News and notes

  • Clayton Kershaw will make a three-inning rehab start at Triple-A on Tuesday. He reportedly felt good after a sim game on Friday.
  • Jack Flaherty is expected to begin a throwing program in the next couple days. He’s on the IL with a right shoulder strain.
  • Shane Bieber apparently threw a simulated game Saturday but there was no update on him anywhere.
  • Jacob DeGrom is still likely about 10 days from advancing to bullpen sessions.
  • Max Scherzer completed a bullpen Saturday and is expected to start Monday against the Cardinals. He left his last start a little early due to hamstring tightness.
  • Michael Pineda is expected to return Monday and piggyback Bailey Ober. They’ll try and get 6-7 total innings out of the pair. Should we bench Ober then?
  • Tony Gonsolin felt good after Saturday’s rehab start and could be activated soon. He’s 43% rostered.
  • Daniel Lynch exited Saturday’s start in the third inning due to a cut on his finger.
  • Jake Meyers and Chas McCormick will share center field throughout the month of September.
  • Luis Severino is reportedly doing well and is expected to return to mound work by next weekend.
  • Miguel Rojas was removed Sunday with left trap soreness.

To the IL this weekend (lots of hamstrings):

Waiver wire starting pitchers to target

  • Phillies SP/RP Ranger Suarez was impressive again, this time going five shutout innings against Miami and allowing just two hits and two walks. He also struck out seven batters with 13 swinging strikes induced on 71 pitches. He’s 59% rostered and vs. Colorado this week. In seven starts since joining the rotation, these are his numbers: 1.71 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 63% groundball rate.
  • Mets SP Rich Hill pitched six shutout innings against the Nationals and allowed just three hits and two walks. He also added four strikeouts. Hill has allowed just five earned runs over his last three starts — 16 innings in total. He is 52% rostered and at Miami this week (28th in wOBA vs. LHP, 29th last 14 days).
  • Royals SP Carlos Hernandez had a nice outing against the White Sox going six innings deep and allowing two earned runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out three batters. The swing and miss stuff aren’t great, but since being put in the rotation mid-July here are his numbers: 2.94 ERA, 39 strikeouts over 49 innings pitched. This goes along with a 4.52 xFIP and a 10.6% SwStr rate. He’s 58% rostered and at Baltimore this week (24th vs. RHP, 5th last 14 days).
  • Red Sox SP Tanner Houck went five shutout innings against Cleveland and allowed just three hits and no walks. He also struck out seven batters with a very impressive 15 swinging strikes on just 68 pitches. He’s 58% rostered and at CWS this week (6th vs. RHP, 1st last 14 days).