Start: Farmington’s Silseth gets his second league start on Friday
A preview of what’s happening around the majors on Friday:
HUNT SUMMARY: Farmington native Chase Silseth gets his second major league start at home for the Los Angeles Angels against Oakland. The 22-year-old Piedra Vista grad — and the first player in the 2021 draft to reach the majors — pitched six shutout innings last Friday, also against Oakland. He allowed two hits and struck out four.
CANADIAN CLUB: Reds star Joey Votto expects to come off the COVID-19 list this weekend, just in time to face the Blue Jays in his hometown of Toronto.
A six-time All-Star in 16 seasons, Votto hasn’t played much in front of home fans — just nine games at Rogers Center, in which he hit three homers while going 8-for-33 (.242) with seven RBIs.
Votto is having a difficult start to the season. He hit .122 with no home runs and three RBIs in 22 games, and struck out 29 in 74 at-bats.
He last played in Cincinnati on May 1. Votto went through rehab with Class A Dayton before this weekend.
YOU AGAIN? Bryce Harper battled it out at Dodger Stadium last weekend, leading the Phillies to three straight wins over Los Angeles. He homered in every game and went 8 for 12 with four doubles and eight RBIs.
The only thing that stopped Harper was an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his right elbow that kept him out of action on Sunday. The reigning NL MVP has not been in the roster since then due to lingering effects. He could return this weekend to face a familiar foe when the Dodgers visit Citizens Bank Park.
SICK KEEPERS: Cleveland’s star third baseman José Ramírez undergoes x-rays and other tests on his right shin after fouling himself. He could miss a game or two.
Ramírez was injured in the eighth inning of Thursday’s 4-2 loss to Cincinnati. In the dirt for several minutes, he got up and scored his 34th RBI, then was pulled for a pinch.
CARPENTER FOR HIRE: In a mutual decision, three-time All-Star Matt Carpenter, 36, was released by the Texas Rangers from their Triple-A team and became a free agent.
Carpenter went to spring training on a minor league contract and accepted the Round Rock assignment despite not being on the Rangers roster on Day One. He hit .275 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 21 Triple-A games, but Texas had no major league berth for him.