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Aledmys Diaz is out of the Cardinals' lineup Monday versus the Reds.

Diaz, who was childhood friends and neighbors with Jose Fernandez, was also out of the lineup on Sunday. The club will allow him to leave the team for Fernandez's funeral if he chooses to do so. Jedd Gyorko is playing shortstop Monday.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Sep 26 - 5:02 PM

Matt Carpenter is not in Monday's lineup against the Reds.

The Cardinals are fighting to keep pace in the Wild Card race, but both Carpenter will take a seat Monday. Aledmys Diaz is also out of the lineup for the second straight day. Greg Garcia will start at second base and bat leadoff while Jedd Gyorko will play shortstop and hit seventh. Tim Adleman will start for the Reds.
Sep 26 - 4:57 PM

Alex Bregman (hamstring) did some baseball activities on the field Monday. did some running on the field today and took some ground balls and hit

Bregman, out since September 14 with a right hamstring strain, did some running on the field in addition to taking grounders and hitting. He said things went well, but odds are we've seen the last of him this season, even if the Astros were to make a remarkable run this week and snag one of the Wild Card spots.
Sep 26 - 4:50 PM

Roberto Osuna and Joaquin Benoit are expected to get the day off Monday.

Osuna has thrown 38 pitches over the past two days (including his blown save on Sunday) while Benoit threw 24 pitches on Sunday. Jason Grilli would likely get a save chance if needed Monday versus the Yankees.
Sep 26 - 4:44 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that Nick Castellanos (hand) could return by the weekend.

Castellanos has been sidelined since August 6 with a fractured hand, but he was slated to play in an instructional league game on Monday. Barring any setbacks, he appears to be the verge of a return. The 24-year-old was batting .286 with 18 homers and an .831 OPS in 105 games prior to the injury.
Sep 26 - 4:38 PM

Gregory Polanco (face) is out of the Pirates' lineup again Monday against the Cubs.

Polanco hasn't played since he suffered a left facial contusion when he collided face-first into the left field on Friday. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to action. Josh Bell is starting in right field on Monday while John Jaso will play first base.
Sep 26 - 4:34 PM

Starling Marte (back) remains out of the Pirates' lineup Monday versus the Cubs.

Marte hasn't played since Thursday due to nagging back spasms. He's iffy for the final week, so fantasy owners should have a backup plan at the ready. Adam Frazier will make the start in left field and bat seventh against Kyle Hendricks.
Sep 26 - 4:30 PM

Steven Matz was sent for another checkup on his shoulder on Monday.

Matz was originally expected to make his return to the Mets' rotation this past Friday, but he was scratched after experiencing renewed soreness in his left shoulder. He's not expected to pitch this month and any contribution in the playoffs could also be a stretch, even in a relief role.
Sep 26 - 4:25 PM

Yankees sent RHP J.R. Graham outright to Triple-A Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The move clears him from the 40-man roster. Graham was acquired from the Twins back in May and posted a 3.27 ERA and 47/16 K/BB ratio over 44 innings in the minors this season.
Sep 26 - 4:20 PM

Yulieski Gurriel is not in Monday's lineup versus the Mariners.

Gurriel has just three hits in his last 31 at-bats, so he'll get a breather for the series opener. Marwin Gonzalez will make the start at third base and hit second versus right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma.
Sep 26 - 4:16 PM

Nelson Cruz (wrist) is in Monday's lineup against the Astros.

Cruz exited Sunday's game after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but it's not going to keep him out of the lineup. He'll serve as the DH and bat cleanup against Collin McHugh.
Sep 26 - 4:12 PM

Pirates placed INF Josh Harrison on the 60-day disabled list with a groin injury.

Harrison was shut down two weeks ago with a right groin strain. The 29-year-old finishes the 2016 season with a disappointing .283/.311/.388 batting line in 131 games. He's owed $7.75 million in 2017 on a contract that carries options through 2020.
Sep 26 - 3:45 PM

Colby Rasmus is dealing with a hip/groin issue.

He also has vertigo-like symptoms related to a cyst in his right ear that was surgically removed last month. Rasmus has been sidelined since September 18 and might not play in another game this season for Houston. He's currently exploring treatment options.
Sep 26 - 3:42 PM

Nationals acquired C Taylor Gushue and cash considerations from the Pirates for INF Chris Bostick.

Gushue, a fourth-round pick of the Bucs in 2014, batted .226/.282/.357 with eight home runs and 38 RBI in 90 games this season for High-A Bradenton. He's not much of a prospect, but the same could be said for Bostick.
Sep 26 - 3:38 PM

Pirates acquired INF Chris Bostick from the Nationals for C Taylor Gushue and cash considerations.

Bostick batted .250/.313/.386 with eight home runs and 11 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances this season between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. The 23-year-old infielder has yet to appear in a major league game and it doesn't sound like that will change in the final week of the 2016 campaign.
Sep 26 - 3:35 PM



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