Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 22, 2011 @ 08:36:25 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts Thursday, April 21, The Associated Press reports.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez hit a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the 10th inning Thursday, April 21, The Associated Press reports.

1B | Daric Barton | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletic 1B Daric Barton (illness) was removed from the lineup Thursday, April 21, due to an illness, according to the team's official Twitter page. OF Conor Jackson drew the start at first base.

1B | Kendrys Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendrys Morales (foot) continues to make progress, but is still nowhere near a return to action, according to Sam Miller of The Orange County Register.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said 1B Justin Morneau (flu) received two more does of intravenous fluids Thursday, April 21, and has received five IVs this week as he battles the flu, according to The Associated Press.

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday and 1B Albert Pujols both blasted two-run home runs to help their team beat the Washington Nationals Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press. Holliday is hitting .455 this season and is 7-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Pujols now has six homers on the year, but he also grounded into his National League-leading eighth double play.

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto hit his third home run of the season in a victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press. He went 2-for-4 in the game with two runs scored and one RBI.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn said he is fine physically after recovering from an appendicitis earlier this month, according to the Chicago Sun-Times' Daryl Van Schouwen. "When I came back, the swing felt great," Dunn said. "But I felt like I was jumping at the ball, was late with my leg kick and doing stupid mechanical stuff. I guess it's going to take a little more time than I thought."


Second Baseman

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (foot) jammed his left foot in the third inning Thursday, April 21, but remained in the game, the Boston Herald reports. If he were forced to have left the game along with 3B Kevin Youkilis (shin), manager Terry Francona said SS Jed Lowrie would have moved to second base and OF Mike Cameron would have played third base.

2B | Adam Kennedy | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Adam Kennedy is seeing more playing time due to his versatility, reports Greg Johns of MLB.com. Kennedy has recently started at second base, first base and designated hitter and is now considered the team's emergency catcher.

2B | Gordon Beckham | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham will hit further down in the order until he breaks out of his current slump, according to MLB.com's Scott Merkin. "I tried to think about the last couple of days, to move him down and make him relax a little bit," said manager Ozzie Guillen. "I think it worked in the past, and hopefully it will work now." Merkin also reports that OF Alex Rios, C A.J. Pierzynski, SS Alexei Ramirez and 3B Brent Morel are all candidates to hit second.

2B | Bill Hall | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Bill Hall (ankle) expects to return to action Friday, April 22, according to Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle.

2B | Brad Emaus | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 2B Brad Emaus has rejoined the team after being sent to the minors by the New York Mets, who selected him in the Rule 5 draft, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.

2B | Aaron Hill | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill (hamstring) is still being listed as day-to-day after undergoing an MRI exam Wednesday, April 20, according to MLB.com's Arden Zwelling. The MRI results were inconclusive and the team hasn't ruled out the chance that Hill could land on the disabled list. "He's feeling a bit better. We're going to try and give it as much time as we can," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "With hamstrings, you don't know. If we had to put Hill out there on the field, I guess we could, but he certainly isn't at 100 percent." Both SS John McDonald and 2B Jayson Nix are in the starting lineup with 3B Edwin Encarnacion as the designated hitter.

2B | Ryan Roberts | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Ryan Roberts extended his career-high hitting streak to eight games Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee) took ground balls and made throws to first base before the game Wednesday, April 20, and he looked smooth, according to The News Journal's David Hale. Utley said his knee is feeling better but a return to games is still likely a ways off. "Every couple days I see something where he looks like he's got a little more bounce to his step, and I'm able to extend him a little bit more each time," infield coach Sam Perlozzo said. "The number of reps he takes has increased each time. I can see steady improvement." Utley hasn't started wearing cleats while fielding grounders, and his running drills consist of short bursts rather than long distances.


Shortstop

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro is hitting third Friday, April 22, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

SS | Clint Barmes | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Clint Barmes (hand) has been cleared to return to baseball-related activities and will begin a rehab assignment Sunday, April 24, according to Alyson Footer of MLB.com.

SS | Juan Uribe | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Casey Blake and SS Juan Uribe hit home runs in a winning effort against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press. Uribe's homer was his first with the team. Blake's homer was his first of the season as well. Blake went 3-for-6 with one run scored and two RBIs in the game.


Third Baseman

3B | Kevin Youkilis | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Boston Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis (shin) had X-rays on his left shin, which were negative, the Boston Herald reports.

3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs versus the Florida Marlins Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright, who entered the game Thursday, April 21, hitless in his previous 20 at-bats, went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored versus the Houston Astros, reports The Associated Press.

3B | Brent Morel | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Brent Morel will return to action Friday, April 22, according to Scott Merkin of MLB.com.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (oblique) took swings off a tee for the first time Thursday, April 21, since being injured and said he didn't have any pain, according to The Tampa Tribune's Tony Fabrizio. Longoria hopes to move to hitting soft toss in the next few days.

3B | Nick Punto | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B Nick Punto started his second straight game Thursday, April 21, at second base after playing third Wednesday, April 20, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach. He is expected to play extensively at second with 2B Skip Schumaker (elbow) on the disabled list.

3B | Melvin Mora | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Melvin Mora (foot) was feeling better Thursday, April 21, and manager Kirk Gibson said he may be able to pinch hit, according to MLB.com's Jeff Wallner.

3B | Mark Teahen | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Mark Teahen received his second straight start at third base over 3B Brent Morel Wednesday, April 20, but Morel was out to receive mental rest, according to the Chicago Sun-Times' Daryl Van Schouwen.


Catcher

C | Francisco Cervelli | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees C Francisco Cervelli (foot) is set to start making rehab appearances for Single-A Tampa, according to George A. King III of the New York Post.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters will continue to occupy the eighth spot in the lineup, despite his hot bat, reports Todd Karpovich of MLB.com. "He has that potential to move up," said manager Buck Showalter. "He has a lot of respect for the people hitting ahead of him. Everything is working out pretty good there, so far."

C | Jason Varitek | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Jason Varitek and SS Jed Lowrie are both in the starting lineup again Thursday, April 21, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham. Varitek has started in three of the team's last four games over C Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

C | Jesus Flores | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals optioned C Jesus Flores to Triple-A Syracuse Thursday, April 21, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. SS Brian Bixler is expected to replace Flores on the roster, but no move has been announced.

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann and OF Jason Heyward are resting Thursday, April 21, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien. Heyward is batting just .190 with a .311 on-base percentage this year. He has two RBIs in the last 13 games.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos is sitting out Thursday, April 21, with C Ivan Rodriguez starting behind the plate, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore.

C | Miguel Montero | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Melvin Mora (foot) is out for the third straight game Thursday, April 21, with 2B Ryan Roberts replacing him at third base, according to the team's official Twitter page. C Miguel Montero is taking the day off, with C Henry Blanco behind the plate.


Outfielder

OF | Ryan Kalish | Boston Red Sox | Injury
Boston Red Sox OF Ryan Kalish (shoulder) will be examined by a doctor after injuring his left shoulder making a diving catch at Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday, April 21, ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes reports.

OF | Torii Hunter | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Torii Hunter broke out of a 3-for-38 slump with a homer Thursday, April 21, The Associated Press reports.

OF | Josh Willingham | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics DH Hideki Matsui was given the day off Thursday, April 21, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com. OF Josh Willingham was penciled in as the designated hitter.

OF | Melky Cabrera | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Melky Cabrera went 2-for-5 with the game-winning, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Nyjer Morgan | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers placed OF Nyjer Morgan (thigh) on the 15-day disabled list and called up OF Brandon Boggs Thursday, April 21, reports the team's Twitter page. The move is retroactive to Monday, April 18.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and two strikeouts in his first game of the season against the Houston Astros Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Mike Stanton | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Mike Stanton crushed his first home run of the season and scored three runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Logan Morrison | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
The Florida Marlins will place OF Logan Morrison (foot) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, April 21, according to the team's official Twitter page.

OF | Angel Pagan | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Angel Pagan (side) believes he'll only be sidelined for two or three games, reports ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin.

OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Sam Fuld went 2-for-5 with two RBIs against the Chicago White Sox Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Carlos Quentin | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko, OF Carlos Quentin and SS Omar Vizquel each drove in a pair of runs against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran will remain in right field even if OF Angel Pagan (side) misses time, speculates Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.

OF | Milton Bradley | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Milton Bradley (illness) is not playing Thursday, April 21, due to a stomach illness, reports John Hickey of SportsPress Northwest.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp hit his second walkoff home run in five days to beat the Atlanta Braves in 12 innings Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press. He now has four dingers on the season.

OF | Scott Cousins | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Florida Marlins OF Logan Morrison (foot) has been on crutches since injuring his foot and is scheduled to have his hard cast removed Monday, April 25, according to The Associated Press. He may resume baseball-related activities early next week. OFs Scott Cousins and Emilio Bonifacio will split time in left field in Morrison's absence. The team is unsure if they will place him on the disabled list.

OF | Delmon Young | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Delmon Young (ribs, illness) is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Friday, April 22, to determine the severity of his rib injury, according to The Associated Press. The team is calling it a precautionary MRI and are hoping he can return this weekend.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi thinks OF Brett Gardner's offensive struggles are related to his timing at the plate, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "He's just not on the baseball a little," Girardi said. "No one wants to start off slow. You go through a bad streak in the middle of the season, your numbers don't look so bad. When you look up there and you're hitting in the .130s, it's tough. No one wants to feel that." Because of his poor start, Gardner has been dropped from the leadoff spot and will spend time at the bottom of the order for the time being. The change he implemented in spring training of keeping both his hands on the bat during his follow-through is not a part of the problem.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen (personal) is returning to the lineup Thursday, April 21, after missing one game to be with his father, who is in the hospital, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Colin Dunlap.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward said the thumb he injured last season is not bothering him at all this year, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien. "No, my thumb is fine," Heyward said. "It's been good. Haven't had any issues with that at all." Manager Fredi Gonzalez wants Heyward to display better patience at the plate.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers signed OF Ryan Braun to a five-year, $105 million contract extension Thursday, April 21, according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. Braun will make $19 million for each of the first three years, $18 million in the fourth year and $16 million in the fifth year. The deal includes a mutual option for a sixth year worth $20 million with a $4 million buyout.

OF | Johnny Damon | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Johnny Damon (finger) is back in the team's lineup Thursday, April 21, for the first time since Sunday, April 17, according to the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin.

OF | Fred Lewis | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Fred Lewis (oblique) is currently hitting .200 (3-for-15) in five games with Double-A Carolina, while RP Jose Arredondo (elbow) has three walks and 10 strikeouts for a 3.18 ERA in 5 2/3 innings with Carolina, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

OF | Tony Gwynn Jr. | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Tony Gwynn Jr. is starting in left field over OF Jerry Sands against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, April 21, according to the team's official Twitter page.

OF | Chris Heisey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Chris Heisey is starting in center field Thursday, April 21, giving OF Drew Stubbs a day off, according to MLB.com. 3B Scott Rolen is also resting, with IF Miguel Cairo getting the start at third.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook could start Sunday, April 24, on three days' rest, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold reports.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez allowed four singles and three walks while fanning eight in seven shutout innings to beat the Oakland Athletics Thursday, April 21, The Associated Press reports. He threw a season-high 126 pitches in the 1-0 win.

SP | Roy Oswalt | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Oswalt allowed one hit and two walks while fanning seven in six shutout innings to beat the San Diego Padres Thursday, April 21, The Associated Press reports. He has won 10 straight decisions.

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett allowed two runs on three hits, two walks and struck out five in eight innings in his no-decision against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Thursday, April 21, The Associated Press reports. He didn't allow a hit in the first five innings.

SP | Josh Tomlin | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Josh Tomlin pitched very well against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, April 21, allowing just one run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings, according to The Associated Press. Tomlin, who did not factor into the decision, walked one and struck out four.

SP | Chris Volstad | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Chris Volstad surrendered five runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings versus the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press. He walked three, struck out five and managed to walk away with the victory.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) has progressed to the point where he's close to making his first rehab start, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.

SP | J.A. Happ | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP J.A. Happ was roughed up for six runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings against the New York Mets Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press. He struck out five while issuing just one walk.

SP | Chris Capuano | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Chris Capuano handled the Houston Astros with ease Thursday, April 21, allowing one run on six hits through seven innings while striking out four and walking two, according to The Associated Press.

SP | Jeremy Guthrie | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Jeremy Guthrie gave up two runs on four hits in seven innings of work against the Minnesota Twins Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press. He struck out four and ended up with the loss.

SP | Scott Baker | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Baker hurled seven shutout innings versus the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press. He allowed just four hits and recorded nine strikeouts while walking just one.

SP | Jeff Niemann | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeff Niemann surrendered six runs (five earned) on six hits in 4 2/3 innings versus the Chicago White Sox Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press. He struck out four and walked a pair of batters.

SP | Gavin Floyd | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Gavin Floyd went seven innings against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, April 21, allowing two runs on seven hits en route to the victory, according to The Associated Press. He walked two and struck out seven.

SP | Joel Pineiro | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joel Pineiro (shoulder) will make a rehab start Sunday, April 24, reports Sam Miller of The Orange County Register.

SP | Carlos Silva | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Carlos Silva threw a 45-pitch bullpen session Thursday, April 21, and will toss live batting practice Saturday, April 23, according to George A. King III of the New York Post.

SP | Nick Blackburn | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Nick Blackburn is fine after feeling tightness in his back Wednesday, April 20, according to Jeff Seidel of MLB.com.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Jair Jurrjens allowed just one run and seven hits while walking two and striking out six in six innings for a no-decision versus the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, April 21. He threw 73 of his 113 pitches for strikes.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw had a two-hitter going against the Atlanta Braves and was going for the complete game Thursday, April 21, when he ran into trouble in the ninth and allowed two runs, according to The Associated Press. He faced the minimum of 12 batters through four innings. Kershaw struck out seven and walked four in the game while ultimately allowing three earned runs.

SP | Chris Young | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SP Chris Young (biceps) said he felt fine after throwing 57 pitches over three innings in a simulated game Thursday, April 21, and will start against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, April 26, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. Young will throw another bullpen session Saturday, April 23.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz (intercostal) said he is currently pain-free after being set back with soreness earlier this week, according to The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly. "I feel really good. I played catch three days in a row now, and I feel like I am on track. I really held back … where I had thrown two days in a row and I went to throw the third day and it just didn't feel comfortable. It wasn't hurting or anything, I just felt discomfort," Matusz said. "At that point, we took a couple more days off for precautionary reasons, and the last three days have been really good." He is scheduled to air it out at 120 feet Friday, April 22, and will throw again Saturday, April 23, before being re-evaluated. It is still unknown when Matusz will get on a mound.

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke (rib) will make his next rehab start for Triple-A Nashville Sunday, April 24, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy.

SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle Lohse tossed a two-hit shutout in a complete-game effort versus the Washington Nationals Thursday, April 21, according to The Associate Press. He was able to strike out six and walked only won for the eighth complete game in his career and sixth shutout. Lohse has thrown at least seven innings in each of his four starts this year.

SP | Dan Hudson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Dan Hudson had a rough outing against the Cincinnati Reds Thursday, April 21, allowing seven earned runs in 5 1/3 innings to raise his ERA to 5.92, according to The Associated Press. Four of the runs came in the first inning. He walked four and struck out three while throwing 101 pitches.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (elbow) has been throwing over 100 feet on flat ground and hasn't encountered any setbacks, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. There is still no timetable for him to throw off a mound.

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals SP Chien-Ming Wang (shoulder) threw two innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday, April 20, but there is still no timetable for him to go on a rehab assignment, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore.

SP | Brett Cecil | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays optioned SP Brett Cecil to Triple-A Las Vegas Thursday, April 21, and have selected the contract of IF Chris Woodward from the minors, according to the team's official Twitter page.

SP | Zach Duke | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Zach Duke (hand) could resume throwing bullpen sessions next week, according to MLB.com's Jeff Wallner.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Koji Uehara | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he plan on using RP Koji Uehara on back-to-back days in the near future, The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly reports.

RP | Cory Gearrin | Atlanta Braves | Transaction
The Atlanta Braves purchased the contract of RP Cory Gearrin from Triple-A Gwinnett, WTVC News Channel 9's Dave Staley reports.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez suffered his first blown save of the season against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press. Perez entered the ninth inning with a one-run lead, then allowed two runs on three hits and a walk.

RP | Michael Wuertz | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Michael Wuertz (hamstring) will make another rehab appearance Saturday, April 23, reports MLB.com's Jane Lee.

RP | Matt Capps | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Matt Capps recorded his third save of the season over the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press.

RP | Shawn Kelley | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP Shawn Kelley (elbow) expects to return when he's eligible to be activated from the disabled list at the beginning of June, reports MLB.com's Greg Johns.

RP | Craig Kimbrel | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel blew his first save of the season against the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, April 21, by allowing one earned run and one hit while walking one and striking out four. He pitched another inning after blowing the save in the ninth.

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets RP Bobby Parnell's (finger) angiogram revealed nothing alarming Thursday, April 21, and he will begin taking aspirin to try to thin his blood, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. "They suspect a local clot may have caused the numbness in his middle finger," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "He's going to be treated, basically, with aspirin. Once the symptoms have been resolved, he'll pitch to tolerance. That's all good news. I think the results of the angiogram are as positive as we could have hoped."

RP | Matt Albers | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction
The Boston Red Sox activated RP Matt Albers (lat) from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, April 21, and optioned RP Alfredo Aceves to Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding move, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne.

RP | J.P. Howell | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury
Tampa Bay Rays RP J.P. Howell (shoulder) said he will be reporting to extended spring training, which is expected to last up to a month, according to The Tampa Tribune's Tony Fabrizio. He will make two outings in extended spring training, two for Single-A Charlotte and five with Triple-A Durham through May 16.

RP | LaTroy Hawkins | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers activated RP LaTroy Hawkins (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, April 21, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. RP Mike McClendon was optioned to Triple-A Nashville and C George Kottaras was outrighted to the minors in corresponding moves.

RP | Francisco Cordero | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds RP Francisco Cordero allowed a leadoff home run to Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew, a single and a walk in a non-save situation Thursday, April 21, according to The Associated Press. He struck out two in the outing.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford said he needs just a "small adjustment" to turn around his early season struggles in the closer's role, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. Manager Ron Roenicke doesn't seem concerned with his closer's struggles, citing the fact that his velocity has remained the same, averaging 94.3 mph. "It's just something I need to feel," Axford said. "The ball is coming out great, and it's frustrating from that point. I feel great and nothing looks different." He said there were no obvious mechanical changes that need to be made, but that his command has been off.

RP | Todd Coffey | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Todd Coffey (calf) threw his second bullpen session Thursday, April 21, and will do running drills Friday, April 22, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. He is still expected to return from the disabled list Sunday, April 24.

RP | Eduardo Sanchez | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan has revealed his fondness of RP Eduardo Sanchez and isn't ruling him out as the team's next closer, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bernie Miklasz. However, the team is still in the process of evaluating Sanchez.

RP | Mitchell Boggs | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan said RP Mitchell Boggs' success this year has been due to the development of his slider, which is effective against lefties, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bernie Miklasz. Boggs needed just 15 pitches (12 for strikes) to earn his first save of the year Wednesday, April 20.

RP | Joe Nathan | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RPs Joe Nathan and Eric Hacker were both unavailable to pitch in the team's game Wednesday, April 20, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III.

RP | Jason Motte | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals are not rushing to announce a set closer after demoting RP Ryan Franklin from the role earlier this week, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bernie Miklasz. RP Mitchell Boggs got the first crack at the closer's role and recorded an uneventful save Wednesday, April 20, and looked impressive doing it. However, pitching coach Dave Duncan said the team may go to Boggs earlier in the game in a tough situation, which would leave RPs Jason Motte or Eduardo Sanchez available in the ninth inning. "I think probably the favorite candidate right now is Boggs," Duncan said. "But rather than anointing him as the closer, it might be better for the time being to have him available for whenever we need to use him." Sanchez relieved Motte Wednesday, serving as the eighth-inning setup man. Franklin could also return to the ninth before long.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz, who hadn't thrown since Friday, April 15, walked three straight batters in his outing Wednesday, April 20, but did not allow a run to score, according to The Associated Press.

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