Tyler Flowers C CWS 5 Hrs
Flowers went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer Monday against the Tigers.
Flowers is having the best offensive season of his career as he is now hitting .243 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI. He is closing out the season on a high-note as he has five home runs in September.
Chris Bassitt SP CWS 5 Hrs
Bassitt won Monday against the Tigers as he allowed six hits and one walk to go along with three strikeouts in 7.2 scoreless innings.
Bassitt recorded his first career win in this game as he rebounded from a rough start his last time out. He will likely get one more start before the season ends.
Matt Shoemaker P LAA 6 Hrs
Shoemaker (oblique) has just a "very remote" chance of pitching during the final week of the regular season, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Shoemaker and the Angels seem optimistic about his chances of pitching in the postseason, but he doesn't appear likely to get a tune-up start during the final week of the regular season. The right-hander played catch on Monday, and it didn't appear to cause him much discomfort, further asserting the notion that his oblique strain is considered to be mild. The Angels will take a conservative approach for now, but likely won't hesitate to deploy Shoemaker and his 3.04 ERA when needed in the playoffs.
Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 6 Hrs
Hamilton (ribs) hit off a tee Monday, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Hamilton appears to be making progress, but it's unlikely he plays in the current series against the Athletics. According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange Country Register, the slugger could be available to play in the team's final regular season series against the Mariners, at the earliest. Hamilton will likely see a few at-bats there, which will help manager Mike Scioscia decide how best to use the outfielder in the postseason.
Collin McHugh SP HOU 7 Hrs
McHugh has been shut down for the remainder of the regular season, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.
McHugh has recorded quality starts in 9 of his last 10 outings, but the Astros have decided that they've seen enough this season. He's made 28 starts so far this season between the Astros and their Triple-A affiliate, accumulating a career-high 173.2 innings. With the team securely out of the playoff hunt, there's little incentive to push McHugh much harder.
Christian Colon 2B/SS KC 7 Hrs
Colon (finger) is unlikely to play again during the regular season, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Colon hit .302 over 43 at-bats before landing on the DL due to a broken finger. He may have been a candidate to challenge Omar Infante for playing time down the stretch, but it seems as if he won't be back this year unless the Royals make the postseason.
Odrisamer Despaigne SP SD 7 Hrs
Despaigne is dealing with a sore lat muscle, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Despaigne has been undergoing treatment to address the soreness, and plans on playing catch Monday evening. His next turn in the rotation would have landed on Sept. 24, but it now appears that this start may be in jeopardy. With the Padres securely out of the playoff hunt, there's little reason to push the 27-year-old Despaigne if there are any questions about his health.
Derek Norris C/DH OAK 7 Hrs
Norris is dealing with shoulder soreness but is feeling well enough to DH, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Norris was not in the lineup Sunday due to the shoulder issue, but he received a shot and is OK to serve as the DH on Monday. There's no word on whether or not the shoulder issue is something that will affect him in the longer term, but continue to monitor his status over the next few days.
Craig Gentry OF OAK 8 Hrs
Gentry (concussion) has not been cleared to play but is feeling better of late, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Genry has been out since Sept. 9 and it remains to be seen whether or not he'll return to action in 2014. His headaches have reduced and he has more energy, but Gentry is yet to resume any sort of baseball activities, so a return before the end of the season still seems like somewhat of a longshot.
Rajai Davis OF DET 8 Hrs
Davis is out of the lineup Monday against the White Sox, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.
The Tigers will give Ezequiel Carrera a spin in center field Monday, ending a run of nine straight starts for Davis. The 33-year-old speedster should benefit from the maintenance day with a probable postseason berth looming for the Tigers.