Matt LaPorta 1B BAL 1 Month
Orioles signed 1B/OF Matt LaPorta to a minor league contract.
He'll presumably receive an invitation to spring training. A former first-round bust, LaPorta was either injured or at Triple-A in 2013, batting .238/.310/.476 with 10 homers in 44 International League games. He's merely organizational depth.
Matt LaPorta 1B BAL 4 Months
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer writes that Matt LaPorta's career with the Indians could be over.
LaPorta, 28, became a minor league free agent earlier this month and it's unclear whether the Indians intend to bring him back. The former top prospect was limited to 57 games in the minors this season after hip surgery and owns a disappointing .238/.301/.393 batting line in the majors.
Matt LaPorta 1B BAL 12 Months
Indians optioned RHPs Trey Haley, CC Lee and Danny Salazar, LHP T.J. House and OF Tim Fedroff to Triple-A Columbus and reassigned 1B Matt LaPorta, RHP Fernando Nieve and C Roberto Perez to minor league camp.
No surprises here. LaPorta was probably already a longshot to make the team even if his surgically-repaired hips hadn't kept him out of Grapefruit League play. He'll continue his rehab in minor league camp.
Matt LaPorta 1B BAL Feb 13 '13
Matt LaPorta (hip) will not begin playing in Grapefruit League games until mid-March.
LaPorta is recovering from hip surgery and isn't quite ready to go at it full-bore. He should have no problem being ready by Opening Day, but he's not a good bet to crack the Opening Day roster. "Opening Day is not the finish line for him," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "And he knows that."
Matt LaPorta 1B BAL Feb 10 '13
Matt LaPorta admitted Sunday that his surgically-repaired left hip was an issue for him throughout the season.
The condition was so bad that LaPorta wondered some morning how he was able to walk. The 28-year-old had a procedure on the hip in October and enters spring training ready to go, but he'll have to fight for a roster spot after being removed from the 40-man roster over the winter.
Matt LaPorta 1B BAL Oct 18 '12
Matt LaPorta underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left hip Thursday.
LaPorta will need three to four months of recovery time, but is expected to be healthy in time for spring training. The former top prospect batted .241 (14-for-58) with one home run, five RBI and a 17/1 K/BB ratio in 22 games with the Indians this season and will enter next year out of options.
Matt LaPorta 1B BAL Sep 13 '12
Matt LaPorta had a terrific day at the plate in Thursday's victory over the Rangers, going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer.
The 27-year-old former top prospect is again struggling to make the most of his opportunity with the big club, hitting just .237 with a homer and three RBI in his first 38 at-bats. There's still plenty of potential here, but his window to make an impact is closing quickly.