Miguel Cabrera 1B/3B.. DET 4 Hrs
Cabrera underwent right ankle surgery Wednesday afternoon to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone in the top of his foot. He will be evaluated again in three months.
The bone spurs were a known issue that seemed to hamper Cabrera throughout the second half of the season, but the issue with the navicular bone adds a degree of complexity to the procedure that Cabrera underwent this week. That he'll be evaluated in late January prior to the start of spring training suggests that there's a possibility he won't be 100 percent when the Tigers report to Florida in February, as he may be very limited in his workouts in the coming months. Nevertheless, the procedure should offer some much needed relief with the ankle, following a season in which Cabrera hit .313/.371/.524 with 25 homers, 109 RBI and 101 runs scored.
Mark Hamburger RP MIN 16 Hrs
Hamburger re-signed with Minnesota and will get an invitation to big league spring training, Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.
After a 50-game PED suspension in 2013, Hamburger revived his career in 2014 with a 3.69 ERA and 54:27 K:BB ratio in 70.2 innings between Double-A and Triple-A last season. While he struck out over a better per inning at Double-A, he had just a 6.1 K/9 IP rate at Triple-A. While he may get a shot at the big league bullpen in spring training, it's more likely he adds depth at Triple-A and will need injuries to find a role in the majors.
Tim Lincecum SP SF 16 Hrs
Lincecum was spotted playing catch with the strength coach Thursday, Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Lincecum exited Game 2 of the World Series Wednesday with the back injury and was scheduled for an MRI Thursday. It appears the MRI came back with good results, but a team doctor and the head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner were looking on while he did it, meaning the team is still probably determining whether they will allow him to pitch again this series.
Brandon Moss 1B/LF.. OAK 19 Hrs
Moss underwent successful surgery to repair his torn right hip labrum on Thursday, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle .
Moss is expected to started start running in three months, which should give him a decent chance to be ready for Spring Training. After a great first half with 21 homers and an .878 OPS, Moss put up a brutal four-homer, .582 OPS second half. If Moss is healthy for Spring Training, he could be a solid draft value assuming the second half struggles were due to the injury.
Cesar Jimenez RP PHI 21 Hrs
Jimenez agreed to a one-year deal with the Phillies on Thursday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
The deal means the two sides will avoid arbitration, and Jimenez will return to Philadelphia after making 16 appearances for the big league club last season. He spent much of the year in Triple-A, where he saw action in 38 games (two starts), going 3-2 with a 1.45 ERA over 49.2 cumulative innings.
Grady Sizemore OF PHI 21 Hrs
Sizemore signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Phillies on Thursday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Sizemore began the 2014 season with the Red Sox before being released outright in June. He signed on with Philadelphia shortly after and went on to appear in 60 major league games, hitting .253/.313/.389 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 162 at-bats. His numbers tailed off considerably toward the end of the season - Sizemore went 4-for-41 at the dish in September - but he played well enough to earn another deal, which includes performance bonuses likely based upon plate appearances.
John Hester C LAA 1 Day
The Phillies have signed Hester to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.
Hester hit .261/.338/.411 with six home runs in 241 at-bats for Triple-A Salt Lake City in the Angels' farm system this season. He will likely open next season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Tim Lincecum SP SF 1 Day
Lincecum (back) will undergo an MRI on his lower back Thursday, John Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Lincecum departed Wednesday's Game 2 loss in the eight inning after throwing a pitch and feeling tightness in his lower back. The MRI will ultimately determine his status going forward, but it's possible he could be replaced on the roster if the injury turns out to be anything serous. George Kontos, Juan Gutierrez and Erik Cordier could all be potential replacements if Lincecum does, indeed, need to be replaced. For what it's worth, manager Bruce Bochy was encouraged by how Lincecum threw - he retired all five batters he faced - and said after the game that he "[thinks] he'll be fine."
Josh Stinson RP PIT 1 Day
The Pirates signed Stinson to a minor league deal, which includes a spring training invitation, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.
Stinson, who spent last season with the Orioles, made the Opening Day roster but posted a 6.23 ERA in eight relief appearances. He ended up spending most of the year at Triple-A Norfolk, where he recorded a 5.48 ERA in 22 appearances, including 13 starts. Stinson pitched 85.1 cumulative innings for Norfolk, going 5-5 with a 1.359 WHIP.
Chris Colabello 1B/RF.. MIN 1 Day
Colabello saw a hand specialist on Wednesday, during which he underwent an MRI, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Colabello suffered the thumb injury all the way back on April 23, and he was never quite the same since. He had been hitting .346 prior to getting jammed by a Grant Balfour sinker, but proceeded to go on an 8-for-73 slump that led to his demotion to Triple-A. After collecting 27 RBI in April, the 30-year-old drove in just 12 more runs for the remainder of the season. Despite making an effort to treat the issue, Colabello's future with the Twins remains uncertain, as the team will have to decide by Nov. 20 whether to keep him on the 40-man roster, or make a move to allocate space for some younger prospects. If the two sides choose to part ways, playing overseas is one possibility for Colabello.