Tanaka is dealing with a forearm strain, but not one near a ligament -- the worst case scenario that often leads to Tommy John surgery. Manager Joe Girardi was hopeful Tanaka would be able to go, but we'll have to wait and see what the doctor's visit reveals before we know if or when Tanaka will pitch one more time in 2016.
Richards continues to work to avoid Tommy John surgery. If all goes well Wednesday, he will move on to the instructional leagues next week in Arizona, and from there we'll be able to see if Richards can rejoin the Angels rotation in time for Opening Day or even spring training.
Maeda will be looking to notch his 17th win of the season in what will be his final regular season start. He's allowed three or fewer runs in each of his last 11 starts and probably won't go more than five innings in this outing as the team prepares for the playoffs.
It's unclear when or how the ailment came about, but it must be bothering the right-hander enough to already rule him out for the weekend series. With that start out of the picture, Jungmann will finish the season with a 7.76 ERA and 1.76 WHIP over six starts and two relief appearances. The 26-year-old will likely compete for a spot in the starting rotation during spring training, but he'll have to improve from this season if he wants to have any chance of grabbing a spot on the major league roster.
McCullers tossed a bullpen session Thursday without any issue, but with only a week remaining in the regular season, the Astros have pulled the plug on the notion that the right-hander could make another appearance in 2016. McCullers is expected to progress to throwing live batting practice in the near future.
Conley is set to return to action after missing nearly a month and a half with his finger injury. He will jump right into the Marlins' rotation Monday night and take the ball against the Mets, a team he has limited to just two runs in 12 innings over two starts this season.
Dr. Andrews, of course, is known for performing Tommy John surgeries. He actually performed Tommy John on De La Rosa back in 2011. If De La Rosa gets the surgery again, he will likely be out for the whole 2017 season.
Long balls continue to scar Sanchez's season and his value overall. This season has been his worst with a 1.76 HR/9 rating and his velocity is dropping -- his once 93 mph fastball now sits at 91.1 mph. At 32, Sanchez's game appears to be in decline and he will need to adjust his approach to successfully earn a rotation spot in 2017.
Santiago fell victim to the long ball Sunday, as he limited baserunners for the most part, but all of the runs against him came via the home run. The lefty came within an out of rattling off four consecutive quality starts earlier this month, but he has since allowed 10 runs in 11 innings to see his ERA jump back to 4.87. It has been an up-and-down season for Santiago, and he will look to finish it on a high Saturday versus the White Sox.
Musgrove allowed four extra-base hits Sunday, but he did well to scatter the baserunners against and refrained from walking a batter for the first time in over a month. Musgrove has acquitted himself quite well as a rookie, but he has been especially effective at home, where he now has a 1.75 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched. He will make his final start of the season Saturday on the road versus this same Angels club.