Player News

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

Bryce HarperWas - RF
News: Harper (knee) played in another simulated game Saturday and is ready to advance to the next step in his recovery, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. (Sep 23 2:27p)
Impact: The Nationals are waiting to determine exactly what the next step for Harper will be, but he made it through simulated games the last two days without issue, so he is at least ready to face live pitching again and could rejoin the big-league club soon. The team figures to provide more details on Harper's status over the next day or two. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:27p ET)
Overall Rank: 12 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 38.0 % Owned: 98.6
Mookie BettsBos - RF
News: Betts was scratched from the lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds due to a left foot contusion, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. (Sep 23 11:18a)
Impact: Betts was set to start Saturday, but he will get a day off instead after fouling a ball off his leg Friday night. Chris Young will enter the lineup in Betts' place. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:18a ET)
Overall Rank: 3 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 84.0 % Owned: 99.3
José AltuveHou - 2B
News: Altuve is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Angels. (Sep 23 7:41a)
Impact: Manager A.J. Hinch is giving several of his top players the day off Saturday, and Altuve is included in that group. Marwin Gonzalez will man the keystone in Altuve's place. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:41a ET)
Overall Rank: 2 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 94.2 % Owned: 99.5
Corey SeagerLAD - SS
News: Seager (ankle) is back in the lineup for Friday's game against the Giants, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. (Sep 22 3:17p)
Impact: This comes as a surprise, because while X-rays on the ankle were negative, manager Dave Roberts just said Thursday that Seager would be out "at least" a couple more days. Regardless, Seager's penciled in to return, and will get a chance to improve upon his 1-for-9 career mark against Giants starter Jeff Samardzija. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:17p ET)
Overall Rank: 16 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 74.8 % Owned: 94.3
Billy HamiltonCin - CF
News: Hamilton will patrol center field and bat leadoff during Friday's game against the Cardinals, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. (Sep 22 12:07p)
Impact: This marks the first time that Hamilton will be back in action since fracturing his thumb Sept. 6. Although it seemed like Hamilton would miss the rest of the season, or at least be eased back into the swing of things as a pinch runner/hitter, the 27-year-old is set to complete a full-fledged comeback for Friday's series opener. Dating back to the All-Star break, he's slashed .258/.304/.354 with 14 RBI, 28 runs and 20 stolen bases in 51 games. It remains to be seen whether Hamilton will be able to join the lineup in an everyday capacity for the rest of the season. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:07p ET)
Overall Rank: 43 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 46.3 % Owned: 68.2
Manny MachadoBal - 3B, SS
News: Machado (illness) is in the lineup, but could be scratched following a pregame workout as manager Buck Shower said he's only "50-50" to play Thursday against Tampa Bay, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com. (Sep 21 1:40p)
Impact: Although Machado was initially plugged into Baltimore's lineup, it appears as though it's up in the air as to whether he will actually stay there. The third baseman missed Wednesday's game due to an illness, but is hitting second at his normal position for Thursday's contest. There will likely be an update regarding his status within the next hour. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:40p ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 91.7 % Owned: 99.1
Corey SeagerLAD - SS
News: X-rays on Seager's ankle came back negative, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. (Sep 20 8:35p)
Impact: Seager fouled a ball off his right ankle Wednesday night, and while he was able to stay in the contest, the Dodgers sent him for X-rays afterwards to make sure he wasn't dealing with anything more than a bruise. Everything checked out, which is good news, but his status for Thursday's series finale remains up in the air. Manager Dave Roberts recently stated that Seager would play every game for the remainder of the season, but the team may decide to give him an off day to keep him fresh ahead of the playoffs. After an 0-for-5 showing Wednesday, Seager is just 5-for-34 (.147) over his last nine games. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:35p ET)
Overall Rank: 16 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 74.8 % Owned: 94.3
Zach BrittonBal - RP
News: Manager Buck Showalter said Britton will receive a PRP injection in his knee Thursday and the team will reassess him in 3-to-5 days, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports. (Sep 20 8:20p)
Impact: The Orioles will likely wait and see how he responds to the injection before deciding anything, but Britton said he doubts he'll pitch again this season, according to Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com. He also said an MRI revealed he's dealing with a sprained MCL, but also confirmed he won't require surgery to heal. Seeing as Britton has been banged up all season and the Orioles are a long shot to make the playoffs, the team may decide to play it safe with the stud closer to ensure he's healthy for 2018. If Britton is indeed shut down, look for Brad Brach to take over ninth inning duties down the stretch. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:20p ET)
Overall Rank: 77 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 51.4 % Owned: 63.1
Zach BrittonBal - RP
News: Britton may be shut down for the remainder of the season due to concerns regarding the health of his knee, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. (Sep 20 1:44p)
Impact: It doesn't look like Britton's knee requires surgery to heal, as the team has been told it simply needs time to heal. However, the team doesn't want to take any chances on making aggravating the injury even further. Britton underwent an MRI on Wednesday, so additional information regarding his availability should become available in the near future. Britton, who's battled injuries throughout the season, has converted 15 of his 17 save opportunities over the course of the year. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:44p ET)
Overall Rank: 77 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 51.4 % Owned: 63.1
Billy HamiltonCin - CF
News: Hamilton (thumb) was activated from the 10-day DL prior to Wednesday's game against the Cardinals. (Sep 20 9:11a)
Impact: This move comes as a relative surprise considering Hamilton was expected to miss the rest of the season, but obviously he's recovered enough to the point that the club feels safe adding him back to the active roster. Owners should be wary about Hamilton's usage moving forward though, since it seems likely that he will be fairly limited in the field just two weeks removed from fracturing his left thumb, and may only be used to pinch run for the time being. It remains to be seen how manager Bryan Price will utilize Hamilton for the rest of the 2017 season, although the 27-year-old is in the midst of another typical year, hitting .248/.299/.333 with 37 RBI and 58 stolen bases. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:11a ET)
Overall Rank: 43 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 46.3 % Owned: 68.2
Daniel MurphyWas - 2B, 1B
News: Murphy was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with left hamstring tightness, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. (Sep 19 3:44p)
Impact: The severity of Murphy's setback is uncertain, but he experienced a similar injury last September, so the Nationals were not taking any chances one way or another. Wilmer Difo will get the start at second base in Murphy's place. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:44p ET)
Overall Rank: 55 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 85.5 % Owned: 97.3
Jake ArrietaChC - SP
News: Arrieta (hamstring) said he's hopeful to start Thursday against the Brewers, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. (Sep 19 2:09p)
Impact: Arrieta came through a light bullpen session with no issues Tuesday, and if he checks out Wednesday, the 31-year-old will rejoin the Cubs' rotation for Thursday's series opener against the Brewers. If he does start Thursday, Arrieta would likely be able to make two additional starts beyond that before the regular season ends. He would likely be on a pitch limit in his first start back. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:09p ET)
Overall Rank: 46 Position Rank: 10
% Started: 61.6 % Owned: 94.9
Bryce HarperWas - RF
News: Harper (knee) was able to take batting practice again Tuesday, and the Nats are optimistic he'll be able to return next week, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. (Sep 19 11:57a)
Impact: Harper originally said he had his eye on returning for Game 1 of the NLDS, but after taking a few days of batting practice on the field, it appears he could return before the regular season concludes. The Nationals won't push him to return seeing as they've already clinched a playoff berth, but they most likely want to get a few games under his belt before October rolls around. Harper has been sidelined since mid-August with a knee injury, so even if he does return before the postseason, the Nats would likely use him cautiously in the last week. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:57a ET)
Overall Rank: 12 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 38.0 % Owned: 98.6
Mookie BettsBos - RF
News: Betts is in the lineup Monday against the Orioles, Evan Drellich of CSN New England reports. (Sep 18 12:09p)
Impact: Fortunately, it looks like Betts' exit from Sunday's game was just precautionary, as he's starting in right field and hitting cleanup for Monday's outing. Over the last seven games, Betts has gone 8-for-29 (.276) and mashed three home runs to go with nine RBI. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:09p ET)
Overall Rank: 3 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 84.0 % Owned: 99.3
Bryce HarperWas - RF
News: Harper (knee) took batting practice on the field for the first time Sunday and is hoping to return for Game 1 of the NLDS, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports. (Sep 17 4:22p)
Impact: The timetable for Harper remained unclear to this point, but it appears the star right fielder is just aiming to be ready by the time the postseason rolls around. It makes sense for him to take his recovery slow with the Nationals having already clinched a playoff berth, but an absence through the remainder of the regular season would have a monumental impact during the stretch run of the fantasy season. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:22p ET)
Overall Rank: 12 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 38.0 % Owned: 98.6
Buster PoseySF - C, 1B
News: Posey, who is not in the lineup Sunday, is dealing with a minor toe injury, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports. (Sep 17 11:52a)
Impact: Posey was withheld from the starting lineup Sunday after fouling a ball off his left big toe Saturday. Manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that the injury isn't overly serious, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports, so the star backstop will be listed as day-to-day moving forward. The Giants are off Monday, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Posey back in the lineup Tuesday against the Rockies. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:52a ET)
Overall Rank: 52 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 89.5 % Owned: 99.3
Mookie BettsBos - RF
News: Betts left Sunday's game against the Rays with a thumb contusion, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. (Sep 17 11:42a)
Impact: Betts had to leave Sunday after injuring his thumb in a collision at first base. The team is considering him day-to-day at this point in time. If he has to miss Monday's series opener against the Orioles, look for Rajai Davis or Chris Young to occupy right field in his place. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:42a ET)
Overall Rank: 3 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 84.0 % Owned: 99.3
Mookie BettsBos - RF
News: Betts was pulled from Sunday's game against the Rays in the fifth for an undisclosed reason, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. (Sep 17 11:37a)
Impact: Betts was involved in a collision at first base in the fourth inning, so that could have factored into his early departure. Specific information pertaining to the cause of his exit should become available in the near future. Prior to being pulled from action, Betts had gone 0-for-2 at the plate. Rajai Davis replaced him in right field. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:37a ET)
Overall Rank: 3 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 84.0 % Owned: 99.3
Miguel CabreraDet - 1B, DH
News: Cabrera was prematurely lifted from Saturday's game against the White Sox with lower-back tightness, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. (Sep 16 5:05p)
Impact: Cabrera has dealt with back discomfort all season, and it cropped up again Saturday. He was 0-for-2 and looked uncomfortable before John Hicks replaced him at first base at the start of the fifth inning. He's listed as day-to-day. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:05p ET)
Overall Rank: 11 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 51.1 % Owned: 93.6
J.D. MartinezAri - RF
News: Martinez (neck) is back in the lineup Saturday against the Giants. (Sep 16 2:01p)
Impact: A bout of neck stiffness resulted in Martinez's scratch from Friday's lineup, but apparently the discomfort has already subsided. He's batting fifth against lefty Madison Bumgarner and Martinez has absolutely destroyed left-handed pitching this season (.402/.485/.939). Martinez is tied for third overall in home runs this year with 39 despite missing nearly six weeks at the start of the season with a foot injury. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:01p ET)
Overall Rank: 33 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 83.4 % Owned: 98.0
J.D. MartinezAri - RF
News: Martinez was scratched from Friday's game against the Giants with left neck stiffness. (Sep 15 6:45p)
Impact: At this point, it doesn't sound like the injury is serious. Consider Martinez day-to-day until the club provides a further update to his status. Martinez was replaced in the outfield by Gregor Blanco. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:45p ET)
Overall Rank: 33 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 83.4 % Owned: 98.0
News: Blackmon is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres, Jenny Cavnar of AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain reports. (Sep 15 1:57p)
Impact: Blackmon tallied just one hit in 18 at-bats over his last five games, so manager Bud Black decided it was time to give him his first day off since June 17 -- a span of 76 games. Ian Desmond will man center field Friday in Blackmon's place. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:57p ET)
Overall Rank: 14 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 92.8 % Owned: 99.4
David PriceBos - SP
News: Price (elbow) was taken off the 10-day DL on Thursday, Evan Drellich of WEEI.com reports. However, Price will work in a relief role for the remainder of 2017, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. (Sep 14 8:02a)
Impact: He'll first be available Sunday or Monday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports. Although this move comes as a minor surprise, there's no advantage for keeping Price on the disabled list with the expanded rosters at this point in the year. In this multi-innings role, his fantasy value is all but erased in most mixed leagues, though strikeout chasers could still benefit. The club also may choose to start stretching him out beyond the "Andrew Miller" role if they wind up changing course. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:02a ET)
Overall Rank: 86 Position Rank: 21
% Started: 48.7 % Owned: 90.6
News: Goldschmidt (elbow) is back in the lineup Saturday against the Padres. (Sep 9 2:46p)
Impact: An MRI earlier in the week cleared Goldschmidt of any structural damage to his elbow, and he was able to successfully ramp up his baseball activities in recent days with no major issues. The 29-year-old will look to continue his push for the National League MVP; he's in the top 10 in virtually every hitting category and is fifth in the league in fWAR. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:46p ET)
Overall Rank: 6 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 94.8 % Owned: 99.6
Josh DonaldsonTor - 3B
News: Donaldson was scratched from the lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. (Sep 8 1:32p)
Impact: There hasn't been any word as to why Donaldson was removed from Friday's lineup card at this point in time, but the third baseman will miss the series opener following Thursday's scheduled off day. In his place, Richard Urena was placed in the starting nine, batting ninth and manning third base. Donaldson should be considered day-to-day until more information becomes present. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:32p ET)
Overall Rank: 9 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 78.7 % Owned: 98.1
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