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McCullers (arm) will start Sunday's game against the Angels, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
McCullers has been battling arm fatigue lately and hasn't appeared in a game since Sept. 6. It was recently announced that he was being considered to start Sunday's outing, and that will indeed be the case. McCullers started the season strong, but had a few rough outings in July before missing the month of August to a back injury. Overall he's been a serviceable option for the Astros and will look to return to his initial form as he heads into Sunday's outing with a 3.97 ERA and 1.27 WHIP.
Montgomery has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.
Jaime Garcia will take the ball, as it seems the Yankees will move back to a five-man rotation. However, it would make sense for Montgomery to start the final game of the regular season against the Blue Jays, which would allow Luis Severino to be saved for the wild-card game. Considering it is unclear when or if he will start again in 2017, Montgomery is a cut candidate in single-season leagues.
Foltynewicz (finger) is unlikely to make Monday's start against the Phillies and could be sidelined for the remainder of the 2017 campaign, according to manager Brian Snitker, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Foltynewicz suffered the laceration Sept. 14 during his start against Washington, and it appears as though the finger isn't healing as quickly as the right-hander expected. The club will likely start Max Fried and Lucas Sims during Monday's doubleheader, although Atlanta has yet to rule Foltynewicz out at this point in time. There is sure to be an update later on this weekend regarding his status for Monday and beyond.
Harvey will replace Noah Syndergaard (lat) in the second inning of Saturday's contest against the Nationals, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports.
Instead of earning the "start," Harvey will enter the game in the second inning following Syndergaard's first game back on the mound since April. Besides this slight abnormality, everything else should go on as planned for Harvey, who is coming off a rough start against the Marlins on Monday. During his four September outings, Harvey has posted a 13.19 ERA and 2.72 WHIP in 14.1 innings of work.
Syndergaard (lat) will start Saturday's game against the Nationals, but then be replaced by Matt Harvey in the second inning, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
This will be Syndergaard's first major-league appearance since April 30, although it'll be a brief outing. The right-hander was able to throw 39 pitches during a simulated game Monday, but will surely be in store for far less during Saturday's contest. Looking ahead, it hasn't been determined whether he will take the mound again, or in what capacity, over the final week of the 2017 season, although Syndergaard did state that he would like to make two appearances before the end of the year. There will likely be a definitive plan set up early next week, especially once the club is able to determine his status following Saturday's game.
Dickey suggested Thursday that he may retire after this season, the Associated Press reports.
He was emotional about his outing Thursday, saying "it could be my last start ever at a home venue." Dickey, who turns 43 next month, went on to add that he feels he still has something in the tank, but he will discuss things with his family before making any decisions regarding his playing career. The knuckleballer has endured some tough starts lately, but Dickey was quite good from mid-June to late-August (2.58 ERA, 1.24 WHIP over 13 starts) and the Braves would probably welcome him back next year if he decides to return.
Jaye tossed 1.2 innings in relief in Thursday's 12-1 loss to the Twins, surrendering five runs on four walks and three hits while striking out a batter.
Following a disastrous two-start run in which he yielded 13 runs (12 earned) over 5.1 innings, Jaye was banished to the bullpen Thursday with Jordan Zimmermann (neck) cleared to rejoin the rotation following a brief hiatus. Zimmermann labored through the start while lasting just four innings, but Jaye was even worse in relief, He routinely fell behind in the count, throwing first-pitch strikes to just five of the 12 batters he faced, with seven ultimately reaching base. The Tigers' lack of competent bullpen arms probably means that Jaye will make a few more appearances before the season concludes Oct. 1, but don't expect him to provide much in the way of fantasy value while he pitches mostly in lower-leverage spots.
Anderson (5-6) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six batters through 5.2 innings to take the loss against San Diego on Thursday.
The Rockies couldn't muster the offense to help out Anderson on Thursday, which snapped a two-game winning streak for the lefty since he came off the disabled list. Anderson missed approximately two months with a knee injury, so posting a 1.72 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 7.5 K/9 through three outings since returning from the DL is an encouraging stretch. He projects to face the Marlins at Coors Field in his final start of the campaign.
Paxton (12-5) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks through just 3.2 innings to take the loss against Texas on Thursday.
Paxton is working his way back from a pectoral injury, and while this was a better showing than his first start off the disabled list, the hard-throwing lefty still hasn't found his pre-injury form. The plan was for the Mariners to squeeze in two more starts for Paxton before the end of the season. He takes a 3.03 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 10.3 K/9 into his next projected outing against the Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum.
Hamels (11-4) allowed a single run on three hits and two walks while striking out eight batters through eight innings to take the win over Seattle on Thursday.
The veteran lefty has found a groove of late with a 2.53 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 8.4 K/9 through his past three starts. Hamels had allowed 21 runs through 28.1 innings over a five-game stretch before his recent rebound, so this mid-September surge has helped stabilize his season-long numbers (3.80 ERA, 1.14 WHIP). It's definitely worth highlighting his career-worst 6.1 K/9, which is significantly lower than the 8.6 mark he posted through his first 11 seasons in the majors. Hamels has a daunting matchup against the Astros up next.