Drew Pomeranz
Red Sox's Drew Pomeranz: Ready for relieving
Drew Pomeranz, SP, BOS
4:24 AM
News: Pomeranz (forearm) feels he's ready to help the Red Sox out of the bullpen after throwing a 30-pitch session Thursday, Peter Abraham and Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports.

Pomeranz feels he can step in right now based on his experience as a reliever as recently as last season, but Red Sox manager John Farrell has planned an inning the left-hander before the end of the regular season to see how he looks and also evaluate him for a spot on the postseason roster.

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Renato Nunez
Athletics' Renato Nunez: Remains out Thursday
Renato Nunez, 3B, OAK
9/29/2016
News: Nunez (back) remains out of the lineup Thursday against the Mariners, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

A bout of back soreness has sidelined Nunez since last weekend, but he was going to pinch hit Wednesday before the Angels made a pitching change. That would suggest the 22-year-old will be available at least in a limited capacity for the final weekend of the 2016 season.

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Tyler Saladino
White Sox's Tyler Saladino: Done for remainder of 2016 season
Tyler Saladino, 2B, CHW
9/29/2016
News: Saladino (back) won't return for the remainder of the 2016 season, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

After missing six consecutive games with a back injury, it appears that Saladino's season has come to an end. He'll finish his second year in the majors with a .282/.315/.409 line and 38 RBI. With Saladino out, look for Carlos Sanchez to start second base for the rest of Chicago's season.

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Masahiro Tanaka
Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka: Throws bullpen session Thursday
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY
9/29/2016
News: Tanaka (forearm) threw a bullpen session Thursday, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.

Tanaka felt good following Thursday's workout, but the Yankees have yet to say whether or not he'll start Saturday against the Orioles. Tanaka, who last pitched Sept. 21, has posted a 2.70 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over his last four starts.

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Yordano Ventura
Royals' Yordano Ventura: Listed as Friday's starter
Yordano Ventura, SP, KC
9/29/2016
News: Ventura (back) is listed as the probable starter for Friday's game against the Indians.

Lower-back tightness and spasms cut short Ventura's last outing after four innings, but he probably wasn't long for that game anyway (three runs allowed on 10 hits and two walks). It seems he made it through his between-starts bullpen session without any further complications, as he's set to make his final start of the 2016 campaign opposite right-hander Adam Plutko, who will be filling in with Corey Kluber (quad) sidelined.

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Michael Brantley
Indians' Michael Brantley: Could miss significant time in 2017
Michael Brantley, LF, CLE
9/29/2016
News: Brantley, who had shoulder surgery a month ago, could miss significant time next season, Fanrag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

Per Heyman's report, Brantley's shoulder muscle was re-anchored to the bone -- a serious procedure that could cost him more time than initially believed. In response to Heyman's report, Brantley said, "maybe (Heyman) knows something I don't," according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. The Indians maintain that the expected recovery time is four months, which would mean Brantley would be ready for spring training. This is a murky situation that should continue to develop during the offseason, but those who own Brantley in keeper leagues should be aware that he may not be ready for Opening Day next year.

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Danny Salazar
Indians' Danny Salazar: Prepping for postseason bullpen role
Danny Salazar, SP, CLE
9/29/2016
News: Salazar threw a 30-plus pitches off a mound Wednesday, and appears on track to be available out of the bullpen in the ALDS, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

He only threw fastballs and changeups, as those would be the two pitches Salazar would use as a reliever. Apparently it hurts his arm too much to throw curveballs. Depending on how deep the Indians go in the postseason, there's a chance Salazar could make a start at some point, but it would likely be a shortened start, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes reports.

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Steven Wright
Red Sox's Steven Wright: Will join team Friday
Steven Wright, SP, BOS
9/29/2016
News: Wright (shoulder) will join the Red Sox on Friday and pitch in the bullpen, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

It's unclear if Abraham means if Wright will actually pitch in a game out of the bullpen or merely throw a bullpen session, but it's an encouraging sign for the right-hander who hasn't pitched since Aug. 31.

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Nick Goody
Yankees' Nick Goody: Away from team with personal issue
Nick Goody, RP, NYY
9/28/2016
News: Goody is away from the team as he deals with a personal issue, Chad Jennings of LoHud.com reports.

Per the report, Goody's locker has been cleared out, and so with the season set to end Sunday it would seem to imply he won't be back for the remainder of the year. If that's the case, the 25-year-old closes out 2016 with 34 strikeouts in 29 innings (10.6 K/9), but an uninspiring 4.66 ERA and a 5.34 FIP that suggests he was even lucky to attain that mark.

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Shin-Soo Choo
Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo: Set to rejoin club
Shin-Soo Choo, RF, TEX
9/28/2016
News: Choo (forearm) will rejoin the Rangers on Thursday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

With two hits (including a homer) in five at-bats during an instructional league game Wednesday, Choo was able to convince the Rangers' brass that he can contribute in some capacity over the final days of the regular season. It's uncertain, however, how much he'll play during the team's final series. Choo has been limited to just 45 games so far this year due to calf, hamstring, back and forearm injuries.

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