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NL Injury Notes: Syndergaard, Betts, Kelly, Hoerner, Peralta
<div><img src=”×682.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p><strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Noah Syndergaard</a></strong> is expected to begin a rehab assignment this week, <a href=”″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>according to Tim Healey of Newsday Sports</a>. As was&nbsp;<a href=”” data-wpel-link=”internal” target=”_blank”>previously reported</a>, the Mets are planning on having the hulking righty return as a member of their bullpen, since there’s not enough time remaining in the season for him to be stretched out as a starter. This would be his second rehab assignment of the year, as he attempts to work his way back from undergoing Tommy John surgery in March of 2020. He had previously had a rehab stint in May, before being shut down due to elbow inflammation. It’s now been almost two years since his last big-league appearance, which was September 29th of 2019. The final few weeks of the season will be tremendously important for both Syndergaard and the Mets. The team needs all the help they can get to pull themselves out of their current nosedive. Despite having the division lead in the NL East as recently as August 5th, they are now in third place and seven games behind the Braves. As for Thor, he is a few weeks away from entering free agency for the first time and could help his own case by showing some health and effectiveness before the season ends.</p><p>More from around the NL…</p>
<li>The Dodgers are planning on reinstating <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Mookie Betts</a></strong> from the injured list on Thursday, per <strong><a href=”;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Jorge Castillo</a></strong> of the Los Angeles Times. The outfielder has been dealing with hip pain all year and is currently in the midst of his second IL placement this season because of it. Despite the nagging hip situation, Betts has still been tremendously valuable when on the field. In 87 games this year, he’s hitting .277/.378/.521, for a wRC+ of 143. Getting him healthy will be a huge boost to the Dodgers as they attempt to chase down the Giants and make up the 2 1/2 games that separate them in the race for the NL West crown.</li>
<li>The Dodgers could also welcome <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Joe Kelly</a></strong> back into the fold this week, <a href=”″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>per Castillo</a>. Kelly was placed on the IL without explanation on August 10th, but a source of Castillo’s confirmed that it was because of a positive COVID test. The righty has seemingly recovered, given that he started a rehab assignment on Friday. He’s done some quality work this year, throwing 29 2/3 innings of 3.34 ERA ball. The bullpen could use his fresh arm, since it’s recently put <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Garrett Cleavinger</a></strong> and <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Evan Phillips</a></strong> on the 10-day IL, as well as <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Jimmy Nelson</a></strong> going under the knife for season-ending Tommy John surgery earlier this month.</li>
<li><strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Nico Hoerner</a></strong> left the first game of his rehab assignment today because of tension in his oblique, <a href=”″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>per Bruce Levine of</a>. Hoerner and the Cubs can afford to play things cautiously, as they are well out of the playoff picture at this point. But the infielder has only been able to play in 39 games this season due to various injuries and would surely like to get some more reps before the winter. The club would also surely love to get more looks at him in action, given that they are going into an offseason with so many potential variables after parting ways with so much of their previous core. When on the field, he has had been effective at the plate this year, slashing .313/.388/.388, producing a wRC+ of 113. He’s also played second base, third base, shortstop, left field and center field, meaning that he could fit into the club’s future plans in a variety of ways.</li>
<li><strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Freddy Peralta</a></strong> played catch today, <a href=”″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>per Adam McCalvy of</a>. Peralta went on the IL on Thursday with shoulder inflammation and will be eligible to return this coming weekend. The righty is in the midst of an exceptional breakout season, as he’s thrown 121 1/3 innings with a 2.45 ERA and superb strikeout rate of 34%. Among all pitchers with at least 120 innings this season, that’s the fourth-best ERA and fourth-best K%. The Brewers don’t need to rush him back, as they are 7 1/2 games ahead of the Reds in the NL Central. But assuming he can keep his shoulder in good shape, he’ll form one third of a potentially deadly playoff rotation, alongside <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Brandon Woodruff</a></strong> and <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Corbin Burnes</a></strong>.</li>
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Mon, 23 Aug 2021 03:36:36 +0000 Darragh McDonald
Chicago Cubs
Freddy Peralta
Joe Kelly
Los Angeles Dodgers
Milwaukee Brewers
Mookie Betts
New York Mets
Nico Hoerner
Noah Syndergaard

AL East Notes: Archer, Cruz, Urshela, Blue Jays
<div><img src=”×730.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p><strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Chris Archer</a></strong>’s long-awaited return from the IL didn’t go as planned. The righty returned to the hill today after spending more than four months on the shelf, but then left the game after throwing 41 pitches over two innings due to hip tightness. Although Archer initially went on the IL in April because of forearm tightness, his rehab was slowed by hip soreness in recent weeks. <a href=”″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times relays word</a> from Rays’ manager <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Kevin Cash</a></strong>, who says that today’s hip soreness was not in the same spot as the previous hip issues. Archer himself told <a href=”;utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_content=%40TBTimes_Sports&amp;utm_campaign=SocialFlow” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Joey Johnston of the Tampa Bay Times</a> that coming out of the game was precautionary. “I noticed a little drop in my fastball [velocity], and I felt the tightness in my hip,” Archer said. “…I thought it was smart to take a little breather, leave it at two innings.” The hurler has now thrown just 6 1/3 innings since the end of the 2019 season, after missing all of 2020 because of undergoing surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. Whether this is a minor setback or something more serious remains to be seen. In spite of his early exit, the Rays racked up a 9-0 victory over the White Sox, moving to 4 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees.</p><p>More from the AL East…</p>
<li><strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Nelson Cruz</a></strong> was placed on the COVID IL earlier today, but it seems that was mostly precautionary. <a href=”″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Per Topkin</a>, Cruz just didn’t feel well this morning. Assuming he doesn’t test positive, Cruz should return to the squad as soon as he feels better. (The COVID IL has no minimum stay.) The 41-year-old was in the midst of yet another excellent season at the plate when he was traded from Minnesota to Tampa, though he’s slumped a bit since then. His .198/.257/.448 line since joining the Rays is a far cry from the numbers he put up before the move, though in a small sample size of just 24 games.</li>
<li>Yankees’ infielder <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Gio Urshela</a></strong> is beginning a rehab assignment tonight, per a team announcement. The 29-year-old has been on the IL for about three weeks due to a hamstring strain. It’s been a frustrating few weeks for Urshela, having only played six games since mid-July because of this hamstring issue as well as the Yankees’ lengthy COVID situation. Despite all that, Urshela still has a nice line of .274/.315/.439 on the year, producing a wRC+ of 106. That’s a drop-off from his excellent 2019-2020 production, but still above league average and would be an upgrade to the Yankees’ current lineup. With <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Gleyber Torres</a></strong> also on the IL, the Yanks have largely been using <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Rougned Odor</a></strong> and <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Andrew Velazquez</a></strong> on the left side of the diamond, neither of whom have matched Urshela’s production on the year. Since joining the Yankees, Odor’s slash line is .216/.297/.404, wRC+ of 92, whereas Velazquez is at .242/.265/.424, wRC+ of 84.</li>
<li>Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi provides updates on some injured Blue Jays. (<a href=”″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Twitter</a> <a href=”″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>links</a>) Catcher <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Danny Jansen</a></strong> is close to starting a rehab assignment as he works his way back from a hamstring strain. <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Ross Stripling</a></strong> has started throwing after being shut down due to an oblique injury. But of course, the most notable wounded Blue Jay is <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>George Springer</a></strong>, who recently landed on the IL with a knee sprain. The star outfielder has only been able to play 49 games this year due to various injuries, but has been outstanding when healthy. His .269/.362/.610 slash line is 58% better than league average, per wRC+. Amongst MLB players with more than 200 plate appearances this year, only four of them are above Springer in that regard. In other words, his health is tremendously important to a team that is 4 1/2 games out of a playoff spot. But as Davidi says, despite doing some hitting, Springer still has to run the bases before being considered for game action.</li>
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Mon, 23 Aug 2021 02:03:05 +0000 Darragh McDonald
Chris Archer
Danny Jansen
George Springer
Giovanny Urshela
Nelson Cruz
New York Yankees
Ross Stripling
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays

Pirates Reportedly Place Gregory Polanco On Waivers
<div><img src=”×683.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p><strong>8:14PM</strong>: Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that, if Polanco goes unclaimed, he will remain with the Pirates. (Twitter link <a href=”″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>1</a>, <a href=”″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>2</a> and <a href=”″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>3</a>.) This seems to imply that, if Polanco clears waivers, the team will choose not to outright him off the roster. According to Mackey, placing Polanco on waivers was about giving him the chance to play for a contender, if any are interested. Although, speculatively speaking, the&nbsp;notoriously thrifty Pirates would also be delighted to get the $2.4MM off their books, as well as the $3MM buyout on his 2022 option.</p><p><strong>7:16PM</strong>: The Pirates have placed <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Gregory Polanco</a></strong> on outright waivers, <a href=”” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>according to Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic</a>. Polanco is playing on a salary of $11.6MM this year, with about $2.4MM of that still to be paid out. Any team claiming him would be responsible for that remaining salary. But if he goes unclaimed, Polanco would be able to elect free agency. At that point, any club could sign him and just pay him the prorated league minimum, with the Pirates being on the hook for the remainder.</p>
<p>Whether he is claimed or not, this seems to be the end of Polanco’s time as a Pirate, an unceremonious conclusion to a relationship that once had such promise for both parties. Originally signed by Pittsburgh in 2009 as a 17-year-old, Polanco debuted in 2014 and, after two solid seasons, showed enough promise that the club agreed to give him a five-year extension, which guaranteed him $35MM, in April of 2016. At the time, Polanco’s line of .249/.316/.369 was nothing outstanding, but it was expected that the 24-year-old would grow into more power and provide more offensive production to pair with his excellent defense and speed. With the team having already extended <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Starling Marte</a></strong> and <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Andrew McCutchen</a></strong>, it was thought that Polanco could be the third piece of a superb outfield that they could build on for years to come.</p>
<p>For the remainder of the 2016 season and the first two years of the deal, everything seemed to be going in the right direction. Over those three seasons, Polanco hit 56 home runs and stole 37 bases, producing an overall line of .255/.324/.455. That was good enough for a wRC of 105 and 5.3 fWAR. Thanks in no small part to Polanco, the Pirates qualified for the National League Wild Card Game three years in a row, from 2013 to 2015. Unfortunately for both he and the team, it’s been mostly downhill since then. In September of 2018, Polanco underwent surgery for a dislocated shoulder and hasn’t been able to play at anything approaching that level since.</p>
<p>In 2019, Polanco was only able to get into 42 games and, even when on the field, had his line slide to .242/.301/.425, a wRC+ of 87. With the shoulder issues still ailing him, Polanco went on the IL June 22nd and didn’t make it back on the field for the rest of the year. Polanco returned in 2020 but saw his numbers slip even farther, to a dismal line of .153/.214/.325 during the COVID-shortened season. That amounted to a wRC+ of 41.</p>
<p>This year, Polanco has bounced back from that nadir, but only slightly. In 101 games, he has put up a line of .198/.277/.343, which adds up to a wRC+ of 67. With the Pirates sitting on a record of 44-80 and firmly into rebuild mode, it seems they wanted to allocate Polanco’s playing time over the season’s final weeks to players who will be auditioning to be part of the club’s future plans.</p>
<p>Polanco now seems destined to move on from the only organization he’s ever known. Despite three straight disappointing seasons, he won’t be turning 30 until next month, meaning there’s potentially plenty of time for him to turn things around and re-energize his career. However, it may be hard for him to get a lengthy opportunity to do so this year. Competing teams will be giving playing time to players with a more recent track record of success, whereas rebuilding team will want to use that time to showcase younger building blocks, as the Pirates are doing now.</p>
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Mon, 23 Aug 2021 01:09:45 +0000 Darragh McDonald
Gregory Polanco
Pittsburgh Pirates

Angels Place Jose Marte On Injured List, Recall James Hoyt
<div><img src=”×681.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p>The Angels have placed righty <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Jose Marte</a></strong> on the injured list, per a team announcement. Fellow righty <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>James Hoyt</a></strong> has been recalled to take his spot on the roster.</p><p>Acquired just a few weeks ago in the <strong><a href=”,watson001ton&amp;search=Tony+Watson&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Tony Watson</a></strong> trade, the Angels added Marte to their roster on Friday. The 25-year-old made his major-league debut that very night, which could hardly have gone much better. In two innings out of the bullpen, Marte allowed just one hit, a single, and struck out four. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to immediately build off the momentum of that sizzling debut, heading to the IL for unspecified reasons.</p>
<p>As for Hoyt, this is yet another move in the unfortunate life of the optionable reliever. He’s already been recalled and optioned five times previously this season. Acquired from the Marlins for cash considerations at the end of spring training, Hoyt has a monstrous ERA of 10.41 through 27 2/3 Triple-A innings this year. His ERA in the majors this season is almost half as high, coming in at 5.40, though that is over a small sample size of just 6 2/3 innings.</p>
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Sun, 22 Aug 2021 22:41:52 +0000 Darragh McDonald
James Hoyt
Jose Marte
Los Angeles Angels

Minor MLB Transactions: 8/22/21
<div><img src=”×740.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p>The latest minor moves from around baseball…</p><ul>
<li><strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Cesar Valdez</a></strong> has cleared outright waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk, per an Orioles team announcement. The righty had been designated for assignment on Friday. After signing a minor league deal in the offseason, the 36-year-old earned his way back into the majors for a second consecutive season. Valdez even served as the Orioles’ closer for a time, racking up eight saves. However, he wasn’t able to maintain his hot start to the year. His 2.50 ERA through 18 innings was then complemented with an ERA of 7.90 over his next 27 1/3. In total, he has a season ERA of 5.76 over 45 1/3 innings. He’ll now get some work in at the Triple-A level and try to make his way back to the bigs again.</li>
<li>Phillies right-hander <strong><a href=”;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Mauricio Llovera</a></strong> has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, per a team announcement. The 25-year-old had been designated for assignment on Friday. This will allow the Phillies to stash an arm in the minors that has shown enough promise to be considered a prospect of note in recent years. (FanGraphs had him as high as the 11th best prospect in the Philadelphia system, prior to the 2019 and 2020 seasons.) Llovera has struggled in the majors so far, but in a very small sample size of just 7 2/3 innings between 2020 and 2021. At Triple-A this season, he has an ERA of 4.60 over 29 1/3 innings.</li>
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Sun, 22 Aug 2021 21:41:00 +0000 Darragh McDonald
Baltimore Orioles
Cesar Valdez
Mauricio Llovera
Philadelphia Phillies

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