The Miami Marlins finished the 2014 season with a record of 77-85, fourth in the National League East. They finished in the middle of the pack in both runs scored and ERA. Significant injuries to Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez hindered any hopes for a push in the division. The good news on Fernandez is that he threw for the first time since undergoing surgery on his right elbow.
starting pitcher Danny Hultzen threw well in his third outing in the
instructional league, reports Greg Johns of MLB.com. Johns adds that
outfielder Dustin Ackley will see a specialist about his sore left
ankle and that starting pitcher Roenis Elias won't need any extra
treatment on his elbow:
The Detroit Tigers have until Thursday, October 2, at 10:00 a.m. EDT to submit their 25-man roster for the American League Division Series. The first game begins Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The hold up is manager Brad Ausmus's decision whether or not to include center fielder Rajai Davis. MLB.com's Jason Beck has reported that Davis's status is still uncertain as of mid-afternoon on Wednesday.
The Philadelphia Phillies have numerous questions this off season following a 73-89 record, last in the National League East. The Phillies were 23rd in the league in runs scored and 20th in ERA. Age and injuries have also taken their toll on the team that were one of the best in baseball from 2007 through 2011. On the injury front, there is good news on Carlos Ruiz, Ben Revere and Cliff Lee.
The Los Angeles Dodgers finished the 2014 regular season with a record of 94-68 and open the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. Clayton Kershaw goes for the Dodgers against Adam Wainwright. Zack Greinke should get the ball in the second game of the series. Hyun-jin Ryu is set for a simulated game on Wednesday and could start in the third game if he continues to progress.
The Los Angeles Dodgers offensive is packed with speed, power, and guys that get on base. They got positive news on one of their fastest players as Dylan Hernandez is reporting that Dee Gordon is set to play on Friday night's opening NLDS game.
The New York Yankees finished the 2014 season on Sunday with a 9-4 win over the Boston Red Sox. Although they finished in second place in the American League East, the Yankees' record of 84-78 was their worst since they won 79 games in 1995. On the injury front, veteran Carlos Beltran underwent elbow surgery. He's expected to be ready to play in about three months.
Although they were two of the biggest question marks heading into the postseason for the Los Angeles Angels, Josh Hamilton and Matt Shoemaker are certain that they will be playing for the team during the American League Divisional Series.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have good news heading into Wednesday night's win or go home wild card game, as three time all-star catcher Russell Martin is expected to be back in the lineup after dealing with a hamstring injury.
starting pitcher Martin Perez expects to start throwing again in
November, reports Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Wilson adds that fellow starting
pitcher Matt Harrison will resume his throwing program in January:
UPDATE: As expected, Donaldson is in the lineup batting third.
ORIGINAL: Oakland Athletics
third basemen Josh Donaldson said his sore left knee feels a little
better in advance of Tuesday night's AL Wild Card Game, reports Jane Lee of MLB.com. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports adds that reliever Eric O'Flaherty threw live batting practice on Monday after missing eight
The Minnesota Twins ended a dismal 2014 season with a 3-0 loss on Sunday to the Detroit Tigers. At 70-92, the Twins finished last in the American League Central. Although a solid seventh in the Major Leagues in runs scored, the Twins were 29th in team ERA, which largely contributed to their downfall. On the injury front, third baseman Trevor Plouffe has surgery on his broken arm and should be ready by next spring.
The New York Mets finished up their season on Sunday with win over the Astros, ending the season with a record of 79-83. Although there aren't any more Met games to be played for quite a while, we still have injury updates to bring to you concerning Jon Niese and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
Boston Red Sox
starting pitcher Clay Buchholz will undergo minor surgery on his
right knee, reports Alex Speier of WEEI.com. Pete Abraham of TheBoston Globe adds that first
basemen Mike Napoli will receive treatment for sleep apnea, while
third basemen Will Middlebrooks will not play winter ball in an
attempt to get healthy, according to Nick Cafardo of The
At the beginning of the baseball season, no one in Baltimore
was prepared for the Orioles to have two devastating injuries and still make it
to postseason play; no one, that is, except for the men in the home clubhouse at
Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Serious
injuries to All-Stars Matt Wieters and Manny Machado, as well as various injuries
to many in the lineup throughout the season, forced the Orioles to adopt the
mantra of ‘Next Man Up’.
The Texas Rangers concluded a dismal 2014 season with a 4-0 loss to the Oakland A's on Sunday. At 67-95, the Rangers finished last in the American League West. Injuries plagued the Rangers all season, as only five position players appeared in over 120 games and no starter made 30 starts. One key loss was that of Yu Darvish, who made only 22 starts. He is looking to start throwing in the middle of November.
The Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox in the regular season finale by the score of 6-4. The Royals finish the season with a record of 89-73 and advance to the first round of the playoffs against the Oakland A's tomorrow night. Christian Colon was activated in time for the final game and went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI.
The Pittsburgh Pirates ended the regular season with a 4-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds to finish at 88-74 on the season. Neil Walker and Chris Stewart each had two hits for the Pirates. Stewart left the game after being hit on the left hand on Johnny Cueto's backswing. Fortunately X-rays on his wrist were negative.