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HOUSTON Houston Astros veteran catcher Brian McCann pledged on Friday that he will return before the regular season concludes despite undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee earlier in the week.

McCann was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday. There is no timetable for his return.

McCann had dealt with recurring knee pain since last year. After posting a 108 OPS in his first campaign with the Astros in 2017 Tracy Walker Jersey , McCann was down to a 73 OPS this season, slashing .206/.283/.323 with five home runs and 17 RBIs over 50 games. McCann has played in 1,657 games since making his debut on June 10, 2005, catching 12,733 innings with the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, and Astros during the regular season.

Hes got a little bit of mileage on him when it comes to catching games, said Astros manager A.J. Hinch, a former catcher. His knees have held up fine and he can play through a lot of pain. I think thats what I appreciate the most in learning and knowing how much pain he played through. He tried, and he did a lot of things to post for our pitching staff. I think thats one of the reasons hes one of the most respected guys in there is what hes willing to do to contribute.

As his play declined, his comfort declined and what it took for him to play every day, we needed to get it taken care of.

Right-hander Charlie Morton (10-2, 2.55 ERA) will get the start for the Astros on Saturday. Morton has faced the White Sox once previously, working seven shutout innings while allowing four hits and one walk with three strikeouts in a 3-0 victory with the Pirates on June 16, 2015.

Morton is 24-9 with a 3.18 ERA and 296 strikeouts over 249 innings with the Astros.

In his past two starts, Morton has dominated in a win against Toronto and a loss to Tampa. In a 7-0 win against the Blue Jays he struck out 13 in seven innings. The Rays touched him up for two runs Kelvin Benjamin Jersey , but that was enough for a 3-2 Tampa Bay win. Morton struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings.

Right-hander James Shields (3-9, 4.12 ERA) will start for the White Sox (30-5Cool on Saturday. He is 1-4 with a 5.17 ERA on the road this season and 2-3 with a 3.19 ERA over seven career starts against the Astros. In his only start against Houston this season, Shields gave up seven runs in 5 1/3 innings and took the loss in a 10-0 defeat on April 20.

In 76 games (75 starts) against the American League West, Shields is 26-26 with a 3.83 ERA.

With right-hander Reynaldo Lopez working just 4 2/3 innings, the Chicago bullpen was forced to shoulder a heavy load again on Friday. Right-hander Chris Volstad, and lefties Luis Avilan and Hector Santiago combined to allow eight runs on seven hits and one walk over 3 1/3 innings in Chicagos 11-4 loss, marking the 10th consecutive game the White Sox bullpen has surrendered a run.

Chicago relievers have pitched 303 2/3 innings this season, eighth-most in the American League.

Obviously, (Lopez) didnt give us the outing we were looking for, White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. Worked through quite a bit of traffic, some deep counts, pitch count ran up there a bit. Had to give it to the relief corps again, which is strained.

Neither Jarrod Dyson nor Justin Upton could tell whether Uptons bases-loaded line drive to the deepest part of center field would have made it out of Angel Stadium.

Dyson made sure nobody will ever know with a leaping, lunging catch that might have saved a win for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Paul Goldschmidt hit an early two-run homer and Zack Greinke pitched into the seventh inning of the Diamondbacks 12th victory in 16 games in June, 7-4 over the struggling Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

Dyson had an early RBI single, and he prevented at least a couple of runs in the seventh with his catch on a possible grand slam by Upton. The nimble outfielder made it look relatively easy, turning Uptons shot into a 390-foot sacrifice fly.

It was real sweet to take four off the board like that Patrick DiMarco Jersey , Dyson said. I dont know if it was going to go over, but if I didnt catch it, there was going to be more than one baserunner scoring.

Greinke (6-5) gave up back-to-back homers by Upton and Albert Pujols in the fourth, but the Diamondbacks backed him with six early runs, responding well after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth inning of a home loss to the Mets on Sunday.

Greinke left after giving up Kole Calhouns one-out single in the seventh with a 6-2 lead. Two more Angels reached base against Yoshihisa Hirano before Dyson dramatically tracked down Uptons full-count drive to the wall.

I knew I hit it hard, and it was going to be at least off the wall, Upton said with a grimace. He was in good position, and hes fast, and he just got it. I did my job. I hit the ball on the barrel, and I thought I had a home run. Thats baseball.

Mike Trout nearly pulled his own leaping feat moments later, but Nick Ahmeds homer glanced off his glove on the way over the center-field fence in the eighth for Arizonas final run in its ninth win in 11 games.

Hes one of a kind, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said of Dyson, who thinks he has taken away at least three potential homers by opponents this season. You just appreciate every play he makes, every little thing he does.

Ketel Marte also homered and Jeff Mathis had a two-run double for the Diamondbacks.

Trout had two singles and two walks for the Angels, who have lost seven of eight to fall well out of playoff position in the AL.

Upton the Diamondbacks No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft and Pujols connected to start the fourth for the Angels first back-to-back homers since last August.

I think we have the makings to go on a run, manager Mike Scioscia said. Were still a good club, and well just focus on (Tuesdays) game.

Arizona led 2-0 after two batters in its first game at Angel Stadium since June 2015. Goldschmidt followed Jon Jays leadoff single with his 15th homer Shaq Lawson Jersey , giving him 26 hits in his last 51 at-bats during another torrid stretch for the Diamondbacks cornerstone.

TROUTS TIME

Trout leads the majors with 62 walks and is batting .439 in June, but he didnt score a run. He also was caught stealing for the first time in 14 attempts this season by Mathis.

BARRIA BLUES

Jaime Barria (5-3) yielded six hits and six runs in four innings for the Angels. The 21-year-old Panamanian rookie lost his second straight start after winning five of his first seven in the majors. Obviously, I wasnt locating my fastball, he said.

BIG SAVE

Archie Bradley got four outs for his third save. He threw 19 consecutive fastballs before his first off-speed pitch, and Upton grounded it into a double play for the first two outs of the ninth.

ALBERTS ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Pujols homer was the 626th of his career, pulling him closer to Ken Griffey Jr. (630) for sixth place on baseballs career list. Pujols scored the 1,751st run of his career, tying Jimmie Foxx for 21st place.

TRAINERS ROOM

Diamondbacks: OFs Steven Souza Jr. (strained pectoral) and A.J. Pollock (broken thumb) are making progress in their recoveries, but arent cleared for full baseball activity.

Angels: After batting .145 before his injury, Calhoun went 2 for 3 in his return from a nine-game absence with a strained right oblique muscle. Even with Calhoun back, the Angels have 13 players on their disabled list, including nine pitchers. Right-handed reliever Jim Johnson played catch. He is out with back stiffness. RHP Garrett Richards is playing catch, but still resting his left hamstring strain.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: Matt Koch (5-3, 4.09 ERA) is 3-0 in four starts since May 22. He has never faced the Angels.

Angels: Relief pitcher Felix Pena (0-0, 10.13 ERA) is expected to make his first start of the season while Los Angeles patches a hole in its injury-plagued rotation. The offseason acquisition has been up and down from Triple-A Salt Lake, never earning a regular spot in the bullpen.

                 
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