Author: Aaron Gleeman

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Zack Greinke scratched from tonight’s start with calf injury


Dodgers right-hander and National League ERA leader Zack Greinke has been scratched from tonight’s scheduled start against the Diamondbacks due to calf soreness.

According to a statement released by the team Greinke is expected to take his next turn in the rotation, so presumably it’s a minor injury and the playoff-bound Dodgers are mostly just being cautious.

Greinke has logged 208 innings in 30 starts with an MLB-best 1.65 ERA and 185/36 K/BB ratio. Since signing with the Dodgers prior to the 2013 season he has a 50-15 record and 2.31 ERA in 90 total starts.

Nationals GM declines to say Matt Williams will be back as manager

Matt Williams

During a local radio interview this afternoon Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was asked whether Matt Williams will remain the team’s manager next season and he declined to give a straightforward yes or no answer, instead saying “we’ll let the chips fall where they may.”

Back in spring training the Nationals exercised their 2016 team option on Williams and they also hold another team option for 2017, so a GM not simply saying “yes” when asked about the job status of an under-contract manager sure makes it sound like a change is coming.

Williams has drawn a ton of criticism for his in-game strategy and stubborn refusal to alter his preferred bullpen usage patterns, and the Nationals are arguably the most disappointing team in baseball at 78-72 after coming into the year as a popular World Series pick. Of course, Williams is also less than a year removed from being voted Manager of the Year.

Video: Francisco Lindor makes a spectacular play

Francisco Lindor

Francisco Lindor is having a fantastic rookie season for the Indians, hitting .315 with 10 homers and an .827 OPS in 87 games since being called up in mid-June, and the 21-year-old shortstop has been every bit as impressive defensively too.

Tuesday night against the Twins he made what may be his best play and one of the best plays by any shortstop in baseball this season:

My favorite part is the look on Twins manager Paul Molitor’s face afterward.

In a lot of seasons Lindor would be the easy Rookie of the Year choice, but there’s very tough competition in the American League this year with fellow stud prospects Carlos Correa and Miguel Sano also having great debuts.

Omar Infante out 2-3 weeks with strained oblique muscle

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Royals second baseman Omar Infante is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a strained oblique muscle, potentially knocking him out for the remainder of the season.

It’s not much of a loss for the Royals, however, because a) Infante has hit just .220 with a .554 OPS this season, and b) trade deadline pickup Ben Zobrist has taken over as the primary second baseman of late anyway.

As part of an incredibly regrettable four-year, $30.25 million contract Infante is making $7.5 million this season and is owed a total of $17.75 million for 2016 and 2017. Zobrist is an impending free agent.