Weaver Won't Start, Who Will?Wednesday, September 28, 2011
With Wednesday being the last scheduled day of the regular season, there’s no sense in wasting words. We all know that the Braves and Cardinals and Red Sox and Rays are tied for the final playoff spots in each league, but what fantasy owners need to know above all else is who’s playing, who’s not playing and who’s uncertain for Wednesday’s season finale:
NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY:
With the Angels eliminated, Jered Weaver has been scratched from his final regular season start. Garrett Richards will take the mound instead … Also not making his scheduled Wednesday start: Matt Cain, as the Giants plan to give Eric Surkamp another oppportunity … Matt Holliday was pulled from Tuesday’s game after aggravating his finger injury, meaning that he won’t start Wednesday and could be in doubt for the postseason if the Cardinals make it … Also not expected to play Wednesday: Asdrubal Cabrera (elbow), Yunel Escobar (elbow), Jason Kubel (foot), Rafael Furcal (hamstring), Alex Gonzalez (calf) and Cliff Pennington (oblique).
MAYBE PLAYING, MAYBE NOT:
In his return to the lineup after being hit in the helmet, Justin Upton was hit in the face by a fly ball in the 10th inning, leaving his status for Wednesday in question … Casey Kotchman (tightness in chest) was released from the hospital after tests and has a chance to be back in the lineup Wednesday … Other players who are iffy for the season finale: Howie Kendrick (wrist), Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring), Edwin Encarnacion (shoulder), Nyjer Morgan (bruised shin), Jesus Guzman (neck), J.D. Martinez (ankle), Jason Bay (illness) and Mark Melancon (birth of daughter).
EXPECTED TO PLAY:
An MRI on Chipper Jones’ knee reportedly revealed a bone bruise, but the third baseman has stated his intention to play through it … Jon Lester and Tim Hudson will both be starting with playoff berths on the line, and therefore should be facing no innings limitations … Zack Greinke is slated to start Wednesday’s season finale, but will likely only throw an inning or two, according to beat writer Tom Haudricourt … Joe Blanton will start against the Braves, his first start since May 14.
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Pitcher Injury Notes: Clay Buchholz (back) will make another start in the instructional league on Wednesday … Adam Wainwright (elbow) threw another successful bullpen on Monday as he continues to aim to be ready at the beginning of next season … Peter Moylan (torn rotator cuff) will undergo surgery on Monday.
Position Player Injury Notes: Ryan Howard told MLB.com that his heel and big toe are still giving him trouble, which is evident when watching him try to run … Grady Sizemore will have his knee examined by Dr. Richard Steadman on Monday … Michael Brantley (wrist) is expected to be ready for spring training … It remains TBD whether or not Travis Hafner (foot) will undergo offseason surgery.
Miscellaneous Notes: With Elvis Andrus getting a night off, Michael Young started at shortstop for the first time since 2008 … The Nationals and Laynce Nix have reportedly begun discussing a new contract … The A’s acquired Kila Ka'aihue from the Royals for RHP Phillip Hollingsworth … The Mets exercised their 2013 option on Terry Collins … In other (and more unconventional) manager news, the White Sox acquired SS Osvaldo Martinez and RHP Jhan Marinez from the Marlins for Ozzie Guillen … Leo Nunez is not expected to face criminal charges for falsifying his name, though it remains to be seen what discipline U.S. authorities or MLB will pursue … The Marlins signed Omar Infante to a new two-year deal reportedly worth around $8 million ... The Braves are calling up shortstop prospect Tyler Pastornicky for the season's final day, but odds are that Jack Wilson will get the start with Alex Gonzalez (calf) sidelined.
Notable Pitching: 2007 first-round pick Jarrod Parker threw 5 2/3 shutout innings in his big league debut … Madison Bumgarner recorded his 13th win with seven scoreless innings (two hits, no walks, nine K’s) against Colorado … Chris Sale picked up his eighth save … Roy Oswalt threw six scoreless innings against the reeling Braves … Javier Vazquez struck out nine in a complete-game, 3-2 win over Washington and reportedly plans to decide by December whether or not he’s retiring … Pitching a third straight day (and therefore likely making his final appearance of the season), Javy Guerra gave up a walk and a grand slam (though only two of the runs were his) … Trevor Cahill finished out his inconsistent 2011 with seven scoreless innings against Seattle to lower his season-ending ERA/WHIP to 4.16/1.43.
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Notable Hitting: Prince Fielder recorded the first three-homer game of his career … Ryan Lavarnway homered twice in his first career start behind the plate in an 8-7 Red Sox win … Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer in a 5-3 Rays win … Jose Reyes hit two solo homers and stole his 39th base … Ryan Roberts’ 19th homer was a walk-off grand slam … Ian Kinsler (3-for-5 with a homer and a steal) joined the 30-30 club for the second time in his career … Aramis Ramirez (quad) hit his 26th homer in his return to the lineup … Matt Wieters hit his seventh homer of September … Miguel Cabrera hit No. 30 … Rickie Weeks homered for the first time since July 19.