MLB Recent Player News
|8/1/2014||Dan Johnson, 1B (Tor)||Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a left hamstring strain.
Analysis: Johnson is batting .235 in 13 games since being promoted on July 11.
|8/1/2014||Felix Doubront, P (ChC)||Newly acquired Felix Doubront is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf.
Analysis: Doubront, 26, was acquired Wednesday from Boston for a player to be named.
|8/1/2014||Eric Hosmer, 1B (KC)||Hosmer will be out three to six weeks with a stress fracture of the third finger of his right hand.
Analysis: He aggravated a previous injury on a check swing in the fourth inning of a 6-3 victory Thursday night over the Minnesota Twins. Billy Butler hit for Hosmer in the sixth and X-ray's revealed the fracture. Hosmer was hit by a pitch by Jon Lester on July 20 at Boston and did not start six of the next seven games.
|7/31/2014||Tyler Skaggs, P (LAA)||Skaggs has left Thursday night's game against Baltimore with an apparent arm injury.
Analysis: Skaggs held the Orioles hitless before walking off the mound with two outs in the fifth inning. He had retired 14 straight batters before issuing a walk to Steve Pearce. Then he motioned to the dugout immediately after throwing one pitch to Caleb Joseph.
|7/31/2014||Cliff Lee, P (Phi)||Lee, who recently returned after missing two months with a left elbow strain, left in the third inning of Thursday night's game at Washington.
Analysis: After throwing ball one to Denard Span with two outs in the third, a frustrated Lee walked off the mound, looked into the Phillies dugout, and tapped his left arm with his glove hand. Manager Ryne Sandberg and the team trainer came out, and Lee left the game which was tied 0-0. In his third start since coming off the disabled list, Lee (4-5) retired the first seven batters before Danny Espinosa's one-out double in the third.
|7/31/2014||James Russell, P (Atl)||The contending Atlanta Braves have acquired infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and Russell from the Chicago Cubs for catching prospect Victor Caratini.
Analysis: The 28-year-old Russell went 0-2 with one save and a 3.51 ERA in 44 games.
|7/31/2014||Emilio Bonifacio, 2B (Atl)||The contending Atlanta Braves have acquired infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed reliever James Russell from the Chicago Cubs for catching prospect Victor Caratini.
Analysis: The 29-year-old Bonifacio hit .279 with 18 RBIs and 14 steals in 69 games for the Cubs this season.
|7/31/2014||Giancarlo Stanton, RF (Mia)||Stanton recorded his 24th homer of the season in a 4-3 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.
Analysis: Stanton has fallen off a bit, hitting just .215 in his last 19 games.
|7/31/2014||Tanner Roark, P (Was)||Roark won his fourth straight start Wednesday, limiting Miami to only a run and three hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts.
Analysis: Roakr ranks sixth in the NL since June 1 with a 2.12 ERA.
|7/31/2014||Paul Goldschmidt, 1B (Ari)||Goldschmidt connected for his 19th home run of the year in a 5-4 win at Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Analysis: Goldschmidt owns an OPS of 1.027 over his last 24 games with 16 RBIs.
|7/31/2014||Devin Mesoraco, C (Cin)||Mesoraco was 2 for 4 with his 18th dinger of the year in a 5-4 loss to Arizona on Wednesday.
Analysis: Mesoraco is slugging .609 over his last 33 games with nine homers and 25 RBIs in that span.
|7/31/2014||Austin Jackson, CF (Sea)||The Mariners acquired Jackson on Thursday in the three-team deal that sent Tampa Bay's David Price to Detroit.
Analysis: Seattle is getting a hot bat in Jackson, who is batting .362 over his last 25 games with 13 extra-base hits.
|7/31/2014||Nick Franklin, SS (TB)||Tampa Bay received Franklin from Seattle in Thursday's three-team deal that sent David Price to Detroit.
Analysis: Franklin is hitting just .128 with 21 strikeouts in 17 games for the Mariners this year.
|7/31/2014||Drew Smyly, P (TB)||The Rays received Smyly and minor league infielder Willy Adames Thursday in a three-team deal that sent David Price to the Detroit Tigers.
Analysis: Smyly is 6-9 with a 3.77 ERA in 20 games - 17 starts - for the Tigers.
|7/31/2014||Wade Miley, P (Ari)||Miley won for the fourth time in five starts in Wednesday's 5-4 victory at Cincinnati. He threw 6 2-3 scoreless innings despite allowing seven hits and four walks.
Analysis: Miley owns a 4.14 ERA on the season but he's 4-1 over his last five outings with a 2.51 ERA. He's probably available in your league, so he could be a wise add if you're desperate for some pitching.
|7/31/2014||Alfredo Simon, P (Cin)||Simon lost a third straight start Wednesday for the first time in his career despite limiting Arizona to two runs in seven innings.
Analysis: Simon hasn't been completely awful in his three straight losses, giving up seven earned runs in 16 1-3 innings, but the Reds have backed him with two runs of support in that span.
|7/31/2014||Lucas Duda, 1B (NYM)||Duda hit his 19th homer of the season and fifth in eight games in an 11-2 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Analysis: Duda owns a 1.037 OPS over his last 39 games, tallying 11 homers and 29 RBIs in that span. He's developing into quite the power hitter.
|7/31/2014||Daniel Murphy, 2B (NYM)||Murphy was 3 for 5 with his eighth homer of the season in an 11-2 win over the Phillies on Wednesday.
Analysis: Murphy has gone 12 for 25 over his last six games with five runs scored.
|7/31/2014||Jimmy Rollins, SS (Phi)||Rollins homered for the second straight game Wednesday, belting his 15th of the season while pinch hitting in an 11-2 loss to the Mets.
Analysis: Rollins is enjoying quite the power surge lately, recording seven homers and four doubles with 16 RBIs over his last 18 games, though he's batting just .243 in that span.
|7/31/2014||Kyle Kendrick, P (Phi)||Kendrick lost for the third time in four outings in an 11-2 defeat to the Mets on Wednesday, giving up four runs and seven hits in six innings.
Analysis: Kendrick is just 2-5 over his last eight starts with a 6.61 ERA.
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