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 Royals in the ALDS.Analysis:
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.Analysis:
Van 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.Analysis:
This move shouldn't really come as much of a surprise considering Suzuki is 65 hits away from 3,000 in his career. The skills certainly tapered off in 2015 (.229/.282/.279 in 438 at-bats), but he does provide some versatility in the outfield. At the very least, he could represent a terrific marketing asset as he approaches his career milestone.Analysis:
Pagan has had a history of knee issues, and it appears he'll undergo another procedure to clean up another one. There's no timetable attached to it, but it's highly unlikely it will prevent him from playing at the start of spring training.Analysis:
His second season in pinstripes was better in nearly every area than his first as he finished the year slashing .276/.337/.471 with 19 homers. He got off to a slow start, but ended strong with a .292 average and 29 extra-base hits in the second half of the season.Analysis:
Braun didn't play in any of the final six games of the season, and it appears he's now set to undergo an offseason procedure that's expected to to need a month of recovery, but it shouldn't impact his availability for the beginning of the 2016 season.Analysis:
Eaton has reportedly dealt with the issue throughout the season, so it will require just a minor procedure. Barring something unforeseen, the veteran center fielder should be back for the start of spring training.Analysis:
Jones continues to deal with a back issue, and with the regular season coming to a close, the team will play it safe with him. He played in just one game after Sept. 20. and finishes the year with a .269/.300/.474 slash line.Analysis:
Cain continues to battle through a bone bruise in his knee, and it will reportedly cause him issues throughout the postseason. Jarrod Dyson will replace him in center field Sunday, however, batting ninth for the Royals.Analysis: