DTDYunel Escobar SS/3B LAA 7 minutes ago
Escobar (shoulder) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game.
Kaleb Cowart will start at third base Wednesday with Escobar still dealing with a shoulder injury. Escobar left Tuesday's contest in his throwing (right) shoulder and it's unclear when he'll get back on the field this season. Cowart figures to get most of the starts at third base should Escobar continue to miss time.
Chase Whitley SP TB 8 minutes ago
Whitley will start Sunday's season finale against the Rangers.
The right-hander has fared well since his early-September promotion (two earned runs, 11 strikeouts in 10.1 innings) and will be rewarded with his first start of the season. Whitley threw a season-high 62 pitches in his most recent outing Tuesday and may be capped around 80-85 pitches or so Sunday.
Nick Hundley C COL 11 minutes ago
Hundley is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Giants.
The Rockies are using most of their left-handed options Wednesday against San Francisco righty Jeff Samardzija. With that, Tony Wolters will draw in behind the plate while Hundley gets the night off.
DTDAlbert Pujols 1B/DH LAA 12 minutes ago
Pujols (foot) remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the A's, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Pujols has been hampered by a sore foot and will miss a second straight start, affording Mike Trout another day as the DH. Manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that he wasn't sure if Pujols will play again in 2016, as the injury has "gotten to a point now where we don't want to put him at risk." The Angels are off Thursday.
Justin Turner 3B LAD 16 minutes ago
Turner is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres.
Turner will take a rare seat against a right-handed pitcher Wednesday with the Dodgers facing Luis Perdomo. He's hitting .306 with a .925 OPS against righties on the year, but with the postseason approaching, manager Dave Roberts opted to give him a day off for the first time in over two weeks. Howie Kendrick will take over at third base Wednesday.
DJ LeMahieu 2B COL 25 minutes ago
LeMahieu is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Giants.
The Rockies are going with a decidedly left-handed lineup against San Francisco's Jeff Samardzija on Wednesday, plugging Daniel Descalso in at second base in place of LeMahieu. Samardzija has given up 41 XBH to left-handed batters this season, including 12 home runs. LeMahieiu figures to draw back in Thursday against Johnny Cueto.
DTDGregory Polanco LF/RF PIT 29 minutes ago
Polanco is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs due to a stiff neck, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Initially though of as a day off, Polanco is actually on the shelf Wednesday due to some neck stiffness that'll cause manager Clint Hurdle to plug Josh Bell in right field. Polanco and the Pirates are banged up heading down the home stretch of the season, with the likes of Neftali Feliz (arm) and Francisco Cervelli (hand) potentially done for the year. That said, Polanco has yet to be officially ruled out for Thursday's contest against the Cubs.
Joe Musgrove SP HOU 39 minutes ago
Musgrove may not make another start this season, the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan reports.
According to Kaplan, Brad Peacock and Collin McHugh are expected to start Friday and Saturday, respectively, with Sunday's starter yet to be announced. Musgrove would have lined up to start Saturday, and while he could still start Sunday, the fact that McHugh is starting Saturday suggests that Astros may be opting to shut Musgrove down. It would be hard to fault them, as Musgrove sits at 147.1 innings on the season, across Double-A, Triple-A and the majors, after throwing just 100.2 innings in 2015.
OUTNeftali Feliz RP PIT 47 minutes ago
Feliz (arm) may not pitch again this season, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Feliz's arm ailment hasn't shown any improvement as he hasn't thrown since a 36-pitch bullpen session in mid-September. With only a handful of games remaining on the schedule, the Pirates are mulling over simply shutting him down rather than pushing him back on the mound before he's ready. Antonio Bastardo figures to serve as the setup man for the Pirates the rest of the way.
Bud Norris P LAD 51 minutes ago
Norris was released by the Dodgers on Wednesday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Norris did not provide the Dodgers with anywhere near the quality innings he logged for the Braves earlier this season. He posted a 6.54 ERA in 42.2 innings for the Dodgers, and it soon became clear that he was perhaps a worse option than some of the team's inexperienced rookie starters, which led to him being designated for assignment earlier this month. Norris will look to catch on with another team, likely as a non-roster invitee to spring training.