Phillies’ closer still not feeling well
PHILADELPHIA — It was not the news fans of the Philadelphia Phillies wanted to hear on Monday.
That’s because Phillies reliever David Robertson was told by Dr. James Andrews not to throw for three weeks to allow the flexor strain in his right elbow time to heal.
Robertson hasn’t pitched since April 14. Philadelphia does not have a timetable for his return, but he is expected to miss at least another month.
Hector Neris has moved into the closer’s role with Robertson out, and has put up five saves in five chances. He has an earned-run average of 2.35. He is 0-1 but has 23 strikeouts and only five walks in 15 1/3 innings of work.
Robertson signed a $23 million deal in the offseason. The 34-year-old right-hander was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in seven appearances.
He was an All-Star with the Yankees in 2011 and has 137 saves in 12 seasons.
New York Yankees
NEW YORK — No sooner do the injury-ravaged Yankees finally get a player back than two more go down.
On the same day New York activated center fielder Aaron Hicks for the first time this season, third baseman Miguel Andujar and right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga were placed on the 10-day injured list.
The moves Monday left the Yankees with 13 players on the injured list. They’ve put 17 on the IL for 18 stints this year — Andujar now twice because of a small labrum tear in his right shoulder.
Runner-up for 2018 AL Rookie of the Year, Andujar was initially sidelined from April 1 to May 3. He is 3 for 34 since returning and is batting .128 overall (6 for 47) without an extra-base hit.
Loaisiga went on the IL, retroactive to Friday, with a strained pitching shoulder. Luis Cessa was tabbed to start in his place Monday night against Baltimore before the game was postponed because of rain.
To replenish the roster, New York recalled right-hander Chance Adams and lefty Nestor Cortes Jr. from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The team also optioned outfielder Mike Tauchman to the RailRiders following Sunday’s victory at Tampa Bay.
Boston Red Sox
BOSTON — Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had his minor league injury rehab assignment put on hold following a setback with his lingering left knee injury.
Pedroia was scratched from a game with Double-A Portland on Saturday, and his return from the rehab assignment was announced Monday.
The veteran infielder has played just nine games over the past two seasons since having surgery to replace cartilage in his left knee after the 2017 season. He was 2 for 20 in six games with Boston earlier this season.
Pedroia had played five games with Portland on the rehab assignment, going 4 for 16.
SEATTLE — The Oakland Athletics have designated slugger Kendrys Morales for assignment and activated Mark Canha from the 10-day injured list.
Morales was acquired from Toronto on March 27. The 13-year major league veteran appeared in 34 games and hit .204 with one home run and seven RBIs with the A’s. Morales is in the final year of a $33 million, three-year deal and is due $12 million this season.
Canha was added to the roster ahead of Monday’s series opener in Seattle and was in the starting lineup in left field. Canha had been on the injured list since April 29 with a sprained right wrist. He appeared in two games with Triple-A Las Vegas last weekend on a rehab assignment.
Chicago White Sox
CHICAGO — Carlos Rodon and Nate Jones will miss the rest of the season with arm injuries, leaving the rebuilding Chicago White Sox without two key pitchers.
Rodon is scheduled for elbow-ligament replacement surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles. The left-hander was selected by Chicago with the No. 3 pick in the 2014 amateur draft, but his career has been hampered by injuries.
Jones had surgery Monday to repair a flexor mass tear in his right forearm. The 33-year-old has struggled with injuries since he had a 2.29 ERA in 71 appearances in 2016.
While Rodon and Jones have been ruled out for the year, top prospect Eloy Jiminez could return to the White Sox before they go out on a seven-game trip next week. General manager Rick Hahn says Jiminez will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte today.
Kansas City Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals are bringing up top prospect Nicky Lopez from Triple-A Omaha, and he could make his big league debut when Kansas City opens a series against Texas on Tuesday night.
Right-hander Jake Newberry was optioned to Omaha in a corresponding roster move Monday.
The 24-year-old Lopez was the Royals’ fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft. He was hitting .353 with three homers and nine stolen bases in 31 games for the Storm Chasers.