MLB Player News

  • Adbert Alzolay SP | CHC

    Cubs' Adbert Alzolay: Exits Wednesday's start

    Alzolay was removed from Wednesday's start for Triple-A Iowa with an apparent injury, Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register reports.

    Alzolay allowed five runs -- including two homers -- before leaving the game during the bottom of the fourth inning. The 24-year-old exited the field accompanied by the athletic trainer and the specifics of the issue remain unclear.

  • Ketel Marte CF | ARI

    Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte: Early exit in blowout

    Marte was removed from Wednesday's game versus the Rangers after the top of the second inning due to a coach's decision, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.

    The Diamondbacks exploded for 12 runs across the first two frames, prompting Marte's exit from the game. The 25-year-old went 1-for-2 with a run scored, an RBI, a double and a hit by pitch. Manager Torey Lovullo may just be giving his All-Star center fielder/second baseman some rest with a huge early lead.

  • Kris Bryant 3B | CHC

    Cubs' Kris Bryant: Crushes 20th homer

    Bryant went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two runs scored and a walk in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Reds.

    Bryant started the scoring Wednesday with his 412-foot shot to center field during the first inning, and he also came around to score on Jason Heyward's double in the seventh. The 27-year-old has returned to form this season with a .299/.408/.565 slash line, 20 home runs and 28 doubles in 91 games.

  • Craig Kimbrel RP | CHC

    Cubs' Craig Kimbrel: Notches fourth save

    Kimbrel had two strikeouts and didn't allow a baserunner during the ninth inning to earn the save Wednesday against the Reds.

    Kimbrel delivered a ninth inning with no drama Wednesday as he needed only 12 pitches to retire the side in order. The 31-year-old has allowed five runs through his first 6.2 innings with the Cubs, but he appears to be settling in with four straight scoreless outings.

  • Yu Darvish SP | CHC

    Cubs' Yu Darvish: Fires six scoreless frames

    Darvish (3-4) earned the win Wednesday against the Reds after allowing only two hits over six shutout innings. He struck out seven and walked none.

    Darvish has allowed zero runs and four hits in his last 12 innings, as he appears to have found his groove coming out of the All-Star break. The 32-year-old has a 4.46 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 126:50 K:BB through 109 innings and should take the mound next week at San Francisco.

  • Sonny Gray SP | CIN

    Reds' Sonny Gray: Dealt tough loss

    Gray (5-6) took the loss Wednesday against the Cubs after giving up two runs on two hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked none.

    Gray served up a pair of solo homers but otherwise kept the Cubs off the basepaths, though the Reds were unable to provide him much offensive support. The right-hander has a 1.64 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 35:5 K:BB in his last four starts, and he'll look to continue that trend Monday at Milwaukee.

  • Astros' Rogelio Armenteros: Earns start Sunday

    Armenteros will start Sunday's game at home against the Rangers, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Armenteros delivered four strong innings as the bulk reliever on three days rest Tuesday to earn himself the starting chance this weekend. The 25-year-old has a 9:2 K:BB and has allowed three runs (two earned) over nine innings this season, and Sunday will be the first start of his major-league career.

  • Niko Goodrum SS | DET

    Tigers' Niko Goodrum: X-rays return negative

    Goodrum was diagnosed with a bruised right pinky finger after X-rays came back negative Wednesday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

    Goodrum was scratched from the lineup after taking a groundball off his hand during batting practice, but he appears to have avoided a serious injury. The 27-year-old seems unlikely to be available off the bench Wednesday but it's unclear if he's expected to miss any additional time.

  • Kevan Smith C | LAA

    Angels' Kevan Smith: Not starting Wednesday

    Smith is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Astros.

    Smith started three of the last four games behind the plate but will take a seat Wednesday. Dustin Garneau starts at catcher while Jonathan Lucroy (concussion) remains sidelined.

  • Yordan Alvarez DH | HOU

    Astros' Yordan Alvarez: Out of Wednesday's lineup

    Alvarez is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game versus the Angels, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Alvarez delivered a two-homer game in his second game out of the All-Star break, but since that point he is 3-for-19 with seven strikeouts. Michael Brantley will serve as the designated hitter Wednesday while Josh Reddick, Jake Marisnick and George Springer start in the outfield.