According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres are "exploring" the idea of using Christian Bethancourt as a pitcher/outfielder/catcher hybrid.
Bethancourt has thrown two recent bullpen sessions and seems committed to pitching on a more regular basis. He made two pitching appearances for the Padres in 2016, allowing just one hit over 1 2/3 shutout innings. Betancourt also made 35 starts at catcher and seven as an outfielder. The 25-year-old was shut down for the year with an intercostal injury a few weeks ago.
Alex Bregman (hamstring) is not in the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Angels.
He's missed 13 of the Astros' last 15 games with a hamstring injury. With Houston out of the playoff race, there's a good chance we won't be seeing Bregman again in 2016. Bregman's first year in the big leagues yielded mixed results. He's hit .264 with eight homers, 34 RBI and two steals across 201 at-bats. Yulieski Gurriel will handle third base in his absence on Saturday.
Jered Weaver (back) will not make his scheduled start Sunday against the Astros.
That effectively ends his season. Jhoulys Chacin will start in his place. Weaver held a press conference to discuss his "future" on Saturday, which naturally led to retirement rumors. However, Weaver said he is "definitely not" retiring, though it's clear the 33-year-old's career is on its last leg. He'll finish the year 12-12 with a disappointing 5.06 ERA over 31 starts.
Gabriel Ynoa will start Sunday's game against the Phillies.
Sunday was supposed to be Noah Syndergaard's day to pitch but the Mets want him well-rested for Wednesday's Wild Card game against either the Cardinals or Giants. Syndergaard will throw a bullpen session before Sunday's regular season finale. Ynoa holds a 4.05 ERA in two starts this season.
According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, David Price will be "limited" in Sunday's regular season finale against the Blue Jays.
The Red Sox want to make sure he's rested for the playoffs next week. It looks like Price will start Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS against Cleveland. We're not sure exactly what "limited" means but Price will obviously be on a much lower pitch count than usual. It's something for fantasy owners to be aware of heading into the last day of the regular season.