Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 15, 2011 @ 08:48:52 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Kendry Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendry Morales (leg, ankle) said he is feeling some tightness in his ankle when he runs and is not sure if he will be ready for the start of the regular season, reports Mark Saxon, of ESPNLosAngeles.com. Morales said he does not feel any pain when taking batting practice.


Second Baseman

2B | Omar Infante | Florida Marlins | Injury
Florida Marlins 2B Omar Infante (gall bladder) has been slowed after having an emergency surgery on his gall bladder Dec. 16, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Juan C. Rodriguez reports. Infante said he is able to run and hit, but he has only been doing so for two weeks.

2B | Freddy Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez (shoulder) reiterated his belief Monday, Feb. 14, that he will be 100 percent by the second week of camp, reports Henry Schulman, of the San Francisco Chronicle.


Shortstop

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said SS Derek Jeter will continue to be their leadoff hitter, ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews reports.

SS | Maicer Izturis | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said 3B Maicer Izturis will be the leadoff man if he wins the bulk of playing time at third base, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer.

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar (knee) said he is fine after undergoing knee surgery this offseason, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer. "I'm able to go full speed again," Aybar said. "I feel great. I was running a lot on the beach, and worked with Tejada for a month and a half. He's a good guy to be around, with all of his experience."

SS | Jack Wilson | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SS Jack Wilson lost 12 pounds this offseason and is down to 184 pounds, according to The Tacoma News Tribune's Larry LaRue.


Third Baseman

3B | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays and 3B Jose Bautista have had their arbitration hearing postponed until Friday, Feb. 18, after both parties asked for the change so they have more time to work on a long-term contract, a source told Enrique Rojas, of ESPNDeportes.com.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (ankles) said he has no pain in his ankles after undergoing two surgeries last year, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Rick Hummel. Freese expects to be able to participate immediately in all spring drills.


Catcher

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana (knee) caught a couple of bullpen sessions Monday, Feb. 14, and then ran through some agility tests on a practice field, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Santana is not resticted in any way by the left knee injury he suffered last August.

C | Jesus Flores | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals C Jesus Flores (shoulder) is fully healthy heading into the 2011 season, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. "My shoulder is finally healthy," Flores said. "It's a new year for me. I'm ready to compete. I feel 100 percent, physically, mentally. I'm really excited to start spring training."

C | George Kottaras | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers have re-signed P Amaury Rivas, C George Kottaras and SS Luis Cruz to one-year deals, according to The Sports Network. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.


Outfielder

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) said Monday, Feb. 14, that he still feels minor discomfort when running, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Sizemore still hopes to be ready for Opening Day, but won't push it. "We built everything around Opening Day, but we're not going to push anything or speed up the process to get to that point," Sizemore said.

OF | Tyler Colvin | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade indicated Monday, Feb. 14, that 2B Jeff Baker and OF Tyler Colvin will be getting looks as backups for 1B Carlos Pena, reports Gordon Wittenmeyer, of the Chicago Sun-Times.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona indicated that OF Jacoby Ellsbury is his top choice to bat leadoff this season, reports Peter Abraham, of The Boston Globe.

OF | Nyjer Morgan | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Nyjer Morgan said he still wants to be aggressive on the bath paths but will try to be more selective when he is running, reports Adam Kilgore, of The Washington Post. "I can't really try to press it," Morgan said. "If I don't see a bag and I can't steal a bag, I'm not going to take it. I learned that. I'm not going to try to create at will, like I normally try. Just simplify. I'm not going to try to do too much. I was basically trying to do too much last year."

OF | Jim Edmonds | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said OF Jim Edmonds (foot) won't be ready for the team's first full-squad workouts Saturday, Feb. 19, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Rick Hummel. "I don't think he's really close," said La Russa. "I think Mark (hitting coach Mark McGwire) had seen him recently and he still was not walking around very briskly."


Starting Pitcher

SP | Kevin Hart | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Kevin Hart (shoulder), who was briefly shut down after receiving a cortisone injection in his right shoulder, will throw off flat ground Tuesday, Feb. 15, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel reports.

SP | Dustin McGowan | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Dustin McGowan (shoulder) said Monday, Feb. 14, that he threw 25 pitches at 80 percent velocity, reports Gregor Chisholm, of MLB.com. McGowan said he will wait to see how he feels over the next couple of days before another bullpen session is scheduled. He also said he doesn't expect to break camp with the team.

SP | Jeff Suppan | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants RPs Dan Runzler and Jeff Suppan will be considered for middle relief, reports Henry Schulman, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

SP | Brian Lawrence | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants signed P Brian Lawrence to a minor league deal Monday, Feb. 14, reports Henry Schulman, of the San Francisco Chronicle. Lawrence will report to the team's minor league camp. He has not pitched in the majors since 2007.

SP | Donnie Veal | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
The Pittsburgh Pirates are hopeful SP Donnie Veal (elbow) will be ready to return some time in May or June, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com. "The rehab is going great," general manager Neal Huntington said Monday, Feb. 14. "He feels great. The throwing program has gone very well for him."

SP | Carlos Silva | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Carlos Silva (illness) was sent home from the team's workout Monday, Feb. 14, due to a 103-degree fever, reports Gordon Wittenmeyer, of the Chicago Sun-Times.

SP | Carlos Zambrano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs SP Carlos Zambrano wants to run his streak of Opening Day starts to seven this year, but he said Monday, Feb. 14, that he would understand if manager Mike Quade went with SPs Ryan Dempster or Matt Garza, reports Gordon Wittenmeyer, of the Chicago Sun-Times. "I finished strong, but there's two more qualified pitchers who can do it, and I'm OK with that if it happens," Zambrano said.

SP | Mike Leake | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake said he focused on adding strength this offseason, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. "This year, I mainly worked on getting strength," Leake said. "I wasn't too worried about the endurance part. I know I'll be doing plenty of it during Spring Training and the season."

SP | Scott Baker | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Baker (elbow) suffered a small setback while preparing for spring training, battling through inflammation in his elbow, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier. "When I started to ramp up the intensity, it was a little more sore than I expected," Baker said. "I talked to the trainers and the doctors and everybody agreed that I should just back off a little bit. Even though it was minor surgery that I had, it was still surgery. So I allowed (the inflammation) to calm down and it feels much better now." The team will monitor Baker closer during the spring.

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Chien-Ming Wang (shoulder) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list in order to get innings in the minors, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. Wang said he feels much better than last year and has already thrown four bullpen sessions.

SP | Freddy Garcia | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said there will be open competition for the final two rotation spots that could last deep into spring training, according to The Associated Press. SPs Ivan Nova, Freddy Garcia, Sergio Mitre and Bartolo Colon are candidates for the two spots.

SP | Dan Hudson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Dan Hudson (finger) is ready for the start of spring training after straining a tendon in his middle finger last year, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro. Hudson did not require surgery on the finger.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SPs Matt Garza, Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster are all candidates to start for the team on Opening Day, according to The Associated Press.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Jason Isringhausen | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent RP Jason Isringhausen (Reds) is auditioning for the New York Mets Tuesday, Feb. 15, Newsday's David Lennon reports.

RP | Heath Bell | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres CL Heath Bell (calf) will be sidelined a few days with a strained left calf, according to the team's Twitter page.

RP | Jesus Colome | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Free Agents
The Colorado Rockies signed free-agent RP Jesus Colome (Rangers) to a minor league contract, InsideTheRockies.com's Jack Etkin reports.

RP | Joe Nathan | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins CL Joe Nathan (elbow) said he hit 88-89 mph repeatedly and topped out at 91 mph on the radar gun in his final bullpen session before he reported to camp, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III reports.

RP | Oliver Perez | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday, Feb. 14, that he met with SP Oliver Perez and general manager Sandy Alderson about the left-handed pitcher's role, reports Adam Rubin, of ESPNNewYork.com. Perez requested being a starter, and Collins said he would oblige early in camp and check him out in that role.

RP | D.J. Carrasco | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets RP D.J. Carrasco said Monday, Feb. 14, that he would prefer to start, reports Adam Rubin, of ESPNNewYork.com. Carrasco will get a look at starter in spring training. "I would love to start," Carrasco said. "I think I could offer the team some good quality innings as a starter. But it's whatever the team is going to need to make it to the postseason is what I'm here for."

RP | Elmer Dessens | free agent | Transaction
The San Francisco Giants would not say why a proposed minor league deal with RP Elmer Dessens fell through, but his name was erased from the whiteboard in manager Bruce Bochy's office that lists all the players in camp, reports Henry Schulman, of the San Francisco Chronicle. It is likely that the physical might have been an issue.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
All indications Monday, Feb. 14, are that the Pittsburgh Pirates are close to announcing who will serve as the team's closer to begin the 2011 season, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com. Both general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle noted that they have recently had in-depth discussions on whether RPs Joel Hanrahan or Evan Meek is better suited for the role. "We've got two very good choices and candidates," Hurdle said. The decision is expected to be made before Spring Training games start.

RP | James Russell | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs RP James Russell is the only left-handed pitcher considered among the team's long list of candidates for the fourth and fifth rotation spots, reports Gordon Wittenmeyer, of the Chicago Sun-Times. "We don't have a left-handed starter," manager Mike Quade said Monday, Feb. 14. "You can win this thing without one, but let's see [if he can do it]."

RP | Angel Guzman | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs RP Angel Guzman (shoulder) is throwing from a mound again, and he is on track to throw a simulated game by mid-March, reports Gordon Wittenmeyer, of the Chicago Sun-Times. Guzman was stretching to the full 60 feet, 6 inches Monday, Feb. 14, for the first time since his surgery last year.

RP | Jason Berken | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles RP Jason Berken (shoulder) was able to throw a bullpen session Monday, Feb. 14, and said his shoulder is feeling good reports Jeff Zrebiec, of The Baltimore Sun.

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Frank Francisco said he was glad to leave the Texas Rangers, according to The Globe and Mail's Robert MacLeod. "I thank God I got out of there," said Francisco, who was unhappy that his role out of the bullpen last season was not clearly defined.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with RP Carlos Marmol Monday, Feb. 14, by agreeing to a three-year deal, according to ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine. The deal is believed to be in the $20 million range.

RP | David Aardsma | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP David Aardsma (hip) was still using crutches Sunday, Feb. 13, as he reported to camp for a physical, according to The Tacoma News Tribune's Larry LaRue. "I've been cleared to try walking, weight-bearing my own weight, on Wednesday," Aardsma said. "I'm fortunate to have a manager and team doctors who don't want me to push it. (Manager) Eric (Wedge) told me, 'Don't worry about time. Focus on your health, on how you feel.'"

RP | Bobby Jenks | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Bobby Jenks said he is fine with serving as the setup man to RP Jonathan Papelbon this year, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne. "We're fine," Jenks said. "Like I said before, I didn't come here to step on anybody's toes. I know what my role is. Coming in here, we've been friends for many years now. I don't think that's going to be any problem throughout the year at all."

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