MLB Recent Player News
|4/1/2015||John Axford, P (Col), P|
|Axford's 2-year-old son is improving following a rattlesnake bite. Jameson Axford remained hospitalized Wednesday, but Axford said his son was able to sleep through the night as he deals with pain. Doctors have saved his right foot, but there is fear one of his toes may need to be amputated.
Analysis: Axford said his son was bitten twice last week in the yard of the house his family is renting in Scottsdale for spring training. Jameson needed extensive treatment because of the amount of venom found. Axford returned to the team Tuesday. He's set to pitch Saturday and manager Walt Weiss said he could still break with the team for the start of the regular season.
|4/1/2015||Jarred Cosart, P (Mia), P|
|Speaking directly about the topic for the first time since gambling-related tweets appeared on his Twitter account last week, Cosart denied ever betting on baseball.
Analysis: Tweets that appeared on Cosart's account discussed gambling advice received from a gambling expert. They did not appear to involve baseball bets. Cosart briefly addressed the situation last week, stating he was cooperating with Major League Baseball's investigation.
|4/1/2015||Dustin McGowan, P (LAD), P|
|McGowan has been released by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are now paying $43.8 million for 2015 to cover the costs of five players no longer with the team.
Analysis: McGowan will receive $124,795 in termination pay because of Wednesday's decision rather than his $507,500 salary, the big league minimum. He would have earned a $1 million bonus for one day of major league service. McGowan, 32, was 5-3 with a 4.17 ERA in eight starts and 43 relief appearances for Toronto last year.
|4/1/2015||Andrew McKirahan, P (Atl), P|
|The Atlanta Braves have claimed left-handed pitcher Andrew McKirahan off waivers from the Miami Marlins.
Analysis: The 25-year-old McKirahan was claimed by the Marlins as a Rule 5 pick from the Chicago Cubs in December. He must remain on the Braves' 25-man roster all season or be offered back to the Cubs. McKirahan posted 10 saves and a 2.08 ERA in 44 games last season with Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. He has a 2.16 ERA in four minor league seasons. He missed parts of two seasons following Tommy John surgery.
|4/1/2015||Kevin Frandsen, LF (Was), LF|
|Frandsen has been put on unconditional release waivers by the Washington Nationals.
Analysis: He became expendable following the signing of free agent Reed Johnson and the acquisition of Matt den Dekker in a trade with the New York Mets. Frandsen hit .259 with one home run and a team-high 11 pinch hits last season, his first in Washington. He made 42 starts and played in 105 games for the NL East champions, appearing in left field and at every infield position but shortstop.
|4/1/2015||Juan Lagares, CF (NYM), CF|
|The Mets are working to complete a new contract with Lagares that would guarantee the center fielder $23 million from 2016-19, including a buyout of a $9.5 million option for 2020.
Analysis: The 26-year-old hit .281 with four homers, 47 RBIs and 13 stolen bases last year, when he won his first Gold Glove for outstanding defensive play.
|4/1/2015||Jayson Werth, RF (Was), RF|
|Washington manager Matt Willimas expects Werth to begin the season on the DL.
Analysis: Werth had shoulder surgery Jan. 9 and has yet to play in a big league exhibition game, although he has started appearing in minor league games.
|4/1/2015||Asher Wojciechowski, P (Hou), P|
|The Astros said Wojciechowski has made their starting rotation and will start April 9 against Cleveland.
Analysis: He has never pitched in a big-league game but twice won 11 games in the minors.
|4/1/2015||Jon Singleton, 1B (Hou), 1B|
|Singleton was among four players optioned to the minor leagues by the Houston Astros.
Analysis: The 23-year-old Singleton batted .168 in 95 games for the Astros last season and struck out 18 times in 50 at-bats during spring training. Singleton's demotion leaves Chris Carter as the first baseman.
|4/1/2015||Aaron Crow, P (Mia), P|
|Doctors have told Crow he needs season-ending elbow ligament-replacement surgery.
Analysis: Crow will get a second opinion but expects to have the procedure. A four-year veteran, Crow went 6-1 with a 4.12 ERA in 61 appearances last season for Kansas City but was left off the Royals postseason roster. The 28-year-old right-hander allowed two runs and six hits over eight innings during seven spring-training games with nine strikeouts and four walks.
|4/1/2015||Zoilo Almonte, LF (Atl), LF|
|The Braves have outrighted Almonte to Triple-A Gwinnett after he cleared waivers.
Analysis: Because he had been outrighted previously, Almonte can opt for free agency. The 25-year-old Almonte is a former New York Yankees prospect who signed with the Braves after spending most of the 2014 season in the minors. He was expected to contend for a spot in left field but hit only .245 with four RBIs.
|4/1/2015||Erasmo Ramirez, P (TB), P|
|The Rays have acquired Ramirez from Seattle in exchange for left-hander Mike Montgomery on Tuesday.
Analysis: The 24-year-old Ramirez was without a spot in the Mariners' plans after failing to win a job in the rotation during spring training and being out of minor league options. Ramirez has made 35 starts over the past three seasons for Seattle. Last season he was 1-6 with a 5.26 ERA in 17 appearances - 14 starts - with the Mariners.
|4/1/2015||Mike Montgomery, P (Sea), P|
|The Mariners have acquired Montgomery from Tampa Bay for right-hander Erasmo Ramirez.
Analysis: Montgomery has not pitched in the major leagues. He was drafted by the Royals with the 36th pick in 2008. The Rays obtained Montgomery as part of the seven-player trade that sent James Shields to Kansas City for Wil Myers before the 2013 season. Montgomery won 10 games last year at Triple-A Durham. He made six relief appearances this spring with the Rays, giving up three runs - two earned - in 11 1-3 innings.
|4/1/2015||Rafael Furcal, 2B (KC), 2B|
|The Royals have released Furcal, two weeks after he signed a minor league deal.
Analysis: Furcal didn't appear in a Cactus League game as he recovered from a hamstring injury sustained in winter ball. Tuesday's move doesn't affect the Royals' big league roster as Furcal was not invited to camp. The 37-year-old Furcal played nine games last year with Miami after missing all of the 2013 season following elbow reconstruction surgery.
|3/31/2015||Daniel Murphy, 2B (NYM), 2B|
|Murphy figures to begin the season on the disabled list with a hamstring strain.
Analysis: The DL stint is likely to be backdated since he's being held out of Grapefruit League games, so he might only miss a week of the regular season.
|3/31/2015||Josh Fields, P (Hou), P|
|Fields is battling a groin injury.
Analysis: The Astros haven't said definitively whether he'll be ready for opening day, but it's not looking good.
|3/31/2015||Jose Mijares, P (Cin), P|
|Mijares has been suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
Analysis: The 30-year-old left-hander last pitched in the major leagues with San Francisco in 2013. He agreed to a minor league contract with Cincinnati's Louisville team on Dec. 28 and was released March 23. His suspension, announced Tuesday, will start when he signs with another big league organization.
|3/31/2015||Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (NYY), CF|
|New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 5 and played five flawless innings of defense in his first game since being sidelined two weeks ago by an oblique strain.
Analysis: Ellsbury had an infield single and RBI single to left Tuesday for Double-A Trenton in a minor league game. He caught a flyball and cleanly fielded a line single. Ellsbury has no worries about being ready for the April 6 season opener against Toronto.
|3/31/2015||Freddy Garcia, P (LAD), P|
|Garcia has agreed to a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Analysis: Garcia, a 38-year-old right-hander, was 4-7 with a 4.37 ERA for Baltimore and Atlanta in 13 starts and four relief appearances in 2013. After the Braves released him late in spring training last year, the two-time All-Star played for the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan. "Obviously, we're building starter depth," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday.
|3/31/2015||Humberto Quintero, C (Bos), C|
|The Boston Red Sox agreed to pay a $100,000 retention bonus to Quintero.
Analysis: On Monday, the Red Sox obtained catcher Sandy Leon from Washington to replace Christian Vazquez, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow. With Vazquez out, Ryan Hanigan is the only catcher in the major league camp other than Leon and Quintero. Leon was in the starting lineup Tuesday against a Tampa Bay split squad.
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