Recent MLB Player News

Pirates' Andrew McCutchen swats walk-off shot versus Arizona

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen hit a walk-off solo homer to lift the Pirates over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Monday.

What It Means:

The Pirates entered the ninth inning with a 3-1 lead but closer Tony Watson gave up a two-run homer to Chris Iannetta to tie the game. In the bottom half of the frame, McCutchen led off with the walk-off shot off of Archie Bradley. He finished the day 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

McCutchen is batting .215/.290/.398 with eight home runs, five stolen bases, and 23 runs scored in 207 plate appearances this season.

Twins' Byron Buxton leaves early with finger injury

Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton left Monday's game early with a finger injury.

What It Means:

Buxton hurt his finger on a dive in the outfield when his finger got caught on teammate Eddie Rosario's spikes. He suffered a cut on his finger and X-Rays came back negative, leaving the young outfielder day-to-day with the injury. Ehire Andrianza filled in on Monday and would likely see extra at-bats if Buxton misses a game or two.

After a horrific start, Buxton has been better lately, going 9-for-36 (.250) with one home run and four stolen bases the last two weeks.

Pirates' Gregory Polanco day-to-day with ankle sprain

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco is expected to miss a couple games after being diagnosed with a sprained right ankle.

What It Means:

Things looked a lot worse as Polanco was carted off the field on Monday after running into the side wall. Luckily for the Pirates and Polanco, the injury does not appear to be serious and won't require a DL stint, just a few days off. Jose Osuna filled in on Monday and will likely get a few starts in right field this week.

Osuna is batting .231 with a .322 wOBA in 86 plate appearances. He has three home runs, 12 RBI's, and 13 runs scored this season.

Angels' Mike Trout lands on disabled list for first time with torn ligament in thumb

Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout has been diagnosed with a ulnar collateral ligament tear in his left thumb.

What It Means:

Trout suffered the injury while sliding head-first into second base on Sunday. Even if surgery isn't deemed necessary, he's looking at multiple weeks on the shelf as heads to the disabled list for the first time in his seven-year career. Ben Revere will draw most of the starts in left field while Cameron Maybin moves over to center for the Angels.

The 2016 American League MVP is slashing .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 runs scored, 36 RBI's and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances (47 games) this season.

Nationals' Bryce Harper ejected after charging mound

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was ejected Monday after charging the mound and throwing punches at the San Francisco Giants' Hunter Strickland in a benches-clearing brawl.

What It Means:

Strickland drilled Harper in the hip, prompting the young slugger to charge the mound before throwing both his helmet and some crazy punches. Both players were ejected and will be facing suspensions.

Harper finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout in an eventual 3-0 victory for the Nationals. He's now slashing .331/.443/.663 in 203 plate appearances this season with 15 home runs and 41 RBI's.

Mike Trout (thumb) inactive Monday for Angels, MRI pending

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout will not play Monday, but the Angels are still awaiting MRI results on his left thumb.

What It Means:

There aren't any details available on the extent of the injury. Trout is second in the majors with 16 home runs this season.

The reigning American League MVP entered Monday tied for seventh in the majors (second in the AL) this season with a .337 batting average. His 3.6 wins above replacement are almost a full win more than the next closest player.

Red Sox sending Dustin Pedroia (wrist) out for an MRI

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is headed back to Boston to undergo an MRI on his injured left wrist.

What It Means:

Pedroia left Monday's game early after hurting his wrist in a collision with Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu. His wrist is swollen and tender, and the Red Sox are expecting a DL stint will be necessary no matter how the MRI results come back. Josh Rutledge filled in on Monday and would be in line for more at-bats if Pedroia is sidelined for an extended period.

Rutledge is batting .292/.370/.292 with six runs scored and six RBI's in 54 plate appearances this season.

Rangers expected to activate Adrian Beltre (calf) on Monday

Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister said that "all indications are" that third baseman Adrian Beltre (calf) will be in the lineup Monday.

What It Means:

Beltre has been out all year with a calf strain but looks to be ready to make his season debut for the Rangers finally. His presence in the lineup will take at-bats away from Joey Gallo, but the veteran third baseman will likely be eased into action to ensure his health.

Our algorithms are projecting Beltre for a .280 batting average, 14 home runs, and 56 RBI's in 428 plate appearances the rest of the season.

Pirates' Gregory Polanco carted off with ankle injury

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco was carted off the field with an apparent right ankle injury in Monday's game versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.

What It Means:

Polanco crashed into the side wall in right field in the sixth inning and needed a cart to help him off the field. Obviously, the injury will require a DL stint, but the Pirates will update his status after the game with the severity of the ankle injury. Jose Osuna replaced him on Monday and will be in line for more at-bats in while Polanco is out.

Polanco was batting .269/.342/.418 with a .330 wOBA in 150 plate appearances this season.

Cody Bellinger cranks 11th homer in Dodgers' win

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger homered for the second game in a row in Monday's win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

What It Means:

Bellinger rocked a 3-0 fastball from Mike Leake in the fourth inning for his 11th home run in just 32 games played this season. The Dodger youngster is making a strong case for Rookie of the Year honors despite his batting average tailing off in recent weeks.

Bellinger is batting .271/.341/.596 in 132 plate appearances this season. He has 11 home runs, 29 RBI's, and 25 runs scored.

Francisco Liriano (shoulder) will be back on Toronto's hill this weekend

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Francisco Liriano (shoulder) will rejoin the rotation this weekend.

What It Means:

Liriano hasn't pitched for the Blue Jays since May 10 due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder. Fantasy owners may want to temper expectations after the 33-year-old left-hander struggled mightily in his last two outings before going down.

Over 28.1 innings pitched in 2017, Liriano has a 6.35 ERA, 1.91 WHIP and 21.6 strikeout percentage.

Orioles' Dylan Bundy stymies the Yankees for his sixth win of the year

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy yielded two runs over seven innings in a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees on Monday.

What It Means:

Bundy scattered seven hits while walking one and striking out three as he made it through seven innings for the fifth time this season. The 24-year-old has gone at least six innings in all 11 of his starts this season, making him one of the most pleasant surprises in baseball this season.

Bundy owns a 2.89 ERA through 71 2/3 innings pitched, but regression is likely coming as he holds a 4.82 xFIP and opponents own a .263 BABIP against him this season.

Aaron Judge launches another homer but Yankees fall to Orioles

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge slugged his MLB-leading 17th homer in Monday’s loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

What It Means:

Judge launched a solo shot in the seventh inning to cut the lead to 3-2 but struck out when he came up again with one out in the ninth inning. He finished 1-for-4 with two strikeouts on the day.

Judge is batting .319 with a .456 wOBA and 1.106 OPS to go along with his 17 home runs, 35 RBI's, and 38 runs scored this season.

J.A. Happ (elbow) returning to Jays' rotation on Tuesday

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ (elbow) will start on Tuesday versus the Cincinnati Reds.

What It Means:

Happ has been out since mid-April with left elbow inflammation but after making a rehab start last week and a bullpen session on Sunday is ready to return to the big leagues. Happ will be on a limited pitch count in his first start in six weeks, so fantasy owners may want to hold him out a little bit longer.

numberFire's models project Happ for 79 2/3 innings pitched the rest of the season with a 4.53 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 62 strikeouts.

Danny Duffy on Royals' sidelines 6-8 weeks with oblique strain

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a Grade 1-plus strain of his oblique.

What It Means:

Duffy gave up six runs over just four innings in Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Indians. Based on this timeline, he won't be back until mid-to-late July for a Royals club that may already be looking towards next season at that point.

The 28-year-old left-hander owns a 3.54 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 18.8 strikeout percentage across 68 2/3 innings this season. He's gone 4-4 in 11 starts.

Mariners still holding Mitch Haniger (oblique) out from a rehab stint

Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger (oblique) still isn't ready for a minor league rehab assignment.

What It Means:

Haniger suffered a Grade 2 strain of his oblique and is still experiencing soreness after taking batting practice. The Mariners want the pain to subside before sending the rookie out on a rehab assignment. Ben Gamel will continue to fill in for Haniger, which appears to be for at least another couple of weeks.

Gamel has been solid as Haniger's replacement, batting .286/.377/.419 with a .349 wOBA and 16 runs scored in 123 plate appearances.

Red Sox diagnose Dustin Pedroia with left wrist sprain

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was forced to leave Monday's game with the Chicago White Sox due to what has been diagnosed as a left wrist sprain.

What It Means:

Pedroia suffered the injury during a collision with Jose Abreu at first base in the first inning. He was replaced in the field and the lineup by Josh Rutledge. Pedroia has a history of injuries to his left wrist making the chance of a DL stint more likely. For now, he is considered day-to-day.

Pedroia is batting .292/.369/.380 with 21 RBI's, and 17 runs scored in 197 plate appearances this year.

Cardinals send Randal Grichuk down to High-A

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk has been demoted to High-A Palm Beach.

What It Means:

The demotion opens up a spot for Jose Martinez as he makes his way back from the disabled list. Tommy Pham should see work as an everyday outfielder for St. Louis while Grichuk tries to work on some things at the plate in the minors.

Grichuk has struggled to a .222/.276/.377 slash in 181 plate appearances (46 games) this season. He's hit four home runs and stolen five bases in 2017.

Rays calling up pitching prospect Jose De Leon on Monday

The Tampa Bay Rays recalled pitcher Jose De Leon from Triple-A Durham.

What It Means:

The Rays plan on using De Leon in a bullpen role for the short term, and his stay in the big leagues may be temporary as the Rays still see his future as a starting pitcher. He won't have any impact in fantasy unless he gets moved to the rotation. De Leon is one of Tampa's top pitching prospects and was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Logan Forsythe trade.

numberFire's algorithms project De Leon for 86 2/3 innings pitched with a 3.95 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 88 strikeouts the rest of the season.

Alex Wood (shoulder) only expected to miss one turn in Dodgers' rotation

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood (SC joint inflammation) is only expected to miss one start, manager Dave Roberts said Monday.

What It Means:

Wood was placed on the disabled list Monday, but it's not considered a long-term issue. He owns a spotless 6-0 record through eight starts this season.

The 26-year-old left-hander has been excellent in 2017, posting a 1.69 ERA, 2.51 SIERA, 31.3 percent strikeout rate and 1.00 WHIP through 10 games (48 innings pitched).

Mets will have Steven Matz (elbow) make another rehab start

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday that starting pitcher Steven Matz (elbow) will make one more rehab start.

What It Means:

Matz looked good in his last start with Triple-A Las Vegas, but the team wants to stretch him out more, making another rehab start necessary. He will throw at least 90 pitches and if all goes well should return to the big leagues late next week. Matz has been out all year as he recovers from a strained flexor in his elbow.

numberFire's models project Matz for 108 1/3 innings pitched the rest of the season with a 4.66 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 85 strikeouts.

Yoenis Cespedes (quad, hamstring) won't return to Mets until next week

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday that the club hopes outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (quad, hamstring) will be ready in 7-10 days.

What It Means:

Cespedes suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring strain when he hurt his quad during a rehab assignment over the weekend. The new injury appears to be minor as the team hopes to have Cespedes back as a DH when they open a series in Arlington against the Texas Rangers on June 6.

numberFire's algorithms project Cespedes for a .279 batting average, 15 home runs, and 44 RBI's in 280 plate appearances the rest of the season.

Michael Conforto leading off for Mets on Monday night

New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto is back in the starting lineup Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

What It Means:

Conforto is back in the leadoff spot on Monday after he was given Sunday off. The 24-year-old outfielder has recorded 13 longballs and 32 RBI's through 45 games this season while turning in a .322/.416/.658 slash over 173 plate appearances.

numberFire's models expect Conforto to score 11.9 fantasy points on Monday versus the Brewers. He comes with a $4,100 price tag on FanDuel.

Source: Rotoworld

Phillies giving a struggling Odubel Herrera Monday off

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera is out of Monday's lineup against the Miami Marlins.

What It Means:

Aaron Altherr will start in center field and bat third versus Marlins right-hander Edinson Volquez. Herrera is 1-for-21 (.048) at the plate over his last five games, leaving him with a .217/.264/.328 slash for the season.

numberFire's models project Altherr to score 12.7 fantasy points on Monday. He comes at a cost of $3,500 on FanDuel.

Source: Rotoworld

Howie Kendrick activated from Phillies' disabled list

Philadelphia Phillies infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick was activated from the 10-day disabled list.

What It Means:

Kendrick hasn't seen any major league action since April 15. He'll start in left field for the Phillies and bat second on Monday versus right-hander Edinson Volquez and the Miami Marlins.

Prior to injury, Kendrick recorded a .333/.395/.487 slash with a .380 wOBA through 43 plate appearances (10 games).

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