Player News

Review the latest player news for a specified group of players.

Alex RiosTex - RF
News: Rios (ankle) will be out of the lineup until at least Wednesday, maybe longer, the Dallas Morning News reports. (Jul 21 3:41p)
Impact: Rios himself expressed confidence that he could play as early as Tuesday, but manager Ron Washington demurred, saying that he would be out until at least Wednesday. "There is a possibility he will play before we leave here," Washington said. "The issue is can he cut on the ankle. That's what we will have to see." Interestingly enough, Washington was quoted in an article that also mentioned how teammate Shin-Soo Choo returned too soon from his ankle injury earlier this season. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:41p ET)
Overall Rank: 38 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 3.3 % Owned: 93.0
Robinson CanoSea - 2B
News: Cano (hamstring) is back in the lineup Monday versus the Mets, MLB.com reports. (Jul 21 2:02p)
Impact: After being held out of Sunday's game with hamstring tightness, Cano is back in the lineup, playing second base and batting in the usual three spot. While Cano has apparently dealt with the hamstring issue all season, holding him out Sunday was likely a precaution more than anything else. Regardless, continue to monitor his status going forward. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:02p ET)
Overall Rank: 7 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 12.4 % Owned: 99.4
Matt CainSF - SP
News: Cain was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 11 due to elbow inflammation. (Jul 21 8:40a)
Impact: Cain will miss his next scheduled start Tuesday against the Phillies as a result. The move comes as a bit of a surprise, as the Giants had been adamant that Cain would make that start. Since he was placed on the DL retroactively to a date prior to the All-Star break, there's a chance he could only miss one turn in the rotation as a result. Yusmeiro Petit will start in Cain's place Tuesday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:40a ET)
Overall Rank: 75 Position Rank: 18
% Started: 3.4 % Owned: 63.0
Hanley RamirezLAD - SS
News: Ramirez left Sunday night's win over the Cardinals after getting hit by a pitch on the left hand, the second time he was hit in the game. Initial X-rays on the hand were negative, the L.A. Times reports. (Jul 20 9:08p)
Impact: Ramirez was also hit by the Cardinals in the NLCS last year. The second HBP came with a tie game in the ninth on an 0-2 count, making it unlikely that it was intentional - small solace for the Dodgers if they are to go without Ramirez's services for any significant period of time. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:08p ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 5.9 % Owned: 98.7
Justin UptonAtl - LF, RF
News: Upton left Sunday's game because his triceps tightened after getting hit by a pitch, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports. (Jul 20 3:27p)
Impact: Upton was hit by Kyle Kendrick midway through Sunday's game and was replaced by Jordan Schafer. He's day-to-day for now, but don't be surprised if he misses a game or two early in the week. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:27p ET)
Overall Rank: 35 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 9.0 % Owned: 97.4
Robinson CanoSea - 2B
News: Cano is being held out of Sunday's lineup due to hamstring tightness, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. (Jul 20 11:18a)
Impact: The ailment is apparently something that Cano has been battling all season, but aside from an expected drop-off in his power numbers with the move from Yankee Stadium to Safeco Field, the second sacker hasn't seen his hitting tail off significantly in his first season in Seattle. The hamstring issue is only expected to keep him out for one game, but considering the Mariners' hefty investment in Cano, it wouldn't be overly surprising if he missed an additional game or two as well. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:18a ET)
Overall Rank: 7 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 12.4 % Owned: 99.4
Troy TulowitzkiCol - SS
News: Tulowitzki left Saturday's game in the first inning after pulling up slow while running out a ground ball, according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (Jul 19 5:11p)
Impact: Tulowitzki was replaced in the field in the bottom of the first inning by Josh Rutledge. The injury was later announced to be a cramp in his thigh. Tulowitzki should be considered day-to-day for now. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:11p ET)
Overall Rank: 13 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 10.0 % Owned: 99.5
Yasiel PuigLAD - RF
News: Puig had x-rays taken on his hand Saturday and the results were negative, according to Buster Olney of ESPN. (Jul 19 5:05p)
Impact: Puig left Saturday's game with soreness after being hit with a pitch earlier in the game. With no break revealed, Puig could be back in the lineup as soon as Sunday. Puig later said he was not sure if he would play Sunday. Keep an eye on the Dodgers' lineup, as it appears Puig has dodged a bullet at this point. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:05p ET)
Overall Rank: 25 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 5.5 % Owned: 99.1
Yasiel PuigLAD - RF
News: Puig was removed from Saturday's game in the eighth inning with a sore left hand, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports. (Jul 19 3:55p)
Impact: Though he was hit by a pitch in the third inning, Puig didn't come out of the game until the eighth, when he was replaced by pinch hitter Matt Kemp. While it's perhaps a good sign that Puig was able to play through the injury, it isn't particularly encouraging that the Dodgers replaced their best hitter when he represented the tying run late in a two-run game. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:55p ET)
Overall Rank: 25 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 5.5 % Owned: 99.1
Shane VictorinoBos - RF
News: Victorino (hamstring) was activated from the disabled list in order to start Saturday's game versus the Royals, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports. (Jul 19 12:51p)
Impact: Prior to tilts Thursday and Friday at Triple-A Pawtucket, Victorino endured a shutdown of his initial rehab assignment but still was hitless in 17 at-bats. However, the most recent pair of games seemed to include the encouraging signs that the Red Sox required: 3-for-8 at the plate with two runs scored. In his first MLB action since May 23, he'll cover right field and bat sixth in the order. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:51p ET)
Overall Rank: 86 Position Rank: 11
% Started: 0.5 % Owned: 37.8
Alex RiosTex - RF
News: Rios has been diagnosed with a right ankle sprain and he is listed as day-to-day. (Jul 19 10:49a)
Impact: He left Saturday's game after twisting his ankle in the batter's box, but fortunately X-rays were negative. Still, with the Rangers completely out of the mix this season, he could be sidelined for at least a few days, as the team should be expected to take a cautious approach. Dan Robertson figures to see the bulk of the right field duties in his absence. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:49a ET)
Overall Rank: 38 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 3.3 % Owned: 93.0
Hanley RamirezLAD - SS
News: Ramirez (shoulder) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Friday against the Cardinals, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. (Jul 18 1:44p)
Impact: After yet another setback with Ramirez's shoulder last Thursday, the 30-year-old was treated with a cortisone injection and he missed the team's final three games of the first half as a result. Ramirez will return Friday -- to shortstop and the three-hole in the order -- to take on right-hander Lance Lynn, but the Dodgers could always opt to give him another maintenance day in the near future. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:44p ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 5.9 % Owned: 98.7
Mark TrumboAri - 1B, LF, DH
News: Trumbo (foot) was activated from the 15-day DL and is back in the lineup for Friday's game against the Giants. (Jul 11 3:22p)
Impact: The Diamondbacks had previously indicated that Trumbo likely wouldn't be back until after the All-Star break, but after he hit five homers in seven rehab games, the team ultimately reconsidered. Trumbo will play left field and bat fifth against Tim Lincecum in his first game since April 21. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:22p ET)
Overall Rank: 84 Position Rank: 13
% Started: 6.8 % Owned: 78.8
Masahiro TanakaNYY - SP
News: Tanaka has been diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his throwing arm according to general manager Brian Cashman, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports. (Jul 10 6:06p)
Impact: Tanaka's next course of action will be to receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in the near future, and follow it up with a carefully planned rehab program. On the optimistic side, the tear is considered small, leaving the window open for the rest and rehab route. However, Tommy John surgery hasn't yet been ruled out. The team will see how Tanaka responds to treatment, and there's a chance he could return to the mound in six weeks if the program is effective. However, if his rehab doesn't go as planned, Tommy John surgery will likely be the next course of action, which would sideline him for at least a full calendar year. This is clearly a major hit for both the Yankees and fantasy owners, as the Japanese phenom had sported a 12-4 record with a 2.51 ERA and 1.01 WHIP before going down to injury. In the worst-case scenario where surgery is necessary, Tanaka likely wouldn't be back on the mound for the Yankees until the second half of next season, leaving his value heading into next year cloudy at best. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:06p ET)
Overall Rank: 100 Position Rank: 26
% Started: 0.1 % Owned: 93.5
News: Phillips has been diagnosed with a torn left thumb ligament and will undergo surgery Friday, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. He's expected to miss the next 8-to-12 weeks as a result. (Jul 10 1:17p)
Impact: While X-rays after Wednesday's game cleared Phillips of a fracture, he wasn't able to escape without any ligament damage, and is now facing a long-term absence. Phillips' fantasy value has taken a significant downturn this season with RBI opportunities not nearly as plentiful, but he's still highly valuable as the Reds' regular at second base. Cincinnati will try to get by with Skip Schumaker and Ramon Santiago at the keystone in the interim, but neither player provides anywhere close to the offensive upside that Phillips does. Phillips' long-term absence is doubly troubling with first baseman Joey Votto (quadriceps) also facing an uncertain return timetable. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:17p ET)
Overall Rank: 93 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 0.1 % Owned: 59.0
Yadier MolinaStL - C
News: Molina was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his thumb and will miss 8-to-12 weeks, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. (Jul 10 12:51p)
Impact: The loss of Molina both at the dish and behind the plate is a crippling one for the Cardinals, who will be forced to turn to the lightly-used Tony Cruz as their primary catcher in the interim. In addition to his well-developed hitting and defensive skills, Molina has long been one of the league's most durable catchers, racking up 128 games behind the plate for the previous five seasons. That streak will come to an end in 2014, and the given that Molina's timetable will keep him out until the final few weeks of the regular season, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Cardinals were active in their pursuit of a rental catcher on the trade market. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:51p ET)
Overall Rank: 69 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 0.2 % Owned: 79.4
Homer BaileyCin - SP
News: Bailey was removed from Thursday's start due to pain in the patella tendon of his right knee, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. (Jul 10 11:28a)
Impact: The Reds can breathe a little easier in knowing that Bailey isn't dealing with an injury related to the elbow or shoulder that might have had more long-term ramifications, but the knee ailment won't just be brushed off. Expect the Reds to have Bailey undergo an MRI to determine if he sustained any structural damage to the knee, which could result in a trip to the disabled list if that turns out to be the case. No matter the outcome, the Reds will benefit from the impending All-Star break, which would allow them to get by without using Bailey for the next 12 days, if they so choose. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:28a ET)
Overall Rank: 94 Position Rank: 23
% Started: 12.6 % Owned: 83.9
Homer BaileyCin - SP
News: Bailey left Thursday's start against the Cubs with an apparent injury, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. (Jul 10 11:06a)
Impact: The injury occurred in the sixth inning, with Bailey heading straight to the clubhouse after an awkward-looking delivery. The abrupt exit creates plenty of concern for the Reds and their $105 million arm, but the impending All-Star break at least gives the team a few additional days to properly assess his health. Bailey was in line for the win at time of his departure, holding a 4-3 lead after giving up three runs on two hits and two walks over five frames. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:06a ET)
Overall Rank: 94 Position Rank: 23
% Started: 12.6 % Owned: 83.9
Ryan BraunMil - RF, LF
News: Braun (back) is in the lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Phillies. (Jul 10 8:12a)
Impact: Although Braun intimated Wednesday that he was having trouble even getting out of bed and walking, the training staff has given him the green light to return Thursday to face right-hander David Buchanan. Braun will slot into the fifth spot in the order, marking his first start in the five-hole since 2008, his second season in the majors. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:12a ET)
Overall Rank: 11 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 12.9 % Owned: 98.8
News: Phillips left Wednesday's game with a sprained left thumb. X-rays were negative. (Jul 9 7:07p)
Impact: Phillips was left writhing in pain after diving for an Anthony Rizzo groundball in the top of the eighth inning, but it seems he was fortunate enough to avoid a serious injury. It appeared as though he hurt his wrist, but the team is labeling it a thumb sprain. His status for Thursday's series finale against the Cubs is uncertain. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:07p ET)
Overall Rank: 93 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 0.1 % Owned: 59.0
Yadier MolinaStL - C
News: Molina left Wednesday's game against the Pirates with a right thumb sprain, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. (Jul 9 6:34p)
Impact: Molina was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the third, after smacking a ground rule double in the inning prior. The severity of the thumb injury is uncertain, but Molina will be re-evaluated Thursday morning. Consider him day-to-day for the time being. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:34p ET)
Overall Rank: 69 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 0.2 % Owned: 79.4
Masahiro TanakaNYY - SP
News: Tanaka has been placed on the 15-day DL with elbow inflammation, the Bergen Record's Pete Caldera reports. (Jul 9 2:07p)
Impact: The Yankees' team doctor Christopher Ahmad has yet to examine Tanaka, but the ailment is serious enough that the team wasted no time shutting him down for at least a couple weeks. His last two starts were his worst of the season, and he admitted that his arm had been bothering him throughout both outings. This definitely doesn't sound promising, but until Dr. Ahmad is able to examine the Yankees' ace, we won't know the extent of the injury. No starter has been announced for Sunday's game. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:07p ET)
Overall Rank: 100 Position Rank: 26
% Started: 0.1 % Owned: 93.5
Alex GordonKC - LF
News: Gordon was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup and expects to undergo an MRI Thursday in Kansas City, after injuring his wrist sliding in Cleveland, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports. "I can't swing," Gordon said Wednesday. (Jul 9 1:52p)
Impact: He was replaced in the Royals' lineup by Jarrod Dyson, who will man center field with Raul Ibanez moving over to left. Gordon's proclamation that he can't swing certainly doesn't sound well, so hopefully he is embellishing. Consider him day-to-day for now, but we should know more after the results of Thursday's MRI. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:52p ET)
Overall Rank: 83 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 7.0 % Owned: 81.1
Ryan BraunMil - RF, LF
News: Braun (back) is not in the starting lineup Tuesday. (Jul 8 1:02p)
Impact: Logan Schafer is starting in right field, while the Brewers configured their lineup around Braun's absence. Braun is day-to-day after leaving Monday's game late when his back apparently tightened up. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:02p ET)
Overall Rank: 11 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 12.9 % Owned: 98.8
Joey VottoCin - 1B
News: The Reds placed Votto (quad) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. (Jul 8 7:59a)
Impact: The soreness in Votto's quad continues to linger, so the Reds placed him on the disabled list for the second time this year to give him time to rest. When asked about Votto's potential return date, manager Bryan Price cryptically said that the "goal is to get Votto back before year's out," so it remains to be seen when he will be able to play next. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:59a ET)
Overall Rank: 12 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 90.4
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