Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Sidelined six months after knee surgery
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(3:14 pm ET) 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 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.

Astros' Brad Peacock: Shifts to bullpen for ALCS
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(9:44 am ET) Peacock will move to the bullpen for Game 4 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Tuesday, Jane Lee of reports.

Lance McCullers will make the start, but will likely be on a pretty short leash, with Peacock poised to come in and eat a few innings before the Astros hand the game over to their top bullpen arms. Peacock gave up three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four in 2.2 innings in his lone postseason appearance against the Red Sox in the ALDS.

Astros' Lance McCullers: Tabbed as Game 4 starter
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(9:40 am ET) McCullers will start Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday in New York, Jane Lee of reports.

He has only made one appearance this postseason -- a three-inning effort in mop-up duty against the Red Sox in the ALDS. Brad Peacock, who was the other option for this start, will be available out of the bullpen, likely piggybacking McCullers' start before the game gets turned over to Houston's top relievers. With that in mind, it is unlikely that McCullers will be asked to face the Yankees' lineup a third time in this outing.

Yankees' Luis Severino: Listed as Game 6 starter
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(10/16/2017) 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.

Yankees' Luis Severino: Says arm is 'great'
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(10/14/2017) Severino (arm) said after Saturday's game, "I feel great. I feel 100 percent great," and noted he could have kept pitching, Bryan Hoch of reports.

It seems like the Yankees just wanted to play it safe with Severino after he was hit by a comebacker. He should still be considered day-to-day for the time being, but apparently feels 100 percent.

Yankees' Luis Severino: Leaves after being hit by comebacker
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(10/14/2017) Severino was removed from Saturday's start after four innings after being hit on the left wrist by a comebacker, Bryan Hoch of reports.

A Yulieski Gurriel liner hit Severino on the final play of the fourth inning and manager Joe Girardi ultimately opted to pull the young ace. Tommy Kahnle has entered the game in relief and a further update on Severino figures to be made available later Saturday.

Dodgers' Rich Hill: Starting Game 2
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(10/14/2017) Hill has been named the starter for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cubs, David Vassegh of AM 570 in Los Angeles reports.

It'll be a matchup of lefties Sunday in Los Angeles with Hill going against Jon Lester and the Cubs. Hill lasted just 4.0 innings in his start against the Diamondbacks in the NLDS, allowing two earned runs and walking three batters.

Cubs' Jon Lester: Tabbed as Game 2 starter
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(10/14/2017) Lester will start Game 2 of the NLCS against the Dodgers, David Vassegh of AM 570 in Los Angeles reports.

It'll be a pair of veteran lefties matching up in Game 2 with the Dodgers turning to Rich Hill against Lester. He allowed one run over 6.0 innings in his first start of the postseason against the Nationals and chipped in 3.2 innings in relief in Game 4. Lester has a career 2.57 ERA in the postseason.

Cubs' Jose Quintana: Will start Saturday
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(10/14/2017) Quintana will take the hill for Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Saturday, Paul Sullivan of The Chicago Tribune reports.

Quintana will face off against Clayton Kershaw after pitching Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday. During that start versus the Nationals, Quintana allowed just one run (zero earned) off two hits and one walk while striking out seven over 5.2 innings. The Cubs have yet to announce a rotation beyond Quintana, but this would likely set him up for Game 5 at Wrigley Field on Thursday as well.

Astros' Charlie Morton: Will start Game 3 on Monday
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(10/13/2017) Morton will take the hill for Game 3 of the ALCS in Yankee Stadium on Monday, Richard Justice of reports.

Morton will follow Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander, respectively, in the Astros' rotation for the series against New York. He will be coming off six days of rest after starting in Boston on Monday. During that game, Morton allowed two earned runs off seven hits and two walks over 4.1 innings.

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