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  • Player News
    • Curtis Granderson LAD LF
      Dodgers' Curtis Granderson: Not in Game 3 lineup
      6h ago

      Curtis Granderson is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Tuesday, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.

      Granderson -- who has struggled since joining the Los Angeles Dodgers via trade in August -- is just 1-for-11 (.091) so far in the postseason, so he'll open Game 3 on the bench even with a right-hander pitcher (Kyle Hendricks) toeing the rubber for the opposition. In his place, Andre Ethier will start in left field and bat fifth.

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    • Mike Napoli TEX 1B
      Mike Napoli: Headed to free agency
      6h ago

      Mike Napoli (ankle) will become a free agent after the Rangers declined to exercise his $11 million club option for 2018, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

      Given the amount of money Napoli was owed, this isn't too surprising. While the 35-year-old swatted a healthy 29 homers this season, he was 19 percent worse than a league average hitter (81 wRC+) and batted an unsightly .193 with a 33.6 percent strikeout rate -- all career worst marks. He'll look to catch on elsewhere, though he may be forced to settle for a minor-league deal given the lack of demand for power hitters with high strikeout rates.

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    • Charlie Culberson LAD 2B
      Dodgers' Charlie Culberson: Heads to bench for Game 3
      6h ago

      Charlie Culberson is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Tuesday, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.

      Culberson started the first two games of the NLCS -- both against left-handed pitchers -- in place of the injured Corey Seager (back), but he'll head to the bench for Game 3 with righty Kyle Hendricks toeing the rubber for the Cubs. Chris Taylor will start at shortstop in his place, opening up a spot for Joc Pederson to start in center field. Culberson is 2-for-5 (.400) with an RBI and two runs scored so far in the NLCS.

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    • Logan Forsythe LAD 2B
      Dodgers' Logan Forsythe: Heads to bench for Game 3
      7h ago

      Logan Forsythe is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Tuesday, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.

      Forsythe is hitting just .190/.315/.262 in 237 at-bats against right-handed pitchers this season, so he'll get the day off with righty Kyle Hendricks throwing for the Cubs. In his stead, Chase Utley will start at second base and bat sixth.

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    • Yasmani Grandal LAD C
      Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Out of lineup for Game 3
      7h ago

      Yasmani Grandal is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Tuesday, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.

      Grandal is 0-for-7 in his career against Kyle Hendricks -- including an 0-for-3 performance in last year's NLCS -- so he'll open Game 3 on the bench as Austin Barnes draws another start behind the dish in his stead.

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    • Ben Zobrist CHC 2B
      Cubs' Ben Zobrist: Leading off Tuesday
      7h ago

      Ben Zobrist is starting at second base and batting leadoff in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

      Zobrist started on the bench for the first two games of the NLCS with left-handed starters (Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill) on the bump for the opposition, but he'll step back into the starting nine for Game 3 with righty Yu Darvish toeing the rubber for Los Angeles. He's 2-for-12 (.157) with two walks and four strikeouts in his career against Darvish.

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    • Yasmani Grandal LAD C
      Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Out of lineup for Game 3
      7h ago

      Yasmani Grandal is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Tuesday, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.

      Grandal is 0-for-7 in his career against Kyle Hendricks -- including an 0-for-3 performance in last year's NLCS -- so he'll open Game 3 on the bench as Austin Barnes draws another start behind the dish in his stead.

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    • Brian McCann HOU C
      Astros' Brian McCann: Headed to bench for Game 3
      1d ago

      Brian McCann is out of the lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Monday.

      Evan Gattis will serve as Houston's backstop and hit sixth Monday night. McCann has struggled over the course of the postseason. Through six games he's gone just 2-for-22 (.091) at the plate.

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    • Yasmani Grandal LAD C
      Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Not starting Sunday
      2d ago

      Yasmani Grandal is out of the lineup for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Sunday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

      Austin Barnes will serve as the Los Angeles Dodgers ' backstop for the second consecutive day while Grandal sits out. Grandal has appeared in just one game during the 2017 postseason, in which he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

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    • Yasmani Grandal LAD C
      Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Out of Game 1 lineup
      3d ago

      Yasmani Grandal is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cubs.

      Austin Barnes will draw in behind the plate to catch Clayton Kershaw as the Los Angeles Dodgers begin the NLCS. The Dodgers are facing left-hander Jose Quintana, which could also have attributed to Grandal's absence from the lineup given his .233 average against southpaws this season.

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    • Evan Gattis HOU C
      Astros' Evan Gattis: Out again Saturday
      3d ago

      Evan Gattis is not in the lineup for Game 2 against the Yankees on Saturday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

      Manager A.J. Hinch will roll out the same lineup that delivered a victory during Game 1 on Friday with the team facing another right-hander in Luis Severino. With lefty CC Sabathia taking the hill Monday for Game 3, Gattis will likely return to the starting nine in the DH spot.

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    • Evan Gattis HOU C
      Astros' Evan Gattis: Not in Game 1 lineup
      4d ago

      Evan Gattis is out of the lineup for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Friday.

      Gattis will retreat to the bench as Carlos Beltran gets the nod at DH and Brian McCann sets up behind the plate for Game 1 against Masahiro Tanaka. It's expected that Gattis will see regular playing time this series after performing well versus Boston in the ALDS.

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    • Mike Napoli TEX 1B
      Mike Napoli: Headed to free agency
      6h ago

      Mike Napoli (ankle) will become a free agent after the Rangers declined to exercise his $11 million club option for 2018, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

      Given the amount of money Napoli was owed, this isn't too surprising. While the 35-year-old swatted a healthy 29 homers this season, he was 19 percent worse than a league average hitter (81 wRC+) and batted an unsightly .193 with a 33.6 percent strikeout rate -- all career worst marks. He'll look to catch on elsewhere, though he may be forced to settle for a minor-league deal given the lack of demand for power hitters with high strikeout rates.

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    • Mitch Moreland BOS 1B
      Red Sox's Mitch Moreland: To have knee examined Tuesday
      8d ago

      Mitch Moreland will have his knee examined Tuesday to see if surgery is needed, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

      Moreland said the broken toe he sustained back in June led to a knee problem towards the end of the season, and while he was able to play through the pain, he'll have it checked out now that the Boston Red Sox have been eliminated from the playoffs. There should be a clearer idea regarding his status following Tuesday's evaluation.

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    • Tyler Moore MIA 1B
      Marlins' Tyler Moore: Outrighted from 40-man roster
      11d ago

      Tyler Moore was outrighted from the 40-man roster Saturday, Andre Hernandez of the Miami Herald reports.

      Moore played in 104 games this season during his first year with the Miami Marlins , but was removed from the 40-man roster, along with three others, Saturday. During the 2017 campaign, he slashed .230/.267/.401 with six home runs and 30 RBI.

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    • Mitch Moreland BOS 1B
      Red Sox's Mitch Moreland: Not in Friday's lineup
      12d ago

      Mitch Moreland is out of the lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS against Houston on Friday, Tim Britton of The Providence Journal reports.

      Moreland will occupy a seat on the bench with left-hander Dallas Keuchel taking the mound for the Astros. In his place, Hanley Ramirez draws the start at first while Chris Young will make an appearance in the DH spot.

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    • Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B
      Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt: Steps up in wild-card win
      13d ago

      Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run Wednesday in the Arizona Diamondbacks ' 11-8 win over the Rockies in the National League wild-card game.

      Goldschmidt vaulted the Diamondbacks to an early lead with a long ball in his first at-bat of the game in the bottom of the first inning, giving him just his third home run in the team's last 19 games. The first baseman closed September with a whimper, but the Diamondbacks will need the MVP candidate to be at his best beginning Friday, when his team will face Cy Young contender Clayton Kershaw as it kicks off its divisional series with the Dodgers.

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    • Brandon Belt SF 1B
      Giants' Brandon Belt: Officially cleared by MLB
      14d ago

      Brandon Belt (concussion) has been officially cleared by MLB, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

      Belt, who has a history with head injuries, missed the final two months of the season with a concussion, but he'll head into the offseason with no restrictions after being deemed symptom-free. He hit .241/.355/.469 with 18 homers in 104 games before his season was cut short due to the injury. Assuming he's able to enter next season healthy, look for him to return to a starting role for the San Francisco Giants .

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    • Charlie Culberson LAD 2B
      Dodgers' Charlie Culberson: Heads to bench for Game 3
      6h ago

      Charlie Culberson is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Tuesday, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.

      Culberson started the first two games of the NLCS -- both against left-handed pitchers -- in place of the injured Corey Seager (back), but he'll head to the bench for Game 3 with righty Kyle Hendricks toeing the rubber for the Cubs. Chris Taylor will start at shortstop in his place, opening up a spot for Joc Pederson to start in center field. Culberson is 2-for-5 (.400) with an RBI and two runs scored so far in the NLCS.

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    • Logan Forsythe LAD 2B
      Dodgers' Logan Forsythe: Heads to bench for Game 3
      7h ago

      Logan Forsythe is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Tuesday, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.

      Forsythe is hitting just .190/.315/.262 in 237 at-bats against right-handed pitchers this season, so he'll get the day off with righty Kyle Hendricks throwing for the Cubs. In his stead, Chase Utley will start at second base and bat sixth.

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    • Ben Zobrist CHC 2B
      Cubs' Ben Zobrist: Leading off Tuesday
      7h ago

      Ben Zobrist is starting at second base and batting leadoff in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

      Zobrist started on the bench for the first two games of the NLCS with left-handed starters (Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill) on the bump for the opposition, but he'll step back into the starting nine for Game 3 with righty Yu Darvish toeing the rubber for Los Angeles. He's 2-for-12 (.157) with two walks and four strikeouts in his career against Darvish.

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    • Javier Baez CHC 2B
      Cubs' Javier Baez: Not in lineup for Game 3
      7h ago

      Javier Baez is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

      Baez is 0-for-19 in the postseason, so manager Joe Maddon will go with switch-hitting Ben Zobrist at second base against right-hander Yu Darvish. Baez will be available off the bench and could see action as a pinch hitter or defensive replacement late in the game.

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    • Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Weighing knee surgery
      13h ago

      Dustin Pedroia will decide within the next few days whether he will undergo surgery on his left knee, ESPN.com's Scott Lauber reports. "If you were to get it fixed, the recovery is a long time," Pedroia said last week. "So, I have a lot of things to weigh with the doctors and figure it out."

      He has already seen a couple specialists to gauge his options, and we should know which route he will take later this week. It sounds like the surgery in question could affect his availability for the start of 2018, so this could be a noteworthy offseason development. Brock Holt is the top internal option to plug a hole at the keystone if Pedroia ends up missing time next season.

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    • Ben Zobrist CHC 2B
      Cubs' Ben Zobrist: Out of lineup for Game 2
      2d ago

      Ben Zobrist is out of the lineup for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Sunday.

      Zobrist will sit out and give way to Javier Baez at second base while Jason Heyward starts in right field. Zobrist has appeared in six games during the 2016 postseason. In that time he's gone 4-for-18 (.222) and scored three runs.

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    • Giovanny Urshela CLE 3B
      Indians' Giovanny Urshela: Batting ninth Wednesday
      6d ago

      Giovanny Urshela (leg) is in Wednesday's lineup for Game 5 of the ALDS against New York.

      Urshela was dealing with some soreness after taking a line drive off his left leg during Monday's contest, but should be good to go for Wednesday's pivotal affair. The 26-year-old will bat ninth and man the hot corner.

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    • Phil Gosselin TEX 3B
      Phil Gosselin: Elects free agency
      7d ago

      Phil Gosselin declined his outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock and elected free agency.

      Gosselin elected to become a free agent rather than report back to the Rangers' minor-league affiliate after clearing waivers Tuesday. The 29-year-old was claimed off waivers from the Pirates earlier in the year, but he appeared in just 12 games and registered eight plate appearances. While he struggled with both teams this season (.146/.180/.188 line across 50 plate appearances), his respectable .288/.340/.411 line in 358 plate appearances in the majors between 2015-16 should land him a minor-league deal elsewhere.

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    • Will Middlebrooks TEX 3B
      Will Middlebrooks: Headed to free agency
      7d ago

      Will Middlebrooks declined his outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock and is now a free agent.

      Middlebrooks passed through waivers untouched and has decided to test the waters of free agency. The 29-year-old hit an unimpressive .211/.231/.368 in 39 plate appearances for the big club this season, but he should be able to find a minor-league deal somewhere given his respectable minor-league numbers over the previous two campaigns.

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    • Giovanny Urshela CLE 3B
      Indians' Giovanny Urshela: Dealing with soreness
      7d ago

      Giovanny Urshela is experiencing soreness after taking a liner off his left leg during Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

      The injury isn't thought to be anything overly serious, but it could force Urshela to miss the Cleveland Indians ' decisive Game 5 against the Yankees on Wednesday. If Urshela is unable to play, the Indians would likely push Jose Ramirez to third base and turn to either Jason Kipnis or Erik Gonzalez to take over at the keystone.

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    • Miguel Sano MIN 3B
      Twins' Miguel Sano: Contemplating surgery
      7d ago

      General manager Thad Levine said rod-insertion surgery on Miguel Sano 's ailing shin is still being contemplated, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

      Sano has been dealing with a shin injury since mid-August. He attempted to return for the AL wild-card game but was shut down after experiencing persistent discomfort. While Sano is continuing to rehab the injury, surgery remains a possibility if he fails to improve over the next couple of weeks. The surgery carries an eight-week recovery period, so even if he does require the procedure, it isn't expected to affect his status for the start of next season.

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    • Jake Lamb ARI 3B
      Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb: Not in lineup against Kershaw
      11d ago

      Jake Lamb is out of the lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Friday.

      With left-hander Clayton Kershaw taking the mound for Los Angeles, Lamb will retreat to the bench as Adam Rosales draws the start at the hot corner. He will be available, and is likely to enter the game at some point, either as a pinch hitter or subbing in for Rosales in the latter stages of Friday's affair.

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    • Corey Seager LAD SS
      Dodgers' Corey Seager: Condition of back improving
      2d ago

      Corey Seager 's (back) condition is improving, and he's close to feeling normal, Jack Magruder of FanRagSports.com reports.

      While this is certainly promising news for the Los Angeles Dodgers , there are still no plans for him to play in the NLCS. Charlie Culberson started Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday with Seager out of the lineup. Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor could also serve as candidates to fill in with Seager out.

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    • Corey Seager LAD SS
      Dodgers' Corey Seager: Will not travel to Chicago
      3d ago

      Corey Seager (back) will not travel with the Los Angeles Dodgers when the NLCS shifts to Chicago, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

      The talented young shortstop is dealing with a back injury that is preventing him from running or swinging a bat. Seager was left off the official NLCS roster, but there's a slim chance he plays if the Dodgers have to make a DL move. However, the fact that he won't travel to Chicago suggests that he won't be available until Game 6 at the earliest if the series makes it that far.

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    • Corey Seager LAD SS
      Dodgers' Corey Seager: Not cleared to run or swing
      3d ago

      Corey Seager (back) has yet to receive medical clearance to swing a bat or participate in running drills, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

      Seager's back injury led to him being left off the NLCS roster, and the fact that he's not cleared to test out the ailment suggests he'll have a difficult time appearing in this series unless the Los Angeles Dodgers make a DL move. Charlie Culberson will start at shortstop in his place for Game 1 on Saturday.

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    • Corey Seager LAD SS
      Dodgers' Corey Seager: Not on NLCS roster
      3d ago

      Corey Seager (back) was left off the NLCS roster against the Cubs, Andy McCullough of The Los Angeles Times reports.

      In a devastating blow for the Los Angeles Dodgers , Seager will be unavailable for the series against the Cubs due to the back injury he sustained in Game 3 of the NLDS against Arizona. The only way that Seager would be able to rejoin the team during the series is if another member of the team sustains an injury that warrants a trip to the disabled list; otherwise, he will be out until the World Series, were the Dodgers to advance. In his place, Charlie Culberson was added to the active roster, while Chris Taylor is sure to see time manning the shortstop position.

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    • Corey Seager LAD SS
      Dodgers' Corey Seager: Held out of team workout Thursday
      5d ago

      Corey Seager did not participate in team workouts Thursday due to a minor back injury, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

      Manager Dave Roberts reported that Seager tweaked his back on a slide during Monday's Game 3 victory over the Diamondbacks. Despite his absence Thursday, Roberts is confident that his starting shortstop will be ready to go for Saturday's NLCS Game 1 against the Cubs. Seager went 3-for-11 with four walks in the Los Angeles Dodgers ' sweep of the D-Backs.

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    • Chris Owings ARI SS
      Diamondbacks' Chris Owings: Left off NLDS roster
      11d ago

      Chris Owings (finger) will not be a part of Arizona's active roster for the NLDS against the Dodgers, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

      Owings has been out with a broken finger since late July, and although he's made strides in the last couple of weeks, he won't rejoin the club just yet. If the Arizona Diamondbacks were to advance to the NLCS, they will be able to reshuffle the roster, so there's still a chance he will return to the field this season.

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    • Curtis Granderson LAD LF
      Dodgers' Curtis Granderson: Not in Game 3 lineup
      6h ago

      Curtis Granderson is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Tuesday, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.

      Granderson -- who has struggled since joining the Los Angeles Dodgers via trade in August -- is just 1-for-11 (.091) so far in the postseason, so he'll open Game 3 on the bench even with a right-hander pitcher (Kyle Hendricks) toeing the rubber for the opposition. In his place, Andre Ethier will start in left field and bat fifth.

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    • Ian Happ CHC CF
      Cubs' Ian Happ: Heads to bench for Game 3
      7h ago

      Ian Happ is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

      Happ will head to the bench as manager Joe Maddon deploys an outfield consisting of all left-handed hitters (Kyle Schwarber, Jon Jay, Jason Heyward) against righty Yu Darvish. Happ is 0-for-4 with three strikeouts this postseason, so while he'll be available off the bench, Maddon may choose to turn elsewhere late in the game.

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    • Ronald Acuna ATL CF
      Braves' Ronald Acuna: Back in AFL action
      13h ago

      Ronald Acuna (forearm) has returned to Arizona Fall League action and is hitting .294 with three walks and four strikeouts in 17 at-bats for the Peoria Javelinas.

      The top prospect in baseball suffered a forearm contusion after getting hit by a pitch last week, but returned to action over the weekend. He is expected to make his big-league debut when the Atlanta Braves have secured an extra year of team control in mid-April of 2018.

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    • Jake Marisnick HOU CF
      Astros' Jake Marisnick: Begins throwing Sunday
      2d ago

      Jake Marisnick (thumb) threw Sunday for the first time since undergoing surgery in mid-September, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

      There's no indication that Marisnick will be able to return at some point during the postseason, should the Houston Astros advance beyond the ALCS. With that in mind, he'll aim to be back in full health once spring training arrives. Marisnick appeared in 106 games during the 2017 season, during which he hit .243/.319/.496.

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    • Kyle Schwarber CHC LF
      Cubs' Kyle Schwarber: Sitting out Game 2
      2d ago

      Kyle Schwarber is out of the lineup for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Sunday.

      Schwarber posted a bleak .171 batting average against southpaws during the regular season. With the left-handed Rich Hill set to take the mound Sunday, Schwarber will sit while Jon Jay starts in left field.

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    • Jason Heyward CHC RF
      Cubs' Jason Heyward: Out of lineup Saturday
      3d ago

      Jason Heyward is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers.

      With the Chicago Cubs facing a lefty in Clayton Kershaw, manager Joe Maddon will leave Heyward on the bench and start Jon Jay in right field. Although Jay is also a left-handed batter, he hit .318 against southpaws this season. Heyward could enter Saturday's game as a defensive replacement thanks to his stellar glove, however.

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    • Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP
      Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Sidelined six months after knee surgery
      8h ago

      Eduardo Rodriguez is not expected to return to pitching for six months after undergoing surgery to reconstruct the patellofemoral ligament in his right knee, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

      This is a tough break for Rodriguez, as the 24-year-old has missed extended time in three of the past four seasons due to knee issues. That will likely be the case again in 2018, as his estimated recovery timetable lines him up for a return sometime in May or June. A more concrete timetable should become available once he gets back into a throwing program. Rodriguez compiled a 4.19 ERA and 150:50 K:BB in 137.1 regular-season innings in 2017.

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    • Brad Peacock HOU SP
      Astros' Brad Peacock: Shifts to bullpen for ALCS
      13h ago

      Brad Peacock will move to the bullpen for Game 4 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Tuesday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

      Lance McCullers will make the start, but will likely be on a pretty short leash, with Peacock poised to come in and eat a few innings before the Houston Astros hand the game over to their top bullpen arms. Peacock gave up three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four in 2.2 innings in his lone postseason appearance against the Red Sox in the ALDS.

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    • Lance McCullers HOU SP
      Astros' Lance McCullers: Tabbed as Game 4 starter
      13h ago

      Lance McCullers will start Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday in New York, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

      He has only made one appearance this postseason -- a three-inning effort in mop-up duty against the Red Sox in the ALDS. Brad Peacock, who was the other option for this start, will be available out of the bullpen, likely piggybacking McCullers' start before the game gets turned over to Houston's top relievers. With that in mind, it is unlikely that McCullers will be asked to face the Yankees' lineup a third time in this outing.

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    • Luis Severino NYY SP
      Yankees' Luis Severino: Listed as Game 6 starter
      1d ago

      Luis Severino (arm) is expected to pitch Game 6 of the ALCS against the Astros on Friday if necessary, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.

      Severino was removed from his previous start after being hit on the wrist by a comebacker. While there was some initial concern regarding the injury, Severino said he felt great afterwards and ultimately wasn't sent for additional testing. He's set to play catch prior to Monday's game, and if everything checks out fine, he should be available to pitch Game 6 -- assuming the New York Yankees are able to extend the series.

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    • Luis Severino NYY SP
      Yankees' Luis Severino: Says arm is 'great'
      3d ago

      Luis Severino (arm) said after Saturday's game, "I feel great. I feel 100 percent great," and noted he could have kept pitching, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

      It seems like the New York Yankees just wanted to play it safe with Severino after he was hit by a comebacker. He should still be considered day-to-day for the time being, but apparently feels 100 percent.

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    • Luis Severino NYY SP
      Yankees' Luis Severino: Leaves after being hit by comebacker
      3d ago

      Luis Severino was removed from Saturday's start after four innings after being hit on the left wrist by a comebacker, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

      A Yulieski Gurriel liner hit Severino on the final play of the fourth inning and manager Joe Girardi ultimately opted to pull the young ace. Tommy Kahnle has entered the game in relief and a further update on Severino figures to be made available later Saturday.

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    • Jason Gurka LAA RP
      Angels' Jason Gurka: Outrighted to Triple-A
      1d ago

      Jason Gurka cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday.

      Gurka will report to Salt Lake after being designated for assignment earlier in the month to clear room on the 40-man roster for the recently acquired Felix Pena. He made just three appearances for the Los Angeles Angels in 2017, allowing two hits and a walk in just 0.2 innings of work. Given his lack of major-league experience, Gurka will likely open next season in the minors.

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    • Hector Rondon CHC RP
      Cubs' Hector Rondon: Joins NLCS roster
      3d ago

      Hector Rondon is back on the active roster for the NLCS against the Dodgers.

      Rondon will replace Justin Wilson in the bullpen since the latter was left off the roster for this upcoming series. During the course of the 2017 season, Rondon posted a 4.24 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 57.1 innings.

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    • Justin Wilson CHC RP
      Cubs' Justin Wilson: Left off NLCS roster
      3d ago

      Justin Wilson is not on the NLCS roster for the series against the Dodgers.

      Wilson only pitched once during the NLDS against Washington, recording two outs during Wednesday's Game 4 loss. He was replaced on the active roster by Hector Rondon, but could rejoin the 25-man for the World Series were the Chicago Cubs to advance.

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    • Luis Avilan LAD RP
      Dodgers' Luis Avilan: No setbacks in sim game
      5d ago

      Luis Avilan (shoulder) reported that his Wednesday simulated game went well and that he's ready to return to the field, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

      Avilan -- who threw 20 pitches in his simulated outing -- cleared the final hurdle in his shoulder rehabilitation program and is ready to rejoin the Los Angeles Dodgers ' active roster. He'll likely be added to the team's NLCS roster prior to Saturday's Game 1 matchup against the Cubs or Nationals.

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    • Robby Scott BOS RP
      Red Sox's Robby Scott: Undergoes surgery Wednesday
      6d ago

      Robby Scott underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow Wednesday, Evan Drellich of WEEI.com reports.

      Scott should be able to make a full recovery prior to the beginning of spring training. The 28-year-old pitched in 57 games for the Boston Red Sox this season, posting a 3.79 ERA and 0.98 WHIP over the course of 35.2 innings.

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    • Luis Avilan LAD RP
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      Luis Avilan (shoulder) is expected to throw a simulated game Wednesday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

      Avilan missed the NLDS because of a sore shoulder, but if he's able to get through Wednesday's simulated outing with no issues, he could be added to the Los Angeles Dodgers ' roster for the NLCS. The 28-year-old owns a 2.93 ERA and 52:22 K:BB through 46 innings of relief this season.

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      Hanley Ramirez is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 season after successfully undergoing surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

      This is encouraging news, as it appears Ramirez's surprise shoulder surgery was a minor procedure. Shoulder issues plagued him all season, resulting in a disappointing 2017 campaign that saw him hit an unremarkable .242/.320/.429 with 23 homers in 133 games. The hope is that a fully healthy Ramirez will get back on track in 2018.

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      Hanley Ramirez underwent surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday, according to his personal Twitter account.

      Ramirez's shoulders plagued him throughout the season, but there had been no previous indication that he would undergo surgery to address the issues. The details of the procedure -- along with an accompanying timeline for his recovery -- are still unknown, though Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports the operation was considered minor.

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      Matt Holliday is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday.

      The New York Yankees will give Gary Sanchez a defensive breather and move him to DH for Game 4, sending Holliday to the bench while opening up a spot for Austin Romine to draw his first start of the postseason behind the dish. Holliday has appeared in just one game and is 0-for-3 so far in the playoffs.

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      Carlos Beltran is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Monday.

      Beltran will head to the bench after starting the previous two games of the series and going 0-for-6. With Beltran opening on the bench, Yulieski Gurriel will serve as Houston's designated hitter, with Marwin Gonzalez manning first and Cameron Maybin stepping in to start in left field.

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      Yankees' Matt Holliday: Not in lineup for Game 3
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      Matt Holliday is out of the lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Monday.

      Holliday has appeared in just one game of the 2017 postseason, that being Game 1 of the ALCS. In said outing he went 0-for-3. He'll remain on the bench Monday while Chase Headley occupies the DH spot and hits ninth.

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      Yankees' Matt Holliday: Not in Saturday's lineup
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      Matt Holliday is out of the lineup for Game 2 of the ALCS against the Astros on Saturday.

      Holliday made his first start of the playoffs during Friday's loss, but went just 0-for-3 at the plate, and was replaced by Jacoby Ellsbury in the ninth. Chase Headley will take over in the DH spot for Game 2, while batting ninth in the order.

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