• Yoenis Cespedes has ankle fractures after ‘violent fall’ on ranch

    New York Post "It’s going wrong for the Mets everywhere. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen announced Monday that Yoenis Cespedes suffered right ankle fractures from a “violent fall” on his ranch in Port St. Lucie. Cespedes has been on the injured list following offseason..." May 20

  • Mets owners meddling in Mickey Callaway’s managerial decisions

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Mets have lost five straight after being swept by the lowly Miami Marlins over the weekend, and they could soon be looking for a new manager if the current trend continues. But if the team’s ownership group plans to micromanage the next guy the way they have done with Mickey..." May 20

  • Mariners trade Anthony Swarzak to Braves for relievers Jesse Biddle, Arodys Vizcaino

    ESPN 710 Seattle "The Mariners have traded struggling veteran reliever Anthony Swarzak to the Braves for lefty relief pitcher Jesse Biddle and former Atlanta closer Arodys Vizcaíno. Seattle is also sending cash considerations to Atlanta, conceivably to help cover what is left of the $8 million..." May 20

  • Cubs' Kris Bryant is punishing opponents again: 'I'm a whole lot smarter'

    USA Today "Kris Bryant was not among the 11 buzzworthy players on the podium for Major League Baseball’s promotional spot that urged all to “Let the kids play.” For now, he’s not on anyone’s short list for National League MVP, not when Christian Yelich is hammering..." May 20

  • Nationals Claim Javy Guerra, Designate Dan Jennings

    Masn "The Washington Nationals made the following roster moves on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements. * Recalled from rehab assignment and reinstated left-handed pitcher Tony Sipp from the 10-day Injured List *..." May 20

  • Giancarlo Stanton to begin rehab assignment tonight

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with High-A Tampa. That according to the team’s Tweet to that effect. Stanton has been on the injured list since April 1 due to a left biceps strain and a left shoulder strain sustained in what Aaron Boone..." May 20

  • The Dodgers Should Make a Run at Luke Gregerson

    Dodgers Nation "It is no secret that the Dodgers bullpen is their weakest link with an offense that ranks first in the National League in OPS (.796) and a starting rotation that ranks first in ERA (3.17) as well. The bullpen ERA so far this season is a sub-standard 4.30, ranking 8th in the National League and..." May 20

  • Cardinals Release Luke Gregerson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals announced Monday that they’ve requested unconditional release waivers on right-hander Luke Gregerson. He’ll become a free agent once he (presumably) clears waivers in 48 hours. Gregerson was previously designated for assignment Friday evening. " May 20

  • Bernie Sanders: If we can pay baseball players hundreds of millions, teachers deserve a raise

    Sporting News "If Bernie Sanders were an MLB general manager, he would probably be the type who chases bargain players rather than signing free agents to mega contracts. The presidential contender posted a video on his Twitter account Saturday showing him at a campaign stop talking about raising pay..." May 20

  • Even the Yankees' plane got injured, forcing team to take the bus to Baltimore

    USA Today "The New York Yankees, who have been stricken with a rash of injuries this season, chalked up another broken-down issue – this one to the team airplane.  Adding insult to injury, the Yankees were forced to make the three-and-a-half hour bus ride from the Bronx to..." May 20

  • Shortstop Jose Iglesias proving to be smart, bargain pickup for Reds

    Yardbarker "Reds infielder Jose Iglesias has hired MVP Sports Group to represent him moving forward, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com (Twitter link). Iglesias had been represented by Magnus Sports since 2017 and was with the Boras Corporation prior to that. Iglesias, 29, settled for a..." May 20

  • Ray deal Matt Seelinger to Giants

    CBS Sports "The Rays traded Seelinger to the Giants on Monday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports. The right-handed reliever will move on to a new organization as the player to be named in last week's deal that sent catcher Erik Kratz to Tampa Bay. " May 20

  • Jose Iglesias Hires MVP Sports Group

    MLB Trade Rumors "Reds infielder Jose Iglesias has hired MVP Sports Group to represent him moving forward, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com (Twitter link). He’d been represented by Magnus Sports since 2017 and was with the Boras Corporation prior to that. Iglesias, 29, settled for a minor league..." May 20

  • Shane Bieber's adjustments are yielding positive results

    The Sports Daily "Every game matters for the Cleveland Indians as they chase the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central. Starting pitcher Shane Bieber took it upon himself to give his squad a series victory over the Baltimore Orioles with an absolutely dominant outing on Sunday. The 23-year-old..." May 20

  • Tom Murphy looking like a two-way threat after perfect mound work for Mariners

    Sporting News "Tom Murphy was the only Mariners pitcher to hold the Twins scoreless Saturday night. Tom Murphy is also a catcher. If he isn't careful, he might turn into one of those fancy two-way players MLB teams are trying to develop. Murphy worked a perfect ninth inning in Seattle's 18-4..." May 20

  • Sammy Sosa 'My Son Rolando ... MLB's Next Big Thing!!!'

    TMZ "Move over Vladimir Guerrero ... Sammy Sosa says it's HIS son who will be the MLB's next big thing -- telling TMZ Sports his 5-year-old boy is legit!!! We got Sosa out at LAX this past week when he revealed his son, Rolando Sosa, has a sweet swing ... and he's projecting..." May 20

  • Nationals looking to move Juan Soto to first base?

    Yardbarker "The Washington Nationals may have a new job in mind for Childish Bambino. The Washington Post’s Jesse Dougherty reported Sunday that Nats phenom Juan Soto, who regularly takes grounders at first base during batting practice, really got into the details of the position with..." May 20

  • John Maddon drops protest, 'though I still don't agree'

    MLB.com "Cubs manager Joe Maddon said before Sunday’s game that the team had dropped its protest of Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Nationals. Maddon and the Cubs were upset because Washington closer Sean Doolittle tapped his foot on the ground during his delivery in the ninth inning,..." May 20

  • Sean Doolittle defends his toe tap delivery, thinks it should be legal

    Larry Brown Sports "Sean Doolittle sent a series of tweets on Sunday night in which he defended his delivery and argued that it should be legal. The Washington Nationals closer became the center of attention after Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon complained about the reliever’s pitching motion..." May 20

  • Reasons for Braves Pulling Mike Foltynewicz in Game Against Brewers Are Pretty Ridiculous

    12 Up "In a 2-1 game against one of the best teams in baseball, the Atlanta Braves pulled starter Mike Foltynewicz in the sixth inning. Atlanta fell 3-2 as their bullpen failed to protect the tie game while Milwaukee's terrific unit barely broke a sweat. What's even worse is..." May 20

  • Oakland A’s sign catcher Cameron Rupp to minor league deal

    Athletics Nation "The Oakland A’s signed catcher Cameron Rupp to a minor league contract on Saturday, reports Andersen Pickard of MLB Daily Dish. He was assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas and made his debut for the Aviators that same day. Rupp played parts of five seasons in the majors with the..." May 20

  • David Price returns from IL

    Fantasy Pros "David Price has been activated from the injured list. He was sidelined with elbow tendinitis, but he will be active Monday to start the game against the Blue Jays. (Nick Quaglia on Twitter) Fantasy Impact: Price didn't spend much time on the IL, which is great news for..." May 20

  • Boston's Closer by Committee Strategy is Actually Working

    12 Up "No more Craig Kimbrel? No problem, so say the Red Sox. Sure, there tends to be no like-for-like replacement for an All-Star closer, but the defending World Series champs are managing just fine of late. In fact, after Brandon Workman pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday night..." May 20

  • Mike Soroka is Baseball's Latest Young Phenom

    The Sports Daily "Atlanta starter Mike Soroka came out of the nationally televised game against the playoff-contending Cardinals as the first pitcher in the history of baseball to allow 1 earned run or fewer in 9 of his first 11 starts. Even as an odd statistic, it paints just how impressive he has been to open..." May 20

  • Pirates slugger Josh Bell proving critics wrong with breakout season

    USA Today "It’s like vacationing in Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower, traveling to San Francisco without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, or traveling to the Grand Canyon, without, well, looking into the canyon. Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell, a Texas native, spent his..." May 20

  • Tim Tebow hits first Triple-A home run

    ESPN "What started off as a tough spring for Tim Tebow with the Mets' Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse, New York, took a turn for the better Sunday when he hit his first International League home run. It came in his 105th at-bat of the season, and the former Heisman Trophy winner..." May 20

  • Roman Quinn to give up switch-hitting

    Hardball Talk "Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports that Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn will bat right-handed exclusively when he returns from the injured list. Quinn is currently working his way back from a Grade 2 groin strain. Quinn, 26, has a meager .684 OPS across 239 plate appearances in the..." May 20

  • After slow start, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. can't stop hitting HRs

    MLB.com "Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is starting to make up for lost time, and along the way he is making everyone forget about a slow start to his rookie season. Guerrero homered for the fourth time over his last six games in the Blue Jays’ 5-2 victory vs. the White Sox on Sunday afternoon at..." May 20

  • George Springer considered day-to-day with back stiffness

    Larry Brown Sports "George Springer has been one of baseball’s hottest hitters, but the Houston Astros outfielder could be sidelined for a day or two. Springer left Sunday’s loss against the Boston Red Sox with lower back stiffness, prompting some worry about his health going forward...." May 20

  • Yasiel Puig considered day-to-day after crashing into wall

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Yasiel Puig received a standing ovation for jumping above the right-field wall in foul territory and reaching into the crowd for a catch to end the sixth inning Sunday, but the highlight play resulted in a sprained right shoulder. Puig exited in the eighth inning when he felt his..." May 20

  • Jose Leclerc was the best pitcher in Rangers’ walk-off win. Is it time for him to close again?

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Two things happened Sunday at Globe Life Park that might convince the Rangers that Jose Leclerc is ready to again stake his claim as the club’s closer. One was Leclerc, who struck out five of the six batters in the heart of the Cardinals’ order in the fifth and sixth..." May 20

  • Rays’ Yandy Diaz says Yankees hit him intentionally; Daniel Robertson relieved he wasn’t hurt

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays infielder Daniel Robertson was thankful he wasn’t hurt worse after being hit by a pitch that knocked off his helmet Sunday. Teammate Yandy Diaz was not as forgiving, saying he felt he was hit intentionally on the side of his left hand in the seventh by Yankees reliever..." May 20

  • Twins relief pitcher, video game streamer Trevor May gets a kick out of 'MLB The Show 19'

    Sporting News "Twins right-hander Trevor May has accumulated around 69,000 followers on Twitter and 132,000 followers on video streaming site Twitch largely because of his favorite off-field hobby. May, an avid video game player, found an online community eager to watch him offer commentary over his..." May 20

  • Former major league pitcher Koji Uehara to retire

    Japan Times "Former major league pitcher Koji Uehara has told the Yomiuri Giants he is calling time on his playing career, baseball sources said Monday. The 44-year-old right hander, who made his professional debut with the Giants in 1999 and rejoined the Tokyo-based Central League club in March..." May 20

  • Noah Syndergaard on Mets manager speculation: 'It’s (expletive)'

    USA Today "Noah Syndergaard’s volume matched that of the room – quiet. He spoke while a somber and disappointed visitors’ clubhouse quickly cleared after Sunday’s game. In other words, they are aware of the speculation regarding manager Mickey Callaway’s job..." May 19

  • Gabe Kapler: Bryce Harper has 'ability to transcend'

    MLB.com "After clobbering a home run over the batter's eye and onto Ashburn Alley in Saturday's win, Bryce Harper stood at his locker postgame and said, “It's not how far, it's how many.” Harper backed up that mantra on Sunday, drilling another no-doubter home run..." May 19

  • Mets' Mickey Callaway explains not pulling Robinson Cano, who explains not running

    SNY TV "If this story seems familiar, it's because it is.  One day after Mets manager Mickey Callaway explained why he didn't bench Robinson Cano for failing to run out a ground ball double play (something Cano blamed on the scoreboard operator), Callaway had to explain why he..." May 19

  • Jim Riggleman is favorite if Mets make managerial change

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Mets are in freefall, and though manager Mickey Callaway is still employed, his position is so tenuous that potential replacements are already being mentioned. In the wake of a weekend sweep at the hands of the lowly Miami Marlins, the Mets are now 20-25, six games adrift..." May 19

  • Astros OF George Springer leaves game with lower back stiffness

    CBS Sports "The Astros cited lower-back stiffness as the cause of Springer's early removal from Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Springer struck out in all three of his plate appearances and appeared to be in discomfort on several swings during the..." May 19

  • Jimmy Nelson made his best minor-league rehab start yet on Friday night

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Jimmy Nelson's third minor-league rehab start was a resounding success. The right-hander threw 86 pitches over 5? shutout innings in helping Class AAA San Antonio beat the visiting Memphis Redbirds – the top affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals – 5-3 on Friday..." May 19

  • Cubs never filed protest over Sean Doolittle’s delivery

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago Cubs made a lot of noise Saturday night about filing a protest over a perceived illegal toe-tap in Sean Doolittle’s delivery, but they reportedly never actually did it. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Cubs never formally filed a protest after the loss,..." May 19

  • Report: Padres tried to acquire Trevor Bauer at start of season

    The Score "The San Diego Padres made a push to acquire Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer just as the regular season was getting underway, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. Bauer, 28, emerged as one of baseball's premier starting pitchers in 2018 when he went 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA..." May 19

  • Brandon Kintzler takes shot at Nationals a year after bizarre trade

    Cubs Insider "You don’t get a nickname like “Salt” for being super chill and just keeping your thoughts and emotions to yourself. So when the crusty Brandon Kintzler grumbled his way through a brief Triple-A stint in 2016, his teammates gave him a moniker that reflected his curmudgeonly..." May 19

  • Rays converting Jake Cronenworth to 2-way player

    MLB.com "The Rays are making infielder Jake Cronenworth into a two-way player. On Saturday, he opened a game for Triple-A Durham and pitched one scoreless inning. It was the first game he has pitched this season. This didn’t come as a surprise to Rays manager Kevin Cash, who said..." May 19

  • Joe Girardi loves broadcasting, but the pull of managing again is strong

    Yahoo! Sports "It’s the summer of 2018 and Joe Girardi stands in a dugout in South Florida. Everything about it should be familiar. It wasn’t that long ago that Girardi won the Manager of the Year award with the Florida Marlins. This isn’t the big leagues, though. This..." May 19

  • Giants Designate Aaron Altherr for Assignment After Just One At-bat

    NBC Bay Area "Even Michael Reed thinks the Aaron Altherr Era was short.  Altherr, picked up on a waiver claim eight days ago, was designated for assignment by the Giants on Sunday morning to open a roster spot for Drew Pomeranz, who is returning from the Injured List to start the finale..." May 19

  • Bill James throws shade at Shohei Ohtani

    Larry Brown Sports "Statistician Bill James isn’t a big fan of hype, it seems, and that means he’s a bit of a skeptic when it comes to Shohei Ohtani. James, regarded as the godfather of analytics in baseball, took a swipe at Ohtani — or perhaps more specifically the hype around him..." May 19

  • Jays sign P Buddy Boshers to minors deal

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays signed pitcher Buddy Boshers to a minor-league deal and sent him to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Sunday. The 31-year-old last pitched in the Majors in 2017 with the Minnesota Twins.  He appeared in 38 games in 2017 and posted a 1-0 record with a 4.89..." May 19

  • White Sox Sign Odrisamer Despaigne

    MLB Trade Rumors "The White Sox have signed right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne to a minor league contract, per an announcement from their Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte. Francys Romero of Las Mayores was first to report the news. Prior to Sunday, Despaigne had spent the entire season with the..." May 19

  • It's Time for Derek Jeter and the Marlins to Fire Manager Don Mattingly

    Miami New Times "The Miami Marlins were expected to be bad. With their best talent residing in minor-league towns such as Jacksonville and Jupiter, it was predictable. Most rebuilding teams stink, but the fish are historically horrible. The team is so spectacularly atrocious that even..." May 19