MLB Player News

  • Jayson Werth LF | WAS

    Nationals' Jayson Werth: Lifted Sunday but not due to injury

    Werth was lifted from Sunday's game in the eight inning, but manager Dusty Baker said afterward that his removal was not injury-related, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

    Werth missed the finale against Atlanta and the first two games of the Mets series with a groin issue. Fortunately, it was not a setback of any kind that forced him out Sunday; rather Baker had planned all along to take Werth out late in the game on a cold night in New York. The skipper suggested he will do the same thing in Colorado.

  • Jacob Turner SP | WAS

    Nationals' Jacob Turner: Slated to start Monday

    Turner will start Monday against the Rockies in Colorado, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

    Manager Dusty Baker confirmed that Turner will start Monday, and he was quite frank when discussing the reasoning behind the decision, saying the club didn't want any of its prospects debuting at Coors Field. Turner, the ninth overall pick back in 2009, has posted a 5.09 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 210:123 K:BB in 79 career appearances at the major-league level (323.1 innings). The Nats will need to add him to the active roster ahead of Monday's game.

  • Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Expects to return Tuesday

    Cespedes (hamstring) told manager Terry Collins that he will be ready to play Tuesday, Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record reports.

    Of course, the training staff could overrule Cespedes, but the 31-year-old seems confident he will get the green light to play in Tuesday's series opener against Atlanta. Cespedes sat out Sunday for a third consecutive game, but he was reportedly OK to pinch hit. The Mets were swept in the weekend series against the Nats, scoring a total of seven runs in three games without Cespedes in the lineup.

  • Shelby Miller SP | ARI

    Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller: Slated to undergo MRI

    Miller (forearm) will undergo an MRI on Monday, the Arizona Republic reports.

    A bout of forearm tightness forced Miller off the hill Sunday after 79 pitches, but both Miller and manager Torey Lovullo say they are optimistic. Miller admitted that he has never experienced forearm tightness like this before but also said, "Physically I don't think there's any damage done at all."

  • Dodgers' Brandon McCarthy: May receive extra rest day

    Manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that McCarthy will "potentially" get an extra rest day before his next start, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

    This shouldn't affect those setting weekly lineups, as McCarthy will still be in line for a home start against Philadelphia next weekend, extra day of rest or not. The 33-year-old was sharp again Sunday, tossing seven innings of two-run ball with six strikeouts to one walk in a win over Arizona. McCarthy now has a 2.25 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 22:8 K:BB over 24 innings this season.

  • Ivan Nova SP | PIT

    Pirates' Ivan Nova: Goes seven strong to beat former club

    Nova (2-2) allowed a single run on just four hits and a walk while striking out seven batters over seven innings during Sunday's win over the Yankees.

    After striking out just eight batters over 20 innings through his first three starts, Nova's seven punchouts Sunday are certainly notable. Perhaps he was particularly motivated to face his former club, but showcasing that upside warrants attention because he's pitched well since joining the Pirates. Nova sports a 2.00 ERA and 0.95 WHIP that's supported by a solid 2.96 FIP this year, and he'll look to continue his strong start to the season against Miami next weekend.

  • Shelby Miller SP | ARI

    Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller: Leaves game with forearm tightness

    Miller left Sunday's game with right forearm tightness.

    Miller was lifted in the top of the fifth inning after allowing back-to-back walks (Nos. 4 and 5 of the outing for him) and a double to Corey Seager. He will be evaluated Monday, and it would make sense if that evaluation included an MRI as the Diamondbacks will presumably want to get the full picture with the injury before deciding on a course of action.

  • Nationals' Stephen Strasburg: Going on paternity leave list

    Strasburg will be placed on the paternity leave list as he awaits the birth of his child, Mark Zuckerman of MASN reports.

    Strasburg will be eligible to return three days after being placed on the list, which means he will likely make his return during the Nationals' upcoming series this weekend against the Mets. In the meantime, Jacob Turner is a prime candidate to replace him on the mound Monday.

  • Shelby Miller SP | ARI

    Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller: Pulled Sunday due to undisclosed injury

    Miller left Sunday's game against the Dodgers with an undisclosed injury, Jack Magruder of Fanragsports.com reports.

    Miller managed to pitch four innings before exiting the game, allowing three runs on four hits and five walks. The team has yet to disclose what was ailing Miller, but more information is expected to become available in the near future. Miller's season had gotten off to a decent start, as he entered Sunday's game with a 3.50 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.

  • Joc Pederson CF | LAD

    Dodgers' Joc Pederson: Exits Sunday's game with groin tightness

    Pederson was removed from Friday's game against the Diamondbacks due to right groin tightness, reports, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

    Pederson grounded in the top of the inning and then was replaced in the field by Enrique Hernandez half an inning later, which the team said was merely precautionary. Although hamstring injuries can be tricky, there is a decent chance he will be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, assuming it's nothing worse than the team is letting on.