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Michael Morse (oblique) informed manager Bruce Bochy on Friday that he's ready to rejoin the Giants starting lineup.

He isn't in there for Friday's contest against the Padres, but could return at some point over the weekend. With Brandon Belt and Angel Pagan also returning on Friday, the Giants are getting fully healthy at just the right time as they march towards the playoffs.
Sep 19 - 7:31 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated Friday that the team could utilize a three-man rotation in the American League Division Series.

Assuming Matt Shoemaker makes it back healthy, it would presumably be he, C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver, with Weaver getting the call to work on short rest. Given the critical importance of those games and the uncertainty surrounding the rest of the rotation, it certainly seems like a viable strategy on the Halos end.
Sep 19 - 7:27 PM

The Padres have yet to provide an update on the status of Tyson Ross (shoulder), but it sounds as though he could be shut down for the remainder of the season.

The right-hander has had a tremendous season, registering a 2.81 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 195/72 K/BB ratio, but he has already logged a career-high 195 1/3 innings. With nothing left to play for, the smart move on the Padres end would be to just call it a season and let Ross get fully rested and ready to go for 2015.
Sep 19 - 7:21 PM

Angel Pagan has returned to the Giants starting lineup on Friday.

Pagan had been sidelined since Sunday after experiencing renewed tightness in his back. He should still be considered day-to-day over the final week and a half of the season, as the Giants won't want to push him too hard and risk another re-injury.
Sep 19 - 7:17 PM

Brandon Belt (concussion) is in the Giants starting lineup on Friday.

It marks the first time that he has been in there since early August when he suffered a recurrence of his concussion-like symptoms. It has been a season ravaged by injuries for the 26-year-old slugger, who is hitting just .237/.299/.446 with 11 homers and 24 RBI in his 52 contests.
Sep 19 - 7:16 PM

Once again, Jimmy Rollins is not in the Phillies starting lineup on Friday.

Rollins still must show that he can run sprints without any issues before rejoining the Phillies lineup. He's still expected to return at some point over the weekend.
Sep 19 - 7:13 PM

Angels recalled RHP Drew Rucinsky from Double-A Arkansas.

Rucinski will join an already very deep and talented Angels bullpen for the final week and a half of the season. The 25-year-old has appeared in just one game with the Angels thus far, surrendering two runs in his only inning.
Sep 19 - 7:10 PM

Clayton Kershaw had one of his worst starts of the season but still notched win No. 20 Friday, allowing three runs over five frames in a 14-5 clobbering of the Cubs.

Kershaw looked off from the jump after having to wait a while to take the mound following the Dodgers’ six-run top of the first inning. He gave three runs back in the bottom of the frame and had to pitch out of jams in each of the next four innings. Kershaw gave up seven hits and walked three on the day, though he did record nine punchouts. The lefty still sports a microscopic 1.80 ERA after the less-than-sharp effort. He’ll get the Giants next week in his final start of the regular season.
Sep 19 - 6:07 PM

Edwin Jackson’s return to the Cubs’ rotation was brief, as he allowed five runs over just two-thirds of an inning in a loss to the Dodgers.

Jackson surrendered four hits – including a home run – while walking one and not recording a strikeout. The righty was actually sporting good velocity, but he obviously threw a bunch of hittable pitches and the Dodgers had no issues squaring him up. Jackson and his 6.38 ERA will likely get another start next week, but obviously fantasy owners don’t need to go anywhere near him.
Sep 19 - 6:06 PM

A.J. Ellis had a pair of two-run homers and scored three runs in Friday's victory over the Cubs.

Edwin Jackson getting chased early turned out to be a good thing for Ellis, as he took Jackson's replacement, Eric Jokisch, out of the park once in the first and again in the third. He also drew a walk. It was a big day in what has been an ugly offensive season for Ellis, as he's still hitting just .193/.328/.261.
Sep 19 - 6:05 PM

Jorge Soler had an RBI triple in Friday's loss to the Dodgers.

It was the rookie's first ever three-bagger in the majors. Soler had one of 11 Cubs hits and scored one of their five runs on the day, but they were handily out-slugged 14-5. He's hitting .361/.397/.738 so far in the bigs.
Sep 19 - 6:03 PM

Roenis Elias' left elbow injury is not considered serious.

He underwent a precautionary MRI, but Elias' exam with doctors went well and there wasn't a high level of concern. The left-hander won't pitch again this season, but it's sounding like he'll have a relatively normal offseason.
Sep 19 - 6:01 PM

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) will throw a simulated game on Sunday.

Sanchez was cleared for the sim game after getting through another bullpen session Thursday with no issues. The right-hander is not expected back before the end of the regular season, but he could be a valuable relief arm to have in the playoffs.
Sep 19 - 5:59 PM

Josh Reddick (neck, ankle) remained out of the Athletics' lineup Friday.

Reddick has now missed two straight games with neck and ankle injuries. He's considered day-to-day.
Sep 19 - 5:56 PM

Stephen Vogt is back in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

It will be his first start in over two weeks, as Vogt has been nursing a sprained left ankle. The's A's are desperate for offense right now, so if he hits, Vogt will play even if he might not be 100 percent yet.
Sep 19 - 5:53 PM



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