Marco Gonzales SP STL 21 Hrs
Gonzales could start the season in the Cardinals bullpen in 2015 if he fails to make the starting rotation.
Gonzales pitched respectably for the Cardinals this season, posting a 4.15 ERA and 1.53 WHIP over 34.2 innings in the regular season. He also grabbed a roster spot for the postseason and made six appearances out of the bullpen, allowing three runs over six innings while striking out four. With Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn and John Lackey all likely locked in to the rotation, Gonzales will probably be competing with Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller and Jaime Garcia for the final two spots.
Yadier Molina C STL 22 Hrs
Molina (oblique) is expected to be fully healthy by spring training.
Molina was forced out of Game 2 of the NLCS with an oblique strain and didn't play again the rest of the postseason. With a full offseason to recover from the injury, it shouldn't be a problem for him by the time spring training rolls around.
Jon Jay OF STL 22 Hrs
Jay will have his left wrist scoped Wednesday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Jay's recovery time from the surgery will reportedly last 6-to-8 weeks. With his performance this season, Jay owns the starting spot in center field with Matt Holliday in left and Oscar Taveras and Randal Grichuk set to battle for the starting spot in right field in spring training. Jay should be fine for the start of spring training assuming there are no complications with his surgery or recovery that prevent it.
Adam Wainwright SP STL 22 Hrs
Wainwright had his elbow examined Friday but everything came back fine, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
It's a bit concerning that Wainwright needed his elbow examined given his history with Tommy John surgery, but everything came back fine so it appears there is nothing to worry about. General Manager John Mozeliak said Wainwright "should have a normal offseason," giving additional confidence that the Cardinals' ace should be fine.
Anthony Phillips 3B PHI 2 Days
The Phillies have released Phillips, Baseball America reports.
Phillips hit just .230/.320/.309 with two home runs in 256 at-bats across three minor league levels this season. He'll be hoping to find a minor league deal this winter.
Jose Iglesias SS/3B DET 3 Days
Iglesias (lower leg) is expected to be ready for spring training, the Detroit Free Press reports. "The doctors tell me he'll be fine," GM Dave Dombrowski said. "He's going to be ready for spring training, he's going to be ready to go, and he's over all of his (injuries)."
Stress fractures in both shins kept Iglesias out for the entire 2014 season, but the 24-year-old is ramping up his baseball activities and it sounds like he'll be a full-go come spring training. Dombrowski is not, however, willing to anoint Iglesias the starting shortstop for 2015 just yet, since manager Brad Ausmus and the rest of the coaching staff haven't seen him play more than half an exhibition game, but he said he'd be "surprised" if Iglesias doesn't earn the everyday job.
Ryan Vogelsong SP SF 3 Days
Vogelsong will start Game 4 of the World Series against the Royals next Saturday, Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
The Cardinals knocked Vogelsong around to the tune of four earned runs over three innings in Game 4 of the NLCS, but Yusmeiro Petit kept the Giants in it with three shutout innings and ultimately earned the win. Manager Bruce Bochy will stick with the same rotation in the World Series, with the mindset that Petit is more valuable as a long man out of the bullpen.
Tim Hudson SP SF 3 Days
Hudson will start Game 3 of the World Series against the Royals on Friday, Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Turning the page on a dismal month of September (8.72 ERA), Hudson gave up just five earned runs over 13.2 innings (3.29 ERA) in his first two starts of the postseason. He'll be followed by Ryan Vogelsong in Game 4, with manager Bruce Bochy opting to keep Yusmeiro Petit as the long man out of the bullpen.
Jake Peavy SP SF 3 Days
Peavy will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Royals, Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Peavy will follow Madison Bumgarner in the Giants rotation as the team chases it's third World Series title in six seasons. He struggled through his last outing, being chase after just four innings, but allowed just two runs. The veteran will face a Royals team that has won every game this postseason heading into the World Series.
Madison Bumgarner SP SF 3 Days
Bumgarner will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Royals on Tuesday, Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
The lefty didn't get the win in Game 5 of the NLCS, but he helped lead San Francisco to the pennant with eight innings of three-run ball against the Cardinals. Bumgarner will be on normal rest when he faces off against Royals ace James Shields, who will have gone 10 days between starts come Tuesday.