Christian Friedrich is most likely out for the season with a stress fracture in his lower back. An MRI confirmed what his body was telling him, that pitching was painful for a reason. Friedrich told the DP:
Everytime I tried to throw downhill it would bite at me…I tried to get through the side session and I couldn’t.
Will Nieves cleared waivers and has decided to become a free agent on Saturday, as opposed to a minor-league assignment. He was disappointed, wanting to stay with the team, but would rather find someone that wants him in their lineup.
Jhoulys Chacin was hit pretty hard in his rehab start, giving up a grand slam to Kevin Kouzmanoff. Chacin gave up four runs on five hits in four innings. He did have two K’s and two BB’s in the first of two starts with the Drillers, before moving on to Colorado Springs.