Niko Goodrum SS MIN 6 hours ago
Goodrum re-signed with the Twins on a minor league contract, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
Goodrum has solid discipline at the plate (10.6 percent walk rate) and defensive versatility, so the Twins decided to bring him back to the organization following a strong 2016 campaign with Double-A Chattanooga. That being said, he's still a good distance from the major leagues, so he'll likely act as utility depth for the organization for now.
Sam Freeman RP MIL 8 hours ago
Freeman signed a minor league contract with the Braves on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
Freeman spent the bulk of the 2016 season with the Brewers' Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs, although his numbers weren't especially impressive. The lefty is only a year removed from a string of strong seasons out of the major league bullpens of both Texas and St. Louis, though, and given his strong strikeout track record (9.4 K/9 over the past two seasons), he could compete for a decent role in the Atlanta bullpen during spring training.
OUTDanny Salazar SP CLE 8 hours ago
Salazar (forearm) will throw simulated games over the weekend and has not been ruled out as a rotation option for the World Series, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
This is huge news, as the Indians rotation has been decimated recently due to injuries, so getting Salazar back into the fold would be a big help for the AL champs. Naturally, nothing is certain yet, but it seems like the right-hander has turned a corner in his rehab and is close to contributing to the Indians' title push.
DTDTrevor Bauer SP CLE 8 hours ago
Bauer (hand) said he'll be ready to pitch at full capacity in the World Series, Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com reports.
Bauer was forced to leave his start in Game 3 of the ALCS only four batters into the game after the wound on his finger reopened. The right-hander seems confident that the issue is behind him though, so as long as no complications arise, it appears that he'll be good to go to face the winner of the Cubs-Dodgers series.
Bryce Harper CF/RF WSH 1 day ago
Harper is doing fine physically and is on track to begin his normal offseason strength and conditioning work soon, according to agent Scott Boras, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports.
The 24-year-old's uneven play throughout the summer months led to much speculation about his health, and Sports Illustrated reported in September that Harper had indeed been playing through a neck/shoulder issue for a significant portion of the season. While manager Dusty Baker strongly denied the report, Boras recently confirmed to the Washington Post that Harper "played with limitations at times this year, no question."
OUTMatt Marksberry RP ATL 1 day ago
Marksberry awoke from a medically induced coma Thursday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Marksberry reportedly suffered a seizure and collapsed lung while undergoing a colonoscopy Tuesday. It's obviously a very serious situation.
OUTStephen Strasburg SP WSH 1 day ago
Strasburg (elbow) is expected to be ready for spring training, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports.
Per Strasburg's agent, Scott Boras, the right-hander should be able to go through his normal throwing routine this offseason in preparation for spring training. Strasburg got off to a brilliant start in 2016, going 13-0 to begin the campaign, but he struggled to a 10.19 ERA in August before going down with elbow soreness. He tried to get back onto a mound last week but his bullpen session was cut short due to renewed discomfort in the elbow.
OUTBrad Brach RP BAL 1 day ago
Brach underwent a minor knee surgery on October 11 to remove a small tear in his left meniscus, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Brach said that the procedure was very minor and that he is already feeling "close to 100 percent already", so this should be of no concern to anyone. The reliever will likely be back on track for his normal offseason routines in the near future and completely healthy for spring training.
Yasmani Grandal C LAD 1 day ago
Grandal is not in the lineup Thursday for the Dodgers' Game 5 NLCS tilt with the Cubs.
Grandal has acted as the primary catcher for Los Angeles during the postseason, but given his poor .111 batting line during the playoffs, the Dodgers will give him the night off. Carlos Ruiz will slot into the lineup behind the plate in his stead.
Chase Utley 2B LAD 1 day ago
Utley is not in the lineup Thursday for the Dodgers' Game 5 NLCS matchup with the Cubs.
Utley typically heads to the bench when left-handers take the mound, and Thursday is no different with Jon Lester toeing the rubber for Chicago. Kike Hernandez will fill in for him and bat leadoff.