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Mets manager Terry Collins said of Ruben Tejada going into next season that the shortstop job "is his, but he's got to show everybody that he wants it desperately."

It's been well documented that the Mets want to see more commitment from Tejada, whose season ended Wednesday due to a broken right fibula. He'll be 100 percent for spring training but will need to show improved work ethic. "My message is real simple: This job is his, but he's got to show everybody that he wants it desperately," Collins said. "Like any professional athlete you've got to say, 'I'm going to dedicate this offseason to show up next spring and be the best player that I can possibly be.' He's good enough to be that guy. But as this year shows, hey look, no job is that secure. You've got to come in and say, 'This is my job and no one is taking it.'"
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 09:41:00 AM

Rick Porcello struck out 13 batters, but allowed three runs (one earned) in eight innings to lose to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Porcello was hurt by a Travis Shaw fielding error that extended the fifth inning and eventually led to the Yankees' first two runs. He yielded one more run in the eighth on a Brett Gardner solo homer. Overall, the right-hander gave up five hits and a walk along with the 13 punch-outs. So far, so good for Porcello in his first two starts back from the disabled list, as he tossed seven scoreless frames his last time out against the White Sox. He'll look to keep it going in a home start against the Blue Jays next.
Sep 1 - 9:57 PM

Scott Feldman left Tuesday's start against the Mariners with right shoulder discomfort.

Feldman might have been pitching hurt all night, as he entered the game on a hot streak and then proceeded to allow three runs on three hits and five walks over 2 2/3 frames. It's unclear at this point whether he'll be sent for an MRI, but it would seem likely. The Astros should have more on his status after the game.
Sep 1 - 9:37 PM

CBS Sport' Jon Heyman reports that Tim Lincecum will visit hip specialist Dr. Marc Philippon on Wednesday and a determination will be made whether he needs surgery.

Lincecum has already seen multiple doctors and has been diagnosed with a degenerative hip condition in both hips. Heyman says the righty "hasn't been experiencing severe pain," but he "has been hampered by an instability" in his hips. Lincecum has reportedly been told by doctors that he could be ready for spring training if he has the procedure and "they've further suggested that he should be able to return to form," according to Heyman. The righty will be a free agent this winter.
Sep 1 - 9:23 PM

Brandon Crawford is not available to play Tuesday due to a bruised calf.

Crawford was hit in the calf by a pitch Monday and it swelled up on him overnight. It's merely a day-to-day ailment. Ehire Adrianza is at shortstop in Crawford's place.
Sep 1 - 8:24 PM

Giancarlo Stanton (hand) said he felt "not 100 percent" during a rehab game with High-A Jupiter and is not expected to be activated on Friday as hoped.

Well, that's a bummer. Stanton's progress from surgery to remove the hamate bone in his left hand has been slow, but it had appeared he turned a corner. However, clearly he's still not ready to return to the majors just yet. His fantasy owners will have to continue to wait.
Sep 1 - 8:18 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that Johnny Giavotella (illness) has made "very little progress" and he's not sure when the second baseman will return.

Giavotella has been nursing an undisclosed illness and it appears he's having trouble kicking it. He will rejoin the club on Friday, but as to when he'll be activated is totally up in the air. The Angels are using Grant Green at second base.
Sep 1 - 8:13 PM

MRIs on Miguel Gonzalez's right elbow and shoulder showed only inflammation.

Gonzalez has dealt with shoulder soreness for a little while and thinks he might have caused an elbow injury but compensating for it. However, the good news is that he's not dealing with any structural issues. The right-hander is expected to miss at least one turn but should rejoin the Orioles' rotation at some point later this month.
Sep 1 - 7:46 PM

Angels activated 3B David Freese from the 15-day disabled list.

Freese's return from a non-displaced fracture in his right index finger took much longer than expected, but he's finally ready to go. He'll return to a .240/.309/.397 batting line with 11 homers and is back at third base Tuesday.
Sep 1 - 6:51 PM

Stephen Strasburg (back) played catch without any issues on Tuesday.

It's a good sign, obviously, but Strasburg won't be cleared to make his next scheduled start until he gets though a bullpen session. The Nats had Tanner Roark throw only two innings at Double-A Harrisburg on Monday just in case he's needed to start in place of Strasburg.
Sep 1 - 6:40 PM

Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) played catch on Tuesday.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus noted that Sanchez wasn't in any pain, but his throwing session was just "OK." There remains no timetable for Sanchez's return to the rotation, but this is the first step. He's been on the shelf since mid-August with a right rotator cuff strain.
Sep 1 - 6:38 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday that Jose Berrios could still be called up.

But the Minnesota skipper wouldn't offer anything concrete about the situation. Berrios wasn't included in the Twins' initial round of September callups despite boasting a 2.67 ERA, 1.098 WHIP, and 78/13 K/BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings (11 starts) this season at Triple-A. Molitor noted that the club is worried about Berrios' workload and wary of using the 21-year-old right-hander in relief.
Sep 1 - 5:36 PM




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