Francisco Arcia - C - Angels
Sep 20 7:16 PM
Francisco Arcia homered as a catcher and gave up three runs over two innings of relief work Thursday against the A's.
It's pretty pathetic when you need a position player to pitch in a September game, but the Angels decided to move Arcia from catcher to pitcher down 18-2 in the seventh inning today. He ended up with a lower ERA (13.50) than the rest of the staff (16.50) today. The homer was his sixth in 86 at-bats.
Nick Martini - OF - Athletics
Sep 20 7:19 PM
Nick Martini went 3-for-6 and hit his first major league homer Thursday against the Angels.
The homer came off catcher Francisco Arcia in an 18-2 game in the seventh, so that wasn't very dramatic. Martini, though, is performing well since being recalled Sept. 9; he's 12-for-28 with nine runs scored in nine appearances. As the Athletics' leadoff man against righties, he could be worth a very late pickup. It's just too bad he's not a basestealer at all; he hasn't even attempted a steal in 39 games as a major leaguer.
Wilmer Flores - 1B - Mets
Sep 20 7:20 PM
Wilmer Flores has arthritis in both his knees and is done for the season.
The good news is, he's expected to be ready for spring training. Flores was sent back to New York on Wednesday to have his ailing knees checked, and the check showed early onset arthritis in both knees. His year ends with a relatively disappointing 11 homers and 51 RBI, hitting .267/.319/.417 in 126 games.
Matt Shoemaker - S - Angels
Sep 20 7:22 PM
Matt Shoemaker lasted just 2 2/3 innings and gave up five runs Thursday in a loss to the A's.
Shoemaker pitched a perfect first, walked two in a scoreless second and then gave up four straight hits to start the third. It looked like he might get out of it having allowed two runs after he struck out Khris Davis and Matt Olson, but Stephen Piscotty followed with a three-run homer to knock him out of the game. The Angels have employed very quick hooks with Shoemaker since he returned from a five-month DL stay Sept. 3; he's yet to throw more than 77 pitches in an outing. One wonders if they might just shut him down after this.
Edwin Jackson - S - Athletics
Sep 20 7:25 PM
Edwin Jackson yielded two runs and three hits in 5 1/3 innings Thursday in a win over the Angels.
Jackson was given 12 runs to work with in the third and fourth innings today, so it was just a matter of how long he would go in a sure victory. He wasn't particularly efficient, though, and he was removed after giving up a homer to Mike Trout and walking Shohei Ohtani in the sixth. Jackson improved to 6-3 with a 3.27 ERA. The last time he won as many as six games was when he finished 6-15 with a 6.33 ERA for the 2014 Cubs.
Eduardo Nunez - 2B - Red Sox
Sep 20 7:27 PM
Eduardo Nunez is dealing with a hamstring injury and won't play in this weekend's series against the Indians.
It was originally believed to be a knee issue that forced him from Wednesday's game, but further investigation revealed it was a hamstring injury. The fact that he's already been ruled out for the entire weekend isn't promising, but with the Sox holding such a big lead in the AL East -- they could clinch as early as tonight -- they may just be exercising caution, running the marathon and not the sprint. Either way, it's bad news for fantasy owners, who should seek out other options for the home stretch if they're relying on Nunez in any capacity.
Marcus Semien - SS - Athletics
Sep 20 7:31 PM
Marcus Semien went 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBI as the A's crushed the Angels 22-3 on Thursday.
Everyone in Oakland's starting lineup had at least one hit, one run and one RBI. In all, the team had 22 hits and seven walks on the day, even without the benefit of a ninth inning while playing at home. Semien got his five RBI without collecting an extra-base hit. Mostly hitting lower in the lineup now, he's driven in 12 runs in 17 games this month, even though he hasn't been particularly hot. Still, he's enjoying a fine second half; he's hitting .267 with 18 extra-base hits, 34 runs scored, 28 RBI and a 41/28 K/BB ratio in 240 plate appearances.
Yusei Kikuchi - S - Player
Sep 20 6:41 PM
Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman listed the Dodgers, Padres, Royals and Phillies among the teams with "their eye on" Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi.
Teams expect Kikuchi to be posted this winter, and Heyman said those four clubs are among the many considering a bid. Kikuchi owns a 3.07 ERA with the Seibu Lions of Japan's Pacific League but dazzled in 2017, posting a 1.97 ERA. It should be interesting to watch his market develop this offseason.
Sean Newcomb - S - Braves
Sep 20 6:36 PM
The Braves will skip Sean Newcomb's next scheduled start.
Instead, Mike Foltynewicz and Anibal Sanchez will start Saturday and Sunday, respectively, on regular rest. The southpaw began the year like a house on fire but has shown some signs of wear in recent weeks, posting a 6.75 ERA in August and owning a 6.08 ERA through three September starts. A strong final outing could get Newcomb's season ERA below 4.00, a nice way to end what was a breakout year in many respects for the 25-year-old.
Michael Fulmer - S - Tigers
Sep 20 3:50 PM
Michael Fulmer underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire told reports that Fulmer is expected to be at full strength by the beginning of spring training next February. The 25-year-old right-hander posted a disappointing 4.69 ERA and 110/46 K/BB ratio over 132 1/3 innings with the Tigers in 2018. He was probably going to be a trade candidate this winter, but those numbers and the late-season knee injury have likely torched his market.
Jeimer Candelario - 3B - Tigers
Sep 20 3:34 PM
Jeimer Candelario (back) remains out of the Tigers' starting lineup on Thursday.
Candelario is still working through lumbar spine spasms and it's unclear how much he's going to be able to play down the stretch. Ronny Rodriguez will get the start at third base and bat sixth Thursday versus the Royals.
Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B - Phillies
Sep 20 3:37 PM
Asdrubal Cabrera (calf) is back in the Phillies' starting lineup Thursday versus the Braves.
Cabrera only wound up missing two starts with a Grade 1 calf strain. He will play shortstop and bat third Thursday night against right-hander Kevin Gausman.
Jeff Banister - C - Rangers
Sep 20 3:15 PM
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers "are contemplating replacing" manager Jeff Banister after the season.
Banister is under contract through 2019, but the Rangers are playing out the string on a second consecutive losing campaign and Wilson writes that club officials "have started to wonder if he is a fix in the long-range plan." Wilson's sources cite "communication issues" with players as another possible reason for his potential firing. No final decision has been made yet, but usually when these types of rumors start blowing it doesn't end well for the subject of them.
Austin Maddox - R - Red Sox
Sep 20 2:53 PM
Austin Maddox underwent surgery on his right rotator cuff Wednesday and is expected to miss 12 months.
That essentially rules him out through the entire 2019 regular season. Maddox logged just 7 2/3 professional innings this year, all in the minor leagues.
Josh Donaldson - 3B - Indians
Sep 20 2:59 PM
Josh Donaldson is not in the Indians' starting lineup on Thursday night against the White Sox.
Donaldson started back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday for the first time since joining the Indians' active roster, going 1-for-5 with three walks and a run scored. Yandy Diaz will play third base on Thursday.
Austin Meadows - OF - Rays
Sep 20 3:02 PM
Rays recalled OF Austin Meadows from Triple-A Charlotte.
Acquired from the Pirates on July 31 as part of the Chris Archer trade, Meadows slashed .344/.396/.771 with 10 home runs and 22 RBI in 27 regular-season games with the Durham Bulls before helping to lead them to the Triple-A National Championship Game. He is not starting Thursday night against the Blue Jays, but the 23-year-old outfielder should see some action down the final stretch in Tampa Bay.
Hoby Milner - R - Rays
Sep 20 3:05 PM
Rays recalled LHP Hoby Milner from Triple-A Durham.
Milner will give Tampa Bay a little extra lefty relief depth for what remains of the regular-season schedule. The 27-year-old southpaw has a 2.89 career ERA in the majors, though he's struggled in a few different stints this summer between the Phillies and Rays.
Austin Pruitt - R - Rays
Sep 20 3:07 PM
Rays recalled RHP Austin Pruitt from Triple-A Durham.
Pruitt will be available out of the Rays' bullpen on Thursday night against the Blue Jays. He has a 4.80 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 38/14 K/BB ratio in 60 innings of long relief this season at the major league level.
Chih-Wei Hu - R - Rays
Sep 20 3:08 PM
Rays recalled RHP Chih-Wei Hu from Triple-A Durham.
Hu has surrendered six earned runs in 10 innings of relief this season with Tampa Bay. He will work in a low-leverage bullpen role over the final 10 days.
Trevor Cahill - S - Athletics
Sep 20 2:34 PM
Trevor Cahill (back) is scheduled to return to the A's rotation Sunday against the Twins.
Cahill has been sidelined since September 9 due to an upper back injury, but he threw a successful bullpen session on Wednesday and is on track to handle the Athletics' series finale versus Minnesota. The 30-year-old right-hander holds a solid 3.77 ERA and 1.21 WHIP through 102 2/3 innings this season with Oakland.
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