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Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday that he expects Alex Rodriguez to be the team's third baseman next season.

Girardi did note that A-Rod isn't guaranteed the starting job at the hot corner because the club needs "to see where he is physically at." But, the skipper "absolutely" expects Rodriguez to be part of the team and thinks he'll be the regular third baseman as long as he's healthy. A-Rod, of course, missed all of this season after being suspended because of his ties with Biogenesis. Some had speculated that the Yanks might simply just cut him loose, but it appears they're not willing to just eat the $61 million A-Rod has remaining on his contract.
Sep 29 - 9:25 PM

Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that "all indications" are that Tanner Roark will be used out of the bullpen in the NLDS.

It's a testament to how talented the Nationals' rotation is, as Roark isn't able to crack the starting staff despite putting up a 2.85 ERA and 1.09 WHIP while winning 15 games. Roark could possibly join the rotation later in the postseason, but most likely it would take an injury for that to happen. Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister will hold down the team's four rotation spots.
Sep 29 - 7:53 PM

Mariners designated OF Corey Hart for assignment.

It's a paper move in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Jesus Montero, who was reinstated from suspension. Hart will be a free agent this winter.
Sep 29 - 6:56 PM

Mariners activated 1B/DH Jesus Montero from the suspended list.

Montero was suspended for the last couple weeks of the minor league season after getting involved in an altercation with one of the team's scouts. He's now back on the 40-man roster. The former top prospect spent almost all of this season at Triple-A Tacoma, batting .286/.350/.489 with 16 homers and 74 RBI.
Sep 29 - 6:55 PM

The Astros officially introduced A.J. Hinch as their new manager at a press conference Monday.

Hinch, who most recently served as vice president and assistant general manager with the Padres, previously managed the Diamondbacks during part of the 2009 and 2010 seasons, going 89-123. He interviewed with the Astros after the 2012 season before the team picked Bo Porter but this time beat out nine other candidates for the job. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says Hinch is "well-versed with the team’s emphasis on statistical analysis."
Sep 29 - 6:50 PM

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Monday that the club is interested in discussing a contract extension with Yoenis Cespedes this offseason.

"It is just a conversation that we will have at the right time," Cherington said. "There is no specific date we'll plan on having that, but so far, we think the relationship is off to a good start." Cespedes, who will make $10.5 million in 2015 in his final season before free agency, said on Saturday that he's "still not sure if I want to sign an extension or if I want to go to free agency." He batted .269/.296/.423 with five homers and 33 RBI over 51 games for Boston this season and hit .260/.301/.450 with 22 bombs and a career-high 100 RBI overall between the A's and Red Sox.
Sep 29 - 6:35 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas that he has had preliminary talks with Colby Lewis' agent about a new contract.

After missing the entire 2013 season following hip surgery, Lewis logged 170 1/3 innings this season, but he did so with a 10-14 record and a 5.18 ERA. It probably won't cost much to bring him back.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sep 29 - 5:55 PM

Josh Donaldson said Monday that his left knee feels more stable than it has over the past couple of days.

Donaldson didn't test the knee with much running on Monday, but he's expected to be in the lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Royals. His knee has been an issue for most of the second half.
Sep 29 - 5:50 PM

Trevor Plouffe underwent surgery Monday to repair a fractured left forearm.

Plouffe injured his forearm last Wednesday and was told by one doctor that surgery wasn't necessary, but he apparently went through with the procedure after getting a second opinion. Either way, it's expected that he'll be ready for spring training.
Sep 29 - 4:35 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros have hired A.J. Hinch as their new manager.

This confirms a report from Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, who wrote that Hinch was "close" to being hired. The Astros are expected to make an official announcement of the hiring at 6:30 p.m. ET. Tom Lawless finished out the season as manager after Bo Porter was fired in early September, but the Astros decided to go another direction for 2015. Hinch, who recently served as vice president and assistant GM with the Padres, previously managed the Diamondbacks from 2009 through the middle of 2010.
Sep 29 - 4:26 PM

Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) threw live batting practice Monday.

O'Flaherty hasn't pitched since September 20 due to soreness in his surgically-repaired elbow. He'll need to prove his health and effectiveness to pitch this postseason.
Sep 29 - 4:18 PM

Matt Shoemaker (oblique) played catch Monday without issue and will throw another bullpen session Tuesday.

The hope is that Shoemaker will be ready to start for the Angels in Game 3 of the ALDS on October 5. He's been out since September 16 with an oblique strain. Anaheim will go with Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson in the first two games of the Division Series.
Sep 29 - 3:24 PM

Josh Hamilton (shoulder) went through a full workout on Monday afternoon without issue.

Hamilton took batting practice, threw long toss, and ran the bases. He will repeat that routine on Tuesday and is then expected to face live pitching on Wednesday. The Angels are hoping he'll be close to full health by Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.
Sep 29 - 3:22 PM

According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, the Red Sox have not decided whether they'll tender a qualifying offer to free agent Koji Uehara.

The one-year qualifying offer for this winter's free agent crop is expected to be worth around $15.1 million. That's a hefty price for any reliever and Uehara stumbled down the stretch this season. He also turns 40 years old next April. Boston may be better off trying to negotiate a new deal with him on the open market.
Sep 29 - 3:16 PM

Kirk Nieuwenhuis is expected to be discharged from a New York hospital on Tuesday.

Nieuwenhuis spent all weekend hospitalized due to an infection thought to be related to kidney stones. He told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York on Monday that he is already feeling much better. The 27-year-old outfielder batted .259/.346/.482 with three home runs and 16 RBI in 61 games this season for the Mets.
Sep 29 - 2:49 PM



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