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Carlos Martinez recently underwent a cleanup procedure on his right shoulder. (Source: Joe Schwarz on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Martinez has dealt with shoulder problems for a couple of years now, which is the main reason why he wasn't used as a starter in 2019. The Cardinals have yet to make an official announcement about this but it doesn't sound like anything that will affect his off-season routine.

Category: Injury Updates

Freddie Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Wednesday. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The procedure cleaned up bone spur formations in Freeman’s elbow. He has been dealing with an elbow issue since September and hit only .200 during the MLB playoffs. Freeman should be ready for spring training, but is a slight injury risk coming off right elbow surgery.

Category: Injury Updates

The Los Angeles Angels have hired Joe Maddon to be their manager. (Source: Los Angeles Angels on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The deal is reportedly for three years and $12 million. The 65-year-old Maddon has a lot of ties to the Angels organization, and he'll look to get them back to the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Justin Turner (back) will be ready for Thursday's NLDS Game 1. (Source: David Vassegh on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Dodgers are confident Turner will be "able to perform at his level". The 34-year-old struggled in September but was playing injured for most of it.

Category: Injury Updates

The Athletics announced Sean Manaea will start Wednesday's Wild Card game versus the Rays. (Source: Martin Gallegos on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He'll be opposed by Charlie Morton. Manaea was sensational since returning from injury this month, posting an elite 1.21 ERA spanning 29 2/3 innings pitched (five starts).

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins says the team is "committed" to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. playing third base. (Source: Ben-Nicholson Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Atkins added that Toronto has a plan for Guerrero this off-season. The 20-year-old has battled conditioning issues and knee problems for two years now. The idea is if he comes into spring training in better shape perhaps the knee injuries will subside. Guerrero posted a .772 OPS this season to go along with a memorable second-place finish in the Home Run Derby.

Chris Sale (elbow) is expected to be fully healthy come spring training. (Source: Alex Speier on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sale received a PRP injection in his elbow back in August. He will have some follow-up appointments over the off-season but as of now should be good to go for the start of 2020. Sale posted a 4.40 ERA this past season.

Category: Injury Updates

Brewers manager Craig Counsell says Ryan Braun (calf) will start and play left field in Tuesday's Wild Card game. (Source: Sam Fortier on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Braun suffered a calf strain over the weekend but the Brewers aren't too concerned. Except to see Braun hitting in the middle of the Milwaukee lineup versus Max Scherzer and the Nats.

Category: Injury Updates

Lorenzo Cain (ankle) says he is planning to play in Tuesday's National League Wild Card game versus the Nats. (Source: Sam Fortier on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cain injured his ankle on a home-plate collision on Saturday and didn't play on Sunday. He'll have to get medical clearance before Milwaukee puts him in their lineup Tuesday night.

Category: Injury Updates

The Brewers have named Brandon Woodruff as their starter for Tuesday's National League Wild Card game versus the Nationals. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Woodruff has only made two appearances since returning from a two-month oblique injury but has been a reliable starter all season. The 26-year-old posted a 3.62 ERA in 121 2/3 innings this year. It's likely he only lasts 2-3 innings tomorrow since his arm strength isn't built up right now.

The Washington Nationals have reportedly offered Anthony Rendon a seven-year contract worth between $210 million and $215 million. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Per the Washington Post, the Nationals reportedly made this offer back in early-September and it doesn't appear that it was accepted. The proposal apparently involved some deferred money, similar to the one Washington gave to Max Scherzer. Rendon is set to become the top position player available in free agency once the World Series ends and it looks like the Nats are interested in retaining him.

Marlins infielder Starlin Castro went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Phillies. The homer was his 22nd of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Castro had a forgettable first half of the year but finished the season strong, hitting seven home runs in September to set a new career-best with 22.

Category: Game Recaps

Rich Hill started and fired three scoreless innings in the Dodgers' regular season finale versus the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Hill struck out four and allowed just one hit. The 39-year-old finishes the season with a 2.45 ERA in 58 2/3 innings pitched. He'll most certainly be on the Dodgers' NLDS roster.

Category: Game Recaps

Taijuan Walker started Sunday's regular season finale versus the Padres and threw a scoreless inning.

Fantasy Impact: It was the only inning Walker threw in 2019 as he was recovering from major elbow and shoulder surgeries. The 27-year-old will compete for a spot in the Arizona rotation next spring.

Category: Game Recaps

Hernan Perez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to Colorado.

Fantasy Impact: Perez's path to playing time was largely blocked by the likes of Mike Moustakas and Keston Hiura, but he continues to serve a valuable bench role for Milwaukee. He finishes the regular season batting .228 with eight homers and 18 RBI in 232 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps

Hunter Renfroe will undergo surgery next month to remove a bone spur from the top of his foot. (Source: AJ Cassavell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Renfroe has been paying with the issue for most of the second half and has been struggling mightily. He should have plenty of time to rehab before spring training and could wind up being a sleeper next year since the injury might've affected his season-long numbers.

Category: Injury Updates

Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Grandal gave the Brewers a 2-0 lead with his two-run shot in the first inning. Grandal put together a great statistical season, batting .246 with 28 homers and 77 RBI in 153 games played.

Category: Game Recaps

Adrian Houser tossed four scoreless innings while allowing one hit and one walk against the Rockies on Sunday. He struck out five.

Fantasy Impact: Houser departed too early to earn a win, and the Rockies eventually scored four unanswered runs later in the game. Houser now owns a 3.72 ERA alongside a 117:37 K:BB in 111.1 innings.

Category: Game Recaps

Masahiro Tanaka went three innings and gave up two runs on five hits and one walk along with two strikeouts as he got hit with the loss Sunday against the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Tanaka came in for the second inning on Sunday as Chad Green started and pitched the first frame. The Yankees wanted the veteran starter to get some innings in before the playoffs. Tanaka finishes the season with an 11-9 record with a 4.45 ERA.

Category: Game Recaps

Eduardo Rodriguez allowed three runs on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts across seven innings during a no-decision against the Orioles on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Rodriguez was going for his 20th victory on the last day of the season but came up short. The lefty starter finishes 2019 with a 19-6 record with a 3.81 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 213 strikeouts in 203 1/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps