MLB Recent Player News
|3/1/2014||Elvis Andrus, SS (Tex)||Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is dealing with soreness in his right forearm and will be sidelined for at least a few days
Analysis: The 25-year-old Andrus is going into his sixth season in the majors. He has played 757 games for the Rangers, 315 more than any current Texas player.
|3/1/2014||Bobby Parnell, P (NYM)||Parnell threw batting practice Saturday, facing batters for the first time since his 2013 season was cut short by a neck injury.
Analysis: Parnell last pitched in a game on July 30. He missed the final two months of the season and had surgery Sept. 10 to repair a herniated disc in his neck. The right-hander threw 36 pitches to David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Eric Young Jr. Parnell said he was able to keep the ball down and didn't feel any discomfort in his neck or right arm.
|3/1/2014||Felix Hernandez, P (Sea)||Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed that Hernandez is expected to be Seattle's opening day starter when the Mariners open the season on March 31 against the Angels.
Analysis: This is not a surprise.
|2/28/2014||Gerald Laird, C (Atl)||Laird remained out after leaving Thursday's game with a lower back strain.
Analysis: Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he was day to day.
|2/28/2014||Mark Appel, P (Hou)||Manager Bo Porter isn't sure when Appel, the first overall pick in the 2013 draft, will appear in a game this spring as he recovers from last month's emergency appendectomy.
Analysis: Appel reported to camp on time, but the Astros are bringing him along slowly. "We actually haven't even talked about him getting into the game," Porter said.
|2/28/2014||Matt Kemp, CF (LAD)||Kemp had an MRI on his surgically repaired left ankle Thursday instead of Friday.
Analysis: The Dodgers expect results this weekend. Kemp had microfracture surgery in October.
|2/28/2014||Nate Jones, P (CWS)||Jones is recovering from a strained muscle near his lower back.
Analysis: Jones threw two bullpen sessions within the last week, on Sunday and Wednesday. Jones arrived in camp as the leading contender to be the White Sox closer.
|2/28/2014||Jose Abreu, 1B (CWS)||Abreu made his first appearance in a White Sox uniform Friday.
Analysis: The Cuban slugger signed for six years and $68 million in October. He went 0 for 2 against Dodgers pitching, which held the White Sox to five hits.
|2/28/2014||Joc Pederson, CF (LAD)||Pederson hit a two-run homer Friday in Cactus League action.
Analysis: Pederson was the Dodgers' minor league player of the year in 2012 and was picked for last year's All-Star Futures game. Savvy fantasy owners may want to snap up his rights.
|2/28/2014||Chris Sale, P (CWS)||Sale struck out four in 2 2-3 scoreless innings Friday. He gave up one hit and walked none.
Analysis: Sale made his exhibition debut.
|2/28/2014||Hyun-jin Ryu, P (LAD)||Ryu allowed two hits over two innings in his first spring training start, pitching the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday.
Analysis: Ryu, who was 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA as a rookie last year, didn't have a walk or a strikeout.
|2/28/2014||Joe Wieland, P (SD)||Wieland struggled in his first appearance Friday after missing all of last season following reconstructive elbow surgery.
Analysis: Wieland allowed four runs on four hits, including a homer, while getting two outs.
|2/28/2014||Joaquin Benoit, P (SD)||Benoit struck out one and had an effective changeup in his San Diego debut Friday.
Analysis: Benoit signed a two-year, $15.5 million deal in the offseason. "I still have to work a little bit on my mechanics," he said.
|2/28/2014||Chase Headley, 3B (SD)||Headley played catch Friday morning, the next step in his recovery from a strained right calf.
Analysis: Headley, who still hasn't been cleared to hit, is expected to sit out at least a couple more weeks of games.
|2/28/2014||Andrew Cashner, P (SD)||Cashner gave up one hit and 18 of his 32 pitchers were strikes Friday. He didn't throw any breaking balls so he is saving those for when the games matter.
Analysis: Cashner led the Padres with a 3.09 ERA last year.
|2/28/2014||James Paxton, P (Sea)||With Hisashi Iwakuma yet to throw this spring because of an injured right middle finger that will be in a splint for another three weeks, and Taijuan Walker shut down for at least a week with shoulder inflammation, the Mariners are leaning on Paxton to claim a rotation spot.
Analysis: Paxton provided hope, retiring all six batters in the Mariners' 12-1 rout of the San Diego Padres on Friday. "It's early in the spring but the young man has talent," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's capable of doing things. He pounded the zone down and that was pretty impressive."
|2/28/2014||Chris Dickerson, RF (Pit)||Dickerson doubled, singled and drove in two runs Friday.
Analysis: Dickerson said he trained with a track coach in the winter and is faster and stronger than ever. "Working hard in the offseason is paying off a little bit early on in camp," he said.
|2/28/2014||Miguel Montero, C (Ari)||Miguel Montero, whose upcoming season is a key for the team, is set to catch Saturday and Sunday. "He's on a pretty accelerated schedule," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We'll make sure he's ready for Australia."
Analysis: Montero dipped to just .230 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs in 116 games last year. His 162-game averages are .267 with 18 homers and 79 RBIs.
|2/28/2014||Patrick Corbin, P (Ari)||Corbin gave up two runs and four hits Friday in the Cactus League.
Analysis: Corbin is projected as the D-Backs' No. 1 starter.
|2/28/2014||Franklin Morales, P (Col)||Morales pitched two shutout innings in his bid to return to the Colorado staff and the Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-0 on Friday.
Analysis: The 28-year-old Morales both started and relieved for the Rockies from 2007-11. He was traded to Boston during his final season in Colorado.
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