MLB Recent Player News

Date Player
2/26/2015 Johan Santana, P (Tor), P
The Toronto Blue Jays have signed two-time Cy Young winner Santana to a minor league contract, hoping the former ace can make it back to the majors.

Analysis: Santana turns 36 in March. He last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the New York Mets and has undergone two operations on his left shoulder in recent years. Santana was in Baltimore's minor league system last year and tore his left Achilles tendon in June. He's made just one appearance since then, retiring six straight batters in January in the Venezuelan Winter League. The four-time All-Star won AL Cy Young Awards with Minnesota in 2004 and 2006.
2/26/2015 Jayson Werth, RF (Was), RF
Werth is back on the field, just not 100 percent yet.

Analysis: Werth participated in outfield drills Thursday during the Nationals' first full-squad workout Thursday. But the left fielder was generally limited as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. Werth had arthroscopic surgery on Jan. 9 to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder and was expected to miss 2-3 months.
2/26/2015 Santiago Casilla, P (SF), P
Casilla was hit on his left shin by a batted ball and left for X-rays during a spring training workout Thursday.

Analysis: Casilla was throwing batting practice to Casey McGehee when the reliever got hit. Casilla sustained a bruised shin and could miss his next throwing session due to soreness.
2/26/2015 Andrelton Simmons, SS (Atl), SS
Simmons has a slight left oblique strain.

Analysis: On the day of the team's first full-squad workout, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez couldn't give a date when Simmons will be ready for exhibition games but said the injury wasn't serious. Simmons fielded balls during workouts Thursday but didn't hit or throw. Gonzalez said Simmons tried to play through the injury.
2/26/2015 Francisco Rodriguez, P (Mil), P
The veteran closer reached a two-year, $13 million deal with the Brewers on Thursday.

Analysis: The 33-year-old reliever revived his career last season after going 44 of 49 in save opportunities. He has signed with the Brewers for a fourth straight year, though this time he has a multi-year deal. The move solidifies a bullpen in which presumed closer Jonathan Broxton figures to move back into a setup role to make room for Rodriguez, who has 348 career saves.
2/26/2015 Michael Saunders, RF (Tor), RF
Saunders stepped on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls, tearing cartilage in his left knee and sidelining him until the All-Star break. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday surgery is likely but Saunders will seek a second opinion.

Analysis: The 28-year-old player was acquired by the Blue Jays in December from Seattle for pitcher J.A. Happ and was projected to be a starter. Saunders hit .273 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 78 games with the Mariners last season. Anthopoulos said the team will look internally for a replacement but is open to a trade or free-agent signing.
2/25/2015 Josh Hamilton, LF (LAA), LF
Hamilton is meeting with Major League Baseball officials about a disciplinary issue. Angels spokesman Tim Mead confirmed the Los Angeles Times' initial report Wednesday that Hamilton went to New York to meet with baseball officials. The team declined to give any more specific information.

Analysis: Hamilton hasn't reported to spring training in Arizona after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder earlier this month. He is expected to be out until after the regular season begins. Hamilton also has a well-chronicled history of drug addiction and alcohol abuse, leading to previous suspensions.
2/25/2015 Homer Bailey, P (Cin), P
Bailey won't be ready for the start of the season as he recovers from surgery on Sept. 5 to repair a torn right flexor tendon.

Analysis: The $105 million right-hander said Wednesday he hasn't had any setbacks since arriving for spring training. Bailey has been limited to playing catch since he reported last week and is scheduled to throw off a mound for the first time on Friday.
2/25/2015 Chad Gaudin, P (LAD), P
Gaudin has agreed to a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Analysis: Gaudin agreed to a minor league deal with Philadelphia in January 2014, then was released at the start of spring training and didn't pitch last season. The 31-year-old is 45-44 with a 4.44 ERA in 11 major league seasons with Tampa Bay, Toronto, Oakland, the Chicago Cubs, San Diego, the New York Yankees, Oakland, Washington, Miami and San Francisco.
2/24/2015 Adam Wainwright, P (StL), P
Wainwright won't pitch in exhibition games until mid-March because of his abdominal strain, a delay that could prevent the St. Louis Cardinals ace from starting the major league season opener at the Chicago Cubs on April 5.`

Analysis: Wainwright was hurt Monday while putting a 45-pound weight back on a rack. He returned to St. Louis for an examination by Dr. Michael Brunt, who said the injury was minor. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is open to the idea of pushing back Wainwright's season debut a couple of days if the right-hander doesn't respond to proscribed rest as quickly as doctors expect.
2/24/2015 Alex Gordon, LF (KC), LF
After having wrist surgery this winter, Gordon vows he'll be in the Kansas City Royals' lineup for the start of this season.

Analysis: Gordon missed time in July with an injured right wrist and it flared up during December workouts. Manager Ned Yost said the four-time Gold Glove outfielder would be held out for the first week of spring training games. Gordon was cleared Monday to begin a throwing program and he took 15 swings Tuesday.
2/24/2015 Jason Marquis, P (Cin), P
Cincinnati signed Marquis to a minor league deal and invited him to camp, giving him a chance to win one of the spots.

Analysis: Marquis went 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 20 starts for the Padres last season.
2/24/2015 Lucas Duda, 1B (NYM), 1B
Duda will not swing a bat for the next few days as he recovers from a left intercostal strain.

Analysis: Duda did not know when the strain occurred. He said has not swung a bat "for a couple weeks" and received a cortisone injection. He took infield practice Tuesday and said he doesn't have any discomfort throwing. While he hasn't been able to swing, Duda has been in the batting cage every day tracking pitches.
2/24/2015 Edgar Olmos, P (Tex), P
The Texas Rangers have acquired Olmos on a waiver claim from the Seattle Mariners.

Analysis: Olmos split last season between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans, going a combined 3-3 with three saves and a 4.06 ERA in 51 appearances. His only major league action was in 2013, when he was 0-1 and allowed four earned runs in five innings over five games.
2/24/2015 Giancarlo Stanton, RF (Mia), RF
Stanton saw his first live pitches since his beaning back in September. The Marlins will have to wait at least one more day to watch Stanton take his first swing.

Analysis: While other members of his hitting group swung freely Thursday during the Miami's first live batting practice sessions of the spring, Stanton - wearing a traditional-style batting helmet - tracked all 10 pitches he saw, five from Henderson Alvarez and five from Brad Hand, into the catcher's mitt. The 25-year-old Stanton says he didn't experience any anxiety stepping into the batter's box for the first time since a Mike Fiers fastball hit him in the face.
2/24/2015 Joba Chamberlain, P (Det), P
Chamberlain is back for a second season with Detroit after agreeing to a $1 million, one-year deal.

Analysis: The right-hander was a free agent this offseason, and although the Tigers ended up bringing him back, it doesn't look like his role will be quite the same, at least initially. Chamberlain went 2-5 with a 3.57 ERA last year, but he struggled down the stretch, posting a 4.97 ERA after the All-Star break and allowing four earned runs over two postseason appearances.
2/24/2015 Chris Withrow, P (LAD), P
The Dodgers put right-hander Chris Withrow on the 60-day disabled list

Analysis: Withrow is recovering from right elbow surgery.
2/23/2015 Chase Utley, 2B (Phi), 2B
Utley is starting spring training with a sore right ankle.

Analysis: Utley, entering his 13th year with the Phillies, sprained his ankle last month while taking infield work. He said Monday that the minor injury "put a wrinkle" in his offseason workout program, but it hasn't limited him from taking regular batting practice and fielding work in his first three days in camp. Utley, 36, says his ankle has improved dramatically but isn't as strong as he wants it to be.
2/23/2015 Phil Hughes, P (Min), P
The Minnesota Twins have slotted Hughes as their opening day starter.

Analysis: Manager Paul Molitor said Monday that Hughes has been "penciled in" to take the mound on April 6 when the Twins play at Detroit, provided the right-hander stays healthy through spring training. Hughes was 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA in 32 starts last year, setting a major league record with an 11.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He threw 73 percent of pitches for strikes, tops among pitchers who faced 500 or more batters.
2/23/2015 Dustin McGowan, P (LAD), P
The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year contract with McGowan.

Analysis: McGowan, who turns 33 on March 24, was 5-3 with a 4.17 ERA in eight starts and 45 relief appearances for Toronto last season. It was his first season without time on the disabled list since 2007 following injuries to his right shoulder (July 2008 through mid-2011), right foot (2012) and right shoulder and right oblique (2013). He has a 25-27 career record with a 4.57 ERA in seven big league seasons, all with Toronto.
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