Chicago Cubs slugging first baseman Anthony Rizzo sat out again Saturday against the Cubs' most-heated rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, making four straight games that he has missed. Rizzo has tightness in his lower back, and the Cubs expect him to miss the entire weekend series. He could return on Labor Day, September 1, when the Cubs host the Milwaukee Brewers in a Wrigley Field afternoon game.
The St. Louis Cardinals fell to the Chicago Cubs on Friday by the score of 7-2. The loss dropped the Cardinals to 71-62 on the season, a game and a half behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. On the injury front, reserve outfielder Shane Robinson had shoulder surgery on Thursday and will miss the rest of the season.
Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp left Friday nights' game with the Los Angeles Angels after crashing into the wall in attempt to rob Chris Iannetta
of a home run. Initial indications are that Crisp sustained a neck strain. It took a few minutes for Crisp to gather himself, but he eventually walked off the field under his own power.
The Tampa Bay Rays dropped to 65-70 on the season following an 8-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Friday night. The Red Sox scored all eight runs in the first two innings off Chris Archer, who went four innings and fell to 8-7 on the season. Brandon Guyer lead the Rays with a home run and three RBI. The Rays were without center fielder Desmond Jennings due to a sore knee.
Last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates were able to pull out a victory against the Cincinnati Reds while not playing at full strength. Both Pedro Alvarez and Travis Snider were unable to be in the lineup due to their respective injuries.
The Baltimore Orioles won Friday's nights game handily, beating the Minnesota Twins 9-1, but they did not come out of the game without issues. Steve Pearce exited the game early with an abdominal strain.
The Baltimore Orioles entered a weekend series on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays with a record of 76-67, seven games ahead of the New York Yankees in the American League East. With 30 games left in the season, the Orioles are in good shape to close out the division next month, barring a collapse. On the injury front, catcher Matt Wieters, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his elbow in June, had LASIK surgery on Thursday.
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..