Maddon said the severity of the injury is still unclear, but Russell believes he'll only be day-to-day. If the rookie isn't ready for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Cardinals, Javier Baez could join the starting lineup.
Talbot, who saw four minutes of penalty-killing duty in Monday's game, has not recorded a point in two games this season, with his fantasy upside capped by the fact that he's working on the
In his regular season debut, Zdeno Chara (upper body) recorded three shots in 21:27 of ice time in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Lightning.
Per CSN New England, Chara, who was minus-2 in the game, "didn't appear to show any discomfort" while unloading any of his three shots Monday, and while the big blueliner saw just 40 seconds worth of power play time in his return, we'd expect him to see more man-advantage work moving forward. In any case, while Chara's return didn't generate an instant turnaround for the 0-3 B's, his size, experience and leadership remain assets to the team's blue line corps, a unit that that has had its share of issues out of the gate.
Daniel Fells (ankle) is unlikely to play in the NFL again, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports.
Fells has already undergone five surgeries on his foot to fight an MRSA infection. He's been in the hospital since Oct. 2 and may need to stay a while longer. Fortunately, he's been doing much better the last few days, after his doctors found a combination of antibiotics that worked.
Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings Monday during Game 4 of the American League Division Seriest Kansas City. He was in line for the win, but did not factor into the decision as the Royals tagged the bullpen for seven runs.
The 22-year-old rookie displayed great poise in his first career playoff start. He surrendered a two-run homer to Salvador Perez in the second inning, but settled down thereafter, permitting only a single, walk and a hit batter before A.J. Hinch put the game in the hands of his relievers.
Fresh off a remarkable rookie season and promising playoff debut, McCullers will certainly open 2016 with a spot in the starting rotation.
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