Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 17, 2011 @ 07:37:42 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Derrek Lee | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Derrek Lee (wrist), RP Koji Uehara (elbow) and 2B Brian Roberts (back) are all on schedule to return to game action this weekend, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.

1B | Prince Fielder | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Prince Fielder got a scheduled day off Wednesday, March 16, reports Barry M. Bloom. Fielder is expected to be back in action Thursday, March 17.

1B | Juan Miranda | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Juan Miranda went 3-for-4 with a home run, his third of the spring, and two RBI Wednesday, March 16, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. Miranda is battling for the first base job with 1Bs Russell Branyan and Brandon Allen.

1B | Kendrys Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendrys Morales (leg) was expected to start running curves in the outfield grass Tuesday, March 15, but he was unable to so Tuesday or Wednesday, March 16, reports Mike DiGiovanna, of the Los Angeles Times. This news casts further doubt that the slugging first baseman will be ready by Opening Day.

1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Mark Trumbo (groin) experienced tightness in his right groin muscle Wednesday, March 16, while running to first base, reports Bill Plunkett, of The Orange County Register. "It just didn't feel right," Trumbo said. He will be re-evaluated Thursday, March 17.

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols crushed his first home run of the spring Wednesday, March 16, a grand slam versus the Detroit Tigers, reports Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I feel too good," said Pujols, who also hit a long foul ball in the game. "I feel like my hands are like lightning, they're so quick right now. I just need to pace myself. . .I'm not waiting on the ball. I've never hit so many ground balls to third base."

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman was scratched from the lineup as the DH Wednesday, March 16, because C Brian McCann wanted to get some at-bats against a left-handed pitcher, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports.


Second Baseman

2B | Aaron Hill | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Toronto Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill (quadriceps) will be the DH again Thursday, March 17, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Derrek Lee (wrist), RP Koji Uehara (elbow) and 2B Brian Roberts (back) are all on schedule to return to game action this weekend, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.

2B | David Eckstein | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Mets told representatives for free-agent 2B David Eckstein that there was no interest in him, according to SI.com's Jon Heyman.

2B | Elliot Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Elliot Johnson had two hits, including a double, three stolen bases, two runs and two RBIs, in a 6-3 win over the Florida Marlins, according to The Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney.

2B | Brent Lillibridge | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen indicated Wednesday, March 16, that the final roster spot is a battle between OFs Alejandro De Aza, Lastings Milledge and 2B Brent Lillibridge, who can also play outfield, reports Scott Merkin, of MLB.com. "I think the battle for that spot is getting fun," Guillen said.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee) took batting practice again Tuesday, March 15, but still cannot field grounders or do any running, according to the Courier-Post's David Hale.

2B | Luis Castillo | New York Mets | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Mets have no interest in signing free-agent 2B David Eckstein (Padres) and there's a 50 percent chance that 2B Luis Castillo will open the season as the team's starting second baseman, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com.

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jonny Gomes (.080), 2B Brandon Phillips (.136) and OF Drew Stubbs (.231) are all struggling in spring training, but manager Dusty Baker is not worried, according to The Columbus Dispatch. "I'm not concerned," manager Dusty Baker said. "We've got a couple of weeks to get ready. Plus, I look at how guys are hitting the ball. If they're not, I can send them over the last 10 days or so to get some concentrated at-bats in minor-league games."

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
X-rays on Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa's (foot) right foot came back negative Wednesday, March 16, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. Espinosa is being listed as day-to-day.

2B | Skip Schumaker | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Skip Schumaker is 12-for-29 (.414) this spring after singling twice and driving in two runs Tuesday, March 15, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach. The team is expecting big things from Schumaker this year.


Shortstop

SS | Jose Iglesias | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox optioned SS Jose Iglesias, C Luis Exposito and IF Yamaico Navarro to Triple-A Pawtucket, CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam reports.

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew (midsection) said he is "hopeful" of playing Friday, March 18, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com.

SS | Yuniesky Betancourt | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SS Yuniesky Betancourt (quadriceps) returned to the lineup Wednesday, March 16, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com. Betancourt went hitless in three at-bats.

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro is not being considered for the leadoff spot at this time, reports Paul Sullivan, of the Chicago Tribune. Castro is expected to bat in the second spot of manager Mike Quade's order. Quade said earlier in the spring that Castro's young age is why he planned on leaving him where he was. "He hasn't earned the right to figure he's going to hit anywhere, although he hit .300 in the No. 2 hole," Quade said in February. "I'm smart enough to say 'I'll take .300 in the two-hole again.'"

SS | Angel Sanchez | Houston Astros | Injury
Houston Astros SS Angel Sanchez (back) tweaked his back Tuesday, March 15, and did not work out Wednesday, March 16, according to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez.


Third Baseman

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals reassigned seven players to minor league camp Wednesday, March 16, including 3B Mike Moustakas and 1B Eric Hosmer. MLB.com's Dick Kaegel reports the others assigned were C Salvador Perez, P Blaine Hardy, IF Joaquin Arias, OF Brett Carroll and C Cody Clark.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (heel) suffered a left heel injury Wednesday, March 16, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman. In the third inning of the team's exhibition game, Jones' bat hit his left heel. The injury is not thought to be serious; later in the at-bat, Jones sprinted to first on a ground ball.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre wenet 2-for-3 with his first spring home run Wednesday, March 16, in just his second Cactus League game.

3B | Geoff Blum | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Geoff Blum (knee) will miss the next couple of days with swelling in his right knee, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. "I just strained it a couple of days ago and it swelled up a little bit," Blum said Wednesday, March 16. "So we're going to wait for the swelling to go down a bit, limit the activity for the next few days and then get after it again."

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy inserted 3B Ian Stewart (knee) into the starting lineup Wednesday, March 16, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post. Stewart made his first appearance since suffered a knee injury in the first Cactus League game Feb. 26. "He's an everyday guy. He's facing someone who's tough on left-handers," Tracy said. "He's ready. Why wait?"

3B | Brent Morel | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Brent Morel had a double in four at-bats Wednesday, March 16, to raise his spring batting average to .242, reports Scott Merkin, of MLB.com. Morel, who is in a battle with 3B Mark Teahen for the starting job, made two solid plays on defense Wednesday. "He was great. He had good at-bats," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It's not easy when someone's trying to make the team and everybody's in his ear. The battle is still there."

3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays are keeping their options open with 3B Edwin Encarnacion and had him play third base for the first time this spring Wednesday, March 16, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. Encarnacion will see the majority of his time this year as the designated hitter and first baseman. "We'd sign up today for taking his production from a year ago and spreading that out over 600 plate appearances," manager John Farrell said of Encarnacion, who hit 21 home runs in just 332 at-bats last season. "You're looking at 40-plus home runs, that's a bat that's not just found anywhere."

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco (elbow) is hoping to take two or three days off and return to action sometime this weekend after hyperextending his elbow Tuesday, March 15, according to the Courier-Post's David Hale.


Catcher

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer (knee) will catch two innings Thursday, March 17, according to the team's Twitter page.

C | Craig Tatum | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Craig Tatum (oblique) is day-to-day with right oblique tightness, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli. "It was a little tight, so they just shut me down," Tatum said. "I want to play, but at the same time, you can't make the team if you're hurt."

C | Ryan Doumit | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Ryan Doumit (oblique) will be back on the field Thursday, March 17, where he'll see approximately six plate appearances in a minor league game, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. "(I) feel just fine," said Doumit. "I knew it was nothing to begin with."

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals are searching for another reliever for the back end of their bullpen, but are not inclined to give up C Wilson Ramos in order to do so, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.

C | Ramon Hernandez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds have been receiving calls about trading one of their many catchers, but are not interested in doing so, according to John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer. "It's a strength for us," said general manager Walt Jocketty. "I really don't want to take away from a strength. It can be very fragile." Between Cs Ryan Hanigan, Ramon Hernandez, Devin Mesoraco, Corky Miller and Yasmani Grandal, the Reds currently have plenty of organizational depth at the position.

C | Ivan Rodriguez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Members of the Washington Nationals' coaching staff think that C Wilson Ramos is ready to take of the role of starting catcher and have not ruled out him taking the starting job from C Ivan Rodriguez for the first part of the season, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. Ramos could take the duties after the All-Star break.

C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
After being removed from the game Tuesday, March 15, due to a stiff neck, Detroit Tigers C Victor Martinez (neck) was scratched from the lineup Wednesday, March 16, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com. The move was merely precautionary.


Outfielder

OF | Corey Brown | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction
The Washington Nationals reassigned OF Corey Brown (ankle) to minor league camp, The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore reports. Brown only played in two games due to a sprained ankle. He hopes to be ready to report to Triple-A Syracuse when camp breaks instead of staying behind in extended spring training.

OF | Chris Coghlan | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Chris Coghlan (shoulder) will be playing in minor league games for now because he has inflammation and soreness in his rotator cuff, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports. Playing in minor-league games allows the team to backdate him if they decide to start him on the disabled list this season.

OF | Angel Pagan | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Angel Pagan said he planned to have more stolen bases than SS Jose Reyes this season, MetsBlog.com's Matthew Cerrone reports.

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran (knees) is expected to begin the season on the disabled list, the New York Post's Mike Puma reports. General manager Sandy Alderson said Beltran could be held out of spring games, which would allow the team to backdate his disabled list stint.

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman (elbow) is expected to return to the outfield Thursday, March 17, 101ESPN St. Louis' Brian Stull reports.

OF | Jon Jay | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies are interested in St. Louis Cardinals OF Jon Jay, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz (personal) is expected back in camp Thursday, March 17, after being away for a couple of days to tend to personal business, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com.

OF | Barry Bonds | Retired Players | Fantasy
Federal prosecutors released transcripts and recordings of voicemail messages former San Francisco Giants OF Barry Bonds left for his former mistress during their nine-year relationship, according to The Associated Press. Most of the messages show Bonds angrily inquiring after Kimberly Bell's whereabouts. Prosecutors say the recordings and transcripts are evidence of Bonds' steroid use because the drugs supposedly induce rage in some users.

OF | Milton Bradley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Milton Bradley was ejected in the third inning Wednesday, March 16, arguing balls and strikes, reports Barry M. Bloom, of MLB.com. "He was just a little upset at the third strike call," manager Eric Wedge said. "He said one too many things and that was it. It's still the spring and you've got a lot of young umpires out there."

OF | Carlos Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers OF Carlos Gomez (back) might return to the lineup Thursday, March 17, reports Barry M. Bloom, of MLB.com.

OF | Gerardo Parra | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Gerardo Parra is having a strong spring and making a strong bid for a job in the outfield, reports Nick Piecoro, of The Arizona Republic. Parra has two more hits Wednesday, March 16, and he is batting .378 (14-for-37) this spring. "He's way stronger," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's more athletic. He has way better balance. You guys have watched him over the years. Who knew where it was going?"

OF | Peter Bourjos | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Peter Bourjos (groin) went 1-for-2 with a walk and stolen base Wednesday, March 16. He has hit safely in each of his two games since returning from injury, and he is now batting .345 (10-for-29) in 13 spring games.

OF | Logan Schafer | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers returned OF Logan Schafer (thumb) to the team's minor league camp Wednesday, March 16, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com. Schafer is set to have surgery Thursday, March 17, to repair a fractured right thumb.

OF | Chris Dickerson | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Chris Dickerson (undisclosed) was scratched from the lineup Wednesday, March 16, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com. Dickerson was shaken up in a collision Monday, March 14. "If he doesn't go today, it's just because his action swinging the bat is sore," manager Ron Roenicke said. "They don't think it's anything other than (tenderness) from the impact."

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (quadriceps) left the Cactus League game Wednesday, March 16, in the fourth inning due to tightness in his right quadriceps, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post. Fowler is listed as day to day.

OF | Reed Johnson | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The battle for the fifth outfielder spot for the Chicago Cubs is still evolving, as neither OFs Reed Johnson nor Fernando Perez have hit for average this spring, reports Bruce Levine, of ESPNChicago.com.

OF | Kosuke Fukudome | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 2B Jeff Baker and OF Kosuke Fukudome are expected to share the leadoff spot, reports Paul Sullivan, of the Chicago Tribune.

OF | Jose Tabata | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle likes OF Jose Tabata in the leadoff spot, which means OF Andrew McCutchen may hit third in the order this season, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. "I've really liked (Tabata's) approach leading off," said Hurdle. "He's shown some discipline. He's had some walks. He can hit the ball the other way. He's got speed when he gets on. He looks like that's something that he's able to do."

OF | Bobby Abreu | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Peter Bourjos could be the odd-man out in the lineup if 1B Kendrys Morales (leg) starts the season as the team's designated hitter, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer. 1B Mark Trumbo would play first, OF Bobby Abreu would play left and OF Vernon Wells would shift to center field. Abreu could hit third in the lineup if Morales begins the season on the disabled list.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse (illness) will play in the team's spring game Wednesday, March 16, after sitting out with an upset stomach Tuesday, March 15, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore.

OF | David Murphy | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF David Murphy is OK with serving as the team's fourth outfielder, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com. "I want to be a team guy. . .I don't want to cause any drama," said Murphy. "I think this team has had plenty of that recently, but I do want to be out there. . .I'm going to keep playing hard and keep playing well and hopefully get off to a good start. That's something that I haven't done in the last few years, so I haven't forced the issue." OFs Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and Julio Borbon are tabbed to be the Rangers starting outfielders.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Cleveland Indians are aiming for OF Grady Sizemore (knee) to make his spring debut Sunday, March 20, reports Chris Bahr of SportingNews.com. "If everything continues to go well, and it's going well, there's a chance that Grady can start participating in games on March 20," said manager Manny Acta. "I saw him (Tuesday) working on fundamentals, cutoffs, relays, chasing balls around in the outfield during batting practice like it was nothing. It was very encouraging."

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) saw a doctor Wednesday, March 16, who told him that he has less cartilage between back discs than the average person, ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney reports. Due to this, he needs to stretch more.

OF | Michael Bourn | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Houston Astros OF Michael Bourn (illness) took himself out of the lineup Wednesday, March 16, due to an illness, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports. He hopes to return Friday, March 18, after the team's day off.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Mike Pelfrey | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Mike Pelfrey's fastball was stuck in the high 80s in his paltry start Wednesday, March 16, the New York Post's Mike Puma reports. Pelfrey said he had trouble getting pumped up for the game. He allowed three runs on nine hits over five innings.

SP | Danny Duffy | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals optioned RP Jesse Chavez to Triple-A Omaha and reassigned SP Danny Duffy to minor league camp, MLB.com's Dick Kaegel reports.

SP | Kevin Millwood | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent SP Kevin Millwood (Orioles) is seeking a one-year, $4 million deal, but the New York Yankees are interested at a lower rate, SI.com's Jon Heyman reports.

SP | Andrew Brackman | New York Yankees | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Yankees optioned six players to the minor leagues Wednesday, March 16, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. P Andrew Brackman went to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, as well as IF's Brandon Laird and Kevin Russo, and OF Melky Mesa. P's Steve Garrison and Ryan Pope were optioned to Double-A Trenton.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova threw six shutout innings Wednesday, March 16, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, in a 10-0 shutout of the Baltimore Orioles.

SP | Carl Pavano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Carl Pavano will skip the team's game Thursday, March 17, against the Detroit Tigers, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier. Instead, Pavano will throw against minor leaguers in Fort Myers for five innings.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter was named the team's Opening Day starter, according to The Associated Press.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis is scheduled to work in a minor league "B" game Thursday, March 17, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com.

SP | Edinson Volquez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Edinson Volquez allowed two runs and two hits Tuesday, March 15, working against the Class A team of the Arizona Diamondbacks, reports The Cincinnati Enquirer. Volquez also hit three batters and was charged with two wild pitches. Despite the wild start, he remains on track to make the Opening Day start March 31 againt the Milwaukee Brewers. He'll make two more Cactus League starts, including Sunday, March 20.

SP | Sam LeCure | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Sam LeCure has not allowed a run in four spring outings, reports John Fay, of The Cincinnati Enquirer. "I worked hard this offseason," LeCure said Wednesday, March 16. "The results have shown up so far. My body feels good. My job was to make their job harder - to figure out who they're going to take. I'm doing the best I can." All of LeCure's outings have been in relief, as the rotation is all but set. However, his chances of sticking around in the bullpen are improving.

SP | Michael Pineda | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Michael Pineda allowed three runs - two earned - and seven hits in four innings Wednesday, March 16, reports Barry M. Bloom, of MLB.com. Pineda is one of the frontrunners for the fifth starter job in Seattle.

SP | Tyson Ross | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Tyson Ross, a candidate for the fifth starter job, threw 80 pitches Wednesday, March 16, in a minor league game, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com. Ross allowed a couple of hits in five innings of work. Manager Bob Geren said Ross had "a good outing" and that "the ball was moving well" out of his hand.

SP | Ian Kennedy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Ian Kennedy was roughed up for three runs - two earned - and eight hits over 3 2/3 innings Wednesday, March 16.

SP | Mat Latos | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Mat Latos was pounded for five runs, six hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings in a minor league "B" game Wednesday, March 16, reports Bill Center, of The San Diego Union-Tribune. "I would have liked to see better body language from Mat today," pitching coach Darren Balsley said. "But he'll calm down once we start the season. Last year he did a good job with mound presence and poise. He's aware of his emotions."

SP | Esmil Rogers | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Esmil Rogers allowed just one hit in five scoreless innings Tuesday, March 15, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post. Rogers faced the minimum 15 batters, as he makes a strong bid for the fifth starter job. "He was brilliant," manager Jim Tracy said. "That's quite a strong statement." SPs John Maine and Greg Reynolds are still in the mix for the No. 5 job, but it appears Rogers is now the frontrunner. "Players make decisions for us," Tracy added.

SP | Carlos Silva | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Whether or not SP Carlos Silva wins a job in the rotation, there is no scenario at this point where he'll be cut, reports Bruce Levine, of ESPNChicago. If Silva loses the battle for a rotation spot, he might end up in long relief and as a spot starter.

SP | Randy Wells | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Randy Wells was impressive Tuesday, March 15, but the fourth and fifth starter jobs are still up for grabs, reports Bruce Levine, of ESPNChicago.com. Wells is the prohibitive favorite for the fourth spot, leaving Ps Andrew Cashner, Braden Looper, James Russell and Carlos Silva to contend for the fifth spot.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (illness) was held out of workouts Wednesday, March 16, because he was sick, reports Mark Gonzales, of the Chicago Tribune. Peavy said he is hopeful of returning to practice Thursday, March 17. His next scheduled Cactus League appearance is set for Saturday, March 19.

SP | Javier Vazquez | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Javier Vazquez (elbow) threw a pain-free bullpen session Wednesday, March 16, and was cleared to pitch Saturday, March 19, against the St. Louis Cardinals, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Vazquez was examined by a doctor as a precaution and the results were encouraging.

SP | Phil Coke | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Phil Coke expressed some worry about the velocity of his pitches during his outing Wednesday, March 16, according to The Detroit News' Tom Gage. "I'm feeling I can't let it go which makes me a little uneasy because I don't know why. It irritates me. I should be throwing low to mid-(90s) with my heater, but I'm throwing low to mid-80s."

SP | Kyle Drabek | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays were pleased with what they saw from SP Kyle Drabek, who allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings Wednesday, March 16, reports Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. "He threw the ball very good," said manager John Farrell. "More importantly, he got into a good rhythm, he started to get his fastball down in the zone, he mixed his curveball in for strikes. The trend you're seeing is that he's a quality pitcher and if you don't get him early he has a chance to settle in."

SP | Brett Myers | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Brett Myers allowed six runs (five earned) and eight hits in five innings against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, March 16, according to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez.

SP | Chris Volstad | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Chris Volstad allowed one run and three hits while striking out four in five innings against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, March 16, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.

SP | Tommy Hanson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Tommy Hanson gave up a solo home run in his first inning of work Wednesday, March 16, and then retired the final 10 hitters he faced while striking out the side in the fifth inning, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman. Hanson has allowed just one run in 14 innings in spring training.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (forearm, biceps) played catch Monday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 15, and is scheduled to throw a side session Wednesday, March 16, according to MLB.com's John Schlegel.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez can exercise his no-trade clause if the team attempts to trade him to the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies or two other unknown clubs this season, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. At the moment, the Mariners have no plans to trade their ace.

SP | Brad Penny | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Either Detroit Tigers SP Phil Coke or SP Brad Penny will take the mound for the team's second game of the season, as the team plans to skip someone in the rotation the first time through, according to Tom Gage of The Detroit News. "We've discussed it the last couple of days," said skipper Jim Leyland. "Someone will miss a turn, but I can't tell you who yet. It will have to be ironed out very shortly."

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Wandy Rodriguez (shoulder) was scheduled to throw off flat ground Wednesday, March 16, and the next step would be to throw a bullpen session Friday, March 18, according to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez. If he comes out of the bullpen fine, he would be in line to return to Grapefruit League action.

SP | Kris Medlen | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Kris Medlen (elbow) threw off a mound Tuesday, March 15, for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery Aug. 18 of last year, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien. Medlen threw 15 pitches at 50 percent intensity. He could somewhere between mid-August to September this year, and he could be used out of the bullpen when he returns.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Mets SP Johan Santana (shoulder) is tossing a baseball for the second straight day Wednesday, March 16, ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reports.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Texas Rangers CL Neftali Feliz is likely to serve as the team's closer instead of being inserted into the rotation, USAToday's Bob Nightengale reports. He's likely a year away from starting.

RP | Brad Lidge | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies CL Brad Lidge (biceps) said he's feeling better, but he's not sure if he'll throw Thursday, March 17, or the following day, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb reports.

RP | Mark Lowe | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Mark Lowe allowed four earned runs, five hits and a walk in one inning of relief Wednesday, March 16, reports T.R. Sullivan. Lowe is one of the pitchers among consideration for the closer role if RP Neftali Feliz moves into the rotation.

RP | Craig Breslow | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Oakland Athletics RP Craig Breslow (hamstring) worked in a minor league "B" game Wednesday, March 16, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com. Breslow threw 28 pitches in his first game action of the spring.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz allowed four earned runs, two hits and three walks while retiring just one batter Wednesday, March 16, in his second outing of the spring, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. Despite the awful stat line, Putz was encouraged after the outing. "You know, I actually felt pretty good," Putz said. "The arm felt great. It was just one of those days I just had no feel for any pitch."

RP | LaTroy Hawkins | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday, March 16, that RP LaTroy Hawkins (shoulder) might work in a minor league game as soon as Friday, March 18, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford said Wednesday, March 16, that his problems this spring are mental and not mechanical, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com. "I'd be lying if I said I didn't spend some time thinking about it last night after the game," Axford said. He has allowed five earned runs, four walks and six hits over his past three outings.

RP | Joe Thatcher | San Diego Padres | Injury
The San Diego Padres are concerned that RP Joe Thatcher (shoulder) might have to start a second straight season on the 15-day disabled list, reports Bill Center, of The San Diego Union-Tribune. Thatcher has been unable to work in a Cactus League game and is not scheduled to return to the bullpen until this weekend.

RP | Ernesto Frieri | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres RP Ernesto Frieri (shoulder) is still bothered by a shoulder problem, reports Bill Center, of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

RP | Matt Lindstrom | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies RP Matt Lindstrom has been experimenting with a four-seam changeup this spring, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. Lindstrom's spring results have been mixed, but that's mainly because he is working on the new pitch in game action. Lindstrom last threw a changeup in 2005 with pitching coach Bob Apodaca during their days with the New York Mets. "I've been really working hard on that (changeup)," Lindstrom said.

RP | Matt Thornton | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Wednesday, March 16, that RP Matt Thornton has "first dibs" on the closer role, reports Peter Gammons, of MLB Network.

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Frank Francisco (pectoral) is scheduled to throw a bullpen Saturday, March 19, as he attempts to return from soreness in his right pectoral muscle, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. Manager John Farrell still thinks Francisco is on target to be ready for Opening Day. "Frankie again reported today feeling improved," Farrell said. "We feel like Saturday is a day to shoot (for) to get a bullpen in with him that will put him in line to get in a game on the 22nd." The team has RPs Octavio Dotel, Jon Rauch, Jason Frasor and Shawn Camp available in case Francisco's injury is more serious than expected.

RP | Joakim Soria | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
It appears as though the Kansas City Royals are unlikely to trade RP Joakim Soria unless they receive an offer they cannot refuse, according to Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star. "I would just say," general manager Dayton Moore said, "Joakim Soria is, has been and remains a big part of our team today and for the future. He is someone we value very highly as a part of our family."

RP | Fernando Rodney | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
With bullpen spots locked up for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RPs Fernando Rodney, Hisanori Takahashi, Kevin Jepsen, Jordan Walden, Scott Downs (toe) and Michael Kohn, Ps Jason Bulger and Richard Thompson are fighting for a spot, according to the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna. With Downs likely to start on the disabled list, both Bulger and Thompson could both make the roster.

RP | Kyle McClellan | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said SP Kyle McClellan is very close to locking up the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach and Rich Zuckerman. "Believe me, if he doesn't get the ball to start, it wasn't because he didn't pitch good," La Russa said. "It was because we needed a reliever. We value our bullpen like we value our rotation. Somebody's got to replace him. So we're looking at both things. But he's pitching very well."

RP | Sean Burnett | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Sean Burnett (knee) is OK after getting struck in the knee by a foul ball Wednesday, March 16, reports Bill Ladson of MLB.com.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous story, the New York Yankees will not rush RP Joba Chamberlain (oblique) back into action as they would prefer to err on the side of caution, according to The Associated Press. "First step is let him feel good playing catch and go from there," said manager Joe Girardi. "Anytime, I think, you hear a strain, that's bad news. It's not what you want to hear, but right now, he feels good. . .The bottom-line is, we want the player healthy. But we'll be smart about it. If he plays catch and doesn't feel great, we're not going to say, OK, you've got to get on the mound." "I feel fine," Chamberlain said. "I have no soreness. I'd rather take care of it now than have it linger into the year. Error on the side of caution."

RP | Andrew Bailey | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Although there is no timetable for Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Bailey's (forearm) return to the mound, he is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day after straining his forearm Monday, March 14, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee. Fuentes, who has not given up a run in five outings this spring, is the likely candidate to take over the closer's role while Bailey recovers. However, the team could use a closer-by-committee approach when the season opens based on matchups. RPs Grant Balfour, Michael Wuertz, Brad Ziegler, Craig Breslow and Joey Devine could be possibilities.

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