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Tyler Skaggs (forearm) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Impact

There had been doubt that Skaggs would return during the 2016 campaign. However, he's aiming to take the mound this weekend and pitch about five innings during the Angels' series against the Astros. Skaggs has pitched just nine games for Los Angeles this season, over which he's built a subpar 4.13 ERA and 1.44 WHIP.

Johnny Cueto (groin) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports.

Impact

Cueto had a low-intensity workout Tuesday to test his ability to throw with a strained groin muscle. The Giants haven't said when he'll make his next start, but more information should be available in the wake of Tuesday's throwing session.

Kolten Wong (B2, StL)

Kolten Wong received a cortisone shot in his shoulder Tuesday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Impact

Wong's absence from the lineup has come courtesy of a shoulder injury that he sustained while playing left field Sept. 23. Although he received the injection, there's yet to be word regarding when he'll be available to play again. For the month, Wong has posted a .220/.317/.420 line over 17 games.

Tyler Saladino (S, ChW)

Tyler Saladino (back) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Rays.

Impact

Make it five straight absences for Saladino, who continues to nurse a nagging back injury. He has not appeared off the bench in any of the team's last four games and it's uncertain if or when he'll return to the lineup.

Nick Franklin (hamstring) hopes to return before Sunday's game against the Rangers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

Franklin is dealing with a sore hamstring, but hopes that he'll be ready to play before the Rays' season finale Sunday. If Franklin is able to return, look for him to appear in the Tampa Bay outfield or at their DH spot.

Adam Eaton (O, ChW)

Adam Eaton (multiple injuries) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Rays.

Impact

He will slot back in atop the order against right-hander Alex Cobb after missing three starts with multiple injuries resulting from a collision with the outfield wall Friday. The biggest concern was a possible concussion, but evidently no delayed onset symptoms surfaced in the days that followed the collision.

Ryan Braun (O, Mil)

Ryan Braun is out of Tuesday's lineup with a wrist injury, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Impact

Braun is experiencing wrist soreness, which is why the Brewers decided to start Michael Reed in left field Tuesday evening. Fortunately for Milwaukee, Braun is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday. However, consider him day-to-day until then.

Eduardo Nunez (S, SF)

Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Rockies.

Impact

Nunez will miss the Giants' first game since injuring his hamstring Sunday. There's yet to be word regarding the severity of Nunez's ailment, but he was optimistic that it was fairly minor after exiting Sunday's outing. In his place, Conor Gillaspie will start at the hot corner Tuesday evening.

Albert Pujols (B1, LAA)

Albert Pujols is out of the lineup Tuesday against the A's, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

Impact

The Angels will opt to put Rafael Ortega in center field and move Mike Trout to DH while Pujols gets the day off. Pujols has increased his production at the plate as of late, as he's hit .327/.373/.491 with two home runs and nine RBI over the last 14 games.

Daniel Descalso is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Giants.

Impact

Descalso has filled in admirably since taking over primary shortstop duties following Trevor Story's (thumb) injury, but he'll get another day off to rest. Christhian Adames will slot in a shortstop for Colorado.

Gerardo Parra (O, Col)

Gerardo Parra is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Giants.

Impact

Parra started the past two games after sitting out over the weekend with an illness, but he'll get the night off now that the Rockies are officially eliminated from the postseason race. Stephen Cardullo will take over at first base for the evening.

A.J. Cole has been suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at the Pirates' Jung Ho Kang on Sunday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

Impact

Cole is appealing the suspension, so he will remain eligible to pitch for the time being, although he could end up dropping the appeal Wednesday to avoid missing time at the start of 2017. The right-hander was ejected from Sunday's game for throwing at Kang, ending his day after 2.2 frames. He allowed three runs in those 2.2 innings as his ERA shot back above 5.00 for the season.

Brett Anderson is not scheduled to start again this season.

Impact

There were thoughts that Anderson might start Wednesday's contest against the Padres, but the Dodgers instead are going with Jose De Leon for that game, followed by Julio Urias, Rich Hill, Clayton Kershaw, and Kenta Maeda. It's unclear if this completely writes Anderson off of the rotation for the postseason or not, but this situation certainly is not good for the 28-year-old left-hander.

Brandon McCarthy is not scheduled to make another start this season.

Impact

Instead of going with the veteran option to be their number four starter, the Dodgers decided to deploy Julio Urias for Thursday's matchup with the Padres. It's unclear if this completely writes McCarthy off of the rotation for the remainder of 2016 or if the Dodgers brass just wants to see Urias start one last time before the season's conclusion, but this news is not promising for the right-hander.

Mike Dunn was credited with the win Monday after tossing a perfect fourth inning. He struck out two.

Impact

Dunn bumps his record to 5-1 on the year, but Monday's win was all about being in the right place at the right time. Adam Conley managed just three innings in his return from a DL stint so the starter was not eligible for the win despite departing with a 7-0 lead. Dunn has posted a solid 3.07 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 41 innings in relief this season.

Julio Urias is scheduled to start Thursday's game against the Padres.

Impact

A couple weeks after sending the phenom to the bullpen in order to keep him fresh, Urias will rejoin the rotation prior to the end of the season. The Dodgers are in need of a fourth starter for the postseason, and it seems like this move points toward Urias' inclusion in the postseason rotation, although this is merely speculation at this point. The left-handed pitching prospect pitched well in his last appearance against San Diego, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out six over 5.1 innings of work.

Adeiny Hechavarria (S, Mia)

Adeiny Hechavarria went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in Monday's win over the Mets.

Impact

That's two straight multi-hit games for the shortstop, but it's not going to save his underwhelming .238/.284/.315 slash line over 495 at-bats. The Marlins aren't paying Hechavarria to hit, however, so as long as he continues to play premium defense at short, any production at the dish can be viewed as a bonus.

Jorge Soler (O, ChC)

Jorge Soler (side) underwent an MRI Tuesday and everything came back clean, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Impact

Soler's side injury flared up after returning to the lineup Saturday, but it seems that the outfielder avoided any major setbacks from the incident. He's expected to rejoin the team in Cincinnati this week, although it's unclear how quickly the Cubs will push him back into the lineup with the postseason so close.

Josh Tomlin's next start will either come Friday or Sunday, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

Impact

The Indians have shaken up their rotation over the final week after clinching the division Monday. Tomlin's next start could hinge on whether Corey Kluber (groin) will be able to start Game 1 of the ALDS. If Kluber can't go, Trevor Bauer would start Game 1 and Tomlin would start Game 2, meaning he would start Sunday's season finale to line up for that postseason start on normal rest.

Ryan Merritt will start Thursday's game in Detroit, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

Impact

The Indians have shaken up the rotation over the rest of the season after clinching the division Monday. It's unclear how deep Merritt will be able to go Thursday, as he hasn't started a game since Sept. 2 with Triple-A Columbus. He notched just 92 strikeouts in 143.1 innings at Triple-A this year, so he comes with minimal upside as a streaming option Thursday.