MLB Player News

  • Cody Anderson RP | CLE

    Indians' Cody Anderson: Tommy John surgery on tap for Monday

    Anderson (elbow) will have his Tommy John surgery conducted in Texas on Monday, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

    Renowned surgeon Dr. Keith Meister will perform the procedure for Anderson, who was diagnosed with the UCL tear in his right elbow a little over two weeks ago. He'll miss the entire 2017 season while recovering from the procedure and may not be ready to go for the start of the 2018 campaign.

  • Tony Sipp RP | HOU

    Astros' Tony Sipp: Could return Monday

    Sipp (back) was feeling better Sunday and could pitch in Monday's game against the Cardinals, Brian McTaggart of the Astros' official site reports. The left-handed reliever was scratched from a scheduled appearance Saturday.

    Sipp's condition was described as nothing more than "standard, end-of-camp back stiffness," per manager A.J. Hinch. Sipp, in the second year of a three-year, $18 mllion contract, is the only lefty in the pen to start the season, so he's a valuable piece.

  • Pedro Baez RP | LAD

    Dodgers' Pedro Baez: Opening Day status bleak

    Baez (thumb) will face hitters tomorrow but is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

    The Dodgers continue to take a very cautious approach as Baez rehabs his injured thumb. Manager Dave Roberts said that they'd like to see the reliever throw multiple innings before playing in a regular season game. Based on this requirement, it appears more likely than not that Baez will not be ready when Opening Day rolls around and that he may begin the season on the disabled list.

  • Tony Zych RP | SEA

    Mariners' Tony Zych: To begin season in minors

    Manager Scott Servais announced Sunday that Zych (biceps) will begin the season in the minor leagues on a throwing plan, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

    Zych is expected to pitch today against the Reds, but it appears the team is looking to ease the reliever back into action by having him begin the year in the minors. When healthy, Zych is a valuable piece of the Mariners' bullpen.

  • Kevin Gadea RP | TB

    Rays' Kevin Gadea: Placed on 60-day DL

    Gadea (elbow) was placed on the 60-day disabled list Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    This move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for the recently signed Derek Norris. Gadea will be eligible to return in June.

  • Brent Suter RP | MIL

    Brewers' Brent Suter: Optioned to minors

    Suter was optioned to minor league camp Sunday.

    Suter had a fighting chance to make the Opening Day roster due to the fact that he is one of the team's few left-handed pitchers, but the Brewers ultimately decided to have the southpaw to begin the season in the minor leagues. He's a candidate to rejoin the major league team sometime during 2017.

  • Joe Colon RP | CLE

    Indians' Joseph Colon: Optioned to minor leagues

    Colon was optioned to the minor leagues Sunday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Colon pitched 10 innings for the Indians in 2016 but will begin the 2017 campaign in Triple-A Columbus. He's a candidate to return to the majors if an injury occurs to one of the team's relievers.

  • Dan Altavilla RP | SEA

    Mariners' Dan Altavilla: Expected to be setup man

    Altavilla is expected to break camp as the setup man to closer Edwin Diaz, the Seattle Times reports.

    Altavilla is one of the few right-handed power arms in the bullpen not dealing with an injury. When Steve Cishek, Tony Zych and Shae Simmons return from injury, Altavilla could be sent to Triple-A Tacoma to close. But none of that trio is expected to be ready for Opening Day, and if Altavilla handles the job well in April, he likely will hang onto it. He's had a good camp with his high-90s fastball and tough slider. And at this point, if Diaz goes down, Altavilla, who had 16 saves for Double-A Jackson last year, is the favorite to close.

  • Ross Detwiler RP | OAK

    Ross Detwiler: Opts out of contract

    Detwiler opted out of his contract with the Athletics on Sunday and will become a free agent, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Detwiler was informed that he would not make the team's Opening Day roster, so he decided to exercise the opt-out in his contract. He'll likely find another home in 2017.

  • Jeff Locke RP | MIA

    Marlins' Jeff Locke: Tosses 15 pitches Saturday

    Locke (biceps) threw 15 pitches off a mound Saturday, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.

    He reported no issues with his arm afterwards, but Locke is still looking at a late April or early May return to action given the amount of time he missed this spring with the injury. Depending on how the rest of the Marlins' staff is faring when he returns, the lefty could slot into the rotation or in long relief.