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Lance Lynn struck out five in three hitless innings Tuesday in his Grapefruit League debut against the Orioles.

Lynn started today despite only officially signing his contract on Monday, and he retired nine of the 10 Orioles he faced. He's on track to start the first time through the Twins' regular-season rotation.
Mar 13 - 4:59 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon announced Tuesday evening that Brandon Morrow (elbow) has been shut down for the remainder of the season.

Morrow has been sidelined since mid-July with a bone bruise in his right elbow, and he was never able to get over the hump in his rehab. Pedro Strop is also currently sidelined with a left hamstring strain, so the Cubs will have to deploy a closer-by-committee strategy for the remainder of the regular season and possibly into the playoffs. Morrow, who logged just 30 2/3 innings for the Cubs in 2018, is due a $9 million salary next year.
Sep 18 - 7:31 PM

Salvador Perez is out of the Royals' lineup Tuesday due to soreness in his left thumb.

Perez sprained the thumb late last month, and the last-place Royals will probably take it easy on him for what remains of the 2018 regular season. Meibrys Viloria is catching and batting eighth Tuesday versus Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon.
Sep 18 - 7:30 PM

James Paxton (illness) threw in the Mariners' bullpen ahead of Tuesday night's game against the Astros.

Paxton wasn't expected to throw a bullpen session until Wednesday, at the earliest, so this is a very encouraging development. The left-hander hasn't pitched since September 7 due to a combination of pneumonia and the flu, with his temperature apparently rising to as high as 104 degrees at one point. He could potentially return to the Mariners' starting rotation this weekend against the Rangers.
Sep 18 - 6:32 PM

Trevor Bauer (leg) threw off the mound to live hitters on Tuesday afternoon at Progressive Field.

Bauer joked to manager Terry Francona after the workout that he's available to pitch on Tuesday night against the White Sox. That obviously won't happen, but he could potentially rejoin the Indians in a multi-inning relief role before the end of the week. Francona said he'll sit down with the medical staff on Wednesday to determine the next appropriate step. Bauer has been out since mid-August due to a stress fracture in his right fibula.
Sep 18 - 4:49 PM

Jose Abreu has been hospitalized in Cleveland due to an infection in his right thigh.

The infection apparently stems from an ingrown hair and Satchel Price of the Chicago Sun-Times notes that the White Sox "will likely be without" Abreu for their entire three-game series at Progressive Field. Perhaps he'll be ready to rock this weekend. Matt Davidson is playing first base and Daniel Palka is at DH on Tuesday night against Indians right-hander Corey Kluber.
Sep 18 - 4:44 PM

Michael Fulmer has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Fulmer will get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, but it sounds like surgery might already be scheduled for Thursday. This will obviously cut into the 25-year-old right-hander's offseason program, but he could potentially be ready for the start of the 2019 campaign if he's able to avoid setbacks with his rehab. Fulmer posted a disappointing 4.69 ERA and 110/46 K/BB ratio over 132 1/3 innings with the Tigers in 2018.
Sep 18 - 4:33 PM

Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) is expected to return to the Indians' starting lineup on Wednesday.

Encarnacion has been out since Saturday with a right ankle sprain, but it sounds like the AL Central champs are just being cautious. Yandy Diaz is filling in as Cleveland's designated hitter Tuesday versus the White Sox.
Sep 18 - 4:17 PM

Joey Gallo (toe) remains out of the Rangers' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Rays.

Gallo was scratched from the lineup on Monday due to a bruised right toe, and he's apparently still dealing with some discomfort. The 24-year-old slugger is sitting on 37 home runs and 87 RBI through 138 games.
Sep 18 - 4:13 PM

Miguel Sano (knee) is back in the Twins' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Tigers.

Sano will start at third base and hit seventh after missing two weeks of action with a left knee injury. The 25-year-old owns a disappointing .202/.285/.405 batting line with 13 home runs and 41 RBI in 70 games this season.
Sep 18 - 4:11 PM

Aroldis Chapman (knee) is expecting to be activated from the disabled list in the next day or so.

Chapman told reporters Tuesday that both his arm and left knee felt good following a 22-pitch simulated workout on Monday. The left-handed closer landed on the disabled list on August 22 with left knee tendinitis. He may be eased back in, but Chapman figures to serve as the Yankees' primary closer over the final week of the regular season and into the postseason. Dellin Betances and David Robertson have been filling in.
Sep 18 - 4:09 PM

Andrew Benintendi is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Yankees.

He'll take a seat against left-hander J.A. Happ. Brock Holt will make the start in left field.
Sep 18 - 4:06 PM




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