Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 11, 2011 @ 08:46:14 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera will not face additional discipline from the team nor will his status change in light of new allegations that he threatened people the night of his drunk-driving arrest, according to The Associated Press. "There are new things that have come out," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said, "but it's the same thing we've been dealing with (since) he came to camp, really. It's no different from the club's perspective."

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak struck out in his only official at-bat Thursday, March 10, and is now batting .111 (2-for-18) during the spring, reports Bob Condotta, of The Seattle Times. Smoak was also hit on the thigh by a pitch, but is not believed to be injured.

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton had a pair of doubles in three at-bats in what is arguably his best hitting performance of the spring Thursday, March 10, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. "The two that he hit today, that was the Todd Helton line drive that you've grown accustomed to seeing, the ball that gets in the gap or goes over somebody's head very quickly," manager Jim Tracy said.

1B | Daric Barton | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 1B Daric Barton (calf) was scratched Thursday, March 10, because he is not quite ready to return, according to MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger. Manager Bob Geren said Barton is still day-to-day.

1B | Kendrys Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendrys Morales (leg) could return to action in the next week, according to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times. "Kendrys had a great workout (on Wednesday, March 9)," said manager Mike Scioscia said. "He ran outside, ran great. . .You want him to just get the functionality of reading balls off the bat on the defensive end and getting into the right-side defense aspect, which he's been practicing. . .Breaking for a ball in the hole, getting back to first, all the little things that come into playing that position he's got to get reacquainted with."

1B | Derrek Lee | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter does not seem overly concerned with the injuries to 2B Brian Roberts (back) and 1B Derrek Lee (wrist, thumb), according to ESPN's Stephania Bell. Showalter said Roberts' back problems are not related to his back injury from last year.


Second Baseman

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (back) won't make the road trip Saturday, March 12, but could play Sunday, March 13, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.

2B | Jeff Keppinger | Houston Astros | Injury
Updating previous reports, Houston Astros 2B Jeff Keppinger (foot) had his boot removed Friday, March 11, and said he's just up to walking in his rehab, the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine reports. He's unsure of a timetable to build up from that.

2B | Martin Prado | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 2B Martin Prado appears to have overcome last year's season-ending injuries, affording him more time to learn how to play left field, reports Mark Bowman, of MLB.com. Prado has looked very comfortable handling the left field duties for the first time on a regular basis.

2B | Brian Friday | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Brian Friday (hand) and SS Josh Rodriguez (quadriceps) are both improving, and remain listed as day-to-day, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com.

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks (groin) was removed from the Cactus League game Thursday, March 10, due to groin tightness, reports Tom Haudricourt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Manager Ron Roenicke said that the injury was nothing major.

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa, who is 10-for-22 with two homers and a double in spring training, has been having success from the left side of the plate, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. "He's really working on things from the left side," manager Jim Riggleman said. "The right side, we feel like he's pretty good there. The left side is a little work in progress. He's putting time in the cage with Rick (Eckstein). Hopefully, we start to see more games where he's squaring it up like that."

2B | Luis Castillo | New York Mets | Fantasy
While New York Mets IFs Luis Castillo, David Murphy, Justin Turner and Brad Emaus are competing for the starting job at second base, none of them have performed well enough this spring to stand out as the clear favorite, according to John Harper of the New York Daily News. Harper also reports that according to a source within the organization, 2B Luis Hernandez and OF Willie Harris could also be candidates.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Expanding on previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee) is being sidelined indefinitely with what the team is calling mild patellar tendonitis and chondromalacia, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. An MRI revealed bone inflammation in Utley's knee. At the moment, surgery is the last option. Utley could open the season on the 15-day disabled list, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. expects Utley to play this year. "It really is unknown," Utley said. "I'm doing everything I can at this point to get back on the field. There is no timetable. We're not going to look for the short-term solution. I want to be smart about this and realize I have three years left under this contract to fulfill."


Shortstop

SS | Pedro Florimon Jr. | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles reassigned C Caleb Joseph, P Luis Lebron, SS Pedro Florimon Jr., 3B Tyler Henson and C Adam Donachie to minor league camp, The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly reports.

SS | Cesar Izturis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Cesar Izturis (ankle) is in the lineup Friday, March 11, but 2B Brian Roberts (back) is not, MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko reports.

SS | Ronny Cedeno | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Ronny Cedeno is working to reduce his strikeouts in 2011 after striking out 106 times in 468 at-bats in 2010, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com. Cedeno has been working closely with hitting coach Gregg Ritchie, focusing largely on body control. Cedeno is 4-for-8 after beginning the spring hitless in 11 at-bats.

SS | Brian Bocock | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury
Philadelphia Phillies SS Brian Bocock (wrist) suffered a wrist injury Wednesday, March 9, and after X-rays were negative, the team is having him pay a visit to hand specialist Randall Culp in Philadelphia, reports MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus (back), who sat out Tuesday, March 8, with a stiff back and returned to action Wednesday, March 9, says his back is no longer bothering him at all, reports Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com. "It was just felt weird taking ground balls," said Andrus. "I got a massage and it loosened things up and I'm fine."

SS | Alcides Escobar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals do not appear to think that SS Alcides Escobar is ready to handle the No. 2 spot in the batting order, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.


Third Baseman

3B | Mark Teahen | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Mark Teahen went 3-for-5 with a double, home run and two RBI in a Cactus League game Thursday, March 10. Teahen is batting .529 (9-for-17) with a homer and six RBI in six games. Teahen is battling 3B Brent Morel for the starting job.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves seem confident 3B Chipper Jones (knee) will be consistently filling the third spot in the lineup, reports Mark Bowman, of MLB.com. Jones' knee has passed all of the early tests, but he has yet to play in back-to-back games at third base.

3B | Mat Gamel | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Mat Gamel (rib cage) might take live batting practice Friday, March 11, if his strained righ cage muscle responds well to a workout Thursday, March 10, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com.

3B | Alex Liddi | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 3B Alex Liddi is likely to start the season at Triple-A Tacoma, reports Bob Condotta, of The Seattle Times. "It's nice to see him swinging the bat the way he's swinging it," manager Eric Wedge said Thursday, March 10. "He's learned a lot here in camp, moving around here defensively. He's a good-looking young player."

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Draft, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart (knee) might begin the regular season on the 15-day disabled list, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. Manager Jim Tracy seemed to hint at that possibility Thursday, March 10. "He's only played three innings and it's the 11th of March, so am I a little concerned?," Tracy said. "I'll tell you this: I do not want to feel compelled to think we have taken anybody and tried to rush him to the finish line to try and throw him out there. You're asking for trouble, and I had enough of that last year with 833 days worth [of combined disabled list days]." IF Ty Wigginton would likely fill in if Stewart is on the shelf.

3B | Dayan Viciedo | Chicago White Sox | Injury
Chicago White Sox 3B Dayan Viciedo (thumb) suffered a fractured right thumb in spring action Thursday, March 10, and is expected to miss three to four weeks, according to ESPNChicago.com's Doug Padilla. Viciedo was hit by a pitch in the game.

3B | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B Allen Craig (leg) was scratched from the lineup Thursday, March 10, as a precaution as he deals with "left leg tightness," according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach. Craig is hitting .346 with a .433 on-base percentage and a .538 slugging percentage this spring.

3B | Jeff Baisley | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim agreed to terms with 3B Jeff Baisley (Athletics) Thursday, March 10, reports Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus.

3B | Ty Wigginton | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy said 3B Ty Wigginton will see time at first base, second base, third base, right field and left field before spring training ends, according to The Denver Post's Dave Krieger. Wigginton will be an insurance policy for 1B Todd Helton and 3B Ian Stewart this year.


Catcher

C | Ryan Doumit | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Pirates C/OF Ryan Doumit (oblique) said his mild oblique injury feels like a bee sting, and he'll only miss a day or two, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel reports.

C | Jonathan Lucroy | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy (finger) is a likely candidate to start the regular season on the 15-day disabled list, reports Tom Haudricourt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

C | Bobby Wilson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Bobby Wilson, who is in great physical shape this spring, is hitting .429 with one strikeout in 14 at-bats, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer. "The way he's moving around the plate," manager Mike Scioscia said, "he's doing things with more ease. Last year, he blocked the ball well, but you can see he's quicker back there, more confident." C Jeff Mathis is batting .308 in six games and C Hank Conger is hitting just .063 in 16 at-bats.

C | Jorge Posada | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees C Jorge Posada played first base for six innings Thursday, March 10 and says he would be OK with playing there during the season if 1B Mark Teixeira needs a day off, reports ESPNNewYork.com. "You feel a little bit like a fish out of water," said Posada. "It is different."

C | Jesus Flores | Washington Nationals | Injury
The Houston Astros appear to be less inclined to make a trade for Washington Nationals C Jesus Flores (shoulder), according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. The Astros are worried that Flores' shoulder is still not 100 percent. Instead, the team could be interested in Nationals OF Laynce Nix, who is a long shot to make the team's roster.


Outfielder

OF | Scott Podsednik | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Toronto Blue Jays OF Scott Podsednik (foot) is in the lineup Friday, March 11, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) ran at full speed Thursday, March 10, ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney reports. He was cutting, stopping and starting in the best day he has had so far. He could return in mid-April.

OF | Fernando Martinez | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets reassigned OF Fernando Martinez, RP Tobi Stoner, SS Ruben Tejada, C Kirk Nieuwenhuis, P Josh Stinson, P John Lujan, P Armando Rodriguez, P Manny Alvarez, 3B Zach Lutz, IF Jordany Valdespin and C Kai Gronauer to minor league camp, ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reports.

OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Several Los Angeles Dodgers regulars are in spring training slumps, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. 2B Jamey Carroll is hitting .231, followed by OF Andre Ethier (.190), SS Rafael Furcal (.158), 2B Juan Uribe (.143), C Dioner Navarro (.133), 3B Casey Blake (.077) and OF Jay Gibbons (.071).

OF | Charles Blackmon | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Charles Blackmon became the first Rockie to hit for the cycle this spring Thursday, March 10, against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck reports Blackmon has seven hits in 12 games.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals are sorting out who will start in left and center field as spring camp continues, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. OF's Rick Ankiel, Roger Bernadina and Mike Morse are competing for the job in left. Should Morse win the left field job, Bernadina could be shifted to center to spell OF Nyjer Morgan.

OF | John Bowker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates OF John Bowker (wrist) returned to play left field Thursday, March 10, finishing 1-for-2 with an RBI, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com.

OF | Jason Michaels | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Jason Michaels (back) served as the designated hitter Thursday, March 10, reports Zachary Levine, of the Houston Chronicle. Michaels went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Michaels will be re-evaluated after Friday's game, which he'll also serve as DH, to determine if he is ready to return to the field.

OF | Ryan Langerhans | Seattle Mariners | Injury
Seattle Mariners OF Ryan Langerhans (elbow) went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored Thursday, March 10, reports Bob Condotta, of The Seattle Times. Manager Eric Wedge said Langerhans appears to be recovered from an elbow injury which require offseason surgery. "He's versatile in the outfield, a good base runner, good baseball player knows the game and swinging the bat well here," Wedge said.

OF | Gabe Gross | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Gabe Gross went 1-for-3 with his first spring homer, two runs scored and three RBI Thursday, March 10, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. Gross is competing for a reserve outfielder spot.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez forgot to pack his No. 5 jersey for a road Cactus League game against the Milwaukee Brewers, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. Instead, he wore No. 25 and ended up 1-for-3 with an RBI. "I should have worn 85 so I'd have seen fastballs, instead of curveballs and sliders on the first pitch," Gonzalez joked.

OF | Mike Cameron | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Mike Cameron (knee) went 1-for-4 in his return to the lineup Thursday, March 10, and seemed to have no problems running, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne.

OF | Chris Coghlan | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Chris Coghlan (knee) returned to the lineup Thursday, March 10, as the designated hitter and had an RBI single, according to MLB.com's Zev Mines. Coghlan is expected to return to center field Friday, March 11.

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman (calf, elbow) is nearing a return to the outfield, according to B.J. Rains of FoxSportsMidwest.com. "I'm not far away from playing the field," said Berkman. "I'll play the field in the next couple of days here."

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis is putting together a terrific spring, hitting .313 with two home runs and five RBIs through five games, points out Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton's offseason workouts with former IF Rod Carew are paying off as Upton's swing looks more consistent this spring, according to MLB.com's Bill Chastain. After Upton went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles Wednesday, March 9, skipper Joe Maddon said, "That's the loud sound we're used to, and I love it when he's in right-center hard like that...If he does that, he's going to have a very good year." "It's how it's supposed to be," said Upton. "When things aren't going well, I've got to stay where I'm at to find that consistency."

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (hand) will revert to using his previous batting stance, which included a higher hand position than the one he's been using this spring, when he returns to action, according to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News. Brown, who switched back Saturday, March 5, the day he fractured his hamate bone, said, "I just said forget it. . .I'm going to go back to what got me here. I got my hands back up, was feeling comfortable, got the hit, but obviously I was in a lot of pain. Things happen. That's part of the game." Murphy reports that the team had encouraged Brown to use a lower hand position in hopes that it would balance out his stance.

OF | Joe Dickerson | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins signed OF Joe Dickerson (Royals) to a minor league contract Thursday, March 9, reports Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus. Dickerson is a former fourth-round draft pick by the Kansas City Royals.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson feels more comfortable in camp this spring and is aiming to be consistent throughout the season after his first year in pinstripes was marred by a hamstring injury and up-and-down production, according to Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News. "All those 'firsts' are done with," said Granderson. "I know the guys more, I know the facility more, the coaching staff more. . .This year will be very similar in mentality to every other spring training except for last year. I'm excited about that. Everything is just normal again."

OF | Bobby Abreu | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Bobby Abreu (illness) will not play Thursday, March 10, due to not feeling well, according to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times.

OF | Manny Ramirez | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Manny Ramirez, who is expected to serve as the team's primary designated hitter this season, will see some time in left field and be removed in the later innings for defensive purposes, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Scott Richmond | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury
Toronto Blue Jays SP Scott Richmond (arm) has been shut down for five or six days due to arm fatigue, The Toronto Star's Richard Griffin reports.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Wandy Rodriguez put together his second consecutive strong Grapefruit League start Thursday, March 10, holding the Washington Nationals to four hits and one run in four innings. MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports Rodriguez threw 72 pitches (25 in the first inning) and struck out four batters.

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander saw his scoreless-inning streak this spring reach nine innings before he surrendered a run Thursday, March 10, against the Florida Marlins. MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports Verlander threw 61 pitches with 43 strikes in his latest outing.

SP | Edinson Volquez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Edinson Volquez gave up two runs (one unearned) and two hits with one walk, a hit batter and two strikeouts over 2 1/3 innings in relief of SP Bronson Arroyo during the team's Thursday, March 10, game against the San Francisco Giants. "Everything is great. My arm is good. No pain, no nothing. I'm happy to be back on the mound facing those guys in a real game," Volquez told MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

SP | Wade LeBlanc | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Wade LeBlanc allowed two earned runs, four hits and no walks over four innings in a Cactus League start Thursday, March 10. LeBlanc still has an 8.31 ERA in 8 2/3 innings over three spring outings.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw allowed one unearned run, four hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings in a Cactus League start Thursday, March 10.

SP | Tim Redding | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Thursday, March 10, that Ps John Ely and non-roster invitee Tim Redding will take over SP Jon Garland's (oblique) Spring Training innings, reports Ken Gurnick, of MLB.com.

SP | Jeff Suppan | San Francisco Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Four pitchers appear to be in line for the 12th and final slot in the pitching lineup for the San Francisco Giants, according to MLB.com's Chris Haft. SP's Ryan Vogelsong, Jeff Suppan and RP's Guillermo Mota and Dan Runzler are among the contenders for the spot.

SP | Joel Pineiro | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joel Pineiro allowed one run on four hits, walking one and striking out two, in a 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, March 10. The Orange County Register's Dan Woike reported Pineiro was so efficient in his four innings of work he had to go back to the bullpen to throw a simulated fifth inning to get his pitch count up.

SP | Casey Kelly | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Casey Kelly and 1B Anthony Rizzo, who were traded to the Padres by the Boston Red Sox for 1B Adrian Gonzalez, are off to solid starts in spring camp. Don Norcross of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Kelly has now thrown five innings, permitting two hits, two walks and one unearned run, while Rizzo is hitting .308 (4-for-13).

SP | Derek Lowe | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Derek Lowe is displaying the same confidence he had at the end of the 2010 season, as he has regained his slider, reports Mark Bowman, of MLB.com.

SP | Mike Minor | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SPs Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor are locked in a dogfight for the fifth starter spot, reports Mark Bowman, of MLB.com. Beachy has reintroduced a slider to his array of pitches, and he has displayed tremendous command. Meanwhile, Minor might have a leg up simply because he is a left-handed pitcher, something lacking in the team's rotation.

SP | Scott Olsen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Scott Olsen (hamstring) is scheduled for his second batting practice session Friday, March 11, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com. Olsen is expected to make 35 pitches in his second bullpen session this week.

SP | Manny Parra | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Manny Parra (back) is hopeful of being ready for Opening Day, reports Tom Haudricourt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Once I get back out there, I don't think it'll take a lot of time (to prepare for the season)," Parra said Thursday, March 10. "For what they'll need, probably one inning (at a time), I should have enough time." Parra is playing catch to keep his arm in shape, but there is no official timetable for his return to game action.

SP | Randy Wolf | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday, March 10, that SP Randy Wolf will be the team's No. 3 starter, making his first regular season start April 3 against the Atlanta Braves, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com.

SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday, March 10, that SP Shaun Marcum would be his No. 2 starter, making his first regular season start April 2 againt the Atlanta Braves, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com.

SP | Chris Narveson | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Chris Narveson has been tabbed to start the team's home opener April 4 against the Atlanta Braves, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com. "It will be pretty sweet to go in there and get that first game," Narveson said. "I think having it as a day game might help out a little bit because you don't have time to think about it too much. You try to approach it as another game, but it will definitely be as special game."

SP | Charlie Haeger | Seattle Mariners | Injury
Seattle Mariners SP Charlie Haeger (back) will make his Cactus League debut Sunday, March 13, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. The knuckleballer Haeger has been slowed by a sore back.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge will keep SP Felix Hernandez from facing the division rival Oakland Athletics Saturday, March 12, electing instead to pitch his ace in a minor league "B" game, reports Kirby Arnold, of the Everett Herald.

SP | Nate Robertson | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Nate Robertson will work in relief Friday, March 11, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. Robertson, who is competing for a rotation job, will be trying to bounce back from a shaky outing Sunday, March 6.

SP | Michael Pineda | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Michael Pineda will make his third Cactus League appearance Friday, March 11, against the Cleveland Indians, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. Pineda has allowed just one hit and two walks in four innings this spring.

SP | John Maine | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies SP John Maine, who is a candidate for the fifth starter spot, can opt out of his contract by June 1 if he is not on the team's 25-man roster, reports Jim Armstrong, of The Denver Post. Maine hit 92 mph five times Wednesday, but said he needs innings and some tweaking of his slider.

SP | Clayton Mortensen | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Clayton Mortensen is considered a candidate for the fifth starter spot for manager Jim Tracy, but the pitcher said he is entering the experimental phase of Spring Training, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. Mortensen has thrown three scoreless frames in three Cactus League appearances. "There are a couple of subtle adjustments we are making with him," Tracy said.

SP | Esmil Rogers | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Esmil Rogers allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in four innings Thursday, March 10, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. Rogers also struck out four batters. "He was throwing quality fastballs for strikes today," Tracy said. "He made the one bad pitch to (Milwaukee Brewers OF) Ryan Braun. The thing was it was two out, nobody on, but the understanding part of it is the two [previous] base hits were good pitches that just found real good spots and got through there." Rogers is the favorite for the fifth starter spot while SP Aaron Cook (shoulder) is sidelined.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia stayed in the game Thursday, March 10, after he was hit in the right thigh by a come backer in the second inning, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. Sabathia gave up just three hits in five scoreless innings. "I have a pause in my delivery," Sabathia said. "I was kind of floating and drifting through it instead of just staying there, gathering it and going. I was conscious of it in the bullpen today, and it translated into the game."

SP | Nick Blackburn | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Nick Blackburn surrendered five runs (three earned) and seven hits in three innings against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, March 10, according to the Pioneer Press' Kelsie Smith. Blackburn gave up two homers while struggling with his fastball command.

SP | Randy Wells | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Randy Wells, who is competing for one of two spots in the rotation, put up four scoreless innings while giving up one hit and walking one Thursday, March 10, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. Wells had a good feel for his sinker and changeup during the outing. "I'm pleased," Wells said. "You set goals for yourself, you want to come in and want to impress, obviously, but you also want to get your work in and work on stuff you need to work on, and I've been doing that on the side and it's been carrying into games."

SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson struck out five of the nine batters he faced in spring action Thursday, March 10, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. "We're making adjustments and building off of that," said Masterson, who will likely be the No. 2 starter in the Indians' rotation. "We made some adjustments today. It wasn't always perfect, but we got balls decently where we wanted to, we were ahead in counts, the pitches were moving mostly like they're supposed to and we got some bad swings at times."

SP | Bronson Arroyo | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Bronson Arroyo gave up four runs and five hits while walking one and striking out two against the San Francisco Giants Thursday, March 10, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

SP | Madison Bumgarner | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner tossed four scoreless frames and punched out six hitters in the team's spring game against the Cincinnati Reds Thursday, March 10, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. Bumgarner allowed just one hit.

SP | Justin Duchscherer | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles have two spots in their rotation up for grabs with SPs Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Matusz and Brad Bergesen likely to fill out the top three spots, according to The Baltimore Sun's Matt Vensel. SP Jake Arrieta is the front-runner for the fourth spot. SPs Justin Duchscherer and Chris Tillman are the favorites for the last spot, but Ps Ryan Drese, Zach Britton and Rick VandenHurk are also in the mix.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles have two spots in their rotation up for grabs with SPs Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Matusz and Brad Bergesen likely to fill out the top three spots, according to The Baltimore Sun's Matt Vensel. SP Jake Arrieta is the front-runner for the fourth spot. SPs Justin Duchscherer and Chris Tillman are the favorites for the last spot, but Ps Ryan Drese, Zach Britton and Rick VandenHurk are also in the mix.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox are not stressing over SP Daisuke Matsuzaka's dreadful spring, according to Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. "I think he's in great shape," said manager Terry Francona. "I think his shoulder's strong. The ball's coming out. He's what, eight, nine innings into camp and he hasn't commanded at times. I don't think that means he's out of shape or he's disappointing. . .A couple of outings haven't been good. I don't think we're going to pack in the season (after March 10)."

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Transaction
The Atlanta Braves reassigned Ps Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino, Randall Delgado, Michael Broadway, Jay Sborz and Brett Oberholtzer; Cs Christian Bethancourt, Braeden Schlehuber and Jesus Sucre; IF Tyler Pastornicky and OF Mycal Jones to minor league camp Thursday, March 10, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman. Ps Erik Cordier, Lee Hyde and Jose Ortegano were optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Anibal Sanchez (shin) suffered a bruised shin after getting struck by a ground ball Thursday, March 10, and is unsure regarding the status of his next scheduled start, reports Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post. "It hit me in side of the shin. It really hurt. It was painful," explained Sanchez. "I have to see how I feel tomorrow because right now it's sore. . .There's a lot of inflammation right there. Tomorrow I'm supposed to run. I don't know if I can do it. I'll have to wait."

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay turned in six shutout innings against the New York Yankees Thursday, March 10, reports Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. Halladay surrendered four hits and struck out two.

SP | Rich Harden | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Oakland Athletics RP Michael Wuertz (shoulder) is scheduled to throw again Saturday, March 12, and could make his spring debut Tuesday, March 15, according to MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger. RP Craig Breslow (hamstring) is still being listed as day-to-day. SP Rich Harden (lat) is getting close to throwing off a mound but is unlikely to be ready by Opening Day.

SP | Jason Marquis | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Jason Marquis, who has tossed seven scoreless innings this spring, has had his sinker working to perfection, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. "I'm excited that I'm getting the results I am this early," Marquis said. "I just want to build on it and stay where I'm at. It's not really the results I'm happy about - obviously, I'll take it. But I'm making my pitchers. I'm throwing my sinker down in the zone, my changeup, my slider are down in the zone with good arm speed, good action."

SP | Scott Kazmir | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Scott Kazmir is steadily making progress this spring but is rushing his delivery, according to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times. "I feel like I made progress (Wednesday, March 9)," said Kazmir. "My bullpens are great. (But when) I get in the game, I try to get that little extra. Less is more right now." Baxter also reports that manager Mike Scioscia is encouraged by Kazmir's progression, saying "We're still moving ahead slowly. . .The positives were he feels good, his arm feels good, he's definitely working through some release-point issues right now. . .But we're seeing signs that he has more life than last year so we're seeing some progress. He wasn't as pitch-efficient as we would like to see. But there were signs of that ball coming out hotter than it did any time last year and that's encouraging."

SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain (elbow) felt good after throwing a simulated game Wednesday, March 9, and will make a minimum of three Cactus League starts before the season gets underway, reports John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) was not that pleased with his first session of facing live hitters Wednesday, March 9, saying his fastball location was up a lot, according to The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant. Also, Webb said his arm strength is not where he wants it yet. He said he is roughly "about four weeks" away from being ready to start in a regular season contest.

SP | Jon Garland | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Los Angeles Dodgers SP Jon Garland (oblique) is expected to miss at least a month with a stained left oblique, according to The Associated Press. He will likely miss 30 to 35 days.

SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin is very pleased with how effective both his curveball and changeup were Wednesday, March 9, reports Troy Renck of The Denver Post. "That's the best changeup I've had since the minor leagues. Same movement, but not as hard," said Chacin. "The curveball is something I want to have so I am not slider, slider all the time. . .I want to get to a point where I can use my fastball a lot the first time (through a lineup). . .Then, next time, I can show them something they haven't seen. Like the curveball or changeup. So they will roll over a groundball."

SP | Erik Bedard | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Erik Bedard (shoulder), who has allowed no hits while walking none and striking out six in six innings this spring, appears to have locked down a spot in the rotation if he can stay healthy, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Gerry Spratt.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (lat) said he was experiencing normal soreness Thursday, March 10, after his spring start Wednesday, March 9, according to ESPNChicago.com's Doug Padilla. "I feel fine; I came out of it fine," Peavy said. "I told you (Wednesday) I didn't feel that great. It was a grind, and I didn't really bounce back that great and feel as fresh as I wanted to. But I'm pretty sure it's standard for this time of year. I just got to keep working." He is expecting to make his next start Monday, March 14.

SP | Aaron Cook | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies will not set a timetable for the return of SP Aaron Cook (shoulder), reports Dave Kreiger of The Denver Post. "The calendar doesn't stop," said pitching coach Bob Apodaca. "I can't be concerned with April 1 with Aaron. . .I want him, when he does toe the rubber, it's because now he's healthy. And so he'll have to do those things that are required for all of our starters leaving spring training. He's going to have to reach approximately that 100-pitch plateau. But I don't want to rush him. . .That's why spring training is six weeks long. It's for starting pitching."

SP | Carl Pavano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Carl Pavano has been impressing everyone with his performance this spring, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. A scout recently said, "Best pitcher I've seen in Florida this spring. He's spotting his fastball well, throwing like its July."

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Florida Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco (thumb) will go three innings in his spring debut Sunday, March 13, the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi reports.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RPs Kyle Farnsworth and Joel Peralta, the two leading candidates for the closer job, have each gone three scoreless innings and allowed only one hit, the Bradenton Herald's Alan Dell reports. Manager Joe Maddon has liked the way Farnsworth has become more of a pitcher in recent years instead of just someone who goes out there and tries to overpower hitters. Maddon said there's no leader in the closer race right now.

RP | Jose Ceda | Florida Marlins | Transaction
The Florida Marlins optioned RP Jose Ceda to Triple-A; P Chris Hatcher, P Omar Poveda and P Evan Reed to Double-A; P Arquimedes Caminero to Single-A and reassigned P Chad James to minor league camp, the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi reports.

RP | Daniel Schlereth | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Updating previous reports, Detroit Tigers RP Daniel Schlereth (hamstring) is scheduled to return to action Saturday, March 12, the Detroit Free Press' George Sipple reports.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics CL Andrew Bailey (elbow) will get two days off before resuming action Sunday, March 13, according to Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle. Bailey said he would like to get into five or six games before the team heads back to the Bay Area, and manager Bob Geren said Bailey might work in back-to-back games in Arizona.

RP | Ron Villone | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals re-signed RP Ron Villone to a minor league contract that does not include an invite to major league camp, a team official confirmed to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore.

RP | Zach Miner | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals RP Zach Miner (elbow) is making progress toward pitching in games, according to MLB.com's Dick Kaegel. "I'm throwing 40 pitches in the bullpen every three days," Miner said. "I started throwing all of my pitches -- breaking balls and everything. It feels good. I'm bouncing back well, and hopefully I'll be throwing to hitters here in a week and a half or two weeks." There's no firm timetable for Miner to get into games, but that could start in April during extended Spring Training at Surprise, Ariz.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joel Hanrahan was erratc Thursday, March 10, allowing four earned runs, five hits and a walk in his innings of work. Hanrahan is 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA in 3 2/3 innings over four spring outings.

RP | Jose Ascanio | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jose Ascanio (elbow) is scheduled for his second bullpen session of the week Friday, March 11, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com. Ascanio is making his way back after being slowed by discomfort in his right elbow. He also worked a side session Wednesday, March 9.

RP | Joe Beimel | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joe Beimel (forearm) is expected to throw batting practice Friday, March 11, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com. Beimel is scheduled to make 20 throws.

RP | Alberto Arias | Houston Astros | Injury
Houston Astros RP Alberto Arias (shoulder) played catch Thursday, March 10, for the first time since getting a cortisone shot in his surgically repaired right shoulder, reports Zachary Levine, of the Houston Chronicle.

RP | Mark Rogers | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers will need a fifth starter April 5 or 6, depending on whether Opening Day SP Yovani Gallardo comes back on regular season for his second regular season start, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com. Ps Mark Rogers, Wily Peralta and Amaury Rivas are the candidates for the fifth starter job with SP Zack Greinke (ribs) sidelined.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford allowed two earned runs, two hits and two walks in just one-third of an inning Thursday, March 10. Axford has a 7.71 ERA in three appearances this spring, but that is a bit deceptive. He did not allowed any runs or walks in his first two innings in two games.

RP | Chris Ray | Seattle Mariners | Injury
Seattle Mariners RP Chris Ray (calf) said Thursday, March 10, that he is still experiencing some soreness in his left calf, but he isn't concerned, reports Ryan Divish, of The Tacoma News Tribune. Ray threw a simulated game Wednesday, March 9. He plans another simulated game and bullpen session before working in a Cactus League game.

RP | Shawn Kelley | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP Shawn Kelley (elbow) said Thursday, March 10, that he is throwing with about 60 percent effort, as he makes his way back from reconstructive elbow surgery, reports Kirby Arnold, of the Everett Herald.

RP | Warner Madrigal | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees RP Warner Madrigal (arm) is dealing with a sore arm and will be shut down for a few days, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Jonathan Broxton allowed a homer and did not retire any of the five batters he faced in the team's spring game against the San Diego Padres Thursday, March 10, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. Broxton gave up three hits, one walk and also hit a batter.

RP | Joe Nathan | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Joe Nathan (elbow) has pitched four scoreless innings this spring and is ready to begin pitching every other day, instead of once every three days, according to the Pioneer Press' Kelsie Smith.

RP | Rafael Soriano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees RP Rafael Soriano turned in a solid scoreless inning in his spring debut Wednesday, March 9, allowing one hit and striking out one, reports Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. "First time out, he was good," said skipper Joe Girardi. "I didn't really expect a whole lot different after watching the way he pitched last year, being in our division."

RP | Francisco Samuel | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals P Francisco Samuel (shoulder) left the spring game Thursday, March 10, after suffering a strain in his right shoulder, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold.

RP | Kyle McClellan | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle McClellan allowed one run and three hits while walking one and striking out one in four innings against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, March 10, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold. Only three of the 16 hitters he faced managed to get the ball out of the infield.

RP | Koji Uehara | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Koji Uehara (elbow) is expected to throw Thursday, March 10, for the first time since receiving a cortisone shot in his throwing elbow Friday, March 4, reports Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.

RP | Francisco Rodriguez | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets RP Francisco Rodriguez threw 1 2/3 perfect innings Wednesday, March 9, and said he is feeling great, according to the New York Daily News' Andy Martino. "I've been more consistent locating my fastball and my offspeed, which is normally difficult to have early in the spring," Rodriguez said. "I feel a lot better. I feel stronger. No idea (why). Wish I could tell you."

RP | Felipe Paulino | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Felipe Paulino will pitch out of the bullpen to start the season, reports Troy Renck of The Denver Post. SP Esmil Rogers is now the favorite to serve as the team's fifth starter while Aaron Cook (shoulder) is out.

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Drew Storen's struggles this spring are largely due to the fact that his breaking ball is taking longer to come around because he threw less during the offseason while taking classes at Stanford, according to Dave Sheinin of The Washington Post. "It's early, but obviously something has to change, because I'm just not very good right now," said Storen.

RP | Joe Thatcher | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres RP Joe Thatcher (shoulder) has been playing catch but will not throw in a game for another week, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Bill Center.

RP | Tanner Scheppers | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers RP Tanner Scheppers (back) is scheduled to throw again Saturday, March 12, after receiving a root nerve injection Wednesday, March 9, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett.

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