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Evan Gattis could stay with Braves when Brian McCann returns


Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is leaning towards carrying three catchers when Brian McCann is set to return to the Braves’ 25-man roster in a little over a week, according to David O’Brien. Gonzalez says Gattis “hasn’t given us any reason [to send him down]”, and also shockingly suggested he may use Gattis in the outfield while Jason Heyward recovers from his emergency appendectomy.

If McCann comes off the DL before Heyward, Gonzalez hinted that he could play Gattis some in left field and move Justin Upton from left field to right.

“But who goes down?” to open a spot on the 25-man roster for McCann, Gonzalez asked rhetorically. “But that’s nine, 10 days down the road.”

Though Gattis is only hitting .235 with a .293 on-base percentage, 11 of his 16 hits have gone for extra bases — five doubles and six home runs. He has logged 37 games in the outfield in the Minors, mostly with Double-A Mississippi, though his defense is certainly a big concern for the Braves as they contemplate finding a spot for him in the lineup.

Matt Harvey will start Game 3 of the NLDS

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Mets special assistant J.P. Ricciardi told Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on Sunday that Matt Harvey will start Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers. It will be the only start Harvey makes in the best-of-five versus Los Angeles.

Jacob deGrom is locked in for Game 1 (against Clayton Kershaw, presumably) and Noah Syndergaard will take Game 2 (versus Zack Greinke).

Harvey was the subject of a very public — and sometimes very nasty — innings-limit controversy for much of September. And it’s not yet clear how he’ll be used if the Mets get into the best-of-sevens.

Harvey registered a stellar 2.71 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 188/37 K/BB ratio in 189 1/3 innings this season for the National League East champions. He struck out 11 batters over six innings of one-run ball Saturday against the Nationals.

John Farrell will return to manage Red Sox in 2016

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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.