MLB Recent Player News
|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 is dealing with a strained left oblique and is expected to miss the first few weeks of the regular season.
Analysis: Yankees manager Aaron Boone 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) is expected to be sidelined until May.
Analysis: 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 miss the start of the season.
Analysis: Suzuki was scratched before the Cubs' first spring training game, and is expected to miss around four-to-six weeks. 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.
|2/28/2023||Tyler Glasnow, TB, P|
|Glasnow (strained left oblique) will miss the start of the 2023 season.
Analysis: Glasnow was injured throwing batting practice on Feb. 27, and is expected to miss around six-to-eight weeks. Bummer for Glasnow - and fantasy owners who were hoping for a full season from the 29-year-old righty - after he made just two regular-season starts and another in the playoffs in 2022 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2021. He showed a glimpse of his dominance in those three outings, posting a 0.77 ERA and 0.69 WHIP while striking out 15 over 11 2/3 innings.
|2/23/2023||Lance McCullers Jr., Hou, P|
|McCullers (right elbow strain) is without a timetable for when he'll make his 2023 season debut.
Analysis: McCullers had an MRI in late February that showed no structural damage to his forearm or elbow. He has since resumed playing catch without any issues. He did miss a large part of last season with a forearm strain, however, so the Astros will proceed very cautiously with his rehab.
|2/22/2023||Royce Lewis, Min, SS|
|Lewis (ACL surgery recovery) is not expected to make his season debut until late June or early July.
Analysis: Lewis underwent his second ACL surgery in as many years in June to end a promising start to his rookie season in which he hit .300 with a pair of home runs in 12 games. Once cleared, the top prospect could receive regular playing time at a variety of positions much like the Twins did with Luis Arraez last season.
|2/22/2023||Liam Hendriks, CWS, P|
|White Sox GM Rick Hahn reaffirmed that the team's next update on Hendriks' return likely won't come until around Opening Day. The All-Star closer is currently undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkins' lymphoma but has vowed to pitch this season.
Analysis: Hendriks has been working out during spring training and was able to throw a light bullpen session last week, so his recovery certainly seems headed in a positive direction. Kendall Graveman seems like the favorite to open the season as the White Sox's closer, though the team could use a committee approach.
|2/22/2023||Tarik Skubal, Det, P|
|Skubal (recovery from elbow surgery) has been throwing on flat ground but is not expected to be ready for the start of the season.
Analysis: Skubal underwent flexor tendon surgery in August, which typically has a recovery time between six and nine months. The 26-year-old will be one to keep an eye on once healthy after he posted a solid 3.52 ERA with 117 strikeouts in 117 2/3 innings last season.
|2/21/2023||John Means, Bal, P|
|Means is recovering from elbow surgery in April and could begin throwing a bullpen session soon.
Analysis: Means isn't likely to return to the Orioles until July.
|2/16/2023||Walker Buehler, LAD, P|
|The Dodgers have placed Buehler on the 60-day injured list. The two-time All-Star is likely to miss the entire 2023 season recovering from Tommy John surgery he underwent in August.
Analysis: The procedural move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for the Dodgers to sign veteran outfielder David Peralta. Buehler should be healthy for 2024, though his long-term outlook is now less certain with this being the second Tommy John procedure of his career.
|2/16/2023||Aaron Ashby, Mil, P|
|Ashby (left shoulder inflammation) is targeting a mid-May return.
Analysis: Ashby missed a month near of the end of the 2022 season with a sore shoulder, and he isn't getting his 2023 campaign off to a desired start with this news. Concerns over the left-hander's health may have played a part in the Brewers' signing of veteran Wade Miley in the offseason.
|2/16/2023||Randal Grichuk, Col, CF|
|Grichuk is targeting a mid-April return after undergoing hernia surgery in February.
Analysis: Grichuk has resumed baseball activities and could remain in Arizona for extended spring training. The outfielder had 73 RBIs in 141 games during his first season in Colorado to go along with 19 home runs and a .259 average.