OUTAaron Barrett RP WSH 2 days ago
Barrett was placed on outright waivers this week, The Washington Post reports.
This doesn't necessarily mean his tenure with the Nationals is over, but after two elbow surgeries in 12 months the team was unwilling to use a 40-man roster spot on the reliever, much less pony up for him in arbitration. Barrett isn't expected to be ready to pitch again until at least midseason 2017.
Drew Pomeranz P BOS 2 days ago
Pomeranz was examined by a doctor Tuesday, and it was determined that he will not need surgery to be ready for spring training, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports.
The left-hander dealt with some forearm soreness toward the end of the season, leading some to believe that an operation over the offseason would be needed in order to have him ready to go by the spring. With that thought now defunct, Pomeranz will go about his offseason training regimen as normal in order to work his way back into the Red Sox rotation.
Trevor Bauer SP CLE 2 days ago
Bauer (hand) is on schedule to start Game 2 of the World Series, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Bauer threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Monday without any bleeding or pain, so manager Terry Francona went ahead and gave the green light to the right-hander. The 25-year-old will match up against former Cy Young Award-winner Jake Arrieta in Cleveland on Wednesday.
OUTC.J. Cron 1B/DH LAA 2 days ago
Cron underwent an arthroscopic procedure to address a left thumb impingement Tuesday.
Cron was apparently experiencing some pain at the base of his thumb, although it's unclear how and when the injury presented itself. The first baseman is expected to be cleared for full activity in 6-to-8 weeks, which should keep him from missing any time during spring training.
Tyler Naquin CF CLE 2 days ago
Naquin is not in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the Indians' World Series matchup with the Cubs.
With left-hander Jon Lester taking the mound for Chicago, Rajai Davis will slide over to center field to take Paquin's place, allowing Brandon Guyer to pick up a start. That being said Naquin could come into the game as a pinch hitter against a right-handed reliever or as a defensive replacement, but his value for Tuesday is definitely limited without the starting nod.
Jason Heyward CF/RF CHC 2 days ago
Heyward is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the Cubs' World Series matchup with the Indians.
Even with right-hander Corey Kluber taking the ball for Cleveland, manager Joe Maddon decided to keep Heyward on the bench due to his massive struggles at the plate this postseason. Chris Coghlan will take his spot in right field for the evening, but don't be surprised if Heyward makes an appearance later in the game as a defensive replacement if the situation is right.
Kyle Schwarber C/LF/DH CHC 2 days ago
Schwarber is batting fifth and acting as the designated hitter for the Cubs in their matchup with the Indians in Game 1 of the World Series.
As expected, Schwarber will slot right back into the lineup upon his activation, appearing to be primed for a lot of RBI opportunities in the middle of Chicago's order. He'll be hitting against right-hander Corey Kluber, which could prove to be a decent matchup for the 23-year-old given his .953 OPS against righties in 2015.
Carlos Santana 1B/DH CLE 3 days ago
The Indians are considering Santana as a potential option in left field for the World Series games at Wrigley Field, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.
He worked out at that position Monday, and if the Indians think he can be somewhat competent out there, it would allow their top offensive lineup to be deployed, even without the DH available in National League parks. Look for Santana to play DH or first base in the first two World Series games at home.
Kyle Schwarber C/LF/DH CHC 3 days ago
Schwarber (knee) has officially been named to the Cubs' World Series roster, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Rumors began circulating Monday afternoon suggesting Schwarber could return for the World Series, and that will indeed be the case, as he's joined the team in Cleveland in advance of Tuesday night's Game 1. The power-hitting 23-year-old, who tore both his ACL and LCL during the Cubs' third game of the regular season, is expected to serve as the designated hitter in Game 1 after playing in a pair of Arizona Fall League games over the past few days. In Monday's game, Schwarber went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run.
60DAaron Nola SP PHI 3 days ago
Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development, said Nola (elbow) will finish his rehab work in the next few weeks and head home for the offseason to prepare for spring training, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Nola suffered a low-grade sprain of his right UCL and a low-grade strain of his flexor pronator tendon in August. He had a PRP injection that same month and started throwing in late September. The Phillies expect him to be ready for spring training.