Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 28, 2011 @ 09:14:07 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols has impressed many by the condition he is in this spring, but he said he's at the same playing weight and didn't do anything different this offseason, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss reports.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) is scheduled for an appointment on an unknown date to see a specialist in Pittsburgh in order to be cleared to play in spring games, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III reports.

1B | James Loney | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 1B James Loney said he thinks he can hit for more power this season by not overswinging, the Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez reports. "The more I stay on balance, the more I do the right things consistently, the more of a chance there is for that to happen," Loney said.

1B | Russell Branyan | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Russell Branyan had two singles in two at-bats Sunday, Feb. 27, against the San Francisco Giants, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. 1B Juan Miranda, competing with Branyan and 1B Brandon Allen for the starting job at first base, had a key two-run single.

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge used 1B Justin Smoak in the cleanup spot in the Cactus League game Sunday, Feb. 27, against the San Diego Padres, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. Smoak had a hit in two at-bats with a run scored and sacrifice fly.

1B | Paul Goldschmidt | Arizona Diamondbacks | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said 1B Paul Goldschmidt should not be ruled out of the competition for the first base job, according to Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com. Goldschmidt, who spent last season playing high-A ball, was the 2010 California League Player of the Year and tied for third in the minor leagues with 35 home runs.

1B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Confirming previous reports, Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera will be in the lineup against the New York Yankees Monday, Feb. 28, as the designated hitter, according to The Associated Press.

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton will not play in the Cactus League opener Saturday, Feb. 26, reports The Associated Press. There is no injury, he is just being held out. "I just don't want to put Helton out there just yet," manager Jim Tracy said Friday, Feb. 25. "You'll see him out there soon."

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Adam Lind hit third in the lineup with OF Jose Bautista hitting fourth Friday, Feb. 25, after they were flopped in the order the previous day, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. Lind has expressed a desire not to be in the fourth spot in past seasons, but seems more open to the idea now. "If we have the ability to break up a string of righties with that situation, it's something we'll take a look at," manager John Farrell said. "The biggest key (for Lind) is driving the ball to left-center like he did. Regardless if it's an intrasquad game or a regular-season game, staying on the ball the other way I think is important for his swing execution and being a consistent, productive hitter."

1B | Kendry Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendry Morales (leg) is still not running near 100 percent and will not be ready to play in spring games any time soon, according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett. Morales may not play in a game for another two weeks, however, manager Mike Scioscia is still optimistic that Morales will be ready for Opening Day. He could begin serving as the designated hitter in games before then and could also see action in minor league games. Scioscia said Morales is running on a treadmill and carrying only 60 to 70 percent of his body weight. "We know there's a range with an injury like this of when a guy is going to be where he needs to be," Scioscia said. "He's doing very well with his running program on the treadmill. He's doing agilities. He's participating in all our PFP (pitchers' fielding practice) and defensive drills at first base." Thirty to 40 at-bats in spring games is a target for Morales.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez (shoulder) took 45 swings off a tee Friday, Feb. 25, and is ready to move on to soft toss, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham.


Second Baseman

2B | Aaron Hill | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill (quadriceps) might be ready to return to Grapefruit League game action by mid-week, reports Richard Griffin, of The Toronto Star.

2B | Ronnie Belliard | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees 2B Ronnie Belliard (calf) was scratched from the lineup Sunday, Feb. 27, due to a strained right calf, reports Wallace Matthews, of ESPNNewYork.com.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Derrek Lee (thumb) and 2B Brian Roberts (neck) both took batting practice Sunday, Feb. 27, according to MLB.com's Chris Girandola. They did not take part in the intrasquad scrimmage despite not feeling any discomfort.

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said the team had spoken to the agent of 2B Brandon Phillips about a contract extension last fall and plans to discuss the topic again during spring training, according to John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer. "I want to stay here," Phillips said. "I love it here. Love the city of Cincinnati. I love the fans. The Reds gave me a second chance to come here and live my dream. I've been blessed. I want to give back to the city. I want to be the type of person Barry Larkin was to the city. It would be nice to be here for the rest of my career."

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington intends to use 2B Ian Kinsler as his leadoff hitter and SS Elvis Andrus as his No. 2 hitter during the regular season, after having experimented with this lineup change in two recent intrasquad games, according to Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News. The rest of the batting order includes OF Josh Hamilton hitting third, followed by 3B Adrian Beltre, OF Nelson Cruz, DH Michael Young, 1B Mitch Moreland, C Yorvit Torrealba and OF Julio Borbon.

2B | Gordon Beckham | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox have signed Ps Anthony Carter, Kyle Cofield, Freddy Dolsi, Lucas Harrell, Gregory Infante, Nate Jones, Jeff Marquez, Jhonny Nunez, Chris Sale and Sergio Santos, C Tyler Flowers, IFs Gordon Beckham, Eduardo Escobar, Brent Lillibridge and Brent Morel and OFs Alejandro De Aza and Stefan Gartrell to one-year contracts, according to The Associated Press.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee) underwent an MRI exam on his right knee Saturday, Feb. 26, which revealed patellar tendinitis, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. He is listed as day-to-day. Surgery is not expected and he is not scheduled to receive a cortisone injection.

2B | Eric Young Jr. | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 2B Eric Young Jr. (leg) will not be available for the Cactus League game Saturday, Feb. 26, reports The Associated Press.

2B | Chris Getz | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals signed OF Mitch Maier, OF Gregor Blanco, 2B Chris Getz, P Sean O'Sullivan, P Jeremy Jeffress and P Greg Holland to one-year deals Friday, Feb. 25, according to The Sports Network. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano desires to bat third in the lineup, according to Bob Klapisch of The Bergen Record. "Man, I wish," said Cano. Such a move would result in 1B Mark Teixeira being dropped to fifth in the lineup.


Shortstop

SS | Jack Wilson | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SS Jack Wilson had a pair of hits and three RBI in Cactus League action Sunday, Feb. 27, against the San Diego Padres, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. Wilson is competing with 2B Brendan Ryan for the starting job at shortstop this spring.

SS | Cliff Pennington | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics SS Cliff Pennington (shoulder) is now hitting from both sides of the plate, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle. Pennington has been instructed not to dive for balls, and he is still not expected to play in the first week or two of Cactus League games.

SS | Josh Horton | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Geren said Saturday, Feb. 26, that SS Josh Horton might be a little ahead of most of the players in camp when it comes to swinging the bat because he played three weeks in winter ball, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle. Horton is considered a long shot to win a backup infielder job out of camp. In addition to playing shortstop, he can also play second and third base.

SS | Adam Rosales | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics IF Adam Rosales (foot) is expected to be sidelined for the first month of the regular season, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

SS | Tommy Manzella | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with SS Tommy Manzella and RP Mark Melancon, according to The Cypress Times. Manzella's deal is worth $424,000, while Melancon will make $421,000.

SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins (personal) is back at camp and he will start in the Grapefruit League game Saturday, Feb. 26, against the New York Yankees in his first game action of the spring, reports Matt Gelb, of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

SS | Maicer Izturis | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim may use a third-base-by-committee approach this season, consisting of 3Bs Maicer Izturis, Alberto Callaspo and Brandon Wood, according to Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register.

SS | Paul Janish | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Paul Janish is eager to prove himself worthy of being named the team's everyday shortstop, reports John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I spent the whole offseason in anticipation of that," said Janish. "Without a doubt, I'm really fired to get going."


Third Baseman

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B Allen Craig is in the lineup in place of 3B David Freese (ankle) Monday, Feb. 28, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss reports. OF Lance Berkman (elbow) is in the lineup, as expected.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (knee) is in the lineup for the second straight day as the designated hitter Monday, Feb. 28, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

3B | Ty Wigginton | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ty Wigginton could see considerable time in right field this season behind OF Seth Smith, The Denver Post's Jim Armstrong reports.

3B | Mat Gamel | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Updating previous reports, Milwaukee Brewers 3B Mat Gamel (oblique) has made progress since being shut down with a strained oblique, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports. Manager Ron Roenicke said Gamel could resume swinging in the next couple of days.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre (calf) is expected to be ready to play in Cactus League games around March 10, reports Jeff Caplan, of ESPNDallas.com. A report came out over the weekend which suggested Beltre's calf strain might keep him out up to a month, putting him in jeopardy for Opening Day April 1. "[We] still feel it's two weeks," assistant general manager Thad Levine said Sunday, Feb. 27.

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart (knee) said Sunday, Feb. 27, that he has a low-grade sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, and he will be out of game action for the next five to six days, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. Stewart was injured in a collision with OF Carlos Gonzalez (shin) in Cactus League action Saturday, Feb. 26.

3B | Andy LaRoche | Oakland Athletics | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics are trying to identify someone to fill their utility infielder role, with IFs Steven Tolleson, Andy LaRoche and Eric Sogard expected to be the top candidates, according to Joe Stiglich of The Mercury News. Tolleson is considered the best all-around fielder, LaRoche has the most major league experience and Sogard is the only one of the three currently on the 40-man roster, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The team would prefer that SS Grant Green begin the season in the minors, most likely at Double-A Midland.

3B | Danny Valencia | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with Ps David Bromberg, Alex Burnett, Scott Diamond, Brian Duensing, Deolis Guerra, Eric Hacker, Jim Hoey, Dusty Hughes, Jeff Manship, Jose Mijares, Anthony Slama and Anthony Swarzak, C Drew Butera, IFs Luke Hughes, Chris Parmelee, Trevor Plouffe, Matt Tolbert and Danny Valencia and OFs Joe Benson, Ben Revere and Rene Tosoni on one-year contracts, according to USAToday.com.

3B | Casey McGehee | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Three Milwaukee Brewers players are still unsigned, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. Brewers CL John Axford, 3B Casey McGehee and P Mark Rogers are the unsigned players.

3B | Mark Teahen | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Mark Teahen (personal) left camp Friday, Feb. 25, to tend to a family health matter, reports Scott Merkin, of MLB.com. Manager Ozzie Guillen said he doesn't believe Teahen's short-term absence will have any effect on Teahen's battle with 3B Brent Morel for a starting job.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis will bat cleanup and play third base in the team's Saturday, Feb. 26, exhibition game, reports Ian Browne of MLB.com. "It will be good to get out there and play a game and go get some reps in," said Youkilis, who is moving back to third base after the team parted ways with 3B Adrian Beltre and signed 1B Adrian Gonzalez.


Catcher

C | Jesus Montero | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees C Jesus Montero has earned praise from the coaches on his defense early in camp, the New York Post's George A. King III reports.

C | Matt Treanor | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said Sunday, Feb. 27, that C Matt Treanor will be the personal catcher for SP C.J. Wilson, reports T.R. Sullivan. Washington used the combination down the stretch and into the playoffs last season. "I'm not going to mess with success," Washington said. This news might mean Treanor will be the team's Opening Day catcher, as Wilson has already been tabbed for the starting assignment. However, Washington indicated that he is "not ready to announce [his] Opening Day lineup in February."

C | Josh Donaldson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C Josh Donaldson (knee) had recovered enough from a bruised knee to participate in an intrasquad game Saturday, Feb. 26, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

C | Francisco Cervelli | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees C Francisco Cervelli is getting pointers in spring camp from former Yankee C Yogi Berra, according to Ben Shpigel of The New York Times. "He said, 'You look much better, more quiet behind the plate, less movement,' " Cervelli said. "I like when those kind of guys talk to you. They know what they're doing."

C | Wilin Rosario | Colorado Rockies | Injury
Colorado Rockies C Wilin Rosario (knee) will not be available for the Cactus League game Saturday, Feb. 26, reports The Associated Press. Rosario is making his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in August.

C | Jesus Flores | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals are most likely to trade one of their catchers for pitching this spring, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. C Jesus Flores is the most likely candidate. The team also has Cs Ivan Rodriguez, Wilson Ramos and Derek Norris on roster.

C | John Jaso | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is impressed with the way C John Jaso performs at the top of the lineup, and he may keep him there, according to the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin. Jaso will be at the top of the order again Saturday, Feb. 26. The lineup will start with Jaso, followed by OF Johnny Damon, 3B Evan Longoria, OF Manny Ramirez, 2B Ben Zobrist, OF B.J. Upton, 1B Dan Johnson, 2B Sean Rodriguez and SS Reid Brignac.

C | Russell Martin | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees C Russell Martin (knee) will serve as the designated hitter in spring games before he catches, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. Martin is still feeling some pain in his right knee.

C | Jose Molina | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C Jose Molina, who became SP Brandon Morrow's personal catcher last year, is likely ticketed for the same role again this year, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. The situation is unlikely to affect C J.P. Arencibia's expected playing time.

C | Jeff Mathis | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Jeff Mathis will not be the guaranteed full-time catcher this year, according to the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna. Cs Hank Conger and Bobby Wilson are fighting for playing time behind Mathis. "There's going to be competition for not only roster spots but playing time, and Hank is in the middle of that," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He showed in September he is really advanced as far as what a catcher needs to do in calling and running a game." However, Conger remains a long shot due to his inexperience.

C | J.R. Towles | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros C J.R. Towles took ground balls at first base Friday, Feb. 25, and will see some time at third base and in the outfield this spring, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. Manager Bradley Mills said Towles could play first in some spring games.


Outfielder

OF | Mike Stanton | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Florida Marlins OF Mike Stanton (quadriceps) felt better Monday, Feb. 28, but it's too early to speculate on when he'll return, manager Edwin Rodriguez told the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi reports. They'll know more in two or three days.

OF | Greg Golson | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees OF Greg Golson (head) was carted off Sunday, Feb. 27, after he was hit in the head by SP A.J. Burnett in a batting practice session, the New York Post's George A. King III reports.

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran has accepted moving from center field to right field, while OF Angel Pagan patrols center field this season, ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reports.

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B Allen Craig is in the lineup in place of 3B David Freese (ankle) Monday, Feb. 28, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss reports. OF Lance Berkman (elbow) is in the lineup, as expected.

OF | J.D. Martinez | Houston Astros | Injury
Houston Astros OF J.D. Martinez (quadriceps) will miss a couple of days due to a tight quad, MLB.com's Alyson Footer reports.

OF | Nick Stavinoha | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals OF Nick Stavinoha is working behind the plate at catcher to add to his versatility and improve his chances of making the team this spring, MLB.com's Matthew Leach reports. Stavinoha also lost weight in the offseason and said he's fully recovered from a right shoulder injury that limited his throwing.

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Corey Hart (side) will miss the spring opener Monday, Feb. 28, as he plans to see a doctor to have his sore left side examined, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports. Hart tweaked a muscle along his rib cage in a throwing drill Saturday, Feb. 26. Manager Ron Roenicke said Hart would miss "a few days right now, and hopefully not more than that.

OF | Travis Snider | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Travis Snider (rib cage) was able to take swings against live pitching Sunday, Feb. 27, reports Richard Griffin, of The Toronto Star.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo (elbow) has mild elbow soreness, and it is not related to his Tommy John surgery back in 2007, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Choo expects to be back in right field by the end of the week.

OF | Craig Gentry | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Craig Gentry (wrist) is starting to take batting practice, although he is still behind in camp after wrist surgery in August, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. The team still expects him to be ready for Opening Day.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Sunday, Feb. 27, that OF Carlos Gonzalez (shin) has a bruised right shin, and he will be held out of action Monday, Feb. 28, against the Arizona Diamondbacks, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. Gonzalez was injured in a collision with 3B Ian Stewart (knee) in Cactus League action Saturday, Feb. 26.

OF | Kosuke Fukudome | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade said OF Kosuke Fukudome appears to be the favorite to leadoff, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com. In 181 at-bats in 2010 out of the top spot, he batted a paltry .193 (35-for-181). Fukudome was 0-for-2 with a walk, strikeout and run scored in Cactus League action Sunday, Feb. 27, against the Oakland Athletics while batting first in Quade's order.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp had a grand slam in a Cactus League game Sunday, Feb. 27, against the Chicago Cubs, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com. Crisp hit the homer off Cubs SP Matt Garza, who he is 1-for-13 lifetime during the regular season.

OF | Ryan Sweeney | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics DH Ryan Sweeney (knee) served as the designated hitter Sunday, Feb. 27, and he will not be cleared to play the outfield until sometime between March 7-9, according to manager Bob Geren, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com.

OF | Michael Choice | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Michael Choice is getting his first taste of the big-league camp, and he had a ringing two-run single in the team's first intersquad game, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle. The team's top pick in 2010, Choice batted .284 with seven homers and 26 RBI in 27 games at short-season Vancouver last season. "I just want to continue to get better," Choice said.

OF | Xavier Nady | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Arizona Diamondbacks OF Xavier Nady (shoulder) took it easy on the five throws he had to make from left field during an exhibition game against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Feb. 25, and didn't attempt to throw out a runner at the plate from second base on a two-out single, according to Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com. "I hate to say it, but it's still going to be an issue," Nady said regarding his arm strength. "I'm a lot more behind than I think. Not just from a physical standpoint but from a mental, especially when you haven't aired it out almost two years. That's a big hurdle. Eventually it should be a non-issue all season."

OF | Chris Carter | Oakland Athletics | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane said he hasn't necessarily expected OFs Chris Carter and Michael Taylor to be further along in their development at this point, according to Joe Stiglich of The Mercury News. "I think, quite frankly, Chris has moved very quickly, given where he was when we acquired him and where he is now. In Michael's case, he finished (the 2009 season) in Triple-A and did quite well. So we know he's capable of playing at that level. The fact of the matter is, they're both right there, and they're really just a phone call away." Although this season's outfield situation appears crowded, none of the currently projected starting outfielders (Josh Willingham, David DeJesus and Coco Crisp) are signed beyond 2011.

OF | Conor Jackson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Conor Jackson said he feels healthy after having undergone successful sports hernia surgery last September, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee. He added 20 pounds during the offseason while undergoing rehab on a daily basis at API in Southern California, in order to get closer to his normal playing weight. Jackson has also kept his core muscles active through a variety of exercises, such as Pilates and yoga.

OF | Nate McLouth | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Nate McLouth (foot) was hit on the right foot by a pitched ball Saturday, Feb. 26, in the fifth inning, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman. He was immediately removed from the game but is OK.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Michael Cuddyer (foot) could miss the next few days because of a painful wart on his left foot, according to The Associated Press. Cuddyer tried to treat the wart himself with medication this winter, but it ended up getting infected. It is possible Cuddyer will need a doctor to remove the wart, which would keep him out for a few days.

OF | Andy Dirks | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks is in the running for a backup spot in the outfield, according to Detroit Free Press reporter John Lowe.

OF | Ryan Spilborghs | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Ryan Spilborghs is expected to be used as a backup at all three outfield positions, reports The Associated Press.

OF | Jonny Gomes | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jonny Gomes said Thursday, Feb. 24, that he has "reached out" to the St. Louis Cardinals to squash any potential hard feelings over a report that he was singing and celebrating in response to news of SP Adam Wainwright's elbow injury, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. Gomes strongly denied the report and said he hopes to speak personally with Wainwright, who is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire 2011 season.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler has been encouraged to bunt more in the spring by manager Jim Tracy, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post. Fowler has been working on bunting from the left side in practice.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves and manager Fredi Gonzalez are not afraid to count on young players at the major league level, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman. OF Jason Heyward, 1B Freddie Freeman and RP Craig Kimbrel will all be counted on as full-time players. "I think they do a great job of developing their minor league players here," SP Tim Hudson said. "But I think at the same time, those young players have to be good enough to be able to come and contribute and help us win. I don't think they're just going to bring a guy up just to bring a guy up."

OF | Cody Ross | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Cody Ross (migraine) was forced to leave his team's Friday, Feb. 25, Cactus League game early due to a migraine headache, reports Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

OF | Chris Coghlan | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez has tabbed OF Chris Coghlan (knee) as the team's leadoff hitter this year, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. 2B Omar Infante is expected to hit second. Coghlan will have scheduled days off this spring to keep his knee fresh after offseason surgery.

OF | Scott Podsednik | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Scott Podsednik (foot) took swings in the cage Friday, Feb. 25, but is still not running, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. Podsednik is optimistic that he will be back on the field in less than two weeks.

OF | J.D. Drew | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF J.D. Drew (hamstring) will see his first game action of the spring Monday, Feb. 28, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe.

OF | Trevor Crowe | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians OF Trevor Crowe (shoulder, elbow) is being limited this spring due to shoulder fatigue, not his surgically repaired elbow, according to Jordan Bastain of MLB.com. "It's just kind of a day-to-day thing," said Crowe. "We have to wait until it calms down to a point where I can start playing catch and continue to build and go from there."

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury (illness) is back with the team Friday, Feb. 25, and is ready to play in the team's spring game Saturday, Feb. 26, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) is taking it slow this spring as he works his way back from microfracture surgery on his left knee, reports Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com. "I'd like to be out there with the guys instead of doing my own program," Sizemore said. "But we're taking slow steps."


Starting Pitcher

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Injury
Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran (back) is bothered by a minor back problem, Macon Georgia News' Bill Shanks reports.

SP | Javier Vazquez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Javier Vazquez topped out at 88 mph Sunday, Feb. 27, but the team isn't concerned because it's so early in spring, the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi reports.

SP | Scott Olsen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Pirates SP Scott Olsen (hamstring) is scheduled to throw his third side session Monday, Feb. 28, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett (head) was visited by a trainer in the outfield during batting practice after he was hit in the head by a ball Monday, Feb. 28, The Boston Globe's Amalie Benjamin reports. He had his hand on his head as he walked off the field into the clubhouse.

SP | Anthony Reyes | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians SP Anthony Reyes (elbow) is behind schedule due to right elbow soreness, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. There's no timetable for him to make his spring debut. He was examined recently but doesn't have any structural damage in the joint, but the team is being cautious.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (elbow) is scheduled to have Tommy John surgery Monday, Feb. 28, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss reports.

SP | Andrew Brackman | New York Yankees | Injury
Updating previous reports, New York Yankees P Andrew Brackman (groin) came out of his work Sunday, Feb. 27, fine and should be back on the mound Tuesday, March 1, Newsday's Erik Boland reports.

SP | Scott Baker | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Twins SP Scott Baker (elbow) threw in the bullpen without issues Sunday, Feb. 27, and is primed to start Tuesday, March 1, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III reports.

SP | Jesse Litsch | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Jesse Litsch allowed a hit in two scoreless innings with one strikeout in a relief appearance Sunday, Feb. 27, against the Detroit Tigers. Litsch is competing with several others for the fifth starter job.

SP | Marc Rzepczynski | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Marc Rzepczynski worked two perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts in his start Sunday, Feb. 27, in Grapefruit League action against the Detroit Tigers. Rzepczynski is among the candidates for the fifth starter job.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy allowed two earned runs and three hits in two innings of work in a relief appearance Sunday, Feb. 27, against the New York Mets. On a positive note, he was able to strike out three batters. Beachy is competing with SPs Rodrigo Lopez and Mike Minor for the fifth starter job.

SP | Rodrigo Lopez | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Rodrigo Lopez allowed a hit and a walk with one strikeout in two scoreless innings in a start Sunday, Feb. 27, against the New York Mets. The veteran Lopez is locked in a three-way competition with SPs Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor for the fifth starter job.

SP | Mike Minor | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor worked two perfect innings in Grapefruit League action Sunday, Feb. 27, against the New York Mets. Minor is battling SPs Brandon Beachy and Rodrigo Lopez for the fifth starter job.

SP | Sam LeCure | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Sam LeCure worked two scoreless innings, allowing two hits with four strikeouts, in a relief appearance in Cactus League action Sunday, Feb. 27, against the Cleveland Indians, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. LeCure is in the mix for the fifth starter job.

SP | Josh Tomlin | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Josh Tomlin allowed a hit and no walks with one strikeout in two scoreless innings in Cactus League action Sunday, Feb. 27, against the Cincinnati Reds, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Tomlin is in the hunt for the team's fifth starter job.

SP | Eric Hurley | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Eric Hurley (hamstring) was able to throw batting practice Sunday, Feb. 27, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com.

SP | Ian Kennedy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Ian Kennedy was not particularly sharp Sunday, Feb. 27, against the San Francisco Giants, but he said he felt good and was pleased with his work, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. Kennedy allowed two runs, four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in two innings. "First outing, he threw the ball well and his arm feels good," manager Kirk Gibson said. "That's encouraging."

SP | Jarrod Parker | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Jarrod Parker (elbow) is scheduled to pitch in the Cactus League game Monday, Feb. 28, against the Colorado Rockies, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. Parker, one of the team's top prospects, missed the entire 2010 season due to Tommy John surgery.

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Tim Stauffer, competing for the No. 4 spot in the rotation, was pounded for five earned runs, six hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. Stauffer threw just 18 of his 37 pitches for strikes.

SP | Erik Bedard | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Erik Bedard (shoulder) worked a perfect first inning, striking out two batters, in Cactus League action Sunday, Feb. 27, against the San Diego Padres, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. Bedard threw eight of his nine pitches for strikes in his first mound appearance in a game since July 25, 2009.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (0-1) allowed five earned runs, five hits and a walk in two innings in Cactus League action Sunday, Feb. 27, against the Oakland Athletics, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com. Garza served up a grand slam to Athletics OF Coco Crisp. On a bright note, he did get 15 of his 19 pitches over for strikes.

SP | Trevor Cahill | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Trevor Cahill allowed four earned runs, five hits and a walk in just one-third of an inning in a start Sunday, Feb. 27, against the Chicago Cubs in Cactus League action, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com. Cahill faced just seven batters before he was pulled in the first inning.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brandon McCarthy was clocked at 94 mph Friday, according to manager Bob Geren, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

SP | Rich Harden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Oakland Athletics SP Rich Harden (lat) will receive another week of rest before he resumes throwing, as a precautionary measure, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. "We've got lots of time," Harden said. "It's the smart thing to do."

SP | Joe Saunders | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders has added a cut fastball to his repertoire, according to Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com. He threw three cutters in his first spring start Friday, Feb. 25, and although he did not throw the pitch for strikes, he was pleased with the amount of movement on it, calling it a "work in progress." Saunders, who also throws a fastball, curve and changeup, allowed four runs on four hits over 1 2/3 innings in his outing Friday.

SP | Justin Duchscherer | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Orioles SP Justin Duchscherer (hip) threw from a distance of 90 feet Sunday, Feb. 27, and reported no problems, according to Chris Girandola of MLB.com. However, he is still unlikely to make his scheduled start against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, March 2.

SP | Aaron Heilman | Arizona Diamondbacks | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Aaron Heilman, who is competing for one of the final two spots in the starting rotation with three other pitchers, still envisions himself as a starter even though he hasn't started a game since 2005, according to Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com. "I still feel like I have the stuff to do, am physically able to do it and can handle the workload," Heilman said." It's been a while, but things feel good. Sometimes how you would like to be used doesn't always fit in to the needs of the team. You keep working on the things that you want to do and where you want to get to. At the end on the day, you go out there and compete. That's what it's all about and that's why we're all here." Heilman tossed two scoreless innings in his spring training debut Saturday, Feb. 26, against the Colorado Rockies.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) is approximately seven to 10 days behind the other pitchers in spring training camp, according to Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News. However, he has been participating in long-toss sessions on back-to-back days with a day of rest in between. During the winter, Webb was unable to throw from a distance of more than 135 feet but he has since increased his throwing distance to 200 feet.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman said he was on a strict workout program for the first time in his career during the offseason, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun. Tillman, who is battling for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, spent the winter months working out at Athletes' Performance Institute in Los Angeles.

SP | Kyle Drabek | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Kyle Drabek (neck) will not start against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday, Feb. 28, due to a stiff neck, according to Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News. SP Jo-Jo Reyes will start in his place.

SP | Edinson Volquez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Edinson Volquez will not start against the Cleveland Indians Sunday, Feb. 27, because of immigration visa issues, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. Volquez, who is from the Dominican Republic, is currently unable to pitch in games that have paying customers. He will remain in camp and be limited to throwing in simulated games. SP Matt Maloney will start in place of Volquez and pitch two innings Sunday, with P Daryl Thompson following him.

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Chien-Ming Wang (shoulder) threw a 10-minute batting practice session Saturday, Feb. 26, according to The Associated Press. He is expected to make his spring training debut Friday, March 4, at the team's minor league complex, where he will throw one or two innings.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum had one strikeout and was tagged for three runs and five hits Friday, Feb. 25, according to Associated Press reporter Janie McCauley. The Giants ended up winning 7-6 over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

SP | Jason Hammel | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jason Hammel is taking a cholesterol drug called Crestor to lower high cholesterol, which runs in the family. Hammel told MLB.com's Thomas Harding it may have contributed to soreness he suffered last year. He is now on acupuncture and herbal treatments. "I'm sending (the herbs) in to be tested (by MLB), just to make sure. It's all herbal, so it shouldn't be. But it could be what it's being made in, to make sure it isn't contaminated," Hammel said.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez took the mound for the first time for live batting practice Thursday, Feb. 24, though the five batters he faced were ordered not to swing and just tracked the ball while he threw about 35 pitches. "It felt good," Hernandez told MLB.com's Greg Johns. "Not bad for the first time since last season. Nothing different."

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to work two innings in the Cactus League opener Saturday, Feb. 26, reports The Associated Press.

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa will get the start in an intrasquad game Sunday, Feb. 27, reports The Associated Press.

SP | A.J. Burnett | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has flip-flopped his starting rotation for spring, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. SP Phil Hughes will now precede SP A.J. Burnett in the rotation.

SP | Gavin Floyd | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Gavin Floyd is scheduled to start the Cactus League opener Monday, Feb. 28, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, reports Scott Merkin, of MLB.com.

SP | Mark Buehrle | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Mark Buehrle will work two innings in his start Tuesday, March 1, in Cactus League action against the Milwaukee Brewers, reports Scott Merkin, of MLB.com.

SP | Edwin Jackson | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Edwin Jackson will start in the Cactus League game Wednesday, March 2, against the Cincinnati Reds, reports Scott Merkin, of MLB.com.

SP | Scott McGregor | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals have added SP Scott McGregor to the big league camp to absorb innings, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold. McGregor pitched last year at Double-A Springfield.

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks will start in the Cactus League game Thursday, March 3, against the Seattle Mariners, reports Scott Merkin, of MLB.com.

SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels will start the Grapefruit League game Saturday, Feb. 26, against the New York Yankees, reports Matt Gelb, of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Jair Jurrjens is completely healthy and ready for spring training action, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien. "It's like a new beginning," said the Jurrjens, who is scheduled to start and pitch two innings in Saturday's, Feb. 26, Grapefruit League opener against the New York Mets. "For me it's a new season, and it's going to be exciting to go out there and compete in a healthy way. It's going to be like a brand new episode for me."

SP | Jon Garland | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers will skip SP Jon Garland's first scheduled Spring Training start, but not due to an injury or mechanical issues, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. "It's not a red flag," said pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. "It's precautionary in my mind. It's not as much him, as me. This is the first time I've had him in Spring Training, and his offseason throwing program is different than the other guys. He's just started throwing off the mound."

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke, who has a social anxiety disorder, said that he doesn't like to talk to reporters or waste time talking nonsense with teammates because it causes him to spend too much energy, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt. "To talk to people, I have to spend energy talking to them," Greinke said. "If I expend my energy on talking to people and making friends, it takes away from the energy I could focus on getting ready to pitch. I try to avoid nonsense talk."

SP | Paul Maholm | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Paul Maholm will take the mound in his team's Monday, Feb. 28, Grapefruit League matchup with the Baltimore Orioles, according to Chris Girandola of MLB.com.

SP | Brad Bergesen | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SPs Brad Bergesen and Chris Tillman and RP Koji Uehara will pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday, Feb. 28, according to Chris Girandola of MLB.com.

SP | Tom Gorzelanny | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Tom Gorzelanny (illness) suffered from a sinus infection and walking pneumonia two weeks before spring training, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. The team knows Gorzelanny could be a tad behind the other pitchers in some areas and will take some precautions.

SP | Ross Detwiler | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals SP Ross Detwiler (hip) is fully healthy and looking good so far this spring, due to mechanical changes to his delivery, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post.

SP | Craig Italiano | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres SP Craig Italiano (shoulder) has been sidelined in camp with shoulder problems, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Bill Center.

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson (hamstring) will throw a bullpen session Sunday, Feb. 27, and manager Joe Maddon said Hellickson will need four to five bullpen and side sessions before he can appear in a game, according to MLB.com's Bill Chastain.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello is displaying a great sinker in camp this spring, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

SP | Adam Ottavino | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said SP Adam Ottavino (shoulder) is at a disadvantage in the fifth-starter race because he's coming off an injury, MLB.com's Matthew Leach reports. La Russa said if Ottavino is the best, he wouldn't hesitate to use him, though.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Joe Beimel | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joe Beimel (elbow) has no structural damage in his left elbow and should return soon, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel reports.

RP | Matt Thornton | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said RPs Matt Thornton, Chris Sale, Jesse Crain and Sergio Santos are in the mix for the closer job, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

RP | Mark Rogers | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
Milwaukee Brewers RP Mark Rogers signed a one-year deal, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports. Terms weren't disclosed.

RP | Taylor Buchholz | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets RP Taylor Buchholz (hamstring) has hamstring tightness, but says he's fine and won't miss time, the New York Daily News' Andy Martino reports.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Sunday, Feb. 27, that RP J.J. Putz will not make his Cactus League debut until March 7, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. "He's probably only going to throw seven times, maybe eight innings," Gibson said. "He knows what he has to do, he's throwing the ball great, he's lights out. He's going to do bullpens and he liks to do a lot of long toss. He wants to build his arm strength. Different people like to do it different ways."

RP | Angel Guzman | Chicago Cubs | Injury
Chicago Cubs RP Angel Guzman (shoulder) is scheduled to face live hitters Wednesday, March 2, in a live batting practice session, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com. Guzman threw his fourth bullpen session Sunday, Feb. 27. Guzman is making his way back from right shoulder surgery, which wiped out his 2010 season.

RP | Michael Wuertz | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Oakland Athletics RP Michael Wuertz (shoulder) is scheduled to throw Sunday, Feb. 27, and is less than two weeks away from appearing in an exhibition game, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

RP | Pedro Strop | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with RP Pedro Strop on a one-year deal worth $416,000, according to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

RP | Oliver Perez | New York Mets | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said P Oliver Perez has until March 10 to prove his case as a starting pitcher, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers Cs Kevin Cash and Mike Napoli raved about RP Neftali Feliz's breaking ball after his appearance in an intrasquad game Friday, Feb. 25, according to Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News. "It wasn't fun," said Napoli, who struck out looking against Feliz. "It absolutely buckled me. He's a good pitcher. I'm glad I'm on his side, now." Napoli added that when he played for the Angels last season, batters noticed that Feliz's arm slowed up whenever he was about to throw a breaking ball, but said there was no noticeable difference during Friday's game.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to terms with RP John Axford on a one-year contract, according to USAToday.com.

RP | Danys Baez | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies RP Danys Baez allowed five earned runs on five hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning in a "B" game against the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday, Feb. 26, according to Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer. His spot on the 25-man roster is not considered to be in jeopardy, although a poor spring could change things.

RP | Chad Durbin | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Indians RP Chad Durbin will undergo a physical Monday, Feb. 28, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

RP | Dennys Reyes | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Dennys Reyes has a clause in his contract allowing him to opt out of his deal Saturday, March 26, according to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford.

RP | Cla Meredith | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Cla Meredith (elbow) underwent a second MRI exam on his right elbow after his second workout of the spring was cut short, according to Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com. Dye was injected into his elbow to determine if there was any structural damage but the results of the exam are unknown.

RP | David Purcey | Toronto Blue Jays | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RPs Jesse Carlson and David Purcey are vying to become the team's top left-handed reliever, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm. Purcey is expected to be the favorite because he is out of options and would have to be put on waivers if he does not make the 25-man roster.

RP | Joe Nathan | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins CL Joe Nathan (elbow) will take the mound in a game for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last March when the Twins host the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, March 1, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier.

RP | Dontrelle Willis | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Dontrelle Willis has gotten rid of his high leg kick, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay, and he has impressed coaches in camp. "I thought he really looked good," pitching coach Bryan Price said. "I was very pleased."

RP | Jose Contreras | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies RPs Danys Baez and Jose Contreras are among the scheduled pitchers set to work in a minor-league B game in the morning Saturday, Feb. 26, reports Matt Gelb, of the Philadlephia Inquirer.

RP | Blaine Boyer | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets RP Blaine Boyer (back) is expected to pitch in relief Saturday, Feb. 26, after being scratched with a stiff back Friday, Feb. 25, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

RP | Evan Meek | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Evan Meek (calf) threw long toss and pitched off flat ground Friday, Feb. 25, but it's not known when he'll throw off the mound again, reports Evan Drellich of MLB.com. "There's no rush," said pitching coach Ray Searage. "I want to make sure he's 110 percent before I send his butt out there."

RP | Kyle McClellan | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals RP Kyle McClellan, who is now on a starter's program in spring training, said he is working to develop four pitches, according to The Associated Press. He also started throwing from the windup Thursday, Feb. 24.

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Frank Francisco (shoulder) felt fine after throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session Thursday, Feb. 24, and took part in long toss Friday, Feb. 25, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. Francisco will now rest for three days before getting back on the mound, and manager John Farrell said Francisco is on track to appear in a spring game during the second week of the schedule.

RP | Heath Bell | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres RP Heath Bell (calf) will throw and do his first running drills Friday, Feb. 25, since straining his calf on the first day of spring training, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Bill Center.

RP | Joel Zumaya | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said RP Joel Zumaya (elbow) looks as good as he has ever looked this spring, ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney reports.

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