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Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that extension talks between the Indians and Justin Masterson "have been shelved" while the sides work on a one-year deal.

Masterson's arbitration hearing is set for February 20, but the two sides are hoping to come to an agreement before then. However, it might be a tall task given that the $3.75 million gap between Masterson ($11.8 million) and the Indians ($8.05 million) is the largest of arbitration filings this winter. Both sides have said they're open to a long-term deal, but Hoynes writes that "it’s believed those talks have gained little, if any, traction." They'll now focus on hammering out a one-year pact prior to February 20.
Jan 27 - 8:38 PM

Bryce Harper left Monday's game versus the Braves due to lightheadedness.

It's not clear at this point what brought about the lightheadedness, but the Nationals should provide more on Harper's status after the game. He struck out in his lone at-bat before exiting.
Sep 15 - 8:19 PM

Tyson Ross' next scheduled start will be pushed back a few days because the right-hander is dealing with general soreness after his last outing.

Ross was rocked for six runs -- four earned -- in three innings Saturday in an uncharacteristically poor showing. It doesn't appear to be something to be overly concerned about at the moment. Robbie Erlin will get the ball on Thursday versus the Phillies, with Ross hoping to start over the weekend or possibly early next week.
Sep 15 - 7:30 PM

Nolan Arenado will undergo an MRI on his ribs Monday.

Arenado left Sunday's game with what the Rockies referred to as a chest contusion. The club doesn't expect the injury to be serious, but we won't know for sure until the MRI comes back. Consider Arenado day-to-day until further notice.
Sep 15 - 7:14 PM

Brandon Belt (concussion) could be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

Belt said he "felt good, completely normal" during batting practice Monday and feels ready for game action. While his activation from the DL appears imminent, it doesn't mean that he'll return to playing regularly the rest of the way. Belt has been limited to just five games since the beginning of August due to post-concussion issues, so the Giants figure to bring him along slowly.
Sep 15 - 7:07 PM

Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is not expected to make another start during the regular season.

An MRI on Ryu's left shoulder showed only inflammation, but the Dodgers still plan to bring him along slowly. He'll resume throwing later this week, but there will be barely over a week left in the season at that point and he just won't have time. Whether he'll be able to make it back for some starts during the postseason remains to be seen. Carlos Frias is starting Wednesday in Ryu's place.
Sep 15 - 6:44 PM

Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is hoping to be back in the Angels' lineup on Wednesday.

Hamilton had a successful round of batting practice on Monday and could be cleared for action if he gets through another round Tuesday. The 33-year-old hasn't played since September 4 due to a right shoulder issue. When he does return, he expects to hit lower than his customary cleanup spot.
Sep 15 - 6:40 PM

Danny Duffy (shoulder) will pitch in a simulated game Tuesday.

Duffy left his last start on September 6 with a sore shoulder, but he now feels healthy and ready to pitch. However, the Royals aren't ready to throw him back into game action. Liam Hendriks will start Tuesday against the White Sox.
Sep 15 - 5:15 PM

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) threw 25 pitches off the mound Monday and felt good.

Sanchez landed on the disabled list a month ago with a strained pectoral muscle and had a setback in late August, but he's beginning to make some progress. He's slated to throw again tomorrow before the next step is decided. It might be late for him to start again for the Tigers during the regular season, but he could have a role come postseason time.
Sep 15 - 5:01 PM

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Monday that Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) could rejoin the team's starting rotation this weekend.

Tanaka gave up six hits over five scoreless innings Monday in an instructional league game in Tampa, Florida. Assuming he feels good Tuesday, the Yankees could clear him to return. The team mostly wants to get a feeling on his progress going into the offseason, so we wouldn't count on him in fantasy leagues. Tanaka was diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow in July.
Sep 15 - 4:48 PM

Justin Morneau (intercostal) is back in Monday's lineup against the Dodgers.

Morneau exited Friday's game with left intercostal soreness, but it's not a major concern. The veteran first baseman is hitting .315 on the year, just two points behind Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison for the National League lead.
Sep 15 - 4:46 PM

Alex Avila (head) is not in Monday's lineup against the Twins.

Avila left Sunday's game with lightheadedness after taking a foul tip off the mark. The Tigers aren't going to take any chances, given his history. Bryan Holaday will start behind the plate.
Sep 15 - 4:28 PM

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