Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 4, 2011 @ 08:55:04 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Chris Richard | Retired Players | Transaction
Tampa Bay Rays 1B Chris Richard announced his retirement, the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin reports.

1B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera is batting .083 in the first week of the Grapefruit League season, according to John Lowe, of The Detroit Free Press.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez (shoulder) may see his first Spring Training action as a member of the team next week, reports Chris Bahr of Sporting News. "I don't want to have a date and push it if I don't feel ready," stated Gonzalez. "When I'm ready, I'll get into a game. It's not going to take too long."


Second Baseman

2B | Ben Zobrist | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Ben Zobrist (ankle) was scratched Friday, March 4, with a sore ankle, the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin reports.

2B | Mike Aviles | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 2B Mike Aviles may lead off to start the season if he proves up to the challenge, according to MLB.com's Dick Kaegel. "The reason we've got Aviles there is that he's our best option now. When I broke our lineup down and looked at Aviles, he's a guy that puts the ball in play, he's a .300 hitter, he gets on base," manager Ned Yost said.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee) is still unable to run or play the field but is taking batting practice, according to Evan Drellich of MLB.com. "He's getting better, it's just a matter of time untill we'll be able to turn him loose more and basically get him into a game," said manager Charlie Manuel. "It's taking some time." Drellich also reports that there is no impending cortisone shot or surgery planned for Utley and that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. wants to see him participate in 10 Spring Training games before Opening Day.

2B | Freddy Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez (shoulder) played in his second straight spring game Wednesday, March 2, and singled in each of his first two at-bats, according to MLB.com's Owen Perkins.


Shortstop

SS | Ronny Cedeno | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Ronny Cedeno (finger) was scratched Friday, March 4, due to a sore right middle finger, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (heel) has a bruised right heel, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post. Tulowitzki limped off the field after being hit by a pitch Thursday, March 3.


Third Baseman

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (knee) said his knee is fine, but he has general soreness and will be the designated hitter Friday, March 4, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports.

3B | Zack Cox | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals DH Zack Cox, the club's top pick in the 2010 draft, doubled and singled and scored a run Thursday, March 3, against the Washington Nationals. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Rick Hummel reported Cox was a late replacement as the designated hitter for OF Lance Berkman (calf).

3B | Eric Chavez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The New York Yankees have been using 3B Eric Chavez more at the first base position during the spring, seeing if he can handle the position, reports Bryan Hoch, of MLB.com. Chavez has been talking to former Yankees fan favorite 1B Tino Martinez about playing the position.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre (calf) is able to take batting practice and throw but is not fielding ground balls or doing any running, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. Beltre said he would be playing if this were the regular season. "I'm doing better," Beltre said. "I have been doing a lot of stuff in the water. In a couple of days, we'll see how it is. If there is no more pain, I can do more stuff." Beltre said he will be able to get ready defensively within a week of taking ground balls, so that is not an issue.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade said SP Carlos Silva and 3B Aramis Ramirez will not be fined or suspended after their dugout altercation during the team's spring game Wednesday, March 2, according to ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine.


Catcher

C | John Jaso | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays C John Jaso (hip) returned Friday, March 4, as the designated hitter, the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin reports.

C | John Baker | Florida Marlins | Injury
Florida Marlins C John Baker (elbow) is in the lineup as the designated hitter for the first time this spring Friday, March 4, The Miami Herald's Clark Spencer reports.

C | Jason Castro | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Houston Astros C Jason Castro (knee) has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, MLB.com's Alyson Footer reports. He'll still have surgery to repair the meniscus and ligament Friday, March 4. He'll be out six months and could possibly return in September.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles have unilaterally renewed the contracts of 22 players for the 2011 season, according to The Sports Network. SP Jake Arrieta and C Matt Wieters were renewed, along with IF's Robert Andino, Josh Bell, Pedro Florimon, Luis Lebron, Joe Mahoney and Brandon Snyder; OF's Matt Angle and Nolan Reimold; P's Brad Bergesen, Jason Berken, Zach Britton, Brandon Erbe, Troy Patton, Adrian Rosario, Alfredo Simon, Chorye Spoone, Chris Tillman, Rick VandenHurk and Pedro Viola; and C's Jake Fox and Craig Tatum.

C | Jonathan Lucroy | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy (finger) had an X-ray Thursday, March 3, which revealed his surgically-repaired left pinkie finger is healing, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com. Lucroy has been cleared to resume catching in the bullpen and light throwing, although he is still not expected to hit for a few weeks.

C | Russell Martin | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees C Russell Martin (knee) will catch four or five innings Friday, March 4, against the Boston Red Sox, reports Bryan Hoch, of MLB.com. Martin is returning from some stiffness in his right knee.

C | Austin Romine | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Joe Girardi said Thursday, March 3, that he wouldn't be wary of promoting C Austin Romine straight to the majors without any experience at the Triple-A level, reports Bryan Hoch, of MLB.com. "I did it," Girardi responded.

C | Francisco Cervelli | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
The New York Yankees have sent the MRI results for C Francisco Cervelli (foot) to New York for further review, reports Bryan Hoch, of MLB.com. Cervelli had a CT scan and MRI Wednesday, March 2, after he fouled a ball off his left foot in game action.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana gave team management a scare Wednesday, March 2, when he was involved in a head-first slide into home plate barricaded by Los Angeles Dodgers C Rod Barajas, reports Tom Singer, of MLB.com. "That," general manager Chris Antonetti said, "was not the highlight of Spring Training. Thankfully he got through it OK, and hopefully it will be a learning lesson for him."


Outfielder

OF | Eric Hinske | Atlanta Braves | Injury
Atlanta Braves OF Eric Hinske (calf) was scratched from the lineup with a calf strain Friday, March 4, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman (calf, elbow) didn't travel with the team Friday, March 4, and hopes to play Saturday, March 5, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss reports.

OF | Mike Stanton | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Florida Marlins OF Mike Stanton (quadriceps) hit off a tee Friday, March 4, the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi reports. He could take batting practice Saturday, March 5.

OF | Magglio Ordonez | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
ESPN analyst Orel Hershisher said Detroit Tigers OF Magglio Ordonez looks locked in and ready for the season Thursday, March 3, the Detroit Free Press' John Lowe reports. "On his final at-bat today, Magglio took a low-in fastball and drove it to right field. He swung down through the ball," Hershiser said. "If you don't have your timing yet, you roll over on that pitch and ground to short. He had a mid-season, locked-in approach and swing."

OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Brennan Boesch is 5-for-15 with two homers, three singles, two walks and a strikeout this spring, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton hit his first home run of the spring Thursday, March 3, against the San Diego Padres, according to MLB.com's Corey Brock.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper will play against the New York Yankees in a Grapefruit League game Saturday, March 5, according to Washington Post reporter Adam Kilgore. Manager Jim Riggleman also said Harper or may or may not start a game before he heads to minor league camp.

OF | Jay Bruce | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce (illness) was scratched from the starting lineup Thursday, March 3, due to illness, reports Mark Sheldon, of MLB.com.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Thursday, March 3, that he is hoping to get OF Jason Heyward (groin) back in the lineup by Saturday, March 5, reports Mark Bowman, of MLB.com.

OF | Mitch Maier | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Mitch Maier was a perfect 4-for-4 with a two-run home run and a walk Thursday, March 3, as he tries to lock up a starting job in the outfield, reports Lyle Spencer, of MLB.com. Maier is now 7-for-11 with four RBI during Cactus League play.

OF | Greg Golson | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees OF Greg Golson (head) returned Thursday, March 3, and went hiless in his only at-bat, reports Bryan Hoch, of MLB.com. Golson was hit in the helmet by a pitch from P A.J. Burnett Sunday, Feb. 27.

OF | Shelley Duncan | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians OF Shelley Duncan (back) took part in a full workout Thursday, March 3, reports Tom Singer, of MLB.com. If Duncan does not suffer any setbacks, he might resume game action as soon as Saturday, March 5.

OF | Scott Podsednik | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Scott Podsednik (foot) was able to run the bases for the first time this spring Thursday, March 3, and could see game action within the next week, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com. "It feels about what I was expecting it to feel like," said Podsednik. "It's just a matter of continuing to increase activity and continue to move forward."

OF | Andres Torres | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Andres Torres (oblique) is recovering and aiming to return to action over the weekend, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. "I think I'm ready to play but I'm being smart about it," said Torres. "I want to be patient because this is not something I want to happen again. I'm not worried because I'm feeling a lot better."

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
One day after being arrested for DUI, Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp apologized Thursday, March 3, according to Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com. "The main feeling is embarrassment," said Crisp. "I'm sorry and that sorry is genuine. A lot of people look up to me and obviously this was not the right decision."

OF | Corey Brown | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals OF Corey Brown (ankle) will not play until next week and will likely begin the season with Triple-A Syracuse, reports Bill Ladson of MLB.com. "It's a typical sprained ankle," assured manager Jim Riggleman.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday will serve as the team's designated hitter Thursday, March 3, as manager Tony La Russa wants to save Holliday's legs, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We're being careful," explained La Russa.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies agreed to one-year contracts with OFs Dexter Fowler, Seth Smith and Cole Garner; Ps Jhoulys Chacin, Franklin Morales, Matt Daley, Matt Reynolds, Bruce Billings, Edgmer Escalona, Clayton Mortensen, Juan Nicasio, Greg Reynolds, Cory Riordan, Esmil Rogers and Casey Weathers; Cs Mike McKenry, Jose Morales, Jordan Pacheco and Wilin Rosario; and IFs Hector Gomez, Jon Herrera, Eric Young Jr. and Chris Nelson, Thursday, March 3, reports The Sports Network.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Ryan Ludwick (illness) was sent home with the flu Thursday, March 3, according to the team's Twitter page.

OF | Chris Coghlan | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Florida Marlins OF Chris Coghlan (knee) won't travel with the team on road trips for two weeks, the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi reports. His knee is fine. The team just doesn't want him sitting on a bus for 90 minutes or longer right now.

OF | Ryan Sweeney | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Updating previous reports, Oakland Athletics OF Ryan Sweeney (knee) will make his spring debut in the outfield Wednesday, March 9, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Injury
Updating an earlier report, Washington Nationals SP Chien-Ming Wang (shoulder) cut his throwing session short Friday, March 4, due to right shoulder soreness, The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore reports.

SP | John Maine | Colorado Rockies | Injury
The Colorado Rockies are bringing SP John Maine (shoulder) along slowly this spring, and he's likely to begin the season at Triple-A, The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck reports.

SP | Shairon Martis | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals reassigned RP Joe Bisenius and RP Shairon Martis to minor league camp, according to the team's Twitter page.

SP | Matt Chico | Washington Nationals | Transaction
Washington Nationals SP Matt Chico was reassigned to minor league camp, MLB.com's Bill Ladson reports.

SP | Brandon Dickson | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Brandon Dickson threw three effective innings Thursday, March 3, against the Washington Nationals, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach. Dickson allowed two runs, but only one earned, over three innings, with four hits, one strikeout and one walk.

SP | Trevor Cahill | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Trevor Cahill allowed two runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings Thursday, March 3, striking out four and walking one in the process. In his first outing, MLB.com's Barry M. Bloom reported Cahill faced seven batters and allowed four runs, five hits and a walk.

SP | Luke French | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Luke French threw three scoreless innings Thursday, March 3, against the Chicago White Sox, according to The Seattle Times' Geoff Baker. Seattle lost 6-1.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Ubaldo Jimenez (thumb), scratched from a scheduled start Wednesday, March 2, because of an infection at the base of his right thumbnail, said he plans to throw a bullpen Friday, March 4, and return to Cactus League play Monday, March 7, according to MLB.com's Thomas Harding.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton pitched three innings, gave up two hits, an earned run, struck out two batters and didn't walk anyone in a 4-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, March 3. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Colin Dunlap reported SP Brad Lincoln then pitched three innings and retired the side all three times.

SP | Travis Wood | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Travis Wood allowed one hit in two scoreless innings with no walks and two strikeouts Thursday, March 3, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wood is among the candidates for the final spot in the rotation.

SP | Sam LeCure | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Sam LeCure worked two scoreless innings, allowing two hits, Thursday, March 3, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. LeCure is in the mix for the final spot in the rotation.

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Hiroki Kuroda allowed two runs in 2 1/3 innings Thursday, March 3, against the Cincinnati Reds, reports Ken Gurnick, of MLB.com. Kuroda was pleased with the performance, as he worked in his "new" curveball. "I worked on the curve tonight and had good results," Kuroda said. "My hard stuff is not there and that's something that happens every Spring Training. The fastball is not there, but it will get there before the season opens."

SP | Brett Cecil | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brett Cecil allowed just one hit in three scoreless innings with six strikeouts Thursday, March 3, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, reports Gregor Chisholm, of MLB.com. Cecil is expected to open the season as the team's No. 1 starter.

SP | Manny Parra | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Manny Parra (back) was lifted from his spring appearance Thursday, March 3, due to stiffness in his back, reports Tom Haudricourt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

SP | Edinson Volquez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Edinson Volquez had his work visa approved, reports Mark Sheldon, of MLB.com. Volquez is set to miss his second spring start Friday, March 4, as he has an appointment at the U.S. Consulate in the Dominican Republic. He is still expected to be ready to start Opening Day March 31. "I'm going to be ready," Volquez said. "I've been facing hitters down there. I think it will be OK. When I get back, I will be ready to pitch in a real game." Volquez threw 50 pitches of live batting practice Wednesday, March 2, and is slated for a bullpen session Saturday, March 5.

SP | Bruce Chen | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Bruce Chen will make his second appearance, and first start of the spring, Friday, March 4, reports Lyle Spencer, of MLB.com.

SP | Kyle Davies | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Kyle Davies allowed two earned runs, two hits and a walk in two innings Thursday, March 3, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, reports Lyle Spencer, of MLB.com. "I was happy with it," Davies said. "I commanded my delivery pretty good, commanded the baseball fairly good. There were a couple of pitches that got away and one of them got hi, but overall my command of the fastball was pretty good. Command of the curveball and changeup was really good."

SP | Andrew Brackman | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees SP Andrew Brackman (groin) is set to throw a simulated game this weekend, reports Bryan Hoch, of MLB.com.

SP | Freddy Garcia | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Freddy Garcia feels confident he is one of the early favorites to secure a rotation spot, and he feels it should be his to lose, reports Bryan Hoch, of MLB.com. "I said that the first day of camp -- if I lose this spot, that's my fault," Garcia said. "That's my responsibility to do my job in Spring Training. If it does not happen, that's my own problem." Garcia allowed two hits in two scoreless innings with one strikeout Thursday, March 3.

SP | C.J. Wilson | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers will roll out Opening Day SP C.J. Wilson Friday, March 4, against the Oakland Athletics in his second start of the spring, reports T.R. Sullivan. SP Dave Bush is also scheduled to pitch.

SP | Josh Tomlin | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Josh Tomlin allowed one earned run and four hits over three innings of relief Thursday, March 3, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. Tomlin is in the mix for the No. 5 starter job along with Ps Jeanmar Gomez and David Huff.

SP | Anthony Reyes | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Anthony Reyes (elbow) is expected to begin playing light catch Friday, March 4, reports Tom Singer, of MLB.com. "At some point, the calendar will make it challenging for him to get on equal footing, at least for Opening Day," manager Manny Acta said.

SP | Mitch Talbot | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Mitch Talbot allowed two earned runs, four hits and a walk in two innings against the Texas Rangers Thursday, March 3, reports Tom Singer, of MLB.com. Talbot and manager Manny Acta both said they were pleased with the outing, despite the stat line not looking very good at first glance. "I thought he pitched great," manager Manny Acta said. "He threw first-pitch strikes. We've been preaching about that, and he did it."

SP | Eric Hurley | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Eric Hurley (hamstring) worked two perfect innings Thursday, March 3, against the Cleveland Indians, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. Hurley's future with the team really comes down to whether or not the club decides to keep RP Neftali Feliz as their closer or move him into the rotation.

SP | Carlos Zambrano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Carlos Zambrano put on a show in batting practice, then pitched three scoreless innings against the Texas Rangers Thursday, March 3, and said his arm felt tired afterwards, reports Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. "It was kind of like fatigue, but it's normal," said Zambrano. "That happens in spring training - once. It wasn't like I wasn't feeling power in my arm. I guarantee you I will work hard for my next start. But I was able to get out of situations."

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
After throwing 35 pitches Thursday, March 3, Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez is ready to go and will pitch three innings versus the Oakland Athletics Monday, March 7, according to Greg Johns of MLB.com. "I'm ready," said Hernandez. "I'm feeling so good, man. I was throwing strikes, the ball was in the bottom of the zone, the breaking ball was good, the changeup was alright. Everything looked good."

SP | Ervin Santana | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Ervin Santana has been working on a split-finger fastball and plans to utilize it this season, according to Mike Digiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. "Why not?" asked Santana. "It's there. My fingers are long enough to throw it. Every year, you do something different. I have lots of secret weapons." Digiovanna reports that SPs Dan Haren and Joel Pineiro have helped him learn the grips. "(Haren) showed me different grips, one that will make the ball fade to the side and one that will make it go straight down," Santana said. "I want mine to go in the dirt. It's a strikeout pitch."

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz (finger) will undergo minor surgery in Philadelphia to remove a wart on the middle finger of his left hand and could miss his next scheduled spring start, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun. "The layman's term is wart," explained manager Buck Showalter. "The only time it comes into play is on a breaking ball when it comes off of that. I think the plans are. . .for him to take it off tomorrow with some kind of laser procedure. . .He could maybe miss a start. We'll know a lot more after he gets back from there. . .It won't be anything that he couldn't come back from."

SP | Carl Pavano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Carl Pavano was terrific again Thursday, March 3, throwing three shutout innings against the Baltimore Orioles, according to The Associated Press. Pavano, who allowed a mere one hit, has yet to surrender a run over five innings this spring.

SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels dominated the Boston Red Sox Thursday, March 3, hurling four scoreless innings and allowing just one hit, reports Ian Browne of MLB.com.

SP | Aaron Cook | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Due to recurring pain in his throwing shoulder, Colorado Rockies SP Aaron Cook (shoulder) is scheduled to visit the team doctor Friday, March 3, according to Troy Renck of The Denver Post.

SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
After having his Thursday, March 3, start scratched due to elbow inflammation, San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain (elbow) says he's not worried about the injury and that it's already improving, reports Chris Bahr of SportingNews.com. "It definitely feels better," said Cain. "It just happens sometimes. You get a little irritation. I don't think it has anything to do with last year or anything I changed this year."

SP | Tommy Hanson | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves renewed the contract of SP Tommy Hanson Thursday, March 3, according to Carroll Rogers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Hanson will be eligible to file for arbitration after next season.

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett (head) will pitch three simulated innings Friday, March 4, and is expected to start versus the Houston Astros Tuesday, March 8, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com. "He's going to be re-evaluated. As long as everything goes OK, he will throw a three-inning simulated (game) ... tomorrow in the bullpen," said manager Terry Francona Thursday, March 3. "That will keep him going for his next start. He'll stay right on his progression. He's not facing hitters, but it's kind of the next best thing. It's under a controlled environment, which I think we're still comfortable with."

SP | Justin Duchscherer | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Justin Duchscherer (hip) was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday, March 2, after feeling pain in his hip after his outing last weekend, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli. However, Duchscherer felt great after his 30-pitch session Thursday, March 3. He threw roughly 20 pitches off a regular mound.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
As expected, Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly (flu) saw his first action of the spring Thursday, March 3, reports Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Lilly pitched two hitless innings versus the Chicago White Sox. "I felt good - definitely excited to be pitching in a game again," said Lilly.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Jair Jurrjens' (knee) knee looked healthy in his spring outing Thursday, March 3, according to ESPN's Stephania Bell. Jurrjens allowed three hits and one home run in three innings.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (hamstring) will officially miss his start Sunday, March 6, reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito said he changed his offseason workout routine this year to focus more on his core strength, according to MLB.com's Owen Perkins. Zito also focused on regaining his fastball command.

SP | Michael Pineda | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Michael Pineda looked impressive in his two perfect innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, March 2, throwing only 22 pitches, according to AOL FanHouse's John Hickey. Manager Eric Wedge said Pineda is right in the middle of the competition for one of the team's rotation spots. "He threw comfortable, he controlled his fastball well and also his secondary pitches," Wedge said. "And he was throwing downhill. I liked what I saw today." Pineda threw mostly fastballs and mixed in a few changeups.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Michael Wuertz | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Oakland Athletics RP Michael Wuertz (shoulder) threw 30 pitches off a mound Friday, March 4, and felt fine, the Contra Costa Times' Joe Stiglich reports. He'll likely throw another bullpen session before facing hitters.

RP | Joe Beimel | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joe Beimel (forearm) threw Friday, March 4, without discomfort and will play catch Saturday, March 5, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers front office wants CL Neftali Feliz to make the starting rotation because they don't want to lock in a great arm as a reliever forever at age 22, SI.com's Jon Heyman reports.

RP | Mitch Stetter | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers RP Mitch Stetter (shoulder) is scheduled for a bullpen session Friday, March 4, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com. Stetter suffered a strained muscle behind his left shoulder prior to camp.

RP | Jason Isringhausen | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets RP Jason Isringhausen said he will call it quits after 16 years if he doesn't make the parent club, according to Derrick Goold, of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "If I don't make it, then there's a reason I didn't make it and that will be good enough reason for me to go home," Isringhausen said.

RP | Takashi Saito | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RPs LaTroy Hawkins (shoulder) and Takashi Saito (hip, hamstring) each threw bullpen sessions Wednesday, March 2, with no setbacks, according to manager Ron Roenicke, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com. Saito is expected to make his Cactus League debut Saturday, March 5.

RP | Randy Keisler | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent RP Randy Keisler (Mexican League) out of their annual tryout camp Thursday, March 3, reports Ken Gurnick, of MLB.com.

RP | Tanner Scheppers | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Tanner Scheppers (back) left his Cactus League appearance Thursday, March 3, against the Chicago Cubs due to lower back stiffness, reports Evan Grant, of The Dallas Morning News. Scheppers is expected to be re-evaluated Friday, March 4.

RP | Felipe Paulino | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies RP Felipe Paulino, who is out of options, is the clear favorite to move into the rotation if SP Aaron Cook (shoulder) continues to be sidelined due to injury, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post.

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Jonathan Broxton, who throws primarily fastballs in game situations, is thinking about throwing more split-finger fastballs this season, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. "If I locate my fastball, that's all I need," said Broxton. "I don't want to get beat on my third pitch. I'm probably just going to stay hard."

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford (illness) will make his Spring Training debut versus the San Francisco Giants Friday, March 4, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Axford has yet to appear in a game due to a bout with food poisoning.

RP | Heath Bell | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres RP Heath Bell (calf) may see game action in three to four days, according to MLB.com.

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (back) threw 15 minutes of live batting practice Thursday, March 3, with what appeared to be full effort, reports Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News.

RP | Francisco Rodriguez | New York Mets | Fantasy
As expected, New York Mets RP Francisco Rodriguez pitched in his team's game Thursday, March 3, reports Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork. Rodriguez, who had not taken the mound since Aug. 14, 2010, pitched a scoreless inning versus the St. Louis Cardinals.

RP | Koji Uehara | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles RP Koji Uehara (elbow) says his elbow injury, which required a cortisone shot and will keep him sidelined for several days, is merely arm fatigue, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun. "It's not even serious," Uehara stated with the help of his interpreter. "I'm not concerned about it."

RP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Alexi Ogando, who could enter the mix for the team's closer spot if RP Neftali Feliz moves to the rotation, is too focused on throwing every one of his pitches for strikes, according to ESPNDallas.com's Jeff Caplan. "He doesn't know how to waste. He's got to work it," manager Ron Washington said. "We've got to help him along, he's still a young kid." Ogando allowed two runs and four hits in spring action Wednesday, March 2.

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