Player News

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

Adam WainwrightStL - SP
News: Wainwright will undergo elbow surgery, Will Carroll of Turner Sports reports. (Oct 24 1:07p)
Impact: Wainwright was dealing with some elbow issues during the playoffs, but it didn't force him to miss any action and he was cleared to have a normal offseason. The surgery will deal with a bone spur situation, normally a minor procedure, so he should be good to go before spring training. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:07p ET)
Overall Rank: 26 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 91.0 % Owned: 99.2
Miguel CabreraDet - 1B, 3B, DH
News: Cabrera underwent right ankle surgery Wednesday afternoon to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone in the top of his foot. He will be evaluated again in three months. (Oct 24 7:02a)
Impact: The bone spurs were a known issue that seemed to hamper Cabrera throughout the second half of the season, but the issue with the navicular bone adds a degree of complexity to the procedure that Cabrera underwent this week. That he'll be evaluated in late January prior to the start of spring training suggests that there's a possibility he won't be 100 percent when the Tigers report to Florida in February, as he may be very limited in his workouts in the coming months. Nevertheless, the procedure should offer some much needed relief with the ankle, following a season in which Cabrera hit .313/.371/.524 with 25 homers, 109 RBI and 101 runs scored. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:02a ET)
Overall Rank: 2 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 97.1 % Owned: 99.7
Yasiel PuigLAD - RF, CF
News: Puig is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals. (Oct 7 11:04a)
Impact: Puig went 1-for-8 with seven strikeouts over the last two games, so manager Don Mattingly decided to hold him out Tuesday with the Dodgers facing elimination. Andre Ethier will take Puig's spot in center field, and Carl Crawford will hit second in his place. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:04a ET)
Overall Rank: 25 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 88.2 % Owned: 98.4
Jose AltuveHou - 2B
News: Updating a previous report, Altuve is back in the starting lineup Sunday against the Mets. (Sep 28 9:43a)
Impact: Altuve was originally in line to sit Sunday's finale, but the 24-year-old approached interim manager Tom Lawless prior to the game, and "was passionate about playing" with his batting title on the line. He'll replace Marwin Gonzalez at the keystone, presumably batting second in the order. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:43a ET)
Overall Rank: 74 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 88.8 % Owned: 97.9
Jacoby EllsburyNYY - CF
News: Manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday that Ellsbury (hamstring) is doubtful to return over the final few days of the season,'s Bryan Hoch reports. (Sep 24 8:50a)
Impact: With Ellsbury still not able to take part in any baseball activities while he misses his fifth straight game Wednesday, it appears the Yankees are content to shut him down the rest of the way. Although it seems unlikely that we'll ever see Ellsbury return to the 32-homer, 39-steal level we saw from him with Boston in 2011, he'll still likely warrant a high selection in fantasy drafts in 2015, even if his steal numbers predictably decline in his thirties. Ellsbury still managed to steal 39 bases in 44 attempts, while also providing moderate power production atop the order. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:50a ET)
Overall Rank: 18 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 63.2 % Owned: 86.9
Joe MauerMin - C, 1B, DH
News: Mauer left Tuesday's game after getting hit on the elbow and is day-to-day, Fox Sports North's Tyler Mason reports. (Sep 23 5:51p)
Impact: He stayed in the game initially after suffering the elbow contusion on the hit-by-pitch in the first inning, but the Twins wisely opted to play it safe and remove him in the second inning. Chris Parmelee replaced Mauer and would figure to get any starts at first base if Mauer misses any further time. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:51p ET)
Overall Rank: 55 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 75.0 % Owned: 91.3
Masahiro TanakaNYY - SP
News: The Yankees activated Tanaka (elbow) from the disabled list Sunday. (Sep 21 8:23a)
Impact: Tanaka will jump right into the Yankees' rotation and start Sunday for the first time since July 8. He will take on a Blue Jays team he beat twice earlier this season, but he will be on a pitch count and may pitch enough innings to qualify for a win. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:23a ET)
Overall Rank: 100 Position Rank: 26
% Started: 50.3 % Owned: 89.5
Jacoby EllsburyNYY - CF
News: Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that there's "a distinct possibility" that Ellsbury (hamstring) doesn't return this season, Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports. (Sep 19 7:49p)
Impact: Ellsbury played in more games in 2014 (147), than he has since 2011 in which he played in 158 games. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, there is a distinct possibility that Ellsbury will be stranded at 147 for the season. Brett Gardner and Chris Young figure to see most of the center field duties in Ellsbury's absence, and clarity regarding his availability for the final week-plus of the season should become available after the results of his MRI are known Saturday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:49p ET)
Overall Rank: 18 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 63.2 % Owned: 86.9
Ryan ZimmermanWas - 3B, LF
News: Zimmerman (hamstring) will join the team in Miami after playing in an instructional league game Friday, and will likely be activated before Saturday's game, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Mark Zuckerman reports. (Sep 19 2:17p)
Impact: He played seven innings in an instructional league game, and his hamstring apparently is responding well, so he'll join the Nationals late Friday. Zimmerman will not be an everyday player at first for the Nationals, but fantasy owners may get several starts out of the team's third baseman down the stretch. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:17p ET)
Overall Rank: 54 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 38.3 % Owned: 66.9
News: Stanton (head) will not play again this season, Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. (Sep 17 2:09p)
Impact: Stanton was subjected to additional testing after having his stitches removed Tuesday, and while the results of those tests have not been made public, the team has decided to play it safe and hold the 24-year-old out for the remainder of the 2014 campaign. Widely considered among the frontrunners for the NL MVP at the time of his injury, Stanton hit .288/.395/.555 with 37 homers and 105 RBI in 145 games this season. He also swiped a career-high 13 bags, and will likely be one of the top five players off the board in all leagues next year. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:09p ET)
Overall Rank: 23 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 56.0 % Owned: 69.8
Hanley RamirezLAD - SS
News: Ramirez has been scratched from the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday with a right elbow strain, SB Nation's Eric Stephen reports. (Sep 16 4:35p)
Impact: This injury popped up out of the blue, so it will be interesting to see how many games he misses with the ailment. Justin Turner will start at shortstop Tuesday, and Ramirez should be considered day-to-day for now. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:35p ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 78.9 % Owned: 98.0
Masahiro TanakaNYY - SP
News: Tanaka (elbow) is tentatively scheduled to start Sunday against the Blue Jays, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports. (Sep 16 2:05p)
Impact: Five scoreless innings in an instructional league game Monday evidently convinced Yankees brass that Tanaka is ready to return, as he's now penciled in to oppose Drew Hutchison on Sunday in what will be his first start since July 8. In two starts against Toronto earlier this season, Tanaka allowed just three earned runs on 13 hits while fanning 18 over 13 innings, but he is expected to be capped at 70-75 pitches in his return. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:05p ET)
Overall Rank: 100 Position Rank: 26
% Started: 50.3 % Owned: 89.5
Chris DavisBal - 1B, 3B, DH
News: Davis (suspension) has been removed from the 40-man roster, indicating that his suspension for amphetamine use will begin immediately, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports. (Sep 12 9:46a)
Impact: Davis will miss the Orioles' remaining 17 regular season games and would sit out the first eight postseason games if the team makes it that far. Should Baltimore fail to play 25 more games, Davis' suspension would carry over into the start of the 2015 season. Details are still a bit murky, but it appears Davis' use of Adderall without an exemption triggered the suspension. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:46a ET)
Overall Rank: 9 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 41.3 % Owned: 59.5
News: Stanton sustained multiple facial fractures when he was struck by a pitch in Thursday's game,'s Joe Frisaro reports. He also suffered dental damage and a laceration that required stitches. (Sep 11 10:33p)
Impact: Stanton's injuries are extensive, and they will almost certainly end his 2014 season. Stanton will return to Miami for further evaluation, and the Marlins figure to release another update on his status following the exam. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:33p ET)
Overall Rank: 23 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 56.0 % Owned: 69.8
Dustin PedroiaBos - 2B
News: Pedroia will undergo season-ending surgery on his left hand Thursday, Sean McAdam of reports. (Sep 10 2:19p)
Impact: Things had been trending this way in recent days, but the Red Sox have indeed scheduled surgery on Pedroia's problematic left hand, officially ending the 31-year-old's season. The hand issue first crept up last year and presented issues on and off throughout 2014, surely contributing to Pedroia's disappointing .278/.337/.376 batting line in 135 games. Surgery should rectify the issue to a large extent, but it's hard to imagine Pedroia's power numbers rebounding significantly as a result and his speed is clearly declining. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:19p ET)
Overall Rank: 31 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 52.4 % Owned: 67.5
David WrightNYM - 3B
News: Wright (shoulder) has been shut down for the remainder of the 2014 season, but he will not require surgery, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. (Sep 9 7:07p)
Impact: After an MRI Tuesday revealed persistent inflammation in the rotator cuff in his left shoulder, the team decided to shut him down for the rest of the season to begin the process of resting the inflamed shoulder. Once the inflammation dies down, Wright will begin a six-week rehabilitation program to strengthen the shoulder, and since he is not expected to require surgery, he should be ready for Opening Day 2015. His eight home runs this season mark a career low, as does his .324 OBP and .374 SLG. Wright was likely bothered by injuries for much of the season, so there's certainly reason to be optimistic that he can rebound in 2015. However, as he enters his age-32 season, it's likely that his best years are behind him. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:07p ET)
Overall Rank: 21 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 52.7 % Owned: 66.4
Dustin PedroiaBos - 2B
News: Pedroia is dealing with increased inflammation in his hand/wrist and could be shut down for the rest of the season, WEEI Boston reports. (Sep 9 1:47p)
Impact: Pedroia has dealt with a sore wrist since spring training, and it appears the pain worsened over the last few days. The Red Sox have not officially ruled Pedroia out for the season, but with them out of the playoff hunt, they do not have much incentive to get Pedroia in the lineup. With Pedroia out, the trio of Jemile Weeks, Brock Holt, and Mookie Betts figures to share the second-base duties for the Red Sox in some fashion. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:47p ET)
Overall Rank: 31 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 52.4 % Owned: 67.5
Ryan BraunMil - RF, LF
News: Braun (thumb) was a late addition to Saturday's lineup,'s Adam McCalvy reports. (Sep 6 2:32p)
Impact: Braun was not in the Brewers' original lineup, but manager Ron Roenicke decided to insert him after Braun made it through batting practice without issue. Braun's thumb has reportedly been sore for a few days, so though he will start Saturday, he may not be 100 percent healthy. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:32p ET)
Overall Rank: 11 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 82.1 % Owned: 98.2
Yu DarvishTex - SP
News: Darvish (elbow) will not pitch again for the Rangers this season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. (Sep 6 2:25p)
Impact: With the Rangers well out of the playoff hunt, they decided not to take any chances with their star right-hander and shut Darvish down for the year. The Rangers appear to be taking the cautious route and do not seem overly concerned about Darvish's health, so he should be good to go for Opening Day next year. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:25p ET)
Overall Rank: 20 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 36.5 % Owned: 75.0
Carlos GomezMil - CF
News: Gomez will likely miss a couple weeks due to his wrist injury, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports. (Sep 2 3:39p)
Impact: The Brewers announced Tuesday that Gomez would be shut down for a week before resuming baseball drills, so in all likelihood, it will be about a two-week absence, although the Brewers will likely rush him back as soon as possible given the team's dwindling hopes of a Central Division crown. While Gomez is out, Gerardo Parra figures to see most of the starts against right-handed pitching, but Elian Herrera and Logan Schafer are also capable center fielders. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:39p ET)
Overall Rank: 19 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 85.6 % Owned: 97.4
Anthony RizzoChC - 1B
News: Rizzo (back) is out indefinitely and would be on the disabled list if the rosters didn't expand at the start of September, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports. (Sep 2 2:15p)
Impact: Rizzo left last Tuesday's game with lower back tightness, and his return date has been pushed back multiple times since. The most recent puts him out for an undetermined amount of time, leaving his availability for the remainder of the season in doubt. Chris Valaika has taken on the duties at first base in his absence, and should continue to do so until he returns. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:15p ET)
Overall Rank: 79 Position Rank: 12
% Started: 65.6 % Owned: 86.2
Hanley RamirezLAD - SS
News: Ramirez (leg) is now in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Padres, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. (Aug 30 3:33p)
Impact: Manager Don Mattingly left Ramirez out of his initial lineup, but apparently the 30-year-old showed enough during pregame warmups to warrant inclusion. Ramirez fell to his knees and grabbed at his leg after a single in the sixth inning of Friday's game, but the tightness did not prevent him from hitting a home run in the eighth. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:33p ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 78.9 % Owned: 98.0
Masahiro TanakaNYY - SP
News: Tanaka is experiencing "general soreness" in his right arm and will head back to New York for continued strengthening, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports. (Aug 29 1:26p)
Impact: The Yankees did not provide any other details about Tanaka's status, but he is not scheduled to see a doctor at this time, so it appears they are hoping his setback is only minor. There remains the chance that it could be more serious, but expect an update on Tanaka's status either way once more details emerge. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:26p ET)
Overall Rank: 100 Position Rank: 26
% Started: 50.3 % Owned: 89.5
News: McCutchen was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Cardinals after five innings with left rib discomfort. (Aug 26 5:57p)
Impact: The aggravation presumably occurred in the third inning, when he crashed into the outfield wall tracking ball off the bat of Matt Carpenter. McCutchen will be re-evaluated Wednesday, but the Pirates could opt to hold him out of the finale against St. Louis, as to give him two full days to recuperate with the team off Thursday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:57p ET)
Overall Rank: 4 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 92.8 % Owned: 99.5
Shin-Soo ChooTex - CF, LF, RF, DH
News: Choo has a bone spur in his left elbow and is done for the season, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson reports. (Aug 25 4:41p)
Impact: He has been dealing with bone spurs since spring training, and with the Rangers out of contention and Choo dealing with pain, surgery made sense. Michael Choice has been recalled from Triple-A, and he will presumably get some chances at designated hitter. It was basically a lost season for Choo, as he posted just a .242 average with 13 home runs and three steals in 123 games. Much of his struggles have been attributed to playing through injury, so there's a chance he could rebound if he's healthy for the start of the 2015 season. He will have surgery as soon as Friday, if the flu he's dealing with has cleared out. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:41p ET)
Overall Rank: 41 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 41.0 % Owned: 55.3
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