Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times has the announcement …
Weaver was the obvious choice for Game 1 on Thursday in Anaheim, but Shoemaker pitching Game 2 comes as a mild surprise. He hasn’t made a start since September 15 due to an oblique strain and only threw around 40 pitches in his latest bullpen session. The Royals are going with Jason Vargas in Game 1 and Yordano Ventura in Game 2. James Shields would then pitch Game 3 against C.J. Wilson. If a Game 4 is necessary, the Angels will turn back to Weaver and Kansas City would probably roll with left-hander Danny Duffy.
Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released Francisco Cervelli. Yesterday he was signed by the Braves. Atlanta gave him the start behind the plate and he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in to help his new team to victory over the Mets. Welcome to Atlanta, Frankie.
Cervelli had been rehabbing from a concussion and hadn’t seen big league action since late May. He was ready to come back, though, and the Pirates — who are going nowhere — gave him his release so that he might join a contender for the stretch run.
The performance he put up last night, obviously will not be the norm for him going forward. But it’s also the case that his early 2019 batting line of .193/.279/.248 is not indicative of his talent level either. He posted an .809 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2018, and if he gives Atlanta anything even approaching his usual production it’ll help stabilize a shaky catching situation for the Braves.