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Date Player
10/12/2015 Addison Russell, ChC, 2B
Russell exited Game 3 of the NLDS with tightness in his left hamstring.

Analysis: The rookie hurt himself while running out a triple in the fourth inning. Consider him uncertain for Tuesday's Game 4.
10/12/2015 Clayton Kershaw, LAD, P
Kershaw is scheduled to start on three days' rest for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of their playoff series against the New York Mets.

Analysis: The reigning NL MVP and three-time Cy Young Award winner was chosen Monday over fellow left-hander Alex Wood. The best-of-five NL Division Series was tied 1-all going into Game 3 on Monday night at Citi Field. Game 4 is Tuesday night in New York. Kershaw started the series opener last Friday and lasted 6 2-3 innings. He gave up a home run to Daniel Murphy and was beaten 3-1 by Jacob deGrom and the Mets.
10/12/2015 Matt Reynolds, NYM, 2B
Mets infielder Matt Reynolds, who has never played in the majors, has replaced injured shortstop Ruben Tejada on New York's roster for the remainder of the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Analysis: Reynolds batted .267 with six homers and 65 RBIs this season for Triple-A Las Vegas. He could become the second player since the first World Series in 1903 to make his big league debut in the postseason, according to STATS. Mark Kiger did it for Oakland in 2006, appearing as a defensive replacement and pinch runner.
10/11/2015 Chase Utley, LAD, 2B
Utley was not in the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting lineup for Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the New York Mets on Monday night. Instead of Utley, Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly started Howie Kendrick at second.

Analysis: Utley appealed his two-game suspension assessed by Major League Baseball on Sunday night for an illegal slide in Game 2, which broke the right leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. The appeal meant the penalty could not start until after a hearing and a decision. Utley's hearing didn't take place Monday. The sides were still trying to agree to a schedule.
10/11/2015 Ruben Tejada, NYM, SS
Tejada fractured his right fibula during Saturday's Game 2 of the NLDS.

Analysis: The injury occurred in the seventh inning on a controversial slide into second base by the Dodgers' Chase Utley. Tejada, who started the series' first two games, is obviously out for the remainder of the playoffs and was replaced by Wilmer Flores. Flores is the better hitter of the two and Tejada the superior defender.
10/10/2015 Matt Carpenter, StL, 3B
Carpenter had a solo homer in Saturday's loss to the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLDS.

Analysis: Carpenter has a knack for the long ball in October, as he homered four times with eight RBIs in nine games during last year's playoffs. He's just 1 for 7 so far in this series, however.
10/10/2015 Kolten Wong, StL, 2B
Wong had a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLDS.

Analysis: Though he committed a costly error during Chicago's five-run second inning, Wong now has four homers in his last nine playoff games dating back to last season.
10/10/2015 Kris Bryant, ChC, 3B
Bryant went 0 for 4 in Saturday's Game 2 of the NLDS.

Analysis: The rookie is hitless in 11 at-bats over the Cubs' three postseason games.
10/10/2015 Dexter Fowler, ChC, CF
Fowler was 2 for 5 with an RBI in Saturday's win over St. Louis in Game 2 of the NLDS.

Analysis: Fowler is giving the Cubs a spark from the leadoff spot during these playoffs, as he's 5 for 13 with a homer and four runs scored in their three postseason games.
10/10/2015 Jorge Soler, ChC, RF
Soler had two hits, including a two-run homer, in Saturday's win over the Cardinals in Game 2 of the NLDS.

Analysis: Soler was in the lineup with St. Louis starting lefty Jaime Garcia, but he'll likely sit in favor of Kyle Schwarber with the right-handed Michael Wacha pitching Monday's Game 3.
10/10/2015 Jaime Garcia, StL, P
Garcia was removed from Game 2 of the NLDS after two innings due to a stomach virus.

Analysis: Garcia was struggling prior to being taken out, allowing a two-run homer to the Cubs' Jorge Soler and four hits in all. He permitted five runs, though none were earned due to a pair of errors that included his own misplay of a safety squeeze attempt.
10/10/2015 Ryan Tepera, Tor, P
Tepera was added to Toronto's roster on Saturday, replacing injured reliever Brett Cecil.

Analysis: Tepera had a 3.27 ERA in 32 appearances over three stints with the Blue Jays this season.
10/9/2015 Brett Cecil, Tor, P
The season is over for Cecil, who has a torn left calf muscle and has been replaced on Toronto's postseason roster by rookie right-hander Ryan Tepera.

Analysis: Cecil said Saturday that he won't need surgery and will be ready for spring training. He got hurt while tagging out Mike Napoli in a rundown during the Blue Jays' 6-4 loss to Texas on Friday. While Cecil initially thought he only had a cramp, he said the ''pain took over'' once the adrenaline quickly wore off after the inning-ending play.
10/8/2015 Ichiro Suzuki, Mia, RF
Suzuki's new contract with the Miami Marlins includes a $2 million club option for 2017 with a $500,000 buyout, raising the guarantee to $2.5 million. The outfielder, who turns 42 on Oct. 22, agreed to the deal this week. He can earn an additional $3 million annually in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $300,000 each for 250 and 300, and $400,000 apiece for 350 and each additional 50 through 600.

Analysis: Suzuki has 2,935 major league hits after getting 1,278 in Japan. Suzuki had 91 hits in 153 games and 438 plate appearances for the Marlins this year but batted a career-low .229, dropping his career average to .314. His slugging percentage was .279, the lowest among all major league players with more than 300 at-bats. But injuries to other outfielders, including slugger Giancarlo Stanton, made Suzuki nearly a regular.
10/8/2015 Josh Donaldson, Tor, 3B
Donaldson will play in Game 2 against Texas despite being kneed in the head trying to break up a double play Thursday.

Analysis: Donaldson passed concussion tests Thursday and was tested again Friday before taking part in batting practice. Manager John Gibbons said Donaldson will try running on a treadmill before the game.
10/8/2015 Adrian Beltre, Tex, 3B
Beltre let the Texas Rangers know he was ready to play and was a late addition to their starting lineup Monday for Game 4 of the AL Division Series.

Analysis: Beltre wasn't in manager Jeff Banister's initial lineup. But about an hour before the start of Monday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Rangers announced Beltre will start at third base and bat third.
10/8/2015 Martin Perez, Tex, P
Perez will start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Toronto Blue Jays, manager Jeff Banister said Thursday.

Analysis: Cole Hamels is starting Game 2, leaving Perez to get the nod at home. The Blue Jays hit .278 against left-handed pitchers this season, second in the majors to Detroit (.281).
10/8/2015 Dioner Navarro, Tor, C
Navarro will catch right-hander Marco Estrada in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Analysis: Russell Martin is set to catch the first two games.
10/8/2015 Troy Tulowitzki, Tor, SS
Tulowitzki is batting fifth for the Toronto Blue Jays in their first playoff game in 22 years.

Analysis: Tulowitzki missed most of the final three weeks of the regular season after breaking his left shoulder blade in a collision with teammate Kevin Pillar. He played two of the final three games, batting seventh. Tulowitzki hit .239 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 41 games after being acquired from Colorado on July 28.
10/8/2015 Chad Qualls, Hou, P
The Astros have left Qualls, part of their last playoff team in 2005, off their roster for their AL Division Series against the Kansas City Royals.

Analysis: Qualls was on the 25-man roster for the Astros' wild-card game against the Yankees but did not pitch. The 36-year-old right-hander had a 4.38 ERA this season.
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