1B | Yonder Alonso | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B Yonder Alonso (hand) will not swing a bat in the final week of the regular season, although he might be available as a defensive replacement.
1B | Adam LaRoche | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche did not play in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday, Sept. 22, against the Miami Marlins, as he rested against a left-handed starter.
1B | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Allen Craig (foot) will have his sprained left foot re-evaluated at the end of this week, according to general manager John Mozeliak. Entering play Sunday, Sept. 22, he had missed 16 consecutive games since injuring the foot in a game against the Cincinnati Reds Sept. 4.
1B | Nate Freiman | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Friday, Sept. 20, that 1B Nate Freiman (abdomen) is dealing with a muscle strain in his abdomen. Freiman is expected to be sidelined at least a few days.
1B | Matt Adams | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Adams (elbow) is back in the starting lineup Friday, Sept. 20.
2B | Kelly Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (illness) was scratched from the lineup against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, Sept. 22, because of flu-like symptoms. He was replaced by INF Kelly Johnson at third base.
2B | Matt Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Matt Carpenter broke the franchise's single-season record for doubles by a left-handed hitter Saturday, Sept. 21, against the Milwaukee Brewers. He currently has 54 doubles, shattering the record previously set by Stan Musial in 1953.
2B | Wilmer Flores | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B Wilmer Flores could see some action at second base in the final week now that 3B David Wright (hamstring) is back. Flores could start at the keystone Sunday, Sept. 22. He has appeared in one game at second base since joining the Mets.
SS | Jean Segura | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SS Jean Segura (hamstring) might return sometime before the end of the regular season, and perhaps as early as the upcoming series against the Atlanta Braves which begins Monday, Sept. 23.
SS | Joaquin Arias | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants INF Joaquin Arias (hamstring) is expected to miss several more games due to a pulled left hamstring.
SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Friday, Sept. 20, that he expects SS Hanley Ramirez to play just three or four of the team's final nine regular season games. "Is home-field advantage more important than having Hanley? I'm going to say no," Mattingly said.
3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (flu) said Sunday, Sept. 22, that he expects to return to the starting lineup Monday, Sept. 23, against the Baltimore Orioles.
3B | Matt Dominguez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros 3B Matt Dominguez (hand) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his return to the lineup against the Cleveland Indians Saturday, Sept. 21. He had been struck on the left hand by a pitch from CL Chris Perez Thursday, Sept. 19, causing him to miss the game Friday, Sept. 20.
3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks played first base for the first time Saturday, Sept. 21, against the Toronto Blue Jays. "I've never played first in my life," he said before the game. "The hardest thing for me is going to be how to try to hold runners on, which way to stand with my footwork." Middlebrooks went 0-for-4 at the plate with two strikeouts and did not commit any errors.
3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (back) could miss the game against the New York Yankees Sunday, Sept. 22, because of tightness in his back.
3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright (hamstring) homered in his first at-bat since coming off the disabled list against the Philadelphia Phillies Friday, Sept. 20. He finished the game 2-for-5. Wright's 221st career homer allowed him to move past Mike Piazza into second place on the team's all-time list; only Darryl Strawberry (252) has more home runs in a Mets uniform.
3B | Jeff Baker | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Jeff Baker (hernia) is limited to serving as the designated hitter and pinch-hitting duties for the remainder of the season due to a sports hernia. Baker said Friday, Sept. 20, that he was uncertain if the injury will require surgery during the offseason.
3B | Michael Young | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Friday, Sept. 20, that 3B Michael Young might work at second base during the final days of the regular season to see if Young will be ready to play the position in case of emergency during the playoffs.
3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez hit his 654th career home run Friday, Sept. 20, against the San Francisco Giants, and it was good for his 24th grand slam, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig for the all-time lead in Major League Baseball history.
3B | Nolan Arenado | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado (thumb) is back in the lineup Friday, Sept. 20, but OF Michael Cuddyer (forearm, wrist) and C Wilin Rosario (calf) remain out.
C | Russell Martin | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin (knee) left the game Sunday, Sept. 22, against the Cincinnati Reds due to discomfort in his left knee.
C | Austin Romine | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said C Austin Romine (concussion) has been cleared to play. However, he may remain sidelined for the rest of the season because he still experiences dizziness after workouts.
C | Welington Castillo | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs C Welington Castillo (knee) will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday, Sept. 23, or Tuesday, Sept. 24.
C | John Jaso | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C John Jaso (concussion) has been cleared to increase his baseball activities.
C | Dioner Navarro | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs C Welington Castillo (knee) will need arthroscopic surgery to fix a partial meniscus tear in his right knee, and he won't return again this season. "With proper rehab, it's the type of thing you come back 100 percent from with rehab," president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. A timetable of four to six weeks of rehab is set for Castillo, and no date is set for his surgery.
Dioner Navarro will likely catch the majority of the remaining games on the schedule.
OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo (thumb) has X-rays on his left thumb and they were negative. As such, he is expected to return to the starting lineup Monday, Sept. 23.
OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday, Sept. 23, that he is "optimistic" that OF Jacoby Ellsbury (foot) might return to the lineup Wednesday, Sept. 25, against the Colorado Rockies.
OF | Desmond Jennings | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings (hamstring) had a precautionary MRI on his tight left hamstring Sunday, Sept. 22.
The results of his test are not available, but it did not sound to be terribly serious. If you normally rely upon Jennings, it sounds like he shouldn't be sidelined very long at all.
OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (back) was scratched from the starting lineup Sunday, Sept. 22, against the Milwaukee Brewers due to back spasms, although he was available off the bench.
OF | Raul Ibanez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Raul Ibanez hit his 300th career home run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Saturday, Sept. 21. He also joined Ted Williams as the only players to hit 29 homers during a season in which they were 41 years old.
OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier (ankle) could return to action Tuesday, Sept. 24, against the San Francisco Giants. He took batting practice and participated in running drills before the game Saturday, Sept. 21.
OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (wrist, forearm) remained out of the lineup against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday, Sept. 20, and was unavailable to hit.
OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (legs) left the game Friday, Sept. 20, against the Miami Marlins due to tired legs. He said it was non-specific tightness, and he is fine.
OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Friday, Sept. 20, that it might be "at least a few days" before OF Yoenis Cespedes (shoulder) is able to return to the outfield. The team doesn't want him throwing yet due to his tender shoulder. Cespedes is available as the designated hitter.
OF | Colby Rasmus | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus (eye) was hit in the left eye by a throw from OF Anthony Gose during warm-ups between innings. Rasmus was taken to the hospital, and he will have a CT scan.
OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (knee) is available as a pinch hitter Friday, Sept. 20, but his knee hasn't healed enough for him to start.
OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (finger) must decide by Nov. 1 whether he'll have surgery or not in order to be ready for spring training next season. He'll wait a few days to see if a cortisone shot worked and take swings off a tee in a week to see if there is any progress. The surgery on his finger would include the removal of a ligament from his right hand to replace with the injured one, and a pin would be inserted to stabilize his finger and remain for six to eight weeks. There is a possibility that he could lose flexibility in his finger and affect his hitting.
OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OFs Lucas Duda and Matt den Dekker may both play winter ball in the offseason. Duda may be headed to Venezuela, where he could also become more acclimated to playing first base. Duda has only 355 at-bats between the major and minor leagues.
OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (thumb) was scratched from the lineup Friday, Sept. 20.
OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (jaw) will wear a protective face mask to protect his jaw after being activated from the disabled list. His right jaw was broken and he was out for a month after being hit by a pitch Aug. 21. Heyward will start in center field Friday, Sept. 20, and he'll play five innings or receive three at-bats.
SP | Jon Lester | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
It isn't official, but the rotation order for the Boston Red Sox for the upcoming week suggests SPs Jon Lester and John Lackey are in line to pitch Games 1 and 2 of the American League Division Series with one extra day of rest.
SP | J.D. Martin | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays designated P J.D. Martin for assignment Sunday, Sept. 22, as they presumably are making room on the 40-man roster for RP Jesse Crain (shoulder), who is expected to come off the 60-day disabled list Monday, Sept. 23.
SP | Andrew Cashner | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner made his final start of the regular season Sunday, Sept. 22, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, as the team has elected to shut him down until 2014.
SP | Bud Norris | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Bud Norris (elbow) is likely to start Wednesday, Sept. 25, against the Toronto Blue Jays, although SP Jason Hammel is also a possibility.
SP | Hisashi Iwakuma | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma is listed as the starting pitcher for the game Wednesday, Sept.25, against the Kansas City Royals.
SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson (oblique) threw 26 pitches plus two pickoffs to test his left side Sunday, Sept. 22. He will work in a relief role for the final games of the regular season, and will not be stretched out to return to a starting role yet.
SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (forearm) threw a bullpen session Sunday, Sept. 22, and the team remains optimistic he'll be able to make his start Wednesday, Sept. 25, against the Oakland Athletics. If he cannot start, then SP Matt Shoemaker would start in his stead.
SP | Tyler Cloyd | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said that SP Tyler Cloyd has been struggling while facing opponents during the second time through the batting order. He allowed five runs on six hits over five innings in a loss to the New York Mets Saturday, Sept. 21, with two walks and five strikeouts. Cloyd faced four batters in the sixth inning without recording an out and all of the runners eventually scored. In his last four games, he has given up 22 runs in 19 innings but Sandberg said he will make another start.
SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova (9-5) tossed a six-hit shutout against the San Francisco Giants Saturday, Sept. 21, with one walk and seven strikeouts. Nova said the key to his success was discovering that he was tipping his pitches in his last outing against the Boston Red Sox, while manager Joe Girardi said he simply displayed better control in this game. It was Nova's second career shutout.
SP | A.J. Burnett | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett (9-11) struck out a season-high 12 batters in a victory over the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, Sept. 21. He allowed two runs on four hits and three walks over seven innings. Burnett became the first pitcher in the franchise's 126-year history to strike out at least 200 batters in a season.
SP | Kyle Kendrick | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick (shoulder) has been shut down for the season because of a shoulder injury. P Zach Miner will take Kendrick's spot in the starting rotation.
SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
The New York Mets have shut down SP Zack Wheeler (shoulder) for the remainder of the season. Wheeler felt some shoulder stiffness in his last start but will not need any MRI or doctor's exam.
SP | Erasmo Ramirez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Erasmo Ramirez (groin) left his start against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Friday, Sept. 20, due to tightness in his groin. He will be re-evaluated Saturday, Sept. 21.
SP | Anthony Swarzak | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins P Anthony Swarzak (personal) is away from the team to take care of a personal issue. He will rejoin the club Monday, Sept. 23.
SP | Tony Cingrani | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Tony Cingrani (back) is remaining in Cincinnati to continue rehab on his sore back but attempts to resume throwing have not gone well. "He's tried to go off a mound but it's still tender," head trainer Paul Lessard said. "That's why we didn't want to continue to keep going off a mound." He will be re-evaluated next week.
SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann (19-8) tossed a two-hit shutout against the Miami Marlins Friday, Sept. 20, with one walk and eight strikeouts. He carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, when 2B Donovan Solano lined a two-out single into center field to end the bid. Zimmerman's 19 wins are the most by any National League pitcher.
SP | Tom Koehler | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Tom Koehler (finger) is expected to make his scheduled start against the Washington Nationals Saturday, Sept. 21, despite cutting a finger on his left hand while lifting weights. "He should be fine," manager Mike Redmond said. "It's his glove hand."
SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer (20-3) became the first 20-game winner in the majors this season Friday, Sept. 20, against the Chicago White Sox. He allowed three runs on six hits over six innings, with one walk and three strikeouts. It was Scherzer's fifth attempt at trying to reach the milestone.
SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton and RP Mike Belfiore are expected to rejoin the team Saturday, Sept. 21. Both players had been at the team's Sarasota complex.
SP | Chris Capuano | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chris Capuano (groin) threw off flat ground Friday, Sept. 20. He is still not scheduled to throw a bullpen session until at least Tuesday, Sept. 24.
SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa (thumb) will not make his scheduled start Saturday, Sept. 21. SP Collin McHugh will start in his place.
SP | Miguel Gonzalez | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Miguel Gonzalez (groin) will start against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, Sept. 21.
SP | Ryan Dempster | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Ryan Dempster has been moved to the bullpen for the remainder of the regular season.
RP | Bruce Rondon | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Bruce Rondon (elbow) had a good mound session Sunday, Sept. 22, according to manager Jim Leyland. The plan is for Rondon to return Tuesday, Sept. 24, if he does not feel any discomfort Monday, Sept. 23.
RP | LaTroy Hawkins | New York Mets | Transaction,
New York Mets RP LaTroy Hawkins said Sunday, Sept. 22, that he wants to continue his career, pitching during the 2014 season.
RP | Joe Nathan | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan triggered a clause in his contract that will allow him to become a free agent after this season. The team has a $9.5 million option for next season, but Nathan can void that because it finished 55 games this season. Nathan can sign a multi-year deal with the Rangers, sign a contract with another team or accept the $9.5 million option.
RP | Kevin Gregg | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs vice president of baseball operations Theo Epstein accepted an apology from RP Kevin Gregg. He will not face any further disciplinary action.
RP | Boone Logan | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said RP Boone Logan (elbow) was available to pitch against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Sept. 20, but he did not get into the game.
RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (hand) is available Friday, Sept. 20, for the start of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies. He suffered a bruised right hand six days ago after being hit by a line drive.
RP | Michael Stutes | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction,
The Philadelphia Phillies activated RP Michael Stutes (biceps) from the disabled list Friday, Sept. 20.
RP | Grant Balfour | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Grant Balfour won't be demoted from the closer's role after blowing his second save chance in his last eight outings Wednesday, Sept. 18, according to manager Bob Melvin. "Everybody goes through some struggles over the course of a season," Melvin said. "I think actually the last three times out, he's pitched better. His command's been better, and that's what we look out of him." Balfour has given up nine runs and 13 hits while walking six and striking out seven in his last 10 appearances. However, RP Ryan Cook has also allowed three earned runs in his last four outings.
As Melvin is doing, you should stick with Balfour if you need saves to put you over the top.
RP | Pedro Strop | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Pedro Strop will be used as the team's closer for the rest of the season as they look forward to next year. Strop is 0-for-3 in save situations this year but has 15 holds. RP Kevin Gregg was 32-for-37 in save situations this year, but he'll be a free agent in the offseason and Strop will be entering his first arbitration year.
Run to your league's waiver wire and grab Strop immediately if you're in title contention and are lacking in saves. This could put you over the top in the final week of the season.
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