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Adam Wainwright (Achilles) has been cleared to run.

To this point, Wainwright's cardio has been done in a pool and on a treadmill. He could begin throwing off a mound soon and hasn't given up hope at a return late in the season, but it remains a big long shot.
Aug 31 - 7:50 PM

Andrelton Simmons was a late scratch from Monday's lineup due to right ankle inflammation.

There's no word yet on if it might be more than a day-to-day ailment. Pedro Ciriaco took Simmons' spot at shortstop.
Aug 31 - 7:45 PM

Hunter Pence (oblique) took 20 swings off a tee on Monday but still was feeling pain.

Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com says Pence's left oblique injury is "worse than the Giants first thought" and "it's going to be a while" before the outfielder returns. Obviously it's a major blow to the Giants' postseason hopes. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Monday that San Francisco was having trade talks with the Red Sox regarding Alejandro De Aza.
Aug 31 - 7:42 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Cubs designated 3B Mike Olt for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Austin Jackson. Olt missed a couple months of action this season with a fractured wrist but sports a decent .273/.346/.477 with nine homers this year in the minors. Some team might take a shot on the former top prospect.
Aug 31 - 7:36 PM

Mets sent INF Danny Muno outright to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Eric Young is expected to be added to the 40-man roster in his place. Muno has struggled in his brief time with the Mets this season but has hit .296/.379/.396 at Vegas.
Aug 31 - 7:26 PM

Howie Kendrick (hamstring) still isn't ready to begin a rehab assignment.

Kendrick was supposed to begin playing in rehab games over the weekend, but his strained left hamstring hasn't responded as hoped. He may be looking at a mid-September return at this point. Chase Utley will hold down second base until Kendrick is ready.
Aug 31 - 7:25 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Monday that it's "realistic" Enrique Hernandez (hamstring) to be sidelined for a couple weeks.

Hernandez strained his hamstring during Sunday's game. The 24-year-old had been receiving the lion's share of playing time in center field of late with Joc Pederson's struggles. Pederson, who has just five hits in his last 60 at-bats, is in there Monday.
Aug 31 - 7:23 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "a few teams" are showing interest in Jonny Gomes.

Gomes could be a solid pinch-hitting option against lefties for a contending team down the stretch. He's hitting just .223/.327/.368 overall this season but has a .271/.375/.458 batting line since the All-Star break.
Aug 31 - 6:51 PM

Matt Adams (quad) recently had a minor setback when he tweaked something in his left leg.

It was his right quad that he had surgically-repaired. The Cardinals are not viewing it as a big deal and it appears Adams should still have a shot to return in mid-September. He might only be used as a pinch-hitter initially.
Aug 31 - 6:49 PM

Aaron Barrett recently visited Dr. James Andrews to get an opinion on his ailing right elbow.

The diagnosis isn't known yet, but Barrett is currently mulling over whether to have surgery or treat the elbow with a platelet-rich plasma injection and rest. Either way, he's done for the season.
Aug 31 - 6:45 PM

Stephen Strasburg (back) didn't have his normal day-after-start game of catch Monday.

That's no surprise, of course, after he exited Sunday's outing with discomfort in his upper back. Strasburg doesn't have any structural damage, but he'll be given time for ant-inflammatories to kick in before he's allowed to resume a throwing program. He'll be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
Aug 31 - 6:40 PM

Brandon Crawford (oblique) is back in the Giants' lineup Monday.

Crawford hasn't played since tweaking his left oblique last Tuesday, but he's back in there just in time for the big series versus the Dodgers. The shortstop sports a .265/.324/.482 batting line with 19 homers and 75 RBI this season.
Aug 31 - 6:20 PM

Justin Morneau (concussion) will be re-evaluated by the Rockies on Thursday.

It's possible he'll be activated at that time if the Rockies deem him fit to return to action. Morneau hasn't played since mid-May due to a concussion and cervical neck sprain, but he went 4-for-9 in three rehab games with Double-A New Britain over the weekend.
Aug 31 - 6:16 PM

Cubs acquired OF Austin Jackson and cash considerations from the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later and international slot No. 98.

Jackson is hitting just .272/.312/.387 this season, but he gives the Cubs more depth and offers them another option in the outfield with Jorge Soler (oblique) injured. He's slated to hit free agency after the season.
Aug 31 - 6:10 PM

Marco Gonzales will be recalled to start on Tuesday versus the Nationals in place of Carlos Martinez (back).

Gonzales has been limited to just 75 1/3 innings this season due to a pectoral/shoulder issue, but he's posted a 3.26 ERA since returning from a setback in mid-July. It's possible he could be in line for a few starts this month as the Cardinals look to rest Martinez and Michael Wacha.
Aug 31 - 5:59 PM



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