Jon Lester SP CHC 21 hours ago
Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday against the Indians, Jesse Rogers of ESPN 1000 reports.
Lester was a natural choice to start the Cubs' first World Series game in 71 years, given that he has allowed just two earned runs in 21 innings (0.86 ERA) this postseason and gave up just one earned run over 21 innings (0.43 ERA) in three previous World Series starts -- all games in which he picked up the win. He will be opposed by Cleveland's Corey Kluber on Tuesday night.
Kyle Schwarber C/LF/DH CHC 23 hours ago
Schwarber (knee) is expected to join the Cubs in Cleveland on Tuesday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.
It's still unclear if Schwarber will be added to the Cubs' World Series roster, but he will serve as the designated hitter Monday in an Arizona Fall League game and was activated from the disabled list over the weekend, so the door remains open. If Schwarber is indeed added to the roster he would likely be limited to pinch-hit and DH duty given that he is just over six months removed from suffering a serious knee injury, but he would be a key addition with the Cubs set to face an Indians squad that is short on left-handed pitching.
DTDJason Kipnis 2B/DH CLE 2 days ago
Kipnis injured his left ankle in celebration of winning the ALCS over the Blue Jays, but its not considered serious, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
It was reported that he's not at 100 percent yet, but it's a good sign that Kipnis' injury isn't considered serious. There will likely be more updates on his status closer to Game 1 on Tuesday.
Giovanni Soto SP CHC 3 days ago
Soto was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Saturday.
Kyle Schwarber (knee) was activated from the 60-day DL in a corresponding move. An early-season trade acquisition, Soto posted a 5.14 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 33 appearances with Triple-A Iowa this season. He was left off the team's September roster.
Kyle Schwarber C/LF/DH CHC 3 days ago
Schwarber (knee) was activated from the 60-day DL on Saturday.
This move will allow Schwarber to play in the Arizona Fall League, starting Saturday as a member of Mesa's taxi squad. Schwarber was cleared to play, albeit with a brace on his knee, following his six-month checkup in Dallas on Monday. Manager Joe Maddon acknowledged that "there's a chance" Schwarber could be used as the DH in Cleveland if the Cubs advance to the World Series.
Andrew Toles OF LAD 3 days ago
Toles will start in left field and bat leadoff Saturday in Game 6 of the NLCS.
Saturday will mark just the second time Toles has hit higher than seventh in the order all season. He has enjoyed a fine postseason so far, going 7-for-19 with five of those hits coming in the Championship Series. Meanwhile, Chase Utley -- who will fall to the eight-hole -- is just 3-for-26 in postseason play.
Miguel Montero C CHC 3 days ago
Montero is out of the lineup for Game 6 of the NLCS.
Montero has started just one game in the Championship Series and two games this postseason. He has one hit in eight postseason at-bats -- the pinch-hit, go-ahead grand slam in Game 1 against Los Angeles.
Jason Heyward CF/RF CHC 3 days ago
Heyward is out of the lineup Saturday for Game 6 of the NLCS.
Albert Almora will start in right field and bat eighth against Clayton Kershaw as Heyward sits for the second time in the series. Heyward has gone just 2-for-28 so far in the postseason after batting .207/.300/.286 against left-handed pitching during the regular season.
Kyle Schwarber C/LF/DH CHC 3 days ago
Schwarber (knee) is headed to the Arizona Fall League, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The 23-year-old will reportedly be in the lineup for the Mesa Solar Sox on Saturday, marking his return to game action after more than six months on the shelf due to a serious knee injury. Schwarber suffered a fully torn ACL and LCL in an outfield collision with Dexter Fowler in the Cubs' third game of the season. He will lose catcher eligibility in most formats in 2017, but Schwarber's bat should keep him highly relevant in mixed leagues.
60DDevin Mesoraco C CIN 3 days ago
The Reds plan to have Mesoraco (shoulder) back behind the plate next season.
Following a breakout campaign in 2014, Mesoraco has combined to play in just 39 games over the past two seasons as he's required significant surgery on both hip and his left shoulder. He is expected to be ready to resume catching duties in mid-to-late January and Mesoraco is still just 28, but there are doubts about his ability to hold up to the rigors of catching duties. Tucker Barnhart took for Mesoraco in 2016 and filled in capably behind the dish, but did little of note with the bat.