Forsythe's batting average has fallen from .281 on Sept. 15 to .266 as of Friday, so manager Kevin Cash decided to hold him out Friday. Juniel Querecuto will get the start at second base in Forsythe's place.
Castro tallied two hits in Thursday's game and is 16-for-45 (.356) in his career against Orioles starter Yovani Gallardo, so it comes as a surprise that he is being held out Friday with Gallardo on the mound for the opponent. Regardless of the reason Castro is being held out, Ronald Torreyes will get the start at second base Friday night.
Lowrie had already had season-ending foot surgery in August, but this issue -- which he indicated he'd had for the past decade -- was also addressed. The 32-year-old is apparently ahead of schedule in his recovery from the first surgery, as he's slated to leave behind his walking boot and is hoping to resume baseball activities in November with an eye toward being fully healthy by the start of spring training.
Castro delivered out of the cleanup spot, knocking in his first runs since Sept. 15. He surpassed last season's total of 69 RBI with this effort, but is still eight short of his career high set back in 2012. The 26-year-old has performed right in line with expectations during his first season with the Yankees.
Wendle will head to the bench with the A's facing lefty Ariel Miranda, as he did the last time the team faced a southpaw. While he continues to lead off against right-handed pitching, Wendle has mostly underwhelmed in the leadoff role with a .324 OBP and .339 SLG from the top spot.
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.
For the seventh consecutive game, Saladino will remain out of the lineup as he continues dealing with a back issue. At this point in time, there's yet to be an indication as to whether or not Saladino will return before the season comes to a close. Carlos Sanchez will head out to second base while Saladino sits out.
Thursday will mark just the second time that Dozier hasn't been in the lineup for the month of September. With Dozier out, Eduardo Escobar will start at second base while Jorge Polanco moves up to the leadoff spot.
Travis has sat out two consecutive days with a sore shoulder, but is set to return to action Thursday evening. Although he owns a solid .299/.331/.447 line for the year, Travis went 0-for-11 with five strikeouts over three games prior to getting hurt.
Thursday will be just the second game that Pedroia has sat out during the month of September. However, now that the Red Sox have clinched the AL East, they can afford to let the 33-year-old have a day off as they prepare for their playoff run. Deven Marrero will make a rare appearance and start in place of Pedroia at second base.