MLB Player News

  • Miguel Cabrera 1B | DET

    Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Takes BP Friday

    Cabrera (groin) did some light jogging and took batting practice Friday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

    Barring any setbacks, it appears Cabrera should be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on Tuesday. John Hicks should continue to fill in at first base until then.

  • Jose Abreu 1B | CHW

    White Sox's Jose Abreu: Remains out Friday

    Abreu (hip) is not in the lineup Friday against the Tigers.

    Although Abreu was confident he would return to the lineup Friday, the White Sox apparently had other plans. He was lifted prematurely from Wednesday's with what was diagnosed as a mild right hip flexor strain, and it appears the ailment still hasn't entirely subsided. He'll get another day off in hopes of returning to the lineup Saturday, while Matt Davidson fills in at first for Friday's contest.

  • Eric Thames 1B | MIL

    Brewers' Eric Thames: Back in action Friday

    Thames (hamstring) is back in Friday's lineup against the Braves, MLB Network Radio reports.

    Manager Craig Counsell referred to the hamstring injury that forced Thames out of Wednesday's game as "a very minor issue." Thames may not be quite 100 percent, but he is at least healthy enough to swing his white hot bat against righty Bartolo Colon in the opener of a three-game series at Miller Park. He can be deployed in all formats.

  • Lucas Duda 1B | NYM

    Mets' Lucas Duda: Begins rehab stint

    Duda (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

    Duda said earlier this week that he will likely return to the Mets' lineup when he becomes eligible Sunday, so this appears to be the final step in the recovery process. The lefty has been out with a hyper-extended elbow, but will provide a much-needed source of offense to a roster crippled by injuries. Duda was off to a steady start in his first 13 games as well, slashing .238/.360/.571 with four home runs and seven RBI, and should immediately regain his everyday role at first base.

  • Matt Adams 1B | STL

    Cardinals' Matt Adams: Comes through with pair of timely hits

    Adams went 3-for-3 with an RBI single and double along with another two-bagger in Thursday's 6-4 nightcap of a doubleheader.

    The veteran has been having a difficult time cracking the lineup but cashed in on a start in the nightcap of Thursday's twin bill, as Matt Carpenter opted to serve his one-game suspension without appeal. That put Adams back in his familiar first-base role for the night, and he boosted his average 75 points with his first multi-hit effort of the season. Despite the success, the 28-year-old figures to primarily see action in a pinch-hit capacity for the foreseeable future.

  • Brandon Belt 1B | SF

    Giants' Brandon Belt: Starts in left field Thursday

    Belt received his second start in left field this season, going 1-for-4 with a run scored in a 5-1 loss to the Dodgers.

    The Giants outfield has been stricken with injuries, so manager Bruce Bochy has been using a combination of Belt and Eduardo Nunez to cover left field. It appears that the first baseman will primarily see starts in the outfield when a southpaw is on the mound, as it allows Buster Posey to play first and Nick Hundley to slide behind the dish. It is still unclear how long the Giants' skipper plans on using Belt out of position, but depending on league format, he could gain outfield eligibility at some point this season, which would be a marginal boost to his value.

  • Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez: Still bothered by forearm

    Gonzalez continues to be bothered by the forearm tendinitis that has affected him since spring training, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

    Gonzalez, who turns 35 on May 8, has been sitting against most left-handed pitchers, which apparently goes beyond a mere platoon arrangement. Manager Dave Roberts said the Dodgers are continuing to manage A-Gon, who has been missing from the starting lineup five times over Los Angeles' first 23 games. His .250/.341/.319 line shows that he doesn't have much thump right now, but Gonzalez insists that "everything is mechanical" and that he'll make some tweaks to fix everything. It's best not to take that at face value, though, and while perhaps he's worth buying low, it's not a good idea to give up anyone of value right now for him.

  • Ian Desmond 1B | COL

    Rockies' Ian Desmond: Starting game action

    Desmond (hand) traveled to Arizona with the Rockies on Thursday to play extended spring training games in Scottsdale, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports.

    While the Rockies prepare for a series with the division-rival Diamondbacks, Desmond will perform on-field work, a positive sign as he continues rehabbing his fractured left hand. He could return to the big leagues within the next week if all goes well, though that process may dip into mid-May if Colorado wants to remain cautious.

  • C.J. Cron 1B | LAA

    Angels' C.J. Cron: Ropes pair of hits Thursday

    Cron went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Athletics.

    Cron logged his first multi-hit game since April 9 and drove in the second and final run of the night for the Angels in the first with a two-bagger that plated Albert Pujols. The 27-year-old has struggled to make hard contact thus far this season, with a pair of doubles as the only extra-base hits he's amassed over 61 plate appearances after he set career highs in doubles (25) and triples (2) while equaling a personal best with 16 homers in 2016. Cron has split time with Jefry Marte at first base, although the latter's struggles (.163/.234/.279 over 47 plate appearances) run even deeper than Cron's.

  • Yonder Alonso 1B | OAK

    Athletics' Yonder Alonso: Responsible for only A's run Thursday

    Alonso went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Angels.

    Alonso plated Jed Lowrie in the fourth for Oakland's only run, and he and Lowrie were the only two Athletics to get on base more than once thanks to what was a sparkling effort by Ricky Nolasco and four Angels relievers. The veteran first baseman has driven in four of the team's six runs over the last two nights and has hit safely in three of the last four games overall.