MLB Player News

  • Nolan Arenado 3B | COL

    Rockies' Nolan Arenado: Launches seventh homer

    Arenado went 1-for-5 with a solo home run during Thursday's loss to Washington.

    Sporting a .314/.368/.663 slash line with 15 runs, seven home runs, 16 RBI and a .431 wOBA, Arenado has been as advertised to start 2017. He boasts a coveted high-floor, high-ceiling combo and is in the heart of his prime.

  • Luis Valbuena 3B | LAA

    Angels' Luis Valbuena: Eyeing Tuesday return

    Valbuena (hamstring) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Tuesday, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    The Angels are close to having their infield back to full strength with Valbuena's return looming. The team hopes to have him back Tuesday for the start of their series in Seattle. Valbuena will add a left-handed bat to the lineup with the versatility to play either corner infield spot, but he'll likely serve as the Angels' primary first baseman against right-handed pitchers.

  • T.J. Rivera 3B | NYM

    Mets' T.J. Rivera: Set to play first

    Rivera will start at first base going forward, the Bergen Record's Matt Ehalt reports.

    Rivera was called up last week after injuries to the first-base platoon of Lucas Duda (elbow) and Wilmer Flores (knee). Once they return from the DL, however, Rivera will either be sent down or return to a limited bench role. In 2016, Rivera slashed .333/.345/.476 over 105 at-bats in 33 games, adding three home runs and 16 RBI, while striking out 17 times. He is 1-for-13 this season.

  • Yankees' Ronald Torreyes: Set to lose starting role

    Torreyes will likely see a significant decline of playing time when Didi Gregorius (shoulder) returns from the disabled list Friday against the Orioles.

    Torreyes had assumed the starting shortstop role while Gregorius was on the DL. But now that he is coming back, as the Bergen Record's Pete Caldera reports, it is almost certain the 24-year-old will return to a bench role, which he was slated to fulfill before Gregorius suffered an injury during the World Baseball Classic. Through 62 at-bats this season, Torreyes has impressed, as he's hit .290 with 13 RBI and one home run.

  • Pedro Alvarez 3B | BAL

    Orioles' Pedro Alvarez: Not taking well to outfield experiment

    Alvarez is having a hard time learning to play the outfield at Triple-A Norfolk, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

    Not one of Alvarez's 851 career MLB games was spent in the outfield, but the Orioles are willing to ride out the experiment this year. However, the real question is whether or not the 30-year-old is prepared to stick with it. Alvarez, who has an opt-out clause in his contract for next month, could understandably decide to look elsewhere for work -- or possibly hang the cleats up altogether.

  • Chris Taylor 2B | LAD

    Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Hitting fifth Thursday

    Taylor is in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday, batting fifth and playing second base against the Giants, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

    The infielder slides in for Chase Utley against southpaw Matt Moore. Taylor will continue platooning at second base for at least the next few weeks while Logan Forsythe (toe) is on the disbaled list.

  • Anthony Rendon 3B | WAS

    Nationals' Anthony Rendon: Absent from Thursday lineup

    Rendon is not in the Nationals' Thursday lineup against the Rockies, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

    Rendon has not yet homered but was showing more signs of life earlier in the week, including a 3-for-4 Monday effort. He'll yield to Wilmer Difo at third base, though he's expected to get back in the lineup Friday.

  • Chris Coghlan 3B | TOR

    Blue Jays' Chris Coghlan: Starting at third base Thursday in Game 1

    Coghlan is in the lineup for Game 1 of the Blue Jays' Thursday doubleheader with the Cardinals, batting sixth and playing third base, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

    Coghlan's had some success over his career against Cardinals' starter Carlos Martinez. The 31-year-old is 3-for-13 with a double, pair of RBI and four walks (.412 OBP) against the right-hander. Coghlan will likely head to the bench in favor of Darwin Barney -- or, possibly Russell Martin -- for Game 2 of the doubleheader.

  • Travis Shaw 3B | MIL

    Brewers' Travis Shaw: Notches two hits Wednesday

    Shaw went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base in Wednesday's victory over the Reds.

    Shaw's batting averaged dipped to .243 prior to a day off Monday, but five hits in the two games since has brought that mark back up to .274. He has taken advantage of the hitters in front of him in the batting order getting on base frequently early this season and is currently tied for 10th in the NL with 18 RBI.

  • Matt Carpenter 3B | STL

    Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Hitting third in Game 1 on Thursday

    Carpenter returns from his one-game suspension Thursday, batting third and playing first base in Game 1 of the doubleheader.

    The infielder made contact with an umpire this past weekend and served his ban Tuesday before a Wednesday rainout. Hopefully Carpenter's owners will get a pair of contests out of him Thursday as they face Toronto's Mat Latos and Casey Lawrence, which could be a profitable day for St. Louis bats.