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  • Volquez gives up grand slam in Wild Card loss
    Edinson Volquez gave up a grand slam and allowed five runs total over five innings in Wednesday's Wild Card Game loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Volquez got by in the first three innings before two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth inning. An ill-placed pitch to Brandon Crawford changed that. Volquez was charged with another run in the sixth inning, giving up five hits and three walks on the evening. It was a disappointing end to a great season for Volquez, who revived his career to go 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA during the regular season. His strong year certainly earned him a few more million dollars on the free agent market this winter.
    Yesterday, 8:21 pm
  • Blue Jays outright INF Kawasaki to Triple-A
    Blue Jays sent INF Munenori Kawasaki outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The move gives the Jays a spot on the 40-man roster. Kawasaki hit .258/.327/.296 in 82 games with the Blue Jays this season.
    Yesterday, 5:05 pm
    Not Active
    L, 1-0 vs ^ Bal
  • Vogt expected to have offseason foot surgery
    Stephen Vogt is expected to have surgery to repair a plantar plate tear in his foot.

    Advice: Vogt will get a second opinion, but surgery seems likely. Vogt is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.
    Yesterday, 4:13 pm
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Ryu (shoulder) throws 45-pitch simulated game
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) threw a 45-pitch simulated game with "no problems before, during or after with his shoulder."

    Advice: With no problems reported, Ryu should be on schedule to make a start against the Cardinals in the NLDS. With Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke slated for the first two games, the earliest the Dodgers would need Ryu is Monday. Ryu hasn't started since September 13.
    Yesterday, 4:02 pm
  • C.J. Wilson slated to start ALDS Game 3
    C.J. Wilson will start Sunday's Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Royals.

    Advice: The Angels are rolling with a three-man rotation, with Jered Weaver and Matt Shoemaker slotting into the other two spots. Wilson finished the year with a mediocre 4.54 ERA, and the Angels will be hoping for more out of him come Sunday.
    Yesterday, 3:26 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud gets surgery for bone chips
    Travis d'Arnaud underwent surgery Wednesday to remove bone spurs from his right elbow.

    Advice: The procedure went according to plan and should have little effect on d'Arnaud's offseason regimen. The 25-year-old catcher batted .265/.313/.474 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 53 games after the All-Star break and has the look of a potential breakout candidate for the 2015 fantasy season.
    Yesterday, 1:45 pm
  • Vargas to start Game 1 of ALDS vs. Angels
    Jason Vargas will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: Vargas, who pitched for the Angels in 2013, had a 3.71 ERA across 30 starts this season with Kansas City. Danny Duffy was the likely alternative for the Game 1 assignment. The rest of the rotation for the series has yet to be announced.
    Yesterday, 12:47 pm
  • Machado (knee) close to jogging in pool
    Manny Machado (knee) could begin jogging in a pool next week at the team's complex in Sarasota, Florida.

    Advice: Machado underwent season-ending surgery in late August to repair a partially-torn ligament in his right knee, but he already has full range of motion. His goal is to be ready for spring training, but he still has plenty of hurdles to cross.
    Yesterday, 12:43 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 1-0 x @Tor
  • Russell Martin in lineup for Wild Card Game
    Russell Martin (groin) is in the Pirates' starting lineup for Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Giants.

    Advice: Martin missed the Pirates' final two regular season game after aggravating a lingering groin injury, but he's not going to miss Wednesday's do-or-die contest. The full lineup: Josh Harrison 3B, Jordy Mercer SS, Andrew McCutchen CF, Martin C, Starling Marte LF, Neil Walker 2B, Gaby Sanchez 1B, Travis Snider RF, Edinson Volquez SP.
    Yesterday, 12:24 pm
  • Morse (oblique) not on Wild Card roster
    Michael Morse (oblique) is not on the Giants' roster for Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, as Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Morse was "doubtful" to play. The 32-year-old hasn't played since August 31 with a strained left oblique and his status is in question even if the Giants play far into October.
    Yesterday, 10:51 am
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Peavy on roster for Wild Card Game vs. Bucs
    Jake Peavy is on the Giants' roster for Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Pirates.

    Advice: Tim Lincecum is also on the roster. Peavy won't be used if all goes as planned for the Giants, but they want him around for insurance for Madison Bumgarner. The Giants are also going with three catchers, which will enable them to use Andrew Susac's bat off the bench.
    Yesterday, 10:12 am
  • MRI shows Cliff Lee's elbow healing well
    Cliff Lee (elbow) underwent an MRI last Friday which showed that his left flexor tendon is healing well.

    Advice: Lee was shut down in late-July due to the recurrence of a flexor pronator strain in his left elbow. The veteran southpaw was treated with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection and will not require surgery. He'll begin a throwing program in November and the hope is that he'll be ready for spring training, but he remains a question mark going into 2015.
    Yesterday, 9:26 am
    Disabled List
    L, 2-1 vs Atl
  • Overbay is '99.9 percent sure' he will retire
    Lyle Overbay said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Wednesday that he's "99.9 percent sure" that he'll retire.

    Advice: Overbay appeared in 121 games with the Brewers this season while batting just .233/.328/.333 with four home runs and 28 RBI. Assuming he's done, the 37-year-old will finish his career with a .266 batting average to go along with 1,355 hits, 151 home runs and 675 RBI over 14 seasons.
    Yesterday, 9:11 am
    L, 5-2 vs x ChC
  • Mariners' Taijuan Walker will pitch in AFL
    Taijuan Walker will pitch 30 innings in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Walker missed some time this season with a shoulder injury, so the Mariners want to get him some more innings going into the offseason. The 22-year-old posted a 2.61 ERA and 34/18 K/BB ratio in 38 innings across five starts and three relief appearances in the majors this year and should be a popular late-round flier in mixed leagues in 2015.
    Yesterday, 8:24 am
  • Crisp leaves game with hamstring injury
    Coco Crisp left Tuesday's game against the Royals with a right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Crisp tweaked his hamstring on a swing in the top of the 11th. He took the field for the bottom of the frame but decided he couldn't go. It's an ailment that could conceivably keep him out a while if the A's advance, but more should be known about his status after the game.
    Tuesday, 9:14 pm
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Martin nursing lingering groin injury
    Russell Martin revealed Tuesday that the ailment he's dealing with is actually an aggravation of a groin injury from earlier this season.

    Advice: The Pirates have been referring to it as a strained left hamstring and also said the month he missed earlier this season was due to the hamstring, but Martin says it's a strained left adductor magnus. He originally suffered the groin strain more than eight months ago while helping a friend run a youth baseball camp. He's not 100 percent, but the ailment isn't going to keep him out of Wednesday's Wild Card Game. "I'm not the only guy who'll be on the field who's banged up," Martin said. "Those two days off helped. I should feel pretty good."
    Tuesday, 5:57 pm
  • Morse (oblique) 'doubtful' for WC roster
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Michael Morse (oblique) is "doubtful" to be on the club's National League Wild Card roster.

    Advice: There had been a possibility of him being on there as a potential pinch-hitter, but even that is looking unlikely. Morse has been battling a strained left oblique all month and it's looking like he might not be much of a factor this postseason even if the Giants advance.
    Tuesday, 3:44 pm
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Ryu (shoulder) to throw simulated game Wed.
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) will throw around 45 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ryu felt fine after his first full-effort bullpen session on Sunday and is ready to take the next step in his recovery from left shoulder irritation. The hope is that he'll be able to pitch at some point during the Dodgers' NLDS matchup with the Cardinals. He has been on the shelf since September 13.
    Tuesday, 1:11 pm
  • Martin (hammy) expects to start in WC game
    Russell Martin (hamstring) expects to start in Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Giants.

    Advice: Martin left Friday's game after aggravating a left hamstring injury and sat out the rest of the weekend, but it's not going to stop him from playing in Wednesday's do-or-die affair. Still, the Pirates plan to carry three catchers for the game just in case.
    Tuesday, 12:21 pm
  • Pirates confirm Volquez for Wild Card Game
    The Pirates confirmed Monday that Edinson Volquez will start Wednesday's Wild Card Game.

    Advice: He'll be facing off against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in what should be a raucous environment at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Volquez was one of the worst starters in the majors last season, but he bounced back with a 3.04 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 192 2/3 innings this year. The team that wins on Wednesday night will advance to a Division Series matchup against the Nationals.
    Monday, 8:16 am
  • Ryu (shoulder) throw pain-free 'pen session
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) said he felt fine during a bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: It's his first full-effort 'pen session since being sidelined earlier this month with left shoulder irritation. The Dodgers haven't announced any future plans for Ryu, but he's trending towards being available for the NLDS.
    Sunday, 11:34 am
  • Russell Martin (hamstring) out again Sunday
    Russell Martin (hamstring) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: The Pirates took a long time to release their lineup, presumably so that Martin could test out his ailing left hamstring. Obviously, he must still be feeling pretty badly to sit out such a huge game. Chris Stewart is behind the plate for Sunday's regular season finale.
    Sunday, 8:35 am
  • Edinson Volquez would start WC game
    Edinson Volquez will be the starter for the Pirates in a potential Wild Card game Wednesday.

    Advice: It had been set up that way with Francisco Liriano pitch Saturday and Gerrit Cole getting the ball Sunday. The Pirates can still tie for the National League Central crown with a win Sunday coupled with a Cardinals loss. Jeff Locke or Vance Worley would start a potential tiebreaker game on Monday. Volquez struck out a season-high 10 batters in his last outing and holds a 2.20 second-half ERA.
    Sunday, 7:42 am
  • C.J. Wilson goes six strong versus Mariners
    C.J. Wilson limited the Mariners to one run in six innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Mariners.

    Advice: All that really mattered to the Angels tonight was that Wilson had a bounce-back outing after lasting just two-thirds of an inning versus the A's last time out. Since that materialized, it didn't matter much whether they won or lost (as they made obvious when they started pulling regulars up 1-0 in the seventh). Wilson, who finishes the regular season 13-10 with a 4.54 ERA, is expected to start Game 2 of the ALDS.
    Saturday, 10:17 pm
  • Peavy goes five strong as Giants beat Padres
    Jake Peavy fired five innings of one-run ball in the Giants' 3-1 defeat of the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: Peavy has been battling an illness, so the Giants opted to lift him early. He allowed just four hits and struck out three, continuing his extended run of dominance. The right-hander could be the NLDS Game 1 starter for the Giants if they're able to advance past the Wild Card round.
    Saturday, 3:50 pm
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu to throw bullpen session Sunday
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) will throw a full-effort bullpen session on Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: Ryu made it through a 20-25 pitch mound workout on Friday with no issues. He has been sidelined since September 13 with lingering shoulder irritation but should become available at some point during the playoffs.
    Saturday, 3:27 pm
  • Russell Martin not in Saturday's lineup
    Russell Martin (hamstring) is not in the Pirates starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran backstop aggravated his hamstring injury in Friday's contest and is likely to be held out the remainder of the weekend as a precaution heading into the postseason.
    Saturday, 8:19 am
  • Russell Martin (hamstring) leaves game early
    Russell Martin left Friday's game against the Reds in the seventh inning after apparently aggravating his hamstring injury.

    Advice: He drew a walk before being lifted for a pinch-runner, but he was grimacing in pain after a pair of check swings during that plate appearance. The Pirates are likely to play things safe and keep him out the remainder of the weekend to let the injury heal before the postseason begins.
    Friday, 6:00 pm
  • Ryu throws successful bullpen session Friday
    Hyun-Jun Ryu (shoulder) threw 20-25 pitches in a successful bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: While he won't return before the end of the regular season, this is a very encouraging sign for the Dodgers as they head into the postseason. More should be known on his status on Saturday after seeing how he responds after this session.
    Friday, 4:33 pm
  • d'Arnaud to have bone spur removed from elbow
    Travis d'Arnaud will undergo surgery after the season to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

    Advice: He will not play in the weekend series versus the Astros. All things considered, it could have been much worse for the Mets, as d'Arnaud will be fine by the time spring training rolls around. He'll end his season with a .242/.302/.416 batting line, 13 homers and 41 RBI over 108 games.
    Friday, 1:26 pm
  • C.J. Wilson moved up to Saturday
    C.J. Wilson will move up a day to start on Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: He'll be taking the ball on regular rest and will also now be in line to start Game 2 of the ALDS. The Angels are leaving the identity of Sunday's start up in the air, but it will almost surely be Cory Rasmus, who had been scheduled to start Saturday. Wilson needs to bounce back after lasting just two-thirds of an inning in his last outing.
    Friday, 12:20 pm
  • d'Arnaud's elbow issue not long-term concern
    Adam Rubin of reports that Travis d'Arnaud's elbow issue is not believed to be anything that would affect his availability for next season.

    Advice: D'Arnaud will be examined by teams doctors Friday, but it sounds like the ailment won't be a long-term concern. Either way, his season is almost surely over. D'Arnaud has hit .242/.302/.416 with 13 homers and 41 RBI over 108 games for the Mets this season.
    Friday, 6:22 am
  • Russell Martin returned to action on Thursday September 25.
    Friday, 2:27 am
  • Volquez fans 10 over seven shutout innings
    Edinson Volquez threw seven more shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process as the picked up the win against the Braves on Thursday.

    Advice: That's back-to-back starts of seven shutout innings for Volquez. He limited the Braves to four hits and a walk while setting a season-high in strikeouts with 10, eclipsing his previous high mark of seven. The right-hander has been a bargain find for the Pirates, as he ends the regular season at 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and a 140/71 K/BB ratio.
    Thursday, 8:16 pm
  • Crisp reaches base 5 times but A's still lose
    Coco Crisp reached base in all five of his plate appearances, on two singles and three walks, but the Athletics were handed a walk-off loss against the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Crisp was also caught stealing for just the fifth time in 24 attempts when he tried to swipe second base in the third inning. The speedy outfielder has been solid out of the lead-off spot for the A's, hitting .253/.344/.373 with nine home runs, 47 RBI, and 67 runs scored.
    Thursday, 8:06 pm
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Travis d'Arnaud dealing with elbow issue
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson revealed Thursday that Travis d'Arnaud is dealing with a right elbow issue.

    Advice: The club previously hadn't said while ailment he was nursing, only that d'Arnaud would be examined by team doctors Friday. We'll obviously have a clearer picture of his status following Friday's exam.
    Thursday, 7:38 pm
  • Morse (oblique) won't play this weekend
    Michael Morse (oblique) is not expected to play this weekend.

    Advice: Morse's recovery from a strained oblique remains stalled. It's possible he could be available as a pinch-hitter for the Wild Card game, but it's not clear if he might be ready to return to the lineup if the Giants advance to the NLDS.
    Thursday, 4:58 pm
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Russell Martin (hamstring) in lineup Thursday
    Russell Martin (hamstring) is in Thursday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Martin left Wednesday's game with left hamstring tightness, but it doesn't sound like a major concern. He's critically important to the Pirates' success, so they likely wouldn't put him out there unless they were certain he's OK. It's a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners.
    Thursday, 1:28 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud to be examined Friday in NY
    Travis d'Arnaud will be examined by team doctors Friday when the Mets return to New York.

    Advice: The 25-year-old catcher is unavailable for Thursday's doubleheader in Washington, D.C. due to an unspecified injury. The Mets are only saying that d'Arnaud is "banged up." It's uncertain whether he'll be able to return to action over the final weekend of the regular season.
    Thursday, 9:00 am
  • Jason Vargas gives up four runs to Indians
    Jason Vargas gave up four runs in four innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Indians.

    Advice: It was Vargas's fourth straight poor outing, the first three of which resulted in losses. As of Sept. 3, he was 11-7 with a 3.14 ERA. Now he's finishing the regular season 11-10 with a 3.71 ERA. The Royals are going to have a tough call if they advance to the ALDS; after ace James Shields, Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura clearly look like the Royals' best starters right now. If the Royals start both youngsters, it'd leave just one spot for Vargas or Jeremy Guthrie. But that's almost surely how they need to play it.
    Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Morse (oblique) still not able to swing a bat
    Michael Morse (oblique) is still unable to swing a bat.

    Advice: "He's trying, and I'm certainly hoping" that Morse can play in the season-ending four-game series against the San Diego Padres, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "But I'd put it at doubtful." Morse hasn't played since September 19 due to the ailment.
    Wednesday, 6:33 pm
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Russell Martin exits with hamstring tightness
    Russell Martin left Wednesday's game with left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: There's some reason for concern there, as Martin was bothered by the same hamstring earlier in the year. With a trip to the postseason already sewn up, the Pirates may just be playing it cautious with their catcher.
    Wednesday, 6:21 pm
  • Walker goes the distance, but falls to Jays
    Taijuan Walker tossed an eight-inning complete game, allowing only one run, but suffered the loss on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Walker was out-dueled by Mark Buehrle, who was just a bit better on this particular evening. The right-hander limited the Jays to four hits and a walk while striking out six. The only run scored in the bottom of the eighth on a Ryan Goins RBI single. Walker didn't pitch deep in games after returning from his right shoulder injury in late June, but posted solid results in five starts and three relief appearances, ending his season with a 2.61 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a 34/18 K/BB ratio in 38 innings.
    Wednesday, 6:16 pm
  • Martin leaves game with possible ankle injury
    Russell Martin left Wednesday's game against the Braves with a possible ankle injury.

    Advice: Martin appeared to tweak something getting back to first base in the top of the fifth inning. He was replaced behind the plate by Chris Stewart in the bottom half of the inning. The Pirates should provide some more information on his status shortly.
    Wednesday, 5:45 pm
  • Ryu (shoulder) to throw off mound soon
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) will throw off a mound in the next few days.

    Advice: Ryu won't pitch again during the regular season, but this development is a good sign for his postseason availability. Ryu has been dealing with shoulder inflammation. The left-hander hasn't pitched in a game since September 12.
    Wednesday, 4:31 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud out Wednesday with illness
    Travis d'Arnaud is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Wednesday night due to an apparent illness.

    Advice: He's also likely to miss Thursday's game, though the Mets aren't offering many details as to why. There is a stomach bug that seems to be making its way around Major League Baseball clubhouses. The 25-year-old catcher has put together a promising second half and will look to finish 2014 on a high note over the weekend.
    Wednesday, 1:07 pm
  • d'Arnaud triples as Mets are downed in D.C.
    Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a triple as the Mets suffered a 4-2 loss against the Nationals on Tuesday.

    Advice: The triple was of no importance, as d'Arnaud was stranded. The catcher has, however, tripled in back-to-back games and has been red-hot in September, now batting .313 (20-for-64) in 17 games. D'Arnaud has had a nice turnaround after a slow first half. With less than a week to go, he'll head into the off-season on a high note.
    Tuesday, 7:21 pm
  • Ryu not expected back in regular season
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is not expected to appear in a game before the end of the regular season but remains hopeful of being ready for the playoffs.

    Advice: Ryu began his throwing program on Saturday but has yet to resume throwing off a mound. The third game of the NLDS isn't until October 6, so the left-hander still has time to get ready if he can progress without any setbacks.
    Tuesday, 4:20 pm
  • Volquez interested in staying with Pirates
    Edinson Volquez is interested in re-signing with the Pirates.

    Advice: Volquez has rebounded with a 3.15 ERA and 130/70 K/BB ratio in 185 2/3 innings this season and credits the Pirates' coaches for his turnaround, so it makes sense that he's open to staying, but he would also like to parlay his success into a multi-year contract. "You always want to sign for more than one year," said Volquez. "Especially now that I'm 31 years old, I'd like to sign with someone for two or three years and stay a little bit longer."
    Tuesday, 6:31 am
  • Peavy holds the Dodgers to 2 runs in 7 frames
    Jake Peavy limited the Dodgers to two runs over seven innings in Monday's no-decision

    Advice: Peavy struck out four and walked one. He was going for his career-high fifth consecutive victorious start. Peavy started his Giants' career 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA, but has gone 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA over his last eight starts since winning his first game of the season. Peavy (7-13, 3.78 ERA) has a nice matchup to close out the year when he hosts the Padres on Saturday.
    Monday, 11:35 pm
  • Wilson ripped for 6 runs (4 ER) in 2/3 inning
    The wheels fell off of C.J. Wilson on Monday, as he surrendered six runs -- four earned -- in just 2/3 of an inning Monday in a loss to the A's.

    Advice: Wilson only gave up two hits while throwing 35 pitches. Instead, he was done in by an inability to locate the plate from the very beginning. Wilson walked four, the first two of which forced home a run. You could be forgiven for being surprised that the veteran picked this game to bomb. He had been 5-0 with a 2.79 ERA in his last eight starts against the A's. Wilson fired seven shutout innings and yielded only one hit in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Mariners, helping the Angels to clinch the AL West; he came into play today 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA over his last three starts. Wilson is currently scheduled to take the ball in Los Angeles' last regular season game on Sunday against the Mariners, though plans could change as playoffs machinations begin.
    Monday, 10:28 pm
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