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Pirates SP A.J. Burnett expects to return soon


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7:03 pm ET) After throwing a simulated game Friday without any issues, Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett said he expects to return soon, reports Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I feel where I need to be," said Burnett, who is on the 15-day disabled list because of a flexor strain in his right elbow. "A lot better than I expected to."

He is set to throw a bullpen session Sunday and then go from there.

"I expect to be throwing soon for the Pirates, because I feel great," he said.


Angels' Johnny Giavotella having trouble seeing


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:55 pm ET) Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella is on the disabled list because he's had issues seeing, reports the Orange County Register. Giavotella has been seeing double, but he hopes the issue will be cleared up before the season ends so he can return.

Mariners' Nelson Cruz to return in a few days


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:50 pm ET) Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz will need to sit the next few games in order to rest his injured quad, reports the Seattle Times. Cruz has not played since suffering the injury during Wednesday's game, but it is improving.

Padres' Wil Myers returns to lineup Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:46 pm ET) Padres outfielder Wil Myers was activated from the disabled list and is back in lineup for Friday's game, the team announced. He will hit sixth and play first base. Myers has been out with a wrist injury since June.

Royals hope to get Alex Rios, Kelvin Herrera back next week


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:27 pm ET) The Royals are targeting next week for the return of Alex Rios and Kelvin Herrera, reports MLB.com. Rios and Herrera are dealing with the chicken pox, but their symptoms have improved.

Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia nearing return


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:20 pm ET) Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has been running and is getting close to full baseball activities, reports WEEI.com.

"Dustin is hitting all his checkpoints, aggressively," interim manager Torey Lovullo said. "It's getting close. We're all in it with him. We're all excited by what we're seeing and what we're hearing."

With the minor league season ending this weekend, Pedroia will not go on a rehab assignment. He has been out since July with a hamstring injury.


Back injury sidelines Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:19 pm ET) Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was scratched from Friday's lineup because of back tightness, reports the Boston Herald. He was replaced by Travis Shaw. Sandoval is hitting .247 with 10 home runs in 117 games.

Mariners RP Joe Beimel activated off DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:59 pm ET) The Mariners have activated reliever Joe Beimel off the disabled list, per ESPN 710.

Beimel spent the minimum time on the shelf with arm fatigue. He went down in a terrible slump, having allowed 10 runs over his last 1 2/3 innings.


Athletics OF Josh Reddick gets rare night off Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:54 pm ET) Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick is catching his first break Friday night against Seattle since Aug. 21. He is set to sit against Mariners lefty Edgar Olmos.

Reddick owns a fine slash line of .278/.333/.452. He's batting a respectable 269 (24-for-89) against southpaws this season.


Giants SS Brandon Crawford back in action Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:44 pm ET) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is ready to roll Friday in Colorado. He had been sidelined for four days with a back ailment.

Crawford returns in a slump. He has just two hits in his last 23 at-bats.


Astros matchup lefty Tony Sipp down with back, oblique ailments


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:38 pm ET) Back and oblique issues have sidelined Astros lefty bullpen specialist Tony Sipp, per the Houston Chronicle. Sipp has not pitched since Aug. 26.

His absence could prove detrimental. Sipp is having a strong year. He has not allowed a run since July 5. He has pitched 16 consecutive scoreless innings with 17 strikeouts to lower his ERA to 2.14.


Orioles bring up RP Jorge Rondon, LF Junior Lake


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:32 pm ET) The Orioles have announced the promotions of reliever Jorge Rondon and left fielder Junior Lake from Triple-A Norfolk.

Rondon pitched in five games for Baltimore this season. Two awful appearances resulted in an 11.88 ERA.

Lake is batting .208 (15-for-72) in two stints with the Orioles in 2015.


Yankees targeting Wednesday return for SP CC Sabathia


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:27 pm ET) Yankees veteran starter CC Sabathia is slated to return to the rotation Wednesday against visiting Baltimore, MLB.com has reported.

Sabathia threw about 60 pitches in a simulated game Friday.

The veteran left-hander has been dealing with knee inflammation that landed him on the disabled list. It was thought he might miss the rest of the season.

Sabathia must perform far better than he has most of the year to help the Yankees in their playoff push. He is 4-9 with a 5.27 ERA that is nearly identical to the career-worst he posted in 2014.


Promoted Sean Nolin to join Athletics rotation Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:14 pm ET) The Athletics have recalled left-hander Sean Nolin from Triple-A Nashville to start him in Sunday's game, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Nolin earned the promotion by posting a 2.66 ERA in the minors this season with 38 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings.


Twins OF Byron Buxton not in Friday lineup against Houston


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:07 pm ET) Struggling Byron Buxton is the odd man out of the Twins lineup Friday in Houston after the activation of Aaron Hicks off the disabled list.

Buxton has just one hit in his last 23 at-bats and has fanned 11 times during that stretch. His average has fallen to .189.

It remans to be seen if his absence from the Minnesota lineup is permanent as the team seeks to remain in the playoff race.


Twins DH Miguel Sano fine for Friday game against Astros


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:02 pm ET) Twins rookie slugger Miguel Sano is set to play Friday night in Houston after losing a game to a hamstring issue.

Sano has been tearing it up at the plate with five home runs in his last eight starts. He has sweetened his slash line to an impressive .294/.403/.617.


OF Matt McBride designated for assignment by Rockies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:54 pm ET) Outfielder Matt McBride has been designated for assignment by the Rockies to make room on the roster for just-activated first baseman Justin Morneau.

McBride did not distinguish himself at the plate during his short stay with Colorado, He batted just .167 (7-for-42) with no RBI.


Rockies 1B Justin Morneau finally back in action Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:51 pm ET) The long wait is over for Rockies veteran first baseman Justin Morneau. He has been activated after nearly four months on the disabled list and is set to play first base Friday night against San Francisco.

Morneau has been out with a concussion and neck injury. He played in five rehab games for Double-A New Britain and batted .500 (9-for-18) with two home runs and nine RBI.

He returns to Colorado with .290/.317/.450 slash line.


Angels send RP Drew Rucinski, OF Alfredo Marte to Triple-A


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:43 pm ET) Right-hander Drew Rucinski and outfielder Alfredo Marte, both of whom were designated for assignment by the Angels this week, have cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake City.

Rucinski has spent nearly all year in the minors, but he has pitched in four games out of the bullpen for the Angels and compiled a 7.71 ERA.


Mets OF Michael Cuddyer out with wrist tendinitis


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:31 pm ET) Just three weeks after completing a stint on the disabled list due to a knee injury, Mets veteran outfielder Michael Cuddyer is sidelined with wrist tendinitis, per the New York Daily News.

Cuddyer had been playing most days upon his return. He enjoyed a surge in August with 18 hits in 48 at-bats in lifting his average from .253 to .268.

It remains to be seen how long his latest physical issue will keep him out.


Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen fine for critical game Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:14 pm ET) Pirates slugger Andrew McCutchen is ready to roll Friday for the opener of a critical series in St. Louis. He is in his familar third spot in the lineup.

McCutchen has been dealing with a nagging knee ailment, but it hasn't been evident by his performance at the plate. He has slammed two hits in nine of his last 15 games.


Mets 2B Daniel Murphy still out Friday with quad injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:05 pm ET) A quad injury has Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy sidelined again Friday against host Miami.

Murphy has been out since Wednesday and is considered day-to-day. He was in a 3-for-18 mini-slide before going down.


Hamstring issue has Royals 3B Mike Moustakas out again Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:58 pm ET) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is again out of the lineup Friday against the White Sox with a hamstring ailment.

Moustakas has been absent four straight games after posting five multi-hit efforts in his previous nine games.


Cardinals activate OF Jon Jay off DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:48 pm ET) The Cardinals have announced that they have activated outfielder Jon Jay off the disabled list. He had been sidelined for more than two months with a wrist injury.

Jay was off to a poor start to the season before going down. He recorded a slash line of .223/.311/.265 and managed no multi-hit games from May 1 forward.


Phillies OF Domonic Brown not in Friday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:41 pm ET) A concussion could prevent Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown from playing Friday night in Boston. He is out of the lineup.

Brown left the game Wednesday with the head injury. It remains to be seen how long he'll be sidelined.