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Pedro Strop has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season after an MRI revealed a moderate left hamstring strain.

Whether Strop might be available at some point during the postseason remains to be seen. It's obviously a blow to a Cubs bullpen that's already without the services of Brandon Morrow (elbow). Manager Joe Maddon has not named a replacement at closer, but Carl Edwards Jr., Steve Cishek, Justin Wilson and Jesse Chavez figure to be in the mix.
Sep 14 - 5:38 PM

Paul DeJong clubbed a two-run home run and added an RBI single Tuesday in the Cardinals' victory over the Braves.

Jose Martinez singled for the Cards' first hit with one out in the fourth inning and DeJong followed that with his second dinger in as many nights. He added some cushion with an RBI single in the eighth. DeJong now has 11 home runs and 43 RBI since the All-Star break even though he's hitting only .220.
Sep 18 - 11:12 PM

Jameson Taillon dominated the Royals on Tuesday night, fanning a career-high 11 batters across seven shutout frames but taking a no-decision in the Pirates’ 2-1 extra-innings win.

Taillon and Eric Skoglund traded zeroes in this one before the Pirates finally broke through against the Royals’ bullpen. The Pittsburgh righty did need a little help in the seventh, as Pablo Reyes threw out a runner at home plate for an inning-ending double play. Taillon permitted just four hits and one walk on the night to go along with his 11 punchouts but was saddled with a no-decision after a blown save. He’s been terrific over the last several weeks and faced little resistance from an overmatched Royals offense on Tuesday night while lowering his season ERA to 3.24. Taillon faces the Cubs at Wrigley next.
Sep 18 - 11:03 PM

Mookie Betts (side) is expected to DH on Wednesday against the Yankees.

Betts was unavailable Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium after exiting Sunday's series finale against the Mets due to discomfort in his left side, but it's nothing overly serious. The 25-year-old MVP candidate is batting .337/.431/.619 with 29 home runs, 72 RBI, 28 stolen bases, and 118 runs scored in 129 games this season.
Sep 18 - 11:03 PM

Lorenzo Cain left Tuesday night's game against the Reds due to a sore intercostal muscle.

Cain initially tweaked his intercostal on a swing a few days ago, and it apparently stiffened up on him after four innings Tuesday. Keon Broxton took over in center field for the Brewers in the top of the fifth. It sounds like Cain will ultimately be fine, but any days missed are obviously hurtful at this point in the season.
Sep 18 - 10:54 PM

Neil Walker slugged a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning of the Yankees' comeback victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Nathan Eovaldi held the Bombers in check for six innings, but Brandon Workman and Ryan Brasier coughed up the lead an inning later, with the latter serving up the longball to Walker. It was a no-doubter that reached the second deck in right field at Yankee Stadium. The home run was the first this month for Walker, who was making just his second start in over a week.
Sep 18 - 10:38 PM

Corey Kluber punched out 11 batters while allowing three runs over eight innings in the Indians' 5-3 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday.

The White Sox took Kluber deep twice in the sixth inning, but they were both solo shots. The ace was pitching on seven days' rest and certainly looked strong in this one as he recorded his sixth double-digit strikeout game of the season. Two of those outings have come against the White Sox. Kluber will face a stiffer test Sunday versus the Red Sox.
Sep 18 - 10:02 PM

Travis Shaw was removed from Tuesday night's game against the Reds due to a right knee contusion.

Shaw took a pitch off the knee in the bottom of the second inning and eventually got replaced in the Brewers' lineup by Hernan Perez. This is hopefully just a day-to-day situation for Shaw. He'll be reevaluated Wednesday.
Sep 18 - 8:48 PM

Rockies manager Bud Black said Tuesday evening that Trevor Story's right ulnar collateral ligament is still intact.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic heard from sources Tuesday afternoon that Story had potential damage to the UCL in his right elbow, but Black says team doctors only found inflammation while adding that the "joint is fine" and "there is no structural damage." He expressed hope that Story might be able to return to action "in a few days." Great news all around. Garrett Hampson is starting at shortstop for the Rockies on Tuesday night against the Dodgers.
Sep 18 - 8:14 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




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