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McCullers (elbow) continuing rehab in Florida 09-26-2016
Lance McCullers P HOU
Lance McCullers (elbow) will continue his rehab at the Astros' spring training complex in Kissimmee, Florida.

Jake Kaplan on Twitter
McCullers, out since early August with a mild elbow sprain, was able to make it through a 30-pitch bullpen session on Thursday. The next step will be throwing live batting practice. The Astros would have to make an unlikely run at the playoffs for him to have a chance to make it back this year, but the good news is that he's making progress.
Rasmus (hip, groin) likely done for year 09-26-2016
Colby Rasmus LF HOU
Colby Rasmus (hip, groin) is not expected to play again this season.

Jake Kaplan on Twitter
Rasmus has been sent to Philadelphia to see a specialist for his hip/groin issue. It's worth noting that he's not even listed on the lineup card for Monday's game. Rasmus returned to the Astros on a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer this season, but he'll finish the year with an ugly .206/.286/.355 batting line over 107 games.
Kiermaier not in Monday's lineup 09-26-2016
Kevin Kiermaier CF TB
Kevin Kiermaier is not in Monday's lineup against the White Sox.

Marc Topkin on Twitter
Kiermaier was hit in the hand by a pitch on Sunday and needs at least another day to recover. Mikie Mahtook will start in center field while Jaff Decker will play right.
Nelson Cruz sent for MRI on left wrist 09-26-2016
Nelson Cruz RF SEA
Nelson Cruz was sent for an MRI on his left wrist on Monday.

Ryan Divish on Twitter
The results aren't yet known, but Cruz is in the lineup at designated hitter for Monday's game against the Astros. The plan calls for him to cut back on pregame hitting work in an effort to protect the wrist.
Danny Salazar (forearm) throws off mound 09-26-2016
Danny Salazar P CLE
Danny Salazar (forearm) threw 20-plus pitches off the mound on Monday.

Jordan Bastian on Twitter
Salazar threw all fastballs at about 75 percent intensity, but it was a step in the right direction. Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said "it would be nice" to get him a relief appearance before the playoffs, though it's unclear whether he'll have enough time to do so.
Koch to start Tuesday vs. Nationals 09-26-2016
Matt Koch P ARZ
Matt Koch will start Tuesday against the Nationals.

Nick Piecoro on Twitter
Koch has appeared in five games since his call-up earlier this month, but this will be his first start in the majors. Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale estimated that he can likely get up to around 75 pitches. He can be avoided in fantasy leagues with this matchup.
De La Rosa to have stem cell treatment 09-26-2016
Rubby De La Rosa P ARZ
Rubby De La Rosa will undergo stem cell treatment on his ailing right elbow.

Nick Piecoro on Twitter
De La Rosa went the rest and rehab route with his sprained ulnar collateral ligament, but he's still feeling soreness and tightness in his elbow. This appears to be a last-ditch effort to avoid his second Tommy John surgery.
Diaz out of Monday's lineup 09-26-2016
Aledmys Diaz SS STL
Aledmys Diaz is out of the Cardinals' lineup Monday versus the Reds.
Diaz, who was childhood friends and neighbors with Jose Fernandez, was also out of the lineup on Sunday. The club will allow him to leave the team for Fernandez's funeral if he chooses to do so. Jedd Gyorko is playing shortstop Monday.
Carpenter, Diaz out of Cards' lineup Monday 09-26-2016
Matt Carpenter 2B STL
Matt Carpenter is not in Monday's lineup against the Reds.
The Cardinals are fighting to keep pace in the Wild Card race, but both Carpenter will take a seat Monday. Aledmys Diaz is also out of the lineup for the second straight day. Greg Garcia will start at second base and bat leadoff while Jedd Gyorko will play shortstop and hit seventh. Tim Adleman will start for the Reds.
Osuna, Benoit expected to get night off Mon. 09-26-2016
Roberto Osuna P TOR
Roberto Osuna and Joaquin Benoit are expected to get the day off Monday.

Ben Nicholson-Smith
Osuna has thrown 38 pitches over the past two days (including his blown save on Sunday) while Benoit threw 24 pitches on Sunday. Jason Grilli would likely get a save chance if needed Monday versus the Yankees.
Castellanos (hand) could return this weekend 09-26-2016
Nick Castellanos 3B DET
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that Nick Castellanos (hand) could return by the weekend.

Anthony Fenech on Twitter
Castellanos has been sidelined since August 6 with a fractured hand, but he was slated to play in an instructional league game on Monday. Barring any setbacks, he appears to be the verge of a return. The 24-year-old was batting .286 with 18 homers and an .831 OPS in 105 games prior to the injury.
Gregory Polanco (face) out again Monday 09-26-2016
Gregory Polanco RF PIT
Gregory Polanco (face) is out of the Pirates' lineup again Monday against the Cubs.

Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter
Polanco hasn't played since he suffered a left facial contusion when he collided face-first into the left field on Friday. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to action. Josh Bell is starting in right field on Monday while John Jaso will play first base.
Marte (back) remains out of Pirates' lineup 09-26-2016
Starling Marte LF PIT
Starling Marte (back) remains out of the Pirates' lineup Monday versus the Cubs.

Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter
Marte hasn't played since Thursday due to nagging back spasms. He's iffy for the final week, so fantasy owners should have a backup plan at the ready. Adam Frazier will make the start in left field and bat seventh against Kyle Hendricks.
Matz sent for another shoulder checkup 09-26-2016
Steven Matz P NYM
Steven Matz was sent for another checkup on his shoulder on Monday.

Anthony DiComo on Twitter
Matz was originally expected to make his return to the Mets' rotation this past Friday, but he was scratched after experiencing renewed soreness in his left shoulder. He's not expected to pitch this month and any contribution in the playoffs could also be a stretch, even in a relief role.
Yankees outright Graham to Triple-A 09-26-2016
J.R. Graham P NYY
Yankees sent RHP J.R. Graham outright to Triple-A Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The move clears him from the 40-man roster. Graham was acquired from the Twins back in May and posted a 1.82 ERA and 33/9 K/BB ratio over 29 2/3 innings in Double-A.
Yulieski Gurriel not in Monday's lineup 09-26-2016
Yulieski Gurriel 3B HOU
Yulieski Gurriel is not in Monday's lineup versus the Mariners.

Brian McTaggart on Twitter
Gurriel has just three hits in his last 31 at-bats, so he'll get a breather for the series opener. Marwin Gonzalez will make the start at third base.
Nelson Cruz (wrist) in Monday's lineup 09-26-2016
Nelson Cruz RF SEA
Nelson Cruz (wrist) is in Monday's lineup against the Astros.

Shannon Drayer on Twitter
Cruz exited Sunday's game after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but it's not going to keep him out of the lineup. He'll serve as the DH and bat cleanup against Collin McHugh.
Pirates place Josh Harrison on 60-day DL 09-26-2016
Josh Harrison 2B PIT
Pirates placed INF Josh Harrison on the 60-day disabled list with a groin injury. Harrison was shut down two weeks ago with a right groin strain. The 29-year-old finishes the 2016 season with a disappointing .283/.311/.388 batting line in 131 games. He's owed $7.75 million in 2017 on a contract that carries options through 2020.
Rasmus dealing with hip, groin problem 09-26-2016
Colby Rasmus LF HOU
Colby Rasmus is dealing with a hip/groin issue.

Brian McTaggart on Twitter
He also has vertigo-like symptoms related to a cyst in his right ear that was surgically removed last month. Rasmus has been sidelined since September 18 and might not play in another game this season for Houston. He's currently exploring treatment options.
Marlins activate Adam Conley (finger) off DL 09-26-2016
Adam Conley P MIA
Marlins activated LHP Adam Conley from the 15-day disabled list. Conley was supposed to return to the Marlins' rotation on Sunday against the Braves, but that game was cancelled following the death of Miami ace Jose Fernandez. The left-handed Conley will now pitch Monday versus the Mets and Bartolo Colon. He missed six weeks with tendinitis in his left middle finger.
Jose Iglesias (personal) in lineup on Monday 09-26-2016
Jose Iglesias SS DET
Jose Iglesias is back in the Tigers' starting lineup on Monday night against the Indians.
Iglesias was scratched from the Tigers' lineup Sunday following the death of his friend and fellow Cuban Jose Fernandez. He'll start at shortstop and bat ninth Monday versus Indians right-hander Corey Kluber.
Bryce Harper (thumb) out of Nats lineup Mon. 09-26-2016
Bryce Harper RF WAS
Bryce Harper (thumb) is absent from the Nationals' starting lineup on Monday night.

Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
Harper injured his left thumb Sunday when he slid awkwardly into third base after a fake tag by Jung Ho Kang. He is scheduled to undergo X-rays at some point Monday. Brian Goodwin will start in right field and bat seventh in the Nationals' series opener against the Diamondbacks.
Daniel Murphy (glute) still shut down Monday 09-26-2016
Daniel Murphy 2B WAS
Daniel Murphy (glute) remains shut down Monday.

Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
Murphy has missed seven straight starts due to a strained left glute and it sounds like he won't be very active in this final week. But the star second baseman should be ready for the beginning of the NLDS. He has a .347/.391/.596 batting line, 25 homers, and 104 RBI in 141 games this season for the NL East-champion Nationals.
Nationals activate reliever Sammy Solis 09-26-2016
Sammy Solis P WAS
Nationals activated LHP Sammy Solis from the 15-day disabled list. Solis will be available out of the Nats' bullpen on Monday night against the Diamondbacks after missing about six weeks with left shoulder inflammation. The lefty reliever has posted an impressive 2.35 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings this season.
Reds place Zack Cozart (knee) on 15-day DL 09-26-2016
Zack Cozart SS CIN
Reds placed SS Zack Cozart on the 15-day disabled list. Cozart hadn't appeared in a game since September 10 due to a nagging right knee injury and he won't play in another game this season. This was really just a procedural move. The 31-year-old shortstop finishes with a .252/.308/.425 batting line, 16 homers, 50 RBI, four steals, and 67 runs scored. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter after making $2.925 million in 2016.
Fowler, Zobrist out of Cubs' lineup on Monday 09-26-2016
Dexter Fowler CF CHC
Dexter Fowler is out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Monday night against the Pirates.

Carrie Muskat on Twitter
Ben Zobrist will also take a seat for the National League Central-champion Cubs. Albert Almora is starting in center field and batting seventh, with Javier Baez covering second base and hitting eighth. Chris Coghlan is at leadoff versus Bucs right-hander Chad Kuhl.
Jordan Zimmermann could start this weekend 09-26-2016
Jordan Zimmermann P DET
Jordan Zimmermann could start Saturday at Atlanta.
Zimmermann looked sharp in a three-inning relief appearance Sunday versus the Royals, yielding one run while striking out four. He threw 30 of his 35 pitches for strikes. It was the first appearance since September 10 for the 30-year-old right-hander, who has been battling lat trouble since late June. Saturday's game could very well be a must-win for Detroit.
Nelson Cruz (wrist) expecting to play Monday 09-26-2016
Nelson Cruz RF SEA
Nelson Cruz (wrist) expects to play in Monday night's series opener against the Astros.
Cruz was lifted from Sunday's series finale against the Twins in the top of the eighth inning after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but he said afterward that it's nothing serious. The big slugger homered twice Sunday before exiting and now has 41 home runs and 100 RBI in 149 games for the year. Seattle is still technically alive for an American League Wild Card spot, though that dream could end early this week.
Rob Zastryzny to start Thursday vs. Bucs 09-26-2016
Rob Zastryzny P CHC
Rob Zastryzny will make his first major league start this Thursday against the Pirates.
It'll be part of a bullpen game for the National League Central-champion Cubs, with Zastryzny probably covering the first 2-3 innings. The 24-year-old southpaw has registered an impressive 1.46 ERA with 13 strikeouts over his first 12 1/3 major league frames. He should be on the postseason roster as a lefty relief specialist.