MLB Recent Player News
|3/20/2018||Dan Straily, Mia, P|
|Straily could miss his first start of the season due to a right elbow strain. He was expected to pitch the second game March 30 against the Cubs.
Analysis: Straily went 10-9 with a 4.26 ERA in 33 starts in 2017.
|3/20/2018||Michael Lorenzen, Cin, P|
|Lorenzen might begin the season on the DL due to a right shoulder strain.
Analysis: Lorenzen led the Reds with 70 appearances in 2017 while going 8-4 with a 4.45 ERA over 83 innings.
|3/20/2018||Clay Buchholz, KC, P|
|Buchholz and the Kansas City Royals have finalized a minor league contract.
Analysis: Buchholz made two starts for the Phillies last season and needed surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm. He was 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA in 7 1/3 innings.
|3/20/2018||Justin Turner, LAD, 3B|
|Turner has a broken left wrist after being hit by a pitch during a spring training game. Turner was struck by a pitch from Oakland right-hander Kendall Graveman in the first inning Monday night. Turner grunted and winced as he jogged away from the plate toward the dugout, his hand hanging limp at his side. He was quickly visited by a trainer and replaced by Donovan Solano.
Analysis: General manager Farhan Zaidi said the team didn't know yet how long Turner would be out, but it should be a matter of at least a few weeks. Turner says he'll visit the doctor again Tuesday to hopefully learn more. The 33-year-old Turner hit .322 with 21 homers and 71 RBIs last season. He also led the team and finished third in the majors by getting plunked 19 times.
|3/19/2018||Franklin Perez, Det, P|
|Perez is expected to miss at least three months with a right lat strain. The Tigers say Perez was injured in a minor league game. There is no surgery recommended at this point, but the recovery is expected to take a minimum of 12 weeks.
Analysis: Perez, a 20-year-old right-hander, was acquired by Detroit in the trade that sent Justin Verlander to Houston last season. Perez went 6-3 with a 3.02 ERA across two levels of the minors last year. He made 10 starts at Class A and six at Double-A. Baseball America tabbed Perez as Detroit's top prospect this offseason.
|3/19/2018||Carlos Estévez, Col, P|
|Estevez will not be ready for opening day after experiencing a setback in his recovery from a left oblique injury.
Analysis: The Rockies are hoping for a mid-April return from the reliever. Estevez went 5-0 with a 5.57 ERA in 35 appearances last season and likely won't have a whole lot of fantasy value.
|3/19/2018||Daniel Murphy, Was, 2B|
|Murphy (knee) has yet to take part in a spring training game, putting his availability for the start of the regular season in doubt.
Analysis: The Nationals have taken it slow with their second baseman, who underwent microfracture knee surgery in October and has progressed only to taking batting practice and fielding ground balls. Washington does have a pair of capable fill-in options in Howie Kendrick and Wilmer Difo should Murphy begin the season on the DL.
|3/19/2018||Ronald Acuña Jr., Atl, CF|
|The Braves have reassigned Acuna, the team's top prospect, to minor league camp.
Analysis: Acuna won't be in the minors long, as the move was almost certainly made so he won't accrue a full season of service time. The 20-year-old was absolutely raking during the spring, producing a .432 average with four home runs in 16 Grapefruit League games.
|3/19/2018||Zack Greinke, Ari, P|
|Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo told reporters Monday that Greinke (groin) will not start the team's season opener against Colorado on March 29.
Analysis: Greinke is a little behind after he had last Wednesday's start against Cincinnati cut short after just one inning when he experienced some groin tightness. The Arizona ace did throw a successful bullpen session Sunday, however, and is slated to start Wednesday's spring training game with the Giants. Robbie Ray looms as the top candidate to start opening day.
|3/19/2018||Tommy Joseph, Tex, 1B|
|The Rangers have claimed Joseph off waivers from the Phillies.
Analysis: Joseph has hit 43 homers over his first two major league seasons but became expendable when the Phillies signed Carlos Santana over the winter. The 26-year-old figures to get most of his at-bats in Texas against left-handed pitchers as a first baseman or DH.
|3/19/2018||Julio Teheran, Atl, P|
|Teheran will start the Braves' season opener against Philadelphia on March 29.
Analysis: It's the fifth straight year that Teheran has received the opening day nod, and he's gone 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA over those previous four starts. The right-hander again figures to be a dependable fantasy pitcher, as he's thrown 185 innings or more in five consecutive seasons and has won 11 or more games four times during that stretch.
|3/18/2018||Jorge Polanco, Min, SS|
|Polanco has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, a big blow to a team that has made a series of roster-enhancing moves throughout the offseason and into spring training. The commissioner's office announced Sunday that Polanco tested positive for Stanozolol, becoming the sixth player to be banned this year under the major league drug program.
Analysis: Polanco started 127 games at shortstop last year for the Twins, finishing with a .256 batting average, 13 home runs, 13 stolen bases and 74 RBIs in his first full season as a regular in the lineup.
|3/18/2018||Jason Vargas, NYM, P|
|Vargas underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a hamate fracture in his right hand and is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Analysis: The 35-year-old was hit by a line drive in his non-throwing hand during a minor league game Friday. The Mets acquired Vargas in free agency on Feb. 18, signing him to a two-year, $16 million contract. He went 18-11 with a 4.16 ERA for Kansas City last season, making his first All-Star team and tying for the major league lead in wins.
|3/17/2018||Marcus Stroman, Tor, P|
|Stroman has his eyes on starting the Toronto Blue Jays' fourth game of the regular season April 1 against the New York Yankees. Stroman pitched two hitless innings against the Canada Junior National Team in his first spring training start Saturday after being sidelined by inflammation in his right shoulder.
Analysis: The injury cost a disappointed Stroman a chance at the opening day start March 29 at home against the Yankees. Stroman went 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA last year. He struck out 164, two shy of his career high, and walked 62 in 201 innings.
|3/17/2018||Erasmo Ramírez, Sea, P|
|Ramirez will miss the start of the season due to a shoulder injury and lat strain.
Analysis: The right-hander was acquired from the Rays on July 28 and went 1-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 11 starts with Seattle. Ramirez struck out 54 and walked 15 in 62 innings over those outings.
|3/17/2018||Jharel Cotton, Oak, P|
|Cotton will have Tommy John surgery and miss the 2018 season.
Analysis: The right-hander went 9-10 with a 5.58 ERA in 24 starts as a rookie last season.
|3/17/2018||Luis Severino, NYY, P|
|Severino will start the New York Yankees' regular-season opener March 29th at Toronto.
Analysis: Severino was third in the AL Cy Young Award voting after going 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA in 31 starts last season. Severino will be followed in the rotation by Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Sonny Gray and Jordan Montgomery.
|3/16/2018||Lance McCullers Jr., Hou, P|
|McCullers, a product of Tampa Jesuit High School, allowed one hit over 4 1/3 innings as the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 2-0 on Friday night.
Analysis: McCullers had allowed one run and five hits over 8 1/3 innings in three previous Grapefruit League starts.
|3/16/2018||Jeremy Hellickson, Was, P|
|A person familiar with the deal says Hellickson and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.
Analysis: The right-hander was 8-11 with a 5.43 ERA last year in 30 starts for Philadelphia and Baltimore, which acquired him July 28. Hellickson was 2-6 with a 6.97 ERA in 10 starts with the Orioles.
|3/16/2018||José Altuve, Hou, 2B|
|A person familiar with the negotiations says Altuve and the World Series champion Houston Astros have agreed to a contract that guarantees him an additional $151 million over five seasons from 2020-24. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement had not been announced.
Analysis: The AL MVP hit .346 last season to win his second straight batting title and third in four seasons. He had 24 homers, 82 RBIs and 32 stolen bases
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