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  • Schwarber not medically cleared to play LF
    Cubs president Theo Epstein said Thursday afternoon that Kyle Schwarber is not medically cleared to play left field.

    Advice: Schwarber is coming off knee surgery and doctors feel that there's too much risk involved with rushing him back to play the field. While he served as the designated hitter for the first two games in Cleveland, he'll be limited to pinch-hitting duties for the next three games in Chicago. The Cubs were hoping for better news, but Schwarber is still capable of making an impact off the bench. Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • Bethancourt up to 97 mph in live BP sessions
    According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Christian Bethancourt was recently clocked at 97 mph while facing live hitters in Arizona.

    Advice: Bethancourt has also been developing a changeup as he prepares to work as a pitcher in the Panama Winter League. The 25-year-old made two relief appearances for the Padres in 2016 and looked pretty good, allowing just one hit over 1 2/3 shutout innings. He hasn't hit well enough to establish himself as a reliable major league catcher, so the Friars will stretch this experiment and try to catch lightning in a bottle with Bethancourt's big arm. Yesterday, 11:45 am
  • Wilson Ramos still seeking 4- or 5-year deal
    Wilson Ramos' agent Wil Polidor told the Washington Post that his client still plans to seek a four- or five-year contract this winter in free agency.

    Advice: Ramos suffered ACL and meniscus tears in his right knee on September 26 and his rehab from surgery will extend into the 2017 season, but the 29-year-old catcher is going to try to cash in anyway on a weak free agent market. Ramos acknowledged to reporters earlier this month that his best offers are likely to come from American League teams because he might have to DH some moving forward. This was the second major right knee injury of his career. Yesterday, 11:40 am
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • 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. Wednesday, 8:40 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 2:13 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 11:12 am
  • 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
  • Roberto Perez homers twice for CLE in Gm. 1
    Roberto Perez homered twice Tuesday in the Indians' World Series Game 1 defeat of the Cubs.

    Advice: The first was a solo shot off Jon Lester in the bottom of the fourth inning that gave Cleveland a 3-0 lead and the second was a three-run blast in the bottom of the eighth that put the game out of reach. Perez, known more for his defense than his bat, finished the night 2-for-4 with four RBI. It was the first two-homer game by a catcher in the World Series since Gary Carter in 1986. Perez slugged just three total home runs during the regular season. Tuesday, 8:52 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
  • 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
  • Braves could still be interested in McCann
    Mark Bowman of speculates that the Braves could reconsider approaching the Yankees about trading for Brian McCann this offseason.

    Advice: The Braves are in the market for another catcher to pair with Tyler Flowers, and with the free agent market looking quite barren in terms of quality backstops, a reunion with McCann continues to make sense. The Yankees, who demanded either Mike Foltynewicz or Ender Inciarte the last time these two squads discussed a deal, will have to lower their asking price if a deal is to be consummated. Saturday, 6:56 am
    L, 5-2 vs Bal
  • Ruiz hitting cleanup in Game 5 of NLCS
    Carlos Ruiz will hit cleanup in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: In case it wasn't already obvious, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has made some interesting changes to his lineup with left-hander Jon Lester on the hill for the Cubs. In addition to Ruiz hitting cleanup, Enrique Hernandez will bat leadoff and play second base. Meanwhile, Yasiel Puig will start in right field and bat seventh. Here's the full lineup for Los Angeles: Hernández 2B, Justin Turner 3B, Corey Seager SS Ruiz C, Howie Kendrick LF, Adrian González 1B, Puig RF, Joc Pederson CF, Kenda Maeda SP. Thursday, 2:08 pm
  • David Ross behind the plate for NLCS Game 5
    David Ross will start behind the plate for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the standard arrangement with left-hander Jon Lester on the hill. Ross is 1-for-9 with a homer this postseason. The full lineup for Chicago: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Javier Baez 2B, Jason Heyward RF, Addison Russell SS, Ross C, Lester SP. Kenta Maeda will start for Los Angeles. Thursday, 1:41 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Grandal drives in three in LAD's Game 3 win
    Yasmani Grandal drove in three runs Tuesday in the Dodgers' NLCS Game 3 defeat of the Cubs.

    Advice: Grandal slugged a two-run homer off Jake Arrieta in the bottom of the fourth to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead and then drove in Joc Pederson with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the eighth to make it 6-0. Pederson had knocked an RBI double down the left field line moments earlier and then stole third base off Mike Montgomery and Willson Contreras. Grandal finding his stroke could spell trouble for the Cubs, who looked shaky on multiple fronts Tuesday and are suddenly down 2-1 in the series. The next two games are at Dodger Stadium. Tuesday, 8:33 pm
  • Tigers would consider Avila's return
    Tigers general manager Al Avila said Tuesday that he would consider his son, Alex Avila, as the club looks for a backup catcher this winter.

    Advice: The Tigers were set behind the plate last offseason, so Avila left for a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the White Sox. The 29-year-old appeared in 57 games this season while batting .213 with seven homers and a .732 OPS in 209 plate appearances. Avila was originally drafted by the Tigers back in 2008 and spent the first seven seasons of his career with the club. James McCann is now the primary catcher in Detroit. Tuesday, 10:50 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
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