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  • 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. Today, 8:40 pm
  • Zach McAllister ineffective in 2/3 innings
    Zach McAllister surrendered an RBI triple to Ben Zobrist in the fifth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Cubs in Game 2 of the World Series.

    Advice: McAllister came on for Trevor Bauer with two outs in the fourth inning and proceeded to strike out Dexter Fowler to close out that frame. He would open the fifth with a strikeout of Kris Bryant, but after allowing walking Anthony Rizzo following a 10-pitch battle, he proceeded to allow an RBI triple to Zobrist. At which point, McAllister was relieved of duty. Zobrist would score on an RBI single by Kyle Schwarber after the 28-year-old right-hander exited stage left. McAllister has made two appearances this postseason, allowing three runs over 1 1/3 frames. Today, 8:18 pm
  • NYM could offer multiyear deal to Walker
    ESPN's Adam Rubin writes that Mets officials "would entertain a multiyear deal with [Neil] Walker."

    Advice: Per Rubin, the Mets are expected to offer free-agent-to-be Walker a one-year qualifying offer in the ballpark of $17 million. If he declines that, the team is kicking around offering a possible multiyear contract. This past season, the veteran second baseman hit .282/.347/.476 with 23 homers and 55 RBI in 412 at-bats. Those numbers are respectable, but injuries limited Walker to just 113 games played. He underwent season-ending back surgery in early September. Today, 6:15 pm
    60-Day DL
    L, 5-2 @Phi
  • Rangers right-hander Harrell outrighted
    Rangers sent RHP Lucas Harrell outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Harrell's season came to an abbreviated end due to a right groin strain suffered in mid-August. Prior to being waylaid by injury, the 31-year-old reliever held a 4.21 ERA and 36/25 K/BB ratio in 47 innings between the Braves and Rangers. Today, 2:24 pm
    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Shawn Tolleson outrighted to Triple-A
    Rangers sent RHP Shawn Tolleson outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: The less said about Tolleson's showing this past season, the better. He pitched to a dreadful 7.68 ERA and 1.73 WHIP over 36 1/3 innings, losing his closer's job in the process and eventually ending the season on the 60-day disabled list due to a back injury. Today, 2:19 pm
    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Willson Contreras to see bulk of series work
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Willson Contreras will likely start every World Series game not being pitched by Jon Lester.

    Advice: Lester, of course, generally has grizzled veteran David Ross serving as backstop in his outings. Maddon likes Contreras in this series because he believes Contreras can help keep the Indians from running too wild on the basepaths. The 24-year-old is catching Jake Arrieta and hitting seventh for Game 2 on Wednesday. Today, 2:13 pm
  • Hector Rondon not dealing with health concern
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Hector Rondon's struggles this postseason are not due to an injury.

    Advice: Rondon missed about three weeks with a right triceps strain late in the summer, but it appears there is no injury concern here. In his most recent outing, the 28-year-old right-hander came on with two runners aboard and two outs in the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. The Cubs trailed 3-0 at the time and desperately needed to hold it right there. That wouldn't happen, as Rondon proceeded to surrender a three-run home run to Roberto Perez, essentially putting any real notion of a comeback to rest. He has surrendered runs in three of his six postseason appearances. Given that there is no injury here, Rondon should be available for the remainder of the World Series, though high-leverage work might not be in the cards in the immediate future. Today, 2:02 pm
  • Dominguez elects to become free agent
    Jose Dominguez has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Like Jemile Weeks, Dominguez chose free agency over accepting a minor league assignment. The 26-year-old owns a 4.82 ERA over 52 appearances in the majors. Today, 12:27 pm
  • Weeks elects to become free agent
    Jemile Weeks has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Weeks chose free agency over an outright assignment to the minors. The 29-year-old missed most of the 2016 season due to a nagging knee injury and will look for a new opportunity elsewhere. Today, 12:12 pm
  • A's claim Soto off waivers from Cubs
    Athletics claimed LHP Giovanni Soto off waivers from the Cubs.

    Advice: Soto was designated for assignment by the Cubs over the weekend when Kyle Schwarber was activated from the 60-day disabled list. The 25-year-old posted a 5.14 ERA over 33 relief appearances with the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate this season. He pitched in six games with the Indians in 2015. Today, 12:10 pm
    Not Active
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Aaron Barrett elects free agency
    Aaron Barrett has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Barrett chose to test the open market rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A. The 28-year-old missed the entire 2016 season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He was set to be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Today, 11:20 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Contreras catching, Soler in RF for Game 2
    Willson Contreras will start behind the plate in Game 2 of the World Series against the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: This is all assuming the weather cooperates. David Ross made the start behind the plate in Game 1 with Jon Lester on the hill, but Contreras will catch Jake Arrieta in Game 2. Also, Jorge Soler will get the start in right field, as expected. $184 million man Jason Heyward remains on the bench. The full lineup for Chicago: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Kyle Schwarber DH, Javier Baez 2B, Contreras C, Soler RF, Addison Russell SS. Trevor Bauer will start for Cleveland. Today, 11:12 am
  • Soler expected to be in lineup for Game 2
    Jorge Soler is expected to be in the starting lineup for Game 2 of the World Series against the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: Chris Coghlan got the start over Jason Heyward in Game 1 and went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. Now Cubs manager Joe Maddon will give Soler a shot. The 24-year-old is hitless in eight at-bats this postseason. Today, 10:40 am
  • Padres outright Smith to Triple-A
    Padres sent RHP Jacob Smith outright to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Smith was claimed off waivers from the Giants back in July. The 26-year-old made his major league debut in September and allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over four innings. Today, 9:58 am
  • Padres outright Dominguez to Triple-A
    Padres sent RHP Jose Dominguez outright to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Dominguez, 26, was added to the 40-man roster back in July and went on to post a 5.05 ERA and 20/17 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 innings with the big club. The move gives the Padres some extra wiggle room this offseason. Today, 9:54 am
  • Padres outright Weeks to Triple-A
    Padres sent INF Jemile Weeks outright to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: The move clears him from the 40-man roster. Weeks suffered a hamstring injury back in May and wasn't able to make it back to the Padres before the end of the season. The 29-year-old plans to rest and rehab the injury rather than undergo surgery. Today, 9:48 am
  • Zimmer completes throwing program
    Royals prospect right-hander Kyle Zimmer (thoracic outlet syndrome) recently completed a four-week throwing program.

    Advice: Zimmer, the Royals' fifth overall pick from 2012, underwent surgery back in July for thoracic outlet syndrome. The 25-year-old is expected to be ready to go for spring training, but his durability continues to be a big question mark. He has thrown a grand total of 84 innings dating back to 2014. Today, 8:23 am
    7-Day DL
    L, 3-2 vs Cle
  • Cody Allen works scoreless ninth in Game 1
    Cody Allen worked a scoreless ninth inning in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Allen probably wasn't needed with Cleveland leading 6-0 at home, but manager Terry Francona decided to trot him out there anyway and the right-hander struck out the side to work around a Willson Contreras double. Andrew Miller threw a total of 46 pitches between the seventh and eighth on Tuesday, so Allen may have to carry a heavier load in Game 2. Allen finished his Game 1 appearance at 17 pitches -- 11 for strikes. Yesterday, 9:01 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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
  • Nationals place Barrett on outright waivers
    According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, the Nationals placed Aaron Barrett on outright waivers.

    Advice: Barrett would have been eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter as a Super Two qualifier and the Nationals didn't feel like giving him a salary bump after he missed the entire 2016 season following Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Barrett fractured that same elbow in July while rehabbing and could miss much of 2017. He had a promising rookie year with Washington in 2014, but it's been a frustrating road since. Monday, 6:41 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • 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
  • Contreras takes Kershaw deep in Game 6
    Willson Contreras blasted his first career postseason homer Saturday in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Contreras connected on a hanging slider from Clayton Kershaw and socked it 379 feet into the left-field bleachers. The solo home run accounted for Contreras’ only hit of the night. It’s been a rapid ascent for Contreras. Four months ago the 24-year-old was toiling in Triple-A. Saturday he homered off Clayton Kershaw in a playoff game. The rookie has hit a remarkable .412 this postseason with four RBI across 20 at-bats. Saturday, 8:23 pm
  • 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
  • Giovanni Soto designated for assignment
    Cubs designated LHP Giovanni Soto for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a roster spot for Kyle Schwarber, who has moved his rehab to the Arizona Fall League in hopes of returning for the World Series (if the Cubs make it). Soto spent all of 2016 at the Triple-A level, compiling a disappointing 5.14 ERA over 33 outings for Iowa. The 25-year-old made six relief appearances for Cleveland in 2015. Saturday, 2:55 pm
    Not Active
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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
  • Willson Contreras starting NLCS Game 2
    Willson Contreras is starting at catcher and batting seventh in Sunday's NLCS Game 2 versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Jon Lester's personal catcher David Ross drew the start in Game 1, but it will be Contreras behind the dish with Kyle Hendricks on the mound. Jason Heyward is getting another start even with the Dodgers throwing southpaw ace Clayton Kershaw, although he has moved down to the No. 8 spot in the order. The Cubs' full lineup looks like this: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Addison Russell SS, Javier Baez 2B, Contreras C, Heyward RF, Hendricks P. Oct 16, 12:22 pm
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