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MLB Recent Player News

Date Player
2/23/2019 Bradley Zimmer, Cle, CF
Indians manager Terry Francona said Zimmer has been making very good progress in his recovery from shoulder surgery.

Analysis: "You hate to put timetables on because it’s just not fair to them. I’d be comfortable saying he is kind of knocking it out of the park," Francona told "He has a ways to go, but he’s done a terrific job." Zimmer was given an 8-to-12 month timetable to return after having the surgery in July and still won't be ready for the start of the regular season. The center fielder may be able to get into some spring training games, though, if he continues to progress.
2/23/2019 Francisco Lindor, Cle, SS
Lindor has been diagnosed with a strained right calf and is expected to miss 7-to-9 weeks, putting his availability for opening day into question.

Analysis: Lindor seems unlikely to be ready for the Indians' March 28 opener at Minnesota but should be back at some point in April. Cleveland doesn't have an obvious candidate to take over at shortstop for the All-Star, but perhaps it makes a veteran addition to the roster during spring training.
2/22/2019 Clayton Kershaw, LAD, P
Kershaw has been shut down indefinitely because manager Dave Roberts says the Los Angeles Dodgers ace ''didn't feel right'' after two discouraging outings on the mound.

Analysis: Roberts was unclear as to what exactly is going on with the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner, but the manager told reporters in Arizona "no one is alarmed or worried about it." Kershaw signed a $93 million, three-year contract in November and was named the opening day starter for the ninth consecutive year earlier this week.
2/20/2019 Jed Lowrie, NYM, 2B
Lowrie will go for an MRI on Feb. 21. Starting a $20 million, two-year contract, the infielder noticed the back of his left knee started to hurt last weekend after he was running, an issue he never felt before.

Analysis: Manager Mickey Callaway said Lowie needed 40 at-bats during the exhibition season. Lowrie hit .267 last season for Oakland and set career highs for home runs (23) and RBIs (99).
2/15/2019 Roberto Osuna, Hou, P
Osuna will close for the Houston Astros. Hinch used Ken Giles, Hector Rondon and Luke Gregerson to finish games during his first four seasons before the Astros acquired Osuna from Toronto last summer.

Analysis: Houston initially eased Osuna into the closer's role after acquiring him at last season's trading deadline for Giles, David Paulino and a minor leaguer. The trade occurred just before the end of Osuna's 75-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.
2/14/2019 Kendall Graveman, ChC, P
Graveman has been placed on the 60-day injured list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

Analysis: Graveman underwent the procedure in July and may not be back until September. The former A's right-hander signed a one-year, $575,000 contract with the Cubs in December, with the deal also containing a $3 million option for 2020.
2/13/2019 Johnny Cueto, SF, P
Cueto has officially been placed on the 60-day injured list as he recovers from right elbow surgery.

Analysis: Cueto likely won't pitch until September at the earliest as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery.
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