by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
Matt LaPorta granted release from Mexican League team
The disappointing career of former top power-hitting prospect Matt LaPorta has taken another twist. He has requested and been granted his release from the Mexican League Campeche Pirates, sources have told ESPN. LaPorta was batting .282. LaPorta, who was released by Baltimore with more than a week remaining in spring training, failed to show enough in Cleveland to keep his job after he had been the key piece in the trade that sent C.C. Sabathia to Milwaukee.
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
Orioles release seven from minor-league camp
The Orioles released seven players from minor-league camp Friday, including designated hitter Jack Cust, outfielders Matt LaPorta and Nik Balog and pitchers Harry Marino, Julio Rodriguez, Zach Staniewicz and Casey Upperman.
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
Matt LaPorta finds work with Orioles
The Orioles signed former top prospect Matt LaPorta to a minor-league deal Thursday, according to MASNSports.com. LaPorta spent the previous six seasons with the Indians' organization, but has failed to make his mark at the major-league level. LaPorta appeared in 57 games in the minors last season, hitting .264/.350/.472, though his season ended early with hip injuries.
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
Matt LaPorta could be done in Cleveland
First baseman Matt LaPorta could be done in Cleveland , according to the Plain Dealer. LaPorta is a minor-league free-agent, and it's unclear if the team has interest in bringing him back. The 28-year-old did not appear in the majors this season, and was limited by hip surgery in the minors. LaPorta has hit .238/.301/.393 in 967 career at-bats.
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
Matt LaPorta goes on minors DL
The Indians placed first baseman Matt LaPorta on the minor league disabled list with a left hip strain, MLB.com reports. LaPorta is playing with Triple-A Columbus. LaPorta is batting .235 over 22 games with the Clippers with five homers and 11 RBI.
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
Matt LaPorta expected to begin Triple-A assignment soon
The Indians are expected to assign first baseman Matt LaPorta to Triple-A within the next week after beginning the year in extended spring training. "He's still coming back from the hip procedure and he had a minor setback with a wrist injury, but he's been playing games in extended spring training and we'll send him to Columbus in the next week or so," Indians director of player development Ross Atkins told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. LaPorta is a career .238/.301/.393 hitter in 1,068 plate appearances with the Indians.
by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer
LaPorta opening in minors
The Indians reassigned first baseman Matt LaPorta to minor league camp Monday. LaPorta hasn't appeared in a spring game because of his surgically repaired hip.
LaPorta feels 'million times better'
Indians first baseman Matt LaPorta underwent surgery on his hip last October but told MLB.com on Sunday that he has made some solid progress the last few months. "I feel a million times better," LaPorta said. The 28-year-old enters camp fighting for a starting job in Cleveland and is focusing on remaining healthy. "Any chance I get to put a uniform on is an opportunity," he said. "I'm still here. I'm getting healthy. The main thing is getting healthy. I don't want to put the cart before the horse and be thinking this or that. None of that matters if I'm not healthy."