OUTJake Petricka RP CWS 10 hours ago
Petricka underwent a nerve transposition and debridement of his right elbow Friday, Dan Hayes of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Petricka will be able to start throwing in about 3-to-4 months, which places him on an initial timeline for a spring training return. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery, which moved the pitcher's nerve to a position that would not pinch or irritate his elbow. Petricka was put on the DL in early September with a right elbow strain, after posting a 7.01 ERA in 25.2 relief innings this season.
Luis Severino P NYY 10 hours ago
Severino (arm) is the starter for Game 6 of the ALCS against the Astros on Friday.
Severino took a comebacker off the wrist during Saturday's Game 2 start and was removed after four innings, but should be near full health going into Friday's affair. The 23-year-old allowed one earned run off two hits and two walks during that Game 2 outing, and faces off against Justin Verlander once again with a trip to the World Series on the horizon for New York.
Carlos Beltrán LF/RF/DH HOU 10 hours ago
Beltran is out of the lineup for Game 6 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Beltran will head to the bench as the Astros face elimination against Luis Severino and the Yankees at Minute Maid Park. In his place, Evan Gattis will spend the contest in the DH spot, while batting eighth.
OUTDaniel Murphy 1B/2B WSH 11 hours ago
Murphy underwent successful knee surgery to repair the articular cartilage in his right knee, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.
The Nationals stated that Murphy will begin rehab immediately, but the only sort of timetable mentioned was that the rehab "will progress throughout the offseason." Regarding the surgery, Dr. Timothy Kremcheck performed the procedure, which entailed debridement and microfracture of the knee. There will likely be updates of Murphy's status as the offseason moves along.
Anibal Sánchez P DET 13 hours ago
Sanchez's $16 million option for 2018 will not be picked up by the team this winter, Anthony Fenech of Free Press Sports reports.
Sanchez posted a career-worst 6.41 ERA to go along with a 1.59 WHIP over the course of 105.1 inning this season. Most of his time on the mound came as a starter, but he did spend time in the bullpen, appearing in 11 games as a reliever opposed to 17 in the Tigers' rotation.
Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 1 day ago1 Comment
Manager Dave Roberts announced that Kershaw will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Yankees or Astros on Tuesday, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports.
Kershaw tossed six innings of one-run ball in Thursday's NLCS-clinching win over the Cubs, setting himself up to face off against the American League champions on a full four days of rest. Kershaw faced the Yankees once last season (five scoreless innings) but hasn't faced the Astros since 2015.
Jonathan Villar 2B/SS/3B MIL 1 day ago
Villar is reportedly feeling fine Thursday after suffering a minor finger injury earlier this week, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Villar was seen sporting a splint on his left ring finger this week, but the Brewers announced that the injury is nothing serious whatsoever. Villar apparently pinched his finger in a door and should be at full strength as he proceeds through his offseason schedule.
Jon Lester SP CHC 1 day ago
Lester will be on the mound for Game 6 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Saturday, if the Cubs can extend the series with a win Thursday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Lester will not be available in relief Thursday while he preps for a potential Game 6 outing. This start would come on five days of rest for the left-hander, and he will likely go up against Rich Hill yet again, if the matchup comes to fruition. During Sunday's Game 2 start, Lester allowed one earned run off three hits and five walks, while striking out a pair in 4.2 innings.
Curtis Granderson OF LAD 1 day ago
Granderson is not in the lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Thursday.
As has been the case all postseason, Granderson will head to the bench with a southpaw (Jose Quintana) toeing the rubber for the opposition. Enrique Hernandez will start in left field and bat sixth in his stead. Granderson is coming off an 0-for-4 night with four strikeouts, and is just 1-for-15 (.066) so far in the postseason, so manager Dave Roberts will probably turn elsewhere if he needs a pinch hitter in the latter stages of Thursday's game.
Yasmani Grandal C LAD 1 day ago
Grandal is out of the lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Thursday.
Grandal will head to the bench for the fourth time in this series as Austin Barnes is set to catch Clayton Kershaw and bat seventh in the lineup. Over the course of the postseason, Grandal is just 0-for-5 at the plate, with three walks and two strikeouts.