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Yoenis Cespedes (hip) has returned to the Mets' lineup for Monday's game against the Cardinals.

Cespedes sat out Sunday's game after tweaking his right hip while attempting to make a sliding catch, but fortunately it's not anything serious. He'll hit third against Adam Wainwright.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 03:13:00 PM

Fernando Tatis Jr. belted a solo home run in a loss to the Mariners on Friday.

The 19-year-old hit a towering drive to the opposite field off reliever Shawn Armstrong in the eighth inning. Tatis leaped to the top of prospect lists by slugging .281/.390/.520 with 21 homers and 29 stolen bases in 117 games last year at the Single-A level.
Feb 23 - 7:36 PM

Tigers signed LHP Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract.

The deal, which was first reported by Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, also contains a possible $1 million more in incentives. Liriano has posted an unsightly 5.05 ERA over the last two seasons and is now 34, but his velocity was fine in 2017 and the Tigers are risking little here on a modest one-year deal. He'll compete for a spot in the rotation.
Feb 23 - 4:13 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Twins "seem to prefer" Lance Lynn among the remaining free agent starting pitchers.

Heyman notes, however, that "there's still a gap in talks," with one Twins source telling him Lynn's asking price "hasn’t moved much, or enough, to this point." Minnesota seems to be content with their rotation for now after adding Jake Odorizzi, but they aren't ruling out addition upgrades if the cost reaches a certain level. Of course, many clubs would figure to have interest in Lynn if his demands drop significantly.
Feb 23 - 12:07 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Carlos Gonzalez is a "possibility" for the White Sox and that there's "been some contact" with the Astros, as well.

CarGo would provide the White Sox with a much-needed power bat either in a corner outfield spot and/or the designated hitter slot. Of course, Chicago probably isn't going to contend anytime soon and if CarGo gets a short-term deal it makes it a curious fit. The Astros could use Gonzalez in a corner spot and/or DH, as well, and would make more sense as a destination on a one-year "pillow" contract. The Orioles are one team that's been connected to Gonzalez, although they might move on after signing Colby Rasmus. The Rockies also haven't ruled out re-signing CarGo.
Feb 23 - 11:30 AM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi said on MLB Network Thursday that the White Sox "could be a fit" for Mike Moustakas.

Morosi cautions that he's "not entirely sure how aggressively they are courting (Moustakas) right now" and also notes that general manager Rich Hahn told The Athletic this week that he's not really looking at any additions from outside the organization. However, Morosi was told by multiple executives that the White Sox "might be the most logical remaining fit" for Moustakas at this point. "Moose" hasn't been able to gain much traction in the market this offseason.
Feb 23 - 11:25 AM

Jonathan Schoop is dealing with bursitis in his left elbow.

Schoop banged the elbow on something and had to have it drained after it swelled up on him. He was scratched from Friday's lineup and the Orioles couldn't say for sure when he'll return to action, but it shouldn't be too long. It's the second baseman's non-throwing elbow.
Feb 23 - 10:46 AM

X-rays and an MRI on Matt Chapman's right hand came back negative.

Chapman has a bruised sesamoid bone in the hand and was given a cortisone shot to combat some inflammation, but he has no structural damage and should be fine. The third baseman figures to be ready for Cactus League action in short order.
Feb 23 - 10:04 AM

Brent Honeywell has been diagnosed with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament and it's been recommended he undergo Tommy John surgery.

The initial diagnosis for Honeywell was a strained right forearm, but as doctors looked at him further the bad news was discovered. It's obviously a huge bummer, as Honeywell is one of the best pitching prospects in the game and had been slated to play a big role with the Rays this season. He'll get a second opinion but plans to have surgery as soon as possible. Honeywell will obviously miss the entire 2018 season and will probably get a late start to 2019, as well.
Feb 23 - 8:31 AM

Pirates acquired OF Corey Dickerson from the Rays for RHP Daniel Hudson, INF Tristan Gray, and cash considerations.

Dickerson was designated for assignment by the Rays last weekend despite posting a decent .282/.325/.490 batting line with 27 home runs in 150 games last season. The 28-year-old will become the new starting left fielder in Pittsburgh, though he figures to get days off against left-handed opponents. Dickerson holds an .866 career OPS against righties and a .706 career OPS versus southpaws.
Feb 22 - 1:23 PM

Shohei Ohtani is expected to make his Cactus League debut as a pitcher on Saturday.

The Angels are set to host the Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona. Ohtani will probably go about two innings in his first live appearance in a major league uniform. He'll presumably see his first action as a hitter early next week, though that plan is a little less certain at the moment.
Feb 22 - 12:38 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed Thursday that Austin Barnes came into spring training with some right elbow discomfort.

Roberts told reporters that Barnes could catch and throw if the season started today, but the Dodgers will play it safe and limit him to DH action for the first week of Cactus League games. It's something worth monitoring throughout the spring, though this doesn't sound like an overly serious concern. Barnes is expected to share time at catcher this year with Yasmani Grandal.
Feb 22 - 12:05 PM




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