Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 23, 2011 @ 04:15:22 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Billy Butler | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Aviles is slated to lead off for the team, followed by either 2B Chris Getz or SS Alcides Escobar, DH Billy Butler, 1B Kila Ka'aihue and OF Melky Cabrera in the fifth spot, The Kansas City Star's Bob Dutton reports. OF Alex Gordon projects to hit sixth, followed by OF Jeff Francoeur, the catcher's spot and either Getz or Escobar.

1B | Kila Ka'aihue | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Aviles is slated to lead off for the team, followed by either 2B Chris Getz or SS Alcides Escobar, DH Billy Butler, 1B Kila Ka'aihue and OF Melky Cabrera in the fifth spot, The Kansas City Star's Bob Dutton reports. OF Alex Gordon projects to hit sixth, followed by OF Jeff Francoeur, the catcher's spot and either Getz or Escobar.

1B | Derrek Lee | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Derrek Lee (foot) played in his second straight game Tuesday, March 22, reports Brittany Ghiroli, of MLB.com. Manager Buck Showalter said after the game that the club would wait to decide Lee's next move. "We will make the decision about 2 o'clock (on Wednesday) - might be earlier than that - (about) whether he goes." Lee fouled a ball off his foot Saturday, March 19, and he was cleared to play Tuesday after testing the injury in the morning.

1B | Prince Fielder | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Prince Fielder (sinus) was held out of the lineup Tuesday, March 22, due to a sinus infection, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com.

1B | Kendrys Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendrys Morales (leg, foot) has been shut down because of soreness in the ball of his left foot, according to the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna.


Second Baseman

2B | Justin Turner | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets optioned 2B Justin Turner to Triple-A Norfolk, ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reports.

2B | Aaron Hill | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill (quad) made his return to major league exhibition games Tuesday, March 22, in a 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Hill went 0-for-3 while playing six innings at second base. He missed the first 21 games of the Grapefruit League season because of tightness in his right quadriceps muscle, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.

2B | Jamey Carroll | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Jamey Carroll (hand) was able to play catch Tuesday, March 22, reports Dylan Hernandez, of the Los Angeles Times. Carroll said he fully expects to be ready for Opening Day.

2B | Jason Donald | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Donald (finger) will have another CT scan on the cracked bone in his left middle finger Thursday, March 24, reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. "It's frustrating," Donald said.

2B | Sean Rodriguez | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Sean Rodriguez is hopeful to be an everyday player, but his inability to hit right-handed batter consistently might hold him back, reports Marc Topkin, of the St. Petersburg Times. "I want to be a starting guy at one position every day," Rodriguez said. "I don't want to say that I don't like doing the utility role, because, of course, I don't mind. But, yes, I would love an everyday jo, only because I know what I'm capable of doing could help the team out."

2B | Brent Lillibridge | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OFs Lastings Milledge and 2B Brent Lillibridge both got starts Tuesday, March 22, reports Tom Singer, of MLB.com. Milledge was 1-for-4 with two stolen bases, and he is batting .319 in 47 spring at-bats. Lillibridge was hitless in four at-bats, dropping his spring average to .205 in 39 at-bats.

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley is likely to be called up to the big club by mid-June, when his service time issues will all be taken care of on both the free agency and arbitration fronts, reports Geoff Baker, of The Seattle Times.

2B | Luis Castillo | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Luis Castillo arrived to spring training Tuesday, March 22, and is scheduled to take his physical, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (back) and 1B Derrek Lee (foot) played in their second straight games Tuesday, March 22, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. Roberts went 2-for-4 with a double and Lee went 0-for-2.

2B | Brendan Ryan | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Brendan Ryan will start the season as the starting shortstop, with SS Jack Wilson playing second base, according to The Tacoma News Tribune's Larry LaRue.

2B | Will Rhymes | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said 2B Will Rhymes will receive some starts against left-handed pitchers, and he will "more than likely" start against New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia on Opening Day, according to the Detroit Free Press' John Lowe. Rhymes will also hit second in the lineup.


Shortstop

SS | Alcides Escobar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SS Alcides Escobar is hitting .375 with three homers and seven RBIs in 40 at-bats this spring, MLB.com reports.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) was back in the lineup Tuesday, March 22, and he hit his third homer of the spring, reports Terry Pluto, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

SS | Adam Everett | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Adam Everett (thumb) said Tuesday, March 22, that tests were negative on his sprained left thumb, reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Everett didn't play Tuesday, but he was able to practice.

SS | Angel Sanchez | Houston Astros | Injury
Houston Astros SS Angel Sanchez (back) went 1-for-3 with two walks in a minor league game Tuesday, March 22, and had no problems with his back, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. Sanchez will return to the lineup in Grapefruit League action Wednesday, March 23.

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew (abdominal) is out of the lineup again Tuesday, March 22, and his abdominal injury may be lingering, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro. Manager Kirk Gibson said Drew would be playing if it were a regular season game.

SS | Jack Wilson | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Brendan Ryan will start the season as the starting shortstop, with SS Jack Wilson playing second base, according to The Tacoma News Tribune's Larry LaRue.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team may use two different lineups against righties and lefties, meaning OF Brett Gardner and SS Derek Jeter could take turns leading off this year, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews.


Third Baseman

3B | Matt Dominguez | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Florida Marlins 3B Matt Dominguez (illness) returned to the lineup Wednesday, March 23, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.

3B | Brendan Harris | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Brendan Harris (back) will be sidelined a few days after getting a mole removed from his back, reports Brittany Ghiroli, of MLB.com. Harris is competing for a utility spot, but he is a long shot to make the club.

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco (elbow) hit off a tee Tuesday, March 22, reports David Hale, of The News Journal. Polanco is scheduled for batting practice Wednesday, March 23, and he might return to game action Thursday, March 24.

3B | Mark Teahen | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Mark Teahen made his first Cactus League start in right field Tuesday, March 22, reports Tom Singer, of MLB.com. At the plate, Teahen finished 1-for-4 with a run scored, and he is batting .333 (11-for-33) this spring. "I will find a way to get Teahen at-bats," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "How is the question. We'll move him around. I may not be able to promise him 500, 600 at-bats, but he'll get a lot."

3B | Mat Gamel | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Mat Gamel was optioned to Triple-A Nashville Tuesday, March 22, reports Michael Hunt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. General manager Doug Melvin said the team wants Gamel to learn how to play first base, but he doesn't want him to play right field in the minors. Melvin added that Gamel might be activated to serve as designated hitter during the team's interleague schedule.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez (illness) returned to take batting practice Tuesday, March 22, and may play Wednesday, March 23, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. Ramirez is hitting .341 with no homers and six RBIs in 14 spring games.

3B | Geoff Blum | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Geoff Blum (knee) will be examined Tuesday, March 22, and hopes to be cleared to return to spring action, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro. "I think he's had that in the past. I know he's gotten two injections, where they inject some gel in there that works as a lubricant for the knee. It's kind of bone on bone. The alternative isn't good. If that doesn't work it probably means microfracture surgery, which would keep him out for the year. Talking to 'Blummer,' he said he felt a lot better yesterday and even better today. Hopefully he'll be fine," general manager Kevin Towers said.

3B | Casey Blake | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Casey Blake (back) played catch, took grounders and hit off a tee Tuesday, March 22, two days after receiving a light anti-inflammatory injection, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. However, Blake is still not expected to be ready by Opening Day.

3B | Mark Reynolds | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Mark Reynolds is scrapping a mechanical change this spring that led to him eliminating his toe tap in favor of a leg kick, according to The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly. The leg kick was implemented in order to put the ball in play more often. However, Reynolds had no spring homers and little offensive success with the mechanical change. "I am comfortable and I think I can give myself more of a chance this way," Reynolds said. "I am still trying to throw a few things out, but as far as now, I am feeling comfortable. I'm not going back to my old, 'swing and hope I hit it' thing. It's more of a comfort-level thing. It's what I have been doing throughout my career." He was 8-for-41 (.195) heading into the game Sunday, March 20, and had two hits Sunday after going back to his toe tap. Hitting coach Jim Presley said Reynolds was drifting too far in front of the plate with his toe tap last year and his head was moving "a foot forward." His toe tap is less dramatic this year.


Catcher

C | Miguel Olivo | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Seattle Mariners C Miguel Olivo (groin) will catch three innings in a minor league game Wednesday, March 23, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

C | Jesus Montero | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees C Jesus Montero likely needs to start the season at Triple-A as his play behind the plate has regressed during a hitting slump, the New York Daily News' John Harper reports. He's hitting .222 this spring, and the team feels he has put too much pressure on himself to make the club.

C | Ramon Hernandez | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Ramon Hernandez (elbow) has been bothered lately by a sore right elbow, and he will be examined on Thursday, March 24, when Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek is back in town. Whether Hernandez will have to miss time is unknown. "I don't know. He's treating it," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It just came up. It just happened. It's nothing structural in there. He's just having a little trouble getting extended sometimes."

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI Tuesday, March 22, raising his spring average to .278, reports Terry Pluto, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

C | John Jaso | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays C John Jaso (groin) was out again Tuesday, March 22, reports Bill Chastain, of MLB.com. "He took some swings and played some catch," manager Joe Maddon said. "He's still sore, but he's getting better."

C | Adam Moore | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Adam Moore is expected to be kept over C Josh Bard, reports Ken Rosenthal, of FOXSports.com.

C | Tyler Flowers | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox reassigned OF Alejandro De Aza, P Gregory Infante, C Tyler Flowers, P Brian Bruney, P Jeff Gray, P Josh Kinney, P Shane Lindsay, IF Dallas McPherson and OF Jordan Danks to the minor leagues Tuesday, March 22, according to MLB.com's Tom Singer.

C | Konrad Schmidt | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks optioned C Konrad Schmidt to Triple-A Reno Tuesday, March 22, according to The Sports Network.

C | Gerald Laird | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Gerald Laird (hamstring) went 3-for-3 with an RBI in his first game Monday, March 21, since injuring his hamstring Thursday, March 17, according to The Associated Press.


Outfielder

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (hamstring) returned to the lineup Tuesday, March 22, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports.

OF | Melky Cabrera | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Aviles is slated to lead off for the team, followed by either 2B Chris Getz or SS Alcides Escobar, DH Billy Butler, 1B Kila Ka'aihue and OF Melky Cabrera in the fifth spot, The Kansas City Star's Bob Dutton reports. OF Alex Gordon projects to hit sixth, followed by OF Jeff Francoeur, the catcher's spot and either Getz or Escobar.

OF | Eugenio Velez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers IF Eugenio Velez (ankle) sustained a grade 2 right ankle sprain in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, March 22, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. A grade 2 sprain indicates partial tearing of the ligament, and he is likely to be out weeks rather than days. "It's as good as it can be," said manager Don Mattingly. "It looked bad. I thought he may have broken that thing."

OF | Tyson Gillies | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Tyson Gillies (hamstring) is still battling the effects of an injured hamstring, according to David Murphy of The Philadelphia Daily News. "He's having a recurring problem," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He's disappointed. So are we. We'd like to get him back on the field and get him some playing time." Instead, they will send him to a specialist sometime this week and decide on a course of action for treating the injury.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is filling the fifth through seventh slots in his batting order, according to The Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney. 1B Dan Johnson, OF B.J. Upton and OF Matt Joyce are the likely candidates, although Maddon hasn't decided whether it will be Johnson, Upton and Joyce or Joyce, Upton and Johnson in that order.

OF | J.D. Drew | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF J.D. Drew (illness) left the Grapefruit League game Tuesday, March 22, due to illness, reports Rob Bradford, of WEEI.com.

OF | Michael Brantley | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta said OF Michael Brantley will start in center field and bat leadoff with OF Grady Sizemore (knee) not ready for Opening Day, reports Terry Pluto, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

OF | Travis Buck | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Travis Buck is healthy and playing well, as he hit a pair of home runs Tuesday, March 22, reports Terry Pluto, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Buck is batting .435 with four home runs this spring. Manager Manny Acta seemed to indicate that Buck is close to making the team.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) made his first start of the spring in center field, playing three innings and going 0-for-2 in Cactus League action Tuesday, March 22, reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I'm just trying to get out there and get as much work as I can," Sizemore said. "It's small steps. The next time I go out there I'll probably play four or five innings."

OF | Brett Carroll | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers acquired OF Brett Carroll from the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, March 22, for cash considerations, reports Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star.

OF | Will Venable | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Will Venable (side) returned to the lineup Tuesday, March 22. He was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout.

OF | Aaron Cunningham | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Aaron Cunningham (calf) was scratched Tuesday, March 22, due to a high calf strain, reports Corey Brock, of MLB.com.

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran (knees) felt fine after seeing some at-bats in a minor league game Tuesday, March 22, according to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez and Anthony DiComo. Beltran could run the bases in a minor league game Wednesday, March 23. The team is likely to keep him playing in minors games this spring in case they have to backdate a disabled-list stint to begin the season.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (oblique) thinks he could have played if it were the regular season Tuesday, March 22, according to the team's official Twitter page. However, his availability for Opening Day is in question until more is known about the injury.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton (knee) is back in the lineup Tuesday, March 22, after injuring his knee the other day, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro.

OF | Raul Ibanez | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Raul Ibanez went 2-for-3 with his third spring home run and three RBIs in a win over the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday, March 22, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm.

OF | Angel Pagan | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Angel Pagan (back) said he is fine after being removed from the game Tuesday, March 22, with lower back tightness, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin.

OF | Rick Ankiel | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
An inside source believes the Washington Nationals' competition in center field is down to OFs Rick Ankiel and Nyjer Morgan, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. OF Roger Bernadina has also been a candidate. The team reportedly is leaning toward Ankiel. The team likes the fact that he can play solid defense and hit for power.

OF | Nyjer Morgan | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
An inside source believes the Washington Nationals' competition in center field is down to OFs Rick Ankiel and Nyjer Morgan, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. OF Roger Bernadina has also been a candidate. The team reportedly is leaning toward Ankiel. The team likes the fact that he can play solid defense and hit for power.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team may use two different lineups against righties and lefties, meaning OF Brett Gardner and SS Derek Jeter could take turns leading off this year, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews.

OF | Chris Coghlan | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
The Florida Marlins are growing more optimistic that they will have both OFs Chris Coghlan (shoulder, knee) and Mike Stanton (quadriceps) ready for the start of the season, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Both players played the outfield in a minor league game Tuesday, March 22, and manager Edwin Rodriguez said both could be back in Grapefruit League action Thursday, March 24.

OF | Mike Stanton | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
The Florida Marlins are growing more optimistic that they will have both OFs Chris Coghlan (shoulder, knee) and Mike Stanton (quadriceps) ready for the start of the season, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Both players played the outfield in a minor league game Tuesday, March 22, and manager Edwin Rodriguez said both could be back in Grapefruit League action Thursday, March 24.

OF | Peter Bourjos | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Peter Bourjos has impressed everyone with his speed this spring, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer. "He's a freak of nature," OF Torii Hunter said. "He does things normal guys just can't do. Me and Vernon are here to help him become as good as he can be. The sky's the limit." Manager Mike Scioscia said Bourjos will eventually mature into a No. 1 or 2 hitter in the lineup.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Sam LeCure | Cincinnati Reds | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds have two openings left in the bullpen and several pitchers in contention, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. RP's Jose Arredondo, Jared Burton, Sam LeCure, Logan Ondrusek, Bill Bray, Matt Maloney and Dontrelle Willis are thought to be in contention, with Bray likely getting a nod because he is out of options.

SP | Aaron Heilman | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Aaron Heilman allowed four runs on five hits Tuesday, March 22, while walking two and fanning five against the Cleveland Indians, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. "I was throwing a lot of balls for strikes, getting ahead of hitters for the most part, keeping the ball down," Heilman said. "I made a few mistakes, but other than that I felt good."

SP | Carl Pavano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Carl Pavano had his scoreless inning streak snapped at 18 2/3 innings Tuesday, March 22, according to The Associated Press.

SP | Glen Perkins | Minnesota Twins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins have six relievers in contention for the last three spots in the bullpen, according to Kelsie Smith of The St. Paul Pioneer Press. Left-handed RP's Dusty Hughes, Glen Perkins and Scott Diamond, and right-handed RP's Jim Hoey, Jeff Manship and Carlos Gutierrez are the candidates.

SP | Tim Redding | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers P Tim Redding may be in the starting rotation to begin the season, according to Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times. Redding may need to pitch in the absence of SP Jon Garland (oblique) and SP Vicente Padilla (forearm).

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Bob Geren will not decide a fifth starter for the rotation until the weekend, according to The Oakland Tribune's Joe Stiglich. P's Brandon McCarthy, Tyson Ross and Bobby Cramer are the candidates.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson is in line to start Friday, April 1, according to The Oakland Tribune's Joe Stiglich. SP Gio Gonzalez was in line to start, but Anderson's last spring outing was rained out and that pushed everyone back a day. Athletics manager Bob Geren may have a decision as early as Thursday, March 24.

SP | Mat Latos | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Mat Latos will likely start Opening Day barring injuries, according to MLB.com's Barry M. Bloom. Padres manager Bud Black will make his decision in the next few days.

SP | Justin Duchscherer | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Justin Duchscherer (hip) said Tuesday, March 22, that the range of motion in his left hip has getting better, reports Brittany Ghiroli, of MLB.com. Duchscherer is hopeful of throwing a bullpen session Wednesday, March 23.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman worked against minor leaguers Tuesday, March 22, pitching six-plus innings while allowing an earned run and seven hits with four strikeouts, reports Brittany Ghiroli, of MLB.com. Tillman remains in contention for the fifth starter spot.

SP | Fausto Carmona | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Fausto Carmona allowed three earned runs, nine hits and a walk with four stirkeouts in six innings Tuesday, March 22, reports Terry Pluto. Carmona ran his pitch count to 100, as he gets ready for Opening Day.

SP | Josh Tomlin | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Josh Tomlin worked five innings in a minor league "B" game Tuesday, March 22, and he retirned 15 straight batters while striking out five, reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Tomlin threw 53 pitches in the outing, and then he threw 20 more pitches in the bullpen. He is the favorite in the battle with SPs Jeanmar Gomez and David Huff for the No. 5 rotation spot.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price allowed one earned run, five hits and two walks while striking out seven batters in 6 1/3 innings Tuesday, March 22, against the Boston Red Sox, reports Ian Browne, of MLB.com. "I'd like to get my slider back to where it was (a couple of weeks ago," Price said. "It wasn't very good today, but my curveball was pretty good."

SP | Edwin Jackson | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Edwin Jackson allowed three earned runs, six hits and five walks over five innings Tuesday, March 22, against the Seattle Mariners, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. Jackson also struck out six batters and he threw 96 pitches in the outing. "I could've gone more, and that's a great feeling," Jackson said.

SP | Mark Buehrle | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Mark Buehrle worked in a minor league "B" game Tuesday, March 22, reports Tom Singer, of MLB.com. Buehrle lasted five innings, allowing four runs, five hits and two walks while striking out six. Buehrle got 63 of his 90 pitches over for strikes.

SP | Clayton Richard | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Clayton Richard allowed seven earned runs, 10 hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday, March 22, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com. "He was just a little erratic at times with his fastball command," manager Bud Black said. "We like that he got to 80 pitches and used all of his pitches today."

SP | Marco Estrada | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Marco Estrada got a start Tuesday, March 22, against the San Diego Padres, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com. Estrada allowed three hits with one walk in 4 1/3 scoreless innings while recording four strikeouts. Estrada is one of the pitchers in the running for the fifth starter job. Manager Ron Roenicke said he'll confer with pitching coach Rick Kranitz before finalizing the roster next week, but guessed that Estrada will get another "A" game start.

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Tim Stauffer (hip) is scheduled to start Wednesday, March 23, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com. Stauffer missed his last scheduled start due to a slight right hip flexor injury. He is likely to be slotted as the No. 3 starter for manager Bud Black.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis has been experimenting on a new grip with his changeup that will take some velocity off of the pitch, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett. Lewis allowed five runs (four earned) and eight hits while walking one and striking out four in a Double-A game Tuesday, March 22. Lewis is placing the ball closer to his hand to drop the velocity of his changeup.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (elbow, shoulder) will be shut down for seven to 10 days and will then resume a throwing program that is expected to have him return to the rotation in another couple of weeks, according to USA Today's Paul White. Cueto could return in mid-April if he doesn't have any setbacks.

SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said SP Shaun Marcum (shoulder) will make his next spring start Saturday, March 26, according to SportingNews.com's Chris Bahr. Marcum has a 4.63 ERA in four starts this spring and has struck out 11 hitters in 11 2/3 innings.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) is scheduled to throw live batting practice Wednesday, March 23, or Thursday, March 24, and will likely split his rehab outings between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock when he is ready, according to The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant.

SP | Mike Minor | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy is expected to win the No. 5 starting spot, with SP Mike Minor starting the year at Class AAA, according to CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy is expected to win the No. 5 starting spot, with SP Mike Minor starting the year at Class AAA, according to CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler.

SP | Trevor Cahill | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics are showing interest in signing SP Trevor Cahill to a multi-year deal, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

SP | Joel Pineiro | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joel Pineiro (shoulder) will miss his next scheduled spring start and is unlikely to throw a bullpen session for four or five days, according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett. The team plans to have Pineiro throw in a minor league game next week before starting the season a little behind. His first start could be pushed back to April 8-10.

SP | Randy Wells | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Randy Wells has secured the No. 4 spot in the rotation, leaving SPs Carlos Silva, Andrew Cashner and Braden Looper to compete for the No. 5 spot, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat.

SP | Joe Saunders | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said SP Joe Saunders is still competing for a spot in the starting rotation, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro. Saunders said he feels great despite a 14.54 spring ERA. Saunders also said he has been experimenting with a new pitch this spring. "Yeah," Saunders said. "That was kind of a focus going into this year, to make sure my arm is in good shape and ready to go for the season. And make sure I'm prepared the best I am. Whether the results are there or not, maybe it's time to … (sighs) … I don't know, that's a tough question."

SP | Sergio Mitre | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Sergio Mitre allowed five runs and five hits, including two home runs, while walking one in three innings in his spring outing Tuesday, March 22, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton allowed one run and six hits while walking one and striking out five in five innings against the New York Yankees Tuesday, March 22, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. Britton hit 96 mph on the radar gun.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero (finger) surrendered four runs and six hits while striking out four in four innings against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, March 22, in his first start since being scratched from his last outing with inflammation in his left middle finger, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm.

SP | Josh M. Johnson | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Josh M. Johnson pitched five shutout innings and gave up four hits while walking two, hitting a batter and striking out four Tuesday, March 22, against the Minnesota Twins, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (shoulder, lat) threw long toss Tuesday, March 22, for roughly 5-6 minutes at 30-40 feet and didn't feel any major pain, according to ESPNChicago.com's Doug Padilla. "I felt quite a bit better than I did a few days ago so I was excited that things are certainly calming down," Peavy said. "The biggest thing is that we were (previously) doing things (natural), just trying to do everything by the book."

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Wandy Rodriguez (shoulder) allowed no earned runs and three hits while walking none and striking out one in four innings Tuesday, March 22, and threw 40 of his 60 pitches for strikes, according to the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine. "The last inning, I felt my shoulder was a little bit tired, but I think it was because I had a long time without throwing in a game," Rodriguez said. He will make one more spring start Sunday, March 27, and hopes to throw 80-100 pitches.

SP | Kyle Drabek | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Kyle Drabek tossed six scoreless innings while giving up three hits, three walks and striking out four in a minor league game Monday, March 21, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. Drabek is 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in three outings this spring as he competes with Ps Jo-Jo Reyes and Jesse Litsch for a spot in the rotation.

SP | Scott Richmond | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury
Toronto Blue Jays SP Scott Richmond (shoulder) threw his second bullpen session Monday, March 21, since being shut down with shoulder soreness, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. Richmond is expected to throw an inning in a game later this week.

SP | Scott Baker | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced Tuesday, March 22, that SP Scott Baker won the No. 5 starting spot over SP Kevin Slowey, according to the Pioneer Press' Kelsie Smith. Slowey will begin the year in a relief role. The team's rotation will consist of SPs Carl Pavano, Francisco Liriano, Nick Blackburn, Brian Duensing and Baker.

SP | Bartolo Colon | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Bartolo Colon used a cutter effectively during his outing Monday, March 21, a pitch that he had not thrown in previous spring outings, according to MLB.com. "He was using both sides of the plate and was mixing in his cutter," C Russell Martin said. "It's the first time I've called so many cutters with him out there. It's a great combination with that sinker that he runs back to the inside part of the plate, especially to lefties." Despite Colon's solid spring, general manager Brian Cashman said he cannot solidify a spot in the rotation with one more solid outing. The team is no closer to determining the last two spots in the rotation between SPs Colon, Sergio Mitre, Freddy Garcia and Ivan Nova.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Oliver Perez | free agent | Free Agents
The Arizona Diamondbacks aren't interested in free-agent P Oliver Perez, The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro reports.

RP | Jason Isringhausen | New York Mets | Injury
Updating previous reports, New York Mets RP Jason Isringhausen (elbow) felt fine after throwing a bullpen session Wednesday, March 23, and will throw in a minor league game Friday, March 25, ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reports.

RP | Kevin Jepsen | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Kevin Jepsen (hip/quad) was scratched Tuesday, March 22, due to tightness in his left hip and quadriceps, The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett reports. He should return in a couple of days.

RP | Craig Kimbrel | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves have decided to use RP Jonny Venters and RP Craig Kimbrel as their closers, according to The Associated Press.

RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves have decided to use RP Jonny Venters and RP Craig Kimbrel as their closers, according to The Associated Press.

RP | Craig Breslow | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Craig Breslow allowed three hits and two runs in his first spring appearance Tuesday, March 22, according to Joe Stiglich of The Oakland Tribune. Athletics manager Bob Geren was happy that Breslow came out of it healthy after a tender arm, and more recently a hamstring injury, had kept him on the shelf.

RP | J.P. Howell | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RP J.P. Howell (shoulder) is targeting May 1 for his return, although The Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney reports Howell is aware it might be later than that. "Now there's a light at the end of the tunnel. I can see it," he said. "I'm not stupid about it. I'm not going to rush. I would have before. A year ago I would have rushed it. But I've learned one month, if I don't give it that, it could cost me seven months and the pennant race. I want to be there when we win it all."

RP | Kevin Gregg | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Kevin Gregg allowed two hits while also hitting a batter in a minor league game Tuesday, March 22, reports Brittany Ghiroli, of MLB.com. "I felt good today," Gregg said. "I got my mechanics back to where they need to be."

RP | Koji Uehara | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Koji Uehara (elbow) threw one inning in a minor league "B" game Tuesday, March 22, and reported that his right elbow felt good afterward, reports Brittany Ghiroli, of MLB.com.

RP | Joe Smith | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta conferred with head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff Monday, March 21, and he said that he didn't think RP Joe Smith (abdomen) will be ready for Opening Day, reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RP Kyle Farnsworth (knee) went through fielding practice Tuesday, March 22, and reported feeling good, reports Joe Smith, of the St. Petersburg Times. Farnsworth said he'll pitch as scheduled in back-to-back spring appearances Thursday, March 24, and Friday, March 25.

RP | Chris Bootcheck | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
Tampa Bay Rays RP Chris Bootcheck, reassigned to the team's minor league camp Tuesday, March 22, can be released upon his request if he is not on the team's 25-man roster by July 1, reports Bill Chastain, of MLB.com.

RP | LaTroy Hawkins | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
The Miilwaukee Brewers might continue to pitch RP LaTroy Hawkins (shoulder) in minor league games, in order to limit the time he would miss in the event he starts the regular season on the 15-day disabled list, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com. If he starts on the DL, the team could backdate his stint to Tuesday, March 22, meaning he'd be eligible for activation April 6.

RP | Zach Braddock | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers RP Zach Braddock (sinus) was sent home Tuesday, March 22, to begin a regimen of antibiotics for a sinus infection, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com.

RP | Heath Bell | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres general manager Jed Hoyer and representatives for RP Heath Bell discussed a contract extension last week, reports Barry M. Bloom, of MLB.com. "My biggest thing is that I'd like three years," Bell said. "That's my biggest thing. If it means taking less money, then that's something I'd do to make sure I'm here for the next three years or more."

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said RP Frank Francisco (pectoral) will begin his throwing program Sunday, March 27, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. "He'll start with a throwing program on Sunday," Farrell said. "It looks like right now he will not be ready to go at the start of the season. We'll have a better read on that once he gets back into the throwing program."

RP | Brad Lidge | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies RP Brad Lidge (biceps) did not experience pain while pitching in a minor league game Tuesday, March 22, and could return to Grapefruit League action Thursday, March 24, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Lidge allowed one hit and struck out one while reaching 87 mph with his fastball. "One thing that was really hard for me to do before this game was throwing the fastball down," Lidge said. "I kept leaving them up. My shoulder feels to the point now where I can angle my fastball again. That's the most important part of my pitching. Obviously command and velocity are good, but if I get a good angle down on my fastball, I can get people to swing at my slider." He expects his velocity to slowly improve.

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Drew Storen went back to the mechanics he used last year during his outing Tuesday, March 22, using a slide step with a stiff front leg, and threw a perfect inning against the Houston Astros, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. Storen induced a ground ball and two weak popouts. "Any progress he makes to get away from where he's been the last couple weeks, he'll be on our ball club," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "He's earned that. There's some history there, a little track record. He came up and really did a good job for us last year. That's the sample of work you draw from more than a few spring training outings. That confidence you show in somebody can't waver that quickly." He had been having trouble locating low strikes and putting movement on the ball with a pronounced leg kick.

RP | Brandon Lyon | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros RP Brandon Lyon (illness) was scratched from his scheduled outing Tuesday, March 22, because he wasn't feeling well, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.

RP | David Aardsma | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP David Aardsma (hip) will throw off a mound next week, but the team is still not putting a timetable on his return, according to ESPN 710's Jim Moore. Aardsma could return in mid to late April or May at the latest.

RP | Damaso Marte | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees RP Damaso Marte (shoulder) expects to resume throwing shortly, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews.

RP | Jensen Lewis | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians outrighted RP Jensen Lewis to Triple-A Columbus Tuesday, March 22, after he cleared waivers, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.

RP | Jon Rauch | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Frank Francisco (pectoral) was diagnosed with biceps tendonitis in his pectoral muscle but does not have any structural damage, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. Manager John Farrell said Francisco "probably won't be ready" for the start of the season. RP Jon Rauch is the most likely option to start the season as the closer if Francisco and RP Octavio Dotel (hamstring) are out.

RP | Fernando Nieve | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Pirates released RP Fernando Nieve Tuesday, March 22, according to The Sports Network.

RP | R.J. Swindle | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays reassigned Ps Chris Bootcheck, Mike Ekstrom and R.J. Swindle to minor league camp Tuesday, March 22, according to the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin.

RP | Sean Burnett | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Sean Burnett could be part of a closer-by-committee approach that the team will take to begin the season, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. "If I could get to the ninth without using him, I would be comfortable with him having the ball," skipper Jim Riggleman said. "It's hard with what he can do to stop a rally before (the ninth inning). Somebody has to shut the game down in the ninth, but you could lose the game in the seventh."

RP | Chad Cordero | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury
Toronto Blue Jays RP Chad Cordero (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch in the team's game Tuesday, March 22, against the Philadelphia Phillies, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. "We feel like he needs some further repetition than what might be available on the schedule right now," manager John Farrell said. "But that doesn't say that we have him completely out of the mix at some point early in the season."

RP | Sergio Romo | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
If San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (oblique) is not ready for the start of the regular season, RPs Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez or Sergio Romo could be used in the closer's role, according to ESPN.com.

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (oblique) continues to downplay the severity of his oblique injury, according to MLB.com's Chris Haft. "If it's a regular-season game, I'm throwing," Wilson said. But, he added, "There's really no point in risking anything by going out and pitching the sixth inning of a Spring Training game on March 21."

RP | Burke Badenhop | Florida Marlins | Injury
Florida Marlins RP Burke Badenhop (illness) is out with a sinus infection Tuesday, March 22, the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi reports.

RP | Oscar Villarreal | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers reassigned RP Oscar Villarreal to minor league camp, according to the team's Twitter page.

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