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  • Kyle Zimmer reinjures shoulder in AFL
    Royals prospect right-hander Kyle Zimmer reinjured his right shoulder Saturday while pitching for Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Zimmer struck out 11 batters over five innings in his second AFL start, but he was forced to exit after just one inning on Saturday. The fear is that it's the same injury which limited Zimmer to 4 2/3 innings this season in the minors. The Royals will likely play it safe and shut him down for the rest of the fall. "More than likely, we're not going to push it any further this fall and just try to get this under control," said Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:54 am
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  • Appel pitching well in Arizona Fall League
    Astros prospect right-hander Mark Appel has tossed 12 scoreless innings over three starts in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Appel really struggled with High-A Lancaster this season, but he thrived after a promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi in late July and has kept it going so far in the Arizona Fall League. The 23-year-old tossed five scoreless innings in his latest outing on Monday and has allowed just four hits with a 12/3 K/BB ratio over his three starts. "I don't know if there's one thing I can pick out and say this is what I'm doing differently than in the season," said Appel. "I think it's a combination of continuing to work hard, not giving up and trusting my stuff. I've gotten here because I'd been doing some things the right way and I'm continuing on the same track I tried to finish the season on in Corpus Christi." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:34 am
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  • Gonzales could be option for 2015 bullpen
    Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals are "expected to heavily consider" Marco Gonzales for a spot in next year's bullpen.

    Advice: Gonzales' future is as a starter, and he'll report to spring training as an option for the starting five. However, he's unlikely to crack the Opening Day rotation given the team's depth, and it sounds like they might prefer using him in relief rather than putting him in the Triple-A rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:02 pm
  • Cardinals projecting Martinez for relief role
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated on Monday that Carlos Martinez projects as the team's primary setup man next season.

    Advice: Obviously a lot can happen between now and spring training with the Cards' roster. But while Martinez has loads of upside as a starter, there might not be room for him in the rotation as things currently shake out. "You can see there is a spot for Carlos in that bullpen that looks pretty nice when it fits right," Mozeliak said. "We’ll have him continue to prepare (to start), but there are only so many innings that we have in spring for starters. He’s always been an option, but we do like him in the back end of the bullpen." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:57 pm
  • Michael Wacha to have normal offseason
    Michael Wacha will follow his normal offseason program after an MRI Friday on his right shoulder came back clean.

    Advice: Wacha missed a large chunk of the season with a stress reaction in the shoulder, but the Cardinals were encouraged by how the MRI looked. "Even the doctors were a little surprised on how that looked," general manager John Mozeliak said. It's good news for Wacha heading into the offseason, but he remains a medical red flag for 2015 since it's an issue that can crop up again. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:51 pm
  • James Shields passed kidney stone during ALCS
    James Shields revealed Monday that he passed a kidney stone during the ALCS.

    Advice: Shields began feeling pain on October 12, and it made the Royals' decision to start Jason Vargas instead of Shields on regular rest in Game 4 on October 15 an easy one. He underwent a CT scan to determine the source of his discomfort but by then the team deduced he had already passed the stone. "It was excruciating pain," Shields said. "I wasn’t feeling good." Shields will get the ball in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:41 pm
  • Cardinals to shop Randy Choate this winter
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals will "look to move" Randy Choate this offseason.

    Advice: General manager John Mozeliak noted Monday that Choate is "fairly one-dimensional," which "makes it difficult for us to use him, particularly during a long season." Choate was again effective versus left-handed batters this season, holding them to a .093/.205/.147 line. He's slated to make $3 million again in 2015, though, so it's doubtful he'll have much trade value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:15 pm
  • Waino (elbow) 'should have normal offseason'
    Adam Wainwright had his right elbow examined Friday and everything checked out "optimistically."

    Advice: That's what Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told the media at his end-of-season press conference Monday at Busch Stadium, adding that Wainwright "should have a normal offseason." Waino had one good start but two bad starts during the playoffs and there was talk of his elbow acting up. But that discomfort likely had more to do with heavy usage than anything ligament-related or structural. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:12 am
  • Cardinals, Lynn open to discussing extension
    According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals and Lance Lynn have expressed mutual interest in discussing a contract extension.

    Advice: Lynn will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and is coming off a career year which saw him register a 2.74 ERA and 181 strikeouts across 203 2/3 innings. It's risky to commit long term to any pitcher, but the Cards have money to spend and Lynn's price will only rise through arbitration if he continues on his current career trajectory. The 27-year-old has become a legitimate No. 2 starter. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:45 am
  • Taijuan Walker returns home from Fall League
    Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik confirmed Sunday that Taijuan Walker has left Surprise in the Arizona Fall League to return to his home in California.

    Advice: The M's noted that he is fully healthy, and that it was a personal decision for Walker to return home. The prized right-hander was scheduled to throw 30 innings in the Fall showcase after missing time during the regular season due to a shoulder injury. He threw just nine innings, allowing a pair of runs on seven hits while posting an 11/2 K/BB ratio. He will continue his regular offseason training program and is expected to be fully ready for spring training. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:43 pm
  • Archie Bradley knocked around in AFL start
    Diamondbacks top pitching prospect Archie Bradley was knocked around in his latest Arizona Fall League start on Saturday against Mesa, surrendering seven runs (four earned) on three hits in his two-plus innings of work.

    Advice: The biggest culprit for his demise in this one was a lack of command, evidenced by four free passes in his two-plus innings. He did manage to record a pair of strikeouts before departing. The 22-year-old had difficulty after a mid-season promotion to Double-A Mobile where he registered a 4.12 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 46/36 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings. Until he can deliver the ball over the plate consistently, he won't be a legitimate option to join the Diamondbacks rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:40 pm
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  • Robert Carson re-signed by Dodgers
    Dodgers re-signed LHP Robert Carson to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Carson spent all of this season in the minors, putting up a 5.74 ERA across three levels. He'll give the Dodgers some left-handed bullpen depth on the farm. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:04 am
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  • Pedro Hernandez elects free agency
    Pedro Hernandez has elected free agency.

    Advice: Hernandez had been removed from the Rockies' 40-man roster back in August. The left-hander held an ugly 6.42 ERA at Triple-A this season and will seek out another minor league pact. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:59 am
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  • Cesar Cabral elects free agency
    Cesar Cabral has elected free agency.

    Advice: Cabral had trouble staying healthy with the Yankees and performed terribly this season, allowing three runs in his lone big league inning and posting a 6.28 ERA in the minors. The 25-year-old will seek a minor league deal elsewhere. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:54 am
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  • Uehara, Red Sox not close to a deal
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that there "have been preliminary talks" between the Red Sox and Koji Uehara, but "the sides aren’t close to a deal."

    Advice: The Red Sox would like to keep Uehara as their closer but are not expected to extend a qualifying offer of $15.3 million. Cafardo notes that a one-year deal that might include an option "would be preferable." Uehara lost his closer gig after struggling down the stretch but was terrific overall, posting a 2.52 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 80/8 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:05 am
  • Tim Lincecum dealing with sore neck
    Tim Lincecum was unable to throw a scheduled bullpen session on Saturday due to a sore neck.

    Advice: It's not clear how long the neck has been bothering Lincecum, but it could partly explain why he's yet to pitch this postseason. However, the right-hander will be on the World Series roster as one of two long relievers in San Francisco's bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:27 am
  • John Lackey reiterates plans to play in 2015
    John Lackey on Friday reiterated his plans to play next season.

    Advice: Some have speculated that Lackey could retire rather than play under the Cardinals' $500,000 option for next season (which kicked in after he missed the 2012 campaign following Tommy John surgery). However, Lackey, who will turn 36 later this week, fully intends to honor the final year of his contract. "Great experience here," Lackey said. "Obviously it didn’t end the way we’d like it to. No complaints at all. A lot of young guys that will be back, and they’re big contributors. Definitely don’t see why not. The reason I came here was I had every intention of playing next year." Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:07 am
  • Ventura slated for World Series Game 2 start
    Yordano Ventura will start Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series for the Royals.

    Advice: Ventura left his last start with some tightness in his right shoulder, but it seems to be a minor issue and won't affect his readiness for the World Series. He will follow James Shields in the Royals rotation. In his first postseason, Ventura owns a 4.85 ERA over 13 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:38 pm
  • Bumgarner set to start World Series Game 1
    Madison Bumgarner will start Tuesday's Game 1 of the World Series for the Giants.

    Advice: Bumgarner finished off the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS Thursday, so he'll be on regular rest for Tuesday's Game 1. The southpaw is 2-1 in four starts this postseason, and he owns a 2.67 ERA in 67 1/3 career postseason innings. He'll be opposed by James Shields for the Royals. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:28 pm
  • Julio DePaula refuses outright assignment
    Julio DePaula has elected free agency.

    Advice: The 31-year-old hurler will explore opportunities elsewhere rather than accepting his outright assignment from the Orioles. After returning from the Independent League to sign with the Orioles, he posted a 4.97 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 43/13 K/BB ratio in 38 innings at Double-A Bowie. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:26 am
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