MLB Player News

  • Carlos Beltran DH | HOU

    Astros' Carlos Beltran: Out of lineup Thursday

    Beltran is not in the lineup Thursday against the Indians.

    Beltran will head to the bench after starting the last six games (two in left field), while Brian McCann takes over as DH and Evan Gattis serves as the backstop.

  • Albert Pujols DH | LAA

    Angels' Albert Pujols: Drives in 17th run Wednesday

    Pujols went 2-for-5 with an RBI in Wednesday's 8-5 win over the Athletics.

    The power still hasn't arrived for the veteran slugger (two home runs in 94 plate appearances), but he has raised his batting average to a respectable .247 after struggling out of the gates. Despite his lack of homers, Pujols has provided value to his fantasy owners with 17 RBI, which ranks second amongst all designated hitters and fifth among first basemen (which he may qualify in depending on league settings).

  • Blue Jays' Kendrys Morales: Not in Game 1 lineup

    Morales is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the Blue Jays' Thursday doubleheader against the Cardinals, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

    The lack of a designated hitter in a National League ballpark puts Morales on the shelf, at least for Thursday's opener. Justin Smoak will occupy first base and hit cleanup. Morales should return to action for the nightcap, so don't remove him from your daily lineups.

  • Nelson Cruz DH | SEA

    Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Homers for third consecutive game

    Cruz went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk in Wednesday's win over Detroit.

    That's now three straight games with a homer for Cruz, who has 10 RBI in that span. He also has a seven-game hitting streak going, and Wednesday's performance actually lowered his batting average during that span to .522. Father Time clearly has not come for the 36-year-old Cruz quite yet.

  • Shin-Soo Choo DH | TEX

    Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo: Slugs three-run homer versus Twins

    Choo finished 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI, three runs scored and a triple during Wednesday's 14-3 win over the Twins.

    Choo enjoyed a huge eighth inning in this one, tripling and scoring to lead it off before launching a three-run homer to right in his second at-bat as the Rangers broke it open. He has now reached 12 times during his seven-game on-base streak to raise his OBP to .380 and is up to fourth on the team with 10 RBI. Choo had an inauspicious start to the season, but he has come on of late and could be one of the keys to getting the rest of the lineup started.

  • Avisail Garcia RF | CHW

    White Sox's Avisail Garcia: Posts another big game against Royals

    Garcia went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Wednesday's win over Kansas City.

    After going 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in Game 2 of the series Tuesday, Garcia followed it up with another solid outing Wednesday. He's now up to a .373/.420/.600 slash line with 17 RBI and is well on his way to the breakout campaign many have been expecting for a few years now. It's unlikely Garcia holds off a statistical decline for much longer, but the 25-year-old outfielder will probably remain fantasy relevant in most settings.

  • Mark Trumbo DH | BAL

    Orioles' Mark Trumbo: Stuck in nasty slump

    Manager Buck Showalter said he isn't worried about Trumbo's recent string of bad games, and the skipper believes his slugger will get back on track soon, Brittany Ghiroli and Ben Standig of MLB.com report.

    The reigning home run champ has gone hitless in his last 18 at-bats, dropping his average to an unsightly .203 after 19 games. "Mark is a very good student of the game, a student of hitting. I trust him," Showalter said. "He'll figure it out. I know it's frustrating for him. But, you know, he's not the only one who hasn't been at the level he's spoiled us with." For the most part, Trumbo's current peripherals look similar to previous campaigns, so it's only a matter of time before the 31-year-old's numbers level out.

  • Nelson Cruz DH | SEA

    Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Keeps offensive explosion going

    Cruz went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI against the Tigers in Tuesday's 19-9 loss.

    You certainly can't hang this defeat on Cruz, who's now hit safely in six straight games and driven home eight in the last two. After starting off the season 2-for-25, he's gone 20-for-49 (.408) with all four of his homers and 15 RBI over the last 14 games.

  • Twins' Robbie Grossman: Sitting out Tuesday

    Grossman is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Rangers, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.

    Grossman has started five consecutive games, during which he's gone just 3-for-16 (.188). He'll get the night off as the Twins opt to have Kennys Vargas fill the DH spot.

  • Cody Asche DH | CHW

    White Sox's Cody Asche: Sits out third consecutive day

    Asche is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    With another lefty getting the start for Kansas City, Asche will head to the bench for a day off. That being said, the 26-year-old has been dreadful at the plate this season (.057 batting average), so don't be surprised if Asche begins to sit out against righties, as well. Matt Davidson will enter the lineup to replace Asche.