Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 25, 2011 @ 15:30:10 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau (neck, wrist) will undergo surgery on his neck Wednesday, June 29.

Second Baseman

2B | Adam Kennedy | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge continues to give 2B Adam Kennedy playing time at third base. "Adam is going to get more time at third, as we've seen," Wedge said. Kennedy went 1-for-4 with a run scored.

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley was moved to the fifth spot in manager Eric Wedge's starting lineup Friday, June 24, against the Florida Marlins. "I felt we were better with Ackley in that five-hole and keeping (SS Brendan Ryan) up top there. (It gives us) a little more balance with our lineup," Wedge said. Ackley was 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.


SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (calf) took 27 swings off a tee and 30 swings of soft toss at the team's spring training facility Saturday, June 24.

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus (wrist) is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the weekend series against the New York Mets because of a left wrist injury suffered while sliding headfirst into second base Friday, June 24. IF Andres Blanco will start at shortstop Saturday, June 25.

Third Baseman

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright (back) will begin doing "twisting exercises" Saturday, June 25, and is expected to resume hitting during the middle of next week.

3B | Chone Figgins | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 3B Chone Figgins remained on the bench Friday, June 24, against the Florida Marlins, a situation manager Eric Wedge indicated will remain a regular occurence going forward. "Figgy just has to hang tough and keep doing the work when he's not playing," Wedge said. "Figgy and I have had multiple meetings. It is what it is right now."

3B | Eric Chavez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday, June 24, that 3B Eric Chavez (foot) is progressing "at a pretty slow pace." Chavez has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 8. He has resumed baseball activities and ran from home plate to first base for the first time this week.

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco was moved to the two-hole in manager Charlie Manuel's lineup for the game Friday, June 24, against the Oakland Athletics. He ended up 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres do not expect 3B Chase Headley (shoulder) to need a trip to the DL. He is being listed as day-to-day.


C | J.R. Towles | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Houston Astros C J.R. Towles (head) required 11 stitches to close a gash suffered after a pitch bounced off the dirt and hit him under the chin Friday, June 24, but he did not have a concussion.

C | Brian Esposito | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros have optioned RP Fernando Rodriguez to Triple-A Oklahoma City and purchased the contract of C Brian Esposito.

C | Humberto Quintero | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros C Humberto Quintero (ankle) is approximately two weeks away from being activated from the disabled list.

C | Eli Whiteside | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Eli Whiteside (quadriceps) is out of the lineup Friday, June 24, with a tight quadriceps. He is available off the bench.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer might see occasional starts at first base now that 1B Justin Morneau (neck, wrist) is out for an extra six weeks.


OF | Torii Hunter | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Torii Hunter (ribs) missed his first game of the season against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, June 24, because of sore ribs. Manager Mike Scioscia is hopeful that he can return Sunday, June 26.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo (thumb) will return to Cleveland to have his broken left thumb examined Sunday, June 26. Cleveland Clinic hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham will see him Monday, June 27, after which surgery could be required that would sideline him for six to eight weeks. Choo needed several stitches to close a cut on his thumb after he was hit by a fastball from San Francisco Giants SP Jonathan Sanchez Friday, June 24.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton is using his new contact lenses during batting practice Saturday, June 25, and will then decide if he'll wear them in the game against the New York Mets. Hamilton said recently that he was having greater difficulty hitting during day games and the lenses are designed to cut down on glare and light sensitivity.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay (neck) is not in the starting lineup against the Texas Rangers Saturday, June 25, because of a stiff neck.

OF | Jason Kubel | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Jason Kubel (foot) had a "very good day of running," Friday, June 24, according to head trainer Rick McWane. Kubel might be activated some time early next week.

OF | Rene Tosoni | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins optioned OF Rene Tosoni to Triple-A Rochester Friday, June 24.

OF | Andres Torres | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Andres Torres went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored Friday, June 24, against the Cleveland Indians. He entered play hitless in 14 at-bats, and batting just .097 over his past 14 games. "It just seemed like his head was clear," manager Bruce Bochy said. "More than anything just having his energy back (helped). He just seemed like he was more himself today."

OF | Travis Buck | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians are expected to recall OF Travis Buck from Triple-A Columbus Saturday, June 25, once OF Shin-Soo Choo (thumb) is placed on the 15-day disabled list.

OF | Wily Mo Pena | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Wily Mo Pena hit a home run an estimated 454 feet Friday, June 24, to propel his team to a win against the Detroit Tigers. The homer was the third-longest since Comerica Park opened in 2000, and the longest by a visiting player. "As soon as I hit it, I knew that ball was out," Pena said. He has two homers in 15 at-bats since being recalled from Triple-A Reno earlier this week.

OF | Michael Brantley | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (shoulder) did not start Friday, June 24, against the San Francisco Giants, but he came on as a pinch hitter and finished up in the outfield.

OF | Jay Bruce | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce was in the fifth spot of manager Dusty Baker's batting order, and 3B Scott Rolen was batting cleanup, Friday, June 24, against the Baltimore Orioles. Bruce was batting .317 with 10 homers in the fifth spot this seaosn, while Rolen started the year at cleanup. Baker said the lineup change had to do with two left-handed relievers and splitting up No. 3 hitter Joey Votto and Bruce, who are both left-handed hitters.

OF | Shane Victorino | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Shane Victorino was dropped from second to fifth in manager Charlie Manuel's batting order for the game Friday, June 24, against the Oakland Athletics. Victorino finished 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. "I put Vic down in the fifth hole," Manuel said. "I feel like he has a little pop and he's got stretcn on both sides and he gets more extra-base hits and Polly handles the bat better."

OF | Marcus Thames | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Marcus Thames (calf) left the game Friday, June 24, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim due to a strained left calf. He is considered day to day.

OF | Hunter Pence | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Hunter Pence (elbow) and C J.R. Towles (leg) are both back in the lineup Friday, June 24.

Starting Pitcher

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (oblique) left his start early Saturday, June 25, because of a strained right oblique.

SP | Bruce Chen | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
In his first start since returning from the disabled list, Kansas City Royals SP Bruce Chen (lat) allowed four runs on eight hits over six innings in a no-decision against the Chicago Cubs Friday, June 24, with two walks and four strikeouts.

SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco threw his second career complete game Friday, June 24, against the San Francisco Giants in a loss. He allowed four runs - one earned - and six hits with no walks over eight innings. It was just his second loss in his past eight starts. "I pitched good but we had a couple of erros," Carrasco said. "Nothing you can do about it. I just tried to stay aggressive and keep pitching consistently. Every pitch was working today, especially my fastball."

SP | Edinson Volquez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Edinson Volquez allowed the game's first run for the 12th time in 14 starts Friday, June 24, against the Baltimore Orioles. He ended up allowing four earned runs, seven hits and five walks in just 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision. Volquez threw just 57 of his 101 pitches for strikes. He now has 84 career starts without a complete game.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz is searching for his first interleague victory Saturday, June 25, against the Cincinnati Reds. He is 0-3 in four career interleague starts.

SP | Jeff Marquez | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees RP Jeff Marquez (shoulder) was evaluated by a team physician Thursday, June 23, who said the pitcher has a minor muscle strain in his pitching shoulder. Marquez will not throw for nine days in hopes of returning from the 15-day disabled list when eligible.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes (arm) made his second minor league rehab start Friday, June 24, this time with Double-A Trenton. He allowed one earned run, three hits and two walks over just 3 1/3 innings, needing 72 pitches to record 10 outs. He was able to log three strikeouts in the outing which fell on his 25th birthday. "Our plans are to have him continue to progress," manager Joe Girardi said. "When we feel that he's ready, he'll be back. He's looked very good in the starts that he's made, and we want that to continue."

SP | Tommy Hunter | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Tommy Hunter (groin) was pounded for six earned runs and nine hits in just four innings of work Friday, June 24, in a minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Round Rock. He slipped to 2-2, while his ERA rose to 5.47 during his stint in the minors.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) was knocked around in his minor league rehab start with Double-A Frisco Friday, June 24. He allowed four earned runs, six hits and two walks over five innings. He actually lowered his ERA to 9.75.

SP | Joe Blanton | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Joe Blanton (elbow) is experiencing some tightness during long toss, although general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he is still hopeful Blanton can begin throwing from a mound within a week.

SP | Drew Pomeranz | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Drew Pomeranz is expected to be promoted from Class A Kinston to Double-A Akron within the next five starts.

SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Shaun Marcum (hip) played catch Friday, June 24, and he declared himself ready for his next scheduled start Wednesday, June 29, against the New York Yankees. Marcum will go a full week between starts due to a pair of scheduled open dates for the team, so he expects to be back to his usual 100-plus pitch workload after being limited to three innings in his last outing.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the DL in order to start against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, June 26. He went 0-1 with a 6.08 ERA in three rehab starts with Triple-A Louisville.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said SP Barry Zito (foot) will come off the DL to start the second game of a doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, June 28.

SP | Chris Capuano | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen fully expects SP Chris Capuano (abdominal) to make his next start against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, June 29. "I talked to him a few minutes ago. No problems whatsoever," Warthen said. "I think it was more of a cramp."

SP | Eric Hurley | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction,
The Texas Rangers activated SP Eric Hurley (concussion) from the 60-day DL Friday, June 24, and optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock.

SP | Bartolo Colon | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Bartolo Colon (hamstring) ran sprints, played long toss and threw a bullpen Friday, June 24, and will throw a 50-pitch simulated game Monday, June 27.

SP | Josh Johnson | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Florida Marlins SP Josh Johnson (shoulder) threw a 34-pitch bullpen session Friday, June 24.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Huston Street | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy said RP Huston Street (groin) was not available to pitch Saturday, June 24, because of soreness in his groin area.

RP | J.C. Romero | free agent | Free Agents,
Updating a previous report, free-agent RP J.C. Romero (Phillies) was offered a chance to stay in the minor league system with the Philadelphia Phillies, but he declined, according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Amaro said the team received a couple of "bites", but Romero ended up getting his unconditional release instead.

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Jonathan Broxton (elbow) is scheduled to make back-to-back minor league rehab appearances with Class A Rancho Cucamonga Sunday, June 26, and Monday, June 27.

RP | Takashi Saito | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury,
Milwaukee Brewers RP Takashi Saito (rib cage) resumed his minor league rehab assignment Thursday, June 23, working a scoreless inning and needed just 11 pitches. His next scheduled outing is set for Sunday, June 26, with Triple-A Nashville, and perhaps again Tuesday, June 28, barring any setbacks.

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