Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 14, 2011 @ 03:55:01 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Justin Huber | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins optioned SP David Bromberg, SP Eric Hacker, RP Anthony Swarzak and OF Rene Tosoni to Triple-A; SP Deolis Guerra, 1B Chris Parmelee and OF Joe Benson to Double-A and reassigned P Yorman Bazardo, SP Kyle Gibson, C Jair Fernandez, C Chris Herrmann, SS Ray Chang, IF Brian Dozier and 1B Justin Huber to minor league camp, MLB.com's Kelly Thesier reports.

1B | Joe Mahoney | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles 1B Joe Mahoney (hamstring) didn't play Sunday, March 13, due to hamstring soreness, The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports.

1B | Brett Wallace | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 1B Brett Wallace figures to break camp as the starting first baseman, according to The Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine. He has started taking regular infield practice midway through camp.

1B | Derrek Lee | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Derrek Lee (wrist, thumb) did not swing a bat Sunday, March 13, as initially was expected, reports Brittany Ghiroli, of MLB.com. Lee will give it at least one more day before he resumes swinging a bat.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez (shoulder) went 1-for-1 with a sacrifice fly in his Grapefruit League debut Saturday, March 12, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne. He is expected to return to the lineup Monday, March 14.

1B | Clint Robinson | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals optioned 1B Clint Robinson and OF David Lough to Triple-A Omaha, according to Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star. SS Jeff Bianchi and OF Derrick Robinson were optioned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.


Second Baseman

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the team has an idea what is causing 2B Brian Roberts' (back) back pain, but he declined comment until Roberts' MRI Monday, March 14, The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports. Showalter said Roberts was feeling a little better.

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa (head) is OK after being drilled in the head with a pitch Sunday, March 13, MLB.com's Bill Ladson reports.

2B | Eric Young Jr. | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 2B Eric Young Jr. (leg) made his Cactus League debut Saturday, March 12, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. On Sunday, March 13, he beat out a bunt for a single, although he was picked off first base and caught stealing in the game. Young is making his way back from a broken right tibia suffered last season.

2B | Jason Donald | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, an MRI exam on Cleveland Indians 3B Jason Donald (hand) revealed that he has a bone bruise on his left hand, according to Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. He will not play for the next three days.


Shortstop

SS | Yuniesky Betancourt | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SS Yuniesky Betancourt (quadriceps) left the Cactus League game Sunday, March 13, in the first inning due to tightness in his quadriceps, reports Michael Hunt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (knee) was removed from a Cactus League game Sunday, March 13, after suffered a right knee injury, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com. Castro was removed as a precaution after a collision at second base. He was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base before departing.

SS | Brent Dlugach | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have optioned P Stolmy Pimentel and SS Oscar Tejeda to Double-A Portland, according to John Tomase of the Boston Herald. Ps Tony Pena Jr., Jason Rice, Clevelan Santeliz, Kyle Weiland and Alex Wilson, Cs Tim Federowicz and Ryan Lavarnway, IFs Brent Dlugach and Hector Luna and OF Che-Hsuan Lin were reassigned to minor league camp.


Third Baseman

3B | Casey Blake | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Casey Blake (back) is expected to miss a few days because of an injury to a muscle near the back of his rib cage, according to The Associated Press.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright told The New York Post's Joel Sherman that he wants to remain with the team despite all of its on-field and off-field struggles. "I am a loyal person and I feel loyal to this ownership group because it has been good to me," he said. "You have the good, the bad and the ugly. We certainly have had the bad and the ugly. So now I want to be part of the good. I enjoy the challenge. I want to believe that I will endure the bad times for a prize at the end."

3B | Mat Gamel | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Mat Gamel (rib cage) will take batting practice in the minor league camp, as he tries to get ready for Cactus League games, reports Michael Hunt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I know he can hit," manager Ron Roenicke said. "It's a matter of how he fits on our club. Obviously we have a first baseman and a third baseman. That spot's going to be on our bench (for Gamel). Whether we can carry him and another left-handed bat, we'll have to see how that works out."

3B | Alberto Callaspo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Alberto Callaspo (shoulder) was expected to play in the field this weekend, but that has been pushed back until at least the middle of next week, reports Kevin Baxter, of the Los Angeles Times. "He's fine. There's no rush," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's been getting his at-bats. He's been doing his defense. He just hasn't been throwing." Callaspo has been limited to designated hitter duties, batting .308 in seven spring games.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre (calf) said his injury is healed enough for him to make his Cactus League debut Monday, March 14, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. "It's good enough," Beltre said of his strained right calf muscle.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored, RBI and a stolen base in Cactus League action Sunday, March 13, reports Chris Haft, of MLB.com. Sandoval slimmed down over the winter, losing approximately 40 pounds.

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart (knee) is scheduled to serve as the designated hitter in a minor league "B" game Monday, March 14, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. Stewart hasn't played since the Cactus League opener Feb. 26 after he collided with OF Carlos Gonzalez. "We're going to get him to the field, and you've got to get him playing in the field and taking at-bats that way," manager Jim Tracy said. "I can't answer (if he'll be ready for Opening Day) today until we create more of a forum for this guy to get out there, play his complete game and see what it's all about at this point in time."

3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Edwin Encarnacion worked with hitting coach Dwayne Murphy Friday, March 11, prior to an exhibition game against the New York Yankees, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm. An adjustment was made to his lower his left-leg kick, which had caused him to go off balance in the batter's box. The change also allows Encarnacion to start his swing sooner and avoid lunging towards the pitcher's mound. Over the next two games, Encarnacion went 4-for-8 with a double and a home run. "I think you're seeing the timing really being established," manager John Farrell said. "It was good to see him carry it over from one day to the next. I think he showed us the power he really has in there. It's good to see him put together four or five at-bats in a row where he's on time, and I know he's feeling much better about himself and how he's swinging the bat."


Catcher

C | Ryan Doumit | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Pirates C Ryan Doumit (oblique) took dry swings in the cage Monday, March 14, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel reports.

C | Koby Clemens | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros reassigned P Douglas Arguello, 1B Koby Clemens, P David Carpenter, SP Cesar Carrillo, P Jorge DeLeon, 1B Brian Dopirak, P Gabriel Garcia, OF Jonathan Gaston, OF J.D. Martinez, SS Jiovanni Mier, IF Jimmy Paredes and 2B Jose Carlos Thompson were reassigned to minor league camp, the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine reports.

C | Humberto Quintero | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros C Humberto Quintero will be the starting catcher every time SP Brett Myers pitches, according to The Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine. "You can't argue with what Brett did last year, and it even picked up when we made the move with Q and Brett. I know he feels comfortable with it, and there's no reason to change it no matter who the other guy is," Astros manager Brad Mills said.

C | Jesus Montero | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees C Jesus Montero is likely to open the season as the backup to C Russell Martin, according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. His bat might tempt the Yankees into expanding his playing time, but a scout says that the Yankees will need to bring Montero along slowly.

C | Miguel Olivo | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Miguel Olivo (groin), who is battling a strained groin, said he feels great but isn't sure when he will begin baseball activities, according to Ryan Divish of The Tacoma News-Tribune.

C | Jonathan Lucroy | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said C Jonathan Lucroy (finger) might be ready for the regular season opener March 31 against the Cincinnati Reds, reports Michael Hunt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I think he certainly can be," Roenicke said. Lucroy suffered a broken right pinkie finger during the first week of camp. The manager said Lucroy will begin catching up to three or four bullpen sessions a day to get his legs back into shape.

C | Taylor Teagarden | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Taylor Teagarden is preparing himself for the possibility of starting the season with Triple-A Round Rock, as the team re-signed C Matt Treanor, signed free-agent C Yorvit Torrealba, and traded for C/1B Mike Napoli, reports Anthony Andro, of The Dallas Morning News. "Playing down there is not my goal," Teagarden said. "My ultimate goal is to work my tail off and get back to being the player I know I'm capable of being. Obviously, I'll accept any plan the Rangers have for me, but I have my own goals."

C | Wilin Rosario | Colorado Rockies | Transaction
The Colorado Rockies sent P Bruce Billings, SP Billy Buckner, P Thomas Field, P Christian Friedrich, OF Cole Garner, SS Hector Gomez, P Alan Johnson, P Andrew Johnston, P Adam Jorgenson, C Wilin Rosario, SP Greg Smith, P Casey Weathers, OF Timothy Wheeler and P Keith Weiser to the minor league camp Sunday, March 13, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com.

C | Nick Hundley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Nick Hundley (illness, groin) returned to the lineup Sunday, March 13, going 1-for-2 with a run scored, reports Corey Brock, of MLB.com. "If this were the regular season, I would have played," Hundley said. He was dealing with the flu last week, and then he suffered a groin injury, last playing in a Cactus League game March 5.

C | Chris Iannetta | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Chris Iannetta has reverted back to an old batting stance after hitting coach Carney Lansford watched video of him when he was more successful at the plate, according to MLB.com's Thomas Harding. When Iannetta was doing well, he had his hands comfortably in front of his right shoulder and involved his legs in his swing - two things which were not happening near the end of last season. Iannetta, who batted .169 from Aug. 1 until the end of 2010, may have had his swing impacted by a back injury, which he admitted made it more difficult to run and hit than to catch. During the offseason, Iannetta rested for two weeks before beginning work on his swing, as well as catching bullpen sessions and doing agility workouts with SP Jason Hammel.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer (knee) caught his second bullpen session in as many days Sunday, March 13, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier. He said he had some soreness following the Saturday session but it was nothing unexpected.

C | Jason Kendall | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals C Jason Kendall (shoulder) caught three innings in a minor league intrasquad game Saturday, March 12, according to Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star. He went 0-for-3 at the plate, batting second in each inning. "The shoulder was good," he said. "They weren't running or anything. I was just standing up and lobbing it back, but it feels great. Good step. Good day."


Outfielder

OF | Andrew Lambo | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates reassigned OF Andrew Lambo, RP Danny Moskos, 2B Brian Friday, P Aaron Thompson, OF Alex Presley, SS Chase D'Arnaud, P Jeff Locke, P Ramon Aguero, OF Gorkys Hernandez and P Tony Watson to minor league camp, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel reports.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen (wrist) is back in the lineup Monday, March 14, according to the team's Twitter page.

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon has surged midway through spring camp, according to The Kansas City Star's Bob Dutton. He is 8-for-14 in his last six games after admitting his timing was off earlier in spring as he sought to incorporate those swing changes into game-speed conditions. He also has 11 walks in 12 games that, combined with his recent production, generate a .550 on-base percentage.

OF | Scott Hairston | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Scott Hairston hit two solo homers in a 13-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, March 13, according to The Associated Press. Hairston, competing for time in the outfield, went 3 for 4 to up his spring average to .407.

OF | Casper Wells | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Casper Wells went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored Sunday, March 13, according to George Sipple of The Detroit Free Press. Wells is hitting .391 this spring and is a strong candidate for the roster.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp raised his average to .519 with three hits in the A's 9-4 win over the Colorado Rockies Sunday, March 13, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (stomach) had test results from a doctor visit in Seattle come back, and The Tacoma News-Tribune's Ryan Divish reports team physician Dr. Mitch Storey said Gutierrez's issues are caused by a slow digestive tract. "This is great news," Storey said. "There's nothing wrong with him. He's not sick. This is just a simple thing." Gutierrez is treating the condition with medication and dietary changes.

OF | Chris Coghlan | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Chris Coghlan (shoulder) is dealing with a sore right shoulder, reports Joe Frisaro, of MLB.com. "His shoulder is not 100 percent," manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "That's normal because he didn't have a chance to get in very good shape, throwing-wise when he was rehabbing."

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) was scratched from the lineup Sunday, March 13, due to stiffness in his back, reports David O'Brien, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Heyward said his back stiffened Saturday, March 12, during pregame work.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (intercostal) was able to take batting practice Sunday, March 13, and he is expected to return to Cactus League game action Monday, March 14, reports Michael Hunt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

OF | Caleb Gindl | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers OF Caleb Gindl (knee) suffered a sprained right knee Sunday, March 13, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com. Gindl was pursuing a fly ball, before turning an ankle, going through a chain-link gate and then twisting his knee. Gindl walked to the opposing bullpen, and the team said he will be re-evaluated Monday, March 14. "Nothing too serious," Gindl said.

OF | Peter Bourjos | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Peter Bourjos (groin) will not play until at least Tuesday, March 15, reports Dan Woike, of The Orange County Register. Bourjos said the discomfort flares up every year in spring training, and he's not too worried.

OF | Torii Hunter | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Torii Hunter (thumb) is dealing with a bruised thumb, and he was given a day off Sunday, March 13, reports Dan Woike, of The Orange County Register.

OF | Endy Chavez | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers OF Endy Chavez (calf) was running Sunday, March 13, and he might be available to play in Cactus League action as soon as Monday, March 14, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. Chavez suffered a cramp in his right calf muscle Saturday, March 12.

OF | Craig Gentry | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers OF Craig Gentry (shoulder) is dealing with a sprained ligament in his right shoulder, hurting himself after a collision with an outfield wall Saturday, March 12, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. Gentry had been dealing with a wrist injury, and now he is to miss seven to 10 days due to this latest ailment.

OF | Aaron Rowand | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Aaron Rowand got a start in left field Sunday, March 13, reports Chris Haft, of MLB.com. Manager Bruce Bochy said the move "opens up our options a little bit more with our corner situation. Today's a good day to look at it. For him, for us."

OF | Alfredo Amezaga | Colorado Rockies | Injury
Colorado Rockies OF Alfredo Amezaga (knee) will play in a minor league "B" game Monday, March 14, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. Amezaga continues to recover from microfracture surgery on his right knee last season.

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin went 2-for-3 with a run scored Sunday, March 13. Maybin is hitting .333 (8-for-24) with six strikeouts, no RBI and one stolen base in eight spring games.

OF | Jay Bruce | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored Sunday, March 13, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, reports John Schlegel, of MLB.com. The homer was his first extra-base hit of the spring. "Jay's looking a little better," manager Dusty Baker said.

OF | Scott Podsednik | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Scott Podsednik (foot) was scratched from the lineup Saturday, March 12, because of a recurring left foot injury, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Houston Astros SP Wandy Rodriguez (shoulder) is expected to make his next start, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.

SP | Anthony Swarzak | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins optioned SP David Bromberg, SP Eric Hacker, RP Anthony Swarzak and OF Rene Tosoni to Triple-A; SP Deolis Guerra, 1B Chris Parmelee and OF Joe Benson to Double-A and reassigned P Yorman Bazardo, SP Kyle Gibson, C Jair Fernandez, C Chris Herrmann, SS Ray Chang, IF Brian Dozier and 1B Justin Huber to minor league camp, MLB.com's Kelly Thesier reports.

SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann threw five shutout innings Sunday, March 13, while allowed three hits and one walk with two strikeouts, MLB.com's Bill Ladson reports. For the first time this spring, all of Zimmermann's pitches were working, including his curveball, which had given him problems. Zimmermann hasn't allowed a run in 11 innings.

SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia gave up eight runs on nine hits in just four innings Sunday, March 13, against the New York Mets, according to The Associated Press.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SP Johan Santana (shoulder) said his recovery from surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder is on schedule and that a published report that his season is in jeopardy is untrue, according to ESPNNewYork.com. The Bergen Record reported Santana was not progressing as expected in his return to light throwing and the team is considering shutting him down.

SP | Armando Galarraga | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The injury to Arizona Diamondbacks SP Zach Duke (hand) leaves three pitchers in contention for two rotation spots, according to The Associated Press. SP's Barry Enright, Armando Galarraga and Aaron Heilman are in contention.

SP | Justin Duchscherer | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles SP Justin Duchscherer (hip) was scratched from an intrasquad game Sunday, March 13, and he will get an MRI on his ailing hip, reports Brittany Ghiroli, of MLB.com. Duchscherer's MRI might take place Tuesday, March 15.

SP | Javier Vazquez | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Javier Vazquez (elbow) has been scratched from his scheduled Grapefruit League start Monday, March 14, due to mild elbow soreness, reports Joe Frisaro, of MLB.com. "He has mild elbow soreness, but he should be ok for his next start," manager Edwin Rodriguez said.

SP | Dan Haren | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Dan Haren is going through a "dead-arm" period, reports Kevin Baxter, of the Los Angeles Times. "I don't know what it is exactly. Every spring it happens," Haren said Sunday, March 13. "I'm pretty sure everyone goes through it."

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) threw batting practice Sunday, March 13, on the back fields, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. Webb threw 61 pitches and continues to make significant progress.

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong allowed two earned runs, four hits and a walk in four innings in another Cactus League start Sunday, March 13, reports Chris Haft, of MLB.com. Vogelsong is 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in four spring appearances. "My stuff has always played," Vogelsong said. "It was doing it day after day that was the problem."

SP | Greg Reynolds | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Greg Reynolds is scheduled to work six innings in a Cactus League start Thursday, March 17, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. Manager Jim Tracy said he wanted to see Reynolds against a somewhat regular lineup, with the hitters staying deeper into the game.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to throw in a minor league "B" game Thursday, March 17, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. The move is not due to injury or any concerns, but rather so manager Jim Tracy can get a longer look at other pitchers who are still competing for jobs.

SP | Clayton Mortensen | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Clayton Mortensen said Sunday, March 13, that he is working to adjust the timing of his delivery, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. Mortensen is a candidate for the fifth starter spot. Before his candidacy becomes serious, manager Jim Tracy and pitching coach Bob Apodaca asked Mortensen to work on the timing of his delivery.

SP | John Maine | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP John Maine (shoulder) is slated to work three innings in a minor league "B" game Monday, March 14, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. Maine, who is a candidate for the fifth starter job, is still less than a year removed from right shoulder surgery.

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Tim Stauffer allowed just one run, four hits and one walk while striking out three batters over five innings Sunday, March 13, reports Corey Brock, of MLB.com. Stauffer, who is still competing for the No. 4 rotation spot, became the first Padres pitcher to work five innings in a start this spring.

SP | Clayton Richard | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Clayton Richard (shoulder) made his Cactus League debut Saturday, March 12, and he allowed two runs, four hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings.

SP | Travis Wood | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Travis Wood allowed two earned runs, four hits and no walks while striking out five batters Sunday, March 13, reports John Schlegel, of MLB.com. "We're very pleased with Woody. He's probably throwing the ball as well as anybody," manager Dusty Baker said.

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals SP Chien-Ming Wang (shoulder) and P Elvin Ramirez (shoulder) are expected to begin the season on the disabled list, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson.

SP | Scott Richmond | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Scott Richmond (shoulder) underwent a second consecutive day of tests on his shoulder Saturday, March 12, although it is believed that there isn't any structural damage, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm. "When your velocity is down, location's considerably off, arm slot's dropping, these are all signs that your arm is sore," Richmond said. "All of those things are happening to me. I can't put the ball where I want it."

SP | Dustin McGowan | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays have placed SP Dustin McGowan (shoulder) on the 60-day disabled list, according to The Canadian Press.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Brad Lidge | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies CL Brad Lidge (biceps) is out Monday, March 14, due to soreness in his biceps tendon, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Bob Brookover reports.

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Frank Francisco (shoulder) was scratched Saturday, March 12, due to soreness in his right shoulder, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.

RP | Vinnie Chulk | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, The Oakland Tribune's Joe Stiglich reports 10 players were cut Sunday, March 13. Players reassigned to minor league camp included P's Joe Bateman, Vinnie Chulk, Gabe DeHoyos, Fautino De Los Santos, Willie Eyre and Pedro Figueroa; C Max Stassi; 1B Sean Doolittle; 2B Adrian Cardenas and SS Josh Horton.

RP | Joe Nathan | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins CL Joe Nathan (elbow) gave up six runs Sunday, March 13, in an outing against the Philadelphia Phillies, but The Associated Press reports Nathan's elbow did not bother him and that he is fine.

RP | Eric O'Flaherty | Atlanta Braves | Injury
Atlanta Braves RP Eric O'Flaherty (back) returned to action Sunday, March 13, and he worked a perfect inning of relief with one strikeout.

RP | Roque Mercedes | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers optioned P Amaury Rivas to Triple-A Nashville Sunday, March 13, reports Michael Hunt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In other moves, Ps Dan Merklinger and Cody Scarpetta were also optioned to Double-A Huntsville, while C Anderson Delarosa and Ps Robert Hinton and Roque Mercedes were returned to the minor league camp.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez is not happy with the progress of his new changeup, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. "It won't be ready for the start of the season," Perez said. The closer said the movement of his new pitch is too inconsistent.

RP | Claudio Vargas | Colorado Rockies | Injury
Colorado Rockies RP Claudio Vargas (hamstring) suffered a pulled hamstring over the weekend and he is expected to miss a few weeks, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post.

RP | Heath Bell | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres RP Heath Bell said Sunday, March 13, that he will take less money to stay with the team, but wants assurances that it won't end up like the (SP Jake Peavy) situation, reports Jim Bowden, of FOX Sports Radio.

RP | Dontrelle Willis | Cincinnati Reds | Injury
Cincinnati Reds RP Dontrelle Willis (ankle) suffered a sprained ankle when he stepped a bat while backing up a play at home plate Saturday, March 12, reports John Schlegel, of MLB.com. Willis was walking around Sunday after having the ankle taped, and he is expected to return soon. "I just rolled it on the bat, that was it," Willis said.

RP | Andy Sisco | free agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Yankees have optioned P Hector Noesi to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com. Ps Brian Anderson, Buddy Carlyle, David Phelps, Andy Sisco and Adam Warren were reassigned to minor league camp.

RP | Joe Smith | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians RP Joe Smith (abdominal) has not pitched in the last four days because of a sore abdominal muscle, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. He is hoping to return to action Tuesday, March 15, or Wednesday, March 16.

RP | Joey Devine | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Joey Devine (biceps) said his biceps is bothering him instead of his elbow, according to Joe Stiglich of The Mercury News. He described the injury as "normal dead-arm stuff" and said it was affecting his command. However, Devine could throw long toss Monday, March 14, and return to the mound shortly after that.

RP | Koji Uehara | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Koji Uehara (shoulder) is tentatively scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday, March 14, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli.

RP | LaTroy Hawkins | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP LaTroy Hawkins (shoulder) threw live batting practice Saturday, March 12, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. His next appearance could be in a Cactus League game.

RP | Jesse Carlson | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Jesse Carlson (shoulder) will be cleared to resume throwing once he passes a series of shoulder tests, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm. However, there is no timetable for his return.

RP | Tim Wood | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals have optioned RP Atahualpa Severino to Triple-A Syracuse, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post. RPs Ryan Mattheus and Tim Wood have been reassigned to minor league camp.

RP | Henry Rodriguez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Henry Rodriguez is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut Sunday, March 13, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post.

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