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    • Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
      Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Expected to pitch in Game 7
      4h ago

      Kershaw is expected to appear out of the bullpen at some point in Game 7 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Saturday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.

      It's unclear when or how long Kershaw will pitch, but he'll have had two days to rest since last pitching Wednesday, so he should be able to throw at least an inning or two, the equivalent of a typical bullpen session. He's pitched out of the bullpen on short rest in winner-take-all games in each of the last two seasons, recording the final two outs as the Dodgers got past the Nationals in the NLDS in 2016 and pitching four scoreless innings in Game 7 of last year's World Series against the Astros.

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    • Jose Altuve HOU 2B
      Astros' Jose Altuve: Battled through avulsion fracture
      4h ago

      Altuve's knee injury which caused him trouble throughout the season was an avulsion fracture, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

      An avulsion fracture occurs when a small piece of bone attached to a ligament or tendon gets pulled away from the rest of the bone. He had surgery to fix the problem Friday and is expected to be fully recovered by the start of spring training. The second baseman's numbers took a step back across the board following his MVP campaign in 2017, with his slash line falling from .346/.410/.547 to a still excellent .315/.385/.449. His homers dropped from 24 to 13, while he stole 17 bases after swiping 32 bags the season before. Given the severity of his knee injury, however, the dip appears to be very understandable, and there's reason to believe he'll bounce back next season.

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    • Enrique Hernandez LAD CF
      Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez: Sits again for Game 7
      5h ago

      Hernandez is not in the lineup for Game 7 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Saturday.

      Hernandez has hit just 2-for-22 so far this postseason. Chris Taylor will get the start at second base in his place.

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    • Chris Sale BOS SP
      Red Sox's Chris Sale: Recovered from illness
      5h ago

      Sale is feeling better Saturday after battling an illness during the ALCS, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

      Sale was hospitalized and scratched from his scheduled start for Game 5 of the ALCS, though he would have started Game 6 if necessary. It appears that he should have no issues by Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

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    • Jose Altuve HOU 2B
      Astros' Jose Altuve: Undergoes knee surgery
      9h ago

      Altuve had surgery on his right knee Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

      Altuve dealt with lingering knee issues throughout the season, so the procedure was likely just a simple cleanup. More news on a timetable for his recovery figures to surface in the coming days, but he should be ready to go for spring training.

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    • Enrique Hernandez LAD CF
      Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez: Not in Game 6 lineup
      1d ago

      Hernandez is out of the lineup for Game 6 of the NLCS versus the Brewers on Friday.

      Hernandez went 0-for-5 with a walk during the past three games and will retreat to the bench for Friday's outing in favor of Max Muncy at second base. David Freese will start at first and bat atop the Dodgers' order.

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    • Austin Barnes LAD C
      Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Remains in starting lineup for Game 6
      2d ago

      Barnes will draw another start behind the plate for Game 6 of the NLCS against Milwaukee on Friday, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.

      This will mark his third straight start in the lineup after catching Rich Hill and Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. The Dodgers have claimed victories in each of the three starts Barnes has made this series, and he's proven to be the security blanket for manager Dave Roberts in light of Yasmani Grandal's costly errors.

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    • Sandy Leon BOS C
      Red Sox's Sandy Leon: Takes seat Wednesday
      3d ago

      Leon is out of the starting lineup for Game 4 of the ALCS against the Astros on Wednesday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.

      Christian Vazquez will catch Rick Porcello and bat eighth in the order in Leon's absence. This marks the third straight game that manager Alex Cora has elected to start Vazquez behind the plate.

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    • Yasmani Grandal LAD C
      Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: On bench again in Game 5
      3d ago

      Grandal is out of the lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Wednesday.

      Austin Barnes will receive another start behind the plate while Grandal begins Wednesday's contest on the bench. Due to Grandal's defensive struggles and lack of production at the dish, it wouldn't come as a shock to see Barnes start Game 6 on Friday when the series heads back to Milwaukee.

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    • Grayson Greiner DET C
      Tigers' Grayson Greiner: Set for wrist surgery
      3d ago

      Greiner was diagnosed with a bone chip in his right wrist and will undergo surgery to repair the issue Tuesday.

      Greiner recently suffered the injury during batting practice in the Dominican Winter League. The catcher should be fully recovered by the time spring training rolls around, but this will obviously sideline him from any activities for the near future. In 2018, he slashed .219/.328/.281 with 12 RBI in 30 games during his first taste of the big leagues.

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    • Grayson Greiner DET C
      Tigers' Grayson Greiner: Injures wrist during winter ball
      4d ago

      Greiner injured his wrist playing in the Dominican Winter League, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.

      Greiner apparently injured his wrist during batting practice, prompting Leones del Escogido to replace him on their roster with Austin Bossart. Specifics regarding the issue remain unclear at the moment, as does a potential timetable for his return.

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    • Erik Kratz MIL C
      Brewers' Erik Kratz: Takes seat for Game 4
      4d ago

      Kratz is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

      Kratz will once again give way to Manny Pina behind the dish with Gio Gonzalez lined up to pitch for the Brewers. The backstop has appeared in all three games this series, going 1-for-7 with a walk and a run scored.

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    • Tyler White HOU 1B
      Astros' Tyler White: Remains out for Game 5
      2d ago

      White is not in the lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      White will stick on the bench for a third straight game as Jose Altuve, who is dealing with a balky knee, picks up another start at DH in his place. With White out of the lineup again, Marwin Gonzalez will man second base while Tony Kemp starts in left field.

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    • Mitch Moreland BOS 1B
      Red Sox's Mitch Moreland: Joins lineup for Game 5
      2d ago

      Moreland is starting at first base and hitting fifth in Game 5 of the ALCS against the Astros on Thursday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.

      This will mark Moreland's first start since suffering a hamstring injuring during Game 2 of the ALDS against the Yankees earlier in the month. The first baseman has appeared as a pinch-hitter in each of the first four games of the series, going 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBI. He'll face Justin Verlander in his return to the starting nine.

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    • Tyler White HOU 1B
      Astros' Tyler White: Not in Game 4 lineup
      3d ago

      White is out of the starting lineup for Game 4 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of The Houston Chronicle reports.

      White will stick to the bench for a second straight game while Jose Altuve serves as the Astros' DH for Wednesday's contest. Marwin Gonzalez will pick up another start at second base while Tony Kemp patrols left field.

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    • Mitch Moreland BOS 1B
      Red Sox's Mitch Moreland: Out of lineup for Game 4
      3d ago

      Moreland is not in Wednesday's lineup for Game 4 of the ALCS against Houston, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.

      Moreland has yet to start a game this series, though he's been utilized as a pinch hitter during each of the last three contests. During Tuesday's victory, Moreland got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to help continue the Red Sox's rally in the eighth inning. Steve Pearce will start at first base.

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    • Cody Bellinger LAD 1B
      Dodgers' Cody Bellinger: Leading off Wednesday
      3d ago

      Bellinger will bat atop the order and patrol center field in Game 5 of the NLCS against Milwaukee on Wednesday.

      Bellinger has only hit leadoff once in his big-league career, during a game last season. Manager Dave Roberts pointed to the at-bats Bellinger had against Brewers starter Wade Miley in Game 2 in explaining the decision. Justin Turner and David Freese will follow Bellinger in the order.

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    • Cody Bellinger LAD 1B
      Dodgers' Cody Bellinger: Situated on bench for Game 4
      4d ago

      Bellinger is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

      As per usual, Bellinger will sit with a left-hander in Gio Gonzalez toeing the rubber for the Brewers. The youngster is just 1-for-10 with an RBI through the first three games of the series. Enrique Hernandez will start in center field and hit sixth in his place.

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    • Jose Altuve HOU 2B
      Astros' Jose Altuve: Battled through avulsion fracture
      4h ago

      Altuve's knee injury which caused him trouble throughout the season was an avulsion fracture, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

      An avulsion fracture occurs when a small piece of bone attached to a ligament or tendon gets pulled away from the rest of the bone. He had surgery to fix the problem Friday and is expected to be fully recovered by the start of spring training. The second baseman's numbers took a step back across the board following his MVP campaign in 2017, with his slash line falling from .346/.410/.547 to a still excellent .315/.385/.449. His homers dropped from 24 to 13, while he stole 17 bases after swiping 32 bags the season before. Given the severity of his knee injury, however, the dip appears to be very understandable, and there's reason to believe he'll bounce back next season.

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    • Jose Altuve HOU 2B
      Astros' Jose Altuve: Undergoes knee surgery
      9h ago

      Altuve had surgery on his right knee Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

      Altuve dealt with lingering knee issues throughout the season, so the procedure was likely just a simple cleanup. More news on a timetable for his recovery figures to surface in the coming days, but he should be ready to go for spring training.

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    • Eduardo Nunez BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez: Remains out for Game 5
      2d ago

      Nunez (ankle) is not in the lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Astros on Thursday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.

      Rafael Devers will man third base against Justin Verlander on Thursday as Nunez continues to nurse a right ankle injury he suffered earlier in the series. Through the first four games of the series, Nunez is 1-for-5 with a walk. It's unclear if he'll be available off the bench.

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    • Eduardo Nunez BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez: Not in Game 4 lineup
      3d ago

      Nunez (ankle) is out of Wednesday's lineup for Game 4 of the ALCS against Houston, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.

      Nunez will remain on the bench after leaving Tuesday's contest with a right ankle injury. He should be considered day-to-day ahead of Thursday's outing. Rafael Devers will take his place at third base and bat fifth in the order.

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    • Eduardo Nunez BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez: Dealing with ankle injury
      4d ago

      Nunez exited Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday with a right ankle injury, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.

      Nunez appeared to twist his ankle fielding a grounder during the first inning, but remained in the contest until the fourth inning, when Rafael Devers pinch ran for him after Nunez reached on an infield single. Moving laterally was the issue for Nunez, which naturally presents a problem when playing third base. Devers is expected to grab the start Wednesday in Game 4 against Houston right-hander Charlie Morton.

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    • Jose Altuve HOU 2B
      Astros' Jose Altuve: Starting at DH in Game 3
      4d ago

      Altuve is starting at DH and hitting second in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      Altuve will get the night off from fielding as the Astros look to rest his bothersome knee, which he tweaked during the ALDS against the Indians earlier in the month.

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    • David Freese LAD 3B
      Dodgers' David Freese: Leading off in Game 6
      1d ago

      Freese will bat atop the Dodgers' order and start at first base for Game 6 of the NLCS against Milwaukee on Friday.

      This will be the fourth time in Freese's career that he will hit first in the lineup, with the most recent instance coming in 2016 for the Pirates. In this series he's gone hitless across five at-bats with a pair of strikeouts. Following Freese in the Dodgers' order will be Max Muncy, Justin Turner and Manny Machado.

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    • Rafael Devers BOS 3B
      Red Sox's Rafael Devers: Launches three-run homer
      2d ago

      Devers went 1-for-2 with a sixth-inning three-run homer during Boston's pennant-clinching 4-1 win over the Astros on Thursday.

      Devers hit his first home run of the postseason off Justin Verlander to provide the Red Sox with the winning margin. The 21-year-old is now 7-for-20 in the postseason, and has driven in seven runs after compiling a .240 average with 21 home runs and 66 RBI in the regular season.

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    • Matt Chapman OAK 3B
      Athletics' Matt Chapman: Undergoes thumb surgery
      2d ago

      Chapman underwent successful left thumb surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday. The club failed to disclose a specific timetable but he's expected to be healthy prior to spring training, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

      Specifically, Dr. Steven Shin performed an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision along the left thumb. It's unclear when Chapman suffered the left thumb injury -- though he dealt with various right hand/wrist injuries during the year -- especially since his production remained at a high level throughout the final few weeks of the 2018 season. He finished off the year with a slash line of .278/.356/.508 with 24 home runs and 68 RBI in 145 games.

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    • Alex Bregman HOU 3B
      Astros' Alex Bregman: Hits atop order in Game 4
      3d ago

      Bregman will serve as the Astros' leadoff hitter for Game 4 of the ALCS against Boston on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      Manager A.J. Hinch will try and shake things up after Houston only managed to scratch across two runs during Tuesday's defeat. In that outing, Bregman provided a pair of the club's seven hits, going 2-for-3 with one RBI and a walk. George Springer will bat second while Jose Altuve moves to the third spot in the order.

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    • Travis Shaw MIL 3B
      Brewers' Travis Shaw: Not in Game 5 lineup
      3d ago

      Shaw is out of the lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

      As expected, Shaw will remain in a reserve role with another southpaw (Clayton Kershaw) on the mound for Los Angeles. Manager Craig Counsell elected to move forward with the same lineup he used in Game 1 against Kershaw, placing Hernan Perez fifth in the order at the second-base position.

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    • Alec Bohm PHI 3B
      Phillies' Alec Bohm: Working on defense
      3d ago

      Bohm spent his time in the instructional league working on his defense, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic Philadelphia reports.

      Bohm hit a mediocre .252/.335/.324 in 40 games split across the three lowest levels of the minors in an injury-shortened first professional season. His bigger problems came on the defensive side of the ball, where he committed 10 errors and posted an .884 fielding percentage. That adds to the already-significant concerns that he'll be able to stick at third base, as only two players (Kris Bryant and Troy Glaus) 6-foot-5 or taller have ever played 200 games at the position in the majors. Bohm's bat obviously becomes less exciting at first base, though pre-draft evaluations suggested that it's strong enough to profile there as well.

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    • Carlos Correa HOU SS
      Astros' Carlos Correa: Hitting cleanup in Game 5
      2d ago

      Correa is starting at shortstop and hitting cleanup in Game 5 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      Correa is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak -- including a three-hit, two-RBI effort in Game 4 on Wednesday -- prompting manager A.J. Hinch to move the shortstop to the heart of the order after hitting him no higher than sixth through the team's first seven games of the postseason. Correa, who is hitting .280/.419/.440 with a 6:6 K:BB so far this postseason, will face southpaw David Price in this one.

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    • Didi Gregorius NYY SS
      Yankees' Didi Gregorius: Undergoes Tommy John procedure
      3d ago

      Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Wednesday. He is expected to be back in action before the 2019 All-Star break, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports.

      According to the club, his procedure went "as expected," so hope remains that Gregorius will be able to return to action around the midway point of next season. In 134 regular-season games this year, Gregorius slashed .268/.335/.494 with 27 home runs, 86 RBI and 10 stolen bases.

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    • Chris Taylor LAD SS
      Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Hits atop order vs. Brewers
      8d ago

      Taylor will bat leadoff and start in left field for Game 1 of the NLCS against Milwaukee on Friday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

      Taylor will join the starting lineup with left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Brewers. During the club's four-game set against Atlanta, Taylor went 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, with all three at-bats coming in Game 3.

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    • Didi Gregorius NYY SS
      Yankees' Didi Gregorius: Requires Tommy John surgery
      8d ago

      Gregorius suffered a right elbow injury during the ALDS against the Red Sox and an MRI on Thursday revealed that he will require Tommy John surgery. Manager Aaron Boone said he anticipates Gregorius returning "at some point during [next] season," though he added it's "realistic" that the shortstop will be available for the "bulk" of the 2019 campaign, Marc Carig of The Athletic reports.

      It appears as though Gregorius felt the injury occur during Game 1 or 2 of the ALDS in Boston while making a throw, and played through the injury the rest of the series. Thursday's MRI showed a tear in the UCL and will warrant Tommy John surgery, but fortunately the timetable for rehab is generally a great deal shorter for position players than it is for pitchers. That will make it possible for the shortstop to return to the field next year, though Boone added that a concrete timetable is unknown at this point. Gregorius is expected to undergo the surgery next week.

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    • Gregorio Petit MIN SS
      Twins' Gregorio Petit: Off 40-man roster
      8d ago

      Petit was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday.

      Petit slashed .246/.313/.279 over 61 at-bats with the Twins this season after signing a minor-league deal last December. The 33-year-old is able to elect free agency and will likely pursue another minor-league deal for next season.

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    • Ehire Adrianza MIN SS
      Twins' Ehire Adrianza: Expected to be ready for Opening Day
      11d ago

      Adrianza is expected to be ready to go by Opening Day after undergoing surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder Tuesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.

      Adrianza suffered a tear in his labrum near the beginning of September, though he continued to play through the injury for the remainder of the season before opting to go under the knife. The procedure typically carries a 3-to-4 month recovery timeline; with the start of spring training a little more than four months away, the utility man should be good to go before the start of the season, barring any setbacks. Assuming he's healthy, Adrianza should have an inside track to a spot on the Twins' Opening Day roster as a utility option.

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    • Enrique Hernandez LAD CF
      Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez: Sits again for Game 7
      5h ago

      Hernandez is not in the lineup for Game 7 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Saturday.

      Hernandez has hit just 2-for-22 so far this postseason. Chris Taylor will get the start at second base in his place.

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    • Enrique Hernandez LAD CF
      Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez: Not in Game 6 lineup
      1d ago

      Hernandez is out of the lineup for Game 6 of the NLCS versus the Brewers on Friday.

      Hernandez went 0-for-5 with a walk during the past three games and will retreat to the bench for Friday's outing in favor of Max Muncy at second base. David Freese will start at first and bat atop the Dodgers' order.

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    • Josh Reddick HOU RF
      Astros' Josh Reddick: Situated on bench for Game 5
      2d ago

      Reddick is not in the lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      Reddick is just 3-for-15 (.200) with a homer and two RBI through the first four games of the series, so he'll take a seat for Thursday's potentially decisive game with a lefty in David Price toeing the rubber for the Red Sox. In his absence, the Astros will deploy Tony Kemp, Jake Marisnick and George Springer from left to right in their outfield.

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    • Jacoby Ellsbury NYY CF
      Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury: Should be healthy for spring training
      3d ago

      General manager Brian Cashman said Ellsbury (hip) is "due to be healthy in spring training" but stopped short of saying he would be ready for Opening Day, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports.

      This statement implies that Ellsbury is tentatively scheduled resume baseball activities prior to spring training, but obviously with the outfielder's past injury history it's hard to guarantee his status five-plus months in advance. Ellsbury underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn left labrum in early August and failed to play in a single game in 2018.

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    • Yasiel Puig LAD RF
      Dodgers' Yasiel Puig: Not in Wednesday's lineup
      3d ago

      Puig is out of Wednesday's lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers.

      Enrique Hernandez will draw a start in right field as Puig retreats to the bench with southpaw Wade Miley pitching for Milwaukee. Across four games this postseason, Puig has gone 2-for-11 with a double and one walk.

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    • Joc Pederson LAD LF
      Dodgers' Joc Pederson: Out of Game 5 lineup
      3d ago

      Pederson is not in the starting lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS versus Milwaukee on Wednesday.

      Pederson will head to the bench for a second straight game with left-hander Wade Miley on the bump for the Brewers. In his place, Chris Taylor will start in left field while Cody Bellinger gets the nod atop the Dodgers' order.

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    • Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
      Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Expected to pitch in Game 7
      4h ago

      Kershaw is expected to appear out of the bullpen at some point in Game 7 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Saturday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.

      It's unclear when or how long Kershaw will pitch, but he'll have had two days to rest since last pitching Wednesday, so he should be able to throw at least an inning or two, the equivalent of a typical bullpen session. He's pitched out of the bullpen on short rest in winner-take-all games in each of the last two seasons, recording the final two outs as the Dodgers got past the Nationals in the NLDS in 2016 and pitching four scoreless innings in Game 7 of last year's World Series against the Astros.

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    • Chris Sale BOS SP
      Red Sox's Chris Sale: Recovered from illness
      5h ago

      Sale is feeling better Saturday after battling an illness during the ALCS, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

      Sale was hospitalized and scratched from his scheduled start for Game 5 of the ALCS, though he would have started Game 6 if necessary. It appears that he should have no issues by Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

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    • Joe Musgrove PIT SP
      Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Undergoes abdominal procedure
      1d ago

      Musgrove underwent surgery to repair his abdominal wall in order to help heal the stress reaction on the front of his pelvic bone, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

      Since a typical timetable for this surgery is around six weeks, Musgrove should be fully healed and ready to go prior to spring training. The right-hander suffered the stress fracture in mid-September after a start against the Royals and was promptly shut down for the last couple weeks of the season. Across 19 starts in 2018, he logged a 4.06 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with 100 strikeouts in 115.1 innings.

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    • Chris Sale BOS SP
      Red Sox's Chris Sale: Draws Game 1 start
      1d ago

      Sale (illness) will start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, WEEI 93.7 FM reports.

      This shouldn't come as any surprise, especially considering Sale will have a few more days to fully recover from the stomach illness that he came down with this past weekend. The 29-year-old would have started Game 6 of the ALCS versus Houston, but the Red Sox were able to close out the series in five games. Boston manager Alex Cora admitted that the full rotation for the World Series hasn't been set just yet, but David Price will likely follow Sale in Game 2.

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    • Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP
      Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu: Takes mound in Game 6
      1d ago

      Ryu will start Game 6 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Friday.

      As expected, Ryu will return to the bump in Milwaukee after pitching Game 2 on Saturday. During that start, he gave up two runs on six hits while striking out four across 4.1 innings and didn't factor into the decision. The southpaw will once again go up against Wade Miley with the chance to propel the Dodgers back to the Fall Classic.

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    • Hunter Harvey BAL SP
      Orioles' Hunter Harvey: To begin throwing program in December
      1d ago

      Harvey (elbow, shoulder) will resume a throwing program in December, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

      Harvey experienced elbow soreness in mid-September during the instructional league but fortunately didn't suffer any sort of major injury. At the time of his latest setback, he had been recovering from a shoulder injury that forced him to shut it down for the rest of the 2018 season back in early June. Kubatko added that Harvey's elbow "feels good" at the moment, though it's hard to be completely confident in the 23-year-old due to his injury history.

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    • Craig Kimbrel BOS RP
      Red Sox's Craig Kimbrel: Locks down save
      2d ago

      Kimbrel picked up the save with a scoreless inning in Game 5 on Thursday as the Red Sox clinched the American League pennant against the Astros, permitting just one walk and no hits while striking out two.

      Kimbrel entered the game with a three-run lead and allowed a one-out walk to Yuli Gurriel, but he retired the next two batters to nail down the save for the Red Sox. The closer recorded 42 saves with a 2.74 ERA in the regular season and needed just 14 pitches to earn his fifth save in five postseason chances.

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    • Steven Wright BOS RP
      Red Sox's Steven Wright: Fires successful bullpen Wednesday
      3d ago

      Wright (knee) threw a successful bullpen session Wednesday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

      Wednesday marked the veteran hurler's first bullpen session since being shut down and removed from the ALDS roster with a knee issue. Wright said afterwards that he feels like he could pitch right now if asked, suggesting he could be added to the team's World Series roster should Boston advance.

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    • Kenley Jansen LAD RP
      Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Nails down save in Game 5
      3d ago

      Jansen struck out the only batter he faced to get the save in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.

      After Caleb Ferguson and Ryan Madson combined to get the first two outs of the ninth inning, Jansen struck out Mike Moustakas on four pitches to pick up the save in Game 5. The closer has been lights out in the postseason, striking out seven and earning three saves in 5.1 scoreless innings.

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    • Brandon Woodruff MIL RP
      Brewers' Brandon Woodruff: Goes 5.1 innings in Game 5
      3d ago

      Woodruff gave up two runs on five hits with one walk over 5.1 innings in a loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. He struck out eight.

      After Wade Miley walked the first batter of the game, Woodruff limited the Dodgers to only two runs in 5.1 innings. Unfortunately for Woodruff, Clayton Kershaw was spectacular, and the two runs would be enough to hang the loss on the 25-year-old. The right-hander now has 15 strikeouts with a 2.45 ERA through 10.1 innings in the postseason.

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    • Seung-Hwan Oh COL RP
      Rockies' Seung Hwan Oh: Could return to South Korea in 2019
      3d ago

      Oh is considering a return to South Korea to play in the Korea Baseball Organization in 2019. "I feel like I want to return to the KBO while I still have the energy to help the team and pitch in front of home fans," the 36-year-old Oh said. "I can't make this decision alone. I'll have to speak with my agency about the next season." Oh cited fatigue from living in a foreign country as the main reason for this potential transition, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

      The Rockies traded for Oh in late July to help revamp their bullpen, and he wound up logging a 2.53 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with 24 strikeouts in 21.1 innings of relief. Since he went over 70 total appearances in 2018, Oh has a vesting club option of $2.5 million for next year.

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