Josh Reddick RF OAK 12 hours ago

Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is not expected to play Monday against the Baltimore Orioles because of lower back tightness that forced him out of Sunday's game, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Reddick said he does not believe he will be sidelined more than one game.

Josh Reddick RF OAK 13 hours ago

Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick left Sunday's game against the Cleveland Indians due to lower back tightness, according to MLB.com. Reddick left in the fifth inning and was replaced by Mark Canha, who along with Sam Fuld would be candidates to play Monday should Reddick be unavailable against the Baltimore Orioles.

Steven Matz SP NYM 14 hours ago

New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz hopes to return from a strained lat muscle in early to mid-September, according to MLB.com. Matz is expected to start throwing early this week, and the team could use a six-man rotation upon his return, as starters Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard are approaching a season innings limit.

Kris Bryant 3B CHC 15 hours ago

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant left Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers with an apparent head or neck injury, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Bryant was injured on a head-first slide while attempting to stretch a single into a double, and was evaluated for concussion-like symptoms and neck stiffness.

Joe Panik 2B SF 17 hours ago

San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik is being held out of the lineup Sunday against the Texas Rangers because of back stiffness, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Panik was forced to sit out Tuesday and Wednesday due to the ailment, and manager Bruce Bochy indicated Panik may be held out Monday as well.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 17 hours ago

Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had an MRI on his injured right shoulder Sunday, and he could be placed on the 15-day disabled list, according to MLB.com. Kipnis was held out of the lineup Sunday against the Oakland A's after back-to-back starts at DH, and it was later revealed that the shoulder issue was holding him back. Indians manager Terry Francona indicated Saturday that the issue was not serious and that he expected Kipnis to be back in the field Sunday. "His throwing shoulder is just a little bit sore," Francona said. "I don't think it's anything we need to worry about, but I just would rather stay out ahead of it. It doesn't hurt him one lick hitting." Kipnis is one of the best offensive second basemen in baseball, as he is hitting .326 with six home runs, 66 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in 101 games this season.

Mookie Betts 2B/CF/RF BOS 18 hours ago

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that outfielder Mookie Betts has shown improvement in his recovery from a concussion over the past few days, according to the Providence Journal. Farrell noted that Betts is no longer experiencing any headaches or dizziness after he took a head-first tumble over the bullpen fence at Fenway Park on Tuesday while attempting to make a catch. While he is showing improvement, Betts has not been cleared for baseball activities. "Treadmill, bike," Farrell said about what work Betts has been doing in his recovery. "But even when he says he runs up stairs there's no dizziness, there's no pressure in the head. That wasn't the case two days ago. So like I said, seemingly he's turned a corner." Betts is expected to begin baseball activities next weekend if he does not suffer any setbacks.

A.J. Burnett SP PIT 19 hours ago

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett will be examined by team doctors Monday and will likely require an MRI on his injured forearm, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "The soreness and stiffness [in the elbow area] are a lot better now," Burnett said. "But I don't expect it to go away and I don't expect it to get better." Burnett, who considered retirement after last season before signing a one-year contract to return, said he will not consider surgery regardless of the severity of the injury. If the test Monday shows that Burnett is dealing with any structural damage to a tendon or ligament, it is possible he could retire. His velocity dropped to the mid 80s in his last start, which prompted the team to place him on the 15-day disabled list in order to determine the cause of the decline.

Rick Porcello SP BOS 19 hours ago

The Boston Red Sox placed starting pitcher Rick Porcello on the 15-day disabled list Sunday due to soreness and inflammation in his right triceps, according to the Boston Herald. Porcello lasted just two innings in his last start Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox, allowing six runs on 10 hits and one walk. Reliever Ryan Cook, who was acquired in a trade with the Oakland A's on Friday, was added to the 25-man roster in a corresponding move. "We feel like it’s a short-term thing, but at the same time we need to back him out of there,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “He wasn’t going to be able to throw a bullpen today. While the symptoms are improving there is still soreness there, so he goes on the disabled list.” The Red Sox have yet to name a replacement for Porcello's next scheduled start, which comes Tuesday against the New York Yankees.

Andrelton Simmons SS ATL 20 hours ago

Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was diagnosed with a sprained thumb Sunday, and he is expected to miss at least a few games, according to MLB.com. X-rays on Simmons' thumb showed no fractures after he had the digit examined following Saturday's loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, and it is still possible that he could be placed on the 15-day disabled list. He will be evaluated again in Atlanta on Monday, which will help determine the need for the DL placement. Simmons suffered the injury during an at-bat in the seventh inning Saturday, as he was replaced by Daniel Castro for the eighth inning. He was still experiencing some soreness and swelling with his thumb Sunday, which is why he was held out of the lineup. Castro is expected to get a majority of the playing time while Simmons is sidelined, though Pedro Ciriaco could also fill in.