MLB Recent Player News
|3/27/2023||Triston McKenzie, Cle, P|
|McKenzie could miss up to eight weeks after an MRI revealed a strain of his right teres major muscle.
Analysis: A tough blow for the defending AL Central champions, as McKenzie is coming off a breakout 2022 season in which he posted a 2.96 ERA with 190 strikeouts in 30 starts. Hunter Gaddis, who made two starts as a rookie last season, is a top candidate to fill the rotation spot.
|3/26/2023||Kyle Wright, Atl, P|
|Wright (right shoulder inflammation) will open the season on the injured list.
Analysis: Wright was shut down early in spring training and will likely be ready to pitch in the majors after missing two turns in the Braves' rotation. Wright led the majors with 21 wins last season and posted a 3.19 ERA in 30 starts. Rookie left-handers Jared Shuster and Dylan Dodd, who each have impressed the Braves this spring while competing for what was believed to have been one spot in the rotation, will open the season with the team.
|3/25/2023||Brendan Rodgers, Col, SS|
|Rodgers is expected to miss the season due to a left shoulder injury he sustained while diving for a ground ball on March 6,.
Analysis: The injury was originally announced as a dislocation, a shorter-term injury, but further examination revealed that Rodgers needed surgery to repair his shoulder labrum.
|3/25/2023||Luis Severino, NYY, P|
|Severino (lat strain) said he could miss his first three of four starts of the season.
Analysis: Severino allowed 15 runs in 15 innings in spring training, and he missed two months last season with a lat strain.
|3/25/2023||Jake Odorizzi, Tex, P|
|Odorizzi will start the season on the injured list with right shoulder fatigue, and Rangers manager Chris Young said the starter's timetable for a return to action is "longer than shorter."
Analysis: Odorizzi's shoulder fatigue has prevented him from throwing all spring, so he will need to rebuild his stamina from scratch, even when he feels strong enough to step on the mound again.
|3/25/2023||Joe Musgrove, SD, P|
|Musgrove (fractured toe) is slated to pitch in a minor league spring training game this Saturday and could then join the Padres' rotation.
Analysis: Musgrove, who is beginning the season on the injured list, threw 65 pitches over four innings in a minor league spring training game on Monday. It sounds like Musgrove's left big toe has almost entirely healed, and the Padres just need to ensure that he is stretched out enough before his season debut.
|3/24/2023||Mitch Haniger, SF, RF|
|Haniger (oblique strain) has resumed throwing and hitting but is still expected to open the season on the injured list.
Analysis: Haniger reportedly has only a Grade 1 strain, so he could be on track to make his Giants debut sometime in mid-April barring any setbacks. Joc Pederson may now start the year in right field with Wilmer Flores and J.D. Davis candidates to get more at-bats as a DH.
|3/23/2023||Rhys Hoskins, Phi, 1B|
|Hoskins will have left ACL surgery and miss the entire 2023 season.
Analysis: Already without Bryce Harper for likely the first half of the season, the Phillies now lose another big bat in Hoskins, who socked 30 home runs during the 2022 regular season and hit six more during the team's run to the World Series. Darick Hall, who hit .250 with nine homers in 42 games last season, will likely get the first crack at an everyday role during Hoskins' absence.
|3/23/2023||Ranger Suárez, Phi, P|
|Suarez (left elbow inflammation) will be shut down from throwing for a few days, and Phillies manager Rob Thomson said there's "a strong possibility" the left-hander won't be ready for the start of the season.
Analysis: Thomson added that an MRI showed nothing structurally wrong with Suarez's elbow and the Phillies are hopeful he can resume throwing next week. Suarez hasn't pitched since a World Baseball Classic exhibition game for Venezuela on March 8. Matt Strahm, a usual reliever who did make 16 starts for the Padres in 2019, is among those the Phillies are considering for the available rotation spot.
|3/23/2023||Raisel Iglesias, Atl, P|
|Iglesias (right shoulder inflammation) will begin the season on the injured list.
Analysis: The Braves said an MRI showed the right-hander has low-grade inflammation and will not throw for seven days, though they're hopeful he'll be able to return after a couple weeks of rest. A.J. Minter, who recorded 15 saves in 17 opportunities in 2018, is the likely favorite to handle closing duties until Iglesias is ready.
|3/23/2023||Adam Wainwright, StL, P|
|Wainwright (groin strain) will begin the season on the injured list, and is expected to be sidelined for "several weeks," according to Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol.
Analysis: Wainwright was hurt during a Team USA workout on March 21 - two days after he threw four innings in a World Baseball Classic semifinal win over Cuba. The 41-year-old went 11-12 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with 143 strikeouts over 191 2/3 innings across 32 starts in 2022.
|3/23/2023||Jorge Polanco, Min, SS|
|Polanco (left knee inflammation) will likely have a timetable for a possible return after he faces live pitching on Tuesday.
Analysis: Polanco, who will start the 2023 season on the injured list, ended the 2022 season on the IL due to the ailing left knee, playing his final game Aug. 27. In 104 games in 2022, Polanco batted .235 with 16 homers and 56 RBIs.
|3/19/2023||Jose Altuve, Hou, 2B|
|Altuve has a broken right thumb and needs surgery after getting hurt in Venezuela’s 9-7 quarterfinal loss to the United States at the World Baseball Classic. The Astros said Sunday they will announce a prognosis for the second baseman after the operation.
Analysis: Altuve left Saturday's game against the United States in the fifth inning after being hit on the hand by a Daniel Bard fastball. Utilityman Mauricio Dubon, who batted .208 in 83 games with Houston last season, is expected to move into the lineup to replace the eight-time All-Star.
|3/16/2023||Edwin Díaz, NYM, P|
|Mets GM Billy Eppler announced Diaz suffered a torn patellar tendon in his right knee following Puerto Rico's win in the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday. The All-Star closer will undergo surgery Thursday and will not pitch this season.
Analysis: It's a major blow for a Mets team with World Series aspirations, as Diaz is coming off a dominant 2022 season in which he converted 32 of 35 save opportunities while posting a 1.31 ERA with 118 strikeouts in 62 innings. The Mets do have an experienced closer option on the roster in David Robertson, who recorded 20 saves between the Cubs and Phillies last season.
|3/10/2023||Harrison Bader, NYY, CF|
|Bader (strained left oblique) is expected to miss the first few weeks of the regular season.
Analysis: Bader has been progressing and is expected to begin swinging a bat soon. Yankees manager Aaron Boone has originally estimated that Bader would need a total of six weeks to recover, keeping him out of the first three weeks of the regular season. The Yankees may slide Aaron Judge into center field like they did for stretches last season, with Estevan Florial and Aaron Hicks finding extra time in the outfield early in the year.
|3/9/2023||Carlos Rodón, NYY, P|
|Rodon (left forearm strain) has resumed throwing and could possibly join the Yankees' rotation before the end of April.
Analysis: Rodon was initially expected to be sidelined until May when he was shut down in March. The Yankees signed Rodon to a six-year, $162 million deal after he went 14-8 with a 2.88 ERA for the Giants in 2022 while making the All-Star game for the second consecutive year. With Frankie Montas also injured, Clarke Schmidt and Domingo German could slide into New York's rotation behind Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes and Luis Severino.
|3/6/2023||José Quintana, NYM, P|
|Quintana won’t make his New York Mets debut until at least July because of a stress fracture in his rib. Mets general manager Billy Eppler told reporters Tuesday a scan revealed a lesion on the impacted rib. Quintana went to New York to visit an orthopedic tumor specialist for a biopsy and additional scans that revealed the lesion was benign.
Analysis: Eppler said Quintana will have an operation Friday in New York that involves a bone graft. Eppler said recovery from the surgery will keep Quintana out until at least July 1 but didn’t offer any specifics beyond that. Quintana signed a $26 million, two-year contract with the Mets in December after going 6-7 with a 2.93 ERA in 32 starts with Pittsburgh and St. Louis last season. Candidates to fill Quintana’s rotation spot include David Peterson and Tylor Megill.
|3/4/2023||Fernando Tatis Jr., SD, SS|
|Tatis will be eligible to return from his PED suspension on April 20 - barring any postponements.
Analysis: Tatis broke his left wrist on Oct. 3, 2021, and was on the cusp of returning when he was suspended for 80 games last Aug. 12 following a positive test for Clostebol, an anabolic steroid. Tatis blamed his positive PED test on a cream he said he took for ringworm. He has 20 games left to serve on the ban. The 24-year-old is being moved from shortstop to the outfield. He played in 102 games in the infield in 2021 along with seven games in center and 20 in right.
|2/28/2023||Gavin Lux, LAD, 2B|
|Lux suffered a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the entire 2023 season.
Analysis: Lux had projected as the Dodgers' opening-day shortstop, so the injury is a major blow both to the team and the 25-year-old infielder. He had 33 extra-base hits last season -- including seven triples -- so L.A. will miss his speed and lefty bat, but no team is better positioned to fill holes than the Dodgers.
|2/28/2023||Seiya Suzuki, ChC, LF|
|Suzuki (oblique) is expected to begin the season on the injured list.
Analysis: Suzuki, who was scratched before the Cubs' first spring training game, has recently progressed to taking batting practice. Suzuki, who slashed .262/.336/.433 with 14 home runs, 22 doubles and 46 RBIs in 111 games in his first MLB season in 2022, showed up to camp bulked up, saying he had added 20 pounds of muscle over the winter.
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