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Giants SP Matt Cain back on DL with elbow nerve irritation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7:07 pm ET) The Giants have placed embattled starter Matt Cain on the disabled list with right elbow nerve irritation, CSN Bay Area has reported.

Cain is having easily his worst season after losing the first three months to an elbow issue. His 6.15 ERA is nearly two points higher than any he has compiled in a full season during his career.


Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig a no-go Friday against Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:45 pm ET) A hamstring injury sustained while trying to beat out an infield hit Thursday has Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig out of the lineup Friday with the Cubs in town.

Puig has had issues much of the season with his hamstring. It remains to be seen how long the latest one keeps him sidelined.


Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez fine for Friday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:42 pm ET) Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was true to his word. He stated Thursday that he would not miss any time after fouling a pitch off his knee and he is indeed in the lineup Friday against the visiting Cubs.

Gonzalez lost a four-game hitting streak with his 0-for-2 effort Thursday before his removal from the game.


Cubs CF Dexter Fowler back in action Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:35 pm ET) Various ailments, including a shin injury, will not keep Cubs leadoff hitter and center fielder Dexter Fowler out of the lineup Friday against the host Dodgers. The bad news is that he has to face Clayton Kershaw.

Fowler lost only a couple days to his physical issues. He returns in an 0-for-9 skid, but he ranks sixth in the majors this season with 84 runs scored.


Orioles CF Adam Jones fine for Friday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:23 pm ET) Orioles slugger Adam Jones is ready to roll Friday night in Texas after leaving the game Thursday following a frightening collision with the wall as he chased a fly ball. He is in the lineup.

Jones can now concentrate on ending a rare 0-for-9 slump. He enters play with a typically strong slash line of .280/319/.497.


Rangers OF Josh Hamilton takes BP; could be back soon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:17 pm ET) Shelved Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is taking batting practice on the field Friday, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which indicates that he's getting closer to returning to action.

Hamilton is eligible to be activated Monday off the disabled list. He has been sidelined since Aug. 20 with left knee inflammation.


Astros' George Springer to begin rehab assignment Saturday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:15 pm ET) Astros outfielder George Springer will begin a rehab assignment Saturday at Double-A, reports the Houston Chronicle. Springer has not played since July 1 after fracturing his wrist.

Report: Giants to start Chris Heston over Matt Cain on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:08 pm ET) The Giants are planning to promote and start Chris Heston rather than Matt Cain on Sunday against St. Louis, according to CSN Bay Area, which explans that the former threw a bullpen session Wednesday to prepare himself for the outing. 

Cain has been a mess most of the year. He allowed six runs in in five innings Tuesday to the Cubs to lower his record to 2-4 and raise his ERA to 6.15.

If he is indeed getting skipped this weekend, it remains to be seen if he is permanently out of the rotation as San Francisco continues to fight for a playoff spot.


Orioles promote Dariel Alvarez; option Henry Urrutia


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:01 pm ET) The Orioles called up outfielder Dariel Alvarez on Friday, the team announced. Alvarez was promoted after the team optioned outfielder Henry Urrutia to Triple-A.

Yankees outright RP Chris Capuano to Triple-A


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5:58 pm ET) The Yankees outrighted relief pitcher Chris Capuano to Triple-A, the team announced.

Capuano was designated for assignment on Wednesday. He has a 7.71 ERA in 35 innings this season.


Orioles C Steve Clevenger removed from paternity list


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:57 pm ET) The Orioles have announced that they have activated catcher Steve Clevenger after a stint on the paternity list.

Clevenger returns after a three-day absence and on a five-game hitting streak.


Season officially over for Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:49 pm ET) What was expected is now official - Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz is done for the year.

That announcement was made by new President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski, who indicated that the team will pick up on his 2016 option if he's healthy.

Buchholz ends his abbreviated season with a 7-7 record and 3.26 ERA in 18 starts. He managed the best strikeout ratio of his career with 107 in 113 1/3 innings.


Twins CF Aaron Hicks to start rehab assignment Saturday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5:43 pm ET) Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks will begin a rehab assignment for Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, according to MLB.com.

Hicks is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.


Twins RP Glen Perkins won't return to closer role until healthy


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5:33 pm ET) While Twins manager Paul Molitor said he is optimistic Glen Perkins will be available to pitch in Friday's game against the Astros, he will not close until he shows that he is healthy, reports MLB.com. Perkins has not pitched since Sunday after experiencing back spasms.

Yost: Ben Zobrist to soon start at 2B over Omar Infante for Royals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:30 pm ET) It appears all but certain that light-hitting Omar Infante will be the odd man out of the Royals lineup when Alex Gordon returns from injury.

As expected, Ned Yost has stated that Ben Zobrist will play mostly second base when Gordon is ready, per the Kansas City Star.

Infante has not found his stride at the plate all season. The result is a .217 average, which if maintained would be the lowest of his career.

The versatile Zobrist, who can play all over the field, will likely continue to give others occasional days off as the Royals cruise to the division title.


Francona: Indians 1B Chris Johnson to be activated Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:12 pm ET) Terry Francona has declared that Indians first baseman Chris Johnson will rejoin the team Sunday and be activated off the disabled list Tuesday, barring any setbacks, per MLB.com.

Johnson, who landed on the DL due to a spider bite infection, hit well with his new team before going down. He is batting .429 (9-for-21) since arriving in Cleveland. He had all but taken over as the starting first baseman with Carlos Santana moving to designated hitter.


Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury returns to lineup Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5:04 pm ET) Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was back in the lineup for Friday's contest at Atlanta, reports the Wall Street Journal. Ellsbury was dealing with a bruised right hip, but will hit leadoff and play center field.

Twins DH Miguel Sano sitting Friday with mild hamstring strain


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:01 pm ET) Twins rookie slugger Miguel Sano is not in the lineup Friday night against visiting Houston. He is sidelined with what Paul Molitor describes as a minor hamstring issue, per MLB.com.

Sano is on a four-game hitting streak with two home runs and six RBI.


Orioles' Chaz Roe to begin rehab assignment Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4:52 pm ET) After throwing 25 pitches during a simulated game Friday, Orioles pitcher Chaz Roe will begin his rehab assignment Monday, reports MASNSports.com.

Roe is on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder. If the rehab start goes well, he is expected to return Wednesday.


Mild hamstring issue has Astros SS Carlos Correa out Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:51 pm ET) Astros rookie stud shortstop Carlos Correa has received a second straight game off Friday, when his team plays in Minnesota. He has confirmed a bit of left hamstring soreness, per MLB.com.

Correa had been in a bit of a mini-funk at the plate before slamming four hits and scoring three runs over his last three games. His slash line in the year remains an excellent .278/.347/.510.


Red Sox scratch Hanley Ramirez from Friday's lineup


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4:43 pm ET) Red Sox outfielder Hanley Ramirez was removed from Friday's lineup, reports the Providence Journal. Ramirez is dealing with fatigue in his right shoulder and was replaced in left field by Jackie Bradley. Ramirez is hitting .249 with 19 home runs and 53 RBI in 401 at-bats. 


Ailing Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira remains sidelined Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:42 pm ET) The absence from the lineup of Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will continue Friday night in Atlanta. Teixeira told MLB.com that he still doesn't feel as well as he hoped and that he still can't run. He adds that further testing could be necessary.

Teixeira has been out since Wednesday and is on an 0-for-9 slide at the plate.


Indians SP Corey Kluber, Josh Tomlin have starts pushed up


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:33 pm ET) The illness that pushed Indians starter Danny Salazar back from Friday to Monday results in both Corey Kluber and Josh Tomlin having their outings moved up one day.

Terry Francona has declared that Kluber will now start Saturday against the visiting Angels with Tomlin going in the series finale Sunday.


Phillies' Maikel Franco optimistic about returning this season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4:29 pm ET) Phillies 3B Maikel Franco will test out his injured wrist Wednesday by taking batting practice, reports The News Journal. Franco is on the disabled list with a fractured left wrist, but is optimistic of returning this season.

Phillies send failed SP Jerome Williams to bullpen


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:18 pm ET) Four months of mostly poor performances are finally enough for the Phillies to send Jerome Williams from the rotation to the bullpen.

Williams could not maintain the momentum gained from three strong starts in early August. He allowed 12 runs on 13 hits over his last seven innings to raise his ERA to an awful 6.13.