Cardinals right hander Michael Wacha threw a bullpen session on Sunday, reports Jim Hayes on Twitter. Wacha threw 30 pitches and felt great afterwards. Wacha was activated from the DL on September 5th, and has started two games since then.
The Chicago Cubs are without two of their big boppers, but that should change when the Cubs return to Wrigley Field on Monday. The Cubs expect to open their final home stand of 2014 with outfielder Jorge Soler back in the lineup, and they could possibly have first baseman Anthony Rizzo back early in the week as well -- although his return is not guaranteed for Monday.
Pittsburgh Pirates (82-67) starting pitcher Charlie Morton is scheduled to
return to the starting rotation with a start on Tuesday. He has been on the disabled list since August
18 with hip inflammation and a sports hernia.
The Los Angeles Dodgers increased their lead over the San Francisco Giants in resounding fashion last night by pounding the Giants 17-0. The Giants used a 24-hit attack, including a home run by pitcher Zack Greinke, who threw six scoreless innings to get the win. Matt Kemp, who went 3-for-4, was replaced for precautionary reasons late in the game after fouling a ball off his foot.
The New York Mets dropped to 72-77 on the season following a 10-3 loss to the Washington Nationals on Saturday. Although 22nd in the Major Leagues in runs scored, the Mets are a respectable 13th in ERA at 3.56. But there is some concern over the health of reliever Vic Black, who continues to struggle with a herniated disk.
On Friday, in his second start after coming off the DL with a strained right hip, the left shoulder irritation which had sidelined Dodgers left-hander Hyun-jin Ryufor three weeksduring the spring resurfaced. As recommended by the team doctor, Ryu will undergo an MRI on Monday, reports Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Miami Marlins superstar outfielder Giancarlo Stanton
suffered a terrible injury when he took a fastball to the face in Thursday's game with the Milwaukee Brewers. It appeared early on that he would miss the rest of the season, but Stanton and the Marlins have hopes that he can play a few more games before the season ends on September 28. A Tuesday evaluation could determine if that possibility exists says MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.
The San Diego Padres entered Saturday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a record of 68-78,. third in the National League West. The Padres have struggled all season offensively, ranked 30th in the Major Leagues in runs scored. One of the many Padres who have had off seasons at the plate is Will Venable, who is out with a back injury.
The Texas Rangers do not have a healthy outfielder on the bench and are
unsure if they will get either Alex Rios or Jake Smolinski back before the end
of the season. Rios experienced a
setback in his ailing thumb when it became infected last week. Smolinski is more likely to return, as he is
taking batting practice after being sidelined with a fractured foot.
Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli and designated hitter
David Ortiz are both suffering from nagging injuries that refuse to heal. On Friday, Napoli sat out of the lineup
because of a dislocated left ring finger and a sore toe. Ortiz also sat out of the lineup Friday
because of a bruised right foot.
The Seattle Mariners enter Saturday night's game against the Oakland A's with a record of 80-66, a half game behind the A's for second place in the American League West. With 16 games left in the season, the Mariners are in a good position to earn a wild card playoff berth. One injury that is a concern coming down the stretch is that of Dustin Ackley, who continues to be out due to a left ankle injury.
Call it the flu, call it a scheduled day off, whatever you call it, Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is back in the starting lineup for Saturday's game in New York after missing Friday night's 4-3 loss to the Mets, according to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider. The Nats are 9 games up in the NL East.
Pirates left fielder Starling Marte is out of the starting lineup again for Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs, but is available to pinch run, according to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Marte was hit in the left elbow during Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Pirates enter play 2.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL Central. Travis Snider is in the lineup at LF, batting eighth.
The Yankees' playoff hopes took a sharp dive when they were swept by the Baltimore Orioles in Friday's doubleheader, leaving the New Yorkers five games back in the Wild Card race with only 16 games remaining and six other teams in the mix. They are again without three key players, whose status is updated below.
Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis will not be available for the weekend series with the Texas Rangers, reports Christian Corona of MLB.com. Gattis is dealing with strep throat and has not played since Sunday. Atlanta lost 2-1 to the Rangers on Friday, putting them three games back in the race for an NL Wild Card with 15 games remaining. Christian Bethancourtis behind the plate for Saturday's match.