Mike Lowell has a non-displaced rib fracture

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Mike Lowell was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in one of his ribs after undergoing an MRI and CT scan Friday.

“I’m medically cleared to play and as long as it doesn’t bother me it
should be fine,” said Lowell, who was in the lineup for the first game
of Saturday’s doubleheader against the White Sox. “There’s really
nothing to do. I feel fine. I feel like I’m swing the bat pretty well
lately. I think I feel it more when I go through my tee routine and I
get a number of swings in. That’s when I feel it. Overall I think it’s
OK.”

Lowell suffered the fractured when he collided with John McDonald of the Blue Jays during a play at first base on August 20. The good news is that this doesn’t sound like a Jacoby Ellsbury or Jeremy Hermida situation, but it’s about time to wonder if the Red Sox just aren’t drinking enough milk this season.

Steven Matz underwent season-ending surgery

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Steven Matz underwent season-ending surgery on his left elbow today. The procedure was to reposition a compressed nerve in his elbow.

Matz, 26, has struggled over 13 starts, posting a 6.08 ERA with a 48/19 K/BB ratio in 66.2 innings. That line was, obviously, a function of the bum nerve in the bum elbow. Trouble aside, Matz is expected to be ready for Opening Day in 2018.

The Mariners Designate Leonys Martin for Assignment. Again.

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Back in April the Mariners designated outfielder Leonys Martin for assignment. He cleared waivers, accepted an assignment to Triple-A Tacoma and proceeded to hit .312/.352/.506 in 84 minor league games, leading to the Mariners calling him up on July 30.

In 19 games since then he’s hit a bit better than he did back in April, but not great: .230/.266/.426. So they just designated him for assignment again. The Rainers only have six more games this season, so he’s likely not going back there. Given that he’s arbitration eligible and the M’s are unlikely to tender him a contract, he’s likely to elect free agency once he clears waivers. Which he will, because he’s making nearly $5 million this year.

Odd year for Martin, who will likely be competing for a roster spot someplace next spring.