Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Could go in for CAT scan
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(9/18/2017) Pedroia (nose) could undergo a CAT scan Tuesday, Evan Drellich of CSN New England reports.

The Red Sox will reevaluate Pedroia on Tuesday, and if he is feeling severe pain, they'll do the CAT scan to see if his nose is broken. A break could force him to miss significant time with just two weeks left in the season, but if it is just a bruise, Pedroia could be back in the lineup shortly. Expect an update before Tuesday's game.

Tigers' Ian Kinsler: Hits solo shot in loss to Oakland
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(9/18/2017) Kinsler went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI during Monday's loss to the Athletics.

While it's been a down year for Kinsler, he's still posted a respectable 19 homers, 84 runs and 14 stolen bases through just 130 games. Unfortunately, his RBI total and slash line are down to a disappointing 46 and .236/.315/.405, respectively. With the Tigers in a clear rebuild, Kinsler's fantasy upside is somewhat capped through the end of the season.

Indians' Willi Castro: Shines in High-A campaign
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(9/18/2017) Castro capped off 2017, his first full season with High-A Lynchburg, hitting .290/.337/.424 with 11 home runs, 58 RBI, 69 runs and 19 stolen bases.

The 20-year-old, switch-hitting shortstop put his all-around talents on display during his fourth professional season. Castro was one of just three Carolina League players to notch double-digit marks in home runs and steals, and finished in the league's top 10 for runs scored and total bases. The Indians have a handful of shortstop prospects on the farm, but Castro is arguably the most talented of the bunch.

Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Sustains nasal contusion
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(9/18/2017) Pedroia was diagnosed with a nasal contusion after fouling a ball off his face in Monday's game against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

That's a bruised nose in plain English. It sounds like Pedroia has escaped the worst after a foul ball bounced straight off the plate and hit him right in the face in Monday's game. Consider him day-to-day, as he may need some rest, but this injury shouldn't cost Pedroia significant time down the stretch.

Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Leaves after fouling ball off face
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(9/18/2017) Pedroia was replaced at second base by Brock Holt on Monday after fouling a ball off his face, Rich Dubroff of reports.

The extent of the injury isn't clear, but he was attended to by trainers before the Red Sox decided to remove him from the game. Consider him day-to-day until the Red Sox are able to perform all the tests they need to, including a potential concussion test.

Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez: Targeting weekend return
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(9/18/2017) Nunez (knee) is aiming to be ready to return by the latter end of Boston's upcoming series against the Reds, Rob Bradford of reports.

Nunez is expected to practice running the bases Wednesday, which will help give a better indication as to whether or not returning over the weekend is an attainable goal. Once he's back in full health, Nunez will likely serve as a utility player for the Red Sox, as Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, and Dustin Pedroia occupy spots in Boston's infield.

Red Sox's Brock Holt: Heads to bench Monday
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(9/18/2017) Holt is out of the lineup Monday against the Orioles, Evan Drellich of CSN New England reports.

The recent absence of Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) has allowed the Red Sox to deploy Dustin Pedroia at designated hitter more frequently, which opened up second base for Holt over the previous four contests. While Ramirez remains sidelined Monday, manager John Farrell elected to open up the DH spot for the hot-hitting Christian Vazquez, who needed a day off behind the plate following back-to-back starts at catcher. Holt will thus reprise his normal utility role off the bench.

Athletics' Joey Wendle: Smacks grand slam in win
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(9/18/2017) Wendle went 1-for-4 with a grand slam home run in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Phillies.

The 27-year-old's 381-foot shot to right in the sixth with the bases jammed erased a 3-2 deficit and ended up being the difference in the contest. Wendle had only seen five at-bats with the big-league club coming into Sunday's contest, and his timely round tripper was only the second of his brief major-league career. Wendle figures to continue seeing occasional starts for the balance of the regular season.

Rangers' Rougned Odor: Stuck in another slump
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(9/18/2017) Odor went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Angels.

In what's seemingly been a recurring theme this season, Odor is in the midst of another prolonged offensive dry spell, as Sunday's hitless effort leaves him with a 2-for-26 mark at the plate over his last nine contest. A .227 BABIP has certainly hurt Odor's cause, but a career-worst 24.5 percent strikeout rate and an almost 100-point decline in slugging percentage from the year prior suggests that bad luck alone is not at the root of the second baseman's disappointing season. Odor is probably still worth keeping active in most formats thanks to his strong counting-stats production (29 home runs, 14 steals), but a .208 average has kept him out of the upper tier of fantasy performers at his position.

Angels' Brandon Phillips: Remains out Sunday
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(9/17/2017) Phillips (back) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

Phillips will miss his second consecutive game Sunday as he deals with a tight back. The Angels had been optimistic about his condition and hoped that he'd be ready to return for their series finale against Texas, but he'll have to miss another game and give way to Kaleb Cowart at second base. The team has Monday off, so Phillips may be back in action Tuesday against the Indians.

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