Outfielder Todd Cunningham was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
A second-round pick by Atlanta in 2010, he hit just .261/.325/.337 in 97 games with Triple-A Gwinnett this season and disappointed further in a 39-game look with the big club. It's hard to imagine Cunningham will push for anything more than a reserve role in spring training, if he even survives Rule 5 roster cuts.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig made the 25-man roster for the National League Division Series against the Mets, per the Los Angeles Times.
His spot wasn't necessarily secure at the end of the regular season, but Scott Van Slyke's slow progress from a wrist injury cemented Puig's status. The Mets are trotting out three straight right-handers to start the series, so expect Puig to be limited to pinch-hit/bench duty until Game 4.
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.
Houston Astros center fielder Carlos Gomez (oblique) is not in the lineup Friday for Game 2 of the ALDS, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.
After missing Game 1 with an oblique injury, it was assumed by many pundits that Gomez would return to the lineup for Game 2, however that doesn't appear to be the case. Much like Thursday, Gomez will likely be available off the bench to play in a pinch-hit or pinch-run situation, but it's unlikely he will spend any major time in the field Friday. Jake Marisnick will man center field and hit ninth in the batting order in his place.
With Carlos Gomez out of the starting lineup Thursday due to a lingering back injury, Jake Marisnick drew the start in center field and went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the Houston Astros ' 5-2 win over Kansas City in Game 1 of the ALDS.
Marisnick also made a fantastic catch in the fourth inning to quiet the crowd at Kauffman Stadium and stem a Kansas City Royals rally. The 24-year-old, who is quietly considered the best defender among Houston's outfielders, would slide back to the bench if Carlos Gomez is healthy enough to play Friday.
Houston Astros right fielder George Springer went 2 for 4 with a walk, solo home run and two runs scored during Thursday's Game 1 ALDS win over Kansas City.
Springer's solo shot came in the fifth inning off the Kansas City Royals ' Chris Young and gave the Astros a two-run cushion in the game. Through two playoff appearances in 2015, the 26-year-old outfielder is 3 for 8 with two extra-base hits.
Houston Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus homered in his second straight postseason game Thursday during Houston's Game 1 ALDS win over Kansas City. He went 1-for-3 with a walk, stolen base and two RBI in the game.
The 29-year-old outfielder gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the first inning with an RBI groundout before homering late in the game off Kansas City Royals reliever Ryan Madson . He's likely to remain in the starting lineup Friday against right-hander Johnny Cueto , who he's 9-for-27 (.333) lifetime against.
Jose Bautista (hamstring) is in the lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS Friday against the Rangers, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.
Bautista exited Thursday's Game 1 in the ninth inning with the sore hamstring, but as expected, he will be able to take the field Friday. Bautista will cover right field and hit third against Rangers starter Cole Hamels.
Carlos Gomez continues to deal with his oblique injury, but indicated he's available to pinch run Thursday and hopes to be in the Game 2 lineup Friday, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports.
Gomez has been suffering from the issue for an extended period of time, but continues to battle through it to play. Barring a setback of some kind, it seems like he'll be back in the lineup for the second game of the series.