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 and obviously won't pitch in another major league game this season. "The ball is coming out of my hand good," he said after Wednesday's workout. "It’s got the same action as before, so that’s encouraging." Angels 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.
Chris Coghlan was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Pirates due to an apparent left leg injury.
Coghlan collided with the outfield wall while chasing down a fly ball in the fifth inning. He walked off under his own power while Albert Almora came on to replace him in left field. The Cubs should provide a further update on Coghlan's injury late Wednesday night. It didn't look like anything too serious.
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."
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.
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.