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Johan Santana (shoulder) did some light tossing from a mound Sunday.

Santana wasn't throwing at full intensity, and the catcher was set up in front of the plate, so it wasn't close to a full bullpen session. Still, it's a notable development after GM Sandy Alderson said Saturday that the left-hander was 10 days away from mound work. Santana insists that he'll be ready to pitch on Opening Day, but it's still up in the air.
Sun, Mar 3, 2013 09:58:00 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that X-rays on Bryce Harper's left thumb came back negative.

Good news for Harper, who injured his thumb on an awkward slide into third base on Sunday. The swelling has gone down and the thought is that he could be ready to play again later this week. He should be good to go for the postseason.
Sep 26 - 11:15 PM

Javier Baez hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs in Monday's victory over the Pirates.

Baez took Chad Kuhl deep in the fourth inning for his second grand slam of the season. He wasn't done there, adding a two-RBI single in the sixth to extend the Cubs' lead to 11-0 at the time. Kris Bryant also went deep for the Cubbies, who claimed their 100th victory of the season. It's the first time since 1935 that the Cubs have reached 100 wins.
Sep 26 - 10:58 PM

Devon Travis left Monday's game against the Yankees with a shoulder injury.

Travis went 0-for-3 with a strikeout before leaving after five innings. The specifics of the issues aren't yet clear, but it's worth noting that he had a pair of surgeries on his left shoulder last year. We should know more soon.
Sep 26 - 10:49 PM

Wilson Ramos exited Monday's game against the Diamondbacks in the sixth inning with an apparent injury to his right knee.

Well, that's no good. Ramos injured the knee after jumping to catch a throw at home plate and had to helped off the field by the training staff. It's worth noting that he tore the ACL and MCL in the very same knee back in 2012, so this is very troubling, especially with the playoffs and free agency approaching. The Nationals will have to cross their fingers for now.
Sep 26 - 9:40 PM

Corey Kluber exited Monday's start against the Tigers with right groin tightness.

Kluber allowed two runs on five hits and one walk over four innings before leaving the ballgame. The Indians' rotation has already taken multiple hits down the stretch, so this isn't an encouraging development. We should know more about the severity soon.
Sep 26 - 9:09 PM

Garrett Richards (elbow) is slated to face live hitters on Wednesday.

Assuming all goes well, Richards will make his first appearance in the instructional league next Monday. The 28-year-old was diagnosed with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament back in May, but he decided to undergo stem cell treatments in hopes of avoiding Tommy John surgery.
Sep 26 - 7:31 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that Aledmys Diaz traveled to Miami on Monday to be with family and close friends following the tragic passing of Jose Fernandez.

Diaz was childhood friends and neighbors with Fernandez, who was killed early Sunday morning in a boating accident. "That was a place he needed to be today," said Matheny.
Sep 26 - 7:10 PM

Matt Carpenter has been dealing with an issue to his right ring finger.

That explains his absence from Monday's lineup. It's apparently been a lingering issue, so the hope is that the rest will improve his symptoms. Not ideal with the Cardinals fighting to stay in the race. Greg Garcia will start at second base and bat leadoff Monday.
Sep 26 - 6:57 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) will see Dr. Christopher Ahmad in New York on Tuesday to determine whether he can make another start before the end of the season.

Tanaka was scratched from Monday's start against the Blue Jays due to a mild forearm strain. His status up in the air, especially with the Yankees on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention. There should be more clarity on his status in the next day or so.
Sep 26 - 6:55 PM

Nelson Cruz was sent for an MRI on his left wrist on Monday.

The results aren't yet known, but Cruz is in the lineup at designated hitter for Monday's game against the Astros. He plans to play no matter what, but look for him to cut back on pregame hitting work in an effort to protect the wrist.
Sep 26 - 5:18 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch hasn't ruled out Alex Bregman (hamstring) from returning this week.

It was previously thought that Bregman was unlikely to return unless the Astros made a deep run into the playoffs, but he was able to make it through a full workout on Monday. If anything, he could get some peace of mind going into the winter. The outstanding rookie has been out since September 14 with a hamstring strain.
Sep 26 - 5:16 PM




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