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Buster Olney of ESPN reports that Kevin Towers is expected to join the Reds front office as an assistant to general manager Walt Jocketty.

Towers, who had served as the general manager of the Diamondbacks for the past five seasons before being removed from his position after the 2014 campaign. He's a long-time friend of Jocketty and widely respected around the game, and would make for a terrific addition for the Reds.
Oct 24 - 8:14 PM

Taylor Jordan underwent surgery last month to remove bone chips from his right elbow.

Jordan missed the last few months of the season with elbow issues, so it's no surprise that an operation was needed. The good news is that he's expected to be fine for spring training. He'll likely begin 2015 in the Triple-A rotation.
Oct 24 - 5:20 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Adam Wainwright had cartilage, not a ligament, "trimmed" during Friday's elbow surgery.

That makes a lot more sense. Wainwright decided to have the procedure after receiving a second opinion on the elbow earlier this week. He is expected to be able to resume throwing in eight weeks and be fine for the start of next season. The Cardinals were already planning on limiting Waino's workload in spring training given how many innings he's thrown the last couple years.
Oct 24 - 5:18 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that the team has discussed the possibility of starting Madison Bumgarner in Game 4 of the World Series on short rest if they lose Game 3.

That would also possibly put him in line to start Game 7, which would also be on short rest. However, Bochy said that Ryan Vogelsong is still slated to get the ball in Game 4 "right now." We'll see if the plans change should San Francisco drop Game 3 on Friday.
Oct 24 - 5:04 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Adam Wainwright had a ligament "trimmed" in his right elbow on Friday.

The Cardinals said Monday that Wainwright wouldn't need an operation, but the righty had a second opinion after that which obviously revealed the need for surgery. The good news is that general manager John Mozeliak said Waino should be able to throw in six weeks and the procedure would not affect the righty's availability for next season. The Cards were already planning on limiting Waino's workload in spring training given how many innings he's thrown the last couple years.
Oct 24 - 4:30 PM

Bleacher Report's Will Carroll reports that Adam Wainwright has already had or is scheduled to have surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

It backs up a previous report from CBS Sports 920's Bob Ramsey. The Cardinals said earlier this week that Wainwright wouldn't need an operation after battling an elbow issue for much of the second half, but it appears he may have received another opinion. The good news is that a bone spur removal is a relatively minor procedure and shouldn't affect his availability for Opening Day. The Cards were already planning on limiting Waino's workload in spring training.
Oct 24 - 4:11 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Cole Hamels is updating his no-trade list.

As of Friday, Hamels can be dealt to the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Cardinals, Nationals, Braves, Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers without his consent. However, the left-hander is expected to have an altered list for the Phillies by November 1. Heyman says the Phillies have told Hamels that they "would love" to keep him, but "it's possible their situation could cause them to have to reconsider that." Hamels has four years and $96 million remaining on his contract. The Red Sox and Cubs are two clubs known to have interest in him in the past.
Oct 24 - 4:04 PM

Travis Ishikawa is in left field and batting seventh for Friday's World Series Game 3.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy is sticking with the same lineup, which means Ishikawa is still in left and Michael Morse is back on the bench after serving as the DH in Kansas City. They'll square off against the Royals' Jeremy Guthrie.
Oct 24 - 3:18 PM

Dodgers president Andrew Friedman said Friday that Joe Maddon availability will not affect Don Mattingly's standing as the team's manager in 2015.

When Maddon opted out of his deal with the Rays, the natural assumption was that he'd follow Friedman to the Dodgers. While it still might be a possibility down the road, it's not going to happen before Opening Day. Many are speculating that the Cubs are the likeliest landing spot for Maddon.
Oct 24 - 3:09 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that teams are going to monitor Chase Utley closely this offseason to see if he becomes available via trade.

Utley would have to approve any deal, and he's expressed a hesitancy to do so in the past. However, the Phillies don't seem particularly close to contending, so perhaps the soon-to-be 36-year-old will have a change of heart over the winter. Utley hit a solid .270/.339/.407 with 11 homers and 78 RBI this season and would no doubt draw plenty of interest from around the league if he's placed on the trade block.
Oct 24 - 12:14 PM

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

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

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



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