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Nick Markakis (shoulder) remains out of the Orioles starting lineup on Saturday.

Markakis said Saturday that he's feeling better, but will take an additional day off just to be sure. He should be expected to retake his regular spot atop the Orioles lineup for Sunday's series finale.
Sep 20 - 3:41 PM

Twins executive vice president Terry Ryan confirmed Saturday that Tommy Milone (neck) had a cortisone injection at some point in the middle of the week.

It continues to look unlikely that the veteran southpaw will make it back before the end of the season, even though he was able to do some long-tossing on Friday. Anthony Swarzak will continue to occupy his spot in the rotation.
Sep 20 - 3:39 PM

Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Saturday.

It's just a routine day off for Harper. Ryan Zimmerman will make his return to the lineup and start in left field while Jayson Werth covers right. The 21-year-old outfielder is hitting .271/.340/.428 with 13 homers and 32 RBI in his 93 games on the year.
Sep 20 - 3:24 PM

Nationals activated INF Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list.

Zimmerman missed 55 games with a torn hamstring, but has taken at-bats in extended spring training games in recent days and is ready for a return. He will bat sixth and start in left field on Saturday. The Nationals will ease him back into action though, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to play every night over the final week of the regular season.
Sep 20 - 3:12 PM

Mike Napoli is not in the Red Sox lineup on Saturday.

Napoli has received very regular rest down the stretch as he has battled illness as well as discomfort in his left ring finger. Allen Craig will get the call at first base in his place and will hit fourth against Chris Tillman and the Orioles.
Sep 20 - 3:02 PM

Michael Cuddyer is not in the Rockies starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Apparently the veteran outfielder must've tired himself out driving in a career-best seven runs in Friday's victory. Look for him to return to his regularly scheduled spot in the lineup on Sunday.
Sep 20 - 2:30 PM

Jacoby Ellsbury (hamstring) indicated Saturday that he's hopeful he will be able to return before the conclusion of the 2014 season.

Ellsbury sustained a strained right hamstring in the late innings of Friday's contest against the Blue Jays. While Yankees manager Joe Girardi said there's a good chance Ellsbury will be shut down, if he progresses in the coming days he could return for a couple of games by the end of next week. Fantasy owners should have a contingency option in place in case he can't go though.
Sep 20 - 2:12 PM

The results of Edwin Encarnacion's precautionary MRI revealed that he's dealing with mild inflammation in his back.

He felt good enough to be in the lineup on Friday and is back out there again on Saturday, so the issue doesn't appear to be serious. With a little more than a week to go, he's hitting .262/.350/.552 with 33 homers and 89 RBI.
Sep 20 - 1:33 PM

Josh Reddick is in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday.

Reddick missed the previous two games due to neck and ankle ailments. He's having a disappointing season after a breakout 2013 campaign, hitting just .246/.304/.422 with 11 homers and 46 RBI in 101 games.
Sep 20 - 1:24 PM

Adam Lind is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday's afternoon tilt against the Yankees.

It's simply a routine day of rest for Lind against opposing left-hander Chris Capuano. John Mayberry Jr. will get the start in his place at first base and bat sixth for the Jays, with Edwin Encarnacion serving as the designated hitter.
Sep 20 - 1:06 PM

Josh Hamilton is considered day-to-day with inflammation in his rib cage.

Hamilton underwent CT scans on the front and back of his rib cage on Saturday to rule out anything more serious, so the diagnosis is very encouraging. He has also been dealing with tightness and soreness in the front part of his shoulder/chest area, which could be related. Hamilton maintains that he'll be ready for the postseason.
Sep 20 - 12:43 PM

Juan Uribe is not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Saturday due to minor tightness in his side.

He's fully expected to be back in there on Sunday. Justin Turner will start in his place against southpaw Felix Doubront on Saturday.
Sep 20 - 11:39 AM

Travis Wood will make his final start of the 2014 season on Monday when the Cubs host the Cardinals.

Fantasy owners who are looking to stream pitchers over the final week of the season should note that Wood is no longer scheduled for two starts. Kyle Hendricks, who starts on Tuesday, will start the season finale against the Brewers in Milwaukee on Sunday.
Sep 20 - 11:37 AM

Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) began his throwing program on Saturday by playing catch in the outfield.

He received a cortisone shot earlier in the week and has taken a while to respond favorably. The hulking southpaw still believes that he will be back in time for the beginning of the playoffs, but he'll need to make significant strides very quickly for that to happen.
Sep 20 - 11:28 AM

Danny Duffy (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session on Friday, and was even available as an emergency option out of the Royals bullpen that evening.

He won't be available on Saturday and Sunday, making it likely that he could rejoin the rotation on Monday against the Indians assuming he's feeling right. The 25-year-old southpaw boasts a terrific 2.42 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 108/50 K/BB ratio over 141 1/3 innings in his 29 appearances (23 starts) this season.
Sep 20 - 11:19 AM



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