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Ryan Howard is not in Thursday's lineup against the Padres.

Howard is sitting against another lefty, this time with Robbie Erlin on the hill for San Diego. Darin Ruf will start at first base.
Sep 18 - 5:30 PM

Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) went 1-for-7 as the DH on Thursday in a simulated game at the Nationals' spring training complex in Viera, Florida.

Zimmerman is slated to play seven innings in left field Friday before being reevaluated. The Nationals are hoping to have him back for the final few days of the regular season to get him ready for the playoffs.
Sep 18 - 5:29 PM

Adam LaRoche is resting his back Thursday.

Most of the Nationals' regulars are back in the lineup Thursday after resting on Wednesday, but LaRoche needs another day. He's expected to return Friday.
Sep 18 - 5:25 PM

Arismendy Alcantara (wrist) is out of the Cubs' lineup again Thursday.

Alcantara suffered a right wrist sprain when he slammed into the outfield wall on Monday and will miss his third straight game Thursday, but he plans to hit in the cage and take batting practice. If all goes well, he could play Friday.
Sep 18 - 5:07 PM

Mike Trout is not in Thursday's lineup against the Mariners.

Not surprisingly, the Angels' regulars are sitting after the team wrapped up the AL West on Wednesday night. Here's the lineup King Felix will face: Tony Campana CF, Gordon Beckham SS, Brennan Boesch RF, C.J. Cron DH, Efren Navarro 1B, Grant Green 2B, Hank Conger C, Luis Jimenez 3B, Shawn O'Malley LF.
Sep 18 - 5:05 PM

Nolan Arenado (pneumonia) could miss the rest of the season.

Arenado came out of Sunday's game with a chest contusion and an MRI on Monday revealed signs of pneumonia. He's doing better, but there just might not be enough time for him to make it back at this point.
Sep 18 - 4:53 PM

Brock Holt (concussion) will resume baseball activities Friday.

Holt was diagnosed with a concussion last week, but he got positive news in a checkup on Thursday. While he's making progress, it's unclear if he'll play again this season. Red Sox manager John Farrell has mentioned the possibility of sending him to the instructional league next month so that he can go into the offseason with some peace of mind.
Sep 18 - 4:50 PM

Jordy Mercer (back) has returned to the Pirates' lineup Thursday against the Red Sox.

Mercer had his back tighten up on him Tuesday and ended up missing consecutive games, but he's feeling better now. He'll bat seventh against Brandon Workman.
Sep 18 - 4:45 PM

Corey Dickerson is not in the Rockies' lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

He'll take a seat with left-hander Vidal Nuno pitching for Arizona. Brandon Barnes is starting in left field.
Sep 18 - 4:41 PM

Charlie Blackmon is not in Thursday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

He's sitting with southpaw Vidal Nuno on the mound. Drew Stubbs will start in center field.
Sep 18 - 4:40 PM

Carl Crawford is not in Thursday's lineup against the Cubs.

He's taking a seat again with left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada on the mound for Chicago. Scott Van Slyke will make another start in left.
Sep 18 - 4:30 PM

Hanley Ramirez (elbow) is back in Thursday's lineup against the Cubs.

Ramirez has missed the last two games with a strained right elbow, but he'll try to give it a go. He'll bat fifth against southpaw Tsuyoshi Wada.
Sep 18 - 4:26 PM

Oliver Perez has been shut down indefinitely with what the Diamondbacks are calling "a dead arm."

Perez has logged a career-high 65 appearances this season and admitted to some soreness after showing diminished velocity over the weekend, so the Diamondbacks are being cautious. He hasn't officially been shut down for the year yet.
Sep 18 - 4:23 PM

Jose Fernandez (elbow) will have a checkup Thursday.

If all goes well, he should begin a throwing program on October 1. Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery in mid-May and will likely miss most of the first half next season.
Sep 18 - 4:18 PM

Wade LeBlanc will start Thursday against the Mariners.

LeBlanc was originally scheduled to start Saturday against the Rangers, but the Angels decided to scratch Jered Weaver after wrapping up the AL West on Wednesday night. The southpaw is not a fantasy option.
Sep 18 - 4:13 PM



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