The New York Mets finished up their season on Sunday with win over the Astros, ending the season with a record of 79-83. Although there aren't any more Met games to be played for quite a while, we still have injury updates to bring to you concerning Jon Niese and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
Boston Red Sox
starting pitcher Clay Buchholz will undergo minor surgery on his
right knee, reports Alex Speier of WEEI.com. Pete Abraham of TheBoston Globe adds that first
basemen Mike Napoli will receive treatment for sleep apnea, while
third basemen Will Middlebrooks will not play winter ball in an
attempt to get healthy, according to Nick Cafardo of The
At the beginning of the baseball season, no one in Baltimore
was prepared for the Orioles to have two devastating injuries and still make it
to postseason play; no one, that is, except for the men in the home clubhouse at
Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Serious
injuries to All-Stars Matt Wieters and Manny Machado, as well as various injuries
to many in the lineup throughout the season, forced the Orioles to adopt the
mantra of ‘Next Man Up’.
The Texas Rangers concluded a dismal 2014 season with a 4-0 loss to the Oakland A's on Sunday. At 67-95, the Rangers finished last in the American League West. Injuries plagued the Rangers all season, as only five position players appeared in over 120 games and no starter made 30 starts. One key loss was that of Yu Darvish, who made only 22 starts. He is looking to start throwing in the middle of November.
The Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox in the regular season finale by the score of 6-4. The Royals finish the season with a record of 89-73 and advance to the first round of the playoffs against the Oakland A's tomorrow night. Christian Colon was activated in time for the final game and went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI.
The Pittsburgh Pirates ended the regular season with a 4-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds to finish at 88-74 on the season. Neil Walker and Chris Stewart each had two hits for the Pirates. Stewart left the game after being hit on the left hand on Johnny Cueto's backswing. Fortunately X-rays on his wrist were negative.
The Boston Red Sox lost to the New York Yankees yesterday by the score of 9-5. The loss ended the Red Sox season with a record of 71-91, last in the American League East. The Red Sox finished 19th in runs scored and 22nd in ERA. The final game of the season was played without shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who was out with hamstring tightness.
Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland was scratched from his Saturday start as the result of a migraine and will not be able to start Sunday either, after there had been some suggestion he would be able to do so. However, Holland could still come out of the bullpen in what is a crucial game in deciding the AL wild card standings, with Oakland just one game ahead of Seattle.
The Atlanta Braves defeated the Philadelphia Phillies last night by the score of 4-2. The win improved the Braves to 78-83, second in the National League East. With a game to play, the Braves will finish with their worst record since they won 72 in 2008. They will play their final game without pitcher Alex Wood, who has been scratched from his start due to a forearm strain.
The Philadelphia Phillies enter the final game of the 2014 season with a record of 73-88, last in the National League Central. They are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves in which pitcher A.J. Burnett lost his 18th game of the season, most in the Major Leagues. Having been bothered with a inguinal hernia all season, Burnett will have surgery to repair the hernia next week.
Detroit Tigers speedster Rajai Davis will not play in game 162 today after coming out of Saturday's loss to the Minnesota Twins with what was reported by James Schmehl of MLive.com to be "a Grade 1 sprain of the pubic symphysis". Schmehl tweeted on Sunday morning that Davis would not start, with Ezequiel Carrera playing center instead:
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday is a doubt for the crucial season finale today after leaving Saturday's loss early because of an illness. Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the left fielder has been suffering from 'flu-like symptoms' for a number of days, which got worse in the sixth inning of Saturday's game and forced his removal. Manager Mike Matheny told Langosch he wasn't sure whether the illness was related to what other St. Louis players have battled, but there was no way they could leave Holliday on the field when it worsened:
Now is not the time for playoff-bound teams to incur more injuries. Fortunately for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the two that occurred to Dee Gordon and Hanley Ramirez in Saturday's game are mild. Both players will sit out Sunday's season finale, but the Dodgers expect them to recover in time for the National League Division Series, which begins on Friday, October 3.
The New York Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday by the score of 10-4. With one game left in the season, the Yankees sit at 83-78, second in the American League East. The Yankees will finish with their worst record since they won 79 games in 1995. On the injury front, top pick Eric Jagielo was taken to the hospital after being hit by a pitch at the Instructional League.
The Tampa Bay Rays won their 77th game of the year on Saturday by shutting out the Indians by the score of 2-0. Wil Myers lead the Rays with two hits in four at bats with an RBI. Four Rays' pitchers scattered five hits and struck out 11 in the win. On the injury front, Yunel Escobar, who is finished for the season with a knee injury, had an MRI which revealed no structural damage.
The San Francisco Giants defeated the San Diego Padres on Saturday by the score of 3-1. The win improved the Giants to 87-74 on the season, second in the National League West. The Giants will head into the post season just above the middle of the pack in runs scored and team ERA. Already out for the rest of the season, right-handed pitcher Matt Cain had ankle surgery to remove a bone spur.