Marlins send Cameron Maybin back to Triple-A

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Mike Stanton’s arrival pushed Cameron Maybin to the bench and after not playing him for a single inning in 10 days the Marlins finally demoted him to Triple-A, where he can at least play regularly again.
Maybin has been a big disappointment, hitting .246/.311/.376 with an ugly 136/37 K/BB ratio and just 16 steals in 137 career games, but it’s important to remember that he’s still just 23 years sold.
However, his power hasn’t developed largely because Maybin is an extreme ground-ball hitter and along with a very high strikeout rate that paints a dim picture for his future offensively.
He’s yet to play every day for more than six weeks at a time and as a good defensive center fielder with speed he’ll certainly bring some value to the table, but the once-impressive Maybin/Andrew Miller haul for Miguel Cabrera (and Dontrelle Willis) isn’t looking so good.

Report: Steven Matz has been pitching through pain, may need elbow surgery

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Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that Mets starter Steven Matz has been pitching through pain for most of the season. He may need surgery to fix a nerve issue in his elbow. Matz was sidelined in spring training with an elbow injury and made his regular season debut on June 10.

Matz, 26, has struggled over 13 starts, posting a 6.08 ERA with a 48/19 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. Many were scrambling for explanations for his pitching woes and now they have it.

According to Carig, the Mets let Matz skip his bullpen sessions to help him pitch through the pain. Given the Mets’ shoddy history of dealing with injuries, that’s not a good look for the club.

Carig noted on Twitter that Jacob deGrom offers some optimism for Matz’s case. deGrom underwent right elbow surgery to repair ulnar nerve damage last September and bounced back to have a great season this year.

Clayton Kershaw’s simulated game went so well he threw an extra inning

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Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to throw three innings in a simulated game on Monday. That simulated game went so well, he threw an extra inning, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Kershaw will make a minor league rehab start next and could be activated towards the end of next week.

Kershaw, 29, has been on the disabled list since July 24 with a lower back strain. That put the pause button on another outstanding season. He’s carrying a 15-2 record with a 2.04 ERA and a 168/24 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings.

The 87-35 Dodgers have run away with the NL West, needing some combination of 20 wins and 20 Rockies losses (19 for the third-place Diamondbacks) to officially clinch the division. While the Dodgers are all but mathematically assured of reaching postseason baseball, the club would still like to get Kershaw as ready as possible over the next month-plus.