MLB Recent Player News
|3/26/2019||Steven Souza Jr., Ari, RF|
|Souza Jr. injured his left knee Monday night when he slipped on home plate during an exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox. Souza's plastic cleats skidded across the plate as he scored from second base in the fourth inning, and he immediately fell to the ground holding his left leg. Souza put no pressure on his leg while being helped off the field by two Arizona trainers. He was scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday, the team said.
Analysis: Souza missed two months last season with a torn right pectoral muscle. He hit .220 with five homers and 29 RBIs in 72 games for the Diamondbacks.
|3/26/2019||Steve Pearce, Bos, LF|
|Pearce will begin the season on the injured list due to discomfort in his left calf.
Analysis: The 2018 World Series MVP last appeared in a Grapefruit League game on March 17, so the Red Sox will be able to backdate the move. Pearce's absence opens up a roster spot for Sam Travis to platoon with Mitch Moreland at first base.
|3/25/2019||Justin Upton, LAA, LF|
|Upton has a toe sprain and his status is uncertain for Thursday's opener in Oakland.
Analysis: Upton is coming off a second straight 30-homer season, finishing 2018 with 30 home runs, 18 doubles, 85 RBIs, 80 runs and a .257/.248/.463 slash line.
|3/24/2019||José Ramírez, Cle, 3B|
|Ramirez bruised his left knee when he fouled a ball off himself Sunday and his status for opening day is uncertain.
Analysis: X-rays on the two-time All-Star were negative. The team said Ramirez will remain in Arizona, and that it will be determined later whether he can play Thursday when the AL Central champions open at Minnesota. The 26-year-old Ramirez hit 39 home runs with 105 RBIs while batting .270 and stealing 34 bases last season. He has finished third in the AL MVP voting in each of the last two seasons.
|3/24/2019||Mark Trumbo, Bal, DH|
|Trumbo will start the season on the injured list. The 33-year-old Trumbo, who led the major leagues with 47 home runs in 2016, had surgery on his right knee last September. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Sunday that Trumbo hasn't played enough to be ready for opening day.
Analysis: Trumbo played in 90 games, batting .261 with 17 home runs and 44 RBIs. Trumbo hit a major league-leading 47 homers for
|3/23/2019||Scooter Gennett, Cin, 2B|
|Gennett is expected to miss two to three months with a severe groin strain.
Analysis: A first-time All-Star in 2018, Gennett got hurt while making a play on a ground ball in Friday's exhibition game against Milwaukee. Gennett hit .310 with 23 homers and 92 RBIs in 154 games last season. First-year Reds manager David Bell plans to move shortstop Jose Peraza to second base and use newcomer Jose Iglesias at shortstop.
|3/22/2019||Jason Kipnis, Cle, 2B|
|Kipnis and star shortstop and double-play partner Francisco Lindor have been ruled out for opening day by the Cleveland Indians.
Analysis: Kipnis had an MRI on Thursday which confirmed a mild right calf strain. He won't do any baseball activities for 7 to 10 days before being re-evaluated.
|3/22/2019||Matt Olson, Oak, 1B|
|Olson underwent surgery on his right hand Friday after getting injured on a foul tip in his final at-bat during Thursday's 5-4, 12-inning loss to the Mariners in Tokyo. No timeline for his recovery was provided.
Analysis: Olson hit 29 homers and drove in 85 runs last year in his first full major league season. Olson, majors home run leader Khris Davis and third baseman Matt Chapman gave 97-win Oakland quite the slugging lineup. The Gold Glove first baseman played all 162 games last season as the A's returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
|3/22/2019||Corey Knebel, Mil, P|
|Knebel is dealing with an ulnar collateral ligament injury and will go for a second opinion. Tommy John surgery could be a possibility.
Analysis: With Knebel sidelined and Jeremy Jeffress (sore right shoulder) expected to be out until mid-to-late April, Josh Hader will likely serve as the closer.
|3/22/2019||Rich Hill, LAD, P|
|Hill will begin the season the injured list due to a strained left MCL.
Analysis: Hill was considered the favorite to start the season opener with Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler out of the mix. The 39-year-old left-hander went 11-5 with a 3.66 ERA in 25 appearances last season.
|3/21/2019||Matt Festa, Sea, P|
|Matt Festa allowed one hit without giving up a run in 2.0 innings as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Thursday. Festa struck out one, ending the game with a 0.00 ERA and 0.50 WHIP on the season.|
|3/21/2019||Ryan Buchter, Oak, P|
|Ryan Buchter fell to 0-1, allowing one run on one hit and one walk in 0.1 innings, as the Oakland Athletics lost to the Seattle Mariners 5-4 on Thursday. Buchter did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 13.50 ERA and 3.00 WHIP on the season.|
|3/21/2019||Brandon Brennan, Sea, P|
|Brandon Brennan allowed one hit and one walk without giving up a run in 1.0 inning as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Thursday. Brennan did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 0.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP on the season.|
|3/21/2019||Zac Rosscup, Sea, P|
|Zac Rosscup improved to 1-0, allowing one hit and two walks over 1.0 scoreless inning, as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Thursday. Rosscup struck out three, ending the game with a 0.00 ERA and 2.40 WHIP on the season.|
|3/21/2019||Marco Estrada, Oak, P|
|Marco Estrada allowed three runs on five hits in 5.0 innings as the Oakland Athletics lost to the Seattle Mariners 5-4 on Thursday. Estrada struck out one, ending the game with a 5.40 ERA and 1.00 WHIP on the season.|
|3/21/2019||Fernando Rodney, Oak, P|
|Fernando Rodney walked one and didn't allow a hit in 0.2 scoreless innings as the Oakland Athletics lost to the Seattle Mariners 5-4 on Thursday. Rodney struck out one, ending the game with a 0.00 ERA and 1.80 WHIP on the season.|
|3/21/2019||Dan Altavilla, Sea, P|
|Dan Altavilla blew his first save, allowing no runs on one hit in 0.1 innings, as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Thursday. Altavilla did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 0.00 ERA and 6.00 WHIP on the season.|
|3/21/2019||Roenis Elías, Sea, P|
|Roenis Elias allowed two runs on two hits and one walk in 2.0 innings as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Thursday. Elias struck out two, ending the game with a 9.00 ERA and 1.50 WHIP on the season.|
|3/21/2019||Joakim Soria, Oak, P|
|Joakim Soria allowed one run on two hits and one walk in 1.0 inning as the Oakland Athletics lost to the Seattle Mariners 5-4 on Thursday. Soria struck out one, ending the game with a 9.00 ERA and 3.00 WHIP on the season.|
|3/21/2019||Liam Hendriks, Oak, P|
|Liam Hendriks walked one and didn't allow a hit in 1.0 scoreless inning as the Oakland Athletics lost to the Seattle Mariners 5-4 on Thursday. Hendriks struck out one, ending the game with a 4.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP on the season.|
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