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.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed former Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez on the 60-day disabled list, officially ending his season. He was placed on the DL with an ankle injury in early August and he has not been able to make enough progress to get back to the mound yet.
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.
The Texas Rangers will be bringing starting pitcher Derek
Holland off the disabled list for his first start of the season during their
series with the Kansas City Royals.
However, starting pitcher Miles Mikolas was scratched from his start
yesterday due to shoulder fatigue.
The Tampa Bay Rays veteran outfielder David DeJesus will be
activated on Monday, accord to a tweet from the Rays team account. The Rays, who are currently in third place in
the American League East, hope that DeJesus will provide needed offense in
their lineup during the last month of the regular season.
The Los Angeles Angels defeated the Oakland A's on Sunday by the score of 8-1. The win improved the Angels to 83-53, five games ahead of the A's in the American League West. Mike Trout hit his 31st home run of the season and Chris Iannetta added his seventh in the winning effort. On the injury front, infielderGrant Green has been activated from the disabled list a day earlier than expected.
St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong left Sunday's game with the Chicago Cubs after hitting his head on the ground in attempt to catch a pop-up in the top of the eighth inning. He stayed on the ground for approximately two minutes before leaving under his own power. Concussion tests were negative.
Carlos Gomez of the Brewers left the game Sunday against the
Giants in the third inning due to a sore left wrist after swinging at a pitch,
the team announced. Gerardo Parra replaced him in center field.
As expected, the Dodgers activated left-hander Hyun-jin Ryuand third baseman Juan Uribe for Sunday's match against the San Diego Padres,according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. The Dodgers, who have lost two games to the Padres, lead the NL West by 2.5 games over the San Francisco Giants.