It is not often that players are sidelined due to pneumonia, but Rockies Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado is on the road to recovery after the illness and his season may be over according to Patrick Saunders.
The Pittsburgh Pirates improved to 82-70 on the season following a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night. With 10 game left to play in the regular season, the Pirates are only two games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central and in good position for a wild card playoff spot. More good news for the Pirates was the return of shortstop Jordy Mercer to the lineup.
The Boston Red Sox fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday by the score of 3-2. The loss dropped the Red Sox to 66-87, last in the American League East. The Red Sox have had a horrendous season following their World Series championship from last season. On the injury front, Brock Holt still is not ready to return from a concussion he suffered on August 25.
The Kansas City Royals enter a weekend series against the Detroit Tigers just a half a game behind the Tigers for first place in the American League Central. With 11 games remaining in the season, the Royals are in good position for a playoff spot. To increase their post season roster flexibility, the Royals have placed infielder Christian Colon on the 15-day disabled list.
The Texas Rangers defeated the Oakland A's on Wednesday by the score of 6-1. The win was just the 59th of the season for the Rangers, who has struggled through a dismal season. They are 20th in the league in runs scored, but have been hampered by injuries, particularly to the pitching which has contributed to a team ERA of 4.63. On the injury front, pitcher Scott Bakerwill not be ready for his next start on Friday due to an ailing right triceps.
The New York Mets dropped their 80th game of the season last night, falling to the Miami Marlins by the score of 4-3. A pitching staff ranked 14th in the Major Leagues in ERA is a positive moving forward, but the Mets need to improve upon their 21st ranked offense. On the injury front, there is question as to whether or not outfielder Juan Lagares will play again this season after Tuesday's right elbow injury.
Toronto Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro took a seat on Wednesday after struggling with the aftereffects of a foul tip that struck his mask during Tuesday's game. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Navarro's absence was precautionary, with the catcher himself saying he was feeling fine and had just got 'fuzzy' after the latest in a series of foul tips:
Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis, who has not played since September 7, was diagnosed with a kidney stone exacerbated by the strep throat he has been fighting, reports Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Cincinnati Reds entered Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Cubs with a record of 71-81, fourth in the National League Central. The Reds have struggled offensively, ranked 28th in the Major Leagues in runs scored. With ten games remaining, the Reds hold out hope that Joey Votto could return before the end of the season. In other injury news, Mat Latos threw for the first time since being scratched on September 12.
The Chicago Cubs entered Wednesday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds with a record of 67-84, last in the National League Central. The Cubs have struggled in most areas, ranked 27th in runs scored and 21st in team ERA. There is some good news on the injury front in the final couple weeks of the season, as Edwin Jackson is scheduled to pitch on Friday for the first time since late August.
The Atlanta Braves saw two key players leave the field early on Wednesday night, as shortstop Andrelton Simmons and right fielder Jason Heyward both departed after suffering injuries. MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that Heyward was eventually forced out with a swollen left thumb after it was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning, while Simmons came out after the third with a recurrence of the left ankle injury which has bothered him of late.
San Diego Padres outfielder Seth Smith did not start in the game
Tuesday due to a sore hamstring, but was able to walk while pinch-hitting. He did not start in Wednesday’s game either, although it is unlikely he would have played even if healthy because Philadelphia
Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels pitched.
New York Yankees (76-74) first baseman Mark Teixeira returned to the lineup today
after resting his wrist yesterday. The
Yankees were unsure when Teixeira would return, but he told manager
Joe Girardi that he was able to play today, despite the wrist still being sore.
The San Francisco Giants (84-68) are in contention for a spot in the post season but they may not sure when outfielder Angel
Pagan or first baseman/ outfielder Michael Morse will return to the team from
After speculation that Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton
might return to the lineup before the season ends, two reputable sources confirm that Stanton's return will not happen. Juan C. Rodriguez of Miami's Sun Sentinel and Dayn Perry of CBS Sports.com both announced Wednesday afternoon that the Marlins have shut Stanton down for the remainder of the season, which ends on September 28.
After being hit with a pitch in last night's game, Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis is out of the lineup with a sore shoulder. Brittany Ghiroli is reporting that though he is out of the lineup tonight, he is expected to be back in the lineup by the weekend.
The Oakland Athletics (83-67) are hoping that left-handed
utility player Stephen Vogt will be able to return to the team from a left sprained
ankle before the season is over.
However, it is unknown when Craig Gentry will return from suffering