MLB granted a replacement for the Jays after Devon Travis (knee) was ruled out for the remainder of the postseason. Smoak is unlikely to see many at-bats, and should primarily serve as a pinch hitting option.
Smoak only appeared once in the ALDS, and given Devon Travis' (knee) injury status, the Blue Jays elected to have Ryan Goins on the ALCS roster as infield depth. Smoak could reappear on the roster if the Blue Jays make it to the World Series, although his value seems to be waning.
Bird missed the entire season after undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in February, but he's been slowly ramping up activity lately and was able to take batting practice in September. The 23-year-old is hoping to make up for the lost season by playing in the Arizona Fall League. With the retirement of Mark Teixeira, Bird enters the offseason as the team's likely starting first baseman next season.
Texas failed to get much going offensively in Thursday's loss, scoring just one run on four hits, and with the left-handed J.A. Happ slated to start Friday for Toronto, manager Jeff Banister is stacking his lineup with righties. Ryan Rua will get the start at first base in place of Moreland and will bat seventh as the Rangers look to even up the series.
The veteran had originally been scheduled for the procedure back on Sept. 28, but it was delayed by several days. After the torn sheath that's prompting the surgery is repaired, Morrison is reportedly facing about a 12-week recovery timetable, leaving him plenty of time to be ready to compete for a job somewhere in the majors during spring training. The free agent slashed .238/.319/.414 in a largely disappointing 2016 campaign.
The 25-year-old thus finishes up his 2016 stint with the big league club by hitting safely in four of his last five contests, with four two-baggers and a pair of multi-hit efforts over that span. Shaffer slashed a respectable .250/.315/.438 over 48 at-bats with the Rays this season, significantly improving on the .189/.307/.392 line he generated over a 74 at-bat sample in 2015 that represented his first exposure to major league pitching. Although this season's cup of coffee in Tampa was encouraging to an extent, it's notable that if followed a Triple-A campaign in which Shafer only managed a .227/.329/.367 line over a much more extensive sample of 496 plate appearances.
Hosmer has reportedly been dealing with wrist soreness for the last few weeks. However, manager Ned Yost has said that the injury isn't anything serious. Looking onto the 2017 season, there's no reason to believe Hosmer's wrist ailment should hinder his future performance.
Dae-Ho Lee will start at first bast while Lind gets the day off. Although he's hitting just .239/.286/.431 for the year, Lind has seen his production at the plate increase recently. Over the last 30 games, he's put up a .288/.382/.441 line.
Hosmer will be out of the lineup for the second consecutive day, as Kendrys Morales is set to start at first base Sunday afternoon. Over the last 14 games, Hosmer has gone just 10-for-50 at the plate, bringing his batting average down to .266 for the year.
Coming off an 0-for-4 outing with two strikeouts on Saturday night, Moreland will head to the bench for Sunday's game. In place of Moreland, Ryan Rua will get the nod to start at first base and hit ninth.