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About Mario Hernandez - RotoBaller

Mario Hernandez - RotoBaller has written 519 articles so far, you can find them below.

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood (ankle) threw off the mound in Arizona on Friday, dispelling the severity of his ankle injury. Wood rolled his ankle during a running drill on Thursday and was sidelined briefly until further tests and X-rays, but he told SportsNet LA's Alanna Rizzo that he could have... Read More

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias (shoulder) posted a video of himself on his Instagram account that shows him throwing for the first time in seven months. The 21-year-old had surgery on his left anterior shoulder capsule last June, which ended his 2017 season. Despite calling the video the "the happiest day of his therapy," he... Read More

Curtis Granderson says he intends to play in 2018, despite rumors that the 36-year-old will retire. The Dodgers acquired him mid-season in the hopes that he could be a power bat, spark plug, anything really. Instead he was the exact opposite. In 36 games, he mustered only 18 hits (seven of which were home runs)... Read More

An era ended on Monday when the Los Angeles Dodgers decided to pay outfielder Andre Ethier a $2.5 million buyout rather than his 2018 option of $17.5 million. He's played for the Dodgers for 12 seasons and is only one of two players (the other being Clayton Kershaw) who's been around for the current five-year playoff run.... Read More

The Los Angeles Dodgers exercised their $8.5 million option on second baseman Logan Forsythe. He was acquired last offseason from the Rays for pitching prospect Jose De Leon. Forsythe didn't fare well in the regular season but came alive in the playoffs. In 37 playoff AB he slashed .297/.435/.351, scoring nine runs and knocking in... Read More

Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said on Tuesday he remained hopeful that shortstop Corey Seager's elbow could heal without surgery. He injured his elbow in late August and injured his back, separately during the playoffs. Seager slashed .295/.375/.479 with 22 HR, 85 R and 77 RBI in his sophomore campaign. Players in... Read More

Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball 0perations Andrew Friedman held an expansive press conference on Tuesday, where he indicated that first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (back) will not only be healthy in time for spring training, but that he will have a full-time role. That's surprising given Gonzalez's down year in 2017 which saw him hit career lows... Read More

The Nationals declined Adam Lind's $5M 2018 option, making him a free agent. The aging slugger surprised a lot of people with his 2017 numbers. He hit .303 with an .875 OPS in 116 games, mostly playing first base and left field. But big bulky sluggers like him are a dime a dozen and only... Read More

Matt Wieters exercised his option and will return in 2018 as likely the primary Nationals catcher. Despite a terrible season that saw him ranked third-lowest in defensive WAR while sporting the third-highest strikeout rate of his career, he should return to his mean next season. He's seen a 20-point drop in batting average every year... Read More

Andy McDonough of The Los Angeles Times tweeted that Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen might be used as a middle-inning fireman to put out any offensive flare-ups by the Astros in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday. Starter Clayton Kershaw is good for 40 to 50 pitches and would presumably close. Alex Wood is... Read More

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is back in his usual lineup spot, batting second in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday against Astros starter Justin Verlander. He batted sixth in Game 1 of the World Series, going 2-for-3 with two singles. Joc Pederson is starting in left field and batting sixth. Chase Utley... Read More

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will bat sixth in the lineup of Tuesday's Game 1 World Series matchup versus the Astros. It's Seager's first game back from a back sprain that kept him off the NLCS roster. He normally bats second. Outfielder Yasiel Puig, who is having a postseason for the ages, is batting cleanup. He's been... Read More

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal welcomed the birth of his baby boy in Arizona over the weekend but has returned to L.A. for Game 1 of the World Series. The starting catcher for much of the season, he's ceded the position to Austin Barnes during the Dodgers' playoff run. Grandal is 0-for-5 in the postseason,... Read More

As expected, Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (back) is back on the World Series roster, along with pitcher Brandon McCarthy. Seager had been left off the NLCS roster due to a back sprain. The two replace Curtis Granderson and Kyle Farmer. Granderson has been terrible in the postseason, going 1-for-15 with eight strikeouts. Farmer is a... Read More

Justin Turner sat out Sunday's team workout, a move designed to keep him fresh for the World Series. He is still expected to start Game 1 on Tuesday. GM Farhan Zaidi described Turner as "banged up" and the day off as necessary for his chronically inflamed knees. Turner will likely DH once the series moves... Read More

Corey Seager took batting practice Sunday in anticipation of his return to action in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Seager wasn't on the NLCS roster due to a back sprain, but will be re-instated for the World Series. He's returned to full baseball activities and will likely slot back into his regular... Read More

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw came out after the sixth inning of the Game 5 win over the Cubs on Thursday in the Championship Series and lines up to start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday in L.A. He'll be on regular rest, which is how he likes it. The Astros and... Read More

Corey Seager will be ready to go for Game 1 of the World Series in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to Dave Roberts. Seager was left off the NLCS roster as he dealt with a back sprain from Game 3 of the NLDS versus Arizona. The Dodgers did fine without him, starting Chris Taylor and... Read More

The Nationals announced on Friday that Daniel Murphy had surgery on his right knee. He intends to rehab in the offseason and there's no word yet on whether or not it will affect his readiness for spring training. Murphy had a typically excellent season, though his strikeouts went up in the final two months. He... Read More

Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports that Shawn Kelley, who was at one point the Nationals closer, received stem-cell injections in his elbow and expects to be healthy in time for the 2018 season. Kelley had bone chips that finally sidelined him in September. Surgery was an option but Kelley avoided it, using the... Read More

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is being rewarded for his three walks in Game 2 by getting to bat cleanup in Game 3 of the Championship Series against the Cubs at Wrigley. The Cuban slugger, who was demoted to the minors just last year, is slashing .438/.571/.875 in the postseason. He's posted career bests in both walks... Read More

Something happened in the ninth inning of Game 2 that had only happened once this season. Kenley Jansen threw back-to-back sliders against Kris Bryant to strike him out. That's notable because he throws almost exclusively cutters. But this year has seen an increased use of his slider, which has made the game's best closer even... Read More

Manager Dave Roberts confirmed that injured first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is recuperating his back at home and preparing himself for spring training in 2018. The veteran lost out on his job this season to rookie sensation Cody Bellinger and went on the DL for the first time in his career. His numbers have been trending... Read More

Corey Seager, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year and starting shortstop for the Dodgers, won't travel with the team to Chicago for Games 4, 5 and 6 (if necessary) of the NLCS. Seager isn't even on the NLCS roster, but was introduced in uniform before Game 1 of the series in L.A. A bad... Read More

Corey Seager has been left off the Dodgers roster for the NLCS versus the Cubs. He tweaked his back during Game 3 of the NLDS and was previously listed as day-to-day. The move means Seager is unavailable until the World Series, provided the Dodgers advance. Seager is the reigning Rookie of the Year and was... Read More

A fully rested Clayton Kershaw will take the mound Saturday against the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles. He'll face Jose Quintana and a beleaguered Cubs lineup that barely survived a grueling five-game series against the Nationals. Unsurprisingly, the team's two best hitters, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, have had the most success against Kershaw (.400... Read More

Enrique Hernandez took grounders at shortstop during practice on Friday, along with Chris Taylor and Charlie Culberson, in anticipation of a possible absence at short by Corey Seager. Seager is day-to-day with back issues, though Dave Roberts says he's getting better. Roberts also mentioned earlier in the playoffs that Hernandez would start in left field... Read More

Corey Seager didn't work out for the second day in a row on Friday. Dave Roberts said that Seager's "back's been barking" and that his status for Saturday's Game 1 versus the Cubs in L.A. is uncertain. He indicated it was a "muscular issue" and that Seager is "getting better". Chris Taylor or Logan Forsythe... Read More

Corey Seager didn't work out with the Dodgers on Thursday. He tweaked his back on a slide in Game 3 of the NLDS and is considered day-to-day. The Dodgers begin the NLCS at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, though it's still unknown if they will face the Cubs or the Nationals. Seager still hasn't caught fire... Read More

Gio Gonzalez has been named the starter of Game 5 of the NLDS for the Nationals. He faced the same team in Game 2 on September 9, giving up three earned runs, with six strikeouts and two walks, over five innings. The heart of the Cubs lineup did most of the damage, with Anthony Rizzo... Read More

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