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Diamondbacks To Activate Luke Weaver On Saturday  

Diamondbacks right-hander Luke Weaver will return from the injured list Saturday to start in San Diego, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com tweets. Because he’s on the 60-day IL, the D-backs will need to re-add Weaver to their 40-man roster, though they currently have an opening. Saturday’s outing will be the first since May 26 for Weaver,…

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2019-09-20 22:52:24



Ketel Marte Done For Season  

A dream season for the Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte has come to a premature end. The club has shut down the second baseman/outfielder on account of a stress reaction in his back, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. The injury doesn’t figure to affect Marte going forward, as general manager Mike Hazen said he won’t…

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2019-09-20 15:24:04



Justin Smoak's Strange Season  

Justin Smoak’s time with the Blue Jays is all but certain to come to an end when Toronto plays its final game this season. The rebuilding Jays will want to get a look at Rowdy Tellez, who has already begun to cut into Smoak’s playing time, and Smoak is set to become a free agent…

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2019-09-20 10:58:35



Latest On Edwin Encarnacion, Gary Sanchez  

Despite the litany of injuries they’ve dealt with this season, the Yankees earned their 100th victory of the season and clinched the American League East on Thursday. Now, with the playoffs looming, they’ve got a couple of injured sluggers on the way back. Designated hitter/first baseman Edwin Encarnacion should rejoin the team on a season-ending…

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2019-09-20 10:38:48



Luke Voit Switches Agencies  

Yankees first baseman Luke Voit has switched representation and is now a client of Excel Sports Management. Agent Casey Close will represent him, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports. This is a high-profile hire for Voit, who’s on the verge of wrapping up his first extensive season in the majors. Voit debuted with the Cardinals back in…

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2019-09-20 09:44:32



Brad Peacock Could Return Sunday  

The Astros’ pitching staff received great news Friday when standout reliever Ryan Pressly came back from injury. In yet another welcome development for the club, fellow right-hander Brad Peacock isn’t far from rejoining Pressly and the rest of Houston’s pitchers. Manager A.J. Hinch told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com and other reporters Peacock could return from…

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2019-09-20 09:09:37



Report: Domingo German Won't Pitch Again In 2019  

Yankees right-hander Domingo German, who was placed on administrative leave under the MLB-MLBPA Joint Domestic Violence Policy, won’t pitch another inning in 2019, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports (via Twitter). That includes both the regular season and the postseason. Olney notes that the case is not yet “fully resolved Andy Martino further reports that there…

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2019-09-20 07:18:59



East Notes: Red Sox, La Russa, Mets, Callaway, Bichette  

Set to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2015, the Red Sox have already made a few changes to their front office. They let go of president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on Sept. 8, and then followed his firing with the dismissals of senior VP of baseball ops Frank Wren and special…

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2019-09-20 06:23:57



AL East Notes: Torres, Jays, Rays, Red Sox  

Another day, another alarming health situation for the Yankees. Second baseman Gleyber Torres left the team’s game against Toronto on Friday after slipping on the outfield grass and potentially suffering an injury to his right knee (video via MLB.com). Torres initially stayed in the game in the wake of his fourth-inning fall, but the Yankees…

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2019-09-20 06:22:01



Latest On Jose Ramirez  

The Indians took a massive hit in late August when third baseman Jose Ramirez fractured the hamate bone in his right hand. Now, with the Indians fighting for a wild-card spot in the American League, Ramirez is working toward a regular-season return. There’s at least a possibility he’ll back for the team’s road series against…

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2019-09-20 05:37:37



Frankie Montas To Rejoin A's Next Week  

Athletics right-hander Frankie Montas will return from suspension during the club’s series against the Angels, which begins Tuesday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. Montas will be eligible to pitch Wednesday, but it’s not yet clear whether the 26-year-old will start or relieve during his late-season comeback. With a 2.70 ERA/2.90 FIP and 9.7 K/9 against…

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2019-09-20 05:14:32



Injury Notes: Cain, Segura, Hand, Betts, Upton  

The latest on several notable injury situations from around the league… Lorenzo Cain was forced out of the Brewers’ game Thursday afternoon due to left ankle discomfort, the team announced.  Cain hit a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth, but was replaced by Trent Grisham in center field in the top of the…

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2019-09-20 04:45:50



Astros Activate Ryan Pressly  

The Astros have one of their best pitchers back from the injured list. Barely four weeks after Ryan Pressly underwent an arthroscopic knee procedure, he’s been reinstated from the IL, the team announced. A four- to six-week timeline was projected at the time of the surgery. Pressly, 30, returns to the ’Stros with enough time…

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2019-09-20 04:20:14



Blue Jays Claim Breyvic Valera, Designate Ryan Dull  

The Blue Jays announced that they’ve claimed infielder Breyvic Valera off waivers from the Yankees and, to create room on the 40-man roster, designated right-hander Ryan Dull for assignment. Toronto claimed Dull himself off waivers from the Yankees just two days ago. He’d yet to pitch in a game for the Jays. The Yankees claimed…

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2019-09-20 04:05:53



Padres' Andy Green Reportedly On Hot Seat  

Even though the Padres made a huge splash in free agency last winter with the signing of Manny Machado for $300MM over 10 years, only a select few pegged them as playoff contenders entering 2019. Now, with the season nearing a conclusion, the Padres own a 69-84 record and will miss the playoffs for the…

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2019-09-20 03:25:44



NL Central Notes: Cardinals, Taillon, Taylor  

With Kolten Wong unlikely to play for at least “several days,” the Cardinals will turn to Tommy Edman at second base and return Matt Carpenter to regular duties at third base, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wong is undergoing an MRI to determine the severity of a left hamstring strain he suffered…

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2019-09-20 02:25:50



AL Central Notes: Twins, Falvey, A. Gordon, Yolmer  

Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey has done impressive work atop the team’s front office since his hiring in 2016. Considering his success with the Twins and his Boston roots, he could land on the Red Sox’s radar as they seek a replacement for fired president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. At this point, though,…

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2019-09-20 01:54:28



Rangers Select Tim Federowicz, Transfer Joey Gallo To 60-Day IL  

The Rangers have selected the contract of catcher Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Nashville, the team announced (Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News was first to report the move). They transferred slugger Joey Gallo to the 60-day injured list to create 40-man roster room for Federowicz. Gallo, on the IL since July 24 with a…

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2019-09-20 01:23:54



Three Needs: Chicago White Sox  

We're bringing back our "Three Needs" series, in which we take a look at the chief issues to be addressed for clubs that have fallen out of contention. We’ve already focused on the Mariners and the Tigers, and now we’ll turn our attention to a White Sox team that’s about to conclude its 11th straight season…

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2019-09-19 21:29:40



Stan Kasten: “I Am Completely Certain” Andrew Friedman Returns To Dodgers In 2020  

The contract status of Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has led to some speculation about the executive’s future in Los Angeles, though team president Stan Kasten left little doubt that he expects Friedman to stay with the team.  When asked by Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register if Friedman would continue to…

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2019-09-19 20:29:44



Red Sox Part Ways With Frank Wren, Eddie Bane  

4:45pm: Wren was fired and Bane’s contract wasn’t renewed, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe (Twitter link). 4:31pm: In the wake of Dave Dombrowski’s firing as general manager, the Red Sox continue to make moves in their front office, as MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (Twitter links) reports that senior VP of baseball operations…

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2019-09-19 19:42:58



Cubs Activate Craig Kimbrel From Injured List  

The Cubs have activated closer Craig Kimbrel from the 10-day injured list, the team announced.  Kimbrel is set to pitch for the first time since September 1 (with an IL placement on September 5), after being sidelined with right elbow inflammation. Reinforcements couldn’t come at a more welcome time for the Cubs, who are locked…

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2019-09-19 18:58:33



Mariners Notes: Felix, Dipoto, Long  

The latest from Seattle…. With Felix Hernandez likely approaching the end of his days in a Mariners uniform, The Athletic’s Corey Brock (subscription required) took a look back at the right-hander’s often-outstanding career.  The piece covers Hernandez’s initial signing with the organization as a 16-year-old in 2002, noting that he rejected overtures from the Braves…

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2019-09-19 18:18:07



Orioles Outright Ty Blach To Triple-A  

The Orioles announced that Ty Blach has been outrighted to Triple-A, after the left-hander cleared waivers.  Blach was designated for assignment on Monday, clearing roster space for the O’s to claim Eric Hanhold away from the Mets. Blach was himself a waiver claim for the Orioles back in August, though after coming from the Giants,…

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2019-09-19 17:29:11



Marlins Extend Don Mattingly  

The Marlins and manager Don Mattingly have agreed on a contract extension, as per Daniel Alvarez-Montes of El Extrabase (Twitter link).  The deal will be officially announced tomorrow at a press conference. Mattingly’s four-year contract was set to expire after the season, and there had been a great deal of speculation that the skipper’s time…

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2019-09-19 16:54:23



Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell Return For Cubs  

In extremely relieving news for the playoff-contending Cubs, star first baseman Anthony Rizzo is already returning from an injury that looked as if it would prematurely end his regular season. Rizzo’s leading off for the Cubs on Thursday in their crucial matchup against the NL Central-leading Cardinals, Chicago announced. The Cubs also activated shortstop Addison…

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2019-09-19 15:02:12



Edinson Volquez Open-Minded About Returning To Rangers In 2020  

As recently as late July, veteran right-hander Edinson Volquez’s goal was simply to rehabilitate an elbow injury sufficiently enough to return to a big league mound before season’s end. After that, he suggested, retirement was his likeliest path. However, a return to health appears to at least have him reconsidering that trajectory. Volquez tells Evan…

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2019-09-19 14:41:25



Domingo German Placed On Administrative Leave Under Domestic Violence Policy  

1:04pm: The Yankees announced that they’ve selected the contract of right-hander Michael King to fill German’s spot on the 40-man and active rosters. King pitched 46 innings across four minor league levels in 2019 but hasn’t appeared in a game since Sept. 1. 12:43pm: Yankees right-hander Domingo German has been placed on administrative leave under…

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2019-09-19 12:24:26



Rusney Castillo Won't Opt Out Of Red Sox Contract  

Caught in one of the more unusual contractual situations in recent baseball history, Rusney Castillo will remain with the Red Sox in 2020, as he tells Stephanie Apstein of Sports Illustrated that he won’t exercise his opt-out clause for the final year of his contract.  As per the terms of that original seven-year, $72.5MM deal,…

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2019-09-19 07:38:22



Three Needs: Detroit Tigers  

We're bringing back our "Three Needs" series, in which we take a look at the chief issues to be addressed for clubs that have fallen out of contention. We started with the Mariners and will now turn to a Tigers club that is finishing out a brutal season … [Detroit Tigers Depth Chart] 1. Work The Wire…

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2019-09-19 07:07:05



Kolten Wong Suffers Hamstring Injury  

The NL Central-leading Cardinals suffered a notable injury during their game against the Cubs on Thursday. Second baseman Kolten Wong departed with a left hamstring issue, as Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune was among those to report. He’s day-to-day. The Cardinals shifted third baseman Tommy Edman to second in place of Wong and plugged…

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2019-09-19 06:59:15



Health Notes: Hill, Pham, Nats, Padres  

Let’s check in on a few notable health situations from around the majors… Dodgers southpaw Rich Hill’s strained left MCL looked like a possible season-ender when it happened last week, but the 39-year-old will manage to rejoin the club before the playoffs. The plan is for Hill to take a major league mound again next…

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2019-09-19 06:54:41



Cole Hamels Dealing With Shoulder Fatigue  

The Cubs received some welcome news Thursday when first baseman Anthony Rizzo, closer Craig Kimbrel and shortstop Addison Russell returned from injuries. But everything isn’t great on that front for the Cubs, who have scratched left-hander Cole Hamels from his Saturday start because of fatigue in his pitching shoulder, per Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. Fellow…

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2019-09-19 05:48:25



NL Notes: Carpenter, Phillies, Pirates, Cubs  

The Cardinals look to be on their way to an NL Central title, but their 2019 success has come in spite of an uncharacteristically pedestrian year from third baseman Matt Carpenter. With the Cardinals trying to hold on in their division, Carpenter has taken a backseat to rookie Tommy Edman at the hot corner. While…

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2019-09-19 05:42:26



Josh Donaldson On Braves Tenure  

After back-to-back injury-limited seasons divided between Toronto and Cleveland, former AL MVP Josh Donaldson settled for a short-term contract in free agency last winter. Donaldson accepted the Braves’ one-year, $23MM offer in hopes of a bounce-back campaign that would propel him to a larger deal this offseason. That’ll likely come to fruition in a couple…

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2019-09-19 05:39:55



Matt Klentak On Realmuto, Deadline, Pitching, Kapler & Staff  

While the Phillies aren’t buried yet, their season is hanging on by a thread. Against that backdrop, GM Matt Klentak addressed a variety of topics yesterday with reporters including Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Looking forward, Klentak spoke glowingly of backstop J.T. Realmuto, whose big season has been a bright spot — and will likely prompt extension…

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2019-09-19 02:11:36



Orioles Notes: Cobb, Harvey, Castro  

The Orioles are hopeful that right-hander Alex Cobb will be ready to go for Spring Training 2020, manager Brandon Hyde tells Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. The 31-year-old righty (32 next month) is recovering from surgery to repair a labrum tear in his right hip as well as a separate procedure that repaired a meniscus tear…

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2019-09-19 01:54:27



Phillies Will Pursue Realmuto Extension In Offseason  

Although the Phillies are hanging in the National League wild-card race as time runs out in the regular season, it seems fair to say this year hasn’t quite gone according to plan for the club. After missing the playoffs for the seventh straight time in 2018, the Phillies reeled in more established talent than anyone…

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2019-09-19 01:02:55



Jakob Junis Shut Down For Remainder Of 2019  

The Royals have decided to shut down right-hander Jakob Junis for the remainder of the season, skipper Ned Yost told reporters including Lynn Worthy of the Kansas City Star (via Twitter). He’ll be replaced in the rotation by Eric Skoglund. It seems the club did not want to extend the workload for Junis, who has…

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2019-09-18 22:47:03



Poll: AL Cy Young Favorite  

We’re obviously not going to see a repeat Cy Young winner in the American League this year. Rays left-hander Blake Snell took home the award a season ago, but his output has fallen off somewhat since 2018, and he just returned from a several-week absence anyway. There’s another Ray, right-hander Charlie Morton, who may have…

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2019-09-18 22:14:13



Blake Treinen Diagnosed With Stress Reaction In His Back  

The Athletics are shutting down right-hander Blake Treinen for the remainder of the regular season due to a back issue, manager Bob Melvin announced after today’s game (Twitter links via Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle). MLB.com’s Martin Gallegos tweets that Treinen has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his back. The issue…

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2019-09-18 20:59:22



Blue Jays Claim Ryan Dull  

The Blue Jays have claimed right-handed reliever Ryan Dull off waivers from the Yankees, per announcements from both teams. Lefty Tim Mayza, who suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament over the weekend, was transferred to the 60-day injured list in a corresponding roster move. Dull, 29, has bounced from the A’s, to the Giants, to…

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2019-09-18 17:24:41



Aaron Sanchez May Not Be Ready For Start Of 2020 Season  

Details surrounding Aaron Sanchez’s shoulder surgery last week remain unusually sparse, but Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated to reporters today that Sanchez’s rehab process could carry into the 2020 season (Twitter link via Brian McTaggart of MLB.com). The uncertainty surrounding Sanchez’s readiness for the 2020 season only further muddies the Astros’ decision on whether to…

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2019-09-18 16:31:26



Angels Select Kaleb Cowart, Place Luis Rengifo On 60-Day IL  

5:05pm: The Angels have now announced Cowart’s selection to the MLB roster. To clear space on the 40-man roster, fellow infielder Luis Rengifo has been placed on the 60-day injured list. Rengifo sustained a fractured hamate bone in his left hand, the team announced, thus bringing his rookie season to a close. In 406 plate…

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2019-09-18 14:52:27



Joey Gallo Might Not Return In 2019  

While Rangers slugger Joey Gallo was eyeing a Sept. 20 return to the lineup, that’s no longer a realistic return date, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweets. The Rangers aren’t certain that Gallo will make it back to the team at all before season’s end, he adds. Gallo has been out for nearly…

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2019-09-18 14:46:02



Latest On Ender Inciarte  

The Braves are hopeful that outfielder Ender Inciarte will be ready for activation early next week, manager Brian Snitker tells reporters including MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. Inciarte is working to recover from a hamstring strain. When the injury initially occurred one month ago, it was estimated at a four to six week recovery timeframe. Inciarte is…

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2019-09-18 14:39:15



Marlins, Miguel Rojas Agree To Extension  

3:25pm: The two sides have reached an agreement on a two-year deal with a club option, Heyman tweets. 1:36pm: The Marlins and infielder Miguel Rojas are working to finalize a contract extension, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter). The two sides are “believed” to be discussing a two-year pact with an option for a…

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2019-09-18 11:45:17



Howie Kendrick Is Still Killing The Ball  

It was June 11 that I wrote a piece titled “Howie Kendrick Is Killing The Ball.” At that point in 2019, the veteran National had quietly been one of the majors’ most effective hitters of the season. Kendrick was then the proud owner of a .333/.376/.604 line with a 149 wRC+ in 178 plate appearances,…

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2019-09-18 09:15:08



Padres To Shut Down Chris Paddack  

As expected, the Padres have brought an early end to star rookie Chris Paddack’s season. The right-hander’s start against the Brewers on Tuesday will go down as his last of the year, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Paddack concluded his season in excellent fashion, tossing five innings of one-run, one-hit ball with…

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2019-09-18 06:21:07



David Price Likely Done For Season  

It appears injured Red Sox left-hander David Price’s season will come to an early end. The Red Sox are “most likely” to shut him down for the rest of 2019, manager Alex Cora told Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com and other reporters. This is anything but a shocking development, as Price’s left wrist continues to trouble…

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2019-09-18 06:09:59



Cubs Place Addison Russell On Concussion IL  

The Cubs decided yesterday to place infielder Addison Russell on the 7-day concussion injured list, as Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. By doing so, the organization will avoid paying Russell a $100K roster bonus. As Wittenmyer explains, this outwardly innocuous move makes for a complicated situation from a variety of perspectives. It’s even…

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2019-09-18 05:42:37



Yankees Activate Giancarlo Stanton  

Giancarlo Stanton has officially been activated from the 60-day injured list, the Yankees announced Wednesday. In order to open a spot on the 40-man roster, the Yankees placed Dellin Betances on the 60-day IL. Betances suffered a partial tear of his Achilles tendon in his first appearance of the 2019 season. Stanton’s return to the…

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2019-09-18 05:05:47



Red Sox Notes: Betts, Price, J.D., Chavis  

Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed left foot inflammation, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. The issue has kept Betts out since Sept. 12, and with the Red Sox’s playoff hopes all but dead, he doesn’t seem like a lock to return in 2019. As you’d…

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2019-09-18 04:39:40



Latest On Yonny Chirinos, Brandon Lowe  

The Rays’ pitching staff has gotten a couple major injury reinforcements back in recent days as the club attempts to earn an American League wild-card spot. Right-hander Tyler Glasnow returned from a months-long absence Sept. 8, while lefty Blake Snell came back Tuesday after sitting for several weeks. Righty Yonny Chirinos, out since Aug. 4…

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2019-09-18 03:03:01



Ketel Marte To Undergo MRI  

Breakout Diamondbacks star Ketel Marte was pulled from last night’s game after experiencing back stiffness, as Zach Buchanan of The Athletic was among those to cover (Twitter links). He’ll undergo an MRI today. There’s no realistic chance at this point for the Arizona organization to complete a surprising run back to the postseason. But any…

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2019-09-18 01:18:23



Pirates Select Contract Of Jake Elmore  

The Pirates have selected the contract of utilityman Jake Elmore, per a club announcement. He’ll fill out the active roster down the stretch. Elmore, 32, was on and off the Pittsburgh 40-man roster earlier this season. He has appeared in parts of six MLB campaigns, each time with a different ballclub, making him something of…

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2019-09-18 01:05:14



Dodgers Notes: Hill, Stripling, Verdugo, Turner  

Let’s check in on the National League’s top-ranked club as the postseason approaches… The Dodgers have seemingly avoided an especially negative outcome with left-hander Rich Hill, whose season looked to be in jeopardy when he suffered a strained MCL in his left knee last week. The same type of injury kept Hill out for the…

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2019-09-17 20:08:55



Yankees Activate Luis Severino, Designate Breyvic Valera  

The Yankees announced Tuesday that they’ve reinstated Luis Severino from the 60-day injured list. In order to open a spot on the 40-man roster, New York has designated infielder Breyvic Valera for assignment. Severino’s return to the rotation tonight will be a boon for a Yankees club that has seen its starters struggle immensely in the season’s…

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2019-09-17 19:21:16



Felipe Vazquez Arrested & Charged In Florida  

In a stunning and deeply troubling turn of events, Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez has been arrested and charged with a series of crimes in the state of Florida, according to James Santelli of CBS Pittsburgh. Vazquez, a resident of Florida, is in custody after being arrested today in Pennsylvania. The underlying behavior alleged is exceedingly…

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2019-09-17 14:57:52



Mariners Activate Domingo Santana  

The Mariners announced that they have activated outfielder Domingo Santana from the 10-day injured list. He has missed about a month owing to an elbow injury. While the M’s are obviously out of contention, they’ll be glad to allow Santana a chance to see some more MLB pitching before the season wraps up. The club…

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2019-09-17 14:54:32



Astros Stop Collin McHugh's Throwing Program  

The Astros have shut down Collin McHugh after the right-hander experienced continued pain during his latest throwing session, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters (Twitter link via FOX 26’s Mark Berman). While the team hasn’t formally indicated that McHugh’s season is over, the latest setback certainly calls into question whether he’ll be able to contribute again in…

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2019-09-17 14:09:57



Braves Select John Ryan Murphy  

The Braves announced today that they have selected the contract of catcher John Ryan Murphy. A 40-man roster spot was cleared by placing injured utilityman Charlie Culberson on the 60-day injured list. Murphy, 28, was added over the summer in a minor swap with the Diamondbacks. He had struggled to a .177/.250/.419 batting line in…

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2019-09-17 14:06:39



Jason Kipnis Diagnosed With Hamate Fracture  

An MRI performed on Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis revealed a fracture in the hook of the hamate bone in his right wrist, the team announced Tuesday. The team is currently scheduling a followup appointment for him, but surgery is expected to be required, which would sideline Kipnis for four to six weeks and ostensibly…

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2019-09-17 11:03:48



Three Needs: Seattle Mariners  

We’re bringing back our “Three Needs” series, in which we take a look at the chief issues to be addressed for clubs that have fallen out of contention. We’ll start things up with the Mariners, who opened the season at a sprint before hitting the skids … [Seattle Mariners Depth Chart] 1. Invest In A…

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2019-09-17 10:15:16



West Notes: Posey, Leclerc, La Stella, Padres  

This has been a career-worst offensive season for Giants catcher Buster Posey, but the hip surgery the potential Hall of Famer underwent a year ago may be among the reasons for his decline at the plate, as John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle observes. If so, there’s hope Posey will bounce back in 2020,…

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2019-09-17 09:15:08



Early Trade Deadline Re-Assessment: NL West  

It has only been about six weeks, so it's too soon to judge with finality how this year's trade deadline maneuvers will play out. That said, we're already most of the way through the period — the regular season portion, at least — for which rental players were acquired. Even players with future control are…

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2019-09-17 08:58:13



Corey Dickerson Out For Remainder Of Season  

The Phillies announced that outfielder Corey Dickerson has been placed on the 60-day injured list due to a fractured navicular bone in his left foot, thus ending his season. Right-hander Edubray Ramos was activated from the injured list in his place. The move to acquire Dickerson from the Pirates for international bonus allotments and salary…

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2019-09-17 07:39:24



Poll: NL MVP Front-Runner  

We just polled the MLBTR readership regarding the state of the American League Most Valuable Player race. There’s a clear preference for Mike Trout, even if he’s going to miss the last few weeks of the season. Injuries could well impact the state of the National League MVP voting as well. Not long before Trout…

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2019-09-17 07:36:42



Rays Activate Blake Snell  

Rays left-hander Blake Snell is set to make his long-awaited return from the injured list, the team announced. Snell will start for the Rays in a road game against the Dodgers on Tuesday, and his activation will give the club a franchise-record 38 active players. The Rays have been without Snell since July 25, when…

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2019-09-17 07:23:56



Health Notes: Marwin, Kintzler, Marlins, Rockies  

The latest on a few notable health situations from around the majors… The Twins welcomed utilityman Marwin Gonzalez back from injury Monday in their win over the White Sox. Gonzalez hadn’t played since Aug. 27 because of an abdominal issue. His presence should help make up for the absence of fellow utilityman Ehire Adrianza (down…

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2019-09-17 06:38:25



NL Injury Notes: Baez, Weaver, Brewers, Rockies  

The Cubs will evaluate shortstop Javier Baez by week’s end to see when he’ll be able to start rehab activity, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times tweets. The club has been without Baez for just about all of September because of a hairline fracture in his left thumb, and it’s likely the injury will prevent…

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2019-09-17 06:23:15



Edwin Encarnacion Expects To Return Before End Of Regular Season  

Alarm bells were raised when Yankees slugger Edwin Encarnacion turned up with an oblique strain recently, as a significant version of that injury could easily spell a lengthy absence. But the progress has been so promising that the veteran says he believes he’ll return to the field of play in the next two weeks, as…

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2019-09-17 05:39:14



Craig Kimbrel Could Return This Weekend  

Winners of five consecutive games, the Cubs have sizzled over the past several days as they attempt to earn their fifth straight playoff berth. A few of those victories came in blowout fashion, which means Chicago has largely been able to get by without the services of injured closer Craig Kimbrel. The club probably won’t…

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2019-09-17 04:20:58



Dellin Betances Suffers Partial Achilles' Tear  

Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has suffered a partial tear of his left Achilles’ tendon, Jack Curry of the YES Network was among those to report. Betances incurred the injury Sunday in Toronto, per the New York Times’ James Wagner, who adds that surgery’s currently under consideration. This will conclude an injury-ruined season for Betances, a…

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2019-09-17 03:45:32



NL East Notes: Realmuto, Mattingly, Mets  

Here’s the latest on a trio of clubs from the NL East: Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto, who has proven to be one of the most valuable acquisitions of last offseason, suggested back in July that he’d be open to signing an extension with the club. While a deal hasn’t come together yet, it looks as…

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2019-09-17 03:05:10



Giancarlo Stanton Nearing Return  

Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is one of several high-profile Yankees whom injuries have stunted this year, but with the playoffs around the corner, the former MVP’s on his way back. The Yankees will activate Stanton from the injured list Wednesday or Thursday, manager Aaron Boone told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com and other reporters. The team doesn’t…

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2019-09-17 02:39:04



Lucas Giolito Done For Season  

White Sox ace Lucas Giolito was diagnosed with a mild lat strain after going for an MRI on Monday, James Fegan of The Athletic tweets. That type of injury normally takes three to four weeks to recover from, Fegan notes, so the right-handed Giolito’s year is over. Season-ending injury aside, 2019 will go down as…

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2019-09-17 02:25:35



MLBTR Chat Transcript  

Click here to read a transcript of this week’s chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.

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2019-09-17 01:53:26



Latest On Stephen Piscotty  

The Athletics have been rolling lately, but not everything is glorious for the American League wild-card leaders. Manager Bob Melvin said Monday that outfielder Stephen Piscotty’s high right ankle sprain might keep him out for the rest of the regular season, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Piscotty, who hasn’t played since Aug.…

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2019-09-17 01:31:09



Anthony Rizzo Diagnosed With Moderate Lateral Ankle Sprain  

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has emerged from a medical check with lukewarm news on his injured ankle. An MRI revealed a moderate lateral sprain, the team told reporters including Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune (via Twitter). Rizzo will not require surgery, which is promising. But he’s going to spend five to seven days…

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2019-09-16 19:58:24



Brandon Woodruff To Start Tomorrow For Brewers  

Brewers skipper Craig Counsell said today that top starter Brandon Woodruff will make his long-anticipated return tomorrow, as Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel was among those to report (Twitter links). He has been sidelined since late July with an oblique strain. Without any remaining minor-league games to utilize for rehab work, Woodruff will obviously…

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2019-09-16 15:12:03



Nats' Skipper Dave Martinez Undergoing Medical Testing On Heart  

Nationals manager Dave Martinez, who left yesterday’s game after experiencing chest discomfort, remains in Washington, D.C. for further testing, as MLB.com’s Jamal Collier was among those to report. MLBTR extends its best wishes to Martinez for an optimistic prognosis and speedy recovery. It isn’t known how long Martinez will be out of action, but he did…

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2019-09-16 14:02:16



Tigers Notes: E-Jax, Reyes, Norris, Castro, Minor League Staff  

Edwin Jackson’s on-field performance in his second stint with the Tigers hasn’t given fans much to cheer about — 8.58 ERA in 35 2/3 innings — but catcher Grayson Greiner called Jackson’s experience “invaluable,” when talking with MLB.com’s Jason Beck about the veteran right-hander’s role as a mentor. And while one would expect teammates to…

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2019-09-16 13:58:17



Tigers Claim Marcos Diplan  

The Tigers announced Monday that they’ve claimed right-hander Marcos Diplan off waivers from the Twins. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, Detroit placed left-handed reliever Daniel Stumpf on the 60-day injured list due to a left elbow strain. Minnesota picked up Diplan in a minor July swap with the Brewers, sending cash…

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2019-09-16 13:12:20



Minor MLB Transactions: 9/16/19  

We’ll start the week by tracking some minor moves throughout the league… The Rays released middle infielder Tyler Ladendorf from their Triple-A club over the weekend, and he quickly re-signed with the High Point Rockers of the independent Atlantic League, per an announcement from the Rockers. The 31-year-old, who would’ve been a free agent at season’s…

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2019-09-16 12:29:59



Orioles Announce Baseball Operations Hires, Promotions  

The Orioles announced a series of front office moves Monday, headlined by the hiring of Matt Blood as the team’ new director of player development. Blood has worked previously as the director of player development and baseball innovations with the Rangers and as an area scout in the Cardinals organization. In his new role, Blood…

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2019-09-16 11:16:08



Pirates Claim Corban Joseph  

The Pirates announced Monday that they’ve claimed infielder Corban Joseph off waivers from the Giants. Right-hander Chris Archer was transferred from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL in order to make room on the 40-man roster. Joseph, 30, is the younger brother of Diamondbacks catcher Caleb Joseph. He returned to the Majors with the…

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2019-09-16 10:08:19



AL West Notes: Robles, Mathis, Astros  

Right-hander Hansel Robles has been a bright spot in what has become another disappointing season for the Angels, writes Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times. Robles boasts a 1.25 ERA over his past 40 games — tops among AL pitchers with at least 40 innings in that time — and recently set down 27…

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2019-09-16 07:36:31



AL West Notes: Luzardo, Sanchez, Gallo, Santana  

Jesus Luzardo’s second Major League appearance resulted in his first career save, as the star Athletics rookie allowed a run on two hits and two walks over three innings of work in Oakland’s 6-1 win over the Rangers today.  Luzardo has tossed three innings in each of his two MLB games, both times coming directly…

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2019-09-16 06:55:39



MLBTR Chat Transcript: 9/16/19  

Click here to read a transcript of tonight’s live chat with Connor Byrne.

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2019-09-16 05:17:44



Poll: AL MVP Front-Runner  

The American League Most Valuable Player race took an unfortunate turn over the weekend when the Angels ruled transcendent center fielder Mike Trout out for the rest of the season. The out-of-contention Angels have nothing to left to play for, but the final couple weeks of the year could have helped Trout, a future Hall…

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2019-09-16 05:15:41



Orioles Claim Eric Hanhold, Designate Ty Blach  

The Orioles have claimed righty Eric Hanhold from the Mets. He takes the roster spot of southpaw Ty Blach, who was designated for assignment. Hanhold was designated for assignment recently. The Mets have carried the 25-year-old on the 40-man roster all season long, but obviously didn’t feel he was ready to help late this season.…

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2019-09-16 05:02:31



Reds Select Contract Of Christian Colon  

The Reds have selected the contract of infielder Christian Colon, the club announced and C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic was among those to cover on Twitter. Colon, the fourth overall pick of the 2010 draft, will join the active roster for the final two weeks of the season. It has been a few years…

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2019-09-16 02:07:21



Anthony Rizzo Leaves Game With Sprained Ankle  

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo left Sunday’s matchup with the Pirates in the third inning after he rolled his right ankle attempting to field a bunt. He underwent preliminary X-rays after the game, which revealed that he avoided a fracture, but suffered a sprained ankle, per The Athletic’s Sahadev Sharma. He’s ticketed for an MRI…

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2019-09-15 18:02:43



Yankees Designate Ryan Dull; Activate Betances, Montgomery  

The Yankees announced they have designated right-handed reliever Ryan Dull for assignment. That, coupled with the transfer of Jonathan Holder to the 60-day injured list, clears roster space for the previously-reported activations of Dellin Betances and Jordan Mongtomery from the IL. Betances is the most notable name in today’s series of transactions. The fireballer has missed the entire season…

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2019-09-15 14:18:46



NL Notes: Voth, Haseley, Lyles  

We’ll check in some NL postseason hopefuls with two weeks to play in the regular season. Nationals right-hander Austin Voth has pitched himself into strong consideration for a spot on the club’s postseason roster as a multi-inning reliever, manager Dave Martinez tells Mark Zuckerman of MASN. Voth has started six of his seven MLB appearances this…

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2019-09-15 14:03:24



Quick Hits: Free Agency, Dodgers, General Managers  

Who is this offseason’s top free agent? MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand posed that question to a handful of executives, who came back pretty well split between Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon. Those who pointed to Cole as the likely recipient of the winter’s biggest deal pointed to Rendon’s lengthy injury history and the leaguewide scarcity of ace-level starting…

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2019-09-15 12:34:32



Injury Notes: Turner, Kipnis, Kimbrel, Gsellman  

Justin Turner is expected to return to the Dodgers’ lineup on Tuesday, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick tweets.  The third baseman hasn’t played since September 7 due to a left ankle sprain, so it will end up being a seven-game absence for Turner.  Still one of the game’s better hitters (.291/.370/.514 with 27 homers in 538 PA)…

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2019-09-15 06:57:59



Minor MLB Transactions: 9/15/19  

The latest minor moves from around baseball…. The Dodgers sent right-hander Jaime Schultz on an outright assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma City.  Schultz cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this week.  Already a regular for the Triple-A affiliate this season, Schultz had a 5.85 ERA, 11.7 K/9, and 5.1 BB/9 over 47 2/3 innings…

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2019-09-15 05:53:47



MLBTR Chat With Mark Polishuk  

Click here to join tonight’s live chat about all things baseball, moderated by MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk

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2019-09-15 05:36:24






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