Colorado Rockies (59-91) third baseman Nolan Arenado is
battling pneumonia and is at home resting while the rest of his team plays the
Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies are
unsure when Arenado will return.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will return to the starting lineup Tuesday night after an 11-day layoff due to a sore right shoulder joint. Hamilton will hit sixth and serve as the designated hitter as the Angels announced via Twitter early Tuesday evening.
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez
threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Monday afternoon and reported no soreness in the right pectoral muscle that has had him sidelined since August 9. He should throw another bullpen session within a few days and then maybe a simulated game. If all goes well, Sanchez could return in time for the postseason. However, the Tigers will have to determine if Sanchez will start or relieve says Jason Beck of MLB.com.
The Cubs will sit Anthony Rizzo on Tuesday, as they play the second game of a 3 game set against the Reds. Rizzo returned to the lineup yesterday for the first time in 18 games. Rizzo had been out with a sore back, which I covered
Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who is working his way back from a partially torn UCL, will start his first game since July 8 on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays, per the team's Twitter account. Manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka will be limited to about 75 pitches.
Kansas City Royals lefty Danny Duffy'ssore shoulder will force him to miss another start, reports Jackson Alexander of MLB.com. Liam Hendriks will start Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. The Royals are 1.5 games back of the Detroit Tigers for the AL Central lead, and tied with the two games ahead of the Seattle Mariners for an AL Wild Card.
With 11 games remaining in the 2014 season, the New York Mets are sitting at 72-79, fourth in the National League East. A bright spot has been the pitching staff, ranked a respectable 12th in the Major Leagues in ERA at 3.57. The numbers are even more impressive considering the Mets have been without reliever Bobby Parnell for all but one appearance and starter Matt Harvey for the entire season. The good news is that Harvey threw a simulated game on Monday, and looked sharp.
Mets right hander Jeremy Hefner appears headed for a second Tommy John surgery, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN. Meanwhile, reliever Vic Black(herniated disc) came off the DL on Sept 8, but now will be shut down for about a week with a strained rotator cuff, says Tim Healey of MLB.com
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.