Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 21, 2011 @ 08:54:18 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez has expressed no hurry to sign a new contract with his new team, according to The Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson. "We don't have any set deadline," Gonzalez said. "Hopefully, we can get it done sooner rather than later. But, from my end, I want to show them I'm healthy and I'm playing 100 percent out there."

1B | Clint Robinson | Kansas City Royals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Clint Robinson is in spring camp and is in competition for a job this spring, according to MLB.com's Dick Kaegel. Robinson's competitors include 1B Billy Butler, Kila Ka'aihue and Eric Hosmer.

1B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said he is uncertain when 1B Miguel Cabrera will report to spring training camp, according to The Associated Press. "Miguel is not going to be here today nor will be here for the next couple of days," Dombrowski said. "We had conversations yesterday between the commissioner's office, the players association, myself and Miguel's representative and him, and we've decided that it's best to meet with some doctors in the beginning of the week and completely assess what has taken place." Dombrowski said he won't know when Cabrera can join the team until after doctors have seen him.

1B | Kendry Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendry Morales (leg) has started running on a treadmill and resumed fielding grounders at first base Saturday, Feb. 19, according to Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com. He is wearing a harness designed to keep much of his body weight off his healing left ankle.

1B | Kyle Blanks | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B Kyle Blanks (elbow) has taken grounders at first base several times this week as he continues a return from reconstructive elbow surgery, reports Dan Hayes, of the North County Times. Blanks is recovering from Tommy John surgery July 30, and he is considered a long shot for Opening Day.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) is expected to arrive by Tuesday, Feb. 22, the team's position player reporting date, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Morneau has been cleared by doctors to take part in all the spring drills, but he will have to be cleared again by doctors before he can play in any games.

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard plans on standing closer to the plate this year, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. "It helps him cover the plate and helps him be able to get to the ball on the outside part of the plate freely," manager Charlie Manuel said. "When he starts getting jammed or the ball's beating him, he'll go back up off the plate. If he stays where he's at right now, and I'd like to think if things started going his way and he got real hot, he would never go back and get back off the plate again. I feel that way."


Second Baseman

2B | Bill Hall | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Bill Hall will miss the first couple of days of camp after he and his fiancee welcomed a baby girl, according to Zachary Levine of The Houston Chronicle. Hall should be at camp early in the week.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley plans to talk with 2B Ryne Sandberg when he is in camp as an instructor, according to Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I'd be dumb not to pick his brain," Utley said.

2B | Brendan Ryan | Seattle Mariners | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge is reportedly considering using Brendan Ryan at shortstop and Jack Wilson at second base, instead of the other way around, according to Larry Stone of The Seattle Times.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano arrived in Tampa Saturday, Feb. 19, and took his physical Sunday, Feb. 20, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com. General manager Brian Cashman described Cano's late arrival as "no big deal" and the team will not discipline him.

2B | Omar Infante | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said he is considering using 2B Omar Infante as his leadoff hitter, with OF Chris Coghlan batting second, according to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

2B | Martin Prado | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves seem to be leaning toward using OF Martin Prado as the leadoff hitter this year with OF Nate McLouth hitting second, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.

2B | Joe Inglett | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays signed free-agent 2B Joe Inglett (Brewers) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training Friday, Feb. 18, according to the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin.


Shortstop

SS | Jeff Bianchi | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SS Jeff Bianchi (elbow), one of the Royals' top prospects at shortstop, is back after missing the entire 2010 season because of reconstructive elbow surgery. According to MLB.com's Dick Kaegel, Bianchi underwent surgery 11 months ago on March 19. He was able to resume some throwing and hitting about five months later. "I got to a point now where I'm feeling great," he said. "It's been a long process with the throwing program."

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew, OF Chris B. Young and 2B Kelly Johnson are candidates to hit first in the starting lineup this season, reports Nick Piecoro, of The Arizona Republic.

SS | Alcides Escobar | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals have agreed to one-year deals with 3B Mike Aviles and SS Alcides Escobar, according to The Associated Press. Financial terms were not released.

SS | Marco Scutaro | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Marco Scutaro (neck) said he is coming into the 2011 season completely healthy, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne. "It's nice to feel the way you normally feel. If the results aren't there, at least you show up at the ballpark and you have a chance to compete, you know?" Scutaro said. "But last year was kind of tough. There were some days when I would get up at 11 or noon and I'd think, 'Oh my God. I have to do so much stuff to get loose.'"


Third Baseman

3B | Nick Punto | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals 3B Nick Punto (groin) is dealing with soreness in his right groin, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold reports.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (knee) said he felt some discomfort while working out Saturday, Feb. 20, and was not able to do everything he normally does, reports David O'Brien, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jones said he expects to have days where his knee will feel worse than other days. He hopes to be ready to play in exhibition games by the end of the first week and believes he will be ready for the start of the season.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez has gone from 233 pounds to 223 pounds this offseason and his body fat has gone from 12 percent to nine percent, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

3B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers DH Michael Young said he wouldn't mind playing in the outfield, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera and 3B Chase Headley were the latest arrivals to camp, reports Dan Hayes, of the North County Times. The team's first full workout is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 19.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals head coach Tony La Russa said 3B David Freese (ankles) likely will be on a program this season where he plays two out of three games for much of the year, reports Matthew Leach, of MLB.com. La Russa hopes Freese will be able to start about 110 games this season.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright worked on long toss exercises over the winter in order to build up his arm strength for the 2011 season, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. "We just wanted him to throw long," hitting coach Chip Hale said. "He did that all winter and he's been continuing it right now. To be honest, I haven't seen him throw too much at the position (yet) - just warming up and just throwing really long, which is important early in spring training. I've more been on the field with the 'middle' guys. We just wanted to get his arm stronger and more fit for the season. A lot of times what we do as baseball players is only throw as long as our position makes us. So what I really wanted him to do was just lengthen it out."


Catcher

C | Brayan Pena | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals C Brayan Pena will likely be the starting catcher on Opening Day, according to The Associated Press. C Jason Kendall (shoulder) is recovering from shoulder surgery.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana (knee) caught multiple bullpen sessions Sunday, Feb. 20, and is scheduled to start the first intrasquad game Thursday, Feb. 24, according to Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

C | Jorge Posada | New York Yankees | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi plans to use DH/C Jorge Posada at first base during spring training, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com. "I'm not comfortable, but I'll do it," he said. It is unlikely that Posada would play first base during the regular season in a non-emergency situation, given that OF Nick Swisher and IF Eric Chavez are also capable of playing first.

C | Eli Whiteside | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Eli Whiteside (elbow) recently needed an MRI exam and an X-ray because of inflammation in his right elbow, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News. He is expected to return to action in a few days after taking anti-inflammatory medication.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said C Buster Posey is unlikely to see much time at first base this season, and possibly none at all, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News.

C | Lucas May | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals have signed Ps Henry Barrera, Kevin Pucetas, Everett Teaford and Kanekoa Texeira and C Lucas May to one-year contracts, according to The Associated Press.

C | Ronny Paulino | New York Mets | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Mets C Ronny Paulino is expected to report to spring training camp Tuesday, Feb. 22, or Wednesday, Feb. 23, according to Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger.

C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers will use C/DH Victor Martinez at first base while 1B Miguel Cabrera is away from the team dealing with his DUI situation, according to Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

C | John Baker | Florida Marlins | Injury
Florida Marlins C John Baker (elbow) said he is open to playing some first base this season, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Baker is not expected to be ready to catch until possibly May.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins plan to limit the number of bullpen sessions that C Joe Mauer (knee) catches this spring, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier. "We're not going to push him right now," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "First we're going to get him going and get his legs underneath him. There is no sense pushing him. He wants to be out there and we're going to have him out there. But the thing we can guard against is him sitting back there and squatting all day and catching bullpens." Mauer is still receiving treatment for his knee.

C | Ivan Rodriguez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said C Ivan Rodriguez will be in the starting lineup opening day, reports Bill Ladson, of MLB.com.

C | Jonathan Lucroy | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers signed P Zach Braddock, P Brandon Kintzler, OF Chris Dickerson and C Jonathan Lucroy to one-year deals Friday, Feb. 18, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.


Outfielder

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said OFs Jayson Werth, Rick Ankiel, Roger Bernadina and Jerry Hairston Jr., will see time in center field this spring, MLB.com's Bill Ladson reports.

OF | Travis Snider | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury
Updating previous reports, Toronto Blue Jays OF Travis Snider (rib cage) is dealing with a strained left intercostal muscle he suffered playing golf last week, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm.

OF | Angel Pagan | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Angel Pagan would likely hit sixth if 2B Luis Castillo wins the second-base competition, The Star-Ledger's Andy McCullough reports. Castillo would likely hit second, but if he doesn't make the team, Pagan would likely hit second.

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said OF Ichiro Suzuki will hit leadoff for the team and 3B Chone Figgins will hit second, The Seattle Times' Geoff Baker reports.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) did sprints and agility drills at 50 percent speed Sunday, Feb. 20, according to Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

OF | Brett Carroll | Kansas City Royals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Brett Carroll has been taking ground balls at third base during spring training, according to MLB.com's Dick Kaegel.

OF | Aaron Rowand | San Francisco Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said OF Aaron Rowand will only play center field during spring training because that's where he is the most comfortable, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News.

OF | Nate Schierholtz | San Francisco Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Nate Schierholtz will play all three outfield positions during spring training, in an attempt to increase his chances of making the 25-man roster, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News.

OF | Mark DeRosa | San Francisco Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said IF/OF Mark DeRosa will work mostly in the infield during spring training but still has a chance to be the Opening Day left fielder, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News.

OF | Jesus Feliciano | New York Mets | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Mets have signed OF Jesus Feliciano (Mets), 1B Chris Shelton (Astros) and P Kent Tsujimoto (Golden League) to minor league contracts, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. None of the players received an invitation to major league camp.

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran will participate in a running program for the next seven to 10 days before talking to manager Terry Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson about playing right field or center field, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

OF | Moises Sierra | Toronto Blue Jays | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays minor league OF Moises Sierra has been working out at third base on a trial basis, according to John Lott of the National Post.

OF | Hunter Pence | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Houston Astros OF Hunter Pence won his salary arbitration case, according to Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle. He will make $6.9 million this season instead of the club's offer of $5.15 million.

OF | Kosuke Fukudome | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Kosuke Fukudome is hopeful of saying with the team beyong this season, but admitted Friday, Feb. 18, that he needs to be more consistent, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com. "There were some times I was good and bad," Fukudome said. "I need to be consistent so I can have good results." Fukudome, who bought a house in Chicago, is in the final year of a four-year, $48 million contract.

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Friday, Feb. 18, that OF Domonic Brown "is kind of the first choice there" when asked who had the upper-hand in the battle for the starting right field job, reports Jim Salisbury, of CSNPhilly.com. "I should have been a little more specific," Manuel said. "By 'first choice' I mean I want to put him out there and play him a lot. He's going to get a lot of at-bats [in spring training]."

OF | Milton Bradley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Milton Bradley said he is not worried about any competition this spring, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Gerry Spratt. "Not really," Bradley said. "Nobody can compete with me. I'm Milton Bradley. I'm at my best. And they pay me a lot of money because I can play. So, I'm not really concerned about all that."

OF | David Lough | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals signed DH Clint Robinson, OF Derrick Robinson, OF David Lough, RP Jesse Chavez and RP Nathan Adcock to undisclosed one-year deals Friday, Feb. 18, according to The Sports Network.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton said he is just four pounds shy of his goal of around 240 pounds and is feeling fine after a bout with pneumonia, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett.

OF | Vernon Wells | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Vernon Wells ripped the way the Texas Rangers have handled their situation with 3B Michael Young, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com's Mark Saxon. "I dealt with it in-house, which was the right way to do things. He's having to deal with it, unfortunately, publicly," Wells said. "It creates all kinds of problems. It's been handled poorly on their end, I'll say that."

OF | Yonder Alonso | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Yonder Alonso has made progress in his outfield defense this spring, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay. Alonso will have to compete with OFs Jonny Gomes, Chris Heisey, Fred Lewis and Danny Dorn for time in left field.

OF | Craig Gentry | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers OF Craig Gentry (wrist) received a cortisone shot in his right wrist Thursday, Feb. 17, to help break up scare tissue and give him more range of motion, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett. Gentry also underwent an X-ray and CT scan which showed improvement. The team hopes he is ready for full-squad workouts Sunday, Feb. 20.

OF | Jim Edmonds | Retired Players | Injury, Transaction
St. Louis Cardinals OF Jim Edmonds (Achilles') formally announced his retirement from baseball Friday, Feb. 18, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach. "After speaking with Dr. (George) Paletta (the Cardinals' team physician) and a number of doctors about the potential risk of future permanent damage, I have decided to retire," Edmonds said in a statement issued by the club. "Although I feel that I can still play and contribute, the risk of permanent injury is too much for me to chance. As much as I regret this announcement, I feel that it is for the best."


Starting Pitcher

SP | Scott Olsen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Pirates SP Scott Olsen (groin) is throwing on flat ground Monday, Feb. 21, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

SP | Aaron Cook | Colorado Rockies | Injury
Updating previous reports, Colorado Rockies SP Aaron Cook (shoulder) said he expects to throw Monday, Feb. 21, The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck reports.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (side) said he is fine and had an MRI done during the first week of February, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb reports.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brandon McCarthy, who is up for a possible fifth starter job, has a new cutter grip that pitching instructor Gil Patterson had never seen before, according to San Francisco Chronicle reporter Susan Slusser.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) will not throw off a mound until his arm is at full strength, reports Richard Durrett, of ESPNDallas.com.

SP | Madison Bumgarner | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy may skip SP Madison Bumgarner's first turn in the starting rotation and send him to Triple-A Fresno until he's needed, in order to give the club an extra position player on their bench for the first few games, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. Bumgarner could also be used as a long reliever at the beginning of the year if his first turn is skipped.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano (shoulder) played long toss from 120 feet Sunday, Feb. 20, and plans to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, Feb. 22, or Wednesday, Feb. 23, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier.

SP | Drew Carpenter | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Drew Carpenter has cleared waivers and has been assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. He will return to major league camp Monday, Feb. 21, as a non-roster invitee.

SP | Kevin Millwood | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Kevin Millwood (Orioles) has rejected the New York Yankees' offer of a minor league contract which was similar to the one given to SP Freddy Garcia, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Both sides are still talking but the Yankees do not want to guarantee him a spot on the major league roster.

SP | Luis Atilano | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Luis Atilano has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post. He will still participate in major league spring training camp.

SP | Brad Bergesen | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Brad Bergesen (flu) threw a bullpen session Saturday, Feb. 19, one day after he was sent home early due to an illness that has affected several players, according to Evan Drellich of MLB.com.

SP | Brett Tomko | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Texas Rangers SP Brett Tomko will participate in the major league spring training camp, according to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said SP Jenrry Mejia will start the team's spring opener against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, Feb. 26, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Contrary to previous reports, Florida Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco (thumb) said he is not worried about his sore thumb and hopes to throw a bullpen session next week, according to Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post.

SP | C.J. Wilson | Texas Rangers | Free Agents
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Friday, Feb. 18, that he expects to discuss the possibility of a contract extension with the agent of SP C.J. Wilson over the next several weeks, reports Jon Paul Morosi, of FOXSports.com. Wilson is set to become a free agent after this season.

SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson said Friday, Feb. 18, that he is looking to remain consistent with his delivery mechanics, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Masterson said he worked with pitching coach Tim Belcher to develop some "checkpoints" in his delivery down the stretch last year, and he is hoping to carry that into 2011.

SP | Esmil Rogers | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Esmil Rogers spent the winter developing a changeup, as he enters 2011 with big aspirations, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. "This Spring Training is really important for me," Rogers said. "We'll see what's going to happen after Spring Training." He has added a circle-change, in addition to his fastball and slider.

SP | Mark Buehrle | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Mark Buehrle has hinted in the past that he might retire once his contract expires after the 2011 season, but he had a change of heart Friday, Feb. 18, reports Chuck Garfien, of CSNChicago.com. "A couple of years ago I was really, really seriously considering retirement after this year, and I think the percentage is going down," Buehrle said. He also added he hopes to remain with the White Sox.

SP | Erik Bedard | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners held SP Erik Bedard out Friday, Feb. 18, as they try to get him a little rest as he returns from shoulder issues which wiped out his entire 2010 season, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. Bedard has thrown two excellent bullpen sessions so far this spring, but the team apparently wants to play it safe with the veteran.

SP | Dana Eveland | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said SP Dana Eveland (hamstring) suffered a significant strained left hamstring Thursday, Feb. 17, and will miss a few weeks, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.

SP | Scott Baker | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Baker (elbow) threw a side session Friday, Feb. 18, and manager Ron Gardenhire said Baker was "full go" in all drills, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier.

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson (hamstring) was kept off the field Friday, Feb. 18, due to a "mild strain" of his right hamstring, according to the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin. Hellickson will likely miss his bullpen session Saturday, Feb. 19, but there is no reason for concern.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Alberto Arias | Houston Astros | Injury
Houston Astros RP Alberto Arias (shoulder) said his right shoulder isn't feeling quite right, the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine reports. He said he isn't feeling pain but is feeling weakness.

RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said RP Jonathan Papelbon was excused from workouts Sunday, Feb. 20, because of a family illness, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

RP | Jeff Karstens | Pittsburgh Pirates | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Karstens will be stretched out as a starter during the first few weeks of spring training, although he could wind up in the bullpen as a long reliever, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "We've got a handful of guys who are not just in that (battle) for the fifth rotation spot but could be a long man out of the pen," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've got to make sure that, when we get to the middle of March, they've got innings pitched and have had an ample opportunity to compete."

RP | Leo Nunez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins RP Leo Nunez is working on re-establishing the slider as his third pitch during spring training, to go along with his changeup and 96 mph fastball, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. He had lost confidence in the pitch after surrendering a home run on it early last season. "I have worked a lot on the slider in the Dominican," Nunez said. "It has good movement. It's good. It's (getting) much better."

RP | Tyler Yates | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Tyler Yates has added a changeup and a cutter to his repertoire of pitches this spring, to go along with his fastball, slider and sinker, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I think I've learned by watching other pitchers with less stuff than I have get people out and I'm like, 'How do they do it?,'" Yates said. "You start watching them and you see that they sink the ball a little bit more, cut the ball a little bit more, change speeds better. It's something that I'd like to add to my repertoire, so I won't have to throw the ball 96 mph every time out there."

RP | Francisco Rodriguez | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets RP Francisco Rodriguez said he lost nine pounds of fat during the offseason after doing more running than in previous winters, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

RP | Matt Belisle | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the Colorado Rockies have added a second year to the contract for RP Matt Belisle, making it a two-year deal worth $6.125 million, according to MLB.com's Thomas Harding. Belisle will make $2.35 million in 2011 and $3.775 million in 2012.

RP | Heath Bell | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres RP Heath Bell (calf) is improving and playing catch, but he is unlikely to work off a mound this weekend, reports Corey Brock, of MLB.com. Bell rode a stationary bike Wednesday, Feb. 16, and he is walking without a limp.

RP | Matt Daley | Colorado Rockies | Injury
Colorado Rockies RP Matt Daley (shoulder) is feeling stronger after dealing with shoulder problems in 2010, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. With the team's offseason acquisitions, Daley still feels there is a spot for him. "I know personally, if I'm doing what I'm supposed to do, I'm going to help this team," Daley said Friday, Feb. 18.

RP | Jeff Weaver | free agent | Free Agents
Updating a previous report, the Los Angeles Dodgers are considering inviting free-agent RP Jeff Weaver (Dodgers) to spring training, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. He would be a long shot to make the team and would need to agree to pitch in the minor leagues.

RP | Javy Guerra | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
The Los Angeles Dodgers are bringing RP Javy Guerra (finger) slowly even though the finger he had surgery on is completely healed, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. Guerra threw off a mound Friday, Feb. 18, for the first time since the surgery.

RP | Brad Lidge | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies RP Brad Lidge (flu) threw some Friday, Feb. 18, after missing some recent time with the flu, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.

RP | Antonio Bastardo | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury
Philadelphia Phillies RP Antonio Bastardo (elbow, flu) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday, Feb. 19, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford (illness) is regaining weight after suffering from food poisoning, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. Axford will not throw off a mound for a few more days.

RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees RPs Mariano Rivera and Rafael Soriano will take a slower than normal approach to workouts in spring training this year, according to The Associated Press. Rivera's first bullpen will come after Soriano's at some point next week.

RP | Cla Meredith | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals RP Cla Meredith (arm) cut his bullpen session short Friday, Feb. 18, with an arm problem, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. Meredith came away pointing to his elbow.

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