Phillies' Aaron Nola: Starts throwing program
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(4:52 am ET) Nola (elbow) started a throwing program this week in Clearwater, Fla., Todd Zolecki of reports.

GM Matt Klentak said Nola has felt good so far. He will begin throwing on flat ground, increase his throwing distance and then move to the mound to face hitters. Klentak indicated the Phillies will be conservative with the pace when ramping things up. The team remains hopeful Nola will be ready for Spring Training.

Phillies' Edubray Ramos: Dealing with elbow soreness
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(4:50 am ET) Ramos is day-to-day with a sore elbow, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Manager Pete Mackanin said the elbow issue is not serious. Given how late it is in the season, the Phillies could opt to shut Ramos down rather than risk further aggravation to his elbow.

Phillies' Roman Quinn: Will test oblique Thursday
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(4:44 am ET) Quinn will do some jogging and light throwing Thursday to see how his left oblique feels before the Phillies make a decision on shutting him down for the rest of the season, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Quinn suffered an oblique injury on a swing in the fifth inning of Tuesday's game. He missed six weeks earlier this year with an injury to the same oblique. It seems highly likely the Phillies will shut Quinn down to avoid any further aggravation to the area since they have nothing to play for this season.

Padres' Hunter Renfroe: Crushes again Wednesday
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(2:18 am ET) Renfroe had himself another big day Wednesday against the Dodgers, going 2-for-4 with a homer, four RBI and two runs.

In a season of explosive offensive performances, Renfroe's only the latest in a long line of players who've impressed immediately in the majors. Over just seven games so far, he's ripped four homers and driven home a dozen runs while hitting .421. With a .306 average and 30 long balls on the 24-year-old's Triple-A resume this year, he makes for a big-time keeper and a strong target in next year's drafts. However, Renfroe's relative lack of plate discipline (just 22 walks with 115 strikeouts in 133 games for Triple-A El Paso this year) may result in a hiccup next year as the league adjusts to him.

Padres' Luis Perdomo: Wins final start despite three homers in five innings
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(2:12 am ET) Perdomo (9-10) gave up five runs on seven hits -- including three homers -- and a walk Wednesday, but still recorded a win against the Dodgers.

In a rare occurrence, the Padres' offense mustered enough firepower to overcome Perdomo's ineffectiveness. He ends the 2016 campaign with a 5.71 ERA and 105:46 K:BB with 21 homers allowed in 146.2 innings; those numbers will leave him out of consideration in the vast majority of next year's drafts.

Dodgers' Jose De Leon: Can't finish three innings in final regular-season outing
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(2:08 am ET) De Leon was tagged for five runs (three earned) on four hits over 2.1 innings against the Padres on Wednesday. He walked three and struck out just one, but left with no decision.

De Leon's star-quality numbers in the minors have yet to translate at baseball's highest level, but he remains one of the Dodgers' top prospects. The 24-year-old may not make the playoff roster, but he should be in strong contention for a rotation spot come spring training 2017.

Giants' Jeff Samardzija: Strikes out 11, but drops final regular-season start
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(2:02 am ET) Samardzija (12-11) whiffed a season-high 11 while allowing just two runs on seven hits and a walk Wednesday against the Rockies, but suffered the loss.

His regular season thus ends with a 3.81 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, with two excellent months rounding out the year after a period of midseason struggles. Wednesday was the only double-digit-strikeout game of the year for Samardzija, who was a pretty consistent whiff-per-inning guy up until last season. Still, this rates as a bounce-back campaign for the veteran righty, who showed his trademark endurance while shaving more than a full point off last season's brutal 4.96 ERA.

Rockies' Tyler Chatwood: Dazzles against Giants in final 2016 start
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(1:56 am ET) Chatwood (12-9) dominated the Giants over eight shutout innings Wednesday night, striking out nine while allowing just three singles and two walks.

That's a heck of an impressive way to end your season -- this was Chatwood's biggest strikeout total of the year and arguably his best start, and it came against a Giants team that's desperately clinging to a wild-card spot. Chatwood wraps things up with a 3.87 ERA and 1.37 WHIP, but most of the damage against him came at Coors Field; on the road, he posted a sick 1.69 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, albeit with an unimpressive 61:36 K:BB.

Cardinals' Mike Leake: Ends regular season with loss
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(1:42 am ET) Leake (9-12) took the loss in his final start of the year after allowing two runs on five hits over five innings against the Reds. He struck out six and didn't issue a walk.

It certainly wasn't a bad outing, but it was a short one and the Cardinals were unable to muster much offense anyway, sticking them with a loss they could ill afford as they battle for a wild-card spot. This was one of Leake's worst campaigns in the majors, as his 4.69 ERA represents a career high and his 1.32 WHIP is the righty's highest mark since 2012. But he's on a long-term deal in St. Louis, so he'll have plenty of chances to find himself next year.

Reds' Anthony DeSclafani: Ends 2016 in win column
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(1:38 am ET) DeSclafani (9-5) finished his season with six innings of one-run ball against the Cardinals on Wednesday, allowing just six hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

The third-year righty thus heads in to the offseason with new career bests in ERA (3.28) and WHIP (1.22) over 123.1 innings -- strong numbers for a guy whose April oblique injury ended up landing him on the 60-day DL. DeSclafani will make for a solid value pick in next year's drafts, especially if the Reds make some aggressive moves to improve their roster.

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