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  • 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. Today, 4:08 pm
    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
  • 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
  • Addison Reed to head to paternity list
    Addison Reed is expected to be placed on the paternity list before Friday's game against the Athletics.

    Advice: Reed will head to Canton, Ohio to attend the birth of his child on Thursday, and then be placed on the list ahead of the contests with Oakland. He then likely will return on September 25 when the Twins begin their series with the Tigers. Today, 1:46 pm
  • Bush undergoes surgery for partial UCL tear
    Matt Bush underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a partial tear of the UCL in his right elbow.

    Advice: It was not Tommy John surgery, and the hope is that he'll be able to return sometime in the second half of the 2019 season. Bush struggled to a 4.70 ERA and 19/14 K/BB ratio over 23 innings this year with Texas. Today, 11:32 am
    60-Day DL
  • 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
  • Festa to start Wednesday versus Astros
    Matt Festa will start for the Mariners on Wednesday night against the Astros.

    Advice: It will essentially be a bullpen game, with Festa serving as a one- or two-inning opener. The 25-year-old right-hander holds a 1.69 ERA through his first four appearances this season at the MLB level. Today, 8:22 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
  • Will Smith strikes out side, nets 14th save
    Will Smith struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Padres to record his 14th save of the year.

    Advice: Smith was summoned to preserve a one-run lead in the ninth inning and needed just 16 pitches to slam the door. He worked around a one-out double by Freddy Galvis to strike out the side for the fourth time this season. The 29-year-old southpaw is 2-3 with a microscopic 1.76 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 69/13 K/BB ratio in 52 appearances. Today, 12:22 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
  • Liam Hendriks tosses scoreless opening frame
    Liam Hendriks needed just seven pitches to fire a perfect first inning as the Athletics opener against the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hendriks struck out Kole Calhoun to begin the contest, got Jose Fernandez to line out to left field and coaxed a ground-out from Mike Trout to end the frame. He was replaced by righty Daniel Mengden, who worked the ensuing - frames. The 29-year-old’s ongoing metamorphosis into the Athletics opener specialist has been fascinating to watch. He’s reeled off six consecutive scoreless appearances in the unorthodox role since September 4. He’s 0-1 with a 5.30 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 18/9 K/BB ratio in 20 big-league appearances (six starts) this year. Yesterday, 11:44 pm
  • Freeland posts quality start in no-decision
    Kyle Freeland allowed two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Freeland matched a season-high with four walks and only recorded four strikeouts. He battled control issues in this one, throwing only 66 of 103 pitches for strikes, but still managed to avoid hard contact against a loaded Dodgers lineup. The 25-year-old left-hander is 7-1 with a 2.69 ERA in 12 starts since the All-Star break. He’s allowed three earned runs or fewer in 27 of 31 starts this year. He’ll face the Phillies at home in his next start on Monday. Yesterday, 11:15 pm
  • Montgomery whiffs season-high eight batters
    Mike Montgomery racked up a season-high eight strikeouts over six innings in the Cubs’ win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Montgomery limited the Arizona offense to one run on four hits over six stellar frames. He was staked to an early five-run lead and cruised to a victory. A solo homer by Ketel Marte in the second inning represented the lone tally against him in this one. It was the first time since August 7 in which the 29-year-old left-hander completed five innings in a start. He’s 5-5 with a 3.75 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 92/38 K/BB ratio in 36 appearances (17 starts). He’ll face the Pirates in Wrigley Field in his next start on Monday. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Matt Andriese lit up in loss to Cubs
    Matt Andriese surrendered five runs on five hits over two innings in a loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Andriese served up plenty of loud contact in a brief outing, including a pair of two-run homers, and needed 61 pitches to get through two frames. He racked up four strikeouts and did not walk a batter. He’s filling the rotation spot vacated by Clay Buchholz, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain earlier this week. The 29-year-old right-hander owns a disastrous 9.00 ERA in 13 appearances (one start) since being acquired from the Rays on July 25. If he’s given another opportunity to start, it will likely come against the division-rival Dodgers in Chase Field on Monday. Yesterday, 10:01 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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  • Hector Neris gets first save since June
    Hector Neris notched his first save since June in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Neris was asked to protect a three-run lead and did so without a sweat, getting a pair of strikeouts and inducing a groundout. His first save in the majors in three months comes after he gave up three runs versus the Mets on Monday. Neris has overall been dominant since being recalled last month, posting a 2.57 ERA and 29/4 K/BB ratio over 14 innings. The Phillies have recorded three saves this month and they've gone to three different relievers. Neris is worth a pickup if you're desperate for saves, but there's no guarantee he'll get more opportunities. Yesterday, 8:41 pm
  • Bud Norris (blister) unavailable on Tuesday
    Bud Norris (blister) remains unavailable Tuesday.

    Advice: Norris left an appearance in Sunday's series finale against the Dodgers after a blister opened up on his right middle finger. It's unclear at this point when he might be ready to return. Carlos Martinez is likely unavailable too for the second of three games against the Braves, so it could be Jordan Hicks or John Brebbia in the ninth inning for the Cardinals if they have the lead. Yesterday, 2:51 pm
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    Bud Norris StL - SP,RP
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