Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 17, 2011 @ 15:54:33 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau (flu) did not play Sunday, April 17, due to the flu, reports Kelsie Smith, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The illness is not considered to be serious like the one C Joe Mauer (illness) has been dealing with.

1B | Kyle Blanks | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B Kyle Blanks (elbow) went hitless in three at-bats as the designated hitter in a minor league rehab game with Double-A San Antonio Saturday, April 16, reports The Associated Press. He has walked in three straight contests, and he picked up an RBI Saturday, while posting three hits Friday, April 15.

1B | Daric Barton | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Entering play Sunday, April 17, Oakland Athletics 1B Daric Barton had five errors, according to The Associated Press. He only committed 10 errors last season.


Second Baseman

2B | Carlos Guillen | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 2B Carlos Guillen (knee) has not yet been cleared for baseball activities, reports Tom Gage, of The Detroit News. Guillen continues to rehab the knee at the team's spring training facility, while undergoing physical therapy in Tampa.

2B | Aaron Hill | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill (knee) was able to play Sunday, April 17, against the Boston Red Sox despite a sore right knee, reports Gregor Chisholm, of MLB.com. Hill went through a series of agility tests on the field Sunday morning at Fenway Park.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts went 3-for-4 with a double and run scored Sunday, April 17, against the Cleveland Indians. Roberts, who accounted for half of the team's hits, has hit safely in five straight. He is 9-for-23 (.391) during the impressive run, raising his average from .189 to .267 since April 10.

2B | Freddy Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs Saturday, April 16, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Sanchez is 7-for-21 (.333) over his past six games. The RBIs were his first since April 8.

2B | Kelly Johnson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Kelly Johnson was given the day off Saturday, April 16, as manager Kirk Gibson hoped the rest would rejuvenate the slumping infielder, reports Nick Piecoro and Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic. Johnson is just 8-for-51 (.157) to start the season. Johnson has been battling a head cold since the end of spring training, but he won't use that as an excuse. "That's not an excuse. I'm just trying to get right so there aren't any excuses," Johnson said. Johnson said his balance is off at the plate, particularly when he sees off-speed pitches.

2B | Howard Kendrick | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B Howard Kendrick went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs against the Chicago White Sox Saturday, April 16, according to The Associated Press.

2B | Skip Schumaker | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said on KMOX Radio that 2B Skip Schumaker (elbow) will not play Sunday, April 17, because of a hyperextended elbow, according to B.J. Rains of FOXSportsMidwest.com.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee) ran the bases during batting practice Sunday, April 17, according to Kevin McAlpin of 97.5 The Fanatic.

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (groin) is not in the starting lineup Sunday, April 17, although he did field ground balls before the game, according to C. Trent Rosencrans of CBSSports.com.


Shortstop

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar (oblique) took swings from the right side of the plate Saturday, April 16, and will continue to do so while being evaluated by the team, according to The Associated Press.

SS | Yunel Escobar | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar went 0-for-4 against the Boston Red Sox Saturday, April 16, ending a streak of reaching base safely at 11 consecutive games, according to The Associated Press.

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro went 4-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBIs against the Colorado Rockies Saturday, April 16, according to The Associated Press.

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus is batting .174 this season and only .115 (3-for-26) on the team's current road trip, according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com. He snapped a hitless streak of 11 at-bats with an eighth-inning single Saturday, April 16, and said he is beginning to feel more comfortable at the plate. "I'm trying to work on shooting the ball up the middle," Andrus said. "I don't want to cut my swing. I just want to get my hands free ... I just had one hit (Saturday), but I hit the ball pretty good a couple of times and that's what I'm looking for."

SS | Jed Lowrie | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Jed Lowrie is batting sixth against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, April 17, according to Steven Krasner of ESPNBoston.com. He is batting .500 (11-for-22) for the season.


Third Baseman

3B | Chris D. Johnson | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 3B Chris D. Johnson went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, his first of the season, Saturday, April 16, against the San Diego Padres. Johnson also posted a walk and two runs scored.

3B | Geoff Blum | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Geoff Blum (knee) continues to get at-bats in extended spring training, reports Nick Piecoro and Bob McManaman, of The Arizona Republic. Blum experienced some soreness in the knee Saturday, April 16, but he might see action at third base as early as Monday, April 18, said manager Kirk Gibson.

3B | Brandon Inge | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he is likely to give 3B Brandon Inge the day off against the Oakland Athletics Sunday, April 17, according to The Associated Press.

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies have discussed sending 3B Ian Stewart to Triple-A Colorado Springs to work on his swing, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post. Stewart is batting just .083 (2-for-24) with no extra-base hits and 11 strikeouts through the first 10 games.

3B | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said on KMOX Radio that OF Allen Craig (groin, leg) has a "groin or leg problem" and probably wouldn't be available Sunday, April 17, according to B.J. Rains of FOXSportsMidwest.com.

3B | Wes Helms | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins 3B Wes Helms is in the starting lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday, April 17, according to Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald.

3B | Andy LaRoche | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics IF Andy LaRoche may get an extended look at third base, according to Joe Stiglich of The Oakland Tribune. Manager Bob Geren also intends to use LaRoche at other spots than third.


Catcher

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer (illness, legs) could take part in a light workout Sunday, April 17, according to The Associated Press.

C | Hank Conger | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Hank Conger went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBIs against the Chicago White Sox Saturday, April 16, according to The Associated Press.

C | Josh Thole | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets C Josh Thole is batting second against the Atlanta Braves Sunday, April 17, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. Manager Terry Collins had been hesitant to bat him second in the past because of his lack of speed, although Thole would work the count and take pitches. OF Angel Pagan has also been moved to sixth in the batting order, to separate what otherwise would have been three consecutive left-handed hitters near the end of the lineup: 1B Ike Davis, OF Willie Harris and Thole.

C | J.R. Towles | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros C J.R. Towles (ankle) was scratched from the lineup Saturday, April 16, due to an ankle injury, and he was replaced by C Humberto Quintero, according to Zachary Levine of The Houston Chronicle. He has been told to get ready to play Tuesday, April 19.

C | Ramon Hernandez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Ramon Hernandez hit a grand slam Saturday, April 16, as part of an 11-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Rob Biertempfel of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.


Outfielder

OF | Jonny Gomes | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jonny Gomes went 1-for-5 with one home run and one RBI against the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, April 17, reports Joe Kay, of The Associated Press. Gomes had homered three times in the span of five at-bats.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OFs Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata began the team's game against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, April 17, with consecutive home runs, reports Joe Kay, of The Associated Press. It was the third time in team history that the team opened a game with consecutive home runs.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford went 0-for-4 against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, April 17, reports The Associated Press. His batting average is now at .127.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets management will meet with OF Jason Bay (rib cage) Monday, April 18, to decide whether he'll come off the 15-day disabled list, according to manager Terry Collins, reports Andy Martino, of the New York Daily News.

OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Brennan Boesch is 2-for-13 this season when putting pitches on 0-2 or 1-2 counts in play, reports Tom Gage, of The Detroit News. Last season, Boesch batting just .154 (6-for-39) on 0-2 counts with only one RBI.

OF | Ryan Sweeney | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Ryan Sweeney (hamstring) is dealing with a tight hamstring and he will likely get another game or two off, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

OF | Johnny Damon | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Johnny Damon (finger) suffered a bruised left ring finger Sunday, April 17, against the Minnesota Twins, leaving in the fifth inning, reports Marc Topkin, of the St. Petersburg Times.

OF | Michael Brantley | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley was out of the lineup Sunday, April 17, with the return of OF Grady Sizemore (knee) from the 15-day disabled list, reports Dennis Manoloff, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Brantley, who has played center field while leading off in Sizemore's absence, will likely move to left field Monday, April 18, against the Kansas City Royals.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) homered in the third inning Sunday, April 17, in his first game back from the 15-day disabled list, reports Dennis Manoloff, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Sizemore also added a double, finishing 2-for-4.

OF | Magglio Ordonez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Magglio Ordonez (foot, ankle) went 1-for-4 in his return to the lineup against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, April 16, as the designated hitter, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Aaron Rowand | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Aaron Rowand went 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and walk Saturday, April 16, as he continues to fill in admirably for OF Andres Torres (Achilles'). Rowand is 7-for-17 (.412) over his past four games. He has two or more hits in three of those contests.

OF | Cody Ross | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Cody Ross (calf) played in a second straight extend spring game Saturday, April 16, and he is quickly progressing in his return from a strained right calf injury, reports Barry M. Bloom, of MLB.com. Ross was sent to Las Vegas to begin a minor league assignment with Triple-A Fresno. He'll play Sunday, April 17, and Monday, April 18, before the team makes a decision on the next move.

OF | Andres Torres | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Andres Torres (Achilles') has been slow to respond after suffering a strained left Achilles' tendon Saturday, April 9, reports Barry M. Bloom, of MLB.com. "It bothers me a little bit," Torres said. "We want to make sure now that it's 100 percent. I tried to run a few times, but I'm not able to run like I want to." Torres is not eligible to return until April 26.

OF | Nyjer Morgan | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Nyjer Morgan (thigh) was not in the starting lineup for the first game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals Sunday, April 17, because of a deep thigh bruise on his right leg, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He suffered the injury during a collision at the plate with Pittsburgh Pirates C Ryan Doumit Wednesday, April 13.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (flu) did not play against the Chicago Cubs Saturday, April 16, because he was dealing with stiffness and soreness related to the flu and it was affecting his offense, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Adam L. Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Adam L. Jones is not in the starting lineup against the Cleveland Indians Sunday, April 17, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun. OF Felix Pie is starting in center field.

OF | Shelley Duncan | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Shelley Duncan could be optioned to the minors when the team recalls SP Jeanmar Gomez from Triple-A Columbus to start against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, April 19, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.

OF | Kosuke Fukudome | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Kosuke Fukudome (hamstring), who has missed four games because of a strained left hamstring, was back in the Cubs' lineup Saturday, April 16, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey (shoulder) threw five scoreless innings in a rehab start Sunday, April 17, reports Joe Kay, of The Associated Press. He is expected to make two more rehab starts in the minor leagues.

SP | Edinson Volquez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Edinson Volquez allowed six runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, April 17, reports Joe Kay, of The Associated Press. He struck out six batters and walked six in the game.

SP | Jesse Litsch | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Jesse Litsch allowed six runs on seven hits in six innings against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, April 17, to suffer his first loss of the season, reports The Associated Press. He struck out five batters and walked one in the game.

SP | Jon Lester | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester allowed one run on six hits in six innings against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, April 17, to pick up his first win of the season, reports The Associated Press. He struck out five batters and walked three in the game.

SP | Randy Wells | Chicago Cubs | Injury
Chicago Cubs SP Randy Wells (forearm) will be examined Monday, April 18, to see how much progress he has made since being placed on the 15-day disabled list, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com.

SP | Andrew Cashner | Chicago Cubs | Injury
Chicago Cubs SP Andrew Cashner (shoulder) will be examined Monday, April 18, to see how much progress he has made since being placed on the 15-day disabled list, reports Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com.

SP | Zach Duke | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Zach Duke (hand) has been playing long toss from 120 feet and could begin bullpen sessions in another week, reports Steve Gilbert, of MLB.com.

SP | Joe Blanton | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Joe Blanton has been pushed back a day to start Monday, April 18, due to the rainout Saturday, April 16, reports David Hale, of The News Journal. Pitching coach Rich Dubee also said there wasn't any significant mechnical issue for Blanton to cause his poor start. It is simply a matter of executing better Monday.

SP | Roy Oswalt | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said Sunday, April 17, that his confidence is "very high" that SP Roy Oswalt (back) will be able to make his next scheduled start Thursday, April 21, against the San Diego Padres, reports David Hale, of The News Journal.

SP | Vicente Padilla | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Vicente Padilla (forearm) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday, April 17, with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, reports Ken Gurnick, of MLB.com. Padilla will throw 25 pitches during the outing.

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Dallas Braden (shoulder) is not confident he'll be able to make his next scheduled start Friday, April 22, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle. Braden said Sunday, April 17, that he has not felt an issue like this before with the shoulder.

SP | Mitch Talbot | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Mitch Talbot (elbow), placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, April 17, is battling a sprained of the ulnar collateral ligament, reports Dennis Manoloff, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Talbot will not throw for seven days and he is expected to miss three to four weeks.

SP | Brad Bergesen | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Brad Bergesen allowed three runs - two earned - and six hits over five innings Sunday, April 17, in a loss against the Cleveland Indians, reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com. Two of the hits he allowed were home runs.

SP | Fausto Carmona | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Fausto Carmona allowed two runs - one earned - and five hits over seven innings Sunday, April 17, against the Baltimore Orioles for his first victory of the season. Carmona also struck out five batters in the 101-pitch quality start.

SP | Mat Latos | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Mat Latos allowed five earned runs, four hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings Saturday, April 16, in a loss against the Houston Astros. Latos was able to rack up six strikeouts in the 93-pitch performance, but he fell to 0-2 with a 5.84 ERA through two starts.

SP | Dustin Moseley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Dustin Moseley is only the third pitcher in the past 40 seasons to get no run support in three straight starts to open the season, reports Bill Center, of The San Diego Union-Tribune. The Padres have not scored a run in any of Moseley's 19 2/3 innings pitched.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (shoulder) threw 34 pitches in a side session Saturday, April 16, according to The Associated Press. He is expected to throw 90-95 pitches in a rehab start with Double-A Birmingham Monday, April 18, and could throw more than 100 pitches in a start for Triple-A Charlotte Saturday, April 23.

SP | Tyler Chatwood | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Tyler Chatwood (1-1) allowed one run on five hits over seven innings in a victory over the Chicago White Sox Saturday, April 16, with two walks and three strikeouts, according to The Associated Press.

SP | Gavin Floyd | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Gavin Floyd (1-1) allowed six runs on eight hits over six innings in a loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Saturday, April 16, with two walks and three strikeouts, according to The Associated Press.

SP | Derek Lowe | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Derek Lowe (2-2) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings in a victory over the New York Mets in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, April 16, according to The Associated Press. He walked two and struck out four.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Jair Jurrjens (oblique) allowed two hits over seven scoreless innings in a victory over the New York Mets Saturday, April 16, in the second game of a doubleheader, according to The Associated Press. He walked one and struck out four in his first start of the season.

SP | Jo-Jo Reyes | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Jo-Jo Reyes (0-2) allowed four runs on seven hits over three innings in a loss to the Boston Red Sox Saturday, April 16, with five walks and three strikeouts, according to The Associated Press.

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants purchased the contract of SP Ryan Vogelsong from Triple-A Fresno Sunday, April 17, reports Andrew Baggarly, of The Mercury News.

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett (2-1) allowed one run on three hits over seven innings in a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday, April 16, according to The Associated Press. He walked two and struck out nine.

SP | Casey Coleman | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Casey Coleman (1-0) allowed one run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings in a victory over the Colorado Rockies Saturday, April 16, with three walks and three strikeouts, according to The Associated Press.

SP | Jason Hammel | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jason Hammel (1-1) allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings in a loss to the Chicago Cubs Saturday, April 16, with one walk and five strikeouts, according to The Associated Press.

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander (1-2) allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits over six innings in a loss to the Oakland Athletics Saturday, April 16, with three walks and six strikeouts, according to The Associated Press. Verlander needs eight more strikeouts to reach 1,000 for his career.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants placed SP Barry Zito (foot) on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, April 17, due to a mid-foot sprain, according to Andrew Baggarly, of The Mercury News. It is the first time Zito has landed on the DL in his 12-year career.

SP | Chris Capuano | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said SPs Chris Capuano and R.A. Dickey would be available out of the bullpen Sunday, April 17, if necessary, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. Both pitchers would have normally thrown between-starts bullpen sessions on Sunday anyway.

SP | Collin Balester | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals have recalled P Collin Balester from Triple-A Syracuse, according to MLB.com's Spencer Fordin.

SP | Mike Pelfrey | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Mike Pelfrey allowed 11 hits and four runs in five-plus innings Saturday, April 16, according to The Associated Press. He gave up three hits in the first against the Atlanta Braves, including a run-scoring single by 2B Dan Uggla, and three more in the third, including 3B Chipper Jones' RBI single.

SP | Josh Tomlin | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Josh Tomlin allowed two runs and six hits in six innings of work Saturday, April 16, according to The Associated Press' Tom Withers, in an 8-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

SP | Jeremy Guthrie | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Jeremy Guthrie was knocked around for six earned runs, 10 hits and a walk over five innings Saturday, April 16, against the Cleveland Indians. The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reported Guthrie admitted later that he still feels weak from the pneumonia that forced him to the sidelines to start the season.

SP | Kyle McClellan | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle McClellan allowed one run and six hits in seven innings, struck out two and walked none to earn his second major league victory as a starter in six days Saturday, April 16, according to The Associated Press' Beth Harris. The Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-2.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw labored through his shortest outing of the season in a 9-2 defeat to the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, April 16, according to The Associated Press' Beth Harris. Kershaw (2-2) was chased after 4 2-3 innings. He gave up five runs and six hits, struck out a season-low five and walked a season-high five.

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings Saturday, April 16, in an 11-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, according to The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (shoulder) pitched 3 1/3 innings for Triple-A Louisville Saturday, April 16, in a rehab start, according to Kevin Goheen of MLB.com. SP Homer Bailey (shoulder) is set to pitch at Louisville Sunday, April 17.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joel Hanrahan pitched 1 2/3 innings against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, April 17, to earn his fifth save of the season, reports Joe Kay, of The Associated Press. He allowed three hits and walked one batter.

RP | Jon Rauch | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Jon Rauch might remain the team's closer even when RP Frank Francisco (shoulder) is healthy enough to come off the 15-day disabled list, reports Gregor Chisholm, of MLB.com. "We're not going to not acknowledge what Jon has done," manager John Farrell said. "That was as crisp of an inning the other night when he came into the ninth that you'd ever want to see. Frankie coming back will give us options."

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Frank Francisco (shoulder) allowed a hit with two strikeouts in a rehab appearance with Class A Dunedin Sunday, April 17, reports Tony Ambrogio, of Rogers Sportsnet. Barring any setbacks, Francisco might return from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 20.

RP | Tanner Scheppers | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers placed P Tanner Scheppers (back) on the minor league disabled list due to more back trouble, reports T.R. Sullivan, of MLB.com. The team said Scheppers didn't have enough strength in his legs to make his start Saturday, April 16, at Triple-A.

RP | Koji Uehara | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Koji Uehara allowed his first two walks of the season Sunday, April 17, but he did not allow any runs. Uehara has not been scored upon in 4 2/3 innings over five appearances, and he has allowed just one hit.

RP | Tony Sipp | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians RP Tony Sipp worked a scoreless eighth inning Sunday, April 17, against the Baltimore Orioles for his sixth hold of the season. He threw nine of his 15 pitches for strikes. Sipp has not yielded an earned run in 8 2/3 innings over eight relief appearances this season.

RP | Brandon Lyon | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros RP Brandon Lyon worked around two hits allowed for a scoreless ninth inning Saturday, April 16, earning his third save of the season.

RP | Juan Gutierrez | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Juan Gutierrez (personal) was back with the team Saturday, working a perfect inning of relief, after leaving the team due to the birth of his second child, a daughter, reports Nick Piecoro and Bob McManaman, of The Arizona Republic.

RP | Michael Wuertz | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Michael Wuertz (hamstring) allowed three runs and four hits over one inning in a minor league rehab start with Class A Stockton Saturday, April 16, according to The Associated Press.

RP | Franklin Morales | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies RP Franklin Morales (ankle) has been cleared to pitch, reports The Denver Post. Morales was originally injured Thursday, April 14.

RP | Mike MacDougal | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Mike MacDougal is expected to serve as the team's primary setup man until RP Hong-Chih Kuo (back) returns from the disabled list, according to Jill Painter of the Los Angeles Daily News.

RP | Todd Coffey | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals have placed RP Todd Coffey (calf) on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left calf, according to MLB.com's Spencer Fordin. The move is retroactive to April 9.

RP | Joe Nathan | Minnesota Twins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Breaking, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Joe Nathan has been removed from the closer's role and replaced with RP Matt Capps, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune's LaVelle E. Neal III. Manager Ron Gardenhire and pitching coach Rick Anderson discussed the situation with Nathan after Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, in which the right-hander blew his second straight save opportunity. They concluded that it was best to put the pitcher, who missed 2010 after having Tommy John surgery, in less stressful situations. By trying to regain his form while closing, Nathan realized that he was hurting the team. "I think everything, physically, how I feel, is fine," Nathan said Saturday, according to ESPN.com. He added that he's struggling with inconsistency, however. He has an 8.44 ERA in 5 1/3 innings. Capps has a 4.50 ERA in eight frames.

RP | Peter Moylan | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves RP Peter Moylan (back) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and will miss two weeks with a lower back strain, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.

RP | Ramon Troncoso | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled RP Ramon Troncoso from Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, April 16, according to The Associated Press' Beth Harris.

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