Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 12, 2011 @ 08:02:57 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer is hitting .364 with two RBIs in five games at Triple-A Omaha, MiLB.com reports.

1B | Chris Davis | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Chris Davis is hitting .429 with four homers and 11 RBIs in five games at Triple-A Round Rock, MiLB.com reports.

1B | Matt LaPorta | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 1B Matt LaPorta went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run Monday, April 11, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. LaPorta had managed three RBIs in his first eight games.

1B | Brett Wallace | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 3B Chris D. Johnson was among those taking extra batting practice Monday, April 11, reports Brian McTaggart, of MLB.com. Johnson, IF Matt Downs, 2B Joe Inglett and 1B Brett Wallace each took extra hacks. "Wally just wanted a few extra swings and so did C.J.," hitting coach Mike Barnett said. "C.J. wanted to work on staying behind the baseball and inside the baseball and just to get a few extra swings."

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis went 1-for-4 with a run scored and RBI Monday, April 11, against the Colorado Rockies, reports Adam Rubin, of ESPNNewYork.com. Davis has an RBI in nine of the team's first 10 games.

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton (back) did not start Monday, April 11, but he appeared as a pinch hitter and flied out in his only at-bat.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn (appendix) is experiencing pain when he attempts to run the bases, and manager Ozzie Guillen said he will hold Dunn out an extra day once he declares himself ready to return, according to the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez is OK after taking a ball off his knuckles during an at-bat Sunday, April 10, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

1B | Prince Fielder | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Prince Fielder won the National League Player of the Week award for the period ending Sunday, April 10, after hitting .440 (11-for-25) with two homers, an .840 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage in seven games, according to The Sports Network.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera and Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko are sharing American League Player of the Week honors for the week ending Sunday, April 10, according to the Indians official Twitter page. Cabrera hit .360, Konerko hit .417, and both players had three home runs and eight RBIs.

1B | Adam LaRoche | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals do not plan on placing 1B Adam LaRoche (groin) on the disabled list, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com.

1B | Jake Fox | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are dissatisfied with 1B Jake Fox as their backup catcher and are looking for a way to bring C Craig Tatum back up, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.


Second Baseman

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley is hitting .158 with no RBIs in five games at Triple-A Tacoma, MiLB.com reports.

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips was hitting .389 with a home run and five RBIs as of Monday, April 11, according to John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer. He was tied with 1B Joey Votto for the team lead with 12 runs. Phillips, who hit .236 last April, attributes his strong start to knowing he was going to hit first in the order.

2B | Jeff Keppinger | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Jeff Keppinger (foot) might begin taking batting practice this week, reports Brian McTaggart, of MLB.com. Keppinger had surgery in January to remove the sesamoid bone from his left foot. The veteran is working out at the team's spring training facility in Florida.

2B | Joe Inglett | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Joe Inglett made his first start of the season Monday, April 11, and he finished 1-for-5, reports Brian McTaggart, of MLB.com. Inglett was acquired in a trade from the Tampa Bay Rays near the end of spring training. He is 1-for-10 (.100) this season.

2B | Bill Hall | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Bill Hall and SS Angel Sanchez each hit their first home runs of the season Monday, April 11, against the Chicago Cubs. Sanchez was 1-for-5 with two strikeouts in a start, while Hall's homer was of the pinch-hitting variety. He finished up in the infield and ended up 2-for-2 with the solo shot.

2B | Darwin Barney | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney made another start Monday, April 11, against the Houston Astros, and he finished 2-for-3 with a triple, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI. He is batting .381 (8-for-21) through his first nine games.

2B | Brent Lillibridge | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 2B/OF Brent Lillibridge went 1-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and two strikeouts Monday, April 11, against the Oakland Athletics. The homer was his first of the year.

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy was 1-for-5 with a run scored, strikeout and stolen base Monday, April 11, against the Colorado Rockies, reports Adam Rubin, of ESPNNewYork.com. While the stat line isn't that impressive, he hustled on the base paths and showed off solid defense. 2B Brad Emaus is hitless in his past 12 at-bats, so Murphy might cut into the rookie's playing time.


Shortstop

SS | Rafael Furcal | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Dodgers SS Rafael Furcal (thumb) is headed to the 15-day disabled list due to a broken left thumb, ESPNLosAngeles.com's Tony Jackson reports. Club officials didn't want to offer a timetable until Furcal met with a specialist, but he's expected to miss four to six weeks. "I'm thinking about retiring if I can't get back to being healthy," said Furcal. "I was feeling so good with my back, and now I break my finger."

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro had three hits, scored three runs and stole Chicago's first base of the season Monday, April 11, in a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros, according to MLB.com's Richard Dean.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera is not known as a power hitter, but he swatted his fourth home run of the season Monday, April 11, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Cabrera's career high for homers is six, which he accomplished in both 2008 and 2009. He has homered in back-to-back games, three of the past four and four of the past six.

SS | Clint Barmes | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Clint Barmes (hand) swung a bat Monday, April 11, for the first time since suffering a broken bone in his left hand March 25 in a spring training game, reports Brian McTaggart, of MLB.com. "It's definitely getting better day-to-day," Barmes said. "Dry swinging today, it was still sore and I could still feel it, but it's getting stronger."

SS | Jose Reyes | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SS Jose Reyes failed to reach base in the first inning for the first time in eight games, but he posted his fifth two-triple game of his career, reports Adam Rubin, of ESPNNewYork.com. It was the first time Reyes posted two triples in a game since May 2, 2008.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez and SS Troy Tulowitzki each posted three RBIs in a win Monday, April 11, against the New York Mets. Gonzalez singled once in five at-bats, while Tulowitzki had two hits, including his fourth home run.

SS | Reid Brignac | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SS Reid Brignac, C John Jaso and OFs Johnny Damon and Sam Fuld each drove in three runs in a lopsided win Monday, April 11, against the Boston Red Sox. Fuld had four hits, including two doubles, a triple, and a home run, missing the cycle by a single. Damon had a three-hit game, while Brignac and Jaso each had two hits apiece.

SS | Miguel Tejada | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SS Miguel Tejada got a chance in the leadoff spot Monday, April 11, against the Los Angeles Dodgers with OF Andres Torres (Achilles') sidelined, reports Amy Gutierrez, of CSNBayArea.com. Manager Bruce Bochy said he can also use OF Aaron Rowand in the leadoff spot, with Tejada sliding down to fifth.

SS | Jason Bartlett | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Jason Bartlett (back) is not in the starting lineup Monday, April 11, according to the team's official Twitter page.

SS | Jack Wilson | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SS Jack Wilson is back in the lineup and playing second base Monday, April 11, according to Greg Johns of MLB.com.

SS | Ronny Cedeno | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates are not ready to give up on SS Ronny Cedeno despite frequent defensive lapses early this season, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch. "Part of the reason why we continue to give him the opportunity is that if it clicks, we've got a pretty good major league shortstop," general manager Neal Huntington said. "In the interim, we've got a major league shortstop. Whether we like it or not, he's not as far behind the average shortstop that you might like to feel he is and he makes you feel he is sometimes." The team is not ready to replace Cedeno with SS Josh Rodriguez, their Rule 5 pick.

SS | J.J. Hardy | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles will not rush SS J.J. Hardy (oblique) back into action, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun. "If you're not (patient), all the time you invested in the recovery goes for naught," said president Andy MacPhail.

SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins is hitting .324 this year but has no RBIs yet, according to The Associated Press.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long said SS Derek Jeter hasn't completely abandoned the concept of his new hitting approach, which was designed to keep his left foot more quiet and allowed him to avoid being jammed by inside pitches, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "Everybody's talking about abandoning stuff. That's so far from the truth that I think it's wrong to write. That's not right. He really has stayed to the plan," Long said.


Third Baseman

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas is hitting .174 with a homer and three RBIs in five games at Triple-A Omaha, MiLB.com reports.

3B | Casey Blake | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Casey Blake (thigh) was out of the lineup for the second game in a row Monday, April 11, against the San Francisco Giants because of soreness in his left thigh, according to Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

3B | Chone Figgins | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 3B Chone Figgins (thumb) left after three innings Monday, April 11, against the Toronto Blue Jays due to a left thumb injury, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com. Figgins suffered a bruise to the base of his left thumb after being hit by a line drive. His thumb swelled up and he was removed.

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart (flu) went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts and a stolen base Monday, April 11, in his return to the lineup.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals are hoping that 3B Ryan Zimmerman (abdominal) can return to the lineup in three weeks, but he could be out longer than that, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. This injury is not related to the oblique injury that sidelined him at the end of last year.

3B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Michael Young went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored versus the Detroit Tigers Monday, April 11, according to The Associated Press.

3B | Scott Rolen | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 3B Scott Rolen is hitting .290 and leads the team with 10 RBIs in the early season, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. He extended his hitting streak to eight games with two hits Sunday, April 10.


Catcher

C | Jesus Montero | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees C Jesus Montero is hitting .450 with a homer and two RBIs in four games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, MiLB.com reports.

C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers DH Victor Martinez is in at catcher Tuesday, April 12, according to the team's Twitter page.

C | Kurt Suzuki | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a game-winning solo home run in the top of the 10th inning Monday, April 11, against the Chicago White Sox.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos could lose playing time with 3B Ryan Zimmerman (abdominal) headed to the disabled list, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. The team will need more sluggers in the lineup to replace Zimmerman, and C Ivan Rodriguez has a slugging percentage of .342 with six home runs in his last 590 at-bats.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer is still trying to find his swing and believes that he will put his slow start behind him, according to Jon Krawcyznski of The Miami Herald. Mauer is hitting .233 through the season's first eight games.

C | Jonathan Lucroy | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy (finger) said he feels great and is ready to return to action, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. "I feel good, really good," Lucroy said. "I threw the ball well, I thought, I received the ball and blocked the ball, I had good at-bats. I took some walks. I thought, 'Man, I feel pretty good here.' I feel like I was competitive both offensively and defensively." He went 3-for-11 with four RBIs and six walks during his minor league rehab assignment.

C | A.J. Pierzynski | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski will get the day off Monday, April 11, reports Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune.

C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers C/1B Mike Napoli is out of the lineup Monday, April 11, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson reports.


Outfielder

OF | Desmond Jennings | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings is hitting .350 with a homer, two RBIs and two steals in five games at Triple-A Durham, MiLB.com reports.

OF | Magglio Ordonez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Detroit Tigers OF Magglio Ordonez (Achilles') said he has bursitis around his Achilles' tendon, and he's out of the lineup Tuesday, April 12, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.

OF | Ryan Raburn | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Ryan Raburn is hitting third Tuesday, April 12, with OF Magglio Ordonez (Achilles') out, according to the team's Twitter page.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) went 2-for-4 in his third rehab game at Double-A Akron Monday, April 11, according to the team's Twitter page.

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson found a flaw in his swing on his day off Monday, April 11, and delivered a pinch-hit single in the game, the Detroit Free Press' Carlos Monarrez reports. "The big thing is we looked at some things from last year when I was going good," Jackson said. "The main thing that we saw when we were looking at film was I was just getting my foot down a lot earlier than I had been."

OF | Corey Patterson | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Corey Patterson got his first start of the season in center field Monday, April 11. He takes the place of injured OF Rajai Davis (ankle), according to The Associated Press.

OF | Drew Stubbs | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Drew Stubbs was out of the starting lineup Monday, April 11, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay. Stubbs was in an 0-for-10 slump.

OF | Johnny Damon | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Johnny Damon had only four hits in his first 32 at-bats entering action Monday, April 11, according to Paul Kenyon of The Providence Journal.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (stomach) returned to Seattle Monday, April 11, and Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reported Gutierrez will work out with the Mariners the next three days and then will likely head to Triple-A Tacoma for a rehab stint. "We'll let him work out here the next three days and decide what we are going to do from there,'' said Mariners manager Eric Wedge. "I don't think we can predetermine anything right now. The first thing we have to do is put our eyes on him for the first time, have more extended conversation with him, spend extended time with him and go from there.''

OF | Angel Pagan | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Angel Pagan will stay in the bottom half of the lineup instead of batting second, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. Mets manager Terry Collins wanted to use Pagan's power potential to give his middle-of-the-order sluggers more protection, and he wanted to break up a run of lefties lower down in the lineup.

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman went 2-for-5 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs Monday, April 11, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The homers were the first of the season for Berkman.

OF | Andres Torres | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the San Francisco Giants are expected to decide whether OF Andres Torres (Achilles') will be placed on the 15-day disabled list or not by Tuesday, April 12, reports Chris Haft, of MLB.com. Torres will be re-evaluated Tuesday, rather than Wednesday, April 13, as was previously reported. "If he doesn't respond to treatment, we'll make a move," manager Bruce Bochy said.

OF | Cody Ross | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Cody Ross (calf) might be able to participate in extended spring training games by this weekend, reports Chris Haft, of MLB.com. Ross strained his right calf March 23 in a spring game. He has resumed jogging, and took some fly balls Monday, April 11. Manager Bruce Bochy estimated that Ross might need to play one or two minor league injury rehab games before he is activated from the 15-day disabled list.

OF | Kosuke Fukudome | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Kosuke Fukudome (hamstring) was out of the lineup Monday, April 11, against the Houston Astros due to the mild hamstring strain he suffered Sunday, April 10, reports Bruce Levine, of ESPNChicago.com. Fukudome is considered day-to-day. Manager Mike Quade added that Fukudome was available as a pinch hitter.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OFs Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury each had two hits and a run scored Monday, April 11, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Ellsbury also had an RBI. Despite the multi-hit games, each player is still batting below .200 on the season.

OF | Dewayne Wise | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays re-signed free-agent OF Dewayne Wise (Marlins) to a minor league contract Monday, April 11, reports Rick Griffin, of The Toronto Star. Wise, who played with the Blue Jays in 2010, was released by the Florida Marlins in spring training.

OF | Juan Rivera | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Juan Rivera got a night off Monday, April 11, although he is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday, April 12, reports Gregor Chisholm, of MLB.com. Rivera took early batting practice Monday, as the slumping slugger tries to work on his timing at the plate.

OF | A.J. Pollock | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF A.J. Pollock went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored for Double-A Mobile Monday, April 11, pushing his season average to .391.

OF | David DeJesus | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Conor Jackson is starting in right field with OF David DeJesus sitting against a left-handed pitcher Monday, April 11, according to The Mercury News' Joe Stiglich. Manager Bob Geren said either DeJesus or DH Hideki Matsui are likely to sit when the team faces a lefty.

OF | Mike Cameron | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Mike Cameron will likely be in the starting lineup Tuesday, April 12, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
As expected, Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp is returning to the lineup and batting leadoff Monday, April 11, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay (rib cage) took batting practice for the second straight day Monday, April 11, and the team wants to see him play in rehab games starting next week, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. Bay could be activated in time for next weekend's games.

OF | Roger Bernadina | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals are unlikely to recall OF Roger Bernadina from the minors when they place 3B Ryan Zimmerman (abdominal) on the disabled list because Bernadina has been away for a personal matter, according to The Washington Times' Amanda Comak. IF Chris Marrero and SS Brian Bixler, who is hitting .319 in four games with Triple-A Syracuse, are also options to come up.

OF | Will Venable | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Will Venable is hitting just .120 (3-for-25) with three walks and seven strikeouts as the leadoff hitter this year, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Bill Center.

OF | Jay Bruce | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce was dropped to seventh in the lineup Sunday, April 10, after starting the year hitting .235 with 14 strikeouts in 34 at-bats, according to FOXSportsOhio.com.

OF | Jeremy Reed | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers activated C Jonathan Lucroy (finger) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, April 11, according to CBSSports.com. In a corresponding move, the team designated OF Jeremy Reed for assignment.

OF | Michael Restovich | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox have signed free-agent OF Michael Restovich (Dodgers) to a minor league deal, according to CBSSports.com.

OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders has an RBI in each of the first five games this year, which ties a team record, according to The Associated Press.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Ian Snell | Retired Players | Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals granted RP Ian Snell his release so he can seek other opportunities, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach. Snell originally retired when told he wouldn't make the parent club, but he has since reconsidered.

SP | Barry Enright | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Barry Enright allowed four earned runs, nine hits and a walk in six innings in a loss Monday, April 11, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Enright was able to record four strikeouts in the 85-pitch performance.

SP | Kyle McClellan | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle McClellan allowed just one earned run, seven hits and four walks over six innings in a win Monday, April 11, against the Arizona Diamondbacks, reports The Associated Press. It was his first victory in the majors as a starter. McClellan also helped his own cause with two hits and two RBIs at the plate.

SP | Tyler Chatwood | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Tyler Chatwood allowed four earned runs, four hits and four walks in five innings in a loss against the red hot Cleveland Indians Monday, April 11, in his major league debut. Chatwood had difficulty locating the strike zone, throwing just 46 of his 90 pitches for strikes.

SP | Mitch Talbot | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Mitch Talbot allowed just five hits and two walks over eight scoreless innings Monday, April 11, in a win against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Talbot also posted four strikeouts in the 112-pitch quality start. RP Vinnie Pestano came on for a scoreless ninth to preserve the shutout for the Indians, who have now won eight games in a row after starting out 0-2.

SP | Mat Latos | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Mat Latos (shoulder) made his season debut Monday, April 11, against the Cincinnati Reds. Latos allowed three earned runs, four hits and two walks over six innings. He also struck out seven batters in the 94-pitch quality start.

SP | Nelson Figueroa | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Nelson Figueroa allowed five earned runs, eight hits and two walks over four innings for his second loss in as many starts Monday, April 11. Figueroa has allowed 11 earned runs in 9 1/3 innings over his first two outings, posting an 0-2 record with a 10.61 ERA.

SP | Ryan Dempster | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Ryan Dempster allowed four earned runs, six hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings in a win Monday, April 11, against the Houston Astros. In the win, Dempster's first against two losses, he also struck out nine batters.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (shoulder) is scheduled to throw 90 pitches in a rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte Wednesday, April 13, reports The Associated Press. Originally, it was reported that Peavy's pitch limit would be approximately 80.

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Dallas Braden allowed one earned run, five hits and two walks in six innings in a no-decision against the Chicago White Sox Monday, April 11. Braden also struck out seven batters in the 95-pitch quality start.

SP | Mark Buehrle | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Mark Buehrle allowed two hits and a walk in eight scoreless innings Monday, April 11, in a no-decision against the Oakland Athletics, reports Doug Padilla, of ESPNChicago.com. A dropped fly ball led to an unearned run in the ninth inning and a blown save by RP Matt Thornton, forcing extra innings. That took away a much deserved win from Buehrle.

SP | Mike Pelfrey | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Mike Pelfrey allowed four runs - three earned - and six hits over 5 1/3 innings Monday, April 11, in a no-decision against the Colorado Rockies. Pelfrey walked three batters and struck out four, while throwing 67 of his 113 pitches for strikes.

SP | Jason Hammel | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jason Hammel allowed four runs - two earned - and six hits over six innings in a no-decision against the New York Mets Monday, April 11. Hammel also walked a batter and struck out three in the 92-pitch quality start.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed seven earned runs, eight hits and two walks in two innings in a loss Monday, April 11, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Matsuzaka was pulled by manager Terry Francona after just 46 pitches, and the Fenway faithful showered down boos on the pitcher as he departed.

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson picked up his first victory of the season Monday, April 11, against the Boston Red Sox, allowing two earned runs, five hits and five walks over 5 1/3 innings. He managed to get just 51 of his 98 pitches over for strikes, but he was staked to a large early lead and cruised to the win.

SP | Jon Garland | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Jon Garland (oblique) is ready to return from the 15-day disabled list to start Friday, April 15, against the St. Louis Cardinals, reports Steve Dilbeck, of the Los Angeles Times. Garland allowed three runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings in a rehab start Sunday, April 10, with Class A Inland Empire.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (elbow, shoulder) allowed two runs and three hits over two innings in an appearance in extended spring training Monday, April 11, reports Mark Sheldon, of MLB.com. Cueto made 34 pitches in the outing. "I know he came through it unscatched. I haven't gotten the full report," pitching coach Bryan Price said.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Jair Jurrjens (oblique) allowed two earned runs in six innings in his second minor league rehab start with Triple-A Gwinnett Monday, April 11, reports David O'Brien, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jurrjens threw 48 of his 81 pitches for strikes, walking two batters and striking out three. Jurrjens appears on track to come off the 15-day disabled list to start Saturday, April 16, against the New York Mets.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow (forearm) is scheduled to make a minor league rehab start Tuesday, April 12, with Class A Dunedin (Fla.), and he is expected to throw 60-65 pitches, reports Gregor Chisholm, of MLB.com. Morrow might need one more rehab start after this outing before he is activated from the 15-day disabled list.

SP | Jarrod Parker | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Jarrod Parker was ripped for eight runs - seven earned - and six hits in 3 2/3 innings in a loss for Double-A Mobile Monday, April 11, against the Carolina Mudcats. Parker also was charged with a balk, he hit two batters and issued three walks. Parker was able to strike out five batters.

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa (finger) threw a side session Monday, April 11, and said there are no problems with the blister on his finger, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck.

SP | Vin Mazzaro | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals plan to leave SP Vin Mazzaro with Triple-A Omaha after he allowed five runs in 2 1/3 innings in the minors Sunday, April 10, according to MLB.com's Dick Kaegel. SP Sean O'Sullivan will remain in the rotation instead. "We're going to leave him down there for another start or two," skipper Ned Yost said. "We'll set O'Sullivan in that spot when we get back home."

SP | Rich Harden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Rich Harden (lat) was shut down Monday, April 11, and the team is unsure what his next step will be, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

SP | Tommy Hunter | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Tommy Hunter (groin) could end up pitching out of the bullpen when he returns, because Ps Alexi Ogando, Matt Harrison and Derek Holland are all tasting early success, speculates Stan McNeal of SportingNews.com.

SP | Trevor Cahill | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics have signed SP Trevor Cahill to a five year, $30.5 million contract extension, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com. The deal includes two more option years at $13 million and $13.5 million.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
The cuticle on the pitching hand of Colorado Rockies SP Ubaldo Jimenez (finger) has completely healed and he will throw 85 pitches in an outing in extended spring training Wednesday, April 13, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck.

SP | Brad Bergesen | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Brad Bergesen is expected to get called up to start Wednesday, April 13, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun.

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander went the distance versus the Texas Rangers Monday, April 11, but took the loss, according to The Associated Press. He allowed two runs on six hits, walked one and struck out four.

SP | Wade LeBlanc | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres activated SP Mat Latos (shoulder) from the disabled list and sent SP Wade LeBlanc to Triple-A Tuscon Monday, April 11, according to MLB.com.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello is considering throwing a curveball in games again, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com. "I haven't been throwing a curveball, just to make sure that I've been staying in the same arm slot with my slider," said Porcello. "But it might be something that I'm going to bring back and start throwing, because it might be another effective pitch, another weapon, just something a little bit slower, just giving (hitters) something else to think about."

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke (ribs) is scheduled to throw live batting practice Tuesday, April 12, and again later in the week, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. If he doesn't suffer any setbacks, he could be ready to go on a minor league rehab assignment.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SPs Johnny Cueto (elbow, shoulder) and Homer Bailey (shoulder) are expected to pitch in extended spring training games this week, according to FOXSportsOhio.com. Cueto will throw two innings Monday, April 11, and will then throw for Triple-A Louisville Saturday, April 16, Thursday, April 21, and Tuesday, April 26. Bailey will throw three innings Tuesday, April 12, and then will move to Louisville and start Sunday, April 17, and Friday, April 22. His first start of the year could come April 27. "Homer's a little ahead of Johnny because he went out later," manager Dusty Baker said. "We'll make a decision on the 27th. He could be ready or he might need another one."

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Gio Gonzalez, RP Andrew Bailey and 1B Daric Barton are in line for multi-year contract extensions, speculates Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis may not start again until next week, due to having his last start bumped to Saturday, April 9, the team's schedule this week and the fact that Lewis and his wife are expecting a baby very soon, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Lewis did offer to start on three days rest Wednesday, April 13, but the team is expected to go with SP Dave Bush and a handful of relievers.

SP | Philip Humber | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Philip Humber will remain the team's fifth starter until SP Jake Peavy (shoulder) returns, after which he'll serve as a long reliever and a spot starter, according to Scott Merkin of MLB.com. The team will not use a six-man rotation or demote Humber to the minor leagues.

SP | Greg Reynolds | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Greg Reynolds will make another start against the New York Mets Thursday, April 14, according to MLB.com's Thomas Harding.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild noticed that SP Phil Hughes is using his lower body in a slightly different way in his delivery this season, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. The team hopes that correcting this will help Hughes rediscover his velocity. "Even though I'm fairly confident it's more of an arm strength issue, I'm still trying to clean some things up in my delivery and hopefully get things back on track," said Hughes.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Boston Red Sox agreed to a four-year contract extension worth just under $30 million with SP Clay Buchholz, according to ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes. The deal includes two option years at $13 million apiece. He will earn $3.5 million in 2012, $5.5 million in 2013, $7.7 million in 2014 and $12 million in 2015.

SP | Junichi Tazawa | Boston Red Sox | Injury
Boston Red Sox SP Junichi Tazawa (elbow) threw 27 pitches in a simulated game in extended spring training over the weekend, WEEI.com's Alex Speier reports. He retired all eight batters and struck out three of them. His fastball reached 89 mph.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Frank Francisco (pectoral) has allowed six runs on four hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings at Class A Dunedin, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports. Francisco originally expected to require a total of three rehab appearances before making a return, but that no longer appears to be the case. He'll likely make at least three more outings as he continues to work on increasing the velocity on his pitches. "The feeling is that he needs more reps, more innings on the mound," manager John Farrell said. "He's not pitching consistently at that 92-94 mph range with a chance to go above that. He's at 89-90, and he'll touch 92-93, and that's why that repetition is needed."

RP | Chad Durbin | Cleveland Indians |
Cleveland Indians RP Chad Durbin had surrendered two runs on four hits with two walks in just two innings of work through Monday, April 11, but MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports manager Manny Acta said it's too soon to tell how Durbin will do the whole year. "Durbin got the biggest strikeout that this team needed last week," Acta said Monday. "Any time you can strike out Kevin Youkilis on three pitches with runners in scoring position is big."

RP | Takashi Saito | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers placed RP Takashi Saito (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, April 11, reports Tom Haudricourt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The move is retroactive to April 5. The team recalled RP Brandon Kintzler from Triple-A Nashville to take his place on the active roster. He'll join the team in Pittsburgh Tuesday, April 12.

RP | Scott Downs | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Scott Downs (toe) made his regular season debut Monday, April 11. He worked a perfect eighth inning, throwing five of his eight pitches for strikes in a very efficient outing.

RP | Alberto Arias | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros RP Alberto Arias (shoulder) threw live batting practice Monday, April 11, at the team's spring training facility in Florida, reports Brian McTaggart, of MLB.com. He continues to progress well after undergoing shoulder surgery a year ago.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs RP Carlos Marmol made it interesting Monday, April 11, walking one batter and allowing one hit, but he secured a four-out save, his fourth of the season. Marmol also recorded three strikeouts.

RP | Brian Fuentes | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Brian Fuentes worked a perfect 10th inning, striking out two batters, for his fourth save of the season Monday, April 11, against the Chicago White Sox. Fuentes has appeared in three straight games, saving each, while working 3 2/3 innings with 57 total pitches. It's unlikely he'll be available Tuesday, April 12, if a save situation arises.

RP | Tyson Ross | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Tyson Ross allowed just one hit and one walk over three scoreless innings Monday, April 11, earning a relief win against the Chicago White Sox. Ross also struck out four batters, throwing 28 of his 41 pitches for strikes.

RP | Matt Thornton | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox RP Matt Thornton blew his third save in three chances Monday, April 11, against the Oakland Athletics, but his defense let him down, reports Doug Padilla, of ESPNChicago.com. Thornton was hurt by a dropped fly ball by OF Juan Pierre in the ninth inning, which led to an unearned run, tying the game and forcing extra innings.

RP | Jason Isringhausen | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets RP Jason Isringhausen stranded two inherited runners to preserve a tie in the seventh inning in his first appearance of the season Monday, April 11, reports Adam Rubin, of ESPNNewYork.com. It was Isringhausen's first appearance with the Mets since July 31, 1999. The 11 years, eight months and 11 days between pitches for the organization is the longest gap in franchise history.

RP | Huston Street | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies RP Huston Street worked a perfect ninth inning Monday, April 11, against the New York Mets for his fifth save. Street struck out two batters in the efficient performance, tossing nine of his 12 pitches for strikes.

RP | Jose Arredondo | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds RP Jose Arredondo (elbow) made a minor league rehab appearance with Double-A Carolina Monday, April 11. Arredondo was sharp, striking out two batters in a perfect inning of work.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Bailey (forearm) threw 20 fastballs off a mound Monday, April 11, and said he felt good, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser. He is expecting to move to regular bullpen sessions next.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz made the ninth inning versus the Detroit Tigers an interesting one Monday, April 11, but held the Tigers scoreless and earned his fourth save of the season, according to The Associated Press. Feliz allowed a pair of baserunners on a hit and a walk and struck out one.

RP | David Aardsma | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP David Aardsma (hip) tossed a 41-pitch bullpen session Saturday, April 9, and is on track to return in late April, according to Larry LaRue of The Olympian.

RP | Joel Zumaya | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers RP Joel Zumaya (elbow) has halted his throwing program after he felt pain in his right elbow Thursday, April 7, The Detroit News' Lynn Henning reports.

RP | Ryan Franklin | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said he's sticking with CL Ryan Franklin, but he hinted that RP Miguel Batista could be next in line if a move were made, Yahoo! Sports' Brad Evans reports.

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