From Wire Reports
The Pirates placed Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 25, because of posterior inflammation in his right elbow.
Cole has a 3.55 ERA in 114 innings during a season already interrupted by a trip to the DL, for a triceps strain in June. He had a 6.08 ERA in five August starts and allowed 41 hits in 26? innings.
The earliest Cole can return is Sept. 9. He visited Dr. Neal ElAttrache, an orthopedic surgeon and the team physician of the Los Angeles Dodgers, in Los Angeles on Monday.
“Posterior” refers to the back of the elbow. The ulnar collateral ligament, which is the ligament that requires reconstruction in Tommy John surgery, is on the inside of the elbow.
Cole has gone on the DL four times in four major league seasons because of four different injuries: Shoulder, lat, triceps and elbow. After two DL stints in 2014, he pitched 208 innings last season, posting a 2.60 ERA and finishing fourth in the Cy Young voting.
The Pirates used Cole as the corresponding move to add Steven Brault, who started Monday’s game, to the active roster. They announced the move about an hour before Brault took the mound.
Yoenis Cespedes is back in the lineup for the New York Mets, who are still without double-play partners Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera for the opener of a pivotal, four-game series against Miami.
Wilmer Flores is set to start at second base Monday night in place of Walker, sidelined for the second consecutive day by a stiff back. Kelly Johnson is at third base, with Jose Reyes sliding over to Cabrera’s spot at shortstop.
Cabrera, the NL player of the week last week, exited Sunday’s loss to Philadelphia in the first inning after aggravating a left knee injury that sidelined him twice earlier this year.
Twins’ Santana out
The Minnesota Twins placed center fielder Danny Santana on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left shoulder.
Santana was injured when he collided with left fielder Robbie Grossman in the first inning Sunday in Toronto. He left the game the following inning and was examined Monday in Minneapolis.
Santana, a switch-hitter, is batting .240 with two homers, 14 RBIs and 12 stolen bases for Minnesota, which has lost 10 straight games.
Maybin leaves game
Tigers outfielder Cameron Maybin left Monday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox in the fifth inning with an apparent injury after what turned out to be a needless headfirst slide into second base.
Maybin was trying to steal second when Ian Kinsler took ball four, meaning there was no play. The throw went to second anyway, and when Maybin slid in, his left hand appeared to make contact with second baseman Tyler Saladino’s knee.