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White Sox OF Michael Taylor decides to become free agent


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:21 pm ET) The White Sox have outrighted outfielder Michael Taylor to Triple-A Friday.

Taylor declined the assignment, and will become a free-agent. He hit .250 over 28 at-bats with the major-league club last season. The team now has 37 players on the 40-man roster. 


Giants will consider Madison Bumgarner for Game 4


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:11 pm ET) The Giants will consider Madison Bumgarner on short rest for Game 4, according to CSN.

As of right now, the team is planning to start Ryan Vogelsong. But if the Giants lose Game 3, there's a chance Bumgarner would get the nod on short rest. Bumgarner allowed one run in the team's Game 1 victory. 


Royals claim Moises Sierra off waivers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:37 pm ET) The Royals have claimed outfielder Moises Sierra off waivers from the White Sox, according to MLB.com.

Sierra hit .230/.265/.342 over 161 at-bats with Toronto and Chicago. The 26-year-old will attempt to make the Royals 25-man roster next season.


Cardinals ace Wainwright to throw eight weeks after surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:38 pm ET) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright will begin a throwing program in eight weeks, the team announced.

Wainwright had surgery to trim cartilage in his throwing elbow Friday. He's expected to begin physical therapy in two weeks, and will start a throwing program in eight weeks.


Nationals pitcher Taylor Jordan underwent elbow surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:19 pm ET) Nationals pitcher Taylor Jordan underwent elbow surgery in September, according to The Washington Post

Jordan is expected to be fully healed by spring training. Jordan struggled through the season, posting a 5.61 ERA over 25 2/3 innings in the majors. He underwent at least one MRI on his elbow during the season. 


Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum 'good to go'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:59 pm ET) Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is "good to go," according to the New York Daily News

Lincecum's MRI came back clean, causing manager Bruce Bochy to give Lincecum a clean bill of health. Lincecum tweaked his back during Tuesday's game, but the team did not expect a major injury. 


Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright has elbow procedure


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:42 pm ET) Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright had a procedure to trim cartilage in his right elbow, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Wainwright had been dealing with elbow issues throughout the team's playoff run, though did his best to downplay a possible injury. The early reports were that Wainwright's elbow checked out fine after the season, but things changed following a second opinion. The surgery will not impact Wainwright in 2015. He's expected to be able to start throwing again in six weeks. 


Phillies' Cole Hamels updating his no-trade list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:34 pm ET) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels is updating his no-trade list just in case, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

There's a chance Hamels will hit the trade market this offseason. While the Phillies would love to keep him, Hamels is one of the few valuable pieces the club can offer in a deal. The 30-year-old is still owed $96 million over four seasons. Hamels currently has nine clubs on his no-trade list, but he is allowed to update them. He has until Nov. 1 to give the Phillies his official list. The Red Sox and Cubs have shown interest in Hamels the past few months. 


Tigers DH Victor Martinez to seek four-year deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:27 pm ET) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez will look for a four-year deal on the market, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Martinez, 35, is coming off a monster year in which he hit .335/.409/.565 over 561 at-bats. He also added 32 home runs. Detroit will extend a qualifying offer to Martinez, though it's expected that he'll decline and test his luck on the market. Martinez signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Tigers in 2010.


Royals OF Jarrod Dyson to get the start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:23 pm ET) Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson will get the start Friday against the Giants.

Dyson is set to play center and hit eighth. Norichika Aoki will come off the bench. Dyson hit .269/.324/.327 over 260 at-bats during the regular season. He'll take on Tim Hudson during the start. 


Orioles outright Steve Johnson to Triple-A


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:18 pm ET) The Orioles have outrighted pitcher Steve Johnson to Triple-A.

Johnson spent all of last season dealing with a shoulder injury. He decided to have surgery in September, but is expected to be ready by spring training. Johnson can refuse the assignment, though that doesn't really matter. He's set to become a free-agent following the World Series. The Orioles have contacted Johnson's agent about keeping him in Baltimore, according to MASN. 


Royals' Omar Infante taking Toradol to fight off shoulder pain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:42 pm ET) Royals infielder Omar Infante, who is fresh off a signature Game 2 performance in the World Series, is taking increased doses of Toradol to fight off shoulder discomfort, the Kansas City Star reports.

"I feel better, because I'm taking strong pills," Infante said. "That’s helped me a lot. I feel it a little bit in B.P., and I still feel sore in the front of my shoulder. But yesterday I felt more comfortable."

Infante has a .229/.300/.343 line with one home run and three RBI over 10 postseason games. He may opt for offseason surgery to repair his nagging shoulder injury.


Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera goes under the knife


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:35 pm ET) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera underwent right ankle surgery to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture in a bone at the top of his foot on Wednesday, the team announced on Friday, per MLB.com. Cabrera, who was plagued by the injury throughout the season, batted .313 with 25 homers and 109 RBI over 611 at-bats. Cabrera is expected to be re-evaluated in three months.

Giants believe Tim Lincecum will be fine


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) The Giants believe Tim Lincecum will be fine, according to CSN.

Lincecum injured his back during Wednesday's game, and was sent for an MRI Thursday. The MRI was considered precautionary, and the Giants don't expect to receive bad news. If there is an issue, Lincecum would be replaced on the roster. 


Royals could start Jarrod Dyson Game 3


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) The Royals could opt to start outfielder Jarrod Dyson Game 3 against the Giants, according to the Kansas City Star.

Manager Ned Yost confirmed he's considering the move. In this scenario, Norichika Aoki would sit. Yost said he's considering the move because Aoki has more value as a pinch hitter than Dyson would late in the game. 


A's slugger Moss has hip surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss had hip surgery, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Moss had surgery to repair a torn right hip labrum. He's expected to be on crutches for four weeks following the procedure. Moss should be ready for spring training. 


Southpaw Cesar Jimenez signs one-year deal with Phillies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) The Phillies have avoided arbitration with left-hander Cesar Jimenez by agreeing to a one-year contract for next season.

The 29-year-old Jimenez pitched just 16 innings for Philadelphia in 2014 and compiled a career-best 1.69 ERA.


OF Grady Sizemore sticking around with Phillies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Outfielder Grady Sizemore has received a one-year deal worth $2 million to remain with the Phillies. Various reports claim that the contract includes performances bonuses.

In his first extensive play since a spate of injuries began to curtail his career in 2010, Sizemore compiled a .233/.299/.354 stat line with Boston and Philadelphis this season. He ended the season on a 3-for-37 slide.


Report: Mets targeting free agent OF Michael Cuddyer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) The Mets are quite interested in potential free agent Michael Cuddyer, according to the New York Daily News. They are contemplating a two-year deal for Cuddyer, who will be 36 years old when the 2015 regular season begins.

Cuddyer is coming off an injury-plagued year, but still batted .332 with 10 home runs in 49 games. However, he hit .400 with six homers and 23 RBI in hitter-friendly Coors Field and .282 with four home runs and eight RBI on the road. Citi Field is considered far more of a pitcher's park.


Pablo Sandoval likely to receive qualifying offer from Giants


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) The Giants are expected to extend the qualifying offer of $15.3 million to potential free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, sources have told CBSSports.com MLB Insider Jon Heyman.

The two sides broke off contract talks in spring training. The team claimed its unwillingness to sign Sandoval for more than three years while he was seeking a nine-figure contract, per Heyman.

Several teams appear interested in Sandoval, including the Red Sox and Yankees, both of whom are seeking major upgrades at that position, as well as the Marlins.

Sandoval rebounded from a .171 start to the season to bat .279 with 16 home runs. He owns a .333 postseason batting average and is again thriving in that role in 2014.


Red Sox LHP Craig Breslow feels destined for free agency


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow is pessimistic about the team picking up his $4 million option for 2015 after a poor season.

The left-hander pitched 54 1/3 innings in 60 games for Boston and compiled a disturbing 5.96 ERA. He believes that last statistic will preclude the Sox from moving forward with him and will result in free agency.

"If you were to strictly look at 2014 with blinders without what had happened previously and what you might expect going forward, $4 million is probably a hefty price tag," he told WEEI.com. "But I think if (you) look at the body of work from 2008-13, you can better appreciate the pitcher I've been and the pitcher I will (be)."

Breslow, who yielded five runs without retiring a batter in his last appearance, performed well in the title season of 2013, compiling a 1.81 ERA in 61 games.


Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum (back) headed for MRI


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum, who left Game 2 of the World Series due to back tightness, will undergo an MRI Thursday, sources connected to the team told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Twins' Chris Colabello set for MRI, X-rays on injured thumb


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Twins first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello is scheduled to undergo an MRI and X-rays this week on his ailing right thumb, according to the Pioneer Press. Colabello said he still feels numbness and tingling in his right thumb as a result of getting jammed on a pitch during an April 23 game against the Rays, according to the Worcester Telegram.

Tigers expected to keep Soria


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) The Tigers are expected to exercise their option on pitcher Joakim Soria, according to MLB.com.

Soria has a $7 million club option for next season. The team will need to make a decision on the option shortly after the end of the World Series. While general manager Dave Dombrowski said the final decision hasn't been made yet, he hinted at the club picking up Soria's contract. "It's a situation where we look at him as being an important acquisition toward this [coming] year also," Dombrowski said. 

Soria posted a 3.25 ERA over 44 1/3 innings split between Texas and Detroit. 


Giants will know more about Tim Lincecum Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) The Giants will have more information on pitcher Tim Lincecum Thursday, according to Bleacher Report.

Lincecum left after his back tightened up in the eighth inning. The club expects him to be OK, but will have a better idea about the severity of his injury Thursday. Lincecum was able to pitch 1 2/3 innings before departing. 


 
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