Ryan Sweeney, Chicago Cubs
Sweeney underwent an MRI on his right hamstring on Friday after Chicago’s 6-5 win vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cubs already have been playing short-handed in the outfield since Justin Ruggiano went on the disabled list on April 24 with a left hamstring strain.
If Sweeney is forced to miss some time, the Cubs likely will call up Chris Coghlan, who was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2009 with the Marlins. Coghlan was batting .243 in 24 games with Iowa.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers
Ryu has been placed on the DL with shoulder inflammation. He reported the discomfort after his most recent start, Sunday against the Colorado Rockies, when his fastball topped out at only 87 mph.
Ryu has already made seven starts (tied for the most in the majors) and thrown 39 innings, going 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA. The DL move with Ryu means the Dodgers will have to reach into the minor leagues for another spot starter Sunday.
That spot start won’t go to Clayton Kershaw, who isn’t expected to rejoin the team until Tuesday in Washington.
David Freese, Los Angeles Angels
Freese left Friday’s game with a bruise in his right middle finger after taking a fastball from Rangers starter Colby Lewis.
He is batting .202, though he has six hits in his last 13 at-bats and has shown signs of turning the corner.
He was replaced in the Angels’ lineup by Ian Stewart.
Adam Eaton, Chicago White Sox
Eaton left Friday’s 12-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians early with a right hamstring strain and is listed as day to day.
It is a good bet that a DL stint is coming for the center fielder.
That’s a tough blow as he entered Friday’s game with a pretty decent .281/.364/.385 slash line with a homer and 14 RBIs.
Kevin Kouzmanoff, Texas Rangers
After a hot start filling in for Adrian Beltre, Kouzmanoff will miss a ton of time.
Kouzmanoff will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a herniated disk in his lower back. The recovery time is said to be 8-12 weeks and he will likely be out until sometime after the All-Star break.
He was hitting .362 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 13 games before being placed on the disabled list on April 25.