Player News

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

Carlos GonzalezCol - LF
News: Gonzalez exited Friday's spring game due to a sore left knee, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports. (Mar 27 8:52p)
Impact: The Rockies said Gonzalez was removed from Friday's game for precautionary reasons, but it's not a good sign that his surgically-repaired left knee is sore with Opening Day just over a week away. The Rockies figure to proceed with further caution, and will likely release another update on Gonzalez's health in the near future. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:52p ET)
Overall Rank: 36 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 89.1 % Owned: 98.2
Daniel MurphyNYM - 2B
News: Murphy (hamstring) may begin the season on the disabled list, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports. (Mar 27 2:34p)
Impact: A few days ago, cautious optimism surrounded Murphy's status for Opening Day. He now seems more likely to begin the season on the DL. The move would allow him to be activated April 12, so it wouldn't require him to miss more than a week of the regular season, but it's a call the team isn't willing to make at this point. His status for the beginning of the season should become clear in the coming days. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:34p ET)
Overall Rank: 92 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 67.1 % Owned: 92.7
Anthony RendonWas - 3B, 2B
News: An MRI on Monday revealed Rendon (knee) is showing improvement, but his chances of being ready for Opening Day appear to be slim, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports. (Mar 25 8:51a)
Impact: Rendon has been dealing with soreness, and it's taken a while to recover fully from the issue. While he hasn't officially been ruled out for the beginning of the season, it appears he's considered doubtful at this point. However, Rendon still has over a week to heal, and he probably won't be out much past the opener barring a setback. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:51a ET)
Overall Rank: 16 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 84.4 % Owned: 99.7
Alex CobbTB - SP
News: The Rays confirmed that Cobb has tendinitis in his forearm and will not make the Opening Day start, the St. Petersburg Times reports. (Mar 18 6:34a)
Impact: Chris Archer is now the likely Opening Day starter for the Rays. Even though Cobb was downplaying the injury Tuesday, the Rays are taking the cautious route. He will be shut down for the next four-to-seven days, at which point he will be re-evaluated. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:34a ET)
Overall Rank: 86 Position Rank: 18
% Started: 85.5 % Owned: 95.8
Chris SaleCWS - SP
News: Manager Robin Ventura indicated Wednesday that Sale (foot) won't be ready for Opening Day, the Chicago Tribune reports. (Mar 11 2:35p)
Impact: Sale suffered an avulsion fracture and sprained ankle at his home Feb. 27, and the injury will keep him sidelined through the beginning of the season. However, Ventura suggested that Sale could be in line to start April 12 against the Twins, which would basically mean he will skip one start before making his debut. It shouldn't cost owners much time, but it's worth noting that his season will be starting a bit later than other aces around the league. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:35p ET)
Overall Rank: 26 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 89.3 % Owned: 99.6
Jay BruceCin - RF
News: Bruce was scratched from Wednesday's spring training game with a strained right calf. (Mar 11 12:25p)
Impact: After dealing with a knee issue last season that limited him even after he returned, it's obviously discouraging to see Bruce suffer an injury in his other leg. That said, this ailment doesn't appear to be as serious so he could be back on the field without missing too much time. Chris Dominguez will slide over to right in Wednesday's game in his absence. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:25p ET)
Overall Rank: 87 Position Rank: 9
% Started: 69.1 % Owned: 91.4
Hunter PenceSF - RF
News: Pence (forearm) has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the left ulna and is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. (Mar 5 4:14p)
Impact: X-rays confirmed the Giants' fears; Pence did indeed suffer a fractured forearm as a result of being hit by a pitch during Thursday's Cactus League game. He will be fitted with a cast, and while it sounds like he could still make it back before the end of April, everything will depend on how quickly he progresses in the weeks ahead. Gregor Blanco and Juan C. Perez are the top in-house candidates to replace Pence in right, though the team could also go outside the organization to find a fill-in. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:14p ET)
Overall Rank: 39 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 69.3 % Owned: 96.7
Chris SaleCWS - SP
News: Chances are "slim" that Sale (foot) will be ready to start for the White Sox on Opening Day, according to manager Robin Ventura, the Chicago Tribune's Colleen Kane reports. (Mar 2 7:56a)
Impact: The avulsion fracture in Sale's right foot will keep him away from baseball activities until the middle of March, and he likely won't have enough time to get ready for the start of the season. In the end, this may only come down to Sale missing one start for Chicago, and with the current information we have, he should still be treated like a No. 1 starting pitcher in fantasy. However, the injury is to his landing foot, which means the White Sox will be careful not to rush his recovery, as the team has greater aspirations this year after a flurry of free agent signings and trades to improve the club. Pitching coach Don Cooper said Carlos Rodon would have a better chance of making the starting rotation out of spring training if Sale is not ready for the start of the season. Jeff Samardzija would be the likely choice to take the ball on Opening Day if Sale is not ready. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:56a ET)
Overall Rank: 26 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 89.3 % Owned: 99.6
Chris SaleCWS - SP
News: Sale has suffered an avulsion fracture on his right foot in an accident at home and is expected to miss three weeks, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. (Feb 28 10:09a)
Impact: This throws Sale's Opening Day availability in doubt, as he'll basically have only one week to prepare for the season. He's still an elite pitcher and shouldn't miss too much time if any after the start of the season, so don't be too worried about drafting him. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:09a ET)
Overall Rank: 26 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 89.3 % Owned: 99.6
Adam WainwrightStL - SP
News: Wainwright will be examined in St. Louis for abdominal soreness, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. (Feb 24 11:42a)
Impact: Wainwright was limited in his non-throwing workouts because of the pain and will see a specialist Thursday. Wainwright insisted that he had no soreness or pain in his arm and that throwing did not bring on the abdominal pain. Obviously there is some cause for concern if he needs to see a specialist but the fact that he can throw without pain is a bit of a silver lining. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:42a ET)
Overall Rank: 41 Position Rank: 10
% Started: 98.8 % Owned: 99.7
News: Lucroy will miss 4-to-6 weeks due to a hamstring strain, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. (Feb 11 7:22a)
Impact: Lucroy was expected to take a good chunk of reps at first base during spring training to prepare for a possible role at the position against left-handed pitching. It appears now that the injury could cost him nearly the entirety of spring training, which puts a halt to his first base project. The backstop hit .301/.373/.465 with 13 home runs and 69 RBI in 2014, but could start 2015 a bit slow as he knocks the rust off from an extended absence from the field. Lucroy reportedly received a platelet-rich plasma injection Tuesday to accelerate the healing process, and assistant GM Gord Ash indicated he's "very hopeful" that he will be ready for Opening Day. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:22a ET)
Overall Rank: 47 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 96.6 % Owned: 99.8
James ShieldsSD - SP
News: Shields came to terms Monday with the Padres on a four-year contract worth around $75 million, ESPN.com reports. (Feb 9 6:09a)
Impact: After a long wait, the top remaining pitcher on the free-agent market will ink a deal with the Padres, capping an active offseason for the squad. Shields immediately slots in as the Padres' staff ace, and the 33-year-old should compensate for an expected deterioration in skill by pitching roughly half his games in the favorable confines of Petco Park. Perhaps more importantly, Shields, who has covered more innings than any other MLB pitcher since 2007, provides ample durability to a Padres pitching corps that has been ravaged by the injury bug in recent years. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:09a ET)
Overall Rank: 73 Position Rank: 16
% Started: 96.9 % Owned: 99.0
Victor MartinezDet - DH, 1B
News: Martinez has a torn medial meniscus and will undergo surgery Tuesday, the Tigers' official site reports. (Feb 5 11:13a)
Impact: Martinez will have the heralded Dr. James Andrews perform the operation Tuesday, at which point an additional update on his condition should be made available. This type of surgery has cost players 6-8 weeks in the past, and that type of timetable may put the veteran DH's status for Opening Day in question. His spring training will likely be over, and Martinez may even need a bit of rehab time to get ready for the regular season. If he has to miss meaningful games, Miguel Cabrera or J.D. Martinez may also see reps as a designated hitter. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:13a ET)
Overall Rank: 58 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 83.7 % Owned: 99.2
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