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  • Shoemaker (forearm) resumes throwing
    Matt Shoemaker (forearm) resumed throwing Tuesday.

    Advice: Shoemaker underwent season-ending surgery on August 8 to release the radial nerve in his right forearm, but he should have a relatively normal winter and be 100 percent for the beginning of spring training next February. The 30-year-old starter is arbitration-eligible this winter. 25 minutes ago
    60-Day DL
    7:08 pm vs Cle
  • Lance McCullers (arm) could return Sunday
    Lance McCullers (arm) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

    Advice: If it goes well, McCullers could return to the Astros' starting rotation this Sunday against the Angels. The young right-hander hasn't pitched since September 6 due to arm fatigue and he's been knocked around in every start he's made in the second half. 56 minutes ago
    5:10 pm vs CWS
  • Ziegler (back, illness) not available Tuesday
    Brad Ziegler (back) remains unavailable due to an illness.

    Advice: Ziegler is recovered from his back injury, but he'll need another couple days off to get past this apparent flu bug. Primary setup man Kyle Barraclough has struggled lately, so Marlins manager Don Mattingly will probably play the matchups if a save opportunity arises Tuesday night against the Mets. Today, 2:10 pm
  • Jake Arrieta (hamstring) in line for Thursday
    Jake Arrieta (hamstring) is lined up to return to the Cubs' rotation Thursday at Milwaukee.

    Advice: Arrieta made it through another bullpen session Tuesday afternoon at Tropicana Field without experiencing any discomfort in his right hamstring. If he reports back to the visitors clubhouse Wednesday feeling just as good, the Cubs should give him the official go-ahead to start Thursday's series opener at Miller Park (on a pitch count of 75-80). Arrieta has been sidelined since September 4. Today, 2:02 pm
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Wilkerson expected to start on Wednesday
    Aaron Wilkerson is expected to make his first major league start Wednesday versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Wilkerson was promoted to the majors last week after posting a 3.16 ERA and 143/36 K/BB ratio over 142 1/3 innings (24 starts) this season at Double-A Biloxi and he worked a scoreless inning of relief in his MLB debut September 15 against the Marlins, striking out two of the three batters he faced. The 28-year-old right-hander is a great story, having begun his pro career in independent ball, and he makes for a decent fantasy streaming option at Pittsburgh. Today, 1:30 pm
  • Zimmermann (neck) will start Thursday
    Jordan Zimmermann (neck) will return to the Tigers' rotation Thursday versus the Twins.

    Advice: Zimmermann tossed a 40-45 pitch bullpen session on Monday and woke up Tuesday with no abnormal discomfort around his neck and spine, so he's been given the go-ahead. The 31-year-old right-hander last pitched on September 2. He holds a rough 6.18 ERA in 150 innings this season. Today, 1:24 pm
    4:10 pm vs Oak
  • Nova (calf) on track to start Friday vs. STL
    Ivan Nova (calf) expects to make his next scheduled start Friday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Nova was forced from Saturday's game against the Reds due to tightness in his right calf, but he threw his normal between-starts bullpen session Tuesday without issue. The 30-year-old right-hander is 11-14 with a 4.20 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 127/31 K/BB ratio in 180 innings this season for Pittsburgh. Today, 1:21 pm
    4:05 pm vs Mil
  • Cardinals activate Adam Wainwright from DL
    Cardinals activated RHP Adam Wainwright from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Wainwright will work out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season after missing over a month with a right elbow impingement. The veteran is sitting on a disappointing 5.12 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 121 1/3 innings (23 starts) this summer. He is owed $19.5 million in 2018, the final year of a five-year, $97.5 million deal. Today, 1:13 pm
  • CT scan clean on Tigers RP Jeff Ferrell
    A CT scan on Jeff Ferrell's head turned up negative.

    Advice: Ferrell is being put through MLB's concussion protocol, but the goods news is he avoided any skull fractures when he got struck in the head by a line drive during a relief appearance Monday night against the Athletics. Still, he could very well be done for the season with under two weeks remaining. Today, 1:07 pm
    4:10 pm vs Oak
  • Rondon (elbow) to throw bullpen on Wed.
    Hector Rondon (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: It'll be his first mound workout since he was shut down earlier this month due to bone chips in his right elbow. Rondon has struggled in the second half and is obviously no lock to make the Cubs' postseason roster. Today, 12:59 pm
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Arrieta (hamstring) to throw another bullpen
    Jake Arrieta (hamstring) will throw another bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: If he responds well to the workout on Wednesday morning, Arrieta should finally be allowed to rejoin the Cubs' starting rotation sometime later this week. He has been eased along carefully in his recovery from a Grade 1 right hamstring strain. The impending free agent right-hander last pitched on September 4. Today, 12:57 pm
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Marlins activate LHP O'Grady from DL
    Marlins activated LHP Chris O'Grady from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: O'Grady has been sidelined for a little over a month with a right oblique strain. The 27-year-old has compiled a 5.47 ERA and 26/15 K/BB ratio over 26 1/3 innings (six starts) with the Marlins this season. Today, 12:31 pm
  • O's don't plan to shut down Bundy
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after Monday's game that he doesn't think Dylan Bundy needs to be shut down.

    Advice: Bundy was tagged for six runs over 4 1/3 innings Monday against the Red Sox and has now logged a career-high 169 2/3 innings this season. It's a big jump from the 109 2/3 innings he threw last year. Showalter admitted that fatigue might be setting in, but he doesn't see a reason to shut him down yet. "No, I don't think we're at that point yet," said Showalter. "Stuff's fine, he feels great between starts, he's getting extra days' rest. As long as we think it's beneficial for him and the club, then we'll continue down that path. But we're not at that point yet." We expect the Orioles to sing a different tune once they are officially eliminated from the Wild Card race. Today, 10:03 am
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • Sherfy works another scoreless inning
    Jimmie Sherfy worked another scoreless inning Monday night against the Padres.

    Advice: Sherfy has now made eight appearances at the major league level without allowing a run, and he's yielded just two hits and one walk in the process. The 25-year-old right-hander could be positioning himself for a spot on the Diamondbacks' roster for the NL Wild Card Game despite spending the large majority of the 2017 campaign in Triple-A. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Perdomo gets eighth win Monday vs. Arizona
    Luis Perdomo held the Diamondbacks to two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Monday for his eighth win of the season.

    Advice: Perdomo issued six walks, but he kept Arizona from doing much significant damage by yielding only four hits -- all of them singles. He struck out two. The young right-hander will bring a 4.57 ERA and 1.52 WHIP into his next start at home versus the Rockies. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Corbin allows four runs in loss at San Diego
    Patrick Corbin surrendered four earned runs over five innings Monday in a loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Corbin retired the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the first inning, but Wil Myers hit a two-out ground-rule double, Yangervis Solarte drew a walk, and then Hunter Renfroe unloaded for a three-run homer to center field. San Diego would plate another run on an Austin Hedges solo shot in the bottom of the second. Corbin is now 14-13 on the season with a 4.14 ERA. He'll get the Marlins at home next. Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Dylan Bundy gives up six runs to Red Sox
    Dylan Bundy was tagged for six runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Red Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Bundy's fifth start versus Boston this year was easily his worst; he had a 2.49 ERA in the first four. With the Orioles pretty much done in the wild card race now, we wouldn't be surprised to see Bundy shut down soon. He's at 170 innings now, a huge step up from last year's career high of 110. Yesterday, 8:45 pm
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • Jeff Ferrell sent to hospital for CT scan
    Jeff Ferrell has been sent to the hospital to undergo a CT scan.

    Advice: Ferrell was struck in the head by a line drive during an appearance Monday. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the reliever was "responsive and very alert," which are obviously good signs. An update on Ferrell should be available Tuesday. Yesterday, 8:04 pm
    4:10 pm vs Oak
  • Jeff Ferrell hit in head with liner on Monday
    Jeff Ferrell departed Monday's game versus the Athletics after being hit in the head by a line drive.

    Advice: A screamer off the bat of Ryon Healy was tracked by Statcast at 102.6 mph and struck Ferrell in the head. He was able to walk off the field under his own power. Ferrell will obviously undergo X-rays and concussion tests and the Tigers should have an update on the reliever's status later Monday. Yesterday, 7:15 pm
    4:10 pm vs Oak
  • Brad Ziegler (back) available to pitch Monday
    Brad Ziegler (back) is available out of the Marlins' bullpen Monday.

    Advice: Ziegler hasn't made an appearance since September 7 due to a back injury, but he's evidently feeling well enough now to give it a go. It's possible he could return to his closer role for the final weeks, but it's not a given since Ziegler was scuffling a bit prior to the injury. Kyle Barraclough has also been knocked around lately. Yesterday, 5:15 pm
  • Jordan Zimmermann (neck) on track for Thurs.
    Jordan Zimmermann (neck) threw a successful 40-45 pitch bullpen session Monday.

    Advice: As long as he feels OK when he reports to the park Tuesday, he should officially be cleared to rejoin the Tigers' rotation Thursday against the Twins. Zimmermann hasn't made a start since September 2 due to a neck and spinal issue. Yesterday, 1:53 pm
    4:10 pm vs Oak
  • Wainwright (elbow) to finish year in bullpen
    Adam Wainwright (elbow) is expected to finish the season in a relief role.

    Advice: Wainwright didn't have any issues with his elbow in a simulated game on Sunday, but there's just not enough time remaining in the season to get him properly stretched out. "It's hard to imagine getting him back into the rotation with, realistically, 13 days left," said Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak. This means that rookie right-hander Jack Flaherty is poised to keep his rotation spot, possibly through the end of the season. Wainwright has missed a month with a right elbow impingement. Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • Adam Wainwright (elbow) throws live BP
    Adam Wainwright (elbow) threw live batting practice Sunday.

    Advice: Wainwright said afterward that he felt good and he expects to be available out of the Cardinals' bullpen beginning on Tuesday. That means Jack Flaherty will remain in the club's rotation. Wainwright has been out since mid-August with a right elbow impingement. Sunday, 8:40 am
  • Arrieta (hamstring) throws bullpen session
    Jake Arrieta (hamstring) threw 42 pitches in a bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: It should be the final step before his return to the Cubs' rotation. The plan calls for him to be reevaluated when he returns to the ballpark on Sunday, but there's a chance he's back sometime next week. Arrieta hasn't pitched since September 4 due to a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring. Saturday, 5:25 pm
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Nova exited start with right calf tightness
    Ivan Nova was forced to exit Saturday's start against the Reds with right calf tightness.

    Advice: Nova isn't alarmed and expects to make his next start. The Pirates figure to see how he feels over the next day or two before that becomes official. Nova was charged with two runs over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Reds on Saturday. Saturday, 4:27 pm
    4:05 pm vs Mil
  • Ivan Nova exits start with apparent injury
    Ivan Nova was forced to exit Saturday's start against the Reds with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Nova blanked the Reds over the first six innings before giving up a solo homer to Jesse Winker to begin the seventh. He was forced to exit later on in the frame after being visited by the team trainer. Nova fanned six and gave up just three hits and one walk before exiting. The Pirates should pass along an update on his status soon. Saturday, 2:56 pm
    4:05 pm vs Mil
  • Zimmermann (neck) to throw bullpen Monday
    Jordan Zimmermann (neck) is scheduled to throw another bullpen session on Monday.

    Advice: Zimmermann, who had a nerve-blocking injection in his neck earlier this month, threw 40-45 pitches without incident in a bullpen session on Friday. Barring any setbacks on Monday, he's scheduled to make his return Thursday against the Twins. Fantasy owners haven't missed Zimmermann at all, as he's struggled with a 6.18 ERA over 27 starts this season. That's the highest ERA among all qualified starters. Saturday, 2:34 pm
    4:10 pm vs Oak
  • Hector Rondon to be shut down at least a week
    Hector Rondon will be shut down for at least a week due to bone chips in his right elbow.

    Advice: The good news, is that his MRI revealed no structural damage. Unfortunately, there's still no clear timeline for his return to the Cubs' bullpen. Friday, 4:35 pm
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Aaron Wilkerson called up from Double-A
    Brewers purchased the contract of RHP Aaron Wilkerson from Double-A Biloxi.

    Advice: Wilkerson has earned a shot in the majors after pitching in independent ball a few years ago. He posted a 3.16 ERA and 143/36 K/BB ratio across 142 1/3 innings this season at Biloxi. Wilkerson will be available out of the bullpen Friday but could potentially get a start or two in the final weeks. Friday, 11:38 am
  • Hector Rondon nursing sore right elbow
    Hector Rondon has been shut down for the time being due to a sore right elbow.

    Advice: The good news is tests came back negative for structural damage, but it sounds like Rondon will be unavailable for a while. The injury could at least partly explain the reliever's poor second half (5.59 ERA). Friday, 9:53 am
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Arrieta (hamstring) to throw off mound Sat.
    Jake Arrieta (hamstring) will throw another bullpen session Saturday.

    Advice: Arrieta came through a bullpen session Thursday with no issues, and if he gets through Saturday's session without a hiccup the Cubs will map out a plan for his return to the rotation. It could potentially happen as soon as next weekend in Milwaukee, although obviously nothing is set in stone at this point. We'll know more Saturday. Friday, 9:51 am
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Adam Wainwright (elbow) to throw once more
    Adam Wainwright (elbow) is expected to throw one more bullpen session before being activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: Wainwright threw a bullpen session Thursday, which Cardinals manager Mike Matheny caught himself. "He got better as he went," said Matheny." I thought it was pretty good." It's unclear when Wainwright will throw again, but it likely will be this weekend. The Cards haven't revealed what his role will be when he does return, but relieving is seen as more likely than starting. "It could be seven innings. It could be one inning," Wainwright said. "My arm feels like it’s supposed to — long or short." Friday, 9:13 am
  • McCullers to throw bullpen this weekend
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday that Lance McCullers will throw a bullpen session this weekend.

    Advice: The right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday due to arm fatigue. The Astros will continue to take every precaution here to ensure his availability for the postseason. Thursday, 5:42 pm
    5:10 pm vs CWS
  • Jake Arrieta (hamstring) throws off mound
    Jake Arrieta (hamstring) threw off a mound without issue on Thursday.

    Advice: If the right-hander feels well on Friday he will be cleared to throw a full bullpen session. It could set Arrieta up for a return as soon as early next week, although the Cubs aren't revealing any concrete plans. He has been on the shelf since September 4 due to his hamstring issue. Thursday, 3:40 pm
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Dylan Bundy won't start Sunday
    Dylan Bundy won't start on normal rest Sunday as the Orioles look to manage his innings.

    Advice: Ubaldo Jimenez will get the ball then. The Orioles haven't announced when Bundy's start will come, but it should happen early in the week. He could be shut down during the final week of the season if the Orioles fall out of the wild card hunt. Thursday, 2:51 pm
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • Arrieta (hamstring) to throw light bullpen
    Jake Arrieta (hamstring) is scheduled to throw a light bullpen session Thursday.

    Advice: If that workout goes well, the Cubs will schedule a full-intensity bullpen session for the weekend. Arrieta has been sidelined since September 4 because of a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring and he might only fit in one or two more starts before the end of the regular season. Thursday, 12:57 pm
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Wainwright (elbow) throws another bullpen
    Adam Wainwright (elbow) completed another bullpen session Thursday at Busch Stadium.

    Advice: It sounds like the Cardinals might soon activate Wainwright from the disabled list, though it's unclear whether he will be used as a starter or reliever down the stretch. The veteran right-hander has been sidelined since mid-August with a right elbow impingement. He holds a rough 5.12 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 23 outings this season. Thursday, 9:22 am
  • Zimmermann (neck) cleared for mound work
    Jordan Zimmermann (neck) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: He'll need one more bullpen session after that before the Tigers consider inserting him back into the starting rotation. Zimmermann hasn't pitched since September 2 due to a neck and spinal issue. He got a nerve-blocking injection last week. Thursday, 9:15 am
    4:10 pm vs Oak
  • Patrick Corbin holds down Rockies
    Patrick Corbin held the Rockies to one run in 6 2/3 innings and struck out seven in a win Wednesday.

    Advice: Corbin rebounded from a dreadful outing against the Padres to allow one earned run or fewer for the sixth time in seven starts. D.J. LeMahieu's solo homer in the sixth was the only damage tonight. Corbin improved to 14-12 with a 4.06 ERA. Wednesday, 11:19 pm
  • Brewers calling up RHP Aaron Wilkerson's Adam McCalvy hears that the Brewers are calling up right-hander Aaron Wilkerson.

    Advice: Wilkerson began his pro career in independent ball, but he has developed into a highly-regarded talent at age 28 and he registered a cool 3.16 ERA, 1.075 WHIP, and 143/36 K/BB ratio across 142 1/3 innings (24 starts) this season at Double-A Biloxi. Milwaukee acquired Wilkerson from the Red Sox in July 2016 as part of the Aaron Hill trade. It's unclear how he'll be utilized by the Brewers. Wednesday, 11:12 am
  • McCullers scratched Wed. due to arm fatigue
    Lance McCullers has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday versus the Angels due to arm fatigue.

    Advice: "We're not overly concerned," manager A.J. Hinch said late Tuesday night. "But we're not gonna have him go out there if he doesn't feel good." Mike Fiers, who was demoted to the bullpen last week, will take the ball instead versus Anaheim. There should be more on McCullers' status later this week. Tuesday, 10:18 pm
    5:10 pm vs CWS
  • Dylan Bundy holds down Jays over six
    Dylan Bundy struck out eight across six frames of one-run ball Tuesday, taking a no-decision in the Orioles' loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The Jays plated a run on a Justin Smoak RBI double in the third, but that’s all they were able to muster off of Bundy. The young righty needed only 89 pitches to get through his six innings, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter decided that was enough. He took a no-decision when the Jays came back to win it in the ninth. It’s a nice bounce-back outing for Bundy after he was knocked around by the Yankees the last time out. He’ll face those Yanks again Sunday in the Bronx. Tuesday, 7:24 pm
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • Arrieta (hamstring) has not thrown off mound
    Jake Arrieta (hamstring) played catch again Tuesday.

    Advice: But there is no mound work scheduled yet and he can be ruled out through this weekend's series against the rival Cardinals. Arrieta suffered a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring in his last start September 4 against the Pirates. It's possible he could return next week at Milwaukee. Tuesday, 2:17 pm
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Wainwright (elbow) throws 24-pitch bullpener
    Adam Wainwright (elbow) threw a 24-pitch bullpen session Tuesday at Busch Stadium.

    Advice: Wainwright told reporters afterward that he "located everything well" during the workout. No word on the velocity. The next step for the veteran right-hander will be live batting practice, tentatively scheduled for Thursday. He's been out since August 18 because of a right elbow impingement. Tuesday, 2:08 pm
  • Zimmermann (neck) hopes to return this season
    Jordan Zimmermann (neck) hopes to make another couple of starts this season.

    Advice: Zimmermann received a nerve block injection in his neck last Wednesday as well as an injection in his spine. He still felt soreness in the area of the injection while playing catch on Monday, but he believes it's a result of the injection rather than a recurrence of his neck issues. His status depends on how he responds in the coming days. Zimmermann has struggled with a 6.18 ERA over 27 starts this season. He's still owed $74 million through 2020. Tuesday, 7:18 am
    4:10 pm vs Oak
  • Zimmermann (neck) to do light tossing
    Jordan Zimmermann has rejoined the Tigers after receiving a nerve-blocking injection in his neck.

    Advice: Zimmermann hasn't pitched since September 2, but he'll test himself with some light-tossing now that he's back with the team. It's unclear when he'll be ready to rejoin the rotation. Zimmerman has struggled to the tune of a 6.18 ERA over 27 starts this season. Sep 11, 11:04 am
    4:10 pm vs Oak
  • Perdomo logs quality start in loss on Sunday
    Luis Perdomo logged a quality start in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks, surrendering three runs on five hits over his six innings.

    Advice: Perdomo walked two and struck out four on the afternoon. All three of the runs that he allowed came on solo home runs, one by Paul Goldschmidt and a pair by J.D. Martinez. Now 7-10 on the season, he'll carry a 4.61 ERA and 1.51 WHIP into a rematch against the D'Backs at home on Monday. Sep 10, 6:16 pm
  • Nova allows five runs in loss to Cardinals
    Ivan Nova surrendered five earned runs over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Nova was skipped on his last turn in the Pirates' rotation and he looked rusty on Sunday afternoon in St. Louis, walking two batters and yielding five hits -- including homers to Yadier Molina and Randal Grichuk. The right-hander is now 11-13 on the season with a 4.25 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. Sep 10, 1:56 pm
    4:05 pm vs Mil
  • Jake Arrieta (hamstring) plays catch
    Jake Arrieta (hamstring) will play catch Sunday.

    Advice: Arrieta is recovering well so far from a strained right hamstring, but he hasn't really tested it yet. A return to the rotation during the upcoming week appears to still be up in the air. Sep 10, 8:49 am
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Wainwright (elbow) played catch Saturday
    Adam Wainwright (elbow) played catch Saturday without issue.

    Advice: "Threw a flat ground today, everything went great," said the veteran right-hander. "Looking at a day off and either a bullpen on Monday or Tuesday, then the next one will be a ‘live’ whenever it happens." Wainwright was placed on the disabled list August 18 with a right elbow impingement. He holds a disappointing 5.12 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 23 starts this season for St. Louis. Sep 9, 5:29 pm
  • Ziegler unavailable Saturday with back issue
    Brad Ziegler is unavailable for Saturday's game against the Braves due to a back injury.

    Advice: If there's a save opportunity, Kyle Barraclough will likely get the call. Ziegler blew a save in his last appearance Thursday against the Braves, yielding two runs on three hits and a walk in a crushing loss for the Marlins. Barraclough could run away with the closer job down the stretch if given the chance. Sep 9, 2:38 pm
  • Patrick Corbin gives up eight runs
    Patrick Corbin was lit up for eight runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Padres on Friday.

    Advice: Corbin never gave up a homer tonight, but he allowed 11 hits, including two triples and four doubles. He surrendered more than three runs for just the second time in 16 starts. Still, the outing was bad enough tonight that his ERA is higher now (4.16) than it was before he allowed two earned runs over 20 1/3 innings in his previous three starts. Sep 8, 10:29 pm
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