It’s already been reported today that four relievers are set to miss time due to injuries. The Red Sox lost two from their pen to the 15 day DL, the Tigers discovered they will be without one of their flamethrowers for the rest of the season and Houston’s closer is set to be examined after experiencing shoulder pain.
Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler have both been placed on the 15 day DL by the Boston Red Sox. Jenks and Wheeler are both dealing with strains, Jenks in his bicep and Wheeler in his calf. Boston may not be that unhappy to remove the righties from its pen; the two offseason additions each have ERAs north of 9.
The Detroit Tigers have announced they will be without reliever Joel Zumaya for the remainder of the season. Zumaya unsuccessfully attempted to rehab his right elbow in order to avoid surgery. The team has scheduled the reliever’s procedure for next Tuesday and anticipates he will miss the rest of the 2011 season.
Finally there is the case of Houston Astros closer Brandon Lyon. Lyon has been extremely inconsistent this season, only converting 4 of 8 save opportunities and posting an ERA of 7.15. In his latest appearance, Lyon gave up 3 runs and was unable to retire a batter as he blew his third consecutive save. Lyon’s fastball velocity has decreased of late, and the team has decided to have Lyon’s shoulder tested for damage. In his place, Astros manager Brad Mills has announced Mark Melancon will be the team’s closer.