In 2016, Jeremy Hazelbaker played in 114 games for the Cardinals. In that span he averaged .235 which maintaining .295/.480/.775 (OBP/SLG/OPS). It's unclear yet how Hazelbaker will be used, but he has some nice potential and adds depth to the Diamondback outfield.
Zobrist is just 1-for-19 (.053) over his previous five starts, so he'll get the day off to clear his head as the Cubs kick off a crucial four-game series against the Brewers. Javier Baez is starting at second base and batting eighth in his stead.
Delmonico will occupy a seat on the bench for the series finale as Rymer Liriano takes over in left. Throughout the month of September, Delmonico is slashing just .179/.289/.333 with two home runs and six RBI.
This is a big sigh of relief for Turner and the Dodgers, as the third baseman seems to have avoided a potentially more serious injury after getting hit by a pitch on his right thumb in the first inning Thursday. While he was initially able to stay in the game after being checked on by trainers, the Dodgers removed him in the following inning and sent him for tests to make sure he wasn't dealing with anything more than a bruise. Everything checked out, which is good news, but his status for the Dodgers' weekend series against the Giants remains up in the air. With the Dodgers close to clinching home-field advantage in the playoffs -- despite their recent struggles and the Nationals' surge -- they may not be in a rush if Turner isn't 100 percent. Logan Forsythe would likely see some starts at third base if Turner is forced to miss any time.
Sanchez retreats to the bench following a pair of starts, including a 1-for-3 day at the plate with a double and one RBI during Wednesday's game. In his place, Tyler Saladino draws a start at the hot corner.
Garcia will set up in his typical position in right while batting cleanup, just a day after getting removed due to stomach discomfort. It appears as though Garcia is fully capable heading into the series finale, and there should be little reason for concern.
Although Escobar will get a more intensive workout in next week, the club has withheld any sort of timetable for the infielder at this point in time. If Escobar is going to return before the end of the regular season, he will have to impress the organization while he's with the instructional league team, especially after suffering a setback for the second time since landing on the DL in early August. In his place, Luis Valbuena continues to earn the bulk of the action at the hot corner.
The outfielder has been out since Sept. 14, when he exited last Thursday's contest with tightness in his right calf. Since he's not going to be available this weekend, that leaves his status up in the air for Tuesday's game against Minnesota, which follows a scheduled off day. In his place, Austin Jackson will likely continue to draw a majority of the starts in left field.
R.A. Dickey was hoping to have Flowers back behind the plate Thursday to catch his knuckleball, and it seems the training staff is happy enough with Flowers' progress to sign off on his return. Flowers was hit on the hand by a pitch Sept. 13, just days after his return from a wrist injury. He should split the workload fairly evenly with Kurt Suzuki the rest of the way.
Heaney continues to work back from a minor impingement in his shoulder, which can be traced back to his outing against the Mariners on Sept. 9. Although the left-hander is feeling optimistic about his injury, the clock is dwindling on the 2017 season, and there may not be enough time to get him back into the fold. At this moment, the club has yet to release any sort of timetable for his return, but it's likely that he will need to take the next step and toss a bullpen in the immediate future if there's any chance for a comeback this year.
Andrew Heaney (shoulder) isn't ready to return, and that means the Angels will have to go with another bullpen game, headed by Norris, while in the midst of the wild-card hunt. Norris has struggled to an 8.84 ERA and 1.91 WHIP since the All-Star break and he only went two innings (21 pitches) last week in his first start of the season.
We knew Therrien had a UCL injury, and it turns out it was bad enough to require reconstructive surgery. It's a tough break for the 24-year-old right-hander, as he will likely miss the entire 2018 season given the timing of the procedure. It sounds like the Phillies could remove Therrien from the roster this offseason, then re-sign him to a minor-league deal and pay for his rehab.
Turner was plunked in the top of the first inning Thursday, and while he was initially able to stay in the contest after getting checked out by trainers, he was ultimately replaced by Austin Barnes prior to the second inning. The severity of the injury is still unclear, but more should be known once he is reevaluated following the conclusion of Thursday's game.
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