Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 18, 2011 @ 08:54:39 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Derrek Lee | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Orioles 1B Derrek Lee (oblique) and SS Cesar Izturis (hand) are likely to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with his first major league triple, a run scored and RBI Tuesday, May 17, against the Cleveland Indians. He also posted his first career caught stealing.

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland (hamstring) missed his third consecutive start Tuesday, May 17, against the Chicago White Sox. He was held out of the lineup due to cooler weather in Chicago, although he did appear as a pinch hitter. Moreland, who is battling a sore left hamstring, will return Wednesday, May 18. "He'll be in there tomorrow in Kansas City," manager Ron Washington said.

1B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Michael Young went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout Tuesday, May 17, against the Chicago White Sox. The single extended his road hitting streak to 17 games.

1B | Carlos Pena | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Carlos Pena went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run Tuesday, May 17, against the Cincinnati Reds. Pena had three homers and 12 RBIs in his first 35 games, but he has two home runs and five RBIs in his past two starts.

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak (ankle) was in the starting lineup Tuesday, May 17, against the Minnesota Twins. He was lifted during the game Monday, May 16, after rolling his ankle.

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa said 1B Albert Pujols was impressive at third base Monday, May 16, but it isn't likely to be a common sighting the rest of the season. LaRussa said it is an option, however.

1B | Brett Wallace | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 1B Brett Wallace went 1-for-4 with his third home run of the year in a losing effort against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, May 17.

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind (back) will head to the team's spring training facilities in Florida to continue his rehab. The team is expecting to have him back Monday, May 23.

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton is taking the day off Tuesday, May 17, with 3B Ty Wigginton starting at first. 2B Jose Lopez will start at third and OF Ryan Spilborghs will play right field.


Second Baseman

2B | Jose Lopez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 2B Jose Lopez credits a mechanical adjustment for his 5-for-15 homestand. "I went back to raising my elbow a little more and keeping my chin on my shoulder," Lopez said. "I noticed a difference right away. The ball had more power when it came off the bat."

2B | Tsuyoshi Nishioka | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Twins 2B Tsuyoshi Nishioka (leg) is doing full baseball activities, including taking batting practice, sprinting and fielding grounders.

2B | Willie Bloomquist | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks IF/OF Willie Bloomquist (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday, May 18.

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley is not expected to be promoted from Triple-A Tacoma until he improves his defense, although they feel he is ready offensively. "You've got to do things for the right reasons at the right time for the organization, for the big-league team, for the players," manager Eric Wedge said Tuesday, May 17. "And not necessarily in that order, so we've got a day-to-day thought process here and we've got a big picture in mind right on top of it."

2B | Elliot Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Elliot Johnson, making the start at shortstop, went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk Tuesday, May 17, against the New York Yankees. He has homered in back-to-back starts.

2B | Skip Schumaker | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Skip Schumaker (elbow, triceps) will head to Florida Wednesday, May 18, to begin a rehab assignment. He is expected to report to extended spring training and will take several at-bats per day. It's uncertain if or when he'll move to one of the affiliates and when he is expected back in St. Louis.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee) has a scheduled day off in his rehab assignment Tuesday, May 17.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts and 1B Derrek Lee (oblique) are not in the starting lineup Tuesday, May 17. SS Robert Andino is starting at second and 1B Jake Fox is filling in at first.

2B | Jonathan Herrera | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 2B Jonathan Herrera draws a line in the batter's box from the apex of the pentagon of home plate to the position of his back foot in the box. He will then draw a line that moves from the front edge of the plate to the edge of the batter's box. "It works for me because I used to throw my (front) foot a little toward home plate (rather than toward the mound)," Herrera said. "I'd hit the ball middle-away pretty well, but I used to have trouble with the one inside. I want to stay inside-out with my swing. When I made those lines, it made me more consistent. I can recognize when I move my foot toward home plate, rather than staying square."

2B | Freddy Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, San Francisco Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez (knee) was out of the lineup Tuesday, May 17, because he has some swelling in his left knee.

2B | Orlando Hudson | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Orlando Hudson (hamstring) is set to be activated from the disabled list Thursday, May 19. As a result, 2B Logan Forsythe was sent back to the minors Tuesday, May 17.

2B | Bill Hall | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Bill Hall took the day off Tuesday, May 17, with SS Angel Sanchez filling in at second.

2B | Jeff Keppinger | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Jeff Keppinger (foot) fouled a ball off his surgically repaired left foot Monday, May 16, during his rehab game with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He went 0-for-4 with three fly outs in the game. Keppinger is OK and was back in the lineup Tuesday, May 17.


Shortstop

SS | Manny Machado | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Orioles SS Manny Machado (knee) could begin throwing and performing other baseball activities this weekend. Once cleared to begin baseball activities, he would be about a week away from returning to game action. He could be back at Class A Delmarva around June 1.

SS | Jason Bartlett | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Jason Bartlett went 1-for-3 with an RBI Tuesday, May 17, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has driven in at least one run in each of his past nine games, matching the franchise record set by Sixto Lezcano in 1982, and tied by OF Steve Finley in 1996.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Tuesday, May 17, against the Kansas City Royals. Cabrera has already set a career-high with seven home runs.

SS | Ruben Tejada | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Ruben Tejada, who will play second base with 3B David Wright (back) on the disabled list, could stick with the team for the long term if he plays well. Manager Terry Collins is impressed with Tejada's defensive abilities. "I certainly can't sit here today and predict what will happen with him," Collins said. "(But) if he comes here and plays the way I've seen him play in the past, I mean you gotta figure out how to keep him, and we'll end up trying to do that."

SS | Reid Brignac | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said SS Elliot Johnson will be seeing more time at shortstop at the expense of SS Reid Brignac. However, he stopped short of saying that it is a straight platoon at the position.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki hit his 11th home run in a winning effort Tuesday, May 17. He went 1-for-3 in the game with one run and one RBI.

SS | Marco Scutaro | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Marco Scutaro (oblique) has not been cleared to swing a bat and will not be until he is pain-free.

SS | Paul Janish | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Paul Janish (ankle) is in the starting lineup Tuesday, May 17.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez went 0-for-6 with seven runners left on base while hitting second in the lineup Monday, May 16, for the first time since 2006.


Third Baseman

3B | Dallas McPherson | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Dallas McPherson had a single up the middle in the eighth inning Tuesday, May 17, against the Texas Rangers. It was his first major league hit since 2008.

3B | Brent Morel | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Brent Morel went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer Tuesday, May 17, against the Texas Rangers. "(Morel) needed and we needed that one, just to wake up," manager Ozzie Guillen said.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez snapped out of his funk with a pair of solo home runs Tuesday, May 17, against the Tampa Bay Rays. He entered play mired in a 16-for-91 (.175) slide with just two homers since April 16.

3B | Nick Punto | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B Nick Punto (elbow) was unavailable to start Tuesday, May 17, due to discomfort in his right elbow.

3B | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig made a start at second base Tuesday, May 17, with 3B Nick Punto (elbow) unavailable due to injury.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (knee) thinks he can avoid arthroscopic knee surgery after testing his knee Tuesday, May 17. "I can only go on how I feel today, and I feel a lot better than two days ago," Jones said. "If things change over the next couple of days, then we'll adjust, but hopefully they won't."

3B | Juan Francisco | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Transaction
The Cincinnati Reds activated 3B Juan Francisco (calf) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, May 17, and optioned him to Triple-A Louisville. He hit .333 (10-for-30) with one home run and seven RBIs in six games in his rehab with Louisville.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets placed 3B David Wright (back) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, May 17, with a stress fracture in his lower back. The DL stint is retroactive to May 16. In a corresponding move, the team recalled OF Nick Evans from Triple-A Buffalo.

The team sought a second opinion, which confirmed the initial diagnosis. Wright will not require surgery. It was initially believed that the team would let Wright rest for 10 days and then have him resume baseball activities.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley is batting .360 (18-for-50) and has hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games.

3B | Chris D. Johnson | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros IF Matt Downs started over 3B Chris D. Johnson (wrist) at third base for the second straight day Tuesday, May 17. "How about that? Here's a guy that, since the start of the season, he's said, 'I know my role and I'm going to be ready for whatever my role is,'" manager Bradley Mills said. "He just continues to square up balls and play his tail off."

Downs is not seeing more playing time because of Johnson's lingering bone bruise on his right wrist.

3B | Mark Teahen | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox placed 3B Mark Teahen (oblique) on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique Tuesday, May 17, and recalled 3B Dallas McPherson from the minors in a corresponding move.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (hand) expects to be swinging with some pain when he returns to the team, especially from the left side of the plate.


Catcher

C | Miguel Montero | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks C Miguel Montero went 2-for-2 with a double, walk, run scored and two RBIs Tuesday, May 17, against the San Diego Padres. He also threw out two would-be base stealers.

C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz got the night off Tuesday, May 17, against the St. Louis Cardinals due to a 1-for-32 slump.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, walk and two runs scored Tuesday, May 17, against the Kansas City Royals. Santana, who leads the team in walks, is batting just .233 this season. However, manager Manny Acta has stuck with him in the cleanup spot, figuring those walks will turn into hits. "He's not trying to walk," Acta said. "He's looking to hit and then walk. They're pitching him very carefully. This guy has earned the respect of a lot of people."

C | Yorvit Torrealba | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Yorvit Torrealba is 3-for-23 this season with runners in scoring position. He popped out to shortstop in the seventh inning with runners at first and third Tuesday, May 17, against the Chicago White Sox.

C | Ramon Hernandez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Ramon Hernandez went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored Tuesday, May 17, against the Chicago Cubs to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. It is the longest such streak by any Cincinnati player this season.

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann tied the game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 17, with a pinch-hit solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, then hit a two-run bomb to win the game in the 11th inning. He now has four homers this year. McCann went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs in the game.

C | John Buck | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins C John Buck (forearm) is back in the starting lineup Tuesday, May 17, after being hit on the right forearm by a pitch Monday, May 16.

C | Mike Rivera | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction,
The Milwaukee Brewers recalled C Mike Rivera from the minors and designated RP Sean Green for assignment in a corresponding move Tuesday, May 17. RP Mitch Stetter (hip) was also placed on the 15-day disabled list with labral irritation in his left hip.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy is not considering dropping C Buster Posey from the cleanup spot in the lineup.


Outfielder

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler is hitting a team-best .393 with runners in scoring position.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (stomach) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday, May 18.

OF | Colby Rasmus | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Colby Rasmus (abdominal) said Tuesday, May 17, that he was ready to play, and got a favorable report from the team's medical staff Monday, May 16. Rasmus said he was originally injured lifting weights two weeks ago.

OF | Carlos Peguero | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners are likely to demote OFs Carlos Peguero or Mike Wilson to Triple-A Tacoma once OF Franklin Gutierrez (stomach) is ready to re-join the team.

OF | Michael Brantley | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley went 1-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI Tuesday, May 17, against the Kansas City Royals. Brantley, who is seeing regular starts again with OF Grady Sizemore (knee) on the 15-day disabled list, is 9-for-24 during a six-game hitting streak.

OF | Leonys Martin | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Leonys Martin (finger) was scratched from the lineup Tuesday, May 17, at Double-A Frisco due to a sore left ring finger. Martin, who does not feel the finger is broken, is awaiting results from an X-ray. He is considered day to day.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (hand) took early batting practice Tuesday, May 17, and then returned to Texas to be re-evaluated by a team physician. If cleared, Hamilton will play two rehab games with Double-A Frisco starting Wednesday, May 18, before heading to Triple-A Round Rock for three games.

OF | Marlon Byrd | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Marlon Byrd snapped his career-high 16-game hitting streak in grand fashion Tuesday, May 17, against the Cincinnati Reds, striking out four times in four at-bats.

OF | Tony Campana | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Tony Campana, in his first major league at-bat, doubled in a run Tuesday, May 17, against the Cincinnati Reds. He was recalled from Triple-A Iowa earlier in the day.

OF | Chris Dickerson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Chris Dickerson made a rare start Tuesday, May 17, against the Tampa Bay Rays, finishing 1-for-3 with an RBI and a strikeout. He got the call with OF Nick Swisher (illness) under the weather.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI Tuesday, May 17, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Gardner also laid down a successful bunt.

OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher (illness) was out of the lineup Tuesday, May 17, against the Tampa Bay Rays due to a stomach virus.

OF | Will Venable | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Will Venable (hand) missed his second straight start Tuesday, May 17, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Venable was injured during a slide in the game Sunday, May 15.

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (knee) was not in the starting lineup Tuesday, May 17, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was lifted Monday, May 16, due to patellar tendinitis in his right knee. He is considered day to day.

OF | Nick Evans | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Nick Evans is expected to see at-bats against left-handed pitchers and will back up 2B Daniel Murphy at first base and 2B Justin Turner at third base.

OF | Raul Ibanez | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Raul Ibanez and C Carlos Ruiz are both taking the day off Tuesday, May 17. OF John Mayberry Jr. is starting in left and C Dane Sardinha is behind the plate.

OF | Shane Victorino | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) will miss at least the next few days as he recovers. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Victorino will need more tests when the team returns home.

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (thumb) has returned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley's lineup Tuesday, May 17.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff is saying that OF Grady Sizemore's (knee) injury is not a long-term concern. The soreness in his knee gets worse when he runs laterally or makes sudden moves in a certain direction. The team is optimistic that Sizemore can return when he is eligible May 26.

OF | Aaron Rowand | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Aaron Rowand went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in a loss against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday, May 17.

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz (quadriceps) went 1-for-4 as the designated hitter with Double-A Frisco in the second game of his rehab assignment Tuesday, May 17. He is expected to play right field Wednesday, May 18, and Thursday, May 19, before returning to the team.

OF | John Drennen | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
Cleveland Indians OF John Drennen was suspended 50 games Tuesday, May 17, for testing positive for Clomiphene, a performance-enhancing substance.

OF | Dayan Viciedo | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen explained that the team did not recall OF Dayan Viciedo because they want him to be able to play every day.

OF | Juan Pierre | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Juan Pierre is out of the lineup Tuesday, May 17, with SS Brent Lillibridge starting in left and batting leadoff.

OF | Angel Pagan | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Angel Pagan (oblique) had three hits in a simulated game in Florida Tuesday, May 17.

OF | Andres Torres | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Andres Torres is wearing rubber cleats and has been wearing a rubber pad around his left heel to prevent against re-injuring his Achilles'.

OF | Drew Stubbs | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Drew Stubbs is batting .327 and has reached base at least twice in each of the last nine games in the month of May. He is tied for the National League lead in runs with 32.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford is receiving a breather Tuesday, May 17, with OF Darnell McDonald filling in for him in left field.

OF | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the club has no plans to recall 1B Brandon Belt from Triple-A Fresno. Belt is batting .384 with a 1.087 OPS.

OF | Jason Repko | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Jason Repko (quadriceps) has moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A Rochester.

OF | Eric Thames | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said OF Eric Thames will see time in left field and at designated hitter with 1B Adam Lind (back) on the disabled list. "He has continued what he did at Spring Training throughout the course of the year so far," Farrell said of Thames, who was hitting .342 with 25 extra-base hits in 36 games. "I think it's time to take a look at what Eric can do for us."

OF | Jay Gibbons | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Jay Gibbons received the start in left field Monday, May 16, and manager Don Mattingly said he will continue to play matchups when decided who his left fielder will be. OFs Jerry Sands and Tony Gwynn Jr. have also split time there.

The Dodgers' left fielders are hitting just .200 as a unit, with Sands batting .194 in 22 games since he was recalled. Gwynn is batting .224 in 35 games. "We need a left fielder, we need production out there," Mattingly said. "We've got to figure out a way to do that. But we can't just sit here and 'I Dream of Jeannie' and rub the jar and somebody shows up. We've got to deal with what we have. We've got to find production some way, somehow."


Starting Pitcher

SP | Armando Galarraga | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Armando Galarraga was designated for assignment.

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Hiroki Kuroda allowed six hits and three walks while fanning seven in 7 2/3 shutout innings to beat the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday, May 17.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Gio Gonzalez allowed one hit and a walk while fanning seven in seven shutout innings to beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Tuesday, May 17.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano allowed a run on three hits and a walk while fanning a season-high nine batters in eight innings to beat the Seattle Mariners Tuesday, May 17.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez allowed two runs, all in the first inning, three hits and three walks while fanning nine in eight innings in his loss to the Minnesota Twins Tuesday, May 17.

SP | Dan Hudson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Dan Hudson allowed just one earned run, eight hits and two walks over seven innings in a win Tuesday, May 17, against the San Diego Padres. Hudson struck out six batters in the 110-pitch performance. After starting the season 0-4 with a 5.92 ERA, Hudson is 4-1 with a 2.67 ERA over his past five outings dating back to April 21.

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Tim Stauffer allowed four earned runs, seven hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings in a loss Tuesday, May 17, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also struck out six batters in the 97-pitch effort.

SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia allowed one unearned run and five hits over eight innings in a no-decision Tuesday, May 17, against the Philadelphia Phillies. He also struck out five in the 103-pitch quality start, lowering his ERA to 1.64, which is tied for the league lead. He has 26 strikeouts and six walks at Busch Stadium this season.

SP | Roy Oswalt | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Oswalt (back) allowed just one earned run, seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision Tuesday, May 17, against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was his first start since coming off the 15-day disabled list due to lower back inflammation. "A few two-out hits hurt me," Oswalt said. "Overall, my velocity was a little bit better. Strength-wise was a little bit better."

SP | Jeremy Guthrie | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jeremy Guthrie will make his next scheduled start Thursday, May 19, against the New York Yankees. He gets an extra day of rest following the rainout Tuesday, May 17.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton will be pushed back to start Wednesday, May 18, against the New York Yankees, following the rainout Tuesday, May 17.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman (back) appears to be on track to make his next scheduled start this weekend against the Washington Nationals, manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday, May 17. Tillman received treatment Tuesday. "He's got some post-start soreness, so I feel a lot better about getting him out of there yesterday, but (head athletic trainer) Richie (Bancells) think he'll make his next start," Showalter said.

SP | Sean O'Sullivan | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Sean O'Sullivan allowed six earned runs, eight hits and two walks over five innings in a loss Tuesday, May 17, against the Cleveland Indians. "Obviously, that's not what I wanted to do," O'Sullivan said. "I just wasn't real sharp with any of my pitches tonight."

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) allowed five runs, eight hits and two walks in four innings in another extended spring training appearance Tuesday, May 17. He also recorded three strikeouts.

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks allowed three runs - two earned - and four hits over 6 1/3 innings Tuesday, May 17, against the Texas Rangers. He also walked a career-high six batters and struck out two in the 113-pitch quality start. However, he managed to get just 65 of his pitches over for strikes.

SP | Edinson Volquez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Edinson Volquez allowed three earned runs, three hits and a walk over six innings in a no-decision Tuesday, May 17, against the Chicago Cubs. He also struck out nine batters in the 97-pitch quality start. It was the first quality start for Volquez since April 11, a span of six starts.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza allowed three unearned runs, five hits and four walks over six innings in a start Tuesday, May 17, against the Cincinnati Reds. He also struck out three batters in the 105-pitch quality start. Garza has lasted six or more innings in seven of his nine outings this season.

SP | Randy Wells | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Randy Wells (forearm) made his first minor league rehab start with Class A Quad Cities Tuesday, May 17. He allowed one earned run in 3 2/3 innings in a loss. If he is feeling good Wednesday, May 18, the Cubs will move him to Triple-A Iowa to make his next start Sunday, May 22.

SP | James Shields | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP James Shields allowed four runs - three earned - and eight hits over seven innings in a loss Tuesday, May 17, against the New York Yankees. He was able to log nine strikeouts in the 102-pitch quality start. Shields came in with wins in four consecutive starts.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova allowed one earned run, four hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings in a win Tuesday, May 17, against the Tampa Bay Rays. He also struck out four batters in the 100-pitch performance. Nova has won three of his past four starts, going 3-1 with a 2.86 ERA during the span.

SP | Gavin Floyd | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen tweaked his starting rotation, moving SP Gavin Floyd up a day to start Thursday, May 19, against the Cleveland Indians.

SP | Philip Humber | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen shuffled his starting rotation, pushing SP Philip Humber back a day to start Friday, May 20, against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) will be placed on the disabled list Wednesday, May 18, after an MRI exam revealed a sprained right elbow. SP Clay Buchholz will start Wednesday, followed by SPs Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Alfredo Aceves and Tim Wakefield.

P Michael Bowden has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding move and will pitch out of the bullpen.

SP | Andrew Cashner | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Andrew Cashner (shoulder) underwent an MRI exam which revealed inflammation in the same spot he injured in early April. Cashner could wind up being out until after the All-Star break.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three earned runs and eight hits while striking out seven and walking just one in seven innings in a no-decision against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, May 17. He has yet to win since Sept. 17 of last year.

SP | Nathan Adcock | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Nathan Adcock will make a start against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 21.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Wandy Rodriguez threw a five-hit shutout in eight innings versus the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, May 17, but came away with a no-decision. It was his sixth straight start going at least seven innings. Rodriguez struck out six and walked two while throwing 113 pitches.

SP | Derek Lowe | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Derek Lowe allowed five hits and one run while walking none and striking out four in seven innings in a no-decision against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 17.

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Dallas Braden (shoulder) underwent successful surgery Tuesday, May 17, but he is expected to miss the rest of the season.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton will be moved to Wednesday, May 18, after the team's game against the Washington Nationals was postponed Tuesday, May 17.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito (foot) is working with pitching coach Dave Righetti to reduce the way he "wraps" the ball when he cocks his wrist. He is trying to find ways to increase the velocity on his fastball.

Zito was throwing his fastball at 86 to 87 mph last year but is topping out at 83 mph this season before he sprained his foot April 16. "He's always been a big wrapper," Righetti said. "We're trying to get him to keep it to a minimum, but it's not easy. He's been throwing that way for a long time. It affects the arm speed on his curveball."

SP | Rich Harden | Oakland Athletics | Injury,
Oakland Athletics SP Rich Harden (shoulder) continues to work his way through shoulder strengthening exercises and there is no timetable for his return. Manager Bob Geren said Harden could be cleared to throw "relatively soon."

SP | Kyle Davies | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals placed SP Kyle Davies (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, May 16, and activated RP Robinson Tejeda (shoulder) from the DL in a corresponding move.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis effectively used his slider during his complete-game victory over the Chicago White Sox Monday, May 16. Entering the game Monday, 19 of his 31 strikeouts this year came via the slider. Lewis threw the slider 28 times and racked up three strikeouts against the White Sox.

Before his start, opponents had a swing-and-miss percentage of just 30 percent on his slider, but White Sox hitters swung and missed 60 percent of the time against the slider Monday. The location of his sliders were also key; only one of the 24 sliders he threw against righties was put into play.

SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann has been skipped in the rotation after the rainout Tuesday, May 17.

SP | Josh M. Johnson | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Florida Marlins SP Josh M. Johnson (forearm) had X-rays on his right forearm, which were negative. He hopes to make his next start, but there's no guarantee he will make it.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz (intercostal) will make his next rehab start at Double-A Bowie Saturday, May 21.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Jose Contreras | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies RP Jose Contreras (elbow) will make his first rehab appearance at Triple-A Lehigh Valley Wednesday, May 18.

RP | Jose Mijares | Minnesota Twins | Injury
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Twins RP Jose Mijares (elbow) had an MRI reveal no significant damage to his left elbow.

RP | Vicente Padilla | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Vicente Padilla (forearm) was unavailable Tuesday, May 17, against the Milwaukee Brewers due to forearm stiffness. RP Matt Guerrier was used in the save chance Tuesday, and he successfully converted.

RP | Michael Stutes | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury,
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies RP Michael Stutes (back) suffered a strained muscle in his back during his appearance Tuesday, May 17, against the St. Louis Cardinals. He said he had pain in the middle of his back.

RP | David Aardsma | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners RP David Aardsma (hip) said Tuesday, May 17, that he'll pitch in 2011. "I will pitch this year," Aardsma said. "If I don't pitch this year, something will really be wrong." He has been slow to recover from offseason hip surgery.

RP | Michael Bowden | Boston Red Sox | Transaction,
Boston Red Sox RP Michael Bowden, who will officially be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket Wednesday, May 18, will start his eighth stint with the team since 2008. "I feel good, I'm confident out of the bullpen, I'm throwing the ball well. I'm just excited to be here," Bowden said.

RP | Dan Wheeler | Boston Red Sox | Injury,
The Boston Red Sox expect to get RP Dan Wheeler (calf) back from the 15-day disabled list Friday, May 20.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez, pitching for the first time in a week, allowed an earned run, hit and two walks in the ninth inning Tuesday, May 17, against the Kansas City Royals. Manager Manny Acta wanted to get him some work before a two-game set against the Chicago White Sox starting Wednesday, May 18.

RP | Sergio Santos | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox RP Sergio Santos worked a perfect ninth inning Tuesday, May 17, against the Texas Rangers for his sixth save in as many opportunities. He has not allowed an earned run in 20 innings over 16 relief appearances, and he lowered his WHIP to 0.85.

RP | Francisco Cordero | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Nick Masset worked a scoreless ninth inning for his first save of the season Tuesday, May 17, against the Chicago Cubs. He was filling in for RP Francisco Cordero, who had pitched in each of the past four days.

RP | Rafael Soriano | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, the MRI results for New York Yankees RP Rafael Soriano (elbow) Tuesday, May 17, showed just inflammation and no structural damage.

RP | Brian Tallet | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Brian Tallet (hand) worked two perfect innings with five strikeouts in a minor league appearance with Class A Quad Cities Tuesday, May 17.

RP | Joaquin Benoit | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Tuesday, May 17, that RP Joaquin Benoit will be removed from the setup role for now, as he has struggled mightily. Benoit is 1-2 with one blown save and a 12.46 ERA in just 4 1/3 innings over four appearances in the month of May.

RP | Cory Gearrin | Atlanta Braves | Transaction,
The Atlanta Braves optioned RP Cory Gearrin to Triple-A Gwinnett Tuesday, May 17, to make room on the roster for SP Julio Teheran, who has a spot start awaiting him Wednesday, May 18.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Rafael Soriano (elbow), who was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, May 17, had his MRI exam come back "clean." Soriano does not think his injury is related to when he had elbow surgery in 2008.

With Soriano down, RPs David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain will both see chances to pitch in the eighth inning as the setup man.

RP | J.P. Howell | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP J.P. Howell (shoulder) allowed two hits and one earned run while striking out two in 1 1/3 innings with Triple-A Durham Tuesday, May 17, in his final rehab outing. He is expected to rejoin the team Friday, May 20.

RP | Huston Street | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies RP Huston Street picked up his 14th save in 15 chances against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, May 17. He allowed one single and struck out one in the outing.

RP | Fernando Abad | Houston Astros | Transaction,
The Houston Astros recalled RP Fernando Rodriguez from Triple-A Oklahoma City Tuesday, May 17, and optioned RP Fernando Abad in a corresponding move.

RP | Bobby Jenks | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Bobby Jenks (biceps) played catch from 60 feet Tuesday, May 17, for the first time since being shut down. He is expected to increase the distance Wednesday, May 18, and will likely need to go on a rehab assignment.

RP | Mark Melancon | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros RP Mark Melancon blew the save against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, May 17, by allowing a solo home run in the ninth inning. The team has converted just five of their 16 save chances this year.

RP | Peter Moylan | Atlanta Braves | Injury,
Atlanta Braves RP Peter Moylan (back) underwent successful surgery on a bulging disc in his lower back Tuesday, May 17, and is expected to miss two to three months.

RP | Zach Miner | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Transaction,
The Kansas City Royals activated RP Zach Miner (elbow) from the disabled list Tuesday, May 17, and assigned him to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

RP | Evan Meek | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Evan Meek (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Indianapolis again Tuesday, May 17, and will be re-evaluated after.

RP | Randy Flores | New York Yankees | Transaction,
The New York Yankees signed free-agent RP Randy Flores (Padres) to a minor league deal Tuesday, May 17.

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Jonathan Broxton (elbow), who has been playing catch for the last two days, said there is no more pain in his right elbow.

RP | Michael Wuertz | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Michael Wuertz has allowed no runs, one hit and has struck out 13 in 9 1/3 innings since returning from the disabled list. He is crediting his success with the return of his sharp slider. "I think I'm getting ahead of counts with my fastball, and any time you can do that really helps me to be able to use my slider to put away guys," Wuertz said. "Obviously, it's somewhat back to where I want it to be, but there's still room for improvement, which is a good thing based on how it's looking now."

RP | Andrew Bailey | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Bailey (forearm) will throw again in extended spring training Tuesday, May 17, rather than head off on a rehab assignment. Bailey would need a handful of minor league appearances before returning to the team.

Facebook Twitter Google +

About KFFL Staff

KFFL, part of USA TODAY Sports, has been turning fantasy sports players into winners since 1996!

We are your one stop for all of your fantasy football, baseball, NASCAR, hockey and basketball needs all year long.


Don't miss these great reports....

What do you think? Sound off!



Recent KFFL releases