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  • Matusz undergoes successful shoulder surgery
    Brian Matusz underwent a successful arthroscopic surgery on his right (non-throwing) shoulder on Monday.

    Advice: The Ravens' team physician, Dr. Leigh Ann Curl, performed the surgery. Because it's on his non-throwing shoulder, the amount of rehab work's likely not to be as severe. The cranky shoulder should heal up in a month or so. 18 minutes ago
  • Update: Harvey stuck in tunnel traffic
    Updating a previous story, Matt Harvey missed Tuesday's mandatory workout because he was stuck in tunnel traffic.

    Advice: Initially, even Mets GM Sandy Alderson was unaware of why Harvey was absent from the workout. Apparently, the ace was stuck in traffic and called manager Terry Collins, who told him to turn around. Mystery solved. 32 minutes ago
  • Harvey misses mandatory workout
    Matt Harvey missed a mandatory workout on Tuesday.

    Advice: To add intrigue to Harvey's absence, GM Sandy Alderson indicated that he doesn't know why the Mets ace wasn't at the workout. So far as we know, Harvey isn't dealing with any kind of injury. Details should emerge as the day progresses. 38 minutes ago
  • Uribe (chest) out for NLDS vs. Dodgers
    Juan Uribe (chest) will miss the NLDS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, as Uribe suffered a chest bruise diving for a ball on September 20 and has seen little in the way of improvement. His absence will likely clear the way for Kirk Nieuwenhuis to make the roster. The Mets haven't ruled Uribe out for future rounds of the playoffs. 59 minutes ago
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Flores says his back feels good
    Wilmer Flores said Tuesday that his back feels good.

    Advice: Flores sat out the final four games of the regular season with some back stiffness, but he's good to go for the NLDS. However, Ruben Tejada is likely to get most of the playing time at shortstop. Today, 10:31 am
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Marlins re-sign Ichiro Suzuki for 2016
    Marlins re-signed OF Ichiro Suzuki to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that he'll receive a $2 million base salary. Suzuki's .561 OPS this season was the second-lowest among players with at least 400 plate appearances (only Kansas City's Omar Infante was worse), but the Marlins are willing to bring him back in a reserve role as he continues his chase for 3,000 hits in MLB. He'll go into his age-42 season with 2,935 hits. Today, 10:21 am
  • Dan Jennings won't be back as Marlins manager
    The Marlins announced Tuesday that Dan Jennings will not return as manager for 2016.

    Advice: Given that the Marlins have already begun a search for a new manager, this announcement was inevitable. Jennings was asked to return as general manager, but it's unclear whether he will stick around. The Marlins went 55-69 after Jennings took over for Mike Redmond in May. Today, 10:10 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-2 x @Phi
  • Ventura starting Game 1 of ALDS for Royals
    Yordano Ventura will start Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.

    Advice: Not a surprise, as this is how the Royals lined things up in recent days. Johnny Cueto will start Game 2 of the series while Edinson Volquez will pitch in Game 3. The Royals will face the winner of Tuesday's Wild Card Game between the Astros and the Yankees. Today, 9:58 am
  • Steven Matz (back) throws bullpen session
    Steven Matz (back) threw a bullpen session Tuesday at Citi Field.

    Advice: Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen indicated that everything went well. Matz, who has been dealing with spasms in his upper back, is now slated to throw around 90 pitches in an instructional league game on Thursday. The hope is that he'll be ready to pitch Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers next Tuesday. Today, 9:53 am
  • Twins see Plouffe as a third baseman
    Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday that he sees Trevor Plouffe as only a third baseman.

    Advice: Joe Mauer is expected to remain the starting first baseman, but Ryan also said that he wants Miguel Sano to play the field. Something will have to give with this situation. It's possible the team could explore a trade involving Plouffe this winter. Today, 9:48 am
    L, 6-1 vs x KC
  • Gallardo to start Game 1 of ALDS for Rangers
    Yovani Gallardo will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Blue Jays on Thursday.

    Advice: Cole Hamels just pitched on Sunday, so he wasn't an option for the assignment. However, Hamels will start Game 2 on Friday. Gallardo posted a 3.42 ERA in 33 starts this season and has pitched well vs. Toronto, but he has completed six innings in a start just once since the start of August. Today, 9:36 am
  • Twins' Brian Dozier to undergo MRI on hip
    Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday that Brian Dozier will undergo an MRI on his hip.

    Advice: It's not considered serious, but it could provide some context for his drop-off in production during the second half. The 28-year-old had an .841 OPS in the first half and a .639 OPS after the All-Star break. Today, 9:29 am
  • Astros finalize roster for AL Wild Card game
    Mike Fiers is on the Astros' roster for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Yankees.

    Advice: Dallas Keuchel is starting the Wild Card game, but he's going on three days' rest, so Fiers gives Astros manager A.J. Hinch some flexibility just in case. Similar to the Yankees, the Astros are carrying nine pitchers for the one-game playoff. Matt Duffy made the roster as the 25th man while Jonathan Singleton was left off. Of course, the Astros will reset their roster if they advance to the ALDS. Today, 8:42 am
  • Cespedes (fingers) '100 pct. ready' for NLDS
    Yoenis Cespedes (fingers) said Tuesday that he's "100 percent ready" for the NLDS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Cespedes gave the Mets quite the scare when he was hit in the left hand with a pitch last Wednesday, but fortunately he only suffered contusions on his middle and ring fingers. He returned to action over the weekend with no issues, so he's good to go for the postseason. Today, 8:38 am
  • Marlins bringing back Ichiro for 2016
    Joe Frisaro of reports that the Marlins are bringing back Ichiro Suzuki for 2016.

    Advice: It was expected already, but an official announcement is expected on Tuesday. Suzuki turns 42 later this month and batted just .229/.282/.279 in 438 plate appearances this season, but he's 65 hits shy of 3,000 for his career. There's obvious marketing appeal for the Marlins. Today, 8:32 am
  • Yankees announce Wild Card game roster
    Luis Severino is on the Yankees' roster for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Astros.

    Advice: Masahiro Tanaka will make the start, but Severino will be around as insurance. The Yankees are carrying nine pitchers and three catchers. Rob Refsnyder, Slade Heathcott, and pinch-running specialist Rico Noel have also been included as bench players. The Yankees will change their roster if they advance to the ALDS. Today, 7:45 am
  • 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
  • 'Mutual interest' between Mike Leake, Giants
    Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Monday that he's spoken with Mike Leake and there is "mutual interest" in the righty returning to San Francisco.

    Advice: This comes after Leake said after his final start of the season that there was a "strong possibility" of him returning to the Giants. The right-hander didn't pitch that well after being traded to San Fran, posting a 4.07 ERA with just 29 strikeouts over 55 1/3 innings, but he and the Giants both feel there's a good fit. The impending free agent is from the West Coast and would get to call pitcher-friendly AT&T Park home, so it's no surprise he'd like to stay put. Yesterday, 2:32 pm
  • Angel Pagan to undergo knee surgery soon
    Angel Pagan will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee within the next few days.

    Advice: The knee bothered Pagan at times during the 2015 campaign. The Giants are saying that he'll only need a few weeks of rehab, so he'll be fine for spring training. Pagan hit just .262/.303/.332 over 133 games in a disappointing season. Yesterday, 2:27 pm
  • 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
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    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
  • Beane: Josh Reddick a candidate for extension
    A's vice president Billy Beane said Monday that Josh Reddick is a candidate for a contract extension.

    Advice: Reddick is entering his final offseason of salary arbitration and can become a free agent following the 2016 campaign. The 28-year-old outfielder made $4.1 million in 2015 while batting .272/.333/.449 with 20 home runs and 77 RBI. He also added 10 stolen bases, providing nice value as a late-round fantasy pick. Yesterday, 12:14 pm
  • O'Brien to enter spring training as a catcher
    Peter O'Brien will enter spring training next year as a catcher.

    Advice: O'Brien expressed a desire to move back behind the plate after spending the 2015 season trying out corner outfield. The 25-year-old has a big bat, but he was never a very good defensive backstop and how he fits into the Diamondbacks' future plans is currently unclear. Welington Castillo should open the 2016 season as Arizona's starting catcher. Yesterday, 11:17 am
    W, 5-3 vs x Hou
  • Sabathia to alcohol rehab; done for playoffs
    CC Sabathia is checking himself into an alcohol rehab facility and will not be available for the postseason.

    Advice: Shocking news. Sabathia didn't have a very good year, but he showed some positive signs in his last several regular-season starts and was going to be part of the Yankees' playoff rotation if they were to advance past the Wild Card Game. "It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family," the 35-year-old left-hander said in a written statement. Sabathia will focus on getting healthy both mentally and physically for 2016. He is still owed $30 million. Yesterday, 10:10 am
  • Ichiro hoping to return to Miami next season
    Ichiro Suzuki said Sunday that he's hoping to return to the Marlins next season.

    Advice: "Of course" was the response from the 41-year-old impending free agent outfielder. Ichiro batted just .229/.282/.279 in 438 plate appearances this season and he turns 42 years old later this month, but there should be offers out there if he's willing to accept a low base salary and reserve role. There's thought to be some interest from the Marlins, though that front office is currently in flux and will have quite a bit on its plate this winter. Yesterday, 6:56 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kendrys Morales (quad) started in finale
    Kendrys Morales (quad) started Sunday's regular-season finale against the Twins.

    Advice: And he drew a walk and scored a run before exiting the game with a bunch of other Royals regulars. Morales battled a quad injury at the tail end of the regular season, but he should be close to 100 percent by the start of the best-of-five American League Division Series. Kansas City awaits the winner of the AL Wild Card Game. Yesterday, 5:47 am
  • Marlins to interview Larry Bowa for manager
    Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports that the Marlins plan to interview Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa for their managerial opening.

    Advice: Bowa previously managed the Padres (1987-1988) and Phillies (2001-2004), compiling an 81-127 career record. The Marlins are seeking a manager with prior experience this time around and have already interviewed Bo Porter and Manny Acta for the position. Sunday, 6:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-2 x @Phi
  • 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
  • Uribe (chest) still can't do activities
    Juan Uribe (chest) remains unable to do physical activities.

    Advice: Uribe is still dealing with a deep chest bruise that he suffered while diving for a ball on September 20. He's a long shot for the NLDS roster and is a question mark for any subsequent series should the Mets advance. Sunday, 9:23 am
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Steven Matz (back) to throw off mound Tues.
    Steven Matz (back) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll then throw 90-100 pitches in an instructional league game Thursday if he's feeling up to it. The Mets plan on starting Matz in Game 4 of the NLDS if his stiff back will allow it. Sunday, 9:18 am
  • Brian Dozier absent from Sunday's lineup
    Brian Dozier is absent from the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Minnesota is playing a lot of subs in this one. It will be Eduardo Escobar shifting over to second base and Danny Santana covering shortstop. Sunday, 8:28 am
  • Severino allows three runs, Yanks fall to O's
    Luis Severino yielded three earned runs in seven innings Saturday in the Yankees' loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Severino came away with a no-decision because the O's didn't take the lead for good until the bottom of the eighth inning. Severino struck out six, walked none, and gave up only five hits. But two of those five hits were homers. The young right-hander will finish his first taste of MLB action with an impressive 2.89 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings. He'll be in the Opening Day rotation in 2016. Saturday, 6:46 pm
  • Harvey strikes out 11 over six strong innings
    Matt Harvey allowed just one (unearned) run over six innings Saturday in the Mets' loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Harvey looked sharp in his final tuneup before the postseason, yielding only four hits and striking out 11 batters on just 91 pitches. He did not issue a walk. Max Scherzer out-dueled him on the other end, however, firing his second no-hitter of the 2015 season as the Nationals went on to win 2-0. Harvey is expected to make just one start in the NLDS. Saturday, 6:37 pm
  • 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
  • Yoenis Cespedes sitting out nightcap
    Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Mets' lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Nationals.

    Advice: Cespedes returned to action Saturday after missing Thursday's game with a finger injury and went 1-for-3 with a single. He'll take a seat for the nightcap with Kirk Nieuwenhuis getting the start in center field. Cespedes has established new career highs in almost every offensive category including home runs (35), RBI (105) and hits (182). Saturday, 3:10 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
  • Cespedes (finger) returns to lineup for Mets
    Yoenis Cespedes (fingers) went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk in his return to action Saturday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Cespedes gave the Mets quite a scare when he was hit in the left hand with a pitch on Wednesday night, but fortunately he only suffered contusions on his middle and ring fingers. He'll be good to go for the postseason. Saturday, 1:17 pm
  • Brian Dozier plates lone run in loss Saturday
    Brian Dozier went 1-for-4 and plated the Twins lone run as they dropped a critical decision to the Royals on Saturday in Minnesota.

    Advice: The loss closes the door on the Twins playoff hopes. At the time, Dozier's run-scoring single in the sixth inning tied the game at 1-1, but the Royals would strike for four the following frame to put the game out of reach. Dozier also swiped his 12th base of the year in the loss. The power-hitting infielder is slashing .236/.307/.444 on the season with 28 long balls and 77 RBI. Saturday, 1:08 pm
  • Yordano Ventura brilliant in win over Twins
    Yordano Ventura was brilliant in Saturday's victory over the Twins, racking up 11 strikeouts over seven innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Ventura scattered just four hits and three walks on the afternoon. The only blemish on his day was an RBI single by Brian Dozier in the sixth inning. Riding a strong second half, Ventura finishes the regular season 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 156/58 K/BB ratio across 163 1/3 innings. Saturday, 1:08 pm
  • Kendrys Morales remains out of Royals lineup
    Kendrys Morales (quad) remains out of the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The slugger had been expected to return on Saturday, but it'll be Jonny Gomes in as the designated hitter against Tommy Milone and the Twins. Look for Morales to return for Sunday's regular season finale. Saturday, 8:03 am
  • Matz receives injection to relax back muscles
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that Steven Matz received an injection in his back on Friday to relax his muscles.

    Advice: Matz was expected to pitch at some point on Saturday or Sunday, though the stiffness in his back has caused him to be scratched twice already this week. Collins hopes that he can get up to 90-100 pitches by Wednesday in the instructional league in order to be ready for his next start. He's expected to function as the Mets' fourth starter in the postseason as long as he's healthy. Saturday, 7:52 am
  • Peter O'Brien homers off bench
    Peter O'Brien homered off Dallas Keuchel in his lone at-bat off the bench Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: It seems crazy that the Diamondbacks haven't given O'Brien a single start since his callup on Sept. 8, but it likely has a lot to do with his unsettled position situation. The team is again looking at making him a full-time catcher, even though he's never going to be very good back there. His bat remains intriguing. He's had just seven plate appearances since his callup, but he's 3-for-5 with two walks. It seems like the Diamondbacks really blew it by not giving him some starts in left. Friday, 10:29 pm
    W, 5-3 vs x Hou
  • 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
  • Morales (quad) not in Royals lineup on Friday
    Kendrys Morales (quad) is not in the Royals starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: He is however, available off the bench as a pinch hitter. Morales was lifted from Thursday's contest due to minor tightness in his left quad. Had it been a playoff game, he would have almost assuredly been in the lineup on Friday. Friday, 3:59 pm
  • Game between Mets, Nationals postponed Friday
    Friday's contest between the Mets and Nationals has been postponed.

    Advice: The Mets and Nationals are the latest in a series of East Coast rain-outs. They'll play a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, with games at 1:00 pm ET and 7:00 pm ET. Friday, 1:19 pm
  • Yankees top Red Sox to claim wild card spot
    CC Sabathia pitched five innings of one-run ball as the Yankees topped the Red Sox on Thursday to claim a wild card spot.

    Advice: Sabathia finishes the regular season 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA. Remarkably enough, he's going to end up leading the Yankees with 167 1/3 innings thrown this year. He'll certainly be a part of the postseason rotation following his strong September. Thursday, 7:51 pm
  • Morales leaves early with left quad tightness
    Kendrys Morales was forced to leave Thursday's game due to left quad tightness.

    Advice: The injury is believed to be minor and his early exit is considered precautionary. He's listed as day-to-day and should return to the lineup at some point over the weekend. Thursday, 7:09 pm
  • Pagan collects RBI single in loss Thursday
    Angel Pagan, appearing as a pinch-hitter, went 1-for-1 with an RBI single and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: The veteran outfielder sparked a two-run rally in the eighth inning that fell just short of delivering a victory to the Giants. He's now hitting .264/.305/.336 with three homers and 37 RBI in what has been a disappointing and injury-plagued season. Thursday, 3:22 pm
  • Cespedes (fingers) probably won't play Friday
    Yoenis Cespedes (fingers) probably won't play Friday.

    Advice: Cespedes escaped with a couple of bruised fingers after Wednesday night's frightening HBP on his left hand, but the Mets want their impending free agent slugger to be as close to 100 percent as possible leading into the NLDS. He sat out Thursday and probably won't see more than a handful of at-bats over the weekend against the Nationals. Thursday, 11:48 am
  • Flores (back) unlikely to play Friday either
    Wilmer Flores (back) is not expected to play Friday either.

    Advice: Flores made an early exit from Wednesday's game with stiffness in his lower back and was still feeling the discomfort on Thursday. It's get-healthy time for the National League East-champion Mets. Flores should be fine by the start of the NLDS next Friday. Thursday, 11:42 am
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Juan Uribe (chest) now doubtful for NLDS
    Juan Uribe (chest) has shown very little improvement and now looks doubtful for the NLDS.

    Advice: Uribe suffered a deep chest bruise while diving for a ball on September 20 and then aggravated the injury a few days later. He'll visit a specialist in New York on Thursday and hope to get some answers, but it sounds like an extended period of rest is the only cure here. Thursday, 7:12 am
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Mets' Matz (side) to pitch Saturday or Sunday
    Steven Matz (side) is expected to pitch Saturday or Sunday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Matz has been scratched twice this week due to stiffness in the right side of his back, but he is finally beginning to feel better. The young left-hander is in line to serve as the Mets' fourth starter this postseason if he feels good. He owns a shiny 2.27 ERA and 34/10 K/BB ratio through his first 35 2/3 major league innings. Thursday, 7:09 am
  • Cespedes (fingers) not in Mets' lineup Thurs.
    Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Phillies.

    Advice: Cespedes was struck on the left hand by a fastball on Wednesday night but escaped with minor contusions to his left middle and ring fingers. He's not the only starter absent Thursday for the National League East-champion Mets. Consider the slugger day-to-day for the final weekend and a full-go for postseason play. Thursday, 7:02 am
  • Leake says 'strong possibility' he re-signs
    Mike Leake said late Wednesday that it's a "strong possibility" he returns to the Giants.

    Advice: The impending free agent right-hander was terrific in his 2015 season finale on Wednesday night, limiting the Dodgers to two hits over nine shutout innings. It sounds like Leake is open to negotiating with the Giants before he officially hits the free agent market. San Francisco is a nice fit for any pitcher. Thursday, 6:07 am
  • Leake spins two-hit complete game vs LAD
    Mike Leake turned in a fantastic performance in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Dodgers, allowing just two hits in a complete game win.

    Advice: This was Leake's sixth shutout of the season and first since joining the Giants at the end of July. He struck out one and walked three, but while the peripheral numbers aren't particularly impressive, the Dodgers were stymied nonetheless. In 192 innings between the Reds and G-Men this season, he's the owner of a respectable 3.70 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 119/49 K/BB ratio. With the 2015 campaign finished out on his schedule, this marks Leake's third consecutive season with a sub-4.00 ERA. Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • Yovani Gallardo earns win over Tigers
    Yovani Gallardo pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs Wednesday as the Rangers beat the Tigers 6-2.

    Advice: Unless Gallardo is needed in relief this weekend, he finishes a fine regular season with a 13-11 record and a 3.42 ERA. It's better than we expected after the trade to Texas, though the 1.42 WHIP and dwindling strikeout rate (121 K in 184 1/3 IP) wouldn't seem to bode well for the future. Wednesday, 9:08 pm
  • Steven Matz just dealing with muscle spasms
    Steven Matz was examined by a doctor and was given medication to treat muscle spasms.

    Advice: Matz was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday to due lingering side stiffness, but nothing more serious was diagnosed. For his part, Matz has said it's not a serious issue and that he should be fine sooner than later. The Mets' plans for the postseason are still unclear, but he could be in the running for a start in the NLDS if he bounces back well. Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • Matusz set for surgery to repair AC joint
    Brian Matusz will have arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair an arthritic AC joint in his right (non-throwing) shoulder.

    Advice: He'll basically have the shoulder cleaned up. The southpaw said it didn't affect his performance this season, so it certainly shouldn't be an issue going forward. Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Wilmer Flores exits with lower back stiffness
    Wilmer Flores left Wednesday's game with lower back stiffness.

    Advice: Flores didn't appear to be dealing with anything too serious before being removed from the game. It sounds minor, and Flores shouldn't be sidelined too long as a result. Wednesday, 6:35 pm
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Cespedes diagnosed with finger contusions
    Yoenis Cespedes was diagnosed with contusions on his left middle and ring fingers.

    Advice: The good news is that nothing is broken -- X-rays came back negative, so it's simply a bruise, not a break. It wouldn't be shocking to see Cespedes held out for most or all of the rest of the regular season in hopes of having him back for the start of the NLDS. Wednesday, 6:33 pm
  • Wilmer Flores exits with undisclosed injury
    Wilmer Flores left Wednesday's game against the Phillies with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Either that, or Mets manager Terry Collins wanted to get Flores out of the game in the top of the fourth inning for some baseball-related reason. Flores was replaced by pinch-runner Ruben Tejada. He was 1-for-2 before leaving. The Mets should provide some clarity soon. Wednesday, 5:47 pm
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Cespedes exits after taking HBP on left hand
    Yoenis Cespedes left Wednesday's game against the Phillies after being hit in the left hand by a pitch.

    Advice: Cespedes was immediately in pain after being hit by the Justin De Fratus pitch. He was holding his hand and wrist area as he walked off the field. The Mets should have an update on his condition shortly. Wednesday, 5:12 pm
  • 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
  • Mets' Matz (side) won't pitch Thursday either
    Steven Matz has been scratched from his start Thursday against the Phillies due to lingering side stiffness.

    Advice: Matz was bumped from Wednesday to Thursday after waking up Tuesday with stiffness in his right side, and now he can't make that Thursday start either. It's not clear when he'll pitch next, and manager Terry Collins suggested Wednesday that Bartolo Colon might have to start in the NLDS. Matz had been lined up to serve as the Mets' fourth starter in the postseason. Wednesday, 1:02 pm
  • Matusz will have surgery on right shoulder
    Brian Matusz will have surgery next Monday on his right (non-throwing) shoulder.

    Advice: The details on the procedure aren't known, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter says it's minor. Especially given that it's his non-throwing shoulder, Matusz should have a relatively normal offseason. Wednesday, 10:36 am
  • 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
  • Fiers allows 4 R over 5 2/3 IP as Astros lose
    Mike Fiers got a no-decision, allowing four runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The Mariners scored twice on sacrifice flies in the first inning, but didn't manage anything else until Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer in the sixth. On the evening, Fiers gave up five hits and a walk while striking out seven. In nine starts and one relief appearance for the Astros since joining the team at the trade deadline, Fiers has a 3.32 ERA and a 59/21 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings. Fiers is on track to pitch the regular season finale, in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. Tuesday, 10:42 pm
  • Morales belts 22nd homer against White Sox
    Kendrys Morales hit his 22nd home run in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Morales followed Eric Hosmer's solo homer in the sixth inning with one of his own. It was his only hit in three at-bats. The designated hitter is batting .291/.358/.488 with 22 homers, 106 RBI and 78 runs. With a handful of games left, Morales needs three RBI to set a new career high. Either way, it's been an outstanding bounceback year for the 32-year-old. Tuesday, 8:30 pm
  • Steven Matz (side) to start on Thursday
    Steven Matz's (side) next start has officially been pushed back to Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: He's flip-flopping with Logan Verrett, who will now go on Wednesday. Matz developed some stiffness in his right side after sleeping funny Monday night, but it's no big deal. The Mets are just being careful here. Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • 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
  • Peter O'Brien wants to catch again
    Peter O'Brien has told the Diamondbacks that he wants to return to the catcher position.

    Advice: O'Brien had the yips when trying to throw the ball back to the pitcher earlier this season and eventually moved to the outfield. He doesn't think it will be an issue anymore, though, and he and the D'Backs would both like him to take another crack at things behind the plate. O'Brien would certainly make for a much more interesting prospect if he can stick at catcher. Tuesday, 4:57 pm
    W, 5-3 vs x Hou
  • Harvey will only make one start in the NLDS
    Mets GM Sandy Alderson indicated Tuesday that Matt Harvey will only pitch once in the NLDS.

    Advice: Which means he's probably going to take Game 3 against the Dodgers. Harvey has been the center of a very public innings-limit controversy for going on a month, but he threw 97 pitches over 6 2/3 innings Saturday against the Reds and can still have a major impact as a one-start-per-series pitcher in the postseason. Tuesday, 1:41 pm
  • Mets starter Matz has stiffness in right side
    Steven Matz may be scratched from his start Wednesday against the Phillies due to stiffness in his right side.

    Advice: Mets manager Terry Collins hinted at the idea in his pregame chat with reporters on Tuesday afternoon. There should be something more official sometime Tuesday night. This doesn't sound like a serious, long-term problem for Matz, who boasts a 2.27 ERA and 34/10 K/BB ratio through his first 35 2/3 major league innings. Logan Verrett would start in his place Wednesday and then Matz would likely return Thursday. Tuesday, 1:32 pm
  • Matz might not start Wednesday in Philly?
    Mets manager Terry Collins hinted Tuesday that Steven Matz might have to be scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

    Advice: Collins wouldn't get into any details, so we'll have to play the waiting game on this one. Matz allowed three runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings in his last turn Thursday against the Reds. He owns a 2.27 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 34/10 K/BB ratio over his first 35 2/3 major league frames. Tuesday, 1:18 pm
  • Jennings: Stanton (hand) done for the season
    Marlins interim manager Dan Jennings announced Tuesday that Giancarlo Stanton (hand) is done for the year.

    Advice: Stanton was trying to push back from hamate surgery, but it just didn't happen. And there was never a good reason to rush him. Stanton should be 100 percent heading into spring training next February and he'll again be among the favorites to lead the major leagues in home runs. He tallied 27 homers and 67 RBI in only 74 games this year. Tuesday, 1:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-2 x @Phi
  • 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
  • Morales (ankle) returns as pinch-hitter
    Kendrys Morales (ankle) grounded out as a pinch-hitter Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Morales sat out Sunday after being hit above his ankle with a pitch during Saturday's game. He's expected to return to the starting lineup Tuesday. Tuesday, 5:51 am
  • Ventura stymies Cubs over seven innings
    Yordano Ventura dazzled with seven scoreless innings, but was saddled with a no-decision as the Royals lost to the Cubs 1-0 in 11 innings on Monday.

    Advice: Ventura scattered two hits (both singles) and a walk with six strikeouts. He had no-hit the Cubs through five innings but Jorge Soler broke it up with a leadoff single in the sixth. The right-hander now has a 4.20 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a 145/55 K/BB ratio over 156 1/3 innings. Ventura will make his final regular season start in Minnesota against the Twins. Monday, 8:03 pm
  • Plouffe swats homer as Twins edge Indians
    Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run home run in Monday's win against the Indians.

    Advice: Plouffe put the Twins up 3-0 early, swatting a two-run home run in the first inning off of Corey Kluber. The third baseman has put up average numbers this year, batting .245/.308/.440 with 22 home runs and 84 RBI. Monday, 7:19 pm
    L, 6-1 vs x KC
  • 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
  • Luis Severino keeps White Sox in check
    Luis Severino spun six shutout frames Sunday in the Yankees' 6-1 victory over the White Sox.

    Advice: Severino recorded just two strikeouts on the day, tying his lowest mark in 10 outings for the Bronx Bombers, but he also yielded a mere five hits -- four singles -- with one walks. The rookie had one hiccup earlier this month against the powerful Blue Jays lineup but has overall been very consistent while flashing top-of-the-rotation upside. Severino's next start should come next weekend in Baltimore. Sep 27, 1:48 pm
  • Dozier adds two-run double as Twins win
    Brian Dozier had a two-run double as part of a 2-for-5 effort as the Twins beat the Tigers 7-1 on Sunday.

    Advice: Dozier drilled a two-run double to left field in the middle of the Twins' six-run outburst in the second inning to chase Randy Wolf from the game. The second baseman has been a valuable fantasy performer this season, batting .242/.314/.459 with 28 home runs, 75 RBI, 101 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases. Sep 27, 1:31 pm
  • Kendrys Morales (ankle) not in lineup
    Kendrys Morales (ankle) is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Morales was hit by a pitch during Saturday's game. He's merely dealing with a bruise and should be fine in a day or two. The Royals have Alex Gordon in the designated hitter spot and Jarrod Dyson in left field. Sep 27, 8:10 am
  • Yoenis Cespedes not in Sunday's lineup
    Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's simply receiving a day of rest. Juan Lagares will be in center field. Sep 27, 8:08 am
  • Marlins to make Stanton (hand) decision soon
    Marlins interim manager Dan Jennings said Saturday that the club is "getting close to that yea or nay date" when it comes to whether Giancarlo Stanton (hand) will return.

    Advice: A decision figures to be revealed Sunday or Monday, as Jennings said that Stanton probably wouldn't travel on the season-ending road trip beginning Tuesday if it's determined he should shut it down. The club is leaving it up to Stanton as to whether he'll come back during the final week. "There still scar tissue and it's strength. It's the same two issues… We have left it in his court," Jennings said. At this point, it would be a surprise if Stanton returns. He's been out since late June following surgery to remove the hamate bone from his left hand. Sep 27, 7:52 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-2 x @Phi
  • Trevor Plouffe is under the weather
    Trevor Plouffe is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday due to illness.

    Advice: He should be fine in a day or two. Eduardo Nunez will handle third base in Plouffe's place. Sep 27, 7:48 am
    L, 6-1 vs x KC
  • Kendrys Morales leaves with bruised ankle
    Kendrys Morales left Saturday's game against the Indians with a bruise above his ankle.

    Advice: He was hit by a pitch from Kyle Crockett in the eighth inning. Paulo Orlando came in to pinch-run for him. Morales finished the night 1-for-2 with a single. Don't be surprised if Morales gets the day off on Sunday. Sep 26, 8:02 pm
  • Harvey pitches into seventh, Mets clinch East
    Matt Harvey held the Reds to two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Saturday in the Mets' 10-2 rout.

    Advice: And with that, the Mets are your 2015 National League East champions. They're headed to the postseason for the first time since 2006. Harvey gave up nine hits but walked none and struck out six, throwing 97 pitches with no apparent restrictions. So much for that innings limit controversy. Sep 26, 4:19 pm
  • Uribe (chest) may not be ready for NLDS
    There is concern within the Mets organization that Juan Uribe (chest) may not be ready in time for the National League Division Series.

    Advice: Uribe is listed as day-to-day with his chest injury. While X-rays revealed no structural damage on Friday, he's still in a good deal of pain and it's going to be awhile before he's ready to return to the lineup. Sep 26, 10:34 am
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Matt Harvey to make another start for Mets
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that Matt Harvey will make another start next week.

    Advice: Harvey is working against the Reds on Saturday afternoon, then will make one final tune-up in the regular season before the Mets head to the playoffs. How the Mets will structure their rotation in the postseason remains to be seen, but Harvey will obviously play a prominent role. Sep 26, 10:13 am
  • Gallardo allows two runs in no-decision
    Yovani Gallardo allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: Rangers manager Jeff Banister brought the hook after Gallardo gave up a two-out double to Evan Gattis. He finished just one out short of qualifying for the victory, but Banister didn't want to take a chance of letting the Astros back in it. Gallardo labored for most of the outing, allowing eight hits -- including a home run -- and two walks while throwing just 48 out of 87 pitches for strikes. The veteran right-hander has completed six innings just once dating back to July 30. Sep 25, 9:46 pm
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