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  • Minor (shoulder) in Braves' plans for '16
    Mike Minor (shoulder) is still in the Braves' plans for 2016.

    Advice: Minor missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing surgery in May to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, but Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said Monday that he's "all systems go" and ramping up his throwing program. The southpaw made $5.6 million this season and will be arbitration-eligible for the third time this winter. Because he was a Super Two player, he remains under team control through 2017. Today, 6:26 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Gomez (intercostal): 'I'm ready to start'
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) said after working out at Yankee Stadium on Monday that he's "ready to start."

    Advice: "The plan is to play tomorrow. I'm ready to start," Gomez said. The Astros have yet to comment on whether Gomez will indeed be in the lineup for Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game, but things do seem to be trending in the right direction. The outfielder has started just one of the club's previous 20 contests since suffering a strained left intercostal muscle. Yesterday, 5:54 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz to have AC joint repaired
    Drew Pomeranz is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left AC joint.

    Advice: Pomeranz has dealt with AC joint issues off and on during his career and has finally decided to have the problem addressed via the surgical route. It's unclear at this point how long his rehab will be, but he'll be recovered in time for spring training. Yesterday, 3:42 pm
  • Cards optimistic Yadi (thumb) plays in NLDS
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that the club is "optimistic" Yadier Molina (thumb) will be on their NLDS roster.

    Advice: Molina has missed the last two weeks after being diagnosed with a sprained left thumb. He's still not 100 percent, but the Cards will make a custom splint for him to wear so that he can hit and catch. The club has indicated that hitting will likely be the bigger issue for Molina, but they'll be happy to have his elite defense even if he can't offer much at the plate. St. Louis hosts the winner of the National League Wild Card game in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. Yesterday, 2:51 pm
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Giants undecided on picking up Aoki's option
    Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Monday that it will be a "close call" as to whether the club picks up Nori Aoki's $5.5 million option for 2016.

    Advice: Aoki hit .287/.353/.380 for the Giants in 2014 but was plagued by injuries, playing in just 93 games. His season ended prematurely due to a concussion, but the Giants don't expect it to be a long-term issue. They'll owe Aoki a $700,000 buyout if they decide to decline his option. Yesterday, 2:35 pm
    L, 7-3 vs x Col
  • Harvey (elbow) to rest for 4-6 weeks
    Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey (elbow) will rest for the next 4-6 weeks before resuming a throwing program.

    Advice: Harvey missed all of the season with elbow and forearm issues, but an MRI cleared him of any structural damage. He hopes to have a relatively normal offseason and enter spring training at 100 percent. Yesterday, 1:57 pm
    Not Active
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Carlos Gomez to test out intercostal strain
    Carlos Gomez will test out his strained intercostal muscle on Monday.

    Advice: The testing presumably will involve batting practice and perhaps other drills. While it's clear that Gomez isn't 100 percent and maybe not all that close, the outfielder has said that he'll "definitely" be ready for Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Yankees. Yesterday, 1:49 pm
  • Robinson Chirinos (biceps) ready for ALDS
    Robinson Chirinos (biceps) will be ready for the ALDS.

    Advice: Chirinos missed much of September with a left biceps injury, but he got in a few games before the end of the regular season and will get a bunch more rest this week. The 31-year-old catcher posted a .762 OPS with 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 78 games this season. Yesterday, 1:02 pm
  • Salty expects to test free agency this winter
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia said Monday that he plans to test the free agent market this winter.

    Advice: Salty had a minor resurgence after moving from Miami to Arizona this summer, posting an .805 OPS with eight home runs in 70 games (37 starts) for the Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old catcher said he wants to find a starting job, and the D'Backs are probably going to move forward with arbitration-eligible backstop Welington Castillo. Yesterday, 10:34 am
  • D'Backs, Pollock have talked long-term deal
    Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart said Monday that he has spoken to A.J. Pollock about a long-term deal.

    Advice: Pollock had a fantastic 2015 season with the Snakes, slashing .315/.367/.498 with 20 homers, 39 stolen bases, and 111 runs in 157 games while playing very good defense in center field. The 27-year-old will be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter. He is under Arizona's control through 2018. Yesterday, 10:23 am
    W, 5-3 vs ^ Hou
  • Hector Olivera will play winter ball in PR
    Hector Olivera will spend six weeks in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

    Advice: That should be a big benefit to Olivera after missing a ton of playing time this summer to visa issues and injuries. The 30-year-old Cuban infielder batted .253/.310/.405 in 87 plate appearances for the Braves and will carry a cloudy fantasy picture into 2016. Yesterday, 9:50 am
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; W, 2-0 vs ^ StL
  • Dan Haren confirms he will retire after year
    Dan Haren confirmed Sunday that he plans to retire after the 2015 season is over.

    Advice: Haren probably isn't going to have a postseason roster spot, but he'll stay ready if the Cubs need an emergency arm. Once the Cubs are done with their run, the 35-year-old right-hander will hang it up for good. He posted a 3.60 ERA in 187 1/3 innings this season between the Marlins and Cubs and will finish with a 3.75 career ERA in 2,419 2/3 total major league frames. Yesterday, 8:24 am
    W, 3-1 ^ @Mil
  • Freese would 'absolutely' like to return
    David Freese said Sunday that he would "absolutely" like to return to the Angels next season.

    Advice: And it sounds like the Halos will try to work something out with the 32-year-old free agent third baseman. Freese had a nice season in Anaheim and there's not a ready-made replacement at the hot corner in that organization. "A lot of things have to happen on both sides," Freese said Sunday evening. "It’s a new experience for me. We’ll see what happens when the World Series is over, and go from there." Yesterday, 7:51 am
    L, 9-2 ^ @Tex
  • Gomez (intercostal) aims to play in WC Game
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is hoping to play in Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game.

    Advice: Gomez was held out of the Astros' final regular-season series due to lingering complications with the intercostal muscle strain he suffered in early September, but he says that was by design. "Yeah, definitely I’ll be ready in New York," Gomez told the Houston Chronicle on Sunday. "You know because, that game means a lot for us. No matter what, I’m going to be ready. That’s what we planned, the whole last five days made me feel better so I can be more 100 percent to do my best in New York." Yesterday, 6:36 am
  • Duquette says re-signing Davis 'top priority'
    Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette reiterated Sunday that re-signing impending free agent slugger Chris Davis is his top offseason priority.

    Advice: "He’s had a great year and he’s been a great player for us, so obviously, we’d like to have him back," Duquette said. "Whether we can do that in the market, that remains to be seen, but we’re going to try." Davis has more home runs over the last three seasons than any other major leaguer, and power is at a premium these days. The 29-year-old is about to cash in big. Yesterday, 6:32 am
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 9-4 vs ^ NYY
  • Flande (knee, ankle) goes two scoreless
    Yohan Flande (knee, ankle) pitched two scoreless innings in Sunday's season finale against the Giants.

    Advice: Flande yielded just one hit out of the seven batters he faced. The left-hander hadn't made an appearance since September 19 due to a bruised left patellar tendon. He finishes the 2015 season with a 4.74 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 43/25 K/BB ratio in 68 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 6:11 am
  • Brad Ziegler (family) turns in two scoreless
    Brad Ziegler (family) tossed two scoreless innings in his return to action Sunday.

    Advice: Ziegler was excused from the Diamondbacks at the end of September to celebrate the arrival of a new baby girl. He made it back just in time to fit in one final regular-season appearance. The veteran right-hander finished with a stellar 1.85 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 68 innings of relief. He carries a $5.5 million club option (or $1 million buyout) for 2016. Yesterday, 5:55 am
  • Dan Haren impressive in victory over Brewers
    Dan Haren delivered an impressive performance in Sunday's victory over the Brewers, scattering just three hits over six innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: In a game that the Cubs needed to win to keep their hope of home field advantage alive for the Wild Card game, Haren came through big. The veteran right-hander struck out three and walked one on the afternoon. The only blemish on his day was an RBI double off the bat of Shane Robinson in the third inning. He finishes the season 11-9 with a 3.60 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 132/38 K/BB ratio over 187 1/3 innings. Sunday, 3:21 pm
    W, 3-1 ^ @Mil
  • Yadier Molina to have thumb re-evaluated Mon.
    Yadier Molina will have his ailing left thumb re-evaluated on Monday.

    Advice: Molina was prescribed another week of rest when he visited the doctor last Monday. He said Sunday that the thumb is "getting stronger every day," but we won't know about his status for the NLDS until after Monday's exam. Tony Cruz has been handling the catching duties for St. Louis with Yadi sidelined. Sunday, 11:45 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Gomez (intercostal) could return in playoffs
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday that Carlos Gomez (intercostal) could return to the lineup during the postseason if the club qualifies.

    Advice: He did not, however, specify when during the playoffs Gomez might be available, so the declaration doesn't mean a whole lot. Gomez has made just one start since suffering a strained intercostal muscle three weeks ago. Colby Rasmus is handling center field again Sunday. Sunday, 10:44 am
  • Hector Olivera (elbow) out of lineup
    Hector Olivera (elbow) remained out of the Braves' lineup for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Olivera remains sore after being hit in the left elbow by a pitch last Tuesday. It's unclear whether he'll feel up to playing the second game. Adonis Garcia is handling third base in the first game of the doubleheader. Sunday, 7:27 am
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; W, 2-0 vs ^ StL
  • Drew Pomeranz (shoulder) mulling surgery
    Doctors have recommended that Drew Pomeranz undergo a clavicle resection.

    Advice: Pomeranz will get a second opinion, but if he goes through with the procedure, he'll be looking at a six-week recovery period. He should be back at full strength well before pitchers and catchers are required to report in mid-February. Saturday, 4:44 pm
  • Carlos Gomez (intercostal) out again Saturday
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is not in the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He hasn't been in the lineup since Wednesday. Colby Rasmus will fill in at center field and bat cleanup. The Astros enter tonight's action with a half-game advantage over the Angels for the second Wild Card spot. Saturday, 2:27 pm
  • Nori Aoki (concussion) won't return this year
    Nori Aoki (concussion) is feeling much better, but will not return before the end of the season.

    Advice: Giants skipper Bruce Bochy said Friday that Aoki is at about 90%, but there's no reason for the team to rush him back into action. He should be fully healthy heading into the 2016 season. Friday, 5:15 pm
    L, 7-3 vs x Col
  • Carlos Gomez not in lineup again Friday
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is once again not in the Astros starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: He returned to the lineup on Wednesday, but felt some lingering soreness after his final throw against the Mariners. Expect him to return to his regular post in the outfield at some point before the end of the weekend. Friday, 4:36 pm
  • Ziegler (paternity leave) to return Friday
    Brad Ziegler (paternity leave) will be returning to the team on Friday and should be available to pitch against the Astros.

    Advice: Ziegler's been away since September 29, as he's been celebrating the birth of his baby girl. He'll return to the Diamondbacks on Friday and should be able to contribute in this weekend's big season-ending series against the Astros. This season, the veteran right-hander is pitching to a 1.91 ERA and is 29-for-31 in save chances with a 34/17 K/BB ratio across 66 innings. Obviously, his return could cause problems for the Astros. Friday, 12:01 pm
  • Hector Olivera (elbow) scratched from lineup
    Hector Olivera (elbow) was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Nationals.

    Advice: Olivera was hit in the elbow by a pitch on Tuesday and still isn't 100 percent. Adonis Garcia will fill in at third base. Thursday, 1:27 pm
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; W, 2-0 vs ^ StL
  • Davis swats two homers as Orioles beat TOR
    Chris Davis hit his 44th and 45th home runs as the Orioles bested the Blue Jays in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday.

    Advice: Tied 0-0, the Orioles exploded for five runs in the bottom of the seventh. Davis hit a solo home run to make it 2-0. He would add a second solo home run in the eighth to pile on. Davis retakes sole possession of the major league home run lead at 45. He's also plated 112 runs while batting .257/.352/.547. Wednesday, 7:38 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 9-4 vs ^ NYY
  • Gomez (intercostal) back in Astros' lineup
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is in the Astros' lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gomez has appeared in two games in recent days but hasn't swung a bat in a game since September 12. The outfielder, who is batting .253/.313/.408 on the year, is hitting sixth and playing center field against the Mariners. Wednesday, 3:47 pm
  • Hector Olivera (elbow) returns to lineup
    Hector Olivera (elbow) is back in the Braves' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Oliver exited Tuesday's game after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch, but he's fine. He's hitting .260/.321/.411 with two homers in 22 games so far with the big club. Wednesday, 11:48 am
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; W, 2-0 vs ^ StL
  • Gomez (intercostal) expected in lineup Wed.
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said in an interview on MLB Network Radio that he expects Carlos Gomez (intercostal) back in the lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: That's assuming he feels fine when he gets to the ballpark and gets through batting practice with no issues. Gomez has been used as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement recently but hasn't started a game since September 12 due to a strained intercostal muscle. Wednesday, 9:35 am
  • Pollock on base three times in D'Backs win
    A.J. Pollock reached base three times in five plate appearances as the Diamondbacks pulled out a 4-3 win in 11 innings versus the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pollock walked twice and doubled, but scored only once. It's been a breakout year for the outfielder, currently carrying a .317/.369/.499 triple-slash line with 19 home runs, 75 RBI, 107 runs scored, and 37 stolen bases with above-average defense. He'll be drafted much, much earlier in fantasy leagues in 2016. Pollock went 168th overall in Yahoo leagues going into the 2015 season. Tuesday, 10:33 pm
    W, 5-3 vs ^ Hou
  • Haren fires 7 1/3 scoreless in win over Reds
    Dan Haren threw 7 1/3 innings of scoreless ball as the Cubs bested the Reds 4-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Haren held a destitute Reds lineup to just three hits and no walks over his 7 1/3 innings in what ended up being his longest start since May 18. The right-hander struck out six in the effort. This is the reason the Cubs acquired him prior to the trade deadline, and the win improved him to 10-9 with a 3.67 ERA and 1.15 WHIP overall. As things stand, Haren will have the honor of closing out the regular season Sunday at the Brewers. Tuesday, 10:18 pm
    W, 3-1 ^ @Mil
  • Hector Olivera leaves after HBP on elbow
    Hector Olivera departed Tuesday's game against the Nationals after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch.

    Advice: Olivera sports an elbow pad on his left arm, but Tanner Roark's offering still smarted. The Braves should have an update on status later Tuesday. Tuesday, 5:41 pm
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; W, 2-0 vs ^ StL
  • Drew Pomeranz (shoulder) shut down
    Drew Pomeranz has been shut down for the season with an AC joint issue in his left shoulder.

    Advice: It's an ailment that Pomeranz has battled off and on for a while, so there don't figure to be any long-term concerns. Pomeranz held a 4.63 ERA as a starter and 2.61 ERA in relief this season and might settle into a bullpen role over the long haul. Tuesday, 5:17 pm
  • Aoki (concussion) could pinch-hit this week
    Nori Aoki will visit a concussion specialist in hopes of being cleared to return to action.

    Advice: Aoki could be available to pinch-hit later this week if he receives clearance. He first suffered a concussion back in July and has been shut down for a few weeks after having a setback. Tuesday, 4:45 pm
    L, 7-3 vs x Col
  • Brad Ziegler away for birth of child
    Brad Ziegler is not with the Diamondbacks Tuesday following the birth of his baby girl.

    Advice: It's unclear at this point when he'll rejoin the club. Daniel Hudson should handle any save chances while Ziegler is away. Tuesday, 3:44 pm
  • Gomez (intercostal) still has discomfort
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) still has discomfort swinging.

    Advice: Gomez has come off the bench in each of the past two games and continues to take batting practice, but he's not 100 percent yet and has concerns about returning too soon. "I feel like if I swing it’s going to get worse," said Gomez. "Take the time and do the right thing." Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday that Gomez’s injury typically takes 45-50 days to heal, but the team is trying to ramp things up given where they are in the season. His swing has been toned down to compensate for the injury, so it's hard to count on much from him even if he manages to return. Tuesday, 6:39 am
  • Hinch: Gomez injury normally takes 45-50 days
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday that Carlos Gomez's intercostal strain is normally something that takes 45-50 days to recover from.

    Advice: Hinch noted that the only reason the club is pushing Gomez is because they're in a playoff race. The Astros downplayed Gomez's ailment somewhat when it first occurred, referring to it as a "mild" strain, but it's clear at this point that was optimistic thinking. Gomez hasn't started a game in two weeks but did take batting practice Monday. Monday, 6:19 pm
  • Molina (thumb) ruled out for regular season
    Yadier Molina (thumb) has been ruled out for the remainer of the regular season after a doctor on Monday prescribed him another week of rest.

    Advice: He'll be re-evaluated on Sunday or Monday and still has a chance to be ready for the start of the postseason, but obviously this news isn't ideal. Molina is dealing with a slight ligament tear in his left thumb that doesn't really affect him catching but could be a hindrance at the plate. Tony Cruz will continue to handle the catching duties for the Cardinals. Monday, 2:06 pm
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Freese socks solo homer in tight win
    David Freese went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Freese launched a solo homer off Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma in the fifth inning. It would be his only hit in the contest. He's now homered in back-to-back game and is slashing .258/.320/.424 with 13 homers and 53 RBI. The numbers might not be particularly electric, but this has been the 32-year-old third-baseman's best overall season since 2012. Sep 27, 3:27 pm
    L, 9-2 ^ @Tex
  • Robinson Chirinos (biceps) cleared for action
    Robinson Chirinos (biceps) has been cleared to return to action.

    Advice: He's not starting Sunday, but Chirinos will be available off the bench. He hasn't started since injuring his left biceps on September 9. Sep 27, 10:20 am
  • A.J. Pollock delivers grand slam in win
    A.J. Pollock had a grand slam and an RBI single to lead the Diamondbacks to a 6-3 win over the Padres on Friday.

    Advice: A lot of writers probably won't be willing to include two Diamondbacks on their MVP ballots, but Pollock certainly deserves consideration for a spot on the bottom half of ballots. He's hitting .318 with 19 homers and 36 steals, all while playing some of the best center-field defense in the league. Sep 25, 10:30 pm
    W, 5-3 vs ^ Hou
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