St. Louis left A.J. Pierzynski off the NLDS roster, but now the Cardinals have added the veteran catcher to the NLCS roster.
Pierzynski was signed in late July to fill in for an injured Yadier Molina and hit just .244 with one homer and a .600 OPS in 30 games. For the Dodgers series the Cardinals opted to keep two catchers and preferred Tony Cruz as Molina’s backup, but now they’ll go with three catchers against the Giants.
Left-hander Sam Freeman was removed from the roster to make room for Pierzynski, who last played in the postseason for the White Sox in 2008.
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins needs surgery for a torn ACL after injuring his left knee Thursday fielding a grounder in a spring training game and is expected to miss a significant amount of time.
The Phillies did not say when Hoskins would have the surgery or exactly how long the slugging first baseman might be sidelined.
Hoskins hit 30 homers with 79 RBIs last season for the reigning National League champions.
He was backing up to play a chopper on Thursday when the ball popped out of his glove. Sooner after, he fell to the ground and began clutching his left knee. Teammates gathered around him before he was taken off of the field.
Hoskins, a free agent at the end of the season who turned 30 last week, hit six homers in Philadelphia’s playoff run last season. The Phillies lost to the Houston Astros in the World Series.
The injury was another blow for the Phillies, who will be without top pitching prospect Andrew Painter for another few weeks because of a sprained ligament in his right elbow. And slugger Bryce Harper isn’t expected back until around the All-Star break after undergoing Tommy John surgery in November.