MLB Recent Player News
|2/23/2017||Josh Hamilton, Tex, LF|
|Hamilton is back at the Rangers spring training camp in Arizona after an examination in Texas showed no structural damage to his surgically repaired left knee.
Analysis: Hamilton said Thursday he got concerned when he felt a sudden pain when doing some running drills during the first full-squad workout two days earlier. The 35-year-old slugger was examined Wednesday in Houston by Dr. Walt Lowe, who performed surgery last June. That was Hamilton's third knee operation in 10 months, and the 10th of his career. After a platelet-rich plasma injection in his knee, Hamilton hopes to resumes hitting by Monday.
|2/21/2017||Jorge De La Rosa, Ari, P|
|The Diamondbacks on Tuesday signed De La Rosa to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
Analysis: The 35-year-old left-hander has pitched 13 seasons, the last nine with the Rockies. He was 8-9 with a 5.51 ERA in 27 appearances last season, 24 of them starts. De La Rosa's best season was 2013, when he was 16-6 with a 3.49 ERA for Colorado, where pitchers struggle because of the high altitude. He has a 101-84 career record with a 4.64 ERA.
|2/21/2017||Matt Wieters, Was, C|
|Wieters and the Washington Nationals agreed to a two-year contract worth $21 million on Tuesday, ESPN reports.
Analysis: The four-time All-Star will earn $10 million in the 2017 season and $11 million in 2018, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden. The deal reportedly includes an opt-out clause after one season.
|2/20/2017||Michael Bourn, Bal, CF|
|Bourn will return to the Orioles after agreeing to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. The veteran outfielder will reportedly earn $2 million if he makes the roster.
Analysis: The 34-year-old hit .283 with two homers in 24 games after being acquired by the Orioles from Arizona on Aug. 31. Bourn will compete with Joey Rickard and fellow non-roster invite Craig Gentry for a spot as a reserve outfielder.
|2/19/2017||Jonathon Niese, NYY, P|
|The Yankees have signed Niese to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.
Analysis: Niese, who's spent nearly all of his nine-year major league career pitching for the crosstown Mets, should have an opportunity to earn a spot in a Yankees rotation that has two openings behind Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia. The 30-year-old also is trying to bounce back from a poor 2016 season in which he posted a 5.50 ERA in 29 appearances (20 starts) with the Mets and Pirates.
|2/19/2017||Charlie Tilson, CWS, CF|
|Tilson will be shut down from impact activities for the next 10 days as he deals with a stress reaction in his right foot. An MRI exam on Saturday revealed the injury for Tilson, who is aiming to return from a torn left hamstring that occurred in his lone game with the White Sox last season.
Analysis: Tilson, who is bidding to be Chicago's starting center fielder this season, was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in a trade deadline deal for left-hander Zach Duke in July. Tilson, however, saw his season come to an end on Aug. 2 after attempting to run down a blast from Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera.
|2/19/2017||Clayton Kershaw, LAD, P|
|Kershaw is the no-brainer decision to start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day when the left-handed ace will tie a franchise record.
Analysis: Kershaw, who is healthy after missing 2 1/2 months last season with a back injury, was officially named the starter by manager Dave Roberts on Saturday, tying him with Don Drysdale and Don Sutton with seven.
|2/17/2017||Adrián González, LAD, 1B|
|Gonzalez is taking a two-week break from hitting to heal tendinitis in the Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman's right elbow. Gonzalez still hopes to play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic next month, he said Friday after reporting to camp.
Analysis: Gonzalez said he pursued his usual varied offseason workout program, including weightlifting and boxing exercises. It left him with a case of tennis elbow, or inflammation on the outside of the elbow after forearm tendons are overused. The hitting break is purely a precaution, and Gonzalez said the injury isn't thought to be serious by the Dodgers.
|2/17/2017||Peter Moylan, KC, P|
|Moylan agreed to a minor league contract with the Royals on Friday and will report to major league spring training.
Analysis: Moylan was 2-0 with a 3.43 ERA in 43 relief appearances last season with the Royals. A 38-year-old Australian with a sidearm delivery, Moylan is 24-9 with a 2.93 ERA in 381 big league relief appearances.
|2/17/2017||Adrián Béltre, Tex, 3B|
|Beltre reported to spring training Friday with a strained left calf muscle that will sideline him about three weeks and keep him out of the opening round of the World Baseball Classic.
Analysis: Beltre said he injured the muscle working out at his home in California on Tuesday. He was planning to play for the Dominican Republic in the world classic, and could join the team after the first round if it advances.
|2/17/2017||Tyler Austin, NYY, RF|
|Austin fouled a ball off his left foot early this week taking batting practice during a pre-spring training workout at the minor league complex, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said an MRI Friday found a small bone break. Austin will be in a boot for three weeks and won't start baseball activities for six weeks.
Analysis: Austin's bid to unseat Greg Bird at first base during spring training is over. He hit .241 with five homers and 12 RBIs in 31 games last season.
|2/16/2017||Mat Latos, Tor, P|
|Latos agreed to a minor league contract with the Blue Jays, reported for big league spring training and will try to earn a spot on the 40-man roster.
Analysis: The 29-year-old right-hander went 6-2 with a 4.62 ERA in 11 starts for the Chicago White Sox last year, was released, then was 1-1 with a 6.52 ERA in one start and five relief appearances for Washington. An eight-year major league veteran, Latos is 71-58 with a 3.60 ERA.
|2/16/2017||Max Scherzer, Was, P|
|Scherzer is dealing with pain from a broken knuckle on his pitching hand that arose late last year, and Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker says the team is making plans in case his ace isn't ready for opening day on April 3.
Analysis: Scherzer says Thursday, the first day of official workouts for Washington's pitchers and catchers at spring training, that he began throwing a baseball this week with a modified grip. He says the injury to the bottom knuckle on his ring finger is ''essentially healed,'' but bothers him when he throws. Scherzer wouldn't give a timetable for when he would be ready.
|2/16/2017||Michael Brantley, Cle, LF|
|Brantley isn't close to being ready to play in spring training games and his availability for the start of the regular season is also in jeopardy, according to manager Terry Francona.
Analysis: Brantley is recovering from surgery to repair a torn right biceps. He played in just 11 games last season due to a shoulder injury and underwent the biceps surgery in August. "He's following the protocols the medical people put in place," Francona told reporters. "By all accounts, he's doing everything. This kid has worked his (tail) off. We just need to be patient and allow him to try to get to the point where he can not only come back, but stay back."
|2/15/2017||Neil Walker, NYM, 2B|
|Walker dealt with back issues for almost five years and said not a day went by when he didn't feel some kind of pain. He now says he has no reason to tiptoe around for fear of hurting his back after having surgery last September to repair a herniated disk.
Analysis: The Mets are excited about the prospect of a fit Walker, who hit 23 home runs and batted a team-leading .282 as a replacement for Daniel Murphy at second base.
|2/15/2017||Zach Duke, StL, P|
|Duke will miss the season after undergoing elbow surgery.
Analysis: As a reliever Duke had no fantasy value.
|2/15/2017||Steve Cishek, Sea, P|
|Cishek will likely begin the season on the disabled list as he recovers from offseason hip surgery.
Analysis: The reliever was given a 4-6 month timetable to return from a procedure to repair a torn labrum in his left hip performed in October, and appears to be at the high end of that projection. Cishek, who blew seven of his 32 save opportunities while dealing with the injury last season, will likely serve in a setup role when healthy.
|2/15/2017||Chris Bassitt, Oak, P|
|Bassitt began spring training by throwing off a mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May.
Analysis: The right-hander is so far on schedule for a projected midseason return, likely some time in June. Bassitt made just five 2016 starts before undergoing the elbow ligmament replacement procedure.
|2/14/2017||Brian Flynn, KC, P|
|Flynn is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks after falling through a barn roof at his Oklahoma residence.
Analysis: The Royals said Tuesday that Flynn broke a rib and had three minor vertebrae fractures. Flynn, who went to Wichita State, had a 2.60 ERA in one start and 35 relief appearances last season, allowing 38 hits in 55 2/3 innings. In 12 relief appearances from July 31-Sept. 6, Flynn did not allow an earned run. Flynn appeared in just one minor league game in 2015 before a shoulder injury.
|2/14/2017||Chris Tillman, Bal, P|
|Tillman won't extend his streak of opening-day starts for Baltimore to four. As spring training opened, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday the right-hander had a platelet-rich plasma injection on his right shoulder and will not pitch in a spring training game before March 17, As a result, Tillman won't start the season until April 7 at the earliest.
Analysis: Tillman went 16-6 with a 3.77 ERA last year, spending about three weeks on the disabled list with soreness in the right shoulder late in the season. He recovered to start the wild-card game against Toronto. Showalter said Tillman could avoid starting the season on the disabled list but wouldn't be ready until the season's fourth game. If Tillman has any setback, that timetable would be pushed back.
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