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Reds top prospect Nick Senzel needs surgery to remove bone spurs from his left elbow.

The procedure will sideline him for the next 4-6 weeks, and so he won't be able to get in outfield reps in the Arizona Fall League as previously anticipated. Senzel has the goods to be a fantasy star, but he tore a tendon in his right index finger this past June and now his offseason plans have been interrupted by this elbow issue. The 23-year-old is hoping to be 100 percent for the start of spring training next February. He should make his MLB debut at some point in 2019 if there are no more physical setbacks.
Oct 11 - 12:41 PM

Mitch Moreland is back in the lineup at first base and hitting fifth on Thursday against the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Moreland gets the start at first base against right-hander Justin Verlander, with Steve Pearce heading to the bench. Ian Kinsler takes over at second for Brock Holt. The rest of the lineup stays the same against the Astros, as the Red Sox look to clinch a trip to the World Series, and is as follows: Mookie Betts RF, Andrew Benintendi LF, J.D. Martinez DH, Xander Bogaerts SS, Moreland 1B, Kinsler 2B, Rafael Devers 3B, Christian Vazquez C, Jackie Bradley CF, and David Price on the mound.
Oct 18 - 4:12 PM

Jake Marisnick is starting in center field and hitting ninth on Thursday for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Red Sox.

Marisnick will get the start in center, with George Springer moving over to right and Tony Kemp handling left. Josh Reddick will start off on the bench, but likely will likely get a plate appearance if/when Boston turns to a right-hander and removes David Price. The Astros are also moving Carlos Correa to the cleanup spot as they look to avoid elimination. The full lineup goes: Alex Bregman 3B, Springer, RF, Jose Altuve DH, Carlos Correa SS, Yuli Gurriel 1B, Marwin Gonzalez 2B, Kemp LF, Martin Maldonado C, Marisnick CF and Justin Verlander as the starting pitcher.
Oct 18 - 4:07 PM

Matt Chapman underwent surgery on his left thumb Thursday.

Per the Athletics' press release: "Dr. Steven Shin performed an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision along the left thumb at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Shin was pleased with the outcome of the surgery and anticipates Matt to make a full recovery prior to the start of spring training." Chapman battled thumb and wrist issues at various points this season, twice receiving cortisone injections, but the 25-year-old budding star still managed a strong .864 OPS with 24 home runs and 42 doubles in 145 games while also playing elite-level defense at third base.
Oct 18 - 12:10 PM

Despite warming up in the eighth and ninth innings Wednesday, David Price will start Thursday's Game 5 against the Astros, manager Alex Cora said.

It doesn't seem fair to Price, given that he'd be on short rest Thursday even if not for Wednesday's extended bullpen session, but the Red Sox are really low on options. It's doubtful that they'll ask him to go deep before turning the ball over to Eduardo Rodriguez and company. Chris Sale (illness) is lined up for a potential Game 6.
Oct 18 - 1:55 AM

Craig Kimbrel escaped with his first ever two-inning save Wednesday, giving up a run while getting six outs against the Astros.

Kimbrel couldn't possibly have been any shakier. His first out came when Tony Kemp was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double to start the eighth. He went on to hit a batter and allow a run in the inning anyway. In the ninth, with David Price warming up behind him, he walked three to load the bases for Alex Bregman with two outs. Bregman then hit a hard liner to left on which Andrew Benintendi made a fantastic catch, giving the Red Sox an 8-6 win. Boston will take a 3-1 lead into Thursday's Game 5.
Oct 18 - 1:33 AM

Clayton Kershaw limited the Brewers to one run in seven innings and struck out nine as the Dodgers won 5-2 on Wednesday to take a 3-2 lead in the NLCS.

Kershaw nearly came out after five, but the Dodgers opted to leave him in to bat after Austin Barnes singled in a run to tie the game at 1-1. Kershaw did some of his best work afterwards, and departed a 5-1 game after walking and scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh. It was a big rebound for him after he gave up five runs -- four earned -- over three-plus innings in a Game 1 loss.
Oct 17 - 8:54 PM

Chris Sale will not start Thursday's ALCS Game 5 after spending time in the hospital with an illness.

It sounds like Sale will be good for Saturday's Game 6, but he's too weak to pitch Thursday. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Joe Kelly, Eduardo Rodriguez and David Price are possibilities to start Game 5. Price would be on three days' rest after starting Game 2.
Oct 17 - 6:14 PM

Major League Baseball has fined Manny Machado an undisclosed amount for the way he ran into Jesus Aguilar in Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday.

Machado appeared to intentionally drag his left foot across Aguilar's right leg at first base following a routine groundout in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the resulting argument set off a short-lived benches-clearing dustup. A number of Brewers expressed anger about the play after the game, and there could very well be some kind of carryover into Game 5 of the NLCS on Wednesday. Machado will not be suspended by MLB for the act.
Oct 17 - 3:42 PM

Cody Bellinger is batting leadoff for the Dodgers in NLCS Game 5 on Wednesday versus the Brewers.

Bellinger came off the bench in Game 4 and singled off Josh Hader in the bottom of the eighth inning before walking it off in the bottom of the 13th. He also made a tremendous diving catch in the outfield in the top of the 10th. Here is the full NLCS Game 5 lineup for Los Angeles: Cody Bellinger CF, Justin Turner 3B, David Freese 1B, Manny Machado SS, Max Muncy 2B, Chris Taylor LF, Enrique Hernandez RF, Austin Barnes C, Clayton Kershaw SP.
Oct 17 - 2:14 PM

Hernan Perez will start at second base and bat fifth for the Brewers in NLCS Game 5 on Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Travis Shaw is on the bench as the Brew Crew go righty-heavy versus Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw. Jonathan Schoop and Manny Pina are also sitting. Here is the full Game 5 starting lineup for Milwaukee: Lorenzo Cain CF, Christian Yelich RF, Ryan Braun LF, Jesus Aguilar 1B, Hernan Perez 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B, Erik Kratz C, Orlando Arcia SS, Wade Miley SP.
Oct 17 - 2:04 PM

Didi Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday on his right elbow.

The Yankees announced last week that Gregorius would require the reconstructive elbow procedure, so this isn't breaking news. The hope is the 28-year-old shortstop will be able to return around the middle of the 2019 season, probably just before the All-Star break. He put up a career-high .829 OPS and 27 home runs in 134 games this summer with New York, also adding 86 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 89 runs scored.
Oct 17 - 2:00 PM




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