Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill left Monday's game with a painful-sounding injury, with Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic tweeting that Hill came out after dislocating the tip of his right little finger on a slide into home:
The San Diego Padres entered Monday night's game with a record of 74-81, fourth in the National League West. Out of the playoff picture, the Padres have little to play for. At 30th in the league in runs scored, the Padres have remained respectable with a pitching staff that is third in the league in ERA. On the injury front, there is news regarding Odrisamer Despaigne, Tyson Ross and Everth Cabrera.
The Baltimore Orioles lost to the New York Yankees on Monday night. Even with the loss, the Orioles are 93-63 on the season, first in the American League East. The Orioles managed just a single and struck out 11 times off four Yankees' pitchers. There was some good news for the Orioles, as Nick Markakis was back in the lineup in right field.
The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday by the score of 1-0 behind shutout pitching of Vance Worley and Tony Watson. The win improved the Pirates to 84-71 on the season, second in the National League Central. With seven games remaining in the season, the Pirates are in excellent position for a wild card spot. There is some potential good news on the injury front, as Pedro Alvarez could possibly be ready for the NLDS, should the Pirates advance that far.
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles last night by the score of 3-2. The win improved the Red Sox to 68-88, last in the American League East. It's been a tough season for the defending World Series champions, who are near the bottom of the Major Leagues in runs scored and ERA. During the game, shortstop Xander Bogaerts left early due to neck stiffness.
The Texas Rangers enter the final week of the 2014 season with a dismal record of 62-93, last in the American League West. Injuries have derailed the Rangers, as 12 players are on the 60-day disabled list and only five have played in over 120 games. Alex Rios, who has appeared in 131 games, is done for the rest of the season with a thumb injury.
The Cincinnati Reds entered Sunday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals with a record of 71-84, fourth in the National League East. With the Reds out of the playoff picture, there isn't much for the Reds to play for. All eyes are on Joey Votto, who continues to try and return from a quad injury, but his return this season remains uncertain.
The Detroit Tigers fell to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday by the score of 5-2. Even with the loss, the Tigers are 86-69, first in the American League Central. The Tigers are second in the Major Leagues in runs scored, but 22nd in ERA. They could get a boost this week, though, as Anibal Sanchez could be activated from the disabled list by midweek.
Although Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis has been out of the lineup with a sore shoulder since getting hit by a pitch earlier in the week, there are no major concerns that the injury will linger. Markakis has missed the entire weekend series against the Boston Red Sox, but Dan Connolly is reporting that X-rays showed nothing to be concerned with.
Marlins centerfielder Marcell Ozuna was helped off the field in the seventh inning of Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals, reports Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald (video here and below). Ozuna was attempting to stretch a single into a double when he jammed his ankle into the bag. He was replaced by Garrett Jones. UPDATE: 9/21/2014 3:45 p.m. The team announced that Ozuna has a right ankle sprain. X-rays were negative.
Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel
has thrown his last pitch of the 2014 season says Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle. While that news might disappoint fantasy baseball players looking to get one more start out of him, the good news is that he is not injured. Because he has reached the 200-inning mark for the first time in his professional career, the Astros have decided to shut him down to save unnecessary wear on his arm.
The New York Mets improved to 75-80 on the season following a 4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. Dilson Herrera went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored. But he left the game for a pinch-runner in the sixth inning with a right quad strain. While there is no official word as to how much time Herrera will miss, he could be done for the season.
The Los Angeles Angels defeated the Texas Rangers on Saturday by the score of 8-5. The win was the 96th for the Angels, who have the best record in the Major Leagues. The Angels continue to play without Josh Hamilton, who has been out with a rib cage injury. The good news is Hamilton is improving and should be ready to return soon and contribute in the post season.
The Minnesota Twins fell to 66-88 on the season following a 7-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. The Twins are seventh in the league in runs scored, but have been derailed this season due to a staff that is 29th in ERA. The Twins were without outfielder Aaron Hicks, who was a late scratch due to a stiff back.
With a 3-1/2 game deficit and only a week left in the season, now is not the time for the San Francisco Giants to lose two key players. However, that may happen as center fielder Angel Pagan and first-baseman/left-fielder Michael Morse could both sit out the crucial three-game series with the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers that begins Monday in L.A.
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira continues to have issues with a sore wrist, which forced him out of Saturday night's game in the fifth inning. He will see a hand surgeon Sunday. In addition, outfielder/DH Carlos Beltran will consider surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow, thereby ending his season a week early.
The Atlanta Braves fell to the New York Mets on Saturday by the score of 4-2. The loss dropped the Braves to two games under .500 at 76-77, second in the National League East. With eight games remaining in the season, the Braves are on the brink of elimination from playoff contention. On the injury front, right fielder Jason Heyward was out of the lineup again on Saturday and might not return until Monday.
Abraham Almonte of the Padres left Saturday’s game against
the Giants due to injuring his left leg. He hit a ground rule double into right center and pulled up at first base. Unknown whether it is a hamstring or an ankle, which he has injured in the past.
The Washington Nationals dodged a bullet today in Jordan Zimmermann's start as he took a comebacker off of his right throwing shoulder. He showed his toughness after by remaining in the game against the Miami Marlins.