Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 1, 2011 @ 08:05:49 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt went 1-for-3 with a walk and strikeout in his Major League debut Thursday, March 31, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Belt showed a discerning eye at the plate, seeing a game-high 27 pitches during his time at the plate.

1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pounded out four runs and 12 hits in their Opening Day win Thursday, March 31, against the Kansas City Royals, but 1B Mark Trumbo did not get in on the hit parade. He went hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts, the only member of manager Mike Scioscia's starting lineup not to record at least one hit. Trumbo is filling in at first base with 1B Kendrys Morales (foot, leg) on the 15-day disabled list.

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols was hitless in five at-bats while grounding into a career-high three double plays Thursday, March 31, reports The Associated Press. Pujols became the first player in modern MLB history with three GIDP on Opening Day.

1B | Kendrys Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said 1B Kendrys Morales (foot, toe, leg) will need at least 30 to 40 at-bats in the minors before he will be ready to rejoin the club, according to the Los Angeles Times' Kevin Baxter. "He still has a progression of running and running 100 percent," Scioscia said. "Once he's running 100 percent and he recovers the next day, he's ready to go play in games. He will definitely be running on this road trip, and then he'll be able to evaluate and see where he is and how far away he is."

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira moved up in the batter's box this spring at the suggestion of hitting coach Kevin Long, in an effort to make Teixeira less vulnerable to outside pitches, according to The New York Times' Ben Shpigel. Teixeira also focused on his mechanics from the left side of the plate.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) has been cleared by doctors to play on Opening Day Friday, April 1, against the Toronto Blue Jays, according to MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger. "I talked with him yesterday and told him we'll play him a few days and see how he's doing and give him a break here and there," skipper Ron Gardenhire said via conference call. "That gives me a chance to get (Jim) Thome in the lineup so we can work through it." Morneau hit just .152 with three doubles in spring training.


Second Baseman

2B | Freddy Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Transaction
The San Francisco Giants signed 2B Freddy Sanchez to a one-year, $6 million extension, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports.

2B | Jason Donald | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Donald (finger) traveled with the team to Ohio, and will remain with the club through its upcoming homestand, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. Donald, who is on the 15-day disabled list, will need to complete a minor league rehab assignment before officially rejoining the team.

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks led off Thursday, March 31, against the Cincinnati Reds with a home run, followed by OF Carlos Gomez, reports The Associated Press. The leadoff home run was the first in Brewers franchise history on Opening Day. In addition, Weeks and Gomez are the first two teammates to lead off the regular season with back-to-back home runs since Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan accomplished the feat back in 1969.

2B | Darwin Barney | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney will start at second base on Opening Day Friday, April 1, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. OF Kosuke Fukudome will lead off, followed by SS Starlin Castro, OF Marlon Byrd, 3B Aramis Ramirez, 1B Carlos Pena, C Geovany Soto, OF Alfonso Soriano, Barney and the pitcher. 2B Jeff Baker will start at second Saturday, April 2.

2B | Jamey Carroll | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Jamey Carroll will start at second base on Opening Day Thursday, March 31, according to the Los Angeles Daily News' Brian Martin.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies officially placed 2B Chase Utley (knee) and RP Brad Lidge (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, March 30, according to CBSSports.com. P Brian Schlitter (elbow), SS Brian Bocock (wrist) and OF Domonic Brown (hand) were also placed on the DL.

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury is leading off on Opening Day, followed by 2B Dustin Pedroia, OF Carl Crawford, 3B Kevin Youkilis, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, DH David Ortiz, OF Mike Cameron, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia and SS Marco Scutaro, WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reports.


Shortstop

SS | Adam Everett | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians officially purchased the contracts of OF Travis Buck, SS Adam Everett, RP Justin Germano and 3B Jack Hannahan Thursday, March 31, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. The team officially cleared room on the 40-man Opening Day roster for them Wednesday, March 30.

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew (abdomen) is unlikely to be in the team's Opening Day lineup Friday, April 1, but he continues to improve, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro. "I'd like to (play Friday), but at the same time, I've got to get this thing calmed down," Drew said. "We've got 162 games. I'm not trying to blow out for one game and be out for the season. Am I optimistic about it? I don't know, to be honest." Drew's MRI Tuesday, March 29, did not reveal any serious injury. IF Willie Bloomquist will likely start at shortstop Friday if Drew cannot play.

SS | Clint Barmes | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros general manager Ed Wade said SS Clint Barmes (hand) is now expected to return in three to four weeks instead of his original timetable of four to six weeks, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.


Third Baseman

3B | Casey Blake | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers placed 3B Casey Blake (back), OF Jay Gibbons (eyes), SP Vicente Padilla (forearm), SP Jon Garland (oblique) and C Dioner Navarro (oblique) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, March 31, according to CBSSports.com.

3B | Ryan Rohlinger | San Francisco Giants | Transaction
The San Francisco Giants optioned 3B Ryan Rohlinger to the minors Thursday, March 31, according to CBSSports.com.

3B | Geoff Blum | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed SP Zach Duke (hand) and 3B Geoff Blum (knee) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, March 30, according to CBSSports.com.

3B | Nick Punto | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Transaction
The St. Louis Cardinals placed 3B Nick Punto (hernia) on the 15-day disabled list and purchased RP Miguel Batista's contract from the minor leagues Wednesday, March 30, according to CBSSports.com.

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart (hamstring) will be on the roster for Opening Day, The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck reports.


Catcher

C | Ramon Hernandez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Ramon Hernandez, who belted a three-run walk-off home run, is the first Reds player to win a game with a walk-off homer on Opening Day since 2005 when 3B Joe Randa accomplished the feat, reports The Associated Press. Hernandez became the fifth Reds player since 1900 to have four hits on Opening Day, joining C Bubbles Hargrave (1924), OF Babe Herman (1936), OF Jim Greengrass (1954) and OF Paul O'Neill (1989).

C | Wil Nieves | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Cs Wil Nieves and George Kottaras will split playing time behind the dish based on performance with C Jonathan Lucroy (finger) working his way back from a fractured finger, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. Nieves started the opener Thursday, March 31, and is expected to catch SP Shaun Marcum Saturday, April 2. Kottaras will likely start Sunday, April 3. "If George swings the bat like he did in Spring Training and catches like he did, he'll be in there more often," Roenicke said. "Wil, I know will (do a good job defensively). Wil's a good defensive catcher, and he also swung the bat pretty good in spring."

C | George Kottaras | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Cs Wil Nieves and George Kottaras will split playing time behind the dish based on performance with C Jonathan Lucroy (finger) working his way back from a fractured finger, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. Nieves started the opener Thursday, March 31, and is expected to catch SP Shaun Marcum Saturday, April 2. Kottaras will likely start Sunday, April 3. "If George swings the bat like he did in Spring Training and catches like he did, he'll be in there more often," Roenicke said. "Wil, I know will (do a good job defensively). Wil's a good defensive catcher, and he also swung the bat pretty good in spring."

C | Chris Snyder | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed C Chris Snyder (back), SP Scott Olsen (shoulder), RP Jose Ascanio (shoulder) and SP Brad Lincoln (forearm) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, March 31, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel.

C | Jason Castro | Houston Astros | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros placed RP Alberto Arias (shoulder), C Jason Castro (knee), SS Jeff Keppinger (foot) and SS Clint Barmes (hand) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, March 30, according to CBSSports.com.

C | Jason Kendall | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals placed C Jason Kendall (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, March 30, according to CBSSports.com.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Denard Span is leading off on Opening Day, followed by 2B Tsuyoshi Nishioka, C Joe Mauer, 1B Justin Morneau, OF Delmon Young, DH Jason Kubel, OF Michael Cuddyer, 3B Danny Valencia and SS Alexi Casilla, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.


Outfielder

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman, serving as a regular outfielder for the first time since 2004, had two hits and did not touch the ball in eight innings in the field Thursday, March 31, reports R.B. Fallstrom, of The Associated Press.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday had three hits, including a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, Thursday, March 31, reports Rick Hummel, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It wasn't all good, as Holliday was also caught stealing when he was caught off second base in the sixth inning.

OF | Peter Bourjos | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Peter Bourjos was 2-for-4 Thursday, March 31, in the regular season opener, but he did not record any extra-base hits or steals, reports Lyle Spencer, of MLB.com. However, Bourjos did show off his tremendous speed in the outfield, tracking down a second-inning drive by Kansas City Royals 1B Kila Ka'aihue.

OF | Jeff Francoeur | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Jeff Francoeur hit a home run Thursday, March 31, in the debut with his new team on Opening Day. The solo home run was Francoeur's only hit in four at-bats.

OF | Rick Ankiel | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel made the start in center field Thursday, March 31, against the Atlanta Braves, batting sixth in manager Jim Riggleman's Opening Day lineup. Ankiel was hitless in three at-bats with a walk, caught stealing and strikeout. He is expected to platoon in center field with SS Jerry Hairston Jr.

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth went 1-for-4 with a strikeout in his debut with the Nationals Thursday, March 31, against the Atlanta Braves, reports Bill Ladson, of MLB.com. Werth also made a pretty diving catch in the fourth inning. "Jayson did a good job," manager Jim Riggleman said. "He got on base, gave us a chance. We had a nice opportunity there early. He played a good defensive ballgame."

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (cramp) left the Opening Day extra-innings win Thursday, March 31, against the St. Louis Cardinals due to cramping, reports Corey Brock, of MLB.com. Before departing, Maybin had a two-run home run to tie the game and force extra innings, and then he delivered a single that led to the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning. Maybin said he was cramping all over, citing adrenaline and a lack of hydration. Maybin expects to be ready Friday, April 1.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (oblique) homered Thursday, March 31, his third straight year hitting a home run on Opening Day, reports The Associated Press. Granderson was also iffy for the game due to injury, but he quickly erased any doubt about his health when he made a pretty diving catch in the top of the first inning on a sinking line drive.

OF | Ryan Langerhans | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Thursday, March 31, that OF Ryan Langerhans will be the team's starting center fielder on Opening Day, Friday, April 1, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. Langerhans gets the nod over OF Michael Saunders, who looked like a lock once OF Franklin Gutierrez (stomach) hit the 15-day disabled list. Langerhans posted the highest slugging percentage (.579) of any of the Mariners regulars in Cactus League play.

OF | Travis Snider | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said Thursday, March 31, that OF Travis Snider (hip) is expected to be in the Opening Day lineup Friday, April 1, reports David Singh, of MLB.com. Snider was pulled from a spring game Tuesday, March 29, due to tightness in his hip and lower back.

OF | Corey Patterson | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays placed OF Corey Patterson (head) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, March 31, due to a head injury, reports David Singh, of MLB.com. "Patterson is dealing with a head contusion, versus a certified concussion, so that is the line of the sand, so to speak, if you have the ability to put a player on the seven-day DL or the 15-day DL," manager John Farrell said.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward hit a homer on his first at-bat on Opening Day Thursday, March 31, after hitting a homer in his first career at-bat on Opening Day last year, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.

OF | Jermaine Dye | Retired Players | Transaction
Free-agent OF Jermaine Dye (White Sox) announced his retirement from baseball Thursday, March 31, according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.

OF | Trevor Crowe | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Trevor Crowe (shoulder) will miss at least four months after undergoing right shoulder surgery, according to The Associated Press. Crowe had the procedure done Wednesday, March 30.

OF | Hunter Pence | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros manager Bradley Mills said he is nearly set with his Opening Day lineup for Friday, April 1, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. Mills is leaning toward having OF Michael Bourn lead off, followed by SS Angel Sanchez, OF Hunter Pence, OF Carlos Lee, 1B Brett Wallace, 2B Bill Hall, 3B Chris D. Johnson, the catching spot and the pitcher.

OF | J.D. Drew | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona said there will not be a platoon in right field with OFs J.D. Drew and Mike Cameron, and that Drew will start regularly against left-handed pitchers, except for Opening Day against Texas Rangers SP C.J. Wilson, according to the Boston Herald's Michael Silverman. Also, Francona said he would likely switch 3B Kevin Youkilis and 1B Adrian Gonzalez in the order so that Gonzalez hits fourth and Youkilis fifth against right-handers.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners placed P Mauricio Robles (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list and RP David Aardsma (hip), OF Franklin Gutierrez (stomach) and IF Matt Mangini (quadriceps) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, March 31, according to CBSSports.com.

OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said the team has no plans to get rid of OF Andre Ethier, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com. "I was a little bit surprised by it," Colletti said. "But I love the kid. He's got a chance to be one of the better players in the league. From time to time people say stuff whether they mean it, whether they don't mean it, whether it's the moment that captures them that makes them say what they say."

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay (rib cage) will miss at least the first seven games of the regular season, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. Bay is eligible to return April 9. He received a cortisone shot in his ribs Wednesday, March 30. "It's not like I cough and I wince over in pain," Bay said. "I can feel something there, which is a good thing. They told me that it's not a biting pain, just enough to let me know there's something going on."

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury is leading off on Opening Day, followed by 2B Dustin Pedroia, OF Carl Crawford, 3B Kevin Youkilis, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, DH David Ortiz, OF Mike Cameron, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia and SS Marco Scutaro, WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reports.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Mike Pelfrey | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Mike Pelfrey admitted that he pitched nearly all of 2010 with a strained rotator cuff and strained posterior capsule last season, the New York Daily News' Andy Martino reports. He said he received a pain-killing injection before every start.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the Atlanta Braves could play it safe with SP Jair Jurrjens (rib cage) and put him on the disabled list, which would push back his first start to April 9, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Carroll Rogers reports.

SP | Josh Tomlin | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SPs Mitch Talbot and Josh Tomlin remained in Arizona Thursday, March 31, to work in a minor league game, reports Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com. The duo will rejoin the club in Cleveland Friday, April 1, for Opening Day festivities.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum allowed one unearned run, five hits and three walks in seven innings Thursday, March 31, in a loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day. Lincecum also struck out five batters, throwing 58 of his 103 pitches for strikes.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw allowed four hits and a walk in seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts Thursday, March 31, in his first-career Opening Day start. Kershaw (1-0) also struck out nine batters, throwing 65 of his 96 pitches for strikes.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver allowed just two hits and two walks in 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a win against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, March 31, reports Lyle Spencer, of MLB.com. Weaver also struck out six batters. "My fastball location was really good - a lot better than I thought it would be," Weaver said. "I looked to keep people off the basepaths as much as possible."

SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Luke Hochevar allowed four runs - three earned - and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings Thursday, March 31, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in his first-career Opening Day start. He did not walk any batters while striking out five, throwing 73 of his 102 pitches for strikes.

SP | Tom Gorzelanny | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Tom Gorzelanny will make his first scheduled start of the season April 9 against the New York Mets, reports MLB.com. The fifth starter might be used out of the bullpen in long relief before then.

SP | A.J. Burnett | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees SP A.J. Burnett (illness) is expected to make his first regular season scheduled start Saturday, April 2, despite a head cold, reports Bryan Hoch, of MLB.com. "He's still sick, but we'll let nature take its course and see how he is Saturday," manager Joe Girardi said. "Our plan is for him to go on Saturday. A player has to be really ill not to want to take the baseball."

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito (neck) wore a neck brace to Dodger Stadium Thursday, March 31, after being involved in a car accident Wednesday, March 30, reports The Associated Press. Zito was sent for more tests on his neck and back. Manager Bruce Bochy said he was optimistic Zito will be able to make his scheduled start Sunday, April 3.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow (forearm) threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session Thursday, March 31, reports David Singh, of MLB.com. Manager John Farrell said the pitcher threw "very well," and he is expected to throw another bullpen session Sunday, April 3. Barring any setbacks, Morrow will begin a rehab assignment April 7.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SPs Johnny Cueto (elbow, shoulder) and Homer Bailey (shoulder) both threw before the team's opener Thursday, March 31, with Bailey playing catch and Cueto throwing long toss from 120 feet, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay. "Both are progressing very well," manager Dusty Baker said. "We really had to put a governor on Cueto because really wants to get out there. Homer said he's not feeling any pain. Both of them are in outstanding shape. The better shape you're in, the better chance you have to get back in a shorter period of time."

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SPs Johnny Cueto (elbow, shoulder) and Homer Bailey (shoulder) both threw before the team's opener Thursday, March 31, with Bailey playing catch and Cueto throwing long toss from 120 feet, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay. "Both are progressing very well," manager Dusty Baker said. "We really had to put a governor on Cueto because really wants to get out there. Homer said he's not feeling any pain. Both of them are in outstanding shape. The better shape you're in, the better chance you have to get back in a shorter period of time."

SP | Edinson Volquez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Edinson Volquez escaped with a no-decision against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, March 31, after allowing five runs and seven hits, including three home runs in six innings, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay. Volquez struck out five and walked two.

SP | Mat Latos | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Mat Latos (shoulder) could throw in a minor league game Monday, April 4, if everything goes well with his side session Saturday, April 2, according to MLB.com's Corey Brock. Manager Bud Black said Latos will need a minor league rehab assignment before being activated from the disabled list.

SP | Derek Lowe | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Derek Lowe earned the win against the Washington Nationals on Opening Day Thursday, March 31, by giving up just three hits in 5 2/3 scoreless frames, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman. Lowe has thrown 18 2/3 straight scoreless innings against the Nationals.

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer focused on refining his mechanics during a bullpen session Wednesday, March 30, after he was roughed up for 12 runs in 2 1/3 innings in his final spring start Monday, March 28, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck. Scherzer plans to throw again Thursday, March 31, in order to improve the command of his fastball and to mix up his pitches with his changeup and slider. His first start of the season will come against the New York Yankees Sunday, April 3.

SP | J.A. Happ | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SP J.A. Happ (oblique) will throw a light bullpen session Friday, April 1, and is still hoping to make his season debut Sunday, April 3, against the Philadelphia Phillies, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers placed Ps Tommy Hunter (groin), Omar Beltre (back), Scott Feldman (knee) and Brandon Webb (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, March 31, according to The Dallas Morning News.

SP | Tommy Hunter | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers placed Ps Tommy Hunter (groin), Omar Beltre (back), Scott Feldman (knee) and Brandon Webb (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, March 31, according to The Dallas Morning News.

SP | Aaron Cook | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies placed SP Aaron Cook (hand) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, March 31, according to CBSSports.com.

SP | Scott Elbert | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers sent SP Scott Elbert to the minors Thursday, March 31, according to CBSSports.com.

SP | Wade Davis | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays signed SP Wade Davis to a four-year, $12.6 million extension that could reach seven years and be worth up to $35.1 million, the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin reports.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Jonathan Broxton allowed a solo home run Thursday, March 31, against the San Francisco Giants, but he settled down to pick up his first save of the season.

RP | Ryan Franklin | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals RP Ryan Franklin allowed a game-tying solo home run in the top of the ninth inning to blow his first save opportunity Thursday, March 31, against the San Diego Padres, reports Rick Hummel, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

RP | Brandon League | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge announced Thursday, March 31, that RP Brandon League will serve as the team's closer with David Aardsma (hip) on the 15-day disabled list, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com.

RP | Octavio Dotel | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays are hopeful that RP Octavio Dotel (hamstring) will be ready to come off the 15-day disabled list when eligible April 6, reports David Singh, of MLB.com. Dotel is dealing with a left hamstring injury, and he continues to throw in Florida trying to work his way back.

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Frank Francisco (pectoral) might begin a rehab assignment April 7, reports David Singh, of MLB.com. Francisco is scheduled for a couple of bullpen sessions before such point.

RP | David Aardsma | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP David Aardsma (hip) threw a bullpen session Thursday, March 31, his second of the spring, according to ESPN 710. Aardsma threw 25 pitches and trainer Rick Griffin said he looked good. He has yet to begin a throwing program and is still trying to build flexibility in his hip.

RP | Kevin Jepsen | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Kevin Jepsen will serve as the team's primary setup man to RP Fernando Rodney with RP Scott Downs (toe) on the shelf, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer. RP Jordan Walden is another option, with RP Hisanori Takahashi the lefty specialist.

RP | Scott Downs | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Scott Downs (toe) has been throwing off a mound and is waiting to be cleared for fielding practice, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer. "It won't take him long to be ready once he's cleared," manager Mike Scioscia said.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford blew the save against the Cincinnati Reds in the opener Thursday, March 31, by allowing a three-run opposite-field home run in the bottom of the ninth, according to The Associated Press. He gave up two hits and four earned runs while walking one in two-thirds of an inning.

RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera picked up his first save of the season against the Detroit Tigers Thursday, March 31, and 560th save of his career, according to The Associated Press.

RP | Craig Kimbrel | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Washington Nationals Thursday, March 31, to earn his first save of the season and second of his career, according to The Associated Press.

RP | J.P. Howell | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays placed RP J.P. Howell (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, March 31, according to the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin.

RP | Tim Wood | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed free-agent RP Tim Wood (Nationals) to a minor league deal Thursday, March 31, according to CBSSports.com.

RP | Brad Lidge | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies officially placed 2B Chase Utley (knee) and RP Brad Lidge (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, March 30, according to CBSSports.com. P Brian Schlitter (elbow), SS Brian Bocock (wrist) and OF Domonic Brown (hand) were also placed on the DL.

RP | Guillermo Mota | San Francisco Giants | Transaction
San Francisco Giants RPs Guillermo Mota and Dan Runzler were awarded the final two spots in the team's bullpen, according to MLB.com's Eric Gilmore. RPs Ryan Vogelsong and Steve Edelfsen were sent to the minors. P Marc Kroon was also optioned to Triple-A Fresno, but isn't sure if he will report.

RP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction
Boston Red Sox RP Felix Doubront (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list, The Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson reports.

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