MLB Player News

  • Nelson Cruz DH | SEA

    Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Homers in second consecutive contest

    Cruz went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk and two runs Saturday against the Rays.

    Cruz blasted his 31st bomb of the year to extend the Mariners' lead to five runs in a road victory. He's homered in back-to-back contests, and he's hit 10 homers this month to raise his slugging percentage to .571.

  • Matt Davidson 3B | CHW

    White Sox's Matt Davidson: Nearing rehab assignment

    Davidson (wrist) took grounders and batting practice Saturday and could set out on a rehab assignment in the coming week, Daryl Van Schouwen of The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    A hiccup in his rehab last week pushed Davidson's return date back, but he does appear to be making inroads towards getting back on the field in the near future. Given the length of Davidson's absence, he'll now likely require a rehab assignment before rejoining the White Sox, but it could be a brief one that starts as soon as this week. Davidson will add some pop to the White Sox lineup from the hot corner once he's activated from the DL.

  • ByungHo Park DH | MIN

    Twins' Byungho Park: Experimenting in left field

    Park made his first career start in left field for Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    This is apparently the first time he has played in the outfield since he was nine years old, so it seems like a long shot that he would prove competent enough out there on defense to justify sticking there long term. Most importantly, Park is a 31-year-old who has been a league-average hitter (100 wRC+) with 10 home runs and a 30.1 percent strikeout rate at Triple-A, so he is simply not hitting enough to realistically profile at any corner spot.

  • Tigers' Victor Martinez: Goes deep Friday

    Martinez went 2-for-5 with his 10th home run of the season, a solo shot, in Friday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Martinez now has home runs in the last two games he's played, and he's posted an .822 OPS over his last 10 games (.709 OPS for the season). Martinez's power numbers are way down from last year, but the veteran could still give fantasy owners a boost over the final weeks of the season.

  • Blue Jays' Kendrys Morales: Out of Saturday's lineup

    Morales is not in the lineup against the Cubs on Saturday.

    Without the DH available at Wrigley Field, Morales will continue to sit on the bench for the second contest of a three-game set. He will likely remain out of the starting nine for the series finale Sunday.

  • Albert Pujols DH | LAA

    Angels' Albert Pujols: Leaves yard Friday

    Pujols went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer Friday against the Orioles.

    Pujols drilled his 18th homer in the first inning to give the Angels an early lead in a game they'd go on to lose. Despite the bomb, he's a very weak fantasy option, based on his .230 batting average and .380 slugging percentage.

  • Mark Trumbo DH | BAL

    Orioles' Mark Trumbo: Smashes 19th homer in Friday win

    Trumbo went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Angels.

    Trumbo smashed his 19th homer of the year to put the Orioles on the board in the second inning of a home victory. Unfortunately, his .415 slugging percentage has been a tremendous disappointment to fantasy owners.

  • Nelson Cruz DH | SEA

    Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Continues torrid August pace

    Cruz went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a homer, three runs and two RBI on Friday against the Rays.

    Cruz's 30th homer came in the ninth inning of a game the Mariners had wrapped up much earlier. The slugger's been carrying fantasy teams this month by smashing nine homers while hitting around .400.

  • Blue Jays' Kendrys Morales: Not in lineup Friday

    Morales is not in the lineup Friday against the Cubs.

    The designated hitter will likely not start any game at Wrigley Field this weekend. Morales also was one of the Blue Jays recently bitten by the flu bug, which has hindered his ability to contribute much in recent days.

  • Twins' Robbie Grossman: Lands on disabled list, likely out three weeks

    Grossman (thumb) was placed on the disabled list Thursday and is expected to be sidelined for three weeks, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports.

    The Twins have yet to announce a corresponding move, but there are a number of viable outfielders in the system from which to choose. Manager Paul Molitor laid out a three-week timetable for Grossman, adding that throwing will be the biggest challenge he faces en route to a return. Still, a three-week timetable will allow Grossman to get back on the field for the better part of September.