Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 16, 2011 @ 08:09:57 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Kila Ka'aihue | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Kila Ka'aihue went 3-for-3 with a double, run scored and his second stolen base of the spring Tuesday, March 15, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star. Ka'aihue is batting .433 (13-for-30) this spring.

1B | Russell Branyan | Arizona Diamondbacks | Free Agents, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Russell Branyan has put up tremendous offensive numbers during Cactus League play, but the team is factoring defense into the battle for the starting first base job, reports Nick Piecoro, of The Arizona Republic. The team has considered using Branyan as a late-inning bat off the bench. "I think I can help a ballclub out as an everyday player or in a platoon situation," Branyan said. "If that's what's offered to me, that's something I'll have to sit down and take a long, hard look at." Branyan can opt out of his minor league contract and become a free agent March 25 if he doesn't like his role.

1B | Jake Fox | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Jake Fox hit his team-leading fifth spring home run against the Houston Astros Tuesday, March 15, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli.

1B | Brett Wallace | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 1B Brett Wallace hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs in the team's spring game Tuesday, March 15, finishing 4-for-5, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli.

1B | Kendrys Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendrys Morales (leg), who was initially slated to run curves on the base paths Tuesday, March 15, was limited to running to first base at less than 100 percent, according to the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna. It was the first time Morales has run on the field this spring. Manager Mike Scioscia said Morales needs to play in exhibition games this weekend in order to have a shot at being ready for the season opener. It appears more likely that he will not be ready, as he still needs to go through his base running progression before being cleared to play. If he is not ready for the regular season, he would likely be placed in the designated-hitter role, which could open up a spot for 1B Mark Trumbo.

1B | Derrek Lee | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Derrek Lee (wrist, thumb) took soft toss swings Tuesday, March 15, but has not progressed to live batting practice, according to The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly. Lee could take batting practice Wednesday, March 16.


Second Baseman

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa (foot) will have an X-ray on his right foot after he fouled a ball off it Tuesday, March 15, The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore reports.

2B | Carlos Guillen | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland says 2B Carlos Guillen (knee) and RP Joel Zumaya (arm) will stay in Florida to continue their rehab work, according to The Associated Press. Guillen is still recovering from a deep bruise on his left knee that ended his season last August. He hasn't played in any Grapefruit League games this spring. Zumaya is recovering from surgery to his right arm and hasn't pitched since last June.

2B | Delwyn Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Four Philadelphia Phillies could be in competition for two or three bench openings, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. 2B Josh Barfield, IF Michael Martinez, 2B Peter Orr and 2B Delwyn Young are the bench players involved.

2B | Orlando Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Orlando Cabrera (shoulder) has been eased into Spring Training due to a sore right shouder, but his throws from second base, especially when turning double plays, are gradually getting stronger, reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

2B | Blake DeWitt | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs are likely to use a platoon at second base, with 2B Jeff Baker batting against left-handed pitching and 2B Blake DeWitt being used the rest of the time, reports Paul Sullivan, of the Chicago Tribune.

2B | Luis Castillo | New York Mets | Fantasy
There has been no progress in the battle for the New York Mets' starting second base job, with 2Bs Brad Emaus and Luis Castillo the likely options to start, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. 2B Daniel Murphy is also likely to make the roster. However, there is word that manager Terry Collins would prefer not to have Castillo on the roster.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (back) said he will resume baseball activities in the next couple of days and said his injury is nowhere near the extent of his back injury last season, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. "It's just going to be a progression starting today," Roberts said. "We're not going to necessarily put days on it just because of (the media). But certainly, my goal and my hope is to still play Opening Day. It will just be a progression and we'll see how it goes."

2B | Dan Uggla | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 2B Dan Uggla is hitting .278 with 10 strikeouts in 36 at-bats this spring, but the team is not worried about his performance, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien.

2B | Aaron Hill | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill (quadriceps) is doing some running Tuesday, March 15, and will be the DH in a minor league game Wednesday, March 16, The Toronto Star's Richard Griffin reports.


Shortstop

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera went 1-for-3 Tuesday, March 15, to raise his spring averae to .379 (13-for-29), reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

SS | Tyler Greene | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals IF Tyler Greene (illness) is out with an illness Tuesday, March 15, FOXSportsMidwest.com's B.J. Rains reports.

SS | Yuniesky Betancourt | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Milwaukee Brewers OF Carlos Gomez (back) and SS Yuniesky Betancourt (quadriceps) are out Tuesday, March 15, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.


Third Baseman

3B | Melvin Mora | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
Updating previous reports, Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Melvin Mora (neck) returned to the lineup Tuesday, March 15, the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman reports.

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer and 3B Mike Moustakas each hit home runs in a minor league "B" game Tuesday, March 15, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star.

3B | Geoff Blum | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Geoff Blum has struggled defensively this spring, committing five errors in 10 spring games, reports Nick Piecoro, of The Arizona Republic.

3B | Casey Blake | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Casey Blake (back) has been diagnosed with inflammation around the lower spine, reports Bill Shaikin, of the Los Angeles Times. No further tests are planns, and he can return when the inflammation lessens.

3B | Mat Gamel | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Mat Gamel (rib cage) made his Cactus League debut Tuesday, March 15, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com. Gamel went 1-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout serving as the designated hitter.

3B | Josh Vitters | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Josh Vitters was a different third baseman than the one who played in his first camp a year ago, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com. "I've seen a kid who has matured," manager Mike Quade said Tuesday, March 15. "I've seen a totally different person this spring. He deserves a ton of credit. When you're talking about talent, if a guy matures, that talent will be realized. He has plenty of work to do and that's a good example." Vitters was among the team's cuts announced Tuesday.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman indicated that 3B Ryan Zimmerman's (groin) injury is not serious and that he would likely be playing if it were the regular season, according to MASNSports.com's Ben Goessling.

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco (elbow) is not worried after hyperextending his left elbow while swinging Tuesday, March 15, according to The Associated Press. "It's just a day-to-day thing I think," Polanco said. "When I've had it before, I never stopped playing. But since I had surgery, they took me out." It is the same elbow that he underwent surgery on.

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart (knee) went 2-for-4 in a "B" game Tuesday, March 15, and was surprised at how quickly his timing has come back at the plate, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck. Stewart wants to use a "toe-to-toe" stance against left-handed pitchers this year, which will leave him more closed off at the plate. He is scheduled to play third base Thursday, March 17.

3B | Alberto Callaspo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Alberto Callaspo (shoulder, calf) is close to being able to play the field in spring games, according to the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said 3B David Freese (ankles) has not experienced any ill-effects with his ankles after playing in consecutive games this spring, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre (calf) felt no pain in his calf while running at full speed Monday, March 14, in the team's spring game, according to ESPNDallas.com's Tim McMahon. Beltre will have the day off Tuesday, March 15, and will then be on a schedule of playing in two straight games, followed by a day off, and then three straight games followed by another day off.


Catcher

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer (knee) is in the lineup as the designated hitter Wednesday, March 16, ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney reports.

C | Ivan Rodriguez | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals C Ivan Rodriguez (calf) will be sidelined at least four to five days, reports Adam Kilgore, of The Washington Post. Manager Jim Riggleman said Rodriguez would "definitely not" play with the injury during the regular season. "It's no big deal," Rodriguez said. "There's no reason to risk it now. I'm ready to start the season."

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana went 3-for-3 with a double, home run, three runs scored and two RBI Tuesday, March 15. Santana upped his spring average to .286 (6-for-21) in nine games.


Outfielder

OF | Carlos Lee | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Carlos Lee is playing first base Wednesday, March 16, but he is not in the running to play there to begin the season, MLB.com's Alyson Footer reports.

OF | Will Venable | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Will Venable looks to be the leadoff man to open the 2011 season, according to Anthony Witrado of SportingNews.com. He has handled the leadoff role in the majority of spring games.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout was among 10 players cut and reassigned to minor league camp, according to Dan Woike of The Orange County Register. Also sent down were P's Trevor Reckling and Loek Van Mil; OF's Angel Castillo, Jeremy Moore, and Travis Witherspoon; and IF's Gabe Jacobo, Efren Navarro, Darwin Perez and Jean Segura.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse (illness) was scratched Tuesday, March 15, after feeling "under the weather," according to a team spokesman, reports Adam Kilgore, of The Washington Post.

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon went 2-for-3 with a home run, his third of the spring, and three RBI Tuesday, March 15, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star. Gordon's homer was a no-doubter. He now has a solid .367 (11-for-30) batting average with a .558 on-base percentage in 13 spring games.

OF | Josh Willingham | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Willingham (elbow) was hit on the left elbow by a pitch Tuesday, March 15, and he departed the game as a precaution, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle. Willingham did not require X-rays, and the team has a day off Wednesday, March 16, for him to recover.

OF | Wily Mo Pena | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Wily Mo Pena has grabbed the attention of manager Kirk Gibson with his raw power this spring, reports Nick Piecoro, of The Arizona Republic. Pena is batting .379 (11-for-28) with three home runs and six RBI in 13 spring games.

OF | Xavier Nady | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Xavier Nady has struggled throwing the ball this spring, and scouts have said his bat speed has been slow, reports Nick Piecoro, of The Arizona Republic.

OF | Caleb Gindl | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Caleb Gindl (calf) is expected to miss three to five days due to a right upper calf strain, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com. That was the good news. The bad news is that he was among the team's cuts Tuesday, March 15.

OF | Logan Schafer | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Logan Schafer (thumb) has a fractured right thumb and he will require surgery to fix the injury, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com. The team said Tuesday, March 15, that Schafer will be sidelined four to six weeks. "I was having so much fun out here playing with these guys," Schafer said. "When something like this happens, it's obviously really disappointing."

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran (knees) has been cleared to resume baseball activities, but he will not start running right away, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) ran the bases for the second time Tuesday, March 15, and only needs to show that he can slide before being cleared to play in a spring game, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. "It's probably the last thing we're going to try out," Sizemore said. "Obviously, it's a little bit of a concern - since that's how I hurt it, and the fact that it's the leg that I'll be landing on. We'll want to do what we can to protect that in any way we can." His next baserunning session is likely to be Thursday, March 17, and he hopes to make his debut this weekend or Monday, March 21, at the latest. Sizemore said he has also started to feel better at the plate.

OF | Rajai Davis | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Rajai Davis went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBIs Tuesday, March 15, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. Davis leads the team this spring with three home runs.

OF | Raul Ibanez | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OFs Raul Ibanez and Ben Francisco carried the team in spring training Tuesday, March 15, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. Ibanez went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs while Francisco had three hits, including a solo homer.

OF | Torii Hunter | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Torii Hunter (thumb), OF Peter Bourjos (hip) and SS Maicer Izturis (undisclosed) returned to the spring lineup Tuesday, March 15, according to the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna.

OF | Chris Coghlan | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Chris Coghlan (shoulder) is scheduled to play in back-to-back games Wednesday, March 16, and Thursday, March 17, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro and Evan Drellich.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
It is looking more likely that Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford will hit third in the team's lineup this year, according to The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo. 1B Adrian Gonzalez could hit as low as fifth.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) was scratched from the lineup Tuesday, March 15, because his back is still a bit sore, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien. Heyward is feeling better but is not completely healed. "He said it's just still bothering him a little bit," manager Fredi Gonzalez said, after talking to Heyward when he finished batting practice. "But the good sign is he moved around, tested it. I'm not really worried about it."

OF | Desmond Jennings | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays reassigned OF Desmond Jennings, P Chris Archer, SS Tim Beckham, C Robinson Chirinos, P Alex Cobb, P Dane De La Rosa, P Brandon Gomes, P Dirk Hayhurst, OF Leslie Anderson, 3B Russ Canzler, 1B J.J. Furmaniak, 1B Daniel Mayora and C Stephen Vogt Tuesday, March 15, according to the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin.

OF | Michael Bourn | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Michael Bourn (illness) was scratched for the second straight day Tuesday, March 15, due to an illness, according to the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine. Bourn could return Wednesday, March 16.

OF | Chris Dickerson | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers OFs Chris Dickerson (rib cage) and Logan Schafer (thumb) were both sent for X-rays after being injured Monday, March 14, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson (finger) said he felt great Wednesday, March 16, a day after leaving a start with a blister on his right ring finger, the St. Petersburg Times' Joe Smith reports.

SP | Sean West | Florida Marlins | Transaction
The Florida Marlins optioned SP Sean West, SP Alex Sanabia, RP Dustin Richardson, OF Bryan Petersen and P Steven Cishek to Triple-A New Orleans; released OF Chris Lubanski; and reassigned C Kyle Skipworth, C Vinny Rottino, P Tom Koehler and SP Shawn Hill to minor league camp, The Miami Herald's Clark Spencer reports.

SP | Wade Davis | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Wade Davis (illness) was scratched from the lineup Wednesday, March 16, due to flulike symptoms, the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin reports.

SP | Casey Kelly | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres sent SP Casey Kelly to the minor league camp Tuesday, March 15, according to MLB.com's Corey Brock. Also sent to camp were P's Colt Hynes and Rob Musgrave. OF Cedric Hunter was optioned to Triple-A Tucson.

SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
New York Mets RP Jenrry Mejia has been sent to the team's minor league camp, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. The move was made to allow Mejia a chance to start games, as he factors heavily into the team's future plans.

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Dallas Braden has concentrated on his breaking ball this spring, and after trying out a curveball, he has ditched it and returned to his slider, citing an insufficient separation in speed between the curve and his changeup, according to The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP's Clay Buchholz and Tim Wakefield both threw simulated games Monday, March 14, pitching against each other at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Fla., according to MLB.com's Ian Browne.

SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels had trouble with his pitch location and changeup during his start Monday, March 14. "I have to locate my fastball down more, especially into the righties, and get my changeup to work a lot more for me to be successful," Hamels said.

SP | Luis Mendoza | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Luis Mendoza has not allowed a run in his first seven innings of spring work, according to MLB.com's Dick Kaegel, and that has attracted manager Ned Yost's attention. "He has gone from totally being off my radar to being right in the middle of it. He came to camp and has changed his delivery. He's more downhill, there's nothing flat about his pitches anymore. He's been very impressive, a very bright spot for me," Yost said.

SP | Tom Gorzelanny | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals SP Tom Gorzelanny allowed one run, two hits and three waks in four innings while striking out four batters Tuesday, March 15, reports Adam Kilgore, of The Washington Post. "It's definitely the best I've felt this spring," Gorzelanny said. "I was real happy with the way everything was working."

SP | Nathan Adcock | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Nathan Adcock worked three scoreless innings in his first start of the spring Tuesday, March 15, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star. The Rule 5 pick has not allowed a run in eight innings over five appearances. "It's getting a lot more exciting," Adcock said. "Every time you take the mound, you know you've got an opportunity to make the club."

SP | Vin Mazzaro | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Vin Mazzaro allowed one run and three hits in four innings in a minor league "B" game Tuesday, March 15, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brandon McCarthy allowed two earned runs, five hits and no walks while striking out four batters in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday, March 15, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle. "He's been very impressive and very consistent," manager Bob Geren said. McCarthy remains in the mix for the fifth starter job.

SP | Erik Bedard | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Erik Bedard allowed a pair of home runs in 3 1/3 innings in an intrasquad game Tuesday, March 15, reports Geoff Baker, of The Seattle Times. Bedard struck out six batters and did not walk anyone.

SP | Eric Hurley | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Eric Hurley has been impressive this spring, allowing just one earned run in nine spring innings over one start and two relief appearances, reports Jeff Wilson, of The Dallas Morning News. Despite the solid showing, he is considered a long shot for a rotation spot, and is likely ticketed for Triple-A.

SP | Dave Bush | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Dave Bush allowed three runs -- one earned -- and six hits with a walk and three strikeouts in five innings in a minor league "B" game Tuesday, March 15, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. Bush is vying for a spot in the bullpen as a long reliever.

SP | Armando Galarraga | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Barry Enright allowed just one earned run, four hits and a walk in three innings in a Cactus League start Tuesday, March 15, while SP Armando Galarraga allowed three earned runs and three hits in three innings of relief, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. Enright, Galarraga and SP Aaron Heilman are jockeying for the two final rotation spots.

SP | Fausto Carmona | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Fausto Carmona will make his next scheduled Cactus League start Thursday, March 17, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com.

SP | Josh Tomlin | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Josh Tomlin is scheduled to work in a minor league "B" game Wednesday, March 16, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Tomlin remains in the running for the fifth starter spot.

SP | Anthony Reyes | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Anthony Reyes (elbow) made his Cactus League debut Tuesday, March 15, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Reyes was charged with two earned runs, one hit and one walk in two-thirds of an inning.

SP | Mitch Talbot | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Mitch Talbot allowed one earned run while scattering six hits in five innings in a Cactus League start Tuesday, March 15, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. "I was really struggling," Talbot said. "I was wondering what was going on." In his first three spring starts, Talbot allowed 13 earned runs in 6 2/3 innings, carrying a 17.55 ERA into Tuesday's start. Despite the struggles, he is expected to open in the team's rotation.

SP | Randy Wells | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Randy Wells allowed three runs -- two earned -- and three hits over five innings in a Cactus League start against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday, March 15, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com. "I have a lot to prove," Wells said. "I don't think you can ever do enough. If you're on that plane to Chicago, you still haven't done enough. There's a big difference getting guys out in Spring Training and getting guys out once the season starts." Wells is 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA in 14 innings over three starts and one relief appearance this spring.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Gio Gonzalez will make another Cactus League start Thursday, March 17, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com. Gonzalez is 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA in 9 1/3 innings over three starts this spring. He also has 13 strikeouts in the three appearances.

SP | Josh Outman | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Josh Outman is scheduled to work in relief Thursday, March 17, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com. Outman, who is technically still in the mix for the fifth starter job, likely needs a good outing after a handful of mechanical mishaps in his previous two appearances.

SP | Tyson Ross | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Tyson Ross is scheduled to work in a minor league game Wednesday, March 16, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com. Ross remains in the hunt for the team's fifth starter job.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson allowed two runs -- one earned -- and three hits with a walk over 5 2/3 innings Tuesday, March 15, against the Chicago Cubs, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com. Anderson has allowed seven runs in four spring appearances over 14 innings.

SP | Dan Hudson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson announced Tuesday, March 15, that SP Dan Hudson will work the second regular season game April 2 against the Colorado Rockies, reports MLB.com.

SP | Ian Kennedy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson announced Tuesday, March 15, that SP Ian Kennedy will be his Opening Day starter for April 1 against the Colorado Rockies, reports MLB.com.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw surrendered six runs in 5 2/3 innings in his spring start against the Texas Rangers Thursday, March 15, according to ESPNDallas.com's Tim McMahon.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SP Johan Santana (shoulder) threw from 60 feet as part of his rehab Tuesday, March 15, according to Newsday's David Lennon.

SP | Derek Lowe | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Derek Lowe allowed just one run and four hits while walking two against the St. Louis Cardinals in five innings Tuesday, March 15, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien. "This was more like a (real) game," said Lowe, who used all his pitches for the first time this spring, breaking out the cut fastball in this, his fourth start. "We really weren't trying to work on anything. We were just trying to get people out, so it was good." Lowe induced 11 ground-ball outs and one flyout. He has a 0.64 ERA in his four spring starts, giving up just eight hits and one run in 14 innings, while striking out seven and walking four.

SP | Clayton Mortensen | Colorado Rockies | Transaction
The Colorado Rockies optioned SP Clayton Mortensen, C Mike McKenry and IF Chris Nelson to the minors Tuesday, March 15, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck.

SP | Jordan Lyles | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Jordan Lyles is still in the talk for a rotation spot after his impressive performance Tuesday, March 15, but the team would still prefer that he start the season in the minors, according to the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine. Ps Aneury Rodriguez, Lance Pendleton, Nelson Figueroa and Ryan Rowland-Smith are still competing also.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed just two hits while striking out five in five scoreless innings in spring action Tuesday, March 15, after allowing 10 earned runs in his previous two outings, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck.

SP | Brad Bergesen | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Brad Bergesen gave up three runs and four hits while walking two and striking out one against the Houston Astros Tuesday, March 15, and has allowed nine earned runs and 16 hits in his last 9 2/3 innings, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli.

SP | Ian Snell | Retired Players | Transaction
St. Louis Cardinals SP Ian Snell decided to retire from baseball after the team reassigned him to minor league camp Tuesday, March 15, according to FOXSportsMidwest.com's B.J. Rains.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins SPs Anibal Sanchez (shin, ankle) and Javier Vazquez (elbow) will both return to the mound in spring action this weekend, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro and Evan Drellich. Sanchez will start Sunday, March 20, and Vazquez will start Saturday, March 19. Sanchez will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, March 16.

SP | Rich Harden | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Updating a previous item, Oakland Athletics SP Rich Harden (lat) said he really didn't have a setback from his lat injury, but it was more that he was not quite ready to throw off a mound, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser. Harden thinks he will be throwing off a mound sometime next week.

SP | Justin Duchscherer | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Justin Duchscherer's (hip) tests revealed no structural damage in his left hip, according to The Associated Press. He will be shut down two or three more days and will then be re-evaluated. "The best I can describe it is it felt like it did last year before I had to have it operated on, so I thought the smart thing to do was not go out there and try to throw three innings when it was already hurting in warmup," Duchscherer said.

SP | Freddy Garcia | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the decision on the final two rotation spots will probably come down to the last two weeks of spring training, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand. SPs Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia still appear to be the favorites for the two spots, but SP Bartolo Colon continues to impress. SP Sergio Mitre (oblique) is a long shot.

SP | Thomas Diamond | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
The Chicago Cubs reassigned Ps Robert Coello, Thomas Diamond, Alberto Cabrera, Rafael Dolis, Kyle Smit, Christopher Carpenter, Jay Jackson, Trey McNutt, Scott Rice; Cs Steve Clevenger and Chris Robinson; IFs Bryan LaHair, Marquez Smith and Josh Vitters, and OFs James Adduci, Brett Jackson, Lou Montanez and Brad Snyder to minor league camp Tuesday, March 15, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price was officially announced as the team's Opening Day starter Tuesday, March 15, according to the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin. Price will be followed in the rotation by SPs James Shields, Jeff Niemann, Wade Davis and Jeremy Hellickson.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said SP Chris Carpenter (hamstring) should have no problem getting up to speed in time for the regular season, according to The Associated Press. "He kept his arm in shape so it's not going to be a traditional first time out there," La Russa said. "If he takes the ball every time he's supposed to, he should be at 100. He's strong." Carpenter is set to start against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, March 16.

SP | Randy Wolf | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Randy Wolf threw 43 of his 58 pitches for strikes against the San Francisco Giants Monday, March 14, but also allowed three runs and seven hits in four innings, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. Wolf walked four batters in his first three innings in his last start. His curveball was also working Monday.

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke (rib) is coming along slowly and won't be cleared to throw a baseball until he is pain-free, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. "I don't think the light playing catch is that far away, but throwing, we've still got a ways," skipper Ron Roenicke said.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (lat) said he feels like he made "good progress" during his outing against the San Diego Padres Monday, March 14, according to MLB.com's Scott Merkin. However, manager Ozzie Guillen is not ready to put Peavy into the Opening Day rotation. "I felt quite a bit better today," Peavy said. "You guys saw the fatigue set in around that 50-60 pitch mark, but we pushed the envelope staying out there and getting that pitch count up. That's the only way to get your arm back in shape and your stamina up." Peavy will next start against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, March 19, where he will attempt to go six innings.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Richard Thompson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Richard Thompson is attracting attention for one of the final two bullpen spots this spring, according to Kevin Baxter of The Los Angeles Times. "We see what he's done. We see the progress from where he was even two years ago to where he is now," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's throwing the ball very well this camp."

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers Ps Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland and Michael Kirkman are vying for two open rotation sports, reports Jeff Wilson, of The Dallas Morning News.

RP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Alexi Ogando allowed three earned runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings Tuesday, March 15, reports Jeff Wilson, of The Dallas Morning News. Ogando is a long shot for a rotation spot, but most likely headed for a relief role.

RP | Yoshinori Tateyama | Texas Rangers | Transaction
The Texas Rangers optioned P Miguel De Los Santos to Double-A Frisco, and RP Yoshinori Tateyama to Triple-A Round Rock Tuesday, March 15, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com.

RP | Juan Gutierrez | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Juan Gutierrez has remained inconsistent with his mechanics, leading to inconsistent results, reports Nick Piecoro, of The Arizona Republic. Gutierrez is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in five spring appearances.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz will make just his second Cactus League appearance Tuesday, March 15, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. Putz has not been injured, but the club has brought him along slowly following the schedule he used when he was the Mariners' closer a few years ago.

RP | Joe Smith | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians RP Joe Smith (abdomen) played light catch Monday, March 14, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Smith hopes to return to the mound in the next few days.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford allowed three earned runs, three hits and two walks Tuesday, March 15, while failing to retire any batters. Axford's spring ERA ballooned to 13.50 in 3 1/3 innings over five spring appearances.

RP | Andrew Cashner | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Andrew Cashner allowed one earned run, two hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings Tuesday, March 15, against the Oakland Athletics, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com. "Most young guys will say, 'Yeah, sure', and then you look them in the eye and say, 'Really? Are you really into this?' and he is," manager Mike Quade said of Cashner. "That will take him a long way in his development. I think he enjoys starting." Cashner might be in the rotation or, if he's not ready, in the bullpen on Opening Day. He needed 71 pitches in Tuesday's outing. He needs to show he can be consistent over 100 pitches versus a one-inning relief outing.

RP | Craig Breslow | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Craig Breslow (hamstring) will work in a minor league game Wednesday, March 16, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com.

RP | Michael Wuertz | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Michael Wuertz (shoulder) made his Cactus League debut Tuesday, March 15, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com. Wuertz worked a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out one batter.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Bailey (forearm), who was diagnosed with a strained forearm after meeting with renowned Dr. James Andrews, is still in jeopardy of missing the regular season opener, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com. A team statement said Andrews assured Bailey he "experienced no swelling" and the pitcher can resume throwing when pain-free.

RP | Kevin Gregg | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles RP Kevin Gregg allowed five runs (four earned) and three hits while walking one and retiring just one hitter in the team's spring game Tuesday, March 15, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. Gregg has surrendered eight runs, eight hits and a walk in his last 1 1/3 innings. He said he has tweaked his delivery and is now leaning forward instead of back, but has decided to return to what made him more successful earlier in camp.

RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves RP Jonny Venters tossed another scoreless inning Tuesday, March 15, and has now thrown seven scoreless innings in Grapefruit League action and has given up just one hit, according to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez. Venters' competition for the closer role, RP Craig Kimbrel, has a 5.68 ERA in 6 1/3 innings after tossing a scoreless inning Tuesday.

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RP Kyle Farnsworth retired all three of the hitters he faced in dominating fashion against the Florida Marlins Tuesday, March 15, according to MLB.com's Bill Chastain. Farnsworth struck out one.

RP | Brad Lidge | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies RP Brad Lidge (biceps) played catch Tuesday, March 15, and could throw off a mound Thursday, March 17, according to The Associated Press.

RP | Mark Rogers | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers sent SP Mark Rogers (shoulder) to Triple-A Nashville Tuesday, March 15, but manager Ron Roenicke said it wasn't because of Rogers' performance, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Michael Hunt. Roenicke did not feel that Rogers would be ready for the start of the season. Ps Wily Peralta, Marco Estrada and Eulogio De La Cruz are the candidates to open the season as the team's No. 5 starter. Roenicke did not mention P Tim Dillard as an option.

RP | Fernando Rodney | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Fernando Rodney (flu) had his scheduled outing Tuesday, March 15, pushed back because he was recently dealing with the flu, according to the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna.

RP | Kyle McClellan | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle McClellan gave up just one hit and no runs in five innings against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, March 15, furthering his case for a spot in the starting rotation, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Rick Hummel. McClellan has only allowed six hits and one run in 12 spring innings.

RP | Jon Link | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers reassigned SP Jon Link, IF Russ Mitchell, C J.D. Closser and P Roman Colon to minor league camp Tuesday, March 15, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.

RP | Alberto Arias | Houston Astros | Injury
Houston Astros RP Alberto Arias (shoulder) is scheduled to play catch Tuesday, March 15, but is still a long shot to be ready by Opening Day, according to the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine.

RP | Mark Lowe | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said he has confidence that general manager Jon Daniels can go out and find another closer if RP Neftali Feliz moves to the rotation, according to ESPNDallas.com's Tim McMahon. RPs Mark Lowe and Alexi Ogando are the in-house candidate to take over the job. "I feel comfortable with all our relief pitchers, but we're talking about a closer," Washington said. "You know, those guys can probably close games, and if we have to, we'll find someone. But I'm more than certain that Jon Daniels will find us a closer, not a seventh- or eighth-inning pitcher."

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Injury
Updating previous reports, New York Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain's (oblique) oblique strain is a little worse than they expected, The Wall Street Journal's Daniel Barbarisi reports. He had an MRI Monday, March 14, and has no timetable for his return.

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Toronto Blue Jays RP Frank Francisco (shoulder) was scratched again Tuesday, March 15, due to right shoulder soreness, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.

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