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Tim Beckham is getting another day off on Thursday after having dental work done.

Beckham had some bleeding after getting an abscessed tooth extracted, but he wanted to play tonight. The Orioles decided to give him one more day, so expect him back in there on Friday.
Sep 21 - 5:30 PM

The Astros still haven't confirmed whether Lance McCullers will start Sunday against the Angels.

McCullers came out of Wednesday's bullpen session OK, so he is expected to start a game at some point. If it's not Sunday, the Astros could go with Collin McHugh then and McCullers on Monday. Either way, the team probably wants to get him two starts before finalizing the postseason rotation.
Sep 21 - 5:26 PM

Jacob deGrom's next start has been pushed back to Sunday due to flu-like symptoms.

The right-hander has dealt with nausea and an upset stomach for the last few days, so the Mets will adjust their schedule a bit to give deGrom ample time for recovery. Robert Gsellman will now start Friday's series opener against the Nationals and Matt Harvey will go Saturday.
Sep 21 - 3:33 PM

Kevin Kiermaier is getting the night off Thursday versus the Orioles.

Kiermaier has batted .311/.356/.541 with seven home runs and four stolen bases in 29 games since returning from the disabled list August 18, but Mallex Smith will start in center field and hit leadoff Thursday night against Baltimore right-hander Gabriel Ynoa.
Sep 21 - 3:24 PM

Ender Inciarte (thumb) is back in the Braves' starting lineup Thursday night against the Nationals.

Inciarte exited Tuesday's game with lingering soreness in his left thumb and he remained sidelined on Wednesday, but the rangy 26-year-old will start in center field and hit leadoff Thursday versus Nats right-hander Tanner Roark. Inciarte has a .304 batting average with 11 home runs and 22 stolen bases in 146 games this season.
Sep 21 - 3:18 PM

X-rays turned up negative on Justin Turner's right thumb.

Turner got struck on the thumb by a pitch in the first inning of Thursday's game against the Phillies and he was lifted in the bottom of the second. The official diagnosis is a right thumb contusion. Consider the third baseman day-to-day.
Sep 21 - 2:34 PM

Yunel Escobar (oblique) will head to the Angels' instructional league early next week.

If all goes well down in Arizona, Escobar could return to the Angels' active roster for the final weekend of the regular season. He has been on the disabled list since August 8 due to a strained right oblique muscle.
Sep 21 - 2:21 PM

Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) is back in Cleveland rehabbing.

Chisenhall hasn't appeared in a game since September 14 due to tightness in his right calf and it sounds like he will miss this weekend's series at Seattle's Safeco Field. The 28-year-old outfielder boasts an .890 OPS in 78 games this season, so the Indians will hope to get him back at some point next week before the start of the playoffs.
Sep 21 - 2:18 PM

Andrew Heaney (shoulder) played catch again on Thursday afternoon.

Heaney told reporters after the workout that he's feeling better, but the 26-year-old left-hander still hasn't thrown off a mound and can probably be ruled out for the remainder of the 2017 regular season. If the Angels are able to sneak into the playoffs, Heaney could become an option in some capacity.
Sep 21 - 2:15 PM

Bud Norris will make another start for the Angels on Saturday in Houston.

Norris went just two innings to kick off a bullpen game for Anaheim last Friday versus the Rangers and he's not a recommended fantasy streamer Saturday in what will likely be an abbreviated outing versus the American League West champions. The 32-year-old right-hander holds a 4.35 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 55 2/3 total innings this season.
Sep 21 - 1:57 PM

Justin Turner (thumb) made an early exit from Thursday's game against the Phillies.

Turner took a pitch off his chest and right thumb in the top of the first inning and he was replaced at third base by Logan Forsythe in the bottom of the second. Turner passed an initial strength test following the HBP, so his second-inning departure was probably just precautionary. Look for an update after the game.
Sep 21 - 1:52 PM

Jose Ramirez is absent from the Indians' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon.

Ramirez recently missed a couple of games with a minor hamstring injury and the American League Central champs want him as healthy as possible for the postseason, so he figures to get a few more days of rest down the stretch. Erik Gonzalez is starting at second base and batting ninth Thursday versus Angels right-hander Parker Bridwell.
Sep 21 - 1:05 PM

Jason Kipnis is not in the Indians' starting lineup Thursday versus the Angels.

Greg Allen will play center field and bat second versus Anaheim right-hander Parker Bridwell. Jose Ramirez is also getting the day off, with Erik Gonzalez covering second base and hitting ninth.
Sep 21 - 1:04 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles have "no intention" of shopping Manny Machado.

But it also seems highly doubtful that the O's will be able to lock up the 25-year-old third baseman to a contract extension with free agency looming after the 2018 season. Heyman hears club ownership was "within $8 million or $9 million" of making it happen a few years back. Machado has been on fire in the second half of 2017 and is up to 32 home runs and 92 RBI through 147 total games this year. He's also played his usual brand of excellent defense.
Sep 21 - 12:20 PM

Cardinals recalled INF/OF Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Memphis.

Valera went 1-for-5 in a short stay with the Cardinals earlier this month. He probably won't see much playing time while St. Louis clings to the hope of claiming a postseason spot.
Sep 21 - 11:54 AM


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