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.
Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman to start Game 2 of ALDS
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman will start Game 2 of the ALDS, the 24-year-old pitcher reported on his official Twitter page.
He's been terrific since returning from returning from a torn ACL on Sept. 12, posting a 1.67 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 27 innings this season. David Price will take the mound in Game 1.
Astros OF Carlos Gomez will start Tuesday's wild-card game
Houston Astros outfielder Carlos Gomez (back) is in the lineup for Tuesday's wild-card matchup against the New York Yankees , Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
There was some concern Gomez would miss Tuesday's game considering he was unavailable for the Astros' final series of the season with a strain in his back, but it's clear now he should be good to go.
While the strain will likely continue to affect him for much of the postseason, he should provide some veteran leadership for a young Houston team that clawed its way back into the postseason picture.
Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) begins throwing program
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) has begun a throwing program, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Ryu had surgery on his shoulder in May. He should be on track to participate in spring training, but he will have to compete with a handful of players to earn a spot in the rotation.
Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke struggles during batting practice
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke (wrist) struggled while practicing in the batting cage Tuesday, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Vancouver Canucks Slyke has been suffering from a case of inflammation in his wrist dating back to Sept. 15. Manager Don Mattingly was not optimistic about his outfielder's health Tuesday saying, "[He's] not where he needs to be physically."
It's unclear what his status will be for the playoffs, however more information should be available prior to Thursday.
Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz undergoes shoulder surgery
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz had successful surgery on his right shoulder, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.
Considering the surgery was performed on his non-throwing shoulder, he's likely to be fully healed in a month or two --- well before spring training starts up in 2016. He should be counted on to pitch in more late-inning situations next year provided his shoulder is fully up to speed.
Mets infielder Juan Uribe will not play in NLDS vs. Dodgers
New York Mets infielder Juan Uribe (chest/ribs) has been ruled out of the NLDS, The Wall Street Journal reports.
This designation seemed likely considering Uribe hasn't been able to play much since suffering a chest injury diving for a ball Sept. 20. He hasn't been ruled out for future rounds if the Mets advance, but it's unlikely the 36-year-old will be used as anything more than a pinch-hitter at this point in the season.
Mets infielder Wilmer Flores appears ready to return to action
New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores reported Tuesday his back is feeling better, The Record reports.
Flores had been kept out of the lineup the last five games due to back stiffness and strep throat. However, it appears like he will be good to go for the NLDS. Flores will likely be counted on off the bench, with Ruben Tejada slated to get most of the starts at shortstop.
Twins GM says Trevor Plouffe is unlikely to play in outfield
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said third baseman Trevor Plouffe is unlikely to play in the outfield, MLB.com reports.
That wouldn't be a problem except Ryan also stated he expects Miguel Sano to play regularly in the field, meaning the Twins could have a logjam at the hot corner. It seems like Plouffe could be a player to watch this offseason, as the Twins might look to move their 29-year-old third baseman, if the right deal arises.