MLB Player News

  • Reds' Arismendy Alcantara: Roster slot more likely

    Alcantara has a better chance of making the Reds' Opening Day roster following the release of Ryan Raburn, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon suggests.

    Alcantara is out of options and has the ability to play multiple positions, both factors working in his favor of making the team. Alcantara had a rough start defensively this spring but has since stabilized and is hitting .293/.300/.569 in 60 spring training appearances.

  • Dodgers' Charlie Culberson: Leaves to be with wife

    Culberson will be away from camp for a few days while his wife gives birth, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports.

    Culberson is vying for a utility role with the Dodgers, though he's considered the underdog in that battle. The 27-year-old has gone 12-for-48 (.250) with three RBI so far this spring. He should be back shortly after his wife gives birth.

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    Dodgers' Corey Seager: Will rejoin team Saturday

    Seager (oblique) is scheduled to play in a minor league game Monday and will stay in Arizona for the first two games of the upcoming Freeway Series, Bill Plunkett of the OC Register reports.

    Seager continues to work back from an oblique injury that's kept him out of action for much of spring training. At this point, the team is focusing on getting Seager increased at-bats at the minor-league level, but it appears he'll rejoin the Dodgers on the Saturday prior to Opening Day. Seager could perhaps play in Saturday's home matchup with the Angels as Los Angeles wraps up its exhibition slate.

  • Marlins' Adeiny Hechavarria: Returns to lineup Monday

    Hechavarria (back) will start at shortstop and bat leadoff in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.

    The Marlins held Hechavarria out of Sunday's game as a precaution after he experienced back soreness, but as expected, he'll be back in the lineup a day later without restrictions. The 27-year-old is in line to serve as the Marlins' everyday shortstop this season, but he'll represent one of the lower-end fantasy options at the position after batting .236 with three homers and 38 RBI in 547 plate appearances in 2016.

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    Dodgers' Corey Seager: Not comfortable with swing yet

    Seager (back) isn't satisfied with the quality of his swing, and he could stay back in Arizona when the team heads to Los Angeles for its final exhibition games later this week, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports.

    There are no reports of a setback with the shortstop's back, it just sounds like he isn't satisfied with his swing after missing the majority of spring training action. Seager has played in three minor league games this past week, and reportedly felt fine physically. If the Dodgers decide to hold their young star out of Freeway Series, it would simply be to get him more consistent at-bats in minor league camp, rather than a sign that they are planning on placing him on the disabled list to start the season.

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    Phillies' Freddy Galvis: Quiet spring training

    Galvis is hitting .226 (12-for-53) with one home run and seven RBI during his 18 spring training games.

    Galvis, who is known more for his defense, is coming off of a meager 2016 campaign in which he slashed just .241/.274/.399. He did pop 20 home runs, but that was supported by a likely unsustainable 12.5 percent HR/FB rate. He's set to man the Phillies' starting shortstop role to open the season but will likely be displaced by top prospect J.P. Crawford when he makes his debut sometime during 2017. If and when that occurs, Galvis may become a reserve infielder or see more playing time at second base.

  • Marlins' Adeiny Hechavarria: Scratched as precaution

    Hechavarria was scratched from the lineup prior to Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals due to a sore back, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.

    Manager Don Mattingly stated that the scratch is just a precaution, so it doesn't appear that this is anything too serious at all. Hechavarria is slated to open the season as the Marlins' starting shortstop.

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    Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte: Still in shortstop mix, but trailing

    Marte flew out in his only at-bat in Saturday's spring training loss to the Angels. He's hitting .261 (12-for-46) this spring and remains in the shortstop competition with Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed.

    Owings is hitting .409 and looks like the leading candidate for the starting job, but a decision may not come until next week. If he can show signs of getting on base at a clip closer to his 2015 level in Seattle, Marte could become a threat to overtake Owings for the starting job at short at some point this season.

  • Nationals' Manny Burriss: Reassigned to minor league camp

    Burriss was reassigned to minor league camp Saturday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN reports.

    The veteran latched on with the Nationals on a minor league deal this winter and struggled to get on base this spring (.290 OBP) despite striking out just once in 28 at-bats. The Nationals' depth up the middle meant that Burriss was a long shot to crack the Opening Roster when he signed. He'll head to minor league camp and will likely start the season with Triple-A Syracuse.

  • Padres' Luis Sardinas: No longer considered a starting option

    Manager Andy Green announced that Sardinas is no longer is the running for the Padres' starting shortstop gig, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    The 23-year-old was given every opportunity to seize the job this spring, but his constant struggles at the plate (.184 in 38 at-bats) have cost him the opportunity to serve as the Padres' starting shortstop. Sardinas will now compete for a utility role and can safely be ignored in almost all fantasy formats.