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Tigers outfield prospect Riley Greene is out of concussion protocol.

Oct 23   12:06 AM

Greene was taken off the Arizona Fall League roster because of a concussion that he suffered late in the regular season while at Triple-A Toledo. He's over it now, though, and is going through his normal offseason training. The top prospect should debut at some point in 2022.

Tigers infield prospect Spencer Torkelson (ankle) has been ruled out for the rest of the Arizona Fall League season.

Oct 23   12:06 AM

Torkelson suffered a sprained ankle while attempting to get back to third base on a pickoff attempt. The good news is that he is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. The top prospect should debut relatively early on next season.

Chas McCormick is starting in center field and batting eighth for the Astros in Friday's ALCS Game 6 versus the Red Sox.

Oct 23   12:06 AM

Jose Siri had started two of the last three games in center, but it will be McCormick there Friday as the Astros try to close out the series. McCormick is 6-for-15 at the plate during the postseason.

Kevin Plawecki is starting at catcher and batting ninth for the Red Sox on Friday against the Astros in Game 6 of the ALCS.

Oct 23   12:06 AM

Plawecki has caught both Nathan Eovaldi starts this series, with Christian Vazquez handling the other four games. The Red Sox also moved Hunter Renfroe -- who has one hit in the series -- down to the eight spot.

Hirokazu Sawamura is dealing with right hamstring discomfort and could be removed from the Red Sox' ALCS roster.

Oct 23   12:06 AM

Sawamura will throw prior to Friday's Game 6 and the team will make a determination on his status then. It's not clear who would take his spot.

Yonny Chirinos will not be ready for Opening Day day after undergoing surgery for a fractured elbow in late September.

Oct 23   12:06 AM

The 27-year-old was 13-months removed from Tommy John surgery before suffering a fractured elbow while throwing live batting practice in late September. The good news is that his repaired ulnar5 collateral ligament was not damaged. Tampa Bay hopes to have their right-hander back by late April or May if there are no further setbacks. 

Nathan Eovaldi allowed one run over 4 1/3 innings Friday against the Astros.

Oct 23   12:06 AM

Eovaldi did his part, with the only run coming because Enrique Hernandez dropped a long fly to center. The highlight was him striking out Kyle Tucker and Chas McCormick after giving up a single and double to start the fourth. He wasn't quite at full strength after pitching in relief in Game 4, leading to the early exit, but he still wrapped up a stellar season in fine fashion.

Luis Garcia pitched 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball Friday to get the win in Game 6 of the ALCS.

Oct 23   12:06 AM

Garcia, who left his last start with a rather mysterious knee problem, showed up with his best stuff of the season and struck out seven tonight, allowing just one hit and one walk along the way. It was a miraculous performance from someone who seemed to be wearing down after a long season; he had given up 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings during the postseason.

Angels sent RHP James Hoyt outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Oct 22   12:59 PM

He's now off the 40-man roster. Hoyt posted a 6.75 ERA over nine relief appearance with the Halos this season.

Angels sent RHP Luke Bard outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Oct 22   12:59 PM

Bard had hip surgery back in April and missed the entire season. He's now off the 40-man roster.

Angels sent INF Franklin Barreto outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Oct 22   12:59 PM

Barreto missed the entire 2021 campaign following Tommy John surgery. The former top prospect is still only 25 but hasn't found any success at the major league level.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that coach Bobby Dickerson is leaving the Padres to join the Phillies as their new infield coach.

Oct 22   12:28 PM

The makeover of the Phillies' staff continues after they hired Kevin Long as hitting coach last week. Dickerson had been with the Padres since 2020 and in 2021 served both as the team's third base coach and bench coach.

Joe Kelly has left Game 5 of the NLCS against the Braves on Thursday with a right biceps tightness.

Oct 22   12:43 AM

It was originally announced that the injury was related to the shoulder, but the Dodgers clarified that it was tightness in the biceps. Kelly allowed a two-run homer to Freddie Freeman, but was able to get an out and then exited in the middle of an at-bat against Adam Duvall with a trainer. Evan Phillips has come in to replace the right-hander. If the Dodgers are able to win on Thursday, it seems likely that Kelly will need to be replaced on the roster. 

Cristian Pache has been removed from the Braves' NLCS roster.

Oct 22   12:02 AM

Jorge Soler has returned from the COVID-19 injured list ahead of NLCS Game 5 on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. Pache was a ninth-inning defensive replacement for the Braves in NLDS Game 4 and NLCS Game 2. He did not make a plate appearance.

Dodgers designated RHP Edwin Uceta for assignment.

Oct 22   12:02 AM

This move opens up a spot for infielder Andy Burns, who is joining the Dodgers' NLCS roster in place of the injured Justin Turner. Uceta struggled to a 6.64 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, and 25/12 K/BB ratio over his first 20 1/3 major league innings this season, but he is only 23 years old.

Max Muncy confirmed he's no longer wearing a brace on his left elbow.

Oct 22   12:02 AM

While he did confirm he no longer needed a brace -- something that was apparent after he presented lineups in a prior game -- Muncy did not comment on what activities he's been cleared for. The 31-year-old dislocated his left elbow on October 3 in the regular season finale, and if even if the Dodgers win these next three games to advance to the World Series, it seems unlikely he'll be an option for the Fall Classic. 

Rockies outrighted RHP Yency Almonte to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Oct 22   12:02 AM

Almonte is removed to clear room on the 40-man roster. The right-hander was an up-and-down option for the Rockies without fantasy significance, and isn't likely to have a role going forward. 

Rockies sent RHP Tommy Doyle outright to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Oct 22   12:02 AM

Doyle was once considered one of the better relief prospects in baseball, but has seen his stock fall due to diminishing results; including a 9.84 ERA in 10 appearances for Double-A Hartford. 

Rockies sent INF Joshua Fuentes outright to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Oct 22   12:02 AM

The move clears room on the 40-man roster. Fuentes was awful in 2021 with a .225/.257/.351 slash, and is nothing more than organizational depth. There's a good chance that organization isn't the Rockies in 2022. 

Rockies sent INF Rio Ruiz outright to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Oct 22   12:02 AM

Ruiz was claimed off waivers from the Orioles over the summer, and he hit just .168 with the Rockies and Baltimore in 2021. He'll likely be non-tendered and seek a new opportunity in 2022. 

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