Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 21, 2011 @ 04:15:22 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Garrett Atkins | free agent | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates released 1B Garrett Atkins, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Colin Dunlap reports.

1B | Dan Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 1B Dan Johnson is the frontrunner to play at first base this year, according to MLB.com's Bill Chastain. Johnson has a slight lead over 1B Casey Kotchman at this point, manager Joe Maddon said.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Sunday, March 20, that 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) is scheduled to serve as the designated hitter both Monday, March 21, and Tuesday, March 22, in minor league games, reports Rhett Bollinger, of MLB.com.

1B | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt got the start at first base Sunday, March 20, and he went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Belt is batting .269 (14-for-52) with two home runs, 10 RBI and 10 strikeouts in 21 games this spring.

1B | Aubrey Huff | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Aubrey Huff got the start in left field Sunday, March 20, but his position change did not affect his performance at the plate. Huff went 2-for-4 with a home run, his fifth of the spring, and three RBI. Huff is batting .362 (17-for-47) with five home runs and 14 RBI in 15 spring games.

1B | Derrek Lee | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Orioles 1B Derrek Lee (foot) is not playing against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, March 20, because of a bruised left foot, according to The Associated Press. He suffered the foot injury after fouling a ball off during his first at-bat Saturday, March 19.

1B | Brandon Snyder | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles have optioned OF Matt Angle and 1B Brandon Snyder to Triple-A Norfolk, according to Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun. IF Ryan Adams and SP Armando Gabino have been sent to minor league camp.

1B | Kevin Barker | free agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals have granted 1B Kevin Barker his unconditional release, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post.

1B | Travis Ishikawa | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Travis Ishikawa is getting used to playing left field in an effort to become more valuable to the club, reports Alex Pavlovic, of The Mercury News.

1B | Chris Davis | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Chris Davis is batting .421 (with an .872 slugging percentage) in 39 at-bats, reports Tim Cowlishaw, of The Dallas Morning News. Despite the strong spring, he finds himself behind 1B Mitch Moreland for the starting job at first base, and with 3B Adrian Beltre at third and 3B Michael Young at designated hitter, Davis doesn't look to have much opportunity despite the big spring.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI Friday, March 18. Konerko is batting .295 (13-for-44) with a home run and six RBI in 13 spring games.

1B | Jerry Sands | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers reassigned SS Justin Sellers and 1B Jerry Sands to minor league camp Thursday, March 17, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro.

1B | Kendrys Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendrys Morales (leg) is very unlikely to play Sunday, March 20, which was the timeframe the team had set to give him enough time to be ready for Opening Day, according to Mike Digiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. "His window is narrowing, but it's not shut," said skipper Mike Scioscia. "If he breaks through some barriers and is where he needs to be, he could be ready by Opening Day. Once he runs full speed and is in games, we'll be able to make a determination." DiGiovanna speculates that Morales will likely start the season on the disabled list and serve as the team's designated hitter for a while before playing first base.


Second Baseman

2B | Luis Castillo | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies and free-agent 2B Luis Castillo (Mets) agreed to a minor league contract Sunday, March 20, according to a source, reports Todd Zolecki, of MLB.com. Castillo was released by the New York Mets Friday, March 18.

2B | Eric Sogard | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Atlhetics 2B Eric Sogard has a good shot at winning the backup infield spot, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle. Sogard went 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored Sunday, March 20, and manager Bob Geren said his play at shortstop was "very smooth."

2B | Jemile Weeks | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics reassigned RP Fernando Cabrera, SS Grant Green, P Yadel Marti, OF Jai Miller. C Anthony Recker, 2B Steven Tolleson and 2B Jemile Weeks to the minor league camp Sunday, March 20, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle. The team also optioned P Trystan Magnuson and OF Michael Taylor to the minors.

2B | Jason Donald | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Jack Hannahan looks like he might open the season with the big club, reports Barry M. Bloom, of MLB.com. An injury to 2B Jason Donald (finger) opens the door for Hannahan. "I came in here looking for an opportunity, that's why I signed here," Hannahan said. "Last year (in Seattle) I got hurt in Spring Training and would up losing my job. Baseball is a funny game. You never know what's going to happen the next day. So, I'm excited about having the opportunity to play."

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee) took batting practice Sunday, March 20, but does not appear close to being ready to play, according to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News. He has not faced live pitching since Grapefruit League play started and the team is unlikely to have him play in any minor league games or participate in any controlled situations where he could hit but not be required to run.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (back) went 0-for-2 with a strikeout, a walk and a groundout Sunday, March 20, according to Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun. He played five innings at second base and is expected to play again Tuesday, March 22, against the New York Yankees.

2B | Jayson Nix | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Indians 3B Jason Donald (hand) will miss the beginning of the regular season because of a cracked bone at the base of his left middle finger, according to Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff said Donald will begin playing rehab games next month. Non-roster invitee Jack Hannahan appears to be the leading candidate for the third base job, with IFs Luis Valbuena and Jayson Nix also under consideration. The team has no plans to promote minor league 3B Lonnie Chisenhall from Triple-A Columbus.

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said he would probably have 2B Danny Espinosa bat seventh in the lineup if he had to decide upon a batting order tomorrow, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post.

2B | Aaron Hill | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill (quadriceps) is tentatively scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday, March 22, reports Gregor Chisholm, of MLB.com. Hill has played in three consecutive minor league games after being sidelined due to soreness in his right quadriceps muscle.

2B | Gordon Beckham | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham went 3-for-4 with a double, home run, walk, four runs scored and three RBI Friday, March 18. Beckham is now hitting .357 (15-for-42) with two home runs and seven RBI in 13 spring games.

2B | Augie Ojeda | Chicago Cubs | Injury
Chicago Cubs C Augie Ojeda (back) is still unable to play because he is dealing with back spasms, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. "It's been longer than we thought," manager Mike Quade said. "I'm hoping he can get healthy and it doesn't morph into something that lasts for weeks and weeks."

2B | Jamey Carroll | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Jamey Carroll (finger) and OF Jay Gibbons (eye) are playing in a minor league game Friday, March 18, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. Carroll has been resting a bruised right index finger that only bothers him while throwing.

2B | Brad Emaus | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Brad Emaus is now the leading candidate for the second base job after the team released 2B Luis Castillo, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. Emaus has a supporter in team official J.P. Ricciardi and fits the team's philosophy the best.


Shortstop

SS | Pedro Ciriaco | Pittsburgh Pirates | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Three Pittsburgh Pirates players are in contention for a backup middle infield spot, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. IF Pedro Ciriaco is considered the frontrunner, but the team is also high on IF Corey Wimberly and IF Josh Rodriguez.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki went 3-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI Sunday, March 20, raising his spring average to .355 (11-for-31). Tulowitzki has four homers and eight RBI in 12 spring games.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) experienced tightness and cramping behind his right knee Sunday, March 20, in the first inning, and manager Manny Acta said Cabrera will be held out of the Cactus League game Monday, March 21, as a precaution, reports Barry M. Bloom, of MLB.com. "There's no reason to push it," Acta said. "We know what he can do. He's had a good spring."

SS | Adam Everett | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians IF Adam Everett (thumb) suffered a sprained left thumb against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Saturday, March 19, after hitting his thumb on SS Erick Aybar's leg while trying to steal second base, according to Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. His left hand was in a splint following the game and he will undergo an MRI exam Sunday, March 20, or Monday, March 21.

SS | Yunel Escobar | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar (back) is dealing with a minor back injury, and he is expected to return to the lineup Saturday, March 19, reports Gregor Chisholm, of MLB.com.

SS | Jack Wilson | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SS Jack Wilson (personal) is expected to return to Cactus League game action Saturday, March 19, reports Geoff Baker, of The Seattle Times. Wilson had a full workout Friday, March 18, after missing a game Thursday, March 17.

SS | Adam Rosales | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics 2B Adam Rosales (foot) has yet to be cleared for full activity, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle. However, manager Bob Geren said that Rosales should still be roughly on the same timetable for his return. Rosales was originally expected to miss the first month of the regular season.

SS | Tony Wolters | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians SS Tony Wolters (hand), the team's No. 3 draft pick from last year, will miss at least five weeks after undergoing surgery to remove the broken hamate bone in his right hand, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes.


Third Baseman

3B | Nick Punto | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B Nick Punto (hernia) learned from team doctors Friday, March 18, that his recovery from hernia surgery Feb. 24 will be as proscribed, reports Joe Strauss, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Punto was hopeful of returning sooner than the eight-to-12 week timetable originally estimated. However, he has been warned against baseball-related activities until further notice. "I was thinking hopefully I could get back early, but that's not what I was told," Punto said.

3B | Jack Hannahan | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Jack Hannahan looks like he might open the season with the big club, reports Barry M. Bloom, of MLB.com. An injury to 2B Jason Donald (finger) opens the door for Hannahan. "I came in here looking for an opportunity, that's why I signed here," Hannahan said. "Last year (in Seattle) I got hurt in Spring Training and would up losing my job. Baseball is a funny game. You never know what's going to happen the next day. So, I'm excited about having the opportunity to play."

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco (elbow) is expected to hit off a practice tee Monday, March 21, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. If all goes well, he could take batting practice Tuesday, March 22, and could play in a game as soon as Wednesday, March 23.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez (fever) was sent home Sunday, March 20, because he had a fever of 102 degrees, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. He is expected to play Monday, March 21.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (groin) resumed baseball activities Sunday, March 20, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. Manager Jim Riggleman is uncertain when he will be able to return to the lineup.

3B | Brent Morel | Chicago White Sox | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox have informed Brent Morel that he will be the team's starting third baseman, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

3B | Eric Chavez | New York Yankees | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Entering play Saturday, March 19, New York Yankees 3B Jorge Vazquez led the team with a .483 batting average, with 14 hits through his first 29 at-bats, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. However, the Yankees appear more likely to keep Eric Chavez as a utility infielder because of his superior defensive skills.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and his first spring training home run in his 12th Grapefruit League game Friday, March 18, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (heel, knee) said he is moving around great and his knee has not given him any problems in a little more than three weeks, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman. "I'm not even thinking about the knee, because it's not an issue," Jones said. "I have no pain in the knee whatsoever. I would love to really open up and go from first to home on a double while I'm down here. I feel like I turned a corner about 2 1/2 weeks ago with my knee. I'm just really excited to get this season started right now - right now." He has nine hits, including four doubles and a homer, in his last 15 spring at-bats and has improved his average to .386.

3B | Casey Blake | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Casey Blake (back) was able to play catch and hit balls off a tee Friday, March 18, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.


Catcher

C | Ivan Rodriguez | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals C Ivan Rodriguez (calf) returned to the lineup as the catcher Monday, March 21, according to the team's Twitter page.

C | Chris Snyder | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Chris Snyder (back) hopes to be back in action by Tuesday, March 21, after a bout of lower back soreness, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch.

C | Devin Mesoraco | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Devin Mesoraco will likely be optioned to the minors, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay, but he could be recalled if either C Ramon Hernandez or C Ryan Hanigan are hurt. "To me, he was the most improved guy in the spring last year. He was my pick-to-click from what I saw in spring training. He had always a problem with a sore arm, but he was throwing great. He's going to hit. He's getting better at catching," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

C | Ramon Hernandez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Ramon Hernandez did not play Saturday, March 19, due to general soreness, and MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports C Corky Miller took his place. "He was a little sore," manager Dusty Baker said. "He'll probably play tomorrow. It's not his knee. He's just sore."

C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Victor Martinez (neck) played in back-to-back games this weekend, going hitless in five at-bats. Martinez had been sidelined since March 16 due to a stiff neck.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Sunday, March 20, that C Joe Mauer (knee) is scheduled to make his first spring start behind the plate Monday, March 21, reports Rhett Bollinger, of MLB.com.

C | Miguel Olivo | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Miguel Olivo (groin) made some throws down to second base and third base Sunday, reports Geoff Baker, of The Seattle Times. Manager Eric Wedge watched Olivo catch one bullpen session, too. Wedge said that lateral movement and the ability to go left to right for balls in the dirt is what is holding Olivo from returning to game action.

C | George Kottaras | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers C George Kottaras went 1-for-3 with a home run and four RBI Sunday, March 20, reports Michael Hunt, of the Milwaukee Journal. Kottaras is battling C Wil Nieves for the backup job to C Jonathan Lucroy. Kottaras, who is far more superior offensively, raised his spring average to .372 (16-for-43) with two homers and 10 RBI.

C | Jose Molina | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C Jose Molina is not going to be the team's starting catcher despite the offensive struggles of C J.P. Arencibia, but he will be the personal receiver for Ps Kyle Drabek and Brandon Morrow, reports Mike Rutsey, of the Toronto Sun.

C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia went 1-for-2 in Grapefruit League action Sunday, March 20, reports Mike Rutsey, of the Toronto Sun. Despite the fact he is batting .140 (6-for-43) this spring, he remains in line to begin the regular season as the starter. However, veteran C Jose Molina will be the personal catcher for Ps Kyle Drabek and Brandon Morrow, so Arencibia will get plenty of days off.

C | Travis D'Arnaud | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays have optioned OF Anthony Gose and C Travis D'Arnaud to minor league camp, according to The Globe and Mail's Jeff Blair.

C | Clint Sammons | Florida Marlins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Florida Marlins have reassigned P Elih Villanueva, C Clint Sammons, IF Tim Torres and OF John Raynor to minor league camp, according to Tom D'Angelo of The Palm Beach Post.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Ivan Rodriguez will start Opening Day behind the plate, but C Wilson Ramos could still overtake him early in the season, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post.

C | Jason Kendall | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals are preparing to be without C Jason Kendall (shoulder) for the start of the season, according to SportingNews.com. Kendall is still recovering from offseason surgery on his throwing shoulder. The team is hopeful Kendall will be ready by the middle of April.

C | John Jaso | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays C John Jaso (groin) left the game against the Minnesota Twins Saturday, March 19, after being struck in the groin area by a foul ball off the bat of DH Jim Thome, according to MLB.com's Bill Chastain.

C | Kevin Richardson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have assigned IFs Kevin Melillo and Gil Velazquez, C Kevin Richardson and P Anthony Ortega to minor league camp, according to ESPN.com.

C | Craig Tatum | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday, March 18, that C Craig Tatum (oblique) has been cleared to play, reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com.

C | Lou Marson | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians Cs Luke Carlin, Lou Marson and Paul Phillips are battling for the backup catcher job behind starter Carlos Santana, reports Owen Perkins, of MLB.com. Marson might have the leg up due to his strong defensive skills, altohugh Phillips is making it hard with a .409 batting average (9-for-22) through eight spring games.

C | Tyler Flowers | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C Tyler Flowers is batting .438 this spring, and he has been much better defensively, too, reports Daryl Van Schouwen, of the Chicago Sun-Times. However, due to the presence of C A.J. Pierzynski, Flowers is likely ticketed for Triple-A Charlotte. "It's a business, I guess," Flowers said. "It's unfortunate that it's probably not going to happen. At the same time, it's an opportunity in Triple-A to continue to progress and hopefully get an opportunity down the road. It motivates you that much more."

C | Gerald Laird | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals C Gerald Laird (hamstring) is not expected to play Saturday, March 19, after experiencing pain in his left hamstring Thursday, March 17, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach.


Outfielder

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (ankle) was carted off the field Monday, March 21, with an apparent ankle injury, TheNatsBlog.com reports. Harper looked to be thriving in pain.

OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Sam Fuld has been a favorite of manager Joe Maddon, and The Tampa Tribune's Tony Fabrizio reports Fuld could open the season as one of the backup outfielders. "For me, this guy could have been playing in the big leagues a lot more than he has, based on what I'm seeing," Maddon said.

OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Four Detroit Tigers players are vying for two open slots in the outfield, according to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez. OF's Brennan Boesch, Casper Wells, Clete Thomas and Andy Dirks are in contention.

OF | Ryan Langerhans | Seattle Mariners | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Ryan Langerhans could make the parent club as the fourth outfielder, according to MLB.com's Greg Johns. Langerhans could be in jeopardy if both OF Milton Bradley and OF Michael Saunders make the club, but the Mariners might carry five outfielders.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Michael Cuddyer (foot) played in a minor league intrasquad game Sunday, March 20, reports Rhett Bollinger, of MLB.com. Cuddyer played three innings in right field, finishing 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double. "I felt good," Cuddyer said. "It was good to get back out there. I look forward to continuing to play. Today was a step in the right direction."

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (quadriceps) returned to the lineup Sunday, March 20, and he went hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton said Sunday, March 20, that he slipped and jammed his knee during Sunday's Cactus League game, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. Upton said he doesn't believe the injury is serious.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (hamstring) remained sidelined Sunday, March 20, and he is considered day-to-day, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) made his Cactus League debut Sunday, March 20, reports Barry M. Bloom, of MLB.com. Sizemore was hitless in two at-bats as the team's designated hitter and leadoff batter. He is expected to play center field for three innings Tuesday, March 22, against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

OF | Nick Weglarz | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians OF Nick Weglarz (knee) tore the meniscus in his left knee Thursday, March 17, reports Barry M. Bloom, of MLB.com. Weglarz suffered the injury while running the bases. He is expected to meet with a specialist for a second opinion before a course of action is initiated.

OF | Travis Snider | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Travis Snider went 1-for-4 with a home run, his first of the spring, along with two RBI and two strikeouts. Snider, who missed time early in the spring due to a rib cage injury, is batting .424 (14-for-33) with six RBI in 10 Grapefruit League games.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner hit leadoff and SS Derek Jeter hit second against the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday, March 20, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews. It marked the second time in the last three games where this has happened but manager Joe Girardi insisted it was a spring training experiment and not necessarily an indication of what will happen on Opening Day.

OF | Matt Stairs | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said there is a "good chance" 1B/OF Matt Stairs would make the team's 25-man roster, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. Entering play Sunday, March 20, Stairs was 5-for-16 (.313) with three RBIs.

OF | Daniel Nava | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have optioned OF Daniel Nava and C Mark Wagner to Triple-A Pawtucket, according to MLB.com's Evan Drellich. P Matt Fox was reassigned to the minors.

OF | Emilio Bonifacio | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said he'd rather have IF Emilio Bonifacio in the starting lineup on a daily basis than playing the utility role he's currently scheduled to be in, according to Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post. "I would like to put him in the lineup on an everyday basis, somewhere, if it comes to that," Rodriguez said. "His energy, what he brings to the game. ... I like the lineup when he's in the lineup."

OF | Mike Stanton | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Mike Stanton (quadriceps) is serving as the designated hitter in a minor league game Sunday, March 20, and could play in the outfield during a minor league game Tuesday, March 22, according to Tom D'Angelo of The Palm Beach Post. He is expected to rejoin the major league team Thursday, March 24.

OF | Chris Coghlan | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Florida Marlins OF Chris Coghlan (shoulder, knee) will play seven innings in center field in a minor league game Sunday, March 20, according to Tom D'Angelo of The Palm Beach Post. He could play in a major league game Tuesday, March 22, but manager Edwin Rodriguez said it is more likely that Coghlan would play against the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, March 23.

OF | Marlon Byrd | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Marlon Byrd may hit in the third slot in the lineup, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of The Chicago Sun-Times.

OF | Melky Cabrera | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Melky Cabrera is batting .526 in 16 games with 20 hits in 38 spring at-bats, according to The Kansas City Star's Bob Dutton. He has seven extra-base hits, including five doubles.

OF | Mark DeRosa | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Mark DeRosa (wrist) said team doctors have advised him not to play for several days because of tendinitis in his surgically repaired wrist, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. This is considered a precautionary measure because of the high number of at-bats DeRosa has had this spring following a long period of inactivity.

OF | Rick Ankiel | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel is the frontrunner for the starting center fielder job, reports Bill Ladson, of MLB.com. Ankiel is trying to hold off OFs Roger Bernadina and Nyjer Morgan for the job.

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Friday, March 18, that it is still "realistic" to expect OF Carlos Beltran (knee) in the lineup for Opening Day, reports Andy McCullough, of The Star-Ledger. The statement comes on the day Beltran received a cortisone shot for tendinitis in his left knee.

OF | Delmon Young | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Delmon Young (arm) did not play Friday, March 18, a day after leaving a game after being hit by pitch on the left arm. The move was precautionary and his injury does not sound serious.

OF | Aaron Rowand | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Aaron Rowand is not likely to be traded, as the team is drawing little or no interest in the veteran, reports Henry Schulman, of the San Francisco Chronicle. It is likely the team will release Rowand if he is not one of the 25 players they want when camp breaks.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (back) missed his second consecutive game Friday, March 18, reports Geoff Baker, of The Seattle Times. Gutierrez is expected to return to game action Saturday, March 19.

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz (personal) returned to the lineup Friday, March 18, against the Cleveland Indians. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and RBI, but he is still batting just .158 this spring.

OF | Julio Borbon | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Julio Borbon has struggled defensively this spring, but manager Ron Washington remains adamant that Borbon is the starting center fielder, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. Outfield coach Gary Pettis has spoken to Borbon about his defense. "He just needs to concentrate and focus a little harder, and not take anything for granted," Washington said. "He's got things to correct and he will correct (them). You never know, but right now he is my center fielder."

OF | Lastings Milledge | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Lastings Milledge is taking things lightly and enjoying his place in the team's clubhouse has he tries to win a roster spot on his fourth team in five seasons, reports Daryl Van Schouwen, of the Chicago Sun-Times. "There are a lot of good players here, a lot more who are way more established than I am," Milledge said. He is batting .314 with four home runs and nine RBI this spring, as the non-roster invitee to camp looks for a spot on the team's bench.

OF | Carlos Quentin | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Carlos Quentin was a perfect 4-for-4 Friday, March 18, finishing with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored and four RBI.

OF | Dewayne Wise | Florida Marlins | Injury
Florida Marlins OF Dewayne Wise (toe) probably will not play in the team's exhibition game Saturday, March 19, because of a toe injury, reports Juan C. Rodriguez, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He also sat out Friday, March 18, because of the injury. He is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

OF | Xavier Nady | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OFs Xavier Nady, Gerardo Parra and Brandon Allen are competing for the starting gig in left field, according to Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic. "It's totally up in the air," said manager Kirk Gibson.

OF | Torii Hunter | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Torii Hunter (illness) is back in the team's lineup against the San Diego Padres Friday, March 18, after being sent home with an illness Thursday, March 17, according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett.

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Corey Hart (oblique) took swings off a tee Tuesday, March 15, but didn't diagnose it as a step forward, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. "It's still not coming as fast as I want it to," Hart said. "It won't go away. I still can't go full-speed on anything. Hitting off the tee is fine, but I can't amp it up the way I know I can. I can throw, but as soon as I have to do a quick move or let it go, it kills." He is still hoping to be ready for Opening Day.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay continues to get comfortable with his timing at the plate after he made some changes to his stance during the offseason, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. "It's still a work in progress a little bit," said Bay. "Early on it was the speed of the game, and now I'm almost too early (swinging) because I'm used to doing too much to get ready. I'm not used to having that much time, and it's tough." Manager Terry Collins expects Bay to rely on his legs more when he swings and therefore hit for more power this season.

OF | Eric Hinske | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Eric Hinske, C David Ross and OF Joe Mather are likely to earn roster spots, while IFs Diory Hernandez and Ed Lucas are competing for one utility slot, speculates Carroll Rogers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. OFs Matt Young and Wilkin Ramirez are competing for the other utility slot.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) is playing in his second consecutive game Friday, March 18, after playing in a night game Thursday, March 17, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Carroll Rogers. "I don't think he would have missed a game if we'd been in the regular season this past week," general manager Frank Wren said. "It's just precaution."


Starting Pitcher

SP | Bronson Arroyo | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Bronson Arroyo (flu) was scratched Monday, March 21, due to the flu, The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reports.

SP | Scott Olsen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Scott Olsen is out of the mix for a rotation spot, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports. He's not injured, but he's going to slow down his work because his arm strength isn't where it needs to be and could start the season on the disabled list.

SP | Jordan Lyles | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros reassigned RP Sergio Escalona, P Pat Urckfitz, P Fernando Rodriguez, SP Jordan Lyles, RP Casey Fien, P Stephen Locke and OF T.J. Steele to minor league camp, MLB.com's Alyson Footer reports.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy allowed one hit in five shutout innings Saturday, March 19, against the Detroit Tigers, according to Carroll Rogers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Beachy is in contention for the fifth starter slot.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (biceps) will have his right biceps injury examined Monday, March 21, in Cincinnati, and it is unknown what the severity of the injury is or how the team will respond. MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports SP's Travis Wood and Mike Leake will likely go north with the team now that Cueto may miss the start of the season, but it is not known yet what their roles will be.

SP | Kevin Correia | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Paul Maholm or SP Kevin Correia will start Opening Day of the 2011 season Friday, April 1, against the Chicago Cubs, according to Colin Dunlap of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

SP | Scott Baker | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Baker allowed one run and three hits in four innings with six strikeouts Sunday, March 20, reports Rhett Bollinger, of MLB.com. Baker remains locked in a battle for the fifth starter spot with SP Kevin Slowey. Manager Ron Gardenhire said afterwards that it is still a close battle.

SP | Erik Bedard | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Erik Bedard needed just 62 pitches to work through five innings in his Cactus League start Sunday, March 20, reports Geoff Baker, of The Seattle Times. The team wanted to see him throw 70 to 80 pitches, but decided not to push their luck after he was starting to get hit hard in the final inning of work. He ended up allowing one run and five hits with one walk and two strikeouts in five innings. Bedard is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 10 2/3 innings over four spring starts.

SP | Barry Enright | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Barry Enright allowed two earned runs, four hits and two walks over five innings in a Cactus League start Sunday, March 20. Enright also struck out four batters. He is in a battle with SP Armando Galarraga for the fifth starter job.

SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle Lohse allowed just one run and seven hits in five strong innings Saturday, March 19, reports Joe Strauss, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Lohe has a 1.50 ERA with no walks and 12 strikeouts in 18 spring innings.

SP | Kyle McClellan | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle McClellan had another strong Grapefruit League start Sunday, March 20, allowing just three hits and three walks in five scoreless innings, reports Joe Strauss, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Manager Tony LaRussa hasn't officially named him as the fifth starter, but pitching coach Dave Duncan has adjusted the rotation to position McClellan for his first regular season appearance. In addition, a club source said McClellan has already been informed the job is his.

SP | Chris Narveson | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Chris Narveson was pounded for seven earned runs, nine hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings in a Cactus League start Sunday, March 20, reports Michael Hunt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

SP | Edinson Volquez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Edinson Volquez allowed five earned runs, one hit and five walks over 2 1/3 innings in a Cactus League start Sunday, March 20, reports Tom Groeschen, of The Cincinnati Enquirer. "My arm is fine. Everything was good," Volquez said. "(There was) a little bit of a problem with control. It's nothing mechanical. I was just jumping from the rubber to home plate." Volquez has allowed six earned runs and seven walks in just 4 2/3 innings over two spring appearances.

SP | Greg Reynolds | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Greg Reynolds, who is a candidate for the fifth starter job, might be headed to Triple-A Colorado Springs to log some innings, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post. "We're still creating forums for different people to perform," manager Jim Tracy said.

SP | John Maine | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP John Maine struggled with his command Saturday, March 19, against the Cincinnati Reds, and the fifth starter candidate isn't scheduled to make a Cactus League start this week, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post.

SP | Esmil Rogers | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Esmil Rogers allowed six earned runs, eight hits and two walks over five innings Sunday, March 20, in a Cactus League start, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post. Rogers was phenomenal his last time out, appearing to move to the front of the pack battling for the fifth starter job. However, his spring ERA now sits at 5.68 over 19 innings in four starts and one relief appearance. Rogers still appears to be the lead horse, as Ps Greg Reynolds and John Maine have recently struggled too.

SP | Joel Pineiro | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joel Pineiro (shoulder) left his minor league start early Sunday, March 20, due to tightness in the back of his shoulder, reports Mark DiGiovanna, of the Los Angeles Times.

SP | Madison Bumgarner | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner allowed four runs - three earned - and four hits over just two innings Sunday, March 20, reports Andrew Baggarly, of The Mercury News. Bumgarner's spring record slipped to 1-3 with a 4.76 ERA in 17 innings over four starts and two relief appearances.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brandon McCarthy allowed two earned runs, five hits and no walks over seven innings Sunday, March 20, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle. McCarthy also struck out five batters, as he improved to 1-0 with a 3.05 ERA in 20 2/3 innings over five spring appearances. McCarthy appears to be the favorite in a three-pitcher race for the final rotation spot.

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Dallas Braden allowed just one earned run while scattering nine hits Sunday, March 20, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Braden also didn't walk anyone, while striking out two batters. Still, Braden is 0-3 with a 7.02 ERA in 16 2/3 innings over five spring starts.

SP | Josh Outman | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Josh Outman, who was sent to the minor league camp Sunday, March 20, will work in a minor league game Wednesday, March 23, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle. Outman said the plan is that he'll start the season in the rotation for Triple-A Sacramento.

SP | Tyson Ross | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics Ps Bobby Cramer, Brandon McCarthy and Tyson Ross are the final three competitors for the fifth starter job, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

SP | Kyle Drabek | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Marc Rzepczynski is out of the mix, so the final two rotation spots are down to three candidates - Ps Kyle Drabek, Jesse Litsch and Jo-Jo Reyes, reports Mike Rutsey, of the Toronto Sun.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow will work in a minor league "B" game Wednesday, March 23, allowing RP Jo-Jo Reyes a chance to get a longer look from management, reports Mike Rutsey, of the Toronto Sun.

SP | Tommy Hanson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Atlanta Braves SP Tommy Hanson (back) said he has been dealing with minor back soreness, according to David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is expected to pitch in minor league games Wednesday, March 23 and Monday, March 28.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (tendinitis) has been shut down with rotator cuff tendinitis, one day after throwing 83 pitches in an exhibition game, according to Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com. He will be reassessed Monday, March 21. If Peavy is unable to make his scheduled start against the Chicago Cubs Thursday, March 24, he will likely not be on the Opening Day roster.

SP | Collin Balester | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals P Collin Balester may begin the season in the minor leagues despite having a strong spring, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. He has allowed two earned runs over 8 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is refusing to name SP Ivan Nova as the team's No. 4 starter, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com. "We just want to let it play out," Girardi said. "Let it all play out. He's pitched well, he has. I think it's important that people go out and earn things, and continue to work and show us what you got. He has to earn it. Yes, he had some starts last year but that doesn't guarantee that he's our fourth or fifth starter. It just doesn't. He's got to go out and earn it."

SP | A.J. Burnett | New York Yankees | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the New York Yankees have named SP A.J. Burnett as their No. 2 starter and SP Phil Hughes as their No. 3 starter, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the New York Yankees have named SP A.J. Burnett as their No. 2 starter and SP Phil Hughes as their No. 3 starter, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com.

SP | Rich Harden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Rich Harden (lat) is expected to do long toss Sunday, March 20, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald (side) threw a successful bullpen session Sunday, March 20, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

SP | Freddy Garcia | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Freddy Garcia had his second straight subpar outing, according to The New York Post's Brian Costello. Garcia allowed five runs on five hits in six innings with no walks and six strikeouts Saturday, March 19, against the Toronto Blue Jays. This came six days after he gave up four runs in 2 2/3 innings to the Minnesota Twins.

SP | Josh M. Johnson | Florida Marlins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Florida Marlins still face an uncertain rotation order behind SP Josh M. Johnson, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. The team wants to see one more start from SP Ricky Nolasco before making the decisions.

SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals will use a four-man rotation to start the season, according to The Associated Press. SP's Luke Hochevar, Kyle Davies, Jeff Francis and Bruce Chen will compose the rotation until mid-April, when a fifth starter will be added.

SP | Vicente Padilla | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Vicente Padilla (arm) said his arm felt "so-so" after a bullpen session Friday, March 18, and MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reported Padilla skipped playing catch Saturday, March 19. Padilla said he would try to play catch Sunday, March 20.

SP | Tim Wakefield | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Tim Wakefield allowed four home runs Friday, March 18, in his latest start, according to MLB.com's Bill Chastain.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Jair Jurrjens is cutting down on weight activities because he believes it is costing him strength in his shoulder, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman. "You want to make sure your shoulder is going to be ready for the long season," Jurrjens said. "Sometimes, you just have to know your body and just give it a break."

SP | Charlie Furbush | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers have optioned Ps Alberto Alburquerque and Charlie Furbush to Triple-A Toledo, according to Tom Gage of The Detroit News. SS Argenis Diaz and 1B Scott Thorman were reassigned to minor league camp.

SP | Brad Lincoln | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Pirates SP Brad Lincoln (elbow) will miss his scheduled bullpen session Sunday, March 20, but he is expected to be fine in time for Opening Day, according to The Associated Press.

SP | Eric Hurley | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have optioned Ps Eric Hurley and Ryan Tucker and IFs Chad X. Tracy and Brian Barden to Triple-A Round Rock, according to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. C Jose Felix and 1B Jose Julio Ruiz have been optioned to Double-A Frisco. Ps Cody Eppley and Seth McClung have been reassigned to minor league camp.

SP | Doug Davis | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Steve Canter, the agent for free-agent SP Doug Davis (Brewers), said his client will audition for interested teams Thursday, March 24, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

SP | Jason Davis | Retired Players | Transaction, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians P Jason Davis has ended his comeback attempt, according to Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. He had been in the organization's minor league camp for a week and struggled in his only game appearance.

SP | Sergio Mitre | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Sergio Mitre (oblique) allowed a two-run homer in three innings of work against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, March 18, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. It was his first game action since being sidelined with a mild oblique strain.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Ubaldo Jimenez has officially been named as the Opening Day starter for April 1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post.

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa will line up as the second starter, working his first regular season start Saturday, April 2, against the Arizona Diamondbacks, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post.

SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin will serve as the team's third starter, making his first regular season start Sunday, April 3, against the Arizona Diamondbacks, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post.

SP | Jason Hammel | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jason Hammel will line up as the team's No. 4 starter, making his first regular season start Tuesday, April 5, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post.

SP | Pat Misch | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins still considers SP Pat Misch viable as a fifth starter, although SP Chris Capuano remains the favorite, reports Andy McCullough, of The Star-Ledger.

SP | Zach Stewart | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays returned P Henderson Alvarez, SP Zach Stewart and 2B John Tolisano to their minor league camp Friday, March 18, reports Gregor Chisholm, of MLB.com. Stewart is likely to start the year in the rotation for Triple-A Las Vegas.

SP | Jeff Suppan | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants RP Jeff Suppan, who is trying to win the long relief job, has allowed seven earned runs and 11 hits over his past five spring innings, reports Alex Pavlovic, of The Mercury News.

SP | Jason Vargas | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Jason Vargas threw 67 pitches over five innings in a Cactus League start Friday, March 18, reports Geoff Baker, of The Seattle Times. Vargas allowed four runs - three earned - and seven hits over five innings. The runs allowed were his first of the spring. Vargas remains in line to serve as the team's No. 2 starter.

SP | Jeremy Guthrie | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Jeremy Guthrie will work in a minor league "B" game against the Triple-A team of the Minnesota Twins, as he remains on schedule despite a team off day, reports Brittany Ghiroli, of MLB.com.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman is likely to make a minor league start Tuesday, March 22, reports Brittany Ghiroli, of MLB.com.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton might make a Grapefruit League start Tuesday, March 22, against the New York Yankees, reports Brittany Ghiroli, of MLB.com.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz allowed one run over 4 2/3 innings while striking out eight batters Friday, March 18, reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com. "It's huge. It's confidence. It's everything," Matusz said. "I'm right on track. I'm working hard, I'm trying to get my delivery back toward having a good groove. I don't believe I walked a guy and that's important, too."

SP | David Huff | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
SPs Jeanmar Gomez and David Huff each worked in Cactus League action Friday, March 18, and each were shaky, reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Gomez started and allowed three earned runs, four hits and two walks in four innings, while Huff took the loss after allowing three earned runs and six hits in just 2 1/3 innings of relief. Meanwhile, SP Josh Tomlin was sharp in a minor league outing Wednesday, March 16, and he might now be the frontrunner for the fifth starter job.

SP | Philip Humber | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox RP Philip Humber allowed a walk with two strikeouts in three hitless and scoreless innings of relief Friday, March 18.

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks allowed just one earned run, four hits and no walks while striking out four batters in a Cactus League start Friday, March 18, reports Barry M. Bloom, of MLB.com. Danks is 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA in 17 2/3 innings over four spring starts.

SP | Chad Reineke | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds reassigned Ps Scott Carroll and Chad Reineke to the minor leagues Friday, March 18, according to John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

SP | Clayton Richard | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Clayton Richard is currently on track to serve as the team's No. 2 starter, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com. He's expected to make two more Spring Training starts.

SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann was pounded for six runs in just four innings against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, March 18, for his worst outing this spring, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz walked the first hitter of the game and allowed runners on base in all but one of his four-plus innings Friday, March 18, against the Detroit Tigers, according to MLB.com's Evan Drellich. "I struggled with command with every pitch," Buchholz said. "I could never get comfortable on the mound. (I was) trying to make adjustments with my release point and went to both ends of the spectrum. (It's) definitely not one of my best outings." He surrendered three runs (one earned) and five hits while walking two.

SP | J.A. Happ | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP J.A. Happ put together a solid outing Friday, March 18, surrendering one run on four hits in five innings, although he did issue four walks, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley surrendered three runs on four hits in four innings Friday, March 18, reports The Associated Press. Billingsley has struggled to find his curveball this spring, but believes he's on track to be ready for the season.

SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia, who has had his share of struggles this spring, showed improvement Friday, March 18, allowing two runs on five hits and a pair of walks in four innings, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Garcia threw 46 of his 76 pitches for strikes.

SP | Justin Duchscherer | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Justin Duchscherer (hip) played catch from a distance of 100 feet Thursday, March 17, and Friday, March 18, as he attempts to stretch out his hips, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com. Duchscherer is still aiming to be healthy by Opening Day.

SP | Kevin Hart | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed SP Kevin Hart (shoulder) on the 60-day disabled list Friday, March 18, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Colin Dunlap.

SP | Carlos Zambrano | Chicago Cubs | Injury
Chicago Cubs SP Carlos Zambrano (wrist) has had his left wrist wrapped the past two days and will not hit Friday, March 18, as the Cubs are being careful with him, according to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com. "I don't know (what's wrong)," said manager Mike Quade. "I can see the same thing you do. Guys wrap their arms and their shoulders. I don't pay much attention to that. The only thing I want the guy to do is pitch. But guess what? If I see where we can err on the side of caution, that's what we will do."

SP | Tommy Hunter | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SPs C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis have been locked into the top two spots in the rotation for some time, but the rest of the rotation is starting to take shape, according to ESPNDallas.com's Tim McMahon. SPs Matt Harrison and Tommy Hunter appear to have won the third and fourth spots. "Matt Harrison has had a great spring. He's got to be right thick in the mix," pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "Tommy Hunter has had one hiccup, but he had great stuff that day. Tommy might have a little lead on the other guys because of what he's done in the past. He's very deserving of being given that opportunity to be in the rotation." The candidates for the final spot include SPs Derek Holland, Michael Kirkman, Dave Bush, Brett Tomko, Alexi Ogando and Neftali Feliz.

SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has expressed some concern with SP Shaun Marcum's (shoulder, neck) recent injuries, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Andrew Gruman. "There is definitely concern there," said Roenicke. "His neck bothered him the last couple of days and when he went out there today, he thought it was the neck. I don't know if he was overcompensating, I don't know." However, the move to remove Marcum from his start Thursday, March 17, was more of a precautionary move.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Houston Astros SP Wandy Rodriguez (shoulder) threw a side session Friday, March 18, and will return to game action Tuesday, March 22, MLB.com's Alyson Footer reports.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Injury
Updating previous reports, Boston Red Sox RP Felix Doubront (elbow) was pleased after he threw a 30-pitch simulated game Monday, March 21, WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reports.

RP | Jensen Lewis | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians placed P Jensen Lewis on waivers, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports. He would be owed roughly one-fourth of his $650,000 if he's released.

RP | Jason Isringhausen | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets RP Jason Isringhausen (elbow) will not throw Monday, March 21, and has taken anti-inflammatories due to elbow inflammation, The Star-Ledger's Andy McCullough reports. This likely hurts his chances of making the team out of camp.

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Toronto Blue Jays RP Frank Francisco (elbow) will receive a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews Tuesday, March 22, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.

RP | Fernando Nieve | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates reassigned P Fernando Nieve and P Justin Thomas to minor league camp, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

RP | Oliver Perez | free agent | Transaction
The New York Mets released RP Oliver Perez, The Wall Street Journal's Brian Costa reports.

RP | Sergio Escalona | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros reassigned RP Sergio Escalona, P Pat Urckfitz, P Fernando Rodriguez, SP Jordan Lyles, RP Casey Fien, P Stephen Locke and OF T.J. Steele to minor league camp, MLB.com's Alyson Footer reports.

RP | Brad Lidge | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies CL Brad Lidge (biceps) will pitch in a minor league game Monday, March 21, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb reports.

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets RP Jason Isringhausen is in range to supplant RP Bobby Parnell as the team's eighth-inning pitcher thanks to his strong spring play, according to Mike Puma of The New York Post.

RP | Mark DiFelice | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP Mark DiFelice (hand) suffered contusions on the third and fourth knuckles of his right hand when he was hit by a line drive, according to MLB.com's Owen Perkins. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said DiFelice was day-to-day.

RP | Mark Melancon | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros RP Mark Melancon appears to have a good shot at making the Opening Day roster, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. Melancon has allowed one earned run and three walks in six innings, including a scoreless inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, March 19.

RP | LaTroy Hawkins | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP LaTroy Hawkins (shoulder) pitched Friday, March 18, for the first time since Aug. 10. He had shoulder surgery last year and pitched in a minor league game at spring camp, according to Owen Perkins of MLB.com.

RP | Mike Hampton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Mike Hampton allowed five runs in just one-third of an inning Saturday, March 19, as his chances of making the club might have taken a hit, reports Nick Piecoro, of The Arizona Republic. Hampton has now allowed 11 runs over 8 1/3 innings.

RP | Dan Runzler | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants RP Dan Runzler allowed one hit and no walks with three strikeouts in three scoreless innings of relief Sunday, March 20, reports Andrew Baggarly, of The Mercury News. Runzler improved his chances for breaking camp with the team.

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (oblique) said Sunday, March 20, that he'll be ready for Opening Day, reports Henry Schulman, of the San Francisco Chronicle. Manager Bruce Bochy said an MRI Saturday, March 19, revealed that Wilson has a "mild strain" of the left oblique muscle. Wilson is set to have the injury reassessed Monday, March 21.

RP | Brian Fuentes | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Brian Fuentes allowed three earned runs, three hits and a walk while retiring just one batter Sunday, March 20.

RP | Jason Frasor | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said RP Jason Frasor might aid RP Jon Rauch on closer duties if RPs Octavio Dotel (hamstring) and Frank Francisco (pectoral) are not ready for the start of the regular season, reports Mike Rutsey, of the Toronto Sun.

RP | Jon Rauch | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RPs Octavio Dotel (hamstring) and Frank Francisco (pectoral) are hurting, so RP Jon Rauch might start out as the team's closer, reports Mike Rutsey, of the Toronto Sun. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said a decision on both pitchers would be made by mid-week. If Francisco starts out on the 15-day disabled list, manager John Farrell said Rauch would be closer, aided by RP Jason Frasor.

RP | Joey Devine | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Joey Devine (biceps) is expected to throw in a minor league simulated game Monday, March 21, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

RP | Guillermo Moscoso | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics have sent Ps Guillermo Moscoso and Josh Outman to minor league camp, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Both pitchers are expected to begin the season in Triple-A Sacramento's starting rotation.

RP | Joe Smith | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians RP Joe Smith (abdominal) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, March 22, according to Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

RP | Matt Thornton | Chicago White Sox | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Confirming previous reports, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has named RP Matt Thornton as his team's closer, according to MLB.com's Scott Merkin. RP Chris Sale, who had been in the running for the job, will serve as the set-up man.

RP | Pat Neshek | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres have claimed RP Pat Neshek off waivers from the Minnesota Twins, according to Dan Hayes of the North County Times.

RP | Joe Thatcher | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres RP Joe Thatcher (shoulder) got results of his MRI back on Friday, March 18, and the results on his sore left shoulder showed no structural damage, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com. "It's just a matter of getting the inflammation out of there, and hopefully we'll be ready to go," Thatcher said. "We'll continue to rehab but there's peace of mind there's nothing wrong."

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz (back) did not make his scheduled appearance Friday, March 18, after feeling back pain while warming up in the Diamondbacks' bullpen, according to Jack Magruder of FoxSportsArizona.com. "Hopefully it's nothing serious. Just stiff. Couldn't get it loose," Putz said.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain (oblique) threw a 31-pitch bullpen session Saturday, March 19, and said everything went well, according to The Associated Press. He is expected to pitch in a game within the next few days.

RP | Pedro Feliciano | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees RP Pedro Feliciano (arm) threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Saturday, March 19, according to The Associated Press. He is expected to throw a longer bullpen session in several days.

RP | Joe Beimel | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joe Beimel (elbow) will not make his scheduled appearance Saturday, March 19, because of left elbow discomfort, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch.

RP | Josh Judy | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have optioned RP Josh Judy to Triple-A Columbus, according to Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Manager Manny Acta said Judy would likely get an opportunity to pitch at the major league level later this year.

RP | Octavio Dotel | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Octavio Dotel (hamstring) had a mound session Saturday, March 19, and will be re-evaluated Sunday, March 20, according to The Associated Press.

RP | Brandon League | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP Brandon League was tagged for four runs - two earned - and three walks with one hit in an inning of work Friday, March 18. League's spring ERA slipped to 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in seven innings over seven appearances. League is expected to serve as the team's closer if RP David Aardsma (hip) is not ready to start the regular season.

RP | Darren Oliver | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Darren Oliver has worked in just two regular Cactus League games, an intrasquad game and two minor league games, reports Anthony Andro, of The Dallas Morning News. Oliver is stretching himself out, working three innings in the intrasquad contest. "No one wants to go out there and look bad," Oliver said. "I think sometimes people read too much into spring training, period. I've seen people have great spring trainings and it not translate in the regular season. I've seen it the other way, too."

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz will get another Cactus League start Saturday, March 19, reports Jean-Jacques Taylor, of The Dallas Morning News. No decision has been reached yet on whether he'll be used in the rotation or as the closer.

RP | Kevin Gregg | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Kevin Gregg, a candidate for the closer job, allowed a home run in two innings during a minor league game Friday, March 18, reports Brittany Ghiroli, of MLB.com. Manager Buck Showalter described the home run as "wind-aided."

RP | Koji Uehara | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Koji Uehara (elbow) will throw Saturday, March 19, and the team will have a better idea of when he can get into a Grapefruit League game after that, reports Brittany Ghiroli, of MLB.com.

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Drew Storen likely will make the opening day roster even though he has struggled at times during spring training games, reports Adam Kilgore, of The Washington Post.

RP | Heath Bell | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres RP Heath Bell has had a dismal spring, posting a 14.73 ERA in four appearances, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com. "I was just rushing myself out there and I fell behind (in the count)," Bell said after allowing four runs in one inning Thursday, March 17. "That was hard for me. I was flustered. But it's an eye-opener that I have to keep working my butt off out here. . . The first outing, I was trying to show everyone the calf was fine. The second, I worked on my pitches. The third outing I was working on my curveball. (Thursday), I was just rushing everything."

RP | Sam Demel | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Sam Demel could earn himself a more prominent role in the bullpen because of his impressive spring training performance, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro. The team is considering RPs Demel, David Hernandez and Juan Gutierrez for the seventh and eighth-inning roles.

RP | Scot Shields | Retired Players | Transaction
Free-agent RP Scot Shields (Angels) will formally announce his retirement from baseball Friday, March 18, according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett.

RP | Garrett Olson | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed RP Garrett Olson (Mariners), reports Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. The Mariners placed Olson on waivers Thursday, March 17.

RP | Sean Burnett | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals appear likely to begin the season with a closer-by-committee approach, consisting of RPs Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard, Todd Coffey, Henry Rodriguez and Sean Burnett, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post. "I don't even really want to use the word 'closer,'" said manager Jim Riggleman. "We're just going to try to get the outs in the ninth inning. There's no one person. You see spurts of excellence, guys blowing some people away. And then you see wildness. It's just a matter of maneuvering it as best you can to try to get the outs in the eighth and ninth if you're winning the ballgame."

RP | Mark Lowe | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Mark Lowe, a candidate to close if RP Neftali Feliz moves to the rotation, gave up four runs and five hits Thursday, March 17, and has a 10.50 ERA this spring, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. Lowe's command has not been there this spring, especially with his slider. "The slider always comes around last, and once we get out of the thin air here in Arizona, it will start moving a bit more," Lowe said. "I've never been a big results guy in Spring Training. It usually takes me all of six weeks to be ready. Once the phone rings during the season, I'll be ready to go."

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