Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 8, 2011 @ 17:54:10 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols said he's a little concerned about his sluggish start. "Am I a little concerned? Yes, because I want to come through all the time," Pujols said. "But there are going to be many times I come through and some times when I fail. I remember success. That's not being cocky. But when you have success in those situations, you build confidence in yourself."

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Adam Lind (back) did not start Sunday, May 8, against the Detroit Tigers. He is hopeful of returning Monday, May 9. He left the game Saturday, May 7, due to tightness in his lower back.

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
As a result of Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz (quadriceps) going on the 15-day disabled list, 1B Mitch Moreland is expected to see more playing time in right field. Backup 1B Chris Davis, along with C Mike Napoli and DH Michael Young, are likely to see additional playing time at first base.

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard hit his 260th home run Saturday, May 7, against the Atlanta Braves, moving past Del Ennis for second place all-time on the franchise home run list. Hall of Famer 3B Mike Schmidt is first with 548 clouts. "It's a great accomplishment," Howard said. "I've been blessed to do what I've been able to do."

1B | Carlos Pena | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Carlos Pena went 3-for-4 with a game-tying solo home run in the ninth inning Saturday, May 7, against the Cincinnati Reds. He didn't hit a home run in April, but has a homer in three of the past four games. "We'll take three (homers) in a week, won't we," manager Mike Quade asked with a smile.


Second Baseman

2B | Tsuyoshi Nishioka | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 2B Tsuyoshi Nishioka (leg) will have his left leg X-rayed once again the week of Monday, May 9. Nishioka has been hitting, throwing and doing infield drills in Fort Myers, Fla., and could step up his rehab program depending on what the X-ray reveals. The next big step is running the bases, as he still is feeling some discomfort in his left leg. Nishioka has also been working with Hall of Fame infielder Paul Molitor to better learn about second base and turning double plays.

2B | Daniel Descalso | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo flirted with a no-hitter Saturday, May 7, against the St. Louis Cardinals. He allowed a single to IF Daniel Descalso to start the eighth inning. "His stuff was just nasty," C Jonathan Lucroy said. "It's who he is, it's what he does." Gallardo left after eight innings, allowing just the one hit and four walks with six strikeouts.

2B | Blake DeWitt | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 2B Blake DeWitt went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his first of the season, and two runs scored Saturday, May 7, against the Cincinnati Reds. It was just his second start of the season after losing a chance at a starting gig with a horrendous spring. "It's just part of it, you take advantage of the opportunities when you get them," DeWitt said.

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.


Shortstop

SS | Jed Lowrie | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Jed Lowrie (illness) has been playing through a weekend stomach virus that nearly knocked him out of the game Saturday, May 7. He did play Sunday, May 8.

SS | Yunel Escobar | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar went 2-for-4 Sunday, May 8, against the Detroit Tigers. He was in the leadoff spot for the second consecutive game for manager John Farrell, who shook things up for the game Saturday, May 7.

SS | Mike McCoy | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays optioned SS Mike McCoy to Triple-A Las Vegas Saturday, May 7.

SS | Paul Janish | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Paul Janish (ankle) sprained his right ankle Friday, May 6, and he was out Saturday, May 7. He is expected to be out a few days. "He is very sore," manager Dusty Baker said. "He can't do anything today. He's just getting treatment...and we hope it subsides tomorrow or the next day."

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew (groin) was removed from the game Saturday, May 7, due to tightness in his right groin. The move was precautionary.

SS | Jason Bartlett | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Jason Bartlett (ribs) was not in the starting lineup Saturday, May 7, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was hit in the ribs by a ball Friday, May 6, but was able to finish the game. SS Alberto Gonzalez started in his absence.

SS | Reid Brignac | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SS Reid Brignac was hitless in five at-bats with two strikeouts Saturday, May 7, against the Baltimore Orioles. Brignac has gone a franchise-record 33 straight games without an extra-base hit.


Third Baseman

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco went hitless in three at-bats with a walk Saturday, May 7, against the Atlanta Braves. He has reached base safely in 24 straight, and 31 of the past 32 games.

3B | Casey McGehee | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Casey McGehee went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, run scored and RBI Saturday, May 7, against the St. Louis Cardinals. McGehee entered play on a 4-for-32 (.125) slide over his past nine games.


Catcher

C | Bengie Molina | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have reportedly contacted free-agent C Bengie Molina (Rangers), although they are not yet ready to move on him.

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann went 1-for-4 Saturday, May 7, against the Philadelphia Phillies to extend his hitting streak to eight games.

C | Kyle Phillips | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Kyle Phillips made his team debut behind the plate Saturday, May 7, against the Arizona Diamondbacks.


Outfielder

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said OF Corey Hart is not hurt even though he is out of the starting lineup. Roenicke wanted to get OF Mark Kotsay consecutive starts because his bat has been warm.

OF | Delmon Young | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Delmon Young (ribs) is scheduled to trave lto Florida within the next couple of days to continue his rehab. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Sunday, May 8, that Young might be ready to play in a minor league rehab game as soon as Tuesday, May 10.

OF | Brandon Guyer | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
Tampa Bay Rays OF Brandon Guyer was optioned to Triple-A Durham Sunday, May 8, despite a homer in his first major league at-bat Friday, May 6. He was the first Rays played in franchise history to accomplish that feat.

OF | Emilio Bonifacio | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Emilio Bonifacio was moved into the leadoff spot by manager Edwin Rodriguez for the game Sunday, May 8, against the Washington Nationals. Bonifacio went 1-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts.

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth was given a scheduled day off Sunday, May 8, against the Florida Marlins.

OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier went 2-for-4 with a home run, his fourth of the season, and two RBIs Sunday, May 8, against the New York Mets. He rebounded nicely after having his 30-game hitting streak snapped Saturday, May 7.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo snapped a hitless streak of 18 at-bats with a fifth-inning double against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Saturday, May 7. He finished the game 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored. They were Choo's first hits since being arrested for DUI charges.

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki collected two hits in four at-bats against the Chicago White Sox Saturday, May 7. It was his 707th career multihit game and his 16th of the season, most in the American League.

OF | Josh Willingham | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Willingham was ejected in eighth inning of the game Saturday, May 7, against the Kansas City Royals for arguing balls and strikes. Willingham was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout before departing.

OF | Kosuke Fukudome | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Kosuke Fukudome went 3-for-4 with a double, walk and RBI Saturday, May 7, against the Cincinnati Reds. He delivered the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to win it. Fukudome came in on a 2-for-25 (.080) slide. "He was good today and had a number of good at-bats...obviously none better than the last one."

OF | Michael Cuddyer | 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.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz said Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver has the best stuff in the game. "He threw me a 3-2 changeup on the black. I don't even think (Roy) Halladay can do that consistently," Ortiz said.

SP | Roy Oswalt | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Oswalt (back) is unlikely to return from the disabled list on time, which would be Friday, May 13.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (lat) is on track to get his first start of the season Wednesday, May 11, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SP Johan Santana (shoulder) will not have his return date affected by the transfer to the 60-day disabled list.

SP | Glen Perkins | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins RP Glen Perkins has allowed just one earned run while striking out 11 and walking five over 14 2/3 innings this season.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano (illness) said Sunday, May 8, that he was feeling much better after dealing with a sore throat over the weekend. He is on target to make his next scheduled start Tuesday, May 10.

SP | Bartolo Colon | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Bartolo Colon allowed five runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Texas Rangers Saturday, May 7, with one walk and four strikeouts. "Location was a problem today," Colon said after the game. "The pitches were over the place."

SP | Chris Volstad | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Chris Volstad (2-2) allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings in a loss to the Washington Nationals Saturday, May 7. He walked one and struck out five.

SP | Dan Hudson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Dan Hudson (3-4) allowed five hits and struck out six batters over seven scoreless innings in a victory over the San Diego Padres Saturday, May 7.

SP | Dillon Gee | New York Mets | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Mets P Dillon Gee could temporarily replace SP Chris Young (shoulder) in the team's starting rotation. However, his next turn would fall on Thursday, May 12, which is an off day between road series against the Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros.

SP | Derek Lowe | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Derek Lowe (blister, foot) said Saturday, May 7, that he is hopeful he'll be able to make his next scheduled start Friday, May 13, against the Atlanta Braves. He developed a blister on his right foot in an outing Friday, May 6.

SP | Joe Blanton | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Saturday, May 7, he expects SP Joe Blanton (elbow) to come off the 15-day disabled list to start Monday, May 9, against the Florida Marlins.

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander became only the seventh pitcher since 1954 to face the minimum number of batters in a no-hitter Saturday, May 7, against the Toronto Blue Jays. It was also the 17th time in major league history that there have been two no-hitters within a five-day span and the first since Florida Marlins SP Al Leiter and New York Yankees SP Dwight Gooden in 1996.

SP | Casey Coleman | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Casey Coleman put in extra work between outings with pitching coach Mark Riggins, and it paid off Saturday, May 7. Coleman allowed two runs and four hits while striking out six batters in six-plus innings against the Cincinnati Reds in a 98-pitch quality start and no-decision. "Me and (Riggins) worked two sides in between starts this time," Coleman said. "(We) figured some things out, stand taller from the stretch...(and we worked) on a four-seam fastball."

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz allowed just two hits and a walk over five scoreless innings for a win Saturday, May 7, against the Minnesota Twins. He struck out six in the 61-pitch abbreviated outing. Buchholz worked two innings, then the rains came, forcing him to sit through a delay of 2 hours and 7 minutes. Manager Terry Francona sent him back out in the third inning after Buchholz stayed loose during the delay by throwing simulated innings in the tunnel.

SP | Brian Duensing | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Brian Duensing worked just two innings Saturday, May 7, against the Boston Red Sox due to a lengthy rain delay. He allowed one earned run, three hits and a walk while striking out two batters in the abbreviated 33-pitch outing.

SP | Jeremy Guthrie | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jeremy Guthrie allowed seven earned runs and 10 hits over five innings in another loss Saturday, May 7, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Guthrie's record slipped to 1-5, while his ERA moved up to 4.09. "I think Tampa did a good job taking some balls the other way, and the mistakes he made, they took advantage of them," manager Buck Showalter said.


Relief Pitcher

RP | J.P. Howell | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Rays RP J.P. Howell (shoulder) worked one inning of scoreless relief in a rehab appearance at Triple-A Durham Saturday, May 7. Howell is on schedule to rejoin the Rays around May 15.

RP | David Aardsma | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP David Aardsma (forearm) is awaiting the results of an MRI on his right forearm that could determine the future of his rehab. "Right now, we're just evaluating the MRI," manager Eric Wedge said. "They're looking at it right now. The weekend doesn't help us, but hopefully we'll have something tomorrow."

RP | Jose Mijares | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Jose Mijares (illness) was sick Saturday, May 7, but he was fine the next day and was available to pitch.

RP | Fernando Salas | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Fernando Salas struck out the only batter he faced on three pitches Sunday, May 8, against the Milwaukee Brewers for his third save of the season.

RP | Jon Rauch | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said Saturday, May 7, that RPs Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch are sharing the closing duties. "The fact is, we have multiple ways we can go in those eighth and ninth inning matchups," Farrell said. "We're fortunate to have the type of options we have if we need them." However, it appears Francisco will get a majority of the chances, with Rauch used only for certain situations.

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said Saturday, May 7, that RPs Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch are sharing the closing duties. "The fact is, we have multiple ways we can go in those eighth and ninth inning matchups," Farrell said. "We're fortunate to have the type of options we have if we need them." However, it appears Francisco will get a majority of the chances, with Rauch used only for certain situations.

RP | Francisco Rodriguez | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Francisco Rodriguez worked a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts Saturday, May 7, against the Los Angeles Dodgers for his ninth save. Rodriguez finished his 11th game. He needs 44 more games finished in the final 129 contests for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012.

RP | Brad Lidge | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Brad Lidge (shoulder) said Saturday, May 7, that his arm feels a lot stronger after six days of a throwing program. He estimates a mid-June return from the 60-day disabled list.

RP | Clay Hensley | Florida Marlins | Injury, Transaction,
The Florida Marlins placed RP Clay Hensley (rib) on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, May 7, due to a left rib contusion. Hensley has been dealing with discomfort in his left shoulder blade area and rib cage for about a week.

RP | Ryan Franklin | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Saturday, May 7, that he would like to see RP Ryan Franklin get some future opportunities to finish games. "Whoever is available and whoever is hot," Mozeliak said about the closer-by-committee approach. "Still, we'd like to get Franklin into that mix. We have to make the opportunity available (to him). If you are in the snake-bitten mode the only way to get out of it is pitching."

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