MLB Player News
X-rays on Seager's ankle came back negative, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Seager fouled a ball off his right ankle Wednesday night, and while he was able to stay in the contest, the Dodgers sent him for X-rays afterwards to make sure he wasn't dealing with anything more than a bruise. Everything checked out, which is good news, but his status for Thursday's series finale remains up in the air. Manager Dave Roberts recently stated that Seager would play every game for the remainder of the season, but the team may decide to give him an off day to keep him fresh ahead of the playoffs. After an 0-for-5 showing Wednesday, Seager is just 5-for-34 (.147) over his last nine games.
Rojas (shoulder) has a small tear in his rotator cuff, but it will not require a surgical procedure, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.
Rojas has been out of the starting lineup since injuring his shoulder during a game in Milwaukee on Sunday, but he was able to come in off the bench and hit a home run during Wednesday's victory over the Mets. It appears as though he will be playing through the injury for the rest of this season, although it's hard to imagine that Rojas will be making everyday starts with this injury hampering him.
The 21-year-old has been out for several days with a stomach illness, which he said was caused by eating an improperly cooked meal last weekend. Rosario is hoping he can return to the lineup Friday for the start of the team's final homestand. After a slow start upon his arrival to the big leagues, Rosario has turned it on at the dish. He seems poised to be the Mets' starting shortstop for many years to come, and he could leap up near the top of the order in 2018.
Diaz was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Diaz had been toiling with the Redbirds since June 28, when he was sent down to work on refining his swing. He wrapped up his Triple-A tenure with a .253/.305/.388 line over 46 games, with both his batting average and OPS actually checking in lower than his production in those categories during his 71 games with the big-league club prior to his demotion. He's likely to see sporadic playing time for the balance of the regular season, as standout rookie Paul DeJong is firmly entrenched in Diaz's old everyday shortstop role.
Owings (finger) will meet with hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan on Friday and could receive clearance to take batting practice thereafter, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo remains optimistic that Owings will be able to come off the 60-day disabled list when first eligible Sept. 29, which would give him three games' worth of at-bats to prove he's healthy enough to warrant a spot on the team's playoff roster. Ketel Marte has been acting as the Diamondbacks' primary shortstop while Owings is out and has probably performed well enough to keep his starting job at the position heading into the postseason, but the versatile Owings could have a more realistic chance at displacing the underwhelming platoon of Daniel Descalso and Brandon Drury for regular duties at the keystone.
Rosales went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Padres.
With Jake Lamb batting just .146 in 123 at-bats against left-handed pitching this season, manager Torey Lovullo has been benching the All-Star more often versus southpaws in the second half, with Rosales emerging as Lamb's most common platoon partner. Rosales wasn't able to do much against Padres lefty Travis Wood on Tuesday, but it's unlikely to dissuade Lovullo from continuing to use the veteran utility man at third base on the occasions Lamb is rested.
Rosario (illness) is out of the lineup and likely unavailable off the bench for Wednesday's series finale against the Marlins, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.
Rosario is improving from gastroenteritis, which caused the shortstop to remain in his hotel room all day Tuesday. He should be able to fly back to New York with the club Wednesday evening, and will use Thursday's scheduled day off to recover from this illness. Looking ahead to Friday's series opener against the Nationals, Rosario should be considered day-to-day, although manager Terry Collins could choose to keep him out of the starting nine if his symptoms fail to subside.
Drew (abdomen) took some at-bats during a simulated game and jogged in the outfield Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
Bryce Harper's simultaneous participation in the simulated game was presumably of greater interest to the Nationals, but like the outfielder, Drew also isn't closing the door on returning to the big club before the end of the regular season. In Drew's case, a return seems less likely, given that he's yet to receive clearance to resume sprinting since tearing the abdominal muscle from the bone in July. Even if Drew is able to get in a game or two in September, it's unlikely that he'll be included on the Nationals' postseason roster.
DeJong went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI against the Reds on Tuesday.
He'd gone into a little skid over the past five games, going 2-for-18 with eight strikeouts, but DeJong has largely avoided lengthy slumps in his rookie season, and he pulled right out of this one. DeJong's 23 homers in 96 games project out to 38 over a full season's work, which is incredible in the middle infield, but it's unlikely that we'll see him maintain batting averages as solid as this year's .285 in the future if he continues striking out at such a high pace (29.1 percent).
Cozart went 2-for-5 with a home run, a steal and two RBI against the Cardinals on Tuesday.
He's now gone yard five times in his last seven games, a span in which Cozart has also racked up nine RBI and eight runs. The veteran shortstop's age-31 campaign has seen him break out to a never-before-seen degree, as he's in the midst of setting new personal bests across the board -- average, homers, RBI, runs, OPS, you name it.