Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 7 days ago
Kershaw will start Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
He came in to close out Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday, and that will essentially serve as his bullpen session in between starts. Kershaw could now come back to start Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday and could also be available out of the bullpen in a potential Game 7 next weekend.
Marco Estrada SP TOR 7 days ago
Estrada pitched eight very strong innings, but was still tagged with the loss in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Indians on Friday. He allowed two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out six.
Estrada has come through for the Blue Jays time and time again during the postseason over the past two years. He did more of the same on Friday night, but unfortunately for him, one simple mistake overshadowed everything else. Estrada was borderline flawless with the exception of a poorly located changeup in the sixth inning. Francisco Lindor made him pay with a two-run homer to right-center in Cleveland's 2-0 victory. The right-hander became the first Toronto starter to throw a complete game this year and only the second in franchise history to toss one during the postseason. The lack of run support is nothing new to Estrada, who finished the year with just nine wins despite posting a 3.48 ERA over 29 starts. He deserved a much better fate Friday, but with such a small margin for error, one mistake was all it took. Unless the Indians somehow pull off a four-game sweep, Estrada will get to pitch at least once more during the ALCS. The 33-year-old is tentatively scheduled for Game 5 in Toronto on Wednesday.
DTDMiguel Montero C CHC 7 days ago
Montero (back) is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the NLCS.
This comes as no surprise, as David Ross always catches Jon Lester. The fact that Montero was included on the NLCS roster suggests he'll get a start behind the dish at some point in the next couple games.
Justin Smoak 1B/DH TOR 7 days ago
Smoak was added to the ALCS roster on Saturday, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.
MLB granted a replacement for the Jays after Devon Travis (knee) was ruled out for the remainder of the postseason. Smoak is unlikely to see many at-bats, and should primarily serve as a pinch hitting option.
OUTDevon Travis 2B TOR 7 days ago
Travis (knee) has been removed from the ALCS roster and has been oficially ruled out for the rest of the postseason, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.
A knee bruise has limited Travis since early in the ALDS. He went for an MRI on Saturday, but those results have not yet been made public. Justin Smoak replaced Travis on the ALCS roster, and Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins figure to split the work at second base going forward.
OUTDevon Travis 2B TOR 7 days ago
Travis (knee) went back to Toronto on Saturday to get an MRI and may not be able to return in the ALCS, the Toronto Star's Brendan Kennedy reports.
The Blue Jays could angle to replace Travis on the ALCS roster following the MRI. Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins will share the duties at the keystone based on matchups while Travis is out.
Francisco Liriano SP TOR 7 days ago
Liriano (concussion) has been cleared and is available out of the bullpen Saturday, Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.
This was anticipated, and it gives the Blue Jays a quality left-handed arm with the potential to log multiple innings out of the bullpen going forward in the ALCS.
DTDMiguel Montero C CHC 1 week ago
Montero (back) made the NLCS roster.
His status for the NLCS was up in the air due to back pain, but the outlook is bright enough that he was included on the series roster. It's not clear yet whether he will be in the lineup for Game 1.
OUTDevon Travis 2B TOR 1 week ago
Travis (knee) is out of the lineup Saturday for Game 2 of the ALCS, the Toronto Star's Brendan Kennedy reports.
He left Friday's game early after re-aggravating a knee injury that kept him out for most of the ALDS. Darwin Barney will start at second base in his place and bat ninth.
OUTJason Hammel SP CHC 1 week ago
Hammel (elbow) was left off the NLCS roster.
It's not clear if he was left off due to elbow tightness or the simple fact that he is not one of the team's top four starters and they wanted to load the bullpen with lefties to take advantage of the Dodgers' main weakness.