Chris Denorfia OF CHC 1 day ago

Denorfia (hamstring) will take on-field batting practice Monday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

He does not want to speculate about whether he will be ready for Opening Day, but even if he is able to get right in time for the start of the regular season Denorfia's role as a utility outfielder will limit his fantasy value.

Chris Denorfia OF CHC 5 days ago

Denorfia is nursing a sore hamstring and manager Joe Maddon said his Opening Day availability is in jeopardy, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

Denorfia hasn't played in an official spring game in over a week -- he did make an appearance in a "B" game back on the 21st -- and this explains why. With Denorfia in danger of missing the start of the year as a result of the injury, Junior Lake could be a dark horse candidate to make the team and earn some starts against left-handed pitching early on.

Chris Denorfia OF CHC 6 days ago

Though Denorfia appears to be a lock to make the Cubs, he hasn't played in over a week.

No injury has been reported, but Denorfia's last appearance in a game came on Mar. 17. Though he could find himself in a platoon with Chris Coghlan this year and is a veteran, one would think he would accidentally get into a game in the final weeks of the exhibition season.

Chris Denorfia OF CHC 3 months ago

Denorfia has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Cubs, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

On a team like the Cubs, good veterans are important in a clubhouse to show the rookies and second year players how to be professionals, and that will likely be Denorfia's primary role. He has a .292 career average against lefties, and is capable of playing all three outfield spots, but it is in the Cubs' best interest to give most of the at-bats to the young pieces on the roster, meaning Denorfia will likely start the majority of games in 2015 in the dugout.

Chris Denorfia OF CHC 7 months ago

Denorfia hit his first home run as a Mariner and got on base four times in Thursday's 10-2 demolition of the Rangers.

In addition to hitting his second homer of the season, Denorfia doubled, drew a pair of walks and scored three runs. A heck of a nice game for a guy who hadn't picked up a hit since Aug. 23.

Chris Denorfia OF CHC 7 months ago

Denorfia (neck) is in the lineup at designated hitter Sunday against the Nationals, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Denorfia had gone unused for the previous five games after reporting neck stiffness earlier in the week. The Mariners will ease him back to action by getting him some at-bats at DH, but it shouldn't be long before he returns to right field duties. He'll likely be used in something of a platoon with Endy Chavez and James Jones in the outfield.

Chris Denorfia OF CHC 7 months ago

Denorfia (neck) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Nationals, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Denorfia is set to miss a fifth straight start Saturday as a result of neck stiffness. This may very well have been a DL situation earlier in the season, but the upcoming roster expansion will allow the Mariners the flexibility to wait several more days to see how he progresses.

Chris Denorfia OF CHC 7 months ago

Denorfia (neck) did not play in Wednesday's game against the Rangers.

Although manager Lloyd McClendon said Denorfia "probably could play" Wednesday, the 34-year-old ended up sitting out a second straight day due to neck stiffness. Given his progress and the fact that he'll be afforded another day of rest with the team off Thursday, it seems likely Denorfia will be available for Friday's series opener against Washington.

Chris Denorfia OF CHC 7 months ago

Denorfia's neck has improved, and manager Lloyd McClendon said that the outfielder "probably could play" Wednesay, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News-Tribune reports.

Denorfia was scratched from the lineup Tuesday due to a stiff neck, but the ailment has subsided, resulting in his (likely) available status going forward. Since he was trade to the Mariners at the trade deadline, he's posted a .244/.271/.311 line with three RBI and four runs in 45 at-bats.

Chris Denorfia OF CHC 7 months ago

Denorfia was a late scratch Tuesday with a stiff neck, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

It doesn't sound like Denorfia's ailment is very serious, but he's not much of a fantasy option, despite finding his way into the Mariners' lineup most days. Endy Chavez will get the start in right field and Denorfia should be considered day-to-day.