MLB Player News

  • Max Fried SP | ATL

    Braves' Max Fried: Headed down Wednesday

    Fried will be sent down to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday, Mark Bowman of reports.

    It sounds like the Braves want Fried to make a few more starts on the farm before the minor-league season concludes to build his innings count up. Fried threw 103 innings last season in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, and he's at 93.1 frames between the minors and majors this season. While his prospect stock has taken a bit of a hit this year, Fried has pedigree as a first-round pick and he's still just 23. Fried figures to get a look in the rotation in spring training.

  • Hansel Robles RP | NYM

    Mets' Hansel Robles: Impressive in long relief Tuesday

    Robles tossed three scoreless innings of relief in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out one.

    The right-hander has been dynamite in a long-relief role since rejoining the big-league bullpen right after the All-Star break, posting a 1.66 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 25:10 K:BB in his last 21.2 innings over 15 appearances. In fact, if you toss out his three ugly outings in May right before his demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas, Robles has a 1.55 ERA on the season. Little has gone right for the Mets this season, but the 27-year-old's development into a dominant multi-inning weapon in the bullpen is a bright spot.

  • A.J. Minter RP | ATL

    Braves' A.J. Minter: Set to join big-league bullpen

    Minter will be called up by the Braves on Wednesday, Mark Bowman of reports.

    Max Fried will be sent down in a corresponding move. The 23-year-old Minter didn't get off to a great start with Triple-A Gwinnett following his promotion in early July, but he's been much better lately, allowing just one run on four hits in his last nine appearances (nine innings). He has thrown more than one inning just once in 26 appearances in the minors this season.

  • Bryce Harper RF | WAS

    Nationals' Bryce Harper: No timetable yet for return

    Harper has seen improvement in his bruised knee and was walking with less of a limp Tuesday, but is not yet ready to resume baseball activities, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

    Until he's able to begin doing agility drills and swing a bat, there won't be any sort of concrete timetable for Harper's return to action. Given the Nats' big lead in the NL East, they have no reason to rush their star right fielder back, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him back in the lineup sometime in September with just enough time to shake off any rust before the playoffs begin.

  • Diamondbacks' Chris Iannetta: Scores twice Tuesday

    Iannetta went 2-for-4 with a double, walk and two runs in Tuesday's 7-4 win over the Mets.

    With usual No. 3 hitter Jake Lamb receiving the night off, A.J. Pollock moved down a spot in the order, opening up the two hole for Iannetta. The backstop didn't look out of place in the upper third of the lineup, singling in his first at-bat before coming around to score on J.D. Martinez's three-run home run. The Diamondbacks have deployed a three-headed timeshare at catcher for much of the season with Iannetta, Jeff Mathis and Chris Herrmann splitting duties, but it appears Iannetta could handle a larger portion of the starts behind the plate for the foreseeable future. Mathis was diagnosed with a fractured hand Tuesday that could sideline him for the rest of the season and Herrmann is batting just .158 on the campaign, leaving Iannetta as the clear preferred catching option for manager Torey Lovullo.

  • Max Scherzer SP | WAS

    Nationals' Max Scherzer: Ticketed for Friday return

    Scherzer (neck) is on track to return to the rotation Friday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

    He received treatment on his neck Tuesday and played a little catch, and has had no setbacks with the spasms that got him scratched from his last start. Scherzer's been remarkably durable in his career -- in fact, this is first DL stint in three seasons with the Nats, and he'd made 30 or more starts in eight straight years coming into 2017 -- so fantasy GMs should have no qualms about immediately activating him ahead of Friday's home start against the Mets.

  • Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt: Doubles twice in win

    Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a walk, two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's 7-4 win over the Mets.

    Goldschmidt busted out of a three-game hitless streak -- his longest of the season -- in his first at-bat of the contest, sending a Tommy Milone offering to left field to put runners on second and third for J.D. Martinez, who clubbed a three-run shot. He would hit another double in the fifth inning to give him 30 for the season, marking the sixth consecutive campaign that he's reached that plateau.

  • Wei-Yin Chen SP | MIA

    Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Ready for rehab assignment

    Chen (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment Thursday with the Gulf Coast League Marlins, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

    It's been a long, slow road back for Chen, but he's now ready to return to a competitive setting for the first time in nearly four months. The lefty pitched effectively with a slight UCL tear early in the year, but fatigue eventually set in, and there was a setback with the elbow along the way. He recently built up to 30 pitches in a simulated game.

  • Matt Harvey SP | NYM

    Mets' Matt Harvey: Targeting early September for return

    The Mets hope to activate Harvey (shoulder) from the 10-day disabled list in early September, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

    Harvey's statistical results over his three minor-league rehab appearances have been acceptable (3.86 ERA, 6:2 K:BB over seven innings), but according to Jeremy Donovan of WICZ Binghamton his fastball velocity has hovered around the high 80s and low 90s in those outings, well below the 93-to-94 mile-per-hour range he had been hitting prior to landing on the DL. In addition to having Harvey work deeper into games, the Mets likely want to see him gain a couple ticks before turning him loose against major-league hitters. He'll look to toss 80 to 85 pitches in his next rehab outing, which should come over the weekend with Double-A Binghamton or Triple-A Las Vegas.

  • Nefi Ogando RP | CIN

    Reds' Nefi Ogando: Moves rehab to Double-A

    Ogando (shoulder) moved his rehab assignment to Double-A Pensacola on Tuesday, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Shoulder issues have kept Ogando on the disabled list all season, with the right-hander having been limited to four rehab appearances in the minors as hie lone game action. After pitching three times in six days with the Reds' rookie-level Arizona League affiliate, Ogando will test himself against higher-quality competition as he looks to prove to the organization that he's back to full strength. Ogando was a fringe candidate to land a bullpen job with the Reds out of spring training even if health had prevailed, so once he's activated from the 60-day DL, there's a good chance he'll immediately be optioned to Triple-A Louisville.