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  • Holliday scratched from another BP session
    Matt Holliday (thumb) will not take batting practice this weekend.

    Advice: He's going to meet with a specialist and hopefully try again Monday. Holliday has encountered numerous setbacks in his recovery from thumb surgery and is running out of time to make his return with only a week left in the regular season. The 36-year-old hasn't played since August 11. Today, 3:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 10-4 @ChC
  • Jayson Aquino available out of bullpen
    Jayson Aquino has been cleared to pitch.

    Advice: He'll be available out of the bullpen Sunday against the Diamondbacks. Aquino has spent the last few weeks at the team's spring training facility in Florida in an effort to limit his innings. The left-hander hasn't allowed a run in three relief appearances for the O's this year. Today, 2:35 pm
  • Nieuwenhuis feeling better after cortisone shot
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis feels better after receiving a cortisone injection in his strained abdomen.

    Advice: He's hoping to return at some point this year but that seems a bit ambitious with only eight games left on the schedule. Nieuwenhuis has mostly been a non-factor this year, hitting just .210 with 13 HR, 44 RBI and eight steals. Today, 2:13 pm
    Top 5, 1-2 vs Cin
  • Conley (finger) to return Sunday vs. Braves
    Adam Conley (finger) will be activated for Sunday's game against the Braves.

    Advice: Conley missed over a month with finger tendinitis but will slot back into the rotation Sunday against Atlanta. With Conley returning, Jose Fernandez will have his start pushed back to Monday. It's been a roller coaster year for Conley, who holds a 3.94 ERA over 24 outings. He's 2-0 with a 0.98 ERA in three starts against Atlanta this season and makes for a nice streaming option on Sunday. Today, 2:07 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 4, 3-2 vs Atl
  • Flores (wrist) could be done for the year
    ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports Wilmer Flores (wrist) may be done for the season.

    Advice: He isn't close to swinging a bat and has already received two cortisone shots since going down with a bruised wrist two weeks ago. Flores could return if the Mets make a deep postseason run but it's a near certainty he won't be back for the final week of the regular season. Assuming that's the case, Flores will close out the 2016 campaign with 16 HR, 49 RBI and a .267 average across 307 at-bats. Today, 1:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Top 4, 0-10 vs Phi
  • Sandoval could return if 'the need arises'
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) could return this season "if the need arises."

    Advice: Sandoval is well ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery. He's made two appearances in the fall instructional league at DH and took batting practice with the Red Sox on Saturday. It's still a long shot but there's an outside chance Panda could make the postseason roster, particularly if something happens to Aaron Hill, Travis Shaw or Brock Holt over the next week. Today, 1:34 pm
    60-Day DL
    Bot 7, 6-3 @TB
  • Ventura leaves start with back tightness
    Yordano Ventura was removed from Saturday's start against the Tigers due to tightness in his lower back.

    Advice: Prior to his departure, Ventura allowed three runs on 10 hits in his four-plus innings of work. It's unclear how much time the right-hander may miss, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Royals shut him down for the remainder of the season. Today, 12:19 pm
    W, 7-4 @Det
  • Rangers will shift Derek Holland to bullpen
    Rangers manager Jeff Bannister announced Saturday that Derek Holland has been moved to the bullpen.

    Advice: He'll work out of the pen over the final week-plus of the season to see if he can be an option there for the club in the playoffs. The 29-year-old southpaw owns a 5.04 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 67/35 K/BB ratio over 105 1/3 innings with the Rangers this season. Today, 11:38 am
  • Edwin Jackson earns win over Giants
    Edwin Jackson beat the Giants on Friday after allowing two runs in six innings.

    Advice: The Giants struggled to get to Jackson even though he walked five batters. It was a carbon copy of Jackson's first start for the Padres on July 17, when he allowed two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings in defeating the Giants. He walked five in that one, too. Jackson is 5-5 with a 5.75 ERA in 12 starts for the Padres. Today, 12:03 am
  • Matt Reynolds gives up four runs
    Matt Reynolds gave up four runs without retiring a batter after entering Friday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: How could Bruce Bochy let this happen? He plugged in one of his weakest relievers down 3-2 in the fifth and allowed five straight batters to reach (one in the middle was intentionally walked) before finally making the move to the vastly superior George Kontos. It was another big mishap from a manager who has struggled mightily in running a bullpen lately. Yesterday, 11:59 pm
  • Carlos Asuaje doubles twice
    Collecting his first major league hits, Carlos Asuaje doubled twice and scored twice Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Asuaje was making his second start at second base since joining the Padres four days ago. The late callup will give him little chance to throw his hat in the ring for a place on next year's team, but he's a fringy prospect anyway. Yesterday, 11:57 pm
  • James Paxton strikes out nine in win
    James Paxton pitched seven innings of one-run ball to beat the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: Paxton struck out nine and walked none. The left-hander hasn't been very consistent, but he's flashed top-of-the-rotation stuff this season, and he'll enter next year as a nice mid-round pick in mixed leagues, even if he doesn't seem like a great bet to make 30 starts. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Taillon allows three runs in no-decision
    Jameson Taillon yielded three runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Nationals on Friday.

    Advice: All three runs scored in the second inning, the big blow of which was a two-run homer off the bat of Danny Espinosa. Taillon settled down from there and kept the Pirates in the ballgame into the middle innings. The young right-hander fanned seven and walked none and now has an impressive 3.49 ERA and 81/14 K/BB ratio in 98 innings across 17 starts on the year. As of now, he lines up for a start against the Cubs next week to finish his rookie season. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Meyer gives up four runs in no-decision
    Alex Meyer yielded four runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: Meyer gave up just one run over his first five innings of work, but things fell apart for him in the sixth inning. He gave up an infield single and a pair of walks to load the bases before being pulled. All three baserunners eventually came around to score. The tall right-hander has shown some flashes, but he can’t be trusted in mixed fantasy leagues right now. He’ll finish his season with a start against the Athletics next time out. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Fister goes five innings in no-decision
    Doug Fister gave up two runs over five innings a no-decision against the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Both runs scored in the second inning. Fister managed to finish five innings for just the third time in his last eight starts. The control has gotten worse and he has an ugly 7.36 ERA over his last nine starts, so there’s little fantasy appeal here. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Matt Holliday (thumb) to take live BP again
    Matt Holliday (thumb) will take live batting practice again this weekend before being activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: Holliday took live BP on Friday with no issues but the Cardinals want to see him do it once more before they return him to the active roster. It's unclear whether Holliday would be ready for regular at-bats right away upon activation. He's been out since early August with a fractured right thumb. Yesterday, 9:58 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 10-4 @ChC
  • Matt Holliday (thumb) takes live BP
    Matt Holliday (thumb) took live batting practice Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: Holliday was scratched from a simulated game last Saturday due to swelling in his surgically-repaired right thumb, but he resumed live hitting earlier this week. It seems likely that he's not going to be 100 percent at any point the rest of the way, but the Cardinals could wind up activating him, anyway, even it's to be used in a secondary role. Yesterday, 8:09 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 10-4 @ChC
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis has a sports hernia
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been diagnosed with a sports hernia.

    Advice: He's been out for nearly a week with what the Brewers had been calling an abdominal strain, but now we have a more specific diagnosis. Nieuwenhuis was given a cortisone shot Wednesday and still hopes to make it back this season, but it doesn't look like a given. Thursday, 2:53 pm
    Top 5, 1-2 vs Cin
  • Derek Holland takes loss to Angels
    Derek Holland gave up five runs -- four earned -- in five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Angels.

    Advice: The Rangers announced eight days ago that they were shifting Holland to the pen, but he's made two starts since. He's probably not going to be in the postseason rotation, and he needs to show something in relief if he's going to be carried in the bullpen. Wednesday, 9:26 pm
  • Wilmer Flores (wrist) won't play on Thursday
    Mets manager Terry Collins has ruled out Wilmer Flores (wrist) for Thursday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: Collins deemed the worry-level surrounding Flores' wrist as a "DEFCON 4," so that is somewhat disconcerting. The team had hoped that the 25-year-old infielder would be able to return to the lineup against Phillies southpaw Adam Morgan on Thursday. Flores is currently sidelined by a left wrist injury suffered in a collision at home plate on September 10. He has been given two cortisone shots in the intervening days, but Collins said Flores has not been able to swing a bat since the collision. Wednesday, 1:26 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Top 4, 0-10 vs Phi
  • Padres promote Carlos Asuaje from AAA
    Padres purchased the contract of INF Carlos Asuaje from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Asuaje will get a small taste of the majors after coming just short of a Triple-A championship with the Padres' affiliate in the Pacific Coast League. The 24-year-old second baseman hit .321/.378/.473 with nine home runs, 69 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 98 runs scored in 134 games this season at the Triple-A level. San Diego may give him a start or two, but this is more of a 2017-and-beyond fantasy commodity. Wednesday, 11:58 am
  • MRI negative on Kirk Nieuwenhuis' abdomen
    An MRI taken Monday on Kirk Nieuwenhuis' abdomen turned up negative.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis has been on the shelf since last Friday with abdominal discomfort, but it sounds like he could return to action at some point this week. The outfielder is slashing .210/.325/.386 with 13 home runs and eight stolen bases in 124 games this season for Milwaukee. Tuesday, 2:34 pm
    Top 5, 1-2 vs Cin
  • Flores given second cortisone shot for wrist
    Wilmer Flores was given a second cortisone injection for his injured left wrist.

    Advice: Flores hasn't appeared in a game for the Mets since suffering a bone bruise in an awkward home-plate collision with A.J. Pierzynski on September 10 in Atlanta, and it's going to be at least another couple days before he can return. T.J. Rivera is at second base and James Loney is at first base on Tuesday night against the Braves. Tuesday, 1:13 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Top 4, 0-10 vs Phi
  • Ventura goes the distance in win over ChiSox
    Yordano Ventura went the distance while allowing three runs in Monday’s 8-3 win over the White Sox.

    Advice: It was his first career nine-inning complete game. Ventura gave up nine hits (including two homers) while striking out five and walking just one. He needed 106 pitches to finish off his 11th win of the season. He’ll get the Tigers on the road this weekend. Monday, 2:23 pm
    W, 7-4 @Det
  • Derek Holland to start Wednesday
    Derek Holland will start Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: This lines up Cole Hamels to start Friday against the Athletics and Yu Darvish to follow on Saturday. Holland gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Astros last Wednesday, but he'll remain in the rotation for now. Monday, 1:52 pm
  • Doug Fister obliterated in loss to Mariners
    Doug Fister was obliterated in Sunday's loss to the Mariners, surrendering seven runs on eight hits over his 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Fister walked two and struck out three on the forgettable afternoon. Seth Smith single-handedly inflicted most of the pain against him, blasting a solo homer in the third inning and adding a three-run blast in the fourth. Fister will look to improve upon his 4.45 ERA and 1.41 WHIP when he takes on the Angels at home on Friday. Sunday, 3:46 pm
  • Paxton yields two runs in seven frames Sat.
    James Paxton took a loss to the Astros on Saturday despite allowing just two runs in seven innings.

    Advice: He struck out seven batters while walking just one. He gave up four hits, all of which stayed in the park. Both runs scored on a Yulieski Gurriel single in the sixth inning. Paxton falls to 4-7 with a 3.88 ERA. He has a 100/23 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 109 innings. He is one of the hardest-throwing starters in baseball. Saturday, 10:08 pm
  • Jackson blasted for eight runs in 4 1/3 Sat.
    Edwin Jackson was obliterated by the Rockies on Saturday, coughing up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss at Coors Field.

    Advice: He served up three gopherballs and a run-scoring triple among 10 total hits. It got ugly fast in this one. Nolan Arenado and Tom Murphy both hit two-run homers in the first inning. Murphy took him deep again in the fifth -- this time for a three-run bomb. Jackson's ERA leaps from a bad 5.32 to an awful 6.00 after the beatdown. He will face the Giants and Diamondbacks in his last two starts of the season -- and those could be the last starts of his 14 year career. Saturday, 8:36 pm
  • Holliday (thumb) still dealing with swelling
    Matt Holliday was scratched from Saturday's simulated game after experiencing renewed swelling in his surgically-repaired thumb.

    Advice: Holliday broke his thumb about a month ago but was hoping to return later this year. Saturday's setback might put a wrench in that plan. Brandon Moss and a host of others have occupied left field during his absence. Saturday, 4:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 10-4 @ChC
  • Taillon shaky (5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) but wins anyway
    Jameson Taillon did enough to get by on Saturday, allowing eight hits, three runs and one walk over five innings to beat the Reds.

    Advice: He also added two strikeouts. Taillon allowed all three of his runs on a third-inning blast by Adam Duvall. It was a "bend but don't break" kind of outing for Taillon, who was limited to just 79 pitches. The victory evened his record at 4-4. He'll go for win No. 5 Friday against Washington. Saturday, 2:01 pm
  • Matt Holliday to take live BP on Saturday
    Matt Holliday (thumb) is scheduled to take live batting practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran outfielder says that his surgically-repaired thumb is still sore, but he holds out hope that he'll be able to return to the Cardinals lineup before the end of the regular season. Friday, 5:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 10-4 @ChC
  • Nieuwenhuis will miss remainder of weekend
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis (abdomen) will miss the remainder of the weekend series against the Cubs.

    Advice: He left Friday's game with a abdominal strain that has apparently been bothering him for a few days already. With Keon Broxton also injured on Friday the Brewers will roll with a depleted outfield for the next few days. Friday, 3:24 pm
    Top 5, 1-2 vs Cin
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis exits with abdominal strain
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis left Friday's game against the Cubs with an abdominal strain.

    Advice: That's after Keon Broxton departed with a fractured wrist. The Brewers were forced to move Domingo Santana to center field, a position he hadn't played all season. It's unclear how much, if any, time Nieuwenhuis might miss. Friday, 2:49 pm
    Top 5, 1-2 vs Cin
  • Flores diagnosed with wrist inflammation
    Wilmer Flores has been diagnosed with inflammation in his left wrist.

    Advice: He's been given a cortisone shot and the expectation is that he'll be ready to go in a couple days. Flores hasn't played since getting involved in a home-plate collision with A.J. Pierzynski last Saturday. Friday, 12:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Top 4, 0-10 vs Phi
  • Taillon will start first game on Saturday
    Jameson Taillon will start the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Reds.

    Advice: Taillon had his last start skipped as the Pirates try to limit his overall workload after missing the entirety of the 2014 and 2015 campaigns. Trevor Williams is expected to get the ball in the nightcap on Saturday. Thursday, 5:13 pm
  • Derek Holland gives up five runs in loss
    Derek Holland gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Holland turned in three straight quality starts after coming off the disabled list, including one against these Astros, but he's struggled in losses his last two times out. His rotation spot for the rest of the regular season is in doubt. Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Ventura gives up five runs in 4 1/3 innings
    Yordano Ventura coughed up five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings while struggling to throw strikes in a loss to the Athletics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He walked four, hit a batter, uncorked a pair of wild pitches and gave up seven knocks in the abbreviated outing. He did manage to strike out five hitters and keep the ball in the yard but the pitches were accumulating rapidly. Ventura was pulled with one out in the fifth inning having already thrown 100 pitches. He falls to 10-11 with a 4.42 ERA after 29 starts. He lines up for two starts next week beginning with the White Sox on Monday. Wednesday, 7:34 pm
    W, 7-4 @Det
  • Flores will visit doctor about wrist Thursday
    Wilmer Flores will have his sore right wrist examined by a doctor on Thursday.

    Advice: Flores has been experiencing both neck and wrist discomfort since an ugly home-plate collision with A.J. Pierzynski on Saturday night. X-rays taken in Atlanta over the weekend came back negative, but Flores is still unable to swing a bat. There should be an informative update coming sometime Thursday afternoon. Wednesday, 4:01 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Top 4, 0-10 vs Phi
  • Meyer victimized by pair of home runs in loss
    Alex Meyer wasn't long for Tuesday's loss to the Mariners, surrendering four runs on five hits over four innings.

    Advice: Meyer struck out three and walked two on the evening. Three of the four runs on his line scored via a pair of home runs. Nelson Cruz manhandled one of his offerings for a terrifyingly long two-run homer in the first inning, while Nori Aoki notched a solo shot in the second. In two starts with the Angels, the 26-year-old right-hander has surrendered five runs on six hits across 7 1/3 innings. There is no fantasy intrigue here at this late stage in the game. A home start against the Blue Jays shows next on his schedule. Tuesday, 9:47 pm
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