Carlos Gomez (intercostal) said after working out at Yankee Stadium on Monday that he's "ready to start."
"The plan is to play tomorrow. I'm ready to start," Gomez said. The Astros have yet to comment on whether Gomez will indeed be in the lineup for Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game, but things do seem to be trending in the right direction. The outfielder has started just one of the club's previous 20 contests since suffering a strained left intercostal muscle.
Drew Pomeranz is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left AC joint.
Pomeranz has dealt with AC joint issues off and on during his career and has finally decided to have the problem addressed via the surgical route. It's unclear at this point how long his rehab will be, but he'll be recovered in time for spring training.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that the club is "optimistic" Yadier Molina (thumb) will be on their NLDS roster.
Molina has missed the last two weeks after being diagnosed with a sprained left thumb. He's still not 100 percent, but the Cards will make a custom splint for him to wear so that he can hit and catch. The club has indicated that hitting will likely be the bigger issue for Molina, but they'll be happy to have his elite defense even if he can't offer much at the plate. St. Louis hosts the winner of the National League Wild Card game in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.
Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Monday that Chris Heston isn't guaranteed a spot in the rotation next season.
It could depend on how many starters the club brings in over the winter. Heston was strong for the Giants for much of the season but struggled in the second half, ultimately posting a 3.95 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 141/64 K/BB ratio over 177 2/3 innings.
Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Monday that it will be a "close call" as to whether the club picks up Nori Aoki's $5.5 million option for 2016.
Aoki hit .287/.353/.380 for the Giants in 2014 but was plagued by injuries, playing in just 93 games. His season ended prematurely due to a concussion, but the Giants don't expect it to be a long-term issue. They'll owe Aoki a $700,000 buyout if they decide to decline his option.