MLB Player News

  • Bryce Harper RF | WAS

    Nationals' Bryce Harper: Feeling fine physically

    Harper is doing fine physically and is on track to begin his normal offseason strength and conditioning work soon, according to agent Scott Boras, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports.

    The 24-year-old's uneven play throughout the summer months led to much speculation about his health, and Sports Illustrated reported in September that Harper had indeed been playing through a neck/shoulder issue for a significant portion of the season. While manager Dusty Baker strongly denied the report, Boras recently confirmed to the Washington Post that Harper "played with limitations at times this year, no question."

  • Braves' Matt Marksberry: Recovering after suffering seizure

    Marksberry awoke from a medically induced coma Thursday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Marksberry reportedly suffered a seizure and collapsed lung while undergoing a colonoscopy Tuesday. It's obviously a very serious situation.

  • Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Out of Game 5 lineup

    Grandal is not in the lineup Thursday for the Dodgers' Game 5 NLCS tilt with the Cubs.

    Grandal has acted as the primary catcher for Los Angeles during the postseason, but given his poor .111 batting line during the playoffs, the Dodgers will give him the night off. Carlos Ruiz will slot into the lineup behind the plate in his stead.

  • Chase Utley 2B | LAD

    Dodgers' Chase Utley: Not in Game 5 lineup

    Utley is not in the lineup Thursday for the Dodgers' Game 5 NLCS matchup with the Cubs.

    Utley typically heads to the bench when left-handers take the mound, and Thursday is no different with Jon Lester toeing the rubber for Chicago. Kike Hernandez will fill in for him and bat leadoff.

  • Josh Reddick RF | LAD

    Dodgers' Josh Reddick: Sits out of Game 5

    Reddick is not in the lineup Thursday for Game 5 of the Dodgers' NLCS game against the Cubs.

    Reddick holds just a .155 batting average against lefties this season, so he'll head to the bench with the Cubs deploying left-hander Jon Lester as their Game 5 starter. Yasiel Puig will assume his spot in right field for the evening.

  • Carl Edwards RP | CHC

    Cubs' Carl Edwards Jr.: Exits with injury

    Edwards departed with two outs in the seventh inning due to a left hamstring injury, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Edwards recorded outs on the first two batters of the inning, but exited the game after walking Corey Seager. The reliever is probably best considered day-to-day heading into Game 5 on Thursday, but it wouldn't be surprising if he's unavailable for the contest.

  • Kenley Jansen RP | LAD

    Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Available in long relief Wednesday

    Jansen will be available for more than one inning in Wednesday's Game 4 matchup with the Cubs, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

    Plunkett notes that whole Jansen likely wouldn't be called upon to record six outs, the Dodgers' best reliever could be asked to go more than one inning if called upon Wednesday. He had very few outings longer than a single inning during the regular season, but he's had four such outings through just six appearances this postseason.

  • Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: To start Game 6

    Kershaw is lined up to start Game 6 of the NLCS, FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports.

    The Dodgers will apparently give Kenta Maeda the ball for Game 5, regardless of Wednesday's outcome in Game 4. Kershaw threw a bullpen session Wednesday, lining him up to start what could be a Game 6 clincher on an extra day's rest.

  • Kenta Maeda SP | LAD

    Dodgers' Kenta Maeda: To start Game 5

    Maeda will start Game 5 regardless of the result of Wednesday's Game 4, FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports.

    Maeda has pitched quite poorly during the postseason, but the calculus is likely more about getting Kershaw the ball in a potential Game 6 clincher on an extra day's rest, rather than using him on short rest Thursday.

  • Josh Osich RP | SF

    Giants' Josh Osich: Undergoes minor knee surgery Tuesday

    Osich underwent minor surgery on his left knee Tuesday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Osich is scheduled to return home from his procedure Wednesday, and there's no reason to believe that it will impact his availability for the 2017 season. Osich finished the year with a subpar 4.71 ERA and 1.38 WHIP but dominated left-handed hitters. Lefties hit a bleak .154 and recorded only three RBI versus Osich, while righties managed to hit .322 versus the 28-year-old.