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  • Ricardo Sanchez had Tommy John surgery
    Ricardo Sanchez underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month.

    Advice: Sanchez hurt his elbow back in late August and evidently had Tommy John surgery in mid-September. He'll be sidelined until 2022 and might be designated for assignment as the Cardinals look to clear roster space. Today, 3:22 pm
  • Dylan Covey outrighted by Red Sox
    Red Sox sent RHP Dylan Covey outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster but remains in the organization. Covey holds an ugly 6.57 ERA over parts of four seasons in the big leagues. Today, 1:45 pm
  • Nats decline option on Anibal Sanchez for 2021
    Nationals declined RHP Anibal Sanchez's $12 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: Sanchez has $6 million in deferred money coming his way next year, which serves as a kind of buyout here. The veteran right-hander posted a rough 6.62 ERA in 53 innings (11 starts) this past season with Washington. Today, 11:42 am
  • D-backs decline options on Leake, Guerra, Rondon
    Diamondbacks declined RHP Mike Leake's $18 million mutual option for 2021.

    Advice: Leake has a $5 million buyout coming his way as he heads into free agency having opted out of the 2020 season due to concerns about COVID-19. The soon-to-be 33-year-old registered a 4.29 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 127/27 K/BB ratio in 197 innings (32 starts) between the Mariners and Diamondbacks in 2019. Arizona has also declined a $3.5 million option on Junior Guerra and a $4 million option on Hector Rondon. Today, 11:05 am
    W, 11-3 vs Col
  • Mariners decline $3.5 million option on Graveman
    Mariners declined RHP Kendall Graveman's $3.5 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: Graveman will receive a $500,000 buyout and hit the free agent market, though Shannon Drayer of Seattle's 710 ESPN notes that the Mariners are interested in bringing him back "under a new contract." The 29-year-old right-hander posted a rough 5.79 ERA across 18 2/3 innings (two starts, nine relief appearances) in 2020. He was diagnosed with a bone tumor in the C6 part of his cervical spine in August but did eventually return. Today, 9:25 am
  • Gonsolin struggles in Dodgers' WS Game 6 victory
    Tony Gonsolin lasted just 1 2/3 innings in his World Series Game 6 start on Tuesday versus the Rays.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters Monday that he was hoping to get 5-6 innings out of Gonsolin, but the quick hook came after the 26-year-old right-hander recorded only five outs against the 10 total batters he faced. Tampa Bay mostly failed to capitalize, however, with Randy Arozarena's first-inning solo homer serving as the club's only run of the affair. Los Angeles went on to claim its first World Series title since 1988, and Gonsolin's poor showing will barely even be a footnote. He allowed just seven walks and two home runs in 46 2/3 regular-season innings before yielding nine walks and four homers in 9 1/3 postseason frames. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Urias nails down final seven outs in WS clincher
    Julio Urias struck out four batters over 2 1/3 perfect innings to close out the Dodgers' World Series Game 6 victory over the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Game 6 starter Tony Gonsolin failed to make it out of the second inning, but the one run he allowed -- on a first-inning homer by Randy Arozarena -- stood as the only run that Tampa Bay could manage the entire night. Dylan Floro, Alex Wood, Pedro Baez, Victor Gonzalez, and Brusdar Graterol combined with Urias to deliver 7 1/3 scoreless innings of relief with 12 strikeouts. Urias, at 24 years and 76 days old, is the youngest player to record a save in a World Series clinching game since the Dodgers' own Steve Howe in 1981. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Snell yanked at 73 pitches in Rays' WS Gm 6 loss
    Blake Snell allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings as the Rays bowed out of the World Series with a Game 6 loss on Tuesday night against the Dodgers.

    Advice: That above sentence doesn't begin to tell the story. Snell was absolutely cruising, with nine strikeouts, zero walks, one hit allowed, and a pitch count of just 69 through five scoreless innings before he gave up a one-out single to Austin Barnes in the bottom of the sixth. Rays manager Kevin Cash made the decision at that point to lift Snell at 73 pitches, and reliever Nick Anderson would allow both Barnes and Mookie Betts to score. Those were the first runs of the night for the Dodgers, who ultimately went on to win 3-1. The move to pull Snell will probably go down as one of the most criticized decisions by any coach or manager in a championship game. Yesterday, 8:47 pm
    W, 5-0 vs Phi
  • Tigers outright RHP Agrazal to Triple-A
    Tigers sent RHP Dario Agrazal outright to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Agrazal didn't pitch in the majors this season due to a forearm injury. The 25-year-old was claimed off waivers from the Pirates last November after posting a 4.91 ERA and 41/18 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings (14 starts, one relief appearance) in 2019. Yesterday, 11:29 am
  • Tigers outright RHP Rodriguez to Triple-A
    Tigers sent RHP Dereck Rodriguez outright to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Rodriguez didn't pitch in the majors this season and was claimed off waivers from the Giants in early September. This move clears up another 40-man roster spot for Detroit. Yesterday, 11:26 am
  • Manning (forearm) says he feels 100 percent
    Tigers prospect right-hander Matt Manning (forearm) said Tuesday that he now feels 100 percent.

    Advice: Manning was shut down in late August due to what was termed as a "slight" forearm strain, preventing him from a possible MLB debut, but he said it likely only would have cost him a few weeks in a normal minor league season. He's playing light catch right now while trying to work on his mechanics and should be fine when spring training rolls around. Manning is one of the top pitching prospects in the game and should arrive at some point next year. Yesterday, 9:42 am
  • Nationals' Irvin had Tommy John surgery last week
    Nationals RHP prospect Jake Irvin underwent Tommy John surgery last week.

    Advice: Irvin will need around 13-15 months of rest and rehab, which means he is doubtful to pitch in MLB-affiliated ball in 2021. The 23-year-old righty was selected in the fourth round of the 2018 MLB Draft out of the University of Oklahoma and holds a 3.50 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 128/45 K/BB ratio in 149 professional innings, all below High-A. Monday, 2:58 pm
    W, 15-5 vs NYM
  • Andrew Triggs elects free agency
    Andrew Triggs has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Triggs was outrighted off the 40-man roster before deciding to test the open market. The 31-year-old allowed seven runs over 8 1/3 innings with Boston this season. Monday, 1:07 pm
  • Zack Godley elects to become free agent
    Zack Godley has elected to become a free agency.

    Advice: Godley chose free agency after the Red Sox outrighted him off the major league roster. The veteran right-hander posted a brutal 8.31 ERA and 1.95 WHIP over 28 2/3 innings this season before going down with a flexor strain. Monday, 1:05 pm
    W, 9-1 @Atl
  • Roberts hopes to get 5-6 innings from Gonsolin
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that they hope to get 5-6 innings from Tony Gonsolin in Game 6 of the World Series against the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gonsolin essentially served as an opener in Game 2, as he was pulled after just 1 1/3 innings, but Roberts wants to use him as a more traditional starter in a potential clinching game. Or that's the goal, anyway. Gonsolin has been a great regular season pitcher during his brief career, but he's allowed eight runs over 7 2/3 innings during the postseason. Monday, 10:42 am
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Urias would be ready to follow Buehler in Game 7
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Julio Urias would be ready to follow Walker Buehler if the World Series came down to a Game 7 against the Rays.

    Advice: Urias threw 80 pitches over 4 2/3 innings in his Game 4 start on Saturday, but it will obviously be all hands on deck for a do-or-die game. It's even possible that Clayton Kershaw could be available. Tony Gonsolin will make the start in Game 6 on Tuesday, with everyone outside of Buehler, Urías, and Kershaw available. Monday, 10:32 am
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Gonsolin will start for Dodgers in Game 6 of WS
    Tony Gonsolin will start for the Dodgers on Tuesday in Game 6 of the World Series against the Rays. 

    Advice: It's not a surprise, but it's certainly worth noting. Gonsolin started Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, and he went just 1 1/3 before being pulled while allowing one run. The right-hander has made three appearances thus far in the postseason, but he has pitched just 7 2/3 frames in those appearances, and allowed eight runs. Because of limited availability -- and because the Dodgers have Walker Buehler lined up for Game 7 if necessary -- Los Angeles may ask him to go a little deeper, but it's far from a guarantee. Blake Snell has already been announced as the starter for Game 6 for Tampa Bay. Sunday, 9:21 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • May shows off stuff in 1 2/3 scoreless relief IP
    Dustin May fired 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday against the Rays. 

    Advice: May came in for Clayton Kershaw with two outs in the sixth, and it was a friendly reminder -- to everyone but the Rays and their fans, of course -- of how electric is stuff is. The right-hander touched 101 with his fastball, and showed off the life that makes it a legitimate swing-and-miss pitch when he commands it. The 23-year-old threw 30 pitches on Sunday, so with a day off, there's a chance he's available for a possible closeout Game 6 on Tuesday. Sunday, 8:46 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Julio Urias strikes out nine Rays in Game 4
    Julio Urias pitched well, but settled for a no-decision in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday, allowing two runs on four hits over his 4 ⅔ innings of work.

    Advice: The 24-year-old southpaw racked up nine strikeouts on the night -- setting a new personal best in the postseason -- while issuing just one walk. He threw 80 pitches in the contest, 56 of them for strikes. All of the damage done against him came via the long ball, with Randy Arozarena blasting a solo shot in the fourth inning and Hunter Renfroe leading off the fifth inning with another. Urias has been spectacular on the whole this postseason, compiling a 1.31 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 25/4 K/BB ratio across 20 ⅔ innings. He could be used again in a relief role in a potential Game 7 should the Series wind up going the distance. Saturday, 9:06 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Blake Snell starts strong but hits wall in fifth
    Blake Snell fanned nine batters while yielding two runs over 4 2/3 frames Wednesday in the Rays' 6-4 win over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the World Series.

    Advice: Snell entered the fifth inning having issued just two free passes and that’s it. He retired the first two batters of that frame, but a two-out walk to Enrique Hernandez was followed by a two-run blast by Chris Taylor. Another walk and a single after that spelled the end of Snell’s night. Snell’s stuff was nasty for most of the night and the final line still looked pretty good. He continues to struggle to pitch deep into games, though, as he hasn’t gone six innings in a start since July of 2019. That’s partly by design, of course, as the Rays often go to their bullpen quickly and also Snell has had some health issues. Tampa Bay will send Charlie Morton to the mound versus Walker Buehler in Game 3 on Friday with the series knotted up 1-1. Wednesday, 9:25 pm
    W, 5-0 vs Phi
  • Tony Gonsolin only goes 1 1/3 innings in Game 2
    Tony Gonsolin allowed just one run but was pulled after 1 1/3 innings Wednesday in the Dodgers' loss to the Rays.

    Advice: It was essentially an opener assignment for Gonsolin, which didn’t come as a surprise. The one run he gave up came off the bat of Brandon Lowe, who launched an opposite-field home run with one out in the first inning. Gonsolin was removed in the second inning with a runner at third and one out, but he avoided an additional run being charged to his ledger after a fielder’s choice and a caught stealing. He has made three appearances this postseason but has gone more than two innings in just one of them, yielding eight runs over 7 2/3 frames. The Dodgers wound up using seven pitchers in this one and only one of them recorded more than four outs (Alex Wood recorded six). Wednesday, 9:21 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Julio Urias will start Game 4 for Dodgers on Sat.
    Julio Urias will start for the Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday versus the Rays.

    Advice: Urias was the obvious choice after he wasn't used in relief during Game 2 on Wednesday. The left-hander has been fantastic this postseason, allowing just one earned run over 16 innings while boasting a 16/3 K/BB ratio. Walker Buehler is starting Game 3 for the Dodgers and they'll go back to Clayton Kershaw for Game 5. Wednesday, 9:10 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Gonsolin to start Game 2 of World Series vs. Rays
    Tony Gonsolin will start for the Dodgers in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday versus the Rays.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made that announcement after Tuesday night's 8-3 Game 1 win. Gonsolin struggled as a spot starter for Clayton Kershaw in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Braves and also got roughed up in relief in NLCS Game 7, so he figures to face a possible quick hook on Wednesday. Julio Urias and Dustin May will apparently be available to piggyback. Walker Buehler is on tap for World Series Game 3. Tuesday, 9:22 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Urias available for Game 1 of World Series vs Rays
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Julio Urias is available out of the bullpen for Game 1 of the World Series against the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Urias threw the final three innings to close out Game 7 of the NLCS against the Braves on Sunday, but Roberts hasn't ruled out using him if needed. Ideally, that won't be necessary. The Dodgers haven't settled on a Game 2 starter just yet and Urias is in that mix too, potentially. Tuesday, 12:35 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Urias fires final three innings to pick up victory
    Julio Urias didn't allow a run in the final three innings to pick up a win in Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday. 

    Advice: Urias came in to pitch in the top of the seventh, and the left-hander didn't allow a hit while throwing 39 pitches. The 24-year-old pitched exceptionally well in this series, giving up just a run in his eight innings and picking up two victories in the NLCS. Urias will likely make a start or pitch as a bulk pitcher in the World Series, which starts Tuesday against the Rays. Oct 18, 8:54 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Dustin May starting NLCS Game 7 for Dodgers
    Dustin May is starting NLCS Game 7 for the Dodgers on Sunday versus the Braves.

    Advice: May started Game 5 on three days' rest and will now take the ball in the pivotal Game 7 on just one day of rest. Obviously, he shouldn't be expected to go more than an inning or two. Tony Gonsolin and Julio Urias are available for multiple innings, and manager Dave Roberts hasn't ruled out Clayton Kershaw also being available. The Dodgers' full lineup -- which features Chris Taylor's (ankle) return -- looks like this: Mookie Betts RF, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Max Muncy 1B, Will Smith C, Cody Bellinger CF, A.J. Pollock LF, Joc Pederson DH, Taylor 2B. Oct 18, 1:05 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
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