Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 8, 2011 @ 08:47:01 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) hit a three-run double in his second, and likely final at-bat, of his first spring game Tuesday, March 8, MLB.com's Kelly Thesier reports.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez (shoulder) will take batting practice on the field again Tuesday, March 8, The Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson reports.

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman is batting .458 (11-for-24) through Monday, March 7, with three doubles, four RBIs, two walks and four strikeouts, according to David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

1B | Brad Hawpe | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B Brad Hawpe belted his first spring home run Monday, March 7, reports Tom Singer, of MLB.com. "We're seeing that opposite-field swing we saw from him in Colorado," manager Bud Black said. "He has a lot of left-center power."

1B | Daric Barton | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 1B Daric Barton (calf) is doubtful to return Tuesday, March 8, reports John Shea, of the San Francisco Chronicle. Barton suffered a calf contusion Sunday, March 6, when he was injured during a collision at first base.

1B | James Loney | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 1B James Loney (knee) threw, fielded grounders and took indoor batting practice Monday, March 7, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

1B | Nick Johnson | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians 1B Nick Johnson (wrist), who underwent offseason surgery on his wrist, is continuing his rehab at the team's complex, according to The Associated Press. There is no timetable for when he will be able to return to action.

1B | Kendry Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia believes that 1B Kendry Morales (leg, illness) is still on track to get healthy and prepare to be in the Opening Day lineup and could see his first action of the spring Saturday, March 19, Sunday, March 20, or Monday, March 21, according to Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register. "There's obviously a window any player needs to get out there on the field and get themselves where they need to be for the season. Kendry has time," said Scioscia. "I think if he's out there and he's able to play in the last seven to 10 games then he's going to be able to start the season."


Second Baseman

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee) is taking batting practice Tuesday, March 8, the Philadelphia Daily News' David Murphy reports.

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (illness) was scratched from the Monday, March 7, starting lineup because he was dealing with flu-like symptoms, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. Phillips left camp to see the doctor and did not return. He was replaced by IF Chris Valaika.

2B | Luis Castillo | New York Mets | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Luis Castillo may be released by the team before spring training is finished, according to The New York Daily News' Peter Botte. Castillo is in the final year of a four-year, $25 million contract, but there is increased competition at his position from 2B's Justin Turner, Brad Emaus and Daniel Murphy.

2B | Jamey Carroll | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Jamey Carroll (finger) was scratched Monday, March 7, due to a bruised right index finger, but X-rays were negative and he is able to both hit and play catch, so he doesn't anticipate missing more than a few days, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

2B | Ben Zobrist | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Ben Zobrist (ankle) could return to action Tuesday, March 8, reports Bill Chastain of MLB.com.

2B | Carlos Guillen | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 2B Carlos Guillen (knee) is currently in the final stages of rehab after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee last year, according to Mlive.com's Steve Kornacki. "The running program is the last piece of the puzzle," head trainer Kevin Rand said, "and we started that four or five days ago. We're just initiating turns into his running, and full baserunning is next. The last thing is sliding. Once Carlos can do that, he will be ready to begin playing."


Shortstop

SS | Cesar Izturis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles SS Cesar Izturis (ankle) rolled his left ankle Monday, March 7, and will take a few days off, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.

SS | Edgar Renteria | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS/2B Edgar Renteria will not see any time at third base this spring, according to John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer. Renteria is expected to start at shortstop most of the time, with a little bit of action at second base. "I've got (Juan) Francisco, (Todd) Frazier, (Chris) Valaika and (Miguel) Cairo. Plus, I talked to Edgar. He doesn't feel real comfortable playing third. That's a whole lot closer. As you get older closeness and reactions don't match, especially when you've never been there," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

SS | Alexi Casilla | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SS Alexi Casilla (ankle) sat out Monday, March 7, but he was "running around, doing fly balls and doing the drills," according to manager Ron Gardenhire, reports Tom Pelissero, of 1500ESPN.com.

SS | Brent Dlugach | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Brent Dlugach (shoulder) will resume baseball activities once his range of motion and strength are ready. Surgery won't be necessary for his injured left shoulder, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne.


Third Baseman

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said 3B David Freese (ankle) came out of his spring debut fine, 101 ESPN St. Louis' Brian Stull reports. Freese will play one day and sit the next for now.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (knee) said manager Fredi Gonzalez decided to put him at DH Tuesday, March 8, after looking at how much he has played this week, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

3B | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B Allen Craig has worked with hitting coach Mark McGwire in the offseason, refining his swing to better anticipate inside pitches. The strategy has had success, according to Derrick Goold of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "That was one of my goals this offseason to get better with the inside pitch and better at pulling the ball. I've done a little bit better job this spring," Craig said.

3B | Brandon Wood | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Brandon Wood got in extra work Sunday, March 6, taking batting practice with manager Mike Scioscia, hitting coach Mickey Hatcher and roving minor-league hitting instructor Todd Takayoshi, reports Bill Plunkett, of The Orange County Register. The extra work must have paid off, as Wood went 2-for-5 with an RBI double, solo home run and three RBI Monday, March 7, against the Chicago Cubs.

3B | Andy LaRoche | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 3B Andy LaRoche was 1-for-2 with a two-run home run, his second of the spring, Monday, March 7. LaRoche is batting .267 (4-for-15) with two home runs, three RBI and four walks in nine spring games.

3B | Kevin Kouzmanoff | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff went 2-for-3 with an RBI Monday, March 7, against the Seattle Mariners. Kouzmanoff is batting .500 with six RBI in five Cactus League games.

3B | Matt Dominguez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins 3B Matt Dominguez has a chance to win a roster spot this spring, according to Steven Wine of The Associated Press. "If he makes the club, we're going to be a way better team," said skipper Edwin Rodriguez. "We're very encouraged by what we've seen so far. . .He's taking very good at-bats and has been handling everything very well, and his defense is what we expected. He's playing like he belongs here."

3B | Melvin Mora | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Melvin Mora is expected to be held out of games for the next few days as a precaution after he was involved in a car accident Monday, March 7, according to MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger. Mora did not suffer serious injuries.


Catcher

C | Bengie Molina | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent C Bengie Molina (Rangers) said he's not retired and is seeking a guaranteed deal with a decent salary, The Mercury News' Andrew Baggarly reports.

C | Jason Kendall | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals C Jason Kendall (shoulder) continues to make good progress in his comeback from extensive right shoulder surgery, according to MLB.com's Dick Kaegel. In recent sessions he has thrown approximately 90 feet and he plans to go to 110 feet. He also caught recent bullpen sessions.

C | Danny Lehmann | Minnesota Twins | Injury
Minnesota Twins C Danny Lehmann (head) was struck in the head with a bat Monday, March 7, and sent to the hospital for a CT scan, reports Tom Pelissero, of 1500ESPN.com. C Jair Fernandez (wrist) was also injured Monday and will be re-evaluated Tuesday, March 8.

C | Nick Hundley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said Monday, March 7, that C Nick Hundley is ready to handle the majority of the catching duties following the sudden retirement of veteran C Gregg Zaun, reports Tom Singer, of MLB.com. "I think he's up for the challenge," Black said. "He wants to do it. The will is there, the talent is there. We'll give him that responsibility."

C | Adam Moore | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Adam Moore (illness) was scratched from the lineup Monday, March 7, due to illness, reports Geoff Baker, of The Seattle Times. Manager Eric Wedge said Moore might be ready Tuesday, March 8.

C | Miguel Olivo | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Seattle Mariners C Miguel Olivo (groin) has been diagnosed with a strained adductor muscle and there is no timetable for his return, according to The Associated Press. The team will be extremely cautious with his rehab.

C | John Buck | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
The Florida Marlins are pleased with C John Buck's ability to hit, command a game and throw out baserunners, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. "He's going to be fine," said manager Edwin Rodriguez. "His footwork is working for him. His throwing arm is average, and it's accurate. That's what we're expecting. His footwork is quick. I hope he can shut down the other team's running game."


Outfielder

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran (knees) has some leg stiffness and tendonitis in his left knee, which is knee he's not rehabbing, ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reports. He was supposed to play in a simulated game Tuesday, March 8, but was scratched from it as a precaution. He's taking anti-inflammatories and will be out four to five days.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo (elbow) and OF Michael Brantley (knee) are back in the lineup Tuesday, March 8, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

OF | Francisco Tejada | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays signed 17-year-old Dominican OF Francisco Tejada to a deal with a $150,000 signing bonus, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (wrist) had surgery to remove his broken hamate bone and should return in four to six weeks, FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi reports.

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SS Alcides Escobar (infection) and OF Alex Gordon (back) returned to the lineup Tuesday, March 8, after missing a few days with minor ailments, The Kansas City Star's Bob Dutton reports. IF Wilson Betemit (elbow) is also making his spring debut.

OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury
Tampa Bay Rays OF Sam Fuld (elbow) returned to the lineup Sunday, March 6, a couple of days ahead of schedule, The Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney reports.

OF | Delmon Young | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Twins OF Delmon Young (toe) will serve as the designated hitter in the "B" game Tuesday, March 8, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III reports.

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (head) returned to action Monday, March 7, and he was hitless in two at-bats with a strikeout, reports Don Norcross, of The San Diego Union-Tribune. Maybin was injured in practice last week when he hit his head on an outfield post Wednesday, March 2.

OF | Greg Golson | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday, March 7, that OF Greg Golson (rib cage) came to him in the fourth inning and said his rib cage was bothering him, reports Erik Boland, of Newsday.

OF | Andy Dirks | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Monday, March 7, that OF Andy Dirks is a fringe candidate for one of the extra outfield sports, reports Tom Gage, of The Detroit News. "(Dirks) didn't come to came with the edge that (OF Brennan Boesch) has," Leyland said, "but, yes, he came as a candidate." Boesch, Dirks, OFs Clete Thomas and Casper Wells appear to be four candidates battling for two open spots.

OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders remains in contention for the Opening Day job in left field, but there is an open competition for the job, reports Kirby Arnold, of the Everett Herald. Veterans Milton Bradley and Gabe Gross, as well as a host of other young players, are also in the mix. "I know left field isn't going to be handed to anybody," Saunders said. "That person is going to have to earn and deserve the starting spot."

OF | Ryan Sweeney | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics manager Bob Geren said Monday, March 7, that OF Ryan Sweeney (knee) will play all over in the outfield when he makes his spring debut Wednesday, March 9, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com.

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold went 2-for-4 Monday, March 7, and is batting .333 (6-for-18) in spring training, according to MLB.com's Evan Drellich. Reimold is competing for the fourth outfielder job with OF Felix Pie. "I attribute a lot of it to (the mechanical changes) and working out with Anderson," Reimold said, "but also, I just feel healthy this year."

OF | Chris B. Young | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said that he is leaning toward using OF Chris B. Young in the middle of his order this year, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro. Gibson feels like OF Justin Upton is a "perfect" candidate for the No. 3 spot, but he may have him hit cleanup instead.

OF | John Bowker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates OF John Bowker (wrist) and IF Josh Rodriguez (quadriceps) both missed their team's game Monday, March 7, with what are considered minor injuries, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. Neither player is expected to be available Tuesday, March 8.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Michael Cuddyer (foot) is nearly recovered, according to Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune. Cuddyer underwent surgery to remove a plantar wart from his left foot Tuesday, March 1.

OF | Manny Ramirez | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Manny Ramirez is currently 7-for-17 this spring after going 1-for-3 against the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday, March 7, according to SportingNews.com's Stan McNeal. Ramirez continues to work hard in the batting cages after struggling last season. He has also been working on his defense. "I see no reason to think he's not going to hit. I really think he's going to have a big year," said a scout who has watched the Rays four times this spring. "I was looking at his numbers the other day. This guy has had an amazing career."

OF | Jason Kubel | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Jason Kubel drove in a run against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, March 7, and is hitting .533 (8-for-15) this spring, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier.

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman (elbow, calf) went 1-for-3 with a run scored in the team's spring game Monday, March 7, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier.

OF | Matt Diaz | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Matt Diaz hit a two-run home run in the team's spring game Monday, March 7, after entering the game with just two hits in his first 16 at-bats, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch.

OF | Ben Francisco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Ben Francisco is likely to enter the season as the starting right fielder after the recent injury to OF Domonic Brown (hand), according to The Associated Press.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
There is speculation that the New York Yankees may have OF Brett Gardner bat leadoff and bump SS Derek Jeter to the No. 2 hole, reports Ron Smith of SportingNews.com. "(Gardner's) been great wherever we're put him because of his ability to get on, and it doesn't take a lot to score him," stated manager Joe Girardi. "He can get to third base by himself pretty easily at times. He's a huge asset because he's good at scoring runs."


Starting Pitcher

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Colorado Rockies SP Ubaldo Jimenez (thumb) felt fine Tuesday, March 8, after making a start the previous day, The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck reports. He was pleased with his pace and controlled delivery.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (hamstring) felt no pain in his bullpen session Tuesday, March 8, and could make his start Friday, March 11, FOXSportsMidwest.com's B.J. Rains reports.

SP | Sergio Mitre | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Sergio Mitre threw three scoreless innings against the Baltimore Orioles Monday, March 7. According to Stan McNeal of SportingNews.com, Mitre has not allowed a run in five innings of work.

SP | Carlos Silva | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Carlos Silva allowed eight runs on 10 hits and hit a batter in 2 1/3 innings Monday, March 7, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat.

SP | Justin Duchscherer | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Justin Duchscherer (hip) is set to throw Tuesday, March 8, according to The Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck. Duchscherer's start was pushed back because of recurring hip soreness. Duchscherer has had three hip surgeries in his career.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay has been tapped to start the season opener for the team Friday, April 1, according to The Associated Press.

SP | Nick Blackburn | Minnesota Twins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Nick Blackburn has locked up the fourth rotation slot, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier. The move leaves SP's Scott Baker and Kevin Slowey to compete for the fifth spot.

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs RP Jeff Samardzija will be used in the bullpen this year and not as a starter, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. The plan is to leave him there, barring injury.

SP | Donnie Veal | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates have reassigned C Tony Sanchez, C Eric Fryer, P Cesar Valdez and SP Donnie Veal to the minor league camp, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch. The four were expected to begin the season in the minor leagues.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano (elbow) threw a bullpen session Monday, March 7, and he is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday, March 9, reports Tom Pelissero, of 1500ESPN.com. Liriano appeared in a minor league "B" game Friday, March 4.

SP | Mike Leake | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker thinks SP Mike Leake added velocity, reports John Fay, of The Cincinnati Enquirer. "He should," Baker said. "He was a little kid last year. I've always been told you have kid muscles and man muscles. He's getting his man muscles." Leake allowed four runs in three innings in his outing Monday, March 7.

SP | Edinson Volquez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Edinson Volquez is listed as the starter Wednesday, March 9, reports John Fay, of The Cincinnati Enquirer. Volquez was not in camp Monday, March 7, as he remained in the Dominican Republic trying to obtain his work visa. "If he's here, he'll start," manager Dusty Baker said. "There's a whole lot of other guys who would like to make that start." Volquez would be able to make four spring starts leading up to his Opening Day assignment if he works Wednesday.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey allowed four earned runs and six hits with three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings Monday, March 7, against the Milwaukee Brewers, reports John Fay, of The Cincinnati Enquirer. "Homer threw the ball well," manager Dusty Baker said. "He was one out from a really good line." Bailey used the last inning to work on some things, including breaking balls, which he felt he was more consistent with.

SP | Clayton Richard | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Clayton Richard (shoulder) threw batting practice Monday, March 7, for eight minutes, reports Don Norcross, of The San Diego Union-Tribune. "To me, he looked normal," pitching coach Darren Balsley said. "This time of year, he looked like he should." Richard said he is confident he'll be ready for the start of the season.

SP | Mat Latos | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said he isn't worried about the struggles of SP Mat Latos Sunday, March 6, although the team plans to iron out his issues in the bullpen, reports Don Norcross, of The San Diego Union-Tribune. "I saw some frustrations as the inning moved forward, and you can't pitch like that," Latos said. "Mat again was a little bit erratic. He just didn't look comfortable. We're going to have to make sure we iron out some things in the bullpen." In two spring starts, he has allowed six walks in two innings.

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Tim Stauffer will make his third start Tuesday, March 8, against the Oakland Athletics, reports Tom Singer, of MLB.com. Stauffer, who is in the running for the No. 4 starter job, has allowed five earned runs in his first 4 2/3 innings this spring.

SP | Rick VandenHurk | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Rick VandenHurk has walked five batters in five innings this spring, but he isn't blaming his mechanics, reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com. "I feel good," VandenHurk said. "Yesterday, I felt a lot better than I did the first outing. I felt comfortable, which is the most important thing for me. I had four walks and two strikeouts, but it could have been the other way around."

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton allowed just two hits and one walk with a strikeout in three scoreless innings in a Grapefruit League start Monday, March 7, against the New York Yankees, reports Brittany Ghiroli, of MLB.com. I want to see how [the young guys in camp] are going to handle each step," manager Buck Showalter said. "This is another step of it. You pitched in Norfolk and Bowie ... instead of keeping them from that, I want to expose them to that and see how they are going to handle it. I thought Zach handled it well tonight."

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz (finger) will pitch Tuesday, March 8, in his first action since having a wart removed from the middle finger on his left hand Friday, March 4, reports Brittany Ghiroli, of MLB.com.

SP | Dan Haren | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Dan Haren worked three scoreless innings Monday, March 7, allowing one walk while striking out three batters, reports Bill Plunkett, of The Orange County Register. "There's going to be 10 percent of the time when you feel unbelieveable," Haren said. "Then there's going to be 10 percent when you feel like crap. The other 80 percent is where you make your year."

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brandon McCarthy is in the mix for the fifth starter job, reports Joe Stiglich, of The Mercury News. McCarthy has allowed two earned runs in five spring innings over two appearances while striking out four and walking none.

SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti said SP Matt Cain (elbow) threw a 10-minute bullpen session Monday, March 7, with no problems, reports Andrew Baggarly, of The Mercury News. Cain will take two days off before throwing either a bullpen session or simulated game.

SP | Luke French | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Luke French will make a start in a B game Tuesday, March 8, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, reports Geoff Baker, of The Seattle Times. French is in the mix for the fifth starter job.

SP | Michael Pineda | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Michael Pineda allowed one hit and two walks in two scoreless innings of relief Monday, March 7, reports Geoff Baker, of The Seattle Times. Manager Eric Wedge said that Pineda "threw the ball well, did a good job with his fastball, continues to be confident with his secondary stuff, and is able to slow it down when he needs to slow it down which is always nice to see for a young pitcher." Pineda was limited to two innings so he can work again Friday, March 11.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez allowed one run and five hits with three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings in his Cactus League debut Monday, March 7, reports Geoff Baker, of The Seattle Times. Two of the hits Hernandez allowed were bloopers.

SP | Rich Harden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Rich Harden (lat) began his second cycle of two days of throwing and one off Monday, March 7, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com. Pitching coach Ron Romanick said he would like him to go three cycles before he works off a mound again. With only 20 days remaining in camp, it appears unlikely Harden will be ready for the start of the regular season.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman has been speeding up his delivery this spring and felt he was successful doing so during his outing Monday, March 7, according to MLB.com's Evan Drellich.

SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann has been throwing 94-95 mph with an excellent slider this spring, according to SI.com's Jon Heyman.

SP | Craig Italiano | San Diego Padres | Transaction
The San Diego Padres reassigned Ps Brad Brach, Alexis Lara, Craig Italiano, Matt Lollis and Juan Oramas to minor league camp Monday, March 7, according to MLB.com's Tom Singer.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) said he is planning to face hitters Wednesday, March 9, after already throwing four bullpen sessions, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett. Webb said he had normal soreness Monday, March 7, after his 62-pitch session Sunday, March 6.

SP | John Maine | Colorado Rockies | Injury
Colorado Rockies SP John Maine (shoulder) is set to make his spring debut Wednesday, March 9, and hit 90 mph on the radar gun in his last intrasquad game, according to MLB.com's Owen Perkins.

SP | Brad Penny | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Brad Penny pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings Monday, March 7, allowing three hits and striking out four, according to Tom Gage of The Detroit News. "I felt better than I expected to for this being just my second time of throwing to hitters since last year," said Penny. "My changeups were great. . .I don't feel I put any more effort into my fastball (than his last start), but I felt a little stronger. That's going to come."

SP | A.J. Burnett | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, New York Yankees SP A.J. Burnett was impressive in his outing Monday, March 7, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews. "He had ace stuff today," said Russell Martin, enthusiastic after his first game catching Burnett. "His fastball was just effortless. He looks like he has even more if he wants it. It looked like he had fun out there." Burnett retired five of the nine batters he faced on ground balls. He has thrown five scoreless innings in spring training.

SP | Wade Davis | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Wade Davis is happy with the way his spring is going, according to Tony Fabrizio of The Tampa Tribune. "The biggest thing for me with the difference from last year to this year is I know kind of what my body is doing a little more and can make corrections a little easier," said Davis. "I think when I started doing better last year, I started realizing the things I was doing that were helping me and making things easier."

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Houston Astros SP Bud Norris (hamstring) left Tuesday, March 7, due to a hamstring injury, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. The injury is not considered serious.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey gave up one hit in four scoreless innings in spring action Monday, March 7, according to ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes. Lackey was impressed with his fastball command and the few changeups that he threw. He will make his next spring start Saturday, March 12.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson pitched much better in his second start of the spring Sunday, March 6, allowing one hit and striking out five in three scoreless innings, reports Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

SP | Andrew Brackman | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Andrew Brackman (groin) hopes to win the No. 5 slot in the starting rotation which was vacated by SP Andy Pettitte's retirement, according to Coulton Tudor of The News and Observer. "Somebody's going to get that starting spot - somebody has to," said Brackman. "Obviously, I want that to be me. . .But what I want more is just to make the roster." Ps Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, Sergio Mitre, Ivan Nova and Adam Warren are also candidates to replace Pettitte.

SP | Tom Gorzelanny | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SPs Tom Gorzelanny and Chad Gaudin will each take the mound in split-squad games Thursday, March 10, according to Dave Sheinin of The Washington Post. Both players are in competition for the team's No. 5 rotation slot.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum struck out seven Seattle Mariners batters in 3 2/3 innings Sunday, March 6, reports The Associated Press. He walked three batters and surrendered three hits, but did not allow a run.

SP | Jon Lester | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
One day after missing his start due to a bout with the flu, Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester (illness) threw 49 pitches in a simulated game Monday, March 7, and will start versus the Minnesota Twins Friday, March 11, according to Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Joel Zumaya | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Updating previous reports, Detroit Tigers RP Joel Zumaya (elbow) has no structural damage in his right arm, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports. Dr. James Andrews recommends no throwing for a week and strengthening exercises.

RP | Koji Uehara | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Orioles RP Koji Uehara (elbow) hopes to return Friday, March 11, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.

RP | Alberto Arias | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports the MRI performed on Houston Astros RP Alberto Arias (shoulder) and his surgically repaired right shoulder showed no additional damage. Team medical director Dr. David Lintner examined the results.

RP | Joe Nathan | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Twins RP Joe Nathan (elbow) threw 12 pitches in his third spring appearance Monday, March 7, including a series of curveballs and changeups, reports Tom Pelissero, of 1500ESPN.com. "The command has really been a pleasant surprise to this point, and I can't ask for much more than what's gone on out there now as far as life on the ball, movement on the ball, sharpness and stuff," Nathan said.

RP | Huston Street | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies CL Huston Street is not concerned about his shoulder strength despite two subpar outings to start the spring season, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck. "You don't want to go into the season without feeling sharp," Street said. "But I believe if I am healthy, I will help this team win."

RP | Kevin Gregg | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Kevin Gregg worked a perfect inning with one strikeout Monday, March 7, reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com. "He's a professional pitcher," manager Buck Showalter said. "You can see why he does what he does. He's a guy who's been down a lot of road and a lot of wars. He doesn't have a whole lot of panic in him. He doesn't have any panic in him at all."

RP | Guillermo Moscoso | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Guillermo Moscoso got a chance to start Monday, March 7, but the results were mixed. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- and two hits over three innings. In three spring appearances, he is 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA over seven innings. Moscoso is in the mix for the last rotation spot for manager Bob Geren.

RP | Craig Breslow | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Oakland Athletics RP Craig Breslow (hamstring) was scheduled to pitch Thursday, March 10, but now he is questionable to appear, reports John Shea, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Bailey (elbow) is expected to make his Cactus League debut Thursday, March 10, reports John Shea, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

RP | Joe Thatcher | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres RP Joe Thatcher (shoulder) will soon be able to play catch, according to Dan Hayes of the North County Times.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said RP Neftali Feliz will continue to be stretched out as a starter and a decision on his role will not be made for another 10 to 14 days, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett.

RP | Evan Meek | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Evan Meek (calf) walked one in a scoreless inning in his spring debut against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, March 7, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch.

RP | Hong-Chih Kuo | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Hong-Chih Kuo (elbow) threw a bullpen session Monday, March 7, and will likely see his first action of the spring Wednesday, March 9, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

RP | Francisco Rodriguez | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets RP Francisco Rodriguez hit 94 mph on the radar gun in his team's game Sunday, March 6, reports Peter Botte of the New York Daily News. "He's ahead of where I thought he'd be," said manager Terry Collins.

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RPs Kyle Farnsworth, Joel Peralta and Jake McGee are all competing for the closer's job, according to Bill Chastain of MLB.com. "If it looks like chaos, at least it's organized chaos," pitching coach Jim Hickey said. "You know exactly what's going on and who's going where and what you're looking for. But it can get a little bit like a fire drill."

RP | Daniel Schlereth | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers RP Daniel Schlereth (hamstring) is hoping to return to the mound in one week, according to Mlive.com's Steve Kornacki. "Daniel's getting in some long toss and has more range of motion with less soreness in the hamstring," Rand said. "We'll get him on the mound soon and then address fielding, to make sure he's ready for that."

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