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Kyle 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 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)

Miguel 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 (O, ChC)

Jason 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 (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.

The Reds plan to have Devin Mesoraco (hip, 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 his hip and 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 over for Mesoraco in 2016 and filled in capably behind the dish, but did little of note with the bat.

Carlos Asuaje has started a stint in the Dominican Winter League, the Padres' official site reports.


With little left to prove at Triple-A, Asuaje will get an opportunity to compete for an Opening Day roster spot during spring training. Second base is currently crowded with the emergence of Ryan Schimpf in 2016 and the expected return of Cory Spangenberg from a quad injury. Asuaje has appeal as a utility option, however, as he can play at least three positions capably and serve as a left-handed bat off the bench for manager Andy Green.

Carter Capps (elbow) may be available for Opening Day, the Padres' official site reports.


The hard-throwing right-hander had Tommy John surgery on March 8, leaving him approximately 13 months removed from the procedure when the 2017 season begins. Capps has the ability to emerge as an elite closer if he returns to his pre-surgery form, but the Padres may opt to bring him along slowly with respect to the ninth-inning role as Brandon Maurer fared well in the second half of 2016 (13-for-15 in save chances, 3.09 ERA from July 1 on).

Jabari Blash (finger) will head to the Padres' spring training facility in Arizona soon, the team's official site reports.


Once he's deemed fit to play again, Blash will likely embark on a winter league assignment. He'll compete for a spot, likely on the San Diego bench, during spring training, but it's difficult to envision anything more than a part-time role for him.

Cory Spangenberg (quad) will report to the team's spring training complex in Arizona in the near future, the team's official site reports.


If he's cleared to do so, Spangenberg is a candidate to play winter ball after his quad injury limited him to just 14 games for the Padres in 2016. Presumably, Spangenberg will be in the mix for a starting job at second base this spring as part of a competition with Ryan Schimpf and Carlos Asuaje.

Cesar Vargas (forearm) will pitch in the Mexican Winter League this offseason, the Padres' official site reports.


If all goes as planned for Vargas this offseason, it is expected that he'll be in a large competition for a rotation spot in San Diego during spring training, but the 25-year-old may be considered a long shot at this point to earn one of the five starting jobs for Opening Day.

Colin Rea (elbow) is on schedule in his recovery from a partially torn UCL in his pitching elbow, the Padres' official site reports.


If he's healthy enough to do so, Rea could appear in a few Arizona Fall League games before the short offseason league wraps up in November. For now, the Padres are hoping that Rea can avoid Tommy John surgery, but the team has a Dec. 1 deadline for him to be completely healthy before reconsidering the procedure. If healthy, Rea will be in the mix for a rotation spot during spring training.

Jarred Cosart (elbow) had surgery Wednesday to remove loose bodies from his pitching elbow, the team's official site reports.


It's expected that Cosart will need six weeks to fully recover. With that timetable, he should be 100 percent for the start of spring training in February, but it's fair to wonder if a move to the bullpen may be on tap for Cosart in 2017 if the Padres can find a viable quintet of starters without including the 26-year-old right-hander in that equation.

Danny Salazar (forearm) will throw simulated games over the weekend and has not been ruled out as a rotation option for the World Series, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.


This is huge news, as the Indians rotation has been decimated recently due to injuries, so getting Salazar back into the fold would be a big help for the AL champs. Naturally, nothing is certain yet, but it seems like the right-hander has turned a corner in his rehab and is close to contributing to the Indians' title push.

Trevor Bauer (hand) said he'll be ready to pitch at full capacity in the World Series, Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com reports.


Bauer was forced to leave his start in Game 3 of the ALCS only four batters into the game after the wound on his finger reopened. The right-hander seems confident that the issue is behind him though, so as long as no complications arise, it appears that he'll be good to go to face the winner of the Cubs-Dodgers series.

Bryce Harper (O, Was)

Bryce Harper is doing fine physically and is on track to begin his normal offseason strength and conditioning work soon, according to agent Scott Boras, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports.


The 24-year-old's uneven play throughout the summer months led to much speculation about his health, and Sports Illustrated reported in September that Harper had indeed been playing through a neck/shoulder issue for a significant portion of the season. While manager Dusty Baker strongly denied the report, Boras recently confirmed to the Washington Post that Harper "played with limitations at times this year, no question."

Stephen Strasburg (elbow) is expected to be ready for spring training, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports.


Per Strasburg's agent, Scott Boras, the right-hander should be able to go through his normal throwing routine this offseason in preparation for spring training. Strasburg got off to a brilliant start in 2016, going 13-0 to begin the campaign, but he struggled to a 10.19 ERA in August before going down with elbow soreness. He tried to get back onto a mound last week but his bullpen session was cut short due to renewed discomfort in the elbow.

Brad Brach underwent a minor knee surgery on October 11 to remove a small tear in his left meniscus, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.


Brach said that the procedure was very minor and that he is already feeling "close to 100 percent already", so this should be of no concern to anyone. The reliever will likely be back on track for his normal offseason routines in the near future and completely healthy for spring training.

Yasmani Grandal (C, LAD)

Yasmani Grandal is not in the lineup Thursday for the Dodgers' Game 5 NLCS tilt with the Cubs.


Grandal has acted as the primary catcher for Los Angeles during the postseason, but given his poor .111 batting line during the playoffs, the Dodgers will give him the night off. Carlos Ruiz will slot into the lineup behind the plate in his stead.

Chase Utley (B2, LAD)

Chase Utley is not in the lineup Thursday for the Dodgers' Game 5 NLCS matchup with the Cubs.


Utley typically heads to the bench when left-handers take the mound, and Thursday is no different with Jon Lester toeing the rubber for Chicago. Kike Hernandez will fill in for him and bat leadoff.