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  • Francona downplays Kluber's groin injury
    Indians manager Terry Francona downplayed Corey Kluber's groin injury after Monday's game.

    Advice: Kluber was forced to exit his start against the Tigers on Monday after four innings due to what was described as right groin tightness. He declined to discuss the injury as the Indians clinched the American League Central, but more should be known on his status on Tuesday. "He's good, but he has a groin thing that he's fighting," said Francona. "It started getting him in the third and again in the fourth, so I grabbed him. I told him we need to find a way to win a game, but we aren't going far without him, so we need to get him healthy and let him do what he does." Today, 5:50 am
    4:10 pm @Det
  • Sean Manaea strong against Angels
    Sean Manaea held the Angels to one run and four hits over seven innings in a no-decision Monday.

    Advice: It's the first run he's allowed in three starts this month. Not a lot has gone right for the A's this year, but it's great that Manaea has stayed healthy. If that continues, he should be a top-of-the-rotation guy next year. Yesterday, 11:56 pm
  • Hisashi Iwakuma goes six against Astros
    Hisashi Iwakuma pitched six innings of one-run ball Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Iwakuma was in line for the victory when he left, but Edwin Diaz blew the save, leaving Iwakuma with a no-decision for the first time in 24 starts since May 14. Jake Odorizzi has had like 36 no-decisions since then. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Edwin Diaz takes third blown save
    Edwin Diaz blew his second save in a week Monday after giving up two runs in the ninth against the Astros.

    Advice: On the plus side, the Mariners went on to win both of those blown saves. Those are also the only two times in ten appearances this month that he's been scored upon. Overall, Diaz is 17-for-20 saving games. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Collin McHugh solid against Mariners
    Collin McHugh pitched seven innings and allowed two runs Monday in a no-decision against the Mariners.

    Advice: McHugh pitched well enough to win his fourth straight start, but he didn't get a lot of help tonight. The Astros ended up dropping the game in 11 innings, making it the first time in eight starts that they've lost a McHugh outing. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Martin Perez gives up eight runs in loss
    Martin Perez was lit up for eight runs in 6 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Not that it probably mattered in a game in which the Rangers scored just three runs, but how do you let Perez give up eight runs, the last three coming in the seventh, while employing a 20-man September bullpen? Perez had been on little role lately, turning in four straight quality starts, but he still doesn't inspire much confidence. He's 10-11 with a 4.37 ERA for the season. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Benoit (calf) left clubhouse on crutches
    Joaquin Benoit (calf) was seen leaving the clubhouse on crutches.

    Advice: That doesn't sound good. Benoit reportedly injured his calf in the scrum during Monday's benches-clearing brawl. While no official diagnosis has been announced, it sounds like it's potentially serious. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
    4:07 pm vs Bal
  • Tim Adleman holds Cardinals in check
    Tim Adleman limited the Cardinals to two runs over seven innings in a 15-2 victory Monday.

    Advice: The Reds' offense provided the right-hander with plenty of breathing room, but the Cards never really threatened Adleman much in this one. He gave up just four hits on the night and didn't walk anyone, recording four strikeouts along the way. The 28-year-old has managed a respectable 3.90 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 12 starts for the Reds and his last outing will come this weekend against the Cubs. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • James Shields picks up win over Rays
    James Shields held the Rays to one run in six innings Monday to improve to 6-18 on the season.

    Advice: It won't be a 20-loss season for Shields, thanks in part to the Rays starting four-ninths of a major league lineup tonight. Seriously. Catcher Curt Casali, who has hit .147 in 143 at-bats against right-handers this season, was the designated hitter. The designated hitter! Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Drew Smyly gives up three runs in loss
    Drew Smyly yielded three runs in five innings Monday in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: It's the home run ball that's been Smyly;s bugaboo all season long, but he went without allowing a bomb for the first time in eight starts tonight and still wasn't very good. Someone with a 167/49 K/BB ratio in 175 innings should have a much better ERA than 4.88, which is where Smyly stands now. Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Jaime Garcia lasts one inning Monday
    Jaime Garcia lasted just one inning Monday against the Reds, allowing two runs on four hits.

    Advice: Garcia received another chance in the rotation after a nice relief outing last week, but this one wound up amounting to another relief appearance. He gave up a pair of home runs in the first and also showed no interest in holding baserunners, as the Reds stole three bases in the first and had another one overturned only after Jose Peraza slid off the bag. The Cardinals' bullpen wasn't any better, with Michael Wacha and Luke Weaver also getting knocked around. It will likely be either Garcia or Weaver on Saturday versus the Pirates, and neither option looks appealing right now. Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Andrew Miller notches 10th victory
    Andrew Miller picked up his 10th win in relief Monday, striking out four in 1 2/3 scoreless innings against the Tigers.

    Advice: Miller joins Baltimore's Brad Brach among relievers winning 10 games this year. No reliever did it last year. Miller has a 1.69 ERA and an incredible 42/2 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings since joining the Indians. Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Tanner Roark touched up by Diamondbacks
    Tanner Roark wasn't sharp Monday, yielding five runs over four frames in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Things were moving along swimmingly initially, as Roark retired the first nine batters in order. He then fell apart in the fourth inning, serving up a couple home runs among four hits while also walking a batter in a five-run inning. Roark will have a final tune-up outing this weekend against the Marlins. Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Chad Kuhl blasts by Cubs on Monday
    Chad Kuhl lasted just three innings Monday, getting charged with five runs in a loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The Cubs had runners all over the bases in this one, as Kuhl surrendered eight hits, walked two and hit a batter. They wound up with a whopping 18 hits and 12 runs on the night. Kuhl had put together a couple nice outings in a row but obviously took a step backward in this one. He'll look for better results this weekend in St. Louis as he closes out his season. Yesterday, 8:03 pm
  • Benoit injures calf during brawl
    Joaquin Benoit injured his calf during Monday's benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees.

    Advice: Mae notes that it could be similar to the calf injury Brett Cecil suffered during the playoffs last year. Obviously that would be a tough blow ahead of the postseason, but we should know more about his status soon. Yesterday, 7:52 pm
    4:07 pm vs Bal
  • J.A. Happ superb in no-decision Monday
    J.A. Happ was terrific in a no-decision Monday, allowing two runs -- one earned -- over 7 1/3 innings against the Yankees.

    Advice: Happ recorded only two strikeouts, but he also walked just one while giving up six hits. The left-hander lost out on his 21st win of the season when the Yankees got to the Blue Jays' bullpen in the ninth. Happ has now gone four straight starts having not allowed more than two runs. He'll get the Red Sox this weekend to close out his regular season. Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • Dellin Betances struggles again Monday
    Dellin Betances was pulled from an appearance Monday without recording an out.

    Advice: Betances walked a couple batters and committed an error to load the bases with no one out. He was then pulled in favor of Tommy Layne, who allowed a couple of inherited runners to score but eventually closed out the victory. Betances has really struggled of late, allowing eight runs over his last four appearances and 11 runs over his last eight. He's not in danger of losing his closer job, but it's obviously not the way he wants to pitch down the stretch. Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • Kluber exits start with right groin tightness
    Corey Kluber exited Monday's start against the Tigers with right groin tightness.

    Advice: Kluber allowed two runs on five hits and one walk over four innings before leaving the ballgame. The Indians' rotation has already taken multiple hits down the stretch, so this isn't an encouraging development. We should know more about the severity soon. Yesterday, 6:09 pm
    4:10 pm @Det
  • Kluber pulled after four innings
    Corey Kluber was pulled from Monday's start against the Tigers after four innings.

    Advice: Kluber allowed two runs on five hits and one walk before exiting. He was only at 60 pitches at the time, so it was a surprise to see him leave this early. And given the Indians' recent injury issues, obviously not ideal. We should get an update on his status soon. Yesterday, 5:58 pm
    4:10 pm @Det
  • Benoit needed help getting off field
    Joaquin Benoit needed help getting off the field following Monday's benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees.

    Advice: Uh oh. It's unclear what caused the injury, but Benoit was seen limping off the field. It would be a big loss for the Blue Jays, as Benoit owns a 0.38 ERA over 25 appearances since coming over to the Blue Jays in July. Yesterday, 5:36 pm
    4:07 pm vs Bal
  • Severino ejected from Monday's game
    Luis Severino was ejected from Monday's game against the Blue Jays in the second inning.

    Advice: Severino grazed Josh Donaldson in the elbow with a pitch in the bottom of the first inning and Blue Jays hurler J.A. Happ answered by hitting Chase Headley with a pitch in the top of the second. Severino responded by hitting Justin Smoak with a pitch in the bottom of the frame, which led to a benches-clearing brawl. Yankees manager Joe Girardi, pitching coach Larry Rothschild, and bench coach Rob Thomson have also been ejected. Yesterday, 4:49 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 4:31 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • 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. Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • Severino limited to around 50 pitches Mon.
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Luis Severino will be limited to around 50 pitches on Monday.

    Advice: Severino has been pitching out of the bullpen this month, but he's making a spot start in place of Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) for Monday's game with the Blue Jays. Most fantasy owners can skip this matchup. Yesterday, 2:46 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. Yesterday, 2:13 pm
    4:10 pm @Det
  • Koch to start Tuesday vs. Nationals
    Matt Koch will start Tuesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Koch has appeared in five games since his call-up earlier this month, but this will be his first start in the majors. Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale estimated that he can likely get up to around 75 pitches. He can be avoided in fantasy leagues with this matchup. Yesterday, 2:09 pm
  • De La Rosa to have stem cell treatment
    Rubby De La Rosa will undergo stem cell treatment on his ailing right elbow.

    Advice: De La Rosa went the rest and rehab route with his sprained ulnar collateral ligament, but he's still feeling soreness and tightness in his elbow. This appears to be a last-ditch effort to avoid his second Tommy John surgery. Yesterday, 2:07 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • 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. Yesterday, 1:44 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. Yesterday, 9:53 am
  • Rob Zastryzny to start Thursday vs. Bucs
    Rob Zastryzny will make his first major league start this Thursday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It'll be part of a bullpen game for the National League Central-champion Cubs, with Zastryzny probably covering the first 2-3 innings. The 24-year-old southpaw has registered an impressive 1.46 ERA with 13 strikeouts over his first 12 1/3 major league frames. He could make the 25-man postseason roster as a lefty relief specialist. Yesterday, 5:55 am
  • Edwin Diaz earns 17th save, M's defeat Twins
    Edwin Diaz tallied his 17th save Sunday in the Mariners' defeat of the Twins.

    Advice: Diaz struck out one in a scoreless 1-2-3 ninth to preserve the Mariners' one-run lead. It was a reassuring outing from the hard-throwing 22-year-old right-hander, who blew a save Wednesday when he surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Jose Bautista. Sunday, 2:20 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. Sunday, 1:45 pm
  • Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) to see Dr. Andrews
    Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) will visit with Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

    Advice: De La Rosa has tried to pitch through a sprained ulnar collateral ligament but is still feeling soreness and tightness in his elbow. He's already had one Tommy John surgery and it's possible he'll require another. De La Rosa is arbitration-eligible for a second time this winter. Sunday, 9:39 am
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Rubby De La Rosa unlikely to return in 2016
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale conceded that Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) is unlikely to return this season.

    Advice: Momentum was building for a comeback in late September but De La Rosa simply ran out of time. Originally slated for Tommy John surgery after tearing his UCL, De La Rosa chose the rehab route instead. It looks like he'll be fine for spring training next season. Saturday, 3:41 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • 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
  • 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
    4:10 pm @Det
  • Garcia replaces Weaver in Cardinals' rotation
    Jaime Garcia will start on Monday against the Reds.

    Advice: The Cardinals are pushing Adam Wainwright back a day to Tuesday and moving Luke Weaver to the bullpen. Garcia was demoted to the bullpen just over a week ago but earned another shot after allowing one hit and striking out five over four scoreless relief innings Wednesday. He's probably too risky to stream in fantasy leagues given his second-half struggles. Friday, 9:54 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Chad Kuhl goes six strong in win
    Chad Kuhl pitched six innings of one-run ball in a victory over the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kuhl struck out six and walked one in another quality start. It's partly because he's been babied, but Kuhl has allowed more than three runs just once in 12 major league starts. He's 5-3 with a 3.73 ERA and a 45/17 K/BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings. It's unclear if he'll make another start before being shut down because of his innings count. Wednesday, 9:40 pm
  • Kluber holds Royals to two runs over 6 1/3
    Corey Kluber gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings to lead the Indians to a 4-3 victory over the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He rang up nine strikeouts against two walks and six base hits, none of which left the yard. He gave up both runs in the third inning to fall behind 2-1 but he was able to put up zeroes until the Indians retook the lead and went on to victory. Kluber moves to 18-9 with a 3.11 ERA. He owns 224 strikeouts in 211 innings. He will likely get just one more start before the regular season ends. Wednesday, 9:25 pm
    4:10 pm @Det
  • Diaz surrenders Bautista homer to blow save
    Edwin Diaz blew his second save of the season when he surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Jose Baustia in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 2-1, 12-inning win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Diaz came on with two outs in the eighth inning as the M's looked to hang for a 1-0 victory. He fanned Josh Donaldson to close out that frame, then opened the ninth by striking out Edwin Encarnacion. No such luck next batter. Jose Bautista would make contact -- and then some -- with an epic game-tying shot. Diaz rebounded to record the final two outs in the ninth without issue and Seattle went on to win the game on a Robinson Cano sacrifice fly in the 12th inning. For the season, the flame-throwing 22-year-old Diaz has pitched to a 2.33 ERA and 80/15 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 innings. He is now 16-for-18 in save chances. That ninth-inning run surrendered on Wednesday was the first run he has allowed since August 30. Wednesday, 5:46 pm
  • Collin McHugh limits Athletics to two runs
    Collin McHugh pitched well in Wednesday's win over the A's, allowing two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: McHugh struck out five and walked two, with a pair of RBI doubles spelling the damage on his line. Brett Eibner burned him for one in the fourth inning and Bruce Maxwell did likewise in the sixth. In 170 innings this season, the 29-year-old right-hander has pitched to a 4.61 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 166/50 K/BB ratio. He is scheduled to make starts against the Mariners and Angels before the 2016 season draws to a close. Wednesday, 3:52 pm
  • 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
    4:10 pm @Det
  • Happ strikes out eight as Blue Jays roll
    J.A. Happ allowed two runs on six hits over five innings in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Happ struck out eight and walked one on the evening. He surrendered a two-run triple to Robinson Cano in the third inning, but his mates would strike back for eight runs in the top of the fourth to help him improve to 20-4. The veteran southpaw will carry a 3.28 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 160/54 K/BB ratio (182 1/3 innings) into a home start against the Yankees next time he toes the rubber. Tuesday, 10:55 pm
  • Iwakuma hammered for six runs by Blue Jays
    Hisashi Iwakuma was demolished in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays, yielding six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Iwakuma kept the Blue Jays off the scoreboard altogether through the first three innings. Then, the fourth inning happened. The frame opened innocently enough with a strikeout of Edwin Encarnacion. That was followed by a Jose Bautista single, a two-run homer off the bat of Russell Martin, a Troy Tulowitzki single, a two-run home run by Michael Saunders, a Kevin Pillar double and an RBI single by Ezequiel Carrera to cap it all off before Iwakuma was mercifully relieved of duty. Yikes. The veteran right-hander saw his ERA jump from 3.87 to 4.04 by the time the dust had settled. He will try for a more favorable result in a road start against the Astros next time he toes the rubber. Tuesday, 10:47 pm
  • Sean Manaea blanks Astros over six innings
    Sean Manaea took a no-decision in Tuesday's loss to the Astros, firing six shutout innings while striking out seven.

    Advice: Manaea surrendered just three hits and held a 1-0 lead after six innings, but the game-tying run would come home in the seventh to deprive him of a win. He will bring a 4.03 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into a road date with the Angels next time he toes the rubber. That will be his last start of the season as the schedule currently stands. Tuesday, 10:10 pm
  • James Shields rocked by Phillies Tuesday
    James Shields was torched for seven runs -- six earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Another clunker from the veteran right-hander. Shields served up a two-run home run to Odubel Herrera in the first inning and things didn't get much better after that, as he allowed tallies in the third, fifth and sixth before finally getting pulled. Shields had put up two straight quality starts, but it's back to the drawing board again. He'll get his former team, the Rays, next. Tuesday, 9:08 pm
  • Drew Smyly terrific but takes no-decision
    Drew Smyly deserved better fate but had to settle for a no-decision Tuesday, limiting the Yankees to one run over six innings.

    Advice: Smyly held the Bombers to just four hits and two walks while recording three strikeouts over his six frames. He had thrown only 87 pitches, but Rays manager Kevin Cash decided to pull his starter in favor of Brad Boxberger, who melted down in giving up a four-spot. While he did have to settle for a no-decision, Smyly now hasn't lost since his first start of the second half. He'll get the Red Sox on Sunday. Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Dellin Betances nails down 12th save Tuesday
    Dellin Betances tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Tuesday versus the Rays to record his 12th save of the season.

    Advice: Betances has been scuffling a bit of late, but he didn't have any issues in this one in disposing of the Rays in 16 pitches. His recent struggles have his ERA up to 2.79 ERA, but his 121/24 K/BB ratio over 71 innings remains ridiculous. Tuesday, 7:36 pm
  • Tanner Roark suffers tough-luck loss
    Tanner Roark was saddled with a tough-luck loss Tuesday after tossing seven frames of one-run ball against the Marlins.

    Advice: Roark struck out five while allowing just three hits and three walks, but Giancarlo Stanton got to him with a solo homer and that's all it took with Jose Fernandez dealing for the Fish. Roark has given up only four total runs over his last five starts, lowering his season ERA to 2.70. He'll face the Diamondbacks next time out. Tuesday, 6:34 pm
  • 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
  • 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
    4:10 pm @Det
  • Martin Perez goes seven strong versus Angels
    Martin Perez held the Angels to two runs over seven innings, settling for a no-decision in the Rangers' 3-2 victory.

    Advice: The left-hander gave up just four hits and didn't walk anyone on the night, needing a mere 79 pitches to get through his seven innings. However, three of the hits and both runs came in his last two frames, so the Rangers decided that was enough. Perez has notched four straight quality starts. He'll take a 4.14 ERA into Oakland this weekend. Monday, 9:16 pm
  • Tim Adleman solid versus Cubs
    Tim Adleman yielded two runs in 6 1/3 innings Monday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

    Advice: Adleman blanked the Cubs for six innings before giving up homers to Addison Russell and Willson Contreras in the seventh. It brings his total of homers surrendered to 13 in 57 2/3 innings this year. He has a decent 4.06 ERA anyway, but he doesn't seem like a very good bet for the future. Monday, 7:55 pm
  • 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
  • Report: Cards shopped Garcia at deadline
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Cardinals shopped Jaime Garcia prior to the trade deadline.

    Advice: Garcia pitched well for much of the first half but has hit a wall since the All-Star break and recently was demoted to the bullpen. The Cards could look to trade him again this winter if they pick up his $12 million option for 2017, although Olney hears that the option could be declined. Sep 18, 7:13 am
  • Rubby De La Rosa might not be shut down
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Saturday that Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) might pitch again this season after all.

    Advice: The D'Backs announced Thursday that De La Rosa would be shut down, but Hale reversed course Saturday, saying the righty could pitch again if he shows improved command in bullpen sessions and in a simulated game. De La Rosa missed 3 1/2 months due to a sprained UCL and looked off in two appearances this month, but the club thinks his issues are more mental than physical. Sep 18, 6:47 am
    4:05 pm @Was
  • 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
    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Collin McHugh shuts down Mariners
    Collin McHugh allowed two hits over seven innings and combined with two relievers on a shutout of the Mariners on Friday.

    Advice: Maybe McHugh's best start of the year and definitely his best in months. The Astros have won McHugh's last six starts, even though his ERA has barely moved during that span, going from 4.70 to 4.66. He'll get the A's next, making him a decent streaming option in mixed leagues. Sep 16, 11:02 pm
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