MLB Notes: Astros place Colin Moran on DL after foul ball to the face

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MLB Notes: Astros place Colin Moran on DL after foul ball to the face

BALTIMORE -- Houston Astros rookie Colin Moran has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a facial fracture, and the third baseman remained hospitalized Sunday to receive treatment for the injury.

Moran fouled a ball off his face Saturday night in the sixth inning of Houston's 8-4 win over the Orioles. His face was bloodied and he had difficulty retaining his balance before being carted off the field.

Moran's overnight stay in the hospital enabled him to shake some of the nausea, but he remained in pain.

"Obviously he's not feeling very well. He's stable," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday, adding that the fracture is in the left cheek area.

Moran's eye, initially a concern, is fine, Hinch said.

Hinch said Moran will stay in a Baltimore hospital "for the foreseeable future until they decide what is next."

Playing his first game of the season Friday night, Moran hit his first big league home run and his first triple.

The 24-year-old appeared in nine games with Houston last season and was with Triple-A Fresno before being recalled last week.

"He was certainly trying to make his way into a little bit more playing time," Hinch said. "Obviously this is setback for him."

Hinch said Moran is expected to make a full recovery, though there is no timetable for his return.

The Astros filled out the 25-man roster by recalling first baseman Tyler White from Fresno.

White hit .299 with 19 doubles, 19 home runs, and 69 RBIs in 91 games with Fresno. He made the Astros' opening day roster in 2016, but this will be his first action this year.

RAYS: Reliever Romo acquired from Dodgers
LOS ANGELES  -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded reliever Sergio Romo to the Tampa Bay Rays in a deal between playoff contenders.

The NL West-leading Dodgers sent Romo and cash to the Rays for a player to be named or cash. The trade was announced after Tampa Bay, which holds an AL wild-card spot, lost to Texas on Saturday night.

Romo was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Thursday. The 34-year-old righty was 1-1 with a 6.12 ERA in 30 appearances for Los Angeles.

Romo spent his first nine seasons with San Francisco before signing with the Dodgers this year. He is 3-1 with four saves and a 3.09 ERA in 27 postseason games, including six scoreless innings in helping the Giants win three World Series championships.

Today's Lineup: Tommy Joseph dropped to 7th for series finale vs. Brewers


Today's Lineup: Tommy Joseph dropped to 7th for series finale vs. Brewers

Despite have just a 3-2 record over the last five games, the Phillies have still experienced an offensive resurgence by scoring 34 runs in that span.

It's been a team effort, but Tommy Joseph hasn't been the Phils' hottest hitter lately. Far from it.

So it's not a shock manager Pete Mackanin has dropped Joseph down to seventh in the order as the Phillies look to earn a series victory against the Brewers in today's finale of the team's three-game set.
Joseph is hitting .200 (7 for 35) with a double and and just 2 RBIs over the last nine games.

In the meantime, rookie Nick Williams has emerged (.333, 11 for 33 with two doubles, two triples, two homers and 11 RBIs over the last nine games) and Maikel Franco (.316, 12 for 38 with four doubles, a home run and 7 RBIs over the last nine games) has heated back up to shoulder the load for the Phils over this recent stretch.

Williams will move up to the fifth spot today while Franco will remain in the clean-up spot.

The Phils will face Brewers righty Junior Guerra this afternoon. The veteran righty comes in sporting a 1-3 record with a 4.77 ERA. He's coming off a no-decision in Pittsburgh last week when he tossed 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on three hits in an eventual Milwaukee loss. It tied for his second longest start of the season and he's only gone as deep as six innings this year. Sunday will mark Guerra's second career start vs. the Phils. He earned a win over them last June when allowed just three runs on three hits in six innings in a 6-3 Brew Crew win.

The Phillies will counter with Jerad Eickhoff, who's struggled to a 1-7 record and a 4.83 ERA this season. He's coming off a no-decision last week in Miami when he gave up five runs on five hits over six innings. He did punch out eight Marlins, though. It was his second start back from a DL stint caused by a back injury. In his two starts since returning to the Phils, Eickhoff has 16 strikeouts in 11 innings. He had 16 strikeouts in his previous five starts combined.

Both team's lineups for Sunday's series finale at Citizens Bank Park can be found below:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Howie Kendrick, LF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Nick Williams, RF
6. Odubel Herrera CF
7. Tommy Joseph, 1B
8. Andrew Knapp, 2B
9. Jerad Eickhoff, SP

1. Jonathan Villar, 2B
2. Eric Thames, 1B
3. Ryan Bruan, LF
4. Travis Shaw, 3B
5. Domingo Santana, RF
6. Manny Pina, C
7. Brett Phillips, CF
8. Orlando Arcia, SS
9. Junior Guerra, SP

Phillies show fight in 7-run comeback but see 3-game winning streak snapped in loss to Brewers

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Phillies show fight in 7-run comeback but see 3-game winning streak snapped in loss to Brewers


The big-picture implications of Jeremy Hellickson’s start Saturday against Milwaukee — i.e., his trade value, potential destination, etc. — were left to others to ponder.

Hellickson was more concerned about smaller matters.

Like the eight pitches he threw to Eric Thames in the third inning.

Or the three batters who followed Thames.

In Hellickson’s mind, that’s where the game was lost, as opposed to when the Brewers’ Domingo Santana lined a single to left off Hector Neris in the ninth, chasing home the tie-breaking run in a 9-8 Milwaukee victory (see Instant Replay).

Hellickson, left with a messy no-decision after the Phillies wiped out an 8-1 deficit, was more than willing to shoulder responsibility for the result.

“It just sucks, you know, scoring eight runs and you lose,” the veteran right-hander said. “Usually that falls on the starter, which it did tonight.”

Others might point to the decision by manager Pete Mackanin to bunt amid a three-run eighth inning or the sign that was missed by rookie Cameron Perkins on that play. But that was Hellickson’s story, and he was sticking to it.

In his next-to-last outing before the July 31 trade deadline, he was nicked for six runs in five innings. His ERA, 1.80 in April, is 5.81 since. He is in the last year of his contract and thus might have value as a rental to some team looking for an arm.

But again, there’s the small picture.

“That's not a start I want,” he said, “no matter what's going on.”

Lost in the debris was a 4 for 4 night by Odubel Herrera, who’s hitting .331 since June 1, not to mention three-run homers by Cesar Hernandez and Cameron Rupp, the second of which forged the 8-8 tie in the eighth.

“That was a tough one to take,” Mackanin said. “You’re down by seven runs, 8-1. I thought we had the momentum going in our favor, and we just couldn’t get it done.”

Hellickson rolled through the first two innings, and had two outs and a man on in the third when Thames came to the plate.

An eight-pitch duel following, ending with a walk.

“That was a good at-bat,” Hellickson said. “He put a couple good at-bats on me today. Especially with the humidity and (Ryan) Braun coming up, it was a good at-bat.”

Braun, a certified Phillie-killer (.379 lifetime against them, .398 in Citizens Bank Park), had lined a single through the box in the first. This time he roped a double into the right field corner to score the game’s first two runs.

Braun took third on the throw, then scored on a wild pitch with Travis Shaw at the plate. Shaw rocketed Hellickson’s 2-1 changeup to center for a double and came home when Santana singled on a first-pitch curveball.

So, 4-0.

“I think (the start) was good except for that four-batter span there in that third inning,” Hellickson said. “Can't walk Thames with two outs. … I’ve just got to find a way to get out of that inning after the second out.”

Braun, 3 for 3 in the game, also hit a two-run homer in the fifth. Herrera, who also doubled twice, answered with a solo shot in the bottom of that inning.

Milwaukee’s lead grew to 8-1 in the seventh. Braun drew a walk from reliever Adam Morgan, but Morgan later had him dead to rights on a pickoff attempt. Trouble is, first baseman Tommy Joseph overthrew second base, and leftfielder Howie Kendrick allowed the ball to get through him. Braun, as a result, came all the way around to score.

The paying customers, you may be sure, were not thrilled — even less so when Shaw followed with a homer.

The comeback followed. Four runs in the seventh, including Hernandez’s tracer into the seats in right-center. Rupp’s opposite-field shot an inning later.

Perkins singled after Rupp’s homer, the Phillies’ fourth straight hit off struggling reliever Jacob Barnes. Mackanin then asked Hernandez to sacrifice, but he popped up to Shaw, who was charging from third.

Perkins “misinterpreted” the sign, according to Mackanin, thinking the hit-and-run was on. He was, as a result, doubled off first. Inning over. Comeback, too.

“It was fun to watch,” Hellickson said of the rally. “Just got to find a way to get that third out with nobody on base.”

That’s how things looked from his vantage point, anyway. Others were, in the meantime, scanning the big picture.