Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 18, 2011 @ 09:55:04 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said 1B Miguel Cabrera is in the best shape of his life,'s Jason Beck reports. Leyland said Cabrera is stronger and quicker than ever and will probably have the biggest year of his life.

1B | Jamie D'Antona | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Florida Marlins released 1B Jamie D'Antona Thursday, Feb. 17, according to The Sports Network.

1B | Kyle Blanks | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Kyle Blanks (elbow) has reported to camp 10 pounds lighter than last year, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Bill Center. Blanks said it is a long shot that he will be ready by Opening Day after still rehabbing from elbow reconstruction from last year.

1B | Kendry Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendry Morales (leg) said he feels fine swinging from both sides of the plate this spring, according to's Lyle Spencer. "He's able to do whatever he wants right now - hit balls off the wall the other way, homers, line drives," hitting coach Mickey Hatcher said. "This guy looks good." Morales said it will still take some time before he can run full speed, but he is encouraged that he has no pain in his leg.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez (shoulder) will be examined by his surgeon next week, at which point he hopes to be cleared to swing a bat, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham. "There's zero limitations. I'm exactly where I need to be at this point post-surgery. Everything is going as planned and it feels great. I know I could swing today if I wanted to," Gonzalez said.

Second Baseman

2B | Sean Rodriguez | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria and 2B Sean Rodriguez were among the position players who reported to camp early, reports Marc Topkin, of the St. Petersburg Times.

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said 2B Rickie Weeks will remain in the leadoff spot this year, according to's Adam McCalvy. "He had a great year last year doing it," Roenicke said. "We really don't have the pieces to put somebody else leadoff and then have him second or even bumping him back to third."


SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus has gained 10 pounds in the offseason and looks good heading into camp, according to's Richard Durrett.

Third Baseman

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (knee) hasn't ran the bases in camp yet, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports.

3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez said he isn't sure what he weighs right now, but he clearly looks bigger than he did last season, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel reports. "The body composition is not ideally where we want it to be, but he's close enough to where we can get it done," general manager Neal Huntington said. "He's worked hard and deserves a lot of credit. Genes are tough things to overcome."

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria and 2B Sean Rodriguez were among the position players who reported to camp early, reports Marc Topkin, of the St. Petersburg Times.

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart has backed 12 inches off the plate this year in order to cut down on his strikeout totals from last season, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck. Stewart will stay in the back of the batter's box to let his arms extend to hit pitches on the outside corner to left field, while giving him the ability to pull pitches on the inside corner. "Last year, I was taking those pitches on the inside part or swinging and getting jammed," said Stewart. "This gives me more room inside to find the barrel. And I can still get to pitches on the outside part of the plate."

3B | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays signed OF Jose Bautista to a five-year, $65 million contract extension Thursday, Feb. 17, according to's Gregor Chrisholm. Bautista will make $8 million this year, with $14 million more coming in each of the following four seasons. The deal also includes a team option of $14 million for the 2016 season, which has a $1 million buyout.

3B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers have not inquired about trading for Texas Rangers 3B Michael Young, according to's Adam McCalvy.


C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana (knee) slid for the first time Thursday, Feb. 17, which completed his rehab, The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes reports. Santana will also learn how to play first base this spring as the team looks for ways to keep him in the lineup, while giving his legs a break.

C | Koby Clemens | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros C Koby Clemens is trying to make a good impression in his first Major League camp with the team, reports Brian McTaggart, of Clemens, originally a catcher, is being groomed as a first baseman.

C | Yorvit Torrealba | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Yorvit Torrealba lost his grievance against the New York Mets Thursday, Feb. 17, when an arbitrator ruled the Mets had the right to not complete a three-year, $14.4 million deal with Torrealba in 2007, according to

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer plans to take it easy during spring training this year, according to The Associated Press. Mauer wants to avoid pushing his body too hard too early in the year.

C | Russell Martin | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees C Russell Martin's (hip, knee) hip is not bothering him, but he is still working out range-of-motion issues with his right knee, according to The Journal News' Chad Jennings. The only drill Martin is not doing is blocking balls in the dirt.


OF | Jim Edmonds | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals OF Jim Edmonds (Achilles') has informed the team he won't be reporting to spring training,'s B.J. Rains reports. Edmonds had surgery in January to alleviate persistent pain in his Achilles', and it's still causing him problems. The team will release a statement Friday, Feb. 18.

OF | Milton Bradley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Milton Bradley has arrived in spring camp but is not commenting about his domestic dispute arrest at this time, according to Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times.

OF | Jeff Francoeur | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Bruce Chen, P Sean O'Sullivan, C Brayan Pena and OF Jeff Francoeur have all reported to camp in great shape, according to The Kansas City Star's Bob Dutton.

OF | Nate Schierholtz | San Francisco Giants | Injury
San Francisco Giants OF Nate Schierholtz (shoulder) said he was bothered all last season by a right shoulder injury, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman. Schierholtz is completely healed.

OF | Julio Borbon | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said Thursday, Feb. 17, that the starting jobs are pretty much spoken for, with OF Julio Borbon serving as the team's starting center fielder, reports Evan Grant, of The Dallas Morning News.

OF | David Murphy | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said Thursday, Feb. 17, that OF David Murphy will play "an integral part of our club," although he is not currently tabbed as a starter, reports Evan Grant, of The Dallas Morning News.

OF | Alfonso Soriano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade said OF Alfonso Soriano could be benched late in games again this season, according to the Chicago Sun-Times' Gordon Wittenmyer. "Look, he's not running the way he did (earlier in his career), and it's a thought," said Quade, who stressed it's not an issue he plans to consider this early in camp. "There's a lot of stuff that goes into that. Let's see how he comes in this year."

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (thumb) said he has no pain in his thumb after swinging Thursday, Feb. 17, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen is spending more time with baserunning coach Luis Silverio to help his base-stealing techniques this season, according to's Jenifer Langosch. "He is doing a couple of negative moves," Silverio said, explaining what he saw in McCutchen's attempts to steal. "To me, he doesn't have a very good balance. He does not have a very good athletic position to start with. That creates an extra move - a few inches." McCutchen is working to become more relaxed on the base paths and to get into a better position to steal bags.

OF | Manny Ramirez | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Manny Ramirez said he will be playing with a chip on his shoulder this season, according to The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo. "I've just got a chip on my shoulder that I want to be here and I want to get my stuff right and show people that I can play. I'm looking forward for a new year and to go out there and see what I can do. I want to go out there and give all I've got," Ramirez said.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (lat) had an MRI Friday, Feb. 11, which came back clean and underwent a physical Thursday, Feb. 17, the Chicago Sun-Times' Joe Cowley reports.

SP | Rich Harden | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Updating previous reports, Oakland Athletics SP Rich Harden (lat) said he worked this winter with pitching coach Ron Romanick on refining his mechanics in a way he hopes will help him stay healthy in the long run, The Associated Press reports. "Maybe my body wasn't used to throwing correctly mechanically," Harden said. "I was sound and throwing solid. I had more extension with a better arm slot and better arm angle. Maybe I had a slight weakness in that area."

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Chien-Ming Wang (shoulder) had a bullpen session Thursday, Feb. 17, and he reported no pain in his right shoulder.'s Bill Ladson reported it appeared Wang wasn't throwing the baseball at full strength, but Wang said he is doing better than he did in 2010, when he missed the entire season because of a weak shoulder.

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers rotation for 2011 will consist of SP's Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Phil Coke and Brad Penny, according to John Lowe of The Detroit Free Press.

SP | Madison Bumgarner | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner threw exceptionally in his first bullpen session of camp, keeping the ball down with good life on his pitches, according to The San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman. Bumgarner's mechanics were off last spring.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito's father, Joseph Zito, was hospitalized with a heart condition on Oct. 12, the day after the Giants clinched the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. The San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman reports Joseph remained hospitalized through the postseason and still has not gone home. Zito said his 82-year-old dad remains in a rehabilitation facility in Southern California. "I don't really want to relive it right now. It's done. It's in the past. It was quite challenging. I'm just looking ahead. It was intense enough going through it," Barry said. s

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum (neck) threw his bullpen session Thursday, Feb. 17, after being held back the previous day with a sore neck and headache, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman.

SP | Wesley Wright | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros signed SP Wesley Wright to a one-year, $466,000 deal Thursday, Feb. 17, according to The Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine.

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris impressed during his mound session Thursday, Feb. 17, according to the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine.

SP | Tommy Hunter | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said Thursday, Feb. 17, that SP Tommy Hunter is not guaranteed of a rotation spot, reports Evan Grant, of The Dallas Morning News. "There's competition," Washington said. "It's more of a don't take anything for granted type thing. There is an opportunity for him."

SP | Dana Eveland | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Dana Eveland (hamstring) strained his hamstring while running sprints this week, according to's Ken Gurnick.

SP | Jarrod Parker | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Jarrod Parker (elbow, hamstring) is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, according to's Steve Gilbert. Parker's leg has taken a long time to heal and it still bothers him when he does quick sprints or agility-type moves. "Throwing wise, I feel good, and that's all that matters," Parker said.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Jake Arrieta has impressed with his revitalized demeanor on the mound this spring, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. "I think his presence on the mound got better," manager Buck Showalter said. "You could see it today. There were three guys throwing … and (pitching coach Mark Connor) was not standing behind Arrieta. You could see a pitcher looking over there (like), 'Why isn't he over here watching me throw?' He doesn't give a (damn). There is a professional comfort there. It seems like he's comfortable in his skin. He's got a healthy respect for what he's going to be asked to do if he makes our club."

SP | Scott Olsen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Scott Olsen (hamstring) has been sidelined with left hamstring tightness Thursday, Feb. 17, according to's Jenifer Langosch. Olsen doesn't expect to be out more than a day or two.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb will throw off a mound every three days this spring and will not yet pitch to live hitting, according to's Richard Durrett. "This is a guy that hasn't thrown for two years," said pitching coach Mike Maddux, referring to the fact that Webb pitched four big league innings the past two seasons and had shoulder surgery in 2009. "We don't want to put the cart before the horse with him. We're going to take our time. We have to build some strength." Maddux said Webb's mechanics are a bit rusty at the moment.

SP | Edinson Volquez | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds avoided arbitration with SP Edinson Volquez Thursday, Feb. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.625 million deal, according to The Associated Press. He previously turned down a four-year deal for less than the $27 million that SP Johnny Cueto received.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (elbow) felt good after taking part in his first spring workout Thursday, Feb. 17, according to The Associated Press. He made some light tosses and took part in fielding drills, stretching and other calisthenics. Strasburg came into spring training with a leaner frame.

SP | Chris Volstad | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Chris Volstad underwent LASIK eye surgery during the offseason, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Juan C. Rodriguez.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said SP Johan Santana (shoulder) might not get back on a mound until May 1, according to's Adam Rubin. Santana would need six to eight weeks before being able to contribute after that, which means he would be ready by the end of June or middle of July. Santana has had some tightness while tossing the ball but isn't concerned.

SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter noticed that P Shelby Miller was tipping his pitches during a bullpen session Thursday, Feb. 17, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Rick Hummel.

SP | Brandon Erbe | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles SP Brandon Erbe (shoulder) did some light throwing in December and has progressed to being able to throw every other day in camp, according to's Brittany Ghiroli. Erbe is unlikely to pitch in any spring games but is optimistic he can work toward simulated games in extended spring training. "Hopefully I'll only miss a couple weeks of the actual season," Erbe said. "My goal for this year is to just get back to pitching and to be healthy, and to be able to get back to being able to get into a routine of throwing every five days - and doing all my stuff in between."

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson (hamstring) felt some tightness in his right hamstring during stretching Thursday, Feb. 17, but still threw his bullpen without any issues, according to the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Alfredo Simon | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
Baltimore Orioles RP Alfredo Simon was placed on the restricted list to make room for DH Vladimir Guerrero,'s Brittany Ghiroli reports.

RP | Francisco Rodriguez | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets CL Francisco Rodriguez admitted remorse for the assault he committed Aug. 11 on his then-girlfriend's father at Citi Field, according to Andy Martino of The New York Daily News. "Obviously I regret (it) a thousand percent. But I've got to move on. I've got to learn from those mistakes. It made me grow up more as a human being. I'm truly sorry for the way I put my teammates, the Mets organization, the fans, in that spot," Rodriguez said.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Bailey (elbow) called his bullpen session Thursday, Feb. 17, "pain free," reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (back) was held out of the team's workout for a second straight day Thursday, Feb. 17, due to a tight lower back, reports Henry Schulman, of The San Francisco Chronicle. "He wanted to throw today," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We just felt we were better off backing him off a little bit so he could get treatment and get this tight back cleared up." The injury is not considered serious, as Wilson will not even have an MRI exam.

RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers RP Jose Valverde (illness) was sent home from the workout Thursday, Feb. 17, due to an illness, reports Jason Beck, of Valverde was examined by a doctor and then sent home.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers signed OF Engel Beltre, OF Julio Borbon, P Zach Phillips, P Miguel De Los Santos, P Michael Kirkman, P Derek Holland, RP Neftali Feliz and P Mason Tobin to pre-arbitration deals Thursday, Feb. 17, according to's Richard Durrett. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

RP | Chad Qualls | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres RP Chad Qualls (knee) said his knee is feeling great, according to's Corey Brock. Qualls hired the pitching coach from the University of Texas to help him with his mechanics this offseason.

RP | Francisco Cordero | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said that there is no closer controversy and that RP Francisco Cordero is the team's closer, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay.

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