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Nate Jones underwent a successful microdiscectomy procedure on Monday.

Jones aggravated a back injury early on this season that he originally suffered in spring training. He'll be re-evaluated in a month. "After a month, it's conceivable we'll ramp up baseball activities and he can return soon thereafter as tolerated by the baseball activities," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "At that point, it's more about getting him into pitching shape than dealing with the back. We'll see in a month and come up with a timeframe then."
Mon, May 5, 2014 08:53:00 PM

Yasmany Tomas was scratched from the Diamondbacks' lineup Thursday with a stiff neck.

Brandon Drury is in left field and Socrates Brito is now in right field for the afternoon tilt at Nationals Park. Tomas could very well remain limited over the regular season's final weekend.
Sep 29 - 12:28 PM

Sources tell Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that Michael Brantley (shoulder) could miss "significant time" at the beginning of next season.

Per these sources, doctors had to "re-anchor the muscle to the bone" during Brantley's most recent right shoulder surgery in mid-August. That procedure will come with another lengthy rehabilitation -- possibly much longer than the initial projection of four months. Brantley and the Indians are both refuting Heyman's report, for what it's worth. The 29-year-old outfielder appeared in only 11 games this season for Tribe after earning MVP votes in 2014 and 2015.
Sep 29 - 12:16 PM

Jason Kipnis is getting the day off Thursday.

Indians manager Terry Francona is continuing to find rest for his regulars with the American League Central all wrapped up. Carlos Santana will also sit Thursday. Michael Martinez is at second base and batting ninth versus Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris.
Sep 29 - 11:04 AM

Daniel Murphy (glute) is out of the Nationals' lineup again on Thursday versus the Diamondbacks.

Murphy hasn't started a game for the Nats since September 17 because of a strained glute, though he has been able to make some pinch-hitting appearances and he is expected to be a full-go for the best-of-five NLDS next week against the Dodgers. Wilmer Difo is playing second base and batting second on Thursday afternoon against Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray.
Sep 29 - 11:00 AM

Bryce Harper (thumb) remains sidelined Thursday.

Harper injured his left thumb on an awkward slide into third base on Sunday against the Pirates and hasn't played since. His official status is still day-to-day. Michael Taylor will start in right field and bat seventh Thursday versus Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray.
Sep 29 - 10:58 AM

Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said Thursday that the goal is to start Corey Kluber (quad) in Game 1 or 2 of the ALDS.

Kluber left his start Monday against the Tigers after suffering a mild quadriceps strain and won't make another appearance in the regular season, but he was able to play catch on Thursday morning and the Indians sound optimistic that he'll be ready to rock for one of the first two games of the best-of-five Division Series. "[Kluber] is not going to not make that start," said Callaway. "He'd be like Curt Schilling. He's going to go out there and pitch."
Sep 29 - 10:55 AM

Danny Salazar (forearm) tossed 30-plus pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday.

He only threw his fastball and changeup, but Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said Salazar would be limited to those two pitches anyway if he's able to return as a reliever in the postseason. Salazar is attempting to rehab a mild strain of his right flexor musculature. He has not been ruled out for the ALDS.
Sep 29 - 10:50 AM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, there may be meniscus tears in Wilson Ramos' right knee.

Ramos has already been diagnosed with a torn ACL, but the extent of the damage could range well beyond that. The impending free agent catcher came down hard on his right knee Monday after jumping to catch a throw at home plate and will undergo major surgery at some point in the near future. This is obviously going to crush his open-market value despite a breakout 2016. Ramos, 29, batted .307/.354/.496 with 22 home runs and 80 RBI over 131 games for the NL East-champion Nationals.
Sep 29 - 10:27 AM

Seung Hwan Oh (groin) said he expects to be available out of the Cardinals' bullpen Thursday.

Oh was lifted from an appearance Wednesday after experiencing renewed discomfort in his groin while trying to field a ball in the top of the ninth inning, but this his crunch time for the Wild Card-hunting Redbirds. "It’s nothing worse than what I dealt with before," said Oh with the help of translator Eugene Koo. "It’s totally fine, but we’ve still got a few more games to play so [manager Mike Matheny] told me to focus on tomorrow." The right-hander from South Korea has registered a brilliant 1.85 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 100 strikeouts over his first 77 2/3 major league innings.
Sep 29 - 9:00 AM

Hunter Renfroe went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBI as the Padres edged the Dodgers 6-5 on Wednesday.

Renfroe should have been up on July 21, not September 21, but at least he's used his very limited major league time to make a huge first impression; he's homered four times in his first five starts, and his two-run shot Wednesday sailed over the Western Metal Supply Co. building at Petco Park. That is the first time a player had done that in a live game. This all bodes well for Renfroe's chances of being penciled in as the Padres' everyday right fielder to open the 2017 season.
Sep 29 - 2:22 AM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he expects Mike Trout (shoulder) to play in Friday's series opener against the Astros.

Trout left Wednesday night's series finale with the Athletics after taking a John Axford fastball off his left shoulder blade in the bottom of the eighth inning. He was in visible pain as he made his way into the dugout with a trainer, but the star center fielder escaped with nothing more than a bad bruise. Trout was 1-for-4 with a run scored Wednesday before departing. He's batting .318/.441/.556 in 156 games this season.
Sep 29 - 1:42 AM




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