MLB Player News

  • Benji Gonzalez 2B | MIN

    Twins' Benji Gonzalez: Won't make 25-man roster

    Gonzalez has been told he won't make Minnesota's final 25-man roster, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

    Gonzalez hit .371 (13-for-35) and made a strong impression in spring training. He could be called up early in the season if the Twins need a utility infielder.

  • Padres' Cory Spangenberg: Big day Saturday

    Spangenberg went 3-for-4 with his first home run of the spring in Saturday's loss to the Giants.

    The speedy infielder is currently locked in a position battle with Ryan Schimpf for regular at-bats at third base. Both players recently returned from minor injuries and both have played well this spring. Both infielders also bring different playing styles to the table; Schimpf is a free-swinging power threat, while Spangenberg offers speed and defense. Manager Andy Green hasn't tipped his hand regarding who his starter will be, leaving both players as deep league targets heading towards Opening Day.

  • Devon Travis 2B | TOR

    Blue Jays' Devon Travis: On track to be ready for Opening Day

    Travis (knee) is expected to avoid the disabled list and be ready to play on Opening Day, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

    It was only a couple of weeks ago that Travis was expected to start the campaign on the DL, so his potential availability on Opening Day is a major development. "He cleared a big hurdle," Jays manager John Gibbons said on Sunday morning. "I was impressed watching him. He has played a couple of games in a row now and he's played a couple of games in the field. There's nothing definite yet, but it certainly looks like [he'll be ready]." Gibbons may not have fully committed to the plan, but it's unlikely the 26-year-old will miss Opening Day unless he suffers an unexpected setback in the coming days. Travis, a career .301 hitter with a .342 on-base percentage, will be the team's leadoff hitter in 2017.

  • Daniel Murphy 2B | WAS

    Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Two hits, two RBI on Saturday

    Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.

    He also struck out twice, an indication that Murphy still has a bit of work to do at the plate to get ready for Opening Day after he barely played during the WBC. Expect the 31-year-old to receive as many at-bats as he can handle over the final week as he looks to recapture the form that produced a career year in 2016.

  • Tyler Saladino 2B | CHW

    White Sox's Tyler Saladino: Set to start at second base after hot spring

    Saladino is hitting .364 with three home runs this spring. He's projected to start at second base with Yoan Moncada sent to Triple-A.

    Saladino has had an impressive spring with a 1.122 OPS in 44 at-bats, but his status as the starter at second base may not last long. Moncada is Chicago's top prospect and could be recalled early in the season.

  • Robinson Cano 2B | SEA

    Mariners' Robinson Cano: Remains on shelf due to illness

    Cano was sent home Saturday as the team continues to battle a nasty virus sweeping the clubhouse, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

    The veteran second baseman needs the at-bats down the stretch, but he also just got back from playing in the World Baseball Classic, so being ill for a few days shouldn't set him back much.

  • Erik Gonzalez 2B | CLE

    Indians' Erik Gonzalez: In mix for starting hot corner job

    Gonzalez is among a handful of players battling for the starting third base job on Opening Day, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    With Jose Ramirez expected to slide over to second base with Jason Kipnis (shoulder) on the shelf, Gonzalez, Giovanny Urshela, Yandy Diaz and Richie Shaffer are all competing for a starting job at the hot corner.

  • Kolten Wong 2B | STL

    Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Could open year in platoon

    Wong could open the season in a platoon at second base, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

    Manager Mike Matheny cited the need to keep Greg Garcia, Jedd Gyorko and Matt Adams fresh as a reason for Wong potentially not seeing everyday at-bats. Wong entered Saturday hitting .190/.277/.262 this spring, which also hasn't helped his case. Gyorko could serve as the right-handed complement to Wong, while Garcia's glove could earn him an occasional start at the keystone against either righties or lefties. When investing in Wong, factor in the likelihood that he only starts against right-handed pitchers this year.

  • Erik Gonzalez 2B | CLE

    Indians' Erik Gonzalez: Fine after leaving game

    Gonzalez says he is fine after being hit on the right hand by a pitch Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Good news regarding the 25-year-old prospect. Gonzalez has put together a productive spring -- hitting .298 with two home runs and 10 RBI -- and with Jason Kipnis headed to the DL, it appears he'll have a good chance to crack the Opening Day roster. Expect him to return to game action sometime this weekend.

  • Nolan Fontana 2B | LAA

    Angels' Nolan Fontana: Optioned to minors

    Fontana was optioned to the minors Friday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

    The 25-year-old had a nice spring, batting .270 with a home run and eight RBI in 37 at-bats. The Angels already have their middle infield set with Andrelton Simmons, Danny Espinosa and Cliff Pennington all healthy, leaving no room for the rookie shortstop. Fontana will start the year with Triple-A Salt Lake and should be the first to get the call to the majors should any of the aforementioned players go down to injury.