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  • Tommy Milone (neck) to long-toss
    Tommy Milone (neck) will do some long-tossing Friday after playing light catch the last couple days.

    Advice: The Twins are holding out hope that Milone can make it back before the end of the season, but it's not looking likely at this point. Anthony Swarzak will make another start in his place on Sunday.
    22 minutes ago
  • Fernandez cleared to begin throwing program
    Jose Fernandez (elbow) has been cleared to begin a throwing program on October 1.

    Advice: He was officially cleared after having a checkup on Thursday. Fernandez is obviously facing a long road back and will likely miss most of the first half next season after having Tommy John surgery in mid-May.
    Today, 1:33 pm
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Bryan Morris (groin) shut down for season
    The Marlins have officially shut Bryan Morris (groin) down for the season.

    Advice: Morris aggravated his right groin injury back on September 9 and the club has decided it's best not to push him to make it back this month. It's an unfortunate ending to what has been a terrific season for the righty, as he posted a 1.82 ERA with 50 strikeouts over 64 1/3 innings.
    Today, 1:28 pm
  • Vance Worley moves back into rotation
    Vance Worley will start on Sunday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Charlie Morton took his spot for one turn, but his sports hernia is acting up again. Worley has faded in recent weeks but still boasts a 3.18 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 96 1/3 innings this season.
    Today, 12:18 pm
  • Ryu hopes to throw Saturday or Sunday
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is aiming to resume throwing on Saturday or Sunday.

    Advice: The hope had been that he could start throwing Friday, but he remains sore after receiving a cortisone shot. Ryu did report improvement Friday and thinks he'll be back in time for the playoffs, but we'll just have to see how he recovers over the next couple weeks.
    Today, 9:21 am
  • Edwin Jackson activated from disabled list
    Cubs activated RHP Edwin Jackson from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Jackson will rejoin the Cubs' rotation on Friday against the Dodgers after missing the last month with a strained right lat. He holds a 6.09 ERA on the season and can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
    Today, 9:14 am
  • Ryu (shoulder) to begin throwing program
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a throwing program on Friday.

    Advice: Ryu has been shut down over the last week due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder. His timetable should be clarified over the coming days, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, not surprisingly, said it would be "a stretch" to think Ryu could be ready to fill the vacancy in the team's rotation on Monday.
    Today, 7:52 am
  • Nicasio likely to remain reliever in 2015
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss indicated Thursday that Juan Nicasio is likely to remain in a relief role next season.

    Advice: Nicasio was demoted to the minors in June after posting a 5.92 ERA over 14 starts, but he holds a much better 3.78 mark and 15/4 K/BB ratio over 16 2/3 frames since returning as a reliever. "I think he's responded well to (the reliever) role," Weiss said. "I think it suits him, in my opinion. To me, going out there and being able to sprint for an inning or two works. He likes to go and attack hitters. With a bullpen role he doesn't have to think about scouting reports as much."
    Today, 7:13 am
  • Hudson to be used as reliever next year
    The Diamondbacks plan to use Daniel Hudson as a reliever next season.

    Advice: It's possible that he'll eventually be moved back into the rotation at some point in the year, and being used as a starter remains the goal over the long-term. However, the thinking is that in his first full year back from a second Tommy John surgery, Hudson would be best off easing back into things in relief. He allowed four runs over 2 2/3 innings this month before being shut down but showed good stuff with a fastball that touched 97 mph.
    Today, 5:58 am
  • King Felix whiffs 11 in seven shutout frames
    Felix Hernandez fired seven shutout innings, striking out 11, in a no-decision against the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: He scattered three hits and walked two. The Mariners ultimately won 3-1, but we're not going to call this a "tough-luck" no-decision, because King Felix didn't exactly face a murderer's row. The Angels trotted out the following Little League World Series lineup after clinching the division last night: 1. Tony Campana CF, 2. Gordon Beckham SS, 3. Brennan Boesch RF, 4. C.J. Cron DH, 5. Efren Navarro 1B, 6. Grant Green 2B, 7. Hank Conger C, 8. Luis Jimenez 3B, 9. Shawn O'Malley LF. Hernandez is 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA across his last four outings. The soon-to-be Cy Young gets the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Lohse dominant vs. Cards in a no-decision
    Kyle Lohse was given a no-decision despite limiting the Cardinals to one run over 7 1/3 innings, as the Brewers were cut down 3-2 in 13 innings.

    Advice: Lohse blanked the Cardinals over seven innings, but allowed a lead-off single to Oscar Taveras to start the eighth. After getting Kolten Wong to hit into a fielder's choice, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke opted to pull Lohse at 88 pitches in favor of Jonathan Broxton. It turned out to be the wrong decision, as Broxton allowed Lohse's runner to score as well as one of his own to tie the game up at 2-2. Overall, Lohse allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out two. The right-hander has a 3.71 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a 135/45 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday in his next outing.
    Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Miller takes no-decision as Cardins win in 13
    Shelby Miller yielded two runs (one earned) in six innings of work on Thursday but took a no-decision as the Cardinals needed 13 innings to dispose of the Brewers.

    Advice: Miller has been on a roll, having allowed just two earned runs over his last four starts spanning 26 innings. He limited the Brewers to five hits without a walk while striking out four. The right-hander is picking up momentum at the right time for the Cardinals. Miller's ERA stands at 3.68 with a 1.26 WHIP and a 119/71 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday next.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Feldman hurls 8 dominating innings in a ND
    Scott Feldman was magnificent on Thursday, holding the Indians to one run over eight innings, but took a no-decision as the Astros were felled in 13 innings.

    Advice: The Indians couldn't get anything going against Feldman, who yielded the one run in the ninth inning after allowing a lead-off ground-rule double to Michael Bourn. Bourn later came around to score when Chad Qualls allowed an RBI single to Carlos Santana. Feldman yielded only four hits and a walk while striking out two batters. The right-hander has a 3.82 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 101/46 K/BB ratio. He'll look to hit the win column for the first time in September when he takes the hill on the road against the Rangers on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Allen fans two in the 13th for his 22nd save
    Cody Allen struck out a pair of batters in a scoreless 13th inning, picking up his 22nd save in Thursday's win against the Astros.

    Advice: Though Allen allowed a one-out single to Robbie Grossman, he was never in any real danger. The right-hander is now 22-for-25 in save chances with a 2.03 ERA and an 87/26 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Wada solid over five frames, gets no-decision
    Tsuyoshi Wada got a no-decision on Thursday after allowing just one run over five innings in Thursday's 8-4 loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Wada pitched well; it was the Cubs' bullpen that couldn't get the job done. The lefty yielded just five hits and a walk while fanning five. After the game, Wada told the media he would not start again this season. Though he hasn't been much of an innings-eater, Wada has pitched well in 12 starts this season, finishing with a 3.22 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 53/18 K/BB ratio.
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Greinke struggles, takes no-decision vs. Cubs
    Zack Greinke lasted only five innings, allowing four runs, in a no-decision against the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: Greinke wasn't particularly efficient, needing 112 pitches to get through his five frames. He scattered nine hits with one walk and five strikeouts. All told, though, Greinke has had another marvelous season, sporting a 2.76 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a 196/42 K/BB ratio. He'll look to grab his 16th win of the season when he faces the Giants at home on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Daniel Hudson shut down for season
    The Diamondbacks have decided to shut Daniel Hudson down for the season.

    Advice: Hudson isn't injured, but rather the club just doesn't want to push him after he made the long trek back from a second Tommy John surgery. The righty allowed four runs over 2 2/3 relief innings across three appearances. Hudson will compete for a rotation spot in spring training.
    Yesterday, 4:00 pm
  • Fernandez (elbow) to have checkup Thursday
    Jose Fernandez (elbow) will have a checkup Thursday.

    Advice: If all goes well, he should begin a throwing program on October 1. Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery in mid-May and will likely miss most of the first half next season.
    Yesterday, 1:18 pm
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Allen called on for four-out save vs. Astros
    Cody Allen was asked to get four outs Tuesday, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the save against the Astros.

    Advice: With runners on first and second and two outs, Allen was called on to face Jason Castro. He got Castro to pop out, ending the threat, and he proceeded to toss a scoreless ninth to earn his 21st save. The 25-year-old has emerged as a legitimate closer this year, owning a 2.06 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 85/26 K/BB ratio over 65 2/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Bryan Morris (groin) might be done for season
    Bryan Morris might be done for the season after aggravating his right groin injury on September 9.

    Advice: The Marlins haven't officially ruled him out, but his return isn't looking likely at this point. "I aggravated it pretty good during that game in Milwaukee," Morris said. "In all reality for it to heal all the way up it's going to take four to six weeks. Obviously we didn't have four to six weeks at the time. I don't know where we're going from here. I just know right now we're not doing anything." If he's indeed done, Morris ends his season having posted a 1.82 ERA over and a 0.66 mark with the Marlins.
    Tuesday, 3:40 pm
  • Edwin Jackson (lat) to return to Cubs on Fri.
    Edwin Jackson (lat) is scheduled to return to the Cubs' starting rotation on Friday.

    Advice: Jackson has been out for almost four weeks with a right lat strain. He's 6-14 this season with a 6.09 ERA and is a bad fantasy option Friday versus the Dodgers.
    Tuesday, 2:19 pm
  • Tommy Milone's (neck) MRI shows inflammation
    An MRI on Tommy Milone's neck showed only inflammation.

    Advice: The Twins are hopeful that Milone will return before the end of the month, but it's no guarantee. The left-hander has put up a 7.84 ERA over five starts with the Twins.
    Monday, 4:53 pm
  • Ryu's (shoulder) regular season likely over
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is not expected to make another start during the regular season.

    Advice: An MRI on Ryu's left shoulder showed only inflammation, but the Dodgers still plan to bring him along slowly. He'll resume throwing later this week, but there will be barely over a week left in the season at that point and he just won't have time. Whether he'll be able to make it back for some starts during the postseason remains to be seen. Carlos Frias is starting Wednesday in Ryu's place.
    Monday, 3:44 pm
  • Vance Worley moved to the Pirates' bullpen
    Vance Worley has been moved to the bullpen.

    Advice: Charlie Morton will return from the disabled list and claim the vacant rotation spot Tuesday night against the Red Sox. Worley has pitched well in a starting role this season for the Bucs and should be a useful weapon in long relief down the stretch.
    Monday, 6:38 am
  • Tommy Milone (neck) might be out for season
    Tommy Milone (neck) might not pitch again this season.

    Advice: Milone tried to throw a bullpen session Saturday but said "it was not good." He had been nursing a fatigued shoulder, but the lefty felt pain shoot up his neck while long-tossing Wednesday and again throughout his session Saturday. "I could feel it on pretty much every throw," Milone said. "It wasn't bad but I could tell I was holding back. I was trying to not make my neck hurt. The last two pitches I tried to let it go like I would normally in a game. And it didn't feel good. We shut it down." Anthony Swarzak will start on Monday versus the Tigers assuming he isn't needed in the bullpen Sunday.
    Sunday, 6:26 am
  • Jackson (lat) expected to make one more start
    The Cubs are hopeful that Edwin Jackson (lat) will make it back for one more start this season.

    Advice: The Cubs are already using six starters, but they apparently are anticipating Jackson's return before the end of the year and would also like to find a start for Eric Jokisch. Jackson has missed the last three and a half weeks with a right lat strain. He owns an ugly 6.09 ERA this season.
    Sunday, 6:03 am
  • Felix Hernandez strikes out eight A's
    Felix Hernandez yielded two runs in seven innings and struck out eight in a no-decision against the A's on Saturday.

    Advice: The eight strikeouts brought his season total to 225, leaving him just seven shy of his career high from his Cy Young season in 2010.... or as we'll soon refer to it, his first Cy Young season.
    Saturday, 9:56 pm
  • Zack Greinke does it all in 17-0 rout
    Zack Greinke pitched four-hit ball for six innings and homered Saturday as the Dodgers crushed the Giants 17-0.

    Advice: Well, this is quite the response to Friday's 9-0 loss. Greinke also doubled and walked in addition to homering off Mike Kickham. He was lifted after 84 pitches, which the Dodgers probably preferred anyway; they've been trying to go easier on him since last month's mild elbow issue.
    Saturday, 9:46 pm
  • Shelby Miller sharp again as Cards beat Rox
    Shelby Miller held the Rockies to one run in six innings Saturday in the Cardinals' 5-4 win.

    Advice: He struck out five and walked none, and probably could have gone seven or eight innings but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny pinch-hit Oscar Taveras for him in the bottom of the sixth inning and Taveras came through with an RBI single. Miller has added a sinker to his repertoire -- taught to him by Justin Masterson -- and it's paying major dividends. He has a 1.64 ERA over his last five starts. A home meeting with the Reds is next.
    Saturday, 7:53 pm
  • Ryu (shoulder) is doubtful to make next start
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is doubtful to make his next start Wednesday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Ryu exited his start Friday against the Giants with left shoulder irritation and he is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday in Los Angeles. He told reporters that the feeling of discomfort is familiar and not overly serious, but the Dodgers obviously want to make sure. Ryu is 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 26 starts this season.
    Saturday, 4:13 pm
  • Tommy Milone unlikely to start on Monday
    Tommy Milone (neck) is unlikely to start on Monday.

    Advice: Milone had his start pushed back until Monday due to Friday's rain out, but his neck soreness continues to be an issue. Fantasy owners shouldn't count on him over the final two weeks of the season.
    Saturday, 10:40 am
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu likely to miss some time
    Hyun-Jin Ryu said his shoulder feels much like it did earlier this year when a similar problem took "a week or two" to resolve.

    Advice: That according to the Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin. If Ryu can't make his next start -- and the odds are certainly against it -- manager Don Mattingly said Carlos Frias will fill in.
    Friday, 10:56 pm
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu leaves with irritated shoulder
    Hyun-Jin Ryu was removed from Friday's start against the Giants due to left shoulder irritation.

    Advice: Before departing, Ryu had allowed four runs on five hits in his one inning of work, and clearly didn't look like himself. The Dodgers should provide an update on his status after the game.
    Friday, 9:33 pm
  • Lohse allows two runs in no-decision
    Kyle Lohse took a no-decision Friday after allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Brewers.

    Advice: Lohse allowed five hits (including a solo homer) and two walks while striking out six. While he didn't get the win, it was nice to see after he really struggled over his previous two starts. The veteran right-hander will bring a 3.81 ERA into a road start against the Cardinals next week.
    Friday, 9:33 pm
  • Wada allows four runs in loss to Bucs
    Tsuyoshi Wada was chased after giving up four runs over 4 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Wada, who left his last start with left leg cramping, gave up nine hits and two walks before being pulled with out in the fifth inning. Ike Davis hit a sacrifice fly off Justin Grimm to close the book on the southpaw's night. Wada got off to strong start in the majors, but he hasn't been nearly as effective in his last three turns. It's tough to trust him in mixed leagues at this point.
    Friday, 9:05 pm
  • Tommy Milone pushed back to Monday
    Tommy Milone's next scheduled start has been pushed back to Monday versus the Tigers following Friday's rainout.

    Advice: The postponement will allow the Twins to give Milone some extra rest since he's battled shoulder issues this month. The lefty holds a 7.84 ERA over five starts since joining the Twins.
    Friday, 1:29 pm
  • Worley labors through five, but gets 7th win
    Vance Worley labored through five innings, allowing three runs, but went home with his seventh win as the Pirates topped the Phillies on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Phillies made their former hurler work, forcing him to toss 92 pitches in his five frames. The right-hander, however, yielded only four hits and two walks while striking out four. After getting off to a hot start upon his 2014 debut in mid-June, Worley has been pedestrian since August 13, posting a 4.81 ERA over his last six starts. On the season, he has a 3.18 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and a 70/22 K/BB ratio. He'll have to take on the Red Sox at home on Tuesday when he toes the slab next.
    Wednesday, 7:30 pm
  • Tommy Milone to rejoin rotation on Saturday
    Tommy Milone (shoulder) will rejoin the Twins' rotation on Saturday in Chicago.

    Advice: Milone missed a start due to mild shoulder fatigue, but it appears he's now over it. The left-hander has struggled with a 7.84 ERA over five starts since joining the Twins and should be avoided in fantasy leagues for now.
    Wednesday, 12:05 pm
  • SP Hernandez K's 8 in six shutout frames
    Felix Hernandez fired six shutout innings, striking out eight, in a no-decision win over the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: The right-hander wasn't exactly the picture of efficiency, walking four and running up 99 pitches through six frames, but he made it work. Prior to beating Oakland on Wednesday, Hernandez had gone 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA over his previous three starts. King Felix, you won't be surprised to learn, enjoys facing the Astros, against whom he came into the game 3-1 with a 1.41 ERA since the beginning of the 2013 season. Hernandez, now 14-5 with a 2.12 ERA and 0.92 WHIP, hosts the A's on Saturday.
    Monday, 11:00 pm
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