Fowler was on the market last season before resigning with the Cubs, and the same could happen again this off season. Instead of taking the $9 million mutual option with the Cubs, he took the $5 million buyout. Don't expect Fowler to wait to be signed until Spring Training begins again like lat season, but look for the Cubs or another team to make a decision during the Winter meetings starting next week.
Mitchell being sent down to the minors was likely done in preparation for Masahiro Tanaka's (shoulder) upcoming activation from the disabled list. Mitchell threw six innings over three games during his latest stint with the big club, during which he allowed four runs on 10 hits and two walks.
Although Sano is now on the DL, it's unclear whether or not he's expected to miss time beyond the minimum 10 days. With the hard-hitting righty out, look for Eduardo Escobar or Ehire Adrianza to fill in at the hot corner. The Twins plan on announcing a corresponding move Monday.
Porcello threw 65 percent of his pitches for strikes and induced six ground ball outs in this quality start. He was only scored upon via a solo home run from Brett Gardner in the fifth inning and received some late run support to secure the win. Porcello struggled into early August, but he has won four consecutive decisions this month and has delivered quality starts in each of his last three. He will take a 4.58 ERA into Friday's matchup with the Orioles.
Gray struggled with the bottom of the lineup in this one, yielding a two-run triple to ninth-place hitter Jackie Bradley Jr. in the second inning. He battled out of trouble on several occasions, but that took a toll on his pitch count, with reached 101 by the end of the fifth inning. Though Gray's string of nine consecutive quality starts came to an end, he has still allowed no more than two earned runs in any of his four starts since moving over from Oakland. He will carry a sharp 3.38 ERA into Saturday's start against the Mariners.
In addition to receiving X-rays, Gallo is under concussion protocol. Further information regarding Gallo's status should be known once the results of the X-rays are released, but he should be considered day-to-day until then. If Gallo has to miss time, Nomar Mazara will likely spend more time in the Rangers' outfield.
Bush is under concussion protocol, but it appears that the main injury the team is concerned with is his knee. The Rangers are going to ice Bush's knee, then see what additional treatment is needed afterwards. Until further notice, he should be considered day-to-day.
Tillman was his own worst enemy in this one, throwing fewer than 50 percent of his pitches for strikes while setting a season high in free passes. He had worked in relief in each of his previous two outings, but Sunday's unconvincing performance did little to stake his claim to a renewed spot in the rotation. Tillman is tentatively scheduled to face the Red Sox on Saturday, but it remains to be seen if he will shift back to the bullpen in the near future.
Norris put two men on with one out, but he sat down the next two batters to escape the jam. He has been a bit shaky of late, allowing six earned runs in his last 4.1 innings of work while allowing 10 men to reach during that span. Intrerstingly enough, Cam Bedrosian pitched the seventh inning in this one, indicating that perhaps the pecking order for saves for the Halos is still a fluid one.
Shipley was brought up to the big club Sunday, but his stay in the majors didn't last long. He pitched 5.2 innings of Sunday's contest against the Twins and allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks. Of those seven hits, three were home runs. The Diamondbacks plan on announcing a corresponding move Monday.
Bridwell was only scored upon via a solo home run through the first five innings, but three hits and an error to begin the sixth inning saw three additional runs score for the hosts. He induced an impressive eight groundball outs and issued just one walk, but the rally canceled his bid for his eighth win of the season. Bridwell has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight of his last 10 outings and will carry a sharp 2.92 ERA into Friday's matchup with the Astros.
Bush and Gallo were pursuing a fly ball when they ran into each other. Bush had only thrown five pitches before he was forced to exit. Additional information regarding the severity of Bush's injury should become known in the near future.
Gallo appeared to injure his head in his collision with Bush. At this point in time, there's no word regarding the severity of his injury, but more information should be available in the near future. Prior to his departure, Gallo had gone 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a walk.
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