Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 25, 2011 @ 08:57:30 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
A scout suggested that St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols has been too pull-conscious at the plate, and opposing pitchers are pitching him away successfully. "He's not the same guy right now," the scout said. "He's pull-happy. He's not interested in going the other way anymore."

1B | Jason Giambi | Colorado Rockies | Injury
Colorado Rockies 1B Jason Giambi (elbow) was hit on the right elbow by a pitch in the fourth inning of the nightcap of a doubleheader Tuesday, May 24, and left the game in the eighth when it started to swell.

1B | James Loney | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 1B James Loney extended his hitting streak to 10 games Tuesday, May 24.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox DH Adam Dunn snapped a 3-for-33 slump with a home run Tuesday, May 24.

1B | Carlos Pena | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Carlos Pena ws hitless in four at-bats wih a walk and three strikeouts Tuesday, May 24, against the New York Mets. He is hitless in 15 straight at-bats over the past four games, dropping his average from .237 to .209 just since May 19.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira had a walk-off single with two outs in the ninth inning Tuesday, May 24, against the Toronto Blue Jays. Teixeira has hit safely in seven of the past eight games.

1B | Nick Johnson | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 1B Nick Johnson (wrist) is playing games in extended spring training, but he hasn't gone nine innings yet. Johnson continues to recover from surgery on his right wrist.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez had an RBI double Tuesday, May 24, against the Cleveland Indians. He is batting .520 (13-for-25) with runners in scoring position with two outs this season.

1B | Billy Butler | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with an RBI Tuesday, May 24, against the Baltimore Orioles. He now has at least one hit in 121 consecutive series, which is the second-longest active streak in the majors behind Orioles OF Nick Markakis (155).

1B | Derrek Lee | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday, May 24, that 1B Derrek Lee (oblique) shoulder be ready to come off the 15-day disabled list June 1.

1B | Ross Gload | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said 1B Ross Gload (hip) was unavailable for the game Tuesday, May 24, due to a hip ailment.

1B | Dan Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
Tampa Bay Rays 1B Dan Johnson cleared waivers Tuesday, May 24, and accepted his assignment to Triple-A Durham.

1B | Juan Miranda | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Juan Miranda (hand) was scratched from the lineup in the team's first game of a doubleheader Tuesday, May 24. Miranda was hit in the hand the other day by a pitch. OF Xavier Nady will start at first base.


Second Baseman

2B | Elliot Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction
Tampa Bay Rays IF Elliot Johnson (knee) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee, and SS Reid Brignac was activated from the bereavement list.

2B | Martin Prado | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Martin Prado is out of the lineup Wednesday, May 25.

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (ankle) returned to the lineup Wednesday, May 25.

2B | Jeff Baker | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 2B Jeff Baker (groin) was available as a pinch hitter Tuesday, May 24, against the New York Mets. He did not get into the game.

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips was moved to the second spot in manager Dusty Baker's order Tuesday, May 24, against the Philadelphia Phillies after batting cleanup for the past 26 games. Phillips went 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and an RBI Tuesday, May 24, against the Toronto Blue Jays. However, he also recorded his fifth error. He had a total of just three errors in 2010.

2B | Brendan Ryan | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SS Brendan Ryan went 3-for-3 Tuesday, May 24, against the Minnesota Twins, and none of his hits left the infield.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (headaches) will miss at least three more weeks with concussion-like symptoms, and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said the team could be without Roberts for longer than that.

After visiting with a concussion specialist Tuesday, May 24, he was advised to rest for the next two weeks and then be re-evaluated. "The fearing is not going to get anything done," MacPhail said of the concern over Roberts' DL stay being a long one. "It could (linger) or it couldn't. You just have to let things play out. I think there are different indications, different players that historically they missed much longer than people expected and others came back relatively quickly. You got to take them individually."

He is expected to be moved to the 15-day disabled list. Right now, 2Bs Robert Andino and Ryan Adams are the team's options at second base.

2B | Tsuyoshi Nishioka | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 2B Tsuyoshi Nishioka (leg) will go through some sliding drills Thursday, May 26, to test his broken left leg.

2B | Brooks Conrad | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 2B Dan Uggla, who is 2-for-21 (.095) in the first five games of the team's road trip, is being benched Tuesday, May 24. "I couldn't argue my way back into the lineup today," said Uggla. "It's one of those things where he could tell I was really frustrated, and he wanted to let me have a little break." IF Brooks Conrad is starting at second in his place.

2B | Howard Kendrick | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B Howard Kendrick (hamstring) received a cortisone injection in his leg before the game Saturday, May 21. The team remains optimistic that he can avoid the disabled list.


Shortstop

SS | Reid Brignac | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction
Tampa Bay Rays IF Elliot Johnson (knee) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee, and SS Reid Brignac was activated from the bereavement list.

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney and SS Starlin Castro each drove in two runs Tuesday, May 24, against the New York Mets. Each player has 23 RBIs, tying OF Alfonso Soriano for the team lead.

SS | Yunel Escobar | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar went 1-for-3 Tuesday, May 24, agianst the New York Yankees. He was serving as the cleanup hitter Monday, May 23.

SS | Cesar Izturis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles SS Cesar Izturis (elbow) underwent successful surgery on his right elbow Tuesday, May 24, and is not expected to resume baseball activities for roughly two months.

SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said SS Eduardo Nunez is expected to play more against left-handed pitchers with SS Derek Jeter serving as the designated hitter. "I feel like this young man has a lot of upside," Girardi said of Nunez. "He's swung the bat well for us. I think (he's) a young man that's exciting whenever he goes out there, because of his speed and what he brings to the game. This is a kid that we have high hopes for, and he's gonna see some time against left-handers."

SS | Brian Bixler | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SS Brian Bixler is starting in left field against a left-handed pitcher Tuesday, May 24.

SS | Alex Cintron | Retired Players | Transaction
San Diego Padres SS Alex Cintron announced his retirement Tuesday, May 24.

SS | Alex Gonzalez | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves are currently searching for a right-handed hitting outfielder and a utility infielder who can back up SS Alex Gonzalez at shortstop.

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew and 2B Kelly Johnson are out of the lineup for the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday, May 24. IF Willie Bloomquist is at shortstop and 2B Ryan Roberts is playing second. Also, C Miguel Montero is being replaced by C Henry Blanco.


Third Baseman

3B | Kevin Youkilis | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis (hand) was scratched Wednesday, May 25, with a sore left hand. He was replaced by IF Drew Sutton.

3B | Scott Rolen | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker used 3B Scott Rolen in the cleanup spot Tuesday, May 24, against the Philadelphia Phillies in place of 2B Brandon Phillips. Rolen finished 2-for-5 with a run scored and RBI. Rolen has hit safely in nine of his 11 games since returning from the 15-day disabled list, but he has no homers during the stretch.

3B | Brandon Inge | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Brandon Inge is resting Tuesday, May 24, with OF Don Kelly filling in at third base and hitting second.


Catcher

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana is out of the lineup Wednesday, May 25.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey extended his hitting streak to 12 games Tuesday, May 24.

C | Nick Hundley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Nick Hundley (side) is about a week away from returning, and the team will know by Friday, May 27, if he can begin taking swings.

C | Jonathan Lucroy | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy hit a solo homer and a go-ahead, two-run single Tuesday, May 24. He's hitting .333 on the season.

C | Geovany Soto | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs C Geovany Soto (groin) is scheduled to play in an extended spring training game Wednesday, May 25. Barring any setbacks, he'll then move on to Double-A Tennessee for a pair of games. He might return from the 15-day disabled list this weekend.

C | Russell Martin | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees C Russell Martin went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs Tuesday, May 24, against the Toronto Blue Jays. Martin is an Ontario native.

C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs Tuesday, May 24, against the Tampa Bay Rays.

C | Jason Varitek | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Jason Varitek had a home run with two RBIs in three at-bats Tuesday, May 24, against the Cleveland Indians. He has six homers since turning 38, tying Elston Howard for the most by a Red Sox catcher past that age. His two RBIs also broke a tie with OF Mike Greenwell (726) for 13th place on the franchise's all-time RBIs list.

C | Chris Snyder | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Chris Snyder went 2-for-3 with a strikeout Tuesday, May 24, against the Atlanta Braves. Snyder limped into the game Tuesday, going 4-for-28 (.143) over the past nine games to lower his average from .317 to .246 before the multi-hit effort.

C | Miguel Olivo | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Miguel Olivo went 2-for-4 with a double and home run, his fourth of the season, Tuesday, May 24, against the Minnesota Twins. Over the past five games, Olivo is 8-for-17 with two doubles, two home runs, six runs scored and three RBIs.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer (leg), who is set to make a rehab appearance in an extended spring game Wednesday, May 25, will not throw for about a week, according to manager Ron Gardenhire. "He's just doing blocking drills and all those things," Gardenhire said. "But he's not going to throw for six or seven days, so he's just DH-ing. He's doing catching drills, and his legs feel great."

C | Henry Blanco | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks C Henry Blanco went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in a losing effort in Game 1 of a doubleheader Tuesday, May 24.

C | J.R. Towles | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros C J.R. Towles has been working with hitting coach Mike Barnett on getting his hands back, which he hopes will help him get the bat on the ball sooner. "I still have confidence in myself," Towles said. "I've gone through some down times before, and it's definitely not the worst thing out there. I'm still healthy and still seeing the ball well, and as long as I'm seeing the ball it's going to be OK. I'd really have a problem if I wasn't. I have to keep a good attitude and control what I can control."

C | Gerald Laird | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Gerald Laird (finger) is wearing a hard cast on his broken index finger.


Outfielder

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) is running the bases Wednesday, May 25.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner and DH Jorge Posada are out of the lineup Wednesday, May 25. 3B Alex Rodriguez is the designated hitter, and OF Andruw Jones is in left field.

OF | J.D. Drew | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF J.D. Drew (hamstring) is out Wednesday, May 25, with a slight right hamstring strain.

OF | David DeJesus | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF David DeJesus hit two homers and drove in four runs Tuesday, May 24.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun was ejected for slamming his helmet down in frustration after a close play at first base Tuesday, May 24. His 13-game hitting streak was snapped in the game.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Mike Morse hit a grand slam Tuesday, May 24.

OF | Jerry Sands | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Jerry Sands hit a grand slam Tuesday, May 24.

OF | Carlos Quentin | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Carlos Quentin hit a career-high three homers and drove in five runs Tuesday, May 24.

OF | Conor Jackson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Conor Jackson made his first start at third base Monday, May 23. Third base is the position he played while at the University of California.

OF | Lou Montanez | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Lou Montanez was given the start Tuesday, May 24, against the New York Mets. He finished 2-for-4 with a double, walk, two runs scored and RBI in his season debut. Montanez was originally drafted No. 3 overall by the Cubs in 2000.

OF | Marlon Byrd | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Marlon Byrd (head) saw a specialist Tuesday, May 24, at a Chicago-area hospital. He will be limited to walking for the next one to two weeks after suffering multiple facial fractues Saturday, May 21, against the Boston Red Sox. There is no timetable for his return.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay (calf) said he'll return to the lineup Wednesday, May 25, against the Chicago Cubs. Bay, who was pulled Tuesday, May 24 due to tightness in his right calf, said he could have continued in a closer game.

OF | Raul Ibanez | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Raul Ibanez went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and RBI Tuesday, May 24, against the Cincinnati Reds. Ibanez is batting .375 with 11 extra-base hits and 11 RBIs over the past 20 games.

OF | Jay Bruce | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce hit a tiebreaking three-run double in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday, May 24, against the Philadelphia Phillies. He struck out three times in his first three at-bats, but he erased the feeling of a bad night with one swing of the bat. Bruce has at least one RBI in three straight games, and he is 12-for-21 with four homers and nine RBIs during his current six-game hit streak.

OF | Rajai Davis | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell dropped OF Rajai Davis back to the eighth spot in the order Tuesday, May 24, against the New York Yankees. He responded by going 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI.

OF | Juan Rivera | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Juan Rivera was used as the cleanup hitter Tuesday, May 24, against the New York Yankees. He finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson went 4-for-5 with a game-tying single Tuesday, May 24, against the Toronto Blue Jays. Granderson raised his average from .260 to .275 with the big performance.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton went 2-for-3 with a walk, run scored and RBI Tuesday, May 24, against the Detroit Tigers. He also had two stolen bases, giving him 10 for the season.

OF | Matt Joyce | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Matt Joyce went 3-for-4 with a home run, his eighth of the season, with two runs scored and two RBIs Tuesday, May 24, against the Detroit Tigers, his former team. Joyce is now hitting an AL-best .367 with eight homers and 26 RBIs.

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored Tuesday, May 24, against the Baltimore Orioles. He was hitting in the leadoff spot of manager Ned Yost's batting order.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two strikeouts Tuesday, May 24, against the Kansas City Royals. He now has at least one hit in 155 straight series, which is the longest active streak in the majors. Markakis has also hit safely in nine straight games.

OF | Adam L. Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Adam L. Jones went 2-for-5 with a double and walk-off two-run homer Tuesday, May 24, against the Kansas City Royals. He was previously hitless in four at-bats with three strikeouts against RP Joakim Soria, but he ended that with the homer.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge gave OF Franklin Gutierrez the night off Tuesday, May 24, but said he would likely be back in the lineup Wednesday, May 25, against left-handed SP Brian Duensing.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Twins OF Michael Cuddyer (hip) said he felt better Tuesday, May 25, and he is hopeful of returning to the lineup Wednesday, May 26. He moved around and took swings before the game Tuesday.

OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Denard Span went 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI Tuesday, May 25, against the Seattle Mariners, missing out on the cycle by a homer. Span is 12-for-27 over his past seven games, raising his average from .277 to .301 just since May 17.

OF | Delmon Young | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Delmon Young (leg) returned to the lineup Tuesday, May 24, against the Seattle Mariners. He was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout. He left the game Monday, May 23, due to a leg contusion.

OF | Shane Victorino | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) has held up fine during pregame running activities, but he is still expected to need a rehab assignment before returning.

OF | Travis Snider | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Travis Snider (foot) was removed for precautionary reasons while playing for Triple-A Las Vegas Monday, May 23, after he was hit in the right foot by a pitch.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases in Game 1 of a doubleheader Tuesday, May 24. He now has seven thefts on the season.

OF | Seth Smith | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Seth Smith hit his fifth home run of the year to help beat the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 1 of a doubleheader Tuesday, May 24. He went 2-for-5 with one run and two RBIs.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez hit two home runs in a winning effort Tuesday, May 24, in Game 1 of a doubleheader. He went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBIs in the game. Gonzalez now has eight home runs this year and it was his third career multi-homer effort.

OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly expects OF Andre Ethier (toe) to return to the lineup Wednesday, May 25.

OF | Julio Borbon | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Julio Borbon (hamstring) still needs to show that he can run the bases before he heads out on a rehab assignment. The team wants him to receive at least 20 at-bats on a rehab assignment.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said OF Josh Hamilton won't be in the outfield until at least the game Friday, May 27, but it could be later in the weekend or even next week. He will do more outfield work in pregame activities as the week progresses.

OF | Carlos Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Carlos Gomez is taking a day off Tuesday, May 24, and OF Mark Kotsay is starting in center field and batting sixth in the order.

OF | Angel Pagan | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Angel Pagan (oblique) will play for Triple-A Buffalo Thursday, May 26, and be activated from the disabled list Friday, May 27.

OF | Luke Scott | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Luke Scott is taking the day off Tuesday, May 24, with 1B Brandon Snyder starting at first base.

OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher returns to the lineup Tuesday, May 24, after taking a few days off to fix his left-handed swing. C Jorge Posada is not in the lineup against a lefty pitcher.

OF | Ezequiel Carrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Ezequiel Carrera is starting in center field and batting ninth against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, May 24.

OF | Todd Frazier | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction,
The Cincinnati Reds recalled RP Carlos Fisher from the minors and optioned OF Todd Frazier in a corresponding move Tuesday, May 24.

OF | Hunter Pence | Houston Astros | Fantasy
The Houston Astros may be sellers when the trade deadline approaches in July, and many are wondering if OF Hunter Pence will be available. The Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies are rumored to already be interested. However, it still seems unlikely the Astros would be willing to pull the trigger.

OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Sam Fuld has been dropped to ninth in the batting order, with C John Jaso back in the leadoff spot. Also, 2B Sean Rodriguez is starting at shortstop Tuesday, May 24, with SS Elliot Johnson (knee) still nursing an injury.

OF | Rick Ankiel | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals activated OF Rick Ankiel (wrist) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, May 24.

OF | Michael Brantley | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta does not think OF Michael Brantley will be confined to the leadoff spot for the rest of his career. "Michael is turning himself into the kind of player who is going to make it very interesting for me and whoever else manages him," said Acta. "He's turning into one of those guys that will eventually be able to hit from first to seventh in the lineup."

OF | Ryan Ludwick | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Ryan Ludwick went 0-for-4 Monday, May 23, to end his 10-game hitting streak. He was hitting 17-for-39 during the stretch.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler is in the No. 2 spot in the lineup for the second straight game for the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday, May 24. 2B Jonathan Herrera is in the leadoff spot.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Kevin Slowey | Minnesota Twins | Injury
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Twins P Kevin Slowey (abdominal) has been diagnosed with an acute rectus abdominus strain. He will rest for seven to 10 days.

SP | Josh Johnson | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Florida Marlins SP Josh Johnson (shoulder) will do some light tossing Wednesday, May 25.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Injury
Updating previous reports, San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito (foot) faced hitters for the first time Tuesday, May 24. He threw about 100 pitches between his bullpen session and simulated game. He's expected to pitch in extended spring training later this week.

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco threw eight scoreless innings before giving up a run in the ninth to beat the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, May 24. He allowed that one run on seven hits and struck out five in eight innings.

SP | Aaron Harang | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Aaron Harang allowed an earned run on eight hits and a walk while fanning seven in seven innings in his no-decision to the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, May 24.

SP | Guillermo Moscoso | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Guillermo Moscoso allowed three hits and three walks while fanning three in six shutout innings to beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in his first major-league start Tuesday, May 24.

SP | Joe Saunders | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders allowed two runs on six hits in eight innings to beat the Colorado Rockies in the nightcap of a doubleheader Tuesday, May 24. Saunders was shaken up when he collided with Rockies OF Dexter Fowler on a play at the plate in the third inning. Saunders said he didn't think he had a concussion. "He got me good. I caught the ball and he hit me at the same time," Saunders said. "I was focusing on trying to not let him get much of the plate. It's kind of a blur. I remember flipping over and I remember my head smoking the ground. I just laid there because my head was a little numb. I shook it off and had to go back out."

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley allowed four runs on five hits and struck out nine to get his first win this month as he beat the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 24.

SP | Ryan Dempster | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Ryan Dempster allowed just one earned run, seven hits and one walk over seven innings in a win Tuesday, May 24, against the New York Mets. He also struck out five batters in the 97-pitch quality start. The seven innings matched a season-high.

SP | Andrew Cashner | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Andrew Cashner (shoulder) was examined by renowned Dr. Lewis Yocum Monday, May 23, and he confirmed the strained right rotator cuff that the Cubs medical staff originally diagnosed. He has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 6.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese allowed six runs - two earned - and seven hits over five innings in a loss Tuesday, May 24, against the Chicago Cubs. He also walked one and struck out five in the 85-pitch outing.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Johan Santana (shoulder) threw 25 pitches off a mound Monday, May 24, at the team's spring facility in Florida.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero allowed one earned run, seven hits and three walks over seven innings in a no-decision Tuesday, May 24, against the New York Yankees. He also struck out four batters in the 100-pitch quality start.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia allowed four earned runs, eight hits and a walk in a complete game victory Tuesday, May 24, against the Toronto Blue Jays. He also struck out three batters in the 103-pitch outing.

SP | Wade Davis | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Wade Davis allowed five runs - four earned - and eight hits over six innings in a no-decision Tuesday, May 24, against the Detroit Tigers. He also allowed two walks with four strikeouts in the 109-pitch outing. Davis is winless in three straight starts dating back to May 8.

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander allowed a season-high six earned runs, nine hits and no walks over six innings in a no-decision Tuesday, May 24, against the Tampa Bay Rays. He also struck out just two batters in the 101-pitch outing. "It wasn't a great night for me," Verlander said. "It was a great night for the ballclub. I couldn't be more happy."

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto allowed three earned runs, seven hits and two walks in six innings in a no-decision Tuesday, May 24, against the Philadelphia Phillies. He is winless in his past two starts after posting victories in his first two outings of the season.

SP | Drew Pomeranz | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians skipped the most recent turn in the rotation for SP Drew Pomeranz. He isn't injured or getting promoted to Double-A Akron. Director of player development Ross Atkins said Tuesday, May 24, that the team is just trying to manage the amount of innings Pomeranz throws this year.

SP | Mitch Talbot | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians activated SP Mitch Talbot (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list after the loss Tuesday, May 24, against the Boston Red Sox. Talbot is the probable starter for the series finale Wednesday, May 25.

SP | Fausto Carmona | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Fausto Carmona allowed four earned runs, five hits and a walk over eight innings in a loss Tuesday, May 24, against the Boston Red Sox. He also struck out seven batters in the 108-pitch performance. Carmona hasn't won in four starts, and he is 0-2 with a 5.20 ERA during the span.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey (elbow) said Tuesday, May 24, he was encouraged after throwing 40 fastballs in a bullpen session. He is eager to give it another test soon. "I felt pretty good and it was a step in the right direction," Lackey said. "I was happy with how I was finishing. I was able to let it go." Lackey said he will throw all of his pitches in the next session. He is tentatively scheduled to return from the 15-day disabled list June 5 against the Oakland Athletics.

SP | Danny Duffy | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Danny Duffy was much better in his second major league start, allowing two earned runs, five hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday, May 24, against the Baltimore Orioles. He also struck out six batters in the 97-pitch performance.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton gets credit for a quality start Tuesday, May 24, against the Kansas City Royals, but he allowed three earned runs, a career-high nine hits and two walks while striking out just two in the 101-pitch performance and no-decision. The Orioles finally scored runs for Britton, snapping a 27 1/3-inning stretch with zero support.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton allowed just two earned runs, seven hits and three walks over seven innings in a loss Tuesday, May 24, against the Atlanta Braves. He also struck out four batters in the 94-pitch quality start. The loss was just his second of the season, and first since April 20. He has posted three straight quality starts.

SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
As expected, Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson (back) will not make his scheduled Wednesday, May 25, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he reported feeling much better. He is expected to make his next scheduled start May 30.

SP | Mike Minor | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Atlanta Braves recalled SP Mike Minor from Triple-A Gwinnett Tuesday, May 24, to make the start Wednesday, May 25, in place of the injured SP Tim Hudson (back).

SP | Doug Fister | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Doug Fister allowed four runs and nine hits with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings in a loss Tuesday, May 24, against the Minnesota Twins. He had a balk in the top of the seventh inning which sent the go-ahead run in to score.

SP | Nick Blackburn | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Nick Blackburn allowed just two runs on seven hits while striking out six in a complete game victory Tuesday, May 25, against the Seattle Mariners. Blackburn also did not issue any walks. He ended up throwing 127 pitches, smashing his previous career-high of 110. He now has five career complete games.

SP | Glen Perkins | Minnesota Twins | Injury,
Minnesota Twins RP Glen Perkins (oblique) is making progress in his recovery from a strained right oblique, according to head trainer Rick McWane. However, Perkins is still expected to miss at least three weeks.

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa (elbow) has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, which means his season is over. He will likely need to undergo surgery and will be out for nine months to a full year.

SP Greg Reynolds will likely start Saturday, May 28, but it's unclear who will fill in Sunday, May 29. SP Aaron Cook (finger) is eligible to return from the disabled list Monday, May 30.

SP | Josh Collmenter | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Josh Collmenter allowed five runs (two earned) and five hits while walking two and striking out one in 4 1/3 innings to lose his first game of the year against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday, May 24. He extended his scoreless streak to 24 innings before allowing home runs in the fourth inning. Collmenter came into the game having allowed just two runs in 26 innings with 15 strikeouts and one walk.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes (arm) threw for 10 minutes at 100 to 110 feet Tuesday, May 24, and said he felt fine. He will throw again Wednesday, May 25, and take the day off Thursday, May 26. There is still no timetable for Hughes to throw off a mound.

SP | Mike Leake | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake will likely be recalled from the minors to start Friday, May 27, against the Atlanta Braves in place of SP Edinson Volquez. Leake has allowed eight earned runs and 12 hits while walking none and striking out five in 7 1/3 innings with Triple-A Louisville since being sent down.

SP | Bronson Arroyo | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous item, Cincinnati Reds SP Bronson Arroyo (back) underwent an MRI exam Tuesday, May 24, that did not show any serious issues. He will not miss his next start. Arroyo will throw a normal side session Thursday, May 26, and is scheduled to pitch Saturday, May 28.

SP | Randy Wells | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Randy Wells (forearm) will come off the disabled list and start against the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday, May 28.

SP | Tommy Hunter | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Tommy Hunter (groin) has been feeling better after four days of long toss. He has been throwing from 120 feet and hopes to get on a mound this weekend.

SP | Brad Bergesen | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Brad Bergesen will not be skipped in the rotation and will start Saturday, May 28, against the Oakland Athletics.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz (intercostal) will make one more rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk Friday, May 27, and will throw 90 pitches or six to seven innings. If everything goes according to plan, he will pitch June 1 against the Seattle Mariners.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs placed SP Matt Garza (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, May 24, with a right elbow bone contusion. The move is retroactive to May 18. In a corresponding move, the team moved P Brian Schlitter (elbow) to the 60-day disabled list.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) tossed seven innings in an extended spring game Tuesday, May 24, and threw 55 of his 79 pitches for strikes. He gave up four runs (one earned) and six hits while striking out five, walking none and hitting two. Webb reached 84 mph on the radar gun.

SP | Jeremy Guthrie | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Several pitching-hungry teams have focused their sights on Baltimore Orioles SP Jeremy Guthrie, but the team may be hesitant to move him. "I don't see him looking to move Guthrie," one scout said. "If somebody blew him out of the water, he might do it. But I don't see that happening."

SP | Scott Kazmir | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Scott Kazmir (back) allowed six runs and four walks in one-plus inning with Triple-A Salt Lake Tuesday, May 24. He hit a batter and struck out three.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Mark Rogers | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers P Mark Rogers (wrist) was placed on the disabled list at Class A Brevard County due to carpal tunnel syndrome.

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Frank Francisco is unavailable Wednesday, May 25, after pitching two straight days. Manager John Farrell said no one else is anointed closer right now, and matchups may determine who he'll use.

RP | Eduardo Sanchez | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals RP Eduardo Sanchez picked up the save Tuesday, May 24, with RP Fernando Salas having the night off.

RP | Javy Guerra | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Javy Guerra nailed down his first career save Tuesday, May 24.

RP | Ryan Madson | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Ryan Madson allowed three earned runs, three hits and a walk in an inning of work in a non-save chance and relief loss Tuesday, May 24, against the Cincinnati Reds.

RP | Jose Contreras | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jose Contreras (elbow) threw two scoreless innings in a minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Lehigh Valley Tuesday, May 24. He is expected to come off the 15-day disabled list this week. He is expected to return as the setup man, as RP Ryan Madson has been lights out in save chances during his absence.

RP | Francisco Cordero | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Francisco Cordero picked up his ninth save Tuesday, May 24, against the Philadelphia Phillies after working a nine-pitch perfect ninth inning. He has now converted nine of his 10 save chances this season.

RP | Josh Judy | Cleveland Indians | Transaction,
The Cleveland Indians optioned RP Josh Judy to Triple-A Columbus Tuesday, May 24.

RP | Bobby Jenks | Boston Red Sox | Injury,
Boston Red Sox RP Bobby Jenks (biceps) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, May 25. Barring any setbacks, he is expected to make a minor league rehab appearance before coming off the 15-day disabled list.

RP | Daniel Bard | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Daniel Bard was unavailable Tuesday, May 24, against the Cleveland Indians. RP Rich Hill filled in to bridge the gap between SP Josh Beckett and RP Jonathan Papelbon, allowing a walk with a strikeout in 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. "We didn't have Bard, but Rich came into a big situation and really helped us," manager Terry Francona said. Hill has yet to allow a run in seven innings over seven appearances since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket May 5.

RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Joaquin Benoit worked a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit, to pick up his first save of the season Tuesday, May 24, against the Tampa Bay Rays. He was called upon with RP Jose Valverde unavailable after throwing 27 pitches Monday, May 23. "That's great tonic for him," manager Jim Leyland said. "I think he needed a little confidence."

RP | Joakim Soria | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals RP Joakim Soria allowed three earned runs and three hits in a blown save and loss Tuesday, May 24, against the Baltimore Orioles. He served up the game-winning two-run shot to OF Adam L. Jones, who had previously been 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against Soria.

RP | Alfredo Simon | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Alfredo Simon struck out one batter in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday, May 24, against the Kansas City Royals. He picked up the relief win in his season debut.

RP | Evan Meek | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Evan Meek (shoulder) worked a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday, May 24, against the Atlanta Braves in his first appearance since returning from the 15-day disabled list.

RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RP Jonny Venters struck out the only batter he faced in the eighth inning Tuesday, May 24, against the Pittsburgh Pirates to pick up his 11th hold of the season. He also lowered his already minuscule ERA down to 0.63.

RP | Craig Kimbrel | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday, May 24, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, as he locked up his 13th save.

RP | Jairo Asencio | Atlanta Braves | Transaction,
The Atlanta Braves optioned RP Jairo Asencio to Triple-A Gwinnett Tuesday, May 24.

RP | Matt Capps | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins RPs Matt Capps and Joe Nathan were both unavailable Tuesday, May 24, against the Seattle Mariners after throwing Monday, May 23.

RP | Jose Mijares | Minnesota Twins | Injury,
Minnesota Twins RP Jose Mijares (elbow) threw a light bullpen session Tuesday, May 24, and he'll have a regular session in the pen Wednesday, May 25. "If that goes well, he'll go out on a rehab assignment somewhere this weekend," head trainer Rick McWane said.

RP | Brad Lidge | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Brad Lidge (shoulder) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, May 24, and he is scheduled to throw three or four more bullpens before heading to extended spring training.

RP | Justin Germano | Cleveland Indians | Transaction,
Cleveland Indians RP Justin Germano cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus Tuesday, May 24.

RP | Carlos Villanueva | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays P Carlos Villanueva will receive another start and pitch against the Chicago White Sox Saturday, May 28.

RP | Juan Gutierrez | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury,
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Juan Gutierrez (shoulder) left his outing Tuesday, May 24, with a sore right shoulder after facing just two hitters.

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Aroldis Chapman (shoulder) pitched a perfect inning with Triple-A Louisville Tuesday, May 24, and threw seven of his eight pitches for strikes. He will throw two more innings with Louisville Thursday, May 26, and is likely to have one more rehab outing after that.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz has mostly been throwing his fastball since coming off the disabled list, and manager Ron Washington thinks he'll begin mixing in more offspeed pitches as he gets more comfortable.

RP | Rafael Soriano | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Rafael Soriano (elbow) will be looked at by Dr. James Andrews.

RP | Lance Cormier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Dodgers designated RP Lance Cormier for assignment Tuesday, May 24.

RP | Sam Demel | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury,
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Sam Demel (shoulder) will go on a strengthening program, and the team is hoping to have him back in the bullpen after 15 days.

RP | Hideki Okajima | Boston Red Sox | Transaction,
The Boston Red Sox outrighted RP Hideki Okajima to Triple-A Pawtucket after he cleared waivers Tuesday, May 24.

RP | Jordan Walden | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Jordan Walden decided he needed to make some adjustments after allowing seven runs and 11 hits in nine innings following his start to the season with 11 straight scoreless innings. "I wasn't picking up my target," Walden said. "Real basic stuff. I wasn't picking up my target. My arm slot was all off."

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