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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.

Josh Reddick (O, LAD)

Josh Reddick is not in the lineup Thursday for Game 5 of the Dodgers' NLCS game against the Cubs.


Reddick holds just a .155 batting average against lefties this season, so he'll head to the bench with the Cubs deploying left-hander Jon Lester as their Game 5 starter. Yasiel Puig will assume his spot in right field for the evening.

Edwards (hamstring) expects to be available out of the bullpen for Thursday's Game 5 matchup with the Dodgers, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.


The right-handed reliever had a shortened outing Wednesday due to a left hamstring injury, but Edwards told reporters that he'll be ready if called upon in Game 5. For a righty, Edwards was extremely tough on left-handed batters throughout the season, holding them to a .146 batting average. That ability to fluster lefties is valuable against a Dodgers' lineup that predominantly left-handed.

Edwards departed with two outs in the seventh inning due to a left hamstring injury, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.


Edwards recorded outs on the first two batters of the inning, but exited the game after walking Corey Seager. The reliever is probably best considered day-to-day heading into Game 5 on Thursday, but it wouldn't be surprising if he's unavailable for the contest.

Kenley Jansen will be available for more than one inning in Wednesday's Game 4 matchup with the Cubs, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.


Plunkett notes that whole Jansen likely wouldn't be called upon to record six outs, the Dodgers' best reliever could be asked to go more than one inning if called upon Wednesday. He had very few outings longer than a single inning during the regular season, but he's had four such outings through just six appearances this postseason.

Clayton Kershaw is lined up to start Game 6 of the NLCS, FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports.


The Dodgers will apparently give Kenta Maeda the ball for Game 5, regardless of Wednesday's outcome in Game 4. Kershaw threw a bullpen session Wednesday, lining him up to start what could be a Game 6 clincher on an extra day's rest.

Kenta Maeda will start Game 5 regardless of the result of Wednesday's Game 4, FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports.


Maeda has pitched quite poorly during the postseason, but the calculus is likely more about getting Kershaw the ball in a potential Game 6 clincher on an extra day's rest, rather than using him on short rest Thursday.

Lorenzo Cain (O, KC)

Lorenzo Cain (wrist) said he does not expect his offseason regimen to be impacted by the wrist injury that ended his season in September, the Kansas City Star reports.


Cain was able to avoid surgery, but he was prescribed three months of rest before resuming any baseball activities. With that timeline beginning in mid-September, Cain is already a month in, but he won't be able to swing a bat until at least sometime in December. The outfielder said he's confident his usual routine won't be impacted, and he plans to focus on increasing the strength in his legs. "I should be pretty functional with it (this offseason)," Cain said of the wrist. "It's just holding off on not swinging a bat for three months. That's the biggest thing. I feel like I've gotten all my strength back with the month off right now. Another month of it off (and) I don't see any limitations in my offseason. My hand will be fine. I'll be ready to go for sure."

Josh Donaldson (B3, Tor)

Josh Donaldson went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo homer in Tuesday's Game 4 ALCS victory over the Indians.


The Blue Jays spent the first 29 innings of this series either tied or playing from behind, but Donaldson finally put an end to that. According to Statcast, the slugger's first home run of the ALCS had a projected distance of 402 feet and left his bat at 99 mph. The home run snapped Indians ace Corey Kluber's postseason scoreless streak at 15.1 innings. For Donaldson, it was his seventh extra-base hit of the postseason.

Roberto Osuna struck out two in a clean frame to cap off Tuesday's victory in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Indians.


Taking no chances, manager John Gibbons brought in Osuna, his closer, in a non-save situation to finish off the Indians. He remains perfect through six appearances this postseason, picking up a win and a save while striking out nine in six appearances (eight innings).

Aaron Sanchez pitched six innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks while striking out five to pick up the win over the Indians in Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday.


The surprise ace of the staff delivered a quality outing in the most important start of his short career. Down 3-0, Sanchez kept the series (and the season) alive for the Jays. The AL's ERA champion finished his outing with three perfect innings to outduel Indians ace Corey Kluber. Sanchez isn't scheduled to pitch the rest of the series, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him work out of the bullpen if the team can extend the ALCS to a Game 7.

Josh Osich underwent minor surgery on his left knee Tuesday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.


Osich is scheduled to return home from his procedure Wednesday, and there's no reason to believe that it will impact his availability for the 2017 season. Osich finished the year with a subpar 4.71 ERA and 1.38 WHIP but dominated left-handed hitters. Lefties hit a bleak .154 and recorded only three RBI versus Osich, while righties managed to hit .322 versus the 28-year-old.

Jason Heyward (O, ChC)

Jason Heyward is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers.


Heyward only has two hits during the postseason, so he'll head to the bench in spite of his stellar defense. Jorge Soler will assume duties in right field for the evening.

Manny Burriss has elected free agency.


Burriss was outrighted off the Phillies' roster earlier this month. He spent about three and a half months in the majors this season but accumulated just 45 at-bats. He will be looking for a minor league deal this winter.