I know a lot of people have been fearful about that early in the season, but there was nothing there. It was simply one thing each outing. Now he’s doing a great job of being constant.”
After averaging 89-92 mph in his first three starts, Sale has averaged 93-ninety four mph on his fastball since then. It’s still far off from the 96-ninety eight mph common he posted in Might, June and July of last yr, but that additional velocity might have contributed to not staying wholesome.
“It’s not like final yr the place it’s 98-99 mph,” Cora stated. “This yr the speed is a bit down, but he has ninety seven mph every time he feels prefer it. I don’t need to say he wasn’t sensible final yr, but final yr was like, pedal to the medal and maintain going. This yr is slightly bit totally different. He’s in an amazing spot.”
THOUGHTS STILL WITH ORTIZ
The newest replace on David Ortiz was on Thursday, when Ortiz remained in guarded situation within the intensive care unit at Massachusetts Basic Hospital.
Cora stated he’s stored in touch with Ortiz’s spouse, Tiffany, by means of the method.
“We are getting updates day by day,” Cora stated. “Hopefully on that off-day once we get back (on Thursday), we’ll have an opportunity to go visit him and spend time with him, be there with him and Tiff and the youngsters.”