Adam Lind not in the lineup Monday
Hisashi Iwakuma blames 'bad balance'
Coming off a stretch of six straight shaky starts during which he has compiled a 9.12 ERA,
"I'm physically healthy," Iwakuma said through interpreter Antony Suzuki. "There's no issue with that. This late in the season, we're all tired and feel fatigued at times, so we're trying to overcome that. But like I said the other day in Anaheim, it's more the balance for myself. I'm still kind of working on making my adjustments because of my bad balance. I'm not able to get ahead early in the count and that's kind of messing up my game plan."
Manager Lloyd McClendon is getting frustrated with Iwakuma's performance with the team fighting to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
"I'm not sure," McClendon said. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't concerned. He had six days' rest. I thought he'd be a lot sharper today."
Jason Kipnis not "at full speed"
One day after serving as the
Kipnis has now started just twice in the last six games.
Wilfredo Tovar getting the call
According to NJ.com, the
Tovar has spent most of 2014 at Double-A Binghamton, hitting .282 with a .690 OPS in 255 at-bats there.
Danny Duffy set for Monday start
Mark Trumbo aiming to elevate ball
"There's no money for me on the ground," Trumbo said. "I need to drive the ball. I need to hit the ball in the air. It's frustrating when you're not doing it, but fortunately today I was able to get a few out there, and that's kind of what I need to do."
According to FanGraphs.com, Trumbo's fly-ball rate is actually a bit higher than it was last season, but fewer of those fly balls are resulting in home runs. The former Angels slugger missed 71 games earlier this season with a stress fracture in his foot.
"Looking at my numbers, if I'm a 30-home run guy, maybe I'm not that far off pace for missing half the year," said Trumbo. "But it feels like this year it's been more frustrating. The balls I've hit hard have been lower for outs. You look around the league, and the guys who are in my same mold probably are getting the ball up in the air. That's what I've got to do, too."
John Jaso, Craig Gentry likely done
"With eight games left," Melvin said, "there's always that possibility."
Craig suffered his concussion Sept. 9 after suffering one previously in 2011. Jaso's came way back in August. He was expected to return as a pinch-hitter and part-time DH at one point, but a visit with a concussion specialist Sept. 10 pushed back his timetable.
Jurickson Profar's shoulder still not feeling right
"He's worked extremely hard, but he hasn't bounced back," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We need to get him right, so we are gathering additional opinions from a number of the best doctors out there. It's been a frustrating case."
Profar was named the top prospect according to Baseball America prior to 2013. His availability for the start of 2015 is at this point unknown.
Orioles shuffle starting rotation
"There's a fine line between not having enough rest and having too much rest, so we're trying to have every guy that pitches get one extra day before the start," manager Buck Showalter told the Baltimore Sun. “We're going to try to give everybody, so you're not too far away from the ball but you get a little extra rest. They all seem to respond well to that."
As of now,
Derek Jeter will play final seven games
Manager Joe Girardi told the New York Daily News that he intends to have retiring shortstop
"Obviously, some of those days are going to be DH days to keep him going," Girardi said.
Jeter has begun his final homestand with four straight multi-hit games, batting .471 (8 for 17) with a home run and two doubles during that stretch.
"He's hit the ball with more authority," Girardi said. "That's the ups and downs of a hitter. A lot of times, when a guy is older and they're going through it, everyone's ready to write him off. That's what happens. That's the nature of the business. But he's swung the bat extremely well."
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