CC Sabathia SP NYY 19 Hrs
Sabathia (knee) reported feeling "pretty much back to 100 percent" after undergoing knee surgery in July, MLB.com reports.
Sabathia began throwing again in September, and has continued working out at Yankee Stadium twice a week. He expects to be good to go for spring training, and is hopeful he'll be able to return to a full workload of over 200 innings in the 2015 season.
James Shields SP KC 1 Day
Shields will start Game 5, if the Royals can win at least one game before then, the Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin reports.
Shields was chased early in Game 1, and couldn't come close to matching the Giants' ace, Madison Bumgarner, who was outstanding. There was some buzz on Twitter that manager Ned Yost would be wise to go with Danny Duffy in Game 5, given how lackluster Shields has been in the postseason, and how his velocity has dipped slightly, but the Royals' manager will entrust a potential Game 5 to Shields.
Taijuan Walker SP SEA 2 Days
Walker was scratched from his Arizona Fall League start Saturday and has decided not to pitch any more this offseason, MLB.com reports. "[Walker] is completely healthy and was very impressive in his two outings, but made a personal decision that he needed to return home at this time," GM Jack Zduriencik said. "He will continue with his offseason program and we look forward to seeing him at spring training in February."
The Mariners had set a target of about 30 AFL innings for Walker, who missed the first two months of the regular season with shoulder troubles, but the right-hander only ended up tossing nine frames. He was very good in his two starts, however, allowing just two runs while fanning 11, and the team doesn't seem the list bit concerned about his health or about him losing out on some work. The 22-year-old Walker posted a 2.61 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with the big club this season, with a 1.96 ERA in 23 September innings.
Jerome Williams P PHI 2 Days
Williams signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Phillies on Tuesday, Stephen Gross of the Morning Call reports.
A waiver acquisition from the Rangers in August, Williams posted a 2.83 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in nine starts for the Phillies down the stretch to finish the season with a 4.77 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. Despite his struggles throughout much of the season with Houston and Texas, Williams showed enough during his time with Philly to earn a major league deal for 2015, which could earn him as much as $4 million if he hits his incentives for innings pitches.
Jayson Nix 2B/SS.. KC 2 Days
Nix will replace Christian Colon on the Royals' World Series roster, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Nix, who appeared in the Wild Card Game win over Oakland, was not a member of the ALDS or ALCS roster. The 32-year-old hit just .120/.169/.157 in 41 games between Kansas City and Pittsburgh this season, but he'll replace the 25-year-old Colon as an extra veteran on the World Series roster.
Christian Colon 2B/SS KC 2 Days
Colon was left off the Royals' World Series roster and replaced by Jayson Nix, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Colon scored the winning run in the AL Wild Card Game and appeared in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS. However, he'll be left off the roster in favor of the veteran Nix, who was not a member of the ALDS or ALCS roster. Colon hit .333 for the Royals this season but appeared in only 21 games, notching 49 plate appearances. With so much on the line at this point, the Royals are likely more comfortable with an extra veteran in the clubhouse.
Marco Gonzales SP STL 3 Days
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 3 Days
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 3 Days
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 3 Days
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.