MLB notebook: Astros' Sanchez set for shoulder surgery


Houston Astros right-hander Aaron Sanchez will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery next week, general manager Jeff Luhnow told reporters Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Aug 20, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez (18) delivers a pitch against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Sanchez last pitched Aug. 20. When he initially was sidelined, the club said he had a sore right pectoral muscle. It wasn’t clear when Sanchez’s pitching shoulder became an issue, but Luhnow said the Astros would release more information after the procedure.

Sanchez was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays at the July 31 trade deadline with the hope he would fit into a rotation led by Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and fellow recent acquisition Zack Greinke.

Sanchez, 27, is 2-0 with a 4.82 ERA in four starts with Houston. He pitched six no-hit innings against the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 3 as part of a combined no-hitter in his club debut.

—Chicago Cubs right-hander Craig Kimbrel was placed on the 10-day injured list due to right-elbow inflammation, team president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told reporters.

Kimbrel, 31, underwent an MRI exam and nothing overly troubling was detected. The move was retroactive to Monday.

Chicago recalled infielder David Bote from Triple-A Iowa to take Kimbrel’s roster spot.

—Tampa Bay Rays ace left-hander Blake Snell will make a rehab start on Saturday for Triple-A Durham, manager Kevin Cash said.

Snell has been sidelined since late July after undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his pitching elbow.

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Cash said the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner will throw about 20 pitches in Saturday’s contest, which is a playoff game for Durham. The 26-year-old Snell last pitched on July 21, when he struck out 10 and allowed three hits in six shutout innings in a victory against the Chicago White Sox.

—Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria will miss this weekend’s home series against the Los Angeles Angels following shoulder surgery.

Bench coach Joe McEwing will take over for Renteria, who will have surgery on his right rotator cuff on Friday in Chicago.

Renteria, 57, expects to rejoin the team next week.

—Field Level Media



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