MLB Player News

  • Chris Young LF | BOS

    Red Sox's Chris Young: Team eyeing rehab assignment

    Young (hamstring) has been running without pain and the Red Sox are targeting the next homestand for him to begin a rehabilitation assignment, Jasaon Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

    Young, who is currently traveling with the Red Sox on the current 11-game road trip, will get back to Boston on Aug. 8. Until Young is activated off the disabled list, Brock Holt will be the primary left fielder for Boston.

  • Royals' Paulo Orlando: Turning on jets offensively

    Orlando went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk and a steal against the Rangers on Thursday.

    After his two-double bust-out Wednesday, Orlando decided this whole extra-base-hitting thing sounded like a pretty good idea, so he went ahead and did it again. Don't expect the power-hitting prowess to continue, but Orlando has been picking up base knocks consistently since May. He can help fantasy teams in batting average and has a little speed, but there's still not much else in the package.

  • Trent Clark OF | MIL

    Brewers' Trent Clark: Returns from hamstring injury

    Clark (hamstring) is 3-for-12 in his first three games back from the DL at Low-A Wisconsin.

    Clark missed 27 games after landing on the DL for a second time this season with a hamstring injury. Although he's hitting just .219, he has a .354 , so he could get hot at the plate in the second half if he can finally stay healthy.

  • Shin-Soo Choo RF | TEX

    Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo: Hopes to return when first eligible Thursday

    Choo (back) hopes to come off the DL when eligible next Thursday, T,R, Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

    Choo will take live swings off Derek Holland on Tuesday, clearing the way for a very brief rehab assignment. Choo is expected to resume his role as Texas' leadoff hitter once healthy, and could be a nice source of production down the stretch given Texas' home-heavy finish.

  • Aaron Altherr LF | PHI

    Phillies' Aaron Altherr: Returns from DL with a bang

    Altherr went 3-for-4 with a home run Thursday in his first game of the season after a wrist injury sidelined him in April.

    Altherr did his best to make up for lost time by filling the stat sheet in his return from the 60-day DL. The 25-year-old came on strong last season when he was called up in August, and he's got the potential to be a 20-20 player when healthy. Altherr is the kind of guy that can change the landscape in any format just in time for the fantasy playoff run.

  • Adam Jones CF | BAL

    Orioles' Adam Jones: Crushes 19th homer in loss to Twins

    Jones went 2-for-4 with a home run, his 19th of the year, in Thursday's loss to the Twins.

    Jones has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 starts, and has homered in two of his last three. After a monstrous display of power in June (11 home runs with a .982 OPS), the outfielder has cooled off significantly this month (three longballs and a .723 OPS). The opportunity to sell high on Jones is certainly out the window, but there's no reason to complain about a guy pacing toward 30 home runs and 95 RBI.

  • Max Kepler RF | MIN

    Twins' Max Kepler: Blasts AL-leading eighth homer of July

    Kepler went 2-for-3 with a walk, solo home run, two RBI and two runs Thursday against the Orioles.

    The outfielder's 11th dinger of the season tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth and kick started the 6-2 comeback victory. Kepler's average has dipped a bit this month, but he's more than compensated for that by unloading for an AL-leading eight home runs in July. The rookie out of Germany seems to be putting it all together right in time for the fantasy playoff season.

  • Mets' Alejandro De Aza: Increase in playing time possibly on horizon

    De Aza might garner additional playing in center field due to Juan Lagares' thumb injury.

    De Aza has had a season to forget but righted the ship slightly lately. Lagares likely will need surgery to repair his thumb, leaving a hole in center field. Manager Terry Collins could turn to Michael Conforto but may elect to go for a more natural and experienced center fielder to man the position, which would be De Aza.

  • Mets' Michael Conforto: Possible consistent playing time in center field

    Juan Lagares' thumb injury could result in Conforto seeing consistent playing time in center field.

    Lagares likely will require surgery to repair the torn ligament in his thumb. To replace him on the active roster, Brandon Nimmo was allied up Thursday night. But he, like Conforto, is a lefty and not a true center fielder, as he is better served at a corner spot. With Yoenis Cespedes playing through a balky quad, limiting him to left field, the Mets have precious few options on center field. Conforto has been moved to that position but has been sitting against southpaws for Lagares. With Conforto, Nimmo and Curtis Granderson all lefties, Conforto might be the primary beneficiary of Lagares' absence, but there is a good chance manager Terry Collins turns to the recently hot Alejandro De Aza.

  • Juan Lagares CF | NYM

    Mets' Juan Lagares: Likely headed for thumb surgery

    Lagares is likely headed for the DL and surgery to repair a partially torn thumb ligament, ESPN.com reports.

    Brandon Nimmo is on his way back from Triple-A Las Vegas and is expected to take Lagares' spot on the roster. Lagares already missed a month due to the thumb injury, which he suffered trying to make a diving catch back on June 4, and it has continued to nag him since his return earlier in July. A timetable for his recovery from surgery is uncertain but it's the type of procedure that could very well knock Lagares out for the remainder of the season.