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Omar Infante has been taking oral doses of Toradol in order to combat nagging pain in his right shoulder.

Toradol is a controversial pain-killer that has been banned by some teams and in some countries, but Major League Baseball considers it legal. "I feel better, because I’m taking strong pills," Infante said. "That’s helped me a lot. I feel it a little bit in B.P., and I still feel sore in the front of my shoulder. But yesterday I felt more comfortable." Infante could have minor surgery over the offseason to repair his shoulder issue, but he'll gut it out for now.
Oct 24 - 11:01 AM

Japanese right-hander Chihiro Kaneko has been scouted by the Phillies, Red Sox and Padres, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports Japan.

Slated to turn 31 in a couple weeks, Kaneko is eligible to be posted this offseason and is actually visiting the United States during the World Series to get a feel for the atmosphere of Major League Baseball. Kaneko is the ace of Nippon Professional Baseball’s Orix Buffaloes and is coming off a season where he put up a 1.91 ERA and 194/41 K/BB ratio over 184 innings. He holds a 2.69 mark over nine pro seasons and would surely cost a pretty penny if he winds up being posted this winter.
Oct 24 - 10:21 AM

Miguel Cabrera underwent surgery Wednesday to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone at top of his foot.

It had been known that Cabrera dealt with bone spurs down the stretch, but the stress fracture is a new revelation. The slugger will be re-evaluated in three months, so there would seem to be a chance that he'll be slowed at the beginning of spring training. Barring a setback, however, it shouldn't affect his availability for Opening Day.
Oct 24 - 10:00 AM

An MRI on Tim Lincecum's back showed no structural damage.

Lincecum was forced from Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday due to back pain and a precautionary MRI was ordered. He reported improvement Thursday and was able to do some throwing in the outfield at AT&T Park. The right-hander is expected to be available out of the bullpen for Friday's Game 3.
Oct 24 - 9:02 AM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn't anticipate having to remove Tim Lincecum (back) from the World Series roster.

Lincecum is undergoing a precautionary MRI on his back Thursday after exiting Game 2, but he's already feeling better and the Giants think he'll be fine. If the MRI turns out worse than expected, George Kontos could be an option to replace him on the Giants' roster.
Oct 23 - 8:24 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Thursday that Jarrod Dyson could start over Norichika Aoki in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.

That would mean putting Dyson in center and shifting Lorenzo Cain over to handle the tough right field at AT&T Park. Aoki would also offer more than Dyson off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Dyson is hitless in seven at-bats this postseason, while Aoki is just 7-for-34 at the dish.
Oct 23 - 8:18 PM

Brandon Moss underwent surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum and also fix an impingement in his right hip.

Moss was bothered by the hip ailment for much of the second half and it showed at the plate, as he hit just .162 with a .575 OPS in 162 plate appearances after August 1. He'll be on crutches for four weeks and is expected to be able to run in 12 weeks. Moss might be eased into things at the beginning of spring training but should be fine by Opening Day.
Oct 23 - 7:38 PM

The Mets have hired Kevin Long as hitting coach.

Long was recently let go by the Yankees after eight seasons on the job, but he'll now be reunited with Curtis Granderson in Queens. The Mets fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens back in May and let go of Lamar Johnson, his replacement, and assistant hitting coach Luis Natera following the season.
Oct 23 - 5:58 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Dave Magadan will remain hitting coach with the Rangers.

Magadan was allowed to seek employment elsewhere after the Rangers made a change at manager, but he ultimately opted to stick around. The Athletics and Mets were mentioned as possibilities for Magadan, but they'll now have to look elsewhere.
Oct 23 - 5:53 PM

Craig Breslow expects the Red Sox to decline his $4 million club option for 2015.

It doesn't take a big leap of logic to come to that conclusion, as Breslow posted an ugly 5.96 ERA and 37/28 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings this season. Look for him to receive a $100,000 buyout and hit the free agent market.
Source: WEEI.com
Oct 23 - 5:35 PM

Phillies and LHP Cesar Jimenez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

No word on the terms involved. Jimenez, who turns 30 next month, split this season between the majors and the minors. He had a 1.69 ERA in 16 appearances with the Phillies.
Oct 23 - 5:32 PM

Phillies re-signed OF Grady Sizemore to a one-year, $2 million contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses. Sizemore, 32, batted .253/.313/.389 with three home runs and 12 RBI over 176 plate appearances after joining the Phillies around midseason and figures to serve as a part-time player in 2015.
Oct 23 - 5:20 PM

The Cubs are shutting down Addison Russell from the Arizona Fall League.

Russell is healthy, but the Cubs feel like he has played a full season. The 20-year-old is one of the top shortstop prospects in the majors, but he saw some time at second base during the Arizona Fall League in an effort to increase his versatility. It's not clear where he'll fit in 2015, but he's on the fast track to the big leagues.
Oct 23 - 5:15 PM

Twins re-signed RHP Mark Hamburger to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Hamburger, 27, posted a 3.69 ERA and 54/27 K/BB ratio over 70 2/3 innings this season between the Twins' Double- and Triple-A affiliates. He'll likely serve as organizational depth again in 2015.
Oct 23 - 4:02 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Blue Jays have begun contract talks with Melky Cabrera.

Heyman hears Toronto is "willing to offer at least a three-year deal" to the impending free agent outfielder, who batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI over 139 games this season. If an agreement isn't reached before the deadline for free agent filing, the Jays will make Cabrera a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer so they can get draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere. Melky turned 30 years old in August.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 23 - 2:48 PM



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