Due to back pain, first baseman Adam LaRoche was removed for pinch hitter Kevin Frandsen in the 7th inning of the Nationals' 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Frandsen remained in the game at first base.
The AL Central leading Royals will take on the Rangers tonight in Kansas City as they begin a 3 game series. They will do so without Josh Willingham, as he will sit out with soreness in his ribcage and won't even swing the bat until Tuesday.
The Philadelphia Phillies have struggled to a 63-74 record this season, but have won nine of their last 13 games. A bright spot was a combined no-hitter from Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman,Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon today against the Atlanta Braves. Although far from playoff contention, the Phillies hope to have a strong September to build upon for next season. One pitcher looking to stay healthy and contribute is veteran reliever Mike Adams, who has been activated from the disabled list.
The Minnesota Twins defeated the Baltimore Orioles on Monday by the score of 6-4. The win improved the Twins to 60-77, last in the American League Central. Joe Mauer lead the Twins' attack going 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI. The bad news is that he aggravated a shoulder injury. Mauer played the entire game as the designated hitter and there is no word if he'll need to miss any time.
As the Baltimore Orioles enter September, they may be another player down. After losing Manny Machado and Steve Pearce, shortstop J.J. Hardy left today's game against the Minnesota Twins with apparent back spasms.
With the very nice news of Jorge Soler making his Wrigley Field debut on Labor Day comes the not-so-nice news about another Chicago Cubs fan favorite, first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat of MLB.com tweeted that Rizzo will sit out again Monday, and he will possibly need an MRI to determine the source and extent of his back problem. Chris Valaika
is playing first base for the sixth straight game.
The Seattle Mariners enter a series against the Oakland A's today with a record of 73-62, third in the American League West. With 27 games remaining in the season, the Mariners are just a half game behind in the wild card race. Looking to be on all cylinders the final month of the season, the Mariners opened up spots on their 40-man roster by placing veteran Willie Bloomquist on the 60-day disabled list.
Miami Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez left Monday's game against the New York Mets in the third inning after thowing only 40 pitches and showing lowered velocity, according to Juan Martinez of the Sun Sentinal. He was relieved by lefty Brad Hand.The team announced Alvarez has a strained oblique and is day-to-day.
The Pittsburgh Pirates begin a series against the St. Louis Cardinals today with a record of 71-65, two games behind the Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. The Pirates are geared to make a push at the division title during this final month of the season, as Gerrit Cole will start today and Stolmy Pimentel has been activated from the disabled list.
After passing all concussion tests following a collision with the ground on Sunday, St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong will undergo further evaluation Monday, but he expects to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday when the Cardinals host the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 2 of the series. Wong will sit out Monday, but he said he could pinch hit if needed.
The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs on Sunday by the score of 9-6 and improved to 73-63 on the season. Although just 26th in the league in runs scored, the Cardinals managed nine runs, led by Matt Holliday, who went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Tied for first place in the National League Central, the Cardinals are keeping pace with a pitching staff that has an ERA of 3.66. The staff should get an additional boost soon, as starting pitcher Michael Wacha started a rehab assignment.
Immediately after acquiring him from the Philadelphia Phillies, the Toronto Blue Jays expect to activate outfielder John Mayberry, Jr., from the disabled list on Monday. Doing so will give Mayberry eligibility for the postseason should the Blue Jays make it.
With MLB rosters expanding to as many as 40 men, there is now little need for teams to use the disabled list for the remainder of the season. Therefore, the Milwaukee Brewers have announced the activation of starting pitcher Matt Garza, who will pitch Wednesday against the team that traded him away last year, the Chicago Cubs.
The St. Louis Cardinals improved to 73-63 on the season following a 9-6 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. With 26 games remaining, the Cardinals are just a half game out in the National League East and in good position to make a push for the playoffs. One player who may help the bullpen down the stretch is Jason Motte, who started a rehab assignment after dealing with a lower back injury for nearly a month.
The New York Mets hoped left-handed pitcher Josh Edgin would be
available this week. Now, it appears
that he is not healing as quickly as originally thought from bone spurs in his
left elbow and will be unavailable for an unknown amount of time.
The injuries that have left the Kansas City Royals without
first baseman Eric Hosmer or second baseman Omar Infante appear to both be
healing. Hosmer started in his first
rehab assignment on Saturday and Infante returned to the Royals lineup Saturday
after missing four games.