Michael Brantley
Indians' Michael Brantley: Undergoes ankle surgery
Michael Brantley, LF, CLE
10:13 AM
News: Brantley will miss the next 4-to-5 months after undergoing right ankle surgery Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Although Brantley appeared on the ALDS roster against the Yankees -- and recorded a decent amount of at-bats -- the outfield needed surgery to stabilize the ligaments in his ankle ahead of next season. This places him on a timetable to optimistically return to full baseball activities right around the start of spring training. Another hurdle in play in his club option for next season, with Cleveland needing to decide whether to pick up his $12 million for 2018, or buy him out for $1 million, which will have to be decided three days after the World Series concludes.

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Jonathan Villar
Brewers' Jonathan Villar: Dealing with finger injury
Jonathan Villar, 2B, MIL
9:57 AM
News: Villar has been dealing with an apparent injury, as his left ring finger was in a splint Wednesday, The Brewer Nation blog reports.

There has been no word from the club on Villar's status at this point, but there doesn't seem to be any real concern regarding his availability for next season. During the 2017 season, Villar was barely seeing time in the field over the course of the homestretch, and slashed just .241/.293/.372 in 122 games.

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Corey Seager
Dodgers' Corey Seager: Expects to be ready for World Series
Corey Seager, SS, LAD
12:40 AM
News: Manager Dave Roberts said he expects Seager (back) to be ready for the World Series, should the Dodgers make it, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Seager's back has been steadily improving, and he was able to play catch with no issues Wednesday. The 23-year-old will continue to ramp up his activity -- he's scheduled to take swings Thursday -- but barring any setbacks, it sounds like the Dodgers will have their star shortstop back for the Fall Classic if they're able to close out the Cubs in the NLCS (Los Angeles leads the series 3-1).

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Brandon Finnegan
Reds' Brandon Finnegan: Both shoulders fully healed
Brandon Finnegan, SP, CIN
10/18/2017
News: Both of Finnegan's surgically repaired shoulders are fully healed, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. "I will just have a normal offseason. I'm completely healed, both sides," Finnegan said. "I've got more rotation in my right shoulder than I had before I got hurt. That's a good thing. I'll start working out in November and throwing in December. I'll keep up with my running, and that's it."

While Finnegan's health progress is good, that doesn't necessarily he'll be back to the same form in the spring when pitching. Often the transition from "healthy" to "pitching effectively" is lengthy when dealing with shoulder injuries.

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Gleyber Torres
Yankees' Gleyber Torres: Resumes hitting
Gleyber Torres, SS, NYY
10/18/2017
News: Torres (elbow) revealed on his Twitter account that he has resumed hitting.

Torres' 2017 campaign was cut short by an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery, but he is now nearly four months removed from the procedure, and is seemingly progressing as hoped with his recovery. With him already feeling good enough to take swings, he should be ready to go when spring training kicks off next year.

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Hanley Ramirez
Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Expects to be ready for start of 2018
Hanley Ramirez, DH, BOS
10/17/2017
News: Ramirez is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 season after successfully undergoing surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

This is encouraging news, as it appears Ramirez's surprise shoulder surgery was a minor procedure. Shoulder issues plagued him all season -- resulting in a disappointing 2017 campaign that saw him hit an unremarkable .242/.320/.429 with 23 homers in 133 games -- so the hope is that a fully healthy Ramirez will get back on track in 2018.

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Eduardo Rodriguez
Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Sidelined six months after knee surgery
Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, BOS
10/17/2017
News: Rodriguez is not expected to return to pitching for six months after undergoing surgery to reconstruct the patellofemoral ligament in his right knee, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

This is a tough break for Rodriguez, as the 24-year-old has missed extended time in three of the past four seasons due to knee issues. That will likely be the case again in 2018, as his estimated recovery timetable lines him up for a return sometime in May or June. A more concrete timetable should become available once he gets back into a throwing program. Rodriguez compiled a 4.19 ERA and 150:50 K:BB in 137.1 regular-season innings in 2017.

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Dustin Pedroia
Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Weighing knee surgery
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
10/17/2017
News: Pedroia will decide within the next few days whether he will undergo surgery on his left knee, ESPN.com's Scott Lauber reports. "If you were to get it fixed, the recovery is a long time," Pedroia said last week. "So, I have a lot of things to weigh with the doctors and figure it out."

He has already seen a couple specialists to gauge his options, and we should know which route he will take later this week. It sounds like the surgery in question could affect his availability for the start of 2018, so this could be a noteworthy offseason development. Brock Holt is the top internal option to plug a hole at the keystone if Pedroia ends up missing time next season.

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Luis Severino
Yankees' Luis Severino: Listed as Game 6 starter
Luis Severino, SP, NYY
10/16/2017
News: Severino (arm) is expected to pitch Game 6 of the ALCS against the Astros on Friday if necessary, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.

Severino was removed from his previous start after being hit on the wrist by a comebacker. While there was some initial concern regarding the injury, Severino said he felt great afterwards and ultimately wasn't sent for additional testing. He's set to play catch prior to Monday's game, and if everything checks out fine, he should be available to pitch Game 6 -- assuming the Yankees are able to extend the series.

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Jake Marisnick
Astros' Jake Marisnick: Begins throwing Sunday
Jake Marisnick, CF, HOU
10/15/2017
News: Marisnick (thumb) threw Sunday for the first time since undergoing surgery in mid-September, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

There's no indication that Marisnick will be able to return at some point during the postseason, should the Astros advance beyond the ALCS. With that in mind, he'll aim to be back in full health once spring training arrives. Marisnick appeared in 106 games during the 2017 season, during which he hit .243/.319/.496.

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