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MLB 2022 | Cuban Players News

Daily Major League Baseball (MLB) Cuban Players News for the 2022 season. A compendium from several MLB sources.


José Abreu (Photo: Getty Images)

Apr 24, 2022


Rays activated INF Yandy Diaz from the COVID-19 injured list.


Diaz has recovered and is cleared to return to the Rays after missing Saturday's contest with an illness. The 30-year-old infielder has hit .275/.383/.325 across 47 plate appearances. Jeffery Springs was placed on the COVID-IL in the corresponding move.


Apr 23, 2022


Jose Abreu went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI Saturday as the White Sox fell to the Twins.


Down by eight runs in the top of the sixth, Abreu connected on a high fastball from Cody Stashak and sent it right-center field -- the White Sox's first run of the game. He also collected an RBI on a ground out in the top of the eighth. The veteran slugger is slashing .208/.283/.396 with two home runs over his first 48 at-bats of the year.


Darién Núñez (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery.


Núñez started in Triple-A as relief help for the Dodgers to begin the season. Sadly, he will miss the rest of the year because of the procedure. The southpaw split his time between Triple-A and the major leagues last season with a 39 percent strikeout mark in his 52 innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City last year.


White Sox manager Tony La Russa said Saturday that Yoan Moncada is still "feeling something" while swinging left-handed.


Moncada has been sidelined since the late stages of spring training due to a right oblique strain and its an ominous sign that he's still experiencing discomfort a few weeks later. There isn't a timetable for his return at the moment and it sounds like he's still pretty far away from returning to the White Sox' lineup.


Soler helps Marlins offense after getting WS ring.


The 30-year-old would like to recreate some championship memories with his new club in Miami, which beat Atlanta, 9-7, on Saturday night at Truist Park. Soler has gotten off to a slow start, but he is 4-for-12 with two walks over his last three games. He collected a pair of hits on Friday, then added a then-go-ahead RBI single on Saturday. Soler had hoped the familiar surroundings would jumpstart his season.


Néstor Cortés yielded two runs over 6 1/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Guardians.


Cortés retired 13 consecutive batters to open the contest before issuing a walk to Amed Rosario and coughing up a two-run homer to ensuing batter Josh Naylor in the fifth inning. He finished with eight strikeouts and only issued two walks. The 27-year-old lefty holds a microscopic 1.15 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and 25/3 K/BB ratio across 15 2/3 innings (three starts). He's in line for a tasty road matchup on Friday against the Royals.

Adolis García is hitting seventh on Saturday against the Athletics.


García has been dropped to the lower third of the Rangers' order Saturday afternoon after getting off to a glacial start at the dish this season, hitting .184/.281/.347 with two homers and two steals in 57 plate appearances.


Luis Robert (groin) remains out of the White Sox' starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Twins.


Robert is expected to miss the remainder of the White Sox current series against the Twins due to a minor groin strain. However, manager Tony La Russa has expressed optimism that he could be back for Tuesday's series opener against the Royals. It'll be Adam Engel taking his spot in center field on Saturday afternoon.


Rays placed INF Yandy Diaz on the COVID-19 injured list.


Diaz is symptomatic, and will be out of the lineup for at least five days while he recovers. Top prospect Vidal Bruján has been recalled in his place.


Apr 22, 2022


Yuli Gurriel drove two on Friday.


Gurriel went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays. His bases-loaded dribbler the other way beat the shift with two outs in the third inning, giving the Astros a 3-0 lead they couldn't hold. Gurriel came into Friday's game with zero RBI on the season, and even after the multi-hit effort he's still slashing only .184/.205/.289 through 10 games.


Jorge Soler went 2-for-3 with two singles Friday as the Marlins fell to the Braves.


It was hard for any of the Marlins' batters to get anything going against Kyle Wright on Friday night, but Soler still managed to hit two singles off of him -- one in the top of the first and one in the top of the sixth. The slugging outfielder is off to a slow start (.184/.286/.286 over 49 at-bats), but he still has plenty of time to turn things around.


Andy Ibáñez walloped a solo homer Friday in the Rangers' win over the Athletics.


Ibáñez padded the Rangers' early lead with a solo shot left field off Athletics' starter Adam Oller in the second inning. It was his first long ball of the season.


Aroldis Chapman earned his fourth save by throwing a scoreless ninth against the Guardians on Friday.


Chapman's velocity was mosttly back tonight after being well down Wednesday; he topped out at 102 mph with his five fastballs. Still, he mostly threw sliders and splitters tonight. He gave up a double to Josh Naylor, but he struck out two in the save.


White Sox manager Tony La Russa said Friday that Luis Robert (groin) is likely to miss the entire weekend series against the Twins.


The silver lining though, is that the club was optimistic after reviewing his MRI results and believe that he'll be able to return to the lineup on Tuesday after Monday's off-day. While it's disappointing for fantasy managers to lose him for three additional games, it's a huge win if he's able to avoid the injured list. The superstar outfielder is slashing .205/.222/.386 with two homers, three RBI and a league-leading five stolen bases through his first 11 games.


Apr 20, 2022


Yasmani Grandal went 0-for-3 with a sac fly Thursday in the loss to the Guardians.


Grandal put four balls into play today, none of them hit harder than 78 mph. For the season, he's collected just one extra-base hit and walked only twice in 39 plate appearances. He's swinging more and making worse contact, which doesn't seem like the best of signs for a 33-year-old catcher. Still, it's only 10 games.


White Sox manager Tony La Russa told reporters after Thursday's game against the Guardians that Luis Robert left the contest with a groin injury.


Robert tweaked the groin while attempting to run out a grounder in the eighth inning. The White Sox will assuredly have their star outfielder undergo testing, and there should be a better idea of his status before Friday's series opener against the Twins. LaRussa also mentioned that an injured list stint is very possible, but seemed confident it wasn't a long-term injury. This would be a massive blow for both the White Sox and fantasy managers if Robert has to miss significant time.


Royals recalled RHP Ronald Bolanos from Triple-A Omaha.


Bolanos will jump into the Royals' bullpen for Thursday's series finale against the Twins. The 25-year-old right-hander posted a 1.42 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings for Kansas City last season.