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10/8/2014 Brennan Boesch, RF (LAA) The Los Angeles Angels have designated Boesch and catcher John Buck for assignment.

Analysis: Boesch batted .187 in 27 games during his first season with the Angels, playing mostly with Triple-A Salt Lake.
10/7/2014 Yasiel Puig, RF (LAD) Puig is not in the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup for Game 4 of their NL Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.

Analysis: Puig struck out seven consecutive times before he tripled and scored the tying run in the Dodgers' 3-1 loss on Monday night, which gave St. Louis a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. He is batting .250 in the series, going 3 for 12, with eight strikeouts.
10/7/2014 Daniel Norris, P (Tor) Norris underwent arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to remove bone spurs and loose bodies in his pitching elbow.

Analysis: The 21-year-old will need at least six weeks of recovery time and is expected to be ready for spring training. Norris had a 5.40 ERA in one start and four relief appearances during a late-season call-up, when he allowed four runs in 6 2-3 innings. He was 12-2 with a 2.53 ERA this year at three minor-league levels, including 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA in five games at Triple-A Buffalo.
10/6/2014 Clayton Kershaw, P (LAD) The Los Angeles Dodgers will go to ace Clayton Kershaw on three days' rest in Game 4 of their NL Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Analysis: Manager Don Mattingly made the announcement Monday before Game 3 in a best-of-five series tied at a game apiece. He added he ''pretty much knew'' before the series started. Kershaw is set to pitch Tuesday night. Mattingly said Zack Greinke would start a potential Game 5.
10/6/2014 Joseph Ortiz, P (ChC) The Chicago Cubs have claimed left-hander Joseph Ortiz off waivers from the Texas Rangers.

Analysis: The 24-year-old Ortiz missed much of last season due to a broken left foot. He was limited to 15 minor league appearances after he went 2-2 with a 4.23 ERA in 32 games for Texas in 2013. The Cubs announced the move on Monday, which fills out their 40-man roster.
10/5/2014 Alex Avila, C (Det) Avila has left Game 3 of the AL Division Series against Baltimore after taking a foul tip off the mask.

Analysis: Avila, who has had concussion problems in the past, was hit by a ball off the bat of Steve Pearce in the sixth inning Sunday. Trainer Kevin Rand came out to check on Avila, who eventually walked off the field to a nice ovation from the Detroit crowd. Bryan Holaday replaced Avila behind the plate.
10/5/2014 Salvador Perez, C (KC) Perez said he felt "dizzy" and "foggy" after taking a blow to the head during Game 2 of the AL Division Series, even though he remained in the game.

Analysis: Speaking before Game 3 on Sunday night, Perez said Royals manager Ned Yost and trainer Nick Kenney asked him a series of questions and made sure he was OK before letting him to continue. The Royals won 4-1 in 11 innings, putting them on the brink of sweeping the Los Angeles Angels in their best-of-five series.
10/5/2014 Rajai Davis, LF (Det) Davis is out of the starting lineup Sunday for Game 3 of their AL Division Series against Baltimore.

Analysis: Davis has been dealing with a pelvic strain, and Detroit is starting Don Kelly in his place in center field. The Tigers trail the best-of-five series 2-0. Manager Brad Ausmus says he was concerned about starting Davis and potentially having to pull him out of the game. He says Davis is available as a substitute.
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.
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