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Tigers SP Alfredo Simon diagnosed with patella tendinosis in left knee
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

A day after Detroit Tigers starter Alfredo Simon said he pitched hurt all season, Tigers' head trainer Kevin Rand clarified the situation by explaining Simon has patella tendinosis, a chronic knee condition the team knew about before they acquired him in trade, reports MLive.com. Patellar tendonosis is also known as jumper's knee.

"If it was an injury, he wouldn't have been pitching with it," Rand said. "If it was a structural injury, he would not have been pitching."

Simon had an up and down season, and after Friday's outing, he blamed the inconsistencies on the left knee issue. Specifically, he said it reduced his velocity at times and meant he couldn't keep the ball down with regularity.

He's headed to free agency this offseason and this little tiff probably did him more harm than good. He returned to Detroit on Saturday to get a platelet-rich plasma injection, just as he did after pitching for the Cincinnati Reds last season.

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Reds RP Aroldis Chapman records four outs for 33rd save on Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman secured his 33rd save in Saturday's 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates , striking out two and not allowing a hit in 1 1/3 innings.

Chapman is putting the finishing touches on another season of dominating opposing hitters in the late innings, raising his strikeout rate to an eye-popping 42 percent after recording another two whiffs on Saturday. He has also turned in scoreless efforts in 10 out of his last 11 appearances. The 27-year-old has also now lowered his ERA for three successive seasons, with his current 1.66 mark representing his lowest total since the 1.51 figure he'd posted in 2012.

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Reds SP Brandon Finnegan impresses on Saturday in final 2015 start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cincinnati Reds starter Brandon Finnegan (2-2) surrendered three hits, an earned run and two walks in six innings in Saturday's 3-1 victory over the Reds. He struck out six.

The rookie southpaw acquitted himself well in his fourth career start, and had the distinction of securing the victory over 17-year veteran A.J. Burnett 's last regular-season appearance. Saturday's outing was easily Finnegan's best to date, and marked the furthest he'd pitched into a game. Finnegan also threw a career-high 88 pitches and did not surrender a homer for the first time in those four starting assignments.

Except for a tough Sept. 23 appearance against the St. Louis Cardinals , Finnegan performed well for the Reds since a July trade from the Kansas City Royals . He will look to compete for a spot in the starting rotation in 2016 after closing out his rookie campaign on a positive note.

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Reds SP Keyvius Sampson strikes out seven in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Keyvius Sampson allowed four runs on three hits, walking two and striking out seven over five-plus innings, coming away with a no-decision against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

Sampson (2-6, 6.54 ERA) struggled again and has done little to underscore the likelihood he can contribute to the Reds in 2016. He's given up 67 hits in 52.1 innings, and holds a disappointing 44:26 K:BB ratio. He has a live arm, but he'll need to show more to put himself into the consideration set for fantasy owners.

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Cubs OF Jorge Soler grabbing some pine Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chicago Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler is out of the lineup Thursday against the Reds.

Soler will sit for the second time this series. He has just one hit in the last seven days, so his lineup spot won't necessarily be a lock for every postseason contest.

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2015 Team Leaders
AVGJoey Votto , 1B.314
HRTodd Frazier , 3B35
RBITodd Frazier , 3B89
OBPJoey Votto , 1B.459
SLGJoey Votto , 1B.541
RJoey Votto , 1B95
SBBilly Hamilton , CF57
WAnthony DeSclafani , SP9
ERAAnthony DeSclafani , SP4.05
WHIPAnthony DeSclafani , SP1.35
KAnthony DeSclafani , SP151
SVAroldis Chapman , RP33

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