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Whether or not the Cubs bring back Ian Stewart (wrist) next season will depend largely on reports from their doctors.

Stewart, who underwent surgery on his left wrist in June, was examined by doctors Tuesday so they could check on his progress. "Obviously, we'll spend a lot of time getting to the bottom of how it looks going forward before making a decision on his future with us," general manager Jed Hoyer said. "It is a year that's hard to evaluate given the wrist." Stewart is under team control for two more years but is an obvious non-tender candidate after batting just .201/.292/.335 in his first year in Chicago.
Wed, Sep 26, 2012 10:48:00 PM

Nomar Mazara went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and five RBI in total, and the Rangers fended off the White Sox 9-8 on Thursday.

Mazara actually had a pair of big hits in the game, tying it with a two-run single in the third inning before breaking a tie with his three-run shot in the fifth. He's now homered in two straight and has 16, with an impressive 82 RBI -- fifth-most in the American League -- on the year. He's been especially potent in recent days, going 15-for-31 over his last eight games. The tear has his season line up to .260/.336/.440.
Aug 18 - 2:34 AM

Dexter Fowler finished 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBI and three runs scored to help the Cardinals come back to beat the Pirates 11-7 on Thursday.

With the Cards trailing by a run in the seventh inning, Fowler ripped a pitch down the right field line that plated two and allowed the speedy outfielder to race around for his sixth triple of the year. He also walked twice in the game, reaching base in four of five plate appearances. It's nothing new for Fowler since his return from the disabled list -- in 10 games, he's now 14-for-31 with five doubles, two triples, a home run, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored. The hot stretch has his overall line up to a passable .262/.363/.489.
Aug 18 - 2:06 AM

Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer and added a two-run single later, collecting five RBI in the Yankees' 7-5 win over the Mets on Thursday.

Sanchez took Mets starter Steven Matz deep in the first inning for the three-run jack, his 22nd of the year and his fourth in his last six games. He tacked on a two-RBI single in the fourth, running his RBI total to 64 this year. The 24-year-old was mired in a slump in late July and early August, but that's a thing of the past. Sanchez is slashing .277/.352/.526 overall.
Aug 18 - 12:42 AM

Aaron Slegers allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings in his MLB debut Thursday, and the Twins beat the Indians 4-2 in the second game of a doubleheader.

Slegers was possibly even better than his ERA would indicate, giving up just two hits and walking two in total. He actually could have gone even deeper if Twins manager Paul Molitor had desired, needing just 82 pitches to get through his 6 1/3 innings of work. Unfortunately for the 24-year-old, the only thing he didn't do was get a win for his efforts. The young right-hander has been just as good at Triple-A this year, posting a 3.18 ERA while going 13-4, and Thursday's debut very well could have earned him a longer stay at the big league level.
Aug 18 - 12:15 AM

Reynaldo Lopez left Thursday's start against the Rangers with tightness in his right side.

He'll be reevaluated on Friday. Lopez had a rough night, allowing five hits, six runs (five earned) and four walks with six strikeouts before exiting with one out in the fifth inning. The 23-year-old has pitched to a mediocre 6.10 ERA in two starts since getting called up from Triple-A Charlotte earlier this month.
Aug 17 - 10:34 PM

Updating an earlier report, Robbie Grossman left Thursday's game against the Indians with a fractured left thumb.

Grossman injured himself in a collision with Byron Buxton in the third inning and was later replaced by Max Kepler. The injury is expected to sideline Grossman for at least three weeks. The 27-year-old has hit .243 with seven homers and 35 RBI over 317 at-bats for Minnesota this season.
Aug 17 - 9:49 PM

Stephen Strasburg (elbow) is expected to return Saturday against the Padres.

He'll return to the mound in his home city of San Diego after missing roughly three weeks with an elbow impingement. Strasburg looked sharp in his lone rehab start, fanning five over five innings of one-run ball Monday for High-A Potomac. The former first overall pick has been steady as ever this year, going 10-3 with a 3.28 ERA over 20 starts for the first-place Nats.
Aug 17 - 8:54 PM

Justin Smoak propelled the Blue Jays to victory by belting a go-ahead home run Thursday against the Rays.

Smoak broke a 3-3 tie by smashing a two-run bomb off Tommy Hunter in the eighth inning. He also drove in a run with an RBI single in the third. Smoak has singlehandedly kept Toronto in the Wild Card hunt with his breakout season, setting career-highs in both homers (33) and RBI (80). Crazy as it may seem, he’s become a legitimate MVP candidate.
Aug 17 - 8:31 PM

Josh Donaldson walloped two homers Thursday in the Blue Jays’ 5-3 win over the Rays.

Both of his home runs were solo shots off All-Star Chris Archer. Donaldson also scored the go-ahead run on Justin Smoak’s two-run homer in the eighth inning. Thursday was Donaldson’s third multi-homer game of the season. Eleven of his 20 long balls this year have come in his last 19 games. Also of note, Donaldson’s .940 OPS is a tick higher than the .939 OPS he posted during his MVP season in 2015.
Aug 17 - 8:30 PM

X-rays on Nolan Arenado's left hand came back negative.

Arenado escaped with just a bruise after taking a hard grounder off his left hand in Thursday's loss to Atlanta. It's the same hand Arenado injured on a hit-by-pitch earlier this week. For now, consider the All-Star third baseman day-to-day.
Aug 17 - 7:40 PM

Avisail Garcia (wrist) was scratched from the White Sox's lineup Thursday against the Rangers.

Alen Hanson will slot in at right field and bat eighth versus Rangers hurler Tyson Ross. Garcia has had a hard time staying healthy in the second half, missing time with a thumb injury last month and now battling left wrist soreness. Consider him day-to-day.
Aug 17 - 7:38 PM




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