Blake Swihart made an early exit from the Red Sox season finale on Sunday due to a right index finger contusion.
With a whole offseason to rest up, he'll be fully recovered and ready to go long before spring training. Swihart ends his rookie campaign batting .274/.319/.392 with five homers and 31 RBI in 309 plate appearances.
Shelby Miller snapped a 24-start winless streak Sunday, spinning eight shutout innings in a 6-0 victory over the Cardinals.
The Cardinals were basically treating the game as a spring training contest, playing 16 position players as they just tried to keep everyone healthy. However, Miller will certainly take it and he pitched terrifically regardless, allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out seven. It was his first win since May 17. The right-hander's season concludes with a 6-17 record despite a 3.02 ERA across 33 starts. Miller will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
John Lackey allowed three runs over just four innings in Sunday's loss to the Braves.
Lackey was undone by a couple bloop RBI singles in the first inning and then hung a curveball to Adonis Garcia in the fourth that Garcia put over the fence. He struck out four and didn't walk anyone in what was just a tune-up outing as the Cardinals prepare for the postseason. Lackey finishes the year with a fantastic 2.77 ERA across 33 starts.
Adonis Garcia launched a pair of solo home runs in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.
Garcia deposited a hanging John Lackey curveball into the left-field seats in the fourth inning and then smacked a hanging changeup from Tyler Lyons into the same seats in the sixth. While he's managed just a .294 on-base percentage with the Braves, Garcia has banged out 10 homers in 187 at-bats.
Yadier Molina will have his ailing left thumb re-evaluated on Monday.
Molina was prescribed another week of rest when he visited the doctor last Monday. He said Sunday that the thumb is "getting stronger every day," but we won't know about his status for the NLDS until after Monday's exam. Tony Cruz has been handling the catching duties for St. Louis with Yadi sidelined.