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Nicky Delmonico (L) Headshot

Delmonico is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals.

Delmonico admitted that he was feeling some lingering pain in his right wrist earlier in the week, so he'll get his second game off in three days as the White Sox look to limit his workload. Willy Garcia will start in left field and bat eighth in his absence.
3:50 pm (EST)
Howie Kendrick (R) Headshot

Kendrick is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets, according to Dan Kolko of MASN Sports.

Kendrick was the only Nationals regular to start Friday's game, so manager Dusty Baker decided he would give him a day off Saturday. Jayson Werth will slide over and cover left field Saturday.
3:43 pm (EST)
Ryan Zimmerman (R) Headshot

Zimmerman is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets, according to Dan Kolko of MASN Sports.

The Nationals are starting to rest their regulars in advance of the postseason, and manager Dusty Baker will give Zimmerman another day off Saturday after holding him out Friday as well. Adam Lind will get another start at first base in Zimmerman's place.
3:40 pm (EST)
Seth Smith (L) Headshot

Smith is not in the lineup Saturday against the Rays.

Smith is just 3-for-29 (.103) over 12 games this month, so he'll head to the bench for a sixth straight game as Austin Hays draws another start in right field. With Smith struggling, look for Hays, who is one of the Orioles' top prospects, to continue to see the majority of starts in right field down the stretch.
3:38 pm (EST)
Noah Syndergaard (R) Headshot

Syndergaard (lat) has been confirmed as the starting pitcher for Saturday's game again the Nationals.

Syndergaard is scheduled to throw only one inning Saturday, but he will be taking the mound for the Mets for the first time since Apr. 30. As long as all goes well he could make one more appearance before the regular season concludes. Fantasy owners did not get what they hoped out of Syndergaard in 2017, but barring any setbacks the rest of way, his return to the mound should erase any concern heading into the offseason.
3:36 pm (EST)
Mikie Mahtook (R) Headshot

Manager Brad Ausmus said Mahtook is likely done for the rest of the season after experiencing a Grade 2 groin strain Friday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

Mahtook exited Friday's game in the fourth inning with a groin injury, and an MRI on Saturday confirmed the issue is serious enough to end his season prematurely. With the Tigers eliminated from playoff contention, it doesn't make sense to push Mahtook to return for a few meaningless games. The 27-year-old compiled a respectable .276/.330/.457 line with 12 homers and six stolen bases in 109 games this season, and should vie for a spot in the Tigers' outfield in 2018. Andrew Romine and Alex Presley should see increased playing time down the stretch with Mahtook out.
3:26 pm (EST)
Travis d'Arnaud (R) Headshot

D'Arnaud is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Nationals.

D'Arnaud has been on fire of late, hitting three home runs and driving in seven over his last three games, but he is just 4-for-16 with six strikeouts in his career against Saturday's opposing starter Stephen Strasburg, so he will be held out in favor of Kevin Plawecki.
3:21 pm (EST)
Lane Adams (R) Headshot

Adams is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

Adams started the last four games in the Braves' outfield, but he will be held out Saturday after going just 1-for-13 over that span. Jace Peterson will get the start in left field in Adams' place.
3:17 pm (EST)
Matt Adams (L) Headshot

Adams (hamstring) is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

Adams has not started a game since Sept. 10, but he will do so Saturday at first base in place of Freddie Freeman. Adams will hit fifth against Phillies starter Henderson Alvarez.
3:14 pm (EST)
Tony Zych (R) Headshot

Manager Scott Servais said Zych (elbow) has been shut down from throwing, effectively ruling him out for the remainder of the regular season, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Zych has been sidelined since Aug. 20 with a right elbow flexor bundle strain. He was pushing to return before the end of the regular season, but after experiencing renewed soreness during recent bullpen sessions, the Mariners decided to play it safe and shut him down for the rest of the season. He compiled a healthy 2.66 ERA in 40.2 innings out of the Mariners' bullpen before injuring himself. With Zych out, look for Nick Vincent, Emilio Pagan and James Pazos to get the ball to Edwin Diaz in the ninth inning down the stretch.
3:11 pm (EST)
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