Rehab updates: Hudson, Schmidt, and Garcia

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* Seeing game action for the first time
since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery last August, Tim Hudson
tossed two scoreless innings at high Single-A last night. “I felt
really good,” Hudson said. “The ball felt really good coming out of my
hand and I didn’t have any problems with my arm.”

Barring a setback Hudson could be back in Atlanta at some point next
month and the Braves have plenty of incentive to evaluate his arm with
a $12 million team option or $1 million buyout looming for next season.

* Jason Schmidt hasn’t pitched in the majors since June 16, 2007, but will start for the Dodgers tonight
after posting a 3.65 ERA and 37/14 K/BB ratio in 44.1 innings while
rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder in the minors. His last
big-league victory came nearly 28 months ago, so don’t expect much.

* Freddy Garcia is scheduled to throw a bullpen session today in front of the White Sox’s brass, at which point he’ll be sent out on a minor-league rehab assignment.

John Farrell will return to manage Red Sox in 2016

John Farrell
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John Farrell will return to manage the Red Sox next season, provided he is healthy enough to do so, the club announced Sunday morning in a press release.

Torey Lovullo, who has been serving as Boston’s interim manager since Farrell was diagnosed with lymphoma, signed a two-year contract to return as Farrell’s bench coach. Lovullo also forfeited his right to pursue another managerial role with the new deal.

Farrell guided the Red Sox to the World Series title in 2013 and the problems with the Red Sox over the last two seasons have been more about roster construction.

Dave Dombrowski took over the front office from Ben Cherington back in mid-August and will try to turn things around this winter.

All of the other coaches on Farrell’s staff will return except first-base coach Arnie Beyeler.

Piscotty returns to Cardinals lineup after concussion

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Stephen Piscotty took the brunt of a frightening outfield collision last week at PNC Park, but he only suffered a mild concussion and was cleared for baseball activities a couple days later.

Now he is back in the Cardinals’ starting lineup, batting second and playing right field Sunday in the first half of a doubleheader against the Braves at Atlanta’s Turner Field.

Piscotty has an impressive .867 OPS with seven home runs and 39 RBI over his first 62 major league games. He should be a big part of the Cardinals’ postseason push, drawing starts in the corner outfield spots and at first base.

St. Louis will get either the Pirates or Cubs in the NLDS.