Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 22, 2011 @ 04:15:26 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Derrek Lee | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Orioles 1B Derrek Lee (foot) said he's going to test his foot and would like to play Tuesday, March 22, but it may be the following day, The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly reports.

1B | Brad Eldred | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants P's Casey Daigle, Shane Loux and Felix Romero, C Jackson Williams and 1B Brad Eldred were reassigned to minor league camp, according to MLB.com's Chris Haft.

1B | Dan Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 1B Dan Johnson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, his third of the spring, Monday, March 21. Manager Joe Maddon said over the weekend that Johnson has the edge over 1B Casey Kotchman for the first base job.

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy has indicated that 1B Todd Helton will be rested frequently this season regardless of how he is playing on the field, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck. "We need to use him sensibly. I can't get to the point where I was last year where I knew he was tired, but the mere presence of him in the lineup helped us," Tracy said.

1B | Mark Hamilton | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals sent P Blake King, 1B Mark Hamilton and C Tony Cruz to Triple-A Memphis Monday, March 21, according to the Memphis Redbirds' official Twitter page.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox are set to resume contract extension talks with 1B Adrian Gonzalez and his agent either Tuesday, March 22, or Wednesday, March 23, according to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez and Evan Drellich.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau, OF Michael Cuddyer (foot) and RP Joe Nathan (elbow) played in a minor league game Monday, March 21, and Nathan stretched out to two innings for the first time this spring, according to the Pioneer Press' Kelsie Smith. Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with a double and played three innings in right field. Morneau was hitless in five at-bats and was hit by two pitches.

1B | Prince Fielder | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
One scout has been impressed with the play and hustle of Milwaukee Brewers 1B Prince Fielder this spring, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

1B | Kendrys Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
The confirmation that Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendrys Morales (leg) will start the season on the disabled list means that 1B Mark Trumbo (groin) will be the team's starting first baseman, according to Lyle Spencer of MLB.com. As for Trumbo's groin injury, Spencer reports that he has returned to taking infield practice and is nearing a full return.

1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
The confirmation that Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendrys Morales (leg) will start the season on the disabled list means that 1B Mark Trumbo (groin) will be the team's starting first baseman, according to Lyle Spencer of MLB.com. As for Trumbo's groin injury, Spencer reports that he has returned to taking infield practice and is nearing a full return.


Second Baseman

2B | Will Rhymes | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 2B Will Rhymes has won the starting second base job, ESPN.com's Tim Kurkjian reports.

2B | Scott Sizemore | Detroit Tigers | Transaction
The Detroit Tigers optioned P Robbie Weinhardt, 2B Scott Sizemore and OF Clete Thomas to Triple-A Toledo; and reassigned RP Fu-Te Ni and C Max St. Pierre to minor league camp, according to the team's Twitter page.

2B | Brent Lillibridge | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 2B Brent Lillibridge will bat ninth and start in center field Tuesday, March 22, reports Barry M. Bloom, of MLB.com. Lillibridge and OF Lastings Milledge stand as the main candidates for the 25th man or last utility outfield spot.

2B | Ben Zobrist | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon did not rule out using 2B Ben Zobrist in the leadoff spot from the right side, as well as the left, reports Marc Topkin, of the St. Petersburg Times. Still, Maddon is believed to be more comfortable using Zobrist in the leadoff spot against righties, and OF B.J. Upton in the leadoff spot against left-handed pitching.

2B | Aaron Hill | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill (quadriceps) played second base in a minor league game Sunday, March 20, for the second straight day, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. Hill is on schedule to make his spring debut this week.

2B | Emmanuel Burriss | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants cut 2B Emmanuel Burriss and OF Darren Ford from camp Monday, March 21, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News.

2B | Tsuyoshi Nishioka | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 2B Tsuyoshi Nishioka has been playing well this spring and manager Ron Gardenhire has been impressed with his defensive play at second base, according to MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger. Nishioka is hitting .324 with five RBIs and four runs in 34 at-bats. "I haven't really noticed that much difference," Nishioka said. "I haven't really thought that much about it at the plate."

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee) said Sunday, March 20, that he is "moving in the right direction," according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. "He's getting a little better. It's not coming real fast, but he's showing - according to the doctors and trainers - he's starting to get better. It seems like it's going to take a while, though," manager Charlie Manuel said.

2B | Augie Ojeda | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 2B Augie Ojeda (back) will undergo an epidural in his back Monday, March 21, and is expected to return to action within the next several days, according to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com.


Shortstop

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B/SS Asdrubal Cabrera (leg) was held out of the team's spring game against the Kansas City Royals Monday, March 21, for precautionary reasons, according to MLB.com's Barry M. Bloom.

SS | Alex Cora | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Three Washington Nationals players have the inside track on the final infield spot, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. IF Alex Cora, SS Brian Bixler and IF Alberto Gonzalez are in contention.

SS | Miguel Tejada | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SS Miguel Tejada was penciled in to bat eighth Monday, March 21, but the game was cancelled due to rain, reports Andrew Baggarly, of The Mercury News. Tejada said he has no problem batting eighth in manager Bruce Bochy's order, if that is what is needed. "Bochy is a great manager," Tejada said. "I know people will say, 'Oh, Miggy is hitting eighth.' But it's OK, really. I am here to help the team win." Tejada was thought to be the No. 5 hitter when camp opened, but Tejada is batting just .227 with no homers and only one extra-base hit this spring.

SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored Monday, March 21, and he also made his sixth error of the spring.

SS | Angel Sanchez | Houston Astros | Injury
Houston Astros SS Angel Sanchez (back) was cleared to perform all baseball drills Monday, March 21, and is expected to play in the team's spring training camp Wednesday, March 23, according to Brian McTaggart, of MLB.com.

SS | Brian Bocock | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury
Philadelphia Phillies P Brian Schlitter (elbow) and SS Brian Bocock (wrist) will both undergo MRI exams in the coming days, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.

SS | Jhonny Peralta | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta is feeling "really good" this spring despite his stats this spring, according to The Detroit Ledger's Matt Reinstetle. Peralta is hitting .237 this spring and wants to work on his batting average and cut down on his strikeouts.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
For the third time in the past four games, New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner hit leadoff and SS Derek Jeter hit second Monday, March 21, reports Zach Berman of The Star-Ledger. "We're starting to play them together, and we're trying to see what it's like," said manager Joe Girardi, who holds firm that the move isn't a reflection of his plans for the Opening Day lineup.

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew (midsection) returned to action Sunday, March 20, according to Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic. He played four innings and the team will continue to have him take it slow.


Third Baseman

3B | Matt Dominguez | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins 3B Matt Dominguez (flu) is out with the flu Tuesday, March 22, and is expected to return the following day, the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi reports.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said it's likely 3B Ryan Zimmerman (groin) will return Friday, March 25, and play in four of the final five spring games, the Washington Times' Amanda Comak reports.

3B | Brandon Wood | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim IF Brandon Wood's time with the club may be nearing an end, according to Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times. Although Wood is having a good spring, he is lower on the depth chart than other players and he is out of options.

3B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies may have interest in Texas Rangers 3B Michael Young to fill the spot of 2B Chase Utley, according to The New York Daily News. The Rangers may take a trade involving SP Kyle Kendrick or SP Joe Blanton for Young, depending on whether or not CL Neftali Feliz stays in the bullpen.

3B | Mark Teahen | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Mark Teahen will make his first spring start in right field Tuesday, March 22, reports Mark Gonzales, of the Chicago Tribune. "All along, I just want to do what makes us better and go in that direction," Teahen said. "I believe I'll get my at-bats and playing time and make the team better when I get that."

3B | Eric Chavez | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees 3B Eric Chavez (calf) is dealing with spasms in his right calf, and he is not likely to play until Friday, March 25, reports Zach Berman, of The Star-Ledger.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez (illness) was scratched from the lineup Monday, March 21, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Ramirez was feeling worse after feeling somewhat better Sunday, March 20.

3B | Matt Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals sent 3B Matt Carpenter, OF Shane Robinson and Ps John Gast, Brandon Dickson, Joe Kelly, Lance Lynn and Raul Valdes to the minor leagues Monday, March 21, reports the Memphis Redbirds' official Twitter Page.

3B | Casey Blake | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Casey Blake (back) is expected to begin the season on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com's Tony Jackson. "Yeah, we are definitely moving in that direction," manager Don Mattingly said. "I know guys start thinking about Opening Day and (how) they want to be ready, and they do stuff and they tell you stuff to get to Opening Day. I would rather have him miss (the first) five, seven or 10 days and then have him healthy for the rest of the year instead of trying to (bring him back) on Opening Day when he's not ready to go and not 100-percent healthy." Blake said he continues to make progress after hitting off a tee Saturday, March 19. A DL trip for Blake could be backdated to Tuesday, March 15, meaning he could be activated as early as April 6. In the meantime, the team is expected to use SS Juan Uribe at third base and 2B Jamey Carroll at second.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (ankles) will start only two out of every three games for the season's first month, and how much he'll play after that is unknown, reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "You start out wanting to really be careful and as you get into the season and he's feeling great, then you have more confidence that you can play him without going backward," said skipper Tony La Russa. "The thoughts are always going to be the same: don't push, have him play the whole season. But if it turns out he's responding really well and you add a game, that's why everything is just an estimate."

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez is having an outstanding spring, hitting .432 with five home runs, 11 RBIs and 37 total bases in 13 games, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. "The way he's driving the baseball is what you're used to seeing, and that you can't ignore," said manager Joe Girardi.


Catcher

C | John Jaso | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays C John Jaso (groin) has missed two straight games after taking a foul tip to the groin area Saturday, March 19, and manager Joe Maddon said he'll be out at least a couple more days, reports Marc Topkin, of the St. Petersburg Times. "He's doing better," Maddon said. "It's going to be a slow process in a sense, however, to be totally well, but he's going to be able to play hopefully within three, four days. Everything is coming along well."

C | Ryan Hanigan | Cincinnati Reds | Injury
Cincinnati Reds C Ryan Hanigan (finger) was scratched from the lineup Monday, March 21, because of a sore right pinky, reports Mark Sheldon, of MLB.com. Hanigan said the injury is no big deal and was able to take batting practice.

C | Chris Snyder | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Chris Snyder (back) had multiple at-bats in a minor league game Monday, March 21, and also caught a bullpen session, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch. He hopes to return to Grapefruit League action Tuesday, March 22.

C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson and C Victor Martinez each had three hits in a rout of the Houston Astros Monday, March 21, and C Alex Avila knocked in three runs, according to The Detroit News' Lynn Henning.

C | Manny Pina | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals demoted Ps Greg Holland and Blake Wood and C Manny Pina to Triple-A Omaha Monday, March 21, reports Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer (knee) caught six innings and went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk in his spring debut behind the plate Monday, March 21, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.

C | Kurt Suzuki | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C Kurt Suzuki built up his throwing routing this spring in an effort to throw out more baserunners this season, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea. Suzuki also worked on his footwork and thinks he has a quicker release.

C | Jesus Montero | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The New York Yankees are still unsure whether C Jesus Montero or C Austin Romine will be their backup catcher on Opening Day, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. "It's still something that we're trying to sort out," manager Joe Girardi said. "We're just going to let that play out. . .Romine has been considered a better defensive catcher than Montero. . .I've seen Montero make great strides. I believe that he has definitely closed that gap."


Outfielder

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (ankle) suffered a moderate ankle sprain, and he could miss the Class A season opener, The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore reports.

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran (knees) will play in a minor league game Tuesday, March 22, and be limited to designated hitter with a pinch runner, Newsday's David Lennon reports.

OF | Shane Victorino | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Shane Victorino (eye) is out of the lineup Tuesday, March 22, the Philadelphia Daily News' David Murphy reports.

OF | Reggie Willits | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Reggie Willits (calf) continues his recovery from a strained calf muscle in his left leg, but Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports it looks like Willits will have to start the season on the disabled list.

OF | Alex Rios | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Alex Rios hit his fourth home run in Cactus League play Monday, March 21, reports Barry M. Bloom, of MLB.com. Rios is now batting .295 with four home runs and 14 RBI this spring.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Ryan Ludwick (shin) has missed three games after fouling several balls off his shin, reports Dan Hayes, of the North County Times. Manager Bud Black said Monday, March 21, that he expects Ludwick to return soon.

OF | Will Venable | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said Monday, March 21, that OF Will Venable (side) might be back in the lineup as soon as Tuesday, March 22, reports Dan Hayes, of the North County Times. Venable has missed several games due to a side injury.

OF | Mike Baxter | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres OF Mike Baxter (thumb) is set to have surgeyr Tuesday, March 22, to repair torn ligaments in his left thum, reports Dan Hayes, of the North County Times. Baxter is expected to miss eight weeks.

OF | Magglio Ordonez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Monday, March 21, that he is hopeful OF Magglio Ordonez (hamstring) will be able to return to the lineup Thursday, March 24, reports Steve Kornacki, of MLive.com. Ordonez was a late scratch Sunday, March 20, due to tightness in his left hamstring. Ordonez is batting .211 with two doubles, one home run and two RBI in 38 at-bats.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (hamstring) was expected to get another day off Monday, March 21, before the game was washed out due to rain, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle. Crisp might be able to return Tuesday, March 22.

OF | Wily Mo Pena | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks reassigned OF Wily Mo Pena and Ps Micah Owings and Brian Sweeney to the minor league camp Monday, March 21, reports Gregory Pratt, of the Phoenix New Times. The team also optioned C John Hester to Triple-A Reno.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon did not rule out using 2B Ben Zobrist in the leadoff spot from the right side, as well as the left, reports Marc Topkin, of the St. Petersburg Times. Still, Maddon is believed to be more comfortable using Zobrist in the leadoff spot against righties, and OF B.J. Upton in the leadoff spot against left-handed pitching.

OF | Michael Bourn | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Michael Bourn said he has been trying to run at full speed during spring training games so his legs can be ready for the start of the regular season, according to Brian McTaggart, of MLB.com. He has also been trying to bunt at least every other game because he wants to improve his ability to get bunt singles.

OF | Chris Dickerson | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Chris Dickerson (undisclosed) is back in spring action after suffering an undisclosed injury last week during a collision with San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Michael Hunt. Dickerson had three hits, two runs scored and a stolen base in a game over the weekend.

OF | Garrett Jones | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Garrett Jones (neck) was able to play in the team's spring training game Monday, March 21, after missing some time because of a stiff neck, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com.

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson and C Victor Martinez each had three hits in a rout of the Houston Astros Monday, March 21, and C Alex Avila knocked in three runs, according to The Detroit News' Lynn Henning.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay is reverting to his former batting stance, which included hand movement before he swings, reports Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau, OF Michael Cuddyer (foot) and RP Joe Nathan (elbow) played in a minor league game Monday, March 21, and Nathan stretched out to two innings for the first time this spring, according to the Pioneer Press' Kelsie Smith. Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with a double and played three innings in right field. Morneau was hitless in five at-bats and was hit by two pitches.

OF | Yonder Alonso | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction
The Cincinnati Reds reassigned RP Daniel Herrera, RP Carlos Fisher, P Jordan Smith and OF Yonder Alonso to the minor leagues Monday, March 21, according to CBSSports.com.

OF | Luis Durango | San Diego Padres | Transaction
The San Diego Padres reassigned P Samuel Deduno and OF Luis Durango to the minor leagues Sunday, March 20, according to CBSSports.com.

OF | Matt Joyce | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Matt Joyce (back) was removed from the lineup Monday, March 21, due to tightness in his back, according to Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune. 1B Casey Kotchman will serve as the team's designated hitter. Joyce plans to return Tuesday, March 22.

OF | Marcus Thames | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Marcus Thames started at first base Monday, March 21, and will likely see an occasional start there during the season, primarily against dominating lefties, reports MLB.com.

OF | Darnell McDonald | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Darnell McDonald (thumb) is OK after leaving the game Monday, March 21, with a jammed thumb, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald. "He's fine," explained manager Terry Francona. "He wanted to stay in. I just didn't want to undo a really good spring."

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
For the third time in the past four games, New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner hit leadoff and SS Derek Jeter hit second Monday, March 21, reports Zach Berman of The Star-Ledger. "We're starting to play them together, and we're trying to see what it's like," said manager Joe Girardi, who holds firm that the move isn't a reflection of his plans for the Opening Day lineup.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton (knee) will have his knee examined Monday, March 21, according to Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic. "It's going to be sore, but I don't think it's anything," said Upton. "I didn't hear any cracks or pops, nothing like that. . .But it was definitely something that needed to get looked at. I'll come in (Monday) and get examined."


Starting Pitcher

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco said he has been working on command of his sinker, and he's slowing the game down at times to improve consistency, FOX Sports Radio's Jim Bowden reports.

SP | Josh M. Johnson | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins pitching coach Randy St. Claire said SP Josh M. Johnson has been working on a new curveball and a slower changeup to improve the velocity differential of his pitches, FOX Sports Radio's Jim Bowden reports.

SP | Kevin Millwood | free agent | Free Agents
Updating previous reports, the Milwaukee Brewers are keeping an eye on the waiver wire and the trade market for pitching, but they're not interested in free-agent SP Doug Davis (Brewers), RP Oliver Perez (Mets) or SP Kevin Millwood (Orioles), MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander threw six shutout innings Sunday, March 20, according to The Associated Press, in a 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals. Verlander has allowed two runs in 21 innings for a 0.86 earned run average this spring.

SP | Jon Garland | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Jon Garland (oblique) said he now is playing catch up to 70 feet with no discomfort from the oblique strain he suffered in a March 9 game. MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports Garland said he didn't know what the next step would be, but he was optimistic that he's making progress without a setback.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook is harnessing his two-seam fastball, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach, and Westbrook believes good results will follow once that is done.

SP | Aaron Heilman | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Aaron Heilman is set to start Tuesday, March 22, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. Heilman is in the running for one of the final two spots in the rotation. His last regular season start was May 15, 2005.

SP | Ian Kennedy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Ian Kennedy allowed three hits and three walks with six strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings Monday, March 21.

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Tim Stauffer (hip) did not report any problems after his bullpen session Sunday, March 20, reports Dan Hayes, of the North County Times. Stauffer is set to make his next scheduled Cactus League start Wednesday, March 23.

SP | Mat Latos | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Mat Latos allowed three earned runs, eight hits and three walks over four innings Monday, March 21, against the Chicago White Sox, reports Dan Hayes, of the North County Times. "I feel like I was putting a little too much pressure on myself the first couple of outings," Latos said. "New faces, and I wanted to try and impress people when it's really not what I need to do."

SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Luke Hochevar is scheduled to work in a minor league game Tuesday, March 22, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star. Hochevar was scheduled to work Monday, March 21, but that game was rained out. This move will keep him on schedule for Opening Day.

SP | Sean O'Sullivan | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday, March 21, that SP Sean O'Sullivan will serve as the bullpen's long reliever after losing a battle with SP Vin Mazzaro for the fifth starter job, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star.

SP | Mark Buehrle | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Mark Buehrle will work in a minor league game Tuesday, March 22, reports Mark Gonzales, of the Chicago Tribune.

SP | Philip Humber | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Philip Humber will get a Cactus League start Thursday, March 24, in place of the injured SP Jake Peavy (shoulder), reports Mark Gonzales, of the Chicago Tribune. Humber will be auditioning for the fifth starter spot with Peavy expected to start the season on the 15-day disabled list. "I can't worry about when Jake is coming back or this and that," Humber said. "They've had good things to say and I'm trying to control what I can." Humber has a 2.45 ERA this spring and has improved with the development of a cut fastball.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Monday, March 21, that SP Jake Peavy (shoulder) is likely to miss his first three or four starts to begin the regular season, reports Doug Padilla, of ESPNChicago.com. Peavy reported to the team's spring facility Monday to go through a couple of hours of work in the trainers' room.

SP | Rich Harden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Rich Harden (lat) threw long toss for the second consecutive day Monday, March 21, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Due to a weather interruption Monday, March 21, Oakland Athletics manager Bob Geren said SP Gio Gonzalez will be pushed back a day to start Wednesday, March 23, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson was slated to start Monday, March 21, but the Cactus League game against the Los Angeles Dodgers was rained out, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle. Manager Bob Geren said Anderson will be pushed back to start Tuesday, March 22.

SP | Freddy Garcia | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Freddy Garcia will make his next spring start in a minor league game Thursday, March 24, reports Jonathan Mayo, of MLB.com. Garcia remains one of four pitchers vying for two open rotation spots.

SP | Sergio Mitre | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Sergio Mitre, still alive in the battle for a rotation spot, will get a start Tuesday, March 22, reports Jonathan Mayo, of MLB.com. Mitre is one of four pitchers vying for two open rotation spots.

SP | Bartolo Colon | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Bartolo Colon allowed one earned run, two hits and no walks while striking out five batters Monday, March 21, against the Tampa Bay Rays, reports Bill Chastain, of MLB.com. Colon helped his cause with this solid outing, as he is one of four pitchers vying for two open rotation spots. Overall, he is 1-0 wth a 2.40 ERA in 15 innings over four spring starts, posting just one walk and 17 strikeouts.

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson (finger, hamstring) said he felt really good after his outing Monday, March 21, reports Marc Topkin, of the St. Petersburg Times. Hellickson, who allowed three hits and a walk in four scoreless innings, said his hamstring was fine and the blister on his right ring finger wasn't an issue. Hellickson also added that his curveball and the rest of his pitches worked well.

SP | Mitch Talbot | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Mitch Talbot has started pitching much better after allowing 13 runs in his first six spring innings, reports Terry Pluto, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Talbot allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings Sunday, March 20, following up a five-inning performance where he allowed just one run in his previous start. Manager Manny Acta said he would like to see Talbot use his changeup more against right-handed batters.

SP | Bronson Arroyo | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Bronson Arroyo (illness) will have his regular season rotation spot pushed back a day because of an illness, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. He was scheduled to pitch the second game of the season but is now tentatively scheduled to pitch the third game.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Anibal Sanchez (ankle, shin) tossed five scoreless innings and gave up five hits against the New York Mets Sunday, March 20, in his return to the mound, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. There is still some inflammation in Sanchez's shin, but he reported that he feels no more pain. "I felt really good today, especially since it was 10 days since I faced hitters," said Sanchez, who lowered his Grapefruit League ERA to 2.63. "Today, I felt comfortable on the mound. I was looking to throw first-pitch strikes, and when I do that, everything was good."

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald (side) is scheduled to throw another side session Wednesday, March 23, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch.

SP | Brad Lincoln | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Brad Lincoln (elbow) said the range of motion and strength was returning to his injured arm, but his arm is still swollen, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch. Lincoln won't make his scheduled start this week and hopes to play catch Wednesday, March 23.

SP | Randy Wolf | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Randy Wolf used a new grip on his cutter during his outing over the weekend against the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Michael Hunt. Wolf gave up two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings while walking one and striking out three. "It felt really good," Wolf said. "It's a pitch I'm going to keep on working on and making sure I'm totally comfortable with. My first feel of it today felt really good."

SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Shaun Marcum (shoulder) will miss his next spring start Tuesday, March 22, but is expected to make his last start of the spring and be ready for the regular season, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Michael Hunt. "He's progressing," manager Ron Roenicke said. "They moved his shoulder around in the training room and it felt good. I don't know when he's scheduled to throw a bullpen (session), but it looks like he'll skip just the one start."

SP | Scott Olsen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Scott Olsen (arm) could start the season on the 15-day disabled list because his arm strength is not where it needs to be due to the hamstring injury he suffered early in spring training, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com. Olsen will spend the next week playing long toss to build up his arm strength.

SP | Phil Coke | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said SP Phil Coke will begin the season in the bullpen and will not make his first start until April 9 against the Kansas City Royals, according to The Detroit News' Lynn Henning.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (hamstring) gave up four runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings Monday, March 21, in his second start since returning from a hamstring injury, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach.

SP | Wynn Pelzer | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles reassigned P Wynn Pelzer to minor league camp Sunday, March 20, according to The Sports Network.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay gave up just one run in 7 2/3 innings against the Boston Red Sox Monday, March 21, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Halladay has given up just one run in 18 1/3 Grapefruit League innings. He gave up five hits while striking out six and walking three Monday.

SP | Brett Myers | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Brett Myers allowed five runs on 12 hits through five innings Monday, March 21, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. He walked three and struck out four.

SP | Vicente Padilla | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
After throwing 30 pitches Friday, March 18, Los Angeles Dodgers SP Vicente Padilla (forearm) played catch Sunday, March 20, and threw a 10-pitch bullpen session Monday, March 21, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. "He felt better yesterday and was good today," said pitching coach Rick Honeycutt.

SP | Brad Penny | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Brad Penny will serve as the team's No. 2 starter, according to Tom Gage of The Detroit News.

SP | David Pauley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP David Pauley, who remains in contention for the team's No. 5 rotation spot, made his first start of the spring Monday, March 21, according to Gerry Spratt of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Pauley's first four spring appearances came via the bullpen.

SP | Jeremy Guthrie | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Jeremy Guthrie surrendered one run on four hits in six innings in a minor league start Monday, March 21, reports Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com. "I felt a lot better," said Guthrie, who struck out four and didn't issue a walk. "I felt strong throughout the outing. That was good to throw 81 or 82 (pitches) and feel the same consistently throughout the outing."

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver pitched 7 1/3 innings in an "A" game Monday, March 21, and surrendered three earned runs on five hits while striking out 11, according to Victor Rojas of KCOP.

SP | Joel Pineiro | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joel Pineiro (shoulder) feels better after stretching and getting treated Monday, March 21, and should be fine to make his first scheduled start of the season, according to Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register. Pineiro likened the injury to a cramp or knot in his shoulder Sunday, March 20, and will rest for several days as a precaution.

SP | Edinson Volquez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds are moving to a new starting rotation to start the year with SP Johnny Cueto (elbow, shoulder) falling behind due to elbow and shoulder injuries, according to The Associated Press. The rotation will now include SPs Edinson Volquez, Homer Bailey, Bronson Arroyo, Travis Wood and Mike Leake.

SP | Mike Leake | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds are moving to a new starting rotation to start the year with SP Johnny Cueto (elbow, shoulder) falling behind due to elbow and shoulder injuries, according to The Associated Press. The rotation will now include SPs Edinson Volquez, Homer Bailey, Bronson Arroyo, Travis Wood and Mike Leake.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (elbow, shoulder) will miss the start of the 2011 season, according to The Associated Press. Cueto's MRI exam revealed inflammation in his shoulder and doctors told him not to throw for at least a week.

SP | Michael Pineda | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Michael Pineda allowed one run in five innings while throwing 72 pitches in a minor league start Monday, March 21, according to John Hickey of AOL FanHouse.

SP | Jeff Francis | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals have named SP Luke Hochevar as their Opening Day starter, with SPs Jeff Francis, Kyle Davies, Bruce Chen and Vin Mazzaro rounding out the rotation, according to Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star. The team will skip Mazzaro's turn in the rotation until April 16.

SP | Vin Mazzaro | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals have named SP Luke Hochevar as their Opening Day starter, with SPs Jeff Francis, Kyle Davies, Bruce Chen and Vin Mazzaro rounding out the rotation, according to Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star. The team will skip Mazzaro's turn in the rotation until April 16.

SP | Tommy Hanson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves SP Tommy Hanson (back) is still on track to make his first start of the season, as the team expects him to be fine, according to Carroll Rogers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Jason Isringhausen | New York Mets | Injury
Updating previous reports, New York Mets RP Jason Isringhausen (elbow) threw several curveballs while playing catch and said the anti-inflammatories are working, Newsday's David Lennon reports. He'll throw a side session Wednesday, March 23.

RP | Tanner Scheppers | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Tanner Scheppers was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday, March 21, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.

RP | Ernesto Frieri | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres RP Ernesto Frieri (shoulder) returned to the mound Monday, March 21. He worked a perfect inning of relief with two strikeouts against the Chicago White Sox.

RP | Joaquin Benoit | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers RP Joaquin Benoit has not allowed a run in eight spring appearances, reports Steve Kornacki, of MLive.com. Benoit has allowed just two hits and three walks with 11 strikeouts.

RP | Joey Devine | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Oakland Athletics RP Joey Devine (biceps) worked in a simulated game Monday, March 21, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz (back) played catch Monday, March 21, and reported that his back felt better, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. Putz threw from 60 feet for around seven minutes. "I feel good," Putz said. "I think it's kind of looking more and more like (it was) a little spasm. We still have some work to do to get it completely gone, but for the most part I think we're going in the right direction."

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RP Kyle Farnsworth (knee) said he likely suffered a hyperextended left knee during his outing Monday, March 21, reports Joe Smith, of the St. Petersburg Times. Farnsworth reported feeling fine, and that he will take it "day by day." Farnsworth was injured covering a bunt near the first-base line. He doubled over, was tended to by the pitching staff, before returning to the mound to finish his inning of work.

RP | Justin Germano | Cleveland Indians | Injury
The Cleveland Indians have two, perhaps three, open bullpen spots, according to manager Manny Acta, reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Ps Justin Germano, Frank Herrmann, Doug Mathis, Vinnie Pestano and Jess Todd are the leading candidates. RP Joe Smith (abdomen) might have to start the season on the 15-day disabled list, opening up a third spot.

RP | Jensen Lewis | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Monday, March 21, that RP Jensen Lewis has not been released or waived, as has been reported by some media outlets, reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

RP | Chad Gaudin | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said Monday, March 21, that he would consider RP Chad Gaudin as a long man and late-innings pitcher, reports Bill Ladson, of MLB.com. Gaudin worked five strong innings in a minor league game Sunday, March 20, and he has allowed five runs in 11 innings this spring.

RP | Jose Contreras | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jose Contreras (eye) will miss a few days with a corneal abrasion, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.

RP | Octavio Dotel | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Octavio Dotel (hamstring) is set to appear in a minor league game Tuesday, March 22, and will likely find out after his outing if he will be ready by Opening Day, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm.

RP | Joe Beimel | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joe Beimel (elbow) received a cortisone shot in his elbow Sunday, March 20, and will be reevaluated Tuesday, March 22, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com. Beimel did not throw Monday, March 21, but said his elbow is feeling better and hopes to resume throwing soon.

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (oblique) will play catch Wednesday, March 23, and manager Bruce Bochy is increasingly optimistic about his availability for Opening Day, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

RP | Joe Nathan | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau, OF Michael Cuddyer (foot) and RP Joe Nathan (elbow) played in a minor league game Monday, March 21, and Nathan stretched out to two innings for the first time this spring, according to the Pioneer Press' Kelsie Smith. Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with a double and played three innings in right field. Morneau was hitless in five at-bats and was hit by two pitches.

RP | Pedro Feliciano | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees RP Pedro Feliciano (arm) threw his second bullpen session Monday, March 21, since being sidelined with arm soreness, according to The Associated Press. He threw 25 pitches Monday and said he could pitch in a game this weekend. Feliciano is likely to work off a mound or throw batting practice Wednesday, March 23.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain (oblique) will pitch Tuesday, March 22, versus the Baltimore Orioles, according to Zach Berman of The Star-Ledger.

RP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Alexi Ogando started throwing a split-fingered fastball for the first time in the team's spring game Sunday, March 20, and struck out seven in five scoreless innings against Class AA hitters, according to ESPNDallas.com's Tim McMahon. "He needs something going down, something different, something to change the hitters' (eye) level," manager Ron Washington said. "He's got a fastball, changeup and slider all on the same level. Give them something else."

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