MLB Player News

  • Justin Turner 3B | LAD

    Dodgers' Justin Turner: Held out Sunday as precaution

    General manager Farhan Zaidi said Turner -- who was held out of Sunday's practice -- is a little "banged up" after the NLCS but expects to be ready for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of reports.

    Zaidi downplayed Turner's absence from Sunday's workout, equating it to a maintenance game the third baseman would take during the regular season to rest his chronically inflamed knees. He was seen doing agility drills in the outfield Monday, and assuming everything checks out fine, he should be good to go for Game 1. Turner has started all eight of the Dodgers' playoff games so far, hitting a ridiculous .387/.500/.677 with three homers, 12 RBI, one stolen base and a 5:6 K:BB in 31 at-bats.

  • Drew Hutchison SP | PIT

    Drew Hutchison: Elects free agency

    Hutchison has elected free agency, Rob Biertempfel of reports.

    Hutchison was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis after clearing waivers last month, but the 27-year-old decided to test the free agent market rather than accept his minor-league assignment. He owns a 4.93 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 8.3 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 across 417.2 career major-league innings.

  • Ian Krol RP | ATL

    Ian Krol: Elects to become free agent

    Krol chose to become a free agent after being outrighted from the Braves 40-man roster Wednesday, Jerry Crasnick of reports.

    Krol threw 49 innings over 51 games for the Braves this season. In that time he posted a lofty 5.33 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. Coming off a 2016 campaign in which he built a 3.18 ERA and 1.31 WHIP across 51 frames (63 games) his latest showing was certainly a disappointment. At 26 years old, it's not out of the question for Krol to get back on track. However, he'd likely be used in low leverage situations if a club opts to sign him.

  • Yu Darvish SP | LAD

    Dodgers' Yu Darvish: Starting Game 3 of World Series

    Darvish will start Game 3 of the World Series against the Astros on Friday, Ken Gurnick of reports.

    After throwing for a 3.44 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over nine starts with the Dodgers following a trade from the Rangers at the end of July, Darvish has been absolutely dialed in during the postseason. He's gone 2-0 over his two starts (11.1 innings) and logged a 14:1 K:BB while allowing just two runs. He'll look to carry his recent success into Friday's game against a high-powered Houston offense.

  • Rich Hill SP | LAD

    Dodgers' Rich Hill: Tabbed with Game 2 start

    Hill will start Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday against the Astros, Ken Gurnick of reports.

    Hill has thrown nine innings over two games this postseason, both of which were starts. In that time he's allowed three runs on six hits and four walks. He'll take on a Houston club that's poised to send Justin Verlander to the hill Wednesday.

  • R.A. Dickey SP | ATL

    R.A. Dickey: Has option declined for 2018

    The Braves declined their 2018 team option on Dickey on Monday.

    During his age-42 season, Dickey threw for a 4.46 ERA and 1.37 WHIP over 31 starts. In that time he posted a 136:67 K:BB and gave up home runs at a clip of 1.2 HR/9. While his fantasy value is marginal at this point in his career, Dickey could still be a serviceable arm for a major-league club, as he's appeared in at least 30 games each year since the 2010 campaign.

  • Braves' Tyler Flowers: Has 2018 option picked up

    The Braves exercised their 2018 contract option on Flowers on Monday.

    Flowers had a solid showing during the 2017 season. Over 99 games he hit .281/.378/.445 and logged 49 RBI, one shy of his career-high mark of 50. In addition to picking up his 2018 option, the Braves reported that Flowers underwent arthroscopic debridement surgery on his left wrist in early October. Fortunately, it seems to have been a minor procedure as the team expects him to be in full health once spring training rolls around.

  • Astros' Justin Verlander: Gets Game 2 start in World Series

    Verlander will start Wednesday in Game 2 of the Astros' World Series matchup with the Dodgers, Matt Kelly of reports.

    Fresh off being named the American League Championship Series MVP following the Astros' seven-game triumph over the Yankees, Verlander will have a short turnaround to try and keep a powerful Dodgers offense at bay. During the ALCS, Verlander followed up a complete-game, 13-strikeout effort in Game 2 with seven shutout innings in a Game 6 victory.

  • Dallas Keuchel SP | HOU

    Astros' Dallas Keuchel: Set to start Game 1 of World Series

    Keuchel will start in Game 1 of the Astros' World Series matchup with the Dodgers on Tuesday, Matt Kelly of reports.

    The 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner has been stellar throughout the playoffs and owns a 2.59 ERA over his five career postseason starts, so it was a no-brainer for Astros manager A.J. Hinch to turn to their ace for Game 1. Keuchel will oppose Clayton Kershaw in the contest, with Justin Verlander following the lefty in the rotation start Game 2.

  • Carlos Beltran DH | HOU

    Astros' Carlos Beltran: On bench for Game 7

    Beltran is not in the lineup for Game 7 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Saturday.

    Beltran is just 3-for-17 (.176) so far in the postseason, so he'll open Saturday's decisive Game 7 on the bench as the Astros look to advance to their first World Series since 2005. In his place, Evan Gattis will serve as the designated hitter, batting sixth.