Joel Peralta dealing with a “dead arm”, could go on the disabled list

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Dodgers reliever Joel Peralta said he is dealing with a “dead arm” and could need a stint on the disabled list, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Peralta reports feeling no pain, but also said he doesn’t have any strength in his shoulder.

Peralta, 39, hasn’t been scored upon in 5 2/3 innings for the Dodgers thus far. He has allowed only two hits and three walks while striking out four. As the main pitcher used in save situations in lieu of the injured Kenley Jansen, Peralta is 3-for-3 in save situations. Yimi Garcia — off to a better start than Peralta — is likely to see increased save chances as will Paco Rodriguez and Pedro Baez if Peralta needs to take a couple of weeks off.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.