Strickland out for weeks
March 31, 2019
After blowing a save in the second game of the Boston series, reliever Hunter Strickland was diagnosed with a grade-2 latissimus strain and will be out of action for at least eight weeks. Strickland felt discomfort while warming up in the bullpen prior to entering the game, but didn't consider it to be debilitating until he'd thrown pitches in the game. He was tagged with the loss after serving up a three-run home run to Mitch Moreland in the ninth inning.
Strickland missed much of spring training with a stiff lower back, suggesting the injury was primed well beforehand and exacerbated by the stress of throwing. “They said there’s no real timetable” for recovery, Strickland said. “Everybody is different. So it’s just kind of how I’m recovering. Hopefully sooner than later.” Best estimates at this point are eight to ten weeks.
Replacing Strickland on the roster is 24-year-old right-hander David McKay, who played the bulk last year with Double-A Arkansas, going 5-1 with a 2.49 ERA in 502⁄3 innings. He has one inning of experience in Triple-A and has never appeared in the Majors.
McKay's stay may be short, though as Anthony Swarzak is due to be activated from the injured list this week, either for the Tuesday game against the Angels or during the White Sox series in Chicago.