MLB Recent Player News
|3/2/2015||Jon Lester, P (ChC), P|
|Lester is slated to make his first start for the Chicago Cubs on opening night, April 5, against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Analysis: Cubs manager Joe Maddon confirmed Monday what he had earlier indicated about Chicago's new ace. Lester signed a six-year, $155 million contract with the Cubs in December.
|3/2/2015||Chase Utley, 2B (Phi), 2B|
|Utley will not play in the Philadelphia Phillies' Grapefruit League opener Tuesday, and he says he isn't likely to see game action this week while coming back from a right ankle injury.
Analysis: Utley said he likely wouldn't play through Friday's games. The 36-year-old Utley has participated in hitting and fielding practice during the Phillies' first week of full-squad workouts, but has not gone through any base-running drills. He sprained his ankle in January while doing infield work in January, before arriving in Clearwater.
|3/2/2015||Alex Rodriguez, 3B (NYY), 3B|
|A-Rod is listed as the designated hitter in Monday's intrasquad game. Suspended for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract, Rodriguez missed all of last season and is trying to return as his 40th birthday approaches in July.
Analysis: Rodriguez was not on the travel roster for Tuesday's exhibition opener, though. He could make his spring debut on Wednesday, when the Yankees are at home. Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman say Chase Headley will be their starting third baseman and Rodriguez will compete for at-bats at designated hitter.
|3/2/2015||Mike Adams, P (LAD), P|
|Adams and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. His deal was announced Sunday.
Analysis: Adams was 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 22 games last season with the Philadelphia Phillies, who declined his $6 million club option for 2015. The right-hander missed extensive time with a shoulder injury, but struck out 21 in 18 2-3 innings. Once an elite setup man in San Diego, the 36-year-old Adams is 21-20 with a 2.41 ERA and four saves in 408 major league games over 10 seasons. He has also pitched for Milwaukee and Texas.
|3/2/2015||Tyler Chatwood, P (Col), P|
|Chatwood will begin the season on the 60-day disabled list.
Analysis: Chatwood is recovering from Tommy John surgery last July.
|3/1/2015||John Axford, P (Col), P|
|The Colorado Rockies have selected John Axford's contract, adding a veteran reliever with late-inning experience to their bullpen.
Analysis: Axford, who agreed to a minor league deal last month, gets a $2.6 million, one-year contract with a chance to earn more in performance bonuses. The 31-year-old right-hander was 2-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 62 games with Cleveland and Pittsburgh last year. In six major league seasons, Axford is 24-23 with a 3.40 ERA and 116 saves, including 10 for the Indians last year.
|3/1/2015||Alex Rodriguez, 3B (NYY), 3B|
|Rodriguez feels fine after his first week of workouts, and will leave the decision of when he makes his spring training debut to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
Analysis: Girardi said he'll announce Monday whether Rodriguez will be in the lineup for the spring opener.
|3/1/2015||Dayan Viciedo, RF (Tor), RF|
|The Toronto Blue Jays have boosted their outfield depth, signing Viciedo to a minor league contract. The Blue Jays announced the deal Sunday.
Analysis: A few days earlier, Toronto outfielder Michael Saunders tore cartilage in his knee when he stepped on a sprinkler while chasing a ball at training camp. Saunders had surgery and is expected to be out five to six weeks.
|3/1/2015||Garrett Richards, P (LAA), P|
|Richards is expected to begin pitcher fielding drills in about a week as he makes progress from August knee surgery, and the club remains hopeful he could be pitching in games two to three weeks into the regular season for the reigning AL West champions.
Analysis: Manager Mike Scioscia said that Richards would throw a bullpen session of 40-50 pitches and do some simulated work Sunday to prepare for fully fielding his position, weather permitting with rain forecast all weekend in the Arizona desert.
|3/1/2015||Taijuan Walker, P (Sea), P|
|Walker will get the first crack at impressing the Seattle Mariners in his bid to make the team's starting rotation.
Analysis: The 22-year-old with ace potential will start the team's Cactus League opener Wednesday against San Diego at the Peoria Sports Complex. Starting the first game of spring training is a big change from where Walker found himself a year ago when a shoulder injury sidelined him during the preseason.
|3/1/2015||Derek Holland, P (Tex), P|
|Holland was scratched from the Texas Rangers' intrasquad game Sunday with a sore shoulder.
Analysis: Daniels says ''hopefully it is not anything outside of the normal spring soreness for a pitcher. He wants to throw, but we're going to take it from him.''
|3/1/2015||Giancarlo Stanton, RF (Mia), RF|
|Stanton was plunked by teammate Henderson Alvarez on Saturday.
Analysis: Stanton was taking part in a simulated game and should be OK.
|2/28/2015||Ronald Belisario, P (TB), P|
|Belisario has fractured his non-throwing shoulder in a swimming pool accident and is not expected to be ready for the start of the season.
Analysis: The Tampa Bay Rays said Saturday that Belisario will be sidelined indefinitely. The right-hander injured his left shoulder getting out of a pool in Venezuela last month. Belisario will be held out of on-field drills for at least two weeks. Belisario is a non-roster invitee competing for a bullpen job after going 4-8 with a 5.56 ERA in 62 appearances with the Chicago White Sox last season.
|2/28/2015||Chris Sale, P (CWS), P|
|Sale has a fracture in his right foot and may miss opening day.
Analysis: The team announced Saturday that he's expected to be sidelined at least three weeks. Sale, who was injured in an accident at his home on Friday, had X-rays of his foot Saturday at a hospital in Glendale. He'll have more tests after the swelling goes down. The 25-year-old was 12-4 with 208 strikeouts and a 2.17 ERA last season, finishing third in the American League Cy Young Award voting.
|2/27/2015||Taylor Thompson, P (Oak), P|
|Thompson begins 2015 on the 60-day disabled list.
Analysis: Thompson has a right shoulder strain for the A's.
|2/27/2015||A.J. Griffin, P (Oak), P|
|Griffin begins 2015 on the 60-day disabled list.
Analysis: Griffin is recovering from right elbow surgery.
|2/27/2015||Ryan Perry, P (Det), P|
|The Detroit Tigers have signed Perry to a minor league deal, bringing the right-hander back to the organization that drafted him in the first round in 2008. Perry hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2012, when he appeared in seven games for the Washington Nationals. He pitched for the Tigers from 2009-11.
Analysis: Perry received a $1.48 million signing bonus when the Tigers took him with the 21st overall pick out of Arizona in 2008. He is 6-6 with a 4.36 ERA in 156 major league appearances.
|2/27/2015||Michael Saunders, RF (Tor), RF|
|Saunders has undergone surgery on his left knee and could return to the team in five to six weeks. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday that Saunders might be back sooner than anticipated, possibly in mid-April.
Analysis: Saunders tore cartilage in his knee Wednesday when he stepped on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls on a side field at spring training. He was originally expected to be out until mid-July. The Blue Jays got Saunders in an offseason trade with Seattle and project him as a starter this year.
|2/27/2015||Alex Rodriguez, 3B (NYY), 3B|
|Stripped of his job at third base, Rodriguez moved across the diamond and worked out at first base for the initial time with the New York Yankees.
Analysis: Rodriguez fielded grounders and took part in various drills including bunt defense Friday during New York's second full-squad workout.
|2/27/2015||Brandon Moss, 1B (Cle), 1B|
|Moss is testing his patience this spring. Acquired in a December trade from Oakland to bring more power to Cleveland's lineup, the All-Star from last season has been making solid progress as he recovers from hip surgery.
Analysis: Both he and the Indians' training staff have been encouraged that he's ahead of schedule.
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