Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu slated to throw simulated game Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb |
(4:31 pm ET) Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has been out since mid-September due to a shoulder injury, is slated to throw 45 pitches or three innings during a simulated game Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Marlins expecting to have Giancarlo Stanton on roster in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb |
(3:33 pm ET) Marlins president David Samson said even if the team can't sign outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a long-term deal, he is still expected to be part of the Marlins' plans next season, per The Miami Herald.

"He’s on this team [in 2015] either way," Samson said. "I can’t wait until after the season to sit down with Giancarlo and [agent] Joel Wolfe and talk about contract. We’re ready. We want him to be a Marlin well past his arbitration years.

"We hope that he believes in us and believes in Miami and believes in the direction of this team and recognizes that he has a chance to be the leader of a successful team for many years to come."

Russell Martin expects to start for Pirates in wild-card game
by Michael Hurcomb |
(3:24 pm ET) Pirates catcher Russell Martin, who has been out since aggravating a hamstring injury Friday, told reporters Tuesday he expects to be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's wild-card game against the Giants.

Dodgers 2B Dee Gordon (hip) cleared to run
by Michael Hurcomb |
(3:20 pm ET) Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, who had to leave Saturday's game due to right hip irritation, said Tuesday he feels fine and has been cleared to run, according to The Dodgers will face the Cardinals in the NLDS.

Evan Gattis playing in left field in 2015 is 'an option' for Braves
by Michael Hurcomb |
(3:07 pm ET) Braves catcher Evan Gattis appeared in a career-high 108 games in his second season in the majors in 2014, which was three more games than he played as a rookie in 2013. He appeared in 93 games at catcher and three games at DH, but he made no starts at first base or left field, which were two positions he saw playing time at as a rookie.

Though, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated Gattis could play around 140 games next season if he were to play in left field on top of his catcher responsibilities.

"That's an option," Gonzalez said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Justin Grimm, Neil Ramirez to remain relievers for Cubs
by Michael Hurcomb |
(1:56 pm ET) Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday pitchers Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez will remain in the bullpen next season, according to ESPN.

Grimm was 5-2 with a 3.78 ERA in 73 relief appearances this season, while Ramirez went 3-3 with a 1.44 ERA and three saves in 50 appearances.

Cubs project Javier Baez to be opening day second baseman
by Michael Hurcomb |
(1:46 pm ET) Cubs president Theo Epstein told reporters Tuesday the team projects Javier Baez to be their opening day second baseman in 2015, according to

Cubs prospect Addison Russell to play at multiple positions this spring
by Michael Hurcomb |
(1:43 pm ET) With shortstop prospect Addison Russell getting closer to the majors, Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday the team has no plans to move Starlin Castro off shortstop, according to ESPN.

Epstein added Russell, who is considered one of the top prospects in baseball, is expected to play at multiple positions during spring training.

Cubs planning for Starlin Castro to be starting shortstop in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb |
(1:39 pm ET) Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday the team is making plans for Starlin Castro to remain the team's starting shortstop in 2015, according to WSCR-AM.

Lack of lineup protection hurt Braves 1B Freddie Freeman in 2014
by Michael Hurcomb |
(11:23 am ET) Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was great during clutch situations in 2013, finishing second in the majors with a .443 average with runners in scoring position. However, he wasn't nearly as productive in that area in 2014, batting .294 with runners in scoring position.

"I think the formula for Freddie is getting consistent chances," Braves hitting coach Greg Walker said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The (No.) 1 and 2 hole was up and down this year. We couldn’t find consistent answers there. We needed Jason (Heyward) in both spots, in the middle and leading off. That was not what he wanted to do. Jason views himself as a middle-of-the-lineup hitter. He’s a team player and he’s going to do whatever the manager asks him to do, but that’s what he views himself as, a middle-of-the-order hitter.

"But if you give Freddie consistent chances and they pitch to him, that’s another big key. You’ve got to have somebody behind him, that’s part of the puzzle. Yeah, Justin (Upton) had a great year hitting behind him this year, but one reason (Upton) had a lot of RBI is that Freeman walked a lot."

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