Stephen Piscotty is in the lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS.
Piscotty was involved in a scary collision during the final weeks of the regular season in which he crashed into Peter Bourjos in the outfield, knocking himself out cold. However, after an overnight stay in a hospital and multiple medical tests, he was cleared to play Oct. 3 and is now poised to start Game 1 of the NLDS. He will man first base, with the St. Louis Cardinals content using outfielders Matt Holliday, Jason Heyward and Randal Grichuck, and hit second in the order.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan is starting in right for Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday.
After sitting out of a power-heavy lineup in the defeat of the the Pirates, Coghlan will hit sixth against the Cardinals. He has had some success against starter John Lackey in his career with eight hits in 17 at-bats and two RBI.
Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and three RBI in the Chicago Cubs ' win over the Pirates on Wednesday.
He drove in Dexter Fowler in the top of the first inning for the run that stood as the game winner, but also provide insurance with a long ball that left the yard off Gerrit Cole in the third. The Cubs used Schwarber in right field for Wednesday's game, eventually removing him for a defensive replacement (Chris Denorfia) late in the game.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig said Wednesday that he will be on the Dodgers' NLDS roster, ESPN Los Angeles reports.
While the Dodgers haven't formally submitted their roster for the Division Series, the players of been informed of their status, and Puig told the media he's made the cut. Scott Van Slyke 's slow progress from a wrist injury solidified Puig's spot, as the Dodgers need a right-handed bat to use off the bench against right-handers and start against lefties. Puig returned for the final two games of the regular season after missing more than a month following another hamstring setback.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke (wrist) is not expected to be on the NLDS roster, Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports.
The wrist did not respond well to batting practice Tuesday, leading manager Don Mattingly to say Vancouver Canucks Slyke is 'not where he needs to be physically.'
With the 29-year-old all but ruled out for the NLDS, the door is open for Yasiel Puig to possibly slot in as a right-handed bench/platoon bat despite missing most of the final five weeks of the regular season.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson finished the 2015 season in style Sunday, hitting a three-run homer in the Rockies' win over the San Francisco Giants .
After a breakout 2014 campaign, repeated bouts with plantar fasciitis along with a case of broken ribs limited Dickerson to just 65 games this season. Even so, there's plenty of reason to be optimistic for Dickerson's prospects heading into the upcoming season.
In his 224 at-bats in 2015, Dickerson still finished with a .304 average and .869 OPS, marks highly comparable to what he posted in those categories in 2014. With a little better luck on the health front, Dickerson shouldn't have trouble reaching the 20-homer plateau while making a run at 100 RBI.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke (wrist) struggled while practicing in the batting cage Tuesday, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Vancouver Canucks Slyke has been suffering from a case of inflammation in his wrist dating back to Sept. 15. Manager Don Mattingly was not optimistic about his outfielder's health Tuesday saying, "[He's] not where he needs to be physically."
It's unclear what his status will be for the playoffs, however more information should be available prior to Thursday.
Veteran outfielder Ichiro Suzuki will be re-signed by the Miami Marlins for the 2016 season, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
This move shouldn't really come as much of a surprise considering Suzuki is 65 hits away from 3,000 in his career. The skills certainly tapered off in 2015 (.229/.282/.279 in 438 at-bats), but he does provide some versatility in the outfield. At the very least, he could represent a terrific marketing asset as he approaches his career milestone.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan will undergo a procedure on his right knee in the next few days, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.
Pagan has had a history of knee issues, and it appears he'll undergo another procedure to clean up another one. There's no timetable attached to it, but it's highly unlikely it will prevent him from playing at the start of spring training.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun (back) will undergo an MRI on Wednesday and will likely have surgery Thursday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Braun didn't play in any of the final six games of the season, and it appears he's now set to undergo an offseason procedure that's expected to to need a month of recovery, but it shouldn't impact his availability for the beginning of the 2016 season.