Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 7, 2011 @ 16:11:26 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Kendrys Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury
It's still not known when Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendrys Morales (ankle) will return to action. Morales met with Dr. Lewis Yocum again Friday, May 7, to receive guidance for his rehab. "There's been frustration because he's gotten close at times, where you think there's going to be breakthrough and he's going to get onto the field, and he plateaus out," said manager Mike Scioscia.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau (neck, elbow) is dealing with slight neck and elbow injuries, which is why he's serving as the designated hitter Saturday, May 7. OF Michael Cuddyer is playing first base.

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer went 0-for-2 with two walks and two strikeouts in his major league debut against the Oakland Athletics Friday, May 6.


Second Baseman

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee) went 5-for-7 with a pair of home runs in his first extended Spring Training game Saturday, May 7.

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia returned to the lineup Friday, May 6, against the Minnesota Twins after a mental day off, but he was hitless in three at-bats. He struck out, grounded into a double play and struck with two runners in scoring position in the eighth.

2B | Aaron Hill | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill (hamstring) was hitless in three at-bats with a walk in his second minor league rehab game for Class A Dunedin Friday, May 6. Manager John Farrell said that Hill remains on track to return from the 15-day disabled list Sunday, May 8.

2B | Tsuyoshi Nishioka | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 2B Tsuyoshi Nishioka (leg) has increased the intensity of his rehab program at the team's spring training complex and is on track to return this month.


Shortstop

SS | Rafael Furcal | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Rafael Furcal (thumb) will take batting practice from the left side of the plate Saturday, May 7.

SS | Paul Janish | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Paul Janish is dealing with a sore ankle and hopes to resume baseball-related activities Sunday, May 8. IF Miguel Cairo (knee) is available to play Saturday, May 7.

SS | Chris Valaika | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Chris Valaika and OF Chris Heisey are both in the starting lineup Saturday, May 7. SS Paul Janish and OF Jonny Gomes are sitting out.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki hit the 100th home run of his career, a solo shot, versus the San Francisco Giants Friday, May 6.

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro is not in the lineup Saturday, May 7.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (hip) returned to the lineup Friday, May 6, against the Texas Rangers. Jeter finished 1-for-4 with a walk, run scored and strikeout.

SS | Jose Reyes | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SS Jose Reyes went 3-for-4 with a walk, two triples and two runs scored Friday, May 6, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was the second two-triple game of the season for Reyes, and the franchise-record sixth of his career with the Mets.

SS | Trevor Plouffe | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SS Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, walk and three runs scored Friday, May 6, against the Boston Red Sox. He also stole his first base of the season. Three of Plouffe's eight major league hits have gone for homers.

SS | Jed Lowrie | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Jed Lowrie (wrist) went hitless in three at-bats with a strikeout Friday, May 6, against the Minnesota Twins.

SS | Ronny Cedeno | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Ronny Cedeno and SS Brandon Wood are getting work at second base to determine which would be a better backup option at the position, according to manager Clint Hurdle.

SS | Brandon Hicks | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves optioned SS Brandon Hicks to Triple-A Gwinnett Friday, May 6.

SS | Manny Machado | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SS Manny Machado (knee) had an MRI which confirmed a patellar subluxation or dislocated kneecap. He is scheduled to meet with a doctor either Monday, May 9, or Tuesday, May 10, for further evaluation. He is likely headed for the 7-day minor league disabled list.

SS | J.J. Hardy | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy (oblique) went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a srun scored in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Norfolk. He played six innings and did not suffer any setbacks. He might be activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, May 10.

SS | Ryan Theriot | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Ryan Theriot (shin) suffered a left shin contusion Friday, May 6, against the Milwaukee Brewers, forcing him to leave the game in the fourth inning.


Third Baseman

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (hand) will transition from a hard cast to a removable cast next week and expects to return on schedule.

3B | Ty Wigginton | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ty Wigginton (oblique) played catch, took grounders and hit off a tee Friday, May 6, and will soon start a rehab assignment.

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie has made six errors so far at third base, but Las Vegas manager Marty Brown said he is playing his home games on a "fielding unfriendly" infield. Lawrie is learning how to play third base this season, as he tries to get to the majors. His bat has looked ready, as Lawrie is batting .342 (41-for-120) with four homers and 17 RBIs through 27 games.

3B | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said Friday, May 6, that OF Jose Bautista (neck) remains on track to return Sunday, May 8.

3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez (quadriceps) was able to take batting practice Friday, May 6, but he didn't play against the Houston Astros. Alvarez said he continues to experience some tightness when he runs. "I feel a lot better than I did the last couple of days," Alvarez said. It is still uncertain when he'll be able to return to the starting lineup.

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco (foot) left the game Friday, May 6, against the Atlanta Braves after fouling a ball off his right foot. He was diagnosed with a bruised big right toe, and he is considered day to day.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers are reportedly interested in trading for New York Mets 3B David Wright.


Catcher

C | Jorge Posada | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The New York Yankees will not remove C Jorge Posada from the lineup, despite his .149 batting average.

C | John Buck | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins C John Buck (head) was hit in the helmet by the backswing of Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth, but Buck shook off the injury and remained in the game. He finished 2-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts.

C | Chris Snyder | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Chris Snyder was moved to the fifth spot of the order by manager Clint Hurdle for the game Friday, May 6, against the Houston Astros. He responded by going 1-for-4, and has now reached base safely in each of his 14 starts. It's the first time this season he has batted higher than the sixth spot.

C | Ryan Doumit | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Ryan Doumit said Friday, May 6, that he is getting used to his role as a part-time player, although he has no intentions of that being a long-term solution. "I can't tell you how pleased I am with the job that Doumit and (C Chris Snyder) have done together, selflessly, in working with the staff and playing the games they've been asked to play," manager Clint Hurdle said. Doumit has hit .280 over the past 10 games, including seven starts, since Snyder came off the 15-day disabled list.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer (legs) has continued his throwing and hitting programs but there is still no timetable for his return.

C | Nick Hundley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres placed C Nick Hundley (oblique) on the 15-day disabled list Friday, May 6, with a strained right oblique. C Kyle Phillips was recalled from Double-A San Antonio in a corresponding move.

C Rob Johnson will likely handle the majority of the starts behind the plate with Hundley on the DL.


Outfielder

OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Brennan Boesch is not in the lineup Saturday, May 7. OF Magglio Ordonez is hitting third.

OF | Angel Pagan | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Angel Pagan (oblique) will have an MRI on his sore oblique Saturday, May 7.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton has been given a two-game suspension for his ejection and temper tantrum Wednesday, May 4. He plans to appeal the ruling.

OF | Andres Torres | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Andres Torres (Achilles') will stay with Triple-A Fresno through Sunday, May 8.

OF | Chris Heisey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Chris Valaika and OF Chris Heisey are both in the starting lineup Saturday, May 7. SS Paul Janish and OF Jonny Gomes are sitting out.

OF | Roger Bernadina | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals called up OF Roger Bernadina Saturday, May 7.

OF | Rene Tosoni | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Rene Tosoni is penciled into the starting lineup Saturday, May 7.

OF | Alfonso Soriano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano is sitting out Saturday, May 7.

OF | Carlos Quentin | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Carlos Quentin made the most of his only hit against the Seattle Mariners Friday, May 6, crushing a solo home run.

OF | Bobby Abreu | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar, OF Bobby Abreu and 3B Alberto Callaspo tallied three hits apiece against the Oakland Athletics Friday, May 6.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs Friday, May 6, against the Texas Rangers. It was Granderson's eighth multi-hit game of his career. Granderson now leads the American League with 10 home runs. "I don't consider myself a power hitter by any means," Granderson said. "I know there are times where it's possible, but even my batting practice, when we have home run rounds, I always lose that."

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz (quadriceps) will have an MRI on his right quadriceps muscle Saturday, May 7. He reported improvement Friday, May 6, but missed his third straight game.

OF | Rick Ankiel | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals placed OF Rick Ankiel (wrist) on the 15-day disabled list Friday, May 6, due to his sprained right wrist. The move is retroactive to May 3. OF Roger Bernadina is likely to be recalled from Triple-A to replace him.

OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier became the 45th player in major league history to record a single season hitting streak of at least 30 games. Ethier posted his fifth three-hit game of the season Friday, May 6, against the New York Mets.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with a strikeout Friday, May 6, against the Minnesota Twins, extending his hit streak to 15 games.

OF | Scott Podsednik | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Scott Podsednik (foot) was batting just .220 throug his first 51 plate appearances for Triple-A Las Vegas, as he attempts to make it back to the majors after a bout with plantar fasciitis. "In the last week or so, he's started to feel like his old self," Las Vegas manager Marty Brown said.

OF | Jose Tabata | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Jose Tabata (hamstring) was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout in his return to the lineup Friday, May 6, against the Houston Astros. Tabata missed the past four games due to a tight right hamstring.

OF | Carlos Lee | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Carlos Lee (rib cage) returned to the lineup Friday, May 6, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, starting at first base. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

OF | Matt Joyce | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Matt Joyce did not start Friday, May 6, against the Baltimore Orioles. He grounded out as a pinch hitter in his only at-bat in the eighth inning, snapping a modest seven-game hit streak.

OF | Brandon Guyer | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Brandon Guyer homered in his first plate appearance in his major league debut Friday, May 6, against the Baltimore Orioles. He became the first player in franchise history to accomplish that feat. Guyer finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two strikeouts.

OF | Carlos Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Carlos Gomez was back in the starting lineup Friday, May 6, against the St. Louis Cardinals. He was hitless in four at-bats, dropping his average to .226. In six games during the month of May, Gomez is 2-for-15 (.133) with five strikeouts

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun was hitless in three at-bats with three strikeouts Friday, May 6, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Since the calendar turned to May, Braun is 2-for-21 (.095) with no extra-base hits or RBIs in six games.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse (knee) had an MRI Friday, May 6, on his sore right knee and it was negative. Morse was out of the lineup again, and he is considered day to day. He might be available to pinch-hit, something he did in the game Thursday, May 5.

OF | Delmon Young | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Delmon Young (rib cage) has continued to hit in the batting cages and is close to being able to go on a rehab assignment.

OF | Logan Morrison | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Logan Morrison (foot) is expected to go on a rehab assignment starting Monday, May 9, and the team hopes to have him back Friday, May 13. He has been taking batting practice with the team.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (shoulder), who ha been swinging a fungo bat for three straight days, is hoping to return in two to three weeks. "I haven't had any pain," Hamilton said. "Each day I come back, I want to be sore from doing exercises and things like that with no pain and that's what it's been so far. All my strength's back."

He has also been throwing to the bases, running the bases, throwing long toss and swinging a bat. He planned to swing a regular bat during the second part of his drills Friday, May 6, but the training staff wants him to wait a few days.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Scott Kazmir | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Scott Kazmir (back) is slowly working his way through extended Spring Training and will start a game over the weekend, where he'll try to throw 100 pitches. He could begin a rehab assignment afterward.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz (intercostal) pitched two innings in an extended Spring Training game Saturday, May 7, and will pitch again Wednesday, May 11. He could be activated from the disabled list May 21 or May 26.

SP | Manny Parra | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Manny Parra (elbow) actually has a sprained UCL tendon in his elbow. His back injury has healed.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito (foot) threw on flat ground from a distance of 60 feet Friday, May 6, and will have a checkup Saturday, May 7.

SP | Esmil Rogers | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies placed SP Esmil Rogers (lat) on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle and called up SP Clayton Mortensen to start Saturday, May 7.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez went the distance to pick up the win over the Chicago White Sox Friday, May 6. He allowed five hits and two walks and struck out six in the 15th complete game of his career.

SP | Dillon Gee | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Dillon Gee might get a start Sunday, May 8, against the Los Angeles Dodgers instead of the originally scheduled SP R.A. Dickey, according to an organizational source. Gee hasn't started since April 23.

SP | Kevin Slowey | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins activated SP Kevin Slowey (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list Friday, May 6. Slowey has been sidelined since April 4 due to shoulder bursitis. He'll rejoin the bullpen Saturday, May 7, although he is stretched out enough to start in an emergency.

SP | Tim Wakefield | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Tim Wakefield allowed eight hits - six earned - and nine hits over 4 1/3 innings in a loss Friday, May 6, against the Minnesota Twins. He also walked four and struck out just one in the 84-pitch effort. His ERA jumped from 4.08 to 5.73 as a result of the poor outing. He is stuck on 179 wins during his time with the Red Sox, 13 behind SPs Cy Young and Roger Clemens for the franchise lead.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero (side) is expected to start Saturday, May 7, against the Detroit Tigers. He was pushed back two days due to soreness in his side.

SP | Paul Maholm | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Paul Maholm allowed one earned run, five hits and three walks over seven innings in a no-decision Friday, May 6, against the Houston Astros. He also struck out four batters in the 97-pitch quality start. Maholm has not received more than two runs of support since his first outing of the season April 2.

SP | Derek Lowe | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Derek Lowe (foot) said after his start Friday, May 6, that he was bothered by a blister on his right foot. "It started the second batter of the fifth inning," Lowe said. "I've had it before. It's not like this is the first time. It takes away your main objective which is the hitter. You're so mad at yourself because you feel like you can't make the same pitches, because you can't push off, you can't drive."

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee allowed three earned runs, nine hits and a walk over seven innings in a loss against the Atlanta Braves Friday, May 6. His record slipped to 2-3 despite a career-high 16 strikeouts in the 117-pitch quality start. Lee is now winless in four straight outings dating back to April 14. In his past three outings, the Phillies have produced one total run of support. The last Phillies pitcher to record 16 strikeouts in a game was SP Curt Schilling back on Sept. 1, 1997.

SP | Roy Oswalt | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Philadelphia Phillies placed SP Roy Oswalt (back) on the 15-day disabled list Friday, May 6, due to lower back inflammation. The move is retroactive to April 27. He might be able to return to make a start Friday, May 13, against the Atlanta Braves when eligible to come back from the DL.

SP | James Shields | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP James Shields allowed just one earned run, three hits and three walks over 7 1/3 innings in a win Friday, May 6, against the Baltimore Orioles. He also struck out five batters in the 103-pitch quality start. Shields has lasted seven or more innings in six of his seven outings this season, turning in quality starts in six of those appearances. In his previous three games against the Orioles, Shields was 0-3 with a 6.48 ERA.

SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia carried a perfect game into the eighth inning Friday, May 6, against the Milwaukee Brewers, but he had to settle for a two-hit complete game shutout. Garcia only walked one batter and struck out eight in the 102-pitch effort, as he improved to 4-0 while lowering his ERA to 1.99.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano (illness) was sent home with an illness Friday, May 6, but is still expected to make his next start Monday, May 9, against the Boston Red Sox.

SP | Ross Ohlendorf | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Ross Ohlendorf (shoulder) threw a 40-pitch batting practice session Friday, May 6, and didn't suffer any setbacks. However, the team wants him to build more arm strength before going on a rehab assignment. He will throw a side session in the next few days and then be re-evaluated.

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
One scout thinks Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran's breaking ball could make him vulnerable in the big leagues, because it is a bit inconsistent. However, he has been rated as having a plus fastball and plus changeup.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Matt Lindstrom | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies RP Matt Lindstrom (arm) is dealing with a sore arm, but is currently available to pitch.

RP | Burke Badenhop | Florida Marlins | Fantasy,
The Florida Marlins are expected to recall RP Burke Badenhop from Triple-A New Orleans Saturday, May 7.

RP | Clay Hensley | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
The Florida Marlins are expected to place RP Clay Hensley (undisclosed) on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, May 7, according to a source.

RP | Scott Mathieson | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction,
The Philadelphia Phillies recalled RP Scott Mathieson from Triple-A Lehigh Valley Friday, May 6.

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