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Twins prospect Byron Buxton was announced as Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year on Wednesday.

"The best minor leaguer I've ever seen," said a scout quoted in the story. In his professional full-season debut, Buxton absolutely assaulted helpless minor league pitching, slashing .334/.424/.520 with 12 homers, 19 doubles, 18 triples, 77 RBI, 55 stolen bases and 109 runs scored in 125 games between Class-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers. The No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft posted numbers eerily similar to Mike Trout's minor league output. Coincidentally, Trout also player at Cedar Rapids (it was an Angels affiliate prior to this season). "Buxton was by far the best I have seen in a long, long time other than Trout," said Class-A Palm Beach manager Johnny Rodriguez. "Trout has more power, but Buxton probably does more (things). He has a better arm. He is a better defender than Trout, with better range and jumps ... Buxton probably is a better hitter. He has fewer holes than Trout had."
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 10:37:00 AM

Coco Crisp left Tuesday's game against the Royals with a right hamstring injury.

Crisp tweaked his hamstring on a swing in the top of the 11th. He took the field for the bottom of the frame but decided he couldn't go. It's an ailment that could conceivably keep him out a while if the A's advance, but more should be known about his status after the game.
Oct 1 - 12:14 AM

Geovany Soto left Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Royals with a left thumb injury.

Soto injured the thumb while making a tag at home plate in the bottom of the first inning. He remained in the game for a bit longer but eventually had to exit. The A's should update his status after the game, but it's possible he won't be able to play in the ALDS if the A's advance. Derek Norris replaced him behind the plate.
Sep 30 - 9:03 PM

Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports that it "appears quite likely" the Dodgers would start Clayton Kershaw on short rest in a potential NLDS Game 4.

Manager Don Mattingly side-stepped the question Tuesday, saying "we wouldn’t even think about it until we see what would happen in Game 1 or what kind of situation we’ll be in." However, Mattingly used Kershaw on short rest in last year's NLDS and the left-hander pitched well. Also, Kershaw threw a simulated game Sunday, four days after his final regular season start, a move Saxon thinks is "seemingly intended to get his body used to short rest." Using Kershaw in Game 4 would mean he and Zack Greinke would start four times if the NLDS went five games. The club is hoping Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is ready for Game 3. If Ryu is ready and Kershaw goes on short rest, Dan Haren would be ticketed for long relief.
Sep 30 - 7:12 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Michael Morse (oblique) is "doubtful" to be on the club's National League Wild Card roster.

There had been a possibility of him being on there as a potential pinch-hitter, but even that is looking unlikely. Morse has been battling a strained left oblique all month and it's looking like he might not be much of a factor this postseason even if the Giants advance.
Sep 30 - 6:44 PM

Josh Hamilton (shoulder, chest, rib cage) said Tuesday that he is ready to go for the ALDS.

Hamilton has taken batting practice, thrown long toss, and run the bases without issue each of the last two days in Anaheim. He's played in just one game for the Angels since September 4 due to shoulder, chest, and rib cage injuries, but look for him to be in the starting lineup on Thursday.
Sep 30 - 5:01 PM

Matt Shoemaker (oblique) said Tuesday that he has "no doubt at all" he'll be able to pitch in the ALDS.

Shoemaker threw another successful bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon, taking breaks to simulate a multi-inning outing. The right-hander hasn't pitched in a game since September 15 due to an oblique strain, but he seems likely to be the Angels' Game 3 starter against the winner of Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game.
Sep 30 - 4:52 PM

Clay Buchholz underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair the meniscus in his right knee.

It wasn't a major procedure and Buchholz is expected to have a fairly normal offseason. He'll be looking to bounce back in 2015 after posting a rough 5.34 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 170 1/3 innings this year. Buchholz registered a 1.74 ERA across 108 1/3 innings in 2013.
Sep 30 - 4:27 PM

Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) will throw around 45 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday.

Ryu felt fine after his first full-effort bullpen session on Sunday and is ready to take the next step in his recovery from left shoulder irritation. The hope is that he'll be able to pitch at some point during the Dodgers' NLDS matchup with the Cardinals. He has been on the shelf since September 13.
Sep 30 - 4:11 PM

Dee Gordon (hip) fully expects to play in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday against the Cardinals.

Gordon missed the final game of the regular season with irritation in his right hip, but he went through a full workout on Tuesday afternoon and felt fine. The speedy second baseman batted .289/.326/.378 with 64 stolen bases in 148 games this summer.
Sep 30 - 4:06 PM

Matt Shoemaker (oblique) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

He'll take breaks to simulate multiple innings. Shoemaker hasn't pitched since September 16 with an oblique strain, but appears likely to start Game 3 of the ALDS.
Sep 30 - 3:31 PM

Russell Martin (hamstring) expects to start in Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Giants.

Martin left Friday's game after aggravating a left hamstring injury and sat out the rest of the weekend, but it's not going to stop him from playing in Wednesday's do-or-die affair. Still, the Pirates plan to carry three catchers for the game just in case.
Sep 30 - 3:21 PM




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