MLB Player News

  • Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez: Avoids serious injury

    X-ray results on Hernandez's injured right wrist came back negative Tuesday, Bill Plunkett os the Orange County Register reports.

    It appears that Hernandez and the Dodgers dodged a bullet after the utility man was hit by a pitch on the wrist during Tuesday's game. It's possible that he'll experience some bruising or discomfort, but likely won't need to miss extended time. He'll remain a valuable reserve piece for the Dodgers entering the 2017 season.

  • Daniel Nava RF | PHI

    Phillies' Daniel Nava: Still fighting for roster spot

    Nava remains in the mix for a bench job with the Phillies, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com report.

    Nava's chances of earning a roster spot improved when the Phillies released Chris Coghlan on Tuesday. He has hit .361 with a double, a triple and a .910 OPS this spring. The veteran is competing with Brock Stassi and Jesmuel Valentin for two remaining bench jobs.

  • Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez: Exits after wrist injury

    Hernandez exited Tuesday's Cactus League contest against the Pirates early after being hit by a pitch on the right wrist, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

    Gurnick also reported that Hernandez is undergoing X-rays Tuesday to determine if any structural damage occurred. Until additional news becomes available, the Dodgers' utility man will be considered day-to-day.

  • Ian Happ CF | CHC

    Cubs' Ian Happ: Reassigned to minor league camp

    Happ was reassigned to minor league camp on Monday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

    Happ certainly has made an impression this spring, posting a .392/.458/.765 line in Cactus League play. The 22-year-old finished 2016 at Double-A, and the organization may want to see him get some exposure at Triple-A in 2017. Happ also played a little outfield this spring, and if he's able to contribute there regularly, he could get to the majors faster.

  • Reds' Patrick Kivlehan: Likely on Reds' roster

    Kivlehan has likely made the Reds' Opening Day roster, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

    This assumes, as Sheldon points out, that the Reds don't pick up another player off waivers as they did with Scooter Gennett earlier Tuesday. He hasn't yet been added to the 40-man roster, however.

  • Reds' Desmond Jennings: Sent to minors camp

    Jennings was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday.

    Jennings was battling for a reserve outfield spot, and it looked like the 30-year-old had a good shot at making the big league roster with the release of Ryan Raburn. He was just 8-for-41 (.195) throughout spring, however, prompting the Reds to ship him off to the minors to start the season. Jennings does have an opt-out option before Opening Day, which he'll likely utilize in an attempt to latch on elsewhere.

  • Rockies' Charlie Blackmon: Diagnosed with flu

    Blackmon, who's been out for two days, is dealing with the flu, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

    Blackmon has been phenomenal throughout the spring. Over 16 games, he's gone 17-for-47 (.362) with three home runs and four doubles. Owners will want to monitor Blackmon's status as Opening Day approaches, as Colorado has yet to present a timeframe for his return.

  • Denard Span CF | SF

    Giants' Denard Span: Heating up as Opening Day nears

    Span reached base three times Monday, going 2-for-4 with a walk, a pair of RBI and a pair of runs scored in a 14-2 win over Cincinnati.

    The 33-year-old was mired in the slump through the first couple weeks of spring training, but he has turned it on over the final few weeks of exhibition play, batting .458 (11-for-24) during his current seven-game hitting streak. Outside of a slight uptick in power, Span had a disappointing season in his first year with the Giants, failing to provide the batting average, runs and steals he was known for despite receiving 637 plate appearances. The most-concerning aspect of his decline was his inability to generate stolen bases, attempting 19 and only converting 12. If Span is nothing more than a 10-15 steal outfielder, then there won't be a ton of value for those in standard leagues. That being said, the veteran outfielder is worth a flyer due to his position atop the Giants' lineup and the possibility of a bounce back campaign.

  • Padres' Alex Dickerson: Slated to start season on DL

    Dickerson (back) will start the season on the disabled list, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.

    It was recently announced that Dickerson would miss 3-4 weeks of action, so his upcoming move to the DL doesn't come as a major surprise. Although Dickerson wasn't expected to be an everyday outfielder for the Padres this coming season, his absence will open the door for Travis Jankowski and Jabari Blash to see an increase in usage.

  • Ryan Cordell CF | MIL

    Brewers' Ryan Cordell: Getting action at third base

    Cordell is getting a start at third base in Tuesday's Triple-A lineup.

    The Brewers have a glut of outfielders at Triple-A, so Cordell will get a chance to show off his versatility in the infield. He has the look of a potential utility player in the majors, as he is capable of playing the outfield and several infield positions.