Dodgers to be without key player in the postseason

by KFFL Staff on September 30, 2013 @ 08:40:18 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Chris Davis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis (wrist) left the game against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, Sept. 29, because of a sprained left wrist.

1B | Jason Giambi | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians 1B Jason Giambi (forearm) left the team's game early Saturday, Sept. 28, because of a left forearm cramp. He is considered day-to-day at this point.

1B | Adam LaRoche | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said 1B Adam LaRoche (biceps) will not play again this season because of a biceps strain.

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind (back) left the game against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, Sept. 28, because of back pain. He was replaced by INF Munenori Kawasaki.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez collected his 100th RBI of the season Friday, Sept. 27, against the Colorado Rockies. He joined Detroit Tigers 1B Prince Fielder and 3B Miguel Cabrera as the only players to drive in at least 100 runs in six of the last seven seasons.

1B | Nate Freiman | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 1B Nate Freiman (abdominal) was able to take batting practice Friday, Sept. 27, and he was expected to be available off the bench.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko said Friday, Sept. 27, that next season will be his last if he decides to play another year. He'll take at least a month to decide if he'll return in 2014. "I'm as confused as anybody else," Konerko said. "You can tell. I don't really have answers. I think taking a month off, a month away from this, which I know if I do that, the more you don't play, the needle will always move toward wanting to play. That's what I feel would happen. That's what people tell me." Konerko is willing to play part time next season.

1B | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Allen Craig (foot) has been diagnosed with a Lisfranc foot injury and will not play in the National League Division Series.


Second Baseman

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (leg) said he expects to play in the Wild Card playoff game after fouling a ball off his leg Saturday, Sept. 28. He underwent X-rays on his leg but they came back negative.

2B | Jamey Carroll | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals INF Jamey Carroll collected the 1,000th hit of his major league career Friday, Sept. 27, against Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale.


Shortstop

SS | Yunel Escobar | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SS Yunel Escobar (ankle) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his return to the lineup Saturday, Sept. 28, against the Toronto Blue Jays.

SS | Jonathan Schoop | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles INF Jonathan Schoop (back) returned to the starting lineup Sunday, Sept. 29, against the Boston Red Sox, after he had previously displayed symptoms of a back injury.

SS | Jhonny Peralta | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
In his first appearance since completing a 50-game suspension, Detroit Tigers INF Jhonny Peralta went 1-for-4 with an RBI double Friday, Sept. 27, against the Miami Marlins. It was also Peralta's first career game in left field. "He was slow getting to the ball by (Giancarlo) Stanton," manager Jim Leyland said. "But overall he did fine - first time out there in a big-league game."

SS | Jose Iglesias | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias (hand) was able to return to the starting lineup Friday, Sept. 27, against the Miami Marlins. He had missed the past five games after being hit on the left hand by a pitch.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Friday, Sept. 27, that SS Hanley Ramirez is likely to play Saturday, Sept. 28. The team has rested Ramirez since clinching the division, trying to keep their injury-prone players healthy for the playoffs.

SS | Dee Gordon | Los Angeles Dodgers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Dee Gordon took grounders at second base during pregame warmups Friday, Sept. 27. "I don't think Dee playing second base is part of the equation," manager Don Mattingly said. "I think the value of Dee is to use him late to steal a bag in a close game."

SS | Jean Segura | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers will keep SS Jean Segura from playing winter ball in the offseason because they want him to rest.


Third Baseman

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez (knee) remained out of the starting lineup against the New York Mets Sunday, Sept. 29, although he had a pinch-hit single Saturday, Sept. 28.

3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez hit his 36th home run of the season against the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, Sept. 28. The homer also gave him 100 RBIs for the first time in his career.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright (head, thumb) is back in the starting lineup against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Sept. 28.

3B | Jeff Keppinger | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Chicago White Sox 3B Jeff Keppinger (shoulder) underwent a successful debridement procedure on his right shoulder Thursday, Sept. 26. He will need two to three months to recover and should be at 100 percent by the beginning of spring training.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (calf) did not play Friday, Sept. 27, against the Houston Astros. He said his calf is still sore, and he doesn't think he will play this weekend.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (flu) returned to the starting lineup Friday, Sept. 27, after sitting out Thursday, Sept. 26.

3B | Nick Punto | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers INF Nick Punto (toe) was scratched Friday, Sept. 27, against the Colorado Rockies due to a right ingrown toenail.

3B | Greg Dobbs | Miami Marlins | Transaction
The Miami Marlins re-signed 3B Greg Dobbs to a one-year, $1.7 million deal Thursday, Sept. 26. Dobbs is hitting only .229 this season.


Catcher

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said C Brian McCann (groin) has made significant progress in his recovery from a strained adductor muscle. Gonzalez did not rule out the possibility of McCann playing Sunday, Sept. 29.

C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (hand) was not in the starting lineup Saturday, Sept. 28, because of a bone bruise in his right hand and likely will not play Sunday, Sept. 29, unless he makes significant progress.

C | Rene Rivera | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Rene Rivera has joined his wife in Puerto Rico as they await the birth of twins. Chris Robinson is expected to start behind the plate against the San Francisco Giants Saturday, Sept. 28.

C | Josmil Pinto | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Josmil Pinto (hand) was hit by a pitch on the right hand in the game Friday, Sept. 27, against the Cleveland Indians. X-rays were negative, and he was diagnosed with a bruised. He is considered day to day.

C | Wilin Rosario | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Wilin Rosario (calf) might miss the final two regular season games Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29, due to his calf injury.

C | Evan Gattis | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (groin) isn't dealing with a significant injury, and the team expects him to catch in the playoffs, with C Evan Gattis playing left field. However, McCann is expected to be rested in the final weekend of the regular season. "That's a nice thing, too, where he can have seven days of treatment and seven days of settling it down. Maybe we pinch hit him on Sunday just to get him an at-bat," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

C | Jeff Mathis | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins C Jeff Mathis (thumb) won't catch at all this weekend after an MRI exam revealed a fractured thumb.

C | Mike Napoli | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Mike Napoli (foot) is back in the lineup Friday, Sept. 27.


Outfielder

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz will be active for the one-game playoff against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, Sept. 30, after serving his 50-game suspension.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (ankle) will be out for the entire postseason due to his recurring ankle injury. He underwent an MRI that revealed swelling in the major weight-bearing bone in his ankle. If he continued to play, the ankle could break. He's on crutches and will avoid putting weight on it for a month. He could need an operation to remove bone chips.

Tough break for Kemp and the team. Skip Schumaker will probably take over in center.

OF | Casper Wells | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have activated OF Casper Wells (eyes) from the 15-day disabled list.

OF | Michael Bourn | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn (wrist) went 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and a run scored in his return to the lineup against the Minnesota Twins Saturday, Sept. 28.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said OF Yoenis Cespedes (shoulder) is listed as day-to-day because of shoulder stiffness.

OF | Mike Morse | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Mike Morse (wrist) may have possible ligament damage in his left wrist. He is expected to visit a specialist to determine if he needs to undergo surgery.

OF | Khris Davis | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers OF Khris Davis (hamstring, quadriceps) will not play again this season because of hamstring and quadriceps injuries. Davis said he will need around three weeks to recover from the injuries.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury and DH David Ortiz are not in the starting lineup against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, Sept. 28.

OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (thumb) was sidelined against the Baltimore Orioles because of a nagging thumb injury Friday, Sept. 27.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton collected his 1,000th career hit against the Texas Rangers Friday, Sept. 27. The hit allowed him to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, matching his longest of the season.

OF | Hunter Pence | San Francisco Giants | Transaction
The San Francisco Giants agreed with OF Hunter Pence on a five-year, $90 million contract.

OF | Reed Johnson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Reed Johnson went hitless in three at-bats against the Philadelphia Phillies Friday, Sept. 27. It was his first start in the outfield since July 25, and he had served exclusively as a pinch hitter since being activated from the disabled list due to an Achilles' injury Sept. 10.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday hit his 250th career homer against Chicago Cubs RP Blake Parker Friday, Sept. 27. It was his 21st of the season.

OF | Yasiel Puig | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig (foot) fouled a ball off his left foot twice in the game Friday, Sept. 27. He jogged gingerly back to the dugout, and was removed.

OF | Oswaldo Arcia | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia (knee) was able to return to the starting lineup against the Cleveland Indians Friday, Sept. 27, serving as the designated hitter.

OF | J.B. Shuck | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF J.B. Shuck (ankle) was out of the starting lineup Friday, Sept. 27, against the Texas Rangers.

OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier (ankle) hit in a simulated game in Arizona Friday, Sept. 27. He was able to take 15 at-bats. He is expected to remain in Arizona through Monday, Sept. 30.

Ethier is not expected to return over the weekend to play in any regular season games, but the team is trying to get him ready for the playoffs.

OF | B.J. Upton | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez expects both OF B.J. Upton and 2B Dan Uggla to be on the postseason roster. "Unless something crazy happens, yeah," Gonzalez said. "I think so." Both Upton and Uggla are hitting under .200 and have been benched recently. Uggla could start or back up 2B Elliot Johnson.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Henderson Alvarez | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, not only did Miami Marlins SP Henderson Alvarez throw a no-hitter Sunday, Sept. 29, against the Detroit Tigers, it was the sixth time in Major League Baseball history that a no-hitter was sealed in walk-off fashion, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It was the first no-hitter in walk-off fashion since 1997.

SP | Hyun-Jin Ryu | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu will make a shortened start against the Colorado Rockies Sunday, Sept. 29. He will be lifted from the game well before making 90 pitches.

SP | Jon Lester | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester left the team during his start against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, Sept. 28, to be with his wife, who is scheduled to be induced with the couple's second child Sunday, Sept. 29.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Fantasy
In the final appearance of his career, New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte (11-11) earned a complete game victory over the Houston Astros Saturday, Sept. 28. He allowed one run on five hits, with two walks and five strikeouts.

SP | Jeff Locke | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Locke has been shut down for the season and will not be on the team's postseason roster.

SP | Mat Latos | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said SP Johnny Cueto will start the wild card play-in game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday, Oct. 1. Baker said SP Mat Latos (arm) was not an option because he is dealing with arm issues.

SP | Edwin Jackson | Chicago Cubs | Injury,
Chicago Cubs SP Edwin Jackson (lat) left his start early Saturday, Sept. 28, because of mild right lat discomfort.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The San Francisco Giants will begin contract talks with the representatives for impending free-agent SP Tim Lincecum after they were able to re-sign OF Hunter Pence.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
Contrary to a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook will start against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, Sept. 29, because the club wants to recognize him for his contributions. He will be followed in the game by P Joe Kelly.

SP | James Shields | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP James Shields (13-9) earned his 100th career victory against the Chicago White Sox Friday, Sept. 27. He allowed one run on four hits over seven innings, with one walk and 10 strikeouts.

SP | Gerrit Cole | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is expected to change his starting pitcher for the regular-season finale Sunday, Sept. 29, against the Cincinnati Reds, if nothing is at stake. SP Gerrit Cole is currently expected to pitch but could be held out of the game as insurance for the wild-card game Tuesday, Oct. 1.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said SP Gio Gonzalez remains a possibility to start the final game of the regular season Sunday, Sept. 29, against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said SP Francisco Liriano will start the wild card play-in game against the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday, Oct. 1.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Jose Alvarez was given the start Friday, Sept. 27, against the Miami Marlins in place of SP Rick Porcello. It looks like Porcello might be used out of the bullpen for the postseason.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Anibal Sanchez needs six strikeouts Saturday, Sept. 28, in his start against the Miami Marlins to give him 200 strikeouts for the season, and to give the Tigers' staff three pitchers with at least 200 strikeouts, joining SPs Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.

SP | Tony Cingrani | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said Friday, Sept. 27, that he is uncertain if SP Tony Cingrani (back) will pitch again this season. "I don't know - probably not," Baker said. "With him, it's a whole lot different for getting him in the game at this point in the year."

Cingrani is unlikely to be added to the postseason roster if he cannot pitch in the final two regular season games, so we might not see him again until 2014.

SP | Ethan Martin | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Ethan Martin will "most likely" get the start in place of the injured SP Roy Halladay (arm) Saturday, Sept. 28, according to manager Ryne Sandberg.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright will work Saturday, Sept. 28, against the Chicago Cubs, and he will be lined up to start Game 1 of the National League Division Series. Wainwright made the case for a final regular season to manager Mike Matheny.

SP | Tyler Chatwood | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Tyler Chatwood (elbow) is dealing with a little bit of elbow stiffness, according to the team's head trainer. However, the injury is not considered serious. Chatwood is unlikely to start Sunday, Sept. 29.


Relief Pitcher

RP | T.J. McFarland | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles P T.J. McFarland will play winter ball in Venezuela. He could be considered as a starter at the major league level or at Triple-A Norfolk next season.

RP | Antonio Bastardo | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have reinstated RP Antonio Bastardo from the restricted list, even though he is not with the team in Atlanta. In a corresponding move, SP Kyle Kendrick (undisclosed) has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera (arm) said he will not pitch again this season because he has been dealing with tremendous soreness in his arm.

RP | Edward Mujica | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he expects RP Edward Mujica to be on the playoff roster even though he has struggled recently.

RP | Joe Smith | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians could use SP Justin Masterson or Joe Smith in the ninth inning this weekend in save situations. RP Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw are other options depending on the game situation. RP Chris Perez has been demoted from the closer's role.

If we had to bet, it'd be Smith closing out a game or two this weekend. However, it could also be Allen with the Indians trying to lock up one of the two Wild Card spots.

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles plan on tendering RP Jim Johnson a contract in the offseason to keep him around as their closer.

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