Christian Vazquez C BOS 23 Mins
Vazquez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Vazquez has caught five straight games for the Red Sox, but will take a seat in favor of David Ross on Sunday afternoon. The 24-year-old backstop has hit safely in four of his past five games, but has been largely devoid of power this year, slashing .213/.273/.262 on the season.
Nick Markakis RF BAL 25 Mins
Markakis (shoulder) will not play in Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Markakis has not played since Tuesday, and it appears he will miss his fourth straight game Sunday. With the Orioles having clinched a playoff berth, expect Markakis to get all the rest he needs to get healthy for the postseason.
Adam Lind 1B/DH TOR 31 Mins
Lind (back) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees.
Lind's back is apparently still sore, as he will sit out Sunday for the second straight day. Dan Johnson will get the start at first base in Lind's place.
Allen Craig 1B/LF.. BOS 37 Mins
Craig is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Craig has started four straight games between first base and right field for the Red Sox, but will get a regular day of rest Sunday afternoon. Daniel Nava will take over at first, while Bryce Brentz will draw his first start of the season in right field.
David Ortiz DH BOS 46 Mins
Ortiz is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Ortiz has launched three home runs over the past two games, but he'll earn a well-deserved day of rest Sunday afternoon. Garin Cecchini will serve as the designated hitter in his stead, while Daniel Nava will bat third in the order.
Evan Gattis C/LF ATL 51 Mins
Gattis (kidney stones) remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Mets.
Gattis has been out of the lineup since Sept. 7 due to various ailments, and although thought to be nearing a return, he'll sit once again in favor of Christian Bethancourt on Sunday afternoon. As the season winds down to a close, it's unclear how much he'll be able to contribute for fantasy owners, as the Braves will continue to take a conservative approach with their playoff hopes now a thing of the past.
Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 56 Mins
Heyward (thumb) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mets.
Heyward will miss his third straight game as a result of a thumb ailment that has kept the right fielder out of action since Wednesday. Emilio Bonifacio will get the starting nod in his stead, as the Braves continue to take a cautious approach.
Aaron Barrett P WAS 1 Hr
Barrett pitched a perfect seventh inning on Saturday as the Nationals downed the Marlins 3-2.
With Drew Storen moving into the closer role for the struggling Rafael Soriano, Barrett has inherited Storen's seventh inning gig and done well with it, tossing six scoreless innings over eight appearances since being called back up in September while scattering three hits with a 5:1 K:BB ratio. Barrett could end up being an important part of the Nats' post-season bullpen.
Jordan Zimmermann SP WAS 2 Hrs
The Nationals will re-evaluate Zimmermann's pitching shoulder on Sunday after he got hit with a Casey McGahee line drive during Saturday's game, the Washington Post reports. "We're not going to take any chances there," Nats manager Matt Williams said. "I would assume he'll be pretty sore [Sunday]. He's got a pretty good welt on his shoulder."
Zimmermann avoided serious injury, but if the Nationals still have a cushion in the race for the NL's best record they may elect to skip his final regular season start as a precaution.
Carlos Gonzalez LF/RF COL 2 Hrs
Gonzalez (knee) is no longer using crutches and remains optimistic that he'll be at close to full strength by the start of spring training, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Gonzalez first underwent the season-ending procedure on his left knee on Aug. 19, after he played through tendinitis for much of the season. The 28-year-old said he still has difficulty climbing stairs, but with a slow and steady approach to the rehab process, he believes he'll creep closer to 100 percent health in the coming months.