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  • Trevor Bauer (finger) gets additional suture
    Trevor Bauer will be given additional suture work on his lacerated right pinky in hopes of preventing it from bleeding.

    Advice: Bauer lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his NLCS Game 3 start after the cut on his finger opened up. He's confident that he'll be able to make a start during the World Series, but then again he also expressed confidence going into his NLCS start. It remains a cloudy situation for now, but more information on his status should be available over the weekend. Yesterday, 12:09 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Royals sign Onelki Garcia to minors deal
    Royals signed LHP Onelki Garcia to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Garcia, 27, spent this past season in the Mexican League and hasn't appeared in the majors since 2013. He's merely a depth addition. Yesterday, 12:02 pm
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    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Braves ink Sam Freeman to minors deal
    Braves signed LHP Sam Freeman to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Freeman, 29, holds a 3.87 ERA with nearly a strikeout per inning over parts of five big league seasons, but he's always had awful control. However, as a lefty who throws in the mid-90s, he's certainly worth a shot on a minor league contract. Yesterday, 11:45 am
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    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Chapman gives up two runs in ninth
    Aroldis Chapman gave up two runs in the ninth inning in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cubs had a six-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, so they didn't really need to use him, but he hadn't pitched since Game 2 on Sunday, so Joe Maddon apparently wanted to get him some work. Chapman gave up two hits and a walk before finally snuffing out the last-gasp rally from the Dodgers. He threw 19 pitches and his availability shouldn't be an issue as the series moves to Chicago this weekend. Thursday, 9:59 pm
  • Blanton gives up go-ahead homer in loss
    Joe Blanton gave up a go-ahead two-run homer to Addison Russell in the sixth inning in Thursday’s Game 5 loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Blanton is one of the reasons the Dodgers have managed to make it this far this season, as he posted a 2.48 ERA and 80/26 K/BB ratio over 80 innings during the regular season. He also pitched well (and often) during the NLDS against the Nationals. But he might be running on fumes at this point. The veteran right-hander has allowed seven runs on seven hits (including three homers and a double) and two walks in three innings so far during the NLCS. Thursday, 9:30 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Blanton LAD - SP,RP
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Braves' Marksberry waking up from coma
    According to WXIA-TV in Atlanta, Braves left-hander Matt Marksberry is waking up from a medically-induced coma at an Orlando area hospital.

    Advice: Marksberry went to the hospital Tuesday for a colonoscopy because of severe stomach issues, but he suffered a seizure during the procedure and had his lung collapse. The report cites sources close to the family who say that he was put on life support and in a medically-induced coma, but fortunately, it sounds like he's making progress. Marksberry's brother, Eric Marksberry, posted on Facebook on Thursday afternoon that doctors had removed the Endotracheal tube and were waiting for him to wake up. As of now, the Braves have only confirmed that Marksberry was admitted to the hospital for "severe dehydration." Thursday, 3:36 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Brad Brach undergoes minor knee surgery
    Brad Brach underwent a minor surgery on his left knee last week.

    Advice: The procedure addressed the meniscus in his knee, but Brach said it was "real easy" and "real basic" and that he already feels close to 100 percent. He should be fine for the start of spring training. Brach, who is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter, posted a dominant 2.05 ERA and 92/25 K/BB ratio over 79 innings this season. Thursday, 3:17 pm
    W, 5-2 @NYY
  • Bauer (finger) expects to be ready for the WS
    Trevor Bauer said he expects his sliced right pinkie to heal in time for the World Series.

    Advice: Cleveland has a long layoff after beating the Blue Jays in five games in the ALCS, which might mess with some players but should be a great benefit to Bauer. He suffered a deep cut on the pinkie of his throwing hand last week while cleaning a remotely controlled drone and he had to exit Monday's ALCS Game 3 start in Toronto after just two-thirds of an inning because he couldn't stop bleeding. "I'll be ready to pitch in the World Series whenever they need me," Bauer told reporters on Wednesday. "I'm doing everything I can and I'll be back out there for sure." Thursday, 8:33 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • 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. Thursday, 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. Wednesday, 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. Wednesday, 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. Wednesday, 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. Wednesday, 4:42 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Jansen available for more than an inning
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Kenley Jansen would be available for a save of more than one inning in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

    Advice: While Jansen will be available for a multi-inning save if need be, Roberts said that he was unlikely to see two full innings of work. In six postseason appearances this month, the flamethrowing closer has been used for more than three outs four times. He has tossed more than one inning in each of his last three appearances. Wednesday, 4:21 pm
  • Indians' Andrew Miller named MVP of ALCS
    Andrew Miller was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series.

    Advice: This was just the fifth time in League Championship Series history that a reliever was named MVP. Miller earned the honor via an absolutely dominant showing across five games. The 31-year-old southpaw pitched to a 14/0 K/BB ratio over 7 2/3 ALCS innings, allowing just three hits and no runs in that space. Suffice it to say, it looks like that midseason trade with the Yankees panned out well for the newly minted American League pennant-winners. Wednesday, 4:12 pm
  • Miller shines as Indians move to World Series
    Andrew Miller was phenomenal in Wednesday's 3-0 pennant-clinching win over the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS, firing 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.

    Advice: As has been the case all postseason, Miller was otherworldly on Wednesday. He surrendered just one hit over 2 2/3 innings, finishing off his outing having thrown just 21 pitches (16 for strikes). In his 7 2/3 frames of work during the ALCS, the ace reliever allowed three hits while striking out 14 batters. He did not walk a batter in the series, nor did he allow a run. Wednesday, 3:53 pm
  • Jays eliminated as Estrada coughs up two HR
    Marco Estrada was victimized by several mistakes in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Indians in Game 5 of the ALCS, coughing up two home runs and three total runs over six innings.

    Advice: Estrada pitched well enough, striking out seven and scattering five hits over his six innings of work. Unfortunately for the Jays, "well enough" wasn't enough to keep the season alive. Mike Napoli burned him for a deep RBI double in the first inning to open the scoring. The two other runs to come home on the veteran right-hander's watch both scored via solo home runs, with Carlos Santana and Coco Crisp whacking solo shots in the third and fourth innings, respectively. In three postseason starts, Estrada pitched to a strong 1.85 ERA with a 19/1 K/BB ratio over 24 1/3 innings. Wednesday, 3:50 pm
    W, 2-1 @Bos
  • 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. Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • Francona hoping Bauer (finger) a pen option
    Prior to Game 5 of the ALCS, Indians manager Terry Francona said that he hoped that Trevor Bauer (finger) could be an option out of the bullpen should the series elongate.

    Advice: "[We want] to look and see if he's potentially a guy that could pitch out of the bullpen later in this series. I don't know if that's realistic or not," Francona said. Bauer was forced to exit in the first inning of Game 3 after a laceration on his right pinkie opened up. Francona relayed that the cut would be reexamined by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham while the Indians are in Toronto. Wednesday, 1:25 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Jansen records final four outs of Game 3
    Kenley Jansen worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings in Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Jansen was called on after Dexter Fowler's two-out double in the top of the eighth and struck out Kris Bryant in dramatic fashion to close that frame. Los Angeles jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth, but manager Dave Roberts stuck with his closer anyway and Jansen yielded just a broken-bat Anthony Rizzo single in an easy ninth. The usage was questionable with two games in the next two days, but the Dodgers do now hold a 2-1 series lead. Tuesday, 8:54 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
  • Osuna works scoreless frame in ALCS Gm. 4
    Roberto Osuna worked a scoreless ninth inning to close out Tuesday's ALCS Game 4 victory over the Indians.

    Advice: Osuna struck out Jason Kipnis and Mike Napoli and induced an easy groundout from Francisco Lindor. The young closer needed only 10 pitches to get through the 1-2-3 frame, so he should be available for Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday. Tuesday, 4:22 pm
  • Sanchez holds Indians to two hits in Game 4
    Aaron Sanchez delivered six innings of one-run ball Tuesday as the Blue Jays topped the Indians in Game 4 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Sanchez looked completely in control while limiting the Tribe to two hits and two walks and striking out five. He was working on eight days of rest after allowing six earned runs over 5 2/3 innings in his ALDS Game 3 start against the Rangers. Toronto has been trying to watch the 24-year-old right-hander's workload, but it'll be awfully tempting to turn back to him in some capacity if this American League Championship Series goes seven games. Tuesday, 4:10 pm
    W, 2-1 @Bos
  • Nats' Kelley won't need surgery on right hand
    Shawn Kelley does not need surgery on his right hand.

    Advice: Kelley was lifted from a relief appearance in Game 5 of the NLDS after experiencing numbness in the fingers on his pitching hand, but it's an acute nerve issue that should go away with rest. The 32-year-old right-hander is owed $5.5 million from the Nationals in 2017 on a contract that runs through 2018. He had a 2.64 ERA in 58 regular-season innings this year for Washington. Tuesday, 1:25 pm
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Chapman, Jansen could set reliever record
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, "insiders are convinced" that at least Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen will break the reliever contract record this winter.

    Advice: Jonathan Papelbon set the record when he signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Phillies back in November of 2011. This postseason has shined a light on the value of having an impact reliever late in games, so Chapman and Jansen are set up well for free agency. Heyman opines that even Mark Melancon could land a deal north of the $50 million mark. It's worth noting that neither Chapman nor Melancon can receive a qualifying offer since they were traded during the season. That will only increase their appeal in the market. Heyman lists the Dodgers, Cubs, Giants, Nationals, and Yankees among the clubs who could pay big for a reliever this winter. Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • 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
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    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Indians not ruling out Bauer for rest of ALCS
    The Indians aren't ruling out Trevor Bauer (finger) being available to pitch for them in a potential Game 6 or 7 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Bauer had to depart Monday's Game 3 start after just two-thirds of an inning when the cut on his right pinky opened up. Given how bad it looked, it's hard to imagine the finger being in good enough shape to handle pitching later this week. However, the Indians apparently aren't ruling it out. Ideally, they'd obviously love to close out the Blue Jays as quick as possible and give Bauer plenty of rest before the World Series. Monday, 9:22 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Andrew Miller closes out victory for Indians
    Andrew Miller recorded the final four outs -- three via strikeout -- in Monday's ALCS Game 3 win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Miller came on with two outs in the eighth inning and struck out Russell Martin. After Dioner Navarro managed a bloop single to lead off the ninth, Miller then whiffed Kevin Pillar and Melvin Upton before getting Darwin Barney to ground out to end it. Between the regular and postseason, Miller now has an absurd 143/11 K/BB ratio over 83 1/3 innings. In a game where Trevor Bauer exited after just two-thirds of an inning with a bloody finger, the Indians used six relievers en route to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the ALCS. It's the first time in postseason history that a team won a game without having any pitcher go at least two innings. Corey Kluber will take the ball on Tuesday versus Aaron Sanchez as Cleveland tries to punch their ticket to the World Series. Monday, 9:06 pm
  • Bauer (finger) exits after 2/3 of an inning
    Trevor Bauer departed Monday's ALCS Game 3 against the Blue Jays after two-thirds of an inning when the stitches in his right pinky came loose.

    Advice: Bauer had his start pushed back after cutting his finger while repairing his drone, and he couldn't make it through one inning even after the extra time to heal. There was blood pouring out of the finger and he simply couldn't go on, as he was pulled with two outs and two runners on. His status for the rest of the ALCS and perhaps the World Series (should the Indians make it) is very much in question. Corey Kluber is now looking likely to start Game 4 on short rest, with Ryan Merritt going in Game 5. Monday, 5:39 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • 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
  • Steve Cishek out 4-6 months after hip surgery
    Steve Cishek will be sidelined for the next 4-6 months after having surgery last week to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.

    Advice: Cishek spent time on the disabled list but return to pitch with the injury in the second half this season. However, he decided to go ahead and get it taken care of now. Given that Opening Day is less than six months away, there would seem to be a pretty good chance the reliever might begin next year on the DL. Monday, 3:52 pm
    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
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    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
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    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
  • Joaquin Benoit (calf) resumes throwing
    Joaquin Benoit (calf) is no longer using crutches and has resumed throwing on flat ground.

    Advice: Benoit has been unavailable so far this postseason after tearing a calf muscle in the final week of the regular season. It's possible he could make it back if the Blue Jays advance to the World Series, but even that isn't a given. Benoit obviously needs to resume throwing off a mound before a potential return can be seriously talked about. Monday, 1:33 pm
    W, 2-1 @Bos
  • 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
  • JJ Hoover elects to become free agent
    JJ Hoover has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Hoover was pushed off the Reds' 40-man roster in August after surrendering 29 runs -- 28 earned -- in 18 2/3 innings of relief. The 29-year-old right-hander is probably going to be limited to minor league offers this winter. Monday, 8:34 am
    Not Active
    L, 7-4 vs ChC
  • Kenley Jansen gets final six outs in Game 2
    Kenley Jansen delivered another masterful performance on Sunday, working two perfect innings to preserve a 1-0 advantage and a victory over the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: The hard-throwing right-hander blew away Willson Contreras and Miguel Montero in the eighth inning, sandwiching a weak fly ball from Jason Heyward. He then punched out Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant in the ninth before getting Anthony Rizzo on a weak liner to second base. Jansen owns a 13/5 K/BB ratio across 6 1/3 innings of work this postseason while recording three saves. Sunday, 7:57 pm
  • Trevor Bauer (finger) has played catch twice
    Trevor Bauer has played catch twice since suffering a lacerated right pinky finger while repairing his drone.

    Advice: Bauer was pushed back from Game 2 to Game 3 of the ALCS following the incident, but the Indians expect him to be fine to pitch Monday in Toronto. The club will obviously keep a close eye on him to make sure the injury isn't affecting him at all. "The first concern is that you hope it doesn't interfere with his touch and feel to pitch," said manager Terry Francona. "I don't think that's an issue because he's already thrown twice. Then we have to make sure that the thing doesn't open up to where it's bleeding, because they won't let him pitch." Sunday, 6:35 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Jansen said he's available for five-out save
    Kenley Jansen said he'd be available for a five-out save Saturday against the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Jansen threw a career-high 51 pitches Thursday in Game 5 of the NLDS against Washington. Despite the heavy workload, there was never much doubt about his availability for Game 1. For his career, the right-hander holds a 3.86 ERA across 14 postseason appearances. Saturday, 3:41 pm
  • Andrew Miller whiffs five in 1 2/3 innings
    Andrew Miller was an extremely effective weapon out of the bullpen on Friday, racking up five strikeouts over 1 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Miller was called upon after Corey Kluber had gotten the first out in the seventh inning. He proceeded to strike out Darwin Barney and Melvin Upton without issue. He returned for the eighth, where he carved up the heart of the Jays' lineup with three straight strikeouts after Josh Donaldson's leadoff single. He has been an unstoppable force out of the Tribe's bullpen this postseason. Friday, 8:03 pm
  • Estrada logs 1st career complete game in loss
    Marco Estrada logged the first complete game of his MLB career, but wound up on the losing end of the decision after allowing two runs on six hits over his eight innings against the Indians in Game 1 of the ALCS.

    Advice: The right-hander racked up six strikeouts on the night while walking only one. The only blemish on his strong outing was a two-run blast off the bat of Francisco Lindor in the sixth inning that proved to be the extent of the offense in the ballgame. Barring a sweep, he'll get another chance against the Indians in Game 5 next week. Friday, 7:54 pm
    W, 2-1 @Bos
  • Jansen expected to be available in Game 1
    Kenley Jansen is expected to be available out of the bullpen for Saturday's Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Jansen threw a career-high 51 pitches over 2 1/3 innings in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday, but he'll be available for one inning Saturday on one day of rest. The Dodgers are throwing Kenta Maeda versus Jon Lester on Saturday. Friday, 2:46 pm
  • Trevor Bauer (pinky) pushed back to Game 3
    Trevor Bauer's first start of the ALCS has been pushed back to Game 3 after he suffered a non-baseball injury to his right pinky.

    Advice: Bauer apparently cut the outside of his pinky while repairing his drone. Seriously. He'll get a couple extra days to heal and will start the first game in Toronto, with Josh Tomlin moving up to start Game 2 in Cleveland. Corey Kluber is opposing Marco Estrada in Game 1 on Friday. Friday, 12:07 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kelley felt numbness in fingers
    Shawn Kelley said after Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday that he was forced to exit the game because he felt numbness in his fingers and couldn't throw.

    Advice: It was described a nerve issue which has happened to him before. Kelley already had some tests done and thinks that he'll be fine. Of course, he now has an entire offseason to rest. Thursday, 11:01 pm
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Jansen throws 51 pitches in relief
    Kenley Jansen threw a career-high 51 pitches over 2 1/3 innings of relief in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts went the unconventional route by bringing in his closer with one on in the seventh inning. Jansen loaded the bases after a single to Bryce Harper and an intentional walk to Daniel Murphy, but he struck Anthony Rendon out swinging to escape the jam. He walked Stephen Drew to begin the eighth inning, but he retired the next three batters he faced. Jansen was clearly winded in the ninth inning, striking out Trea Turner swinging before walking the final two batters he faced. Fortunately for the Dodgers, they had some guy named Clayton Kershaw waiting in the bullpen. It was some gutsy managing by Roberts. Thursday, 9:55 pm
  • Shawn Kelley exits with apparent injury
    Shawn Kelley left Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Thursday with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Kelley only threw three pitches and faced just one batter. He was brought on as the fifth pitcher of the seventh inning and gave up a two-run triple to Trea Turner before being pulled from the game. The exact issue isn't exactly clear, but he's had a pair of Tommy John surgeries in his career. The Nationals should provide an update after the game. Thursday, 8:09 pm
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Aaron Sanchez lined up for Game 4 of ALCS
    Aaron Sanchez is lined up to start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Indians.

    Advice: Marco Estrada will take Game 1, J.A. Happ is on for Game 2, and Marcus Stroman will go in Game 3. Sanchez struggled in his ALDS Game 3 start against the Rangers and the Blue Jays are trying to watch his workload. It should be noted that the 24-year-old right-hander finished the 2016 regular season on a great run, showing no signs of fatigue. Thursday, 12:35 pm
    W, 2-1 @Bos
  • Qualifying offer set at $17.2M this offseason
    According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the qualifying offer this offseason will be $17.2 million.

    Advice: That's up from $15.8 million in 2016, $15.3 million in 2015, $14.1 million in 2014, and $13.3 million in 2013 -- the first year this free agent tweak was implemented. Kenley Jansen, Edwin Encarnacion, Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Turner, and Jose Bautista are among the players who will receive these qualifying offers. The teams they leave can then earn a high draft pick after the offer is rejected. Players who were traded in-season, like Aroldis Chapman, are not eligible for the QO. Thursday, 12:27 pm
  • 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
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    L, 6-4 vs Mil
  • Chapman strikes out side in ninth Tuesday
    Aroldis Chapman delivered a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday night against the Giants.

    Advice: Chapman surrendered three runs -- one of them charged to him -- in the eighth inning of Game 3, but he was his usual dominant self Tuesday with a chance to close out the pesky Giants. Chapman needed just 13 pitches to strike out Gorkys Hernandez, Denard Span, and Brandon Belt -- in order, all swinging. The fireballing closer will be rested and ready for Game 1 of the National League Champion Series on Saturday at Wrigley Field. Tuesday, 9:27 pm
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