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David Peralta (back) is not expected to return before Friday.

The rookie outfielder has been sidelined with back discomfort since September 5. Peralta resumed all baseball activities earlier this week but apparently still hasn't made the necessary progress in order to return.
Sep 17 - 9:19 AM

Rockies recalled RHP Eddie Butler from Double-A Tulsa.

Butler will start for the Rockies on Saturday. The righty struggled in his major league debut back in June and hasn't posted overly impressive numbers in the minors this season (3.99 ERA, just 69 strikeouts over 117 1/3 innings). However, he remains a top pitching prospect and might be worth a flier in NL-only formats.
Sep 17 - 8:41 AM

Rays recalled LHP C.J. Riefenhauser from Triple-A Durham.

Riefenhauser has spent almost all season at Triple-A Durham, holding a 1.40 ERA while striking out 53 across 57 2/3 innings. He'll give the Rays another lefty option in the bullpen.
Sep 17 - 8:27 AM

Josh Willingham struck out as a pinch-hitter in his return to action Tuesday.

Willingham hadn't played since last Thursday, when he suffered a strained groin. It's not clear when he'll be ready to start, but the pinch-hitting appearance suggests he's close.
Sep 17 - 4:40 AM

Jake Lamb struck out as a pinch-hitter in his return to action Tuesday.

Lamb had been out of commission since last Friday due to a quad injury. He won't start against left Madison Bumgarner Wednesday but could be back in there Thursday.
Sep 17 - 4:40 AM

Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-3 at the plate Tuesday in his return to the lineup.

Cervelli had been out since September 2 because of migraine headaches. They shouldn't be an issue moving forward.
Sep 17 - 4:40 AM

Dustin Ackley went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI as the Mariners' stomped the Angels 13-2 on Tuesday.

Ackley has missed a lot of time recently with bone spurs in his ankle. The injury makes it difficult for him to plant and pivot off the foot. So long as Ackley can tolerate the pain, he'll be in the lineup. He's now slashing .251/.298/.397 through 133 games.
Sep 17 - 1:34 AM

Albert Pujols (hamstring) went 1-for-3 with an RBI on Tuesday versus the Mariners.

Pujols exited Monday's game early due to a cramp in his left hamstring incurred on a three-run double in the third inning. The veteran admitted after the game that he was suffering from dehydration. He made it through the entirety of this contest without issue.
Sep 17 - 1:29 AM

Cory Rasmus fired four shutout innings against the Mariners on Tuesday.

Rasmus only allowed one hit and no walks in the mini-gem, striking out four. Instead of doing the predictable thing and trading for a mediocre starter to fill Garrett Richards' old rotation spot, Angels manager Mike Scioscia decided to make the turn a bullpen day, always to be kicked off by Rasmus. This was Rasmus' fourth consecutive start, and he hasn't thrown more than 49 pitches in any of them (43 tonight). Rasmus (2.57 ERA) has a nice matchup on deck with the Rangers coming to town, but don't expect him to pitch long enough to have a shot at a win.
Sep 17 - 1:29 AM

Alexi Amarista finished 3-for-4 with a double, homer, two RBI and one run scored on Tuesday against the Phillies.

He came into this game batting .204 with no extra-base hits in September. So naturally Amarista finishes a triple short of the cycle in Petco, doing most of his damage against Phillies' starter A.J. Burnett. It'll be awhile before you see another performance like this out of Amarista. Even after the monster game, he's batting .242/.292/.313 on the season.
Sep 17 - 1:28 AM

Rymer Liriano finished 3-for-4 with a run scored in Tuesday's win against the Phillies.

This was only Liriano's fourth multi-hit game in 31 big league contests, and it set his new career-high for hits in a game. The 23-year-old's tools are evident in games, but the production hasn't been nearly good enough to guarantee him an Opening Day start next spring. Liriano is slashing .228/.294/.283 with a homer, four steals, and a 28/7 K/BB ratio. He'd whiffed in nine of his last 10 games, but managed to avoid a punch out this evening.
Sep 17 - 1:27 AM

Ian Kennedy improved to 11-13 after surrendering three runs across six innings as the Padres beat the Phillies on Tuesday.

Kennedy struck out seven and walked four, racing to 111 pitches before Bud Black's hook came. On the bright side, he snapped a two-start losing streak; in those outings, he gave up double-digit hits in consecutive starts for the first time. Now sporting a 3.80 ERA and 1.32 WHIP, Kennedy welcomes San Francisco to town on Sunday.
Sep 17 - 1:26 AM

A.J. Burnett coughed up five runs -- four earned -- in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday as the Phillies fell to the Padres.

Burnett struck out four, walked four, and gave up eight hits, one of which was a two-run homer by Alexi Amarista. For whatever reason, Burnett had all kinds of trouble with San Diego's slap-hitting infielder. This start was actually a bit better than his most recent work, as the veteran had gone 2-7 with a 5.68 ERA in his last nine starts. Burnett's next outing takes place in Oakland on Sunday.
Sep 17 - 1:26 AM

Adrian Beltre went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a run scored in a 6-3 win versus the A's on Tuesday.

Beltre had gone hitless (0-for-6) in his previous two games. The 35-year-old has only hit one homer since August 11. He is slashing .325/.387/.493 and is on pace for 19 homers and 71 RBI. That'll be his lowest home run total since 2009.
Sep 17 - 1:13 AM

Brandon Moss homered in his second consecutive game in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.

Moss snapped a troubling 40-game homerless streak in Sunday's victory over the Mariners. Now he's gone deep in consecutive games, so hopefully we'll see him close the season at a pace closer to the 23 homers he bopped in the first 95 games. Moss is hitting .240 with 25 homers and 80 RBI.
Sep 17 - 1:12 AM



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