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  • Will Venable not in Padres starting lineup
    Will Venable is not in the Padres starting lineup for Wednesday's contest against the Phillies

    Advice: It appears to be just a routine day off for the struggling outfielder. After a breakthrough 2013 campaign, he's hitting just .222/.289/.316 with 101 strikeouts in 370 at-bats.
    Today, 4:30 pm
  • Ryan Raburn to undergo left knee surgery
    Ryan Raburn needs surgery to repair damaged meniscus in his left knee.

    Advice: He's done for the year. Raburn was a pleasant surprise for the Indians last season, but he'll finish 2014 with a disappointing .200/.250/.297 batting line and four home runs over 74 games. The 33-year-old is under contract for $2.5 million next season.
    Today, 3:25 pm
  • Shin-Soo Choo undergoes left ankle surgery
    Shin-Soo Choo had torn cartilage and a small bone spur removed from his left ankle Wednesday.

    Advice: Choo should be fully recovered in 6-8 weeks. The 32-year-old already underwent season-ending surgery late last month for bone spurs his left elbow. He'll look to rebound in 2015 from a disappointing first season in Texas where he batted just .242/.340/.374 with 13 home runs and four stolen bases over 123 games.
    Today, 3:22 pm
    Disabled List
    7:05 pm x @Oak
  • Hamilton out of Angels' lineup Wednesday
    Josh Hamilton is out of the Angels' lineup Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Hamilton went 1-for-3 with a single Tuesday in his first game back from a right shoulder injury. There was no word of a setback, so he's presumably getting a scheduled day off against lefty James Paxton. Collin Cowgill will start in left field Wednesday while Albert Pujols will DH and C.J. Cron plays first base.
    Today, 3:04 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton won't play again this year
    Giancarlo Stanton (face) won't play again this year.

    Advice: Stanton is making steady progress from the facial fractures and lacerations that he suffered September 11 when he was struck by a Mike Fiers pitch, but the Marlins are going to play it safe with their 24-year-old slugger. He should have a fairly normal offseason and challenge for National League MVP honors again in 2015.
    Today, 2:03 pm
  • Gentry (concussion) also has sinus issue
    Craig Gentry is now dealing with a sinus condition in addition to his post-concussion issues.

    Advice: Gentry hasn't played since September 9 and it's not looking good for his chances of returning this season. The speedster has been limited to 94 games this year due to injury.
    Today, 6:49 am
  • David Peralta (back) not ready yet
    David Peralta (back) is not expected to return before Friday.

    Advice: The rookie outfielder has been sidelined with back discomfort since September 5. Peralta resumed all baseball activities earlier this week but apparently still hasn't made the necessary progress in order to return.
    Today, 6:19 am
  • Steve Tolleson returned to action on Tuesday September 16.
    Today, 1:40 am
    Bot 5, 0-1 x @Bal
  • Amarista finishes a triple short of the cycle
    Alexi Amarista finished 3-for-4 with a double, homer, two RBI and one run scored on Tuesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: He came into this game batting .204 with no extra-base hits in September. So naturally Amarista finishes a triple short of the cycle in Petco, doing most of his damage against Phillies' starter A.J. Burnett. It'll be awhile before you see another performance like this out of Amarista. Even after the monster game, he's batting .242/.292/.313 on the season.
    Yesterday, 10:28 pm
    New Player Note
    Alexi Amarista SD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm vs ^ Phi
  • Rookie OF Liriano has 3 hits against Phillies
    Rymer Liriano finished 3-for-4 with a run scored in Tuesday's win against the Phillies.

    Advice: This was only Liriano's fourth multi-hit game in 31 big league contests, and it set his new career-high for hits in a game. The 23-year-old's tools are evident in games, but the production hasn't been nearly good enough to guarantee him an Opening Day start next spring. Liriano is slashing .228/.294/.283 with a homer, four steals, and a 28/7 K/BB ratio. He'd whiffed in nine of his last 10 games, but managed to avoid a punch out this evening.
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Aoki turns in second straight four-hit night
    Norichika Aoki turned in his second straight four-hit game Tuesday, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: With eight hits in his last nine at-bats -- all but one of which have been singles -- Aoki has raised his batting average from .265 to .277 in the two-game span. Aoki also stole a base in Tuesday's game, his 16th stolen base of the season. Aided by his back-to-back outstanding performances, the 32-year-old is batting an impressive .396 in the month of September.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Parra hits ninth home run in win over Cards
    Gerardo Parra went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Parra was one of the few Brewers capable of getting to Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, taking him deep to right in the fourth inning for a solo shot. Parra also doubled in the 11th inning but was stranded on base. The outfielder now has nine home runs to go with a .267/.314/.381 line on the year, but he's been especially rejuvenated since being dealt to the Brewers -- Parra is batting .305 in 95 at-bats since the deadline trade.
    Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Stubbs scores three times in win over Dodgers
    Drew Stubbs had a hit, two walks and three runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Stubbs scored on a fourth inning home run by Corey Dickerson, also crossing the plate in the sixth and eighth innings. The 29-year-old has 63 runs scored this year to go with a .288/.338/.481 line.
    Yesterday, 9:15 pm
    W, 16-2 vs x LAD
  • Abraham Almonte expects to play Wednesday
    Abraham Almonte (ankle) expects to return to the lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Almonte pinch-hit over the weekend but hasn't started a game in over a week due to a left ankle sprain. He's hit .272/.313/.380 with two homers over 29 games with the Padres.
    Yesterday, 8:04 pm
  • Possible Stanton return 'not looking good'
    Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Tuesday that the chances of Giancarlo Stanton (face) returning this season are "not looking good."

    Advice: The club was holding out hope that they'd get good news from a battery of tests Tuesday, but, not surprisingly, it appears doctors have advised against Stanton's return. The outfielder suffered multiple facial fractures and lacerations requiring more than 20 stitches, as well as losing multiple teeth, after being hit in the face by a Mike Fiers pitch last Thursday. The Marlins are expected to provide an official update on Stanton Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Marlins not yet ruling out return of Stanton
    The Marlins have not ruled out Giancarlo Stanton's (face) return this season.

    Advice: Stanton suffered multiple facial fractures and lacerations requiring more than 20 stitches, as well as losing multiple teeth, after being hit in the face by a Mike Fiers pitch last Thursday. He underwent a number of checkups in Miami on Tuesday, and the results of those exams will determine whether the outfielder has an outside shot of making it back this season. Ultimately, it remains a longshot, but the Marlins aren't shutting the door yet. "I'm sure as much as anything, he wants to get some answers and know if it's a reality for him going forward," manager Mike Redmond said. "His mindset is he wants to come back and play. Ours is, absolutely, if it can happen."
    Yesterday, 6:48 pm
  • Ryan Raburn (knee) could be done for season
    Ryan Raburn (knee) might not return this season.

    Advice: Raburn reported improvement with his left knee Tuesday, but he's set to undergo an MRI and the Indians seem unlikely to push him to return at this point. It would be the end of a disappointing season for Raburn, who has hit just .200/.250/.297 with four homers over 74 games this season.
    Yesterday, 3:45 pm
  • Shin-Soo Choo needs surgery on left ankle
    Shin-Soo Choo is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his left ankle.

    Advice: Choo needs the procedure to repair cartilage damage and will be shut down from running for 6-8 weeks. He also had surgery in late August for bone spurs in his left elbow. It was a miserable 2014 for the 32-year-old outfielder, who batted just .242/.340/.374 with 13 home runs and four stolen bases in 123 games. He still has six years and $116 million remaining on his contract with the Rangers.
    Yesterday, 2:43 pm
    Disabled List
    7:05 pm x @Oak
  • Josh Hamilton (shoulder) back in lineup Tues.
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is back in the Angels' lineup on Tuesday night against the Mariners.

    Advice: Hamilton missed 10 games with a right shoulder injury. He will DH and bat sixth in his return.
    Yesterday, 2:40 pm
  • Rangers activate Smolinski from 15-day DL
    Rangers activated OF Jake Smolinski from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Smolinski has been out since early August with a fractured left foot. The 25-year-old has appeared in 11 games with the Rangers this season and will function as an extra outfielder over the final two weeks.
    Yesterday, 11:54 am
  • Venable (back) returns to Padres' lineup
    Will Venable (back) went 0-for-1 with a walk and two strikeouts Monday in his return to action against the Phillies.

    Advice: Venable hadn't started a game since last Wednesday due to a back strain. The 31-year-old owns a disappointing .221/.290/.317 batting line over 134 games this season.
    Yesterday, 1:30 am
  • Nori Aoki reaches five times in Royals' win
    Nori Aoki went 4-for-4 with a double and a walk to lead the Royals to a 4-3 win over the White Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Aoki doubled in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth, only to be replaced by a pinch-runner despite his plus speed. It ended up working out for the Royals, as the outrageously fast Terrence Gore scored from second on an infield single to win the game. Aoki is hitting .349 in 43 at-bats this month, though he's not doing much else to help fantasy owners at the moment.
    Monday, 9:04 pm
  • Steve Tolleson dealing with sore wrist
    Steve Tolleson had to leave Monday's game against the Orioles after being hit on the right wrist with a foul ball.

    Advice: Tolleson is icing the wrist down and is considered day-to-day. He had a couple singles in three at-bats before exiting.
    Monday, 8:01 pm
    Bot 5, 0-1 x @Bal
  • Ryan Raburn (knee) likely to have MRI
    Ryan Raburn is expected to undergo an MRI on his ailing left knee.

    Advice: Raburn left Saturday's game with a hyperextended knee and has yet to experience any improvement. More won't be known about his status until after the exam. "He's still pretty tender, pretty sore," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We're gonna have [head trainer James Quinlan] talk to [assistant trainer Jeff Desjardins] and see, see if we should get him back to Cleveland. We probably need to get him checked."
    Monday, 7:11 pm
  • Peralta (back) resumes baseball activities
    David Peralta (back) resumed all baseball activities Monday.

    Advice: Peralta could return to the lineup during the team's September 18-24 road trip. The rookie outfielder has been sidelined with back discomfort since September 5.
    Monday, 4:10 pm
  • Hamilton (shoulder) hopes to return Wednesday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is hoping to be back in the Angels' lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hamilton had a successful round of batting practice on Monday and could be cleared for action if he gets through another round Tuesday. The 33-year-old hasn't played since September 4 due to a right shoulder issue. When he does return, he expects to hit lower than his customary cleanup spot.
    Monday, 3:40 pm
  • Hamilton (shoulder) takes batting practice
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) took batting practice on Monday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's done so since he was a late scratch from a game just over a week ago. Hamilton will miss his 10th straight contest Monday, but if he comes out of BP with no issues he could return to the lineup soon.
    Monday, 3:08 pm
  • Venable (back) used as pinch-hitter Sunday
    Will Venable (back) was used as a pinch-runner in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Venable remained absent from the starting lineup with a back strain. It's a good sign that he felt well enough to run and he's likely to return fully this week. The outfielder has registered a disappointing .222/.287/.318 batting line in 132 games this season.
    Monday, 5:49 am
  • Will Venable returned to action on Sunday September 14.
    Monday, 1:13 am
  • Josh Hamilton does some drills Saturday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) took swings off a tee and did some running Saturday.

    Advice: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Hamilton showed some improvement, but he added that the 33-year-old's timetable is still "open-ended." With an 11-game lead in the American League West, the Halos can afford to proceed cautiously with their cleanup hitter.
    Sunday, 8:26 am
  • Abraham Almonte (ankle) could pinch-hit
    Abraham Almonte (ankle) might be available to pinch-hit from the right side.

    Advice: Almonte has missed the last week of action due to a left high ankle sprain. He was still sore when he did some running Saturday but could be available off the bench shortly.
    Sunday, 8:08 am
  • Craig Gentry (concussion) making improvements
    Craig Gentry (concussion) rode a stationary bike without issue on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Gentry has been sidelined since Tuesday after he collided with White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez. He rode a stationary bike Friday and felt dizziness, but everything is trending in the right direction now. The outfielder will have to clear some tests before resuming baseball activities.
    Saturday, 6:03 pm
  • Ryan Raburn leaves game with knee injury
    Ryan Raburn left Saturday's game versus the Tigers with a hyperextended left knee.

    Advice: Raburn exited in the fourth inning. He walked in his only plate appearance. Tyler Holt replaced him in right field.
    Saturday, 5:32 pm
  • David Peralta MRI shows no structural damage
    An MRI taken Saturday on David Peralta's ailing back showed no major structural damage.

    Advice: Peralta has been sidelined with back discomfort since September 5. He is expected to start baseball activities by Monday and should return to action late next week. The outfielder is batting .293/.326/.461 this year for the Diamondbacks.
    Saturday, 3:45 pm
  • Will Venable (back) remains out of the lineup
    Will Venable (back) remains out of the Padres' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Venable has been sidelined with a back strain since Wednesday. He holds a poor batting line of .222/.287/.318 with six home runs and 27 RBI on the season.
    Saturday, 2:20 pm
  • Ryan Raburn leaves the yard in loss to Tigers
    Ryan Raburn blasted his fourth home run of the season on Friday as the Indians dropped the opener of their three-game weekend series to the Tigers.

    Advice: Raburn victimized his former mates with a solo shot in the second inning to open the game's scoring. He also singled in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-3 and raising his season slash to a disappointing .200/.246/.297.
    Friday, 8:17 pm
  • Marlins' Stanton not expected to need surgery
    Giancarlo Stanton is not expected to require surgery to repair multiple facial fractures.

    Advice: Stanton is expected to be discharged from a Milwaukee hospital on Friday and return to Miami for further evaluation. The outfielder told Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan that he's hoping to return later this season, but that's probably a long shot. All things considered, however, his injuries could have been worse.
    Friday, 7:57 am
  • Passan: Stanton wants to return this season
    Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports that Giancarlo Stanton (face) wants to return this season.

    Advice: Stanton was diagnosed with multiple facial fractures, as well as dental damage, when he was hit by a Mike Fiers pitch Thursday. Passan also adds that Stanton had a tooth lodged in his cheek and a hole in his lip so big "the doctor's index finger could fit in it." There's a big difference between wanting to return and being cleared to return, but Passan notes that "Stanton's spirits are high." The odds of him making it back still seem long, but we should known more in the coming days whether it's a possibility.
    Friday, 6:47 am
  • Stanton suffers facial fractures in beaning
    X-rays determined that Giancarlo Stanton suffered multiple facial fractures, as well as dental damage, when he was hit by a Mike Fiers pitch Thursday.

    Advice: The Marlins haven't made any additional announcements, other than to say Stanton will return to Miami on Friday for further evaluation. Still, it's obvious he's done for the year; at best, broken bones within the face is going to be a four-week injury and probably more like an eight-week thing. There's also no word yet whether Stanton is dealing with any concussion symptoms. The Marlins will probably mix and match right fielders for the rest of the season. Enrique Hernandez could see significant time there. They also have the option of playing Garrett Jones in right and Justin Bour at first base, but that would seem to weaken the defense too much.
    Thursday, 10:09 pm
  • 'Doesn't look good' for Stanton's return
    Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Thursday that it "doesn't look good" for Giancarlo Stanton's chances of returning this season.

    Advice: The results of Stanton's X-rays and CT scan aren't known yet, but obviously Redmond isn't feeling optimistic. The Marlins are already a long shot for the playoffs, and the loss of Stanton would pretty much do them in. An update on the National League MVP candidate will be available Friday.
    Thursday, 9:04 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton undergoing X-rays, CT scan
    Giancarlo Stanton suffered a laceration on left side of his face Thursday is undergoing X-rays and a CT scan at a Milwaukee hospital.

    Advice: In other words, we don't know much yet. There should be another update on Stanton's status later Thursday.
    Thursday, 8:13 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton exits after HBP in face
    Giancarlo Stanton left Thursday's game versus the Marlins in the fifth inning after being hit in the face by a Mike Fiers pitch.

    Advice: It was an ugly scene at Miller Park, as Stanton was unable to get out of the way of a Fiers fastball that appears to strike him in the left cheekbone. He immediately went down in pain and there was blood pouring out of his mouth. Stanton was eventually taken off the field on a stretcher. Obviously there will be plenty more updates forthcoming on the slugger's status.
    Thursday, 6:57 pm
  • Hamilton (shoulder) ruled out through weekend
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) has been ruled out through this weekend's series against the Astros.

    Advice: Hamilton was given two more cortisone injections for his ailing right shoulder on Tuesday. Angels manager Mike Scioscia did say that doctors feel it's "something Josh should get over in relatively short order," but there's still some uncertainty involved. Hamilton has missed the last week of action.
    Thursday, 3:14 pm
  • David Peralta (back) aims to return Monday
    David Peralta (back) is now aiming to return to the Diamondbacks' starting lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Peralta had been hoping to get in there Friday, but his back is still giving him trouble. He'll undergo a precautionary MRI to make sure there's nothing seriously wrong. If that turns up negative, the 27-year-old outfielder should be cleared to return after the weekend. Peralta has faded in the second half but still owns a decent .293/.326/.461 overall batting line on the season.
    Thursday, 12:16 pm
  • Will Venable diagnosed with back strain
    Will Venable was diagnosed with a back strain.

    Advice: Venable left Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers after five innings and Padres manager Bud Black told reporters after the game that he will "probably be out a couple days." Venable has been a major disappointment this season, batting just .222/.287/.318 with six home runs and nine stolen bases in 132 games. He had 22 homers and 22 steals in 2013.
    Wednesday, 10:34 pm
  • Venable leaves game with undisclosed injury
    Will Venable left Wednesday's game against the Dodgers with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: It's unclear what happened to the outfielder, but Cameron Maybin replaced him in center field to start the bottom of the fifth inning. The Padres should give an update on his status shortly.
    Wednesday, 8:40 pm
  • Gentry still dealing with concussion symptoms
    Craig Gentry is still not available Wednesday with the aftermath of a concussion.

    Advice: Gentry sustained the concussion Tuesday when he collided with White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez. A's manager Bob Melvin did allow that Gentry is feeling a bit better, so there's some hope he the injury won't keep him out too much longer.
    Wednesday, 3:26 pm
  • Josh Hamilton (shoulder, neck) out again Wed.
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder, neck) is out of the Angels' starting lineup again on Wednesday.

    Advice: It'll be the sixth straight missed game for Hamilton, who has been dealing with discomfort around his shoulder and neck since late August. He was given a cortisone shot last week, but it hasn't helped much. Angels manager Mike Scioscia acknowledged Tuesday that there is growing concern about the lingering injury. Collin Cowgill is starting in left field against the Rangers.
    Wednesday, 1:22 pm
  • Amarista snaps morbid 0-for-17 streak
    Alexi Amarista snapped an 0-for-17 stretch of futility by going 1-for-4 with a run scored Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Amarista's calling card is his defense, but even the leather wouldn't keep him in the lineup for most teams. The Padres have always viewed offense as optional, so he makes for a nice fit. Amarista is slashing .234/.285/.298 with three homers over 359 at-bats.
    Tuesday, 10:36 pm
    New Player Note
    Alexi Amarista SD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm vs ^ Phi
  • Craig Gentry diagnosed with a concussion
    Craig Gentry was diagnosed with a concussion following his collision with White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gentry reached base on a bunt single in the fifth inning but collided violently with Sanchez on the play. It's impossible to guess how long a concussion might sideline someone, but with so little time left in the regular season, it could be the end of Gentry's 2014 campaign.
    Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Craig Gentry leaves after collision
    Craig Gentry left Tuesday's game against the White Sox after colliding with second baseman Carlos Sanchez.

    Advice: Gentry was credited with a bunt single, but he paid the price in a nasty collision. It appeared that he might have banged his head against Sanchez's shoulder. The A's will provide an update on Gentry's status before long.
    Tuesday, 6:39 pm
  • Jake Smolinski yet to do any running
    Jake Smolinski (foot) has yet to be cleared to do any running.

    Advice: Smolinski has been out since early August with a fractured left foot and remains limited to taking batting practice and jogging. He seems unlikely to return this season at this point.
    Tuesday, 6:31 pm
  • Marlins to offer Stanton record-breaking deal
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Marlins plan to offer Giancarlo Stanton the largest contract in franchise history this offseason.

    Advice: The largest contract the Marlins have ever handed out is Jose Reyes' $106 million deal, and a Stanton extension would obviously blow that number out of the water. It's not clear at this point how much the Fish plan to offer Stanton, but Nightengale says they intend to keep him for the duration of the 2015 season whether he agrees to the extension or not. Nightengale adds that the club plans to "dramatically change their image this winter" and "build a championship club around" Stanton. The outfielder is under club control through the end of 2016.
    Tuesday, 6:24 pm
  • David Peralta (back) hopes to return Friday
    David Peralta (back) is hoping to return to the lineup Friday.

    Advice: He'll have missed a week of action by that time due to a back ailment. Peralta is sporting a .293/.326/.461 batting line for Arizona this season.
    Tuesday, 6:00 pm
  • Scioscia on Josh Hamilton: 'There's concern'
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia admitted Tuesday that "there's concern" within the club regarding the status of Josh Hamilton (shoulder, neck).

    Advice: Hamilton is dealing with discomfort around his shoulder and neck that's kept him out since last Thursday, and a cortisone shot last week hasn't helped to alleviate the pain at all. It's not clear at this point what the next step is for the Angels, but Hamilton doesn't appear close to returning to the lineup.
    Tuesday, 3:11 pm
  • Josh Hamilton (shoulder) sits again Tuesday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder, neck) is out of the Angels' starting lineup again on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Hamilton hasn't played since last Thursday due to discomfort around his shoulder and neck. The first-place Angels have the luxury of playing it safe with the veteran outfielder for the stretch run, but he should return at some point this week. Collin Cowgill is in left field Tuesday versus the Rangers.
    Tuesday, 1:18 pm
  • Hamilton (shoulder, neck) out again Monday
    Jason Hamilton (shoulder, neck) is out of the Angels' lineup again Monday versus the Indians.

    Advice: Hamilton has been sidelined since Thursday with discomfort around his right shoulder and neck. He received trigger point injections on Sunday afternoon to help with the problem but isn't quite ready yet. Collin Cowgill is starting in left field Monday.
    Sep 8, 7:32 am
  • David Peralta (back) hopes to play Tuesday
    The Diamondbacks hope David Peralta (back) can return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Peralta has missed the last couple games with a back injury. He's surprised with a .293/.326/.461 batting line for Arizona this season.
    Sep 7, 12:40 pm
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