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Jake Marisnick (thumb) will not be added to the Astros' World Series roster.

Marisnick was holding out hope of making it back in time for the Fall Classic after surgery last month on his fractured right thumb. However, while he's been working out the last several days, the Astros have decided against putting him on the roster.
Oct 23 - 9:07 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday that Lance McCullers will likely start Game 3 or 4 of the World Series.

Charlie Morton will start the other game. McCullers earned the opportunity by tossing six innings of one-run ball in ALCS Game 4 and then following it up with four scoreless relief frames in Game 7. The Dodgers are going with Yu Darvish in Game 3 and Alex Wood in Game 4.
Oct 23 - 9:04 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday that Charlie Morton will start either Game 3 or 4 of the World Series.

It's no surprise after Morton tossed five scoreless innings in Saturday's decisive ALCS Game 7 victory over the Yankees. Whichever game Morton does not start is expected to be started by Lance McCullers. Dallas Keuchel is going in Game 1 and Justin Verlander is taking the ball in Game 2.
Oct 23 - 9:01 PM

Yasmani Grandal (paternity) will rejoin the Dodgers in time for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

Grandal's wife delivered a healthy baby boy on Monday. Austin Barnes has been serving as the Dodgers' primary catcher in the postseason.
Oct 23 - 8:33 PM

Yasmani Grandal missed Monday's workout in order to be in Arizona with his wife, who is due to give birth.

Grandal will presumably be back for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, although the Dodgers haven't officially said as much. He's taken a back seat to Austin Barnes during the postseason, receiving two starts to Barnes' six.
Oct 23 - 6:37 PM

Corey Seager (back) said Monday that he's "good to go" for the World Series.

Seager missed the NLCS with a sprained lower back, but he's been working out the last few days and went through a simulated game Monday to clear the way for his return to action. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on Sunday left open the possibility of using Seager in the designated hitter spot for the games in Houston, but the important thing is they'll get his bat back in the lineup for the Fall Classic.
Oct 23 - 6:23 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes that the Rays player "most likely to be dealt this winter" is Jake Odorizzi.

Odorizzi is getting more expensive via arbitration and Tampa Bay has a handful of young arms they're ready or nearly ready to plug into the rotation, so dealing the veteran right-hander makes sense. The 27-year-old posted a career-high 4.14 ERA over 28 starts in 2017, but he's been a steady contributor over the last four seasons with a 3.81 ERA across 120 starts.
Oct 23 - 5:58 PM

Sam Travis played seven innings in left field for the Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League on Sunday.

It's the first time in his professional career that he's played a position other than first base. Travis probably doesn't have enough bat to ever be a regular at first base, so adding some versatility would be in his best interest. The 24-year-old hit .263/.325/.342 over 83 plate appearances for Boston in 2017.
Source: Boston Globe
Oct 23 - 5:51 PM

Justin Turner (general soreness) went through agility drills in the outfield at Dodger Stadium on Monday.

Turner skipped Sunday's workout because he's a little "banged up," but it's a not a big deal and he'll be ready to go for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. The third baseman won NLCS MVP honors after hitting .333 (6-for-18) with a pair of homers and seven RBI.
Oct 23 - 5:48 PM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson revealed Monday that MLB Network analyst Mark DeRosa interviewed for the team's managerial vacancy.

DeRosa certainly would've been an outside-the-box choice, as he doesn't have any managerial experience at any level. Alex Cora, Kevin Long, Manny Acta and Joe McEwing also interviewed for the job before the Mets settled on former Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway.
Oct 23 - 5:15 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Corey Seager (back) will be included on the Dodgers' World Series roster.

The Dodgers won't officially release their roster until Tuesday, but all signs have been pointing to Seager being on it and Heyman says that will be the case. Seager missed the NLCS with a sprained lower back, but he's been working out the last few days and went through a simulated game Monday without any apparent issues. Manager Dave Roberts has said that it's possible he'll use Seager in the designated hitter spot for the games played in Houston as a way to take it easy on the infielder's back. Obviously, getting Seager's bat back in the lineup is a huge boost for the Dodgers.
Oct 23 - 5:10 PM

Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have requested and received permission to interview Mets hitting coach Kevin Long for their manager job.

Long lost out on the Mets' manager gig, but he'll get an opportunity to interview with another National League East club. He'll have an advocate in former Met and current National Daniel Murphy, who has credited Long with helping him with a swing change that's led to a mid-career breakout. The Nationals will also interview Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez soon as they seek a replacement for Dusty Baker.
Oct 23 - 4:21 PM

The Angels have named Eric Hinske as their new hitting coach.

He'll replace Dave Hansen, who served as hitting coach for the past two seasons. The Angels decided to cut ties after the season. Hinske has worked for the Cubs for the past four seasons, including the last three as assistant hitting coach.
Oct 23 - 3:59 PM

Mike Shildt will take over as the Cardinals bench coach.

He'll replace David Bell, who left the Cardinals to take a job as the Giants' farm director. Jose Oquendo, who most recently served as assistant to the general manager, will return to take Shildt's old position as the third base coach while Willie McGee is also expected to join the major league staff in an unspecified role.
Oct 23 - 3:19 PM

Ian Krol has elected to become a free agent.

Krol had the right to test free agency after being outrighted off the Braves' 40-man roster over the weekend. The 26-year-old had a disappointing 5.33 ERA in 51 appearances this season.
Oct 23 - 1:13 PM



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