MLB Recent Player News
|9/29/2016||Jesús Montero, Tor, 1B|
|Montero was suspended 50 games Thursday after testing positive for a stimulant.
Analysis: Montero spent the season with Toronto's Triple-A Buffalo team, batting .317 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs. He was a designated hitter and first baseman and was picked as an International League All-Star. The 26-year-old Montero made his big league debut with the Yankees in 2011 and was traded to Seattle after the season for pitcher Michael Pineda. He played for the Mariners last year.
|9/29/2016||Jean Segura, Ari, 2B|
|Segura (cramp) left Thursday's game against the Nationals in the top of the seventh inning after he leaned back from a pitch.
Analysis: Segura had a single in the third to extend his NL-leading total to 201 hits. He's 8 for 14 with three homers in his last four games.
|9/29/2016||Jason Hammel, ChC, P|
|Hammel has been scratched from his Friday start due to elbow tightness.
Analysis: Hammel hasn't been that great lately and appears to be on his way off the postseason roster.
|9/29/2016||Daniel Murphy, Was, 2B|
|The Nationals plan to exercise caution with Murphy, sitting the injured second baseman for the rest of the regular season with the hope that he's ready to return for the playoffs, manager Dusty Baker said Thursday.
Analysis: Murphy, who has been sidelined with a strained buttocks since Sept. 17, would be reduced to pinch-hitting duty if needed in the Nationals' final four regular-season games. Washington already has secured its third NL East title in five years and awaits its opponent in the division series, which begins on Oct. 7. Murphy's .347 batting average trails only Colorado Rockies second baseman D.J. LeMahieu (.349).
|9/29/2016||Albert Pujols, LAA, 1B|
|Pujols was not in the starting lineup Wednesday for the second game in a row because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
Analysis: It is possible that Pujols, who has hit 31 homers and has driven in 119, could be done for the season.
|9/29/2016||Jefry Marte, LAA, 1B|
|Marte had a pair of doubles in Wednesday's win over the A's.
Analysis: In the last two games, Marte has four extra-base hits - a homer and three doubles.
|9/29/2016||Kole Calhoun, LAA, RF|
|Calhoun homered in Wednesday's win over the A's.
Analysis: Calhoun has been on a tear, going 11 for 18 with a homer, five doubles, one triple, five RBIs and five runs in his last five games.
|9/29/2016||Cole Hamels, Tex, P|
|Hamels wasn't at his best on Wednesday, allowing five runs - three earned - over seven innings in an 8-5 win over the Brewers.
Analysis: Hamels doesn't appear to be heading into the postseason on a high as he's posted a 6.75 ERA over his last six starts.
|9/29/2016||Adrián Béltre, Tex, 3B|
|Beltre finished with a pair of doubles and an RBI in Wednesday's win over the Brewers.
Analysis: Beltre had gone hitless in his previous two games, but is 10 for 28 over his last eight.
|9/29/2016||Ryon Healy, Oak, 3B|
|Healy had a pair of doubles, drove in a run and scored twice in Wednesday's loss to the Angels.
Analysis: The rookie third baseman is 9 for 15 with a homer and four doubles in his last four games.
|9/29/2016||Martín Maldonado, Mil, C|
|Maldonado had a nice series against the Rangers. He went 2 for 4 with a run scored in Wednesday's 8-5 loss.
Analysis: The catcher went 4 for 7 with a double and three runs scored in the two games he played in the set.
|9/29/2016||Jonathan Villar, Mil, SS|
|Villar hit Cole Hamels' first pitch of the game into the stands for his 19th homer, and the Brewers scored in each of the first three innings but fell 8-5 to the Rangers on Wednesday.
Analysis: Villar has heated up by going 7 for 15 with three homers, three doubles and seven RBIs over his last four games.
|9/29/2016||Rougned Odor, Tex, 2B|
|Odor homered for the Rangers in Wednesday's 8-5 win over the Brewers, his 32nd a two-run shot in the first that snapped an 0-for-22 slide.
Analysis: ''Look, he's going to hit. The swing is there, he's one of our main guys,'' manager Jeff Banister said. ''But some feel-good for him.''
|9/29/2016||Sonny Gray, Oak, P|
|Gray was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to his start. Gray, who was sidelined with a right forearm strain from Aug. 7-Sept. 27, was limited to only one inning and threw 18 pitches, 13 of them for strikes. He gave up one hit and faced four batters in his first start since Aug. 6.
Analysis: A's manager Bob Melvin said his return made a noticeable difference in the clubhouse culture. ''That's our guy,'' Melvin said. ''It was sort of an off season for him, but he went out there and was healthy and looked like the old Sonny. Psychologically, he's good for the whole ball club.''
|9/29/2016||Jeremy Jeffress, Tex, P|
|Jeffress (1-0), who came to Texas from Milwaukee in an Aug. 1 trade with Jonathan Lucroy, worked the final two innings in relief of Cole Hamels in Wednesday's 8-5 win over the Brewers.
Analysis: Jeffress won five days after being reinstated by Major League Baseball from the restricted list following a drunken driving arrest last month and then a three-week stint in an inpatient rehab clinic.
|9/29/2016||Carlos Gómez, Tex, CF|
|Gomez was a struggling outfielder when released by another AL West team just over a month ago. Now he is helping the AL-leading Texas Rangers close in on home-field advantage throughout the postseason. Gomez hit a towering, tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning Wednesday night, giving the Rangers their MLB-best 49th come-from-behind win, 8-5 over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Analysis: The 418-foot homer to left was his 13th this season, the second long three-run homer in as many nights - he had a 444-foot drive on Tuesday. That makes eight homers and 24 RBIs in 31 games since joining the Rangers last month after being released by Houston.
|9/29/2016||Jeff Samardzija, SF, P|
|Samardzija pitched well Wednesday, but took a 2-0 loss to the Rockies. He allowed two runs while striking out 11 over six innings.
Analysis: Samardzija is looking solid down the stretch, posting a 1.37 ERA over his last three starts. He has totaled 20 Ks in his last two outings.
|9/29/2016||Chase Whitley, TB, P|
|Whitley will make his first start in place of LHP Drew Smyly in Sunday's season finale at Texas.
Analysis: Whitley, who has a 1.74 ERA out of the bullpen since returning from Tommy John surgery last month, is scheduled to throw 75-80 pitches. ''He's deserving,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said.
|9/29/2016||Carlos González, Col, RF|
|Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with a double in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Giants.
Analysis: Gonzalez hasn't done much down the stretch, batting .205 with two extra-base hits and six RBIs over his previous 12 games.
|9/29/2016||Kevin Kiermaier, TB, CF|
|Kiermaier (bruised left hand) was in the lineup Wednesday after a two-game absence.
Analysis: Kiermaier was hitless in four at-bats and is 0 for 10 in his last three road games.
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