Kipnis injured his left ankle in celebration of winning the ALCS over the Blue Jays, but its not considered serious, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
It was reported that he's not at 100 percent yet, but it's a good sign that Kipnis' injury isn't considered serious. There will likely be more updates on his status closer to Game 1 on Tuesday.
Kyle Schwarber (knee) was activated from the 60-day DL in a corresponding move. An early season trade acquisition, Soto posted a 5.14 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 33 appearances with Triple-A Iowa this season. He was left off the team's September roster.
Schwarber (knee) was activated from the 60-day DL on Saturday.
This move will allow Schwarber to play in the Arizona Fall League, starting Saturday as a member of Mesa's taxi squad. Schwarber was cleared to play, albeit with a brace on his knee, following his six-month checkup in Dallas on Monday. Manager Joe Maddon acknowledged that "there's a chance" Schwarber could be used as the DH in Cleveland if the Cubs advance to the World Series.
Toles will start in left field and bat leadoff Saturday in Game 6 of the NLCS.
Saturday will mark just the second time Toles has hit higher than seventh in the order all season. He has enjoyed a fine postseason so far, going 7-for-19 with five of those hits coming in the Championship Series. Meanwhile, Chase Utley -- who will fall to the eight-hole -- is just 3-for-26 in postseason play.
Heyward is out of the lineup Saturday for Game 6 of the NLCS.
Albert Almora will start in right field and bat eighth against Clayton Kershaw as Heyward sits for the second time in the series. Heyward has gone just 2-for-28 so far in the postseason after batting .207/.300/.286 against left-handed pitching during the regular season.
Schwarber (knee) is headed to the Arizona Fall League, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The 23-year-old will reportedly be in the lineup for the Mesa Solar Sox on Saturday, marking his return to game action after more than six months on the shelf due to a serious knee injury. Schwarber suffered a fully torn ACL and LCL in an outfield collision with Dexter Fowler in the Cubs' third game of the season. He will lose catcher eligibility in most formats in 2017, but Schwarber's bat should keep him highly relevant in mixed leagues.
Following a breakout campaign in 2014, Mesoraco has combined to play in just 39 games over the past two seasons as he's required significant surgery on both his hip and left shoulder. He is expected to be ready to resume catching duties in mid-to-late January and Mesoraco is still just 28, but there are doubts about his ability to hold up to the rigors of catching duties. Tucker Barnhart took over for Mesoraco in 2016 and filled in capably behind the dish, but did little of note with the bat.
With little left to prove at Triple-A, Asuaje will get an opportunity to compete for an Opening Day roster spot during spring training. Second base is currently crowded with the emergence of Ryan Schimpf in 2016 and the expected return of Cory Spangenberg from a quad injury. Asuaje has appeal as a utility option, however, as he can play at least three positions capably and serve as a left-handed bat off the bench for manager Andy Green.
The hard-throwing right-hander had Tommy John surgery on March 8, leaving him approximately 13 months removed from the procedure when the 2017 season begins. Capps has the ability to emerge as an elite closer if he returns to his pre-surgery form, but the Padres may opt to bring him along slowly with respect to the ninth-inning role as Brandon Maurer fared well in the second half of 2016 (13-for-15 in save chances, 3.09 ERA from July 1 on).