Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 28, 2011 @ 17:56:51 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Adam LaRoche | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche (shoulder) had an MRI on his left shoulder Sunday, March 27, and the tests revealed a slight tear in his rotator cuff, reports Bill Ladson, of MLB.com. LaRoche received a cortisone shot recently. He is still expected to play Monday, March 28, serving as the designated hitter, before returning to the field Tuesday, March 29. "There is a little bit of fraying on the labrum and from what I've been told, that is nothing unusual," LaRoche said. "They don't have to (operate) on it, obviously. It's just some rehab and strengthening the muscles."

1B | Kendrys Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendrys Morales (toe) will have his injured toe re-examined to get some direction in what level of activity he can take part in, according to Bill Plunkett, of The Orange County Register.

1B | Juan Aponte | free agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have released Ps Omar Aguilar, Casey Gaynor, Jeremy T. Johnson, Takafumi Nakamura, Vidal Nuno and David Roberts, OFs Trent Baker, Julio E. Ramirez, Kevin Rucker and Joel Torres and 1B Juan Aponte from minor league camp, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.

1B | Casey Kotchman | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays have optioned 1B Casey Kotchman, IFs Felipe Lopez and Ray Olmedo, C Craig Albernaz and OFs Christopher Carter, Joe Inglett and Justin Ruggiano to minor league camp, according to Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune.

1B | Andy Marte | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates have reassigned IFs Andy Marte and Corey Wimberly, C Dustin Brown and P Brian Burres to minor league camp, according to Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Second Baseman

2B | Brent Lillibridge | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 2B Brent Lillibridge and OF Lastings Milledge, who were thought to be competing against each other for a final roster spot, have each won jobs with the big league team, reports Daryl Van Schouwen, of the Chicago Sun-Times.

2B | Matt Tolbert | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins IF Matt Tolbert has made the Opening Day roster as the team's utility infielder, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Ps Jeff Manship and Glen Perkins are expected to fill the final two spots in the bullpen.

2B | Eric Young Jr. | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies have reassigned C Jordan Pacheco, IF Eric Young Jr. and P John Maine to minor league camp, according to USAToday.com.

2B | Joe Inglett | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros have acquired IF Joe Inglett from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for cash considerations, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets IF/OF Daniel Murphy will play right field in a minor league game Sunday, March 27, according to Steve Popper of The Bergen Record.

2B | Brooks Conrad | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 2B Brooks Conrad has made the 25-man roster, according to David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

2B | Josh Barfield | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have reassigned IF Josh Barfield and Cs Tuffy Gosewisch and Dane Sardinha to minor league camp, according to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News.

2B | Luis Castillo | Philadelphia Phillies | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies IFs Luis Castillo, Michael Martinez and Peter Orr are battling for the team's final reserve infielder spot, according to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News. Delwyn Young is viewed by the organization more as an outfielder and pinch hitter than a candidate to play second base.

2B | Will Rhymes | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 2B Will Rhymes will likely hit second in the lineup when he plays, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck. Tigers manager Jim Leyland views Rhymes as a strong no. 2 hitter, and Rhymes prefers that to hitting leadoff.

2B | Esteban German | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF's Doug Deeds and Endy Chavez, C Kevin Cash and IF Esteban German have been sent to Triple-A Round Rock, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. They will remain with the Rangers for what is left of the camp but will begin the season with the Express. The Rangers still have 34 players in camp.

2B | Elliot Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays IF Elliot Johnson and OF Sam Fuld have made the team, according to Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune.


Shortstop

SS | Pedro Ciriaco | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned SS Pedro Ciriaco to Triple-A Indianapolis, reports Colin Dunlap, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

SS | Brandon Hicks | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SS Brandon Hicks and OF Matt Young have made the Opening Day roster, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.

SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond will begin the season as the team's leadoff hitter, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post.

SS | Danny Worth | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers have optioned SS Danny Worth, OF Andy Dirks and P Adam Wilk to Triple-A Toledo, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck.

SS | Clint Barmes | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Houston Astros SS Clint Barmes (hand) will miss four to six weeks because of a broken left hand, according to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle. The injury, officially diagnosed as a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal, occurred when Barmes was hit by a pitch from New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova Friday, March 25. He will fly back to Houston Monday, March 28, where he will be examined by Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff, the club's hand specialist.

SS | Chris Valaika | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds have reassigned OF Dave Sappelt, C Devin Mesoraco and SS Chris Valaika to minor league camp, according to John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

SS | Tommy Manzella | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros have recalled SS Tommy Manzella from Triple-A Oklahoma City, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.


Third Baseman

3B | Pedro Feliz | free agent | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals released 3B Pedro Feliz, The Kansas City Star's Bob Dutton reports.

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco (elbow) returned to Grapefruit League game action Sunday, March 27, going hitless in two at-bats with a walk against the Atlanta Braves.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre was ejected from a Cactus League game Sunday, March 27, for shouting from the dugout about a call, reports Evan Grant, of The Dallas Morning News.

3B | Chone Figgins | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 3B Chone Figgins went 1-for-2 with a home run, his first of the spring, and two RBI Sunday, March 27, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. Figgins is working on an 11-game spring hit streak, and his average is up to .356 with three games left in Cactus League play.

3B | Luke Hughes | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins have optioned 3B Luke Hughes and RPs Jim Hoey and Anthony Slama to minor league camp, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

3B | Casey Blake | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Casey Blake (spine, back) will begin playing in minor league games Monday, March 28, leading off in every inning to get as many at-bats as possible and playing several innings on defense, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. He will open the season on the disabled list and remain in Arizona to continue his rehab.

3B | Matt Tuiasosopo | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners have optioned 3B Matt Tuiasosopo to Triple-A Tacoma, according to MLB.com's Greg Johns. OF Mike Wilson and Ps Denny Bautista, Justin M. Miller and Royce Ring were reassigned to minor league camp. The Mariners still have 35 players in spring training camp and need to cut 10 more players before the start of the regular season.


Catcher

C | Humberto Quintero | Houston Astros | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Houston Astros C Humberto Quintero and J.R. Towles will open the season by splitting time behind the plate, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. "I don't think it takes a lot to see [Quintero and Towles] have been getting the bulk of that time, and so we're going to see how Towles is and move forward from there," Astros manager Brad Mills said.

C | J.R. Towles | Houston Astros | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Houston Astros C Humberto Quintero and J.R. Towles will open the season by splitting time behind the plate, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. "I don't think it takes a lot to see [Quintero and Towles] have been getting the bulk of that time, and so we're going to see how Towles is and move forward from there," Astros manager Brad Mills said.

C | Jason Kendall | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals C Jason Kendall (shoulder) pushed back his tentative return date to late April, according to MLB.com's Dick Kaegel. Kendall conceded he would not be ready for Opening Day and chose to continue his rehab in Kansas City rather than rush in spring camp.

C | Chris Snyder | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday, March 27, that C Chris Snyder (back) is "very probable" to start the regular season on the 15-day disabled list, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com. That's good news for Cs Ryan Doumit and Jason Jaramillo.

C | Miguel Olivo | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Miguel Olivo (groin) played in a minor league game Sunday, March 27, and he went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com.

C | Dioner Navarro | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers C Dioner Navarro (oblique) resumed tossing Sunday, March 27, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. However, he is still expected to begin the season on the disabled list.

C | Max Ramirez | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs are expected to send Cs Welington Castillo and Max Ramirez to the minors before spring training camp ends, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. There are currently 27 players in camp.

C | Dane Sardinha | Philadelphia Phillies | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies apparently favor Erik Kratz over Dane Sardinha as the third catcher on their organizational depth chart, although Sardinha spent time with the parent club last season, according to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News. Both catchers will start the year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

C | Ronny Paulino | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets C Ronny Paulino (undisclosed) will be shut down for several days until further test results from his physical come back, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. General manager Sandy Alderson did not identify the doctors' concerns but said the health issue was not related to Paulino's 50-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs last season. He could return to action Monday, March 28, or Tuesday, March 29.

C | Jose Lobaton | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays have optioned C Jose Lobaton to Triple-A Durham, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.

C | Russell Martin | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said C Russell Martin (hamstring) did not play Saturday, March 26, because of a tight hamstring, according to WFAN's Sweeny Murti. He is expected to play Monday, March 28.

C | Jonathan Lucroy | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Milwaukee Brewers OF Corey Hart (oblique) and C Jonathan Lucroy (finger) are expected to be placed on the disabled list prior to Opening Day, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Outfielder

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran (knees) is on the travel list for the Grapefruit League game Tuesday, March 29, which means he's on track to open the season with the club, ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reports.

OF | Randy Winn | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles reassigned SP Rick VandenHurk, RP David Riske and OF Randy Winn to minor league camp, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.

OF | Scott Podsednik | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous items, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports Toronto Blue Jays OF Scott Podsednik (foot) had the cast removed from his injured left foot on Friday, March 25. Podsednik had been in a cast since March 15 because of plantar fasciitis. Podsednik will slowly begin baseball-related activities in the coming days, and if his foot does not respond there's a chance he'll need to go into a cast yet again.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen will likely hit third in the lineup, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch.

OF | Fred Lewis | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Fred Lewis (side) is dealing with a sore side, and he will be checked out by a doctor, reports Mark Sheldon, of MLB.com. "Lewis is going to get checked out by the doctor because of a sore side," manager Dusty Baker said Sunday, March 27. Lewis is battling 3B Juan Francisco for the 25th roster spot.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (oblique) is expected to take batting practice Monday, March 28, reports Chad Jennings, of The Journal News. Granderson is questionable for Opening Day, although he might be able to take BP Monday, play in a spring game Tuesday, March 29, play a minor league game Wednesday, March 30, and be ready for Opening Day Thursday, March 31. "Every day he can take the next step, you have to be optimistic," manager Joe Girardi said.

OF | Chris Dickerson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Chris Dickerson (hamstring) took batting practice Sunday, March 27, just one day after leaving a Grapefruit League game, reports Chad Jennings, of The Journal News. "He felt better today," manager Joe Girardi said. "Still not sure it it's a slight strain or just a cramp."

OF | Rick Ankiel | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel will be the team's starting center fielder on Opening Day, reports Bill Ladson, of MLB.com. Ankiel is expected to serve in a platoon in center with SS/OF Jerry Hairston Jr.

OF | Josh Willingham | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Willingham (foot) left the Cactus League game Saturday, March 26, early due to a bruised right foot injury, and he did not play Sunday, March 27, reports Joe Stiglich, of The Mercury News. Willingham was hit by a pitch, and removed as a precaution. No X-rays were planned.

OF | Julio Borbon | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Julio Borbon (elbow) returned to the lineup Sunday, March 27, and he went hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. Borbon left the Cactus League game Saturday, March 26, due to soreness in his left elbow.

OF | Craig Gentry | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Craig Gentry (shoulder) is hopeful of playing in a minor league game some time in the next couple of days, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. Gentry has been sidelined since March 12 when he sprained his right shoulder while running into a wall.

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (quadriceps) is scheduled to be in the starting lineup for the team's spring training camp Monday, March 28, reports Quinn Roberts, of MLB.com. If Maybin experiences any unexpected tightness, he will take part in baseball activities and then play in the team's exhibition game Tuesday, March 29.

OF | Vernon Wells | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Vernon Wells (hamstring) is not in the lineup for the team's spring training camp Sunday, March 27, reports Bill Plunkett, of The Orange County Register. He is expected to play in the team's exhibition game Monday, March 28.

OF | Torii Hunter | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Torii Hunter (quadriceps) is not in the lineup for the team's spring training camp Sunday, March 27, reports Bill Plunkett, of The Orange County Register. He is expected to play in the team's exhibition game Monday, March 28.

OF | Kosuke Fukudome | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs have not decided if OF Kosuke Fukudome or OF Tyler Colvin will start in right field on opening day, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com. Manager Mike Quade is expected to make a decision by Tuesday, March 29, or Wednesday, March 30.

OF | Caleb Gindl | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Caleb Gindl (shoulder) was scratched from the lineup Sunday, March 27, after he jarred a shoulder diving for a ball in a minor league game Saturday, March 26, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

OF | Carlos Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said OF Carlos Gomez will remain the team's starting center fielder, despite the trade for OF Nyjer Morgan, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

OF | Gabe Gross | free agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners have released OF Gabe Gross, according to MLB.com's Greg Johns. The move was made at Gross' request.

OF | Joe Mather | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves have placed OF Joe Mather on waivers, according to David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

OF | Lorenzo Cain | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy
Confirming previous reports, the Kansas City Royals have optioned OF Lorenzo Cain to Triple-A Omaha, according to Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star. The team felt it would be more beneficial for Cain to play everyday in the minor leagues rather than only once or twice a week as a reserve at the major league level.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (toe) was scratched from the starting lineup Sunday, March 27, because of a sore toe, according to Matthew Leach of MLB.com.

OF | Willie Harris | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Willie Harris has been told he is on the Opening Day roster, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.

OF | Brandon Boggs | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Brandon Boggs has been informed that he will not make the Opening Day roster as a result of the team's trade for Nyjer Morgan, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy.

OF | Pat Burrell | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Pat Burrell is the likely starting left fielder for the team as the season opens, according to Henry Schulman of The San Francisco Chronicle.

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Milwaukee Brewers OF Corey Hart (oblique) and C Jonathan Lucroy (finger) are expected to be placed on the disabled list prior to Opening Day, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Barring any trades or waiver pickups before Opening Day, the Detroit Tigers have finalized their 25-man roster, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck. OFs Brennan Boesch and Casper Wells have earned spots on the team as reserves and RP Enrique Gonzalez is expected to be the team's primarily long reliever. RP Brayan Villarreal is the only player on the roster with no prior major league experience.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Luke French | Seattle Mariners | Transaction
The Seattle Mariners optioned SP Luke French to Triple-A Tacoma and reassigned C Josh Bard and C Chris Gimenez to minor league camp, the Tacoma News Tribune's Larry LaRue reports.

SP | Rodrigo Lopez | Atlanta Braves | Transaction
The Atlanta Braves reassigned SP Kenshin Kawakami, SP Rodrigo Lopez, C J.C. Boscan, IF Ed Lucas and OF Wilkin Ramirez to minor league camp, USAToday.com reports.

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald (side) threw a bullpen session without issues Monday, March 28, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel reports.

SP | Ryan Drese | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles optioned SP Ryan Drese to Triple-A Norfolk, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.

SP | Michael Pineda | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Michael Pineda gave up just two hits and two walks while striking out seven in six innings of work Saturday, March 26, according to MLB.com's Greg Johns. Manager Eric Wedge wasn't ready to say when Pineda will throw next. He's lined up to pitch in the Mariners' fifth game of the regular season in Texas, but would need some sort of tuneup between now and then. It is not certain he will even make the rotation.

SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo scattered four hits in five innings and set a spring high with nine strikeouts Saturday, March 26, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.

SP | Kyle Kendrick | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick will likely head to the bullpen because of a backlog of starting pitchers, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Manager Charlie Manuel has already termed Kendrick a good bet to make the Opening Day roster.

SP | Scott Kazmir | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will stick with SP Scott Kazmir as a member of their rotation to start the year, according to SportingNews.com. Kazmir has struggled this spring, with a 7.79 ERA in 17.1 innings, while allowing 23 hits and 12 walks to go with 10 strikeouts.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter finished the exhibition campaign on a high note Saturday, March 26, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Rick Hummel. Carpenter worked a spring-high six innings against the Florida Marlins, allowing three runs in the fourth inning. He reached 86 pitches (55 strikes), about 15 to 20 pitches shy of what would be a normal regular-season start for him.

SP | Dontrelle Willis | Cincinnati Reds | Injury
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said Sunday, March 27, that RP Dontrelle Willis will report to Triple-A Louisville to be stretched out for starting pitching due to the sudden hit the depth has taken due to injury, reports Mark Sheldon, of MLB.com.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman will find out in a few days whether he breaks camp with the big club or is optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com. C Matt Wieters said Tillman's pace has been quickened, and his actual mechanics have not been altered.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (shoulder) threw off a mound Sunday, March 27, for the first time since March 19, reports Daryl Van Schouwen, of the Chicago Sun-Times. Peavy threw about 35 pitches, most of them from the stretch, while mixing in some breaking balls. Peavy is expected to remain in Arizona, making three or four rehab appearances.

SP | Ross Detwiler | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Ross Detwiler (hip) finished the spring with a 2.65 ERA, but his solid performance on the mound will not get him to the big leagues to start the season, reports Bill Ladson, of MLB.com. The team's rotation is already set with five veterans. "Det has made a lot of strides since he had that hip surgery," manager Jim Riggleman said. "He has really come on and has done some good things. Det never pitched himself off the blu. He is throwing the ball fine. He is a big league pitcher. We'll see where it goes."

SP | Brad Lincoln | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Brad Lincoln (elbow) has still not return to the mound after being hit by a line drive in a Grapefruit League game March 18, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com. Lincoln is not expected to make the team.

SP | Scott Olsen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Scott Olsen (hamstring) is still trying to build up arm strength after missing time due to a hamstring strain, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com. Olsen is not expected to break camp with the big league club.

SP | Rich Harden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Rich Harden (lat) said Sunday, March 27, that he believes he's close to throwing off the front of the mound, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

SP | Tyson Ross | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
After losing out in the battle for the fifth rotation job, Oakland Athletics SPs Bobby Cramer and Tyson Ross are competing for a final bullpen spot, reports Joe Stiglich, of The Mercury News.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Geren named SP Brandon McCarthy the fifth starter, reports Joe Stiglich, of The Mercury News. McCarthy was pounded in his last spring start Friday, March 25, but before that he struck out 20 batters and walked just one in 26 innings. McCarthy edged out SP Tyson Ross, who was the runner-up in the battle, with SP Bobby Cramer coming in third.

SP | C.J. Wilson | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP C.J. Wilson (hamstring) threw an extra 25 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday, March 27, after leaving his last spring start Saturday, March 26, due to tightness in his left hamstring, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. Wilson was removed as a precautionary measure, and he is still expected to be ready for his Opening Day start Friday, April 1, against the Boston Red Sox.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) had a light throwing session Sunday, March 27, and he is scheduled to throw from a mound Monday, March 28, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez allowed just two hits and two walks while racking up 10 strikeouts in seven innings during a minor league start Sunday, March 27, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. It was the final spring tuneup for Hernandez before his Opening Day start Friday, April 1, against the Oakland Athletics. "Everything is good. Now I have to prepare for Opening Day," Hernandez said. "It'll be good."

SP | Jeff Marquez | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox have placed SP Jeff Marquez on waivers, a source told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

SP | Carlos Silva | free agent | Free Agents
The St. Louis Cardinals do not appear to be interested in free-agent SP Carlos Silva (Cubs), reports Joe Strauss, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

SP | Jo-Jo Reyes | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Jo-Jo Reyes, who underwent offseason surgery on his right knee, has enjoyed a solid spring as a result of improving his mechanics, according to John Lott of the National Post. "Some guys just lollygag when they're playing catch," he said. "I take it seriously. I tried to repeat my mechanics every time so I don't get into bad habits. On days I didn't throw off the mound, I'd do mirror work, looking at myself in the mirror to see what's going on with my delivery." As a result of the improved mechanics, he has been able to keep his pitches down and has displayed better control. Reyes said he had pitched for 2 1/2 months last season after suffering the knee injury and decided to have surgery at the recommendation of the team.

SP | Greg Reynolds | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies have reassigned Ps Rex Brothers, Matt Daley, Greg Reynolds and Eric Stults to minor league camp, according to Jim Armstrong of The Denver Post.

SP | Carlos Gutierrez | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins will assign Ps Phil Dumatrait, Carlos Gutierrez and Kyle Waldrop to minor league camp over the next few days, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

SP | Tim Redding | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Dodgers SP Tim Redding (back) will remain in Arizona and start the season at Triple-A Albuquerque, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. He said he felt fine Sunday, March 27, although his scheduled bullpen session was pushed back to Monday, March 28. Redding believes the back pain that caused him to leave his most recent outing prematurely was due to a cramp or spasms as opposed to a strain. He is tentatively scheduled to start against the San Diego Padres April 10.

SP | Jon Garland | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Jon Garland (oblique) said he felt fine after a 15-pitch mound session Saturday, March 26, and will throw again Monday, March 28, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.

SP | Brad Bergesen | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Brad Bergesen (forearm) played catch Sunday, March 27, and plans to throw a bullpen session Monday, March 28, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli. Assuming everything goes well, he is scheduled to start Tuesday, March 29.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Jair Jurrjens (side) is expected to throw a side session Monday, March 28, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.

SP | Matt Maloney | Cincinnati Reds | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds have 28 players in spring training camp and need to make three more cuts prior to the start of the regular season, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. OF Fred Lewis and 3B Juan Francisco are battling for the last spot on the bench, while RPs Jose Arredondo, Jared Burton, Matt Maloney and Logan Ondrusek are vying for the final two spots in the bullpen.

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade said the team does not have a designated long reliever but RPs Marcos Mateo, James Russell and Jeff Samardzija are expected to share the workload if the need arises, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.

SP | Casey Coleman | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the Chicago Cubs have optioned SP Casey Coleman and RP Jeff Stevens to Triple-A Iowa, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.

SP | Madison Bumgarner | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner allowed four singles, four doubles and a homer in the span of 13 batters Friday, March 25, according to The San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman. San Francisco lost 15-3 to the Kansas City Royals.

SP | Wesley Wright | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros RP Wesley Wright will learn a sidearm delivery while he plays at Triple-A Oklahoma City, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. Wright was sent to Triple-A on Thursday, March 24.

SP | Edinson Volquez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Edinson Volquez pitched five innings and allowed three runs and nine hits against the San Diego Padres on Friday, March 25, according to John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer. He walked four and struck out three. "I felt great," he said. "I've got a good feeling now. I'm close to where I was last year. In the last inning, my delivery was better, my rhythm was good."

SP | Chris Capuano | New York Mets | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Mets SP Chris Capuano has apparently won a job in the starting rotation, but MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports that turn could be skipped the first time around so SP R.A. Dickey can start the home opener on Friday, April 8.

SP | Andrew Cashner | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs have named SP Andrew Cashner as their No. 5 starter, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. SP Casey Coleman, who had been battling for the job, will be optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

SP | Junichi Tazawa | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have placed SP Junichi Tazawa (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list, according to Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe.

SP | Manny Parra | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers have placed SP Manny Parra (back) on the 15-day disabled list with a facet joint injury in his back, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The move is retroactive to Tuesday, March 22.

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers have placed SP Zack Greinke (rib) on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured rib, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The move is retroactive to Tuesday, March 22.

SP | Freddy Garcia | New York Yankees | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The New York Yankees have named Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia as their No. 4 and No. 5 pitchers in the starting rotation, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. P Bartolo Colon, who had been in the running for one of the starting jobs, will begin the season in the bullpen. Colon is scheduled to begin pitching out of the bullpen Monday, March 28.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The New York Yankees have named Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia as their No. 4 and No. 5 pitchers in the starting rotation, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. P Bartolo Colon, who had been in the running for one of the starting jobs, will begin the season in the bullpen. Colon is scheduled to begin pitching out of the bullpen Monday, March 28.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey (shoulder) could be sidelined up to four weeks because of shoulder impingement, according to John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer. He is not expected to throw for the next five to seven days.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Hideki Okajima | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox reassigned RPs Hideki Okajima and Alfredo Aceves to minor league camp, the Boston Herald's Michael Silverman reports.

RP | Jason Isringhausen | New York Mets | Injury
Updating a previous report, New York Mets RP Jason Isringhausen (elbow) worked a perfect inning Sunday, March 27, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Isringhausen had been limited due to a sore elbow, but he said recently he would not accept an assignment to the minors.

RP | Kevin Gregg | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Kevin Gregg picked up the victory Sunday, March 27, allowing a hit and walk with a strikeout in an inning of work, reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com. Gregg had been working on his mechanics in the minor league camp for almost two weeks. "I threw down there a couple of times, and come back up here and throw. Hitters are hitters," Gregg said. "I'm good. It's a long year."

RP | Koji Uehara | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Koji Uehara (elbow) faced major league hitters Sunday, March 27, for the first time since March 28, reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com. Uehara turned in a perfect inning. Uehara said through a translator that he is "more than enough to be ready" for Opening Day.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Bailey (forearm) was able to play catch Sunday, March 27, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle. Bailey is still expected to start the season on the 15-day disabled list. "It's safe to say it's probably too late," Bailey said. He said he felt good after making 25 firm throws.

RP | Joe Beimel | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joe Beimel (arm) has had two setbacks with his arm injury, and he will likely need more time to get ready for the season, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com.

RP | Jose Ascanio | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jose Ascanio (elbow) is unlikely to break camp with the team, as he is slowly returning from being sidelined due to elbow discomfort, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com. Ascanio appeared in one minor league game this week, as he makes his way back.

RP | Mason Tobin | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Mason Tobin, a Rule 5 pick, worked a perfect inning Sunday, March 27, as he attempts to win a roster spot, reports Evan Grant, of The Dallas Morning News. Tobin is expected to pitch back-to-back days before the team sets the roster.

RP | Arthur Rhodes | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers RP Arthur Rhodes (wrist) is scheduled to throw in a minor league game Monday, March 28, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. Rhodes left a game Friday, March 25, due to left wrist tendinitis. "I just need to get the stuff out of there and be ready for the season," Rhodes said. "I felt good the other night, it was just (on) a couple of pitches that I felt some tingling.

RP | Joe Thatcher | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said RP Joe Thatcher (shoulder) will start the season on the 15-day disabled list, reports Quinn Roberts, of MLB.com.

RP | Scott Downs | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Scott Downs (toe) will have his injured toe re-examined to get some direction in what level of activity he can take part in, according to Bill Plunkett, of The Orange County Register.

RP | Scott Proctor | free agent | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves have released RP Scott Proctor, according to David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The move means that RP Cristhian Martinez has won the final spot in the team's bullpen.

RP | Brian Fuentes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Bailey (forearm) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list, according to Joe Stiglich of The Mercury News. Manager Bob Geren said RPs Grant Balfour and Brian Fuentes are possible closing options if Bailey is unavailable.

RP | Joey Devine | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics have optioned RP Joey Devine to Triple-A Sacramento, according to Joe Stiglich of The Mercury News.

RP | Pedro Feliciano | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees RP Pedro Feliciano (shoulder) is expected to open the regular season on the disabled list, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com. Manager Joe Girardi said he attempted to play catch Sunday, March 27, but it didn't go well. "It's pretty hard to think he would start with us," Girardi said. RP Luis Ayala, Mark Prior and Steve Garrison are among the options to replace Feliciano if he starts the year on the DL.

RP | Brad Lidge | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies RP Brad Lidge (shoulder) will undergo an MRI exam Tuesday, March 29, to determine if there is any structural damage in his right shoulder, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.

RP | Ramon Troncoso | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Ramon Troncoso has been reassigned to minor league camp, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. RPs Lance Cormier and Scott Elbert will battle for the final bullpen spot.

RP | Miguel Batista | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals have purchased the contract of RP Miguel Batista, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Assuming the club does not carry 13 pitchers, the battle for the last roster spot will be between Ps Bryan Augenstein and Fernando Salas.

RP | Dave Bush | Texas Rangers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Texas Rangers P Dave Bush has made the 25-man roster as a reliever, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP's Drew Storen and Sean Burnett will share the closer duties to start the 2011 season, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson.

RP | Chad Gaudin | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Chad Gaudin told the team he would accept a role in the bullpen, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. Manager Jim Riggleman will use Gaudin in both long and short situations.

RP | Blaine Boyer | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets RP Blaine Boyer has a clause in his contract that allows him to declare free agency if he does not make the team, a source confirmed to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

RP | Dennys Reyes | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have purchased the contract of RP Dennys Reyes, placing him on the 40-man roster, according to WEEI.com's Alex Speier. However, he is still competing with RPs Alfredo Aceves, Matt Albers and Hideki Okajima for the team's last two spots in the bullpen.

RP | Mark DiFelice | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Edwin Maysonet, RP Mark DiFelice and C Mike Rivera have been told that they are not making the 25-man roster, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. They will report to minor league camp Wednesday, March 30.

RP | Ron Mahay | free agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers have released RP Ron Mahay, according to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times.

RP | LaTroy Hawkins | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers have placed RP LaTroy Hawkins (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list because he is still recovering from shoulder surgery, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The move is retroactive to Tuesday, March 22.

RP | Mike Hampton | Retired Players | Transaction, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Mike Hampton has announced his retirement, according to The Associated Press.

RP | Scott Mathieson | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have optioned RPs Scott Mathieson and Michael Zagurski to minor league camp, according to Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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