Eric O'Flaherty cleared to pitch in back-to-back games
by Marty Gitlin |
(2:18 pm ET) Athletics reliever Eric O'Flaherty is ready to pitch on successive days, the Bay Area News Group has reported.

O'Flaherty returned from Tommy John surgery on July 3, but has been used more sporadically. He has not allowed a run over his last 10 1/3 innings covering his last 11 appearances in shrinking his ERA to 1.35.

Brandon Morrow throwing without finger brace
by Larry Hartstein |
(1:11 pm ET) Blue Jays pitcher Brandon Morrow is throwing side sessions without a finger brace, but is not letting loose yet, reports Sportsnet. Morrow could return in September as a reliever.

Morrow tore a tendon sheath in his index finger in early May.

Josh Donaldson a no-go Wednesday against Mets
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:28 pm ET) Slumping Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is out of the lineup Wednesday against the visiting Mets.

Donaldson has just three hits in 21 at-bats since slugging two home runs in Kansas City on Aug. 12.

Setback could wipe out season for Andy Dirks
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:01 pm ET) Yet another setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury could prevent Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks from playing major league baseball this season. He has been out all year after back surgery.

Dirks reinjured his hamstring Sunday night while running the bases for Triple-A Toledo. It was the second game of his latest rehab stint.

"Depending on how bad the hamstring is, I don't want to write him off," Brad Ausmus told "But it'd be tough at this point."

The Tigers have not yet recalled Dirks from his rehab assignment, which is his third in less than two months. An announcement is expected Wednesday, a day after an MRI on the hamstring, the results of which has yet to be revealed. Dirks remains on the 60-day disabled list.

Stiff back reason Dustin Ackley is sitting Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin |
(11:51 am ET) A stiff back that has plagued Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley the last several days caused his absence from the lineup Wednesday in Philadelphia, per the Seattle Times.

The Thursday off-day will allow Ackley to rest his back for two straight days.

Report: Neal Cotts claimed off waivers; trade a possibility
by Marty Gitlin |
(11:30 am ET) Rangers left-hander Neal Cotts has been claimed on revocable waivers by an unnamed organization, per Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The team that claimed him has two days from the point of the claim to work out a trade for Cotts.

Cotts has been solid for Texas this season despite a 2-7 record. He has allowed 52 hits in 54 1/3 innings with 20 walks and 58 strikeouts.

Mike Zunino catching break Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin |
(11:14 am ET) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino is taking a seat Wednesday in Philadelphia. Jesus Sucre is set to start instead.

Zunino emerged from a slump Tuesday night with two hits and two RBI. The performance ended a five-game hitless streak in which he was 0 for 16.

Dustin Ackley taking a seat against tough Phillies lefty
by Marty Gitlin |
(11:11 am ET) A matchup against tough southpaw Cole Hamels has Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley out of the Wednesday lineup against host Philadelphia.

Ackley, whose .266 average against lefties this year is better than his mark against righties, has four hits and two walks in his last two games.

J.J. Hardy: Left thumb injury still affecting me
by Marty Gitlin |
(11:03 am ET) Despite a mini-tear at the plate, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is still affected by a left thumb injury that had him out for a week earlier in the month, per the Baltimore Sun.

"Maybe I'm not trying to do too much because I can't," he said. "That's my only explanation, but [the thumb injury] is definitely not in the past. ... Swings and misses don't feel good. I've just got to limit that."

Hardy is 7 for 20 with a home run since his return. He has fanned just twice during that stretch.

Bullpen Session II Wednesday for Masahiro Tanaka
by Marty Gitlin |
(10:47 am ET) Recovering Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka is set to throw another bullpen session Wednesday. He threw 25 pitches in the first one on Saturday.

The team has not placed a timetable on his possible return to game action after sustaining an elbow injury. He has been out for six weeks.

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