Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer
Matt Carpenter is dealing with pain in his right ring finger that affects his hitting. The knob of the bat irritates the finger when he swings. Carpenter is not playing tonight vs. the Cincinnati Reds.
Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler is getting his right side checked out some more after moving gingerly in his last game. He missed time recently due to the injury. The Cubs should know more after tonight's game or tomorrow.
Here is the view inside Marlins Park as the team prepares to play its first game following the passing of pitcher Jose Fernandez. The first pitch against the Mets is at 7:10pm ET.
Most Years Between 100-Win Seasons Span Braves 94 1898-93 Cubs 80 1935-16
Cubs (Hendricks) at Pirates (Kuhl) - 7:05 ET Cubs: 99-56; seeking first 100-win season since 1935 (6th in franchise history)
Indians (Kluber) at Tigers 7:10 ET Indians magic number is 1; clinch AL Central title with a win; would be 1st division title since 2007
Joe Maddon indicated he would use his top relievers this week mainly when Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta pitch as they have personal milestones like the Cy Young award at stake. Hendricks starts tonight vs. Pittsburgh.
The investigation into who was driving the boat at the time of the crash continues.
Authorities also identified the other victims in the crash as Eduardo Rivero, 25, and Emilio Jesus Macias, 27, both of Miami-Dade County.
The perks of clinching early? You can rest your stars. And that's exactly what Nats skipper Dusty Baker is doing. A day after hurting his thumb while sliding, Bryce Harper, who was slated for X-rays today, is out of the lineup. Ditto for Daniel Murphy, who's nursing a strained buttocks - or as it's called in lay terms...a bum bum.
I asked Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria if he's put thought into retiring Jose Fernandez's No. 16. "Yes, I've put thought into it," Loria responded. "Nobody else is wearing that number. I can tell you that."
Feel the excitement
Marlins president David Samsom said there will be no entertainment between innings in honor of the passing of pitcher Jose Fernandez. Some players changed their walk-up music or will not use music at all.
Mets have hung a #16 jersey in their dugout tonight
Marlins president David Samson said the plan is for the entire team to attend the funeral of pitcher Jose Fernandez. However, details are still being worked out.