Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 24, 2011 @ 08:28:53 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Billy Butler | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Kila Ka'aihue will see more time at first base than 1B Billy Butler, according to Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star. This means Butler will see more designated hitter time.

1B | Kila Ka'aihue | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Kila Ka'aihue will see more time at first base than 1B Billy Butler, according to Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star. This means Butler will see more designated hitter time.

1B | Derrek Lee | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Derrek Lee and 2B Brian Roberts played in their third straight games Wednesday, March 23, and manager Buck Showalter said they're penciled in to play again Thursday, March 24, reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com. "They felt good tonight," Showalter said. "Brian felt really good. I think they're both in a good place right now. We'll see what tomorrow brings."

1B | Matt LaPorta | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians hitting coach Jon Nunnally has been trying to get 1B Matt LaPorta to settle down at the plate, reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. LaPorta is hitting just .174 (8-for-46) with two home runs and 10 RBI this spring. "Coming off last year and going into this year, he really wants to get after it," Nunnally said. "He's been a little jumpy. I've been trying to slow him down."

1B | Russell Branyan | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Russell Branyan went 2-for-4 with a grand slam, walk, two runs scored and five RBI Wednesday, March 23, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. Branyan is batting .457 (21-for-46) with four home runs and 16 RBI through 18 spring games. He also has just five strikeouts. The team has to decide by Friday, March 25, whether to add Branyan to the roster, as he has an opt-out clause in the minor league deal he signed after camp opened. "Well, he's making a good case for sure," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He swung the bat good against lefties today, so he's done well. We had a good talk today. I've said it before, he's got a good understanding of his role and his job."

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez played in a minor league game Wednesday, March 23, on the team's off day in order to fine tune his swing before Opening Day, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne. Gonzalez went 3-for-6 with a run scored and an RBI as the designated hitter. "It went well," Gonzalez said. "The shoulder's been feeling really good. For (trainer) Mike (Reinold), it was playing back-to-back, but for me it was more to get my timing down." Gonzalez is just 2-for-14 in Grapefruit League action, but he said he has been seeing the ball well.

1B | Jeff Bailey | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins reassigned P Carlos Gutierrez, P Kyle Waldrop, C Steve Holm and OF Jeff Bailey to minor league camp Wednesday, March 23, according to the Pioneer Press' Kelsie Smith. The team plans to send P Phil Dumatrait and C Danny Lehmann to the minors Monday, March 28.

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols (foot) and OF Colby Rasmus (hip) are both expected to return to the lineup Thursday, March 24, after sitting out Wednesday, March 23, with minor injuries, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach. Pujols had his left foot stepped on Monday, March 21, and Rasmus was hit by a pitch on his right hip.

1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Mark Trumbo (groin) returned to spring action Tuesday, March 22, after sitting out for four days due to groin tightness, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer.


Second Baseman

2B | Adam Kennedy | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Adam Kennedy was officially charged with driving under the influence Wednesday, March 23, according to The Orange County Register. He is scheduled for arraignment June 21; if convicted, Kennedy faces anything from probation to six months in jail.

2B | Kevin Frandsen | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Kevin Frandsen went 2-for-2 with a walk, stolen base and RBI Wednesday, March 23, reports Bill Center, of The San Diego Union-Tribune. Frandsen started 0-for-18 this spring, but he has picked it up by going 8-for-19 to raise his average to .216. "It looks like his feet are under him," manager Bud Black said.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Derrek Lee and 2B Brian Roberts played in their third straight games Wednesday, March 23, and manager Buck Showalter said they're penciled in to play again Thursday, March 24, reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com. "They felt good tonight," Showalter said. "Brian felt really good. I think they're both in a good place right now. We'll see what tomorrow brings."

2B | Tony Abreu | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Tony Abreu (back) was scratched Wednesday, March 23, due to back tightness, and he didn't play again Thursday, March 24, reports Bob McManaman, of The Arizona Republic.

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners reassigned 2B Dustin Ackley, OF Gabe Gross, C Steven Baron, P Fabio Castro and IF Sean Kazmar to the minor leagues Wednesday, March 23, reports Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune.

2B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays sent 2B Brett Lawrie to the minors Wednesday, March 23, according to Mike Wilner of The Fan 590 CJCL.

2B | Luis Castillo | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Luis Castillo went 0-for-4 and did not hit the ball out of the infield in his debut with the team Wednesday, March 23, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Dolson.

2B | Brad Emaus | New York Mets | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Mets 2B Brad Emaus has been told that he will receive the bulk of the starts at second base over the next several days, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. 2B Daniel Murphy will see action at multiple positions. Manager Terry Collins said there is plenty of room for both Emaus and Murphy on the roster, and Murphy will likely serve as a left-handed stick off the bench.


Shortstop

SS | Tommy Manzella | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros optioned SS Tommy Manzella, P Wesley Wright and OF Brian Bogusevic to Triple-A Round Rock; and reassigned C Brian Esposito to minor league camp, the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine reports.

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew (abdomen) got a "strength and conditioning day" Tuesday, March 22, and he was held out of the lineup again Wednesday, March 23, reports Bob McManaman, of The Arizona Republic. "If it's almost gone, let's get rid of it and let's get strong," manager Kirk Gibson said. "If this were the season, he'd be playing every day."

SS | Adam Everett | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Adam Everett (thumb) returned Wednesday, March 24, and he finished hitless in two at-bats.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter is batting leadoff Wednesday, March 23, and OF Brett Gardner is hitting ninth, which is the lineup manager Joe Girardi says he may use versus left-handed pitchers this season, according to Marc Carig of The Star-Ledger. The two through eight batters are as follows: OF Nick Swisher, 1B Mark Teixeira, 3B Alex Rodriguez, 2B Robinson Cano, DH Jorge Posada, OF Andruw Jones and C Russell Martin.


Third Baseman

3B | Matt Dominguez | Florida Marlins | Transaction
The Florida Marlins reassigned 3B Matt Dominguez, 2B Ruben Gotay, 2B Joe Thurston, OF Josh Kroeger and RP Frank Mata, the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi reports.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese is hitting fifth, with OF Lance Berkman dropping to sixth against a left-handed pitcher, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold reports.

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco (elbow) is not in the lineup Thursday, March 24, the Delaware County Times' Ryan Lawrence reports.

3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez hit his first homer of spring training Wednesday, March 23, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch. It was a good moment for Alvarez, who has 21 strikeouts in 53 at-bats this spring.

3B | Brandon Laird | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees optioned OF Melky Mesa, Ps Ryan Pope and Eric Wordekemper to Double-A Trenton Wednesday, March 23, reports Wallace Matthews, of ESPNNewYork.com. IFs Brandon Laird and Kevin Russo were also optioned to Triple-A Wilkes-Barre Scranton. The team also reassigned P Steve Garrison. C Jose Gil, OF Jordan Parraz and IF Jorge Vazquez to the team's minor league camp.

3B | Geoff Blum | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Geoff Blum (knee) had an injection in his right knee Tuesday, March 22, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. Blum looks to be a huge question mark for the start of the regular season. "I asked (head athletic trainer Ken Crenshaw) if it's possible for him to be back for Opening Day," manager Kirk Gibson said Wednesday, March 23. "I think it's still a possibility, but it gets slimmer every day."

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones has 14 hits, including six doubles and two home runs, in his last 25 spring at-bats, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.

3B | Casey Blake | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Casey Blake (back) and 2B Jamey Carroll (finger) made progress in their rehab from injuries Wednesday, March 23, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. Blake threw across the diamond, fielded grounders and hit off a tee, while Carroll threw for the second straight day and was available to pinch hit in the team's game against the Chicago White Sox. The next step for Blake is to take batting practice. Carroll is expected to serve as the Opening Day second baseman with SS Juan Uribe filling in for Blake at third base.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has settled on his No. 2-4 hitters this season, according to The Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney. OF Johnny Damon will hit second, followed by 3B Evan Longoria and OF Manny Ramirez. Maddon would like 2B Ben Zobrist to lead off against righties and OF B.J. Upton in the top spot against lefties. Upton could drop to sixth when he is not leading off. C Kelly Shoppach could hit as high as fifth against lefties. "Shop is looking pretty good against lefties like he's supposed to," Maddon said. "That's an interesting concept, too. When Shop starts hitting lefties like you see him here in this camp, that's his M.O., he's looked a lot better at the plate, so there's a potential to see something like that, too." C John Jaso was being considered at the top of the lineup at the start of the spring, but Maddon has since changed his mind.


Catcher

C | Robinson Cancel | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros reassigned C Robinson Cancel to minor league camp, MLB.com's Alyson Footer reports.

C | Rene Rivera | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins will use P Chuck James, C Rene Rivera, IF Chase Lambin and OF Brian Dinkelman in Atlanta for two exhibition games, but MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports the four will be reassigned to Minor League camp following the game on March 30.

C | John Jaso | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays C John Jaso (groin) remains sidelined and "uncomfortable" after being hit in the groin area by a foul ball Saturday, March 19, reports Marc Topkin, of the St. Petersburg Times. Manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday, March 23, that the team could start looking at alternatives for the opening day roster. "If he's not responding well, if the pain threshold is not going down enough, we have to," Maddon said. "But as of right now we're not there yet."

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer went 1-for-3 with three RBI Wednesday, March 23, and he spent five innings behind the plate, reports Phil Mackey, of 1500ESPN.com.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana showed his knee is healthy, as he went 2-for-3 with a triple, walk, run scored and stolen base Wednesday, March 23.

C | Humberto Quintero | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros C Humberto Quintero picked off Pittsburgh Pirates C Ryan Doumit twice Wednesday, March 23, and also had three hits to raise his spring average to .452, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.

C | Chris Snyder | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Chris Snyder (back), who has been sidelined since March 9, will return to action Thursday, March 24, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

C | Miguel Olivo | Seattle Mariners | Injury
Seattle Mariners C Miguel Olivo (knee) caught three innings of a minor league game Wednesday, March 23, and will serve as the designated hitter Thursday, March 24, reports Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune. "I'm going to DH, then maybe catch five innings the next day," Olivo said. "After that, everything should be good. . .I'm not 100 percent, but I was ready for this."

C | J.R. Towles | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros Cs J.R. Towles and Humberto Quintero are likely to share the duties behind the plate to begin the season, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. Quintero will start on Opening Day with SP Brett Myers on the bump. Towles entered Wednesday, March 23, hitting .314 with two home runs and six RBIs while Quintero is hitting .393 with five RBIs. C Carlos Corporan is batting .381.

C | Hank Conger | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Hank Conger and IF Andrew Romine are likely the two bubble players for the final 25-man roster for Opening Day, according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett. 1B Kendrys Morales (leg, ankle, foot), OF Reggie Willits (calf), RP Scott Downs (toe) and SP Joel Pineiro (shoulder) are likely to start on the 15-day disabled list. IF Alexi Amarista, and Ps Matt Palmer, Trevor Bell, Bobby Cassevah and Francisco X. Rodriguez are all likely to be cut soon.

C | Koby Clemens | Houston Astros | Injury
Houston Astros 1B Koby Clemens (knee) has a bruised knee after fouling a ball off it last week, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.


Outfielder

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an ongoing story, New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran (knees) won't play in a game Thursday, March 24, and is taking batting practice instead, ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reports. It looks like he'll begin the season on the disabled list.

OF | Mike Stanton | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Florida Marlins OF Mike Stanton (quadriceps) returned to the lineup Thursday, March 24, the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi reports.

OF | Chris Coghlan | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Florida Marlins OF Chris Coghlan (shoulder) is not in the lineup Thursday, March 24, The Miami Herald's Clark Spencer reports.

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese is hitting fifth, with OF Lance Berkman dropping to sixth against a left-handed pitcher, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold reports.

OF | Fred Lewis | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF's Fred Lewis and Jeremy Hermida are in line for the final roster spot, according to John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

OF | Matt Diaz | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Matt Diaz has eight hits in his last 11 spring at-bats, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch. Diaz is trying to reverse a pattern that has seen him start with rough springs, as he is a career .241 hitter in April.

OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher (foot) left the Grapefruit League game Wednesday, March 23, due to left foot injury, reports Wallace Matthews, of ESPNNewYork.com. Swisher hobbled around in obvious pain after fouling a ball off of his left foot. There is no word on the severity of his injury and whether he'll be sent for X-rays at this point.

OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders might be returned to Triple-A Tacoma so he can work on some things, reports Geoff Baker, of The Seattle Times. For now, Saunders remains with the big club, perhaps for the team to take an even closer look at him against major league pitching before deciding his fate.

OF | Ryan Langerhans | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
The demotion of OF Gabe Gross by the Seattle Mariners likely means OF Ryan Langerhans has won a roster spot, reports Geoff Baker, of The Seattle Times.

OF | Vernon Wells | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Vernon Wells (hamstring) said his tight left hamstring is no big deal, reports Bill Plunkett, of The Orange County Register. "It just tightened up on me going around first base," Wells said. "Normal game, you keep going but there's no reason to push it now." Wells is expected to return to action Friday, March 25.

OF | Aaron Cunningham | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Aaron Cunningham (calf) is due back this weekend, reports Bill Center, of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Ryan Ludwick (shin) did not play Wednesday, March 23, but he is scheduled to play Thursday, March 24, reports Bill Center, of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Michael Cuddyer (foot) went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk Wednesday, March 23, in his Grapefruit League debut, reports Phil Mackey, of 1500ESPN.com.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton (knee) returned to the lineup Wednesday, March 23, and he went 0-for-1 with a run scored and two walks.

OF | Trevor Crowe | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians OF Trevor Crowe (shoulder) has been able to hit off a tee, but he is still unable to play catch, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Crowe is likely to open the season on the 15-day disabled list, and a decision might be coming soon to determine if surgery is needed.

OF | Michael Brantley | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored Wednesday, March 24. Brantley will start in center field and leadoff while OF Grady Sizemore (knee) is on the 15-day disabled list to start the regular season.

OF | Travis Buck | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Travis Buck has studied the swing of OF Shin-Soo Choo during Spring Training, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. "I watched Choo work," Buck said. "I was like,'I want to hit like that.'" Buck began discussing swing mechanics with Choo and then he started retooling his technique with hitting coach Jon Nunnally. The overhaul of his swing apepars to be working, as he is batting .435 with four home runs, four doubles and 12 RBI in 46 spring at-bats.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) is scheduled to play in a minor league game Thursday, March 24, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. "He's probably going to hit second in every inning," manager Manny Acta said Wednesday, March 23. "That way he can have at least five at-bats instead of just three over here." Acta added that Sizemore will be serving as the designated hitter.

OF | David Murphy | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF David Murphy went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI Wednesday, March 23, to push his hitting streak to 10 games, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (oblique) underwent an MRI exam Wednesday, March 23, which revealed a strain of his internal oblique, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews. Granderson is "slightly" concerned about his availability for the season opener next week.

OF | Hunter Pence | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Hunter Pence (shin) required four stitches to close a gash on his right shin Wednesday, March 23, after he injured himself while sliding into home plate, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. Pence said he is fine and will play Thursday, March 24.

OF | Cody Ross | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants OF Cody Ross (calf) left the game Wednesday, March 23, with a right calf strain, according to The Sports Network.

OF | Greg Golson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Greg Golson has been sent down to the minor leagues, which bodes well for the status of either OF Curtis Granderson (oblique) or OF Justin Maxwell, according to Ben Shpigel of The New York Times. Maxwell would serve as the team's fourth outfielder if Granderson has to start the season on the disabled list.

OF | Rick Ankiel | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel is expected to be named the starting center fielder over OF Nyjer Morgan, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. It is unclear what the team will choose to do with Morgan, as OFs Matt Stairs and Laynce Nix are both favorites to make the roster.

OF | Colby Rasmus | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols (foot) and OF Colby Rasmus (hip) are both expected to return to the lineup Thursday, March 24, after sitting out Wednesday, March 23, with minor injuries, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach. Pujols had his left foot stepped on Monday, March 21, and Rasmus was hit by a pitch on his right hip.

OF | Manny Ramirez | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has been impressed with the work ethic and results from OF Manny Ramirez this spring, according to MLB.com's Bill Chastain. "We talked about it from Day 1, that he wants to re-establish his credibility," Maddon said. "And I think that's great. This is the perfect spot for him to do that. We like having him here. Already, he's become a big part of our group. And the guys like him."

OF | Craig Gentry | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers OF Craig Gentry (shoulder) hit in the cages and threw Wednesday, March 23, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett. Gentry is dealing with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder.

OF | Mark DeRosa | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Mark DeRosa (illness, wrist) is currently dealing with a cold, but says his wrist is feeling better and that he'll return to action Thursday, March 24, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (ankle) said he was feeling better Wednesday, March 23, and hopes to be back in action by Friday, March 25, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. Harper is likely to be ready by Opening Day for Single-A Hagerstown if he can play Friday.

OF | Johnny Damon | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has settled on his No. 2-4 hitters this season, according to The Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney. OF Johnny Damon will hit second, followed by 3B Evan Longoria and OF Manny Ramirez. Maddon would like 2B Ben Zobrist to lead off against righties and OF B.J. Upton in the top spot against lefties. Upton could drop to sixth when he is not leading off. C Kelly Shoppach could hit as high as fifth against lefties. "Shop is looking pretty good against lefties like he's supposed to," Maddon said. "That's an interesting concept, too. When Shop starts hitting lefties like you see him here in this camp, that's his M.O., he's looked a lot better at the plate, so there's a potential to see something like that, too." C John Jaso was being considered at the top of the lineup at the start of the spring, but Maddon has since changed his mind.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has settled on his No. 2-4 hitters this season, according to The Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney. OF Johnny Damon will hit second, followed by 3B Evan Longoria and OF Manny Ramirez. Maddon would like 2B Ben Zobrist to lead off against righties and OF B.J. Upton in the top spot against lefties. Upton could drop to sixth when he is not leading off. C Kelly Shoppach could hit as high as fifth against lefties. "Shop is looking pretty good against lefties like he's supposed to," Maddon said. "That's an interesting concept, too. When Shop starts hitting lefties like you see him here in this camp, that's his M.O., he's looked a lot better at the plate, so there's a potential to see something like that, too." C John Jaso was being considered at the top of the lineup at the start of the spring, but Maddon has since changed his mind.

OF | Julio Borbon | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Julio Borbon is not in the lineup Wednesday, March 23, because he is taking care of some personal issues, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett. Borbon is expected to return Thursday, March 24. Manager Ron Washington said Borbon is still his starting center fielder, but said he needs to improve on his defense in the outfield. "We see some deficiencies that we want to be corrected and we've brought it up to his attention and they're working on it. He's working hard at trying to correct them. That's what spring training is about," Washington stated. If Borbon's defense proves to be too much of a problem, the team will consider moving OF Josh Hamilton back to center and have OF David Murphy start in left.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Roy Oswalt | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Oswalt (neck) said he had a slight headache, and his neck was stiff after being hit by a liner Wednesday, March 23, but he plans on making his next start, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous items, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports the discomfort Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (shoulder) has been feeling in his shoulder since his last start on March 19 in Phoenix was nothing structural.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey will start the second game of the season Saturday, April 2, against the Milwaukee Brewers, according to John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

SP | Ervin Santana | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Ervin Santana struck out six while walking one and yielding four hits across five innings Wednesday, March 23, in an 8-0 shutout of the San Francisco Giants, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer.

SP | Carlos Silva | Chicago Cubs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Carlos Silva gave up three hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out three over six innings Wednesday, March 23, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. He threw 78 pitches, 51 for strikes, in a 3-1 win over the Oakland Athletics. The Cubs are expected to make a decision between Silva, SP Andrew Cashner and SP Braden Looper for the final rotation spot before Sunday, March 27.

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Tim Stauffer (hip) worked six innings and threw 81 pitches Wednesday, March 23, reports Bill Center, of The San Diego Union-Tribune. Stauffer allowed two earned runs, six hits and a walk while striking out four batters in six innings. Stauffer is 2-0 with a 3.66 ERA.

SP | Doug Davis | free agent | Free Agents
The Baltimore Orioles will send a representative to Arizona to watch free-agent P Doug Davis (Brewers) throw, reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz allowed four earned runs, five hits and three walks in 1 1/3 innings Wednesday, March 23, reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com. Matusz went to five full counts, and only 31 of his 56 pitches went for strikes. Matusz went to the bullpen afterwards to get in more work, with pitching coach Mark Connor on hand to watch him. "I wanted to get six ups today. That was my goal, to get six innings, so yeah, that's not a positive at all, but I was able to get some extra work in on the side there," Matusz said. "It's just motivation for me to work hard and get myself back together."

SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano allowed one earned run, four hits and three walks over three innings while recording nine strikeouts Wednesday, March 23, reports Phil Mackey, of 1500ESPN.com. The strikeouts were nice, but Liriano needed 76 pitches to get through the three innings. "I would think Frankie would probably say he's a little bit disappointed in the way he threw the ball tonight, but the thing is he's healthy, he's feeling good, and now we just got to get him in the zone," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

SP | Kevin Slowey | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Kevin Slowey worked a scoreless inning Wednesday, March 23, in his first appearance as a member of the bullpen, reports Phil Mackey, of 1500ESPN.com. Slowey was informed Tuesday, March 22, that he lost out on the fifth starter job to SP Scott Baker.

SP | Nick Blackburn | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Nick Blackburn is scheduled to start Thursday, March 24, against the Philadelphia Phillies, reports Phil Mackey, of 1500ESPN.com.

SP | David Huff | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SPs Jeanmar Gomez and David Huff will work Thursday, March 24, against the San Francisco Giants, reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Gomez and Huff are in the running for the fifth starter spot with SP Josh Tomlin, with Tomlin viewed as the favorite. "With them both pitching tomorrow, we'll make a decision after that," manager Manny Acta said.

SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco allowed six earned runs, nine hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday, March 23, raising his spring ERA to 7.56.

SP | Dan Hudson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Dan Hudson allowed seven runs - one earned - and eight hits with two walks over 2 2/3 innings Wednesday, March 23, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. Hudson, who has been named the No. 2 starter, hurt himself with a throwing error.

SP | Justin Duchscherer | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Justin Duchscherer (hip) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, March 23, and will be re-evaluated Thursday, March 24, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals placed SP Stephen Strasburg (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, March 23, as he continues to rehab from Tommy John surgery last year, according to The Associated Press.

SP | Jon Garland | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Jon Garland (oblique) is throwing off flat ground and said he is not experiencing any pain in his left oblique, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. "It's gone except when I sneeze," said Garland. "Otherwise, it's doing good. I haven't completely let it go, and off a mound, I don't know. But there definitely was something behind it today. Since I started playing catch (last week), I haven't just been going through the motions and the last couple days I'm going heavier and heavier." He could resume throwing off a mound soon.

SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson gave up one earned run and four hits in six innings against the Florida Marlins Wednesday, March 23, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman. Hudson will make his last spring start Monday, March 28, in a minor league game.

SP | James Shields | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP James Shields had his best outing of the spring against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, March 23, giving up no runs and four hits while walking one and striking out four in seven innings, according to MLB.com's Bill Chastain.

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald (side) will return to the mound Saturday, March 26, reports Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow (forearm) pointed to the inside of his elbow when asked what the focal point of his latest injury was, according to the National Post's John Lott. However, the injury was diagnosed as a forearm strain after an MRI showed inflammation. "Brandon was just in there (in the clubhouse) making his case that he feels good," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "It's one of those things that we're just going to be extra-cautious. If it was a playoff game, he would pitch. We already know we're going to monitor his innings throughout the year." Morrow will likely pitch in a minor league game before being activated from the disabled list.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova has pitched well enough in camp to earn himself a starting role, speculates Marc Carig of The Star-Ledger.

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco (thumb) is feeling good and is ready for his first start of the season, according to Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook turned in an impressive 5 1/3 innings Wednesday, March 23, allowing just one unearned run on three hits, according to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He struck out two and did not issue a walk.

SP | J.A. Happ | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP J.A. Happ allowed five earned runs and nine hits while walking two and striking out four in six innings against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, March 23, according to the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine. Happ threw 101 pitches in the outing.

SP | Mike Minor | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
A report Tuesday, March 22, that Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy had won the final rotation spot over SP Mike Minor was premature, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien. The team could lean toward Minor to have a left-handed pitcher in a rotation full of righties.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
A report Tuesday, March 22, that Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy had won the final rotation spot over SP Mike Minor was premature, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien. The team could lean toward Minor to have a left-handed pitcher in a rotation full of righties.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey attributes his success this spring to the fact that he feels 100 percent after not being completely healthy in either of his two previous Spring Trainings, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe. "Stuffwise, I feel like I'm ready to go," said Lackey. "I'd like to execute pitches and feel good. . .I'm happy where my changeup is right now. Don't think it's ever been this good this early."

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) thinks his tightness is due to throwing more live batting practice and less long toss recently and says that his shoulder doesn't hurt and doesn't feel like it did when it required surgery, according to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It's tough," said Webb. "Hopefully we'll push through it and get back on the mound again in three or four more days. . .Concern wise, I don't know. . .I'm almost over it. It is what it is. I will go day-to-day a little bit and see where we're at."

SP | Jesse Litsch | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays' starting rotation will have a new look to it to start the season with SP Brandon Morrow (forearm) starting the season on the disabled list, according to The Globe and Mail's Jeff Blair. The rotation will consist of SPs Ricky Romero, Kyle Drabek, Brett Cecil, Jo-Jo Reyes and Jesse Litsch. Morrow will go five days before he resumes throwing.

SP | Jo-Jo Reyes | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays' starting rotation will have a new look to it to start the season with SP Brandon Morrow (forearm) starting the season on the disabled list, according to The Globe and Mail's Jeff Blair. The rotation will consist of SPs Ricky Romero, Kyle Drabek, Brett Cecil, Jo-Jo Reyes and Jesse Litsch. Morrow will go five days before he resumes throwing.

SP | Mike Leake | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake surrendered seven runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings Tuesday, March 22, reports The Columbus Dispatch. Leake is expected to begin the season as the team's No. 4 or No. 5 starter.

SP | Tommy Hanson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Despite allowing five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday, March 23, Atlanta Braves SP Tommy Hanson (back) did not appear to be bothered by his back, according to Bill Shanks of the Macon Georgia News.

SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle Lohse will make a minor league start Wednesday, March 30, and join the team for Opening Day Thursday, March 31, in order to keep him on track for his first start of the season, reports Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers will decide whether CL Neftali Feliz will be in the bullpen or starting rotation in the next 36 hours, ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney reports.

RP | Dontrelle Willis | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Dontrelle Willis allowed five runs on three hits and three walks while recording only one out Wednesday, March 23, according to The Associated Press. The San Diego Padres beat Cincinnati 10-7.

RP | George Sherrill | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves RP George Sherrill has allowed 13 hits, seven runs and five walks in eight innings this spring, according to David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RP Kyle Farnsworth (knee) is scheduled to travel for the Grapefruit League game Thursday, March 24, reports Marc Topkin, of the St. Petersburg Times.

RP | David Hernandez | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks RP David Hernandez is in the competition for one of the primary setup roles ahead of closer J.J. Putz, reports Nick Piecoro, of The Arizona Republic. "I feel like I could still be a starter," Hernandez said. "But I think the real weakness for the Diamondbacks last year was the bullpen, so I hope I can come in and really help improve it."

RP | Joe Smith | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians RP Joe Smith (abdomen) played catch Wednesday, March 23, for a third consecutive day, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Smith worked from 90 feet, and he plans to throw from more than 100 feet Thursday, March 24. Smith might work off a mound this weekend barring any setbacks.

RP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Alexi Ogando allowed an earned run, two hits and a walk in one inning of relief Wednesday, March 23, reports Evan Grant, of The Dallas Morning News. The appearance came on the same day he was informed he will remain in the bullpen this season. It's possible Ogando will serve as the closer if RP Neftali Feliz is moved to the rotation.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz (back) played long toss Wednesday, March 23, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. "J.J. played long toss and felt great," manager Kirk Gibson said. "I think he'll throw a bullpen Friday, and we hope to have him in a game on Sunday." Putz was scratched from his appearance Friday, March 18, when his back tightened in the bullpen while warming up.

RP | Koji Uehara | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Koji Uehara (elbow) will see action in a minor league game Friday, March 25, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun.

RP | Jose Contreras | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jose Contreras (eye) said his irritated eye has improved and was only expected to miss a few days, according to the Philadelphia Daily News' David Murphy.

RP | Joe Nathan | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Joe Nathan (elbow) will pitch on consecutive days Thursday, March 24 and Friday, March 25, in what will essentially be his final test of Spring Training, according to Kelsie Smith of the Pioneer Press.

RP | Todd Wellemeyer | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs RP Todd Wellemeyer (hip) feels pain in his right hip every time he pitches and believes it's due to tearing his right quadriceps last season, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com "Maybe the fact I tore my quad might have something to do with (my hip) not being as strong, and it has to work double time - I don't know if there's atrophy in it or what," said Wellemeyer, who may be forced to retire.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Bailey (forearm) is still going through his rehab and is listing himself as day-to-day, according to the Courier-Post's Kevin Minnick. "I'm not sure when I'll throw again. It's a day-to-day thing. I'm going through rehab and there's no timetable right now. I'm following a program and (Tuesday) was the sixth day. I'll have at least a couple of more days," Bailey said.

RP | Kevin Jepsen | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Kevin Jepsen (hip, quadriceps) felt better Wednesday, March 23, and could return to action as soon as Thursday, March 24, according to Lyle Spencer of MLB.com.

RP | Oliver Perez | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent RP Oliver Perez (Mets) to a minor league deal Wednesday, March 23, according to SI.com's Jon Heyman. The New York Mets are still responsible for most of the $12 million that Perez is owed this year.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain (oblique) threw a smooth bullpen session Tuesday, March 22, according to Marc Carig of The Star-Ledger.

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (oblique) was unable to throw as planned Wednesday, March 23, reports Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News. "(Wilson) didn't feel as good as we hoped he would, so we backed him off," explained manager Bruce Bochy.

RP | Bobby Jenks | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Bobby Jenks threw on consecutive days for the first time this spring Monday, March 21, and Tuesday, March 22, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe. "His stuff has been sharp all spring," praised skipper Terry Francona.

RP | Hideki Okajima | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox RPs Dennys Reyes, Hideki Okajima and Rich Hill are likely the finalists for the left-handed bullpen slot, while RPs Matt Albers and Alfredo Aceves are battling for the final right-handed spot, speculates Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

RP | Jason Motte | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals RP Jason Motte, who has struggled this spring and faced just two hitters before getting pulled Monday, March 21, is merely dealing with mechanical issues and is not injured, according to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He's just fine-tuning his stuff," said manager Tony La Russa. "His arm's fine. That's important. . .Hitters are going to see him for the third year, so everything he's working on is something that he can add to his repertoire. . .He's a priority guy, so we've got to get him ready in every respect."

RP | Angel Guzman | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
The Chicago Cubs optioned Ps Scott Maine and Justin Berg to Triple-A Iowa Wednesday, March 23, and reassigned RP Angel Guzman and SP Todd Wellemeyer to minor league camp, according to The Sports Network.

RP | LaTroy Hawkins | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers RP LaTroy Hawkins (shoulder) is next scheduled to pitch Thursday, March 24, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. "But I feel like I can pitch a few more years. My shoulder feels strong. Pitching out there, I have no pain," Hawkins said. It is still unknown if he will be ready in time for Opening Day.

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