Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 9, 2011 @ 09:18:25 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) began hitting in the cage and fielding drills early last week, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Joe Christensen reports.

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols is planning on reporting to spring training Wednesday, Feb. 16, making that the deadline for his contract extension, according to

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez (shoulder) is expected to arrive at the team's spring complex Wednesday, Feb. 9, according to's Gordon Edes. However, Gonzalez does not expect to swing a bat until around March 1. The team thinks he will be ready for opening day if he can get into games by March 20. "Every guideline that the doctor has given us we've been able to reach it," Gonzalez said. "The motion, the mobility, all of the things that are incorporated in the healing process have been feeling great. There's still just a tiny bit of stiffness, which is expected, but the strength is there."

1B | Carlos Delgado | free agent | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent 1B Carlos Delgado (hip) has been swinging a bat and participating in a running program as he attempts to return to baseball, according to's Jesse Sanchez. "The rehab is coming along, and I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing," Delgado said. "I would say within the next couple of weeks I will have a better idea of when I'm going to be ready because we are going to start sprinting a little bit and I'm going to take batting practice a little bit more often. Right now, it's every other day or every two days just because you just go gradually into it."

Second Baseman

2B | Oscar Salazar | San Diego Padres | Transaction
The San Diego Padres outrighted 2B Oscar Salazar to the minors Monday, Feb. 7, according to

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley is unlikely to make his major league debut until June, according to The Seattle Times' Larry Stone.

2B | Jeff Keppinger | Houston Astros | Injury
Updating previous reports, Houston Astros IF Jeff Keppinger (toe) is likely to miss the first month of the season due to toe surgery, the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine reports.

2B | Aaron Miles | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed free-agent 2B Aaron Miles (Cardinals) to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, reports Tony Jackson, of Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


SS | Jason Bartlett | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday, Feb. 8, that SS Jason Bartlett, 2B Orlando Hudson and OF Cameron Maybin are candidates for the leadoff spot, reports Dan Hayes, of the North County Times.

SS | Alex Cintron | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Free Agents
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent SS Alex Cintron (Mets) to a minor league contract Tuesday, Feb. 8, reports Jon Heyman, of

SS | Danny Worth | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers SS Danny Worth (heel) will enter spring training at full health, according to's Jason Beck.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy said OF Dexter Fowler will lead off this year, OF Carlos Gonzalez will hit third and SS Troy Tulowitzki will hit fourth, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck. 1B Todd Helton, 3B Ian Stewart, 1B Ty Wigginton, 2B Jose Lopez and OF Seth Smith are all candidates to hit fifth.

SS | Angel Sanchez | Houston Astros | Injury
Houston Astros general manager Ed Wade said SS Angel Sanchez (rib cage) is dealing with a rib cage strain, according to the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine. Sanchez is receiving treatment at the team's spring training facility. The team is hoping he can be ready for the first full-squad workouts.

Third Baseman

3B | Andy LaRoche | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics have invited 20 non-roster players to spring training, according to's Jane Lee. Among those on the invitation list are OF's Matt Carson, Jai Miller and Michael Choice; C's Anthony Recker and Max Stassi, SS Grant Green, 2B Jemile Weeks, 3B's Wes Timmons and Andy LaRoche, SS Josh Horton; RP's Fernando Cabrera, Vinnie Chulk, Gabe DeHoyos and Willie Eyre; and P's Joe Bateman, Danny Farquhar and Yadel Marti.

3B | Casey Blake | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he is uncertain how the lineup will shake out, according to's Ken Gurnick. 3B Casey Blake is a candidate to hit second behind SS Rafael Furcal, but nothing is set in stone. Anticipated platoons at catcher and in left field also make Mattingly's decision harder. "And in a perfect world, you'd like to leave Andre and Matt in a stable position (third and fourth) and not mess with them in the order. But you want protection for Matt. It could be Juan Uribe, it could be James Loney. Uribe has done about everything. He's led off, he's hit second, he's the kind of hitter you can tinker with. Blake is an interesting guy in the two-hole. He hits the other way, he can take a pitch and with Raffy in there, he gives us a lefty-righty at the top against right-handers. Jamey Carroll, when he plays, can hit in either spot. If (Tony) Gwynn is in the lineup, he could be up there," Mattingly said.

3B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said the team is not looking at trading for Texas Rangers 3B Michael Young, according to's Jason Beck. The Tigers are happy with their current candidates to play second base. The Tigers are also on Young's no-trade list.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (ankles) has yet to begin a running program after undergoing two ankle surgeries this offseason, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright thinks the lawsuit against the team will affect the clubhouse this year, according to's Adam Rubin. "I don't think that you can sit here and say that it's going to have no effect on the clubhouse when you're talking about kind of the family - really, the head of the family," Wright said.


C | Kevin Calderon | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians signed 16-year-old Dominican C Kevin Calderon to a deal that includes an $80,000 signing bonus, The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes reports.

C | Hector Taveras | Washington Nationals | Transaction
Washington Nationals C Hector Taveras received a 25-game suspension Tuesday, Feb. 8, for violating the minor league Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. According to Bill Ladson of, the suspension of Taveras, who is currently on the Nationals' Gulf Coast League team, will be effective at the start of the 2011 season.

C | Russell Martin | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees C Russell Martin (knee) is scheduled to resume catching drills Wednesday, Feb. 9, for the first time since undergoing knee surgery in December, according to The Associated Press. He has been taking batting practice and throwing at the team's spring complex since late January. "I think I'll be ready for the season, for sure," Martin said. "I'm not completely 100 percent. Still have some range of motion left in the knee (to work on)." Martin said his right hip is not a problem anymore.

C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Jarrod Saltalamacchia said that the team has told him he will be the starting catcher this year, according to's Gordon Edes. "They've said the starting job is mine. Whether it's three days a week, four days a week, whatever, I don't know. I'm not really worried about it. My job is the pitchers, to go out there and help them get through their game. When I get to the plate, do my job in whatever way the situation calls for," Saltalamacchia said.

C | Bengie Molina | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent C Bengie Molina (Rangers) said he is still unsure if he wants to play in 2011, according to Newsday's Ken Davidoff.

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann now weighs 222 pounds after being listed at 230 pounds last year, according to The Associated Press' Charles Odum.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana (knee) has been cleared to resume all on-field activities after undergoing knee surgery last year, according to The Associated Press. He has received the green light to take batting practice and catch. Santana will start position-specific agility drills and baserunning next week. He is on schedule to play in spring training games during the first week.

C | Te Wara Bishop | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox signed C Te Wara Bishop to an undisclosed contract, The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham reports. Bishop is a 17-year-old softball player from New Zealand. "We have been impressed by his abilities behind the plate, he has excellent hands and a strong throwing arm, and with instruction from our Red Sox coaches, we are confident he can make the appropriate changes from softball to baseball," Red Sox Pacific Rim scout Jon Deeble said.

C | Robby Hammock | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Free Agents
The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed free-agent C Robby Hammock (Yankees) to a minor league contract, reports Steve Gilbert, of Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia has been working out at the team's spring training complex since Jan. 3, according to Arencibia will compete for the team's starting catching spot this year.


OF | Will Venable | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday, Feb. 8, that OF Will Venable is expected to get a long look as the leadoff hitter in Spring Training, reports Dan Hayes, of the North County Times.

OF | Martin Prado | Atlanta Braves | Injury
Atlanta Braves OF Martin Prado (hip) took batting practice at Turner Field a few days ago with manager Fredi Gonzalez throwing the pitches, reports David O'Brien, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Looked good, really good," Gonzalez said. Prado suffered a hip injury at the end of the regular season and he missed the playoffs.

OF | Juan Rivera | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays might be looking to trade OF Juan Rivera, according to major league sources, reports Ken Rosenthal, of Rivera was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the deal for OF Vernon Wells. Rivera currently projects as a reserve for the team heading into Spring Training.

OF | Elvis Rubio | free agent | Free Agents
The Milwaukee Brewers are close to signing OF Elvis Rubio, a 17-year-old Dominican, according to's Adam McCalvy. Rubio would likely receive a $95,000 signing bonus.

OF | Travis Snider | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Travis Snider is expecting to receive a chance to play more often this year, according to's Gregor Chrisholm. "I've had a few great conversations with John already," Snider said. "I know the opportunities are going to be there to play more often. Hopefully it will be in an everyday situation. That's their goal for me - to be an everyday player - and that's something I'll have to continue to work towards and earn."

OF | Leslie Anderson | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays designated OF Leslie Anderson for assignment Tuesday, Feb. 8, according to the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) has been running and taking swings, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. Sizemore is hoping to play in spring training games by mid-March, and he is not being ruled out for opening day. He is a little bit behind C Carlos Santana (knee).

OF | Justin Ruggiano | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays have designated OF Justin Ruggiano for assignment, according to Ruggiano, the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin reports.

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies hitting coach Greg Gross has been working with OF Domonic Brown on refining his swing, the Philadelphia Daily News' David Murphy reports. "It was just the position he was in to get started - and that wasn't that bad, either," Gross said. "It was just the timing of when he got to the place where he was ready to swing. Then (his hands) would drop even more and he'd be late."

OF | Jason Bourgeois | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros signed OF Jason Bourgeois and P Aneury Rodriguez to one-year deals worth $423,000 and $414,000 in the major leagues, respectively, the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine reports. Bourgeois played some second base in winter ball as well.

OF | J.D. Drew | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Boston Red Sox OF J.D. Drew (hamstring) said the problem area resides just above his left hamstring and below his gluteus muscle, an area that hasn't been able to receive enough blood flow to promote the healing process,'s Rob Bradford reports. He sought out PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy in December, a measure which thins out the existing blood and replaces it with blood which will better promote the healing process. Drew also said he could retire following the 2011 season so he and his wife could do missionary work. "My desire is to play this year to the fullest and if I end up walking away, great," Drew said.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (illness) said he regained the weight he lost when he was suffering from pneumonia earlier this offseason, according to's Richard Durrett. Hamilton is at 233 pounds but would like to gain five to seven pounds before spring training.

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman (knee) said he tried to return too soon last year after surgery on his left knee, according to's Stan McNeal. However, Berkman says his knees are completely healthy heading into this season. "My knees are structurally perfect," Berkman said. "What I have is a little wear and tear under the knee cap. I'm not concerned at all about playing the outfield."

Starting Pitcher

SP | Jarrod Washburn | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Former Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jarrod Washburn may be ready to retire, according to's Gerry Spratt. Washburn has told people he would pitch for only two teams, the Mariners or the Minnesota Twins.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton enters Spring Training in a battle for the fifth spot in the rotation, reports Jenifer Langosch, of Morton worked out in the Dominican League during the winter and he has renewed confidence after two of the three starts went well.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Fantasy
An American League source said New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia has lost about 30 pounds this winter and looks great, reports Buster Olney, of ESPN. Sabathia has lost the weight to aid with past knee trouble.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SP Johan Santana (shoulder) has been simulating throwing motions doing other exercises besides throwing a baseball, according to's Adam Rubin. Santana has been using a "pitch-back" type of netting and is throwing a weighted ball against it.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (lat) said he still needs to build up more arm strength before the start of the season, according to's Scott Merkin. "It's taking longer than I would expect to get my arm strength back, but I don't think anybody's arm strength is there at this point," said Peavy, who had to find his arm slot again while working in November and December, instead of just easing back into throwing. "I hope Spring Training builds that up. Past that, I don't have any hesitation." Peavy plans to spend more time stretching and getting loose this year to avoid another injury.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Ubaldo Jimenez has been working on refining his mechanics this offseason,'s Jack Etkin reports. Jimenez went 15-1 with a 2.20 ERA before the All-Star break but just 4-7 with a 3.80 ERA in the second half. His walks per nine innings rose from 3.3 before the break to 4.4 afterward, and his hits per nine innings went from 6.2 to 7.3. Jimenez said he tried to do more than he was capable of doing in the second half. If he gave up a leadoff walk, he tried too hard not to allow them to score. Pitching coach Bob Apodaca said Jimenez would try to throw pitches nastier and tried to be too perfect. The results show up in Jimenez's mechanics and, hence, location. As he hurried his body faster, Apodaca said Jimenez would rotate more in his delivery and fall off the mound with greater frequency.

SP | Casey Crosby | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers SP Casey Crosby (elbow) is ready to resume a promising career after he missed most of last season due to swelling in his left elbow, The Detroit News' Lynn Henning reports. Crosby has cleaned up his delivery, which is thought to be the cause of his elbow injury that led to 2007 Tommy John surgery. "His repertoire hasn't changed," Jon Matlack, a roving minor league instructor for the Tigers, said. "His velocity has been up to 97 since Day 1. That's not going away. His breaking ball is better, and his changeup, which was probably non-existent when he first arrived, has become a third pitch."

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes attributed his second-half struggles to fatigue and shying away from using his changeup, the New York Post's Brian Costello reports. After going 11-2 with a 3.65 ERA in the first half of 2010, Hughes went 7-6 with a 4.90 ERA in the second half. Hughes said he got away from throwing his changeup when he was having success early in the year, and then couldn't find the pitch when he needed it later in the season.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Monday, Feb. 7, that the pitcher who ends up sixth in the rotation spot battle might end up in the bullpen, reports John Fay, of The Cincinnati Enquirer. SPs Homer Bailey, Mike Leake and Travis Wood are competing for the fourth and fifth spot, with the odd-man out either going to Triple-A or the bullpen. "One of them could definitely end up in the bullpen," Jocketty said. "We're going to need someone down there to give us some innings. They are all capable of doing that."

SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia has reported to training camp looking stronger than he did last season, reports Joe Strauss, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Cardinals shut down Garcia last season after pitching 163 innings as a rookie.

SP | Phil Coke | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers agreed to one-year deals with SP Phil Coke, P Lester Oliveros, P Jose Ortega, P Brayan Villarreal, P Duane Below, P Charles Furbush, OF Ryan Strieby and IF Audy Ciriaco Monday, Feb. 7, according to The Sports Network. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Casey Fossum | New York Mets | Transaction, Free Agents
The New York Mets signed free-agent RP Casey Fossum (Japanese League) to a minor league deal,'s Adam Rubin reports.

RP | Dale Thayer | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets have signed RP Dale Thayer (Rays) to a minor league contract, according to Jon Paul Morosi of The deal does not come with an invitation to spring training. Financial terms were not disclosed.

RP | Elmer Dessens | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants have signed free-agent RP Elmer Dessens (Mets) to a minor league contract, according to's Jim Street. While financial terms weren't announced, it is believed the deal includes an invitation to spring training.

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday, Feb. 8, that RP Bobby Parnell will be the team's primary setup man in the eighth inning, reports Adam Rubin, of "I'm here to do that. I'm here to be in the eight inning and hand that ball to K-Rod," Parnell said. "I'm excited for it. And to actually hear it come from Terry is a definite blessing, and I'm ready for it."

RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox signed free-agent RP Alfredo Aceves (Yankees) to a major league deal Tuesday, Feb. 8, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham. Aceves' deal is worth $650,000 with $200,000 guaranteed. The deal also includes incentives based on how much he pitches.

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly showed confidence that RP Jonathan Broxton will bounce back in 2011, according to's Ken Gurnick. "For me, that was a blip on the radar," Mattingly said of Broxton's late collapse. "He's been solid his whole career until he had a bad second half. He also was an All-Star. But in the second half, it became a snowball and he wasn't able to stop it. But that goes for a lot of guys on the team in the second half, they weren't able to stop it either. We've talked and he's in good spirits. (Pitching coach Rick) Honeycutt has talked to him and we're all convinced he's ready to go and get back to what he was."

RP | Roque Mercedes | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers outrighted P Roque Mercedes to Triple-A Nashville Tuesday, Feb. 8, according to's Evan Drellich. Mercedes will still be invited to spring training.

RP | Craig Kimbrel | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated Monday, Feb. 7, that RPs Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters might share the closer's job in 2011, reports David O'Brien, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

RP | Chad Durbin | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent RP Chad Durbin (Phillies) has some offers from teams that are not projected to make the playoffs, but he is hoping to play for a contending team, sources told Ken Rosenthal, of

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Frank Francisco is considered the early favorite to win the closer's job entering spring training, reports Gregor Chisholm, of

RP | David Riske | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles signed free-agent RP David Riske (Brewers) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training Monday, Feb. 7, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec.

RP | J.P. Howell | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury
Tampa Bay Rays RP J.P. Howell (shoulder) could be used in save situations if he is able to make a successful return from shoulder surgery, according to's Bill Chastain.

RP | Koji Uehara | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Koji Uehara is entering spring training as the team's closer, reports Brittany Ghiroli, of

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