MLB Player News: All Positions

News: Stanton (quadriceps) remains on the bench for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday.
Impact: Stanton injured his quad while running to first base in Game 1 and did not appear in Game 2. The Yankees haven't replaced him on the roster, indicating that they don't think he'll be out too much longer. Brett Gardner slides to left field in his absence, with Aaron Hicks starting in center.
News: Stanton is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the ALCS due to a right quadriceps strain and he is considered day-to-day, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports. He is available off the bench as a pinch hitter.
Impact: Manager Aaron Boone said Stanton injured his quad in Game 1 while running down the line on his infield hit, according to James Wagner of The New York Times. Boone said he hopes Stanton will be able to return to the lineup at some point during this series. Cameron Maybin gets the start in his place and will hit eighth.
News: Encarnacion (oblique) will bat cleanup as the designated hitter for Game 1 of the ALDS against the Twins on Friday.
Impact: Encarnacion will play his first game since Sept. 12 after missing much of September with a strained oblique. He's ready to go after swinging at 100 percent for the last few days.
News: Correa (back) is in the lineup for Game 1 of the ALDS against the Rays on Friday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Correa has been out for nearly two weeks with a tight back, but he's ready to go for the start of the playoffs, batting seventh and playing shortstop. Injuries limited him to just 75 games this season, but he hit quite well when healthy, posting a .279/.358/.568 slash line.
News: Acuna had no issues with his hip following a workout Tuesday, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: A minor injury had kept Acuna off the field since Sept. 24, but he was expected to be ready to go for the playoffs. He's remained on target and is expected to be playing at 100 percent for the first game of the NLDS on Thursday against the Cardinals.
News: Yelich's rehab from a fractured kneecap is "going great," according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, and he responded, "It would be cutting it close, but you can't rule anything out," when asked about a possible return during the World Series, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Brewers are going to need quite a few games to give Yelich a chance to return this season, but based on his comments, it would appear he has a chance to beat the 8-to-10 week return timetable he was given when he suffered the injury. Regardless of whether or not he makes it back this season, all is looking well with his long-term prospects, and he should be back at 100 percent well in advance of spring training in 2020.
News: Assistant general manager Brian O'Halloran said Monday that he expects Sale (elbow) to be back to full health when the Red Sox open spring training in February, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Boston has been pleased with the progress Sale has made in his recovery since being shut down for the season in mid-August with left elbow inflammation, an injury that he treated with a platelet-rich plasma injection rather than any sort of surgical procedure. Sale was initially in line to be re-examined by Dr. James Andrews in late September or early October, but O'Halloran noted that the southpaw has yet to make a follow-up appointment, per Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican. Though Sale may book a checkup with Dr. Andrews at some point later in the fall or winter, it's not expected that the meeting will have any bearing on his availability for the spring.
News: Arenado's absence from the lineup Saturday against the Brewers is due to side soreness, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: The Rockies have nothing left to play for this season, so Arenado could sit Sunday as well, even if the injury is quite minor. If Arenado's season is indeed done, he'll end the year with career highs in batting average (.315), on-base percentage (.379) and OPS (.962) while posting his lowest strikeout rate (14.0 percent) since 2014. His 41 homers are just one shy of his career high and represent the third time he's reached the 40-homer mark.
News: Guerrero was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup against the Rays with right knee soreness, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: He missed time in August with left knee inflammation, and now his other knee is giving him trouble. It may not seem like much, but given how big Guerrero is (at least 250 pounds), it is somewhat concerning that his lower body is giving him trouble in his age-20 season. With just one game left on the schedule, we may not see him again this season. Brandon Drury was added to the lineup at third base.
News: Bumgarner will have his final start of 2019 bypassed, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: Bumgarner was scheduled to face off against his long-time rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, on Sunday in what will be manager Bruce Bochy's final game before retirement. The Giants' skipper stated that he did not want to pressure his starter to go out there in a regular season game that has no impact on either team's final results. Bumgarner finishes the 2019 campaign with a 3.90 ERA and 4.7 K/BB ratio over 207.2 innings. The 30-year-old will head into unrestricted free agency this upcoming offseason. The club announced that it will have a bullpen game to replace Bumgarner's slot Sunday.
News: Sanchez (groin) is back in the lineup as expected Friday against the Rangers, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Impact: Sanchez wound up missing just two weeks with a strained left groin. He's expected to play a pair of games in the final series of the regular season as he gets ready for the playoffs, though he's only expected to catch four or five innings Friday.
News: Freeman (elbow) is starting at first base and batting third Friday against the Mets.
Impact: Freeman sat three of the past four games to receive treatment for a bone spur in his right elbow, but he's good to go for the beginning of the final series of the regular season. According to Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves want the veteran first baseman to play two games this weekend, but Freeman hopes to be in the lineup for all three contests.
News: Betts (foot) is back in the lineup as expected Friday against the Orioles, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Impact: A sore foot had kept Betts out of action since Tuesday but evidently didn't threaten his season. He won't take the field Friday but will lead off as the designated hitter. It's possible he fills that role for the duration of the season's final series.
News: Turner is not in Thursday's lineup due to back tightness, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Turner's back apparently tightened up during batting practice Wednesday, which helps explain his absence from the lineup over the past two games. According to Gurnick, manager Dave Roberts said Turner likely would have played if it were the playoffs, so it sounds like the Dodgers are playing it safe with four games left in the season. Jedd Gyorko is starting at third base in Thursday's series finale in place of Turner, who should be considered day-to-day.
News: Rizzo could be held out of the final four games of the regular season due to his right ankle sprain, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Rizzo exited Wednesday's game following the third inning and may not return for the final four games of the season with the Cubs now eliminated from playoff contention. The 30-year-old suffered a moderate right ankle sprain Aug. 15 but ended up missing only three games as he decided to fight through the issue for the stretch run. Rizzo is 8-for-20 with one home run and one double in the six games since rejoining the lineup, but it would make sense for the team to remain cautious if he's still less than 100 percent.
News: McNeil was diagnosed with a distal ulnar fracture in his right wrist Wednesday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
Impact: McNeil will see his season come to an end four games early after being hit by a pitch during the sixth inning Wednesday against the Marlins. It's unclear if surgery will be necessary, but it's a tough way to end a spectacular season for the 27-year-old. McNeil will finish 2019 with a .318/.384/.531 slash line with 38 doubles, 23 home runs and 75 RBI in 133 games.
News: Acuna (hip) has been shut down for the remainder of the regular season, though he's expected to be ready for the NLDS, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: The Braves are playing it safe with Acuna, who exited Tuesday's game against the Royals with right hip tightness and was eventually diagnosed with a groin strain, per David O'Brien of The Athletic. While he'll continue to hit and throw over the next week, he won't appear in any more regular season games, ending his quest for a 40-40 season at 41 home runs and 37 stolen bases. The expectation is that the 21-year-old will be good to go for Game 1 of the NLDS.
News: Manager Joe Maddon said he won't play Bryant (ankle) in any of the team's remaining games, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Bryant is dealing with a moderate right ankle sprain, and with the Cubs looking like a long shot to make the playoffs, the team has opted to shut down its star third baseman with a handful of games left. Across 147 appearances this season, Bryant compiled a .282/.383/.521 slash line with 31 home runs and 77 RBI.
News: Manager Joe Maddon said he doesn't plan on using Baez (thumb) the rest of the season, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Impact: This isn't all too surprising, as the Cubs are essentially eliminated from the playoffs. The shortstop put together another stellar season for Chicago, slashing .281/.316/.531 with 29 home runs and 11 steals in 136 games. Nico Hoerner should continue to fill in at shortstop for Baez.
News: Betts (foot) is expected to rejoin the lineup Friday against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Betts exited Tuesday's game with a sore left foot and will remain sidelined for a pair of games before rejoining the starting lineup Friday for Boston's final series of the season. Gorkys Hernandez is starting in right field in place of Betts on Wednesday.
News: Mondesi will undergo shoulder surgery for a tear in his joint next week, a procedure which will keep him out for five or six months, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Mondesi had already been ruled out for the season, but he's now at risk of missing time at the start of next year. Opening Day is just over six months away, so the stated timeline should still see him back on the field in time for the first game of the season, but even a small setback will likely result in him opening the season on the injured list. Regardless of his exact return date, he'll come with some injury risk during draft season, as it can never be fully guaranteed that a player will perform at his pre-surgery level immediately after returning to action.
News: Betts (foot) will sit Wednesday against Texas, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Impact: Betts left Tuesday's game with a sore left foot, the same injury which caused him to miss five games earlier in the month. It's possible he winds up getting shut down for the season, though the Red Sox have yet to announce such a move. Gorkys Hernandez will be the right fielder in his absence.
News: Realmuto will undergo season-ending surgery Friday to clean up the meniscus in his right knee, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Realmuto has been shut down for the remainder of the season a day after the Phillies were eliminated from the playoffs. Manager Gabe Kapler confirmed there is no long-term concern regarding the injury; Realmuto should be ready to go by the time spring training rolls around. The backstop impressed in his first season with the Phillies, appearing in a career-high 145 games while slashing .275/.328/.493 with 25 home runs, 83 RBI and nine steals. Look for Andrew Knapp and Deivy Grullon to see time behind the dish in place of Realmuto.
News: Betts was pulled from Tuesday's game against the Rangers with a sore left foot, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: He missed five games from Sept. 14-19 with a left foot issue and appears to have aggravated that injury. Betts went 1-for-2 with a solo home run (his 29th) before being replaced by Gorkys Hernandez. Abraham notes that it's possible that this will end up being Betts' last game of the season and perhaps his last as a member of the Red Sox.
News: Acuna left Tuesday's game as a precaution due to left hip tightness, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: He went 0-for-1 in his lone at-bat before being replaced by Billy Hamilton. Acuna apparently suffered the injury trying to run down a ball in the outfield in the second inning and was seen limping slightly. He is day-to-day with four games left on the schedule.
News: Acuna left Tuesday's game against the Royals in the third inning with an undisclosed injury, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
Impact: Billy Hamilton hit for Acuna in the third inning but it's unclear why Acuna was pulled.
News: Correa was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Mariners with a sore back, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Impact: Correa apparently came to manager AJ Hinch and let him know that his back was a little tight, while Hinch said Correa probably could have played (he took normal batting practice) if the Astros needed to win this game. Aledmys Diaz will enter the lineup at third base and Alex Bregman will slide over to shortstop.
News: Freeman (elbow) is trending toward rejoining the starting lineup Friday against the Mets, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. "It's been very, very positive so far, so I've got a feeling when he shows up on Friday he's going to be really good to go," manager Brian Snitker said.
Impact: Freeman is in Atlanta receiving treatment on his bothersome right elbow, which has been causing him discomfort in recent weeks thanks to a bone spur. The first baseman is apparently feeling much better following a couple days of rest and rehab, suggesting he could be ready to return to action when he meets up with the Braves in New York later in the week. Austin Riley and Francisco Cervelli are candidates to see time at first base while Freeman remains sidelined.
News: Ramirez (hand) was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday. He's starting at third base and hitting sixth against the White Sox.
Impact: His return will be a boost for the Indians, who are fighting for a spot in the playoffs. Ramirez wound up missing a month with a fractured hamate bone in his right hand, which ultimately required surgery near the end of August. The third baseman will look to pick up where he left off prior to suffering the injury, as he compiled an impressive .327/.363/.705 slash line with 13 home runs and six steals in 41 second-half games before going down.
News: Baez (thumb) remains on the bench Tuesday against the Pirates.
Impact: Baez had been hoping to return for this game but evidently needs at least a bit more time. He'll take grounders and play catch Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Nico Hoerner starts at shortstop in his absence.
News: Bryant has been diagnosed with a moderate right ankle sprain and his status for the rest of the season remains unclear, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Bryant isn't starting Tuesday against the Pirates, but he's officially considered day-to-day for now. Whether or not he returns this season likely depends as much on the Cubs' performance as on the health of his ankle, as Chicago currently sits four games out of the playoffs with just six left to play.
News: Realmuto's absence from the lineup Monday in Washington is due to a sore right knee, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The injury helps explain why the catcher finds himself on the bench for the second time in four games. He'll undergo an MRI on Monday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, though he's not particularly concerned about the severity of the issue. Regardless of the results of that test, there's a chance the Phillies don't bother bringing Realmuto back this season, as there's little reason to risk further injuring a key player with the team effectively out of the playoff race.
News: Mondesi has been ruled out for the season and will visit a team physician Monday as the Royals look to determine the severity of his shoulder injury and identify a treatment plan, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Mondesi exited Sunday's game against the Twins in the first inning after his left shoulder popped out of its socket while he made a diving stop in the field. He dislocated the same shoulder back in July and will need to take some time off to heal, though it's not yet known if offseason surgery will be in the works. Despite being limited to just 102 games due to health issues, Mondesi wraps up a banner campaign with nine home runs, 62 RBI, 58 runs and 43 stolen bases to go with a .263/.291/.424 slash line.
News: Freeman was removed from Sunday's game against the Giants in the top of the eighth inning with an apparent right arm injury, Fox Sports South reports.
Impact: After receiving a maintenance day Saturday, Freeman checked back into the lineup at first base for the series finale, going 0-for-3 with an RBI before bowing out of the contest. Since Atlanta has already punched its ticket to the postseason, Freeman's late removal could've been for precautionary purposes, but expect the Braves to provide clarity on the matter.
News: Bryant was removed from Sunday's game against the Cardinals in the top of the fourth inning with an apparent right ankle injury, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Bryant sustained the injury while attempting to run out a 5-4-3 double play to end the bottom of the third. After landing awkwardly on first base, Bryant hobbled off the field while receiving assistance from team trainers. The Cubs should provide an update on Bryant's condition later in the day, but any missed time from the 27-year-old would be a harmful blow to the team's fading playoff hopes.
News: Mondesi was removed from Sunday's game against the Twins in the first inning with an apparent shoulder injury, Joel Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.
Impact: Mondesi got hurt on a diving play in the infield and was spotted holding his left shoulder while walking off the field. Considering the shoulder is the same one that he dislocated in mid-July, there's legitimate reason to believe the Royals may hold him out for additional contests. Before departing Sunday, Mondesi went 1-for-1 with his 43rd stolen base of the season, leaving him two bags behind the Mariners' Mallex Smith for the major-league lead.
News: The Indians are expected to activate Ramirez (hand) from the 10-day injured list and insert him into the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: After undergoing surgery Aug. 26 to remove the hamate bone from his right hand, Ramirez made swift progress in his recovery and looks on track to return before the regular season ends, something that didn't appear possible when he was shut down with the injury. The Indians were convinced to bring Ramirez back early after he fielded ground balls and took batting practice from both sides of the plate in recent days before advancing to facing live pitching Saturday. So long as Ramirez's return to action Tuesday goes well and the Indians aren't eliminated from playoff contention before the regular-season finale Sept. 29, expect him to start in each of Tribe's last six games.
News: Ramirez (hand) took batting practice Saturday, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
Impact: Ramirez hit from both sides of the plate and was making good contact against right-hander Jefry Ramirez and southpaw Kyle Nelson, according to Hoynes. While the team is still assessing his strength and health, it's possible that Ramirez returns to the lineup as soon as Sunday against the Phillies. Originally not expected to be healthy prior to the close of the regular season, it sounds as if Ramirez will almost certainly beat that original estimate.
News: An MRI on Torres' right hamstring came back negative, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: Torres reported feeling good Saturday after leaving Friday's game with leg weakness, but the Yankees weren't taking any chances with their star infielder. They can breathe a sigh of relief knowing it's nothing serious. A return Sunday has not been ruled out, but it would make sense if the team sat Torres at least through Monday's off day.
News: Trout reported feeling good after undergoing surgery Friday to have a neuroma removed from his right foot, Richard Justice of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Trout has already been ruled out for the rest of the season after opting for surgery when less-invasive procedures to quell the pain in his foot were not effective. He'll be in a walking sandal for about two weeks until stitches are removed and should be fully recovered by the time spring training comes around next season.
News: Torres will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring Saturday, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.
Impact: Manager Aaron Boone said Torres reported feeling good upon arrival to the ballpark, but the Yankees want to be absolutely sure that there's nothing serious behind the leg "weakness" that forced Torres from Friday's game. Tyler Wade is starting at second base in Torres' absence.
News: Turner (ankle) will be limited to three at-bats in his return to the lineup Saturday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Manager Dave Roberts likened Turner's return to a spring training game in which he is allotted a pre-determined number of at-bats before departing, regardless of game flow. The plan is likely to extend through Sunday, as Turner is expected to start both weekend games as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks. Turner made his first plate appearance in nearly two weeks Friday, drawing a walk as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning.
News: Marte has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his back and will be shut down for the rest of the season, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Marte was removed from Tuesday's matchup due to a stiff back, and the team announced prior to Friday's clash that the outfielder is done for the year. He won't require surgery and is expected to be ready to roll for the start of spring training, per Piecoro. Jarrod Dyson figures to see time in center field against right-handers while Tim Locastro slots in against lefties with Marte out of commission.
News: Hand (arm) is available to pitch Friday against the Phillies, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This is big news for the Indians, who have been without their closer for close to two weeks now. An MRI on Hand's tired arm was negative, and the lefty "looked himself" in a bullpen session Wednesday per manager Terry Francona, clearing the way for his return.
News: Manager Joe Maddon is unsure if Rizzo (ankle) will be able to play Friday against the Cardinals, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Rizzo was a surprising addition to Thursday night's lineup, and while he did contribute with a solo home run, the slugger obviously wasn't close to 100 percent. His availability for the remainder of the series should become more clear after he's re-evaluated Friday. Victor Caratini figures to take over at first base if Rizzo is unable to go.
News: Bichette was lifted from Thursday's game against the Orioles to undergo concussion testing.
Impact: Bichette was hit by a pitch on the brim of his helmet during the sixth inning, and although he was initially able to stay in the game, the Blue Jays removed him in the seventh to undergo precautionary concussion testing. He'll be considered day-to-day until another update is provided.
News: Rizzo (ankle) was added to the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cardinals.
Impact: It was thought that Rizzo was still a few days away from being ready to play, but he worked out prior to Thursday's game without issue, so the Cubs felt comfortable getting him back in the lineup right away. Rizzo will lead off and play first base in his return.
News: German was placed on administrative leave Thursday under the league's domestic violence policy, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The period of leave will last up to seven days, barring an extension. There are no details regarding this issue at this point, but MLB will investigate the issue and will not comment further until the investigation is complete.
News: Guerrero left Wednesday's game against the Orioles with a left rib injury, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Guerrero went 2-for-6 with one run and one strikeout before being replaced by a pinch runner (Jonathan Davis). The injury occurred during a collision at second base with Jonathan Villar. He is being evaluated by Toronto's medical staff.
News: Gallo (wrist) is unlikely to play in the Rangers' upcoming weekend series against the A's, and may not ultimately return this season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: Gallo had been on track to return to action Friday, but for a reason that has not yet been disclosed, it appears he will not resume playing as expected. Gallo's status will be updated further when more details are released, but with the Rangers out of the playoff hunt, they don't have much incentive to activate him from the injured list if he suffered any sort of setback or is simply having trouble getting back to 100 percent.
News: Martinez (groin) is not expected to return before the weekend, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Impact: Martinez left Tuesday's game early due to groin tightness. His absence Wednesday against the Giants is considered precautionary, but there's little reason for the Red Sox not to proceed with caution in what has seemingly become a lost season.
News: Manager Alex Cora said Wednesday that Price (wrist) will be shut down for the season, OMF on WEEI reports.
Impact: Cora indicated Tuesday that Price's season was likely over, but he went a step further Wednesday, and confirmed that Price will not pitch again in 2019. Price will end the season making 22 starts, going 7-5 with a 4.28 ERA and 1.31 WHIP -- his highest marks in those categories since 2009. It remains to be seen what the next step will be in his recovery, but that decision will be made with an eye on 2020.
News: Trout will undergo surgery on his injured foot Friday, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Trout has already been ruled out for the season, but it was not exactly clear when he would go under the knife until now. Expect the Angels to provide a timeline for Trout's recovery once Friday's procedure has been completed.
News: Martinez (groin) is on the bench as expected Wednesday against the Giants, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Martinez left Tuesday's game early due to groin tightness and was expected to miss at least one more game. The Red Sox have been effectively eliminated from playoff contention, so there's little reason to rush the star slugger back. Christian Vazquez will be the designated hitter in his absence, with Sandy Leon starting behind the plate.
News: Stanton (knee) was activated from the 60-day injured list and is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Angels, batting seventh and playing left field, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Impact: A variety of injuries has limited Stanton to just nine games this season, but he'll have up to 10 contests to get up to speed by the start of the playoffs. Manager Aaron Boone said previously that Stanton wasn't expected to start right away, but there's evidently been a change of plans. It's possible Stanton won't play entire games right away in an effort to ease him back into action, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.
News: Betts (foot) remains on the bench Wednesday against the Giants, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Betts will miss his fourth straight game with foot inflammation. An MRI revealed no serious issues Tuesday, but all that's been provided in terms of his return timeline is that he hopes to play again this season. Brock Holt starts in right field again Wednesday.
News: Manager Alex Cora noted after Tuesday's 15-inning loss to the Giants that Price (wrist) will "most likely" be shut down for the season, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Impact: Cora hinted prior to the series opener that things were likely trending in this direction for Price, but the skipper offered more definitive word on the matter while meeting with the media following the marathon loss. Price is slated to meet with the Red Sox's medical staff before a formal ruling on the southpaw's status is made, but with Boston nine and a half games off the pace for the American League's second wild-card spot, there's seemingly little to gain by having him ramp up again. The 34-year-old has been out since Sept. 1 with a cyst on his left wrist and hasn't progressed as anticipated after receiving a cortisone shot to alleviate the pain.
News: Manager Alex Cora said after Tuesday's 7-6 loss to the Giants that Martinez (groin) is unlikely to play Wednesday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Impact: Martinez exited the 15-inning loss in the bottom of the sixth after experiencing left groin tightness following his second plate appearance of the night. Tuesday's loss leaves the 79-71 Red Sox nine games off the pace for the American League's second wild-card spot, so Boston doesn't have much motivation to rush Martinez back into action. Martinez is being viewed as day-to-day for the time being but could be sent in for an MRI if he fails to show quick improvement.
News: Marte (back) will undergo an MRI on Wednesday and won't play in the Diamondbacks' series finale against the Marlins later in the day, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Marte was pulled from Tuesday's 12-6 loss with what was described as back stiffness. The Diamondbacks are technically still in the hunt for a postseason berth, but the team faces long odds to come away with one of the National League's two wild-card spots. As such, the organization may not want to push a valuable asset like Marte, who has enjoyed a breakout campaign.
News: Marte left Tuesday's game against the Marlins in the fifth inning due to back stiffness, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: He went 2-for-2 with a double and a run prior to being replaced by Josh Rojas. This is not the first time Marte has dealt with back issues this season, so hopefully he is able to continue to manage the issue without being shut down before the end of the season.
News: Martinez exited Tuesday's game with left groin tightness and is day-to-day, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Martinez went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before suffering the injury. Sam Travis replaced him before suffering his own injury.
News: Snell (elbow) was activated ahead of his scheduled start Tuesday against the Dodgers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Snell has been out since late July while recovering from arthroscopic elbow surgery. He hasn't been able to build up to a full starter's workload yet, but he's expected to throw around three innings Tuesday.
News: Hiura (hamstring) is starting at second base and batting fifth Tuesday against San Diego.
Impact: Hiura saw two pinch-hit appearances over the weekend, and he's since been cleared to return to the starting lineup after missing time with a left hamstring injury. He's slashing .302/.370/.571 with 16 homers, 43 RBI and nine stolen bases over 72 games this season.
News: Betts' MRI on his foot revealed nothing worse than inflammation Tuesday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: The issue has kept Betts out since Thursday. Even with an updated diagnosis, he remains without a clear timeline, as his next steps will be determined by his symptoms. He hopes to play again this season, though the Red Sox are nine games out of a playoff spot with 13 left to play, so they have little reason to rush him back.
News: Severino (lat) was activated as expected ahead of his scheduled start Tuesday against the Angels.
Impact: Severino is finally ready to go after recovering from injuries that have held him back since spring training. He reached 64 pitches in his latest rehab start, so while he'll likely fall short of a normal starter's workload in his first outing of the season, he should be able to throw more than just a couple innings. The Yankees' primary concern for Severino down the stretch will likely be making sure he's able to contribute in the playoffs.
News: Kipnis was diagnosed with a fractured hamate bone Tuesday and will be shut down for season-ending surgery.
Impact: Kipnis left Sunday's game with what was originally called wrist discomfort. The surgery carries a recovery timeline of four-to-six weeks, meaning Kipnis could have a chance to return if the Indians manage to go deep in the playoffs without him. Andrew Velazquez was recalled and will start at second base Tuesday against the Tigers.
News: Betts (foot) remains sidelined Tuesday against the Giants, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Betts has been out since Thursday with a sore foot. He visited a doctor Monday, but the Red Sox have yet to provide a timeline for his return. Brock Holt (illness) returns to the lineup to start in right field in his absence.
News: The Commissioner's Office will immediately place Vazquez on the restricted list following his arrest Tuesday, Kyle Glaser of Baseball America reports.
Impact: Vazquez has been charged in Lee County, Florida with one count of computer pornography, solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors. Four additional charges have also been filed against Vazquez, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Pirates president Frank Coonelly released a statement saying, "Today we were made aware of an active law enforcement investigation involving Felipe Vazquez and his subsequent arrest. We take this matter, and these charges in particular, extremely seriously. We have informed the Commissioner's Office of the investigation and arrest. The Commissioner's Office will immediately place Felipe Vazquez on administrative leave (and, as a result, restricted list) pursuant to the Joint MLB/MLBPA policy. We need to be respectful to all involved and the ongoing legal proceeding. As a result, the organization, our staff and players cannot comment any further at this time."
News: Correa (back) will start at shortstop and bat seventh Tuesday against the Rangers, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Correa completed a short rehab stint with Triple-A Round Rock, and he's since been cleared to return from the 10-day injured list. He's been sidelined since Aug. 20 due to a back issue. Houston will have the luxury of easing Correa back into action with the playoffs still a few weeks away.
News: Vazquez has been arrested and charged in Lee County, Florida with one count of computer pornography, solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The Pirates have yet to issue a statement on the matter. The Commissioner's Office will likely launch its own investigation in tandem with local police. According to Passan, Vazquez is being put on administrative leave by Major League Baseball.
News: Giolito won't pitch again this season after being diagnosed with a mild lat strain, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Giolito evidently picked up the injury during his last start Thursday against Kansas City, and as a result, he'll be shut down for the last few weeks of the 2019 campaign. Ross Detwiler will start for Giolito on Tuesday in Minnesota.
News: Rizzo was diagnosed with a moderate lateral right ankle sprain Monday and will not require surgery, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: It's certainly not a well-timed injury for Rizzo and the Cubs, but he's at least avoided a fracture, a ligament tear or a more severe category of sprain. He's expected to spend the next 5-to-7 days in a boot and will be re-evaluated following that period. That will leave him with at most a handful of games to play for the rest of the regular season, and there's been no indication that he's expected to be cleared immediately after the boot comes off, so there's a very real chance his regular season campaign is over.
News: Rizzo was diagnosed with a sprained right ankle after X-rays came back negative Sunday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The 30-year-old sustained the injury during the third inning of Sunday's game, when he twisted his ankle attempting to field a bunt. The initial X-rays cleared Rizzo of a fracture, but he'll undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the sprain. He seems unlikely to be available for the next few days, at least.
News: Rizzo exited Sunday's game against the Pirates in the third inning with an apparent right ankle injury, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Rizzo appeared to twist his ankle hard while fielding a bunt and was helped off the field by two trainers. The injury -- if serious -- could prove disastrous for the postseason hopes of the Cubs, who are already missing shortstop Javier Baez (thumb) for the rest of the regular season. Expect the team to provide an update on Rizzo's condition after the game.
News: Trout (toe) is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery later this week to remove the Morton's neuroma in his right foot.
Impact: After being shut down for more than a week with the toe injury, Trout was hopeful to return to the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, but those plans were nixed when he continued to experience pain during an on-field workout. Trout, who previously underwent a minor procedure a few days ago on his toe, will presumably undergo a more complex surgery to rid himself of the issue once and for all. The Angels won't have a timeline for Trout's return to action until after surgery is completed, but it seems highly likely that his season is over. Assuming that's the case, he'll wrap up another MVP-worthy campaign with a .291/.438/.645 slash line, a career-high 45 home runs, 104 RBI, 110 runs and 11 steals in 134 games.
News: Trout is scheduled to undergo surgery later this week to remove the Morton's neuroma in his right foot.
Impact: After being shut down for more than a week with the toe injury, Trout was hopeful to return to the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, but those plans were nixed when he continued to experience pain during an on-field workout. Trout, who previously underwent a minor procedure a few days ago on his toe, will presumably undergo a more complex surgery to rid himself of the issue once and for all. The Angels won't have a timeline for Trout's return to action until after surgery is completed, but it seems highly likely that his season is over. Assuming that's the case, he'll wrap up another MVP-worthy campaign with a .291/.438/.645 slash line, a career-high 45 home runs, 104 RBI, 110 runs and 11 steals in 134 games.
News: Trout (toe) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays.
Impact: Trout hasn't played since Sept. 7 while recovering from a right toe injury for which he required a minor procedure, but the eight-time All-Star was pushing toward a return to the lineup for the series finale. That ultimately didn't come to fruition, but Trout's ongoing absence isn't necessarily an indication that he suffered a setback with the foot. Instead, the Angels may have just wanted to give Trout some more time to rest up with a team off day on tap Monday. Trout's next chance to re-enter the starting nine will come Tuesday in New York versus the Yankees.
News: General manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that it "wouldn't be surprising" to see Bell miss several days due his groin injury, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Speaking on his weekly radio show, Huntington said that Bell's injury was more than the day-to-day variety. Pittsburgh is off Monday before starting a three-game homestand against the Mariners, but Bell is probably trending toward a return no earlier than the team's weekend series in Milwaukee. The first baseman injured himself running from first base to second during Friday's loss to the Cubs.
News: Betts (foot), who is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies, is slated to visit a doctor Monday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Impact: Betts is on the bench for a second straight game with what the Red Sox are terming as a sore foot, but the star outfielder will be sent in for additional tests Monday as the team looks to ensure he's not dealing with a more significant issue. If Betts' checkup goes well and his soreness subsides following Monday's off day, he could check back into the lineup for Tuesday's series opener versus San Francisco.
News: Trout (toe) hopes to play Sunday against the Rays, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: He doesn't want to be shut down for the rest of the year but admitted he will mostly be deployed as the designated hitter when he does return, which suggests he won't be 100 percent recovered from the toe issue. Brian Goodwin should continue to start in center field while Trout takes some starts from Albert Pujols down the stretch.
News: Betts is dealing with a sore left foot, which is why he was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Phillies, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: He is scheduled to be checked by a doctor but the belief is it's not a serious injury. Gorkys Hernandez is starting in left field while J.D. Martinez starts in right.
News: Trout (toe) is not in Saturday's lineup against the Rays.
Impact: It's a pain tolerance issue for Trout, and he's not quite ready to return to the starting nine. The Angels play Sunday and then have an off day Monday. Brian Goodwin will start in center field while leading off.
News: Betts was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup against the Phillies, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
Impact: It is unclear why he was scratched three hours before first pitch. Gorkys Hernandez was added to the lineup in left field.
News: Trout's playing time and position moving forward is dependent on how he tolerates pain in his ailing toe, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: While there are no plans to shut Trout down, the Angels are clearly in no hurry to rush their megastar back to the lineup, as he has not played since Sept. 7. When Trout does return, his role -- either as a center fielder or designated hitter -- will be determined by the pain level in his toe. Trout was originally in Friday's lineup as the DH but was a late scratch after experiencing discomfort while trying to put his cleats on, according to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register. He remains day-to-day.
News: Bell left Friday's game against the Cubs due to left groin discomfort, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: The Pirates will consider Bell day-to-day moving forward, though there'll be no need to push their star first baseman back into action at this point in the season, considering Pittsburgh is out of the playoff picture.
News: Freeman was removed from Friday's game against the Nationals due to right elbow soreness.
Impact: The Braves announced that Freeman's removal was precautionary, but he's likely headed for further evaluation to ensure the issue isn't serious. Charlie Culberson replaced Freeman at first base.
News: Trout (toe) was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Rays.
Impact: Trout was initially slated to serve as the designated hitter for Friday's clash, but he's since been scratched. After participating in baseball activities during the pregame, he determined he's still too sore to play, per Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times. Trout's next opportunity to return will come Saturday in the second game of the series. Albert Pujols will slot in as the designated hitter and hit cleanup.
News: Bell left Friday's game against the Cubs with an unspecified injury, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Bell appeared to suffer the injury while on the basepaths, and he walked off the field slowly, per Berry. Jose Osuna moved to first base following Bell's removal from the contest.
News: Trout (toe) will slot in at designated hitter and bat second Friday against the Rays, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Trout has been sidelined since Saturday after undergoing a minor foot procedure, but he'll return to action without having to patrol the outfield Friday. The Angels may limit him to hitting duties as a precaution over the next few days.
News: Encarnacion was diagnosed with a minor internal oblique strain Friday, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Impact: It's good news for the Yankees that Encarnacion's strain is considered minor, but there's still no guarantee that he'll be back before the end of the regular season. Mike Ford could benefit from additional at-bats as the designated hitter in his absence, though the Yankees could also start Luke Voit at that position and move DJ LeMahieu to first base, as they'll do Friday against the Blue Jays.
News: Sanchez was diagnosed with a groin strain Friday, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.
Impact: Sanchez battled another groin strain in late July and early August, missing slightly more than two weeks. His current injury is considered quite similar, putting his expected return date right around the final few days of the regular season. Austin Romine appears to be in line to handle the bulk of the catching duties down the stretch.
News: An MRI revealed Turner is dealing with a mild left ankle sprain, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: This is encouraging news for Turner, who has been sidelined since Saturday due to the issue. While the veteran third baseman is being considered day-to-day, the Dodgers can afford to be patient with him seeing as the team has already locked up the NL West. Matt Beaty is covering the hot corner in his stead Thursday. According to David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports, manager Dave Roberts said he isn't ruling Turner out for the team's upcoming series against the Mets, though the skipper doesn't believe he'll play in Friday's series opener.
News: Stanton (knee) will be the Yankees' regular left fielder when he returns to action next week, Randy Miller of NJ.com reports.
Impact: Stanton will play in the Florida Instructional League this weekend and is likely to be activated at the start of New York's next homestand as long as his knee holds up. He could be in the lineup as early as Tuesday and is expected to get regular playing time in left field for the remainder of the season. Stanton has played in only nine games for the Yankees this year, manning left field in five of those games while starting three times in right field and once in the designated hitter spot.
News: Ohtani will undergo season-ending surgery to address a bipartite patella in his left knee.
Impact: The procedure, which Ohtani will undergo Friday in Los Angeles, typically carries an 8-to-12-week recovery timeframe, so the two-way star should be fully healed by the time spring training rolls around. According to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register, this won't affect Ohtani's recovery from Tommy John surgery; he's still expected to complete the throwing portion of his rehab in December. The 25-year-old appeared in 106 games as DH in his second year in the majors, finishing with a .286/.343/.505 slash line along with 18 home runs, 12 stolen bases and 62 RBI.
News: Encarnacion was removed from Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Tigers with a strained left oblique, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: This comes as a bit of a surprise, as it was originally thought that Encarnacion exited due to a wrist injury. Manager Aaron Boone said the team doesn't believe the injury is severe, per Erik Boland of Newsday, though Encarnacion will head back to New York to undergo further evaluation, at which point a timetable for his return should come into focus. Even if the injury is a mild one, there's a chance the veteran slugger, who hit his 34th home run before exiting Thursday's contest, misses the remainder of the regular season given the recovery timeline oblique injuries typically carry. Mike Ford entered the game in his place and is a candidate to see time at DH in his absence.
News: Paddack hopes to start next week in Milwaukee, but the Padres were noncommittal after Wednesday's victory over the Cubs, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The team has not revealed its end-of-season plan for Paddack, not even to Paddack himself. "We didn't really have a specific number [of innings]," Paddack said. "I'll get ready for Milwaukee until they tell me otherwise." Paddack hit a rough stretch there in August but has rebounded with a 0.49 ERA and 23:3 K:BB in his last three starts (18.1 innings). He's logged 135.2 innings so far this year after throwing 90 frames last season in his return from Tommy John surgery.
News: Hand underwent an MRI for an apparent arm injury and returned to Cleveland after Tuesday's game against the Angels, Anthony Alford of WTAM 11 Cleveland reports.
Impact: Hand last appeared Sunday, when he earned the save in Minnesota, and he took a late flight back from Los Angeles on Tuesday to undergo the MRI, which came back clean. Manager Terry Francona indicated the lefty wasn't properly "bouncing back" from his throws but was still encouraged by his progress. The specifics of the injury remain unclear, but Hand will be evaluated further Friday with the team returning from the road trip.
News: Yelich won't need to undergo surgery to address his fractured right kneecap and is expected to be out six weeks, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports.
Impact: GM David Stearns said Yelich wouldn't receive an additional update until Thursday, but he appears to have received good news shortly after returning to Milwaukee to be evaluated. A six-week timeline is essentially a best-case scenario after the 27-year-old fouled a ball off his kneecap Tuesday, though it does nothing to reduce the impact of his absence as Milwaukee pushes for the playoffs. The Brewers are likely to provide an official update for Yelich on Thursday.
News: Trout (toe) plans on returning to the lineup Friday against the Rays, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Impact: He will take advantage of Thursday's off day to get as close to 100 percent as possible. Trout said he did not want to risk the foot flaring up by returning Wednesday. Brian Goodwin continues to start in his place.
News: Trout (toe) is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Indians.
Impact: The expectation is that Trout will be able to return before the end of the week, and hopefully Thursday's off day will allow him enough time to get right for this weekend's series against the Rays. Brian Goodwin will continue to start in his place.