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  • Soler to have right side examined
    Jorge Soler will have his right side examined.

    Advice: Soler recently missed some time with tightness in his side and he was moving gingerly during Sunday's game. The Cubs should have an update on his status by the end of the day Monday or Tuesday afternoon. Today, 4:55 pm
    W, 12-2 @Pit
  • Richards (elbow) to face hitters Wednesday
    Garrett Richards (elbow) is slated to face live hitters on Wednesday.

    Advice: Assuming all goes well, Richards will make his first appearance in the instructional league next Monday. The 28-year-old was diagnosed with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament back in May, but he decided to undergo stem cell treatments in hopes of avoiding Tommy John surgery. Today, 4:31 pm
    60-Day DL
    Bot 6, 1-1 vs Oak
  • Matt Carpenter dealing with injury to finger
    Matt Carpenter has been dealing with an issue to his right ring finger.

    Advice: That explains his absence from Monday's lineup. It's apparently been a lingering issue, so the hope is that the rest will improve his symptoms. Not ideal with the Cardinals fighting to stay in the race. Greg Garcia will start at second base and bat leadoff Monday. Today, 3:57 pm
    L, 15-2 vs Cin
  • Jeffress available for Monday's game
    Rangers manager Jeff Banister said that he would like to get Jeremy Jeffress into Monday's game.

    Advice: Jeffress returned to the Rangers on Friday after a stint in rehab following an arrest for suspicion of DWI last month, but he has yet to appear in a game. He's likely to be eased back into high-leverage situations. Today, 3:23 pm
  • Jungmann (hip) won't start this weekend
    Taylor Jungmann will not make his final scheduled start this weekend against the Rockies due to hip injury.

    Advice: Jungmann suffered the injury in his most recent start. He'll finish the year with a 7.76 ERA over six starts and two relief appearances. Brent Suter will start on Friday while Wily Peralta will get the nod on Saturday. Today, 3:16 pm
    W, 8-3 @Tex
  • Nelson Cruz sent for MRI on left wrist
    Nelson Cruz was sent for an MRI on his left wrist on Monday.

    Advice: The results aren't yet known, but Cruz is in the lineup at designated hitter for Monday's game against the Astros. He plans to play no matter what, but look for him to cut back on pregame hitting work in an effort to protect the wrist. Today, 2:18 pm
  • Danny Salazar (forearm) throws off mound
    Danny Salazar (forearm) threw 20-plus pitches off the mound on Monday.

    Advice: Salazar threw all fastballs at about 75 percent intensity, but it was a step in the right direction. Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said "it would be nice" to get him a relief appearance before the playoffs, though it's unclear whether he'll have enough time to do so. Today, 2:13 pm
    W, 7-4 @Det
  • Carpenter, Diaz out of Cards' lineup Monday
    Matt Carpenter is not in Monday's lineup against the Reds.

    Advice: The Cardinals are fighting to keep pace in the Wild Card race, but Carpenter will take a seat Monday. Aledmys Diaz is also out of the lineup for the second straight day. Greg Garcia will start at second base and bat leadoff while Jedd Gyorko will play shortstop and hit seventh. Tim Adleman will start for the Reds. Today, 1:57 pm
    L, 15-2 vs Cin
  • Osuna, Benoit expected to get night off Mon.
    Roberto Osuna and Joaquin Benoit are expected to get the day off Monday.

    Advice: Osuna has thrown 38 pitches over the past two days (including his blown save on Sunday) while Benoit threw 24 pitches on Sunday. Jason Grilli would likely get a save chance if needed Monday versus the Yankees. Today, 1:44 pm
  • Gregory Polanco (face) out again Monday
    Gregory Polanco (face) is out of the Pirates' lineup again Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Polanco hasn't played since he suffered a left facial contusion when he collided face-first into the left field on Friday. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to action. Josh Bell is starting in right field on Monday while John Jaso will play first base. Today, 1:34 pm
    L, 12-2 vs ChC
  • Matz sent for another shoulder checkup
    Steven Matz was sent for another checkup on his shoulder on Monday.

    Advice: Matz was originally expected to make his return to the Mets' rotation this past Friday, but he was scratched after experiencing renewed soreness in his left shoulder. He's not expected to pitch this month and any contribution in the playoffs could also be a stretch, even in a relief role. Today, 1:25 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Mia
  • Yulieski Gurriel not in Monday's lineup
    Yulieski Gurriel is not in Monday's lineup versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Gurriel has just three hits in his last 31 at-bats, so he'll get a breather for the series opener. Marwin Gonzalez will make the start at third base and hit second versus right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. Today, 1:16 pm
  • Nelson Cruz (wrist) in Monday's lineup
    Nelson Cruz (wrist) is in Monday's lineup against the Astros.

    Advice: Cruz exited Sunday's game after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but it's not going to keep him out of the lineup. He'll serve as the DH and bat cleanup against Collin McHugh. Today, 1:12 pm
  • Pirates place Josh Harrison on 60-day DL
    Pirates placed INF Josh Harrison on the 60-day disabled list with a groin injury.

    Advice: Harrison was shut down two weeks ago with a right groin strain. The 29-year-old finishes the 2016 season with a disappointing .283/.311/.388 batting line in 131 games. He's owed $7.75 million in 2017 on a contract that carries options through 2020. Today, 12:45 pm
    60-Day DL
    L, 12-2 vs ChC
  • Marlins activate Adam Conley (finger) off DL
    Marlins activated LHP Adam Conley from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Conley was supposed to return to the Marlins' rotation on Sunday against the Braves, but that game was cancelled following the death of Miami ace Jose Fernandez. The left-handed Conley will now pitch Monday versus the Mets and Bartolo Colon. He missed six weeks with tendinitis in his left middle finger. Today, 12:31 pm
    W, 7-3 vs NYM
  • Jose Iglesias (personal) in lineup on Monday
    Jose Iglesias is back in the Tigers' starting lineup on Monday night against the Indians.

    Advice: Iglesias was scratched from the Tigers' lineup Sunday following the death of his friend and fellow Cuban Jose Fernandez. He'll start at shortstop and bat ninth Monday versus Indians right-hander Corey Kluber. Today, 12:29 pm
  • Jordan Zimmermann could start this weekend
    Jordan Zimmermann could start Saturday at Atlanta.

    Advice: Zimmermann looked sharp in a three-inning relief appearance Sunday versus the Royals, yielding one run while striking out four. He threw 30 of his 35 pitches for strikes. It was the first appearance since September 10 for the 30-year-old right-hander, who has been battling lat trouble since late June. Saturday's game is setting up as a must-win for Detroit. Zimmermann is a risky fantasy play, even against the lowly Braves, because of his limited recent workload. Today, 9:53 am
  • Nelson Cruz (wrist) expecting to play Monday
    Nelson Cruz (wrist) expects to play in Monday night's series opener against the Astros.

    Advice: Cruz was lifted from Sunday's series finale against the Twins in the top of the eighth inning after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but he said afterward that it's nothing serious. The big slugger homered twice Sunday before exiting and now has 41 home runs and 100 RBI in 149 games for the year. Seattle is still technically alive for an American League Wild Card spot, though that dream could end early this week. Today, 8:02 am
  • Nelson Cruz leaves game with sore wrist
    Nelson Cruz was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Twins due to soreness in his left wrist.

    Advice: The issue is believed to be minor. Cruz inflicted massive damage on the Twins before departing, smashing a pair of solo home runs in his first three at-bats. The Mariners should provide an update on his status after Sunday's game, but expect him to be listed as day-to-day. Yesterday, 1:47 pm
  • Roberto Osuna blows save, gets win
    Roberto Osuna blew a save but picked up a win Sunday, allowing two runs in his inning of work against the Yankees.

    Advice: Osuna was tasked with protecting a one-run lead in the top of the ninth but coughed it up on a one-out RBI single from Mason Williams and a sac fly from Ronald Torreyes. However, the Blue Jays then rallied with two runs over their own in the bottom of the frame to make Osuna a winner. Yesterday, 1:45 pm
  • Jose Iglesias scratched from Tigers' lineup
    Jose Iglesias was a late scratch from the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Chris McCosky of the Detroit News says that Iglesias "was tore up pretty good" by the death of fellow Cuban Jose Fernandez and it appears that's the reason for him being scratched. Andrew Romine has replaced Iglesias at shortstop. Yesterday, 7:40 am
  • Jose Iglesias (hand) back in action Saturday
    Jose Iglesias (hand) singled and scored a run in five trips to the plate Saturday against the Royals.

    Advice: Iglesias had to be lifted from Friday's game after an errant throw from third base hit his right hand as he crossed first base. However, he didn't wind up needing any additional down time as it turned out. Yesterday, 5:23 am
  • Cruz hits two-run bomb and a double Saturday
    Nelson Cruz finished 2-for-4 with a two-run jack in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: He took Tyler Duffey deep in the fourth inning with Robinson Cano aboard to provide his team's only runs of the night. He also doubled in the ballgame. He is one homer away from his third consecutive 40-homer season. He is batting .284/.357/.545 with 39 bombs, 98 RBI and 90 runs scored in 560 at-bats. Saturday, 6:43 pm
  • Conley (finger) to return Sunday vs. Braves
    Adam Conley (finger) will be activated for Sunday's game against the Braves.

    Advice: Conley missed over a month with finger tendinitis but will slot back into the rotation Sunday against Atlanta. With Conley returning, Jose Fernandez will have his start pushed back to Monday. It's been a roller coaster year for Conley, who holds a 3.94 ERA over 24 outings. He's 2-0 with a 0.98 ERA in three starts against Atlanta this season and makes for a nice streaming option on Sunday. Saturday, 2:07 pm
    W, 7-3 vs NYM
  • Collins on Matz return: Bullpen or nothing
    Mets manager Terry Collins said if Steven Matz (shoulder) returns this year it will likely be as a reliever.

    Advice: Matz has endured numerous setbacks in his recovery from a strained shoulder and with only a handful of games left in the regular season, there simply isn't enough time to stretch him out. The lefty had been scheduled to pitch Friday against the Phillies but was scratched after feeling renewed shoulder soreness. He hasn't pitched in a game since August 14. Saturday, 1:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Mia
  • Zimmermann to throw sim game on Monday
    Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: He's still trying to correct his ills on the side without effecting the Tigers in live game action. Until he gets his mechanics back in order, it would be surprising to see him make another start for the Tigers as they push for a wild card berth. Saturday, 7:52 am
  • Soler (side) returns to Cubs lineup Saturday
    Jorge Soler returned to the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Soler has been held out of the lineup since experiencing tightness in his side last Friday. He's getting the start in left field and will bat seventh against Alex Reyes and the Cardinals on Saturday. Saturday, 7:14 am
    W, 12-2 @Pit
  • Soler (side) strikes out in pinch hiting role
    Jorge Soler (side) struck out as a pinch hitter in Friday afternoon's victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He was forced to leave last Friday's game due to tightness in his side and hasn't appeared in the starting lineup since. He's expected to return at some point this weekend. Saturday, 5:46 am
    W, 12-2 @Pit
  • Nelson Cruz homers, knocks in four
    Nelson Cruz had a two-run homer and a two-run double Friday in the rout of the Twins.

    Advice: Cruz is now just two homers away from his third straight 40-homer season. It's also possible the Mariners will have three 100-RBI guys; Cruz and Kyle Seager currently have 96 and Robinson Cano isn't far behind at 92. Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Iglesias day-to-day with hand contusion
    Jose Iglesias has been diagnosed with a right hand contusion and is listed as day-to-day.

    Advice: The defensive wizard was hit in the hand by an errant throw while running the bases in Friday's victory over the Royals. It wouldn't be surprising to see Andrew Romine start in his place on Saturday. Friday, 6:51 pm
  • Jose Iglesias leaves game with hand injury
    Jose Iglesias was forced to leave Friday's game against the Royals after being hit on the hand by an errant throw.

    Advice: Iglesias got drilled on the right hand by a wild throw from Cheslor Cuthbert as he crossed first base. He remained in the game to run for himself, but was replaced by Andrew Romine defensively the next half inning. Expect the Tigers to provide an update on his status after the conclusion of Friday's game. Friday, 6:42 pm
  • Salazar (forearm) plays catch from 90-100 ft.
    Danny Salazar (forearm) played catch from 90-100 feet Friday.

    Advice: He'll then progress to 120 feet. There's no word yet on when he might be ready for a bullpen session, but it can't be too far off. While Salazar does appear to be making some progress, he won't be ready prior to the postseason and even if he returns then it will surely be in a relief role. Friday, 1:57 pm
    W, 7-4 @Det
  • Jordan Zimmermann says he feels 'good'
    Jordan Zimmermann said Thursday that he feels "good" but admitted he's "a little inconsistent" when throwing out of the windup.

    Advice: Zimmermann has thrown a couple simulated games as he tries to get his mechanics in order. "I feel good," he said. "My body and everything feels good. I feel really good out of the stretch. The wind-up is the only thing, and I still throw pretty well out of the wind-up. It’s just a little inconsistent, which I guess is expected when I got down three times and build back up three times." Zimmermann added that he feels like "I can go out there and compete and pitch," but the Tigers will have him throw another simulated game Monday. It's possible he could make a start in Atlanta during the final weekend of the season. Friday, 7:14 am
  • Jeremy Jeffress to rejoin Rangers Friday
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Jeremy Jeffress is expected to rejoin the Rangers in Oakland on Friday.

    Advice: Jeffress was arrested on suspicion of DWI last month and chose a stay in rehab over a suspension. He should officially be activated later Friday and may be eased back into high-leverage situations initially. Friday, 5:26 am
  • Matz (shoulder) scratched from Friday start
    Steven Matz has been scratched from Friday's start versus the Phillies after feeling renewed soreness in his left shoulder.

    Advice: Matz got through a bullpen session Wednesday with no issues, but his shoulder didn't rebound as hoped on Thursday. He's almost surely done for the season now, although Mets general manager Sandy Alderson didn't rule out the lefty out when addressing the issue Thursday. Gabriel Ynoa will now start against the Phillies. Thursday, 2:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Mia
  • Jordan Zimmermann set for another sim game
    Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to throw another simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: Zimmermann hasn't looked sharp in his last two sim games, and he might have to really impress in this one Monday to get an appearance in the final week. The right-hander missed all of July and most of August with a lat injury and he gave up six runs in one official inning September 10 against the Orioles. That was his last outing for Detroit. He's made just one other appearance (August 4) since June 30. Thursday, 9:14 am
  • Taylor Jungmann set to start against Reds
    Taylor Jungmann is scheduled to start against the Reds on Saturday.

    Advice: Jungmann last made a start with the Brewers at the end of April. In 22 2/3 innings with the big league club this season, he holds an 8.34 ERA. While he has not allowed a run in his two bullpen appearances since being called up earlier this month, there is no fantasy upside here. Wednesday, 1:18 pm
    W, 8-3 @Tex
  • Steven Matz (shoulder) on track for Friday
    Steven Matz (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: "[Matz] looked very good," said manager Terry Collins. "He looked nice and easy." Barring a sudden setback, Matz is expected to start against the Phillies on Friday in an outing that probably won't push beyond 50 pitches. The young left-hander has been on the shelf since the middle of August with a mild shoulder strain. Wednesday, 1:12 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Mia
  • Salazar (forearm) played catch again on Wed.
    Danny Salazar (forearm) played catch from a distance of 75 feet on Wednesday.

    Advice: That comes after he threw from a distance of 60 feet on Tuesday. Salazar is hoping to expand to 90 feet on Thursday and 105-120 feet this weekend before possibly returning to mound work sometime next week. The right-hander has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2016 regular season due to a mild strain of his right flexor musculature, but he could be an option in relief for the ALDS. Wednesday, 1:01 pm
    W, 7-4 @Det
  • Matt Carpenter back in Cards lineup Wed.
    Matt Carpenter is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon in Colorado.

    Advice: Carpenter was given the night off Tuesday to nurse a couple different minor injuries, and because the Rockies were throwing left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. The lefty-swinging Carpenter is starting at first base and batting leadoff Wednesday versus Rockies right-hander German Marquez. Wednesday, 9:26 am
    L, 15-2 vs Cin
  • Zimmermann did not look sharp in sim game
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus offered an underwhelming review of Jordan Zimmermann's simulated game Tuesday afternoon at Target Field.

    Advice: "About the same as the other day," said Ausmus. "He feels fine, he feels healthy, he just feels inconsistent with his mechanics. I think he’s a little frustrated that he can’t get his mechanics working more consistently." Zimmermann allowed six runs in one official inning of work September 10 against the Orioles after missing all of July and most of August with a lat injury. It doesn't sound like he'll be cleared to rejoin the Tigers' rotation anytime soon. Tuesday, 6:09 pm
  • Matt Carpenter gets night off Tuesday in COL
    Matt Carpenter is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup Tuesday night in Colorado.

    Advice: Matt Adams is at first base, Kolten Wong is at second base, and Jhonny Peralta is at third base versus the Rockies and left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. This looks to be a routine night off for Carpenter, who battled a back injury earlier this month. Tuesday, 2:22 pm
    L, 15-2 vs Cin
  • Jordan Zimmermann throws sim. game
    Jordan Zimmermann threw a successful 68-pitch simulated game on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: He retired the final six batters he faced, three via strikeout. Zimmermann was lit up for six runs in one official inning of work September 10 against the Orioles and hasn't appeared in a live game since. It's not clear what the plan is next, though there is some chatter about him making a start this weekend against the Royals. Tuesday, 1:17 pm
  • Salazar (forearm) played catch on Tuesday
    Danny Salazar (forearm) played catch from a distance of 60 feet on Tuesday.

    Advice: Salazar was diagnosed with a mild strain of his right flexor musculature last week. He's not going to make another start this year, but the Indians are hopeful that he could be available as a reliever as soon as the ALDS. Tuesday, 12:38 pm
    W, 7-4 @Det
  • Steven Matz (elbow) expects to start Friday
    Steven Matz (elbow) said Tuesday that he feels great and expects to start Friday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Matz, out since August 14 due to a mild shoulder strain, is scheduled to travel back to New York to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday. If all goes well, he'll be cleared to make his return on Friday, though Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Monday that he'd likely be limited to around 50 pitches for his first start back. Tuesday, 8:05 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Mia
  • Soler (side) could come off bench Wed.
    Jorge Soler (side) could be available off the bench as soon as Wednesday.

    Advice: Soler exited Friday's game with tightness in his right side, but fortunately an MRI came back clean. He could be ready to return to the starting lineup as soon as this weekend. Sep 19, 2:37 pm
    W, 12-2 @Pit
  • Steven Matz (shoulder) could return Friday?
    Steven Matz (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday in Florida.

    Advice: If it goes well, he may be cleared to return to the Mets' rotation Friday night against the Phillies. But nothing is set in stone, and he'd probably be on a pitch count in that one. "We’re just taking it step-by-step," Matz told Newsday on Monday. "I don’t know. I’m throwing, I’m throwing off the mound. I feel good. I feel really good. It’s just a matter of building up pitches and being able to compete in the big leagues. That’s kind of what we’re evaluating now." The young lefty hasn't appeared in a game for the Mets since August 14 due to a mild shoulder strain. Sep 19, 12:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Mia
  • Jorge Soler's (oblique) MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Jorge Soler's injured right side came back negative.

    Advice: Soler tweaked his side on Friday but apparently has avoided the dreaded oblique strain. The Cubs are considering him day-to-day, but with little for them to play for at this point, expect Soler to rest for a while. Sep 18, 9:34 am
    W, 12-2 @Pit
  • Steven Matz (shoulder) to rejoin Mets in NYC
    Steven Matz (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the Mets in New York this week.

    Advice: Matz has been throwing at the club's spring training complex in Florida. There's a good chance the left-hander will return at some point this week, although no final decision has been made yet. If Matz does make a start this week, he'll be limited from a pitch count perspective. Sep 18, 8:53 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Mia
  • Jordan Zimmermann to throw another sim game
    Jordan Zimmermann will throw another 80-pitch simulated game on Tuesday.

    Advice: Zimmermann was rocked by the Orioles a week ago and the Tigers have held him out of the rotation since then. It's unclear when he'll be given another start, but it could be next weekend if Tuesday's simulated game goes well. Sep 18, 7:55 am
  • Richards advances to throwing off mound
    Garrett Richards (elbow) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: It was his first mound session in more than five months after tearing his UCL in early May. Richards opted to rehab his elbow with stem cell treatments instead of undergoing Tommy John surgery, which is customary for elbow tears. The plan is for Richards to begin facing live hitters in October before returning to game action in the fall instructional league. His goal is to be available at some point in 2017. Sep 17, 3:20 pm
    60-Day DL
    Bot 6, 1-1 vs Oak
  • Gregory Polanco goes deep as Pirates top Reds
    Gregory Polanco launched a two-run homer on Friday as the Pirates topped the Reds 9-7 in 10 innings.

    Advice: His two-run blast off Robert Stephenson gave the Bucs an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. He also added a single in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-5 to raise his season slash to .265/.330/.486 to go along with 22 homers, 85 RBI and 13 swipes. Sep 16, 9:03 pm
    L, 12-2 vs ChC
  • Matz (shoulder) to throw full 'pen Saturday
    Steven Matz (shoulder) will throw a full bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: It will come after Matz threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday with no issues. If the left-hander gets through Saturday's session without any problems, he should be cleared to rejoin the Mets' rotation sometime next week. Matz hasn't started since August 14 due to a left shoulder impingement. Sep 16, 1:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Mia
  • Jorge Soler departs with tightness in side
    Jorge Soler was lifted from Friday's game versus the Brewers with tightness in his right side.

    Advice: Soler has been playing well since returning from a hamstring injury but now has a new ailment to deal with. The Cubs should have more on his status after the game, but if it's an oblique injury obviously it has the potential to keep him out a while. Sep 16, 12:53 pm
    W, 12-2 @Pit
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