Monday night's 6-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks sank the San Francisco Giants to four games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the NL West, but the Giants still have a 2.5 game lead over the other NL Wild Card contenders. As for injuries to key players that could affect regular and postseason results, there is good news and bad news, as we see below.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have struggled to a 62-88 record this season, fourth in the National League West. They are coming off a 6-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Mark Trumbo went 2-for-5 with a grand slam home run and five RBI to lead the Diamondbacks, who were again without Jake Lamb due to a quad injury
The Minnesota Twins fell to the Detroit Tigers on Monday by the score of 8-6. The loss dropped the Twins to 63-87 on the season, last in the American League Central. Although 6th in the Major Leagues in runs scored, the Twins have been derailed by a staff that is 28th in ERA at 4.82. There's some good news on the injury front, as an MRI on Tommy Milone revealed no structural damage and he could return again this season.
Left-hander Hyun-jin Ryuwill miss his next start, but the Dodgers received good news about his viability as a member of their postseason rotation: an MRI revealed no structural damage in his inflamed shoulder, according to Cody Ulm of MLB.com.
Cleveland Indians second baseman Zach Walters left Monday night's 3-1 loss to the Houston Astros in the sixth inning with a right intercostal strain, the team announced. He was replaced by Justin Sellers.
The Los Angeles Angels do not need to worry about winning the AL West any more, but they would like to make it to the postseason with no more injury concerns. Monday was not ideal on that front, with both starter Matt Shoemaker and first baseman Albert Pujols leaving the Angels' win early, as MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Another excellent outing by Houston Astros right-hander Collin McHugh was ended slightly prematurely when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Lonnie Chisenhall. MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports that McHugh was hit on the left wrist during the seventh inning when trying to field the sharp comebacker hit by the Cleveland Indians third baseman.
The New York Yankees entered the final 14 games of the 2014 season on Monday with a record of 76-72, third in the American League East. At five games out in the wild card race, the Yankees have little time to make up ground. There is some good news on the injury front, as backup catcher Francisco Cervelli is recovering from migraines that have kept him out of the lineup for nearly two weeks.
The New York Mets entered Monday's game against the Miami Marlins with a record of 72-78, fourth in the National League East. The Mets have struggled offensively all season, ranked 25th in the Major Leagues in runs scored. The bright spot has been the pitching, which is 12th in ERA at 3.55. There is some bad news on the injury front, as Dana Eveland has been declared out for the rest of the season.
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka
may get his chance to pitch again this season when the Yankees host the Toronto Blue Jays in the upcoming four-game series from September 18-21. Tanaka pitched a Minor League instructional game on Monday, throwing five scoreless innings. His return depends on how he feels on Tuesday says MLB.com's Bryan Hoch and Adam Berry.
With the Detroit Tigers fighting for a division title and having only two weeks left, now is not the time for new injuries to occur. Yet, the Tigers must now keep an eye on pitcher Justin Verlanderand catcher Alex Avila. Verlander has a recurring blister, and Avila has light-headedness. The good news is that they are both merely day-to-day.
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was lifted for a pinch hitter, Nate Schierholtz,in the fourth inning of Monday night's game in Atlanta, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post. Schierholtz remained in the game to play left field.
It looks like Washington Nationals third/first baseman Ryan Zimmermanhas a chance to get in game shape before the regular season ends. The veteran went threw a full workout Monday and will play three innings of a simulated game in Florida on Tuesday, reports Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider.
After missing Saturday night's start, Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod's strained oblique looks to be serious enough to cause him to miss the rest of the season. He exited his previous start after recording just one out before injury. Rookie David Holmberg started in his place and looks to remain in his spot in the rotation until season's end.
Were it not for injuries, the Houston Astros' star rookie outfielder George Springer would be in consideration for Rookie of the Year. Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle has reported that Springer has run the bases recently and is hopeful for a return.
As the Atlanta Braves' season continues to spiral out of control, their slugging catcher Evan Gattis is still on the sideline with strep throat. He is not in the lineup today and Kevin McAlpin is reporting that he is going to see doctors again to discover why he is still feeling symptoms.
The Chicago Cubs open up a three game series on Monday night against their division rivals, the Cincinnati Reds, at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are currently 66-84 and are last in the NL Central. The Cubs will take the field tonight with their slugging first baseman Anthony Rizzo for the first time since August 24th.