Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 23, 2011 @ 08:51:37 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau (wrist) will have his cast removed Friday, June 24.

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Melky Cabrera hit leadoff Wednesday, June 22, with OF Alex Gordon dropped to cleanup. 1B Eric Hosmer moved up a spot to second in the order as he's in a 5-for-39 slump.

1B | Carlos Pena | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Carlos Pena homered in his third straight game Wednesday, June 22, and he has hit five homers in the last seven games.

1B | Brett Wallace | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 1B Brett Wallace was hitless in three at-bats with a walk Wednesday, June 22, against the Texas Rangers. He is now hitless in his past 20 at-bats.

1B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Michael Young went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI Wednesday, June 22, against the Houston Astros, extending his hitting streak to nine games. He is batting .292 (14-for-48) with three doubles, a home run and five RBIs during the impressive span.

1B | Matt LaPorta | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 1B Matt LaPorta (ankle) is expected to shed his walking boot by the weekend. After that, he will be eased back into baseball activities.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez went 4-for-4 with an RBI in a loss Wednesday, June 22, against the San Diego Padres, his former team. It was his league-leading 14th game with at least three hits, and he already has three four-hit games.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn is not playing Wednesday, June 22.

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind (back) appears to be fully recovered from his lower back injury that put him on the DL earlier this season. "Each day, he has felt fine physically coming out of games," manager John Farrell said. Lind is hitting .361 (22-for-61) with eight homers and 18 RBIs since coming off the DL June 4.


Second Baseman

2B | Darwin Barney | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney (knee) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa Saturday, June 25.

2B | Mark Ellis | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C Kurt Suzuki is out of the lineup Thursday, June 23. 2B Mark Ellis is playing first base as well.

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley is hitting second Thursday, June 23.

2B | Justin Turner | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Justin Turner (leg) was hit by a pitch on the left leg in the bottom of the 13th inning with the bases loaded Wednesday, June 22, against the Oakland Athletics. "Unless it's at my face or at my ankle or something, I'm going to stand there and take the bruise to get that game over with," Turner said. The RBI gives him 29 runs driven in over his past 33 games. He is not expected to miss any time after getting hit on the leg.

2B | Aaron Miles | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Aaron Miles went 1-for-5 with a strikeout Wednesday, June 22, against the Detroit Tigers. He has hit safely in 12 of the past 14 games.

2B | Orlando Hudson | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Orlando Hudson stole his career-best 11th base Wednesday, June 22, against the Boston Red Sox. He finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and walk.

2B | Elliot Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays C Kelly Shoppach and SS Elliot Johnson both hit home runs to help their team to a 6-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, June 22. Johnson's homer was his third of the year, and he also drove in three runs in the game. Shoppach now has four homers on the season.

2B | Jemile Weeks | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 2B Mark Ellis said he will be playing more first and third base now that he is back from the DL and 2B Jemile Weeks is entrenched at second.


Shortstop

SS | J.J. Hardy | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy is hitting .356 with five homers, 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored in 13 games in the leadoff spot.

SS | Chase D'Arnaud | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
Pittsburgh Pirates IF Josh Harrison was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. IF Chase D'Arnaud will be called up Friday, June 24.

SS | Jose Reyes | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SS Jose Reyes had an eighth-inning RBI triple Wednesday, June 22, against the Oakland Athletics, giving him 13 triples in 74 games. He finished 2-for-6 with a run scored and a walk.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (calf) was able to throw for a second straight day Wednesday, June 22, at the team's spring training complex in Florida.

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus is taking the day off Wednesday, June 22, with SS Andres Blanco replacing him at shortstop.

SS | Blake Davis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles IF Blake Davis' error allowed the Pittsburgh Pirates to score the tying and go-ahead runs in a 5-4 loss in his major league debut Wednesday, June 22. "I misread it," Davis said. "I thought it was going to skip and up and bounce a little higher and it didn't. I've got to make that play, and I feel terrible that I didn't. I've just got to put it behind me and move on." He also went 0-for-4 in the game.

SS | Dee Gordon | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Dee Gordon is taking the day off Wednesday, June 22. Manager Don Mattingly likes Gordon in the leadoff spot despite his .298 on-base percentage with 13 strikeouts to two walks. "He'll take pitches, but with a guy with that kind of speed, they're basically saying, 'Hit your way on,'" Mattingly said of Gordon.

SS | Ramiro Pena | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees IF Ramiro Pena committed three errors in Game 1 of a doubleheader, including two in the fifth inning Wednesday, June 22, but the team still managed to win. His errors led to the only runs the Cincinnati Reds mustered all day.

SS | Manny Machado | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SS Manny Machado was promoted to Single-A Frederick Wednesday, June 22.

SS | Marco Scutaro | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Marco Scutaro (illness) was scratched from the starting lineup Wednesday, June 22, because of an illness. OF Drew Sutton is taking his place in the lineup.


Third Baseman

3B | Brandon Inge | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Transaction
Detroit Tigers 3B Brandon Inge (mono) was activated from the 15-day disabled list, and IF Danny Worth was optioned to Triple-A Toledo.

3B | Lonnie Chisenhall | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Lonnie Chisenhall went 4-for-6 with a homer and six RBIs Wednesday, June 22, at Triple-A Columbus in his first game since missing 10 days with a concussion.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright (back) will be re-evaluated by a doctor Thursday, June 23. He has been sidelined since May 16 due to a stress fracture in his lower back.

3B | Eric Chavez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Eric Chavez (foot) might run the bases in the next couple of days. He has been taking batting and fielding practice at the team's spring training complex in Florida.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (hand) had an RBI single Wednesday, June 22, in the first game of a doubleheader in his second minor league rehab game with Triple-A Memphis. Freese wasn't in the lineup for the second game. He has a pair of hits in six at-bats. He is expected to play a few more games before returning to the team, possibly Monday, June 27.

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco (finger) is back in the lineup Wednesday, June 22, after being hit by a pitch on the left hand Tuesday, June 21.

3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Edwin Encarnacion has found his way into the fourth option at third base behind IFs Jayson Nix, John McDonald and Mike McCoy. "We have placed a premium on the defensive side of it," manager John Farrell said. "Even by his own admission, he feels more comfortable in the DH slot. That's where we've had him since (May 23)." His primary role right now is that of a pinch hitter.

3B | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista feels like he is coming out of his swing lately and may be taking an overly aggressive approach at the plate. He did manage to snap an eight-game homerless drought Wednesday, June 22.

3B | Jorge Cantu | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Diego Padres released 1B Jorge Cantu Tuesday, June 21.

3B | Geoff Blum | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said 3B Geoff Blum (knee) has been participating in simulated games and could play rehab games for rookie-level Arizona League games next week.


Catcher

C | Kurt Suzuki | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C Kurt Suzuki is out of the lineup Thursday, June 23. 2B Mark Ellis is playing first base as well.

C | J.R. Towles | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros C J.R. Towles (leg) did not start Wednesday, June 22, but he came on as a defensive replacement and finished 0-for-1. He hadn't played in seven games due to leg soreness.

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 2B Dan Uggla and C Brian McCann both hit two-run jacks in a winning effort Wednesday, June 22. Uggla came into the game hitting .176 this year, and he now has 10 home runs. McCann has hit homers in two straight contests and has 13 homers overall.

C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Mike Napoli (oblique) expects to be able to swing a bat Friday, June 24, for the first time since going on the DL. He did some one-handed swings Wednesday, June 22.

C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (shin) was held out of the lineup Wednesday, June 22, due to a bruise on his right shin. He is expected to return to the lineup Friday, June 24.


Outfielder

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Roger Bernadina will hit leadoff Thursday, June 23, with OF Jayson Werth hitting second. The pitcher will hit eighth again.

OF | Chris Carter | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Chris Carter is expected to play more first base than outfield with OFs Conor Jackson and Ryan Sweeney slated to play left field.

OF | Josh Willingham | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Willingham (Achilles') was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained Achilles', retroactive to June 18. OF Chris Carter was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.

OF | Aaron Rowand | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Aaron Rowand (arm) was hit on the arm by a pitch Wednesday, June 22, against the Minnesota Twins. He is awaiting results from an X-rays.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (hamstring) was seen grabbing his hamstring running into third base Wednesday, June 22, against the Houston Astros. Hamilton told team officials that he was sore following a deep massage on his legs, and the issue is not considered serious.

OF | Bobby Abreu | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Bobby Abreu passed former 1B Andres Galarraga for third place on the all-time Venezuelan career hits list Wednesday, June 22, against the Florida Marlins. He finished 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored, two RBIs and a stolen base.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins moved OF Jason Bay into the cleanup spot Wednesday, June 22, against the Oakland Athletics. He responded by going hitless in five at-bats with three strikeouts.

OF | Scott Hairston | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Scott Hairston had a double in three at-bats Wednesday, June 22, against the Oakland Athletics. He is 13-for-39 (.333) as a starter this season.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda tied a career high with two singles Wednesday, June 22, against the Oakland Athletics. It was his sixth game with two hits and first since Oct. 2, 2010.

OF | Matt Stairs | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Matt Stairs is likely to serve as the designated hitter in American League parks during interleague play against right-handed pitching, but position players might get a chance to DH, too. "I may pick a day or two to give a position a rest and let them DH, and have somebody else play their position, whether it's (OF Jayson Werth) or (2B Danny Espinosa), guys who are pretty much playing every day," manager Jim Riggleman said.

OF | Laynce Nix | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals OF Laynce Nix (Achilles') said he plans to return to the lineup Thursday, June 23. "It's really sore right now," Nix said. "I've been doing a few things recently to make it better. It's sort of nagging me, but I think it is something that will eventually go away. I'm planning on playing tomorrow."

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp went 3-for-3 with a triple, two walks, two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base Wednesday, June 22, against the Detroit Tigers. Kemp has at least one stolen base in four straight games, and he has 20 homers and 21 stolen bases in just 76 games.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun went 1-for-4 with an RBI Wednesday, June 22, against the Tampa Bay Rays, pushing his hit streak to a career-best 14 games.

OF | Chris Heisey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Chris Heisey went 3-for-5 with three homer runs, four runs scored and five RBIs in the second game of a doubleheader against the New York Yankees Wednesday, June 22. He was replacing OF Drew Stubbs in center field and in the leadoff spot.

OF | David DeJesus | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF David DeJesus sat out for a second straight game Wednesday, June 22. He has just two hits over his past 29 at-bats, and is 7-for-52 (.135) over the past 17 games. "That's a very difficult one right now," manager Bob Melvin said. "It's tough. He's waiting his time, staying ready and staying positive. For a guy that's used to being an everyday player, this is a different situation for him, and I realize that. But he's upbeat and preparing, and that's all you can ask."

OF | Torii Hunter | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Torii Hunter (rib) was diagnosed with a left posterior rib contusion after banging into the wall on a leaping catch Wednesday, June 22, against the Florida Marlins. X-rays were negative, and he is considered day to day.

OF | Raul Ibanez | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Raul Ibanez is on the bench against a right-handed pitcher Wednesday, June 22, with OF Ben Francisco replacing him in left field. "I think in the course of 162 games, somewhere down the line there is a period where a guy gets tired," manager Charlie Manuel said. "When I look at Raul right now, I think he needs a blow."

OF | Colby Rasmus | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Colby Rasmus is sitting the bench versus a left-hander Wednesday, June 22. OF Jon Jay will play center field and OF Andrew Brown will be in right.

OF | Peter Bourjos | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Peter Bourjos and 3B Alberto Callaspo are sitting Wednesday, June 22. OF Vernon Wells has been shifted to center field.

OF | Charlie Blackmon | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon is receiving his first day off in his first two weeks with the team Wednesday, June 22. OF Ryan Spilborghs is starting in his place and bating eighth in the lineup. Also, C Chris Iannetta is receiving a breather.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis went 3-for-5 with an RBI in a losing effort Wednesday, June 22. By doing so, he extended the American League's longest active hitting streak to 13.

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson was rested Wednesday, June 22, with OF Casper Wells filling in at the leadoff spot and in center field.

OF | Angel Pagan | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay is hitting fourth in the lineup Wednesday, June 22. Also, OF Scott Hairston is starting over OF Angel Pagan in center field against a left-handed pitcher.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Ryan Rowland-Smith | Houston Astros | Injury
Houston Astros SP Ryan Rowland-Smith (finger) left the game at Triple-A Oklahoma City after his left index finger was hit on a bunt attempt Wednesday, June 22.

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong allowed a run on three hits in seven innings to beat the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, June 22. He would lead the majors with his 1.86 ERA but doesn't have enough innings pitched to qualify. He could do so with his next start.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee threw a six-hit shutout to beat the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, June 22.

SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle Lohse allowed three runs on seven hits and no walks or strikeouts in eight innings in his loss to the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, June 22.

SP | Sean O'Sullivan | Kansas City Royals | Injury
Updating previous reports, Kansas City Royals SP Sean O'Sullivan (biceps) made his first rehab start at Triple-A Omaha and allowed four runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings Wednesday, June 22.

SP | Ian Kennedy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Ian Kennedy allowed a run on eight hits and two walks while fanning four in six innings to beat the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, June 22. He's 7-1 with a 2.16 ERA in his last 13 starts.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (groin) allowed three earned runs, seven hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings in a win Wednesday, June 22, against the Chicago Cubs in his first start off the 15-day disabled list. When he pulled in the sixth inning, he pointed back to the mound as he walked off the field and then he and C A.J. Pierzynski had an animated conversation in the tunnel leading to the clubhouse. The two downplayed the situation with humor afterwards.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (neck) said Wednesday, June 22, that his neck spasms flared up during his start against the Houston Astros. He ended up allowing just three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts over seven scoreless innings before departing. "It was pretty much gone today, but it re-flared up," Lewis said. He said he expects to get the neck ironed out in time for his next scheduled start.

SP | Josh Johnson | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon said SP Josh Johnson (shoulder) will likely make two or three minor league rehab starts before re-joining the team's rotation. The team is hopeful he'll be back by mid-July.

SP | Joel Pineiro | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joel Pineiro has allowed exactly four earned runs in six of his past seven starts. He allowed four runs on eight hits over six innings in a no-decision Wednesday, June 22, against the Florida Marlins. Pineiro had been working on getting his sinker to move straight down, rather than side-to-side, but it appears to be a work in progress.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Gio Gonzalez allowed one earned run, four hits and a walk over seven innings in a no-decision Wednesday, June 22, against the New York Mets. He also struck out eight batters in the 102-pitch quality start.

SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey allowed just one earned run, three hits and a walk with a season-high nine strikeouts over eight innings in a no-decision Wednesday, June 22, against the Oakland Athletics. Over his past seven starts, he has a 2.23 ERA.

SP | Erik Bedard | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Erik Bedard allowed two unearned runs and three hits over six innings with two walks and 10 strikeouts in a loss Wednesday, June 22, against the Washington Nationals. His ERA in interleague play dropped to 1.69, lowest among all active pitchers. His record in interleague play fell to 8-2.

SP | John Lannan | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP John Lannan allowed one earned run, three hits and no walks over 5 2/3 innings in a win Wednesday, June 22, against the Seattle Mariners. Lannan has won three straight decisions, and he has not lost in six outings dating back to May 21.

SP | Fausto Carmona | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta said Wednesday, June 22, that there is no truth to the rumors SP Fausto Carmona will be headed to the bullpen if he struggles in his next couple of starts.

SP | Alex White | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Alex White (finger) is scheduled to begin a throwing program Friday, June 24, at the team's spring training complex in Arizona.

SP | Josh Tomlin | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Josh Tomlin allowed three runs and five hits over 6 1/3 innings Wednesday, June 22, against the Colorado Rockies. He has gone at least six innings in 14 of his 15 starts, and a minimum of five frames in all 27 of his career starts.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings, leaving his start Wednesday, June 22, against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a two-run lead. However, he did not qualify for the win. "I felt bad for Porcello," manager Jim Leyland said. "He got nickel-and-dimed so bad. He made some good pitches. Sometimes it's just not a guy's day and I couldn't let him go on any longer. I felt terrible for him."

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly allowed six runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday, June 22, against the Detroit Tigers in his second straight rough outing. "Today was one of those days where I was behind the count more than usual," Lilly said.

SP | Clayton Richard | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Clayton Richard allowed one earned run, eight hits and two walks over five innings in a win Wednesday, June 22, against the Boston Red Sox, snapping a five-game losing streak. He worked through two rain delays to secure the victory.

SP | Andrew Miller | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Andrew Miller will throw a shorter side session Thursday, June 23, in the event he is needed Saturday, June 25, in place of SP Josh Beckett (illness).

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett (illness) is still dealing with a flu bug and he remains questionable for his next scheduled start Saturday, June 25, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. "He's really sick," manager Terry Francona said. "Doctors are trying to figure it out. I have not seen him this morning. He wasn't good yesterday and we're going to have to play this one by ear."

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey had his shortest outing of the season Wednesday, June 22, against the San Diego Padres, working 3 1/3 innings and allowing five runs on four hits with four walks. Lackey also hit two batters and he threw a wild pitch.

SP | Brian Gordon | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday, June 22, that SP Brian Gordon remains in the rotation for now. He was pounded for four earned runs and five hits, including three homers, in five innings in the second game of a doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds. He threw just 49 of his 74 pitches for strikes. "Obviously he's gotten an opportunity because we have other people who are hurt," Girardi said. "Besides the few mistakes that he made, he did OK. But his mistakes were big mistakes."

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles SP Jake Arrieta (elbow) said Wednesday, June 22, that he is dealing with right elbow inflammation related to a bone spur. His next scheduled start has already been pushed back to Wednesday, June 29.

SP | Randy Wells | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Randy Wells will get an extra day of rest, as his next scheduled start has been pushed back from Saturday, June 25, to Sunday, June 26. "If somebody was going to benefit from the extra day, it would be Wells," manager Mike Quade said of his pre-All-Star break rotation shuffle.

SP | Kyle McClellan | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and general manager John Mozeliak each downplayed any chance of SP Kyle McClellan returning to the bullpen, an option they could use if they wanted to use P Lance Lynn as a starter.

SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Shaun Marcum (hip) said Wednesday, June 22, that he'll be ready for his next scheduled start. He said he strained his hip slightly in the third inning, and manager Ron Roenicke said he wasn't going out for the fourth inning in what was already a pre-determined shortened outing. "I'm definitely glad I pitched today. If I didn't (pitch) it would have been more of a setback," Marcum said. "I'm glad I came out of the game healthy, or healthier, I feel like, and be ready to go next week."

SP | Jo-Jo Reyes | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Jo-Jo Reyes lost his sixth game of the season against his former team, the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, June 22, by giving up four earned runs and five hits while walking two and striking out two. He allowed two homers for the second straight start.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy (oblique) posted a career-high 11 strikeouts in his first start in close to six weeks against the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday, June 22, after being activated from the DL earlier in the day. It was his first win in seven career starts at Turner Field. Beachy allowed one run and four hits while walking two in the 96-pitch outing.

SP | Tommy Hunter | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Tommy Hunter (groin) has been shifted to the bullpen during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock for the game Wednesday, June 22. He is scheduled to pitch only one inning. Hunter recently admitted that he is fine with pitching in relief. He has allowed nine runs in his 14 2/3 rehab innings.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton allowed five runs (three earned) and seven hits while walking one and striking out five in seven innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, June 22. He has only one win since May 1.

SP | Kevin Correia | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Kevin Correia is now tied for the major league lead in wins with nine after beating the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, June 22, however, he allowed four runs and nine hits while walking one and striking out five. It was his first win since June 1.

SP | Kris Medlen | Atlanta Braves | Injury,
Atlanta Braves SP Kris Medlen (elbow) is throwing off a mound once again after having scar tissue break up in his elbow recently. He threw 60 pitches without any setbacks off a mound Wednesday, June 22, but has yet to resume throwing curveballs.

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander is unlikely to pitch in the All-Star Game this year because his last scheduled start of the first half will come on the Sunday before the week of the All-Star Game.

SP | Jeff Marquez | New York Yankees | Injury, Transaction,
The New York Yankees placed P Jeff Marquez (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list with a sore shoulder Wednesday, June 22. In a corresponding move, the team recalled RP Buddy Carlyle from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

SP | Mike Leake | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake allowed four earned runs and five hits while walking one and striking out four to take his fourth loss of the season against the New York Yankees Wednesday, June 22.

SP | Tommy Hanson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Tommy Hanson (shoulder) has received a cortisone shot and is feeling much better after throwing Wednesday, June 22. He is expected to return to the rotation and start against the Seattle Mariners Tuesday, June 28.

SP | Freddy Garcia | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Freddy Garcia allowed two unearned runs and three hits while walking one and striking out four in seven innings to defeat the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, June 22. He is now 22-10 in 39 career interleague starts. Garcia is 4-0 in four career starts against the Reds.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey (shoulder) gave up three runs and eight hits while striking out three in six innings in his latest rehab start for Triple-A Louisville Tuesday, June 21. He has a 6.08 ERA in three rehab starts with Louisville. "I thought Homer threw well. His velocity was good," Louisville manager Rick Sweet said. "That's what they wanted to see - they wanted to see him over 100 pitches and they wanted to see him maintain his velocity, so he did what they wanted to see." Bailey is expected to be activated to start against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, June 26.

SP | Travis Wood | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds have optioned SP Travis Wood to Triple-A Louisville. In a corresponding move, the Reds activated SP Sam LeCure (forearm) from the 15-day disabled list.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Koji Uehara | Baltimore Orioles | Draft
Baltimore Orioles RPs Jim Johnson and Koji Uehara have complemented each other well in the setup role. They are a combined 5-2 with a 2.49 ERA, and have allowed 59 hits and 12 walks with 72 strikeouts in 77 combined innings.

RP | Joe Nathan | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Twins DH Jim Thome (back) and RP Joe Nathan (forearm) will return Friday, June 24, after finishing rehab stints.

RP | Tanner Scheppers | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers RP Tanner Scheppers (back) threw 28 pitches - 12 for strikes - in a minor league rehab appearance for Double-A Frisco Wednesday, June 22. He mixed in his fastball, curveball, change-up and slider, but struggled to find the strike zone. "I just didn't have my off-speed stuff today," Scheppers said. "I couldn't get it to work for a strike and obviously falling behind on some guys, when that happens you're not going to have the greatest results."

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz was hammered for four earned runs and four hits in just two-thirds of an inning Wednesday, June 22, against the Houston Astros to blow his fourth save and take the loss. He cited a lack of command rather than fatigue as the reason for the meltdown. "I left balls up in the zone and they hit them," Feliz said through a translator. "I felt good. My arm was OK." He had just three total blown saves in 2010.

RP | Ryan Webb | Florida Marlins | Injury,
Florida Marlins RP Ryan Webb (shoulder) had his right shoulder examined by a doctor, and he has been unavailable for the past couple of days due to tightness. He said he is hopeful of returning by Saturday, June 25.

RP | Clay Hensley | Florida Marlins | Injury,
Florida Marlins RP Clay Hensley (shoulder) threw his first bullpen session Tuesday, June 21, since landing on the 15-day disabled list. He said he is aiming to return before the All-Star break.

RP | Francisco Rodriguez | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Francisco Rodriguez allowed an earned run and two hits with two strikeouts for his third blown save Wednesday, June 22, against the Oakland Athletics. It was his second straight blown chance. "I definitely gotta get my head out of my butt pretty much. Simple as that," Rodriguez said. "I gotta stop these pathetic outings, and I gotta get it done."

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez bounced back with a scoreless ninth inning for his 18th save Wednesday, June 22, against the Colorado Rockies, one night after serving up the game-winning homer in the top of the ninth. He has converted 18 of 19 save chances, including 12 straight opportunities.

RP | Al Alburquerque | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Al Alburquerque is averaging 15 strikeouts per nine innings, which would be the second-highest ratio for a pitcher with at least 24 innings in a season. Alburquerque worked 2 1/3 hitless and scoreless innings Wednesday, June 22, to pick up a relief win. He also had four more strikeouts.

RP | Ryan Perry | Detroit Tigers | Transaction,
The Detroit Tigers recalled RP Ryan Perry from Triple-A Toledo Wednesday, June 22. He was sent to the minors to work on his mechanics.

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday, June 22, that RP Aroldis Chapman (shoulder) would not be activated from the 15-day disabled list, which means the pitcher is headed for Triple-A Louisville. His 30-day rehab assignment was up Wednesday, so he needed to either be activated or optioned to the minors.

RP | Eduardo Sanchez | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Eduardo Sanchez (shoulder) might be out longer than 15 days, according to manager Tony La Russa. Sanchez is trying to recover rom a strained right shoulder.

RP | Brandon League | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners RP Brandon League (calf) threw on flat ground and in the bullpen Wednesday, June 22, after being hit by a line drive on the side of his right calf Tuesday, June 21. "I'll be ready," League said. He felt much better Wednesday and walked without a limp. If League is unavailable, manager Eric Wedge will play the matchups and could go with either RPs David Pauley, Aaron Laffey or Chris Ray in a save situation.

RP | Brandon Lyon | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy,
Houston Astros RP Brandon Lyon (biceps) will have season-ending surgery on his right biceps muscle Thursday, June 30. The procedure will be done by Dr. James Andrews.

RP | Jeremy Accardo | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction,
Baltimore Orioles RP Jeremy Accardo cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday, June 22.

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Kyle Farnsworth had some trouble in a non-save situation against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, June 22, loading the bases with one out before allowing a single run.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joel Hanrahan picked up his 20th save against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, June 22, to become the third pitcher in team history to have 20 saves before the All-Star break. Hanrahan has yet to blow a save this year and has given up just one run in his last 13 outings. In 12 of those outings, he hasn't allowed a hit.

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Jonathan Broxton (elbow) was in the mid-90s during his rehab outing with Triple-A Albuquerque Tuesday, June 21, after throwing in the low-90s before going on the DL.

RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera earned his 19th save in 22 chances against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, June 22. Rivera struck out two in the outing. His 66 career saves during interleague play is a record, and he has 22 saves in a row in interleague play since 2006.

RP | Miguel Batista | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The St. Louis Cardinals released RP Miguel Batista Wednesday, June 22.

RP | Jamey Wright | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RPs Chris Ray, Jamey Wright and David Pauley could be options to close games if RB Brandon League (calf) misses some time.

RP | Bobby Jenks | Boston Red Sox | Injury
Boston Red Sox RP Bobby Jenks (back) said he is optimistic that he will be coming off the 15-day disabled and re-joining the team during one of their next two series.

RP | J.P. Howell | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said he does not expect RP J.P. Howell (foot) to have to go on the 15-day disabled list because of his foot injury. Maddon said the injury is more of a nuisance than anything major.

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