The Reds are 65-69 and are 8.5 games behind the first place Brewers in the NL Central. Their best player, Joey Votto has been dealing with injuries for most of the season, as he's only played in 62 games this season. After being cleared to resume baseball activities earlier in the week, Votto is apparently still feeling discomfort in his quad, writes Mike Axisa.
The Atlanta Braves and Jonny Venters are hoping that the third time is a charm in his career. Venters will attempt yet another comeback as he will undergo the third Tommy John surgery of his career on Thursday.
New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka threw a 49-pitch simulated game in which he used all his pitches Thursday morning.
Tanaka first reported only normal arm soreness that one could expect after pitching. In fact, CBS Sports.com's Dayan Perry said that Tanaka felt well. Jack Curry of YES Network, though, noted that Tanaka has returned to New York for arm strengthening exercises.
Charlie Morton looked to work his way back to the Pittsburgh Pirates rotation last night while pitching for the Altoona Curve. In four innings of work, Morton allowed two runs on four hits and struck out six. He also threw 76 pitches in his outing. He has not pitched since August 15th due to a hip inflammation injury.
Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has been playing through back pain for a while, reportsAdam Lewis of MLB.com, and was scratched from Tuesday's game against the Phillies. The veteran said he's dealt with the issue "on and off" for years and expects to be available as the Nats visit the Seattle Mariners.
The Kansas City Royals fell to 74-59 on the season following an 11-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Bruce Chen allowed six runs on five hits with two walks in the top of the 10th to absorb the loss. On the injury front, the Royals have activated pitcher Scott Downs and placed Michael Mariot on the 60-day disabled list..
The Texas Rangers fell to 52-81 on the season following a 4-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Thursday. Injuries have decimated the Rangers all season, as 10 players are currently on the 60-day DL, with 14 players total on the disabled list. There is a bit of good news on the injury front, as pitcher Derek Holland made his final rehab start last night and should be activated next week.
While it is not yet official, Derrick Goold's tweet is some of the best news that Cardinals fans have heard in a long time. Catcher and leader of the franchise Yadier Molina is on his way back to St. Louis and expected to be activated for tonight's game against the Chicago Cubs.
The Colorado Rockies dropped to 53-80 on the season following a 4-1 loss to the Giants on Thursday. The Rockies are having a dreadful season, despite being fourth in the Major Leagues in runs scored. Numerous injuries and poor pitching have contributed heavily to the bad season. The Rockies disabled list got more crowded, as Boone Logan and Wilin Rosario were both placed on the 15-day DL.
The Detroit Tigers improved to 72-60 on the season with a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees on Thursday. At two games out in the American League Central, the Tigers have a good chance to make a run at a playoff spot over the final month of the season. But they need to improve upon a pitching staff that is 23rd in the league in ERA. One pitcher who could help is Luke Putkonen, who has been out the majority of the season with a elbow injury. Putkonen made his first step back with a rehab outing at Western Michigan.
The Toronto Blue Jays enter a weekend series against the New York Yankees on Friday with a record of 67-66, third in the American League East. At 24th in the Major Leagues in team ERA, the Blue Jays need better production from the staff in order to contend for a playoff spot down the stretch. One pitcher who may help is Brandon Morrow, who has been battling to return from a finger injury. The good news is he made his first rehab appearance.
As the Chicago Cubs continued their series of exciting prospect call-ups this season by giving Jorge Soler his first shot in the big leagues, some more established players are making space on the roster and in the lineup as a result of injury concerns. Both Justin Ruggiano and Ryan Sweeney have landed on the disabled list, while star first baseman Anthony Rizzo took a seat again on Thursday because of a nagging back problem.
The New York Mets to do not appear to be messing around this season. Daniel Murphy has been placed on the disabled list with a calf injury and in a shocking move they have brought up 20-year-old Dilson Herrera to take his place.
Texas Rangers right fielder Jim Adducitumbled over second baseman Rougned Odor and slammed his head on the track as the players chased down a foul ball in the fifth inning of Thursday night's game against the Houston Astros (video here and below). Adduci was removed as a precaution and will undergo further observation, according to the Astros' team Twitter. He was replaced by Daniel Robertson.
Atlanta Braves left handed pitcher Jonny Venters is 29 years old and has three major-league seasons under his belt with a 2.23 ERA and an All-Star appearance. But he hasn't pitched in the majors since the end of the 2012 season and if he wants to pitch again he'll need a third Tommy John surgery, according to David O'Brien of AJC.com.
Several injury notes as the Mets go for a series win in their set against the Atlanta Braves Thursday night: third baseman David Wright (neck, shoulder) is back in the lineup; second baseman Daniel Murphy (calf) is not, and the Mets are considering a DL stint for him and RH reliever Vic Black (bone spurs in his neck), according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. LH reliever Josh Edgin (bone spurs in his elbow) is likely to be available. UPDATE 8/28/2014 9:30 p.m.: Vic Black has been placed on the 15-day DL with a herniated disc and RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka was activated from the DL, per MLBRosterMoves.