Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 18, 2011 @ 07:38:47 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Jeff Larish | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies reassigned IF Freddy Galvis, 1B Jeff Larish, OF Brandon Moss, P Juan Perez, RP Michael Stutes, P Vance Worley and RP Dan Meyer to minor league camp, the Delaware County Times' Ryan Lawrence reports.

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington gave 1B Mitch Moreland a start in right field Wednesday, March 16, reports Anthony Andro and Jeff Wilson, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Moreland, who is expected to be the team's everyday first baseman in 2011, made four start in right field last season. "I feel like any position the more you play it the more comfortable you're going to be," Moreland said. "I've played right a good bit in my career so far. I feel like I'm comfortable out there."

1B | Kendrys Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendrys Morales (leg) has been hitting and fielding but has yet to play in a spring game or run the bases, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne. Morales has some soreness and inflammation in his ankle after doing some running this week. The lack of flexibility and range of motion is what is holding him back the most. "I really feel like the flexibility factor is not there yet," Morales explained. "But I'm getting the strength back the more I do. The mobility, the range of motion is not there. And there's a little inflammation, that's what's not 100 percent." Morales has also dropped 14 pounds since the beginning of spring training and is down to 234 pounds. Manager Mike Scioscia said Morales needs to start playing in games by Sunday, March 20, if he wants to be ready for the regular season.

1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Mark Trumbo (groin) said he was feeling better Thursday, March 17, after feeling tightness in his groin Wednesday, March 16, according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett. However, he will be held out of action for the next three or four days as a precaution. Trumbo is hitting .340 with five home runs, five doubles, 13 RBIs and a .750 slugging percentage this spring.

1B | Lars Anderson | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox reassigned 1B Lars Anderson and OF Juan Carlos Linares to minor league camp Thursday, March 17, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham.

1B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera hit his third home run of the spring Thursday, March 17, and is 13-for-25 with five doubles, three homers and eight RBIs in his last eight spring training games, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck.

1B | Gaby Sanchez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins 1B Gaby Sanchez went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in the team's spring game Thursday, March 17, according to MLB.com's David Villavicencio.

1B | Chris Marrero | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals sent 1B Chris Marrero to minor league camp Thursday, March 17, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore.


Second Baseman

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals C Ivan Rodriguez (calf) and 2B Danny Espinosa (foot) both returned to the lineup Friday, March 18, the Washington Times' Amanda Comak reports.

2B | Howie Kendrick | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia plans to use 2B Howie Kendrick, C Bobby Wilson and 3B Brandon Wood at first base over the next few days to establish depth at the position, reports Bill Plunkett, of The Orange County Register.

2B | Jose Lopez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez has taken a leadership role on the team this year, especially with 2B Jose Lopez, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck. "I know it can be hard. You are trying to find your way. I have been talking to him a lot, telling him how we do things here," Gonzalez said. "I was getting on him the other day, saying: 'You and I have to start hitting. We need to get it going. No slow starts this season.'" Manager Jim Tracy said no decision has been made on the second base job between Lopez and 2B Jon Herrera, although Tracy said Lopez's energy had improved.

2B | Aaron Hill | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill (quadriceps) played in his second straight minor league game Thursday, March 17, serving as the designated hitter, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. "He's clear to do all pregame and baseball activities," manager John Farrell said. "The one area that he's still guarded and going at a controlled pace is when he breaks out of the (batter's) box. I think there's some confidence growing internally there with him as he gets some repetition under his belt."

2B | Omar Infante | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins 2B Omar Infante (arm) left the game early Thursday, March 17, after being hit by a pitch in his left arm, according to MLB.com's David Villavicencio.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee) has left the team's spring camp to visit with a rehab specialist, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Utley is expected to come back later Thursday, March 17. "We're just trying to give him new techniques and new things to work on, so we can try to help him improve his comfort," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. It is expected that Utley will begin the season on the disabled list.

2B | Luis Castillo | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 2Bs Luis Castillo and Brad Emaus are the front-runners to win the job at second base, according to SportingNews.com. Castillo is batting .286 and Emaus is hitting .227 this spring. "I don't think anybody has broken away from the pack," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "One would like to see some separation, but maybe we'll see that in the next few days." 2B Daniel Murphy is likely to win a roster spot, and IFs Luis Hernandez and Justin Turner are long shots for the job.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long said he wouldn't be surprised if 2B Robinson Cano took the next step as a power hitter in the major leagues this season, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "I wouldn't be surprised if Cano hit 40 home runs," Long said. "He hit 29; could he hit 40? Why not? It's a big number - and not something that's a goal - but could he do it? I don't think there's anybody standing here that thinks he can't."

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (back) and 1B Derrek Lee (wrist, thumb) are both 50-50 to play in spring games this weekend, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. Lee is scheduled to hit in the cages Thursday, March 17, and Roberts will do more defensive drills and hit off a tee.

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks doubled three times in the team's spring game Wednesday, March 16, and is now hitting .448 (13-for-29) this spring, according to The Associated Press.


Shortstop

SS | Yunel Escobar | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar (back) was a late scratch Friday, March 18, with soreness in his back, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.

SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said SS Ian Desmond is a very strong candidate to hit leadoff this year if OF Nyjer Morgan doesn't earn the starting center field job, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. "If he's hitting leadoff, we won't ask him to change his game," Riggleman said. "We're not looking for him to go out and take pitches or get info and give to guys on the club after that first at-bat. We would just let him play and see what happens." OF Roger Bernadina could be a candidate for the top spot if he wins the center field job, too.

SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins, who is hitting .239 (11-for-46) with two doubles and one RBI in 16 spring games, has impressed manager Charlie Manuel, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. "You can see a difference in how he's moving and everything," said Manuel, referring to the leg injuries that slowed Rollins last season.

SS | Ramon Vazquez | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction
The St. Louis Cardinals reassigned C Bryan Anderson, OF Adron Chambers, IF Ramon Vazquez and OF Amaury Cazana to minor league camp Thursday, March 17, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold.

SS | Reid Brignac | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SS Reid Brignac acknowledged that his shortcomings at the plate are philosophical instead of mechanical, according to The Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney. "That's the only thing," Brignac said. "Mechanically I'm fine. For the most part it's just pitch selection, looking for a certain pitch in a certain area and waiting for that pitch instead of looking in one area and swinging at a pitch in another area. Just being a little less aggressive, but more aggressive on a pitch I like." He is hitting .381 this spring but has not walked in 21 plate appearances. "I'd still like to see him create a more disciplined approach at the plate, stay in his zone more and understand the concept of not making an out as being important as getting a hit," Maddon said.


Third Baseman

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco (elbow) isn't in the lineup Friday, March 18, or the following day, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb reports.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (side) should start doing baseball activities this weekend, the Washington Times' Amanda Comak reports.

3B | Melvin Mora | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Melvin Mora (wrist) did not play Thursday, March 17, according to Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic. Mora was hit in the wrist by a pitch the day before and was left out of the lineup as a precaution.

3B | Alberto Callaspo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Alberto Callaspo (shoulder) made his first Cactus League start in the field Thursday, March 17, reports Bill Plunkett, of The Orange County Register. Callaspo was hitless in three at-bats with a strikeout.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (heel) was in the lineup for the Grapefruit League game Thursday, March 17. He went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI. The homer was the third of the spring for Jones, who suffered a heel injured Wednesday, March 16.

3B | Jack Hannahan | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Jack Hannahan, who is normally known for his steady defense, has been giving his team solid plate appearances this spring, too, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. "I struggled with the bat the last couple of years," Hannahan said. "I was trying to make a swing change, and finally I feel like I kind of got back to where I was three years ago - when I was driving the ball the other way, driving the ball up the middle. Finally, I feel like I've got back on track." Hannahan is a serious candidate to win an Opening Day roster spot.

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart (knee) has looked comfortable at the plate since returning to the lineup this week, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck. Stewart's body is healthy.

3B | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said he is leaning toward having 3B Jose Bautista hit third in the lineup with 1B Adam Lind batting fourth against right-handed pitchers, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. "The one thing I like is the fact that Jose has a little bit more of ability to go first to third on the basepaths," Farrell said. "Against a right-hander, with Adam sitting behind him, it does provide a little bit more protection. I think Adam has warmed up to the four-hole more than maybe he has in the past. Those are all positives." OF Travis Snider would drop to either sixth or seventh in that scenario.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi used his regular lineup in the team's spring game Wednesday, March 16, against the Baltimore Orioles, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. SS Derek Jeter led off, followed by OF Nick Swisher, 1B Mark Teixeira, 3B Alex Rodriguez, 2B Robinson Cano, C Jorge Posada, OF Curtis Granderson, C Russell Martin and OF Brett Gardner. However, this may not be the same as the team's Opening Day lineup. Gardner is likely to get a look in the leadoff spot as spring training winds down.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre said he is seeing the ball great after just two spring games, according to ESPNDallas.com's Tim McMahon. "I can't say that it's exactly where I want it to be, but it's better than I thought it was going to be," said Beltre, who is 3-for-6 after being sidelined most of the spring with a calf strain. "I'm seeing the ball good. I guess I'm on the right track, but I probably need to see more breaking balls to get my timing down."

3B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Michael Young has not jumped on board completely with his new role as designated hitter and super utilityman, according to ESPNDallas.com's Tim McMahon. "It's definitely tough to get in a rhythm, without a doubt," Young said. "If I was playing second every day, it'd be easier to get locked in. If I was playing third, it'd be easier to get locked in. It's definitely tough to bounce around, but I've had to kind of get accustomed to it this spring." Manager Ron Washington has no worries about Young's performance this year.

3B | Nick Punto | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals IF Nick Punto (hernia) hit off a tee and played catch from 60 feet Tuesday, March 15, FOXSportsMidwest.com's B.J. Rains reports. He'll begin jogging in a few days and said he may be a little ahead of schedule.


Catcher

C | Derek Norris | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals optioned C Derek Norris to Double-A Harrisburg, USAToday.com reports.

C | J.R. Towles | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros catchers have hit well this spring, according to The Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine. C J.R. Towles is 9-for-24 (.375) with two doubles and two home runs, while C Carlos Corporan is 7-for-15 (.467).

C | Taylor Teagarden | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Taylor Teagarden started Thursday, March 17, and he finished 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. Despite the start, Teagarden is not expected to make the team.

C | Kurt Suzuki | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C Kurt Suzuki went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, his second of the spring, Thursday, March 17.

C | Miguel Olivo | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Miguel Olivo (groin) played catch on flat ground Thursday, March 17, reports Geoff Baker, of The Seattle Times.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer (knee) saw his first action behind the plate in a spring game Thursday, March 17, and went 0-for-2 at the plate, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier. "You get your adrenaline going a little bit, juices flowing," Mauer said. "It felt good. I was a little sore from yesterday, as expected, but it was good to get out there." He is expected to rest Friday, March 18, but could return and catch Saturday, March 19.

C | Jose Molina | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C Jose Molina appears to be the personal catcher for SP Kyle Drabek this year, according to the Toronto Sun's Mike Rutsey. Molina will also be the personal catcher for SP Brandon Morrow. "I know Jose has done a great job with him and he's matched up with him again today," manager John Farrell said. "Early on for a specific reason, and to just teach him along the way what his stuff, how it can play against major league hitters."

C | Gerald Laird | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Gerald Laird (hamstring) left the spring game with tightness in his left hamstring Thursday, March 17, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold. Laird said his injury was not serious and is expected to play Saturday, March 19.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters collected four hits in spring action Thursday, March 17, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch.

C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox continue to praise C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but they've quietly been shopping around for catching help, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reports.


Outfielder

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks suffered a scare in the sixth inning Thursday, March 17, when OF Justin Upton (back) was struck in the back by an attempted pickoff throw by Los Angeles Dodgers RP Jonathan Broxton, according to MLB.com's Steve Gilbert. Upton stayed in the game. He will not play Friday, March 18, due to an already-scheduled off day that had nothing to do with his back.

OF | Gregor Blanco | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Gregor Blanco had a much needed solid performance Thursday, March 17, going 1-for-1 with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star. Blanco entered the game 4-for-23 with 11 strikeouts.

OF | Jarrod Dyson | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Jarrod Dyson had three hits, including two infield singles, Thursday, March 17, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star. Dyson also stole a couple of bases and he scored twice.

OF | Will Venable | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Will Venable (side) has been sidelined due to a sore muscle in his right side, reports Bill Center, of The San Diego Union-Tribune. Manager Bud Black said Venable will return Friday, March 18.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Ryan Ludwick (shin) was rested Thursday, March 17, after fouling a ball off his shin Tuesday, March 15, reports Bill Center, of The San Diego Union-Tribune. Manager Bud Black said Ludwick will return to the lineup Friday, March 18.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (groin) said Thursday, March 17, that he feels healthy after leaving with right groin tightness Wednesday, March 16, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. Fowler is the team's leadoff hitter and he intends on using the bunt as a weapon this season.

OF | Craig Gentry | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Craig Gentry (shoulder) is out seven to 10 days due to a mild sprain of the AC joint in his right shoulder, reports Anthony Andro and Jeff Wilson, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

OF | Carlos Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Carlos Gomez (back) returned to the lineup Thursday, March 17, after missing the past two games due to a stiff back. He finished 2-for-2 with a run scored.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) returned to the starting lineup Thursday, March 17, and he finished 1-for-1 with a home run, his first of the spring, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI.

OF | Ryan Sweeney | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Ryan Sweeney went 2-for-2 in Cactus League action Thursday, March 17, raising his spring average to .545 (6-for-11), reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) will make his Cactus League debut Sunday, March 20, and he will get two at-bats as the designated hitter, reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

OF | Reggie Willits | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Alberto Callaspo (shoulder) is in the team's starting lineup at third base Thursday, March 17, according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett. OF Reggie Willits (calf) took batting practice right-handed Thursday.

OF | Torii Hunter | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Torii Hunter (illness) went home sick Thursday, March 17, according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett.

OF | Jay Gibbons | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Jay Gibbons (eye) said his new contact lenses have helped his vision so far, according to the Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez.

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman (calf, elbow) said he had no problems while playing the outfield Thursday, March 17, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold. "I've got no problems. Arm feels great. I've got no problems playing the outfield," Berkman said. "It's not like the (arm) is going to blow up. There's no reason to not make throws. It was a pretty basic day."

OF | Delmon Young | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Delmon Young (arm) left the game early Thursday, March 17, after being hit in the left arm by a pitch, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck. However, the move appeared to be precautionary.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases in the team's spring game against the New York Mets Thursday, March 17, according to MLB.com's Evan Drellich. Crawford has three stolen bases this spring.

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran (knees) did not hit left-handed again during his rehab Thursday, March 17, and there is still no timetable for his return, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand. "I'm getting better so they don't want me to aggravate it," Beltran told reporters. "So, that's where we stand."

OF | Luke Scott | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Luke Scott is batting only .067 (2-for-30) after going 0-for-3 Wednesday, March 16, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli. "Mechanically, I'm doing pretty good; it's just timing, getting the feel," Scott said. "I had the best Spring Training of my life in 2005; (I) felt like I was one of the best hitters in the world at that time. As far as Spring Training goes, I was tops in every category. Then I had the worst season of my big league career; (I) hit .188 my rookie year.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner is serving as the leadoff hitter Thursday, March 17, with SS Derek Jeter hitting second, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Chris Coghlan | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Chris Coghlan (shoulder, knee) underwent an MRI exam on his shoulder roughly 10 days ago and it revealed inflammation and tendonitis but no structural damage, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Coghlan's knee has been feeling fine

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Michael Cuddyer (foot) is still a few days away from returning to the team's spring lineup, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III.

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.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Dillon Gee | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets reassigned SP Dillon Gee and C Raul Chavez to minor league camp, ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reports.

SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Milwaukee Brewers SP Shaun Marcum (shoulder) was throwing his fastball around 86 mph Thursday, March 17, which isn't a good sign, ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney reports.

SP | Joe Saunders | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders will pitch Saturday, March 19, after missing his last start because of the flu, which sapped much of his strength. The Arizona Republic's Bob McManaman reports Saunders threw a bullpen session Thursday, March 17.

SP | Bobby Cramer | Oakland Athletics | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Bobby Cramer, who is in a fifth-spot rotation battle with SP's Brandon McCarthy and Tyson Ross, will make his fifth spring start Friday, March 18. MLB.com's Jane Lee reports Cramer has allowed three runs and six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in nine spring innings.

SP | Edwin Jackson | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Edwin Jackson surrendered four runs on nine hits, five of them in the first inning, in a 4-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, March 17. MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports six of Jackson's seven strikeouts came over Jackson's final four innings, and he didn't walk a batter.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey pitched into the sixth inning Thursday, March 17, as he led the Red Sox to an 8-5 victory over the New York Mets. The Associated Press reports Lackey gave up a run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one, hit a batter and struck out two. It was the first walk and hit batter Lackey has allowed in 15 2/3 innings this spring.

SP | Sean O'Sullivan | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Sean O'Sullivan was pounded for seven runs - six earned - and seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts in five innings Thursday, March 17, in a minor league "B" game start, reports Dick Kaegel, of MLB.com. Pitching coach Bob McClure suggested that he regressed a bit in his effort to overhaul his delivery. "On the good side, he pitched well, but he was leaving too many balls up that were easy to get to," McClure said. "He's still got to stay down in the zone more."

SP | Jeff Francis | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Jeff Francis allowed one earned run, one hit and one walk in five innings Thursday, March 17. Francis is now 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 10 innings over three spring starts.

SP | Vin Mazzaro | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Vin Mazzaro is slated for five innings Sunday, March 20, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star.

SP | Bruce Chen | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Bruce Chen is scheduled to work five innings in a Cactus League start Saturday, March 19, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star.

SP | Kyle Davies | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Kyle Davies is scheduled to start Friday, March 18, and he is slated for five innings, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star.

SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
There has been no official announcement by Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost, but the rotation set for the rest of Spring Training suggests that RP Luke Hochevar will start the regular season opener March 31 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star.

SP | Clayton Richard | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Clayton Richard made his second Cactus League start Thursday, March 17, reports Bill Center, of The San Diego Union-Tribune. Richard allowed one run and four hits with one walk and three strikeouts over four innings. "This was a step in the right direction," said Richard. "I kept the ball down and threw strikes."

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Tim Stauffer (hip) has been scratched from his scheduled start Friday, March 18, due to a sore flexor muscle in his right hip, reports Bill Center, of The San Diego Union-Tribune. "I'm not worried, they are being cautious," said Stauffer. "If this were the regular season, I could have pitched with it."

SP | Jonathan Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Jonathan Sanchez allowed just one hit and one walk over six scoreless innings Thursday, March 17, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, reports Chris Haft, of MLB.com. Sanchez also struck out five batters, becoming the first Giants pitcher to go six innings this spring. He is now 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in 14 2/3 innings over four starts.

SP | Dan Haren | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Dan Haren allowed three earned runs and four hits in five innings Thursday, March 17. Haren slipped to 0-3 on the spring and his ERA stands at 4.80 through 15 innings over four starts.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Ubaldo Jimenez allowed seven earned runs, eight hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings Thursday, March 17, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. The runs allowed were the first of the spring for Jimenez. Originally, he was expected to work in a minor league "B" game, but that contest was cancelled.

SP | Tommy Hunter | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Tommy Hunter is scheduled to work in a minor league game Saturday, March 19, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. Hunter will work in a "B" game, allowing the team to give Rule 5 selection RP Mason Tobin a look against big-league hitters.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis allowed two unearned runs over five innings in a minor league "B" game Thursday, March 17, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. Lewis scattered six hits while walking none and striking out six batters.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) is hopeful of pitching in a simulated game or minor league game soon, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. "I'd like to have a 15-pitch inning, sit down and then throw 15 more," Webb said Thursday, March 17. "A game situation would be different. This is fun, throwing live batting practice." Webb said he felt fine after throwing 62 pitches in BP Wednesday, March 16.

SP | C.J. Wilson | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP C.J. Wilson can file for free agency after the season, but he has expressed a desire to remain in Texas, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. "Over the last few months, my agent has been in contact with (general manager Jon Daniels) and (assistant general manager Thad Levine), but with about 10 days left in Spring Training it doesn't look like a deal is going to get done before we break camp," Wilson said Thursday, March 17.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Geren praised SP Gio Gonzalez, saying he has was "unbelieveable" and "perfect" in his outing Thursday, March 17, against the Chicago Cubs, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com. Gonzalez allowed two runs and five hits with two walks and six strikeouts in six innings. He has a 1.76 ERA in 15 1/3 innings over four spring starts.

SP | Aaron Cook | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies feel they might have enough rotation depth to trade SP Aaron Cook (finger, shoulder) once he is healthy, reports Ken Rosenthal, of FOXSports.com.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez allowed six runs - three earned - and nine hits over four innings Thursday, March 17, against the Kansas City Royals. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner was able to rack up seven strikeouts.

SP | Michael Pineda | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Michael Pineda was not as sharp Wednesday, March 16, as he had been this spring, and manager Eric wedge said Thursday, March 17, that the fifth starter spot is still up for grabs, reports Barry M. Bloom, of MLB.com. "We still have time," Wedge said. "We're going to play it out a little longer." In addition to Pineda, Ps Luke French and David Pauley are also in the running for the job.

SP | David Huff | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians Ps Jeanmar Gomez and David Huff are each scheduled to throw Friday, March 18, reports Owen Perkins, of MLB.com. Gomez and Huff are battling SP Josh Tomlin for the fifth starter job.

SP | Fausto Carmona | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Fausto Carmona allowed two earned runs, six hits and two walks while striking out five batters over six innings Thursday, March 17, reports Mark Sheldon, of MLB.com. "He worked fast," manager Manny Acta said. "Strike one, they kept beating the ball into the ground. The ball was sinking and they couldn't do anything but hit the top of it."

SP | Josh M. Johnson | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Josh M. Johnson brought out a sinker in the team's spring game Thursday, March 17, which helped induce a few more ground balls, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Johnson has not previously thrown a sinker, but he has learned one recently from SP Chris Volstad and has tinkered with the pitch in recent sessions.

SP | Mike Leake | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake appeared to be the odd-man out in the battle for a rotation spot with SPs Homer Bailey and Travis Wood entering Thursday, March 17, having an ERA of 9.00, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's Tom Groeschen. However, Leake tossed four scoreless innings and gave up three hits against the Cleveland Indians Thursday.

SP | Manny Parra | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers SP Manny Parra (back) had a setback earlier this week and could miss the start of the season, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. Parra had a cortisone injection Tuesday, March 15, and will need to resume a throwing program before restarting his activities. He could do that at the earliest Saturday, March 19. RP Mitch Stetter could have a role in the bullpen if Parra is not ready.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee said he is not concerned after putting up a 5.54 ERA after four starts this spring, according to SportingNews.com's Stan McNeal. Lee allowed the Toronto Blue Jays to bat around in the fourth inning Thursday, March 17, giving up two home runs, two doubles and a sacrifice fly. "It was just getting behind in the count," Lee said. "I had to catch more of the plate and they got hits. That's what good hitters do."

SP | Rich Harden | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Oakland Athletics RP Craig Breslow (hamstring) will throw in a minor league simulated game Saturday, March 19, and SP Rich Harden (lat) is scheduled to resume throwing Friday, March 18, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser.

SP | Scott Richmond | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury
Toronto Blue Jays SP Scott Richmond (shoulder) threw long toss Thursday, March 17, and is expected to throw off a mound Saturday, March 19, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (illness) was sent home from camp Thursday, March 17, with a stomach virus, according to ESPNChicago.com's Doug Padilla. It is unknown if Peavy will be able to make his next scheduled start Saturday, March 19.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (hamstring) will next pitch in a spring game Monday, March 21, and is scheduled to throw 70-75 pitches, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Rick Hummel. Carpenter's last spring start is scheduled for Saturday, March 26.

SP | Justin Duchscherer | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Justin Duchscherer (hip) is still sidelined but could resume throwing soon, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec.

SP | Ben Sheets | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent SP Ben Sheets (Athletics) is not currently negotiating with any teams and has not decided on his plans for the 2011 season, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

SP | Nate Robertson | Seattle Mariners | Injury
Seattle Mariners SP Nate Robertson (elbow) had three loose bodies removed from his elbow Wednesday, March 16, and is expected to begin range-of-motion exercises as part of his rehab Thursday, March 17, according to The Associated Press.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum has been trying to add some weight to his frame this spring and has been doing so by eating more than usual, according to MLB.com's John Schlegel. Lincecum has gained 10-11 pounds and is up to 168 pounds. "I'm working harder, and my body keeps telling me to eat more and eat more often," Lincecum said. "I want to get my weight up and have something to work with from the beginning of the season on. I go by if my body's feeling good, and this feels good." He gave up three hits while walking three and striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday, March 16.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Pedro Feliciano | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees RPs Boone Logan (back) and Pedro Feliciano (arm) are out Friday, March 18, The Star-Ledger's Marc Carig reports. Logan has back spasms, and Feliciano is dealing with dead arm.

RP | Brad Lidge | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies CL Brad Lidge (biceps) threw a pain-free bullpen session Friday, March 18, and hopes to return to game action in a few days, CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury reports.

RP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox RP Chris Sale will have what pitching coach Don Cooper calls an educational bullpen session Saturday, March 19, as Cooper tries to correct Sale's control issues. "He's still having location problems. Not throwing the fastball away from left-handers and getting it in to right-handers, and the breaking ball is not getting in enough," Cooper said. "He's leaving a few too many pitches out over the plate." Cooper said Sale has enough potential to remain in the closer's battle with RP Matt Thornton.

RP | Hong-Chih Kuo | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Hong-Chih Kuo feels ready to increase his work, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. He threw a scoreless inning Thursday, March 17, and Kuo told reporters he feels like he can pitch more often after two weeks of behind-the-scenes work.

RP | John Grabow | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs RP John Grabow (shoulder/knee) threw one inning of relief Thursday, March 17, against the Oakland Athletics. It was his first outing since the Cactus League opener on Feb. 27. MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports Grabow is coming off knee surgery, but had been slowed because of a tight left shoulder, which he feels was caused by throwing too much early in camp. "Everything felt real good," Grabow said. "The ball feels like it's coming out of my hands good, my knee feels good. It was a positive day. I have to keep building off this and get ready for the season."

RP | Jake McGee | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RP Jake McGee could see some closing opportunities this season, according to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. Manager Joe Maddon is developing McGee as a reliever this spring, but McGee has said he'd like to close games at some point.

RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers bullpen is still up for grabs, according to The Associated Press, and manager Jim Leyland announced he'd have a final idea of who is headed north in about a week. RP's Jose Valverde, Ryan Perry, and Joaquin Benoit have clinched spots, and RP Brad Thomas has an inside track after pitching in 49 games last season.

RP | Dontrelle Willis | Cincinnati Reds | Injury
Cincinnati Reds RP Dontrelle Willis (ankle) returned to the mound Thursday, March 17. He allowed a hit in a scoreless inning in his first work since suffering an ankle injury covering home plate March 12.

RP | Rafael Betancourt | Colorado Rockies | Injury
Colorado Rockies RP Rafael Betancourt (groin) walks around without ice packs and bandages, and he is no longer limping like he did during the regular season in 2010 when he was affected by a right groin injury, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. "Those things are going to be there," Betancourt said. "But that's the wawy it is, if you want to play baseball."

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz is next scheduled to work Saturday, March 19, and he'll come out of the bullpen rather than start, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com.

RP | Tanner Scheppers | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Tanner Scheppers (back) came out of his bullpen session Tuesday, March 15, feeling fine after being shut down due to lower back stiffness, reports Anthony Andro and Jeff Wilson, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Scheppers hopes to break camp with the rest of the team. "That's the goal," Scheppers said. "I don't think that I'm that far behind the other pitchers."

RP | Scott Feldman | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers RP Scott Feldman (knee) ramped up his rehab program Tuesday, March 15, going from playing catch to long toss, reports Anthony Andro and Jeff Wilson, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Feldman is targeting April 1 to throw from a mound. He is making his way back from microfracture surgery on his right knee in November.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford allowed a hit in a scoreless inning of relief Thursday, March 17, reports Andrew Gruman, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "That was nice to see," manager Ron Roenicke said. "He let go of the ball a lot better, threw a couple of nice breaking balls."

RP | Joey Devine | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Oakland Athletics RP Joey Devine (biceps) felt good after throwing 10 pitches from flat ground and 20 from the top of a mound Thursday, March 17, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com. "We're trying to be patient with him and do things right," pitching coach Ron Romanick said. "Everyone's schedule is different, but I can tell you it was great to see what he did today. He's on the right track again."

RP | Garrett Olson | Seattle Mariners | Transaction
The Seattle Mariners placed RP Garrett Olson on waivers Thursday, March 17, according to a major league source, reports Ken Rosenthal, of FOXSports.com.

RP | David Aardsma | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP David Aardsma (hip) was able to play catch Thursday, March 17, reports Geoff Baker, of The Seattle Times.

RP | Joe Smith | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians RP Joe Smith (abdomen) said Thursday, March 17, that he cannot play catch until at least Saturday, March 19, or Sunday, March 20, due to his abdominal strain, reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Jonathan Papelbon, who has given up five walks in his last three spring outings, said that his mechanics have been off lately, according to MLB.com's Evan Drellich. "I still feel very locked in," Papelbon said. "For me right now, I'm just a tick off of my mechanics. I'm not searching. I know exactly what's going on. I can feel it in my delivery. For me, it's not a big deal at all, because I know it's such a minor little detail."

RP | Andrew Bailey | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Bailey (forearm) said he hopes to resume throwing in a matter of days instead of weeks, but acknowledged that he is not a sure thing to be ready when the season begins, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser. Bailey must be pain-free and without tightness before he can throw. "Dr. Andrews is very optimistic about me this year and my future," Bailey said.

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Frank Francisco (pectoral) will throw off a mound Friday, March 18, but is expected to pitch in a minor league game Sunday, March 20, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm.

RP | Octavio Dotel | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury
Toronto Blue Jays RP Octavio Dotel (hamstring) threw a light bullpen session Thursday, March 17, after he was recently shut down with a hamstring injury, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm.

RP | Koji Uehara | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Koji Uehara (elbow) will throw one more bullpen session, which is likely to come Friday, March 18, before pitching in a minor league game Monday, March 21, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli.

RP | Cole Kimball | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals reassigned RP Cole Kimball to minor league camp, MLB.com's Bill Ladson reports.

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