MLB Recent Player News

Date Player
3/29/2017 Austin Hedges, SD, C
Hedges homered twice on Wednesday for San Diego, and Wil Myers belted a two-run shot.

Analysis: Hedges, who has played in just 64 major league games, is set to take over at catcher for Derek Norris.
3/29/2017 Tanner Scheppers, Tex, P
Scheppers is likely headed to the disabled list after being sidetracked this spring by a strained left abdominal.

Analysis: The right-hander was hurt in Friday's Cactus League game against San Diego. Scheppers also dealt with injuries throughout last season, as a cartilage tear in his left knee limited him to only 10 appearances with Texas.
3/29/2017 Brian Duensing, ChC, P
Duensing (back) will begin the season on the disabled list.

Analysis: The lefty reliever missed two weeks before returning to Cactus League games last week, so he'll need a little additional time before joining the Cubs' bullpen.
3/29/2017 Gregory Polanco, Pit, LF
Polanco will not travel with the Pirates when they head north on Thursday for two exhibition games in Montreal because of shoulder discomfort, and his status for opening day is in doubt.

Analysis: Polanco, projected to be the Pirates' starting left fielder, has played in just one spring training game since returning from his run with the Dominican Republic team in the World Baseball Classic, where he hit .579 in five games. Polanco started experiencing left shoulder discomfort after his spring appearance on March 23 and has not played since.
3/28/2017 Scooter Gennett, Cin, 2B
The Reds have claimed Gennett off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers, giving them another option at second base and a utility player off the bench.

Analysis: Gennett played four seasons with Milwaukee. He batted .263 with a career-high 14 homers and 56 RBIs last season, but the Brewers decided to go with Jonathan Villar at second base this season. The Reds also optioned Tim Adleman and Sal Romano - who had been competing for spots in the rotation - to Triple-A Louisville.
3/28/2017 Peter Bourjos, TB, CF
Bourjos was traded to the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations after an impressive spring training with the White Sox.

Analysis: The Rays needed outfield help because Colby Rasmus will start the season on the disabled list. Bourjos signed with his native Chicago as a free agent two weeks before spring training began and quickly entered a battle for the starting center field job. He hit .313 (15 for 48) with four doubles, three triples and three RBIs over 19 Cactus League games.
3/27/2017 Max Scherzer, Was, P
Scherzer threw five scoreless innings Monday, allowing two hits while striking out seven.

Analysis: He's on track to start the third game of the season April 6 against the Marlins.
3/27/2017 Zack Wheeler, NYM, P
Wheeler worked five scoreless innings Monday, allowing just two hits while walking two and striking out three.

Analysis: The right-hander was out the last two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
3/27/2017 Tyler Thornburg, Bos, P
The Red Sox scratched Thornburg on Monday and indicated the righty reliever will start the season on the disabled list.

Analysis: Thornburg was acquired from Milwaukee in the offseason. He went 8-5 with a 2.15 ERA and had 13 saves in 21 opportunities while striking out 90 over 67 innings in 2016.
3/27/2017 Raúl Mondesi, KC, 2B
Manager Ned Yost said Monday that Mondesi will open the season as the starting second baseman. Mondesi won the job over Whit Merrifield, Christian Colon and Cheslor Cuthbert.

Analysis: The 21-year-old Mondesi began the day hitting .378 this spring with a .622 slugging percentage, three home runs and two doubles in 19 games. Yost said when spring training began the prevailing thought was Mondesi would need more grooming in the minors after hitting .185 in 47 games for the Royals as a rookie last year. He often looked overmatched at the plate, striking out 48 times in 135 at-bats.
3/27/2017 Jorge Soler, KC, LF
Soler will likely begin his first season in Kansas City on the disabled list after straining his oblique in a minor league game.

Analysis: Soler, acquired from the Chicago Cubs in December for closer Wade Davis, hurt himself on a swing Sunday. Soler went for a MRI Monday, and manager Ned Yost acknowledged Soler was expected to be out of action when the Royals open next Monday at Minnesota. Soler missed nearly two months last season with a pulled left hamstring. He was sidelined for three weeks in 2015 with a left oblique injury, plus another month with a sprained ankle.
3/27/2017 Corey Seager, LAD, SS
Seager will remain in Arizona through Friday to work on his swing after recovering from a strained oblique.

Analysis: Seager will rejoin the team on Saturday for the final Freeway Series game at Dodger Stadium. Seager, who hit .308 with 26 home runs and 72 RBIs in 157 games last season, is expected to be ready to play on Opening Day next Monday against the San Diego Padres.
3/27/2017 Scott Kazmir, LAD, P
Kazmir will start the season on the disabled list, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday.

Analysis: Kazmir, 33, will go on the disabled list with an unspecified left hip injury. He averaged just 84 mph and topped out at 87 mph against the Texas Rangers on Sunday in his first start in three weeks. Kazmir missed most of the last two months of the 2016 season with back and neck issues. He finished the season with a 10-6 record and 4.56 ERA in 26 starts.
3/27/2017 James Loney, Tex, 1B
The Texas Rangers have released Loney from his minor league contract.

Analysis: Loney, a non-roster invitee, hit .174 with one homer in 16 spring training games. He was a backup for the New York Mets last season, and has a .284 career batting average in 1,443 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston, Tampa Bay and the Mets.
3/27/2017 Kevin Gausman, Bal, P
Manager Buck Showalter said Monday that Gausman will start against Toronto.

Analysis: The move to start the 26-year-old Gausman wasn't unexpected. Showalter had ruled right-hander Chris Tillman out of the opener when spring training began last month because of a sore right shoulder. Gausman, who was 9-12 with a 3.61 ERA last season, wasn't surprised by the announcement.
3/27/2017 Ryan Raburn, Cin, LF
The Reds have released outfielder Raburn after he struggled in a bid to win a bench role.

Analysis: Raburn signed a minor league deal last month. He hit .219 during spring training with seven hits, three home runs and seven strikeouts in 32 at-bats. Raburn played seven years for Detroit and three for Cleveland before moving to the National League last season.
3/26/2017 Mark Reynolds, Col, 1B
The Colorado Rockies selected the contract of Reynolds from Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday. Reynolds figures to be the starter at first base in the absence of Ian Desmond, who is out with a broken left hand.

Analysis: Reynolds hit a career-best .282 last season with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs. He was limited to 32 at-bats after Aug. 11. He broke a bone in his left hand while swinging a bat, had surgery on Aug. 15, was activated Aug. 31 and broke his left wrist when he was hit by a pitch on Sept. 18. He re-signed with Colorado in February on a minor-league deal.
3/26/2017 Jonathon Niese, NYY, P
The New York Yankees on Sunday released Jonathon Niese, ending the left-hander's bid to secure a position in the bullpen.

Analysis: Niese, who signed a minor-league contract with the club on Feb. 20, was attempting to return from season-ending surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee in August. The 30-year-old allowed three runs on five hits in six innings for a 4.50 ERA in six Grapefruit League appearances.
3/26/2017 Wei-Yin Chen, Mia, P
The same issue that plagued Chen during his first season with the Miami Marlins continues to trouble him. Chen allowed two more homers in Miami's 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. The solo shots for Yadier Molina and Dexter Fowler made it six homers allowed by the left-hander during spring training.

Analysis: A fly-ball pitcher who surrendered 28 homers in 31 starts during his final year with Baltimore, Chen signed with Miami as a free agent prior to the 2016 season. The hope was the more spacious Marlins Ballpark would turn some of those drives into long outs.
3/26/2017 Steven Matz, NYM, P
Matz will not be ready for the start of the regular season, manager Terry Collins confirmed Wednesday.

Analysis: Matz continues to experience discomfort in his pitching elbow and was sent for an MRI exam on Wednesday. He was scratched from his scheduled Grapefruit League start on Monday. Matz, 25, underwent Tommy John surgery earlier in his career, but he was reassured by doctors earlier in the week that he has no ligament damage in the elbow. It's up in the air when the promising Matz will make his regular-season debut.
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