Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 20, 2011 @ 08:08:57 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox DH Adam Dunn may be dropped down from his current third spot in the batting order, according to The Associated Press. The move would be a temporary one to get him out of his funk at the plate. "Just so he can relax," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "When you're out for a few days, it takes you a little while to come back and regroup."

1B | Dan Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, The Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney reports Tampa Bay Rays 1B Dan Johnson (wrist) will likely return to the lineup Wednesday, April 20.

1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Mark Trumbo went 3-for-5 with a double, home run, two runs scored and four RBIs Tuesday, April 19, against the Texas Rangers. Trumbo had managed just five RBIs through his first 15 games before Tuesday's outburst.

1B | Gaby Sanchez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez moved 1B Gaby Sanchez into the cleanup spot of the batting order Tuesday, April 19, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, reports Clark Spencer, of The Miami Herald. Sanchez responded by going 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Sanchez was moved to the fourth spot, as OF Mike Stanton is slumping and has been dropped to the sixth spot.

1B | Prince Fielder | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Prince Fielder went 3-for-4 with a walk, run scored and RBI Tuesday, April 19, against the Philadelphia Phillies, reports The Associated Press. All three of Fielder's hits were against Phillies ace SP Roy Halladay, and Fielder is now 6-for-10 against Halladay lifetime.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau (illness) missed a third straight game Tuesday, April 19, although he might return as soon as Wednesday, April 20, reports Tom Pelissero, of 1500ESPN.com. Morneau had three IVs Monday, April 18, and he was on the bench for the game Tuesday.

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners placed 1B Justin Smoak (personal) on the bereavement list Tuesday, April 19, according to MLB.com's Greg Johns. In a corresponding move, the team recalled OF Carlos Peguero from Triple-A Tacoma. Smoak can stay on the list for three to seven days. C Chris Gimenez is starting at first base Tuesday.

1B | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt is not in the lineup for the second straight day Tuesday, April 19, with 1B Aubrey Huff at first and OF Nate Schierholtz receiving another start in right field, according to The Mercury News' Andrew Baggarly. SS Miguel Tejada is taking the day off with 2B Mike Fontenot starting at short.


Second Baseman

2B | Howard Kendrick | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim posted 15 runs and 15 hits Tuesday, April 19, against the Texas Rangers, but 2B Howard Kendrick went 0-for-6 with a pair of strikeouts, reports Mark Saxon, of ESPNLosAngeles.com. The 2-3-4 hitters actually combined to go 1-for-14.

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (groin) went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI Tuesday, April 19, in his first start after a four-game absence.

2B | Ryan Roberts | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Ryan Roberts got the nod at third base with 3B Melvin Mora (foot) injured, and he made the most of his opportunity Tuesday, April 19, reports Joe Kay, of The Associated Press. Roberts finished 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs, three RBIs and a walk. Roberts' other multi-homer game was Aug. 4, 2009, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

2B | Jeff Keppinger | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Jeff Keppinger (foot) will play in an extended spring game Friday, April 22, reports Alyson Footer, of MLB.com. Keppinger is set to serve as the designated hitter. There is still no timetable on his return to the big league club, however.

2B | Adam Kennedy | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Tuesday, April 19, that OF Chris Gimenez and 2B Adam Kennedy will platoon at first base while 1B Justin Smoak (personal) is on the bereavement list, reports Greg Johns, of MLB.com.

2B | Ben Zobrist | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Sean Rodriguez and OF Ben Zobrist each had two-hit games Tuesday, April 19, against the Chicago White Sox. Rodriguez lifted his average to .206, while Zobrist is batting an even .200. Both played accounted for the only extra-base hits Tuesday, as Rodriguez had a double and triple, while Zobrist also posted a triple.

2B | Aaron Hill | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill (hamstring) suffered tightness in his right hamstring in the sixth inning Tuesday, April 19, while attempting to steal a base, reports Jeff Blair, of The Globe and Mail.

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 2Bs Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner will be in a platoon situation at second base, with Murphy seeing the majority of starts against right-handed pitchers, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin.

2B | Brad Emaus | New York Mets | Fantasy
The New York Mets are unlikely to trade 2B Brad Emaus, who was designated for assignment Tuesday, April 19, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. Instead, they are expected to return him to the Toronto Blue Jays.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee) has not been updating the media on his progress in his rehab for his knee, according to the Courier-Post's David Hale. Utley hasn't been doing much and has not run on back-to-back days yet, so a May 15 target date for his return may be optimistic. He could go on a rehab assignment in a few weeks if he doesn't encounter any setbacks.


Shortstop

SS | Craig Counsell | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SS Craig Counsell got into the outfield for the first time in his major league career Tuesday, April 19, according to Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer. It was Counsell's 1,527th major league game, and the Brewers shut out the Philadelphia Phillies 9-0.

SS | Jed Lowrie | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Jed Lowrie was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts Tuesday, April 19, against the Oakland Athletics, snapping a seven-game hit streak, and five-game RBI run.

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are expected to activate SS Erick Aybar (oblique) from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 19, after making a corresponding roster move after the game Tuesday, April 18, reports The Associated Press.

SS | Maicer Izturis | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Maicer Izturis went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two walks Tuesday, April 19, against the Texas Rangers. Izturis has hit safely in five straight games, going 12-for-21 (.571) during the impressive stretch.

SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers placed one of their top prospects, SS Jurickson Profar (wrist), on the minor league disabled list Tuesday, April 19, due to a sprained left wrist, reports Jeff Wilson, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Profar was hitting just .182 for Class A Hickory (N.C.) before the injury.

SS | Clint Barmes | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Clint Barmes (hand) took 30 to 35 swings Tuesday, April 19, during a session of soft toss hitting, reports Steve Campbell, of the Houston Chronicle. Barmes might be ready to rejoin the lineup some time next week. Manager Brad Mills said the team might decide Friday, April 22, where to send Barmes on a medical rehab assignment. Mills added that the rehab stint might last as few as 10 to 12 at-bats, depending on how Barmes feels at the plate.

SS | Marco Scutaro | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Jed Lowrie is starting at shortstop over SS Marco Scutaro Tuesday, April 19, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham. Lowrie is leading off.

SS | J.J. Hardy | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy (oblique) went through his second straight day without pain in his oblique Tuesday, April 19, according to The Baltimore Sun's Kevin Van Valkenburg.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
One scout believes the New York Yankees are holding their expectations too high for aging SS Derek Jeter, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. "When you have an aging star, you can't expect him to still be a star," the scout said. "I'll give you a good example. In Colorado, they've lowered their expectations of Todd Helton. So they're getting something from him, and they're happy with what they get. So in Jeter's case, when you have a (Robinson) Cano, a (Mark) Teixeira and an A-Rod in your lineup, and you've got guys around them like (Curtis) Granderson and (Nick) Swisher, you don't expect Jeter to be the Jeter of 15 years ago. He's not that guy anymore."

SS | Jason Bartlett | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Jason Bartlett has five hits in his last 12 at-bats to raise his average from .118 to .196, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Bill Center.


Third Baseman

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart was sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs to get regular rhythm back into his at-bats, according to The Denver Post. Rockies manager Jim Tracy said the move was not meant as a punishment for Stewart, who batted .077 after injuries in spring training.

3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez was dropped to seventh in the order by manager Clint Hurdle, according to MLB.com's David Villavicencio. OF Garrett Jones took Alvarez's fifth spot in the lineup for action Tuesday, April 19, against the Florida Marlins. OF Andrew McCutchen led off and 1B Lyle Overbay hit third.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Aubrey Huff and 3B Pablo Sandoval each connected for home runs Tuesday, April 19, against the Colorado Rockies. Huff also finished with two RBIs, while Sandoval ended up driving in three runs.

3B | Brandon Wood | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim designated 3B Brandon Wood for assignment Tuesday, April 19, reports The Associated Press.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout Tuesday, April 19, against the Houston Astros, reports Mike Mazzeo, of ESPNNewYork.com. Wright is in the middle of an 0-for-16 slide since his last hit April 14.

3B | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, two walks, three runs scored and a strikeout Tuesday, April 19, against the New York Yankees.

3B | Melvin Mora | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Melvin Mora (foot) was originally set to start Tuesday, April 19, but he was scratched due to his left foot injury, reports Jeff Wallner, of MLB.com. Manager Kirk Gibson said Mora is still dealing with the effects after jamming his left foot into first base on a groundout Sunday, April 17. Gibson added that Mora might be available as a pinch hitter.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (abdominal) will not travel with the team on their upcoming road trip to Pittsburgh, which means he is unlikely to return from the disabled list next week, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. He has yet to resume baseball activities and continues to receive treatment.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (oblique, back) said he expects to return to the lineup Wednesday, April 20, after sitting out the last two games with a sore left side, according to The Associated Press. "Maybe if it was September, in the middle of a pennant race, perhaps I could have strapped it on today," Rodriguez said. "But considering where we are in the schedule, why not take that extra day?" 3B Eric Chavez is starting in Rodriguez's place at third base. Rodriguez took 40 to 50 swings in the cages before the game and took ground balls.


Catcher

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians' heart of the batting order is struggling to open the season, WTAM 1100's Nick Camino reports. OF Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .215, C Carlos Santana is hitting .203 and OF Austin Kearns is hitting .154.

C | J.R. Towles | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros C J.R. Towles (ankle) returned to the lineup Tuesday, April 19, against the New York Mets, and he went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, reports Steve Campbell, of the Houston Chronicle.

C | Francisco Cervelli | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees C Francisco Cervelli (foot) was able to play behind the plate in extended spring training Monday, April 19, reports Bryan Hoch, of MLB.com. Cervelli will serve as the designated hitter two more times before joining Class A Tampa Friday, April 22.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters went 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and four RBIs Tuesday, April 19, against the Minnesota Twins, reports The Associated Press. Wieters is 5-for-5 with eight RBIs this season with runners in scoring position.

C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers placed C Victor Martinez (groin) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 19, with a strained right groin, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos is behind the plate and batting fifth with SP John Lannan starting Tuesday, April 19, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. OF Mike Morse is being bumped to No. 6 in the order.

C | Omir Santos | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers will recall C Omir Santos from Triple-A Toledo Tuesday, April 19, after C Victor Martinez (groin) aggravated his groin Monday, April 18, according to the Detroit Free Press' John Lowe.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer told manager Ron Gardenhire that he is intent on catching for the remainder of his eight-year contract with the team, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. "But Joe's pretty content at catching. And he's also pretty insistent that he wants to catch the length of this contract. So we'll see whether he can or not. I don't have an answer for you. I just know that catchers take a beating. And he's had leg issues. So that is definitely something you really have to pay attention to," Gardenhire stated.


Outfielder

OF | Raul Ibanez | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Raul Ibanez is out of the lineup Wednesday, April 20, according to the team's Twitter page.

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Milwaukee Brewers OF Corey Hart (oblique) began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Nashville Tuesday, April 19, the Sporting News' Anthony Witrado reports.

OF | Michael Bourn | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Michael Bourn has been successful on his last 16 stolen-base attempts and hasn't been caught since Aug. 31, 2010, the Houston Chronicle's Steve Campbell reports.

OF | Carlos Lee | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Carlos Lee is hitting .272 with 51 homers and 201 RBIs in 1,283 at-bats since breaking his pinkie in 2008, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports. He hit .308 with 60 homers and 219 RBIs in 1,063 at-bats with the Astros before the injury.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians' heart of the batting order is struggling to open the season, WTAM 1100's Nick Camino reports. OF Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .215, C Carlos Santana is hitting .203 and OF Austin Kearns is hitting .154.

OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 16 games Tuesday, April 19, The Associated Press reports.

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki and 3B Chone Figgins went 5-for-7 with five RBIs Tuesday, April 19, The Associated Press reports.

OF | Milton Bradley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Milton Bradley has taken to wearing earplugs both in the field and at the plate for the past 10 games to get rid of crowd noise. According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, manager Eric Wedge said he has no problems with the move for a player in his own home park. "It's more of a focus for him. It helps him concentrate and allows him to stay in a zone a little better. It's just one of those things that, hey, if it helps him, then so be it. It's my job to manage everybody and put them in the best position to succeed. And whatever he has to do to do that, that's what we're going to do," Wedge said.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals are not interested in Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. The Nationals did scout Upton but pointed out such scouting is routine, and the team is happy with OF Rick Ankiel's performance.

OF | Travis Snider | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Travis Snider hit second in the lineup Tuesday, April 22, against the New York Yankees, according to MLB.com's Larry Millson. The move, made by Blue Jays manager John Farrell, was done to help regain some scoring punch.

OF | Aaron Rowand | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants OF Aaron Rowand (forearm) was hit by a pitch in the third inning and he left due to a bruised left forearm, reports The Associated Press. Rowand is considered day to day.

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI Tuesday, April 19, against the Cleveland Indians, extending his career-high hit streak to 13 games, reports The Associated Press. Gordon also stole his first two bases of the season.

OF | Peter Bourjos | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Peter Bourjos went 4-for-5 with a double, home run, three runs scored and three RBIs Tuesday, April 19, against the Texas Rangers, reports Mark Saxon, of ESPNLosAngeles.com. Bourjos has posted seven extra-base hits so far this season.

OF | Julio Borbon | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Julio Borbon took some early bunting practice Tuesday, April 19, reports Jeff Wilson, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Borbon has struggled with his drag bunting, popping out three times.

OF | Logan Morrison | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Logan Morrison (foot) was wearing a boot after the game Tuesday, April 19, after leaving with a strained arch in his left foot, reports The Associated Press. Morrison is hopeful of returning within a couple of days.

OF | Angel Pagan | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Angel Pagan was 1-for-4 with a double Tuesday, April 19, against the Houston Astros, but he is still batting just .175, reports Mike Mazzeo, of ESPNNewYork.com. Pagan has managed just two hits in his past 22 at-bats dating back to April 13 when he was hitting .220.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday, April 19, that OF Jason Bay (rib cage) might be activated from the 15-day disabled to start Wednesday, April 20, after the veteran went 4-for-4 with two home runs in a rehab game for Class A St. Lucie, reports Mike Mazzeo, of ESPNNewYork.com.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner was hitless in four at-bats Tuesday, April 19, he couldn't get a bunt down, and he got thrown out stealing for the third time in six attempts this season, reports Wallace Matthews, of ESPNNewYork.com. Gardner's season batting average sits at a disappointing .128.

OF | Ben Francisco | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Slumping Philadelphia Phillies OF Ben Francisco was not in the starting lineup Tuesday, April 19, against the Milwaukee Brewers, but he did come on late as a defensive replacement. Francisco went 0-for-1, and is now just 2-for-19 (.105) over his past six games.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun went 2-for-3 with a home run, his fifth of the season, two walks and three runs scored Tuesday, April 19, against the Philadelphia Phillies, reports The Associated Press. Braun is 9-for-19 (.474) over the past five games, and he has reached safely in each of his 17 games.

OF | Delmon Young | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Twins OF Delmon Young (illness, ribs) was out of the lineup Tuesday, April 19, not only due to illness, but he is also battling sore ribs, reports Tom Pelissero, of 1500ESPN.com.

OF | Colin Curtis | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Colin Curtis (shoulder) has season-ending surgery Friday, April 15, and he is now targeting a return in spring training 2012, reports Bryan Hoch, of MLB.com.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis went hitless in four at-bats Tuesday, April 19, against the Minnesota Twins, and he has managed just one hit in his past 20 at-bats, reports The Associated Press.

OF | Alex Rios | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Alex Rios went hitless in three at-bats Tuesday, April 19, against the Tampa Bay Rays, dropping his average to .194. Rios is 6-for-34 (.176) over the past nine games since April 8.

OF | Scott Podsednik | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Scott Podsednik (foot) is likely to join Triple-A Las Vegas later this week to continue his rehab, reports Shi Davidi, of Sportsnet.ca. Podsednik is attempting to return from plantar fasciitis. Barring any setbacks, the team will consider adding him to the roster next week.

OF | Rajai Davis | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Rajai Davis (ankle) is expected to join Double-A New Hampshire later this week for a minor league rehab assignment, reports Shi Davidi, of Sportsnet.ca. Davis is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list April 26.

OF | Mike Stanton | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
The move to drop Florida Marlins OF Mike Stanton to sixth in the lineup is temporary and was done to help him work out of his early season slump, according to The Associated Press. Manager Edwin Rodriguez said Stanton's plate coverage is lacking right now because he is looking for one pitch in one zone.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore is taking a scheduled day off Tuesday, April 19, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

OF | Cody Ross | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Cody Ross (calf) will not be activated from the disabled list until Wednesday, April 20, according to The Mercury News' Andrew Baggarly.

OF | Luke Scott | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Luke Scott (leg) is back in the lineup Tuesday, April 19, against the Minnesota Twins, according to The Baltimore Sun's Kevin Van Valkenburg.

OF | Nyjer Morgan | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Nyjer Morgan (thigh) is "a little better" Tuesday, April 19, but won't be able to do anything more than pinch hit, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt.

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
A talent evaluator recently said that St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman is moving around much better than he was last year, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. "He can get to inside fastballs again... he wasn't doing that last year."

OF | Emilio Bonifacio | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins 3B Donnie Murphy (knee) remains out of the lineup Tuesday, April 19, after fouling a ball off his knee last week, according to The Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi. IF/OF Emilio Bonifacio is starting at third Tuesday.

OF | Johnny Damon | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Johnny Damon (finger) is out of the lineup again Tuesday, April 19, and doesn't expect to be available off the bench, according to the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin. He has been able to move his finger and could return Wednesday, April 20.

OF | Roger Bernadina | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals are not sold that OF Roger Bernadina can successfully serve as their everyday center fielder, which is why they have stuck with OF Rick Ankiel in the spot, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (hand) went 2-for-3 while playing five innings in extended spring training Monday, April 18, according to the Courier-Post's David Hale. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. indicated that Brown will go on a rehab assignment within a week. However, he may not return to the majors right away if OFs Ben Francisco and Raul Ibanez are still playing well.

OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Brennan Boesch is batting .333 against left-handed pitchers this year and .336 in his career, according to Mlive.com's Steve Kornacki. He has three home runs and 20 RBIs in 116 at-bats against lefties.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (stomach), who is dealing with stomach gastritis, will travel to the Mayo Clinic to be examined more, according to The Associated Press. He has not played since March 19 in spring training.

OF | Travis Buck | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians optioned OF Travis Buck to Triple-A Columbus, The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes reports.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Matt Purke | NCAA | Injury
Updating a previous report, Texas Christian University SP Matt Purke (shoulder) is out indefinitely with soreness in his throwing shoulder, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Stefan Stevenson reports. Purke will fly to Birmingham, Ala., to visit Dr. James Andrews Wednesday, April 20.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy's (lat) new target return date would be around May 8, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy allowed two hits and two walks while fanning seven in six shutout innings to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, April 19, The Associated Press reports. It was his first major-league win.

SP | Jo-Jo Reyes | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Jo-Jo Reyes is on track to start Friday, April 22, against the Tampa Bay Rays, according to MLB.com's Larry Millson. Reyes was in jeopardy of being bumped from the rotation before SP Jesse Litsch was optioned to the minors.

SP | Andrew Cashner | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Andrew Cashner (shoulder), who has been sidelined with a strained right rotator cuff, will begin throwing in rehab on Friday, April 22, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat.

SP | Vicente Padilla | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Vicente Padilla (forearm) worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings Tuesday, April 19, in a rehab appearance with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, reports Ken Gurnick, of MLB.com. Padilla might be activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday, April 22.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey allowed just one earned run, four hits and one walk over six innings while striking out three batters Tuesday, April 19, against the Oakland Athletics, reports The Associated Press. However, despite the 93-pitch quality start, Lackey was unable to avoid a loss. Lackey is 17-6 with a 2.86 ERA in 32 career starts against the Athletics, the most wins against Oakland of any active pitcher.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson allowed just four hits and one walk in eight scoreless innings Tuesday, April 19, in a win against the Boston Red Sox. Anderson also struck out eight batters in the 109-pitch performance.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Ubaldo Jimenez (thumb) allowed four earned runs, six hits and two walks over five innings in a loss against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, April 19. Jimenez was able to strike out six batters, throwing 57 of his 92 pitches for strikes.

SP | Jonathan Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Jonathan Sanchez allowed three runs - two earned - and two hits over 6 1/3 innings in a win Tuesday, April 19, against the Colorado Rockies. Sanchez also walked four batters and struck out four in the 96-pitch quality start.

SP | Drew Pomeranz | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Drew Pomeranz made another start for Class A Kinston Tuesday, April 19, and he allowed his first runs of the season while laboring through four innings, reports The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Pomeranz allowed three runs, three hits and three walks while striking out five batters. Pomeranz still has an impressive 1.80 ERA so far this season.

SP | Jeanmar Gomez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Jeanmar Gomez allowed five earned runs, nine hits and two walks over 4 1/3 innings in a loss Tuesday, April 19, against the Kansas City Royals, reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. "In the bullpen, I was down in the zone," Gomez said. "In the game, I left a couple of pitches up."

SP | Bruce Chen | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Bruce Chen allowed two earned runs, six hits and three walks over seven innings in a win against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday, April 19, reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Chen, who also had five strikeouts in the 102-pitch quality start, improved to 3-0 overall this season. Chen is also 4-0 with a 3.29 ERA against the Indians over the past two seasons.

SP | Scott Kazmir | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels SP Scott Kazmir (back) threw three innings in an extended spring game Tuesday, April 19, reports The Associated Press. Manager Mike Scioscia said Kazmir only threw fastballs and that his velocity picked up during the outing. Kazmir is expected to make one more extended spring appearance before the team decides where he'll begin his minor league rehab stint.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis allowed four runs, five hits and three walks over five innings in a loss Tuesday, April 19, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, reports Richard Durrett, of ESPNDallas.com. Lewis had no fastball command and the Angels hit his fastball hard. Lewis has a 5.82 ERA this season.

SP | Tommy Hunter | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Tommy Hunter (groin) threw 38 pitches in his first bullpen session since suffering a strained right groin late in spring training, reports Jeff Wilson, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Hunter said he was pain-free and expects to throw again in a few days.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Wandy Rodriguez allowed one earned run, three hits and three walks over seven innings against the New York Mets Tuesday, April 19, securing his first victory of the season. Rodriguez also struck out seven batters in the 118-pitch quality start.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese allowed two earned runs, seven hits and five walks over six innings in a 113-pitch quality start and loss Tuesday, April 19, against the Houston Astros, reports Mike Mazzeo, of ESPNNewYork.com. "He went ball one on a lot of hitters," manager Terry Collins said. Niese also said he felt some discomfort during the start, but added it was nothing serious. Niese is 0-3 with a 5.87 ERA so far this season.

SP | Sam LeCure | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Sam LeCure allowed five earned runs, nine hits, including four home runs, in a loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday, April 19, reports John Fay, of The Cincinnati Enquirer. "I tried to keep the ball down and keep it out of the air. Honestly, any time the ball went up I wasn't sure. Every ball they hit in the air I was scared about," LeCure said.

SP | Armando Galarraga | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Armando Galarraga allowed three earned runs, four hits and two walks over six innings in a win against the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday, April 19, reports Joe Kay, of The Associated Press.

SP | Carlos Silva | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Carlos Silva threw his second bullpen session for the team Tuesday, April 19, and he might face hitters early next week, reports The Associated Press. Silva signed a minor league deal with the team April 9.

SP | Kyle Drabek | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Kyle Drabek allowed four earned runs, six hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the New York Yankees Tuesday, April 19. Drabek managed to get just 50 of his 93 pitches over for strikes.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova allowed an earned run and two hits in the 10th inning Tuesday, April 19, against the Toronto Blue Jays. Nova was used out of the bullpen after having a short start in his last outing Friday, April 15. He is next scheduled to start Friday, April 22, against the Baltimore Orioles, and should be fine for that outing since he threw just 14 pitches Tuesday.

SP | A.J. Burnett | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP A.J. Burnett allowed three runs - two earned - and six hits over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday, April 19. Burnett also walked five batters and struck out six in the 105-pitch performance.

SP | Bartolo Colon | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Bartolo Colon will make his first start of the season Wednesday, April 20, against the Toronto Blue Jays, and it is his first in the big leagues since July 24, 2009, reports Wallace Matthews, of ESPNNewYork.com.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay was knocked around for six earned runs, 10 hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings in a loss Tuesday, April 19, against the Milwaukee Brewers, reports The Associated Press. Halladay's ERA rose from 1.23 to 2.83 as a result of the rude treatment by the visitors.

SP | Randy Wolf | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Randy Wolf allowed just two hits and three walks over six scoreless innings in a win Tuesday, April 19, against the Philadelphia Phillies, one of his former teams. Wolf also struck out five batters in the 100-pitch quality start.

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke (rib) worked three scoreless innings in his first minor league rehab start with Class A Brevard County Tuesday, April 19, reports Adam McCalvy, of MLB.com. Greinke reported that he "felt great" after the 35-pitch outing. His fastball was clocked between 91-94 mph.

SP | Randy Wells | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Randy Wells (forearm) will begin a throwing program Friday, April 22, reports Bruce Levine, of ESPNChicago.com. "I'd probably say two weeks," Wells said when asked when he'll return to the mound. "I know I'm not a very patient guy. If I'm feeling good, I'll try to push it. But one thing I'm not going to do is try to force something that isn't there yet."

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Dallas Braden (shoulder) will meet with renowned Dr. Lewis Yocum Wednesday, April 20, in Los Angeles for a further examination of his stiff shoulder, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com.

SP | Tyson Ross | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Tyson Ross will make his first start in place of the injured SP Dallas Braden (shoulder) Friday, April 22, against the Seattle Mariners, reports MLB.com.

SP | Carl Pavano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Carl Pavano allowed eight runs - seven earned - and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings in a loss Tuesday, April 19, against the Baltimore Orioles, reports Tom Pelissero, of 1500ESPN.com. Pavano came in with a 15-inning shutout streak since April 1, when he was also pounded.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Jake Arrieta allowed four hits and three walks in six scoreless innings in a win Tuesday, April 19, against the Minnesota Twins, reports The Associated Press. Arrieta broke three bats in the start.

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks allowed two earned runs, seven hits and no walks over seven innings in a loss against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, April 19. Danks also struck out five batters in the 105-pitch quality start.

SP | James Shields | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP James Shields allowed one earned run, four hits and one walk while striking out nine in a complete game victory, his first win of the season, Tuesday, April 19, against the Chicago White Sox, reports The Associated Press. It was his sixth career complete game.

SP | Jesse Litsch | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Jesse Litsch was selected for demotion of SP Jo-Jo Reyes Tuesday, April 19, because Litsch had options left, while Reyes would have had to pass through waivers, reports Shi Davidi, of Sportsnet.ca. Apparently general manager Alex Anthopoulos has admired Reyes for years and didn't want to risk losing him.

SP | Marco Estrada | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Marco Estrada will receive another start in the rotation after pitching well Sunday, April 17, hitting 91-93 mph on the radar gun, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jim Breen. He was also able to mix his changeup, slider and curveball well.

SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo has been leaving pitches up in the zone recently and hasn't been able to hit the corners of the plate, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jim Breen. He has also been lacking an "out pitch" recently to put hitters away with two strikes. Gallardo's slider hasn't had much bite on it and hitters rarely swing at his curveball because he hasn't been able to throw it for a strike.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that SP Brian Matusz (intercostal) threw from 120 feet and didn't feel any pain Tuesday, April 19, according to The Baltimore Sun's Kevin Van Valkenburg.

SP | Mike Leake | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker confirmed that SP Mike Leake will make his scheduled start against the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday, April 21, despite being arrested Monday, April 18, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SP Johan Santana (shoulder) said via his Twitter page that he is feeling good.

SP | Brett Myers | Houston Astros | Fantasy
The New York Yankees may be interested in trading for Houston Astros SP Brett Myers as the trade deadline approaches this summer, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. "If he's in the AL East, he's a fifth starter," one NL scout said of Myers. "I don't see him being a (difference-maker). The only thing he'd have working for him, besides his curveball, is lack of familiarity with him over there."

SP | Joe Blanton | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Joe Blanton made some mechanical adjustments to his delivery while pitching out of the stretch and the results showed during his outing Monday, April 18, according to the Courier-Post's David Hale. Blanton struck out four and gave up seven hits in seven innings Monday, and the Milwaukee Brewers went just 2-for-14 with runners on.

SP | Eric Hurley | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers SP Eric Hurley (head) was taken to the hospital Monday, April 18, after he was hit in the right side of the head by a one-hop comebacker while pitching for Triple-A Round Rock, according to The Associated Press. He never lost consciousness after being hit.

SP | Sergio Mitre | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers SP Sergio Mitre (triceps) is unavailable to pitch due to a triceps bruise that he suffered while taking a liner off his arm Monday, April 18, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Steve Garczynski.

SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers placed SP Shaun Marcum (personal) on the bereavement list Tuesday, April 19, and recalled P Mike McClendon, according to MLB.com's Tyler Barnes.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Brian Tallet | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals RP Brian Tallet (hand) and RP Bryan Augenstein (groin) may be out longer than 15 days, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach. The Cardinals placed both hurlers on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, April 13, after both were injured the night before in a loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tallet suffered a broken bone in his right hand, while Augenstein has a strained right groin.

RP | Todd Coffey | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Todd Coffey (calf), who is on the 15-day disabled list because of a left calf strain, threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, April 19, without any problems. MLB.com's Bill Ladson reports Coffey is expected to do some running drills Wednesday, April 20. Coffey said his calf feels much better and is scheduled to be taken off the disabled list on Sunday, April 22, when the Nationals play the Pittsburgh Pirates.

RP | Matt Albers | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Matt Albers (lat) will join the parent club Thursday, April 21, according to Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. A corresponding roster move may be made at that time as Albers returns from his rehab.

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday, April 19, that he has confidence in RP Jonathan Broxton despite an awful 6.14 ERA, reports Ken Gurnick, of MLB.com. "To me, he's getting better," Mattingly said. "I want him to be finishing games. I like to see more of a 'hit-this' type attitude. His velocity is better and he seems more confident in himself. I know he's giving up runs, but I like the way he's throwing."

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson allowed one walk in a scoreless and hitless ninth inning for his fifth save of the season Tuesday, April 19, against the Colorado Rockies. After struggling in his first two appearances, Wilson has not yielded a hit or run in any of his past five appearances.

RP | Joakim Soria | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals RP Joakim Soria allowed an unearned run, one hit and one walk with two strikeouts in the ninth inning Tuesday, April 19, against the Cleveland Indians for his fifth save.

RP | Matt Palmer | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Matt Palmer allowed one earned run, three hits and a walk over six innings in a win Tuesday, April 19, against the Texas Rangers, reports The Associated Press. "It was a great effort by Matt. He had the ball moving on both sides of the plate," manager Mike Scioscia said. " Palmer also struck out three batters in the 84-pitch quality start.

RP | Mason Tobin | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers RP Mason Tobin (elbow) felt some tightness in his right elbow Tuesday, April 19, against the Los Angeles Angels, reports Richard Durrett, of ESPNDallas.com. Tobin has had three previous surgeries on that same elbow. He'll have an MRI Wednesday, April 20.

RP | Darren Oliver | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said Tuesday, April 19, he has not yet settled on an eighth inning reliever, but RP Darren Oliver will be in the role more than others, reports Jeff Wilson, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

RP | Pedro Strop | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said Tuesday, April 19, that RP Pedro Strop might see some time in the eighth inning, as he has earned the confidence of the coaching staff, reports Jeff Wilson, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

RP | Alberto Arias | Houston Astros | Injury
Houston Astros RP Alberto Arias (shoulder) had another setback with his sore shoulder which required surgery last April, and he'll get an examination from a team doctor Thursday, April 21, reports Steve Campbell, of the Houston Chronicle.

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday, April 19, that RP Bobby Parnell (finger) will have tests Wednesday, April 20, for a right finger injury, reports Mike Mazzeo, of ESPNNewYork.com. Parnell possibly has nerve desensitization in his right middle finger. "I've been fighting it for about a week now," Parnell said. Doctors have ruled out carpal tunnel syndrome, after he had tests Tuesday.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz worked a perfect ninth inning Tuesday, April 19, for his fourth save in as many chances, reports Joe Kay, of The Associated Press. Putz is the first closer in team history to convert his first four chances with the team. Former RP Mike Morgan notched saves in his first three opportunities back in 2000.

RP | Jon Rauch | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Jon Rauch worked around two walks allowed to record a scoreless and hitless inning of relief and a win Tuesday, April 19, against the New York Yankees.

RP | Rafael Soriano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees RPs Joba Chamberlain and Rafael Soriano each worked scoreless and hitless innings of relief Tuesday, April 19, against the Toronto Blue Jays. Chamberlain notched his fourth hold of the season, while Soriano has six holds despite an awful 7.04 ERA overall.

RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera allowed two earned runs, four hits and a walk in an inning of work, blowing a save and forcing his team to extra innings Tuesday, April 19, against the Toronto Blue Jays, reports Wallace Matthews, of ESPNNewYork.com. Rivera had saved seven of the team's nine wins, and he had a win in another game. Rivera also allowed his first walk and earned runs of the season, in addition to blowing his first save.

RP | Jeff Karstens | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Karstens will make another start Friday, April 22, against the Washington Nationals, reports Colin Dunlap, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Karstens gets another chance after being trampled by the Cincinnati Reds for five runs over 4 1/3 innings Sunday, April 17.

RP | Michael Wuertz | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Oakland Athletics RP Michael Wuertz (hamstring) will pitch in an extended outing Wednesday, April 20 in a rehab game with Triple-A Reno, reports Jane Lee, of MLB.com.

RP | Eric Hacker | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Eric Hacker, recalled Monday, April 18, from Triple-A, worked two scoreless innings of relief Tuesday, April 19, against the Baltimore Orioles, reports Tom Pelissero, of 1500ESPN.com.

RP | Jason Berken | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Jason Berken worked two scoreless innings Tuesday, April 19, against the Minnesota Twins, reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com. Berken has allowed just one run in 8 1/3 innings of relief this season.

RP | J.P. Howell | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RP J.P. Howell (shoulder) threw live batting practice Tuesday, April 19, reports Marc Topkin, of the St. Petersburg Times. Manager Joe Maddon said he will start a minor league rehab assignment and will need about 10 appearances. He'll start his rehab in extended spring training.

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said Tuesday, April 19, that matchups will factor into who will close between RPs Frank Francisco (pectoral) and Jon Rauch, reports Shi Davidi, of Sportsnet.ca. Farrell said eventually he'd like for both relievers to have more defined roles.

RP | Joe Nathan | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire refuses to name a closer, but said that it won't be RP Joe Nathan for the time being, according to MLB.com's Jeff Seidel. Gardenhire plans to go with matchups in the ninth inning.

RP | Matt Capps | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Matt Capps will have the night off Tuesday, April 19, because he has had a heavy workload in recent days, according to MLB.com's Jeff Seidel. Also, RP Jim Hoey will likely only pitch to one batter if he is needed.

RP | Kevin Gregg | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are not ready to replace RP Kevin Gregg as the team's ninth-inning stopper after his ERA ballooned from 0.00 to 5.40 in his last two outings, according to MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko. Gregg is being booed by the hometown crowd after putting up a 9.82 ERA in spring training. He will not be available to close Tuesday, April 19, after throwing 34 pitches the previous night.

RP | Ryan Franklin | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals are removing RP Ryan Franklin from the closer's role after he has blown four saves to begin the season, according to The Associated Press. Manager Tony La Russa did not say who would be replacing Franklin in the ninth.

RP | Kevin Slowey | Minnesota Twins | Injury
Minnesota Twins RP Kevin Slowey (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Monday, April 18, and everything went well, according to the Pioneer Press' Kelsie Smith. Slowey will likely need another bullpen session in the next few days before the team decides his next step.

RP | Takashi Saito | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said RP Takashi Saito (hamstring) will not be ready to come off the disabled list when he is eligible Friday, April 22, and will instead throw a simulated game that day, according to the Milwaukee Journal Constitution's Tom Haudricourt.

RP | J.C. Romero | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies placed RP J.C. Romero (calf) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 19, with a strained right calf, according to The Associated Press. In a corresponding move, the team recalled RP Michael Zagurski from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

RP | Evan Meek | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates RPs Evan Meek and Jose Veras were unavailable to pitch Monday, April 18, because of heavy workloads recently, according to MLB.com's Kevin Goheen.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joel Hanrahan has not had his top notch slider so far this year but he still has five saves in as many chances, according to MLB.com's Kevin Goheen. He has been working on the slider during side sessions with pitching coach Ray Searage. "You look at the fastball delivery and the slider delivery and their release points and sometimes there are inconsistencies there - there were a couple of games where he had a Wiffle Ball slider," said manager Clint Hurdle.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford has been struggling with his fastball command, which keeps him from effectively using his slider and curveball, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Steve Garczynski.

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