MLB Player News
David Ortiz will retire at the end of the 2016 season, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.
It's important to note Ortiz has not yet confirmed the news, however considering he will turn 40 years-old Wednesday, it wouldn't be a surprising development. The designated hitter just finished recording his third straight 30+ home run, 100+ RBI season so it's clear his skills at the plate haven't diminished much with age, but he's played just 20 games at first base over the last three years and he vehemently expressed disinterest in seeing more time at that position earlier this season. As long as Ortiz stays healthy, he should be in line for another stellar season at the plate.
Ryan Raburn 's club option for 2016 was declined Wednesday.
Raburn was used almost exclusively against left-handed pitching this season, and for good reason too -- he hit all eight of his home runs and recorded a .589 slugging-percentage in 151 at-bats against southpaws in 2015. The 34-year-old actually posted career-high averages across the board, but he also recorded the fewest amount of at-bats in a season since his rookie year. However, considering his power against left-handed pitching he will likely have a myriad of options heading into the offseason and should catch on with another team looking for a platoon outfielder.
Edwin Encarnacion 's club optioned was picked up by the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Encarnacion was excellent once again this season, mashing 39 home runs and 111 RBI while putting together a solid .277/.372/.557 slash line, so it comes as no surprise that he will rejoin the Blue Jays in 2016. He should command early-round consideration from fantasy owners heading into re-draft leagues next season.
Kansas City Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales will start Game 3 of the World Series on the bench, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
With the Series transitioning to Citi Field, the Royals will be without his spot in the lineup. First baseman Eric Hosmer wasn't expected to give way to Morales, meaning the latter will likely enter the game as a pinch-hitter.
Edwin Encarnacion had surgery to repair a sports hernia Wednesday, John Lott of the National Post reports.
Encarnacion had been dealing with a sprained finger for much of the ALCS, but it appears as if he was hampered by more than just that injury to end the season. The 32-year-old should be fully healed by the start of spring training and will likely carry an early-round price-tag heading into re-draft leagues next year.
Edwin Encarnacion (finger) is in the lineup for Monday's Game 3 against the Royals.
Encarnacion was able to play in Game 2 after suffering a ligament sprain in his left middle finger in the first game of the series, and he'll be back out there Monday batting cleanup as the team's DH.
Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Edwin Encarnacion (finger) will be in the Toronto Blue Jays ' lineup for Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday, ESPN's Dan Shulman reports.
Jays manager John Gibbons suggested that Encarnacion would get the day off if this were the regular season, but he'll serve as the team's DH and clean-up hitter for Game 2 on Saturday.
Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Edwin Encarnacion left Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday with a ligament sprain in his left middle finger, MLB.com reports.
One media outlet was labeling it a "strain," but the injury that forced Encarnacion from Friday's game is officially a sprain of the ligament in his left middle finger. X-rays showed no break, but Encarnacion's status for Game 2 is up in the air.
Edwin Encarnacion has been diagnosed with a ligament strain in his left middle finger, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.
X-rays were negative after Encarnacion left Friday's Game 1 in the eighth inning, but the discovery of the ligament strain has clouded his status for Game 2 and beyond. Encarnacion's left middle finger has presented issues on and off for more than two months. He's being listed as day-to-day.
Edwin Encarnacion left Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday with an apparent hand or finger injury, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
The 32-year-old appeared to be favoring his left hand during and after his sixth-inning at-bat, and he did not come out to bat when the DH spot rolled around in the eighth. According to the FOX television broadcast, Encarnacion is being sent for precautionary X-rays.