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  • Edwards Jr. (hamstring) available for Game 5
    Carl Edwards Jr. (hamstring) said he expects to be available for Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday.

    Advice: Edwards was pulled from a relief appearance in Game 4 on Wednesday after experiencing tightness in his left hamstring, but it was apparently nothing significant. The 25-year-old right-hander has delivered 3 2/3 scoreless innings over five appearances this postseason for the Cubs. Today, 6:56 am
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Edwards lifted with left hamstring tightness
    Carl Edwards Jr. was forced out of Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday due to left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Edwards' hamstring tightened up on him in the seventh inning. After receiving a mound visit from trainer Ed Halbur and attempting to throw the ball, he was subsequently relieved of duty. The 25-year-old right-hander will be reevaluated before Game 5 on Thursday. Yesterday, 8:46 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Carl Edwards exits with trainer in seventh
    Carl Edwards Jr. was lifted from Game 4 of the NLCS with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Trainer Ed Halbur came out to the mound to check on Edwards in the seventh inning, after which the right-hander was lifted from the contest. The extent and circumstance of Edwards' injury are not yet known, but the Cubs should pass along word after the game. Yesterday, 8:34 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Report: Serious health issue for Marksberry
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports that while Matt Marksberry has been hospitalized, he is not on life support.

    Advice: Marksberry went into the hospital for a non-baseball procedure on Wednesday. The Braves would only confirm that he was being treated for "severe dehydration." Marksberry's brother wrote on Facebook that the pitcher had been placed on life support. O'Brien reports that that is not the case, writing that he is "unconscious but not on life support and that his vital signs were stable." This is obviously a scary situation regardless. Due to HIPAA rules, the Braves are not allowed to divulge further information as to the exact nature of Marksberry's ailment. Yesterday, 8:10 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Matt Marksberry being treated for dehydration
    Matt Marksberry is being treated for severe dehydration.

    Advice: Marksberry is currently under physician's care in a Florida hospital. Unless there is a deeper underlying ailment at play, here, this figures to be a short-term issue for the 26-year-old left-hander. Yesterday, 4:42 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Ryan Merritt blanks Jays into fifth inning
    Ryan Merritt got the job done in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS, helping to clinch the American League pennant with 4 1/3 innings of shutout ball.

    Advice: Merritt had just 11 major league innings under his belt entering Wednesday's Game 5 start (his first of the postseason), but failed to buckle in the spotlight. The 24-year-old southpaw fanned three without walking a batter and did not surrender a hit until Josh Donaldson knocked him for a single with one out in the fourth inning. He would go on to surrender just one more hit before taking a graceful exit. Merritt might not have pitched long enough to earn an outright win, but this was about as good as manager Terry Francona could have hoped for from the greenhorn. With the win, the Indians reached the World Series for the first time since 1997. They have not won a championship since 1948. Yesterday, 3:48 pm
  • Osich undergoes minor left knee surgery
    Josh Osich underwent minor surgery on his left knee.

    Advice: Osich first broke the news on his Instagram account and now Giants GM Bobby Evans has confirmed the surgery took place Tuesday afternoon. It was a "minor surgical (Tenex) procedure," per Evans, and the lefty reliever is expected to be ready for the beginning of spring training next February. He'll likely have to fight for a bullpen spot after posting a disappointing 4.71 ERA across 59 appearances in 2016. Tuesday, 6:37 pm
    W, 7-1 vs LAD
  • Tommy Milone has elected free agency
    Tommy Milone has elected free agency.

    Advice: Milone was removed from the Twins' 40-man roster and has decided to get an early jump on free agency. The left-hander held a 5.71 ERA over 19 appearances -- 12 starts -- this season and it wouldn't be a surprise if he wound up having to settle for a minor league deal. Monday, 9:43 pm
    Not Active
    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Tony Zych undergoes biceps surgery
    Tony Zych underwent right shoulder biceps tendon transfer surgery last week.

    Advice: Zych missed a big chunk of this season with what the Mariners had called a rotator cuff issue, but they said in a release Monday that the surgery didn't involve the rotator cuff or shoulder capsule. That's good news, and Zych is expected to be ready to go for the start of spring training. If healthy, he could be a key part of the Seattle bullpen in 2017. Monday, 3:55 pm
    7-Day DL
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Pat Dean outrighted to Triple-A
    Twins sent LHP Pat Dean outright to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Dean held a 6.28 ERA over 19 games -- nine starts -- for the Twins in 2016. He's now off the 40-man roster. Monday, 3:37 pm
    Player Note
    Pat Dean Min - SP,RP
    Not Active
    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Andrew Albers outrighted to Triple-A
    Twins sent LHP Andrew Albers outright to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: He's no longer on the 40-man roster. Albers made six appearances -- two starts -- with the Twins this season, holding a 5.82 ERA. Monday, 3:36 pm
    Not Active
    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Tommy Milone outrighted to Triple-A
    Twins sent LHP Tommy Milone outright to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster. Milone posted a 5.71 ERA over 19 appearances -- 12 starts -- for the Twins this season. He's arbitration-eligible this winter but is sure to be non-tendered. Monday, 3:32 pm
    Not Active
    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Ryan Merritt to make ALCS start for Indians
    Ryan Merritt will start either Game 4 or Game 5 of the ALCS for the Indians.

    Advice: Corey Kluber will start the other game. The feeling had been that Mike Clevinger would get a start, but evidently manager Terry Francona must have had a change of heart. The order in which Merritt and Kluber start will be determined based on how long Trevor Bauer lasts in Game 3. If it's a short outing, Kluber will come back on short rest in Game 4. Merritt made one start for the Indians this season in late September, tossing five innings of one-run ball. He's yet to make an appearance this postseason. His start against the Blue Jays doesn't figure to last terribly long even if he's pitching relatively well, as the Tribe will use a host of relievers. Monday, 2:18 pm
  • Narveson elects to become a free agent
    Chris Narveson has elected free agency.

    Advice: Narveson was designated for assignment by the Marlins in mid-August and passed through waivers unclaimed. He'll probably have to settle for a minor league contract on the open market this winter after posting an 8.64 ERA across 8 1/3 innings with Miami in 2016. Monday, 8:53 am
    Not Active
    L, 10-7 @Was
  • Justin Miller elects free agency
    Justin Miller has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Miller was bumped off the Rockies' 40-man roster last week after posting a 5.70 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and 45/20 K/BB ratio across 42 2/3 innings of relief in 2016. He owns a 4.99 ERA in 82 career major league appearances. Monday, 8:41 am
    Not Active
    L, 6-4 vs Mil
  • Jim Johnson's extension is worth $10 million
    SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that Jim Johnson's two-year contract extension with the Braves is worth $10 million.

    Advice: Cotillo says that deal also includes performance bonuses for games finished. Johnson, 33, made just $2.5 million this season but earned a raise after posting a 3.11 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and career-best 9.3 K/9 rate. Barring an offseason addition, he should enter 2017 as the Braves' closer. Sunday, 5:14 am
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Zastryzny on Cubs' NLCS roster, La Stella off
    Rob Zastryzny is on the Cubs' roster for the NLCS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Meanwhile, Tommy La Stella is off the roster. The Cubs will carry four lefty relievers for the series. And that's relevant given the Dodgers' issues against southpaws. Zastryzny posted a 1.13 ERA over eight appearances down the stretch (including a scoreless appearance against the Dodgers) and held left-handed batters to a .138/.194/.138 batting line. The 24-year-old primarily pitched as a starter in the minors. Saturday, 8:03 am
  • Zach Duke undergoes Tommy John surgery
    Zach Duke underwent Tommy John surgery and also had his flexor muscle repaired last week.

    Advice: This comes out of nowhere, as we hadn't heard of any elbow trouble that Duke was having until now. However, he is coming off a career-high 81 appearances in 2016, and it appears that his arm just couldn't hold up. He'll miss the entire 2017 season before hitting free agency the following winter. Friday, 1:33 pm
    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Ryan Merritt added to Indians' ALCS roster
    Ryan Merritt has been added to the Indians' ALCS roster.

    Advice: The Indians carried three catchers in the ALDS, but Chris Gimenez is losing his spot for the ALCS. It speaks to the growing confidence they must have in Yan Gomes' health. Merritt will give manager Terry Francona another lefty option in the bullpen. Friday, 7:31 am
  • Joel de la Cruz outrighted to Triple-A
    Braves sent RHP Joel de la Cruz outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: De la Cruz held a 4.88 ERA over 22 appearances -- nine starts -- for the Braves this season. He's now off the 40-man roster. Friday, 6:36 am
    Not Active
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Veteran lefty Phil Coke elects free agency
    Phil Coke has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Coke has made just 24 appearances in the majors the last two years, posting a 4.76 ERA. The 34-year-old will look for a minor league deal somewhere this winter. Friday, 5:36 am
    Not Active
    L, 10-4 @StL
  • Matt Marksberry outrighted to Triple-A
    Braves activated LHP Matt Marksberry from the 60-day disabled list; sent him outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: The Braves now have an extra 40-man roster spot to play with. Marksberry missed the last couple months of the season with a shoulder ailment. Friday, 5:32 am
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Rockies opt to send Justin Miller to Triple-A
    Rockies sent RHP Justin Miller outright to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Miller had himself a rough season. He missed a large chunk of time rehabbing an oblique injury, for starters. When healthy, the 29-year-old right-hander pitched to a 5.70 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 45/20 K/BB ratio over 42 2/3 innings. Wednesday, 5:17 pm
    Not Active
    L, 6-4 vs Mil
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