MLB Recent Player News

Date Player
4/25/2015 Edinson Volquez, P (KC), P
Volquez has been suspended five games for his role in a brawl with the Chicago White Sox.

Analysis: Volquez will miss at least one start.
4/25/2015 Yordano Ventura, P (KC), P
Ventura was suspended seven games by Major League Baseball for his role in a brawl with the Chicago White Sox.

Analysis: Ventura is a solid young pitcher, but his attitude has gotten him into trouble. Keep an eye on him going forward.
4/25/2015 Josh Hamilton, LF (LAA), LF
Reports that Hamilton might be traded to the Texas Rangers dominated the chatter before the game between the teams Friday night.

Analysis: When asked about the reports that the move could happen in the next few days, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he has had no discussions that Hamilton's status had changed. He said Tuesday that the left fielder was expected to be evaluated at the Angels complex this week. The former AL MVP has been recovering from shoulder surgery and missed spring training.
4/24/2015 Shawn Kelley, P (SD), P
Kelley was placed on the DL with a strained left calf.

Analysis: Kelley has been terrible while going 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA in six appearances to begin his San Diego tenure.
4/24/2015 Hisashi Iwakuma, P (Sea), P
Iwakuma has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain, leaving a hole in Seattle's rotation.

Analysis: Iwakuma was placed on the DL prior to Friday's series opener against Minnesota, retroactive to April 21. The right-hander was scheduled to start the series finale against the Twins, and the Mariners did not announce who would start in Iwakuma's place on Sunday.
4/24/2015 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (Mia), C
Saltalamacchia on the paternity list Friday.

Analysis: He is expected to miss two or three games.
4/24/2015 Brandon Finnegan, P (KC), P
The Kansas City Royals have recalled Finnegan from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Analysis: Finnegan was the 17th overall pick in last year's draft. He had a 1.29 ERA in seven regular-season appearances with the Royals in 2014, and then went 1-1 with a 10.50 ERA in seven postseason games. The 22-year-old Finnegan was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts with Northwest Arkansas at the time of the promotion.
4/24/2015 Christian Yelich, LF (Mia), LF
Yelich was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a lower back strain.

Analysis: Yelich, who also spent a two-week stint on the disabled list last season with a similar back injury, is batting only .200 with 13 strikeouts in 11 games. His back has bothered him much of this season, and a diagnosis has proved elusive.
4/24/2015 Adeiny Hechavarria, SS (Mia), SS
Hechavarria was 4 for 4 with three RBIs in Thursday's win in Philadelphia.

Analysis: Hechavarria has a six-game hitting streak and is batting .462 in his last 10.
4/24/2015 Martin Prado, 3B (Mia), 3B
Prado was 4 for 5 with a double and four RBIs in Thursday's win in Philadelphia.

Analysis: After driving in two runs in his first 14 games, Prado has five RBIs in the last two while going 5 for 10.
4/24/2015 Gregory Polanco, RF (Pit), RF
Polanco was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

Analysis: Polanco is batting .440 over his last seven games.
4/24/2015 Mike Moustakas, 3B (KC), 3B
Moustakas had another three hits in Thursday's win over the White Sox.

Analysis: Moustakas hasn't been driving in many runs, but his .328 average has to be a pleasant surprise after batting .212 last season.
4/24/2015 Eric Hosmer, 1B (KC), 1B
Hosmer had three hits in Thursday's win over the White Sox.

Analysis: Hosmer is 10 for 20 over his last seven games.
4/24/2015 Clay Buchholz, P (Bos), P
Buchholz allowed a run and two hits while striking out 10 in six innings of Thursday's loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: He didn't get stuck with the decision after consecutive losses in which he'd allowed 20 hits in 9 1-3 innings.
4/24/2015 Manny Machado, 3B (Bal), 3B
Machado clubbed two home runs in Thursday's loss in Toronto.

Analysis: Machado is 7 for 17 with seven RBIs in his last five games.
4/24/2015 Ryan Flaherty, 2B (Bal), 2B
The Baltimore Orioles have placed Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain. Flaherty sustained the injury running the bases on the final play in a 4-2 loss to Toronto on Wednesday night.

Analysis: Flaherty joins shortstop J.J. Hardy and second baseman Jonathan Schoop on the Orioles' DL. The Orioles recalled infielder Rey Navarro from Triple-A Norfolk to help fill the void.
4/23/2015 C.J. Riefenhauser, P (TB), P
Riefenhauser was put on the 15-day DL with a sore left shoulder.

Analysis: He has no fantasy value.
4/23/2015 Jimmy Nelson, P (Mil), P
Nelson was faced with a no-decision despite an outstanding outing Wednesday against Cincinnati.

Analysis: Nelson allowed just three hits and an earned run while striking out five in eight innings. He has a 1.35 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 20 innings this season.
4/23/2015 Ryan Flaherty, 2B (Bal), 2B
Flaherty is out of the lineup for Thursday's game at Toronto with a sore right groin, another blow to Baltimore's already thin middle infield options.

Analysis: The Orioles are already without second baseman Jonathan Schoop and shortstop J.J. Hardy. Flaherty, who's batting .300 with two home runs and four RBIs, suffered the injury running to second base on the final play Wednesday. Manager Buck Showalter said Flaherty could go on the disabled list if he doesn't improve before Friday.
4/23/2015 Johnny Cueto, P (Cin), P
Cueto was in fine form for his first win of the season Wednesday.

Analysis: He threw a career-high 125 pitches in eight innings, allowing five hits and strinking out eight. Cueto also balked twice - the first Cincinnati pitcher to do so since Chris Hammond did it on Aug. 18, 1990, vs. Pittsburgh.
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