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  • Urrutia released from VWL team
    Henry Urrutia was released earlier this week from Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League.

    Advice: Urrutia batted .264 with three doubles and seven RBI in 15 games with Caracas -- not terrible results. Often there are other things at play behind the decisions made by these winter league clubs. Urrutia, a native of Cuba, is traveling back to the United States to begin a period of offseason rest and rehab. He figures to open the 2017 campaign at Double-A Bowie or Triple-A Norfolk. Today, 9:21 am
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    W, 5-2 @NYY
  • Joe Maddon won't rule out Schwarber for field
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon would not rule out the possibility of Kyle Schwarber playing left field as the World Series shifts to Wrigley Field.

    Advice: This isn't Maddon's call, though. Schwarber will receive a medical exam on Thursday to determine whether his surgically-repaired left knee is sound enough for play in the field. Even if he isn't available beyond pinch-hitting duties in Games 3-5 at Wrigley, the slugger has already made his mark on this World Series. In Game 2 on Wednesday, he hit a pair of RBI singles and drew a walk to help the Cubs knot their series with the Indians at 1-1. Maddon relayed that he saw no physical issues with Schwarber during the first two games in Cleveland. Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Schwarber doubles in first game since April 7
    Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-3 with a double in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

    Advice: Schwarber looked completely overmatched in his first at-bat, but he drove a Corey Kluber pitch off the right field wall in the top of the fourth and drew an impressive walk against lefty reliever Andrew Miller in the top of the seventh. Schwarber hadn't played in a major league game since tearing both the ACL and LCL in his left knee on April 7. Cubs manager Joe Maddon can feel good about running the big man back out there as his designated hitter in Game 2. Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber to serve as DH in Game 1
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said during a radio appearance on Monday that Kyle Schwarber will serve as the designated hitter in Game 1 of the World Series against the Indians on Tuesday.

    Advice: Maddon said he has one other lineup surprise, though he's not ready to officially announce it. Speculation is that Jason Heyward could be benched for Game 1. Schwarber has been out since early April due to a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee, but the Cubs think he has shown enough progress to be thrown into the fire against Corey Kluber in Game 1. It's an amazing story and a big gamble. Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • Schwarber officially on World Series roster
    Kyle Schwarber has officially been added to the Cubs' roster for the World Series.

    Advice: Schwarber's brief stint in the Arizona Fall League over the weekend was enough to convince the Cubs that he's ready to return. It's a remarkable recovery for the young slugger, who underwent surgery in April to repair a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. He's expected to DH in Cleveland, but will be limited to pinch-hitting duties back in Chicago. The Cubs are going with 11 pitchers and 14 position players for the World Series. Schwarber took Rob Zastryzny's spot on the roster. Tuesday, 7:05 am
  • 'All signs point' to Schwarber on WS roster
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that "all signs point" to Kyle Schwarber (knee) being a part of the Cubs' World Series roster.

    Advice: The club won't make an official decision until Schwarber meets them in Cleveland on Tuesday, but he appears to have passed all tests in his Arizona Fall League action. Rosenthal does note that one concern would be the Cubs not being able to replace Schwarber on the roster if he aggravates a pre-existing condition. However, they might be willing to risk it in order to get his bat back. Schwarber wouldn't be used in the field but could DH in Cleveland and be a pinch-hitter in Chicago. Monday, 3:34 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber (knee) doubles in AFL game
    Kyle Schwarber (knee) went 1-for-3 with a walk, double and a run scored for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League on Monday.

    Advice: Schwarber slid into second base on his double and appeared to have no issues with his surgically-repaired left knee. He will now fly to Cleveland to join the Cubs and could be a part of their World Series roster when it's announced Tuesday morning. Schwarber would serve as the Cubs' designated hitter for games in Cleveland and be a bat off the bench for games in Chicago. Monday, 3:16 pm
  • Maddon: No decision on Schwarber (knee) yet
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that the club won't make a decision on whether Kyle Schwarber (knee) will make the World Series roster until he meets the team in Cleveland on Tuesday.

    Advice: Maddon did say that the "reports are good" on Schwarber, who did sliding drills in Arizona on Monday before serving as the designated hitter in an AFL game. Schwarber will then fly to Cleveland and the feeling seems to be that he'll be added to the Cubs' World Series roster as long as he tells the club he feels fine. If that happens, he'll serve as the Cubs' DH for games in Cleveland and as a pinch-hitter for games in Chicago. Monday, 1:21 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber (knee) 0-for-3 in AFL debut
    Kyle Schwarber (knee) went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first Arizona Fall League game on Saturday.

    Advice: Most importantly, Schwarber said that his surgically-repaired left knee felt fine. "It was overall a really great day for me," Schwarber said. "The first two (at-bats) I chased a little bit. Today was about the at-bats. Running was not a factor." The Cubs aren't ruling out using Schwarber as their designated hitter and pinch-hitter in the World Series, as the 23-year-old has progressed more quickly than expected. Sunday, 6:01 am
  • Kyle Schwarber activated from 60-day DL
    Cubs activated OF Kyle Schwarber from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Giovanni Soto was designated for assignment in the corresponding roster move. Schwarber is scheduled to play in a simulated game on Sunday and is hoping to be ready for the World Series, should the Cubs advance. If Schwarber does return, he would likely serve as the designated hitter when the Cubs are in Cleveland. Saturday, 3:43 pm
  • Epstein 'not ruling out' Schwarber's return
    When asked about Kyle Schwarber's availability for the World Series, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said, "We're not ruling anything in, we're not ruling anything out."

    Advice: Manager Joe Maddon confirmed there's a "chance" Schwarber could DH if the Cubs advance to the World Series. Schwarber resumed batting practice on Monday after being cleared by Dr. Daniel Cooper at his six-month check-up following ACL surgery. He's also slated to begin playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League on Saturday. If the Cubs do get past the Dodgers, the DH will be available for Games 1, 3, 6 and 7. Saturday, 2:28 pm
  • All in: Toles batting leadoff for NLCS Game 6
    Andrew Toles will start in left field and bat leadoff for the Dodgers Saturday against the Cubs in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Toles didn't start Game 5 with lefty Jon Lester on the mound but he's back in there Saturday versus right-hander Kyle Hendricks. The rookie has had a marvelous postseason, hitting .368 with two RBI over 10 contests. Toles saw just one at-bat out of the leadoff spot during the regular season. The Dodgers' full Game 6 lineup is as follows: Andrew Toles LF, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Joc Pederson CF, Yasmani Grandal C, Chase Utley 2B and Clayton Kershaw P. Saturday, 1:10 pm
  • Victorino doesn't consider himself retired
    Shane Victorino told Ryan Lawrence of that he wants to continue his playing career should the right opportunity present itself.

    Advice: "The game of baseball, and my love for the game," Victorino said. "It’s still there. I’d love the chance to come back and play, but that answer is not etched in stone." Victorino battled more injuries and was released from his minor league deal with the Cubs in May after a brief stint at Triple-A. He reportedly received multiple minor league contract offers after that but turned them down and spent time with family. Slated to turn 36 next month, Victorino would surely have to settle for a minor league deal this winter, and it remains to be seen whether he'll get an offer and situation he deems worthy of exploring. Friday, 7:48 am
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    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Cain won't require surgery on wrist
    Lorenzo Cain won't require surgery on his left wrist.

    Advice: Cain was shut down early in September due to a Grade 2 wrist sprain. While the injury won't require surgery, he'll need around three months of rest before resuming baseball activities. Cain was also bothered by a hamstring injury this season, an issue which has popped up multiple times in his career. The Royals haven't decided whether he'll play right field or center field in 2017. Thursday, 4:23 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Cle
  • Schafer elects to become a free agent
    Logan Schafer has elected free agency.

    Advice: Schafer was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster earlier this week and had the option of testing the open market, so he took it. A career .214/.292/.318 hitter, the 30-year-old outfielder will likely have to settle for a minor league contract and invite to spring training leading into 2017. Thursday, 9:50 am
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    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Dodgers keep lineup the same for NLCS Game 4
    Andrew Toles will again start in left field and bat eighth for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Same lineup the Dodgers have been tossing out there since Game 2. They are looking to push the Cubs to the brink of elimination and will trot out southpaw Julio Urias to aid that cause, opposed by veteran hurler John Lackey. The Dodgers lineup for Game 4: Chase Utley 2B, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Joc Pederson CF, Yasmani Grandal, Andrew Toles LF, Julio Urías P. Wednesday, 2:13 pm
  • Bell expected to see time between 1B/OF
    The Pirates expect Josh Bell to be ready for infield and outfield duties when he reports to spring training.

    Advice: Bell, 24, hit .273/.368/.406 with three homers and 19 RBI over 152 plate appearances as a rookie this year while splitting time between first base and right field. The Pirates could end up trading an outfielder and John Jaso is also being prepped to play other positions, but Bell plans to be ready for all possible outcomes. "That's going to be my main focus, making sure I'm more versatile next year," said Bell. "You have a few guys in every lineup that can play all over the field. Those guys are your most valuable players. I hope to be one of those guys next year." Wednesday, 10:23 am
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    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
    L, 10-4 @StL
  • Blanco suggests time with Giants is over
    Gregor Blanco thanked the Giants organization in a message posted to his personal Instagram page Tuesday.

    Advice: "Thanks for everything San Francisco this is my home and always will be," read the message, which also included a collage of photographs. The 32-year-old outfielder is due to become a free agent five days after the World Series and it sounds like neither side is anticipating a return. Blanco batted just .224/.309/.311 with one home run and 18 RBI in 106 games this season for the Giants. Tuesday, 1:57 pm
    W, 7-1 vs LAD
  • Toles starting in LF again in NLCS Game 3
    Andrew Toles will start in left field and bat eighth again in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is going with the same lineup he used in the Game 2 victory. Toles is 4-for-13 (.314) with an RBI double this postseason. The full lineup: Chase Utley 2B, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian González 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Joc Pederson CF, Yasmani Grandal C, Toles LF, Rich Hill SP. Jake Arrieta will start for Chicago. Tuesday, 12:52 pm
  • Crisp starting in left field for ALCS Game 4
    Coco Crisp will start in left field and bat seventh in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Indians are sticking with the same lineup they used in Game 3 on Monday. Crisp is 1-for-4 with a walk during the series and made an important catch in Monday's victory. Here's the full lineup for Cleveland as they go for the series sweep: Carlos Santana DH, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Jose Ramirez 3B, Lonnie Chisenhall RF, Crisp LF, Tyler Naquin CF, Roberto Perez C. Corey Kluber will start on short rest in Game 4 for Cleveland while Aaron Sanchez will get the call for Toronto. Tuesday, 9:42 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Carrera batting seventh in ALCS Game 4
    Ezequiel Carrera will bat seventh in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Indians on Tuesday.

    Advice: The only change from Game 3 is that Carrera and Kevin Pillar have been flip-flopped in the order. Here's the full lineup for Game 4 as the Blue Jays attempt to avoid a sweep: Jose Bautista RF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Edwin Encarnacion 1B, Troy Tulowitzki SS, Russell Martin C, Michael Saunders DH, Carrera LF, Pillar CF, Ryan Goins 2B. Aaron Sanchez will start for Toronto while Corey Kluber will go on short rest for Cleveland. Tuesday, 9:32 am
  • Logan Schafer outrighted to Triple-A
    Twins sent OF Logan Schafer outright to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The Twins made a host of moves Monday to clear space on the 40-man roster. Schafer batted .238/.342/.317 over 63 at-bats for them this season. Monday, 3:39 pm
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    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Tyler Naquin in center field for Game 3
    Tyler Naquin is starting in center field and batting eighth for the Indians in Monday's ALCS Game 3.

    Advice: The Indians are sticking with their regular lineup against right-handers with the Blue Jays throwing Marcus Stroman. Their full batting order looks like this: Carlos Santana DH, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Jose Ramirez 3B, Lonnie Chisenhall RF, Coco Crisp LF, Naquin CF, Roberto Perez C. Monday, 1:13 pm
  • Kalish elects to become free agent
    Ryan Kalish has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Kalish logged just 10 plate appearances at the major league level in 2016, all in May with the Cubs. The 28-year-old outfielder is a .245/.297/.349 career hitter. Oct 17, 8:32 am
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    W, 7-4 @Cin
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