MLB Recent Player News
|3/23/2017||Daniel Vogelbach, Sea, 1B|
|The Seattle Mariners have optioned Vogelbach to Triple-A Tacoma, meaning Danny Valencia will be the everyday first baseman when the regular season begins.
Analysis: Seattle made the surprising roster move Thursday. Vogelbach, a left-handed hitter, and Valencia, who bats right-handed, had been expected to split time at first depending on pitching matchups. But Vogelbach has struggled in spring training, hitting just .228 and will now start the season in the minors.
|3/23/2017||Luis Valbuena, LAA, 3B|
|Valbuena was removed from Wednesday's split-squad game against the Rangers because of left hamstring soreness.
Analysis: Valbuena underwent season-ending hamstring surgery in August so this is clearly something of a concern.
|3/22/2017||Raisel Iglesias, Cin, P|
|Iglesias reportedly did not suffer any structural damage in his elbow.
Analysis: It's uncertain how much time he will miss going forward, but he is expected to resume throwing over the weekend. His status for opening day is iffy.
|3/22/2017||Andre Ethier, LAD, RF|
|Ethier might miss Opening Day after an MRI exam revealed a herniated disk in his lower back.
Analysis: Ethier received a pain-killing epidural injection, but he cannot perform any baseball-related activities for a week to 10 days. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the Los Angeles Times it would be "tough" for Ethier to be ready by April 3.
|3/22/2017||Shawn O'Malley, Sea, SS|
|O'Malley underwent a successful apprectomy.
Analysis: However, thee is no timetable for his return and he reportedly might not be ready for opening day.
|3/22/2017||Zack Wheeler, NYM, P|
|Wheeler took a step back Wednesday in the Mets' 15-9 loss to the Miami Marlins, allowing four runs in three innings - including three in his last.
Analysis: ''His arm strength is there, and he feels good,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said. ''He got a little fatigued in that last inning. He's got to build that endurance up.''
|3/22/2017||Steven Matz, NYM, P|
|Matz took a step back Wednesday in the Mets' 15-9 loss to the Miami Marlins, giving up five runs and eight hits in four innings.
Analysis: Coming off surgery Oct. 4 to remove bone spurs from his left elbow, Matz entered with a 1.04 ERA in his first three spring training starts.
|3/22/2017||Trevor May, Min, P|
|May has undergone Tommy John elbow surgery that will keep him off the mound this season. The Twins announced on Wednesday that the replacement of May's torn ulnar collateral ligament was successful.
Analysis: The 27-year-old right-hander was transitioning back to starting following a move to the bullpen halfway through the 2015 season.
|3/22/2017||José Bautista, Tor, RF|
|Bautista says the lower back stiffness that prevented him from playing for the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic last weekend is no longer an issue.
Analysis: Bautista was in the original lineup for Wednesday's spring training game against Detroit. But with an off-day Thursday, it was determined to have him play Friday instead.
|3/22/2017||Miguel Cabrera, Det, 1B|
|Cabrera could soon return to the lineup after being sidelined by back stiffness. Cabrera has been out since leaving the Dominican Republic's game last Saturday in the World Baseball Classic.
Analysis: Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said Cabrera might play Friday against Atlanta. Cabrera hit .316 with 38 homers and 108 RBIs last season.
|3/21/2017||Tim Anderson, CWS, SS|
|Anderson and the Chicago White Sox agreed to a six-year contract worth up to $25 million, the richest deal in baseball history for a player with less than one season of service time.
Analysis: Anderson is viewed as a foundation piece for a rebuilding franchise and earns $850,000 this season before the deal kicks in, running through his age 31 season. Anderson, 23, has a .333 batting average in spring training but missed a third consecutive game on Monday to handle what he labeled "personal problems."
|3/20/2017||Nathan Karns, KC, P|
|Karns has won the crowded competition for the lone vacancy in the Royals' rotation, getting the nod Monday from manager Ned Yost. Karns beat out holdover Chris Young and left-hander Travis Wood for the fifth spot.
Analysis: Karns was acquired Jan. 6 from Seattle for outfielder Jarrod Dyson. The righty hasn't exactly been lights-out in spring training, posting a 7.36 ERA in four starts. Karns was 6-2 with a 5.15 ERA in 22 games, including 15 starts, last year with the Mariners before his season ended July 20 because of a herniated disk. He is 14-9 with a 4.41 ERA in 54 career games in the majors with Washington, Tampa Bay and Seattle.
|3/20/2017||Josh Donaldson, Tor, 3B|
|Donaldson made his spring training debut Monday, going 0 for 2 with a walk in his first game since injuring his right calf more than a month ago.
Analysis: The 2015 AL MVP hurt himself Feb. 17 while running sprints. He was the designated hitter in an 8-2 loss to Minnesota, and is scheduled to play at his normal third base spot Wednesday. ''A really big day for him and the ballclub,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said. ''We've been waiting for this day. It's a big step forward.''
|3/20/2017||Didi Gregorius, NYY, SS|
|Gregorius is expected to miss the first month of the regular season because of a strained right shoulder. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that Gregorius is likely to be sidelined six weeks. Opening day for the Yankees is April 2 at Tampa Bay.
Analysis: The Yankees have backup shortstops Ronald Torreyes and Ruben Tejada in camp, along with utilityman Tyler Wade and top prospect Gleyber Torres. Cashman said Torres will not be in the mix for the opening.
|3/20/2017||Brad Boxberger, TB, P|
|Boxberger is bothered by a lat strain and is unlikely to be on the Rays' opening day roster.
Analysis: Boxberger has yet to pitch in a spring training game and has been scratched from a scheduled outing on Tuesday. He was sideline for two months last season with a strained left oblique after appearing in 69 games out of the bullpen in 2015, and leading the AL with 41 saves.
|3/19/2017||Drew Pomeranz, Bos, P|
|Pomeranz exited Sunday's start after two innings because of tightness in his left triceps, the latest setback for Boston's staff in spring training.
Analysis: The Red Sox said Pomeranz, in competition for a spot in the rotation, was pulled against Minnesota as a precaution. The AL East champions had been counting on Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello, David Price and newcomer Chris Sale to be their big three in the rotation, with Pomeranz, knuckleballer Steven Wright and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez vying for the remaining two spots.
|3/19/2017||David Paulino, Hou, P|
|Paulino will begin the season on the DL because of a bone bruise on his right elbow.
Analysis: Paulino was not expected to begin the season in the majors but the 23-year-old right-hander is considered one of the top pitching prospects in the Astros system.
|3/19/2017||Michael Brantley, Cle, LF|
|Brantley is expected to make his exhibition debut on Monday when the Indians host the Los Angele Dodgers.
Analysis: Brantley played in only 11 games last year following right shoulder surgery and has been easing his way back in training camp.
|3/19/2017||Martín Prado, Mia, 3B|
|Prado will not be ready for Opening Day after an MRI revealed a Grade 1 right hamstring strain.
Analysis: Prado was injured Wednesday playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. He also is dealing with a calf strain, and it's unclear how much time he'll miss. "I want to make sure that I'm 100 percent and not trying to rush this," Prado told the Miami Herald. "First of all, I just have to get pain-free running. That's our main goal now and after that be strong enough to hold up with a healthy hamstring."
|3/18/2017||Juan Minaya, CWS, P|
|Minaya is out with an abdominal tear and won't be ready for opening day.
Analysis: Minaya had been hoping to land one of Chicago's last bullpen spots, but that is unlikely to happen now.
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