MLB Recent Player News

Date Player
3/26/2017 Alex Cobb, TB, P
Cobb has been scratched from a start in a minor league game due to left lower back tightness. Cobb was scheduled to pitch in an intrasquad game Sunday.

Analysis: Cobb returned from Tommy John surgery late last season and is trying to regain the pre-injury form that had him on track to be the opening-day starter in 2015. Shortstop Tim Beckham didn't play in the Yankees' game because of hip flexor tightness.
3/26/2017 Jake Barrett, Ari, P
Barrett apparently won't be ready to pitch by opening day because of shoulder stiffness.

Analysis: Barrett was slated for a bullpen role with Arizona after he went 1-2 with a 3.49 ERA in 68 games last year. He also converted four saves in nine chances.
3/26/2017 Ehire Adrianza, Min, SS
Adrianza strained his right oblique during Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles.

Analysis: The injury will likely land the infielder on the disabled list to begin the season. Adrianza, who hit .220 in 154 games with the Giants over the previous four years, was claimed off waivers by Minnesota from Milwaukee in February.
3/25/2017 Mauricio Cabrera, Atl, P
Cabrera is likely to begin the season on the DL because of right elbow soreness.

Analysis: As a rookie last season, the 23-year-old right-hander had a 2.82 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and .587 opponents' OPS while striking out 32 and not allowing a homer in 38 1/3 innings over 41 appearances. He also had six saves in seven chances.
3/25/2017 Juan Lagares, NYM, CF
Legares left Saturday's spring training game with a left oblique strain.

Analysis: There has been no immediate word on Legares' condition, but expect the Mets to be cautious with the regular season just over a week away.
3/25/2017 Lonnie Chisenhall, Cle, RF
Chisenhall will start the season on the 10-day disabled list.

Analysis: Chisenhall ran into a wall on March 24 against the Cubs in Mesa. He has been getting treatment since. The Indians starting right fielder was hitting 268 with two home runs and six RBIs in 15 games before he was hurt.
3/25/2017 Carlos Rodon, CWS, P
Rodon will get a second opinion Monday on tightness in his left biceps despite an MRI exam on Friday that came back clean.

Analysis: Rodon, who will see Los Angeles-based specialist Neal ElAttrache, is expected to start the season on the disabled list. Rodon made his first exhibition start March 19, pitching five scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Angels and allowing one hit and one walk while striking out five.
3/25/2017 Colby Rasmus, TB, LF
Rasmus is expected to start this season on the DL.

Analysis: Rasmus has been slowed throughout spring training and has been limited only to DH. Mallex Smith is now expected to be the Rays' opening day left fielder.
3/24/2017 José Ramírez, Cle, 3B
The Indians finalized the signing of versatile infielder Jose Ramirez to a five-year, $26 million contract. In his first major league season, Ramirez batted .312 with 46 doubles, 11 home runs, 76 RBIs and 22 steals.

Analysis: The sides agreed to the deal last week and Ramirez passed his physical to finalize a contract Tuesday that locks up one of Cleveland's core players for the future. The Indians have also had talks with All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor this spring about a long-term deal.
3/24/2017 Carlos Carrasco, Cle, P
Carrasco threw three scoreless innings Friday against the Cubs in his first spring training outing since March 13.

Analysis: The right-hander had a start skipped after he experienced some elbow discomfort following a horrendous appearance against the White Sox, in which he was tagged for eight runs and eight hits - including three homers - in 1 2/3 innings. Carrasco appears close to being back on track to begin the season in the rotation, though he may be pushed to the back end.
3/24/2017 Jon Gray, Col, P
Gray left his spring training start in the third inning with soreness in his left foot. The Rockies said Friday it was for precautionary reasons.

Analysis: Gray went 2 2/3 innings against San Francisco and gave up five runs before exiting the game. He could be the team's starter when the season opens April 3 in Milwaukee. The third overall pick in 2013, Gray went 10-10 with a 4.61 ERA last season.
3/24/2017 J.D. Martínez, Det, RF
Martinez is expected to miss up to four weeks due to a right foot injury.

Analysis: Martinez was diagnosed with a sprain of the Lisfranc ligament and will wear a cast for seven to 10 days before being re-evaluated. Manager Brad Ausmus was surprised by how long Martinez would be out but put a positive spin on it, saying, "When you think about it, it's three to four weeks from today and 10 days of that are while we're still in spring training. So if it goes four weeks, that's only 2 1/2, three weeks of missed time in season."
3/24/2017 Daniel Murphy, Was, 2B
Murphy thinks he will be ready for the start of the season, even with his lack of playing time in the World Baseball Classic. Nationals manager Dusty Baker is taking a wait-and-see approach. ''You can talk all you want,'' Baker said. ''He wasn't comfortable when he left and he didn't get many ABs.''

Analysis: Murphy went hitless in six at-bats for gold medal-winning Team USA. Before heading to the WBC, Murphy had only three hits in 17 Grapefruit League at-bats.
3/24/2017 Albert Almora Jr., ChC, CF
Almora Jr. left Friday's spring training game after three innings and two at-bats due to left neck tightness.

Analysis: He was hurt diving for a sinking liner early in the game.
3/24/2017 Lonnie Chisenhall, Cle, RF
Chisenhall left Friday's spring training game with an injury in the bottom of the second inning. Chisenhall, playing right field, hit the wall while trying to track down a long fly ball. He was shaken up but was able to get to his feet.

Analysis: A trainer and Indians manager Terry Francona came out of the dugout to check on Chisenhall, who motioned toward his left shoulder a couple of times as he walked off the field.
3/24/2017 Will Smith, SF, P
Smith will have Tommy John surgery and miss all of the 2017 season.

Analysis: Smith was acquired at last August's trade deadline from the Brewers, and appeared in 26 games for the Giants, posting a 2.95 ERA. The left-hander limited opponents to a .212 average.
3/24/2017 Christian Friedrich, SD, P
Friedrich will open the season on the disabled list due to a strained left lat.

Analysis: Friedrich went 5-12 with a 4.80 ERA in 24 games - 23 starts - with the Padres last season.
3/24/2017 Collin McHugh, Hou, P
McHugh will likely not be ready for the start of the season due to a tired arm.

Analysis: McHugh went 13-10 with a 4.34 ERA in a career-high 33 starts last season. The right-hander struck out a career-best 177 over 184 2-3 innings.
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.
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