Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 3, 2011 @ 08:55:20 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Billy Butler | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Billy Butler was 1-for-3 with his fifth RBI of the spring Wednesday, March 2.

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer got a start Wednesday, March 2, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, reports Dick Kaegel, of MLB.com. Hosmer was 1-for-2 with a double, walk and a strikeout. "I'm just letting them experience starting a Major League game and facing better pitching and allowing them to grow," manager Ned Yost said of his decision to start some youngsters.

1B | Kila Ka'aihue | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Kila Ka'aihue was 1-for-2 with a three-run home run and strikeout Wednesday, March 2, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, reports Dick Kaegel, of MLB.com. Despite the fact Ka'aihue figures to bounce back and forth between first base and designated hitter with 1B Billy Butler, Ka'aihue isn't taking anything for granted. "I'm still trying to make the team, still tryint to earny my way on it," he said.

1B | Russell Branyan | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Russell Branyan went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and RBI in Cactus League action Wednesday, March 2. Branyan is 5-for-9 (.556) with a home run and four RBI through three games.

1B | Juan Miranda | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Juan Miranda went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and two walks Wednesday, March 2, against the Seattle Mariners, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. Miranda is battling 1Bs Russell Branyan and Brandon Allen for the starting job.

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak was hitless in three at-bats with a pair of strikeouts. He is 1-for-8 with four strikeouts and an RBI through three Cactus League games.

1B | Lyle Overbay | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Lyle Overbay plans to be more aggressive early in the count this year and is focusing on a couple of mechanical issues to make him more productive in 2011, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch. "I'm fouling pitches off that I should be driving," Overbay said. "For me, it's my upper half staying tall. Now, I'm not feeling like I have to cheat, and I don't have to foul those pitches off. It's a work in progress."

1B | Dan Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 1B Dan Johnson went 2-for-3 with a double, triple, two RBIs and two runs scored in the team's spring game Wednesday, March 2, according to The Tampa Tribune's Tony Fabrizio.

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols struck out in all three of his at-bats Wednesday, March 2, against the New York Mets, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Rick Hummel. Pujols has fanned three times in a game only 10 times in his 10-year career.

1B | Kendry Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendry Morales (illness, leg) returned to camp Wednesday, March 2, after having a high fever Monday, Feb. 28, according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett. Morales will go through a full workout Wednesday and will do some light running on a treadmill.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira has been taking more swings from the left side this spring in hopes that he is more comfortable in the season's first month, according to the YES Network's Jack Curry.

1B | Derrek Lee | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said 1B Derrek Lee (thumb) could make his spring training debut this weekend, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. Lee took batting practice for the fourth straight day Wednesday, March 2.


Second Baseman

2B | Aaron Hill | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Toronto Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill (quadriceps) was able to play in a "B" game Wednesday, March 2, but he is still not back to full health, reports Gregor Chisholm, of MLB.com. Hill will not appear in a Grapefruit League game until he passes all of the physical tests. "I'm not going to tell you that I could be full-go in a game tomorrow," Hill said. "We're going to continue doing what we're going and keep a lot of the strengthening. It's just weak, so to speak, and just making sure it doesn't pull or go to the next level."

2B | Matt Lawson | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians acquired 2B Matt Lawson from the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, March 2, for RP Aaron Laffey, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Lawson will report to the team's minor league camp.

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler and OF David Murphy both hit homers in the team's spring game Wednesday, March 2, according to ESPNDallas.com's Jeff Caplan. Kinsler has two homers this spring.

2B | Elliot Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury
Tampa Bay Rays OF Sam Fuld (elbow) and IF Elliot Johnson (quadriceps) will be out of a few days as a precaution, the St. Petersburg Times' Joe Smith reports.


Shortstop

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki hit his first home run of spring training Wednesday, March 2, in a 7-3 loss to the San Diego Padres, according to The Denver Post's Jim Armstrong.

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBI in Cactus League action Wednesday, March 2, against the Milwaukee Brewers.

SS | Reid Brignac | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SS Reid Brignac added 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason in order to handle the rigors of shortstop for a full season, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. "It was something that I needed to put on," Brignac said of the extra mass. "I have weight issues. I lose weight throughout the season every year, so it's important that I come in a little bit heavier. It's something that I have to stay on top of."

SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals agreed to one-year contracts with Ps Ross Detwiler, Atahualpa Severino, Collin Balester, Brian Broderick, Adam Carr, Cole Kimball, Garrett Mock, Elvin Ramirez, Henry Rodriguez, Craig Stammen and Drew Storen; C Wilson Ramos; IFs Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa and Chris Marrero; and OFs Roger Bernadina, Corey Brown and Nyjer Morgan Wednesday, March 2, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com.

SS | Cliff Pennington | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Updating previous reports, Oakland Athletics SS Cliff Pennington (shoulder) is slated to return Sunday, March 6, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports.


Third Baseman

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre (calf) said his calf feels much better, but his return is likely beyond the 10-14-day window, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson reports.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (knee) is in the lineup at third base Thursday, March 3, for the first time this spring, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports.

3B | Casey McGehee | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Casey McGehee homered twice against his former team and drove in four runs, as the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 12-5 on Wednesday, March 2, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. McGehee signed a one-year deal earlier in the day.

3B | James Darnell | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres 3B James Darnell (head) was hit in the head in a game Tuesday, March 1, and his injury is not considered serious, reports Corey Brock, of MLB.com. "I thought I was going to be safe and in the middle of my dive, I felt like I was blindsided -- both of my ears were ringing after five minutes," Darnell said. "Then I felt a bit dizzy." Darnell was cleared for workouts Wednesday, March 2.

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas got a start Wednesday, March 2, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, reports Dick Kaegel, of MLB.com. Moustakas was hitless in three at-bats with a strikeout, dropping his spring average to .222 (2-for-9). "I'm just letting them experience starting a Major League game and facing better pitching and allowing them to grow," manager Ned Yost said of his decision to start some youngsters.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs SP Carlos Silva got into a dugout fight with 3B Aramis Ramirez Wednesday, March 2, reports Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.

3B | Brandon Wood | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Brandon Wood said he is focused on keeping his swing the same heading into the 2011 season, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer. "I think I've found the swing I need to be successful at the big league level. I'm going to stick with it even if I go 1-for-50. I believe in it. People can say it's a joke, but I really don't care. It's what I believe and trust that matters," Wood said. He admitted that he changed his swing around 15 to 20 times last season and was never comfortable. "I'm 100 percent more confident than I was with the swing I had last year," Wood said. "There are some similarities to where my hands are, but I'm more into my legs. I'm focused on driving my lower half to the baseball. I would do it for three or four days in a row this winter and it would feel like I did squats for four straight hours."

3B | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (quadriceps) was scratched from the team's game Wednesday, March 2, with tightness in his left quadriceps muscle, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. The team is giving him rest as a precaution. Bautista is 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in two Grapefruit League games.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval is working on being more disciplined at the plate and has adjusted to wearing contact lenses, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. Sandoval, who has spoken with former OF Barry Bonds about plate discipline, stated, "Last year, anything close, I swung...I've grown a little more. This year I put it in my mind, get a pitch and try to help my teammates. I calmed down." Baggarly also points out that Sandoval won't be changing his unique bat-tapping ritual before he steps into the batter's box.

3B | Danny Valencia | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 3B Danny Valencia hit two RBI doubles in the spring game Wednesday, March 2, and is 4-for-7 so far in spring training, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch.

3B | Alberto Callaspo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Alberto Callaspo (shoulder) is serving as the team's designated hitter Wednesday, March 2, due to ongoing shoulder soreness, according to Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register.

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart (knee) is no longer limping and hopes to play this weekend or early next week, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck. Stewart took part in agility drills Tuesday, March 1, and will work on bunting Wednesday, March 2.


Catcher

C | Jason Castro | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Houston Astros C Jason Castro (knee) has a medial meniscus tear and a sprain in his right knee, MLB.com's Alyson Footer reports. He may need surgery.

C | John Jaso | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays C John Jaso (hip) has some stiffness in his hip and will miss a day or two, the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin reports.

C | Francisco Cervelli | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees C Francisco Cervelli (foot) had an MRI on his bruised left foot and the results were inconclusive, reports Daniel Barbarisi, of The Wall Street Journal. Cervelli will be re-examined Thursday, March 3.

C | Wilin Rosario | Colorado Rockies | Injury
Colorado Rockies C Wilin Rosario (knee) said his rehab from knee surgery is going well and is hoping to play at full speed in the first week of April, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. The team appears to be taking a cautious approach with Rosario.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 and had two RBIs and two runs scored in the team's spring game Wednesday, March 2, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.

C | Jonathan Lucroy | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy (finger) will be examined again Thursday, March 3, and he is hoping to be cleared to resume baseball activities, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. The pin in Lucroy's finger will prevent him from hitting and throwing, but he is hoping to be able to catch bullpen sessions.

C | Eli Whiteside | San Francisco Giants | Injury
San Francisco Giants C Eli Whiteside (elbow) is playing catch and hitting in the cage, but is not yet healthy enough to see game action, reports Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.

C | Yorvit Torrealba | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Yorvit Torrealba (back) said he felt better Wednesday, March 2, and is hoping to return to game action Thursday, March 3, according to ESPNDallas.com.

C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (personal) has left the team's camp to deal with a family matter, according to ESPNDeportes.com's Enrique Rojas. It is believed that Ruiz's wife underwent a Cesarean section Tuesday, March 1.


Outfielder

OF | Elijah Dukes | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Elijah Dukes (Nationals) was arrested and accused of aggravated battery on a pregnant female at a motel, the Tampa Tribune's Howard Altman reports. During a fight over money, Dukes slapped a 20-year-old pregnant woman he lives with in the left cheek and the back of her head, an arrest report states.

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers unilaterally renewed the contracts of five players for 2011, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck. Salaries were not disclosed for RP Ryan Perry, C Alex Avila, IF Don Kelly, OF Brennan Boesch and OF Austin Jackson.

OF | Shane Victorino | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Shane Victorino wants to add bunting to his hitting repertoire, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Victorino said he spoke with Phillies manager Charlie Manuel before the Wednesday, March 2, game against the Baltimore Orioles about bunting more.

OF | Jai Miller | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Jai Miller had three stolen bases Wednesday, March 2, according to The Associated Press, in his team's 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.

OF | Garret Anderson | Retired Players | Fantasy
Former Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Garret Anderson was approached about signing a one-day contract with the team so he could retire as an Angel. The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett reports Anderson likely turned the offer down and then retired.

OF | Travis Snider | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Travis Snider (rib cage) was able to shag fly balls and take part in some running drills Wednesday, March 2, reports Gregor Chisholm, of MLB.com. Snider has been sidelined since the beginning of Spring Training due to soreness in his intercostal muscles. "He's getting closer, and the fact is, even with his running program and running the bases today, he felt better than he has felt recently," manager John Farrell said. "We're hopeful that he's soon to get back in the lineup. We need to see him on the field."

OF | Delmon Young | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Delmon Young (toe) might make his Grapefruit League debut Saturday, March 5, against the Tampa Bay Rays, reports La Velle E. Neal III, of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Young has been dealing with a turf toe injury.

OF | Alfonso Soriano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano hit a sixth-inning opposite-field home run in Cactus League play Wednesday, March 2, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com. "Now I don't have to worry about getting healthy," Soriano said. "I have more time to think about my defense and offense. I worked so hard in the Domincan this winter, and now I'm working hard with Rudy [Jaramillo, hitting coach] in the cage, and I want to hit the ball more to right field this year."

OF | Fernando Perez | Chicago Cubs | Injury
Chicago Cubs OF Fernando Perez (shoulder) is nursing a bruised left shoulder, which kept him out of game action again Wednesday, March 2, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com. Perez suffered a bruised left shoulder attempting a diving catch in a game Monday, Feb. 28.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (stomach) will meet this weekend with doctors to get some clarification of his occasional stomach pains, reports Tom Singer, of MLB.com.

OF | Wily Mo Pena | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Wily Mo Pena had two hits in two at-bats with a run scored Wednesday, March 2, against the Seattle Mariners. Pena is 4-for-9 with three runs scored through four Cactus League games.

OF | Milton Bradley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Milton Bradley has been working hard during the early days of Cactus League play and is "100 percent focused" heading into the new season, reports Larry Larue, of The Olympian. "He's coming early and really working hard," manager Eric Wedge said. "(Bradley) just needs to be patient and let the game come to him, and that's what I think you're seeing. He's having a good time. He's enjoying himself, he's enjoying his teammates. I love his work ethic."

OF | A.J. Pollock | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
Arizona Diamondbacks OF A.J. Pollock (elbow) is healthy and will likely begin the season in the minors, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. "There's no doubt in my mind he's going to be a good big league player and he's not too far off," said general manager Kevin Towers. "He's a good looking player. I see him as an everyday player, not just a bench-type player. He runs well, hasn't swung at too many bad pitches, he's come up with timely hits, looks very comfortable in the outfield, knows what base to throw to. I would say great baseball instincts."

OF | Jordan Schafer | Atlanta Braves | Injury
Atlanta Braves OF Jordan Schafer (ankle) says he's OK after turning his left ankle Wednesday, March 2, reports Evan Drellich of MLB.com.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (groin) will not play Thursday, March 3, due to tightness in his left groin, reports Evan Drellich of MLB.com. "(It was a) long bus ride today, it felt a little sore, so this is not the time to push it or anything like that," Heyward explained Wednesday, March 2. "That's all this is - be cautious, be careful, be smart about it."

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman (elbow) has had a sore elbow for two months and it's a real issue that will soon require a cortisone shot, speculates Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

OF | Roger Bernadina | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Roger Bernadina hit a three-run home run in the team's spring game Wednesday, March 2, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson.

OF | Andres Torres | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Giants OF Andres Torres (oblique) is feeling better and will continue to rest for several more days, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.

OF | Jose Tabata | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Jose Tabata went 3-for-3 with three singles in the team's spring game against the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, March 2, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp was arrested, detained and then released after being suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol Tuesday, March 1, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

OF | Trevor Crowe | Cleveland Indians | Injury
The Cleveland Indians hope OF Trevor Crowe (shoulder) can resume baseball activities in seven to 10 days, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

OF | Nick Weglarz | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians OF Nick Weglarz (back) will be held out of games due to back spasms left over from a collision in the outfield during winter ball, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo (elbow) should start in right field Friday, March 4, according to head trainer Lonnie Soloff, The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes reports.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) won't play in spring games until the third week of March, and he's unlikely to be ready for the season, The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes reports.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (hamstring) played catch for 10 minutes Thursday, March 3, and said he felt fine, FOXSportsMidwest.com's B.J. Rains reports.

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett (head) will throw three simulated innings Thursday, March 3, The Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson reports.

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson (hamstring) felt fine after his 35-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, March 1, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports. Hellickson will throw another bullpen session Thursday, March 3, and two sessions against live hitters. He should be ready to make his spring debut after that and have enough time to stretch out for the season.

SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson went two innings, giving up two runs on two hits with three walks and one strikeout in his Cactus League debut Wednesday, March 2, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee. The Indians lost to the Oakland Athletics 4-3.

SP | Ross Ohlendorf | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Ross Ohlendorf struck out four in just under two innings of work Wednesday, March 2, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch, in a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins. It was Ohlendorf's first action in a game since offseason arm exercises and a throwing program.

SP | Dan Haren | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Dan Haren surrendered a three-run homer to Texas Rangers OF David Murphy in a 10-6 loss Wednesday, March 2, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. After retiring the side in the first inning, Haren gave up two one-out singles and the homer before finishing the second inning.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey yielded a run on four hits in two innings of work in his spring debut for Boston Wednesday, March 2, according to Sports Network. The Red Sox lost 6-1 to the Atlanta Braves.

SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson allowed a run on two hits in two innings in his first spring start Wednesday, March 2, according to The Sports Network. Atlanta beat the Boston Red Sox 6-1.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly (illness) will pitch in a "B" game Thursday, March 3, reports Ken Gurnick, of MLB.com.

SP | Roy Oswalt | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Oswalt gave up a run on two hits over two innings in his first exhibition start of the season Wednesday, March 2, according to Sports Network. The Phillies lost 6-5 to the Baltimore Orioles.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Ubaldo Jimenez (thumb) will play long toss Thursday, March 3, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post. Jimenez will need to throw a side session before his next scheduled appearance.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow allowed two hits in three scoreless innings with four strikeouts Wednesday, March 2, against the Tampa Bay Rays.

SP | Aaron Harang | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Aaron Harang worked two perfect innings in a Cactus League start Wednesday, March 2, against the Colorado Rockies, reports Corey Brock, of MLB.com. "Everything was nice and easy today," Harang said. "I felt I was able to keep the ball down. I was trying to get a feel for my breaking stuff."

SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said SP Matt Cain (elbow) had an MRI Wednesday, March 2, which revealed elbow inflammation, reports Andrew Baggarly, of the San Jose Mercury News. Bochy is hopeful Cain will miss just one start. He has already been scratched from his scheduled Cactus League appearance Thursday, March 3.

SP | Yunesky Maya | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Yunesky Maya worked two scoreless innings in his first Grapefruit League appearance Wednesday, March 2, against the Florida Marlins, reports Bill Ladson, of MLB.com. Maya struck out three batters and he allowed two hits. "I felt real good being the first day," Maya said through an interpreter. "Winter ball help me out 100 percent. I had the opportunity in winter ball to come and show what I got. That helped me come prepared for Spring Training."

SP | Sean O'Sullivan | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Sean O'Sullivan worked two scoreless innings in relief Wednesday, March 2, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star. O'Sullivan is battling SP Jeff Francis and a handful of others for a rotation spot.

SP | Jeff Francis | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Jeff Francis allowed three earned runs and five hits in two innings in a Cactus League start, Wednesday, March 2, reports Ken Gurnick, of MLB.com. "The double to (OF Andre Ethier), the homer to (IF Juan Castro) and the line doesn't look very good," Francis said, "but I think for the most part, I threw a lot of strikes with all three pitches, with the exception of a few that I fell behind on the count. And I grooved a couple, and they made me pay for it."

SP | Zach Duke | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Zach Duke allowed three earned runs, seven hits and a walk in two innings in a Cactus League start Wednesday, March 2. Duke has allowed four runs in four spring innings over two appearances.

SP | Aaron Heilman | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Aaron Heilman worked three perfect innings with two strikeouts in a Cactus League start Wednesday, March 2, against the Seattle Mariners, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. Heilman is in the mix for the No. 5 spot in the rotation.

SP | Michael Pineda | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Michael Pineda worked two perfect innings with a strikeout in a Cactus League start against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, March 2, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. Pineda is in the mix for one of the final two open spots in manager Eric Wedge's rotation.

SP | Aaron Laffey | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP Aaron Laffey, acquired from the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, March 2, has one minor league option remaining and the team might send him to Triple-A Tacoma, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. He'll join an already crowded pitching staff battling for two final rotation spots. "With Aaron, we felt like we had the opportunity to acquire a left-handed pitcher with Major League experience," general manager Jack Zduriencik said.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy had a closed-door meeting with SP Barry Zito Wednesday, March 2, reassuring the pitcher that he is the team's No. 4 starter, reports Owen Perkins, of MLB.com. "I told him he's going to be our fourth starter," Bochy said. "You do stay open-minded with the competition that's going on, whether it's in the outfield, infield or with the pitching staff, starting and bullpen. We came up with a game plan, and that's Barry going the fourth game." The meeting was a reaction to a story from the San Francisco Chronicle which cited a source saying Zito's spot in the rotation was "definitely not safe."

SP | Eric Hurley | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers RP Eric Hurley (hamstring) is scheduled to work Thursday, March 3, in Cactus League action against the Cleveland Indians, reports Evan Grant, of The Dallas Morning News.

SP | David Huff | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians traded RP Aaron Laffey Wednesday, March 2, which means the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation appears to be down to Ps Jeanmar Gomez, David Huff and Josh Tomlin, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price allowed three runs and two hits while walking two and striking out one in his spring outing Wednesday, March 2, against the Toronto Blue Jays, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. Price also threw a wild pitch and allowed a home run. He threw 44 pitches during the outing.

SP | A.J. Burnett | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP A.J. Burnett tossed two scoreless innings and threw 15 of his 21 pitches for strikes against the Houston Astros in his spring debut Wednesday, March 2, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. Burnett showed his cleaner motion and snapped off a few sharp curveballs in the first inning.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (elbow) believes he can return to action in 11 1/2 months, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The typical timetable for return from Tommy John surgery is 12 to 15 months.

SP | Josh M. Johnson | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Josh M. Johnson allowed five runs (four earned) and five hits in just 1 2/3 innings in his spring start against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, March 2, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson.

SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey gave up one run and three hits while striking out four and walking one in three innings against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, March 2, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Gio Gonzalez touched 95 mph on the radar gun during his spring outing Tuesday, March 1, and threw 17 of his 23 pitches for strikes, according to The Mercury News' Joe Stiglich. "That was amazing," manager Bob Geren said. "He was sharp as can be." Gonzalez didn't even use his changeup during the outing.

SP | Edgar G. Gonzalez | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays signed free-agent SP Edgar G. Gonzalez (Dodgers) to a minor league deal Wednesday, March 2, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. Gonzalez is expected to compete for a rotation spot at Triple-A Durham.

SP | Tom Gorzelanny | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SPs Tom Gorzelanny (illness) and Chien-Ming Wang (shoulder) are both scheduled to pitch in a minor league intrasquad game Friday, March 4, for their first action of the spring, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. Both are expected to toss two innings. Wang is now hoping to be ready by Opening Day after throwing live batting practice Wednesday, March 2.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed SP Clayton Kershaw to a one-year deal for the 2011 season Wednesday, March 2, according to The Sports Network. Kershaw will reportedly earn $500,000 this year.

SP | Brett Tomko | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers OF Endy Chavez (knee) and SP Brett Tomko (arm) are both working hard to return to Major League baseball, according to Kirby Arnold of the Daily Herald. Both players are currently signed to minor league contracts.

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said SP Ricky Nolasco (thumb) is on track to be ready for his first regular season start, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.

SP | Scott Baker | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, it will be Minnesota Twins SPs Scott Baker, Kevin Slowey and Nick Blackburn will compete for the final two rotation spots, with the loser beginning the season in the bullpen, according to Kelsie Smith of the Pioneer Press. Francisco Liriano, Carl Pavano and Brian Duensing are locks to make the rotation.

SP | David Pauley | Seattle Mariners | Transaction
The Seattle Mariners signed SP David Pauley to a one-year deal Wednesday, March 2, according to MLB.com's Tom Singer. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

SP | Justin Duchscherer | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Justin Duchscherer (hip) threw off flat ground Wednesday, March 2, and the session went well, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. Duchscherer could throw off a mound in the next few days.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson lost 10 pounds in the offseason while focusing on strengthening his elbow and shoulder, according to The Mercury News' Joe Stiglich. Anderson experimented with his changeup Tuesday, March 1, when he allowed two homers to the Cincinnati Reds. "Any breaking ball that has a lot of velocity to it is stressful (on the elbow)," pitching coach Ron Romanick said. "The changeup is probably the least stressful pitch you can throw because you're not turning your hand late."

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke (side), who has been dealing with a bruised right side, said the injury was caused by a "stupid" off-field incident that he will not go into details about, according to The Associated Press.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Injury
Updating previous reports, Boston Red Sox RP Felix Doubront (elbow) has been doing dry mound work for the last three days and will be re-evaluated within the next week, The Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson reports.

RP | Evan Meek | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Pirates RP Evan Meek (calf) is expected to make his spring debut Sunday, March 7, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel reports.

RP | Joe Beimel | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joe Beimel (forearm) will throw Thursday, March 3, after his MRI checked out, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel reports.

RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox CL Jonathan Papelbon insists his slider will be a difference-maker this season, WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reports. Last season, hitters managed a .154 batting average against the slider, compared to a .240 clip vs. the split. "This is the most confident I've felt about a breaking pitch," Papelbon said. "It's right where I want it to be. I'm going to throw it as much as my split. I'll have three pitches I can throw from 0-0, to 3-2."

RP | Oliver Perez | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets RP Oliver Perez is starting Thursday, March 3, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. The move was made to insure Perez saw major league hitters and not reserve players ticketed for minor league camp.

RP | Octavio Dotel | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Octavio Dotel was roughed up for three earned runs and four hits in an inning of relief Wednesday, March 2, against the Tampa Bay Rays in his initial appearance of the spring, reports Gregor Chisholm, of MLB.com.

RP | Heath Bell | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres CL Heath Bell (calf) ran with 100 percent intensity Tuesday, March 1, and threw a batting practice session the following day, reports Corey Brock, of MLB.com. Bell might get into a game sometime next week. "I'm definitely itching to go, but I'm trying to be smart about it," Bell said. "But my own feeling is that I need to get out there."

RP | Andrew Cashner | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs RP Andrew Cashner will make his first Cactus League start Saturday, March 5, against the San Diego Padres, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com. Cashner is being considered for a spot in the rotation.

RP | Shawn Kelley | Seattle Mariners | Injury
The Seattle Mariners placed RP Shawn Kelley (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, March 2, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. Kelley is not expected to return until June, as he recovers from partial reconstructive elbow surgery.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers Ps Neftali Feliz and Derek Holland will be split up Thursday, March 3, as they work in separate Cactus League games, reports Evan Grant, of The Dallas Morning News. Feliz will be used in the split-squad game against the Cleveland Indians, while Holland faces the Chicago Cubs. Manager Ron Washington will monitor Feliz, while pitching coach Mike Maddux is likely to watch Holland.

RP | Ronald Belisario | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed RP Ronald Belisario on the restricted list as they await his arrival at Spring Training, according to The Associated Press. Belisario remains home in Venezuela due to visa problems.

RP | LaTroy Hawkins | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers RP LaTroy Hawkins (shoulder) threw off a mound for the first time Wednesday, March 2, since undergoing surgery last summer, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy.

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (back) is rusty, but his back is not an issue and he will pitch in a Spring Training game if a batting practice session Wednesday, March 2, goes well, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. "We expect it to be his last time," said manager Bruce Bochy. "He's not where he needs to be right now...He needs more pitches under his belt. His back is fine, but he's a little rusty."

RP | Cla Meredith | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals RP Cla Meredith (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday, March 2, reports Bill Ladson of MLB.com. "If he didn't make the team, he would have been a nice option to have in the minor leagues," said manager Jim Riggleman. "He was the unlucky one this year. It has happened all over baseball."

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joel Hanrahan, who is first in line to serve as the team's closer, allowed three hits, including a home run, in two-thirds of an inning Wednesday, March 2, reports Steve Gardner of USA TODAY.

RP | Angel Guzman | Chicago Cubs | Injury
Chicago Cubs RP Angel Guzman (shoulder) threw 20 pitches in live batting practice Wednesday, March 2, and was happy with his results, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. Guzman threw all his pitches during the session.

RP | Joe Nathan | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Joe Nathan (elbow) is sore after pitching Tuesday, March 1, reports Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press. "There's some after effects," said Nathan. "Some tightness. But it was everything I expected coming in. I was able to play catch today. It got loose, and I went out and did all the drills. . .As time goes along, it will feel better and better each day."

RP | Andrew Bailey | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Bailey (elbow) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, March 1, and should return to spring games in a few days, according to The Mercury News' Joe Stiglich.

RP | Joel Zumaya | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers RP Joel Zumaya (elbow) tore scar tissue in his pitching elbow Sunday, Feb. 27, but test results came back negative and he will only be sidelined for "a few more days," reports John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press. "We checked it out medically, and it's nothing more than a little inflammation, said manager Jim Leyland. "I'm not sure when he's going to pitch, but there were absolutely no red flags whatsoever."

RP | Mitchell Boggs | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals RP Mitchell Boggs (back) should return to pitching within one week, according to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It's a little more stiff this morning," said Boggs Wednesday, March 2. "But it's not something to have to worry about. You just want to make sure you don't do something to it that takes you into the season."

RP | Luke Gregerson | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres RP Luke Gregerson (illness) will not pitch Wednesday, March 2, due to an illness, MLB.com's Barry M. Bloom reports.

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