Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 10, 2011 @ 02:35:14 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Kendrys Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendry Morales has told the team he wants to go back to using his birth name, which is Kendrys Morales. The Los Angeles Times' Kevin Baxter reports the team will now use the name on official documents and charter flight lists, at Morales' request.

1B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Former major league OF Raul Gonzalez has been named as the companion for Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera in the program established by Major League Baseball and the players' union to treat his alcohol addiction issues, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. The Tigers confirmed Gonzalez's appointment but offered few specifics, citing health privacy laws.

1B | Chris Davis | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Chris Davis is hitting .435 (10-for-23) with four doubles and two homers in eight games, according to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson.

1B | Billy Butler | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Billy Butler might be asked to steal more in 2011, reports Dick Kaegel, of MLB.com. "You can pick your spots in those situations, and we're looking to do that whenever we can," manager Ned Yost said. Yost wants to upgrade the team's baserunning this year, taking an extra base on hits and getting more steals -- even from an unlikely source like Butler.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) will be pushed back a day to Friday, March 11, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier. "We have a program for him," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It's a good program, and we'll just kind of follow what the doctors are saying and everything else - trainers. We'll move him in slowly. But he felt great this morning. He felt fantastic last night. We're on the up and up, just moving forward." Morneau hopes to see more consistent playing time after Tuesday, March 15.

1B | James Loney | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 1B James Loney (knee) went 0-for-2 with an error in his return to the spring lineup Wednesday, March 9, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com.

1B | Derrek Lee | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles 1B Derrek Lee (wrist, thumb) will wait a few days before attempting to swing a bat again, according to the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network's Roch Kubatko. Lee's MRI showed only inflammation Wednesday, March 9.

1B | Juan Miranda | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers has indicated that the first base job is 1B Juan Miranda's to lose this spring, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro. Miranda has played well defensively and is looking comfortable at the plate. "Miranda has played very, very good defense and he's hit the ball hard," Towers said. "He's showed plate discipline and a lot of walks. He's getting on base and that's what you want. There's a few strikeouts in there, but the times that he's squared the ball up, he's hit the ball hard right at people. He's hit a couple of home runs." Miranda is competing with 1Bs Russell Branyan and Brandon Allen.

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind continues to look more comfortable playing first base, observes Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun. Lind primarily served as the team's designated hitter and made just 11 appearances at first base last season.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez (shoulder) plans to return to action by next week or sooner, reports Chris Bahr of SportingNews.com. "We're at that point where you've got to push it a little more, I guess," said Gonzalez. "We'll see how it responds to hitting on back-to-back days. Then I can start planning out for some kind of game action next week sometime, maybe even earlier."


Second Baseman

2B | Luis Castillo | New York Mets | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The New York Mets may narrow their choices for second base or pick an outright candidate by the middle of next week, according to The Associated Press. Candidates at the position include 2B's Luis Castillo, Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus and Justin Turner.

2B | Jason Donald | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Donald (hand) went through a full workout Wednesday, March 9, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. "I was able to swing without any hesitation," manager Manny Acta said. Acta also said Donald will return to the lineup Thursday, March 10.

2B | Jayson Nix | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Jayson Nix has spent the bulk of his time during practice and Cactus League games at second base, which is his natural position, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Nix had been mentioned as a contender for the third base job entering the spring, but those plans appear to have fallen by the wayside. Manager Manny Acta said he is competing with veteran SS Orlando Cabrera for the starting 2B job.

2B | Jamey Carroll | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Jamey Carroll (finger) played Wednesday, March 9, and he went 0-for-2 with a walk, run scored and strikeout. He was scratched Monday, March 7, due to a bruised left index finger.

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler extended his spring hitting streak to seven games Wednesday, March 9, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. Kinsler is now 9-for-22 this spring.

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (foot) is playing in his third straight game Wednesday, March 9, and said he feels great, according to the Boston Herald's Michael Silverman. "I feel fine, I'm running good. I feel like I'm normal," said Pedroia.

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa went 3-for-3 and needed just a triple to complete the cycle in the team's spring game Wednesday, March 9, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee) said the pain has not dissipated in his injured knee, according to The News Journal's David Hale. "The pounding on it the jumping and the running there's definitely pain there," Utley said. "Those are things that I've had in the past that have gone away with treatment but right now it's not going away. We're just trying to do the best things we can to alleviate this." Surgery is the last possible option for him at this point, and Utley is looking at this injury with a "big picture" approach to his career.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (back), who was scratched Wednesday, March 9, said his back issues are nothing to worry about and he could have played through it if it were the regular season, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli. Roberts' issues were caused when diving back to first base in the game Monday, March 7. "I used to get them every now and then," Roberts said. "I try to play every day. I'll just wake up and see how it is. If it was the regular season, I'd probably play, but I doubt that we'll push it now."


Shortstop

SS | Yamaico Navarro | Boston Red Sox | Injury
Boston Red Sox SS Yamaico Navarro (wrist) was hit on the left wrist in Grapefruit League action Wednesday, March 9, and he was forced to leave the game, reports Ian Browne, of MLB.com. Navarro had his hand heavily taped after the game, and he is expected to be re-examined Thursday, March 10. Navarro is also set to have an X-ray.

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus (back) went 2-for-4 with a run scored Wednedsay, March 9, in his return to the lineup.

SS | Jack Wilson | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SS Jack Wilson got the start at second base Wednesday, March 9, and he handled all four of his chances, reports Bob Condotta, of The Seattle Times. Wilson also had a home run at the plate. "He had a good ball game defensively," manager Eric Wedge said. "He didn't have a whole lot of action out there, but whatever ation he did have he handled well." Wedge said he will continue to play both Wilson and 2B Brendan Ryan at second and shortstop to see which combination works best.

SS | Wilson Valdez | Philadelphia Phillies | Free Agents
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said SS Wilson Valdez will be the team's starter at second base if 2B Chase Utley (knee) is not ready for the start of the season, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. The team could look outside the organization if Utley is forced to miss the majority of the season. Free-agent 2B David Eckstein (Padres) could be an option.

SS | Cliff Pennington | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Cliff Pennington (shoulder) is still feeling pain when he swings right-handed and will see extra time off at the start of the season due to his recovery from shoulder surgery and the presence of 3B Andy LaRoche, who will see time at shortstop and second base, reports John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.


Third Baseman

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (abdominal) is out of the lineup Thursday, March 10, The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore reports.

3B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks have renewed their efforts to trade for Texas Rangers 3B Michael Young, according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.

3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion is expected to receive some starts at third base during the second half of the Blue Jays' Grapefruit League schedule, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com. Encarnacion signed a one-year contract during the offseason to become the club's primary designated hitter and backup first baseman, and the club said at the time Encarnacion would only be used at third in an emergency situation.

3B | Lonnie Chisenhall | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Lonnie Chisenhall is swinging a hot bat right now, but he has already been told he needs more development, and Triple-A Columbus is his likely destination, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. However, Chisenhall is batting .550 during Cactus League play, and he is trying to make the team's decision tough. "I'm definitely having just one of those weeks where it feels like you can't get out," Chisenhall said. "Next week, you never know, it might flip-flop on you. It's only 20 at-bats."

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval is slimmer and looking sharp in the infield, reports Andrew Baggarly, of The Mercury News. Sandoval lost almost 40 pounds this winter. "He's moving around so much better now -- left, right, coming in on balls," manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday, March 9. "He's feeling good about that first step. He's bouncing around out there."

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in spring action Wednesday, March 9, and is batting .563 this spring, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (ankles) hit a home run in his second spring start Wednesday, March 9, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold. Freese has five RBIs in his two starts.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre (calf) ran the bases Wednesday, March 9, and has been taking grounders the last few days, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett. Beltre also continues to hit without any issues.

3B | Wilson Betemit | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Wilson Betemit (elbow) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts as the designated hitter in his spring debut Tuesday, March 8, according to The Associated Press.


Catcher

C | Eli Whiteside | San Francisco Giants | Injury
San Francisco Giants C Eli Whiteside (elbow) said Wednesday, March 9, that he has received clearance to begin catching Thursday, March 10, reports Chris Haft, of MLB.com. Whiteside said he tested his arm by throwing to bases Sunday, March 6, and Tuesday, March 8, with no ill-effects.

C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his second of the spring, Wednesday, March 9.

C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (personal) was excused from camp Wednesday, March 9, to deal with a personal matter, according to the Boston Herald's Michael Silverman. Saltalamacchia is not scheduled to play Thursday, March 10.

C | Hank Conger | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Hank Conger (forearm) returned to the lineup Wednesday, March 9, after being sidelined since Saturday, March 5, with a sore forearm, according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett.

C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays skipper John Farrell is not concerned about C J.P. Arencibia's struggles at the plate this spring and is having him focus on his duties as a catcher, reports Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun. Arencibia is 1-for-18 with seven strikeouts thus far.

C | Jason Kendall | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals C Jason Kendall (shoulder) is progressing in his rehab and is getting close to making throws to second base, according to MLB.com's Dick Kaegel. "I'm playing a lot of long toss, and that's going to happen very soon," Kendall said. "It's coming along very good."

C | Josh Thole | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets C Josh Thole went 3-for-3 in spring action Wednesday, March 9, with a home run, single and double, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer (knee) continues to make progress after having offseason knee surgery, according to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I'd like to be out there right now, but I'm getting stronger, and the last few days, I've definitely made some big strides," said Mauer. "Obviously, I'd like more time (to build leg strength), but April's coming up and I'm doing pretty good."


Outfielder

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Twins OF Michael Cuddyer (foot) said he's hoping to hit and throw Thursday, March 10, after having his foot re-bandaged, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Joe Christensen reports.

OF | Delmon Young | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Delmon Young (toe) will make his Grapefruit League debut Thursday, March 10, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Joe Christensen reports.

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (legs) is back in the lineup Thursday, March 10, after missing a day due to sore legs, The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore reports.

OF | Colin Curtis | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees OF Colin Curtis (shoulder) is out with a dislocated shoulder, The Wall Street Journal's Daniel Barbarisi reports. He'll rehab in Florida for a month before the team decides his next step.

OF | Marlon Byrd | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Marlon Byrd is hitting .650 through games played on Wednesday, March 9, according to Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times.

OF | Mike Cameron | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Mike Cameron is still not on the trading block, according to The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo. The team wishes to preserve its depth in the outfield in case of injuries.

OF | Chad Huffman | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians OF Chad Huffman (hamstring) has not played since Saturday, March 5, due to a strained right hamstring, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Manager Manny Acta said Huffman will miss at least "a couple more days."

OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier was a late scratch Wednesday, March 9, although he was not injured, reports Bill Shaikin, of the Los Angeles Times. The coaching staff realized Ethier was in the weight room while the starters were stretching on the field. Ethier apparently did not read the lineup card and did not believe he would play for a third consecutive day so soon, according to manager Don Mattingly. "Obviously a misunderstanding," Mattingly said. "I don't think it's a big deal."

OF | Brett Carroll | Kansas City Royals | Injury
Kansas City Royals OF Brett Carroll was hit by pitch twice Wednesday, March 9, against the Chicago Cubs, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star. Carroll was not injured.

OF | Mitch Maier | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Mitch Maier hit a solo home run and he had a walk in Cactus League action Wednesday, March 9, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star. Maier is now 11-for-17 (.647) with a home run, six RBI and three walks in eight games.

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon snapped out of his spring funk, posting three hits in three at-bats with a double, run scored and two RBI Wednesday, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star. Gordon entered with just two hits in 16 at-bats (.125), although he also had nine walks.

OF | Willie Harris | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets OF Willie Harris (shoulder) is dealing with a sore right shoulder, but shouldn't miss any time, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman (calf, elbow) will only serve as the designated hitter in spring games for the time being, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach.

OF | Ryan Sweeney | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Ryan Sweeney (knee) had two hits in his Cactus League debut against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, March 9, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout (shoulder) is dealing with shoulder stiffness and will be limited to designated-hitter duties or pinch-hitting for the rest of the week, according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett.

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran (knees) worked out and "felt a lot better" Wednesday, March 9, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. "He threw. He took some swings in the cage. And he said his leg felt a lot better. He showed me a couple of things that he couldn't do yesterday that he could do today. It was a pretty good day. As I told him, I'm looking forward to probably early next week to hopefully get him back in there," manager Terry Collins said.

OF | Pat White | Retired Players | Transaction
Kansas City Royals OF Pat White and former NFL player has retired from baseball, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Luke Scott | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said OF Luke Scott would be the starting first baseman if 1B Derrek Lee (wrist, thumb) isn't ready for the start of the season, according to The Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck.

OF | Mike Stanton | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Mike Stanton (quadriceps) will remain sidelined for likely another seven to 10 days, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Ben Francisco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Ben Francisco (neck) said his neck injury is not serious and he was hoping to return to the lineup Wednesday, March 9, according to the Courier Post's David Hale.

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Corey Hart (oblique) has become increasingly frustrated with his left oblique injury this spring, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt. "I still get random sharp pains in it when I make certain moves," Hart said. "It's still a pretty big area that's sore, so they can't really inject one spot (with cortisone). It's very frustrating." He thinks he will be fine if he can return to the field by Thursday, March 24.

OF | Chris Coghlan | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Chris Coghlan (knee) was a late scratch Wednesday, March 9, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. The team is easing Coghlan back after surgery on his left knee in the offseason.

OF | Nate McLouth | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Atlanta Braves OF Nate McLouth (shoulder) received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder and hopes to play by Friday, March 11, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports. There was no structural damage in the shoulder.

OF | Jason Michaels | Houston Astros | Injury
Houston Astros OF Jason Michaels (back) may still be the DH Thursday, March 10, despite recurring back spasms, the Houston Chronicle's Steve Campbell reports.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano (shoulder) said his left shoulder feels fine, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Joe Christensen reports. He's just struggling with his mechanics after missing a week of action.

SP | Scott Kazmir | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Scott Kazmir faced 17 hitters on Wednesday, March 9, working from the stretch for all but six. Kazmir allowed only one unearned run in three-plus innings, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer. "My arm felt great, my body felt great -- I was just rushing a little bit," Kazmir said. "Less is more now. In the second and third innings, I was staying more balanced with my leg kick and finished better. In the first, I felt was drifting a little bit."

SP | Randy Wolf | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Randy Wolf surrendered five runs for the second straight start Wednesday, March 9, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. The Brewers faced the Arizona Diamondbacks and ended up winning 11-8.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza served up five runs on three walks and three hits Wednesday, March 9, as the Cubs lost 13-4 to the Kansas City Royals, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. It was Garza's first action since being hit with a line drive off his back Friday, March 4.

SP | Aaron Harang | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Aaron Harang allowed seven runs on seven hits in three innings Wednesday, March 9, according to MLB.com's Corey Brock. The Padres lost 15-5 to the Cincinnati Reds, the team Harang played for before joining San Diego.

SP | Joe Blanton | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Joe Blanton allowed five hits, two runs and two walks and struck out three in five innings Wednesday, March 9, in the Phillies' 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reported Blanton allowed a run in both the second and third innings. "The middle innings were a little rough," he said. "I tried to force it a little bit. I got a little off with my mechanics, but I feel like I finished strong. That's always a positive."

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke (rib) will be placed on the 15-day disabled list as soon as the team is able to do so, according to The Associated Press. Greinke could miss up to a month with one cracked rib and one bruised rib.

SP | Anthony Reyes | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians SP Anthony Reyes (elbow) said he felt fine after a live batting practice session Tuesday, March 8, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Reyes said the next step in his throwing progression is to pitch a simulated game Friday, March 11.

SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco (personal) returned to camp and made his Cactus League start Wednesday, March 9, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Carrasco allowed two runs and four hits while striking out three batters in three innings in his first start since the birth of his daughter.

SP | Jeff Suppan | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Jeff Suppan allowed two earned runs on two solo home runs in three innings of relief Wednesday, March 9, reports Andrew Baggarly, of The Mercury News. Suppan also had to get extra work in the bullpen after his outing.

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Dallas Braden allowed five runs -- three earned -- and six hits in 2 2/3 innings in a Cactus League start Wednesday, March 9. Braden also allowed a walk and struck out two batters. Braden is now 0-3 with a 10.80 ERA in 6 2/3 innings over three starts.

SP | Derek Holland | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland allowed two hits with no walks in three scoreless innings in a Cactus League win Wednesday, March 9, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. Holland also struck out four batters. Holland is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five innings over two spring appearances, and he is battling for a rotation job. "The way I see it, I'm trying to make the rotation," Holland said. "I need to make a couple of statements and today was one of them." Holland threw 30 of his 37 pitches for strikes.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb threw 62 pitches in his first session to live hitters at spring training Wednesday, March 9, reports Richard Durrett, of ESPNDallas.com. Manager Ron Washington said he'll see how Webb feels Thursday, March 10, before determining when he'll throw to live hitters again.

SP | Jon Garland | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Jon Garland (oblique) is likely to start the regular season on the 15-day disabled list, reports Bill Shaikin, of the Los Angeles Times. Garland left his Cactus League appearance Wednesday, March 9, due to a strained oblique muscle on his left side. Garland had an MRI Wednesday and the team will announce the results Thursday, March 10.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez is scheduled to make his next start Saturday, March 12, but manager Eric Wedge might use another pitcher rather than exposing him to the division rival Oakland Athletics, reports Bob Condotta, of The Seattle Times.

SP | Doug Fister | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Doug Fister allowed just one earned run and two hits while walking none and striking out four in a Cactus League start Wednesday, March 9, reports Bob Condotta, of The Seattle Times. "He threw the ball very well today," manager Eric Wedge said.

SP | Vin Mazzaro | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said Wednesday, March 9, that he plans to employ a four-man rotation until mid-April due to open dates in the early regular season schedule, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star. That means it is likely SPs Vin Mazzaro and Sean O'Sullivan are likely to open the season with Triple-A Omaha to get their regular work in.

SP | Bruce Chen | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Bruce Chen went four innings Wednesday, March 9, and he allowed runs, three hits and three walks while striking out four, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star. "When I came out of the bullpen, I felt like I was flying open (on my delivery). The (top of the) first inning was long, and I tried to make an adjustment. It took until the third inning before I felt I had a better groove."

SP | Chris Young | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Chris Young, whose fastball has been in the high 80s this spring, said he is not worried about his velocity, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. Young gave up two runs in four innings against the Houston Astros Wednesday, March 9.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (lat) cruised threw another 3 2/3 innings against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, March 9, and the team remains cautiously optimistic that he will be ready to pitch in the regular season, according to MLB.com's Scott Merkin. "I wasn't very sharp. I had pretty decent stuff. It was just a good step in the right direction, another hurdle to clear and moving on toward our ultimate goal and that's to break camp with the team," Peavy said. He threw around five changeups, five cutters and five breaking pitches and threw 31 of his 49 pitches for strikes. "He threw the ball great," C A.J. Pierzynski said. "I told him that his slider was as good as I've seen it in the last two years. His control was there. He was a little bit off, but Jake is a perfectionist and if he doesn't throw every single pitch where he wants it, he gets mad. I don't really care how hard he was throwing. He was getting guys out." Peavy will next face the San Diego Padres Monday, March 14, and the team plans to keep him on a five-day schedule. He will attempt to go four innings in his next outing.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (hamstring) is tentatively scheduled to start against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, March 16, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach. "His arm feels great," general manager John Mozeliak said. "So right now, it's just all about (his leg). And right now, that's very encouraging. So just to be cautious, we're not going to rush him. But everything looks good."

SP | Aaron Cook | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Aaron Cook (shoulder) threw 15 pitches off a mound Wednesday, March 9, and is expected to throw a bullpen session in a couple of days, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito allowed just one hit over five scoreless innings versus the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, March 9, reports Chris Haft of MLB.com. Zito walked one, struck out one and threw 33 of his 50 pitches for strikes.

SP | Bartolo Colon | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has had talks with SP Bartolo Colon's agent about moving him to the bullpen, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand. The team has not had the same talk with SP Freddy Garcia.

SP | Joe Saunders | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders has done nothing to impress scouts in spring training, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro. Saunders has been working on a cutter this spring, which could be affecting his sharpness. "Joe's velocity has been good. I'd be a little more concerned if some of these guys were normally pitching at 88-90 and they were 84-86. I haven't seen any of that; their velocities have been pretty normal. Location, not great. Although Joe, the first two innings in Tempe was outstanding. It sounded like he got a little tired in the third inning and started catching more of the plate," general manager Kevin Towers said.

SP | Dustin McGowan | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury
Toronto Blue Jays SP Dustin McGowan (shoulder) will see minor league action in seven to 10 days and could make Grapefruit League appearances before Spring Training ends, reports Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun.

SP | Javier Vazquez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Javier Vazquez gave up one run and four hits while striking out three in spring action against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, March 9, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Vazquez threw 43 of his 63 pitches for strikes.

SP | Jason Marquis | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Jason Marquis allowed just two hits while striking out three in four innings against the Florida Marlins Wednesday, March 9, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow has exhibited total command through his first five innings of the spring, striking out seven while not walking a single batter, points out Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun.

SP | Clayton Richard | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Clayton Richard (shoulder) threw another side session Wednesday, March 9, and will take the mound Saturday, March 12, according to MLB.com.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello allowed four runs and six hits in three innings against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, March 9, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck. Porcello allowed more fly balls than ground balls during his outing.

SP | Sergio Mitre | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SPs Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon, Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre are not making manager Joe Girardi's decision on his fourth and fifth starters an easy one, reports Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. "Right now, the four guys have thrown 20 innings, 14 strikeouts, one walk and one run," said Girardi. "There's no separation!"

SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle Lohse allowed an unearned run while giving up four hits and striking out three against the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, March 9, in four innings of work, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold. Lohse has allowed two runs (one earned) and seven hits in seven spring innings. He has yet to walk a hitter.

SP | Manny Parra | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers Ps Manny Parra (back), Mitch Stetter (shoulder) and Zach Braddock have struggled in spring training, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt. Braddock has allowed three runs and five hits while walking two and hitting a batter in three innings of work.

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals SP Chien-Ming Wang (shoulder) says he feels OK, but the team does not know when they will have him pitch again, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post.

SP | Rich Harden | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Oakland Athletics SP Rich Harden (lat) played catch from 120 feet Wednesday, March 9, and a bullpen session is next on tap, reports John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.

SP | Trevor Cahill | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Trevor Cahill could take the mound on Opening Day, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. "He's obviously being considered," explained manager Bob Geren. "Gio (Gonzalez) has been lights out. (Dallas) Braden has made an Opening Day start before. (Brett) Anderson has great stuff, too. Anyone can do that."

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Injury
Updating previous reports, Houston Astros SP Bud Norris (hamstring) threw on the side with no problems Tuesday, March 8, the Houston Chronicle's Steve Campbell reports.

SP | Lucas Harrell | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox optioned SP Lucas Harrell and RP Jhonny Nunez to Triple-A Charlotte, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports. The team also reassigned P Kyle Bellamy, P Charlie Leesman, C Josh Phegley, C Jared Price and OF Brandon Short to minor league camp.

SP | Justin Duchscherer | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Orioles SP Justin Duchscherer (hip) came out of his first start fine and will go three innings in an intrasquad game Sunday, March 13, MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko reports.


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RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Frank Francisco struck out two in a spotless inning of work Wednesday, March 9, ESPN.com reports.

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Drew Storen has struggled hitting his spots with his slider this spring, and it has gotten rocked, MASNSports.com's Ben Goessling reports. "I'm probably trying to do too much with it, and that's what I tend to do when I hang it," Storen said. "It's probably just a matter of getting a feel for it and working down in the zone."

RP | Anthony Slama | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Anthony Slama (elbow) had his MRI come back with no serious problems, but MLB.com's Kelly Thesier reports Slama does have a stress reaction in one of the bones in his elbow. Slama said that doctors told him it's an unusual injury for pitchers, but that it occurred due to the fact that his elbow hyperextends by 15 degrees more than most pitchers, creating bone-on-bone contact that caused the stress reaction.

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (back) made his second appearance of the spring Wednesday, March 9. He allowed two hits and a walk, but struck out two to get out of the jam.

RP | Craig Breslow | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Oakland Athletics RP Craig Breslow (hamstring) experienced soreness in his strained hamstring Monday, March 9, during a simulated game, and he is considered day-to-day, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com.

RP | Hong-Chih Kuo | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Hong-Chih Kuo made his Cactus League debut Wednesday, March 9. Kuo allowed an earned run and hit in his inning of work, taking the loss.

RP | David Aardsma | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP David Aardsma (hip) took another small step toward returned as he played catch Wednesday, March 9, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. Aardsma had not thrown a ball since having hip labrum surgery in early January. "He felt good, so it was a good start," head trainer Rick Griffin said.

RP | Chris Ray | Seattle Mariners | Injury
Seattle Mariners RP Chris Ray (calf) threw a simulated game Wednesday, March 9, as he has been bothered by a calf injury recently, reports Bob Condotta, of The Seattle Times.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Updating a previous story, Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz showcased his cutter for the first time this spring Wednesday, March 9, according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. The team is still getting their looks at Feliz as a starter.

RP | Joel Zumaya | Detroit Tigers | Injury
If Detroit Tigers RP Joel Zumaya (elbow) is not yet healthy when the season gets underway, manager Jim Leyland plans to fill his slot with another Tigers pitcher, reports Jason Beck of MLB.com.

RP | Mitchell Boggs | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals RP Mitchell Boggs (back) will pitch either Friday, March 11, or Saturday, March 12, in a spring game, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold.

RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera threw 35 pitches in his first batting practice session Wednesday, March 9, and he has not ruled out pitching in the team's spring game Sunday, March 13, according to The Associated Press. However, manager Joe Girardi said it is more likely that Rivera will make his debut Wednesday, March 16.

RP | Leo Nunez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
The Florida Marlins are expected to carry seven relievers into the regular season, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. RP Leo Nunez will serve as the closer with RP Clay Hensley as the primary setup man. RPs Mike Dunn and Randy Choate are the front-runners as the two lefties in the pen. RP Burke Badenhop is the leading candidate to serve as the long man. RPs Ryan Webb, Edward Mujica and Brian Sanches are battling for the final two spots.

RP | Rafael Soriano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees RP Rafael Soriano will make his first Grapefruit League appearance of the spring Wednesday, March 9, according to Newsday's Erik Boland.

RP | Mark Rogers | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke (rib cage) has a small fracture of his seventh rib and a bone bruise on his eighth rib, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. The normal recovery time for bone injuries is four to six weeks, but Greinke has already been healing for two weeks. Regardless, his recovery will extend into April. "We're not talking about this gross deformed fracture," said head Dr. William Raasch. "We're talking about something very subtle that we can barely see, and we found it on the MRI. We're not that concerned about it, except the fact that it's bad timing. He's got a sore rib because he fell on it, and unfortunately you stress your ribs when you throw baseballs hard." Ps Manny Parra (back), Mark Rogers (shoulder), Amaury Rivas (tooth), Tim Dillard and Wily Peralta are all candidates to fill in while Greinke is out.

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