2B | Skip Schumaker | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Skip Schumaker is expected to start in center field in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, Oct. 3, if OF Andre Ethier (ankle) is unable to go.
2B | Jerry Hairston Jr. | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Jerry Hairston Jr. (back) was able to take batting practice and shag fly balls in the outfield Tuesday, Oct. 1. He has not played since Sept. 25 due to a sore back, but he might be ready for the National League Division Series. Manager Don Mattingly is still mulling over his playoff roster. "We'll see," Mattingly said. "We're still going over the roster and seeing how everything fits with who we have, don't have, what guys can do, can't do and then trying to put our best club together."
2B | Dan Uggla | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves are reportedly leaning toward leaving 2B Dan Uggla off the playoff roster for the National League Division Series. His .179 batting average was the worst in the league, and he also hit a putrid .157 at home. Uggla was third in the National League in strikeouts (171), beating his previous career high (168). 2B Elliot Johnson started 11 of the team's final 20 games at second base over Uggla, too.
2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Scooter Gennett has the edge over 2B Rickie Weeks for the starting position in 2014.
SS | Jhonny Peralta | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta is expected to be on the team's American League Division Series roster due to his bat, but his role is uncertain. With SS Jose Iglesias (hand) expected to man shortstop, it is uncertain if Peralta will come off the bench or serve as a legitimate option in left field. He played left field in the final series of the season against the Miami Marlins, growing more comfortable as the series went on. "I'm going to feel excited," Peralta said. "It's a new position. I don't know how it's going to be, but I'm going to do my best."
SS | Hector Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers signed C Robinzon Diaz, SS Hector Gomez and OF Eugenio Velez to minor-league contracts Tuesday, Oct. 1, and invited them to the 2014 Major League camp.
SS | Everth Cabrera | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres reinstated SS Everth Cabrera from his 50-game suspension Monday, Sept. 30, and designated C Chris Robinson for assignment in a corresponding move.
3B | Nick Punto | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Nick Punto (foot) was able to field ground balls and take batting practice Tuesday, Oct. 1. He did not play in the final series of the regular season due to an ingrown toenail, but he is expected to be ready for the National League Division Series. "I think he's OK," manager Don Mattingly said. "I assume he's going to be ready."
3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley (knee) underwent surgery to fix a medial meniscus tear in his left knee Tuesday, Oct. 1, and he'll start his rehab program in four to six weeks.
Headley should be fully healed in time for spring training. However, this reminds you to pay for something more along the lines of his 2013 season than what he displayed during his breakout 2012 campaign.
C | Russell Martin | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin swatted a pair of solo home runs in the National League wild card game Tuesday, Oct. 1, against the Cincinnati Reds. Martin had just one multi-homer game in the regular season, and that came April 28 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are expected to target free-agent C Brian McCann (Braves) during the offseason. The Rangers have repeatedly attempted to trade for McCann in the past, according to sources, and they had scouts following the Braves closely, apparently to watch McCann.
C | Adam Moore | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals re-signed C Adam Moore to a minor league deal Monday, Sept. 30.
OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (shoulder) said Tuesday, Oct. 1, that he feels a little bit better after taking batting practices. Cespedes feels he will be fine for Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers.
OF | Alex Castellanos | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Alex Castellanos appeared in eight games for the team down the stretch, but he was not present at the team's workout Tuesday, Oct. 1, likely signaling he is not a candidate for the National League Division Series roster.
OF | Michael Bourn | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn (knee) tested himself during a workout Tuesday, Oct. 1, and he's expected to be in the leadoff spot for the Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, Oct. 2.
OF | Scott Van Slyke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier (ankle) worked out with the team Tuesday, Oct. 1, and is hoping to make the playoff roster for the National League Division Series as a pinch hitter and later get into a game in the outfield. "It's probably just a hitting role, that's what our best hope is," Ethier said after the workout. "Who knows, maybe we wake up Saturday and Sunday and it feels good enough to go full-go. Hitting-wise it feels good enough. We'll worry about what to do after I get on first base then. I just want to figure out a way to contribute anyway I can and not become a hindrance." He hit and threw Tuesday but didn't do any running. The team would like to see Ethier run before putting him on the roster. 2B Skip Schumaker will start in center field in Game 1 Thursday, Oct. 3, but SS Dee Gordon and OFs Scott Van Slyke and Jerry Hairston Jr. worked out there Tuesday.
OF | Billy Hamilton | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds OF Billy Hamilton is on the team's roster for the National League Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday, Oct. 1. Hamilton stole 13 bases in 14 tries after being called up in September. Ps Mat Latos (elbow), Bronson Arroyo and Greg Reynolds are not on the roster for the game Tuesday.
OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers could move OF Ryan Braun to right field next year to insert OF Khris Davis in left field.
SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish (back) was suffering from a nerve problem in his lower back and buttocks in the final month of the season, and the injury caused numbness down his right leg in the beginning of September. He went 1-3 with a 3.34 ERA in the season's final month and didn't make it out of the sixth inning in his final three starts.
SP | Danny Hultzen | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Danny Hultzen (shoulder) underwent surgery to clean up his labrum and fix a partial tear in his rotator cuff Tuesday, Oct. 1.
This could set back Hultzen's progress considerably next season, as shoulder surgeries can often mean lengthy rehab processes. It might not be until the second half of next season before we see the lefty in the big leagues and at full strength.
SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright will start Game 1 of the National League Division Series, followed by SP Lance Lynn in Game 2.
SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer will start Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Oakland Athletics Friday, Oct. 4.
SP | Bartolo Colon | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
The Oakland Athletics will start SP Bartolo Colon in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, followed by SPs Sonny Gray, Jarrod Parker and Dan Straily. SP A.J. Griffin (elbow) has been dealing with elbow tendonitis and won't be available for the series.
SP | Josh Johnson | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Josh Johnson (elbow) underwent surgery to have loose bodies and a bone spur in his right elbow removed Tuesday, Oct. 1. The surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, was a success, and he is expected to be ready for spring training next season.
RP | Paco Rodriguez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Paco Rodriguez (personal) was still away from the team Tuesday, Oct. 1, after the birth of his first child Sunday, Sept. 29. He is expected to re-join the team in Atlanta for a workout Wednesday, Oct. 2.
RP | Bruce Rondon | Detroit Tigers | Injury,
Detroit Tigers RPs Bruce Rondon (elbow) and Phil Coke (elbow) are likely to sit out the American League Division Series due to elbow issues.
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