MLB Player News

  • Royals' Whit Merrifield: Gets optioned Tuesday

    Merrifield was optioned Tuesday, Jeffrey Flanagon of MLB.com reports.

    Merrifield will likely head back to Triple-A Omaha as Raul Mondesi, one of Kansas City's top prospects, gets called up to the majors. Although Merrifield has been a productive batter in the Royals lineup, based on his .271 season average spanning 210 at-bats, he has also been slumping since mid-July, going 1-for-17 (.059) over his last seven games.

  • Orioles' Jonathan Schoop: Pops 17th homer in Sunday's win

    Schoop went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and another run scored in Sunday's win over the Indians.

    The homer was his 17th of the season, a new career high, and Schoop is enjoying his third straight solid month with a .282/.309/.513 slash line, four homers and 12 RBI in 78 July at-bats. He hasn't drawn a walk all month, though, posting a 0:16 BB:K, so a batting average correction could be coming.

  • Rays' Logan Forsythe: Smacks two-run homer in Sunday loss

    Forsythe went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the A's.

    The veteran second baseman was the hero of the moment in the top of the eighth, plating Kevin Kiermaier with a 434-foot shot to left that erased a 2-0 deficit. Although the significance of his feat was neutralized in the home half of the inning when Erasmo Ramirez yielded a solo shot to Billy Butler, the homer did extend Forsythe's hitting streak to six games. He's had a rough go of it overall in July, however, slashing just .212/.256/.353 and seeing his season average drop 28 points since the month began.

  • Brett Lawrie 2B | CHW

    White Sox's Brett Lawrie: Out again Monday

    Lawrie (hamstring) remains out of the lineup for Monday's series opener against the Cubs.

    Monday marks Lawrie's fourth straight absence because of the hamstring issue, but an MRI cleared him of any serious damage. His next chance to play comes Tuesday; for now, Tyler Saladino will replace him at second base and bat ninth for the White Sox.

  • Brett Lawrie 2B | CHW

    White Sox's Brett Lawrie: Out again Monday

    Lawrie (hamstring) remains out of the lineup for Monday's series opener against the Cubs.

    Monday marks Lawrie's fourth straight absence because of the hamstring issue, but an MRI cleared him of any serious damage. His next chance to play comes Tuesday, while Tyler Saladino will replace him at second base and bat ninth for the White Sox.

  • Rays' Logan Forsythe: Smacks two-run homer in Sunday loss

    Forsythe went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the A's.

    The veteran second baseman was the hero of the moment in the top of the eighth, plating Kevin Kiermaier with a 434-foot shot to left that erased a 2-0 deficit. Although the significance of his feat was neutralized in the home half of the inning when Erasmo Ramirez yielded a solo shot to Billy Butler, the homer did extend Forsythe's hitting streak to six games. He's had a rough go of it overall in July, however, slashing just .212/.256/.353 and seeing his season average drop 28 points since the month began.

  • Orioles' Jonathan Schoop: Pops 17th homer in Sunday's win

    Schoop went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and another run scored in Sunday's win over the Indians.

    The homer was his 17th of the season, a new career high, and Schoop is enjoying his third straight solid month with a .282/.309/.513 slash line, four homers and 12 RBI in 78 July at-bats. He hasn't drawn a walk all month, though, posting a 0:16 BB:K, so a batting average correction could be coming.

  • Jose Altuve 2B | HOU

    Astros' Jose Altuve: Crushes two bombs Sunday

    Altuve went 3-for-5 with two homers, two runs and six RBI on Sunday against the Angels.

    Altuve launched a three-run homer to put the Astros on the board in the first inning before crushing his 17th bomb of the year in the following inning, leading to a blowout victory. He's now posted multiple hits in six of his last seven games, while slashing .360/.428/.575 on the season.

  • Athletics' Arismendy Alcantara: Optioned to Triple-A

    Alcantara was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Sunday.

    Alcantara logged only two appearances during his latest stint with the Athletics, going 1-for-5 with three strikeouts. The 24-year-old brings value with his ability to steal bases and play multiple positions, but until he shows more improvement with his hit tool, he may have a difficult time sticking in the majors for extended stretches of time.

  • Carlos Sanchez 2B | CHW

    White Sox's Carlos Sanchez: Called up to serve as 26th man

    Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday, Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald reports.

    Though the Tigers and White Sox aren't technically playing a doubleheader Sunday, both teams will be allowed to carry 26 men since the two sides have to first conclude Saturday's game, which was postponed in the ninth inning due to rain with the score tied at 3-3. The single game originally scheduled for Sunday will be played immediately after the postponed game is completed, but Sanchez is eligible to play in either contest. He'll likely be sent back down to Charlotte immediately after Sunday's games are completed.