Mets SP Steven Matz getting closer to being on NLDS roster
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (side) completed a bullpen session Tuesday at Citi Field, MLB.com reports.
"I think we've been encouraged over the last couple of days," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "Things have improved. Certainly, today was a step forward."
Now that the bullpen session is behind him, Matz has just one more hurdle to clear -- a simulated game Thursday -- to solidify his spot on the NLDS roster. If Matz makes it through the live session unscathed, he will likely start Game 4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Oct. 13.
Sean Gilmartin would likely make the roster if Matz is deemed unavailable, while Jacob deGrom would be an option to start Game 4 on short rest.
Dodgers OF Scott Van Slyke not expected to be on NLDS roster
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke (wrist) is not expected to be on the NLDS roster, Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports.
The wrist did not respond well to batting practice Tuesday, leading manager Don Mattingly to say Vancouver Canucks Slyke is 'not where he needs to be physically.'
With the 29-year-old all but ruled out for the NLDS, the door is open for Yasiel Puig to possibly slot in as a right-handed bench/platoon bat despite missing most of the final five weeks of the regular season.
Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson homers in season finale
Colorado Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson finished the 2015 season in style Sunday, hitting a three-run homer in the Rockies' win over the San Francisco Giants .
After a breakout 2014 campaign, repeated bouts with plantar fasciitis along with a case of broken ribs limited Dickerson to just 65 games this season. Even so, there's plenty of reason to be optimistic for Dickerson's prospects heading into the upcoming season.
In his 224 at-bats in 2015, Dickerson still finished with a .304 average and .869 OPS, marks highly comparable to what he posted in those categories in 2014. With a little better luck on the health front, Dickerson shouldn't have trouble reaching the 20-homer plateau while making a run at 100 RBI.
Astros going with Collin McHugh in Game 1 of ALDS
Houston Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Kansas City Royals , the Houston Chronicle reports.
McHugh was hit-or-miss over his final few starts, but he threw the ball very well after the All-Star break, posting a 3.11 ERA over his final 14 starts. He will square off against the Royals' Yordano Ventura on Thursday night.
Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt undergoes knee surgery
Atlanta Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt had surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Bethancourt missed the majority of the final two weeks in September with a lingering issue in this thumb, but it appears as if the catcher may have dealing with more than just that injury.
Barring any setbacks, Bethancourt should be ready to begin working out sometime in November -- a good sign considering he will likely compete for the starting catcher job in spring training.
Report: Blue Jays OF Dalton Pompey makes ALDS roster as pinch-runner
Dalton Pompey reportedly made the Toronto Blue Jays ' ALDS roster as an extra outfielder and will be used primarily in pinch-running situations, the Toronto Star reports.
After starting the season in the majors as a starter in the outfield, Pompey dropped down all the way to Double-A before being a September callup and earning his keep as a pinch-runner.
In seven pinch-running appearances in September, Pompey scored five times, which could be an invaluable asset come playoff time.
Astros OF Colby Rasmus connects for HR in wild-card game
Houston Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus hit a solo home run Tuesday during Houston Cougars 's American League All-Stars wild-card game victory against the New York Yankees .
The 29-year-old outfielder gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a 401-foot shot over the right-field wall off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka . Rasmus is no stranger to the postseason, having appeared in three games of the 2009 NLDS as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Dallas Keuchel tosses six scoreless frames to lead Astros to wild-card win
Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel held the New York Yankees scoreless over six innings Tuesday, allowing only three hits and a walk to earn the win in the American League All-Stars wild-card game. He struck out seven.
Keuchel's gem was his third scoreless performance against New York is as many outings this season. He also became the first pitcher to turn in a scoreless outing in a postseason game on three days' rest since Josh Beckett threw a shutout against the Yankees in Game 6 of the 2003 World Series.
Keuchel is likely to pitch Game 3 of the ALDS against Kansas City on Oct. 11.
Yankees 2B Stephen Drew held out of lineup for Wild Card game
New York Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew (concussion) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card game.
Drew remains sidelined with his concussion symptoms, and it remains to be seen if he will be able to play if the Yankees advance beyond Tuesday. Rob Refsnyder will draw the start at second base Tuesday night.
Yankees opt to hold Jacoby Ellsbury out of lineup for wild-card game
New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the lineup for Tuesday's wild-card game against the Houston Astros , MLB.com reports.
With Astros' lefty Dallas Keuchel set to take the mound against the Yankess, manager Joe Giradi will opt to play right-handed hitter Chris Young instead of Ellsbury. He should return to the lineup, if the Yankees advance and play the Kansas City Royals in the ALDS.