Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 12, 2011 @ 11:49:36 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Kendry Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendry Morales (leg) is fully recovered from a broken leg suffered in late May, reports Anthony Castrovince, of MLB.com. The switch-hitting Morales will be back to the middle of the order in 2011, and he now has OF Vernon Wells to provide some protection in the lineup.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins general manager Bill Smith said Friday, Feb. 11, that 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) has begun baseball activities, and he is expected to report to spring training with the rest of the position players Feb. 22, reports John Shipley, of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. "He's doing well," Smith said. "He has begun baseball activity -- hitting, fielding, throwing -- and continues to work out and make good progress, so we look forward to seeing him in Fort Myers." Smith said the team wants Morneau ready by the April 1 regular season opener, while manager Ron Gardenhire added that he expects Morneau to be ready to play in spring games.

1B | James Loney | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $4.875 million contract with 1B James Loney, according to Tony Jackson, of ESPNLosAngeles.com.


Second Baseman

2B | Ronnie Belliard | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees finalized minor league contracts with 2B Ronnie Belliard, 3B Eric Chavez and RP Warner Madrigal Friday, Feb. 11, reports The Associated Press.

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (foot) reported early to spring training camp Friday, Feb. 11, reports The Associated Press. Pedroia said his broken left foot is fully heaed. "My foot's repaired," Pedroia said. "There's a screw in there that's holding everything together. So, it's a ton better. I feel great. There's not going to be any setback or anything like that."


Shortstop

SS | Osvaldo Martinez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SS Osvaldo Martinez, blocked at his natural position of shortstop by SS Hanley Ramirez, is likely to start the season at Triple-A New Orleans, reports Joe Frisaro, of MLB.com. The addition of 2B Omar Infante further decreases Martinez's chance of making the club out of spring training.


Third Baseman

3B | Eric Chavez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Eric Chavez was taking grounders at the team's minor league complex Friday, Feb. 11, as he looks for a fresh start after several injury-plagued seasons, reports Bryan Hoch, of MLB.com. "That's the only reason why I'm here, to be honest with you," Chavez said. "I've tried everything else, seen all the doctors, done all the therapy. I'm just kind of hoping a change of scenery really does some good."

3B | Kevin Youkilis | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis will not be restricted during spring training because his thumb injury is completely healed, reports Peter Abraham, of The Boston Globe.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (knee) has been encouraged with the rehab from his knee injury but he will learn more about the stability of his knee once he begins lateral movements when he starts fielding ground balls, reports Mark Bowman, of MLB.com.


Catcher

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana (knee) is recovered from left knee surgery, and he is back to full baseball activity in time for the start of spring training, reports Anthony Castrovince, of MLB.com.


Outfielder

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury (ribs) is fully recovered from fractured ribs which forced him to the 15-day disabled list three times in 2010, reports Anthony Castrovince, of MLB.com. A healthy Ellsbury, with newcomer OF Carl Crawford, might form one of the most dangerous speed-threat combinations in recent memory.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay (concussion) is fully recovered from a concussions suffered last season, reports Anthony Castrovince, of MLB.com. Bay is ready to report to the team's spring complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and he is back to focusing purely on baseball and the plate adjustments it will take for him to regain his power stroke.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) has resumed baseball activities at the team's spring training complex, and he is expected to play in Cactus League games by mid-March, reports Anthony Castrovince, of MLB.com. His status for Opening Day is still in doubt, but the Indians hope to have a healthy Sizemore making an impact at the top of the order some time in the regular season's first few weeks.

OF | Milton Bradley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Milton Bradley won't face criminal chargers stemming from his arrest in January, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. Bradley's attorney released a statement Friday, Feb. 11, saying the allegations against Bradley were investigated by both the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles City Attorney's Office and both agencies determined there was no basis to file charges from the Jan. 18 incident at the player's home.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper enters his first spring camp with a lot of media attention, and he is shooting for a September call-up to make his major league debut, reports Bill Ladson, of MLB.com. All indications are that Harper will play in the big leagues within two years. He is expected to start his pro career with Class A Hagerstown. "I want to go out there, try to get better, learn from all the big league guys, see how they approach the game and how they go about their business," Harper said.

OF | Raul Ibanez | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Raul Ibanez is hopeful of having a rebound season after a disappointing 2010 campaign, reports The Associated Press. Ibanez had offseason sports hernia surgery coming into 2010, and never appeared to be himself. This offseason, the veteran has focused on strengthening his legs and his core, which will help with his balance at the plate. "When you fall short of what your personal expectations are or what your teams expectations are, it is definitely a strong motivating factor," Ibanez said.

OF | Mike Cameron | Boston Red Sox | Injury
Boston Red Sox OF Mike Cameron will not be restricted during spring training because his groin injury is healed, reports Peter Abraham, of The Boston Globe.

OF | Martin Prado | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Martin Prado (oblique, hip) will be able participate with pitchers and catchers once spring training starts since he ended last season with an injury, reports Mark Bowman, of MLB.com. Prado likely will use the extra time to get a better feel of playing in left field.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright is scheduled to start the first exhibition game of spring training on Monday, Feb. 28, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold.

SP | Jason Marquis | Washington Nationals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Washington Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty told The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore the Nationals rotation has four favorites out front in SPs Livan Hernandez, John Lannan, Jason Marquis and Jordan Zimmermann. After that, everything is fluid. "I can't say those four are set in stone," McCatty said. "I don't want to make it seem like that. Those are the names that have come up in discussions." SP Tom Gorzelanny has been mentioned as a possible fifth starter.

SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Washington Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty told The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore the Nationals rotation has four favorites out front in SPs Livan Hernandez, John Lannan, Jason Marquis and Jordan Zimmermann. After that, everything is fluid. "I can't say those four are set in stone," McCatty said. "I don't want to make it seem like that. Those are the names that have come up in discussions." SP Tom Gorzelanny has been mentioned as a possible fifth starter.

SP | A.J. Burnett | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild believes SP A.J. Burnett can be turned around for the 2011 season, according to Anthony McCarron of The New York Daily News. "He's a guy who's had success, he's a guy with good stuff," Rothschild said. "His arm is healthy and his head's in a good spot."

SP | Kevin Millwood | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Yankees are still considering signing free-agent SP Kevin Millwood (Orioles), reports Jon Heyman, of SI.com.

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein is pleased with the condition of SPs Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka, who were playing catch at the team's spring facility Friday, Feb. 11, reports Peter Abraham, of The Boston Globe. "It's nice to see these guys out here," Epstein said. "Every single one of them looks to be in improved condition."

SP | Jeff Francis | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Jeff Francise (shoulder) deal with shoulder injuries in 2010 with the Colorado Rockies, limiting his effectiveness, but he is healthy heading into spring training, reports Anthony Castrovince, of MLB.com. "Our medical team is comfortable with where he is," general manager Dayton Moore said. "He pitched last year and finished the season on the active list. Your first year back, you're always going to have some potential uncertainties, but those fears have been removed and we're very comfortable moving forward and having him as part of our rotation."

SP | Erik Bedard | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Erik Bedard (shoulder) is recovered from a left shoulder injury which cost him all of 2010, reports Anthony Castrovince, of MLB.com.

SP | Brad Penny | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Brad Penny (back) is expected to be used as the team's No. 5 starter, as he looks to bounce back from a back injury which limited him to nine starts in 2010 with the St. Louis Cardinals, reports Anthony Castrovince, of MLB.com.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (lat) is expected to have an MRI and let doctors evaluate his injury during the early going of spring training, reports Anthony Castrovince, of MLB.com. Peavy is recovering from a rare surgery to repair a detached lat muscle in his right shoulder. "I want to come into camp and be ready for Opening Day like the other guys," Peavy said. "What we are going to do is have an MRI and let our doctors look at it and evaluate where we are from there."

SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle Lohse arrived at the team's spring training complex three days before workouts for pitchers and catchers are officially scheduled to start, reports Matthew Leach, of MLB.com. Lohse arrived Friday, Feb. 11, and started to throw lightly. He is expected to throw from a mound Saturday, Feb. 12. "I've thrown five times at home," Lohse said. "Usually I'm in a couple days early, enough to get one [bullpen session] in before [camp officially starts]. Nothing new, really."

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said Friday, Feb. 11, that SP Johan Santana (shoulder) has started throwing a baseball at his home in Fort Myers, Fla., reports Anthony DiComo, of MLB.com. Warthen said Santana has played catch three times, his first throwing activity since September surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder.

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks started a throwing program well before pitchers and catchers are to report to spring training in Arizona, reports Mark Gonzales, of the Chicago Tribune. Danks added five pounds, and said his weight is distributed better. "I started working out before Thanksgiving," Danks said. "I'm trying to put myself in position to pitch a few more complete games this year." Danks agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal in mid-January to avoid arbitration.

SP | Bartolo Colon | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees finalized minor league contracts with SPs Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia Friday, Feb. 11, as well as RP Luis Ayala, reports The Associated Press.


Relief Pitcher

RP | J.P. Howell | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Rays RP J.P. Howell (shoulder) isn't expected to return until May or June from surgery on his left shoulder, MLB.com's Bill Chastain reports. Howell figures to join the mix in the team's potential closer-by-committee approach during the season.

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