Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 9, 2011 @ 08:39:46 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) said he is aiming to be ready for the season opener, 1500ESPN.com's Phil Mackey reports. Morneau will play once every two days until March 15 and be re-evaluated.

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton is 3-for-11 this spring in games played through March 8, according to The Associated Press.

1B | James Loney | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 1B James Loney (knee), RP Hong-Chih Kuo (elbow) and 2B Jamey Carroll (finger) are all scheduled to play Wednesday, March 9, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick and Tom Singer.

1B | Derrek Lee | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Derrek Lee (wrist, thumb) will undergo an MRI exam on his wrist Wednesday, March 9, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. The team still thinks Lee's wrist issues are the result of him being inactive due to thumb surgery.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez (shoulder) said he is not at all worried about his shoulder because he played through it most of last year, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham. "The reason I don't make a deal out of this is because I played through it last year. So worst-case scenario I'm going to be the hitter I was last year," Gonzalez said. It's not something that I lost games over and I'm trying to recover from. It was surgery to get me to be 100 percent instead of 95. It really isn't a surgery I needed. But it's a surgery that is going to help me in the long term." He could make his spring debut early next week.


Second Baseman

2B | Justin Turner | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets 2B Justin Turner (quadriceps) hopes to just miss one day after injuring it when a player slid hard into second base Tuesday, March 8, The Star-Ledger's Andy McCullough reports.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., said the goal wasn't for 2B Chase Utley (knee) to be ready for Opening Day, but to make sure he's 100 percent for the next three years, the Delaware County Daily Times' Ryan Lawrence reports. Amaro wouldn't rule out the season opener, though.

2B | Elliot Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury
Tampa Bay Rays SS Elliot Johnson (quadriceps) returned to the lineup Tuesday, March 8, after missing a week due to sore left quadriceps, MLB.com's Bill Chastain reports.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (back) was scratched Wednesday, March 9, due to back spasms, MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko reports.

2B | Alexi Amarista | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels 2B Alexi Amarista (heel) suffered a bruised left heel that kept him out of action Tuesday, March 8. According to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett, Amarista will be re-evaluated Wednesday, March 9.

2B | Gordon Beckham | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham was 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI Tuesday, March 8. Beckham is batting .412 (7-for-17) in six spring games.

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (illness) missed his second straight game Tuesday, March 8, reports Mark Sheldon, of MLB.com. "I could tell he wasn't feeling good the day before," manager Dusty Baker said. Phillips is listed to travel for a Cactus League game Wednesday, March 9.

2B | Aaron Hill | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill (quadriceps) is still being monitored but was scheduled to take part in an intrasquad game Tuesday, March 8, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. However, there is still no timetable for Hill to return to game action.

2B | Jason Donald | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Donald (hand) played catch, fielded balls and hit in the cages Tuesday, March 8, after being hit by a pitch on the left hand Saturday, March 5, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. Donald is unlikely to be cleared to play in games by Wednesday, March 9.

2B | Carlos Guillen | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 2B Carlos Guillen (knee) ran the bases without any problems Tuesday, March 8, after he had previously been running straight ahead without making turns, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck. Guillen will need to repeat the process a few more times before being game ready. Manager Jim Leyland said Guillen will "most likely" be the starting second baseman if he can return to game action in enough time to get his timing down.

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley launched a home run in the team's "B" game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, March 8, according to The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta.


Shortstop

SS | Reid Brignac | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Rays SS Reid Brignac (groin) is expected back in the lineup Thursday, March 10, the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin reports.

SS | Cesar Izturis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Orioles SS Cesar Izturis (ankle) said the swelling is down, and he has no pain in his ankle, MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko reports. He'll hit and run Wednesday, March 9, and hopes to return by the end of the week.

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro has hit safely in all seven games that he has played in, according to The Associated Press.

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar is looking to rebound from a down year in 2010, reports Kevin Baxter, of the Los Angeles Times. Aybar batted .253 and he made a career-high 21 errors. However, he suffered injuries to his left groin and left knee, and he had surgery to repair the knee in the offseason.

SS | Miguel Tejada | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SS Miguel Tejada has looked ragged in spring training, and his throws and range have been weak, reports Henry Schulman, of the San Francisco Chronicle. Tejada said his legs tire in spring training after all the conditioning and fundamentals in the mornings before games. He assured reporters that once the season starts he feels stronger and plays better.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez reported to spring training this year weighing 240 pounds, but he would like to drop 15 pounds by the start of the season, according to SportingNews.com. "He's going to be fine," manager Edwin Rodriguez says. "We can see him taking better swings every time he's out there. The timing is getting there." And the weight? "We're not worried."

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus (back) is being listed as day-to-day with a stiff back, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett.


Third Baseman

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (oblique) will miss his third straight game Wednesday, March 9, due to a strained oblique, The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore reports. Zimmerman called it a non-factor and said he would play if it were the regular season. Last year, Zimmerman missed the final two weeks of the season with an oblique injury. This latest tweak is not the same kind of injury, nor is it in the same spot.

3B | Andy LaRoche | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 3B Andy LaRoche belted his third home run of the spring and second in as many days Tuesday, March 8, against the San Diego Padres, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee.

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart (knee) ran on an underwater treadmill Tuesday, March 8, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post. Stewart is expected to run the bases soon.

3B | Dayan Viciedo | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Dayan Viciedo made his first Cactus League start in right field Tuesday, March 8, and he made a nice catch on his first chance on a line drive slicing away toward the foul line, reports Scott Merkin, of MLB.com. Viciedo was also slick with the bat, going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. He is batting .476 (10-for-21) in six spring games.

3B | Lonnie Chisenhall | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Lonnie Chisenhall went 4-for-5 with a triple and a run scored Tuesday, March 8, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Chisenhall is batting .550 (11-for-20) with two home runs and four RBI in eight spring games.

3B | Melvin Mora | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Melvin Mora (neck) will likely be out of the lineup for at least another three days after being in a car accident Monday, March 7, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. "I'd say three to seven days," manager Kirk Gibson said. "That's a guess. I hope it's not longer than that, but if he's not right, he's not going to play. He's sore, a stiff neck."

3B | Matt Dominguez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins 3B Matt Dominguez hit a three-run dinger in the team's spring game Tuesday, March 8, sending his team to a 9-5 win over the Detroit Tigers, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck. It was Dominguez's second spring homer.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre (calf) took batting practice Tuesday, March 8, The Dallas Morning News' Anthony Andro reports.


Catcher

C | Ryan Eigsti | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals reassigned P Patrick Keating and C Ryan Eigsti to minor league camp, USAToday.com reports.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana is making his first appearance at first base Wednesday, March 9, according to the team's Twitter page.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles legendary SS Cal Ripken Jr. believes C Matt Wieters will bounce back in 2011, according to Matt Vensel of The Baltimore Sun. "He's learned the pitching staff and he understands them from the defensive side. But offensively, he now has a lineup that has more protection throughout it," Ripken said. Wieters is hitting .357 this spring.

C | Tyler Flowers | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C Tyler Flowers went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and two RBI Tuesday, March 8. Flowers is batting .625 (5-for-8) with a home run and four RBI in six spring games.

C | Adam Moore | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Adam Moore (illness) returned to the lineup Tuesday, March 8. He went 1-for-1 with a walk.

C | Carlos Ramirez | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reassigned Cs Anel De Los Santos, Jose Jimenez and Carlos Ramirez to the minor league camp Tuesday, March 8, reports Kevin Baxter, of the Los Angeles Times.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants and C Buster Posey agreed to a one-year contract worth $575,000, reports Henry Schulman, of the San Francisco Chronicle. The team traditionally has not given multi-year deals to players after their first year.

C | Bengie Molina | free agent | Free Agents
The San Diego Padres have checked in on free-agent C Bengie Molina (Rangers) but came away thinking that he is leaning toward retirement, according to SI.com's Jon Heyman.

C | Robinson Cancel | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros signed free-agent C Robinson Cancel (Independent League) Tuesday, March 8, to provide minor league depth, according to the Houston Chronicle's Steve Campbell.

C | J.R. Towles | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros C J.R. Towles went 1-for-3 with a home run in spring action Tuesday, March 8, according to the Houston Chronicle's Steve Campbell. Towles said he is hitting with his hands a little lower this year.


Outfielder

OF | Chris Coghlan | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said we'll likely see OF Chris Coghlan (knee) in the lineup regularly when the team returns from its road trip early next week, The Miami Herald's Manny Navarro reports.

OF | Mike Stanton | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said OF Mike Stanton (quadriceps) is likely to head down to minor league camp before returning seven to 10 days before the end of Spring Training, The Miami Herald's Manny Navarro reports.

OF | Brandon Guyer | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury
Tampa Bay Rays OF Brandon Guyer (groin) will be out a few days, the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin reports.

OF | Nate McLouth | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Nate McLouth (shoulder) is resting a sore right shoulder Wednesday, March 9, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports. It doesn't appear to be serious.

OF | Luke Scott | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Luke Scott is hitless this spring and says it's just a timing issue, MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko reports. He said he knows the problem and has to correct it.

OF | Chris B. Young | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Chris B. Young hit a two-run homer and two-run double Tuesday, March 8, in a 16-5 win over the Cleveland Indians. MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports Young was hitting just .200 entering the game.

OF | Xavier Nady | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Xavier Nady made his Cactus League debut at first base Tuesday, March 8, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. Manager Kirk Gibson said it was not an indication that Nady would not be able to play left field by Opening Day. "He's fine," Gibson said. "He's throwing better than he was. Like I told you before we're trying to build up arm strength. It's just going to take time."

OF | Milton Bradley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Milton Bradley started in center field in a minor league "B" game Tuesday, March 8, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. Bradley has started 450 games in center field during his career, but only 16 of those have been since 2005. "It's important to get him out there a couple times just in case we need him out there," manager Eric Wedge said.

OF | Fred Lewis | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Fred Lewis is tinkering with different placements for his elbows during at-bats and is trying to use the lower half of his body more, reports Mark Sheldon, of MLB.com. "On the offensive side, I'm not happy with it," Lewis said. Lewis is trying to land one of the reserve outfield spots on the team's 25-man roster.

OF | Drew Stubbs | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Drew Stubbs went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run Tuesday, March 8, reports Dick Kaegel, of MLB.com. Stubbs batted leadoff and is a candidate to sit atop manager Dusty Baker's lineup in the regular season.

OF | Darren Ford | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OFs Darren Ford and Thomas Neal are likely to start the season with Triple-A Fresno, reports Chris Haft, of MLB.com. Both are participating in the big league camp for the second year in a row, but the outfield with the big club is chock full of veterans. "I can't play general manager. That's too much thinking for me," Neal said.

OF | Andres Torres | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Andres Torres (oblique) swung right-handed in batting practice Tuesday, March 8, for the first time since suffering his injury, reports Chris Haft, of MLB.com. Torres estimated that he might be able to face left-handed pitching by Friday, March 11. "I want to make sure that it's 100 percent," Torres said. Batting left-handed has not aggravated his injury.

OF | Scott Podsednik | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Scott Podsednik (foot) homered in an intrasquad game Tuesday, March 8, and is tentatively scheduled to play in the spring game Friday, March 11, against the New York Yankees, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm.

OF | Travis Snider | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Travis Snider has two doubles and three hits in his first eight at-bats this spring, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. "He has stepped right back in and shown pretty good timing at the plate," manager John Farrell said. "Over the next four or five days, we'll look to get some consistency on the field with him as well whether it's in left field or in the DH spot."

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) could receive the green light to start running the bases this weekend, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. Sizemore continued his running program Tuesday, March 8.

OF | Trevor Crowe | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians OF Trevor Crowe (shoulder) said that he dealt with rotator cuff soreness throughout much of the season last year, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. Crowe's shoulder problem led to his right elbow injury that required surgery. He was evaluated Tuesday, March 8, and has been cleared to swing a bat without hitting baseballs. He hopes to start a throwing program later in the week.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse clubbed his third home run of the spring Tuesday, March 8, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson.

OF | Jason Michaels | Houston Astros | Injury
Houston Astros OF Jason Michaels (back) was scratched Tuesday, March 8, with back spasms, according to the Houston Chronicle's Steve Campbell.

OF | Seth Smith | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Seth Smith has impressed manager Jim Tracy as he battles for the everyday job in right field this year, according to MLB.com's Owen Perkins. "He's doing tremendous," manager Jim Tracy said. "He's in the 2009 Seth Smith frame of mind. He's back to realizing what makes him good as an offensive player - which is hitting the ball from the left-field foul line to the right-field foul line."

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson added two more hits Tuesday, March 8, to raise his spring average to .412, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.

OF | Corey Brown | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals OF Corey Brown (ankle) is still not ready to see action in a spring game and there is no timetable to return to the field, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. Brown has been able to hit but is having trouble running the bases.

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman (elbow, calf) was back as the designated hitter for the fourth straight game Tuesday, March 8, according to MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince. "It's a really good sign," said manager Tony La Russa, who said Berkman will also start Thursday, March 10 at the Atlanta Braves. "I'm definitely just checking with him and the trainer every day. (On Monday), he had an infield hit and was running all over the place. That's a good sign. We're lucky he can DH for a while."

OF | Colby Rasmus | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said he likes what he sees from OF Colby Rasmus in the No. 2 spot in the batting order, according to MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince. "He's got the ability to hit no matter where you want him to hit," said La Russa, who fielded a lineup loaded with regulars. "But he does a lot of good for us in that two-spot. It deepens our lineup, so that's where he is right now."

OF | Mike Cameron | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Mike Cameron (knee) is dealing with mild soreness in his left knee and has not played in a spring game since Thursday, March 3, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham. Cameron expects to serve as the designated hitter Wednesday, March 9.

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies head trainer Scott Sheridan said there are no long-term worries for the health of OF Domonic Brown (hand), according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. Brown had the hook of his hamate bone removed Tuesday, March 8. He will start the season on the disabled list.

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran (knees) said he has been feeling irritation in his left knee for a while, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. "I started feeling it when I first started running here, the first couple days of spring training," Beltran said. "I felt like I was compensating, and it got worse, worse, worse, to the point where now I have to make sure it doesn't get worse than that." However, the pain in his left knee is in a different area than where he had work done in 2007. Manager Terry Collins is optimistic that Beltran will be ready for the start of the regular season. OFs Scott Hairston and Willie Harris could be used in right field if Beltran is not ready.

OF | Ben Francisco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury
Philadelphia Phillies OF Ben Francisco (neck) was scratched with a stiff neck Tuesday, March 8, the Philadelphia Daily News' David Murphy reports.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Florida Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco (thumb) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, March 8, and he's on track to pitch a simulated game Thursday, March 10, The Miami Herald's Manny Navarro reports. If he makes it out of that, he may make his spring debut Sunday, March 13.

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke (rib cage) didn't violate his contract by playing pickup basketball, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports. "The contract stipulates against playing 'competitive' basketball," said general manager Doug Melvin. "They don't want you playing in men's leagues or things like that. If he had suffered a severe injury playing in a men's league, there probably would be repercussions with his salary."

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson (hamstring) looked good throwing to hitters Tuesday, March 8, and will make his spring debut Friday, March 11, MLB.com's Bill Chastain reports.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have unilaterally renewed the contracts of 15 players for the 2011 season at undisclosed salaries, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham. Signed players include P's Daniel Bard, Michael Bowden, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront and Stolmy Pimentel; C's Luis Exposito and Mark Wagner; IF's Lars Anderson, Jed Lowrie, Yamaico Navarro and Oscar Tejeda; and OF's Ryan Kalish, Darnell McDonald, Daniel Nava and Josh Reddick.

SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels walked the first two batters of the game and gave up two runs in the opening inning Tuesday, March 8, against the Baltimore Orioles. The Associated Press reported Hamels followed with three perfect frames and retired 11 in a row in a 4-3 win.

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa allowed two hits in four shutout innings Tuesday, March 8, in a 4-0 win over the Chicago Cubs, according to The Associated Press.

SP | Carlos Zambrano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Carlos Zambrano tossed three innings Tuesday, March 8, yielding one run on five hits while striking out one against the Colorado Rockies in a 4-0 loss. MLB.com's Owen Perkins reports Zambrano gave up four of the five hits in the second inning, but was able to escape the jam with minimal damage.

SP | Ervin Santana | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Ervin Santana threw three innings of scoreless baseball Tuesday, March 8, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer. The Angels topped the Texas Rangers 2-1.

SP | Trevor Cahill | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Trevor Cahill put together four clean innings in his third spring start Tuesday, March 8, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee. Cahill allowed just one hit on the day while relying heavily on his sinker in a 6-2 win over the San Diego Padres.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello is 10 pounds lighter than he was last spring, according to Stan McNeal of SportingNews.com. Porcello reported to camp at "208-210", according to his words. "I tried to focus on being leaner and more athletic," Porcello says. "The more athletic and agile I am, the easier it's going to be for me to repeat my delivery."

SP | Aaron Cook | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Aaron Cook (shoulder) threw to a catcher on flat ground Tuesday, March 8, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post. Cook threw from a distance of 140 feet, made progress and will throw off a slope Wednesday, March 9.

SP | Felipe Paulino | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Felipe Paulino allowed four earned runs, eight hits and two walks in just three innings Tuesday, March 8, against the Chicago White Sox, reports Scott Merkin, of MLB.com. Paulino is competing with SP Esmil Rogers for either a rotation spot or long relief role depending on the health of SP Aaron Cook (shoulder).

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks allowed two earned runs, five hits and three walks while striking out two batters in 3 1/3 innings Tuesday, March 8, reports Scott Merkin, of MLB.com. Danks was lifted by manager Ozzie Guillen after 55 pitches, throwing just 28 for strikes. "He threw the ball very well, and I'm happy where he is," Guillen said. "With the big guys, I don't worry about it. They get ready for the games."

SP | David Huff | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP David Huff is scheduled to pitch Wednesday, March 9, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Huff is in a battle with SPs Jeanmar Gomez and Josh Tomlin for the fifth starter spot.

SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco (personal) is back in camp and ready to start Wednesday, March 9, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Carrasco was away from the team to be with his wife for the birth of their daughter.

SP | Fausto Carmona | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Fausto Carmona was roughed up for six earned runs, seven hits and a walk in three innings in his Cactus League start Tuesday, March 8, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Carmona was able to record four strikeouts. Carmona is the team's Opening Day starter.

SP | Luke French | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Luke French allowed one run and five hits in two innings in a minor league "B" game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, March 8, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. French remains in the competition for a rotation spot.

SP | Jason Vargas | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Jason Vargas allowed two hits and a walk in three scoreless innings in his Cactus League start Tuesday, March 8, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. Vargas had been held back during the spring, but he is in line to be the team's No. 2 starter.

SP | Scott Kazmir | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Scott Kazmir is scheduled to work either four innings or 55 pitches, whichever comes first, in his Cactus League start Wednesday, March 9, reports Kevin Baxter, of the Los Angeles Times.

SP | Edinson Volquez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Edinson Volquez will not make his Cactus League start Wednesday, March 9, as he remains in the Dominican Republic trying to secure a work visa, reports Mark Sheldon, of MLB.com. "He'll probably have it today," general manager Walt Jocketty said. Volquez was previously allowed to come to Arizona on a travel visa, but it did not permit him to perform in games in front of paying customers. Pitching coach Bryan Price added that Volquez can pitch Thursday, March 10, behind SP Bronson Arroyo. He also might work in a minor-league game March 15.

SP | Sam LeCure | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Sam LeCure allowed two singles in two scoreless innings Tuesday, March 8, reports Dick Kaegel, of MLB.com. LeCure is among a host of candidates for the No. 5 starter job.

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong allowed just one earned run, two hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings in a Cactus League start Tuesday, March 8, reports Chris Haft, of MLB.com. Vogelsong also recorded five strikeouts. While the non-roster invitee Vogelsong isn't being considered for the rotation, he is under consideration for a spot starter and long relief role. "I think I'm able to slow the game down a little bit better, mentally," Vogelsong said. "I finally found some checkpoints in my mechanics that I can go to that actually work."

SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday, March 8, that SP Matt Cain (elbow) will pitch in a simulated game Thursday, March 10, reports Chris Haft, of MLB.com. Despite missing two Cactus League starts, Bochy and pitching coach Dave Righetti reiterated that Cain will have plenty of time to get ready for his first scheduled regular season start April 2 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals SP Chien-Ming Wang (shoulder) felt stiffness in his surgically repaired shoulder during the first inning of a simulated game Sunday, March 6, and had to cut short his scheduled two-inning stint, reports Dave Sheinin, of The Washington Post. "He said he was just a little tight," pitching coach Steve McCatty said. Wang's velocity remains down, which was clocked between 83 and 87 mph Friday, March 4.

SP | Tom Gorzelanny | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Tom Gorzelanny (illness) worked two scoreless innings in a simulated game Sunday, March 6, reports Dave Sheinin, of The Washington Post. Gorzelanny, who has been slowed by a case of walking pneumonia, is battling for the fifth starter job. He is expected to start Thursday, March 10.

SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo tossed three scoreless innings while giving up two hits and striking out three Monday, March 7, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. Manager Ron Roenicke was extremely impressed with Gallardo's outing. "I'm serious, that's as good as I've seen in Spring Training, ever," Roenicke said. "You saw how close our dugout was, and I'm watching his stuff going in there going, 'You've got to be kidding me.' It looked like it was 95 (mph) dotted everywhere he wanted."

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer allowed five runs and eight hits in just 2 1/3 innings against the Florida Marlins Tuesday, March 8, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck. "I was just trying to throw offspeed (pitches) early in the count, wasn't able to do it," Scherzer said. "Fell into hitters' counts and they made me pay for it."

SP | Carl Pavano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Carl Pavano threw another four scoreless innings in spring action Tuesday, March 8, and has not given up a run in eight innings in spring training, according to MLB.com's Evan Drellich. Pavano walked one, gave up two hits and struck out two in the outing Tuesday.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Jair Jurrjens surrendered four runs and six hits in four innings of work against the New York Yankees Tuesday, March 8, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz (finger) returned to spring action Tuesday, March 8, after having a wart removed on the middle finger of his pitching hand last week, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. Matusz gave up two runs and two hits while walking one and striking out one in 2 1/3 innings.

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett (head) gave up one run and one hit while striking out four in 3 2/3 innings versus the Houston Astros Tuesday, March 8, according to ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes. Beckett shortened his stride in his simulated game a few days ago and noticed an improvement on his breaking pitches. He wants to make his next outing on four days of rest.

SP | Freddy Garcia | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Freddy Garcia, who is the favorite for the No. 5 rotation spot, retired all nine hitters he faced against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, March 8, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand. Garcia has tossed five shutout innings this spring and his velocity has been up. "If I can live with 85, I can live with 88-89," Garcia said.

SP | Derek Holland | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SPs Matt Harrison and Derek Holland have been performing well this spring as they battle for spots in the starting rotation and could be forcing the team to keep RP Neftali Feliz in the bullpen, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. Harrison has given up one run and three hits in five innings with a walk and a strikeout and Holland has given up one run and three hits in two innings while striking out two. Ps Dave Bush and Michael Kirkman also remain in contention for rotation spots.

SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia walked three, gave up seven hits and three runs in three innings in spring action Tuesday, March 8, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Rick Hummel. Garcia threw 41 of his 63 pitches for strikes.

SP | Justin Duchscherer | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Justin Duchscherer (hip) tossed two scoreless innings and gave up one hit and one walk against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, March 8, throwing 15 of his 27 pitches for strikes, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. Duchscherer topped out at 84 mph.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals want SP Stephen Strasburg (elbow) to change his approach to pitching when he returns from rehab from Tommy John surgery, according to SI.com's Tom Verducci. The team wants Strasburg to throw his fastball more often after throwing it only 58 percent of the time last season. "We'd like to see him use his fastball more," manager Jim Riggleman said. "Somewhere along his development he noticed that his changeup became a wipeout pitch for him. I can't tell you whether the catcher was calling for it or he was shaking to it. But we would like to get him back to a higher percentage of fastballs. I think he feels that way, too." The club would also like Strasburg to lessen the intensity of his fastballs to preserve his arm. His mechanical motion when loading the baseball also puts him at a higher risk for elbow problems, which several scouts noticed before he was injured last year. However, the team is not interested in a complete overhaul of his mechanics.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (hamstring) said he felt no pain after throwing an aggressive bullpen session Tuesday, March 8, according to FOXSportsMidwest.com's B.J. Rains. "It was good, definitely way better than the other day," Carpenter said. "I didn't feel anything. I was still a little hesitant at times, but as it went on, I started to get a little more aggressive. I was real happy with the way I felt." He is still uncertain if he will make his scheduled start Friday, March 11.

SP | Scott Olsen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Pirates SP Scott Olsen (hamstring) threw a two-inning simulated game over 30 pitches and felt fine Tuesday, March 8, according to the team's Twitter page.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Brendan Donnelly | Retired Players | Transaction, Free Agents
Free-agent RP Brendan Donnelly (Pirates) has announced his retirement, MLB.com's Doug Miller reports.

RP | Fu-Te Ni | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers RP Fu-Te Ni may be in contention for a bullpen spot, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com. He has two walks and three hits allowed in five innings of spring work.

RP | Matt Thornton | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox RP Matt Thornton allowed two earned runs, two hits and a walk in his inning of work Tuesday, March 8, reports Scott Merkin, of MLB.com. Oddly enough, the White Sox came back and got him a lead before departing, giving him an undeserved win.

RP | David Aardsma | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP David Aardsma (hip) has yet to be cleared to throw, as he slowly recovers from January surgery on his labrum, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. "Nothing new," Aardsma said Tuesday, March 8. "I'm just doing my work. I just keep my head out of it and try to get better every day and not worry about when I'm throwing." Manager Eric Wedge said there is no timetable for Aardsma's return.

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (back) will make his second Cactus League appearance Wednesday, March 9, reports Henry Schulman, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

RP | Daniel Schlereth | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers RP Daniel Schlereth (hamstring) threw a bullpen session without any setbacks Tuesday, March 8, and he hopes he can return to a game this weekend, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck. Schlereth threw roughly 40 pitches.

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RP Kyle Farnsworth retired all three of the hitters he faced against the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday, March 8, according to MLB.com's Bill Chastain.

RP | Fernando Rodney | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said the team is not concerned with RP Fernando Rodney after he has gotten off to a rough start this spring, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer. Rodney has allowed seven hits and two walks in three innings for an ERA of 6.00. "Fernando had good stuff. He just had trouble putting guys away. Some of our guys had issues with command," Scioscia said.

RP | Craig Kimbrel | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel retired all three of the hitters he faced Tuesday, March 8, after previously allowing four earned runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.

RP | Joel Zumaya | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Updating a previous story, Detroit Tigers RP Joel Zumaya (elbow) will be sidelined at least two weeks after undergoing tests on his sore right elbow and forearm, according to The Associated Press. Zumaya may not be ready by Opening Day.

RP | Jason Berken | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles RP Jason Berken (shoulder) has allowed three runs and three hits while walking three in three innings this spring as he tries to come back from a labrum tear, according to The Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck. Berken began throwing pain-free about a month ago.

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said the team has been asking RP Drew Storen to use his fastball more often this spring, according to The Washington Post. "We're asking him to throw more fastballs, which is going to get him hit a little bit," Riggleman said. "He's not on top of his game by any means, but it was maybe not as bad as the line score would say."

RP | Tanner Scheppers | Texas Rangers | Injury
Updating previous reports, Texas Rangers RP Tanner Scheppers (back) will receive an injection Wednesday, March 9, to alleviate lower-back stiffness, The Dallas Morning News' Anthony Andro reports.

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