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10/3/2014 Jose Fernandez, P (Mia) Fernandez's recovery from elbow-reconstruction surgery is turning another corner, with the Miami Marlins' ace now starting a throwing program. He made 25 tosses on Friday, the second throwing session of a rehab project that is still a long way from being finished.

Analysis: He needed about five minutes to complete the 25 throws to Marlins athletic trainer Sean Cunningham, who winced occasionally as Fernandez's throws from about 30 to 45 feet neared his glove.
10/3/2014 Chris Perez, P (LAD) Perez, infielder Darwin Barney and outfielder Joc Pederson were left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' 25-player roster for the NL Division Series against St. Louis.

Analysis: Perez had a 4.27 ERA in 49 appearances in his first year with the team.
10/3/2014 Joc Pederson, CF (LAD) Pederson, infielder Darwin Barney and reliever Chris Perez were left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' 25-player roster for the NL Division Series against St. Louis.

Analysis: Pederson was a September call-up who was the Dodgers' minor league co-player of the year.
10/3/2014 Darwin Barney, 2B (LAD) Barney, outfielder Joc Pederson and reliever Chris Perez were left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' 25-player roster for the NL Division Series against St. Louis.

Analysis: Barney hit .303 in 22 games after being acquired in late July from the Chicago Cubs, where the second baseman won a Gold Glove in 2012.
10/3/2014 Michael Morse, LF (SF) Morse, who played for Washington from 2009-12, was not on the Giants' roster for the NLDS.

Analysis: He hit .279 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs this season, but he's taken only two at-bats since Aug. 31, because of a strained oblique muscle.
10/3/2014 Rafael Soriano, P (Was) Left-hander Ross Detwiler has been left off the Washington Nationals' roster for their NL Division Series against the San Francisco Giants while Soriano made the 25-man cut.

Analysis: Soriano began the season as the NL East champions' closer and converted 22 of 24 save opportunities with a 0.97 ERA before the All-Star break. Since then, though, he blew five of 15 save chances, and Drew Storen took over the ninth-inning role.
10/3/2014 Ross Detwiler, P (Was) Detwiler has been left off the Washington Nationals' roster for their NL Division Series against the San Francisco Giants while former closer Rafael Soriano made the 25-man cut.

Analysis: Detwiler is a former starter who spent the regular season in the bullpen, mostly working in long relief. He went 2-3 with a 4.00 ERA in 63 innings across 47 appearances.
10/3/2014 Kelvin Herrera, P (KC) Herrera returned to action in Game 3, pitching a scoreless inning of relief against the Angels. He appears to be fine moving forward.

Analysis: Herrera had suffered a flexor strain in his right forearm in the series opener, making him unavailable for Game 2 of the AL Division Series.
10/3/2014 Kelvin Herrera, P (KC) According to reports, Herrera has left Thursday's Game 1 of the ALDS with right forearm tightness.

Analysis: It's certainly not a good sign as Herrera was clearly uncomfortable while walking the only batter he faced. It could be a big blow to the Kansas City bullpen.
10/2/2014 A.J. Pierzynski, C (StL) Veterans Jason Motte, Mark Ellis and A.J. Pierzynski have been left off the St. Louis Cardinals' 25-player roster for the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Analysis: The team announced its roster Thursday, when the Cardinals worked out in 95-degree heat at Dodger Stadium.
10/2/2014 Mark Ellis, 2B (StL) Veterans Jason Motte, Mark Ellis and A.J. Pierzynski have been left off the St. Louis Cardinals' 25-player roster for the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Analysis: The team announced its roster Thursday, when the Cardinals worked out in 95-degree heat at Dodger Stadium.
10/2/2014 Jason Motte, P (StL) Veterans Jason Motte, Mark Ellis and A.J. Pierzynski have been left off the St. Louis Cardinals' 25-player roster for the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Analysis: The team announced its roster Thursday, when the Cardinals worked out in 95-degree heat at Dodger Stadium.
10/2/2014 Raul Ibanez, LF (KC) Ibanez has been left off the Kansas City Royals' 25-man roster for the AL Division Series.

Analysis: Ibanez wasn't included on the roster submitted Thursday before the series opener against the Los Angeles Angels. The 42-year-old began this season with the Angels, who released him in June.
10/2/2014 Alfredo Figaro, P (Tex) The Texas Rangers have received right-hander Alfredo Figaro on a waiver claim from Milwaukee.

Analysis: The 30-year-old Figaro spent most of this season with Triple-A Nashville, going 5-2 with two saves and a 3.71 ERA in 42 games. He was 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA in six relief appearances over three stints with the Brewers. In 52 major league games for Detroit from 2009-10 and Milwaukee the last two seasons, he is 5-8 with a save and a 5.04 ERA. He also pitched two seasons in Japan.
10/2/2014 Ryan Braun, LF (Mil) Braun has undergone a medical procedure to address a nerve problem near his right thumb.

Analysis: Milwaukee said Thursday that Dr. Vernon Williams of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles administered cryotherapy, a procedure involving the application of extreme cold.
10/2/2014 Rajai Davis, LF (Det) Davis has been placed on the Detroit Tigers' 25-man roster for their AL Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles.

Analysis: Davis has been trying to bounce back from a pelvic strain he sustained Saturday night in a game against the Minnesota Twins. He did not play Sunday, and on Wednesday afternoon manager Brad Ausmus wasn't sure if Davis would be part of the roster.
10/2/2014 Stephen Strasburg, P (Was) Strasburg's postseason debut will come in Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the visiting Giants on Friday. Washington manager Matt Williams announced the choice Thursday.

Analysis: It is not a surprise: Strasburg was the team's opening-day starter and he's been much better at home than away. In 18 starts at Nationals Park this season, Strasburg went 9-3 with a 2.56 ERA. In 16 road starts, he was 5-8 with a 3.82 ERA.
10/2/2014 Ubaldo Jimenez, P (Bal) Jimenez, who struggled for much of the season, is on Baltimore's pitching staff for the AL Division Series.

Analysis: Jimenez went 6-9 with a 4.81 ERA in 25 games and 22 starts this season.
10/1/2014 Chris Owings, SS (Ari) Owings will have shoulder surgery. The Diamondbacks said in a news release Wednesday that the decision was made after Owings received a second opinion and surgery on the posterior labrum will be performed by Dr. James Andrews on Thursday.

Analysis: Arizona said Owings will be ready for spring training in February.
10/1/2014 Jose Fernandez, P (Mia) Fernandez is throwing again, 4 1/2 months after he underwent season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery.

Analysis: Fernandez made 25 throws of 30 feet - half the distance from the mound to the plate - and said he felt great after the brief workout Wednesday at Marlins Park. The 2013 National League Rookie of the Year was cleared last week to begin a throwing program. Fernandez underwent surgery May 16 and hopes to return around midseason in 2015.
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