It appears that LA Dodgers IF Howie Kendrick will get his scheduled night off to rest, as he is not in the starting lineup Tuesday. He will be replaced at second base by veteran Chase Utley, who will also be batting in the lead off spot.
After injuring his left hand on a feint tag in Sundays game, Nationals Bryce Harper left the game early. When third baseman Jung Ho Kang came to the plate, already frustrated P A.J. Cole had no problem expressing his displeasure with the play, and immediately threw his first pitch behind the head of Kang, before being ejected from the game. On Tuesday, the consequences were levied, and it appears Cole will be suspended for five games, as well as having to pay a fine of an undisclosed amount.
Another young hurler in Dodgers' Julio Urias, has had a decent rookie season. If nothing else, Urias has p;roved to be a pick off specialist, and all around solid pitcher. REgarded as one of the leagues top pitching prospects, he's had flashes of brilliance. He'll have another opportunity to do so on Thursday, as he will get the start for Los Angles.
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday, has been on the shelf since August 12th with a thumb injury. After seeing several pecialists, and a slow but steady rehab, it looked as though Hollidays' return before the end of the season was hopeful. However after experiening what looks to be a setback in a live batting session Friday, the hope has turned to doubt for the veteran. Although he has yet to be completely ruled out, his return is unlikely.
On Tuesday, the Carolina Panthers made a move to their roster signing veteran safety Michael Griffin. Griffin was released by the Titans back in February before being signed and eventually released by Minnesota in March. Griffin a two time Pro-Bowler played for 141 games over nine years for Tennessee, but his play has slipped in recent years.
After straining the flexor mass tendon in hi right elbow on September 7th, WAshington Nationals P Stephen Strasburg has been a major question mark in terms of his availability for the playoffs. On Tuesday, it appears we are no closer to getting an answer. On Monday, manager Dusty Baker said he didn't have an answer for the possibility of Strasburg being available for the NLDS game one against the Dodgers on October 7th. With each day that passes without his throwing from a mound, his chances are dwindling, and with just ten days left to prove he deserves a spot on the rotation, it does indeed seem unlikely.
After being cut from the NY Giants after two seasons at the beginning of the month, the San Diego chargers picked up polarizing RB Andre Williams. Three weeks later, he was waived, and eventually cleared those waivers on Tuesday. With the Chargers dealing with issues in the back field, especially after the loss of RB Danny Woodhead for the season, it appears that depth is an important factor, and having a back like Williams on your practice squad is solid security, as the season still has a very long way to go.
After missing last season with a torn meniscus, Arizona Cardinals TE Ifeanyi Momah was available for all practices this offseason, and participated in preseason. After spending the first three weeks on the practice squad, it appears Momah will finally get his chance, as the Cardinals move TE Troy Niklas to the IR. Niklas, who is suffering from a wrist issue, is likely done for the season, but it is stil unknown just how much of a workload Momah will actually get.
As the fourth TE on the depth chart, Bears Greg Scruggs was an unlikely tight end to begin with. Drafted 232nd in 2012 by the Seattle Seahawks, Scruggs was a light participant in training camp and preseason this year for the Bears. On Tuesday, he was officially waived by the team, and will likely find depth work elsewhere.