Brad Ziegler revealed after Tuesday's game that he's dealt with the fraying of cartilage in his left knee since late June.
An MRI revealed the damage, but Ziegler obviously chose to pitch through it. He could undergo surgery over the offseason, but it appears he'll keep pitching for now. The reliever served up a walk-off homer Tuesday and has a 5.70 ERA since July 1, so the knee definitely seems to have affected him.
Kenley Jansen struck out all three batters he faced in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save against the Nationals on Tuesday.
Since August 5, Jansen has struck out multiple batters in nine of 10 appearances. He's pitched like his profession is revenge since toting a 4.55 ERA into play on June 20, coughing up only two runs since that date (0.96 ERA in July, 0.87 in August) and striking out well more than a batter per inning (34/4 K/BB rate in 20 2/3 frames since the beginning of July). The flamethrower boasts a stellar 2.77 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 90/15 K/BB ratio over 55-plus innings.
Jayson Werth went 0-for-3 with a walk against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Nobody hits Clayton Kershaw, but there was at least some hope that Werth might. He went 3-for-3 against the Cy Young frontrunner back in May, and came into the game 9-for-24 (.375) with two homers lifetime against the stud left-hander. Tonight wasn't his night. Werth has still homered in three of his last five and hit safely in nine of 11.
Clayton Kershaw twirled eight innings of one-run ball in Tuesday's victory over the Nationals, racking up eight strikeouts and allowing only three hits.
Kershaw allowed only a seventh inning solo Bryce Harper homer to become baseball's first 17-game winner and notch his fifth consecutive victory. The left-hander has worked seven innings or more in 15 straight starts, and given up more than three earned runs just once all season. How's this for dominance?: Kershaw allowed one run in a start in March, missed April, had a 4.08 ERA in May, a 0.82 ERA in June, a 1.07 ERA in July, and a 1.80 ERA in August. Kershaw is a heavy favorite to win his third Cy Young Award, and is also a strong MVP candidate. Overall, he's 17-3 with a 1.70 ERA and 0.83 WHIP, numbers he takes into a date with the Padres next week. Good luck, San Diego.
Doug Fister allowed four runs -- three earned -- on 10 hits over five innings against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Fister suffered his third consecutive defeat, punching out two and walking two. He went 12-2 with a 1.89 ERA in his first 17 starts, but has coughed up 12 earned runs and 27 hits across 16 2/3 innings (6.48 ERA) in back-to-back-back losses. Despite the recent struggles, the right-hander boasts an excellent 2.66 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and an 82/18 K/BB ratio. Fister is scheduled to play host to Atlanta next week, an outing that will kick off a two-start week.
Austin Jackson reached twice and stole a bag in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the A's.
He finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI, both of which came courtesy of a third inning single off Oakland starter Sonny Gray. Jackson slashed just .265/.308/.319 in his first month with the Mariners (.272/.332/.398 with the Tigers). Some regression was expected due to working in a less advantageous hitting environment and being co-workers with a less talented group, but we think you'll see a little uptick in production this month to split the difference.
Adam Dunn smacked an RBI pinch-hit single against the Mariners on Tuesday.
Acquired from the White Sox in exchange for pitching prospect Nolan Sanburn on the last day of August, Dunn is now 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in two games for the A's. Not bad -- and much needed. Prior to grabbing the aging slugger, the A's had hit .223 in 29 games since swapping Yoenis Cespedes to Boston on Deadline Day for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes. Dunn has knocked in at least one run in six straight games. He can still drive the ball, and is slashing .226/.345/.444.
In his return to the rotation, James Paxton worked 7 2/3 innings and allowed two runs in Tuesday's win against the A's.
Paxton never really left. He was optioned to the minors late last month in a procedural move to sneak Erasmo Ramirez onto the roster before they expanded. Paxton very nearly worked seven-plus shutout innings, but he left the eighth frame with a pair of runners aboard and Yoervis Medina allowed both to score. The young left-hander came into the evening with a spectacular 7-1 record and 1.71 ERA in 11 career major league starts. He's criminally under-owned in fantasy at the moment, an injustice you should help rectify if he's still languishing on your waiver wire. Paxton travels to Texas on Sunday.