Recent MLB Player News

Suns' Devin Booker (hand) is questionable for Saturday

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (hand) is questionable to play on Saturday against the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

Booker is dealing with a right hand sprain, and hit just 3-of-18 shots on Thursday night. If he's ruled out, Elfrid Payton, Shaq Harrison and Troy Daniels would all likely see a boost in minutes.

Should Booker play on Saturday, numberFire projects him for 36.4 FanDuel points.

Athletics' Jharel Cotton (UCL) getting second opinion Friday

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jharel Cotton is getting a second opinion on his strained UCL and strained flexor muscle on Friday.

What It Means:

Cotton told the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser that he's optimistic about his elbow, which the right-hander claims is "okay" and at "full strength." That said, Cotton is likely going to open the year on the disabled list and season-ending surgery is still a possibility.

Cotton recorded a 5.58 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 18.6 strikeout percentage across 129 innings last season while going 9-10 in 24 starts.

Reds sign Eugenio Suarez to seven-year extension

The Cincinnati Reds signed third baseman Eugenio Suarez to a seven-year, $66 million extension with a club option for 2025.

What It Means:

The team option for 2025 is for $15 million with a buyout for $2 million. The 26-year-old is coming off his best season in the big leagues, hitting .260/.367/.461 with 26 home runs, 87 runs, and 82 RBIs.

For 2018, numberFire projects Suarez to hit .252 with 78 runs, 21 home runs, 73 RBIs, and 6 stolen bases over 612 plate appearances.

Phillies' Jerad Eickhoff (lat) to miss 6-8 weeks

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff is dealing with a mild lat strain, and is expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks.

What It Means:

Eickhoff won't throw for 7-10 days, and then he'll essentially have to restart his entire spring training program. The injury opens up a spot in the Phillies rotation that could be filled by Ben Lively, Nick Pivetta, or Mark Lieter Jr.

Eickhoff is coming off a disappointing 2017 in which he posted a 4.71 ERA and 1.52 WHIP across 128 innings.

Cardinals' Luke Gregerson (oblique) will face live hitters on Friday

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Luke Gregerson (oblique) will throw a live batting practice session on Friday.

What It Means:

Assuming everything goes well, Gregerson should be able to see game action soon. He entered spring training as the presumed favorite to win the closer job, but an oblique injury has has opened the door for Dominic Leone to potentially close instead. This competition could potentially come down to the wire.

Assuming Gregerson still wins the job, numberFire projects him for a 3.20 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 66 strikeouts, and 25 saves across 64.2 innings this season.

Source: Joe Trezza

Mets' Michael Conforto (shoulder) to play in minors game on Friday

New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (shoulder) will play in a minor league game on Friday.

What It Means:

It will be Conforto's first game action since undergoing shoulder surgery in September. He's scheduled to receive four at-bats, and he appears to be progressing well in his recovery. Conforto is targeting a May 1st return, but perhaps he could come back sooner if things continue to go well.

numberFire projects Conforto to hit .252 with 58 runs, 21 home runs, and 60 RBIs in 437 plate appearances this season.

Athletics' Jharel Cotton diagnosed with strained UCL

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jharel Cotton has been diagnosed with a strained UCL and a strained flexor muscle.

What It Means:

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said the injury may require surgery, which would potentially sideline Cotton for the entire season. The right-hander turned 26 in January.

Cotton recorded a 5.58 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 18.6 strikeout percentage across 129 innings last season while going 9-10 in 24 starts.

Zack Greinke (groin) likely out for Diamondbacks on Opening Day

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke (groin) will not be ready for Opening Day, based on comments from manager Torey Lovullo.

What It Means:

"My mindset is to not have him play catch-up for one day during the season," said Lovullo. "We want to make sure he’s strong from Day 1 until the end of the season." Greinke exited Wednesday's start due to groin tightness but this doesn't sound like a long-term concern. Robbie Ray will probably get the nod for Arizona on Opening Day.

numberFire's models project Greinke to record a 3.30 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 22.5 strikeout percentage while going 14-9 across 199 1/3 innings this season.

Rays name Chris Archer as Opening Day starter

The Tampa Bay Rays have named pitcher Chris Archer as their Opening Day starter.

What It Means:

As expected, Archer will start at home against the Boston Red Sox on March 29th to open the season. In 2017, Archer compiled a 4.07 ERA and 1.26 WHIP with 249 strikeouts over 201 innings.

numberFire projects Archer to post a 3.47 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 222 strikeouts over 201.4 innings this season.

Orioles' Mark Trumbo (quad) will miss 3-4 weeks

After undergoing an MRI, Baltimore Orioles outfielder/first baseman Mark Trumbo has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 right quad strain and will be sidelined 3-4 weeks.

What It Means:

It's unfortunate news for Trumbo, who's now expected to begin the season on the disabled list. The injury perhaps opens the door for someone like Pedro Alvarez to take his roster spot in the early going.

Prior to the injury, numberFire was projecting Trumbo for 28 home runs, 73 RBI and a .242 average over 562 plate appearances this season.

Source: Jon Meoli

Javier Baez (hamstring) set to return for Cubs on Saturday

Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez (hamstring) is expected to return to Cactus League action on Saturday, manager Joe Maddon said.

What It Means:

Baez has been held out for the past week due to a minor left hamstring injury but there isn't any concern about his status for Opening Day. The 25-year-old second baseman set career-highs in OPS (.796), home runs (23), RBI (75), and runs scored (75) last season.

numberFire projects Baez to hit .256 with 19 home runs, 60 RBIs, 59 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases in 497 plate appearances this season.

Marcus Stroman (shoulder) will make spring debut for Blue Jays on Saturday

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (shoulder) is scheduled to make his spring debut on Saturday versus the Canadian National Junior Team.

What It Means:

Stroman dealt with some inflammation in his right shoulder at the end of February but he should be ready to return by the first or second week of the regular season. The Blue Jays are expected to send J.A. Happ to the hill on Opening Day.

numberFire's models project Stroman to record a 3.58 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 21.0 strikeout percentage while going 12-10 across 191 innings this season.

Boston's Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) on track to pitch in minor league game next week

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) is expected to play in a minor league game next Tuesday.

What It Means:

Rodriguez went through a three-inning round of live batting practice on Thursday as he continues to progress through rehab after undergoing knee surgery in October. The 24-year-old left-hander might be ready to join the Red Sox rotation by the middle of April.

numberFire's models project Rodriguez to record a 3.92 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 22.1 strikeout percentage this season while going 5-5 across 101 innings.

Source: Ian Browne

Drew Pomeranz (forearm) throws bullpen session for Red Sox

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz (forearm) threw a two-inning bullpen session on Thursday morning.

What It Means:

Pomeranz might be able to progress to live batting practice on Sunday. He's expected to be ready for the first week of the regular season after making an early exit in his last outing due to left forearm tightness.

numberFire's models project Pomeranz to record a 3.80 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 24.2 strikeout percentage while going 12-8 across 170 2/3 innings this season.

Corey Seager (elbow) will play shortstop for Dodgers on Friday

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (elbow) is expected to play the field for the first time in Friday's Cactus League game.

What It Means:

Seager dealt with an elbow issue towards the end of last season, so the Dodgers decided to err on the side of caution and, up until now, have limited the 23-year-old shortstop to DH duties in the spring. There's no concern about his status for Opening Day.

numberFire's models project Seager to bat .290 with 20 home runs, 92 RBI, 91 runs scored, and 4 steals in 625 plate appearances this season.

Josh Donaldson (calf) expects to play for Blue Jays on Friday

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (calf) expects to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.

What It Means:

Donaldson recently began dealing with cramping in his calf but downplayed the issue. “It’s getting ridiculous ... It’s not an issue," the 32-year-old veteran told the media on Thursday morning. "Have you ever had a cramp?” It sounds like Donaldson will be ready to roll for Opening Day.

numberFire's models project Donaldson to bat .272 with 36 home runs, 96 RBI, 88 runs scored, and 5 steals in 613 plate appearances this season.

Andrelton Simmons (shoulder) returns for Angels on Thursday

Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (shoulder) is back in Thursday's Cactus League lineup.

What It Means:

Simmons is good to go after missing the past week with a strained shoulder. He should be fine for Opening Day. The 28-year-old shortstop set multiple career-highs last season, with a .752 OPS, 69 RBI, and 77 runs scored.

numberFire's models project Simmons to hit .272 with 8 home runs, 50 RBI, 67 runs scored, and 17 steals across 596 plate appearances this season.

Orioles' Mark Trumbo (quad) undergoing MRI

Baltimore Orioles outfielder/first baseman Mark Trumbo will undergo an MRI on his sore right quad, reports Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun.

What It Means:

Trumbo's quad issue popped up a week ago. He is not with the team as he hopes to uncover exactly what's going on with his nagging injury. Despite the soreness, he's still managed to appear in eight games this spring. But we could probably consider his status questionable for Opening Day.

Over 562 plate appearances, Trumbo is projected for 28 home runs, 73 RBI and a .242 average this season.

Royals name Danny Duffy Opening Day starter

According to The Athletic's Rustin Dodd, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost has named Danny Duffy as the team's Opening Day starter.

What It Means:

Duffy was the obvious choice here. The 29-year-old southpaw is 21-13 with a 3.64 ERA over the last two seasons. Ian Kennedy is expected to start the team's second game against the Chicago White Sox.

numberFire's models project Duffy for a 9-11 record, 4.00 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 2018.

Corey Seager (elbow) confident he'll be ready for Dodgers on Opening Day

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager told reporters that his right elbow feels good and that he has "no doubt" he'll be ready for Opening Day.

What It Means:

Seager hasn't experienced any setbacks after playing in a minor league game on Monday and he may get in on some Cactus League action, but it doesn't sound like there's any doubt about his status for the start of the year.

numberFire's models project Seager to bat .290 with 20 home runs, 92 RBI, 91 runs scored, and 4 steals in 625 plate appearances this season.

Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke leaves start with groin tightness

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke (groin) left after one inning in his start against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

What It Means:

It's unclear how serious of an injury it is, but Arizona will likely provide an update after the game. Greinke was already dealing with decreased velocity this spring, so it can't make fantasy owners and Diamondbacks fans rest any easier to see this news.

numberFire projects Greinke for a 3.48 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 181 strikeouts across 199 2/3 innings this season.

Mariners' Nelson Cruz only has Grade 1 quad strain

Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 quad strain, which is the least severe category of strain.

What It Means:

It's good news for Cruz, who is expected to rest his quad over the next few days. Cruz downplayed the injury, and for the moment it looks like he should be on track for Opening Day.

This season, numberFire projects Cruz to hit .266 with 78 runs, 33 home runs, and 104 RBIs over 614 plate appearances.

Twins' Eddie Rosario (triceps) resumes throwing on Wednesday

Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario (triceps) resumed throwing on Wednesday, and is expected to return to action as the DH on Friday.

What It Means:

Rosario was resting his arm to recover from a triceps injury, but with the successful throwing session, it looks like the issue should be behind him soon.

For the 2018 season, numberFire projects Rosario to hit .277 with 71 runs, 24 home runs, 71 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases over 579 plate appearances.

Brewers' Stephen Vogt diagnosed with shoulder strain

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt has a right shoulder strain, a second doctor confirmed on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Vogt suffered the injury late last month and was still bothered by it on Monday while trying to resume throwing. He'll likely open the year on the disabled list, meaning Manny Pina will start at catcher and Jett Bandy will handle backup duties.

As of now, numberFire's models project Vogt to bat .226 with 8 home runs, 33 RBI, and 25 runs scored in 287 plate appearances this season.

Jacob deGrom (back) penciled in to start for Mets in second game of regular season

New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (back) is slated to start against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second game of the season on March 31.

What It Means:

If not for a minor back injury that he's been dealing with this spring, deGrom likely would have received the call for Opening Day, but Noah Syndergaard will toe the rubber instead. The 29-year-old right-hander recorded a 3.53 ERA last season while setting a pair of career-highs with 239 strikeouts over 201 1/3 innings.

numberFire's models project deGrom to record a 3.63 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 28.4 strikeout percentage while going 14-10 across 201 innings this season.

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