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Max Scherzer has pulled out of the World Baseball Classic after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger.

Scherzer actually pitched with the injury for over a month at the end of last season, but it's not considered to be a big deal and he'll be a full participant in spring training. However, the right-hander has decided that pitching for the United States in the WBC isn't worth the potential added risk. Scherzer is the National League's reigning Cy Young winner.
Jan 9 - 4:41 PM

Nationals placed RHP Ryan Madson on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained finger.

Shawn Kelley was activated in the corresponding move. It's a big blow to the Nationals' pen as Madson has been lights out in a setup role since arriving in a trade with Oakland last month. He sports a perfect 0.00 ERA over nine relief outings for the Nats. With Madson on the shelf, expect Brandon Kintzler to work as the bridge to closer Sean Doolittle.
Aug 17 - 7:43 PM

X-rays on Nolan Arenado's left hand came back negative.

Arenado escaped with just a bruise after taking a hard grounder off his left hand in Thursday's loss to Atlanta. It's the same hand Arenado injured on a hit-by-pitch earlier this week. For now, consider the All-Star third baseman day-to-day.
Aug 17 - 7:40 PM

Avisail Garcia (wrist) was scratched from the White Sox's lineup Thursday against the Rangers.

Alen Hanson will slot in at right field and bat eighth versus Rangers hurler Tyson Ross. Garcia has had a hard time staying healthy in the second half, missing time with a thumb injury last month and now battling left wrist soreness. Consider him day-to-day.
Aug 17 - 7:38 PM

Odubel Herrera (hamstring) is not in the Phillies' lineup Thursday against the Giants.

There was some optimism that Herrera may return for Thursday night's series opener, but obviously that wasn't the case. He remains day-to-day with a lingering hamstring injury. Nick Williams will man center field and bat second against Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija. Thursday will mark Herrera's third straight absence.
Aug 17 - 7:00 PM

Nolan Arenado left Thursday's game against the Braves with an apparent hand injury.

He bowed out in the seventh inning after taking a hard grounder off his glove hand. It's the same hand that Arenado bruised when he was hit by a pitch Sunday against Miami. Rookie Ryan McMahon replaced Arenado at the hot corner while Mark Reynolds came off the bench to play first base. Arenado went 1-for-2 with a walk and a double before exiting.
Aug 17 - 6:08 PM

X-rays on Jose Ramirez's right forearm/wrist came back negative.

Ramirez left Thursday's matinee in the second inning after taking a 93 mph fastball off his right forearm but looks to be all right. In fact, Indians manager Terry Francona said he could be available off the bench for the second game of Thursday's day/night doubleheader. Giovanny Urshela handled third base after Ramirez exited and will draw the start there in Game 2 against Twins rookie Aaron Slegers.
Aug 17 - 5:39 PM

Aroldis Chapman (hamstring) threw a bullpen session on Thursday.

Chapman also did some running in the outfield and didn't seem to be favoring his injured hamstring. The Yankees are confident he'll avoid the disabled list, though he won't be available out of the pen Thursday against the Mets. David Robertson will continue to handle save chances while Chapman works through his hamstring issue.
Aug 17 - 5:14 PM

Cardinals placed RHP Trevor Rosenthal on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow irritation.

He's heading back to St. Louis for an MRI. Rosenthal's injury is specific to the posterior part of his elbow, which is the same area where the UCL is located. This would explain why his velocity was way down Wednesday against the Red Sox. Rosenthal had been doing a nice job in the closer role, producing a 1.88 ERA while going a perfect 7-for-7 in save chances since the All-Star break. Look for Seung Hwan Oh to lead a ninth-inning committee during his absence.
Aug 17 - 4:55 PM

Jon Lester departed his start Thursday against the Reds due to left lat tightness.

Lester called for a trainer after throwing 40 pitches in a brutal second inning that saw the Reds post nine runs -- seven of which were charged to the veteran southpaw. Lester might not be able to take his next turn in the Cubs' rotation and could even require a disabled list stint. He'll be reevaluated on Friday.
Aug 17 - 3:47 PM

Mets placed INF Jose Reyes on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

It's not considered a serious strain, so Reyes could be ready for activation as soon as his 10 days are up. Gavin Cecchini and Matt Reynolds have both been called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to provide the Mets with badly-needed infield depth.
Aug 17 - 3:23 PM

Yankees recalled 1B Tyler Austin from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Austin fractured his left foot in February and then promptly strained his hamstring when the Yankees promoted in late June, but the 25-year-old first baseman had been hitting the ball well at Triple-A over the last couple of weeks and has earned another callup before the expansion of MLB rosters in September. That said, it's not clear how much he's going to play in New York.
Aug 17 - 2:59 PM




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