Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 23, 2011 @ 08:57:24 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals have three of the eight lineup spots (minus pitcher) set, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach. 1B Albert Pujols will hit third, followed by OF Matt Holliday and OF Lance Berkman.

1B | Carlos Pena | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Carlos Pena (illness) is dealing with some chest congestion, but he has been able to complete his workouts, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com.

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves signed 1B Freddie Freeman, P Jonny Venters, P Kris Medlen, IF Brooks Conrad, P Jairo Asencio, P Juan Abreu, P Brandon Beachy, P Erik Cordier, P Randall Delgado, P Cory Gearrin, P Craig Kimbrel, P Stephen Marek, P Anthony Varvaro, P Lee Hyde, P Mike Minor, P Jose Ortegano, SS Brandon Hicks, OF Joe Mather, OF Jordan Schafer and OF Matt Young to one-year deals Tuesday, Feb. 22, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien. Freeman will receive $414,000.

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind appears to be fine defensively at first base as he transitions to the position, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. "I think it's a very rare individual that can be a productive hitter when he does have that much down time," manager John Farrell said of Lind's struggles as a DH. "In this case, Adam's got the ability to go out and ... maybe take his mind off the fact that he's going to wait around for two or three innings to get his next at-bat."

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers signed SP Tommy Hunter, SP Matt Harrison, P Wilmer Font, RP Fabio Castillo, 1B Chris Davis, 1B Mitch Moreland and C Taylor Teagarden to one-year deals Tuesday, Feb. 22, according to The Sports Network. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said 1B Ike Davis could hit fourth in the lineup in the future, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. "I can see Ike Davis in the future certainly being that legitimate No. 4-hole hitter. Ike Davis is a power hitter, and I'm not going to ever ask him to be a singles hitter."

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) felt fine after taking part in his first spring workout with the team Tuesday, Feb. 22, according to The Associated Press. He took batting practice and played long toss. However, he is still not 100 percent healthy. He plans to wear sunglasses all spring to limit the effects of bright sun.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox continue to say that they will sign 1B Adrian Gonzalez to a long-term deal this year, according to MLB.com's Evan Drellich. The parameters of a seven-year, $154 million deal could become formalized before the start of the season.

1B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera will be arraigned March 16 on charges of driving under the influence and resisting officers, according to The Detroit News' Lynn Henning and Tom Gage. It is still unknown when Cabrera will report to spring training.


Second Baseman

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (neck) left the complex to have an X-ray taken on his sore neck Wednesday, Feb. 23, The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports.

2B | Freddy Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday, Feb. 22, that 2B Freddy Sanchez (shoulder) will be cleared to swing in live batting practice Friday, Feb. 25, reports Andrew Baggarly, of the San Jose Mercury News. There is optimism Sanchez will be 100 percent for Opening Day.

2B | Mark Grudzielanek | Retired Players | Free Agents
Free-agent 2B Mark Grudzielanek (Indians) has decided to retire, according to Jon Paul Morosi, of FOXSports.com. "I put in all this work but never really thought about what I accomplished. Now I look at it, and I was a .290 career hitter for 15 years," Grudzielanek said. "I'm very thankful. I was able to stay healthy enough to do that. Now it's time to carry onto the next adventure."

2B | Orlando Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians SS Orlando Cabrera said that a report about him retiring after the season was erroneous, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. "That's crazy," Cabrera said. He added that an interview with "El Universal" in his home country of Colombia must have misunderstood his comments. He cleared it up by saying that he just wanted to leave the game on his own terms, adding that playing second base might extend his career by a year or two.

2B | Carlos Guillen | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said there is no leader in the competition at second base between IFs Scott Sizemore, Carlos Guillen and Will Rhymes, according to The Associated Press.


Third Baseman

3B | Mat Gamel | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Mat Gamel (oblique) will not participate in hitting drills for seven days due to a strained right oblique, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre's (calf) running continues to be limited by a mildly strained right calf muscle, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com.

3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Edwin Encarnacion has been working with a group at first base, reports Ken Fidlin, of the Toronto Sun. The reason he has been found wanting at third base is not because of his ability to pick the ball, but because of his erratic arm.

3B | Nick Punto | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said 3B Nick Punto (hernia) will need to undergo surgery and will miss the majority of the first month of the regular season, if not more, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach. SS Tyler Greene's spot on the roster is more secure with Punto out.

3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez (neck) took part in workouts Tuesday, Feb. 22, after sitting out the previous day with a muscle spasm in his neck, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch.

3B | Matt Dominguez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins 3B Matt Dominguez lowered his hands and widened his feet at the plate at the end of his season with Double-A Jacksonville last year, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Dominguez saw positive results after making the change and will keep his new stance this year. "Mallee came in and he figured we needed to fix some things," Dominguez said. "The more I did it, the more relaxed and the more comfortable I am with it. Not only have I switched my stance, I got the batting gloves." The Marlins will give him every chance to win the starting job at third base this spring.


Catcher

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer (knee) said the lubricating injection in his left knee was the first in a series of three or four, MLB.com's Kelly Thesier reports. Mauer was unhappy that manager Ron Gardenhire publicized the injection. Mauer said this wasn't a setback, but a planned part of treatment.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants vice president Bobby Evans said Tuesday, Feb. 22, that the team is working with representatives for C Buster Posey on a new one-year contract for 2011, reports Andrew Baggarly, of the San Jose Mercury News. Players like Posey who have less than three years of service time can be paid any amount the club chooses at or above the major league minimum of $414,000.

C | Lou Marson | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta said Tuesday, Feb. 22, that the battle for the backup catcher job is not likely to be decided until the final days of camp, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Cs Juan Apodaca, Luke Carlin, Lou Marson and Paul Phillips are vying for the No. 2 job behind starter C Carlos Santana.


Outfielder

OF | Scott Podsednik | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Toronto Blue Jays OF Scott Podsednik (foot) is seeing doctors to try to prevent another flare-up of his foot injury, Rogers Sports Net's Barry Davis reports. Podsednik said the cortisone shot helped, but there's no timetable for him to begin camp activities yet.

OF | Travis Snider | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Toronto Blue Jays OF Travis Snider (rib cage) was able to take a few soft ground balls Tuesday, Feb. 22, reports John Lott, of the National Post. Manager John Farrell said Friday, Feb. 25, that Snider might be able to hit off a tee "by Friday."

OF | Tyler Colvin | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Tyler Colvin will continue to work in both the outfield and at first base in the spring, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com. "He can invest the time at first base to try and be as good as he can there without losing what I'd be concerned about in the outfield," manager Mike Quade said Tuesday, Feb. 22.

OF | Pat Burrell | San Francisco Giants | Injury
San Francisco Giants OF Pat Burrell (tooth) was back on the field Tuesday, Feb. 22, after being excused for a root canal, reports Andrew Baggarly, of the San Jose Mercury News.

OF | Michael Brantley | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley has been working closely with hitting coach Jon Nunnally, looking to improve during the early days of Spring Training, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. "He's one of those guys," Nunnally said Tuesday, Feb. 22. "If he doesn't feel it, he'll come and say, 'Do you see this?' Or he'll say, 'Keep an eye on this and, if I'm not doing it, let me know. That's what I want." Nunnally said Brantley's mechanics are sound, and he is making sure he stays on top of the ball when taking pitches to the opposite field.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) took live batting practice Tuesday, Feb. 22, for the first time since microfracture surgery on his left knee in June, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. "He was fine," manager Manny Acta said. The manager also said Sizemore didn't have any setbacks after doing sprint and agility drills Monday, Feb. 21.

OF | Jose Guillen | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Jose Guillen (Giants) said he will retire if he doesn't receive any contract offers within a week, according to ESPNDeportes.com's Enrique Rojas.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves signed OF Jason Heyward to a one-year, $496,000 deal Tuesday, Feb. 22, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien.

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth will see time in center field this spring, while OF Bryce Harper will almost exclusively stay in right field, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. The team will need someone to play center when OF Nyjer Morgan stays home. Werth could also see time in center during the season if the team sits Morgan against lefties. "Harper would probably get most of his action in right," manager Jim Riggleman said. "If the need arises and we need to put him center for an inning or two, we'll do that. But predominantly, right field."

OF | Jake Locker | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Draft
NFL Draft prospect Jake Locker could elect to start a professional baseball career if there is an NFL work stoppage or if he is unable to agree to terms with an NFL team, reports ESPNLosAngeles.com. Locker was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 10th round of the 2009 draft and gave him a $250,000 signing bonus, which allows them to hold his rights until August of 2015. Locker has traveled to Arizona from time to time to work out at the Angels' minor league facility and has done everything to live up to his obligations of the contract. Locker played baseball at Ferndale High School in Washington and was a standout pitcher and outfielder; he also played college baseball summer league in 2008.

OF | Alfonso Soriano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo is optimistic that OF Alfonso Soriano will have a solid season in 2011, according to ESPNChicago.com. "We're really trying to stress the mechanical part and the approach that goes with every situation. Sori did well last year. I expect him to do better. I think he has a better understanding of what he and I tried to accomplish so I expect a good year from Sori," Jaramillo said.

OF | Seth Smith | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Seth Smith could hit second in the lineup if he proves he can be an everyday player and face left-handed pitching, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck. 3B Ian Stewart could hit in the six hole behind 1B Todd Helton.

OF | Mike Cameron | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Mike Cameron (abdomen) looks like a new player this spring after suffering from a lower abdomen injury most of last year, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham. "Night and day," Cameron said. "It's fun to be able to play again."

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said OF Carlos Beltran (knee) may serve as the designated hitter in early Grapefruit League games, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton believes he is fixing the mechanical problems that have plagued him so far in his career, according to MLB.com's Bill Chastain. "I've got a good base," Upton said. "I know what I need to do. I think the biggest thing is just sticking with it this year, and when things aren't going well, don't steer away from it - stick with what I know." Upton wants to focus on being more consistent at the plate this year. He is in great shape this spring and has added 10 extra pounds, weighing in at 193 pounds.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Vicente Padilla | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Dodgers SP Vicente Padilla (elbow) will have surgery Thursday, Feb. 24, to free up a nerve that is entrapped in his right forearm, according to the Dodgers' official Twitter page. A timetable for his return will be determined after the procedure.

SP | Kevin Millwood | free agent | Free Agents
Rival executives have speculated the St. Louis Cardinals would pursue free-agent SP Kevin Millwood (Orioles) if they lost SP Adam Wainwright (elbow) for a significant portion of the season, ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney reports.

SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals have their five starting pitchers lined up for the 2011 season, according to The Associated Press. SP's Livan Hernandez, John Lannan, Jordan Zimmermann, Jason Marquis and Tom Gorzelanny are ticketed for rotation duty.

SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco may have earned a spot in the starting rotation, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. "I think Carrasco has done enough in Triple-A already," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "And he pitched well enough for us last year in September that he's got a leg up on that [fourth] spot in the rotation. We're not saying that a guy like him, or a few more that we're not going to mention here, could probably pitch themselves out."

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Hiroki Kuroda is throwing a cutter pitch for the first time this year, according to Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times.

SP | Dustin McGowan | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Dustin McGowan (shoulder) threw a few breaking pitches for the first time during his fourth bullpen session Tuesday, Feb. 22, reports John Lott, of the National Post. "The fact that there's been no need for additional rest or downtime in between his bullpen sessions is probably the biggest indication of what's taking place physically with him," manager John Farrell said.

SP | Dave Bush | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Dave Bush is a candidate for long relief, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com

SP | Carlos Zambrano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Carlos Zambrano said Tuesday, Feb. 22, that he is over his anger management issues, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com. "It's all done -- I'm cured," Zambrano said. Zambrano was ordered to undergo counseling last year when he was placed on the Restricted List after a dugout tantrum June 25.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to start the Grapefruit League game Monday, Feb. 28, against the Minnesota Twins, reports Evan Drellich, of MLB.com.

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett has been tabbed to start the Grapefruit League opener Sunday, Feb. 27, against the Minnesota Twins, reports Evan Drellich, of MLB.com.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz is scheduled to work in relief in the Grapefruit League opener Sunday, Feb. 27, against the Minnesota Twins, reports Evan Drellich, of MLB.com.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum confirmed Tuesday, Feb. 22, that he will start the Cactus League opener Friday, Feb. 25, against the Arizona Diamondbacks, reports Andrew Baggarly, of the San Jose Mercury News.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates Ps Brian Burres, Jeff Karstens, Brad Lincoln, Daniel McCutchen and Charlie Morton are each scheduled to throw batting practice sessions Wednesday, Feb. 23, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com. These five have the best shot of making a run for the fifth spot in the rotation.

SP | Paul Maholm | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is optimistic about his top four pitchers in the starting rotation, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com. SPs Paul Maholm, James McDonald, Kevin Correia and Ross Ohlendorf each threw their second session of batting practice Tuesday, Feb. 22. "I'm seeing the things I want to see out of the guys that we already have lined up in the starting rotation," Hurdle said. "They are all working extremely hard. That's the thing I'm most optimistic about."

SP | Aaron Cook | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Aaron Cook (shoulder) was able to play catch Tuesday, Feb. 22, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post. Cook had also been battling an illness.

SP | Anthony Reyes | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta said Tuesday, Feb. 22, that SP Anthony Reyes is a "sleeper" for the fifth starter job, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Reyes is in the running with Ps Jeanmar Gomez, David Huff, Aaron Laffey and Josh Tomlin, among others, for the job. Acta added that the list is likely to be narrowed by mid-March.

SP | Brett Cecil | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said Tuesday, Feb. 22, that SP Brett Cecil is likely to start the first Grapefruit League game Saturday, Feb. 26, reports Mark Zwolinski, of The Toronto Star.

SP | Mark Buehrle | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Mark Buehrle is expected to start the team's Opening Day game against the Cleveland Indians, according to SportingNews.com. If Buehrle does start, it will extend his club record of Opening Day starts to nine.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) will have a light day Wednesday, Feb. 23, followed by two days of heavy long toss and then another light day, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett. The team will then decide if Webb should get back on a mound.

SP | Clayton Richard | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley said SP Clayton Richard is making strides with his changeup in spring training, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Bill Center. The changeup will give Richard three offspeed pitches.

SP | C.J. Wilson | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP C.J. Wilson has been named the team's Opening Day starter for their game against the Boston Red Sox, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. "He deserves it," manager Ron Washington said. "He won 15 games last year and he's the guy we've got left on the pitching staff that can handle the situation."

SP | Mat Latos | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SPs Mat Latos, Clayton Richard and Aaron Harang are all candidates to start the team's Opening Day game this year, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Bill Center.

SP | Kevin Mulvey | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Kevin Mulvey (elbow) almost has complete extension of his elbow back after undergoing surgery to have bone chips removed from his elbow last year, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro. "That's your release point," Mulvey said. "If you're releasing the ball at 100 percent as opposed to 75 percent, if you're out here in front and get full extension, that's a little different. You'll probably get a little bit more velocity, a little bit more movement. But I'm not saying I'm all of a sudden going to be throwing 100 mph. Hopefully, I can get a little bit more extension and pitch better."

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson (hamstring) played catch Tuesday, Feb. 22, and said he is "almost 100 percent," according to The Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney. Hellickson hopes he can return to the mound this weekend.

SP | Pat Misch | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Pat Misch could be the team's primary long reliever this year with SPs Chris Young and Chris Capuano the favorites for the final two spots in the rotation, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin.

SP | Eric Hurley | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers P Eric Hurley (hamstring) is dealing with a mild right hamstring strain and will not throw off a mound Tuesday, Feb. 22, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett. The team does not believe the injury is serious.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (side) threw 40 pitches to hitters in a batting practice session Tuesday, Feb. 22, and he is back on target with the other pitchers, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb reports.


Relief Pitcher

RP | David Aardsma | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Seattle Mariners CL David Aardsma (hip) walked into the complex without crutches for the first time Wednesday, Feb. 23, The Tacoma News Tribune's Larry LaRue reports.

RP | Miguel Batista | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals RP Miguel Batista is a heavy favorite for the team's seventh relief spot, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach. Both manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan are happy with what they have seen so far.

RP | Chad Gaudin | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Chad Gaudin will start the team's first exhibition game Monday, Feb. 28, against the New York Mets, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. SP Livan Hernandez will pitch the second game the next day. Gaudin is fighting for a rotation spot.

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Frank Francisco (shoulder) will have his workouts scaled back for a few days, as he has been having difficulty getting his shoulder loose during the early days of spring training, reports John Lott, of the National Post. "This is something that's been consistent with his spring trainings in the past," manager John Farrell said Tuesday, Feb. 22. "There's not an injury here, per se."

RP | Chad Cordero | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury
Toronto Blue Jays RP Chad Cordero (shoulder) missed his scheduled bullpen session Tuesday, Feb. 22, due to "some inflammation in his shoulder", according to manager John Farrell, reports John Lott, of the National Post.

RP | Scott Feldman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Scott Feldman (knee) is still recovering from knee surgery and likely won't be available until at least May 1, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com.

RP | Yhency Brazoban | Texas Rangers | Transaction
Texas Rangers RP Yhency Brazoban has been moved to the team's big league camp, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. Brazoban signed a minor league deal Dec. 16.

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (back) still hasn't joined teammates for on-field workouts due to his back injury, although he said Tuesday, Feb. 22, that he didn't have any trouble after his bullpen session Monday, Feb. 21, reports Andrew Baggarly, of the San Jose Mercury News.

RP | Jose Ascanio | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jose Ascanio (elbow) experienced some tightness in his right elbow after throwing Monday, Feb. 21, and the team will be cautious with him, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch. Ascanio is listed as day-to-day and is not expected to miss much time.

RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said RP Jose Valverde will be on a strict pitch count this year, according to The Associated Press. "He will never get to 60 pitches again, I promise," Leyland said. "I don't care what the situation is, I am getting him out of there."

RP | Jason Bergmann | Boston Red Sox | Injury
Boston Red Sox RP Jason Bergmann (shoulder) has yet to resume throwing, but the strength in his shoulder has improved, according to MLB.com's Evan Drellich.

RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Jonathan Papelbon (illness) did not go on the field Tuesday, Feb. 22, because he is dealing with an illness, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham.

RP | Alberto Arias | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros signed RP Alberto Arias to a one-year deal for the 2011 season Monday, Feb. 21, according to The Sports Network. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

RP | Joel Zumaya | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers RP Joel Zumaya (elbow) has been impressive early in camp, according to manager Jim Leyland, Mlive.com's Steve Kornacki reports.

RP | Michael Wuertz | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Oakland Athletics RP Michael Wuertz (shoulder) will be shut down for a few days due to right shoulder soreness, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports. Wuertz said he has this issue every spring, and he's just going to take a few days off as a precaution.

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