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 and 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 Zimmerman has 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 continues to be shelved with strep throat. He is not in the lineup today and Kevin McAlpin is reporting that he is going again to doctors to see 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.
The San Diego Padres open a four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies tonight coming off an 8-6 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Padres dropped to 68-80, third in the National League West. There is some good news on the injury front, as reliever Joaquin Benoit could return later this week, barring any setbacks.
The Los Angeles Angels lost to the Houston Astros on Sunday by the score of 6-1. Even with the loss, the Angels have the best record in baseball at 93-56. At first in runs scored and 11th in team ERA, the Angels should be coasting into the post season. The question is whether or not Josh Hamilton, who has been out with a shoulder injury, will be a part of the run. He is improving, but there is still no timetable for his return.
The Cleveland Indians fell to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday by the score of 6-4. The loss dropped the Indians to 76-72 on the season, third in the American League Central. Having been swept by the Tigers, the Indians have fallen out of the divisional race and are five games back in the wild card race. On the injury front, Ryan Raburn could be done for the season with a knee injury.
Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado did not make it through Sunday's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, departing before the bottom of the fourth with what the team later described as a chest contusion:
Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila was pulled early from the win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday after complaining of a headache, reports James Schmehl of MLive.com. Avila left in the seventh inning after someone told manager Brad Ausmus that the catcher did not seem right, as Ausmus himself told Schmehl:
Jason Martinez is reporting that Houston Astros starting pitcher Brad Peacock will miss his start today against the Cleveland Indians due to lower back tightness. Collin McHugh will start in his absence.
There is hope in Detroit as Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez looks to return to the rotation at some point this season. James Schmehl is reporting that Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is "cautiously optimistic" that he will soon be able to return.
The Derek Jeter retirement parade has been going on for months, but Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is not set to begin his retirement yet. Scott Merkin is reporting that he has hit off a tee and should be able to play in one of the team's next two series.
The Seattle Mariners lost again to the Oakland A's on Sunday, to drop to 80-68 on the season. The Mariners got only seven hits and struck out 13 times against four A's pitchers. With 14 games remaining in the season, the Mariners are a game out in the wild card race. They played again without left fielder Dustin Ackley due to an ankle injury.
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals on Sunday by the score of 8-4. The win improved the Red Sox to 66-84, last place in the American League East. The Red Sox played without Brock Holt for the eighth straight game due to a concussion. Holt is set to see a concussion specialist again this week.