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Marlins INF Miguel Rojas announced on the Chris Rose Rotation Podcast Wednesday that he is nearing completion on a two-year extension to stay in Miami through 2023. (Source: Craig Mish on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rojas has been as steady as they come at the shortstop position, in what has otherwise been a series of revolving doors around the rest of Miami's roster. Rojas has also flashed his ability as a hitter, specifically in 2019 and 2020. He'll hope to get back to that type of hitter in 2022, when he'll try to lead an extremely young Marlins roster to a successful season.

Category: Transactions

Braves LHP Max Fried will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Astros on Wednesday night. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fried will look to give the Braves a commanding 2-0 series lead when he takes the mound against the Astros on Wednesday night. Fried has a 3.78 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 17 strikeouts in three starts for the Braves this postseason.

Braves RHP Charlie Morton suffered a broken right fibula in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. He'll miss the remainder of the postseason. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: X-rays revealed the fracture after Morton departed in the third inning. Morton took a comebacker off his leg, which did the damage. He had thrown 2 1/3 scoreless innings before departing. The Braves announced that he's expected to be ready for Spring Training in 2022.

Category: Injury Updates

Franchy Cordero clears waivers

Mon, Oct 25th 6:06pm EDT
By Ari Koslow

Franchy Cordero cleared waivers and was outrighted to AAA Worcester. (Source: Chris Cotillo on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Cordero could have opted to elect free agency, but instead signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox for 2022. He remains with the organization. Cordero was acquired from Kansas City in the Andrew Benintendi trade last offseason. He hit .189 with one home run across 136 at-bats this past season.

Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said there were no significant concerns about Rafael Devers' right elbow inflammation after he was sent for imaging and that rest should address the injury. (Source: Alex Speier on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was announced a few days ago that Devers had played through right elbow inflammation during Boston's postseason run. He enjoyed a big postseason after a solid regular season and should remain near the top of his position heading into next season.

Category: Injury Updates

Lance McCullers Jr. will not pitch in this year's world Series against Atlanta, he announced on Monday. (Source: Chandler Rome on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McCullers said Dr. Neal ElAttrache saw his MRI and thinks there is nothing wrong with his UCL. McCullers said his strain normally calls for a six to eight week shutdown. McCullers expects to be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training. Houston will have to get it done without him in the meantime. Framber Valdez will be on the mound for Game 1 on Tuesday against the Braves.

Category: Injury Updates

Astros pitcher Framber Valdez will start Game 1 of the World Series in Houston against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Valdez will look for a reversal of fortune in Game 1 against the Braves Tuesday night. He has struggled so far this postseason with a 4.20 ERA, .286 opponents batting average, and 1.40 WHIP in 15.0 innings pitched this postseason for the Astros.

Dodgers RHP Walker Buehler will start Game 6 of the NLCS against the Braves Saturday night. (Source: Los Angeles Dodgers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Buehler will look to help the Dodgers force a Game 7 on Sunday night with a strong performance on the mound Saturday night. In his only NLCS start, Buehler struggled to hold the Braves bats in check, giving up four runs, walking three, and allowing a .268 opponents batting average in just 3.2 innings pitched.

Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer will not start Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Braves. (Source: Jorge Castillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In the playoffs, Scherzer has thrown 16 2/3 innings with 2.16 ERA and 0.90 WHIP. The Dodgers could start Walker Buehler or go with another bullpen game.

Category: Rumors

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner’s injury indication is a grade 2 hamstring injury and his 2021 season his over. (Source: Juan Toribio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It is a disappointing end to a very dissapointing postseason for Turner who was unable to get going at the plate. In just 34 at-bats this postseason, Turner hit just .118 with a .416 OPS and one home run. He will look to get healthy and ready for the Dodgers 2022 season.

Category: Injury Updates

Red Sox RHP Nathan Eovaldi is still in line to start Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday night in Houston according to Red Sox manager Alex Cora (Source: Chris Cotillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Eovaldi will look to help the Red Sox avoid elimination on Friday night in Houston. He will have to pitch much better than he did in Game 4 when he gave up four earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning.

Mets pitcher Carlos Carrasco got surgery to remove bone fragments from his elbow on Tuesday. He is expected to return in time for winter baseball activities. (Source: Andy Martino on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Carrasco had a rough debut season with the New York Mets, pitching just 53.2 innings to a tune of a 6.04 ERA. The good news is that his strikeout numbers were still close to his usual numbers, he simply was just getting hit very hard and struggled to keep the ball in the yard. Cookie being 100% healthy for the 2022 season would be a delight to see as he shapes up to be one of the more intriguing bounce back candidates next season.

Category: Injury Updates

Yankees INF DJ LeMahieu was battling a core injury this season, and has since undergone surgery to repair the issue. It's an estimated eight-week recovery and he will be ready for Spring Training. (Source: Max Goodman via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The injury sheds some light on what was a disappointing season for LeMahieu where he slashed a line of .268/.349/.362 after finishing third in MVP voting in 2020. Hopefully this surgery gets DJ back to 100% health for 2022 and he can get back to being the hitter he was in years prior.

Category: Injury Updates

Giants second baseman Tommy La Stella (left achilles) to be re-evaluated by foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. (Source: Alex Pavlovic on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: La Stella began experiencing soreness in at the end of the 2021 regular season and into the NLDS for the Giants. La Stella still managed a .333 batting average and .788 OPS for the Giants in the NLDS.

Zack Greinke will start Game 4 of ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday at Fenway Park. (Source: Brian McTaggart on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Greinke will be tasked with attempting to help the Astros even the ALCS at two games each on Tuesday against the Red Sox. Astros fans should temper expectations though. Greinke has struggled in the postseason in his career, with a 4.18 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 20 career postseason games.

Red Sox RHP Nick Pivetta will start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday at Fenway Park. (Source: Peter Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pivetta will look to help give the Red Sox a commanding 3-1 series lead with a strong outing on Tuesday against the Astros. So far during the 2021 postseason, Pivetta has held opposing batters to a .226 batting average while striking out 11 in 8.2 innings pitched. It also helps that LHP Eduardo Rodriguez lasted 6 innings on Monday night, saving the bullpen if needed on Tuesday.

The San Francisco Giants had dialogue during the season with Brandon Belt on a contract extension and hope to get a deal done during the offseason. (Source: Andrew Baggarly on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Belt was huge for the Giants in their incredible regular season. He hit .274/.378/.597 with 29 homers in 97 games.

Category: Rumors

Giants President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi made it clear that bringing back Buster Posey next year is a high priority. The Giants can simply exercise Posey's $22 million club option if they want or look for a long-term contract. (Source: Andrew Baggarly on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Posey showed in his 2021 campaign that he still has the ability to play at an elite level at the catcher position. He hit .304/.390/.499 with 18 homers in 113 games during the season.

Category: Rumors

Braves OF Ronald Acuna Jr. (ACL) says he'll start jogging sometime in November or December. (Source: Chelsea Janes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Acuna doesn't have an exact timetable to return, but it's still early in the process. He underwent ACL surgery in early July and seemingly has a shot at being ready for Opening Day. We'll have a better idea of his 2022 status the closer we get to spring training.

Category: Injury Updates

Padres SS/OF Fernando Tatis Jr. won't undergo surgery on his left shoulder this offseason. (Source: San Diego Union-Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: This is noteworthy as surgery would've presented some risk for Tatis' availability for the start of the season. Regardless, there is still risk involved with drafting him in fantasy, though. Tatis' shoulder popped out twice during spring training and three times throughout the regular season. He wound up missing just 22 games because of it, but we can't rule out the possibility that surgery is required at some point next summer. Despite the injury issues, Tatis led the National League with 42 homers last season. He also added outfield eligibility for 2022, so there's a good chance he's the unanimous No. 1 overall selection in fantasy roto drafts.

Category: Injury Updates