MLB Player News

  • Tom Murphy C | COL

    Rockies' Tom Murphy: Will undergo scan

    Murphy (forearm) will receive a bone scan Friday in Arizona to assess the healing progress of his broken right wrist, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports.

    The backstop's last significant update came about two weeks ago, when it was reported he was not yet doing fielding drills. Murphy could return in the coming weeks to throw his hat in an already crowded Rockies catcher pool, though his performance against live pitching and eventually minor-league hurlers will determine his immediate timetable. Still, in deep two-catcher fantasy leagues, he's a useful stash for his offensive potential at hitter-friendly Coors Field in the event he runs away with majority playing time.

  • Kurt Suzuki C | ATL

    Braves' Kurt Suzuki: Smacks first homer of 2017

    Suzuki went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run, two walks and two runs scored during Thursday's win over the Mets.

    The veteran backstop hasn't been playing regularly, and Thursday's outburst was his first real sign of offense this season. Through 38 plate appearances, Suzuki sports a .179/.342/.286 slash line.

  • Cardinals' Yadier Molina: Sitting during second game Thursday

    Molina is not in the lineup for the second game of the Cardinals' doubleheader against Toronto.

    Molina went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader. He'll get some rest during the second as Eric Fryer fills in behind the dish.

  • Padres' Austin Hedges: Has Thursday off

    Hedges is out of the lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks, Steve Gilbert of reports.

    Hedges has shown tremendous power at the plate lately. Over the last seven games he's slugged four home runs and notched nine RBI across 22 at-bats. He'll get the night off as the Padres opt to start Luis Torrens at catcher.

  • Diamondbacks' Chris Iannetta: Not starting Thursday

    Iannetta is not in Thursday's lineup against the Padres.

    Over the last seven days, Iannetta has started just three of Arizona's seven games. In that time he's gone 3-for-13 (.231). Chris Herrmann will start behind the dish for Thursday's game while Iannetta heads to the bench.

  • Giants' Nick Hundley: Occupies lineup spot Thursday

    Hundley is in the Giants' Thursday lineup against the Dodgers behind the plate, batting sixth, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.

    Buster Posey is sliding over to first base, and Brandon Belt is shifting to left field. Considering San Francisco's struggles in left, this could wind up being a semi-regular occurrence, especially against southpaws like Los Angeles' Julio Urias, so Hundley could sneak in a few more at-bats per week. That'd make him somewhat valuable in two-catcher NL-only fantasy setups.

  • Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Enters Thursday lineup

    Barnes is in the Dodgers' Thursday lineup against the Giants, hitting sixth and playing catcher, Ken Gurnick of reports.

    Barnes replaces Yasmani Grandal during the afternoon game against southpaw Matt Moore. He could be a sneaky daily fantasy play considering the platoon advantage.

  • Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Not in lineup Thursday

    Grandal is not in the Dodgers' Thursday lineup against the Giants, Ken Gurnick of reports.

    Austin Barnes takes his place against southpaw Matt Moore. It's also probably a day off in the afternoon game for the starting backstop. Grandal should be back in action Friday.

  • Reds' Devin Mesoraco: Activated on Thursday

    Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Thursday.

    The backstop may not play the workload of a starter, but even with his health issues, he still carries upside at the plate -- perhaps the pace of a 20-homer season the rest of the way. Mesoraco should eventually overtake Tucker Barnhart, as long as he's healthy, and deserves a pickup or activation in two-catcher mixed leagues. Strong progress could put him in the discussion to start in single-catcher games later in the season.

  • Braves' Tyler Flowers: Absent from Thursday lineup

    Flowers is not in the Braves' Thursday lineup against the Mets, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    The backstop knocked in four runs Wednesday but will cede catcher duties to Kurt Suzuki, who's paired with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Flowers should be back in action Friday.