PT TODAY: D. Santana secures AB in season's final days

Team-by-team playing time allocation charts can be found in our Teamview pages.

American League | National League
Rangers | Hunter Pence suffers setback
Texas Rangers OF Hunter Pence (back) suffered a setback over the past weekend that ensured he will not return this season. Pence had previously made comments about preparing for 2020 but held out hope he might still play a few games this year.  Source: The Associated Press
BHQ take: We alerted you to this possibility earlier. Not only is Pence out for the season, but fellow outfielders Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara may not appear in a game this season, either. Mazara has a lingering thumb problem, and Gallo's strength has not fully returned to wrist following hamate bone surgery. This means some additional PT down the stretch for Danny Santana, Delino DeShields, and rookie Scott Heineman (plus continued regular AB for LF Willie Calhoun). We've written about each of these players recently, so there's nothing new to report skills-wise. But note that Santana is now just two SB away from a 25/20 season entering play on 9/25, so he may be looking to grab a bag or two. And of course, steals are DeShields' main value-add. So those needing to gain a few SB to cement or steal a category, take heed.  —Rod Truesdell
Impact: Low
DeShields Jr., Delino        
Gallo, Joey        
Santana, Daniel        
Pence, Hunter        
Heineman, Scott        
Mazara, Nomar        

Astros | Carlos Correa scratched Tuesday
Houston Astros SS Carlos Correa (back) was scratched from the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 24, due to tightness in his lower back.  Source: Houston Chronicle - Chandler Rome
BHQ take: And so it goes with Correa's back. Aledmys Diaz and Abraham Toro-Hernandez will see more AB during these final days if Correa can't go.  —Jock Thompson
Impact: Med
Toro-Hernandez, Abraham        
Diaz, Aledmys        
Correa, Carlos        

Athletics | Lou Trivino done for year
Oakland Athletics RP Lou Trivino (rib) will miss the remainder of the 2019 season, including the postseason, according to manager Bob Melvin Tuesday, Sept. 24.  Source: - Martin Gallegos
BHQ take: Following a strong 2018 and a good April, Trivino's skills cratered over the rest of 2019, and versatile Yusmeiro Petit (riding a low hit rate to a strong season) eventually supplanted Trivino as OAK's top setup man. Trivino's control vanished from May through July despite reasonable FpK numbers, and his Dom rate and SwK dropped as well despite a fastball remaining in the upper 90's. Trivino's LIMA stock going into 2020 is certainly down from a year ago.  —Rod Truesdell
Impact: Low
Trivino, Lou        
Petit, Yusmeiro A        

National League | American League
Dodgers | Rich Hill back on the bump
Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Rich Hill (knee) started and pitched two innings against the San Diego Paders on Tuesday, Sept. 24. It was Hill's first appearance since Sept. 12 when he departed early with discomfort in his knee.  Source: The Associated Press
BHQ take: We'd noted here a few days ago that he would like get two starts in this final week, and his 2 IP / 5 K scoreless effort was the first of these. Still a good IP flyer for owners needing multiple innings.  —Jock Thompson
Impact: High
Hill, Rich        


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Playing Time Key

The playing time percentage changes at the bottom of most news items correspond to's Teamview pages. The percentages approximate changes in AB, IP and Saves in the following manner:

  • For batters, each 5% of PT% ~ 31 AB (100% total for each position = 618 AB)
  • For pitchers, each 3% of PT% ~ 44 IP (100% total for a team's entire pitching staff)
  • For relievers, each 5% of Svs ~ 2 saves (100% of a team's total = about40 saves)

A complete explanation of's playing time allocations can be found in the article "How the Projections are Created."

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