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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Japanese pitching and hitting standout Shohei Otani has begun to interview player agents stateside.

It was reported earlier this month that Otani will be posted for MLB teams this offseason. According to Heyman, Otani has been represented by a lawyer during early meetings with prominent agents who have traveled to Japan. The thought is that he could hold a second round of interviews soon, so the process is moving along. Otani is just 23 years old, so he'll be subject to MLB's international spending limit if he's posted. He's only made four starts for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters this year due to injury, but he's batting .333/.403/.554 with eight homers over 59 games.
Sep 26 - 2:21 PM

Bryce Harper (knee, illness) is expected to return from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Harper was originally lined up to return on Monday, but plans changed due to an illness. He's already feeling better as of Tuesday afternoon, so all signs point to him being in the lineup. Harper has been out since mid-August with a bone bruise in his left knee, but the Nats are hoping to get some at-bats under his belt going into the postseason.
Sep 26 - 2:01 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Mets will tender a contract to Matt Harvey for next season.

There has been plenty of chatter about Harvey's future amid his struggles and continued injury issues, but Mets general manager Sandy Alderson recently indicated that the Mets were strongly leaning in that direction. The 28-year-old has a miserable 6.60 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 17 starts and one relief appearance this season, but Heyman hears that the Mets are encouraged by his recent velocity. He's likely to see only a small raise from his $5.125 million salary via arbitration, so it's a worthy gamble to bring him back for his walk year.
Sep 26 - 1:50 PM

Nick Hundley is interested in returning to the Giants next season.

Signed to a one-year, $2 million prior to spring training, Hundley has served as an active backup to Buster Posey this season while batting .251/.281/.434 with nine homers and 34 RBI over 290 plate appearances. He doesn't rate highly in regard to framing, but he has thrown out 30 percent of attempted basestealers and the Giants like the way he has worked with the pitching staff. He's unlikely to find a starting job at this point in his career, so a return is possible. "I think he knows how much we think about him," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "He’ll have some choices, but … I’ll sit down with him in the next day or two."
Sep 26 - 1:29 PM

Yankees activated OF Aaron Hicks from the 10-day disabled list.

Hicks has been sidelined for most of September with a strained left oblique, but he made it through some instructional league games without issue. He'll try to shake the rust with some at-bats over the final few days of the season.
Sep 26 - 10:59 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said after Monday's game that he's not sure about Bryce Harper's status for Tuesday.

Harper was originally expected to return from his knee injury on Monday, but he came down with flu-like symptoms. The Nationals will re-evaluate his status on Tuesday. "I don’t know. There’s a possibility," said Baker. "We just have to see how he feels tomorrow because you hate to waste these days, but also at the same time, you hate to push him out there when he’s not ready. Hopefully, it was just an overnight thing and he’ll hopefully be ready tomorrow."
Source: MASN Sports
Sep 26 - 9:45 AM

The Rays could make it official on Tuesday that Alex Cobb will skip his final start of the season.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times wrote over the weekend that skipping Cobb's final start was likely. While nothing is official yet, that appears to be how the Rays are leaning. There's no reason to push things at this point, as the Rays are out of contention and Cobb has thrown 179 1/3 innings with a 3.66 ERA in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. He should be a highly-coveted pitcher on the free agent market this offseason.
Sep 26 - 9:40 AM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Terry Collins is expected to be informed as early as next Monday that his contract won't be renewed for next season.

Previous reports have indicated the same thing, so it appears to be a foregone conclusion at this point. The Mets have had all sorts of injuries this season, so their poor season can't be blamed on Collins alone, but this could be the ideal time to start with a clean slate. According to Puma, Robin Ventura, Alex Cora and Kevin Long are "early persons of interest" as the club compiles a list of potential replacements. Bob Geren and Chip Hale could also be in the mix. The search should intensity soon.
Sep 26 - 9:12 AM

Jim Johnson (heel) has returned to action by pitching on back-to-back days.

Johnson missed nearly three weeks with Achilles tendinitis. The 34-year-old began the year in the closer role for Atlanta, but he has struggled with a 5.63 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 58 appearances this season.
Sep 26 - 9:01 AM

Ryan Zimmerman (general soreness) went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in his return to the Nationals' lineup Monday against the Phillies.

Zimmerman didn't play over the weekend due to general soreness. Given his injury history, the Nationals were just being cautious with the playoffs just around the corner.
Sep 26 - 8:13 AM

Joe Panik (elbow) went 0-for-4 with a sacrifice fly in his return to action Monday against the Diamondbacks.

Panik sat out Sunday's game after being hit in the elbow by a pitch on Saturday, but it's not a major concern. The 26-year-old is hitting .384/.432/.534 in September.
Sep 26 - 8:08 AM

Matt Kemp (hamstring) had an RBI groundout as a pinch-hitter in the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Mets.

Kemp tweaked his left hamstring back on September 15 and has been limited to pinch-hitting duties since. With only six games remaining in the season, there's no need to push things.
Sep 26 - 8:01 AM

Bruce Maxwell (head) went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his return to action Monday against the Mariners.

It was Maxwell's first game action since being hit in the mask by a foul tip last Wednesday. He was put in the concussion protocol, so the A's have been careful with him over the last few days. Maxwell recently made headlines for becoming the first MLB player to kneel during the national anthem.
Sep 26 - 7:56 AM

Yu Darvish allowed one run and two hits over seven innings and struck out nine to pitch the Dodgers past the Padres on Monday.

The Dodgers won for the 100th time this season. It's the first time they've reached the century mark since 1974, when they went 102-60 before losing the World Series to the A's. Darvish has now given the Dodgers three straight strong outings after making fans nervous with his struggles earlier this month. He'll probably still make a start this weekend, but it'll likely be a shorter one as a tuneup for the NLDS.
Sep 26 - 2:38 AM

Travis Wood was tagged for six runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Dodgers on Monday.

It was Wood's final scheduled start for the year. He concludes it 3-4 with a 6.71 ERA in 11 starts for the Padres. Before that, he had a 6.91 ERA in three starts and 25 relief appearances for the Royals. He's signed at $6.5 million for next year, so he'll almost certainly be back with the Padres to compete for a rotation spot in the spring.
Sep 26 - 2:35 AM



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