Shields won't make another start before the end of the season due to knee tendinitis, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Shields will get PRP injections in both of his knees and rest up for the remainder of the regular season. Chris Volstad is expected to step into the rotation to start Sunday for Shields. The 35-year-old compiled a 5.23 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 117 innings (21 starts) this season.
Shields (5-7) allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight batters through seven innings during Monday's win over the Angels. Shields entered Monday with a serviceable 4.56 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.6 K/9 through his previous nine outings, so this was another respectable showing from the veteran. Those are helpful fantasy numbers in deeper settings. Unfortunately, Shields lines up for a potentially tough road start against Cleveland to finish off his 2017 campaign.
Shields (4-7) allowed three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out five in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Astros. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Shields. The 35-year-old has a 5.40 ERA, the second consecutive season with an ERA above 5.00, and is giving up a career-high 2.1 home runs per nine innings. After 10 straight seasons with more than 30 starts, there's a lot of mileage on that right arm. Now might be the time his effectiveness as a starter diminishes.
Shields (4-6) earned a win Thursday despite allowing four runs on nine hits -- including three homers -- over six innings against the Tigers. He struck out seven and issued one walk. This was ugly and it could have been much worse; all three homers allowed were solo shots. The fact that he was the "victor" here speaks to the futility of the pitcher win. Shields did turn in a strong performance his last time out Sept. 9 against San Francisco, but the underlying numbers suggest Shields has been even worse over the course of the season than his 5.43 ERA would indicate. He faces the Astros in Houston next week.
Shields (3-6) earned the win over the Giants on Saturday, throwing seven innings and giving up just one run on two hits and two walks. He struck out five as the White Sox won 13-1. Shields' offense backed him with six home runs, and perhaps some are surprised that he only gave up one in this affair. Shields has posted four quality starts in his last seven efforts, but this was a near cupcake matchup, which any mixed fantasy player wanting to speculate should remember. The right-handed veteran next lines up for a road start against the Tigers next Thursday.
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