MLB Recent Player News
|3/26/2015||Bryce Harper, LF (Was), LF|
|Harper is out for Thursday night's exhibition game because of a stomach bug. Nationals manager Matt Williams said Harper was at the Nationals' complex earlier in the day, getting ready to play against the New York Mets. ''He came in, did a little bit of light swinging in the cage and he's still not feeling good, so we sent him home. I think he'll be OK to go'' on Friday, Williams said.
Analysis: Harper was ill Wednesday and scratched from the travel roster for the game against St. Louis in Jupiter, Florida. ''It's one of those rites of spring that everybody goes through at one point or the other during spring training,'' Williams said. ''He just happened to have it the last couple of days. But he's good.''
|3/26/2015||Dan Johnson, 1B (Cin), 1B|
|The Reds acquired Johnson from the Astros on Thursday for a player to be chosen later or cash, one of two trades involving minor leaguers.
Analysis: Johnson played in 15 games for the Blue Jays last season, batting .211 with a homer and seven RBIs. He left as a free agent after the season and signed with Houston in December. He'll report to the Reds' minor league camp. The 35-year-old infielder also has played for Oakland, Tampa Bay, the White Sox and Baltimore.
|3/26/2015||Jarred Cosart, P (Mia), P|
|Cosart said Major League Baseball is reviewing his deleted Twitter account as part of an investigation into gambling-related tweets posted there and he is cooperating with the investigation. ''Obviously, I was caught off guard by the whole situation,'' Cosart said Thursday. ''All I'm really saying to everyone is I'm following the MLB protocol and just talking with MLB security, and they are taking care of the rest.''
Analysis: The 24-year-old Cosart deleted his Twitter account Tuesday after screen shots of comments he purportedly made appeared on the website of Miami New Times. Cosart had been scheduled to pitch Friday against Houston, but the right-hander was scratched because of a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill said the skipping Cosart's turn is ''completely unrelated'' to the MLB investigation.
|3/26/2015||Cody Asche, 3B (Phi), 3B|
|Asche has been scratched from the starting lineup Thursday against Toronto because of back tightness. Andres Blanco replaced Asche in the lineup.
Analysis: Asche, who is batting .238 with three homers and seven RBIs in 16 games this spring training, said he felt his back stiffen while he stretched during morning workouts. He opted to sit as a precaution.
|3/26/2015||John Buck, C (Atl), C|
|Buck, an 11-year major league veteran who was attempting to land a job with the Atlanta Braves as a backup catcher, has retired. He says he wants to spend more time with his family. He hit .320 with one homer in 25 at-bats for the Braves in spring training.
Analysis: The 34-year-old, an All-Star in 2010 with Toronto, hit 134 home runs with seven big league teams. He hit .225 in 32 games with Seattle and the Los Angeles Angels last year after playing for the New York Mets and Pittsburgh in 2013. Buck set career highs with 20 homers and 66 RBIs with Toronto in 2010. He played his first six seasons with Kansas City.
|3/26/2015||Antoan Richardson, CF (Tex), CF|
|Richardson is set to undergo surgery on a herniated disk in his back.
Analysis: It's unclear how long he'll be out. He was battling for a reserve outfield spot with the Rangers.
|3/25/2015||Yordano Ventura, P (KC), P|
|Ventura has been picked to pitch on opening day for the AL champion Kansas City Royals against the Chicago White Sox.
Analysis: The 23-year-old right-hander went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA as a rookie last season and tossed seven scoreless innings to beat San Francisco in Game 6 of the World Series. The announcement was made by Royals manager Ned Yost on Wednesday.
|3/25/2015||Jarred Cosart, P (Mia), P|
|Cosart is being investigated by Major League Baseball for online comments he may have made about gambling. Marlins spokesman Matt Roebuck confirmed the investigation in a statement Wednesday but declined further comment.
Analysis: The 24-year-old Cosart deleted his Twitter account Tuesday after screen shots of comments he purportedly made to a gambling expert were published on the social media site.
|3/25/2015||Daniel Norris, P (Tor), P|
|Looking to cement a spot in the Toronto rotation, Daniel Norris allowed one run in six impressive innings as the Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Wednesday.
Analysis: Norris gave up three hits and struck out seven without walking a batter. It was Norris' second start against Baltimore. In his first, he allowed one hit in 1 2-3 innings.
|3/25/2015||Anthony Rendon, 3B (Was), 3B|
|Rendon may miss the Washington Nationals' opener against the New York Mets on April 6 because of a sprained left knee.
Analysis: Rendon hasn't played since March 9. When he was scratched from the starting lineup the following day, manager Matt Williams said Rendon just needed a day off. But the problem has lingers, and Rendon underwent a second MRI Tuesday on his medial collateral ligament. Ian Stewart has been the primary third baseman in his absence and began Wednesday with a .323 average.
|3/24/2015||Nick Franklin, SS (TB), SS|
|Franklin has a strained left oblique.
Analysis: The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that Franklin may miss the start of 2015.
|3/24/2015||Hyun-jin Ryu, P (LAD), P|
|The Los Angeles Dodgers will rest pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu for two weeks to see if it helps ease the discomfort in his left shoulder.
Analysis: Ryu recently underwent a contrast MRI in Los Angeles that showed no change from the one he took in 2012. The plan is for him to go through rehabilitation before being re-evaluated. From there, the Dodgers will figure out a throwing program for Ryu, who will likely begin the season on the disabled list. Last week, Ryu received an inflammation-reducing injection in his left shoulder.
|3/24/2015||CC Sabathia, P (NYY), P|
|Masahiro Tanaka is lined up to start the Yankees' opener against Toronto on April 6, which would end CC Sabathia's streak of six straight opening-day starts for New York.
Analysis: Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Sabathia's next exhibition start is Saturday, which lines up the 34-year old left-hander to face the Blue Jays on April 8. Sabathia is coming back from season-ending knee surgery in July. He has 11 opening-days starts overall.
|3/24/2015||Masahiro Tanaka, P (NYY), P|
|Tanaka is lined up to start the Yankees' opener against Toronto on April 6, which would end CC Sabathia's streak of six straight opening-day starts for New York.
Analysis: Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Sabathia's next exhibition start is Saturday, which lines up the 34-year old left-hander to face the Blue Jays on April 8. Sabathia is coming back from season-ending knee surgery in July. He has 11 opening-days starts overall. Tanaka is starting his second season with New York.
|3/24/2015||Brian Dozier, 2B (Min), 2B|
|Dozier and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $20 million, four-year contract.
Analysis: The 27-year-old hit .242 last year with 23 homers, 33 doubles, 71 RBIs, 89 walks, 21 steals and 112 runs. The only other Twins with at least 20 homers, 20 steals and 100 runs were Kirby Puckett in 1986 and Corey Koskie in 2001.
|3/24/2015||Erik Bedard, P (LAD), P|
|Bedard is out with a strained back muscle.
Analysis: Bedard is expected to be out at least four weeks.
|3/23/2015||Joe Beimel, P (Tex), P|
|The Texas Rangers have released reliever Joe Beimel after the left-hander struggled this spring.
Analysis: Beimel, who allowed 11 earned runs in three innings over four spring appearances, gets $147,541 in termination pay. His $600,000 non-guaranteed salary would have increased to $1.5 million if he had been on the active major league roster for only one day.
|3/23/2015||Nick Swisher, 1B (Cle), 1B|
|Indians manager Terry Francona said he doesn't expect slugger Nick Swisher to be ready for the team's April 6 season opener at Houston.
Analysis: Swisher underwent surgery on both knees in August and has been slower to recover than expected. Swisher only began running the bases last week and is expected to play in a minor league game on Wednesday. On Monday, Francona said the chance of Swisher being ready to open the season with the team is slim.
|3/23/2015||Matt Harvey, P (NYM), P|
|Bartolo Colon, not Matt Harvey, has been picked to start the New York Mets' opener at Washington on April 6.
Analysis: Harvey is returning from elbow ligament-replacement surgery that has sidelined him since August 2013. He is scheduled to start the third game of the opening series at the Nationals and the second home game - which likely will draw far more fans to Citi Field with Harvey on the mound that it otherwise would.
|3/23/2015||Bartolo Colon, P (NYM), P|
|Colon, not Matt Harvey, has been picked to start the New York Mets' opener at Washington on April 6.
Analysis: Colon was 15-13 with a 4.09 ERA last year and at 41 will become the oldest opening-day starting pitcher in the major leagues since April 2006, when 43-year-old Jamie Moyer was on the mound for Seattle and 42-year-old Randy Johnson for the New York Yankees.
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