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Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Bobby Parnell will undergo neck surgery on Tuesday in California.

The procedure will repair a herniated disk in Parnell's neck, an injury that ended his season in late July. Parnell is expected be fine for the opening of spring training.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 03:18:00 PM

Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel had a 90-minute workout with the Mets on Monday in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Marc Carig of Newsday hears that the Mets had a "pretty big contingent" on hand, including general manager Sandy Alderson, special assistant J.P. Ricciardi, and some of the team's top scouts. The Mets added Jose Reyes on a minor league deal over the weekend and intend to give him playing time at third base, but the move isn't expected to impact their pursuit of Gourriel. Of course, Gourriel is going to cost them and they will face plenty of competition to land him. The 32-year-old also recently had a workout with the Dodgers.
Jun 27 - 5:21 PM

DJ LeMahieu (knee) is absent from Monday's lineup versus the Blue Jays.

LeMahieu exited Sunday's game with a left knee contusion, but fortunately an MRI on Monday came back clean. He's still dealing with some soreness, but hopes to play Tuesday. Daniel Descalso will start in his place at second base and bat sixth Monday.
Jun 27 - 5:19 PM

Trevor Story (finger) is not in Monday's lineup against the Blue Jays.

Story suffered a bruised right middle finger when he was hit by a pitch on Sunday. Consider him day-to-day. Cristhian Adames will start in his place at shortstop and bat second against right-hander Marco Estrada.
Jun 27 - 5:16 PM

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News hears from three Mets sources that Steven Matz has a bone spur in his throwing elbow.

Matz has been dealing with discomfort in the elbow in his recent starts and is no longer a sure thing to make take his next scheduled turn Wednesday against the Nationals. Still, rest isn't expected to make much of a difference here. If he wants to avoid surgey, he might have to pitch through the discomfort for the rest of the season. Logan Verrett and Sean Gilmartin are the candidates to start Wednesday if the Mets want to go in a different direction.
Jun 27 - 5:08 PM

Nationals prospect Trea Turner is starting in center field Monday with Triple-A Syracuse, reports Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

The Nationals are happy with Danny Espinosa at shortstop, so the club is apparently exploring an alternative route to get Turner to the majors. Turner has never played the outfield in pro ball, but he's athletic enough to be a quick study. Nationals center fielders (mostly Ben Revere and Michael A. Taylor) have combined for a major-league worst .587 OPS this season, so this situation is worth watching.
Jun 27 - 4:13 PM

Nationals RHP prospect Lucas Giolito will be called up from Double-A Harrisburg to make his major league debut Tuesday against the Mets.

Manager Dusty Baker said "he's ready for the task." We think so too. Baseball's consensus No. 1 prospect has pitched to a steady 3.17 ERA over 14 starts for Double-A Harrisburg this year while mixing in 100 mph heat and a devastating power curve. The 21-year-old will take Stephen Strasburg's spot in the starting rotation. If he's as good as advertised, Giolito could be in the majors for good. Make sure to scoop Giolito up in your league if he's still available.
Jun 27 - 3:38 PM

Three Cubs scouts attended the Yankees' series against Minnesota this past weekend.

They were scouting the dominant bullpen trio of Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances. The Cubs have been linked to Chapman and Miller for a while so their presence in New York this weekend shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The Yankees have incentive to trade both, especially with Chapman headed for free agency this winter. With that said, the Yankees probably won't pull the trigger unless they're completely out of the AL East race. Right now they trail first-place Baltimore by 7.5 games and are 2.5 games behind Toronto for the final Wild Card spot.
Jun 27 - 2:38 PM

Clayton Kershaw was treated for minor back discomfort after pitching Sunday against the Pirates.

Kershaw endured his worst start of the season on Sunday but manager Dave Roberts insists his ineffectiveness had nothing to do with his ailing back. Roberts added that the injury has been an "off-and-on issue." Kershaw put in his usual post-start workout Monday morning and isn't expected to miss any time. He's in line to pitch Friday against the Rockies.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 2:11 PM

Seung Hwan Oh warmed up in the eighth inning Sunday against the Mariners but wasn't needed after the Cardinals scored two runs in the ninth.

The implication is that Oh would have been manager Mike Matheny's first choice had their been a save situation. The Cardinals have gone to a closer by committee in the wake of Trevor Rosenthal's recent struggles. Oh has enjoyed a brilliant rookie campaign, contributing 14 holds and a stellar 1.66 ERA over 37 appearances. Jonathan Broxton and Kevin Siegrist could also get looks in the ninth inning but Oh needs to be owned in all formats.
Jun 27 - 11:58 AM

Gregory Polanco (leg) is not in the Pirates' lineup Monday against the Dodgers.

Polanco hasn't been in the lineup the past three days while battling left leg discomfort, though he did strike out in a pinch-hitting appearance Sunday night. Utility man Sean Rodriguez is getting the nod in right field. He'll bat seventh against Dodgers lefty Scott Kazmir. Polanco remains day-to-day.
Jun 27 - 11:46 AM

The Mariners are "leaning toward" having Taijuan Walker (foot) start Thursday against the Orioles.

He was skipped last time through the rotation after being diagnosed with tendinitis in the arch of his right foot. Walker threw a bullpen session on Sunday and reported no issues. The right-hander holds a respectable 3.45 ERA in 14 starts this year. Unfortunately he's been plagued by a severe lack of run support and only has three victories.
Jun 27 - 11:08 AM




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