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  • A.J. Pierzynski wants to play next season
    A.J. Pierzynski would like to continue his playing career next season.

    Advice: Pierzynski, who will turn 38 in December, was released by the Red Sox after struggling for three months, but the Cardinals picked him up and used him as a starter while Yadier Molina was hurt. His best days are clearly behind him, but Pierzynski should be able to land somewhere at least as a backup. "I want to play, obviously," said Pierzynski. "Physically I feel good. I still think I can contribute. I don’t know what will be out there, but I want to play."
    Sunday, 7:12 am
  • Nick Hundley's option will be declined
    The Orioles plan to decline Nick Hundley's $5 million option for 2015.

    Advice: He would be a fine backup catcher, but the Orioles can fill that role more cheaply with Caleb Joseph when they get Matt Wieters (elbow) back next season. Hundley has some pop but will probably have to settle for a backup job this offseason.
    Friday, 6:41 am
  • Tony Cruz goes deep in Cards' loss
    Filling in for the injured Yadier Molina (oblique), Tony Cruz ripped a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Cruz's deep blast to left field off of Madison Bumgarner in the fourth inning gave the Cardinals the lead, a lead they held until Michael Morse knotted things up with a homer in the eighth. He also drew a walk in the ninth inning to load the bases, but Oscar Taveras grounded out to end the threat. Matt Adams also went deep for the Cards.
    Thursday, 8:30 pm
    W, 1-0 ^ @Ari
  • Molina tried to talk way into lineup
    Yadier Molina (oblique) tried to talk his way into the lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: Molina isn't able to swing a bat, so that pretty much ruled out the possibility. There's a chance he could play as a defensive replacement, but even that might be stretching it. Tony Cruz will start behind the plate in Game 5.
    Thursday, 2:26 pm
  • Cruz starting behind plate for NLCS Game 5
    Tony Cruz will start behind the plate for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: A.J. Pierzynski started behind the plate in Game 4, but Cruz will get the call as the Cardinals try to keep their season alive. In addition, Jhonny Peralta and Matt Adams have flip-flopped in the order. The full lineup: Matt Carpenter 3B, Jon Jay CF, Matt Holliday LF, Peralta SS, Adams 1B, Randal Grichuk RF, Kolten Wong 2B, Cruz C, Adam Wainwright SP.
    Thursday, 1:29 pm
    W, 1-0 ^ @Ari
  • Bucs plan to make qualifying offer to Martin
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Pirates are planning to extend a $15.3 million qualifying offer to impending free agent catcher Russell Martin.

    Advice: It's pretty much a no-brainer for the Bucs, who will attempt to re-sign Martin but can get a compensatory draft pick if he winds up heading to another team. Martin posted a cool .290/.402/.430 batting line in 111 games this season and is still considered a very strong defensive catcher at age 31. He'll be a hot commodity on the open market.
    Thursday, 10:11 am
  • Posey drives in three, Giants take Game 4
    Buster Posey went 2-for-3 with three RBI as the Giants came back to edge the Cardinals 6-4 in Wednesday's NLCS Game 4.

    Advice: Posey was just 2-for-13 without an RBI in the NLCS coming into the game, but he remedied that with an RBI sacrifice fly in the first inning. He contributed an RBI single in the third inning and added another RBI with a single in the sixth to push the Giants' lead to two. Posey and the Giants hold a 3-1 series lead and are one game away from their third World Series appearance in five years with their ace, Madison Bumgarner, taking the mound Thursday.
    Thursday, 8:27 am
    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Vogt undergoes successful right foot surgery
    Stephen Vogt underwent successful foot surgery on Tuesday.

    Advice: Vogt had surgery to repair the plantar plates in his right foot, which he tore around midseason. He also had some scar tissue removed during the procedure. He'll need six-to-eight weeks to recover, which gives him plenty of time to be ready to go by spring training.
    Wednesday, 5:39 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Molina (oblique) swings, but didn't feel good
    Yadier Molina (oblique) tried to swing the bat on Wednesday, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny acknowledged that the injured catcher "did not feel good."

    Advice: The Cardinals are keeping Yadi active, but he seems doubtful to appear in another NLCS game unless it's to catch Trevor Rosenthal or Carlos Martinez in a save situation. Molina suffered a strained left oblique in the Cardinals' NLCS Game 2 win on Sunday night, and that type of injury often takes 3-4 weeks to recover from. A.J. Pierzynski is starting at catcher for St. Louis in Game 4 on Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 2:32 pm
  • Yadier Molina (oblique) to get cortisone shot
    Yadier Molina (oblique) is expected to get a cortisone shot on Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Advice: Molina suffered an oblique strain during Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday, but he insists that his season is not over. It's too soon to say when he'll play again, as he hasn't resumed swinging a bat, but it looks like it will simply be a matter of how much pain he can tolerate. A.J. Pierzynski is starting behind the plate for Game 3 on Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 12:08 pm
  • Molina could be used as defensive replacement
    The Cardinals haven't ruled out using Yadier Molina (oblique) as a defensive replacement in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Molina suffered an oblique strain on Sunday and isn't able to swing a bat, but he looked better than expected while playing catch and throwing the ball on Monday. Even if he doesn't play Monday, the Cardinals plan to keep him active in order for him to remain eligible if the club advances to the World Series.
    Tuesday, 10:43 am
  • A.J. Pierzynski in lineup for NLCS Game 3
    A.J. Pierzynski will start behind the plate in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: With Yadier Molina sidelined due to an oblique injury, Pierzynski will make the start over Tony Cruz. The full lineup: Matt Carpenter 3B, Jon Jay CF, Matt Holliday LF, Matt Adams 1B, Jhonny Peralta SS, Pierzynski C, Kolten Wong 2B, Randal Grichuk RF, John Lackey SP.
    Tuesday, 9:37 am
  • Report: Ross not retiring, to play in 2015
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports Red Sox catcher David Ross will play in 2015.

    Advice: Cotillo refutes a September report that Ross, 37, may retire after the 2014 season. A source close to Ross says the catcher would like to play one or two more years, and that a return to Boston could be in the cards. Ross helped the club win a World Series ring in 2013 but hit just .184/.260/.368 in 50 games this season and would likely return as a backup to Christian Vazquez if he did come back.
    Monday, 3:15 pm
    L, 9-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Matheny: Molina 'watch and see,' still active
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said catcher Yadier Molina (oblique) is "watch and see" and remains day-to-day.

    Advice: Matheny also said Molina played catch and was throwing the ball well Monday. On offense, he's still unable to swing a bat. The Cardinals would be best-served to keep him on the active roster for as long as possible, as removing him during the series would also strip him of eligibility for the World Series should they get there. That, like Molina returning to the lineup, is still a ways away at this point. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz will handle catching duties while Molina is sidelined.
    Monday, 3:05 pm
  • Yadier Molina (oblique) made Cards' charter
    Yadier Molina was on the Cardinals' chartered flight to San Francisco on Monday afternoon.

    Advice: But that doesn't really mean much. Molina suffered a strained left oblique muscle Sunday in Game 2 of the NLCS and is likely done for the remainder of the postseason. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz will fill in at catcher for the Cardinals, who are tied 1-1 with the Giants in the best-of-seven NLCS.
    Oct 13, 12:44 pm
  • Alex Avila (head) not considering retirement
    Alex Avila (head) said Monday that he has given no consideration to retiring from baseball.

    Advice: Avila suffered yet another concussion in the Tigers' ALDS Game 3 loss to the Orioles, but he was examined by a specialist last week and is expecting to be 100 percent for the start of spring training next February. "I had a CT scan and an MRI checking my brain and my neck and the arteries leading to it, and everything checks out normal and healthy," the 27-year-old catcher told on Monday afternoon. "And talking with the neurologist that examined everything, I shouldn't have any concern."
    Oct 13, 10:55 am
    W, 3-0 vs ^ Min
  • Yadi Molina leaves Gm. 2 with oblique strain
    Yadier Molina was forced to leave Game 2 of the NLCS against the Giants on Sunday with a strained left oblique.

    Advice: Oblique injuries often take up to four weeks to recover from, and this one looked particularly severe. Molina is one of the more irreplaceable players in the majors, so this is a tough blow to the Cardinals' chances of advancing to the World Series. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz will fill in at catcher for St. Louis, just as they did when Yadi tore a thumb ligament earlier this summer. The Cardinals went 21-19 during that stretch.
    Oct 12, 7:38 pm
  • Yadier Molins leaves NCLS Game 2 with injury
    Yadier Molina was forced to leave Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday in the sixth inning due to an apparent injury.

    Advice: Molina appeared to tweak something during a swing in his at-bat in the bottom of the sixth and he was noticeably limping while leaving the field before being replaced by Tony Cruz behind the dish to begin the next frame. The Cardinals should provide an update on his status shortly, but any amount of time that Molina stands to miss is a devastating blow to the Cardinals.
    Oct 12, 7:29 pm
  • Diamondbacks' Wilson elects free agency
    Bobby Wilson has elected free agency.

    Advice: Wilson appeared in two games with the Diamondbacks in 2014. The 31-year-old will have a tough time scoring anything more than a minor league deal heading into next season.
    Oct 11, 6:48 pm
    Not Active
    L, 1-0 vs x StL
  • Lovullo interviews for Twins' manager vacancy
    Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo interviewed for the Twins' managerial position late last week, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports.

    Advice: Cafardo previously reported the BoSox had granted the Twins permission to conduct an interview, and apparently that interview took place sometime during the week. That makes three different openings for which Lovullo has interviewed, as he also interviewed with the Rangers and Astros, before the Astros hired A.J. Hinch. Chip Hale, Paul Molitor, Doug Mientkiewicz, John Russell and Sandy Alomar Jr. are a few of the other names being considered for the Twins' job.
    Oct 11, 3:23 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    L, 3-0 ^ @Det
  • Caleb Joseph starts behind plate in Game 2
    Caleb Joseph is starting behind the plate for the Orioles for Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday.

    Advice: He gets the nod in favor of Nick Hundley who caught Friday's game. The rest of the lineup stays basically the same: Nick Markakis RF, Alejandro De Aza LF, Adam Jones CF, Nelson Cruz DH, Steve Pearce 1B, J.J. Hardy SS, Ryan Flaherty 3B, Joseph C and Jonathan Schoop 2B.
    Oct 11, 10:16 am
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