Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 19, 2011 @ 07:37:13 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak said he still hasn't found his groove at the plate, despite his team-leading .291 average, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Christian Caple reports. "I still don't feel great at the plate," Smoak said. "I'd like to feel a lot better. It's just one of those things I've got to keep working on to try to get where you want to be."

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman moved from eighth to sixth in the order Monday, April 18, and has a nine-game hitting streak going, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports.

1B | Jerry Sands | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Jerry Sands went 1-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and two strikeouts in his major-league debut Monday, April 18, The Associated Press reports.

1B | Dan Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays 1B Dan Johnson (wrist) was not in the lineup Monday, April 18, against the Chicago White Sox due to a sore left wrist, reports The Associated Press. The injury is not believed to be related to a hand injury suffered when he was hit by a pitch Sunday, April 17.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox DH Adam Dunn was not in the lineup Monday, April 18, against the Tampa Bay Rays, reports The Associated Press. Dunn is in the middle of a 2-for-23 skid, and the Rays sent a left-hander on the mound.

1B | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday, April 18, that 1B Brandon Belt might be sent to the minors Tuesday, April 19, in a corresponding roster move if OF Cody Ross (calf) is activated from the 15-day disabled list, reports Andrew Baggarly, of The Mercury News.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau (flu) remains out of the starting lineup Monday, April 18, according to MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko.

1B | Jake Fox | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Jake Fox is making another start in left field Monday, April 18, with OF Luke Scott (leg) dealing with mild discomfort in his leg, according to MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko.

1B | Andrew Brown | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals OF Shane Robinson (concussion, face) and OF Andrew Brown (concussion) suffered injuries in an outfield collision at Triple-A Memphis over the weekend, according to the Memphis Redbirds' Twitter page. Robinson is set for surgery to repair facial fractures.


Second Baseman

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said 2B Brandon Phillips (groin) will return Tuesday, April 19, The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reports. Phillips has missed five starts with a strained groin.

2B | Skip Schumaker | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
Updating previous reports, St. Louis Cardinals 2B Skip Schumaker (elbow) and OF Allen Craig (groin) appear headed to the disabled list Tuesday, April 19, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss reports.

2B | Tsuyoshi Nishioka | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 2B Tsuyoshi Nishioka (leg) had an X-ray Monday, April 18, and he has started to walk in a pool and ride an exercise bike, according to manager Ron Gardenhire, reports Tom Pelissero, of 1500ESPN.com.

2B | Ben Zobrist | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Felipe Lopez and OF Ben Zobrist each connected for their second home runs of the season Monday, April 18, against the Chicago White Sox. Lopez finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs, while Zobrist went 1-for-4 with the two-run homers and three strikeouts.

2B | Jason Donald | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Donald (groin, hand) will miss three to five days due to a strained left groin suffered Saturday, April 16, during his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Donald is in Columbus recovering from a cracked bone in his left middle finger.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee) was able to participate in some running drills Monday, April 18, reports MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler has four hits in his last 32 at-bats in his last nine games and is batting just .184 this year, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson.


Shortstop

SS | J.J. Hardy | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy (oblique) has improved but has yet to resume performing baseball-related activities, according to MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko. He is unlikely to return within the two weeks designated for the disabled list.

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus said he discovered that he has been stopping his swing short and is not keeping his bat in the strike zone long enough, according to the Forth Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson.

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade has hit SS Starlin Castro and 2B Darwin Barney one and two in the lineup for six straight games, according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. "He's a thinking-man's player. Great instincts," Quade says of Barney. "You talk about keeping it simple. How's this for a simple concept? The guy loves to play baseball."

SS | Yunel Escobar | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar went 1-for-4 with his second home run of the year Monday, April 18.

SS | Jed Lowrie | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Jed Lowrie had four hits, including his second home run of the season, in a winning effort against the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, April 18, according to The Associated Press. He finished the game with four RBIs and has 15 hits in his last 24 at-bats.

SS | Mike McCoy | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays optioned SS Mike McCoy to Triple-A Las Vegas Monday, April 18, after they activated 3B Edwin Encarnacion (personal) from the bereavement list, according to The Sports Network.

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar (oblique) is expected to return to the team Monday, April 18, but is unlikely to be in the lineup against the Texas Rangers, according to MLB.com's Cash Kruth. He is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday, April 19, or Wednesday, April 20.


Third Baseman

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre homered for the second straight night Monday, April 18, and drove in three runs, The Associated Press reports. He has four homers during a nine-game hitting streak.

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart is not in the starting lineup Monday, April 18, reports Jim Armstrong, of The Denver Post. Manager Jim Tracy met with Stewart a few days ago to give him a verbal pat on the back.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (oblique) will begin taking swings Tuesday, April 19, and hopes to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday, April 25, according to The Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney. Longoria could rejoin the team Friday, April 29, when they begin a road trip.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
The New York Yankees do not think 3B Alex Rodriguez's (oblique, back) injury is serious enough to force him onto the disabled list, according to FOXSports.com. He did not take batting practice Sunday, April 17, and is hopeful he can return to the lineup Tuesday, April 19.

3B | Juan Francisco | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds placed 3B Juan Francisco (calf) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, April 18, with a strained left calf, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay. In corresponding moves, OF Jeremy Hermida was recalled from Triple-A Louisville and RP Jared Burton (shoulder) was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis and OF Jacoby Ellsbury both went deep to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, April 18, according to The Associated Press. Ellsbury leads the team with four homers this year.

3B | Mat Gamel | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Mat Gamel is on fire at Triple-A Nashville, as he's hitting .400 (16-for-40) with four RBIs, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports.


Catcher

C | Jonathan Lucroy | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-5 with a run scored, RBI and walk Monday, April 18, against the Philadelphia Phillies. Lucroy has hit safely in all five games since coming off the 15-day disabled list.

C | Chris Snyder | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Chris Snyder went 2-for-4 with a run scored, RBI and walk Monday, April 18, against the Cincinnati Reds. Snyder is 5-for-13 (.385) with four RBIs in four games since coming off the 15-day disabled list.

C | Drew Butera | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Drew Butera went 2-for-4 with a double and a career-high three RBIs Monday, April 18, against the Baltimore Orioles, reports Tom Pelissero, of 1500ESPN.com.

C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Detroit Tigers C Victor Martinez (groin) aggravated his groin injury Monday, April 18, against the Seattle Mariners, reports Jason Beck, of MLB.com. Martinez was lifted for a pinch runner in the second inning after he picked up a hit in his only at-bat. Martinez said he will be re-evaluated Tuesday, April 19.

C | Ronny Paulino | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets C Ronny Paulino (illness) went 1-for-3 Monday, April 18, in a rehab game with Class A St. Lucie, according to MiLB.com. Paulino is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 26.

C | Dioner Navarro | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers C Dioner Navarro (oblique) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Chattanooga Monday, April 18, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.

C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manger Ron Washington said he plans on giving C Mike Napoli more starts behind the plate as the season moves along in order to preserve C Yorvit Torrealba for the long season, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. "I haven't really put a number on it," Washington said. "My intention is to try and get him back-to-back days when I do play him. I have no plans to wear Yorvit Torrealba down. I don't think Yorvit knows what that heat in Texas is like."

C | Miguel Montero | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said he expects to give C Miguel Montero a few days off coming up because of a long stretch of games the team will be facing in the near future, reports Odeen Domingo, of The Arizona Republic. Montero has played in all but one of the team's game this season.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer (legs, illness) said he doesn't think his bout with the flu led to his bilateral leg weakness that landed him on the disabled list last week, according to the Pioneer Press' Kelsie Smith. "I'm not a doctor or anything, but I don't think they're related," Mauer said. "Before I started feeling sick, (the DL stint) was going to be done. I couldn't go out there and play. I was just making things worse."

C | A.J. Pierzynski | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn and C A.J. Pierzynski are both taking the day off Monday, April 18, according to the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin. OF Carlos Quentin is serving as the designated hitter and C Ramon Castro is behind the plate.

C | Ivan Rodriguez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals could be inclined to trade C Ivan Rodriguez or SP Jason Marquis before the trading deadline this year, according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. Scouts are impressed with Marquis' performance to begin the year. "His mojo is back," a scout said. "He's got his movement again. He's throwing strikes. He's not the same guy as last year."

C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Jarrod Saltalamacchia worked with hitting coach Dave Magadan over the weekend and went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the No. 8 spot in the lineup Sunday, April 17, according to MLB.com's Evan Drellich and Jason Mastrodonato. "Me and Mags talked and figured some stuff out, and (I) felt pretty comfortable (Sunday)," Saltalamacchia said. "(I was) trying to slow it down a little bit, not jumping too much trying to crush the ball every time." Saltalamacchia received the day off against a left-handed pitcher Monday, April 18, with C Jason Varitek starting.


Outfielder

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward hit second Monday, April 18, but manager Fredi Gonzalez won't say whether the move is permanent, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports.

OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 15 games Monday, April 18, The Associated Press reports.

OF | Tyler Colvin | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Tyler Colvin hit a walkoff RBI double to win the game in the 10th inning Monday, April 18, The Associated Press reports.

OF | Torii Hunter | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Torii Hunter snapped a 2-for-30 skid with a bloop single Monday, April 18, The Associated Press reports.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee), in just his second game back, went 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and RBI Monday, April 18, against the Kansas City Royals. Sizemore also had a walk and two strikeouts.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OFs Matt Diaz, Andrew McCutchen and 1B Steve Pearce each drove in two runs Monday, April 18, against the Cincinnati Reds.

OF | Adam L. Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Adam L. Jones went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, this third of the season, in another loss Monday, April 18, against the Minnesota Twins, reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com. "It was cool to finally hit a ball hard," Jones said, "but we lost, so it goes for nothing."

OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Sam Fuld remained red hot Monday, April 18, against the Chicago White Sox, finishing 4-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Fuld has hit safely in eight of his past nine games, and he is 16-for-31 (.516) over his past seven games.

OF | Chris Denorfia | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Chris Denorfia (forearm, knee) did not start Monday, April 18, against the Chicago Cubs, but he is available if needed, reports Bradford Doolittle, of MLB.com. Denorfia crashed into the wall Sunday, April 17, while making a catch, and manager Bud Black said his right knee also was hurt.

OF | Jaff Decker | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Jaff Decker, playing for Double-A San Antonio, won Texas League Player of the Week honors Monday, April 18, reports Bradford Doolittle, of MLB.com. Decker went 12-for-27 (.444) with five doubles, four home runs and 13 RBIs.

OF | Cody Ross | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said OF Cody Ross (calf) might be activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 19, if the player is able to play nine inning at Triple-A Fresno in a rehab game without any setbacks, reports Andrew Baggarly, of The Mercury News.

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Monday, April 18, that he was uncertain if OF Corey Hart (oblique) will bat in his familiar No. 2 spot when he returns from the 15-day disabled list, reports Tom Haudricourt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We don't know right off," Roenicke said. "Out of spring training, when I first talked to Corey about it, that's what I was thinking. But I'd like him to get good first. Once he gets good, we'll decide where to play him."

OF | Nyjer Morgan | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Monday, April 18, that OF Nyjer Morgan (thigh) remains unavailable to start, reports Tom Haudricourt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

OF | Magglio Ordonez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Victor Martinez (groin) and OF Magglio Ordonez (ankle) are back in the lineup Monday, April 18, according to the Detroit Free Press' John Lowe.

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson returned to the leadoff spot Monday, April 18, against the Seattle Mariners, according to the Detroit Free Press' John Lowe.

OF | Seth Smith | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Seth Smith (groin) is out of the starting lineup Monday, April 18, after injuring his groin Sunday, April 17, according to MLB.com's Nick Kosmider. "It feels fine, really," said Smith, who is hitting .313 with two home runs and eight RBIs. "It's a little sore, but nothing that can keep me out. We'll see how it goes."

OF | Marcus Thames | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Marcus Thames (quadriceps), who has been sidelined recently with a muscle strain in his quadriceps, could lose playing time against left-handed pitchers to OF Jerry Sands, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.

OF | Xavier Paul | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers have designated OF Xavier Paul for assignment, reports Dylan Hernandez, of The Los Angeles Times.

OF | Alex Rios | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he will soon give days off to OFs Juan Pierre, Carlos Quentin and Alex Rios, according to the Chicago Tribune's Dave Van Dyck. SS Brent Lillibridge will likely start to spell any of the outfielders.

OF | Julio Borbon | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Julio Borbon is receiving the day off Monday, April 18, with OF David Murphy starting in his place in center field, according to ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins. 1B Chris Davis is starting at first and OF Mitch Moreland is playing right field.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (back) said his back feels good after having it feel tight at the end of the team's game Sunday, April 17, reports Troy E. Renck, of The Denver Post. He is in the starting lineup Monday April 18.

OF | Rick Ankiel | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals don't appear to be happy with OF Rick Ankiel serving as their full-time center fielder and are currently searching for an upgrade, according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. They are likely to become interested in Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton if the Rays fall out of contention and the team is willing to move him.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner worked with hitting coach Kevin Long recently and the two discovered that he was not using part of his body during his swing, which may have contributed to his lack of power early on, according to The Star-Ledger's Conor Orr. "Some swings I was taking I wasn't using my lower half, and not only was I getting behind in the count most of my at-bats but when I was taking a swing it wasn't my A-swing and that's something that's very important," Gardner said.

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (hand) is playing in his first extended spring game Monday, April 18, and is expected to go five innings and receive two to three at-bats, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay (rib cage) is expected to be activated from the disabled list in time for the team's game against the Houston Astros Thursday, April 21, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. Bay will play two more rehab games with Single-A St. Lucie this week.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford broke out of an 0-for-15 slump with an RBI double Monday, April 18, according to The Associated Press. He raised his average to .136 (8-for-59).

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (stomach) became ill before his first rehab start with Single-A High Desert and had to fly back to Seattle to meet with team doctors, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Gerry Spratt.

OF | Garrett Jones | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
After beginning the year hitting .172 in the first 10 games, Pittsburgh Pirates OF Garrett Jones has gone 6-for-10 with two home runs and three RBIs in the last three contests, according to MLB.com's Spencer Fordin. He is batting .379 (11-for-29) in the first nine road games this year.

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon extended his hitting streak to 11 games Sunday, April 17, and is hitting .429 (21-for-49) with 11 RBIs and 14 runs scored during the streak, according to MLB.com's Spencer Fordin. He entered the game Sunday leading the league in hits (22), runs (14) and doubles (eight).

OF | J.D. Drew | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF J.D. Drew is hitting in the top spot in the order Monday, April 18, the fourth different leadoff hitter for the team this year, according to MLB.com's Evan Drellich and Jason Mastrodonato. SS Jed Lowrie received his third straight start at shortstop over SS Marco Scutaro. "We're going to like Carl wherever he hits when he gets hot," manager Terry Francona said. "Right now, he's having a tough time, and when you're leading off, that gets a little bit magnified. That's just the way it is. So moving him down should help him, and if he doesn't get hits today, it lessens the burden."

OF | Corey Patterson | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays have been very aggressive on the base paths early this season, and OF Corey Patterson has had the green light to steal on his own, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chrisholm. Patterson has two stolen bases in six games this year.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano's average fastball was 93 mph in his start Monday, April 18, which was up from 91.5 mph, 1500ESPN.com's Phil Mackey reports.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly allowed four hits and didn't allow a runner past second base in seven shutout innings to beat the Atlanta Braves Monday, April 18, The Associated Press reports. He struck out six in the effort.

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer improved to 3-0 after allowing two runs in six innings to beat the Seattle Mariners Monday, April 18, The Associated Press reports. He struck out seven and walked four. Manager Jim Leyland said he'd like to see Scherzer be more efficient and be able to go another inning or two.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his win over the Colorado Rockies Monday, April 18, The Associated Press reports. He allowed a run on three hits and three walks while fanning 10 in 7 2/3 innings.

SP | Carlos Zambrano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Carlos Zambrano struck out 10 and walked one in eight shutout innings in his no-decision against the San Diego Padres Monday, April 18, The Associated Press reports.

SP | C.J. Wilson | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP C.J. Wilson allowed a run on nine hits and a walk while fanning nine in seven innings to beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Monday, April 18, The Associated Press reports.

SP | Joe Blanton | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Joe Blanton allowed two earned runs, seven hits and a walk over seven innings Monday, April 18, against the Milwaukee Brewers in a no-decision. Blanton also struck out four batters in the 98-pitch quality start, his first of the season after two horrific outings to open the year.

SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Shaun Marcum allowed one unearned run, five hits and no walks with five strikeouts in a 102-pitch quality start and no-decision Monday, April 18, against the Philadelphia Phillies.

SP | Kevin Correia | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Kevin Correia allowed three runs - two earned - and four hits in a complete game victory against the Cincinnati Reds Monday, April 18, reports The Associated Press. Correia also walked two batters and struck out five in the 109-pitch quality start. It was his second career complete game.

SP | Travis Wood | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Travis Wood allowed six earned runs, eight hits and a walk in just 3 1/3 innings in a loss Monday, April 18, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wood managed just 57 strikes on 84 pitches.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman slipped to 0-2 with a loss Monday, April 18, against the Minnesota Twins, although he allowed just three earned runs, six hits and no walks over 6 2/3 innings, reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com. "I wouldn't say I'm pleased," Tillman said. "I felt OK about it. It was OK. It wasn't good enough. It's definitely a work in progress here. From the last start to this start, I've come a long way."

SP | Kyle Davies | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Kyle Davies allowed two earned runs, seven hits and no walks over six innings in a no-decision against the Cleveland Indians Monday, April 18. Davies also struck out seven batters in the 90-pitch quality start, his most since striking out eight in a start against the Texas Rangers April 19, 2009.

SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco allowed three earned runs, seven hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings Monday, April 18, against the Kansas City Royals in a no-decision. Carrasco also struck out four batters in the 93-pitch quality start.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price allowed just four hits and two walks over eight scoreless innings in a win Monday, April 18, against the Chicago White Sox. Price also struck out nine batters in the 114-pitch quality start.

SP | Edwin Jackson | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Edwin Jackson allowed four earned runs, 11 hits and a walk over seven innings in a loss Monday, April 18, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Jackson also struck out three batters in the 98-pitch performance.

SP | Mitch Talbot | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians head trainer Lonnie Soloff said Monday, April 18, that SP Mitch Talbot (elbow) will miss at least four weeks before pitching in rehab games, reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

SP | Joel Pineiro | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joel Pineiro (shoulder) is set to throw three innings Tuesday, April 19, in extended spring training, reports Bill Plunkett, of The Orange County Register.

SP | Scott Kazmir | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Scott Kazmir (back) will throw three innings in an extended spring training game Tuesday, April 19, reports Bill Plunkett, of The Orange County Register.

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Monday, April 18, that he expects SP Zack Greinke (rib) to make at least three minor league rehab starts, reports Tom Haudricourt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Greinke will begin that process with an outing Tuesday, April 19, for Class A Brevard County. "It'll be three; it's not going to be two (starts)," Roenicke said. "If everything goes well, it'll be three. Let's hope it's three (and no more)."

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (shoulder) left his rehab start with Double-A Birmingham Monday, April 18, due to "discomfort", reports Brett Ballantini, of CSNChicago.com. It's uncertain if Peavy suffered a new injury or it is related to his previous shoulder ailment. Peavy threw just 15 pitches before departing.

SP | Vicente Padilla | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Vicente Padilla (forearm) allowed one run on two hits and one walk in one inning in his rehab appearance Sunday, April 17, reports David Ely, of MLB.com. Padilla is scheduled to pitch an inning in another rehab game Tuesday, April 19, and will join the team's bullpen if his appearance goes well.

SP | Tommy Hunter | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Tommy Hunter (groin) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, April 19, after not throwing off a mound for nearly three weeks, according to ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins.

SP | Ross Ohlendorf | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates SP Ross Ohlendorf (shoulder) is scheduled to throw short toss from 75 feet Tuesday, April 18, reports Rob Biertempfel, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Ohlendorf said he needs throw from 120 feet then start throwing bullpen sessions before coming back.

SP | Jo-Jo Reyes | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Jo-Jo Reyes could be the odd-man out of the rotation when SP Brandon Morrow (forearm) returns to start later this week, according to the Toronto Star's Mark Zwolinski.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz (intercostal) threw off flat ground from 60 and 90 feet Monday, April 18, but still needs to progress to throwing off a mound before he can return, according to MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko. Matusz will also need to embark on a minor league rehab assignment.

SP | Justin Duchscherer | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles moved SP Justin Duchscherer (hip) to the 60-day disabled list Monday, April 18, according to MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko.

SP | Roy Oswalt | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Oswalt (back) threw 40 pitches during a bullpen session Monday, April 18, reports MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. He said his back felt time during the session and believes he will make his start Thursday, April 21.

SP | Clayton Mortensen | Colorado Rockies | Transaction
The Colorado Rockies recalled SP Clayton Mortensen from Triple-A Colorado Springs Monday, April 18, and optioned SP Alan Johnson to the minors, according to The Sports Network.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton has worked out a new delivery that looks very similar to that of Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay, according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. Special assistant Jim Benedict wanted to change Morton's delivery to resemble Halladay's shortly after spring training. The team has given the approval and Morton is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his first three starts since making the change. "Roy Halladay now has an absolute clone on the Pittsburgh Pirates," one rival scout said. "Morton has copied his windup perfectly, from the way he starts to the way he finishes. It's almost identical."

SP | Dan Haren | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Johnny Damon and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Dan Haren were named the American League Co-Players of the Week for the period ending Sunday, April 17, according to the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin.

SP | A.J. Burnett | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP A.J. Burnett used a changeup to complement his fastball and curve in his last outing, according to MLB.com's Doug Miller. Burnett hasn't used a changeup in a game in 12 years. "He believes in it, and I'm starting to, more and more," Burnett said of C Russell Martin. "It's going to be a big pitch. I threw a lot of them in fastball counts, and it felt good."

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes (arm) played long toss Sunday, April 17, and the session went well, according to The New York Times' Dan Graziano. Hughes will continue to build strength in his arm.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (elbow, shoulder) said he didn't feel any pain during his 55-pitch minor league outing Saturday, April 16, according to SportingNews.com. Cueto is scheduled for two more minor league starts before he can return to the rotation.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Ubaldo Jimenez (thumb) indicated that he doesn't think he will be throwing as hard as he was last year at this time due to his recent cuticle problem, according to MLB.com's Thomas Harding. "I'm not going to throw as hard as I did this time last year," Jimenez said. "I haven't been able to let it go in a while. I have to get my back in shape in order to throw hard again like I used to, but it doesn't have to be that hard. As long as you have good movement and good location, it doesn't matter how hard it is."

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong is slated to make the start against the Atlanta Braves Friday, April 23, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman. It will be his first action in the majors in five years.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito's (foot) velocity was down in the 82-83 mph range recently, which is roughly three mph slower than normal, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman. However, there is nothing physically wrong with his arm.

SP | Andrew Cashner | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs plan to be cautious with SP Andrew Cashner (shoulder) and he will be a couple of weeks behind SP Randy Wells (forearm) in his rehab, according to ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine. Both pitchers have been limited to range-of-motion exercises and aerobics.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero took the loss against the Boston Red Sox Monday, April 18, by allowing five earned runs and eight hits while striking out four and walking five in 4 1/3 innings. He gave up one home run in the outing.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed seven innings and gave up just one hit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, April 18, according to The Associated Press. He struck out three in the contest after allowing seven runs in two innings in his last start. Matsuzaka lowered his ERA from 12.86 to 6.43. He threw 58 of his 89 pitches for strikes.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) said he would be willing to pitch out of the bullpen whenever he is ready to return to the team, according to The Dallas Morning News' Jeff Wilson. "I would do it," Webb said. "I would rather start but if it's a chance to relieve, I'd do it."

SP | Pat Misch | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets designated P Pat Misch for assignment, according to The Associated Press.

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics placed SP Dallas Braden (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, April 18, with a stiff left shoulder, according to The Sports Network. The team moved SP Rich Harden (lat) to the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding move.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain's average velocity on his fastball is down from 94.6 mph last season to 93.6 mph this season, the New York Daily News' Anthony McCarron reports. Chamberlain is pleased, though, saying he's throwing harder at this point in the season this year than he was last year.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he's sticking with CL John Axford, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports. Axford blew a save Monday, April 18, and has been exhibiting control issues. He threw 24 pitches in the outing, and only nine were strikes. He has yet to have a clean outing.

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers CL Jonathan Broxton allowed two runs with a four-run lead Monday, April 18, The Associated Press reports.

RP | J.C. Romero | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies RP J.C. Romero (calf) is likely headed for the 15-day disabled list after suffering a strained right calf in the ninth inning Monday, April 18, reports Matt Gelb, of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Romero is scheduled for an MRI Tuesday, April 19.

RP | Brandon Kintzler | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP Brandon Kintzler worked two scoreless innings Monday, April 18, against the Philadelphia Phillies to earn his first career win in extra innings, reports The Associated Press. "It doesn't get any better than this," Kintzler said. "At one point, I looked around and said there aren't many of us left (in the bullpen)."

RP | Huston Street | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy wants to limit the workload of RP Huston Street, reports Thomas Harding, of MLB.com. Tracy has made Street unavailable after high pitch-count days, and he continues to monitor the closer closely due to his recent injury history. Tracy said Monday, April 18, that he will monitor Street's appearances and pitch counts and will not use him for multiple innings.

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds RP Aroldis Chapman (elbow) returned Monday, April 18, and pitched a scoreless ninth inning, registered 103 mph on one pitch tracker, and 106 mph on the scoreboard, reports The Associated Press.

RP | Eric Hacker | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins recalled RP Eric Hacker from Triple-A Rochester Monday, April 18, and optioned RP Alex Burnett to their top minor league affiliate, reports Tom Pelissero, of 1500ESPN.com.

RP | Kevin Slowey | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Kevin Slowey (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Monday, April 18, reports Tom Pelissero, of 1500ESPN.com. Slowey is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Wednedsay, April 20.

RP | Kevin Gregg | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Kevin Gregg allowed two earned runs, two hits and two walks over an inning of work in a non-save situation Monday, April 18, against the Minnesota Twins, reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com. "It's probably as much our fault as his," manager Buck Showalter said. "There just haven't been that many opportunities."

RP | Matt Thornton | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox RP Matt Thornton allowed a solo home run in an inning of work Monday, April 18, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Thornton has allowed four earned runs over his past two outings, and he is 0-2 with four blown saves and a 7.94 ERA overall in six appearances over 5 2/3 innings.

RP | Joe Thatcher | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres RP Joe Thatcher (shoulder) played catch for several minutes Monday, April 18, and he did not report any problems with his strained left shoulder, reports Bradford Doolittle, of MLB.com.

RP | Scott Downs | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Scott Downs (flu) is unavailable for the game Monday, April 18, against the Texas Rangers due to the flu, reports Bill Plunkett, of The Orange County Register.

RP | Peter Moylan | Atlanta Braves | Injury
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves RP Peter Moylan (back) had an MRI Monday, April 18, which revealed a bulging disc in his back, reports David O'Brien, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Moylan will have an epidural and then he'll be re-evaluated in 15 days.

RP | LaTroy Hawkins | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Monday, April 18, that RP LaTroy Hawkins (shoulder) won't be activated from the 15-day disabled list until at least Wednesday, April 20, at the earliest, reports Tom Haudricourt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Hawkins might remain sidelined until Friday, April 22.

RP | Joel Zumaya | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Detroit Tigers RP Joel Zumaya (elbow) had his right elbow evaluated by renowned Dr. James Andrews, reports Jason Beck, of MLB.com. Andrews did not find any nerve damage in the right arm, although it's still uncertain what has caused the latest shutdown for the brittle flamethrower.

RP | Ryan Perry | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers RP Ryan Perry (eye) threw a clean seventh inning in his rehab appearance Monday, April 18, for Triple-A Toledo, reports Jason Beck, of MLB.com. It appears Perry will come off the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 20, when eligible.

RP | Brad Lidge | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies RP Brad Lidge (shoulder) has been told that his injured rotator cuff appears to be healed, reports David Hale, of DelawareOnline.com. He said he will need 10 to 14 days to build up strength in his rotator cuff and hopes to begin throwing after those two weeks.

RP | Henry Rodriguez | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals RP Henry Rodriguez (neck) does not have a timetable to return to the majors and the team does not want to rush him back from a minor league rehab assignment, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. He has given up one run while walking two and striking out three with Triple-A Syracuse. RPs Brian Broderick and Chad Gaudin are in line to be sent down to make room for Rodriguez when the team feels he is ready to return.

RP | Mark Lowe | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers optioned RP Mark Lowe to Triple-A Round Rock Monday, April 18, to clear room on the roster for SP Colby Lewis, who was activated from paternity leave, according to ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins. Lewis is scheduled to start Tuesday, April 19, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

RP | Scott Feldman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SPs Scott Feldman (knee) and Tommy Hunter (groin) are both progressing in their throwing programs and Feldman is throwing off a mound in Arizona, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. Hunter is still throwing off flat ground but could move to throwing off a mound later this week.

RP | Pedro Feliciano | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees RP Pedro Feliciano (shoulder) will not undergo surgery for at least 11 1/2 months after visiting with Dr. James Andrews Monday, April 18, according to The Associated Press. Andrews recommended that Feliciano go through a six-week shoulder strengthening schedule first.

RP | Fernando Rodney | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Fernando Rodney went back to using the mechanics that he did in 2009, when he saved 37 games for the Detroit Tigers, according to the Los Angeles Times' Kevin Baxter. "I'm pitching like I've pitched my whole career," Rodney said in Spanish. "Last year I tried to do something different and it didn't work. I decided to go back to the past and see if I could fix what was happening." He has returned to a tight delivery that he went away from last season.

RP | David Purcey | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics acquired RP David Purcey from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for P Danny Farquhar, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports.

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