Danny Salazar (forearm) has been told by Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway that he will be part of the World Series roster.
Callaway said that Salazar is ready to throw 65-70 pitches in a game, so it sounds like he should get a start against the Cubs. The right-hander hasn't pitched in a game since early September due to a strained right flexor muscle, but he's made it through a few simulated games with no issues. It seems likely that he'll get the ball in Game 4, following Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin. Ryan Merritt has also been told he's on the roster, but he's presumably slated for long relief.
John Lamb will begin next season on the disabled list after undergoing surgery to repair a lumbar disc herniation.
It will be the second straight season where Lamb has gotten a late start while rehabbing from back surgery. That's in addition to the left-hander seeing this past season end prematurely due to a flexor mass strain. Lamb also posted a 6.43 ERA across 14 starts for the Reds in 2016, so it's been a rough stretch for him.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that the club won't make a decision on whether Kyle Schwarber (knee) will make the World Series roster until he meets the team in Cleveland on Tuesday.
Maddon did say that the "reports are good" on Schwarber, who did sliding drills in Arizona on Monday before serving as the designated hitter in an AFL game. Schwarber will then fly to Cleveland and the feeling seems to be that he'll be added to the Cubs' World Series roster as long as he tells the club he feels fine. If that happens, he'll serve as the Cubs' DH for games in Cleveland and as a pinch-hitter for games in Chicago.
Jake Arrieta will start Game 2 of the World Series in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Jon Lester will open the series for the Cubs in Game 1 on Tuesday. Arrieta allowed four earned runs over five innings in the Cubs' NLCS Game 3 loss to the Dodgers and the Cubs also lost his one start in the NLDS at San Francisco, though the right-hander did pitch pretty well in that one. Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey will follow Lester and Arrieta in Games 3 and 4 at Wrigley.
Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said he plans to do "everything possible" to discuss contract extensions with Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion before they officially become free agents.
The free agent period begins five days after the World Series and there's no reason for Joey Bats or EE to re-sign at this point -- so close to being able to field bids from all 30 major league teams. It's a weak free agent class, and these two are among the biggest fish. Atkins did confirm Monday that Bautista and Encarnacion will be made one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offers, but those are obviously going to be rejected. Toronto can then gain top draft picks if the sluggers ultimately sign elsewhere.