ALDS, Game 4: Blue Jays vs. Rangers lineups

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Here are the Blue Jays and Rangers lineups for Game 4 of the ALDS in Texas:

BLUE JAYS:
LF Ben Revere
3B Josh Donaldson
RF Jose Bautista
DH Edwin Encarnacion
1B Chris Colabello
SS Troy Tulowitzki
C Russell Martin
CF Kevin Pillar
2B Ryan Goins

SP R.A. Dickey

Pretty standard lineup for the Blue Jays against a left-hander, which means Chris Colabello starts at first base over Justin Smoak and bats ahead of Troy Tulowitzki. Russell Martin is back in the lineup after being on the bench in favor of Dioner Navarro in Game 3. During the regular season Martin was behind the plate for 20 of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey’s starts and the duo had a 3.44 ERA working together.

RANGERS:
CF Delino DeShields
RF Shin-Soo Choo
3B Adrian Beltre
DH Prince Fielder
1B Mitch Moreland
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton
2B Rougned Odor
C Robinson Chirinos

SP Derek Holland

UPDATE: After going through pregame warm-ups Adrian Beltre is starting, as the Rangers have revised their lineup with him playing third base and batting third.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.