Luke Gregerson needed only 13 pitches (nine for strikes) to complete a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Royals to earn his second save of the 2015 postseason. He struck out two.
Two nights after preserving a 3-0 win over the Yankees in the AL Wild Card game, Gregerson was back at it with a scoreless inning against the Royals. He struck out Kendrys Morales to open the the frame, but proceeded to hit Mike Moustakas with a pitch. Fortunately, Gregerson rebounded to retire Salvador Perez (strikeout) and Alex Gordon (foul out) to escape the inning with no further damage. Through two playoff appearances this season, the 31-year-old right-hander has allowed just one baserunner while striking out four over two scoreless innings.
Texas Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers suffered a cut on his right index finger Sunday and required five stitches, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Although the Rangers have yet to formally submit their ALDS roster, Scheppers will almost certainly be left off it, as the right-hander did not even travel with his teammates to Toronto for the start of the series.
It seems Scheppers, who posted a 5.63 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 42 appearances this season, may have sustained the cut while partying after the team clinched the National League All-Stars West on the final day of the regular season.
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz had successful surgery on his right shoulder, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.
Considering the surgery was performed on his non-throwing shoulder, he's likely to be fully healed in a month or two --- well before spring training starts up in 2016. He should be counted on to pitch in more late-inning situations next year provided his shoulder is fully up to speed.
Athletics left-hander Drew Pomeranz is slated for arthroscopic surgery on the AC joint in his left shoulder, John Hick of the Bay Area News Group reports.
After making his last appearance of the season on Sept. 26, Pomeranz soon returned to Oakland in order to have an MRI on his shoulder, which revealed damage to the AC joint. While the extent of the ailment isn't known and surgery hasn't been scheduled, an arthroscopic procedure signals a shorter recovery timeline. As a result, the left-handed reliever should be available by the time camp rolls around next March.
Miami Marlins reliever Mike Dunn finished the 2015 season with a disappointing 4.50 ERA and 1.39 WHIP over 54 innings.
The 30-year-old reliever remained a workhorse out of the bullpen, logging 70-plus appearances for the fourth time in the last five years and he finished with 20 holds, making it the third straight season he's collected 20+ holds.
His overall numbers are down from the past two seasons, but it is difficult to find a significant skills regression that would prevent Dunn from bouncing back in 2016. His walk rate ticked up and he allowed a couple more home runs than in 2014 while his velocity and strikeout rates remained in line with career norms.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Shae Simmons (elbow) may miss the first month of the 2016 season, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Simmons underwent Tommy John surgery in February, so the start of spring training and the regular season will come just after a year since going under the knife. The 25-year-old has yet to ramp up baseball activities, and the club will need to see how he feels once he does, so this appears to just be an initial timetable.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Chris Withrow (elbow) is expected to be fully healthy by the start of spring training, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Withrow missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June of 2014, but he'll now have a full offseason to go through his normal routine.
The 26-year-old was a solid option out of the bullpen for the Los Angeles Dodgers when healthy, and he'll try to establish himself as a late inning option now for the Braves next season.
Chicago White Sox pitcher Frankie Montas held the Tigers to one run on two hits in four innings Sunday. He also struck out seven in the season finale.
The Tigers pounced on Montas for a run in the first inning, but he settled down after and let the whiffs roll. The White Sox have remained noncommittal as to whether Montas belongs in the rotation or bullpen long-term, but his latest showing showed some promise for the former option.
Colorado Rockies reliever Rex Brothers pitched a scoreless eighth inning and recorded the win in relief Sunday against the San Francisco Giants .
After an uneven year at Triple-A Albuquerque, Brothers seemed to right the ship when he rejoined the Rockies as a September call-up. In 14 appearances spanning 7 2/3 innings, Brothers gave up no runs on five hits and four walks.
The 27-year-old is probably a long shot to regain the closing role he formerly enjoyed in 2013, but his improvement down the stretch could allow him to claim a prominent bullpen spot in 2016.
Texas Rangers pitcher Spencer Patton was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
The Rangers are likely just looking for some reinforcement in the bullpen after the team burned through eight relievers in Saturday's 11-10 loss to the Los Angeles Angels . Patton supplied a 9.00 ERA and 28:12 K:BB ratio over 24 innings with the Rangers earlier this season.