Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 2, 2011 @ 08:59:35 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez (shoulder) took 75 tee and soft-toss swings Wednesday, March 2, and will take batting practice in the cage Friday, March 4, WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reports. Manager Terry Francona said A-Gone is ahead of schedule.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) said he visited with doctors Tuesday, March 1, and is still not cleared for game action 1500ESPN.com's Phil Mackey reports. He said things continue to progress in the right direction, but there's no timetable for when he'll be ready. He'll continue his workouts and will face live pitching. He won't see any game action, though, because there is still a risk of injury.

1B | Daric Barton | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 1B Daric Barton has been told not to bunt as much this spring and make contact with the ball, according to Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle.

1B | Kila Ka'aihue | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals agreed to terms with SP Vin Mazzaro and 1B Kila Ka'aihue Tuesday, March 1, reports Dick Kaegel, of MLB.com. The team now has all players on their roster under contract.

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer had a single and walk in Cactus League action Tuesday, March 1, against the San Diego Padres, reports Dick Kaegel, of MLB.com. Through three games, Hosmer has three hits in four at-bats with a home run. He is in the mix for a roster spot, but is still not a certainly to break camp with the big club.

1B | Nick Johnson | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Free Agents
Updating a previous report, the Cleveland Indians signed free-agent 1B Nick Johnson (Yankees) to a minor league contract Tuesday, March 1, according to a source, reports Ken Rosenthal, of FOXSports.com.

1B | Russell Branyan | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Russell Branyan launched a three-run home run in Cactus League play Tuesday, March 1, against the Colorado Rockies, reports Barry M. Bloom, of MLB.com. General manager Kevin Towers said there was nothing promised when he signed the veteran. "There are no guarantees here," Branyan said. I came here to compete and try to win a job." He is battling 1Bs Juan Miranda and Brandon Allen for the starting job.

1B | John Lindsey | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
Los Angeles Dodgers 1B John Lindsey (calf) did defensive drills Tuesday, March 1, and his strained calf is improving, reports Tom Singer and Ken Gurnick, of MLB.com.

1B | Adam LaRoche | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche (shoulder) will serve as the designated hitter for the next few games because of soreness in his left shoulder, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. LaRoche's injury is not considered serious. He felt the pain in his shoulder before camp but said it is improving. He is not expecting to need an MRI exam.

1B | Kendry Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendry Morales (illness, leg) missed his second straight day Tuesday, March 1, due to an illness, according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett. Morales was suffering from a high fever and flu-like symptoms. Morales is not expected to play in spring games for at least another week.


Second Baseman

2B | Sean Rodriguez | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Sean Rodriguez will see more time at that position this spring to get him familiar with playing there, according to Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune. Rodriguez is SS Reid Brignac's backup.

2B | Eric Young Jr. | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 2B Eric Young Jr. (leg) took part in fielding drills Tuesday, March 1, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. Young is still dealing with the effects of a stress fracture in his right tibia last year, and he hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game yet.

2B | Freddy Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez (shoulder) made his Cactus League debut Tuesday, March 1, which was on schedule following offseason shoulder surgery, reports Chris Haft, of MLB.com. Sanchez was hitless in three at-bats. "I know what I'm capable of, I know what I've done and I know what I can do if I'm healthy for a full year," Sanchez said. "That's the goal this year."

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said there is no timetable for 2B Chase Utley (knee) to return to spring action, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. "He's still doing treatment," Amaro said. "He's hitting. Nothing new."

2B | Anderson Hernandez | Houston Astros | Injury
Houston Astros OF T.J. Steele (elbow) and IF Anderson Hernandez (back) were both cleared to play Tuesday, March 1, though neither did, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. The team is still holding back OF J.D. Martinez (quadriceps) until he is re-evaluated.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (neck) played in his first spring game Tuesday, March 1, and recorded a single in his first at-bat, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli.

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa blasted a two-run home run in the team's spring game against the New York Mets Tuesday, March 1, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson.


Shortstop

SS | Rafael Furcal | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday, March 1, that SS Rafael Furcal will be his leadoff hitter, reports Tom Singer and Ken Gurnick, of MLB.com.

SS | Brent Dlugach | Boston Red Sox | Injury
Boston Red Sox SS Brent Dlugach (shoulder) dislocated his left shoulder in the team's spring game Tuesday, March 1, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne.

SS | Clint Barmes | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Clint Barmes hit second in the lineup in the spring game Tuesday, March 1, and he hopes to stay in the No. 2 spot for the regular season, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. "I think if the season started tomorrow, without even looking at (other) guys, that Barmes would be a guy we're going to take a look at first," manager Bradley Mills said. "You want a good fastball hitter. He's going to see a lot of fastballs with Michael (Bourn) on in front of him, and (Hunter) Pence and Carlos (Lee) hitting behind him."

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter said too much is being made about his recent stance change that includes a change of his front-foot stride, according to The Associated Press. "I'm not changing a swing," Jeter said. "My swing is exactly the same. I'm shortening down the stride. It's really not as drastic as people are making it out to be. I'm not putting my hands in a different position. I'm not doing a different path. It's just the striding ... I'm trying not to."

SS | Marco Scutaro | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Marco Scutaro (shoulder) said his shoulder feels completely healthy this spring, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham. "Everything is normal now," Scutaro said. "It's a regular spring training."


Third Baseman

3B | Greg Dobbs | Florida Marlins | Injury
Florida Marlins 3B Greg Dobbs (knee) was scratched Wednesday, March 2, with a sore right knee after a collision with a runner yesterday, the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi reports.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (ankle) will make his spring debut Monday, March 7, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold reports.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval is consistently backing off pitches outside of the margins of the strike zone this spring, the San Francisco Chronicle's Bruce Jenkins reports.

3B | Casey McGehee | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin has been negotiating with the agent for 3B Casey McGehee on a multi-year contract, reports Tom Haudricourt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. McGehee is the only unsigned player on the team's 40-man roster. "We'll probably know somrthing in the next few days," Mevlin said Tuesday, March 1. "We've talked briefly (about a multi-year deal), but I don't want to get into that."

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas went 1 for 2 with an RBI and strikeout in Cactus League action Tuesday, March 1, against the San Diego Padres, reports Dick Kaegel, of MLB.com. Moustakas had the game-winning single in this one, just one day after smacking a three-run home run.

3B | Wilson Betemit | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Wilson Betemit (elbow) has missed the team's first three Cactus League games due to a hyperextended right elbow, but he expects to return shortly, reports Dick Kaegel, of MLB.com. "It's good, it's better," Betemit said. "I had 18 throws to secodn today and 10 to first and it feels much better."

3B | Casey Blake | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday, March 1, that 3B Casey Blake will be slotted in the No. 2 spot in his batting order behind leadoff hitter SS Rafael Furcal, and No. 3 hitter OF Andre Ethier, reports Tom Singer and Ken Gurnick, of MLB.com. Blake was hitless in two at-bats with a strikeout in the two-hole Tuesday against his former team, the Cleveland Indians.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (knee) said he might be ready to test his knee and play the field Friday, March 4, after serving as the designated hitter for three straight games without any setbacks, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Carroll Rogers. Jones is 2-for-8 with an RBI and a walk so far this spring. He plans on taking the day off Wednesday, March 2.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman is leaning toward using 3B Ryan Zimmerman as the cleanup hitter this year with OF Jayson Werth hitting third, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. 1B Adam LaRoche will hit fifth against right-handers and sixth against lefties. OF Mike Morse will likely hit fifth.

3B | Brandon Wood | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Brandon Wood (back) is in the spring lineup Tuesday, March 1, after being slowed in camp by a lower back injury, according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett.


Catcher

C | Chris Iannetta | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Chris Iannetta had a two-run homer for his first Cactus League hit of 2011, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com. Colorado beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-4.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Tuesday, March 1, that there is no timetable for when C Joe Mauer (knee) will begin playing in Grapefruit League games, reports Kelly Thesier, of MLB.com.

C | Rob Johnson | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Rob Johnson (hip) feels rejuvenated early in the spring after having labrum tears in both of his hips repaired in October 2009, reports Corey Brock, of MLB.com. "It was a crazy surgery. I couldn't move. I couldn't even lift up my leg," Johnson said. "It was almost like learning to walk again." Johnson is trying to win a backup job behind C Nick Hundley.

C | Gregg Zaun | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday, March 1, that C Gregg Zaun (shoulder) was fine after a throwing session, but he still needs to build up arm strength, reports Dan Hayes, of the North County Times. Zaun is hopeful of returning in the next seven to 10 days.

C | Omir Santos | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers C Omir Santos (toe) is expected to miss four to six weeks after fracturing his big toe on his left foot Monday, Feb. 28, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck.

C | Yorvit Torrealba | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Yorvit Torrealba (back) is not scheduled to play Wednesday, March 2, after sitting out Tuesday, March 1, with a stiff back, according to ESPNDallas.com's Jeff Caplan. Torrealba is unsure if he can play by Thursday, March 3, but does not believe the injury is serious.

C | John Jaso | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said C John Jaso will hit leadoff for the team this year against right-handed pitchers, according to The Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney. "Without anything changing I see it that way," Maddon said. "I still like it the way he works an at-bat. You see his base running skills and then when we confirmed that with all the statistical date from last year base-running-wise, Jaso was among the best in all of baseball. It reaffirms you don't have to be the fastest guy to be a good base runner." Jaso served as the leadoff hitter in 45 games last season. Maddon is also not opposed to experimenting with OF Johnny Damon in the spot.


Outfielder

OF | Mike Stanton | Florida Marlins | Transaction
The Florida Marlins renewed the contracts of OF Mike Stanton, 1B Gaby Sanchez, OF Logan Morrison and P Ryan Webb, the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi reports.

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating earlier reports, New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran (knee) ran the bases at 80 percent Tuesday, March 1, and will shag balls in right field for the first time Wednesday, March 2, The Bergen Record's Steve Popper reports.

OF | Lorenzo Cain | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain is likely to begin the season in the minors with the team's starting outfield set, The Kansas City Star's Bob Dutton reports.

OF | Dave Sappelt | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Dave Sappelt is 4-for-7 with a home run in the first three games of spring training, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Manny Ramirez and OF B.J. Upton hit home runs Tuesday, March 1, according to MLB.com's Bill Chastain.

OF | Milton Bradley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Milton Bradley had three hits Tuesday, March 1, against the Texas Rangers, according to Greg Johns of MLB.com. Bradley played for the Rangers in 2008.

OF | Corey Brown | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Corey Brown (ankle) sprained his left ankle Tuesday, March 1, after sliding into a New York Mets catcher while trying to score on a groundball to first by OF Bryce Harper. According to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore, Brown left the game after being tended to by athletic trainer Lee Kuntz. The Nationals believe Brown's swollen ankle suffered a mild sprain. He will miss a few days, but both the team and Brown expect him back roughly by the end of the week.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper went 1-for-2 Tuesday, March 1, according to Washington Post reporter Adam Kilgore. It was Harper's first hit in a Nats uniform.

OF | David DeJesus | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF David DeJesus (illness) was held out of game action Tuesday, March 1, because he is sick, according to manager Bob Geren, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown is hitless in 12 at-bats with eight strikeouts so far this spring, reports Todd Zolecki, of MLB.com. "He's getting close," manager Charlie Manuel said Tuesday, March 1. "It's just a matter of slowing down. He gets a couple hits, he'll be OK. He's going to play most every day."

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Michael Cuddyer (foot) is expected to be sidelined seven to 14 days after having the plantar wart on his left foot removed Tuesday, March 1, reports Kelly Thesier, of MLB.com.

OF | Lastings Milledge | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Lastings Milledge got a chance to show what he could do in the leadoff spot Tuesday, March 1, reports Scott Merkin, of MLB.com. Milledge finished 1-for-2. "I feel like I can hit anywhere in the lineup, you know?," said Milledge. "I'm still aggressive, but I've learned a lot more than what I did know three or four years ago." For the record, Milledge is a career .200 hitter in 40 at-bats in the top spot of the lineup.

OF | Trevor Crowe | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians OF Trevor Crowe (shoulder) might resume throwing soon, according to general manager Chris Antonetti, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Crowe is dealing with soreness in his right rotator cuff.

OF | Shelley Duncan | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta said Tuesday, March 1, that OF Shelley Duncan (back) "is a little dinged up" after pulling a muscle "around his back," reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Duncan suffered the injury swinging a bat a few days ago.

OF | Xavier Nady | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Xavier Nady (elbow) still is not at 100 percent, as he continues to build arm strength, reports Barry M. Bloom, of MLB.com. "That's OK. I told Nady not to worry about throwing anybody out," manager Kirk Gibson said Tuesday, March 1. "We want him to build his arm strength up. Just throw the ball to the advancing base. That's fine. That's where he is. It's either that or shut him down. The only way to get arm strength is for him to throw the way he is now. It may take him awhile. He may never throw like he did before. I don't want him to panic about that."

OF | Jay Gibbons | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Jay Gibbons (illness) was back Tuesday, March 1, after missing four days due to a bout with the flu, reports Tom Singer and Ken Gurnick, of MLB.com. "I went two days without eating anything," Gibbons said. "I started eating Monday. I hope tomorrow I'll feel well enough to DH. It's possible."

OF | Jonny Gomes | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OFs Jonny Gomes and Yonder Alonso hit a pair of two-run bombs in the team's spring game Tuesday, March 1, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee.

OF | Scott Podsednik | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Scott Podsednik (foot) is expected to begin a light running program Tuesday, March 1, after dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. Podsednik could play in games by next week.

OF | Travis Snider | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Travis Snider (rib cage) took batting practice for the third straight day Tuesday, March 1, and could be ready for game action by the weekend, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. "He has no issues, no restrictions as far as any kind of rotational movement," manager John Farrell said. "It's when he runs and the pounding can generate some of that feeling or discomfort. So while he's not completely symptom free he is able to swing the bat aggressively."

OF | Ryan Raburn | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Ryan Raburn hit a two-run dinger and a triple while knocking in three runs in the team's spring game Tuesday, March 1, according to The Detroit News' Lynn Henning.

OF | Ben Francisco | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Ben Francisco is 4-for-7 with four RBIs so far in three spring games, according to CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury. OF Domonic Brown, who is competing with Francisco in right field, is 0-for-9 with six strikeouts in three games. "Domonic is OK. He's all right. He's just getting started," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I think he's trying too hard and over-swinging. Today I told him to slow himself down and take it easy. He's had nine at-bats. I'll be able to tell you more in 85 or 90 at-bats."

OF | Tyler Colvin | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Tyler Colvin will make his first spring start at first base Friday, March 4, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. The team is trying to determine if Colvin can back up 1B Carlos Pena this year.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OFs Matt Holliday and Allen Craig both slugged home runs in the team's spring game Tuesday, March 1, against the Florida Marlins, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis hit two homers in the team's spring game against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, March 1, according to The Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney. DH Vladimir Guerrero, OF Adam L. Jones, and 3B Jake Fox also went deep in the game.

OF | Raul Ibanez | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Philadelphia Phillies OF Raul Ibanez added muscle in the offseason after enduring grueling workouts with trainer Steve Saunders, according to The Associated Press' Rob Maaddi.

OF | Peter Bourjos | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Peter Bourjos wants to improve his bunting skills this spring in order to utilize his speed this year, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer. "I really want to work on bunting, getting it down and deadening the ball," Bourjos said. "In the big leagues, I was struggling when I came up to get comfortable. I want to make it one of my goals to lay down a bunt now and then, to keep guys aware of it. If I can squeeze out an extra hit with it here and there, it's important." Bourjos will likely hit near the bottom of the order this year to take some of the pressure off of him.

OF | Fred Lewis | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker stated that the team will not be using a platoon situation in left field this year with OFs Fred Lewis and Jonny Gomes, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay. Gomes is the team's starting left fielder. "I never said that," Baker said. "Gomes deserves to play most of the time. Everybody plays on my team. There will be times when Jonny's not going to play. I explained that to him. That's right now. Come July, August, who know? He's way ahead of pace timing-wise, body-wise, quickness. This guy worked hard in the wintertime."

OF | Garret Anderson | Retired Players | Transaction
Free-agent OF Garret Anderson (Dodgers) officially announced his retirement Tuesday, March 1, according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said it is "less likely" that OF Grady Sizemore (knee) will be ready for Opening Day this year, according to The Associated Press. Sizemore has only taken batting practice, done some throwing and is only running at half speed.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse could become the team's backup option at third base this year, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. Morse played some third in the spring game Monday, Feb. 28. IFs Alberto Gonzalez and Jerry Hairston Jr. could also play some third base as backups.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (stomach) is in the team's spring lineup Tuesday, March 1, and is hitting seventh in the order, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Gerry Spratt.

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman's (knee, elbow) knee has not caused him any problems so far in spring training, according to FOXSportsMidwest.com's B.J. Rains. "It's great," Berkman said. "You obviously want to do well. If I step in the batter's box I want to do well, I don't care if its pitchers BP or a spring training game or whatever, but I couldn't have asked for a better start from a confidence standpoint. It's always good to get that first one out of the way."


Starting Pitcher

SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals renewed the contracts of RP Tyler Clippard and SP Jordan Zimmermann, NatsInsider.com's Mark Zuckerman reports.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said SP Chris Carpenter (hamstring) is likely to miss one start, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss reports. La Russa said Carpenter could miss two starts and still be ready for Opening Day.

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating earlier reports, Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett (head) passed his concussion test and will likely start Tuesday, March 8, the Boston Herald's Scott Lauber reports.

SP | Nate Robertson | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Nate Robertson threw two innings of scoreless ball Tuesday, March 1, in a 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers. According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, Robertson is a non-roster invitee trying to win a starting job.

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke (side), who was slowed by a bruised right side, needed 40 pitches to get four outs, according to The Associated Press. Greinke walked three and allowed one hit Tuesday, March 1 in a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum pitched three hitless innings in his second spring training outing start, according to The Associated Press. Lincecum struck out two and allowed only one runner to reach, but the Giants later lost 3-2 to the Chicago Cubs.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto gave up two earned runs and two hits with no walks, one strikeout and two hit batters in three innings Tuesday, March 1, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. "I am very happy with my first outing," Cueto said. "I had pretty good location and was able to do what I wanted with my pitches."

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (elbow) suffered a 90 percent blowout of his elbow ligament and two separate tears, reports Joe Strauss, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The team has set the timetable for Wainwright's recovery from reconstructive surgery at 12 to 15 months. Wainwright vows to be ready for Spring Training 2012.

SP | Scott Olsen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Scott Olsen said Tuesday, March 1, that he has no interest in working out of the bullpen, reports Colin Dunlap, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

SP | Roy Oswalt | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Oswalt is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday, March 2, against the Baltimore Orioles, reports Todd Zolecki, of MLB.com.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee allowed two earned runs, one hit and one walk while striking out three in two innings of work Tuesday, March 1, in his Grapefruit League debut against the Detroit Tigers, reports Todd Zolecki, of MLB.com. His regular season debut is set for April 2 against the Houston Astros at Citizens Bank Park.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano is slated to make his first spring appearance in a "B" game on the minor league side of the team's complex Friday, March 4, reports Kelly Thesier, of MLB.com.

SP | Kevin Slowey | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Kevin Slowey is scheduled to start Friday, March 4, against the Tampa Bay Rays, reports Kelly Thesier, of MLB.com.

SP | Kyle Gibson | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Kyle Gibson allowed an earned run, two hits and a walk in an inning of relief Tuesday, March 1, reports Kelly Thesier, of MLB.com. "He's fluid, the balls comes out of his hand," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It's got some little zip to it. His first outing and you could see that he was excited, too. We're pretty excited about that young man. He's a nice looking player."

SP | Anthony Reyes | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Anthony Reyes (elbow) still has no established timetable for resuming his throwing program, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Reyes has been battling right elbow soreness.

SP | David Huff | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP David Huff, one of many competitors for the fifth starter job, struck out three batters in two scoreless innings Tuesday, March 1, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly (illness) has been scratched from his scheduled Cactus League start Wednesday, March 2, due to the flu, reports Tom Singer and Ken Gurnick, of MLB.com.

SP | Greg Smith | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Greg Smith was pounded for four earned runs, five hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings of relief Tuesday, March 1, against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

SP | Jason Hammel | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jason Hammel is using a new pitching motion, in which he pulls the ball out of his glove and into throwing position quicker, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. Hammel put the move on display Tuesday, March 1, and he allowed just one hit with a strikeout in two scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

SP | Esmil Rogers | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Esmil Rogers will work three innings in a Cactus League start Saturday, March 5, replacing the injured SP Aaron Cook (shoulder), reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. Manager Jim Tracy said Tuesday, March 1, that Rogers will be stretched out in case he is needed to start the season in the rotation with Cook injured.

SP | Aaron Cook | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies SP Aaron Cook (shoulder) has been scratched from his Cactus League scheduled start Saturday, March 5, due to recurring soreness in his throwing shoulder, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. Cook will be replaced by SP Esmil Rogers Saturday.

SP | Madison Bumgarner | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner was roughed up for three earned runs and six hits in just two innings in a loss Tuesday, March 1. Bumgarner was able to strike out four batters.

SP | Mat Latos | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Mat Latos did not allow a hit or run in 1 1/3 innings in his Cactus League debut Tuesday, March 1, but he walked four batters. Latos managed to get just 15 of his 34 pitches over for strikes.

SP | Joe Saunders | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has not officially named a starter for Opening Day against the Colorado Rockies April 1, but all signs point to SP Joe Saunders, reports Barry M. Bloom, of MLB.com. "It would obviously be a great honor if it would come about, but that's (Gibson's) decision," Saunders said Tuesday, March 1. "Whether I do or not, I'm going to go out there and do my job every fifth day."

SP | Jon Garland | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly revealed his rotation Tuesday, March 1, and he said SP Jon Garland will be used as the fifth starter, reports Tom Singer and Ken Gurnick, of MLB.com. The Dodgers are off Monday, April 4, when the fifth starter spot comes up, but it is uncertain if Garland will be skipped and used out of the bullpen initially. If skipped, his first start would likely not be until Saturday, April 9, against the San Diego Padres.

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday, March 1, that SP Hiroki Kuroda will be used fourth in the rotation, reports Tom Singer and Ken Gurnick, of MLB.com. Kuroda's first regular season scheduled start is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, April 3, against the San Francisco Giants.

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday, March 1, that SP Chad Billingsley will be slotted second in the rotation, reports Tom Singer and Ken Gurnick, of MLB.com. His first regular season scheduled start is tentatively scheduled for Friday, April 1, against the San Francisco Giants.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Gio Gonzalez looked sharp in the spring game against the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday, March 1, while SP Brett Anderson was lit up, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee. Gonzalez struck out five of the six batters he faced in his two innings while Anderson allowed four runs in one of his innings of work.

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco (thumb) is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Friday, March 4, and again Sunday, March 6, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. After that, Nolasco will throw two live batting practice sessions and a simulated game. The team hopes to have him pitching in a game by March 13. "It feels good. No problems," Nolasco said of his thumb. "The more I throw, the more it just flushes it out of there. It's going to be something that might linger for now."

SP | Chris Volstad | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Chris Volstad allowed two homers during two innings of work against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, March 1, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. "For me, I'm still focusing on the slider, and trying to refine that," Volstad said. "It's still new. I'm still trying to get a feel for that. It's my first Spring Training, really, working with it."

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes is trying to perfect his changeup this spring, according to the New York Post's George A. King III. "Larry (Rothschild) has given me some tips," Hughes said of the first-year Yankees pitching coach. "He told me to explode at the end, to not get it going at the beginning (of the delivery)."

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Injury
Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran (back) is making progress after suffering from back spasms four to five days ago, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Carroll Rogers. Teheran has resumed pitching and could make his first spring outing Friday, March 4. He is not expected to win a spot on the major league roster out of spring training.

SP | Scott Baker | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Baker (elbow) did not make it through his outing Tuesday, March 1, allowing one run and two hits while walking one and hitting a batter in 1 2/3 innings Tuesday, March 1, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier. "Once I'm a little more consistent with my arm slot and the timing thing, I think things are going to be sharper than they were toward the end of last year," Baker said. "I threw all of the pitches and didn't have any pain, so that's a good first step."

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero was hit up for four runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings against the Detroit Tigers Tuesday, March 1, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (lat) threw a side session Tuesday, March 1, and will start his first spring game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Friday, March 4, according to ESPNChicago.com's Doug Padilla. Peavy threw 40 pitches Tuesday and said the first 25 were probably at full strength. He will not throw more than 40 pitches in his outing Friday. As of now, Peavy thinks he is on schedule to pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays April 10.

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald gave up two hits in two scoreless innings against the New York Yankees Tuesday, March 1, while throwing mostly fastballs, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel. McDonald's changeup and breaking pitches were also effective.

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson (hamstring) threw 35 pitches in the bullpen Tuesday, March 1, and said he felt great, according to The Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney. Hellickson will throw another bullpen Thursday, March 3, and will then move to live batting practice. Manager Joe Maddon said Hellickson will pitch in a spring game around March 11. Hellickson said he will be ready by Opening Day.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) threw 46 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday, March 1, and did not feel any pain in his arm, according to ESPNDallas.com's Jeff Caplan. "Shoot yeah. I got no issues right now. None," Webb said. "(Last spring) I wasn't able to get anything out of my throwing because it didn't feel good. So, I'm able to get things out of my long toss because I can stay out there and do it. I bring stuff away from the mound because I'm able to go out there and repeat stuff and throw normally." He will continue with more long toss Wednesday, March 2, followed by another bullpen Thursday, March 3.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Alberto Arias | Houston Astros | Injury
Updating previous reports, Houston Astros RP Alberto Arias (shoulder) will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

RP | Mitchell Boggs | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (hamstring) and RP Mitchell Boggs (back) are more sore Wednesday, March 2, a day after suffering injuries, 101ESPN.com's Brian Stull reports. However, neither injuries are expected to be serious.

RP | Cla Meredith | Washington Nationals | Injury
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals RP Cla Meredith (elbow) will have Tommy John surgery Wednesday, March 2, performed by team doctor Wiemi Douoguih, MASNSports.com's Ben Goessling reports.

RP | Joe Beimel | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joe Beimel (forearm) was unable to remain still long enough in the MRI tube at an uncomfortable angle for the technicians to process the data, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel reports. He's wearing a protective sleeve and doesn't expect to get another MRI. He said his arm feels pretty good Wednesday, March 2, and he'll try to throw about 20 tosses from 60 feet tomorrow.

RP | Joel Peralta | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RP Joel Peralta (calf) reported no problems Tuesday, March 1, one day after taking a line drive off the back of his left calf, according to MLB.com's Bill Chastain.

RP | Kyle McClellan | St. Louis Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan has adjusted his rotation, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach. SP Kyle McClellan has been pushed from Thursday, March 3, to Saturday, March 5, and SP Brandon Dickson will start Thursday's game instead.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Bailey (elbow) is next scheduled to throw Friday, March 4, in a live batting practice session, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle. He is likely to make his Cactus League debut March 7 barring any setbacks.

RP | Michael Wuertz | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Oakland Athletics RP Michael Wuertz (shoulder) has resumed throwing after being shut down for several days due to shoulder tendinitis, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

RP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox RP Chris Sale allowed two earned runs and three hits in an inning of relief Tuesday, March 1, but two of the hits were of the infield variety, reports Scott Merkin, of MLB.com.

RP | Chad Durbin | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Free Agents
The Cleveland Indians finalized a one-year contract with free-agent RP Chad Durbin (Phillies) Tuesday, March 1, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. "I knew there was a way to make a little bit of a splash or impact here," Durbin said. The team is expected to announce a corresponding move Wednesday, March 2, as they need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. General manager Chris Antonetti said it would likely be at least a week before Durbin makes his Cactus League debut.

RP | Felipe Paulino | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies RP Felipe Paulino will be stretched out in case he is needed in the rotation to start the season with SP Aaron Cook (shoulder) injured, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com.

RP | Evan Meek | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Evan Meek (calf) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, March 1, and did not feel any pain in his calf, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch. Meek could pitch in a spring game soon.

RP | Daniel Schlereth | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers RP Daniel Schlereth (hamstring) said his hamstring injury is not as serious as he first thought, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck. "I expected it to be a lot more sore today, but it's not," Schlereth said. "I rode the bike today, and it felt OK." He is unsure when he will be able to pitch again.

RP | Chad Cordero | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury
Toronto Blue Jays RP Chad Cordero (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, March 2, but there is still no timetable for his return, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm.

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Frank Francisco (shoulder) is improving and could see game action as soon as this weekend, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm.

RP | Jon Rauch | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury
Toronto Blue Jays RP Jon Rauch (ankle) recently threw a 40-pitch bullpen session and is scheduled to pitch in a spring game Thursday, March 3, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm.

RP | Jesse Carlson | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury
Toronto Blue Jays RP Jesse Carlson's (shoulder) MRI revealed irritation in his shoulder but no structural damage, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. Carlson will be shut down for seven to 10 days. He is competing for one of the final spots in the bullpen.

RP | Joe Nathan | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Joe Nathan (elbow) walked one hitter while throwing a scoreless inning in his first spring action Tuesday, March 1, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier.

RP | LaTroy Hawkins | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers RP LaTroy Hawkins (shoulder) will need to throw a series of live batting practice sessions and bullpens before he can appear in a spring game, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. Hawkins could pitch in a game by the middle of March.

RP | Takashi Saito | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers RP Takashi Saito (hamstring, hip) requested his spring outing Wednesday, March 2, be pushed back to Saturday, March 5, due to tightness in his hamstring and hip, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. Saito will throw a bullpen instead Wednesday. He thinks as long as he appears in eight games this spring he will be ready for Opening Day.

RP | Jason Bulger | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Jason Bulger (shoulder) appeared in the team's spring game Monday, Feb. 28, and is feeling perfect heading into the season, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer. "I'm full go," Bulger said, "letting it go. I'm not having any problems. I hurt the shoulder at the end of May, came back to pitch the last month and then took a month off. I did my exercises and started throwing again, and I'm feeling great."

RP | Hisanori Takahashi | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Hisanori Takahashi (back) was scheduled to throw live batting practice Tuesday, March 1, after being set back with some minor back stiffness, according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett. Takahashi is expected to pitch in a spring game later this week.

RP | Heath Bell | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres RP Heath Bell (calf) took part in pitcher's fielding drills Tuesday, March 1, while RPs Juan Oramas (shoulder) and Craig Italiano (shoulder) threw for the first time since being sidelined, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Bill Center.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The New York Yankees continue to keep a close eye on Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano, who they would like to trade for this spring, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand. Ps Ivan Nova and Joba Chamberlain are potential targets for the Twins. The Yankees are unlikely to surrender SPs Manny Banuelos or Dellin Betances in any deal for Liriano.

RP | Francisco Rodriguez | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets RP Francisco Rodriguez's scheduled spring outing Tuesday, March 1, was scratched because he was not able to throw the previous two days due to a court appearance, according to MLB.com's Bailey Stephens. Rodriguez will instead pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, March 3.

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