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  • Bryce Harper (knee) expected to return Monday
    Bryce Harper (knee) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

    Advice: Harper has been playing in simulated games without issue and will get some regular at-bats in big league games in an effort to prepare himself for the postseason. The 24-year-old superstar was hitting .326/.419/.614 with 29 homers and 87 RBI in 106 games before going down with the knee injury. Today, 2:23 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 3-2 @NYM
  • Quintana throws shutout Sunday vs. Brewers
    Jose Quintana pitched his first shutout since 2015 in the Cubs' 5-0 defeat of the Brewers on Sunday.

    Advice: Quintana was absolutely terrific in this one, holding a dangerous Brewers offense to three singles and one walk while tallying 10 strikeouts. The 28-year-old left-hander now boasts a 3.50 ERA in 79 2/3 innings since joining the Cubs and Sunday's double-digit strikeout game helped him notch the first 200-strikeout season of his career. He'll wrap up the regular season with a start at home against the last-place Reds. Today, 2:13 pm
  • Hamilton triples and steals in loss to Boston
    Billy Hamilton tripled and stole his 59th base of the season in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Yep. Billy Hamilton can still fly. The triple gives him 10 on the season, and if it wasn't so easy to knock the bat out of his hand and induce weak contact, he'd probably have double that amount. Hamilton is fantasy-relevant because of his ability to steal bases like few others, but it sure would be nice if he could do it while hitting for a respectable average/on-base percentage. Today, 1:59 pm
  • Starling Marte homers as Pirates top Cards
    Starling Marte went 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk Sunday in the Pirates' 4-1 defeat of the Cardinals.

    Advice: Marte singled in the bottom of the third inning and belted a two-run jack off Cardinals reliever Seung Hwan Oh in the bottom of the fifth. The 28-year-old outfielder is putting together a nice September and should be back in good fantasy graces leading into the 2018 campaign. Today, 1:51 pm
  • Carpenter hits 22nd homer Sunday vs. PIT
    Matt Carpenter hit his 22nd home run of the year on Sunday afternoon against the Pirates.

    Advice: It was a solo shot in the top of the third inning off Pirates starter Jameson Taillon. Carpenter finished the day 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. He's slashing .246/.387/.455 headed into the final week. Today, 1:43 pm
    L, 4-1 @Pit
  • Taillon works five strong innings vs. Cards
    Jameson Taillon worked five innings of one-run ball Sunday in a win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Taillon served up a solo homer to Matt Carpenter in the top of the third inning but otherwise pitched well, yielding just three other hits and one walk while striking out six of the 20 batters he faced. The 25-year-old right-hander will carry an 8-7 record and 4.62 ERA into his final start of the season next weekend at the Nationals. Today, 1:40 pm
  • Randall Delgado to get PRP injection
    Randall Delgado will be given a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow on Thursday.

    Advice: Delgado is working his way back from a strained flexor tendon. He's obviously done for the regular season, but the Diamondbacks haven't officially ruled him out for a potential return during the playoffs. Today, 12:24 pm
    60-Day DL
    Bot 9, 2-2 vs Mia
  • Manny Pina (thumb) might be done for season
    Manny Pina (thumb) might not return this season.

    Advice: Pina sprained his left thumb on a tag play last Thursday and is still experiencing significant pain. Stephen Vogt will handle the catching duties for the Brewers down the stretch. Today, 9:28 am
    L, 5-0 vs ChC
  • Jordy Mercer (knee) not in Sunday's lineup
    Jordy Mercer (knee) is absent from the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Mercer was pulled from Saturday's game with tendinitis in his left knee, an ailment he's been dealing with for a while. He's day-to-day. Max Moroff is at shortstop Sunday. The Pirates are sitting a host of other regulars Sunday, as well, as Josh Bell, Gregory Polanco, David Freese and Adam Frazier are all on the bench. Today, 7:30 am
    W, 4-1 vs StL
  • Zack Wheeler (arm) moved to 60-day DL
    Mets transferred RHP Zack Wheeler from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move cleared a spot on the 40-man roster for Noah Syndergaard's return. Wheeler is done for the season with a stress reaction in his pitching arm. Today, 5:21 am
    60-Day DL
    L, 3-2 vs Was
  • Gorkys Hernandez posts three-hit game
    Gorkys Hernandez finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base in Saturday's game against the Dodgers.

    Advice: The three hits were his most in a single game since a four-hit performance July 14 in San Diego. He entered the game with just three hits over 28 at-bats (.107) in the month of September, so he obviously has little fantasy appeal heading into the final week of the regular season. Yesterday, 11:36 pm
  • Wil Myers snaps hitless skid on Saturday
    Wil Myers finished 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored in Saturday's 5-0 victory against the Rockies.

    Advice: Myers entered with three consecutive hitless games before the two-hit performance. He'll look to stay hot in Sunday's game against Rockies RHP German Marquez. In limited action he is 0-for-7 with five strikeouts against the righty. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
    Top 8, 4-5 vs Col
  • Nolan Arenado limping to the finish line
    Nolan Arenado was hitless in three at-bats with a walk and a strikeout in Saturday's game in San Diego.

    Advice: Arenado is just 7-for-34 (.206) with three RBI over the past 11 outings to drop his average from .311 to .305 since Sept. 11. He'll look to get untracked against Padres RHP Luis Perdomo in Sunday's series finale. Arenado has two homers in 12 career at-bats against the righty. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Paul Goldschmidt ties career high in HR
    Paul Goldschmidt had just one hit across three at-bats Saturday against Miami, but the hit was good for a three-run homer to tie a new career high.

    Advice: Goldschmidt's 36 homers matches his output from the 2013 season. He has seven games remaining to set a new single-season best, including three games next week against San Francisco. He has five homers and 15 RBI against the Giants, tied for most against any opponent this season. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Mercer drives in four of Pirates' 11 runs
    Jordy Mercer finished 3-for-3 with a double, triple, four RBI and two runs scored to help the Pirates outlast the Cardinals 11-6 on Saturday.

    Advice: An eight-run first inning was highlighted by Mercer's three-run triple, which landed in front of a sliding Dexter Fowler and skipped under his glove, allowing all three runners to come around to score. Just for good measure, Mercer also swatted an RBI double in the fifth. The 31-year-old already has a career high in homers this year, and with one more run batted in -- he's at 58 following Saturday's game -- he'll tie his single-season high in that category, as well. In all, Mercer is batting .255/.326/.406 with a little over a week left in the season. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
    W, 4-1 vs StL
  • Cole struggles, but earns win against Cards
    Gerrit Cole gave up five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in a win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Advice: Cole was fortunate that opposing starter Lance Lynn was even worse, or else he might have lost his fourth straight decision. Instead, he improved to 12-11 through 32 starts. It's a disconcerting end to the season for the 27-year-old, though, as he's given up 14 runs in his last three starts combined to watch his ERA climb to 4.23 overall. He'll look to head into the offseason on a high note when he takes on the Nationals on Friday. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Jordy Mercer has tendinitis in left knee
    Jordy Mercer told reporters after Saturday's game that he's dealing with tendinitis in his left knee.

    Advice: "It’s alright until I have to leg out a triple or a double or stop," said the 31-year-old shortstop. Mercer made an early exit from Saturday's win over the Cardinals and could see a few days off over the final week of the regular season. Yesterday, 8:28 pm
    W, 4-1 vs StL
  • Bryce Harper (knee) plays another sim game
    Bryce Harper (knee) made it through another simulated game Saturday without issue.

    Advice: MASN's Mark Zuckerman says Harper "sounds ready" to return to the active roster, but the Nationals will wait until Sunday to decide on the best course of action. It appears the 24-year-old superstar will be able to fit in some real-game at-bats before the end of the regular season, though we probably wouldn't expect a whole lot of fantasy-relevant production. The primary goal here is to get Harper as prepared as possible for postseason play. Yesterday, 2:17 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 3-2 @NYM
  • Billy Hamilton absent from Reds lineup
    Billy Hamilton is absent from the Reds' starting lineup on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Hamilton returned from the disabled list on Friday, but it appears as though he'll be eased back into action. Phillip Ervin is starting in his place and hitting atop the Reds lineup. Yesterday, 9:41 am
  • Manny Pina (thumb) considered day-to-day
    Manny Pina is considered day-to-day with his left thumb sprain.

    Advice: He sustained the injury during a tag play at the plate on Thursday. He should rejoin the lineup at some point next week. Yesterday, 9:23 am
    L, 5-0 vs ChC
  • Hamilton (thumb) has two hits in return
    Billy Hamilton (thumb) went 2-for-5 with a run scored in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Hamilton, who suffered a fractured left thumb earlier this month, was thrown out attempting to steal in the second inning. It’s unclear how much he’ll play the rest of the way, but he’s sure to keep running when he does. Hamilton is just two steals (58) ahead of Dee Gordon (56) for the major league lead. He also needs just one more steal to set a new career-high. Friday, 7:46 pm
  • Starling Marte swipes 19th bag in loss Friday
    Starling Marte went 1-for-3 and swiped his 19th bag of the season in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Marte also drew a walk and scored a run in the ballgame. He's hitting .255/.316/.353 with six homers and 24 RBI in his 69 games this year. Friday, 7:39 pm
  • Manny Pina nursing a sprained thumb
    Manny Pina sprained his left thumb on a tag play Thursday.

    Advice: Pina didn't take batting practice Friday as a result. He likely wasn't going to be in the lineup, anyway, but it's possible it could affect his status in the coming days. Stephen Vogt is catching Friday. Friday, 2:57 pm
    L, 5-0 vs ChC
  • Bryce Harper (knee) runs bases, takes BP
    Bryce Harper (knee) ran the bases, shagged flyballs and took batting practice on Friday.

    Advice: He hadn't been slated to take BP until Saturday, so the fact that it was moved up would seem to be a good sign. The goal for Harper, obviously, is to get a few games under his belt before the playoffs. He's been sidelined since mid-August with a bone bruise in his left knee and left calf strain. Friday, 2:44 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 3-2 @NYM
  • Billy Hamilton (thumb) in Reds' lineup Friday
    Billy Hamilton (thumb) is in the Reds' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Hamilton surprisingly returned from the disabled list Wednesday, but this will be his first game since being activated after missing a couple weeks with a fractured left thumb. He's almost surely not going to be 100 percent at the plate, but you know he's going to run if he gets on base. Hamilton is trying to hang on to his major league-leading stolen base total. He is currently three pilfers ahead of Dee Gordon (58 to 55). Friday, 12:07 pm
  • Bryce Harper to travel with Nationals
    Bryce Harper, seen shagging flyballs in the outfield during Thursday's pregame workouts, will travel with the Nationals for this weekend's series in New York.

    Advice: Harper will hit on the field prior to Saturday's game. Barring a setback, it looks like he could return from his knee injury early next week. Thursday, 2:54 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 3-2 @NYM
  • Marte goes 2-for-4 with an RBI vs Brewers
    Starling Marte went 2-for-4 and drove in a run during Wednesday's victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: His third-inning single plated Adam Frazier to give his team an early lead. He was then thrown out attempting to steal second base. Marte also doubled in the game. The outfielder has been one of the biggest disappointments of the fantasy season, missing 80 games due to a suspension for performance-enhancing drug usage and failing to play up to expectations after his return. He has a .255 batting average after hitting .311 a year ago. He has just six home runs and 24 RBI in 300 plate appearances. His 18 stolen bases have enabled him to salvage some fantasy value. Wednesday, 11:02 pm
  • Carpenter goes 1-for-3 with a homer, two runs
    Matt Carpenter hit a home run, walked twice and scored twice in a win over the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: He got the game started right by popping a leadoff homer in the first inning. It was his only hit in three at-bats but he added two walks to give his excellent on-base percentage a boost. He is slashing .239/.383/.445 with 21 home runs and 67 RBI on the season. Wednesday, 7:33 pm
    L, 4-1 @Pit
  • No ill effects from Harper's simulated game
    Bryce Harper (knee) felt good after Monday's full workout, and ran bases while completing another workout before Wednesday's game against Atlanta.

    Advice: The big takeaway here is that there were no setbacks after Monday's simulated game and Harper remains on the right track to get back sometime next week. The division is locked up, so Washington doesn't have to rush the 24-year-old superstar, but it could be beneficial to get him some plate appearances before the start of the playoffs. Wednesday, 1:19 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 3-2 @NYM
  • Carpenter (shoulder) back in Cardinals lineup
    Matt Carpenter (shoulder) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Reds.

    Advice: Carpenter was on the bench Tuesday and admitted after the game that he will be playing through shoulder discomfort for the remainder of the 2017 regular season. He is starting at first base and hitting leadoff Wednesday versus Cincinnati right-hander Rookie Davis. Jose Martinez is sitting. Wednesday, 11:59 am
    L, 4-1 @Pit
  • Reds activate OF Billy Hamilton from the DL
    Reds activated OF Billy Hamilton from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Hamilton expressed frustration Tuesday over the Reds' medical staff slowing his rehab plan and now management has given heed to his desire to get back on the field for the final stretch of the regular season. The speedy center fielder suffered a fractured left thumb while trying to lay down a bunt back on September 6 and he might be limited to pinch-running duties out of the gate. Hamilton needs just one more stolen base to set a new career high. Wednesday, 9:06 am
  • Carpenter playing through pain in shoulder
    Matt Carpenter (shoulder) acknowledged Tuesday that he'll be playing through some pain the rest of the way.

    Advice: Carpenter has been bothered by bursitis in his right shoulder for much of the second half and he was held out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Reds, with Jedd Gyorko getting the start at third base. Carpenter could be shut down early if (or when) St. Louis gets eliminated. "If we can get on a run, I want to be a part of that and do whatever I can," he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "This isn’t going to be a crutch for me." Wednesday, 6:58 am
    L, 4-1 @Pit
  • Starling Marte steals two bases in return
    Starling Marte (finger, shoulder) went 2-for-4 and stole two bases Tuesday in his return to the Pirates' starting lineup.

    Advice: Marte suffered finger and shoulder injuries last week on a head-first slide and Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said recently that the 28-year-old outfielder might be done for the season, but that's obviously not the case. Marte is up to 18 steals in 67 games this year, though he's slashing just .251/.311/.347. Wednesday, 5:56 am
  • Wil Myers picks up double, RBI
    Wil Myers finished 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI in Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Myers was awful in July and August, but he is finishing up the season strong. After hitting .195 in July and .181 in August, Myers has posted seven multi-hit games in September while collecting 20 hits over 60 at-bats (.333) with five doubles, a triple, four homers and 12 RBI. Tuesday, 10:39 pm
    Top 8, 4-5 vs Col
  • Billy Hamilton frustrated about rehab plan
    Billy Hamilton (thumb) expressed frustration to reporters Tuesday about his slowed rehab plan.

    Advice: Hamilton has resumed most baseball activities and was hoping to take batting practice Tuesday, but the Reds' medical staff would not clear him to do so. "I don't know what to do. I feel like I'm ready," Hamilton said. "I feel like I am pain-free. I want to be out there with my team. I feel like it's still a step behind, especially when you feel like you're ready to go." The speedy center fielder landed on the disabled list September 6 after suffering a fractured left thumb. This is a sticky situation, with the last-place Reds focusing more on 2018 than the final dozen games of the 2017 campaign. Tuesday, 4:46 pm
  • Harper (knee) participates in simulated game
    Bryce Harper (knee) participated in a simulated game Tuesday at Atlanta's SunTrust Park.

    Advice: Harper did some hitting on the field and also fielded grounders in right field as he continues to make his way back from a bone bruise in his left knee and a left calf strain. Nothing is official yet, but it sounds like he has a real chance to shake the rust with some at-bats before the postseason begins. Tuesday, 12:51 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 3-2 @NYM
  • Jameson Taillon gives up two runs in loss
    Jameson Taillon yielded two runs in five-plus innings Monday in a loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: The Pirates skipped Taillon last time through. At 135 innings for the year, he's still 30 short of where he finished last season. Still, his stuff has dipped some recently. The loss tonight leaves him 7-7 with a 4.73 ERA. His FIP, though, is about a run and a quarter better than that ERA. Monday, 7:38 pm
  • Marte (finger) might not return this season
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington indicated Sunday that Starling Marte (finger) might not make it back this season.

    Advice: Marte took some swings Sunday and hasn't officially been ruled out, but the Pirates don't want him to push things with two weeks remaining in the season. The 28-year-old hasn't played since last Wednesday due to finger and shoulder injuries suffered on a head-first slide. Monday, 10:30 am
  • Wil Myers swipes 20th base in win on Sunday
    Wil Myers went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks and swiped his 20th base of the season in Sunday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: It's the second straight season that Myers has exceeded 20 homers and 20 steals. He's hitting .242/.326/.461 with 28 homers and 71 RBI on the year. Myers left Saturday's game after fouling a ball off his right leg, but he should be fine moving forward. Sunday, 5:51 pm
    Top 8, 4-5 vs Col
  • Bryce Harper takes batting practice on Sunday
    Bryce Harper (knee) was able to take batting practice on the field prior to Sunday's game against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It's the first time that he has done so since suffering his knee injury a month ago. He had already been hitting in the cages and began doing light running this week. Harper has his sights set on returning for the National League Divisional Series. Sunday, 4:31 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 3-2 @NYM
  • Quintana takes no-decision versus Cardinals
    Jose Quintana yielded three earned runs over 5 2/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Cardinals.

    Advice: All three of those runs scored on a Dexter Fowler three-run shot in the top of the sixth inning. Quintana was otherwise sharp, striking out eight batters and issuing only one walk as Chicago went on to win 4-3 to complete a big three-game sweep of the visiting Cardinals. The left-hander will bring a 4.27 ERA into his next start on the road against the Brewers. Sunday, 3:18 pm
  • Cole struggles with command in loss to Reds
    Gerrit Cole struggled against Cincinnati on Sunday, allowed four runs on five hits in a loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Somewhat surprisingly, it was Cole and not Cincinnati starter Robert Stephenson who struggled with command. He walked four, and gave up two homers. His only saving grace was that he did struck out six in his five innings of work. His next start will come against St. Louis on Saturday. Sunday, 2:30 pm
  • Gorkys Hernandez (wrist) available off bench
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday that Gorkys Hernandez (wrist) is available off the bench on Sunday.

    Advice: The Giants had feared that his wrist injury would sideline him for the remainder of the season, but Hernandez has shown significant improvement the last couple of days. He's hitting .251/.319/.316 with no homers, 22 RBI and 10 stolen bases on the season. Sunday, 1:50 pm
  • Starling Marte (finger) out again on Sunday
    Starling Marte (finger) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Marte hasn't played since Wednesday due to finger and left shoulder injuries sustained on a head-first slide. Gregory Polanco is also sitting this one out, as the Pirates have Jordan Luplow and John Jaso in the outfield corners. Sunday, 7:16 am
  • Paul Goldschmidt belts his 35th home run
    Paul Goldschmidt belted his 35th home run on Saturday in San Francisco, his only hit across four at-bats.

    Advice: Goldschmidt has hit safely in four straight games, and he has six RBI over his past eight outings since returning from an elbow ailment. He is up to 115 RBI, second-best in the majors behind Colorado's Nolan Arenado (125). Saturday, 10:17 pm
  • Myers exited game with right leg contusion
    Wil Myers exited Saturday's game with a right leg contusion.

    Advice: Myers fouled a ball off his leg in his final at-bat in the sixth inning before being replaced at first base. He figures to be reevaluated on Sunday, but it sounds like a day-to-day situation. Saturday, 7:29 pm
    Top 8, 4-5 vs Col
  • Carpenter swats solo bomb in loss to Cubs
    Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: He took starter Kyle Hendricks deep in the eighth inning for his club's only run of the ballgame. The veteran infielder's batting average has taken a big tumble this season but the rest of his stats are where they normally are this time of year. He has a .240/.383/.441 slash line with 20 homers, 66 RBI and 82 runs scored in 134 games. Saturday, 4:17 pm
    L, 4-1 @Pit
  • Marte out with finger, shoulder injuries
    Starling Marte is out of the lineup for the second straight day on Saturday due to finger and left shoulder injuries.

    Advice: Marte sustained the injuries in a head-first slide earlier this week. He'll receive treatment and attempt to swing a bat on Sunday. If all goes well, he could return to the lineup. Consider him day-to-day for now. Saturday, 1:50 pm
  • Starling Marte not in Pirates lineup Saturday
    Starling Marte is not in the Pirates' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It looks to be just a regular day of rest for the 28-year-old outfielder. Jordan Luplow is starting in left field for the Pirates and batting second against Sal Romano and the Reds. Marte is hitting a disappointing .247/.308/.345 with six homers, 23 RBI and 16 stolen bases through 66 games this season. Saturday, 8:16 am
  • Wil Myers hits 28th homer
    Wil Myers hit his 28th homer to give the Padres their only run at Coors Field on Friday.

    Advice: Myers is pretty much the only Padre hitting at the moment; he's at .354 with four homers in 13 games this month. His 28th homer matches his 2016 total in 79 fewer at-bats. Still, even with this recent surge, his average and OBP remain down a bit from where he was in 2016. Friday, 9:10 pm
    Top 8, 4-5 vs Col
  • Gorkys Hernandez could miss remainder of year
    Gorkys Hernandez is dealing with a sprained left wrist and could miss the remainder of the 2017 season.

    Advice: The 30-year-old outfielder had carved out his first extended platoon role in the big leagues this season, slashing .251/.319/.316 with 22 RBI and 10 swipes in 325 plate appearances with the Giants. Friday, 4:37 pm
  • Marte goes 1-for-4, steals two bases Wed.
    Starling Marte went 1-for-4 and swiped a pair of bags in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's been a rough year for the former star, batting just .247 with six home runs, 23 RBI and 39 runs scored. He has salvaged some fantasy value by stealing 16 bases in 19 tries. He missed 80 games due to a suspension for performance-enhancing drug usage. Wednesday, 9:38 pm
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