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Carson Fulmer (R) Headshot

Fulmer left Thursdays start against the Astros in the first inning with a blister on his right index finger.

He recorded one out and walked two batters while throwing just nine of his 20 pitches for strikes. Chris Volstad came in to relieve him, and was able to prevent the baserunners from scoring, so at least Fulmer's ERA didn't take a hit. Consider him questionable for his next scheduled start Tuesday against the Angels.
8:43 pm (EST)
Jermaine Gresham Headshot

Head coach Bruce Arians said Thursday that Gresham (ribs) will likely suit up Monday against the Cowboys, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.

Gresham kicked off the week with a limited showing at Thursday's practice, but Arians' comment indicates he's marching toward a return. Assuming he avoids a setback with his rib injury, he'll push Troy Niklas and Ifeanyi Momah down the depth chart at tight end.
8:34 pm (EST)
Carson Fulmer (R) Headshot

Fulmer left Thursday's game against the Astros in the first inning with an apparent injury.

He recorded one out and walked two batters while throwing just nine of his 20 pitches for strikes. Chris Volstad relieved him. His status will be updated when the injury is specified.
8:34 pm (EST)
Edwin Encarnación (R) Headshot

Encarnacion went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Angels.

The 34-year-old has hit safely in all but two of his starts so far in September. He's cleared 30 homers for the sixth straight season and set a new career high with 101 walks, but his contributions have been overshadowed by other standout offensive performances this season. It's possible Encarnacion falls to the third round in a lot of drafts next spring.
8:18 pm (EST)
Tyler Olson (L) Headshot

Olson threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Angels on Thursday to earn his first career save.

Regular closer Cody Allen had a scheduled off day and Andrew Miller pitched the seventh, leaving Olson to protect a three-run lead in the ninth. He converted with ease and is now up to 26 appearances without an earned run allowed this season. The lefty specialist could find himself pitching in some key spots in the postseason.
8:08 pm (EST)
Max Fried (L) Headshot

Fried could start Monday against the Phillies if Mike Foltynewicz (finger) is unable to pitch, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

It's not looking good for Foltynewicz, who is dealing with a lacerated finger, so Fried may reenter the rotation for a spot start after all. Fellow rookie Lucas Sims picked up the spot start over Fried on Wednesday, but with a doubleheader set for Monday, Sims and Fried would likely both start for the Braves if Foltynewicz can't go. The 23-year-old owns a 4.41 ERA and 13:10 K:BB across 16.1 innings with the big club this season. He started a pair of games earlier in the month before being shifted back to the bullpen.
8:02 pm (EST)
Parker Bridwell (R) Headshot

Bridwell (8-3) allowed four runs on five hits -- including two home runs -- over 5.1 innings in a losing effort against the Indians on Thursday. He struck out one and walked two batters.

He was able to stave off significant regression for longer than most expected, but all the contact allowed has started to catch up with Bridwell, with his ERA jumping nearly a full run over his last five starts. The Angels don't have another off day before the end of the regular season, so Bridwell will likely make two more starts (at CWS, vs SEA), but he's more of a risk to the ratios than his current 3.86 ERA and 1.25 WHIP would suggest.
8:00 pm (EST)
Danny Salazar (R) Headshot

Salazar allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out four over 2.2 innings in a no-decision against the Angels on Thursday.

Salazar was limited to 54 pitches in his first start since Sept. 5 -- he was assigned to the bullpen for a couple weeks. He didn't make much of a case for another start with the way he pitched, although the Indians could always give him another starting opportunity next week if they decide they need to rest their other arms for the ALDS.
7:50 pm (EST)
Scott Hartnell Headshot

Hartnell could be looking at a top-six role with the Predators this season, the Tennessean reports.

Preds coach Peter Laviolette is very familiar with the 35-year-old Hartnell, as the winger scored a career-high 67 points under Laviolette as a Flyer back in 2011-12. With only 21-year-old Kevin Fiala ahead of him on the Preds' left wing depth chart, Hartnell has an excellent chance at landing a scoring line role this season -- especially given his experience on the power play, as 183 of Hartnell's 683 career points have come with the man advantage. Don't be afraid to take a flyer on Hartnell in the later rounds of your fantasy drafts this year.
7:48 pm (EST)
Luke Joeckel Headshot

Joeckel returned from a knee injury and was a full participant at practice Thursday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

It's unclear if this was a new issue or an aggravation of the knee treatment Joeckel underwent at the end of the preseason, but it doesn't seem to have been too serious, regardless. Expect the former first-round pick to be ready and available for Sunday's game against the Titans.
7:44 pm (EST)
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