Bucs put Williams on IL

From Mirror, wire reports

SAN DIEGO — Pittsburgh Pirates starter Trevor Williams, who has been one of the bright spots in the team’s rotation this season, was put on the 10-day injured list on Friday, a day after he left Thursday night’s 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres.

The Pirates listed the injury on the web-site as a right side strain. Williams sustained the injury in the fourth inning and exited the game immediately.

Pittsburgh called up two pitchers from Triple-A Indianapolis where it also optioned right-hander Richard Rodriguez. Right-hander Clay Holmes was recalled from Indianapolis, and the Bucs selected the contract of right-hander Geoff Hartlieb, also from Indianapolis.

Hartlieb, named as the Pirates’ No. 29 prospect by MLB Pipeline, posted a 3.32 ERA in 12 relief appearances with Indianapolis this season, with 23 strikeouts in 19 innings. In four Minor League seasons, the 25-year-old Hartlieb has a 3.01 ERA and he has averaged 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings.

Holmes, 26, had a 6.75 ERA in two appearances with the Pirates earlier this season and a 6.32 ERA in 10 games at Triple-A.

Williams, 27, leads the Bucs with 54 innings pitched and he has a 3.33 ERA. He had pitched at least six innings in each start this season before the injury halted his outing on Thursday.

Rodriguez, 29, has not been able to match his 2018 success. He had a 2.47 ERA in 63 relief outings last season and he struck out 11.4 batters per nine innings. This season, the ERA has ballooned to 5.49, and Rodriguez has allowed eight home runs in 19-plus innings. In 2018, he allowed five homers in 69-plus innings.

The club also announced that catcher Jacob Stallings has cleared outright waivers and he has been assigned outright to Indianapolis.

Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead, three-run homer for San Diego off Rodriguez in Thursday night’s Padres win. He was charged with three earned runs on three hits in just one inning of work. The home run came with two outs in the sixth inning and it gave his team a 4-2 lead at the time.

Franmil Reyes also homered, connecting off Williams, who is from San Diego. Gregory Polanco made it a one-run game with a homer to right in the seventh, his third.

Adam Warren (3-1) pitched two-thirds of an inning for the win, and Kirby Yates pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 17th save of the season.

Williams, who played at Rancho Bernardo High, left with two outs in the fourth after striking out Myers. He allowed one run and two hits, struck out five and walked one. He loaded the bases with one out in the first on a walk, a single and a hit batter before striking out Alex Dickerson, who also played at Poway High, and getting Myers to ground out.

Los Angeles Dodgers

CINCINNATI — The Dodgers put Kenta Maeda on the 10-day injured list after he hurt his left thigh, costing them one of their best starters in May.

Maeda gave up only three hits in 6-plus innings of a 2-0 win over the Padres on Wednesday. The right-hander is 5-2 in nine starts with a 3.52 ERA. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts.

New York Mets

MIAMI — Twelve years later, outfielder Carlos Gomez is back in the New York Mets’ lineup.

New York selected Gomez’s contract from Triple-A Syracuse and had him batting sixth and in right field Friday night at Miami.

The Mets placed outfielder Michael Conforto on the seven-day injured list due to a concussion, and designated outfielder Keon Broxton for assignment. They recalled right-hander Paul Sewald from Syracuse.

Gomez, an All-Star for Milwaukee in 2013-14, last played for the Mets when he was a rookie in 2007. They signed him to a minor league contract in March, and he batted .270 with 22 RBIs in 35 games for Syracuse.

Broxton batted .143 in 34 games for New York this season.

Conforto was hurt Thursday when he collided with a teammate while chasing a popup.

Washington Nationals

WASHINGTON — Shortstop Trea Turner was activated from the 10-day injured list by the Washington Nationals, who placed starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez on the IL a day after he strained his left hamstring.

The 25-year-old Turner missed 38 games with a broken right index figure sustained April 2 against Philadelphia. He hit .357 with a double and two homers through the first four games of the season.

Sanchez (0-6, 5.10) was removed in the second inning of Thursday’s start against the New York Mets with the hamstring strain. Martinez said the 35-year-old right-hander was walking without pain Friday.

Minnesota Twins

SEATTLE — The Minnesota Twins placed Nelson Cruz on the 10-day injured list with a strained left wrist that was showing improvement but not enough to avoid sidelining the slugger.

The move Friday was retroactive to last Tuesday. The expectation is Cruz should be ready to go when the 10 days expire and he’s likely to rejoin the lineup May 24 when Minnesota returns home to host the Chicago White Sox.

Cruz had missed four straight games due to the wrist strain and said the time of the year was a major factor. Rather than trying to play through the injury, Cruz and the Twins decided resting the wrist now would be the best move. Cruz said if it was later in the season, he would play through it.

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