Cardinals' Randal Grichuk: Starting Game 4 of NLDS
Grichuck is starting Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Grichuck didn't start in either Game 2 or 3 as manager Mike Matheny opted to give Tommy Pham some time in center field. However, Grichuck still managed to make his presence known, crushing a pinch-hit home run during Game 2 and coming around to score off a single in Game 3. He will hit sixth in the order in the critical Game 4 matchup against the Cubs and take over in center field.
Dodgers' Chase Utley: Appeal hearing scheduled Oct. 19
Chase Utley 's appeal hearing is scheduled for next Monday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Utley, who is appealing his two-game suspension following an illegal slide that broke Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's leg, will be eligible to play for the entirety of the NLDS. However, with Mets' rookie left-hander Steven Matz set to take the mound in Game 4, Utley will likely serve as a pinch-hitter in the crucial matchup.
Cubs' Javier Baez: Starting at shortstop in Game 4
Javier Baez is starting at shortstop and hitting ninth in the order for Game 4 of the NLDS.
Baez collected two hits in relief for Addison Russell during Game 3 after the starting shortstop exited the game following an injury to his ankle. With Russell still not cleared for action Tuesday, Baez will get the start at shortstop and bat ninth in the batting order. The 22-year-old has struggled against the Cardinals' Game 4 starter John Lackey -- in eight career at-bats against the veteran, Baez has not recorded a hit and has struck out four times.
Cubs' Addison Russell: Not in lineup for Game 4
Addison Russell (ankle) is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday.
After suffering an ankle injury Monday while sliding into third base, Russell will not start the potentially-clinching Game 4 matchup against the Cardinals. No information has been announced regarding the severity of the injury; however, with the rookie likely going through a battery of tests today, more clarity surrounding the injury will likely come soon.
Collin McHugh will start for Astros in Game 5
Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh will start Game 5 of the American League Division Series in Kansas City on Wednesday.
McHugh will be looking for his second win of the series after picking up the victory in Game 1. He is slated to square off against Johnny Cueto in the decisive battle.
Todd Redmond: Will become free agent
Todd Redmond will elect to become a free agent, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Redmond bounced between Triple-A and the Blue Jays' 40-man roster multiple times this season, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Redmond will look to catch on with another team this offseason. He will likely file in as bullpen depth for a club in 2016, but the lack of high-leverage opportunities will surely extinguish much of his fantasy value.
Pirates' Steve Lombardozzi: Will become free agent
Steve Lombardozzi will elect to become a free agent, Rich Dubroff of Comcast Sports Net reports.
Lombardozzi was optioned to Triple-A in July after playing in 12 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates this season. The utility infielder could potentially get a spring training invite from a club in 2016, but his fantasy ceiling will likely keep him off fantasy rosters in most formats.
Orioles' Cesar Cabral: Will become free agent
Cesar Cabral has filed for free agency, Rich Dubroff of Comcast Sports Net reports.
Cabral made just two appearances with the Baltimore Orioles this season, walking one batter in just an inning of work. While his numbers at Triple-A Norfolk (4.95 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 43:19 K:BB in 40 innings) were certainly down, he will likely get a chance to impress with another team during spring training.
Astros OF Colby Rasmus stays hot with third homer of ALDS
Houston Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus went 2 for 4 with a walk and home run his third of the American League Division Series - in a Monday loss to Kansas City.
Rasmus victimized reliever Ryan Madson for the second time in the set with a solo shot to right field in the seventh inning. The 355-foot blast was his fourth home run of the 2015 playoffs. It's safe to assume the red-hot Rasmus will be in the starting lineup for the winner-take-all Game 5.
Cubs SS Addison Russell (ankle) being tested Tuesday morning
Joe Maddon said that Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell (ankle) will undergo tests Tuesday morning, MLB.com reports
Maddon added that the severity of the injury is still unclear, but Russell believes he'll only be day-to-day. If the rookie isn't ready for Game 4 against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, Javier Baez could join the starting lineup.