Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on September 13, 2011 @ 08:40:47 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols hit his league-leading 35th homer Monday, Sept. 12. It was his 443rd of his career, which moved him into 37th place all-time.

1B | Chris Davis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis will spend the remainder of the season at third base as the team evaluates whether or not to include him in the mix at the position for 2012. Davis' shoulder has not been affected so far by the move, which is in response to 3B Mark Reynolds handling more chances at first.

1B | James Loney | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti says his team doesn't need a major overhaul this offseason, his assessment based on the team's improved play of late, according to a report on MLB.com. The team could erase as much as $50 million off its payroll for the 2012 campaign, but Colletti cited the improved play of 1B James Loney and OF Juan Rivera as an example of why a major makeover isn't needed.

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman (quadriceps) has been running pain-free after his quadriceps has bothered him for around three weeks.

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
All indications are that the Texas Rangers plan to have 1B Mitch Moreland as their starting first baseman for Opening Day of the 2012 season. There is some speculation that the Rangers will attempt to acquire the services of Milwaukee Brewers 1B Prince Fielder or St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols on the free-agent market this winter.

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton (back), who has missed six of the last seven games with back pain, said he fully plans on playing again this year. However, manager Jim Tracy may be cautious in how he uses Helton.


Second Baseman

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips hit two homers Monday, Sept. 12.

2B | Orlando Cabrera | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday, Sept. 12, that SS Orlando Cabrera will start Tuesday, Sept. 13, against the San Diego Padres with a left-handed pitcher on the mound. SS Brandon Crawford started his second straight game Monday.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (concussion) is back to his baseline reading following another ImPACT test Monday, Sept. 12, meaning his concussions symptoms are all gone. He is expected to be ready to return Thursday, Sept. 15.


Shortstop

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak to 11 games Monday, Sept. 12.

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak to 13 games Monday, Sept. 12, with three hits, including a homer, and four runs scored.

SS | Steve Lombardozzi | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SS Steve Lombardozzi, who was hitless in his first 15 major league at-bats, lined a tiebreaking single to left and lifted the Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets on Monday, Sept. 12.

SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins (groin) returned to the starting lineup Monday, Sept. 12, against the Houston Astros, and he finished 1-for-4.

SS | Alex Gonzalez | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SS Alex Gonzalez (back) is returning to the lineup Monday, Sept. 12, after missing the last three games with lower back tightness.

SS | Zack Cozart | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart (ankle, elbow) will have minor cleanup surgery on his right ankle. He already underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow earlier this year.

SS | Chris Valaika | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Chris Valaika (knee) will undergo season-ending surgery to fix the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee next week. He was hurt in the game Sunday, Sept. 11.

SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond and 2B Danny Espinosa are both taking the day off Monday, Sept. 12.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (hip) will be examined to see if he is dealing with bursitis in his left hip. He could wind up missing the team's two-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers. Tulowitzki could return later in the week even if he has bursitis.


Third Baseman

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said 3B Pablo Sandoval has regained some of the weight he lost in the offseason.

3B | Kyle Seager | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge batted 3B Kyle Seager in the second spot Monday, Sept. 12, against the New York Yankees, and he moved SS Brendan Ryan all the way to eighth.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez said he's looking for more next year than the one-year, $16 million player/team option that remains on his contract. "If I hit the marketplace I should end up with a two- or three-year deal," Ramirez told ESPNChicago.com. "The reason is, there aren't a lot of third baseman available this offseason. But if Cubs officials approach me, I'm sure we can get something done. But probably not for one year."

3B | Emilio Bonifacio | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins IF/OF Emilio Bonifacio is expected to be the team's leadoff hitter next season. Since he became the team's leadoff hitter in late June, he is third in the National League with 89 hits.

3B | Josh Harrison | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said 3B Josh Harrison will continue to see the majority of starts at third base over 3B Pedro Alvarez as the season winds down.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (thumb) remains out of the lineup Monday, Sept. 12, and is unlikely to play until the team's series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

3B | Greg Dobbs | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Logan Morrison (knee) has been sent back to South Florida to receive an MRI exam and will possibly have his right knee drained. Manager Jack McKeon expects Morrison to return by Friday, Sept. 16, at the earliest. 3B Greg Dobbs made his first start of the year in left field Monday.

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (concussion) and 3B Placido Polanco are not in the lineup Monday, Sept. 12, against the Houston Astros.

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart (wrist) is wearing a brace on his left wrist due to minimal nerve damage. He is expected to begin light activities in roughly two weeks and then head to the instructional league.


Catcher

C | Chris Stewart | San Francisco Giants | Injury
Updating previous reports, San Francisco Giants C Chris Stewart (ankle) hasn't played since hurting his right ankle Friday, Sept. 9, and said he doesn't know when he'll return.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey (leg) played catch Monday, Sept. 12, and will head to Arizona to start his next phase of rehab.

C | Miguel Montero | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks C Miguel Montero's hit streak ended at 18 games Monday, Sept. 12.

C | Jeff Mathis | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Jeff Mathis may see more action as the season winds down. The Angels are 43-29 in games where Mathis catches and the team likes his leadership despite a low .183 batting average.

C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Victor Martinez may not be able to catch come postseason play, as his sprained left knee suffered in August is affecting his ability to squat behind the plate.

C | Francisco Cervelli | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees C Francisco Cervelli (concussion) is out indefinitely due to a concussion. He was examined Monday, Sept. 12, and he was diagnosed with a concussion, although MRI results were negative. Cervelli is resting at home and there is no immediate timetable for his return.

C | Ryan Doumit | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Ryan Doumit (chest) was cleared to play Monday, Sept. 12, after suffering a chest bruise Sunday, Sept. 11. All of the results he took came back negative.


Outfielder

OF | Mike Cameron | free agent | Transaction
The Florida Marlins released OF Mike Cameron.

OF | Will Venable | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Will Venable (shoulder) played catch to test his shoulder and could return Tuesday, Sept. 13.

OF | Gerardo Parra | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Gerardo Parra drove in four runs Monday, Sept. 12.

OF | Josh Willingham | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Willingham hit his 25th homer and drove in four runs Monday, Sept. 12.

OF | Magglio Ordonez | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Magglio Ordonez extended his hitting streak to 13 games Monday, Sept. 12.

OF | Mike Stanton | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Mike Stanton hit pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the 12th that drove in the eventual winning run Monday, Sept. 12.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton went 4-for-4 Sunday, Sept. 11, and reached base four straight times Monday, Sept. 12, before recording an out. That has happened eight previous times in franchise history.

OF | Manny Ramirez | Retired Players | Fantasy
Former Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians OF Manny Ramirez was arrested in Broward County, Fla., on Monday, Sept. 12, and charged with domestic battery, law enforcement sources confirmed to FOXSports.com. Ramirez was booked into the jail shortly before 9 p.m. and will be held overnight, sources said. Bond has not been set in the case, but Ramirez is expected to appear before a magistrate on Tuesday, Sept. 13, for that purpose.

OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher (elbow) went 1-for-5 with a run scored and two strikeouts in his return to the lineup Monday, Sept. 12, against the Seattle Mariners.

OF | Corey Brown | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals OF Corey Brown (knee) did not travel with the team to New York due to a staph infection in his knee. The team is hopeful he can return over the weekend.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (ankle) had an MRI on his ailing ankle Monday, Sept. 12. Manager Bob Melvin said he is confident Crisp will be able to return again this season.

OF | Drew Stubbs | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Drew Stubbs is out of the lineup for the second time in the last week Monday, Sept. 12. Manager Dusty Baker thought Stubbs looked worn down.

OF | Logan Morrison | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Logan Morrison (knee) was diagnosed with a patella contusion Monday, Sept. 12, after X-rays came back negative. He will miss the team's three-game series against the Atlanta Braves this week.

OF | Adam L. Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Adam L. Jones (thumb) is not in the lineup again Monday, Sept. 12, as he is now dealing with a sore right thumb. He will undergo X-rays on his thumb Monday. The team is listing him as day-to-day.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay was named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Sept. 11.

OF | Carlos Quentin | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox activated OF Carlos Quentin (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, Sept. 12. However, he is not in the starting lineup against the Detroit Tigers Monday.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
The New York Mets have told OF Lucas Duda that it isn't necessary for him to play winter ball this offseason due to his heavy workload this year, but Duda still plans to play in Venezuela.

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz (hamstring) is hoping to return from the disabled list Tuesday, Sept. 13.

OF | Bobby Abreu | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Bobby Abreu recorded his 20th stolen base of the season Sunday, Sept. 11, giving him 20 or more thefts for the 13th straight season. It is the longest streak in the majors since Rickey Henderson went 23 straight years with 20-plus stolen bags from 1979-2001.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (back) expects to return Tuesday, Sept. 13.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Jonathan Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, San Francisco Giants SP Jonathan Sanchez (ankle) will head to Arizona Wednesday, Sept. 14, to rehab his ankle but hopes to return this season.

SP | Brett Myers | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Brett Myers allowed a run on six hits and a walk while fanning four in eight innings to beat the Philadelphia Phillies Monday, Sept. 12. He has allowed three earned runs in his last 22 2/3 innings.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim may use SP Jered Weaver again on three days' rest as the regular season winds down, in an effort to gain some advantage. Manager Mike Scioscia indicated Weaver may not be the only pitcher to get this treatment.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Draft, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman, who was 3-5 with a 5.52 earned run average in 13 starts this year, will not pitch again until 2012. Tillman threw a combined 138 1/3 innings this season between Baltimore and the minors. "Let him rest from the season and hopefully he'll be ready to come in and compete next year for a spot," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Overall, thinking about all the factors, it was in his best interest to be done with the season."

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran is now available out of the bullpen and is expected to remain there for the rest of the season. RP Randall Delgado will start against the Florida Marlins Wednesday, Sept. 14.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg said he had a mechanical issue in the second inning of his start Sunday, Sept. 11, that led to a small drop in velocity. "Mechanically, it's off and on," Strasburg said. "A lot of time if you don't use your legs, you're going to lose velocity. I felt like I wasn't using my legs. That's going to happen."

SP | Tommy Hanson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Tommy Hanson (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday, Sept. 11, and is scheduled for another Wednesday, Sept. 14.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Jair Jurrjens (knee) is running out of time to return to the rotation after suffering from a bone bruise in his right knee. He has been playing catch while wearing a special knee brace for the last four days. There is no timetable for Jurrjens to throw off a mound. He will seek other treatment options when the season is over.

SP | Kyle Kendrick | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick will start one of the games of a doubleheader Thursday, Sept. 15. SP Cliff Lee will get the nod in the other game.

SP | Chris Schwinden | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said SP Chris Schwinden will join the starting rotation over P Miguel Batista down the stretch.

SP | C.J. Wilson | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP C.J. Wilson was named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Sept. 11.

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett (ankle) threw a positive side session Monday, Sept. 12, and the team thinks he will be able to make a start this weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays.

SP | Jarrod Parker | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to recall SP Jarrod Parker from the minors sometime this month, but the team is still deciding if SP Trevor Bauer will get a call.

SP | Doug Davis | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Chicago White Sox have released SP Doug Davis.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Johan Santana (shoulder) will make another rehab start with Single-A Savannah Thursday, Sept. 15.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (elbow) was able to face live hitters in a 19-pitch session Monday, Sept. 12. Manager Bruce Bochy said Wilson will take a couple of days off and throw again. "I've got a lot more optimism about him pitching again," Bochy said. "He'd like to get back out there before the season's over."

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers officially ruled out RP Jonathan Broxton (elbow) for the remainder of the season. "It's a matter of the calendar," medical-services director Stan Conte said Monday, Sept. 12. "Our objective now is to make sure that at the end of the season, he can do his normal throwing program in the offseason and get ready for spring training."

RP | Andrew Bailey | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Bailey (face) was held out of the game Monday, Sept. 12, as a precaution after getting hit in the face by a ball in batting practice. Bailey will take concussion tests, but team doctors feel he is fine.

RP | George Sherrill | Atlanta Braves | Injury,
Atlanta Braves RP George Sherrill (elbow) isn't likely to be back from the DL before the weekend. He has been playing light catch and will likely throw a bullpen session later this week.

RP | Eduardo Sanchez | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Eduardo Sanchez (shoulder) has been traveling with the team and is expected to be activated from the disabled list any day.

RP | Jason Motte | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Jason Motte is likely to continue to be used to close out games as long as he is effective. However, he's likely to be rested Monday, Sept. 12, after pitching in all three of the team's games over the weekend. Motte has become more effective against lefties, holding them to a .231 average since July 1.

RP | Jason Berken | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction,
The Baltimore Orioles activated RP Jason Berken (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, Sept. 12.

RP | Jon Rauch | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays placed RP Jon Rauch (knee) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, Sept. 12, with torn cartilage in his right knee. The move is retroactive to Sept. 5.

RP | Francisco Cordero | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds are considering offering a contract extension to RP Francisco Cordero but have yet to make a final decision. "We've discussed it quite a bit. We haven't made a final decision. Hopefully, we'll address (it) before the end of the season," general manager Walt Jocketty said. Cordero is also willing to renegotiate his $12 million option for next season. The Reds don't have an obvious successor should they let Cordero go because they feel RP Aroldis Chapman will eventually slot into the rotation.

RP | Robert Delaney | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction,
The Tampa Bay Rays designated RP Robert Delaney for assignment Monday, Sept. 12.

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