Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 26, 2011 @ 18:02:12 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Daric Barton | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Geren said Friday, March 25, that 1B Daric Barton (leg) would return to Cactus League action Saturday, March 26, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

1B | Prince Fielder | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Prince Fielder (sinus) returned to the lineup Friday, March 25. He went hitless in two at-bats.

1B | Mike Sweeney | Retired Players | Transaction, Free Agents
The Kansas City Royals have signed free-agent 1B Mike Sweeney (Phillies) to a one-day contract that would allow him to retire as a member of the organization, reports The Associated Press.

1B | Juan Miranda | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson indicated Friday, March 25, that 1B Juan Miranda is expected to break camp with the team, but he did not indicate how the playing time will be shelved out at first base, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro. Miranda is out of minor league options.

1B | Russell Branyan | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Russell Branyan has won himself a roster spot, according to Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic.

1B | Adam LaRoche | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche (shoulder) has been shut down for two to three days because he's still feeling pain in his shoulder, according to Amanda Comak of The Washington Times. LaRoche underwent an MRI Wednesday, March 23, and thinks a pinched nerve is to blame. "He's throwing tolerably but he really can't cut the ball loose," said manager Jim Riggleman. "We want to see if we can calm that down and we'll put him back in the lineup, likely Monday. . .He's fine to play with it but on a relay throw or something, he's not comfortable he could really air it out." LaRoche assured that he would play if it were the regular season.


Second Baseman

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks went 3-for-3 with a run scored and RBI Saturday, March 25, to raise his spring average to .500.

2B | Jose Lopez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
There are reports from scouts that Colorado Rockies 2B Eric Young Jr. would attract trade interest if the Rockies decided to shop him, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck. 2Bs Jose Lopez and Jonathan Herrera are expected to share the duties at second base. Herrera is hitting .367 this spring with four triples and is a candidate to hit second in the batting order.

2B | Eric Young Jr. | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
There are reports from scouts that Colorado Rockies 2B Eric Young Jr. would attract trade interest if the Rockies decided to shop him, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck. 2Bs Jose Lopez and Jonathan Herrera are expected to share the duties at second base. Herrera is hitting .367 this spring with four triples and is a candidate to hit second in the batting order.

2B | Jonathan Herrera | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
There are reports from scouts that Colorado Rockies 2B Eric Young Jr. would attract trade interest if the Rockies decided to shop him, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck. 2Bs Jose Lopez and Jonathan Herrera are expected to share the duties at second base. Herrera is hitting .367 this spring with four triples and is a candidate to hit second in the batting order.

2B | Luis Hernandez | New York Mets | Fantasy
The San Diego Padres are seeking a backup infielder and have scouted New York Mets 2B Luis Hernandez, Washington Nationals IF Alberto Gonzalez and Baltimore Orioles IF Robert Andino, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com.

2B | Jeff Baker | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 2B Jeff Baker (hamstring) was forced to leave his team's game Friday, March 25, due to tightness in his left hamstring, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (back) is very confident that he will be ready for Opening Day after playing in the team's last four games, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli. "My back's great," said Roberts, who went 2-for-4 Thursday, March 24, and seemingly hasn't missed a beat since returning to spring action Sunday, March 20.

2B | Darwin Barney | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Darwin Barney appears to have surpassed 2B Blake DeWitt on the team's depth chart this spring, and Barney started over DeWitt Thursday, March 24, according to the Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan. Barney will now share time at second base with 2B Jeff Baker. DeWitt is hitting .167 this spring and will be the backup at second and third base.

2B | Orlando Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians announced Friday, March 25, that 2B Orlando Cabrera and 3B Jack Hannahan have won the starting spots at second and third base respectively, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. OFs Travis Buck and Shelley Duncan are also expected to make the team. OFs Jordan Brown and Chad Huffman are expected to open in the minors.

2B | Luis Valbuena | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Jayson Nix, SS Adam Everett, 2B Luis Valbuena and 2B Cord Phelps are the finalists for one utility spot, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, who speculates that the battle is really down to three since Phelps will likely be sent to Class AAA.


Shortstop

SS | Clint Barmes | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Clint Barmes (hand) left the Grapefruit League game Friday, March 25, after being hit on the left hand, reports Alyson Footer, of MLB.com. Barmes will have X-rays Saturday, March 26.

SS | Jason Bartlett | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said SS Jason Bartlett (knee) will return to the lineup Saturday, March 26, reports Dan Hayes, of the North County Times.

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew (abdomen) was scratched from the lineup Friday, March 25, due to lower abdominal soreness, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com.


Third Baseman

3B | John Whittleman | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals acquired 3B John Whittleman from the Texas Rangers Friday, March 25, in exchange for cash, reports Dick Kaegel, of MLB.com.

3B | Scott Rolen | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 3B Scott Rolen (elbow) was still sore Friday, March 25, after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch Thursday, March 24, reports Mark Sheldon, of MLB.com. "He can't extend," manager Dusty Baker said. The veteran 3B is considered day to day. Baker said Rolen likely won't play Saturday, March 26, after sitting out Friday.

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Shane Victorino (eye) and 3B Placido Polanco (elbow) were back in the lineup Friday, March 25, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Polanco went 0-for-2 and Victorino went 0-for-4. Polanco said his elbow is still a bit sore and is not scheduled to play Saturday, March 26, but still thinks he'll be ready by Opening Day.

3B | Casey McGehee | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Casey McGehee (knee) planned to take batting practice Friday, March 25, and could return to spring action Saturday, March 26, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy.

3B | Greg Dobbs | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins 3B Greg Dobbs is a favorite to make the club as a left-handed pinch-hit specialist and situational third baseman, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. "I have seen him taking very, very good at-bats, whether he's facing righties or lefties," skipper Edwin Rodriguez said. "He has shown he can play, first, third and the outfield. Eventually, if he stays with the club, that's going to be his role, either in a double-switch or once in a while playing third base." IFs Donnie Murphy and Emilio Bonifacio are expected to see most of the playing time at third.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria added ten pounds during the offseason and is hitting the ball farther in Spring Training, according to Bill Chastain of MLB.com. "I don't really feel it, that was kind of the goal in the offseason, to put on a little more weight," Longoria said. "I feel pretty good overall." "The added weight, it looks to me like it's good weight," said manager Joe Maddon. "It's firm and he's carrying it well. I see the same quickness on defense. I see the same speed on the bases. All that is good. Ball's just getting a little more carry."

3B | Jack Hannahan | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians announced Friday, March 25, that 2B Orlando Cabrera and 3B Jack Hannahan have won the starting spots at second and third base respectively, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. OFs Travis Buck and Shelley Duncan are also expected to make the team. OFs Jordan Brown and Chad Huffman are expected to open in the minors.


Catcher

C | George Kottaras | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers C George Kottaras went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his third homer of the spring, Friday, March 25, reports Tom Haudricourt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

C | Jose Molina | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C Jose Molina will be the catcher when SP Jo-Jo Reyes starts, reports Mike Rutsey, of the Toronto Sun.

C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia went 3-for-4 with a double, his first spring home run and three RBI Friday, March 25, reports Ian Browne, of MLB.com. Arencibia is batting .200 (10-for-50) with one home run and four RBI in 20 spring games.

C | Ramon Hernandez | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Ramon Hernandez (elbow) was scratched Friday, March 25, due to a sore right elbow, reports Mark Sheldon, of MLB.com.

C | Gustavo Molina | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said C Gustavo Molina has at least pulled even with Cs Jesus Montero and Austin Romine in the competition for the backup catching job, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews. In fact, Molina may be the favorite now.

C | Miguel Olivo | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Miguel Olivo (groin) will catch again Friday, March 25, against the Los Angeles Dodgers and is expected to be ready for Opening Day unless he suffers a setback, according to The Seattle Times' Geoff Baker.

C | Dioner Navarro | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers C Dioner Navarro (oblique) has been diagnosed with a torn muscle in his right oblique and will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com's Tony Jackson. Navarro will likely miss at least a month. Manager Don Mattingly said Cs A.J. Ellis and Hector Gimenez will compete for the backup job. C Rod Barajas might start nearly all of the games when Navarro is out.

C | Jonathan Lucroy | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy (finger) had the metal pin removed from his broken finger Monday, March 21, and is now working to regain flexion in his joint, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. A disabled-list stint for Lucroy could be backdated to March 22, meaning he could be activated April 6 at the earliest.

C | John Jaso | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays C John Jaso (groin) worked two innings behind the plate Friday, March 25, and felt only minor discomfort, according to The Tampa Tribune.

C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers Cs Alex Avila and Victor Martinez will be the team's catchers on the Opening Day roster, with OF Don Kelly available as needed, according to Tom Gage of The Detroit News.


Outfielder

OF | Jeff Francoeur | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Jeff Francoeur said he is finally ready for the start of the season, getting his swing and timing in sync in time for Opening Day, reports Dick Kaegel, of MLB.com. "I went back and watched some film and the biggest thing I've done is my hands," Francoeur said. "I'm kind of wrapping my hands (back) and it's a straight path to the ball." Francoeur made the adjustment with the advice of hitting coach Kevin Seitzer and Hall of Famer George Brett, in camp as an instructor.

OF | Chris Carter | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics returned OF Chris Carter to the minor league camp Friday, March 25, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (quadriceps) felt better Friday, March 25, and said he could play if required, reports Dan Hayes, of the North County Times.

OF | Corey Patterson | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Corey Patterson (head) was hit in the batting helmet and was forced to a Grapefruit League game Friday, March 25, reports Gordon Edes, of ESPNBoston.com. Patterson was helped off the field with some assistance.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Ryan Ludwick went 2-for-3 with a home run, his second of the spring, and two RBI Friday, March 25. Ludwick is now batting .297 with two home runs and seven RBI this spring.

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Injury
Updating a previous report, New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran (knees) could play in a spring training camp in the near future if he is fine after playing in a minor league game Saturday, March 26, reports Anthony DiComo, of MLB.com.

OF | Rick Ankiel | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OFs Rick Ankiel and Jerry Hairston Jr. are expected to share time at center field at the start of the season, reports MLB.com's Bill Ladson.

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth said he is fine with hitting second in the starting lineup, reports Bill Ladson, of MLB.com. "I think with the personnel that we have, it makes the most sense. It's definitely the best lineup that way," Werth said. "I don't mind hitting second at all."

OF | Shane Victorino | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Shane Victorino (eye) and 3B Placido Polanco (elbow) were back in the lineup Friday, March 25, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Polanco went 0-for-2 and Victorino went 0-for-4. Polanco said his elbow is still a bit sore and is not scheduled to play Saturday, March 26, but still thinks he'll be ready by Opening Day.

OF | Chris Coghlan | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Chris Coghlan (shoulder, knee) is expected to return to the Grapefruit League lineup Saturday, March 26, and play center field, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Coghlan entered as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning Friday, March 25. His shoulder is not yet full strength, but he is confident it will get there soon. "With the strain, it's going to take a while to be 100 percent," Coghlan said. "I can make the throws when I need to. I'll keep on top of my rehab and monitor the throws that I do."

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (ankle) participated in batting practice Friday, March 25, and will be ready for Opening Day in the minor leagues Thursday, April 7, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post.

OF | Chris Dickerson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Chris Dickerson could make the Opening Day roster if OF Curtis Granderson (oblique) isn't recovered, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com "He's a guy we're definitely gonna look at if (Granderson) can't play," said manager Joe Girardi. "He has big league experience. He's got tools. . .He's hit for average in his career. And he can hit some homers, too. He's played mostly center and left."

OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher (foot) and 3B Eric Chavez (calf) will both be in the lineup Friday, March 25, according to Marc Carig of The Star-Ledger.

OF | Nate McLouth | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Nate McLouth is being more aggressive this spring and is starting to look like his old self after struggling mightily last year, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman. "I think that's pretty fair to say," McLouth said. "I lost my aggressiveness for whatever reason. If I knew why and where and when, I think I could have corrected it a lot sooner. I think aggressiveness kind of comes with confidence and vice versa, confidence breeds aggressiveness. When you feel confident in the box, you're going to be aggressive." He is confident this spring and is hitting .304 (14-for-46) with just three strikeouts entering Friday, March 25.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said OF Franklin Gutierrez (stomach) needs to return to spring action by this weekend if he wants to be in the Opening Day lineup, according to The Seattle Times' Geoff Baker. "If it's something where they say, 'Yeah, this is what it is and all he has to do is this, this and this' then it's something we can work with," Zduriencik said. "But we don't know what it is yet. Until we do, there's nothing we can do except wait."

OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders will likely begin the season in Class AAA, according to Scott Garbarini of The Sports Network. This would open a spot for OF Ryan Langerhans to serve as the fourth outfielder.

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Corey Hart (oblique) still feels pain in his ribs when he attempts to swing at full strength or track fly balls, and he has yet to resume taking batting practice, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. OFs Mark Kotsay, Brandon Boggs or Jeremy Reed could play right if Hart is not ready. "I'm not ruling out (Opening Day), but at some point, it has to be talked about - probably really soon," Hart said. "I'll sit down with Ron and (general manager Doug Melvin). You never want to rule anything out, but we have so many guys doing well in the outfield that it would be selfish for me to go out there. I know I won't be ready, basically." A disabled-list stint for Hart could be backdated to March 22, meaning he could be activated April 6 at the earliest.

OF | Nyjer Morgan | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Nyjer Morgan believes he will be playing for a different team by the time the season gets underway, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com.

OF | Mike Stanton | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Mike Stanton (quadriceps) is expected to play again Friday, March 25, after returning to the Grapefruit League lineup Thursday, March 24, and belting two home runs, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. "It felt like two months, instead of three weeks," Stanton said of being out. "I'm glad I was able to get out there. My legs felt fine. I'm glad to be here."


Starting Pitcher

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brandon McCarthy allowed six earned runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings Friday, March 25, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com. "I certainly won't let some hits today kinda sully everything," McCarthy said. Manager Bob Geren is expected to make a decision on his fifth starter, a competition involving McCarthy, SP Bobby Cramer and SP Tyson Ross.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson will make his first regular season start in the second game of the season Saturday, April 2, against the Seattle Mariners, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Gio Gonzalez is scheduled to make his first regular season start in the third game of the season Sunday, April 3, against the Seattle Mariners, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com.

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Dallas Braden is expected to make his first regular season start Tuesday, April 5, against the Toronto Blue Jays, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com.

SP | Vin Mazzaro | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Vin Mazzaro, who was named as the team's fifth starter, will remain in Arizona to work in minor league games, reports Dick Kaegel, of MLB.com. With off days early in the season, the Royals do not have a need for a fifth starter until April 16 against the Seattle Mariners.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (shoulder) played catch Friday, March 25, and he is expected to do so again Saturday, March 26, reports Daryl Van Schouwen, of the Chicago Sun-Times. Peavy might be able to throw off a mound Sunday, March 27, barring any setbacks.

SP | Chris Narveson | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Chris Narveson allowed three runs, six hits and two walks over five innings with seven strikeouts Friday, March 25, reports Tom Haudricourt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Narveson wanted to work on his curveball more in this outing. "I had a lot better execution and tempo today," Narveson said. "I'd like to take that into the season. That was something I wanted to work on."

SP | Wade LeBlanc | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Wade LeBlanc allowed four earned runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings Friday, March 25, in a minor league game, reports Dan Hayes, of the North County Times.

SP | Scott Richmond | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays assigned SP Scott Richmond to Triple-A Las Vegas Friday, March 25, reports Mike Rutsey, of the Toronto Sun.

SP | Jesse Litsch | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Jesse Litsch allowed four earned runs and 11 hits over 4 2/3 innings Friday, March 25, against the Boston Red Sox, reports Ian Browne, of MLB.com. Litsch was named to the rotation earlier this week.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed Friday, March 25, that SP Ivan Nova will be part of the team's rotation, reports Wallace Matthews, of ESPNNewYork.com. Nova allowed just two earned runs, three hits and two walks over six innings Friday against the Houston Astros. He is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 20 innings over four spring starts and one relief appearance.

SP | Bronson Arroyo | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Bronson Arroyo (illness) has been diagnosed with mononucleosis, reports Mark Sheldon, of MLB.com. Arroyo said Friday, March 25, that he does not expect to miss any starts as a result. "I will pitch 100 percent and hopefully be feeling good for April," Arroyo said.

SP | Armando Galarraga | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Armando Galarraga allowed three earned runs, five hits and no walks over six innings Friday, March 25, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. "He did a good job, he finished really good," manager Kirk Gibson said. "I think that's the best he's thrown."

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black announced Friday, March 25, that SP Tim Stauffer will get the baseball for the Opening Day start March 31 against the St. Louis Cardinals, reports Don Norcross, of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

SP | Tim Redding | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Tim Redding (back) left the team's spring training game Friday, March 25, early because of lower back pain in his right side, reports Ken Gurnick, of MLB.com.

SP | Justin Duchscherer | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Justin Duchscherer (hip) threw a bullpen session Friday, March 25, and manager Buck Showalter was very impressed, according to The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly. "That's the best I've seen him throw," Showalter said. "He had a good face when he was throwing. You could tell he felt good physically, so that's encouraging. We'll see what each day brings."

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) threw 22 minutes of long toss at 200 feet Friday, March 26, and felt good, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. Webb is hoping to throw off a mound soon.

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade announced Friday, March 25, that RPs James Russell and Jeff Samardzija have won spots in the team's bullpen, according to ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine. RPs Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall, Kerry Wood and John Grabow have also won spots in the pen.

SP | Braden Looper | Retired Players | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Braden Looper has announced he's retiring from baseball, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.

SP | Yunesky Maya | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals sent SP Yunesky Maya to the minor leagues Friday, March 25, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com.

SP | Casey Coleman | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Casey Coleman is a candidate for the final pitching spot and could work either in the rotation or out of the bullpen, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.

SP | Mat Latos | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres SP Mat Latos (shoulder) has an inflamed bursa sac in his throwing shoulder and was able to raise his arm above his head Friday, March 25, after being unable to raise it above his shoulder Thursday, March 24, reports Dan Norcross of The San Diego Union-Tribune. "(Thursday) it felt liked everything locked," said Latos. "It felt like a huge piece of glass or something sharp was inside my shoulder. There was no strength to lift it. . .From what it was (Thursday), it's like literally night and day."

SP | Scott Kazmir | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Scott Kazmir's velocity has been down in the high 80s, low 90s after it ranged in the 93-97 mph range when he was with the Tampa Bay Rays, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer. Kazmir has also been struggling with location this spring. "He has enough velocity," manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's really a matter of managing the velocity with command to repeat pitches in good zones. It's been a struggle for him." However, Kazmir said his arm feels good and has been encouraged by the bite on his slider. He is 0-2 with a 7.79 ERA in five outings this spring.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey (shoulder) will begin the 2011 season on the 15-day disabled list because of a right shoulder impingement, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. Bailey will be shut down for a week and is expected to miss at least two starts. "It's something he could have pitched with, but it would have lingered through the year," general manager Walt Jocketty said. "He feels fine and he's pitching fine. But in certain areas when he gets his arm back so far, he can feel a little something. So it's best to shut him down." The team will replace Bailey in the rotation with SP Sam LeCure, but will not need him in the rotation until April 9 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

SP | Freddy Garcia | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Freddy Garcia is more likely to start than is SP Bartolo Colon, because the team is more comfortable with Colon in the bullpen than they are with Garcia, speculates Jon Heyman of SI.com.

SP | Tommy Hunter | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Tommy Hunter (groin) could be out for six weeks with a Grade 2 strain of his right groin, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett. Hunter will begin the year on the disabled list, and SPs Michael Kirkman or Dave Bush are the leading candidates to take the rotation spot. Hunter will receive a blood-platelet injection this weekend to speed the recovery process.

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke (ribs) has kept his recovery from cracked ribs silent, but he has been trying to keep busy without throwing, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. "I like what he's doing," manager Ron Roenicke said. "During batting practice, he'll go out and stand on the main field and watch the guys take batting practice. If any of the starters are throwing a bullpen, he's always there, down behind, watching."

SP | Anibal Sanchez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Anibal Sanchez lowered his spring ERA to 1.89 Friday, March 25, after tossing 5 1/3 scoreless innings against the New York Mets, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.

SP | Joe Blanton | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Joe Blanton allowed five hits while striking out four in six shutout innings against the Atlanta Braves Friday, March 25, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Jair Jurrjens (side) had an MRI on his sore side Friday, March 25, and is considered day-to-day, according to David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

SP | Brad Lincoln | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Brad Lincoln (elbow) threw from 120 feet Friday, March 25, and is scheduled for a bullpen session Saturday, March 26, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch. Lincoln is expected to begin the year in the rotation for Triple-A Indianapolis.

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald (side) is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Saturday, March 26, and will throw around 50 pitches, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch.

SP | Brad Bergesen | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
X-rays showed that Baltimore Orioles SP Brad Bergesen (forearm) avoided serious injury after getting hit by a line drive Friday, March 25, reports Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com. If the ball had hit any lower or higher on his arm, it would have caused a serious injury.

SP | David Pauley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP Royce Ring has the edge in the battle for the left-handed bullpen slot, while SP David Pauley will likely serve as the team's long reliever, speculates Scott Garbarini of The Sports Network. Ps Aaron Laffey, Luke French and Jamey Wright also remain in the mix.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello was trying to work on his changeup Thursday, March 24, when he allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings against the Washington Nationals, according to The Detroit News' Tom Gage. "I'm pretty close (to where I want to be)," Porcello said. "Everything feels pretty good right now, to be honest. The biggest thing is making sure I get the ball down."

SP | Andrew Cashner | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
A team official from the Chicago Cubs said that SP Andrew Cashner has earned a spot in the starting rotation, beating out SP Carlos Silva, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman.

SP | Anthony Reyes | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians reassigned RP Doug Mathis and SP Anthony Reyes to minor league camp Friday, March 25, according to The Associated Press.

SP | Ryan Rowland-Smith | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros Ps Fernando Abad, Ryan Rowland-Smith and Gustavo Chacin are competing for left-handed bullpen slots, according to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle. It's unknown exactly how many slots remain, but Levine does speculate that Abad is the favorite.

SP | David Huff | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians optioned SP David Huff, P Jeanmar Gomez and OF Ezequiel Carrera, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes reports.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Joel Zumaya | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Friday, March 25, that RP Joel Zumaya (elbow) is feeling a lot better, and he is not experiencing pain in his elbow, reports Tom Gage, of The Detroit News. Leyland also said Zumaya has not resumed pitching.

RP | Joey Devine | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Oakland Athletics RP Joey Devine (elbow) worked a 1-2-3 inning in a minor league game apperance Friday, March 25, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle. It's uncertain if he'll start with Triple-A Sacramento or in the bullpen with the big club.

RP | Octavio Dotel | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Octavio Dotel (hamstring) will start the regular season on the 15-day disabled list due to his hamstring injury, reports Mike Rutsey, of the Toronto Sun. "He's going to be a critical member of our bullpen and we want to make sure that he's full ready so it's likely we'll backdate his disabled stint," manager John Farrell said Friday, March 25.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Arizona Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz (back) is scheduled to throw in game action Sunday, March 27, although it's uncertain if it will be in a Cactus League game or a simulated game on a back field, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com. Manager Kirk Gibson is uncertain if Putz will get the baseball in close situations immediately when the season begins. "I can't tell you that today," Gibson said. I have to see where he goes. I can't give you an honest answer. It would be total speculation."

RP | Heath Bell | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres RP Heath Bell allowed a run and two hits in his inning of work Friday, March 25, as his spring ERA rose to 11.12

RP | Luis Perdomo | San Diego Padres | Transaction
The San Diego Padres reassigned RP Greg Burke, 3B Jesus Guzman, P Scott Munter, RP Luis Perdomo and C Kyle Phillips to the minor league camp Friday, March 25, reports Don Norcross, of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

RP | Koji Uehara | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Koji Uehara (elbow) threw 14 pitches in a minor league game Friday, March 25, and struck out one, according to The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly.

RP | LaTroy Hawkins | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers RP LaTroy Hawkins (shoulder) is not expected to be ready for the start of the year even after pitching two scoreless innings with two strikeouts in a minor league game Thursday, March 24, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. Hawkins has yet to regain his mid-90s velocity. RP Kameron Loe will likely have a bigger role with Hawkins down.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joel Hanrahan, who entered the game Friday, March 25, with an ERA of 8.10, allowed two runs and two hits while walking two and throwing two wild pitches in one inning, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Colin Dunlap.

RP | Brian Tallet | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals RP Brian Tallet (groin) suffered a groin strain while running before the team's spring game Friday, March 25, and could miss three to five days, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Rick Hummel. Tallet could wind up missing the start of the season.

RP | Fernando Rodney | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Fernando Rodney has had mixed results this spring, giving up 12 hits while walking five and striking out eight in 7 1/3 innings this spring for a 3.68 ERA, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer. "When my changeup feels good," Rodney said, "it makes my fastball better. When everything's right, fastball and changeup, I'm feeling good, getting guys out. When I don't have my good changeup, it makes it harder." RPs Hisanori Takahashi, Michael Kohn and Jordan Walden have all been more effective, but Rodney is expected to enter the season as the team's closer.

RP | Ryan Madson | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he is not ready to name a closer in RP Brad Lidge's (shoulder) absence to begin the season, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. RP Ryan Madson worked the eighth inning and RP Jose Contreras worked the ninth Friday, March 25.

RP | Rich Hill | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox optioned RPs Scott Atchison and Michael Bowden to Triple-A Pawtucket Friday, March 25, and reassigned Ps Randy Williams, Rich Hill and Brandon Duckworth to the minor leagues, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham. The team still has two open spots in the bullpen with RPs Alfredo Aceves, Matt Albers, Hideki Okajima and Dennys Reyes fighting for them.

RP | Joe Beimel | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joe Beimel (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Sunday, March 27, after throwing a bullpen Thursday, March 24, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch. However, he will begin the season on the disabled list and will stay behind in camp to work in exhibition games.

RP | Royce Ring | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP Royce Ring has the edge in the battle for the left-handed bullpen slot, while SP David Pauley will likely serve as the team's long reliever, speculates Scott Garbarini of The Sports Network. Ps Aaron Laffey, Luke French and Jamey Wright also remain in the mix.

RP | Anthony Slama | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Anthony Slama (elbow) returned to the mound Friday, March 25, and allowed one run on one hit in a minor league game, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. He struck out one and walked two. "It's good to be back on track," said Slama. "The elbow feels fine. There's just a little bit of swelling, but we're getting it knocked out and taking care of it."

RP | Scott Downs | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Scott Downs (toe) has shed his walking boot and will be re-evaluated Monday, March 28, according to the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna.

RP | Cory Wade | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RPs Robert Delaney and Cory Wade were reassigned to the minor leagues Friday, March 25, according to The Tampa Tribune.

RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves RP Jonny Venters admits his arm was tired at the tail end of last season when he pitched in the major leagues, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien. Venters still held left-handed hitters to a .198 average and righties to a .207 average. He pitched in 21 1/3 innings in 20 games near the end of the season. Venters' sinker has been making hitters look stupid this spring and has given up just two hits and two walks while striking out seven in nine scoreless innings.

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean said RP Brian Wilson (oblique) is 50-50 to begin the season on the disabled list, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman.

RP | Shawn Kelley | Seattle Mariners | Injury
Seattle Mariners RP Shawn Kelley (elbow) threw for 10 minutes at 120 feet Thursday, March 24, and hopes to start throwing soft bullpen sessions in the next few weeks, according to the Tacoma News Tribune's Larry LaRue.

RP | Brandon League | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said the bullpen is still a work in progress with RP David Aardsma (hip) out, according to the Tacoma News Tribune's Larry LaRue. Wedge indicated that several spots are still open, and the closer role could possibly be one of them. RPs Brandon League and Chris Ray have not been impressive, and League gave up three hits in the ninth Thursday, March 24.

RP | Mark Lowe | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Mark Lowe has been trying to learn a curveball this past week at the suggestion of pitching coach Mike Maddux, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett. "It's actually easy to learn," Lowe said. "I tried a few in my last outing just a few hours after I was messing with it. They were OK. What I don't know is the sequencing. We've been working on that during live BP sessions and that's something I've got to get used to." He is hoping the curveball makes his fastball more effective.

RP | Tim Byrdak | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets added RP Tim Byrdak to their 40-man roster Friday, March 25, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin.

RP | Jesse English | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians signed free-agent RP Jesse English (Nationals) to a minor league deal Thursday, March 24, according to MLB.com.

RP | Brad Lidge | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies RP Brad Lidge (shoulder) will see a doctor Saturday, March 26, and will then undergo an MRI exam Monday, March 28, or Tuesday, March 29, in Philadelphia, according to ESPN's Tim Kurkjian. "I've never had shoulder issues before. This is frustrating because I felt so good when I came into camp," said Lidge.

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds RP Aroldis Chapman has put up a 1.64 ERA this spring but has walked 10 batters and thrown two wild pitches while striking out 14 in 11 innings, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. Chapman has walked at least one in each of his last four appearances.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers plan to move RP Neftali Feliz to the starting rotation for the 2012 season and will search for a closer in the offseason, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. "That's still eight or nine months away," general manager Jon Daniels said. "But I would think that in the next offseason, that's the way we're preparing." Feliz will not be returning to the rotation this year after the news that SP Tommy Hunter (hamstring) might not be ready for the start of the year.

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