Players News

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is considering opening the season in empty spring training parks -- with no fans and all players quarantined.


Apr 04   10:03 AM

The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona. Rosenthal notes, "The logistics of quarantining 30 teams in one area would be extremely complex and potentially controversial... requiring local, state and federal government cooperation and resources that might be necessary to fight the coronavirus pandemic." The major logistical concern though, "To play under quarantine, the sport would need to protect the health not only of players and other club personnel, but also umpires and those producing the television broadcasts, plus hotel workers, bus drivers and anyone else involved with the players and games". It's encouraging to hear that MLB is exploring all possible options to begin the season as soon as possible and to fit in as many games as possible during the 2020 season, but there are going to be many major hurdles that they'll need to overcome first to guarantee the health and safety of all involved.


While Angels' southpaw Andrew Heaney has been working out and staying in baseball shape, he has not thrown any bullpen sessions since spring training was shut down.


Apr 04   10:03 AM

He has been playing catch with teammate Garrett Williams, but has decided to hold off on throwing any bullpens until there is a clear timeline on when the season could potentially start. Heaney, who had been named as the team's Opening Day starter, piled up 118 strikeouts over 95 1/3 innings during the 2019 campaign. Currently being drafted just inside the top 200 players in mixed league drafts, his strikeout upside gives Heaney plenty of profit potential.


Miles Mikolas (elbow) is slated to resume throwing off a mound soon.


Apr 03   11:30 AM

Mikolas has expanded his long-tossing out to 120 feet and is nearing a bullpen session as he works his way back from a right flexor tendon strain. The right-hander had been slated to miss the first month or so of the season had it started on time, but he now should be ready to roll when things get underway.


Andrew McCutchen (knee) said Thursday that he'll be "ready to go" whenever the season begins.


Apr 03   11:30 AM

'Cutch had been slated to miss the first few weeks of the season as he eased back into things following left ACL surgery, but he's been working out and has plenty of time to get ready now. "Now I know, whenever the time comes and we're playing again, I'll be ready to go," he said. "I'm really gonna be itching to get out on the field and play but right now I just need to take care of business and take advantage of this time."


Phillies general manager Matt Klentak told reporters that the coronavirus pandemic has "paused" the elbow evaluation for Seranthony Dominguez.


Apr 03   12:58 AM

In March, a team doctor advised Dominguez to undergo Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his right elbow, but the Phillies wanted the reliever to receive a second opinion on his sore elbow. That second opinion was supposed to take place on March 16, but the right-hander left home ahead of travel restrictions to the Dominican Republic, and hasn't had a chance to return to the United States to receive that second review. As Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Enquirer points out, it's also possible the surgery can be delayed due to limits on elective procedures caused by the pandemic. 


Athletics released OF/1B Brock Stassi.


Apr 02   8:28 PM

Stassi had just signed with the A's on March 21. The 30-year-old hasn't been in the majors since 2017, and hit .302/.388/.430 with two homers in just 28 games for the Giants' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates. 


Tigers released RHP Zach Godley.


Apr 02   8:12 PM

The Tigers signed Godley to a minor league deal and gave him a non-roster invite to spring training. In his five Grapefruit League appearance, the 29-year-old allowed five runs over 4 1/3 innings; good for a 10.38 ERA. He also struggled with the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays in 2019 with a 5.97 ERA, 70/42 K/BB ratio and 1.50 WHIP over his 92 innings with those clubs. 


Mariners released RHP Cody Anderson.


Apr 02   7:55 PM

Anderson was signed to a minor league contract in February. The 29-year-old pitched in 39 games over the last five years, and gave up nine runs in his 8 2/3 innings with the Indians. in 2019. 


Phillies general manager Matt Klentak told reporters that the coronavirus pandemic has "paused"  the elbow evaluation for Seranthony Dominguez.


Apr 02   6:25 PM

In March, a team doctor advised Dominguez to undergo Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his right elbow, but the Phillies wanted the reliever to receive a second opinion on his sore elbow. That second opinion was supposed to take place on March 16, but the right-hander left home ahead of travel restrictions to the Dominican Republic, and hasn't had a chance to return to the United States to receive that second review. As Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Enquirer points out,it's also possible the surgery can be delayed due to limits on elective procedures caused by the pandemic. 


Giants released LHP Jerry Blevins.


Apr 02   6:07 PM

Blevins signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training back in January. The left-hander was relatively useful with the Braves in 32 1/3 innings with a 3.90 ERA and 37/16 K/BB ratio, but struggled in the Cactus League by allowing nine earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings. He'll likely be given a chance to make another club when and if the roster freeze is over. 


Giants released OF Brandon Guyer.


Apr 02   6:07 PM

Guyer and left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins were both issued their released before transactions froze. The outfielder known best for being a magnet to pitchers (85 HBP in 517 career games) last played in the majors in 2018 and owns a career slash of .250/.339/.338 in seven seasons with the Indians and Rays. 


Masahiro Tanaka has returned to Japan due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.


Apr 02   5:33 PM

“After spring training was discontinued, there was a situation where I was in danger besides the coronavirus infection while staying in Florida," Tanaka said in an interview with the  Kyodo News. "I have decided to return home temporarily with deep caution." The right-hander will quarantine at home with his family for two weeks, and has no symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.


James Jones has been diagnosed with a torn patellar tendon.


Apr 02   2:18 PM

Jones suffered the injury at his residence in Arizona when he tripped over one of his son's toys. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the 31-year-old right-hander will be sidelined for the entirety of the 2020 season -- if there is a 2020 season. Jones signed a minor league contract with the Rangers in January after posting a 2.67 ERA and 71 strikeouts over 64 innings last year between Double-A and Triple-A.


Tigers released RHP Zack Godley.


Apr 02   1:46 PM

Godley was in Tigers camp this spring on a minor league deal and surrendered five earned runs over 4 1/3 innings of work in Grapefruit League play. The 29-year-old right-hander had an excellent season with the Diamondbacks in 2017, but the wheels have since fallen off. He is now a free agent.


Reds released RHP Junichi Tazawa.


Apr 02   1:46 PM

Tazawa was in Reds camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league contract after pitching to a 4.15 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 21 2/3 innings last season at Triple-A. The 33-year-old native of Japan posted a 2.62 ERA in 175 1/3 innings with the Red Sox between 2012-2014, but that feels like ages ago.


Reds released RHP Chris Volstad.


Apr 02   1:46 PM

The former first-round pick of the Marlins yielded a whopping six runs -- three earned -- over just 1 1/3 innings (three appearances) this spring in Reds camp. Volstad hasn't pitched in a major league game since 2018, when he registered a 6.27 ERA across 47 1/3 innings with the White Sox.


Tigers released SS Jordy Mercer.


Apr 02   1:30 PM

Detroit re-signed Mercer to a minor league contract in late January and he played well in the Grapefruit League this spring, but the rebuilding Tigers appear prepared to move forward with Niko Goodrum as their primary shortstop if the 2020 regular season ever gets underway.


Angels released INF Roberto Baldoquin.


Apr 02   12:46 PM

Baldoquin was signed out of Cuba back in 2015 for $8 million, but the 25-year-old infielder never even made it to Triple-A and posted a rough .232/.291/.301 batting line over 299 plate appearances last season at Double-A Mobile. He may struggle to get another shot in MLB-affiliated ball.


Yankees released RHP David Hale.


Apr 02   12:46 PM

Hale was re-signed to a minor league contract just before the start of spring training but went on to allow seven runs -- five earned -- over 7 1/3 innings of work in the Grapefruit League. The 32-year-old reliever holds a career 4.27 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 151/74 K/BB ratio in 230 innings at the major league level.


Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told reporters Thursday that an employee in the organization has tested positive for COVID-19.


Apr 02   12:22 PM

The employee is based year-round in St. Louis and never traveled to the Cardinals' spring training facility in Jupiter, Florida, though that facility will remain closed nonetheless except for the purpose of one-on-one medical rehab appointments. That's all the available information at this time.


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