A.J. Pierzynski wants to play next season
A.J. Pierzynski | STL
(October 19, 2014 10:12 AM EDT)
A.J. Pierzynski would like to continue his playing career next season.
Pierzynski, who will turn 38 in December, was released by the Red Sox after struggling for three months, but the Cardinals picked him up and used him as a starter while Yadier Molina was hurt. His best days are clearly behind him, but Pierzynski should be able to land somewhere at least as a backup. "I want to play, obviously," said Pierzynski. "Physically I feel good. I still think I can contribute. I don’t know what will be out there, but I want to play."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
John Lackey reiterates plans to play in 2015
John Lackey | STL
(October 19, 2014 10:07 AM EDT)
John Lackey on Friday reiterated his plans to play next season.
Some have speculated that Lackey could retire rather than play under the Cardinals' $500,000 option for next season (which kicked in after he missed the 2012 campaign following Tommy John surgery). However, Lackey, who will turn 36 later this week, fully intends to honor the final year of his contract. "Great experience here," Lackey said. "Obviously it didn’t end the way we’d like it to. No complaints at all. A lot of young guys that will be back, and they’re big contributors. Definitely don’t see why not. The reason I came here was I had every intention of playing next year."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Tribe wants Kipnis to lose weight over winter
Jason Kipnis | CLE
(October 19, 2014 9:46 AM EDT)
The Indians have given Jason Kipnis a different offseason conditioning program in hopes that he'll lose some weight and add some flexibility.
Kipnis bulked up last winter in hopes of adding more power. The plan backfired, as his bat and foot speed both dropped, leading to a very disappointing season. A nagging oblique injury also was a major factor, but the Indians hope a slimmer Kipnis will bounce back to his All-Star form in 2015.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Don't expect Martin Havlat to be out long
Martin Havlat | NJ
(October 19, 2014 7:32 AM EDT)
Do not expect Martin Havlat (facial lacerations) to be out long.
Havlat was cut for plenty of stitches on his lip Thursday and wanted to play on Saturday, even partaking in the warmups but coach Peter DeBoer decided otherwise and Damien Brunner made his seasonal debut. "He was close," DeBoer said. "To his credit, he wanted to play tonight. If it was up to me I probably wouldn’t even have had him come down to the rink based on how he looked. But he insisted on trying it this morning and coming back and trying it again in warmup and he was pretty disappointed when he couldn’t go at the end. I give him a lot of credit. He’s a tough guy." Havlat could return on Tuesday. Stay tuned.
Newark Star-Ledger
Jacob Josefson still a healthy scratch
Jacob Josefson | NJ
(October 19, 2014 7:28 AM EDT)
Jacob Josefson was a healthy scratch for the fifth consecutive time on Saturday.
Josefson has yet to play this season as he has joined defenseman Adam Larsson in the press box for all five games. Just an FYI in case you were wondering what happened to Jacob Josefson.
Newark Star-Ledger
Adam LaRoche wants to re-sign with Nationals
Adam LaRoche | WAS
(October 18, 2014 10:04 PM EDT)
Adam LaRoche said he hopes to re-sign with the Nationals this winter.
"If it was up to me, I’m signing a deal with D.C. that puts me there for the rest of my career," he said. LaRoche and the Nationals actually have a mutual $15 million option for 2015, but the Nats will likely decline the option with an eye on moving Ryan Zimmerman to first base next season. LaRoche hit .259/.362/.455 with 26 home runs this season, and he shouldn't have a problem finding another landing spot in free agency.
Rangers GM Daniels eyeing Lewis extension
Colby Lewis | TEX
(October 18, 2014 6:31 PM EDT)
After hiring a new manager, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said his next priority is to work on re-signing Colby Lewis.
"We haven’t been able to spend much time on that," Daniels said of a new contract. "We can get back to that now." The Rangers have exclusive negotiating rights with Lewis through the end of the World Series. The 35-year-old went 10-14 with a 5.18 ERA in 29 starts with the club in 2014.
Dallas Morning News
Vogelsong penciled in for WS Game 4 start
Ryan Vogelsong | SF
(October 18, 2014 6:03 PM EDT)
Ryan Vogelsong will start for the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series Saturday.
Vogelsong lasted just three innings in his start against the Cardinals in the NLCS, but he's traditionally been a good pitcher in the postseason. A starter for the Royals hasn't yet been announced for the game.
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Hudson lined up for World Series Game 3 start
Tim Hudson | SF
(October 18, 2014 5:55 PM EDT)
Tim Hudson will start Game 3 of the World Series against the Royals.
Hudson will take the hill when the Giants return to AT&T Park Friday. He'll look to get back on track after he allowed four runs over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals in the NLCS. Royals manager Ned Yost hasn't yet announced who will oppose Hudson in Game 3.
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Peavy tabbed for Game 2 start against Royals
Jake Peavy | SF
(October 18, 2014 5:46 PM EDT)
Jake Peavy will start Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series for the Giants.
Peavy was pulled early in a Game 2 loss to the Cardinals in the NLCS, but manager Bruce Bochy is going back to his veteran for a road start against the Royals. He'll be opposed by young flamethrower Yordano Ventura in a matchup of two very different pitchers. Peavy has struggled to go deep in any of his seven postseason starts in his career, never making it out of the sixth inning. He'll look to change that Wednesday.
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