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Looking for 100th save
Could factor into October bullpen
Baez began a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday and could play a substantial role in Houston's postseason bullpen once he returns from his shoulder injury.
Lined up for WC game
Manager Alex Cora has lined up Boston's rotation to have Eovaldi well-rested for the AL Wild Card Game on October 5.
Building free-agent appeal
Cobb has impressed in his two starts off the IL and could draw considerable interest on the open market this offseason.
Locked-in for WC game?
Wainwright appears to be the leading candidate to start the National League Wild Card Game for St. Louis.
Role change could be coming
Boxberger has been hit hard in September and could pitch in lower-leverage situations for the remainder of the regular season.
Postseason role unclear
Manager Craig Counsell hasn't indicated whether Houser will be Milwaukee's fourth starter or a bulk reliever in October.
Could be part of October rotation
Lauer has been excellent dating back to late June and could play a substantial role on Milwaukee's pitching staff this postseason.
Earns chance at free agency
Activation still possible
Lopez threw two innings with Triple-A Jacksonville to begin his rehab assignment Thursday, suggesting he may return from his shoulder injury before the regular season ends.
Postseason in doubt
Brantley's slow recovery from a knee injury suggests he may not be ready to play when the playoffs begin.
Earning more save opportunities?
Treinen recorded his sixth save of the season in extra innings Thursday and has made a case to see more opportunities when needed given his strong play this year.
On shaky ground as closer?
Estevez blew his second save in his last six chances Thursday and could lose his grip on the role if the Rockies decide to audition other relievers.
Strengthens grip on closer role?
Gallegos struck out two and didn't allow a run as he recorded the save Thursday against the Brewers, which possibly strengthened his grip on the closer role.
Out as closer?
Clippard allowed three runs in an inning of work Wednesday and was not used in a save chance Thursday, suggesting he may have lost his grip on the team's closer role.
Taking over as closer?
Wendelken recorded his second save of the year Thursday and could be taking over the closer role from veteran Tyler Clippard in the season's final weeks.
Long-term deal coming?
Cardinals interested in deal?
Set to re-sign with Giants?
To see interest from former team?
Minors deal on tap in 2022?
Arrieta may have to settle for a minor-league deal next season after being designated for assignment by the Padres on Tuesday.
Cubs could have interest
Getting hot at right time
Perfect fit to remain with Yankees?
Candidate for qualifying offer?