The 21-year-old fouled a ball off his right knee during Friday's Game 2, as he did in Thursday's Game 1, and Correa admitted he is dealing with some swelling and pain. However, Correa brushed off the notion he could miss time, saying that he will be good to go following Saturday's off day. He has gone 2-for-9 with two singles and four strikeouts so far in the series.
In the first moves of the Billy Eppler era, the Angels claimed outfielder Todd Cunningham off waivers from Atlanta and bumped Reyes from the 40-man roster. Reyes was a late-September callup to the big club, returning to the majors for the first time since 2011, despite posting a 4.76 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 15 appearances (11 starts) with Triple-A Salt Lake.
The Jays not only lost Game 2 Friday, pushing them to the brink of elimination, but they lost their best left-handed reliever in the process. All indications are that Cecil will be ready to go for the start of the 2016 season.
McHugh allowed two solo home runs during the game -- both to Kendrys Morales -- but he combined with Tony Sipp, Will Harris, Oliver Perez and Luke Gregerson to hold the Royals' offense scoreless otherwise. If the Astros choose to pitch McHugh on four days rest, he'll take the hill for Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday, otherwise he's likely to pitch Game 5, if necessary, on October 14.
The team has decided it's necessary to gauge the full extent of the issue that knocked Cecil out of Game 2 Friday. Cecil was spotted icing the calf and being fitted for crutches after exiting. His injury could loom large, as Aaron Loup is only other lefty in the Toronto bullpen.
The Blue Jays have decided an MRI is necessary to gauge the full extent of the calf issue that knocked Cecil out of Friday's Game 2 of the ALDS. Cecil was spotted icing the calf and being fitted for crutches after exiting. His injury could loom large, as Aaron Loup is only other lefty in the Toronto bullpen.
The left-hander completed a scoreless eighth inning on 12 pitches, but was clearly hobbled as he left the field. Saturday is an off day in the series, but Cecil's availability for Sunday is a question mark. Aaron Loup is the only other lefty reliever on the Blue Jays' ALDS roster.
The 29-year-old outfielder gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the first inning with an RBI groundout before homering late in the game off Royals reliever Ryan Madson. He's likely to remain in the starting lineup Friday against right-hander Johnny Cueto, who he's 9-for-27 (.333) lifetime against.
Two nights after preserving a 3-0 win over the Yankees in the AL Wild Card game, Gregerson was back at it with a scoreless inning against the Royals. He struck out Kendrys Morales to open the the frame, but proceeded to hit Mike Moustakas with a pitch. Fortunately, Gregerson rebounded to retire Salvador Perez (strikeout) and Alex Gordon (foul out) to escape the inning with no further damage. Through two playoff appearances this season, the 31-year-old right-hander has allowed just one baserunner while striking out four over two scoreless innings.
Springer's solo shot came in the fifth inning off the Royals' Chris Young and gave the Astros a two-run cushion in the game. Through two playoff appearances in 2015, the 26-year-old outfielder is 3 for 8 with two extra-base hits.