MLB Player News

  • Grant Dayton RP | LAD

    Dodgers' Grant Dayton: Optioned to Triple-A

    Dayton was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday.

    The Dodgers used seven relievers Thursday and eight relievers Friday, so they needed a fresh arm in the bullpen. Ross Stripling was recalled from Triple-A to take Dayton's place. In his first taste of the big leagues, Dayton did not disappoint, tossing two shutout innings Friday while allowing just one baserunner and striking out two. He could very well be back up pitching out of the big league bullpen in short order.

  • Pedro Strop RP | CHC

    Cubs' Pedro Strop: Earns 17th hold Friday

    Strop pitched a scoreless inning Friday to earn his 17th hold of the season.

    Strop walked one, but he still has a strong 47:12 K:BB over 36.2 innings this season. He has not given up a hit over his last five appearances.

  • Michael Wagner RP | CHC

    Cubs' Michael Wagner: Throws five scoreless innings Friday

    Wagner struck out seven over five scoreless innings for Double-A Tennessee on Friday.

    Wagner has pitched at four levels already this year, but he's spent most of the season struggling for Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs seem to just move him around to wherever they need a pitcher, which probably doesn't bode well for his long-term prospects. For the season, he has a 4.17 ERA and a 53:27 K:BB over 49.2 innings.

  • Padres' Brandon Maurer: Records fourth save in Friday victory

    Maurer notched his fourth save with 1.1 innings of scoreless ball in Friday's 5-3 victory over the Nationals. He issued one walk and struck out two.

    The 26-year-old reliever was called upon for the first time since Sunday and delivered with his sixth straight scoreless outing. Maurer has been excellent in a closing role in July, converting all four of his save opportunities and generating a sterling 1.23 ERA over 7.1 innings.

  • Luis Perdomo RP | SD

    Padres' Luis Perdomo: Turns in quality start in fourth victory of season

    Perdomo (4-4) gave up two earned runs on four hits and a walk over seven innings in Friday's 5-3 victory over the Nationals. He struck out three.

    The 23-year-old turned in what has to be considered his best outing of the season, completing seven innings for the first time as well. After yielding respective ERA figures of 10.97, 9.39 and 7.00 over the first three months of the season, Perdomo is now 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA over four July starts. He'll look to build on an impressive start against a dangerous Nationals lineup when he takes on the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre next Wednesday.

  • Tyler Lyons RP | STL

    Cardinals' Tyler Lyons: Will not start Sunday

    Lyons will miss his scheduled start Sunday after throwing 4.2 innings in the Cardinals' 16-inning win Friday, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Lyons had a good outing Friday, only allowing one hit and no runs. The downside is that he was unable to get a win, but fantasy owners did get some solid value from the 28-year-old.

  • Ryan Vogelsong RP | PIT

    Pirates' Ryan Vogelsong: Will play catch Saturday

    Vogelsong (neck) will play catch today after being pulled from Wednesday's rehab outing due to neck soreness, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Vogelsong left Wednesday's Triple-A rehab outing after four innings because of neck soreness, completely unrelated to the eye injury that's kept him out of action since May. He was expected to come off the DL Saturday but because of his neck issue, he'll be sidelined a few more days as he works out the kinks. If all goes well when he plays catch, he'll likely not require another rehab outing and could be activated early next week.

  • Shae Simmons RP | ATL

    Braves' Shae Simmons: Braves hope Simmons will be back in late August

    Simmons (elbow) is scheduled to make a rehab start in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

    While recovering from Tommy John surgery, Simmons developed tendinitis in his shoulder in June, which created another setback to his return. The Braves are hopeful that after a 30-day rehab program Simmons will be able to rejoin the team in late August.

  • A.J. Schugel RP | PIT

    Pirates' A.J. Schugel: Optioned to Triple-A

    Schugel was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Stephen Nesbitt reports.

    This move corresponds with Tyler Glasnow getting recalled to start Saturday's game against the Phillies. Schugel posted a 3.94 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 48 innings, working in something of a long-relief role. He will serve as organizational bullpen depth over the rest of the season.

  • David Phelps RP | MIA

    Marlins' David Phelps: Struggles continue in Friday loss

    Phelps was saddled with the loss Friday, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while retiring just one batter against the Mets.

    Phelps entered with the game tied in the seventh allowing back-to-back singles and a sacrifice fly that drove in the go-ahead run. The veteran reliever then walked Wilmer Flores before being removed from the game. Phelps has been largely steady for the Marlins' this season but holds a concerning 8.44 ERA and 2.81 WHIP over his last six appearances (5.1 innings pitched). He's walked seven batters and allowed two home runs over that time after allowing just 12 walks and a pair of home runs in his previous 44 innings.