Cardinals’ Michael Wacha leaves in bottom of 4th with oblique strain

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha left Wednesday’s start against the Phillies with a left oblique strain.

The 26-year-old had thrown 75 pitches in the Cards’ 4-3 loss and was trailing 3-1 when he made a pitch and winced. After a visit to the mound, he left the game.

Wacha exited the game in the bottom of the fourth. He gave up three runs, one earned, in 3⅔ innings. He’ll have an MRI on Thursday.

Feeling a little bit better, Wacha said. I’m hoping for the best.

The Twins should get a bit of a boost Saturday as third baseman Eduardo Escobar is expected to return to the lineup. He sat out the series opener Friday after taking a pitch to an elbow a day earlier against the Boston Red Sox.

I think probably a tad better than I expected, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. He’s sore and there’s some limitation because there’s still a lot of swelling there that impedes his ability probably to throw accurately, as well as take his normal swing. But I’m fairly optimistic that in another, roughly, a little less than 24 hours, that he might be able to start a game tomorrow.

Miller allowed three runs in 2/3 of an inning Friday against the Astros. Houston went on to win the game 11-2.

Indians: OF Lonnie Chisenhall (bilateral calf soreness) was a late scratch. He was sidelined with a strained right calf from April 8 to June 5 and missed six weeks in 2017 with a similar injury.

White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (4-7, 7.19 ERA) takes on Athletics RHP Chris Bassitt (0-2, 2.45 ERA) in the opener of a four-game series Thursday in Chicago.

Indians RHP Shane Bieber (1-0, 3.97 ERA) faces Tigers RHP Mike Fiers (5-3, 4.09 ERA) as Cleveland continues its nine-game homestand Friday.

That’s not me, giving up walks like that, Hendricks said. Those were the problem there.

Winker connected on the second pitch from left-hander Randy Rosario, who hadn’t allowed a homer this season. The Reds’ sixth grand slam of the season moved them into a tie with Boston for most in the majors.

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