1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (knee) underwent minor knee surgery last week in St. Louis. The operation was a minor cleanup, and he has already resumed conditioning, according to a source.
2B | Omar Infante | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 2B Omar Infante (thumb) is in the lineup for Game 4 of the ALCS.
2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 2B Steve Lombardozzi could push 2B Danny Espinosa for the starting job next year.
2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro (hip, knee) was back in the lineup for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 17. He went 2-for-5.
SS | Nick Green | Miami Marlins | Transaction
The Miami Marlins outrighted INF Nick Green, INF Gil Velazquez and INF Donnie Murphy to Triple-A New Orleans.
SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals might work out a long-term contract extension with SS Ian Desmond during the offseason. Desmond will be arbitration eligible, and it was learned through a baseball source that Desmond and the Nationals' front office had preliminary talks about an extension earlier this season.
SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) is expected to miss five months, a timetable that has been pushed back from three months to four to five. "I just think he wanted to be more conservative with it," general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday, Oct. 17. "So that's what we're going to go with. My understanding is that it's possible he will be ready earlier than that time-frame, but it is best to at least put out there four, five months as a safer bet."
3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera (ankle) is still managing an ankle injury.
3B | Matt Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter replaced an injured OF Carlos Beltran (knee) in the second inning Wednesday, Oct. 17, of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants. Carpenter swatted a two-run home run which propelled the team to a 3-1 win.
3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez has voiced his displeasure regarding his benching during the postseason. "I'm obviously not doing somersaults," Rodriguez said. "I'm not happy about it. Obviously you come to the ballpark feeling that you can help the team win, and when you see your name is not in the lineup, you're obviously disappointed. You've got to just shift to being a cheerleader and also make sure that you're ready when your number is called."
C | Kurt Suzuki | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Kurt Suzuki is expected to be the starting catcher next season as the team brings C Wilson Ramos (knee) along slowly from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
C | Rob Johnson | free agent | Transaction
New York Mets C Rob Johnson refused an outright assignment and became a free agent.
C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (shoulder) expects to be "completely healthy" for the 2013 season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder. His status for the opening month might be in question with his recovery time expected to last six months. However, B.B. Abbott, McCann's agent, said his client is "extremely encouraged" after the surgery and expects a full recovery.
C | Yorvit Torrealba | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
Milwaukee Brewers P Livan Hernandez and C Yorvit Torrealba refused their minor league assignments Wednesday, Oct. 17, making them free agents. Also, the team added RP Jesus Sanchez to their 40-man roster.
OF | Fred Lewis | free agent | Transaction
New York Mets OF Fred Lewis declined his outright assignment and became a free agent.
OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals could trade OF Mike Morse if the team re-signs 1B Adam LaRoche. A baseball source also left open the possibility of moving 3B Ryan Zimmerman to first base and giving 3B Anthony Rendon a chance to start at third. C Jesus Flores is unlikely to return next season, and the team is looking to trade him before arbitration. OF Tyler Moore has also received trade interest.
OF | Jon Gilmore | free agent | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox released OF Jon Gilmore.
OF | Hunter Pence | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence has batted .161 (5-for-31) with zero RBIs this postseason, including 0-for-4 in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
OF | Brian Goodwin | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
One National League scout predicts that the Washington Nationals could promote OF Brian Goodwin by the middle of next year. The scout did not rule out Goodwin playing left or center field for the Nationals.
OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran (knee) had an MRI Wednesday, Oct. 17, and the test revealed no structural damage to his knee.
OF | Avisail Garcia | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Avisail Garcia is receiving the starting nod in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series Wednesday, Oct. 17.
OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez and OF Curtis Granderson aren't in the starting lineup for Game 4 of the ALCS Wednesday, Oct. 17. Rodriguez is 3-for-23 (.130) with 12 strikeouts in the playoffs this year, including 0-for-12 with nine strikeouts against right-handers. 3B Eric Chavez is starting at third base and hitting sixth. Granderson is 3-for-29 (.103) with 15 strikeouts this postseason.
OF | Scott Cousins | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction,
The Toronto Blue Jays claimed OF Scott Cousins and RP Cory Wade off waivers Wednesday, Oct. 17. Cousins was playing for the Miami Marlins and Wade was previously with the New York Yankees.
OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick will turn down his side of his $5 million option for the 2013 season, but sources are saying that the team will discuss a new deal to bring him back. Both sides are interested in reaching a new agreement after Ludwick's comeback year.
SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain lost for the second time this postseason, giving up three runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings in a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. The Giants, who entered the game batting just .217 in the postseason, were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia had his start for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series pushed back to Thursday, Oct. 18. If there is a Game 7, which Sabathia was projected to start, he is unlikely to be available.
SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy has tabbed SP Barry Zito to start Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, supplanting SP Madison Bumgarner, who was expected to start. "I think we feel it's time to get Madison a little break," Bochy said Wednesday, Oct. 17.
SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle Lohse allowed 12 baserunners in 5 2/3 innings in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 17. However, he mostly pitched out of trouble thanks to two double plays.
SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson (ankle) wants to stay with the team for the rest of his career, and he's hoping he can agree on an extension with the club. Atlanta is expected to pick up his $9 million option for the 2013 season. He will avoid offseason surgery for a bone spur in his ankle after he received a cortisone injection and backed off his in-season running program for a few weeks. "I felt better this year than I have in a while, except for the ankle," Hudson said. "My arm felt great all year, my back never gave me any problems, so that was definitely encouraging. I feel good that I can pitch for a while longer."
SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum is 5-1 with three wins in four decisions against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, but it's unclear if he or SP Barry Zito will start in the National League Championship Series in Game 4 Thursday, Oct. 18.
RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (elbow) will throw Friday, Oct. 19, for the first time since Tommy John surgery.
RP | Neal Cotts | Texas Rangers | Transaction
The Texas Rangers re-signed RP Neal Cotts to a minor league contract.
RP | Phil Coke | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Phil Coke became the first reliever to record two saves in the postseason after saving one or fewer games in the regular season.
RP | Jason Motte | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Jason Motte took over to start the eighth inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 17. He picked up the final six outs for the save.
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