Daniel Murphy
Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Undergoes knee surgery
Daniel Murphy, 2B, WAS
2:25 PM
News: Murphy underwent successful knee surgery to repair the articular cartilage in his right knee, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.

The Nationals stated that Murphy will begin rehab immediately, but the only sort of timetable mentioned was that the rehab "will progress throughout the offseason." Regarding the surgery, Dr. Timothy Kremcheck performed the procedure, which entailed debridement and microfracture of the knee. There will likely be updates of Murphy's status as the offseason moves along.

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Clayton Kershaw
Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Will start Game 1 of World Series
Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
10/19/2017
News: Manager Dave Roberts announced that Kershaw will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Yankees or Astros on Tuesday, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports.

Kershaw tossed six innings of one-run ball in Thursday's NLCS-clinching win over the Cubs, setting himself up to face off against the American League champions on a full four days of rest. Kershaw faced the Yankees once last season (five scoreless innings) but hasn't faced the Astros since 2015.

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Jonathan Villar
Brewers' Jonathan Villar: Finger injury not serious
Jonathan Villar, 2B, MIL
10/19/2017
News: Villar is reportedly feeling fine Thursday after suffering a minor finger injury earlier this week, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

Villar was seen sporting a splint on his left ring finger this week, but the Brewers announced that the injury is nothing serious whatsoever. Villar apparently pinched his finger in a door and should be at full strength as he proceeds through his offseason schedule.

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Jon Lester
Cubs' Jon Lester: Prepares for Game 6 start
Jon Lester, SP, CHC
10/19/2017
News: Lester will be on the mound for Game 6 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Saturday, if the Cubs can extend the series with a win Thursday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

Lester will not be available in relief Thursday while he preps for a potential Game 6 outing. This start would come on five days of rest for the left-hander, and he will likely go up against Rich Hill yet again, if the matchup comes to fruition. During Sunday's Game 2 start, Lester allowed one earned run off three hits and five walks, while striking out a pair in 4.2 innings.

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Curtis Granderson
Dodgers' Curtis Granderson: Out of lineup for Game 5
Curtis Granderson, LF, LAD
10/19/2017
News: Granderson is not in the lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Thursday.

As has been the case all postseason, Granderson will head to the bench with a southpaw (Jose Quintana) toeing the rubber for the opposition. Enrique Hernandez will start in left field and bat sixth in his stead. Granderson is coming off an 0-for-4 night with four strikeouts, and is just 1-for-15 (.066) so far in the postseason, so manager Dave Roberts will probably turn elsewhere if he needs a pinch hitter in the latter stages of Thursday's game.

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Yasmani Grandal
Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Not in Game 5 lineup
Yasmani Grandal, C, LAD
10/19/2017
News: Grandal is out of the lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Thursday.

Grandal will head to the bench for the fourth time in this series as Austin Barnes is set to catch Clayton Kershaw and bat seventh in the lineup. Over the course of the postseason, Grandal is just 0-for-5 at the plate, with three walks and two strikeouts.

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Ian Happ
Cubs' Ian Happ: Out of lineup Thursday
Ian Happ, CF, CHC
10/19/2017
News: Happ is not in the lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Thursday.

Over the course of the playoffs, Happ is just 0-for-6 at the plate with five strikeouts and a walk, and will remain on the bench for another elimination game against Clayton Kershaw. Albert Almora will patrol center and Kyle Schwarber gets the nod in left for Thursday's affair.

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Jason Heyward
Cubs' Jason Heyward: Out of lineup for Game 5
Jason Heyward, RF, CHC
10/19/2017
News: Heyward is not in the lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Thursday.

Manager Joe Maddon is going with a righty-heavy lineup against southpaw Clayton Kershaw, so Heyward will open Thursday's must-win game against the Dodgers on the bench as Ben Zobrist takes over in right field. Heyward could enter as a late-game defensive replacement if the Cubs are ahead.

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Jon Jay
Cubs' Jon Jay: Not in Game 5 lineup
Jon Jay, LF, CHC
10/19/2017
News: Jay is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Dodgers.

Jay will retreat to the bench for Game 5 of the NLCS as the club goes up against left-hander Clayton Kershaw. In his place, Kyle Schwarber earns the nod in left while Albert Almora will start in center and bat atop the order. Jay will likely enter the game as a defensive substitute or pinch hitter in the latter stages of the contest.

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Shawn Kelley
Nationals' Shawn Kelley: Expects to be ready for start of 2018
Shawn Kelley, RP, WAS
10/19/2017
News: Kelley (elbow) said he expects to be healthy for the start of the 2018 season, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

Kelley's season prematurely ended in September after it was revealed that bone chips in his right elbow were causing inflammation. The good news is he seems to have avoided any structural damage, and it doesn't look like he'll require surgery at this point. Kelley opted for a stem cell injection instead, and he'll now wait for the inflammation to subside before hopefully picking up his offseason routine in time to get ready for the start of next season. He was limited to just 26 innings in 2017 due to injuries, compiling an unsightly 7.27 ERA and 1.54 WHIP during that span.

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