Pirates-Cardinals NLDS Game 1 lineups

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A couple of teams who know each other well. Lineups which look pretty much like we’d expect them to. It’s on in St. Louis in a couple of hours. Game 1 of the NLDS:

Pirates:

Starling Marte LF
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Justin Morneau 1B
Marlon Byrd RF
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Russell Martin C
Clint Barmes SS
A.J. Burnett P

Cardinals:

Matt Carpenter 2B
Carlos Beltran CF
Matt Holliday LF
Matt Adams 1B
Yadier Molina C
Jon Jay CF
David Freese 3B
Daniel Descalso SS
Adam Wainwright P

Go read our preview of the series here.

Daniel Murphy had microfracture surgery on his right knee

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The Nationals announced today that second baseman Daniel Murphy had surgery on his right knee. The surgery: a debridement and microfracture procedure, which is pretty major.

The team’s comment about Murphy’s prognosis makes it sound major too: “rehab will begin immediately and will progress throughout the offseason.” No timetable. Just that it “will progress.” Well, I’d hope so. Let’s see if he’s ready for spring training.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, hit 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI. Assuming he’s ready for the 2018 season, he’ll ply his trade for a new manager.