Author: Bill Baer

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Jonathan Lucroy diagnosed with a concussion

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Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy hasn’t been in the lineup since September 8 due to concussion-like symptoms. On Saturday, he visited a concussion specialist at the University of Pittsbrugh Medical Center and was officially diagnosed with a concussion, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Given the expanded September rosters, the Brewers won’t have to do any maneuvering while Lucroy is out. Martin Maldonado will handle the majority of the duties behind the plate.

Haudricourt added that Lucroy isn’t sure if he’ll play again this season as he still feels “foggy” and “slow“, but hasn’t experienced some symptoms associated with concussions such as nausea.

Lucroy, 29, hit .259/.322/.390 with seven home runs and 41 RBI in 402 plate appearances this season.

Cubs push Dan Haren’s start back to Sunday

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Due to inclement weather in Philadelphia, the Cubs announced that Dan Haren‘s start has been pushed back to Sunday and will start Travis Wood on Saturday night against the Phillies. In the event that Saturday’s game was interrupted for a lengthy period of time by rain, the Cubs didn’t want to deal with potentially wasting Haren’s start.

Haren, 35 next Thursday, has compiled a 4.78 ERA with a 29/9 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings in seven starts since joining the Cubs. The Cubs picked him up from the Marlins in a trade at the deadline.

Wood, 28, has a 4.34 ERA with a 100/36 K/BB ratio in 87 innings across seven starts and 38 relief appearances. Manager Joe Maddon has chosen to bat him eighth in Saturday’s lineup.

James Paxton cleared to return to Mariners’ rotation on Sunday

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Mariners starter James Paxton threw a bullpen session on Thursday, and on Friday, he reported no issues after having his rehab set back due to a blister on his throwing hand. As a result, he’s been cleared to start on Sunday against the Rockies, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Paxton hasn’t started since May 28 due to a strained tendon in his left middle finger. The blister wasn’t a huge impediment, as the Mariners had previously been expecting him to return in early September as opposed to mid-September.

The 26-year-old left-hander has, in 10 starts, a 3.70 ERA with a 45/22 K/BB ratio across 58 1/3 innings.