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Garrett Richards (elbow) threw 20 pitches in a simulated inning on Wednesday.

Richards has been on the shelf since May due to a torn right ulnar collateral ligament. "The ball is coming out of my hand good," he said. "It’s got the same action as before, so that’s encouraging." Manager Mike Scioscia was pleased with his short performance, saying, "These are just baby steps right now, but it’s an important first step. He felt great during the workout. We don’t anticipate him doing anything but feeling good in the next couple days." Assuming no setbacks over the coming days, Richards could make an instructional league appearance on Monday.
Sep 28 - 9:04 PM

Chris Coghlan was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Pirates due to an apparent left leg injury.

Coghlan was forced out of the game after he collided with the wall while chasing a fly ball in the fifth inning. The veteran outfielder was able to walk off the field under his own power and was replaced by Albert Almora in left field. The Cubs should provide a further update on his injury later on Wednesday.
Sep 28 - 8:56 PM

Drew Pomeranz (forearm) will throw a bullpen session on Thursday.

Pomeranz has already been scratched from his scheduled Thursday start against the Yankees due to left forearm soreness and concerns about his overall workload. He has thrown a career-high 169 1/3 innings this season. "We talked about maybe trying to get ready for a spot in the bullpen [for the postseason]," Pomeranz said Wednesday. "I don't know how everything was playing out, but that's what we decided on."
Sep 28 - 8:42 PM

Shin-Soo Choo (forearm) is expected to rejoin the Rangers on Friday.

Choo is on the mend from a fractured left forearm sustained on August 17. In terms of his potential postseason role, it is more likely that the Rangers utilize him in the outfield than at designated hitter. But it's all up in the air at the moment. Choo was batting .247/.369/.416 with seven home runs and six stolen bases in 45 games before his latest disabled list stint. He has also missed time this season with back, calf, and hamstring injuries.
Sep 28 - 8:28 PM

Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that manager Mike Matheny is safe.

There is near-constant clamoring from fans (and some in the media) about Matheny's lineups, bullpen management, and in-game strategy, but the Cardinals' higher-ups seem content with the fifth-year manager. "Mike’s done a really good job for us," DeWitt said. "There’s no thought that we’re going to go in any different direction." Matheny has guided the Cardinals to the postseason every year on the job, and they're in Wild Card contention here in late September. Matheny's overall managerial record since taking over for Hall of Fame skipper Tony La Russa is 457-348.
Sep 28 - 8:12 PM

Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is questionable for this weekend's series against the Dodgers.

Nunez initially injured his right hamstring on a slide in Sunday's game against the Padres and subsequently underwent an MRI. While nothing major was discovered, there is obviously still some lingering discomfort. The newly-acquired Gordon Beckham could start in his place at third base if Nunez is unable to go this weekend. Conor Gillaspie is another option.
Sep 28 - 7:50 PM

Lucas Duda has been scratched from Wednesday's game against the Marlins.

Duda was originally in the lineup, but when the Mets took the field it was James Loney who trotted over to first base. An update on Duda's status should be coming soon.
Sep 28 - 7:42 PM

Jabari Blash (finger) has been shut down for the rest of the 2016 season.

Blash has been sidelined by a sprained left middle finger since mid-August. He will rest his injured digit for the next 4-6 weeks. The Padres hope he will be able to play at some point during winter ball. In 71 at-bats with the major league team this season, the 27-year-old outfielder hit just .169/.298/.324 with three homers and five RBI.
Sep 28 - 7:34 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday that he will "back off" catcher Francisco Cervelli (hand) the rest of the way.

Injuries have limited Cervelli to just 101 games played in 2016. With it looking increasingly likely that the veteran catcher will miss the final few games of the campaign, Eric Fryer is starting behind the plate against the Cubs on Wednesday and batting eighth.
Sep 28 - 7:09 PM

Albert Pujols (foot) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the A's.

Pujols has not played since Monday due to discomfort in his foot related to plantar fasciitis. Mike Trout will serve as the Angels' designated hitter on Wednesday while C.J. Cron mans first base. It is possible the veteran Pujols won't play again this season, but that has not yet been determined for certain.
Sep 28 - 7:02 PM

Chase Whitley will start against the Rangers on Sunday.

Just a little bit of shuffling here. Drew Smyly had been slated to start Sunday's regular-season finale, but the task will fall to Whitley instead. This will be his first start of the 2016 campaign. Better late than never. In 10 1/3 innings with the major league club this season, he has allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits.
Sep 28 - 6:56 PM

Aaron Nola (elbow) has started into a throwing program.

Nola has yet to begin throwing off a mound, but he is able to play catch. His 2016 season was cut short due to a UCL sprain and low-grade flexor sprain in his right elbow. The 23-year-old right-hander has been on the shelf since the end of July. He is expected to be ready for the start of spring training in 2017.
Sep 28 - 6:50 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that Neftali Feliz (arm) is almost certainly done for the 2016 season.

No surprise here. Feliz was just recently cleared to throw off of flat ground as he continues to rehab from a bout of right arm discomfort. With mere days remaining in the regular season, a return to the major league mound would have been miraculous. The 28-year-old right-hander finishes out the 2016 season holding a 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio over 53 2/3 frames.
Sep 28 - 6:46 PM

Adrian Gonzalez (sinus infection) is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres.

Gonzalez was lifted midway through Tuesday's contest due to a sinus infection. The ailment was not burdensome enough to require an additional day off, though. He is batting in his customary fourth spot on Wednesday.
Sep 28 - 6:34 PM

Gregory Polanco is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs due to a stiff neck.

Polanco's current neck stiffness could be related to a Friday collision with the outfield wall. Matt Joyce will start in his place in left field and is batting fourth.
Sep 28 - 6:30 PM



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