MLB Recent Player News
|5/24/2013||Will Middlebrooks, 3B (Bos)||Middlebrooks left the game Thursday in the top of the fifth with lower back spasms. He was called out on strikes on both his at bats before being replaced by Pedro Ciriaco
Analysis: His status going forward is uncertain.
|5/23/2013||David Huff, P (Cle)||The Cleveland Indians have recalled left-hander Scott Barnes and designated Huff for assignment.
Analysis: Huff appeared in three games with the Indians, all in relief, and had a 0-0 record with a 15.00 ERA. In an 11-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night, he gave up three runs and four hits in one inning.
|5/23/2013||Scott Barnes, P (Cle)||The Cleveland Indians have recalled Barnes and designated left-hander David Huff for assignment.
Analysis: Barnes was 2-2 with a 5.74 ERA in 12 relief appearances for Triple-A Columbus. In two previous stints with Cleveland this season, he was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in three relief outings.
|5/23/2013||Jesus Montero, C (Sea)||The Mariners sent the slumping Montero to the minor leagues. They optioned him to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday. He has 72 hours to join the club.
Analysis: The 23-year-old Montero is hitting .208 with three home runs and nine RBIs. He hit .260 with 15 homers and 62 RBIs last year in his first full season in the majors.
|5/23/2013||Jorge De La Rosa, P (Col)||De La Rosa allowed one run and six hits over 5 1-3 innings, earning the win during Wednesday's 4-1 victory over Arizona.
Analysis: De La Rosa has now won four consecutive starts while compiling a 2.31 ERA. He's 4-0 with a 2.42 ERA at home compared to 2-3 with a 4.05 ERA on the road.
|5/23/2013||Zack Cozart, SS (Cin)||Cozart collected a career-high four hits and scored twice in Wednesday's 7-4 road win over the New York Mets.
Analysis: Despite his big day, Cozart is bating just .224 on the season.
|5/23/2013||Joey Votto, 1B (Cin)||Votto went 2 for 3 with a two-run homer and three runs scored in Wednesday's 7-4 road win over the New York Mets.
Analysis: Votto is batting a ridiculous .512 with three long balls and nine RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak.
|5/23/2013||Scott Van Slyke, RF (LAD)||Van Slyke went 2 for 4 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored in Wednesday's 9-2 win at Milwaukee.
Analysis: Van Slyke is 6 for 20 with three homers and six RBIs since getting called up May 10.
|5/23/2013||Hyun-Jin Ryu, P (LAD)||Ryu (5-2) allowed two runs and six hits in a season-high 7 1-3 innings, earning the win during Wednesday's 9-2 victory at Milwaukee.
Analysis: Ryu is now 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA over his last six starts. Fantasy owners should continue to start him with confidence.
|5/23/2013||Jordan Lyles, P (Hou)||Lyles allowed one run and six hits over six innings, earning the win during Wednesday's 3-1 victory over Kansas City.
Analysis: Lyles is now 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA over his last two starts.
|5/23/2013||J.D. Martinez, LF (Hou)||Martinez hit a two-run homer and Jason Castro went 3 for 4 in Wednesday's 3-1 win over Kansas City.
Analysis: Martinez is 10 for 29 with two long balls, four doubles and seven RBIs over his last nine games.
|5/23/2013||David Ortiz, DH (Bos)||Ortiz went 2 for 5 with two RBIs in Wednesday's 6-2 road win over the Chicago White Sox.
Analysis: Ortiz is batting .389 with three homers and 14 RBIs in his last nine games.
|5/23/2013||Clay Buchholz, P (Bos)||Buchholz pitched five-hit ball over seven innings to improve to 7-0, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 6-2 Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep.
Analysis: Buchholz allowed just one run while lowering his American League-leading ERA to 1.73. He also matched the best start by a Boston pitcher since Josh Beckett in 2007 and joined Tampa Bay's Matt Moore and Arizona's Patrick Corbin as the only unbeaten pitchers in the majors with seven or more wins.
|5/23/2013||Evan Gattis, C (Atl)||Gattis slugged his first career grand slam in Atlanta's 8-3 win over Minnesota on Wednesday.
Analysis: Gattis is 3 for 6 - all the hits home runs - over his last four games.
|5/23/2013||Paul Maholm, P (Atl)||Maholm won for the third time in four starts Wednesday, yielding only an unearned run across 7 1-3 innings while limiting the Twins to seven hits in a 8-3 Atlanta victory.
Analysis: The Braves are providing an average of 5.58 runs of support for Maholm, who is 6-4 with a 3.38 ERA.
|5/23/2013||Vance Worley, P (Min)||Worley was optioned to Triple-A after another abysmal start on Wednesday.
Analysis: Worley was shelled for a season-high eight earned runs and 10 hits - including three homers - over 3 2-3 innings in Minnesota's 8-3 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday.
|5/23/2013||B.J. Upton, CF (Atl)||Upton hit his fourth home run in Atlanta's 8-3 win over Minnesota on Wednesday.
Analysis: Unlike his brother Justin, B.J.'s first season in Atlanta has been a struggle. He's hitting .155 and Wednesday marked his first homer since April 23.
|5/23/2013||Justin Morneau, 1B (Min)||Morneau went 2 for 4 for the third straight game Wednesday in the Twins' 8-3 loss at Atlanta.
Analysis: Morneau has recorded two or more hits eight times in his last 11 games, a stretch he's hitting .435 with 10 RBIs during.
|5/23/2013||Louis Coleman, P (KC)||The Royals recalled Coleman from Omaha, where he was 2-1 with a 1.04 ERA and three saves.
Analysis: He pitched parts of the past two seasons with Kansas City, going 1-4 with a 3.25 ERA and one save in 73 relief appearances.
|5/23/2013||Kelvin Herrera, P (KC)||The Kansas City Royals have sent Herrera to the minors.
Analysis: The right-hander allowed eight home runs in 20 1-3 innings. The Royals optioned him to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday. Herrera was 2-4 with a 4.87 ERA in 19 relief appearances. He went 4-3 with a 2.35 ERA in 76 relief appearances last year, giving up just four home runs in 84 1-3 innings as a rookie.
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