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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.

Raisel Iglesias. (Photo: Brandon Wade/AP)

Apr 26, 2022

Mets recalled RHP Yoan López from Triple-A Syracuse.

López served as the Mets' 29th man last week for a doubleheader against the Giants, but didn't end up making an appearance in the twin-bill. He's been brought back to provide New York with a fresh bullpen arm moving forward.

Dodgers released LHP Darien Núñez.

Núñez was designated for assignment last weekend and has been officially cut loose by the Dodgers. The 29-year-old left-hander, who is scheduled to undergo Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery, made six relief appearances last year at the major-league level. He's expected to miss the remainder of the 2022 campaign and be sidelined for a portion of the 2023 season as well.

Raisel Iglesias fired a scoreless ninth with a strikeout to get a save on Monday against the Guardians.

This was an easy one for Iglesias. He only had to throw seven pitches -- six of them for strikes -- to procure his third save of the year while lowing his ERA 1.29. It's still amazing to think how little the Angels had to give up to get a hurler of his talent last winter, as Iglesias is clearly one of the best stoppers in the sport right now.

Adolis García drove in three runs on Monday in a 6-2 win over the Astros.

García, 29, drove in all three runs in the eighth with a double that cleared the bases. The 29-year-old was hitting second on Monday, and the two-hit game may see him back in that spot going forward. There were flashes of brilliance for García in his rookie campaign, but he's a very risky fantasy option going forward.

Yordan Álvarez blasted a solo homer in a loss to the Rangers on Monday.

Álvarez gave the Astros a 1-0 lead with a solo homer off Dane Dunning. It's the fourth of the year for the slugger, and it's worth pointing out that he's played just 11 games because of his stint on the IL. Álvarez is still hitting just .176, but the hits should start falling soon. He's way too good a hitter for them not to come in bunches in the coming weeks, if not days.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered and doubled in a second straight game Monday against the Red Sox.

Gurriel hit his first homer and doubled Sunday in the loss to the Astros. He's up to .297/.329/.469 with 10 RBI in 17 games this season.

Apr 25, 2022

Rusney Castillo has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.

Castillo inked a minor league contract with the Nationals earlier this year, but was released before appearing in a game at Triple-A Rochester. The 34-year-old outfielder, who signed a massive seven-year, $72.5 million contract with the Red Sox back in 2014, spent the 2021 campaign with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. He last appeared in the majors back in 2016.

Apr 24, 2022

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. collected his first homer and doubled Sunday against the Astros.

Everything worked out for Gurriel today. In the eighth, he made an ugly sliding stab at Michael Brantley's liner to left and then had to run back to the wall to track it down. Fortunately, he unleashed a terrific throw from there, nailing Brantley as he tried to take third. The nice game put Gurriel at .283/.318/.400 for the season.

Yadiel Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI on Sunday in the Nationals' loss to the Giants.

Hernandez put the Nationals on the scoreboard with an RBI single to center field in the opening frame before taking Giants' ace Logan Webb deep for a two-run shot in the third inning. It was his first round-tripper of the season. The 34-year-old outfielder doesn't possess a ton of relevance for fantasy managers, but he's off to a hot start, slashing .333/.361/.485 across 36 plate appearances.

Yandy Díaz slugged a solo homer Sunday, leading the Rays to a 5-2 victory over the Red Sox.

Díaz plated a key insurance run for the Rays in the seventh inning with a solo shot to right-center field -- his first round-tripper of the season -- off Red Sox' lefty reliever Jake Diekman. The 30-year-old corner infielder has always possessed plenty of raw power, but hasn't put the ball in the air consistently enough to hit for a ton of over-the-fence power. He's off to a nice start at the dish this season, hitting .286/.412/.405 with seven runs scored, one homer and three RBI in 51 plate appearances.



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