MLB Player News

  • Jhonny Peralta 3B | STL

    Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta: Expected to play Tuesday

    Peralta (knee) is expected to rejoin the Cardinals' Grapefruit League lineup Tuesday against the Mets, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

    There were some murmurs over the weekend that Peralta would return to action Monday, but the Cardinals opted to give him an extra day off to aid his recovery from the sore knee. The Cardinals are expected to go with Peralta as their Opening Day starter at third base, but both he and Jedd Gyorko are expected to split time at the position early on. The hot bat may ultimately win out between the two players.

  • Jose Reyes 3B | NYM

    Mets' Jose Reyes: Bangs out three hits Sunday

    Reyes went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, an RBI and a run in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves.

    The 33-year-old hadn't done much this spring after hitting .278/.316/.389 in 18 at-bats for the Dominican Republic in the WBC, but Reyes has now picked up five hits in his last two games and seems to be rounding into form just in time for Opening Day. With David Wright (shoulder) out indefinitely, Reyes will be the Mets' starting third baseman and leadoff hitter to begin the season.

  • Giants' Eduardo Nunez: Successful return to action

    Nunez (shoulder) returned to the starting lineup Sunday, going 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI as the team's designated hitter.

    The Giants' starting third baseman has been battling shoulder issues this spring, but a pain-free return to action is a positive sign moving forward. Nunez is expected to return to his usual spot in the defensive lineup Thursday against the Athletics, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News.

  • Giants' Eduardo Nunez: Joins lineup Sunday

    Nunez (shoulder) is batting leadoff as the designated hitter during Sunday's Cactus League game against the White Sox, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Nunez has been bothered by shoulder tightness throughout camp and was forced to miss a few days after receiving a cortisone shot Wednesday. The fact that he's able to hit Sunday is a good sign, but the team still hopes he'll be able to take the field on defense prior to the season's start.

  • Jhonny Peralta 3B | STL

    Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta: Could play Monday

    Peralta (knee) could return to the Cardinals' Grapefruit League lineup as soon as Monday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

    The Cardinals will hold Peralta out Sunday while he contends with a sore knee, which he sustained Saturday after fouling a pitch off his knee. It doesn't appear that Peralta's injury is considered significant, so if he's able to get back on the field Monday, it would help his chances of beating out Jedd Gyorko for the regular starting job at third base to open the season.

  • Jhonny Peralta 3B | STL

    Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta: X-ray negative on knee

    An X-ray on Peralta's left knee came back negative Saturday and he does not expect to miss time, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

    He left Saturday's Grapefruit League game after fouling a pitch off his knee, and while he is sore, he appears to have avoided a fracture or serious contusion. Peralta is in the midst of a competition with Jedd Gyorko for the starting job at third base. The runner-up figures to get two or three starts each week in a utility role.

  • Diamondbacks' Daniel Descalso: Set for bench role

    Descalso is hitting .296 with two home runs in 27 at-bats in Cactus League play and appears poised to open the season as a utility option in Arizona.

    He was playing for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic, but has returned to Arizona to finish up spring training with the Diamondbacks. Descalso will replace Phil Gosselin as a player who can play all over the field, but is unlikely to ever see consistent at-bats.

  • Jhonny Peralta 3B | STL

    Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta: Exits game with knee injury

    Peralta left Saturday's Grapefruit League game after fouling a pitch of his knee, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

    Peralta stepped back into the box following the incident, flying out to right field. Kolten Wong then replaced him on defense. The move may have been precautionary with Opening Day looming, but further evaluation should confirm the extent.

  • David Freese 3B | PIT

    Pirates' David Freese: Full-time duty likely

    Freese will likely see steady playing time at third base in April following news that starter Jung Ho Kang has reportedly been denied a work visa.

    Freese represents Pittsburgh's best option at the hot corner, though less steady options like Phil Gosselin, Alen Hanson and John Jaso remain occasional possibilities. Adam Frazier has five games of big league experience at third and the organization could also decide to move Josh Harrison off second base at times. For his part, Freese got off to a strong start in 2016, but he hit only .247/.331/.333 in his final 169 plate appearances. He's doing well in Grapefruit League action, batting .375 in 32 at-bats.

  • Jhonny Peralta 3B | STL

    Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta: Looks like starter at third base

    Peralta is likely to start at third base on Opening Day, while Jedd Gyorko is expected to serve as a utility infielder, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

    Manager Mike Matheny hasn't made an official announcement yet, but Friday's comments appeared to hint at his Opening Day plans. Despite Peralta's potential for 20 home runs in a full season his upside ultimately depends on his playing time, which remains in question in a crowded Cardinals infield even if the 34-year-old does get the Opening Day nod.