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  • Manaea undergoes shoulder surgery
    Sean Manaea underwent successful surgery on his left shoulder on Wednesday.

    Advice: Manaea suffered a left shoulder impingement, and it was announced that the left-hander would not only miss the 2018 season, but through the 2019 season as well. The 26-year-old's year ended with a 3.59 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 160 2/3 innings in the 2018 campaign. 43 minutes ago
    10-Day DL
  • Morrow transferred to 60-day disabled list
    Cubs transferred RHP Brandon Morrow to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Morrow's season is over, so this is a paperwork move that allows the Cubs to clear a 40-man roster spot for Allen Webster. We'll see Morrow back -- likely as the Cubs' closer -- in 2019. 53 minutes ago
    60-Day DL
  • Cahill (back) throws successful bullpen
    Trevor Cahill (back) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cahill told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that everything went well in the bullpen, and that he's going to be ready to go for whenever his next schedule start occurs. He hasn't thrown a pitch since September 9 because of the back injury. Expect to see Cahill start a game for the A's next week. Today, 3:49 pm
  • Sadzeck will serve as 'opener' on Friday
    Connor Sadzeck will serve as the "opener" for the Rangers in Friday's game against the Mariners.

    Advice: Sadzeck will get the start, with Ariel Jurado pitching the bulk of the innings against the Mariners when Sadzeck is done. The right-hander has yet to give up an earned run this year in his eight games with five walks and five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Today, 2:44 pm
  • Barrett recalled from Triple-A Reno
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Jake Barrett from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Barrett has been up-and-down for the Diamondbacks a few times in 2018, and owns a 5.06 ERA in five appearances. Today, 2:42 pm
  • Paxton (illness) will throw bullpen on Friday
    James Paxton (illness) will throw a bullpen session on Friday in Arlington before Friday's game against the Rangers.

    Advice: Paxton is currently battling pneumonia, and has been out since September 7 because of the illness. If the left-hander is able to to get through that bullpen session without setbacks, he should be able to make a final start in 2018 next weekend during the Mariners final homestand. Today, 2:32 pm
  • Hernandez (hamstring) throwing bullpen Friday
    Felix Hernandez (hamstring) will throw a bullpen session on Friday before the Mariners' game against the Rangers.

    Advice: Hernandez was announced to throw a bullpen session this weekend, and now we have a date. The right-hander will throw a bullpen session the same day as James Paxton (illness), and if things go well, he should be able to make one final start before the 2018 season ends. Hes' been on the shelf since September 8 because of the low-grade hamstring straight. Today, 2:31 pm
  • Yarbrough picks up 15th win of season
    Ryan Yarbrough was credited with the win after going four innings and striking out six while allowing three runs on Wednesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: That's the 15th win of the season for Yarbrough, which is second on the Rays behind Blake Snell's 20. The southpaw gave up five hits, and he walked three. Not a great outing, but the 26-year-old has mostly pitched well in 2018, with a 3.88 ERA and a 123/47 K/BB ratio over 139 1/3 innings. He'll likely make one more appearance before the season ends. Today, 2:27 pm
  • Mendez rocked in loss to Rays on Wednesday
    Yohander Mendez was rocked for seven earned runs in 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Mendez was excellent in his start on Friday against the Padres. Excellent would not be the right word to describe this start, unless you're a fan of the Rays. He also allowed an unearned run, and he walked two while striking out four. Mendez is a player that relies on location for results rather than overpowering stuff, so when he doesn't have his command, things like this can happen. He’ll look to rebound when he faces the Angels on Tuesday Today, 2:08 pm
  • Chad Kuhl undergoes surgery on elbow
    Chad Kuhl underwent surgery on his elbow on Wednesday.

    Advice: The team will release details on what exactly the surgery entailed on Wednesday. The right-hander is currently on the 60-day disabled list, and experienced renewed discomfort after attempting to throw a side session last Tuesday. Today, 1:34 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Turnbull allows six earned in first MLB start
    Spencer Turnbull allowed six earned runs over just four innings Wednesday in a loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Making his first career major league start, Turnbull worked a 1-2-3 first inning before giving up four runs on three singles, a walk, and a balk in the top of the second inning. He then surrendered back-to-back RBI doubles in the top of the fourth innings. The 25-year-old right-hander posted decent numbers this year in the minors, but he looked more than overmatched on Wednesday. Today, 1:15 pm
  • Flaherty allows five runs in loss to Braves
    Jack Flaherty surrendered five earned runs over 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: It was a rare dud from Flaherty, who watched his season ERA rise from 2.86 to 3.08. He issued two walks and gave up five hits, including a two-run homer to Freddie Freeman in the bottom of the fourth inning. The 22-year-old rookie right-hander will look to get back on track in a big showdown at home against the Brewers next week. Today, 12:45 pm
  • Kopech had Tommy John surgery Tuesday
    Michael Kopech underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Tuesday.

    Advice: The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Kopech will miss the entire 2019 season, but he should be 100 percent leading into the start of spring training in 2020. The 22-year-old top pitching prospect registered a 5.02 ERA and 15/2 K/BB ratio over his first 14 1/3 major league innings (four starts) in 2018. Today, 12:38 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Toussaint fans eight to earn win over STL
    Touki Toussaint struck out eight batters over 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in a win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Toussaint was a little wild, as per usual, but he had the Cardinals flailing all day in the matinee game at SunTrust Park. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed just two runs on five hits and three walks, moving to 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA though his first 23 major league frames. Outside of an ugly relief appearance last week against the Nationals, he has been pretty darn good. Today, 12:34 pm
  • Bibens-Dirkx undergoes left knee surgery
    Austin Bibens-Dirkx underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday on his left knee.

    Advice: This news helps to explain why the 33-year-old right-hander had not appeared in a game over the last week. Bibens-Dirkx finishes the 2018 season with a 6.20 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in six starts and seven relief appearances. He is expected to be ready for spring training in 2019. Today, 11:30 am
  • NYY activate Aroldis Chapman (knee) off DL
    Yankees activated LHP Aroldis Chapman from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Chapman will be available out of the Yankees' bullpen for the second of three games against the rival Red Sox on Wednesday after missing nearly four weeks of action with tendinitis in his left knee. Given that the DL stint did not involve any sort of arm injury, it seems possible that manager Aaron Boone might throw Chapman right back in as the team's primary ninth-inning man. Today, 8:15 am
  • Holland gives up four runs in no-decision
    Derek Holland allowed four runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Holland surrendered five hits, including a go-ahead two-run homer to Padres slugger Franmil Reyes in the fifth inning. He struck out six batters and only issued a pair of walks over five frames. The 31-year-old southpaw has allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of 11 starts since the All-Star break. He’s also experienced a sudden uptick in his strikeout rate, going from a rather pedestrian 7.18 K/9 across 208 appearances (184 starts) from 2009 to 2017 to over a strikeout per inning (9.07 K/9) in 33 appearances (29 starts) this year. He’s 7-8 with a 3.57 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 165/63 K/BB ratio. He’s in line for a rematch against the Padres at home in his next start on Monday. Today, 12:24 am
  • Ty Buttrey records fourth save vs. Athletics
    Ty Buttrey struck out three batters to record a five-out save Tuesday, his fourth of the year, in the Angels' win over the Athletics.

    Advice: Buttrey was summoned to preserve a four-run lead with the bases loaded and only one out in the eighth inning. He struck out Nick Martini before giving up a two-run single to pinch-hitter Dustin Fowler. He managed to escape with the lead intact by getting Ramon Laureano to ground out to end the frame. The 25-year-old righty fired a scoreless ninth inning against the heart of the Athletics lineup to slam the door. He's clearly supplanted veteran Blake Parker, who worked the seventh inning of this one, as the Angels closer going forward. He owns a 0.59 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 19/4 K/BB ratio in 14 appearances to begin his major-league career. Yesterday, 11:55 pm
  • Cardinals calling up Giovanny Gallegos
    Giovanny Gallegos is being called up to join the Cardinals' bullpen.

    Advice: Gallegos was notified of the news as Triple-A Memphis celebrated its Triple-A National Championship win on Tuesday night. The 27-year-old right-hander, acquired from the Yankees in July as part of the Luke Voit trade, holds a 4.75 ERA, 1.286 WHIP, and 32/8 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 major league frames. He'll likely pitch in mid-relief. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
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  • Snell allows just one hit in earning 20th win
    Blake Snell allowed just a single over five scoreless innings Tuesday to pick up his 20th victory in the Rays' 4-0 win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Snell wasn't very efficient tonight, but that was fine; the Rangers have already mailed it in. Snell has allowed a total of seven runs while winning eight straight starts, and his ERA is all of the way down to 1.97. He's the first pitcher to 20 wins this year, and he's gotten there despite throwing just 169 innings to date. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
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