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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MLB Moves and Notes - September 10th - feat. Soria, Holland, La Stella, Prado


By on 9/10/2014 10:15:00 AM

Although the season is winding down, the injury updates certainly aren't. Plenty of news to get through today, from more unavailable closers to those ill-fated Texas Rangers.

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The Detroit Tigers are set to activate Joakim Soria from the disabled list today, says Jason Beck of MLB.com. Soria, recovering from a left oblique strain, felt good yesterday after his 25-pitch session on Monday and will return to the back end of the Detroit bullpen.

Back in the lineup

Rockies first baseman Ben Paulsen didn't start, but he did pinch-hit on Tuesday after sitting out Monday following a pitch to his right elbow on Sunday, which forced an early exit. Paulsen struck out on three pitches.

Expected to return

Twins duo Danny Santana and Glen Perkins are both expected to be ready to play on Wednesday, according to the Star Tribune's LaVelle Neal. Santana has been troubled by back tightness while closer Perkins has had a stiff neck.

Day-to-day

Houston Astros closer Chad Qualls was unavailable for a save chance last night because of a right glute problem, per Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle. Josh Fields got the ball in the ninth and picked up his fourth save of the season as the Astros beat the Mariners.

Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella was a late scratch because of a migraine, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Phil Gosselin played second base but La Stella did pinch-hit later in the game as the slumping Braves lost to the Nationals again and now look like they will have to scramble for a wild card spot to get into the playoffs at all, sitting nine games back in the NL East.

Yankees regulars Brett Gardner and Martin Prado both sat on Wednesday. Gardner is still dealing with an abdominal issue, which MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports has now been diagnosed as a strain. Prado has a 'lingering' hamstring issue, which Hoch says there is some concern over him aggravating if he plays. The Yankees now have almost no chance of getting the second wild card spot, at 5 1/2 games back, so both could play very little the rest of the way if they don't go on a winning streak.

The Greg Holland saga continues to rumble on. The Royals closer was again unavailable on Tuesday night, according to Dick Kaegel of MLB.com. Much like the previous two days, there had been suggestions that Holland would be able to pitch if the situation arose, only for the Royals to back off of that and ultimately manager Ned Yost admitted Holland would not have been used if a save situation arose. Holland has not pitched since his triceps tightness developed a week ago and Kansas City cannot afford to lose their best reliever for good in this crucial spell, so they will no doubt continue to be cautious.

On the mend

The unfortunate Texas Rangers at least have a few players who might return from their injuries to play again this year. MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports that catcher Robinson Chirinos is in line to return at some point this week after an MRI came back clean on his stiff neck. Chirinos told Sullivan that it was 'still sore but...getting better'. Sullivan also notes that Miles Mikolas (shoulder) has progressed to playing catch but still needs to throw off a mound, while Jake Smolinski (foot) is now taking batting practice, although he can still only jog rather than run.

Surgical matters

Two Blue Jays had successful surgery on Monday, both to address hand fractures. Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports that Melky Cabrera and Chad Jenkins both came through their surgeries on Monday morning.

Return uncertain

Sullivan also has less positive news on two more Rangers. Engel Beltre, who has missed the whole year as a result of a broken right leg, now needs surgery on a stress fracture in his left leg. Jim Adduci is not progressing quickly from the concussion he suffered at the end of August and it's not clear when he will be ready to play again.

Although it has been almost 18 months since his Tommy John surgery, Padres right-hander Casey Kelly will now definitely not return until at least spring of 2015. Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Kelly will not step up his throwing program until next year as the Padres take a cautious approach. He last threw from a mound in a minor league start in May, when he experienced elbow discomfort and although he has been playing catch for around a month, Lin says the organisation does not feel he has built up the stamina necessary to go and play winter ball or in an instructional league.


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