Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 2, 2012 @ 08:36:54 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Daric Barton | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Oakland Athletics 1B Daric Barton (shoulder) had an MRI on his shoulder, but didn't receive a cortisone shot. Everything checked out, and it's normal sorness.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn was spraying the ball around to all fields during batting practice Thursday, March 1.

1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Mark Trumbo (foot) will take repetitions in the outfield this spring once he progresses further along in his running program. "We'll get him acclimated as soon as we have full-go to get him into highly aggressive drills," manager Mike Scioscia said.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols could hit fourth in the lineup this year, although manager Mike Scioscia prefers to keep him hitting third, which is where he hit for the majority of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira has hired Casey Close as his new agent. Close also represents SS Derek Jeter and Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard.

1B | Brandon Allen | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Manny Ramirez will serve as the designated hitter in the team's intrasquad game Thursday, March 1. He will also be the DH when they face the Seattle Mariners in their first spring game Friday, March 2. 1B Brandon Allen, OF Christopher Carter, OF Jonny Gomes, 1B Kila Ka'aihue and OF Seth Smith will also rotate at the DH spot this spring.

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton (illness) is not playing in the team's intrasquad game Thursday, March 1, due to an illness, but he'll be back for the game Friday, March 2.

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers agreed to terms with 1B Mitch Moreland and seven others on one-year deals for the 2012 season Thursday, March 1. The others include Ps Kelvin De La Cruz, Cody Eppley, Neil Ramirez and Matt West, OF Craig Gentry, C Luis Martinez and INF Brandon Snyder.

1B | Carlos Pena | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays are taking it easy with 1B Carlos Pena, and he will not play in spring games until early next week. OFs Luke Scott (shoulder) and Sam Fuld won't play until the middle of next week.

1B | Brad Hawpe | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers 1B Brad Hawpe (hamstring) and P Kelvin De La Cruz (forearm) were scratched from the team's intrasquad game Thursday, March 1. Hawpe has a sore right hamstring and Cruz is dealing with forearm stiffness.

Second Baseman

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (concussion) is taking grounders and batting practice in the covered batting cage Friday, March 2.

2B | Darwin Barney | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney is impressing manager Dale Sveum this spring. "I'm a little overwhelmed from watching him from the other side," Sveum said. "He's a lot stronger and a lot quicker than I thought. His first step is really good. He's still learning second base, and there are some things I've talked to him about around the bag." Barney has regained the weight he lost last season and now weighs 190 pounds.

2B | Elliot Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SS Elliot Johnson stood out on defense during a four-inning intrasquad game Thursday, March 1, while playing third base and fielding two slower rollers. 2B Jeff Keppinger and SS Reid Brignac both homered in the game offensively.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano returned to spring camp Thursday, March 1, following the death of his grandmother in the Dominican Republic.


SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew (ankle) is doing intermittent baseball activities in spring training but is nowhere near being able to play in exhibition games. "The doctor said it was going to be a year process, and now I'm at month seven," Drew said after taking some grounders during practice at the team's Salt River Field complex. "Flexibility is back to normal. Now I just have to get the strength back." He is unsure if he will be ready to play on opening day.

SS | Alcides Escobar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said he may decide to pinch hit for SS Alcides Escobar late in games this year. "We're not in development mode anymore," Yost said. "We're trying to win ballgames. It all revolves around his production on the field and where we are in the course of the game. There may come a point during the season when he's struggling…" Hitting coach Kevin Seitzer worked with Escobar to begin using the whole field instead of becoming pull-happy.

SS | Angel Sanchez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Angel Sanchez (back) took soft toss and fielded ground balls on both sides of his body Thursday, March 1.

Third Baseman

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco (hernia) said he's 100 percent after double sports hernia surgery.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (hand) said he doesn't envision missing more than a couple of days with his bruised hand.

3B | Brandon Inge | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Brandon Inge will start at second base in the team's spring opener against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, March 3, as he tries to win a job at the spot. Inge said his surgically repaired knees have been a "non-issue" this spring.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera changed his diet in the offseason by cutting out the unhealthy foods that he was eating. "It's kind of helped me a little bit," Cabrera said of his new diet. "You know, you've got to sacrifice, you've got to do it, and you've got to work hard to get better. That's what I want, to get better every day and try to do my best."

3B | Juan Francisco | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 3B Juan Francisco (calf), who has yet to work out with the team yet due to a strained right calf, is improving and could join full workouts Friday, March 2.

3B | Josh Donaldson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 3B Josh Donaldson hit a three-run home run in the team's intrasquad game Thursday, March 1, but he also made an error in the field. Manager Bob Melvin was impressed with the way Donaldson bounced back after his error.

3B | Adonis Garcia | free agent | Free Agents
The Oakland Athletics have not made a bid for Cuban 3B Adonis Garcia.

3B | Mark DeRosa | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche (shoulder, ankle) said he plans to play in the team's spring game Sunday, March 4, and he could have participated in workouts Thursday, March 1, but the team prefers that he take it slow. Manager Davey Johnson plans to give LaRoche frequent days off against left-handers this year, with INF/OF Mark DeRosa spelling him.


C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Transaction
The Detroit Tigers agreed to one-year deals with OF Brennan Boesch, RP Daniel Schlereth and RP Al Alburquerque. They renewed the contracts of OF Austin Jackson, C Alex Avila and SP Doug Fister.

C | Geovany Soto | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs C Geovany Soto (groin) is making progress from a groin strain. "He's hitting a lot more, everything is coming together," manager Dale Sveum said. "He's not having any discomfort or feeling anything in his agility. You can look for him back between (March 7-10) to play in a game."

C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Mike Napoli (ankle) caught three innings in an intrasquad game Thursday, March 1, and felt fine after the game. "I'll see how I feel tomorrow," Napoli said. "I haven't run or done any sliding, but I've done some blocking drills."

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey (leg), who won't start the team's spring opener Saturday, March 3, will need more time before he's ready to play in an exhibition game this spring. "We've been here 10 days, and you may think that's a long time," manager Bruce Bochy said. "But when a guy hasn't played in four, five months or longer, it takes time. But I will say this: He's real close. If we wanted to force the issue, we could." Posey has yet to do sliding drills, and he said his ankle has been stiff and sore when introduced to new running drills.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina's five-year, $75 million extension includes a $15 million option for a sixth season.

C | Ramon Castro | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Mets considered bringing free-agent C Ramon Castro (White Sox) in as a backup catcher, but that won't be happening now.


OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche (ankle) and OF Jayson Werth (back) are likely to be held out of the lineup in the spring game Sunday, March 4.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (hand, finger) admitted that his right hand was bothering him in the playoffs in October.

OF | Aaron Cunningham | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians OF Aaron Cunningham (hand) missed action the last two days due to a sore left hand, but hopes to return this weekend.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda will not serve as the team's backup first baseman this year in case 1B Ike Davis is injured. "He's got enough on his hands right now to play right field every day," manager Terry Collins said. "He's got enough on his plate to do the things we want offensively and to learn how to play a position, instead of scrambling him around trying to play multiple spots. I just don't think it's fair to him." The team is hesitant to have 2B Daniel Murphy back up Davis, which would leave 2B Justin Turner for the job.

OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Sam Fuld (wrist) is dealing with a sore right wrist, and the team is taking caution with his spring workload early on. He is unlikely to play in the first three or four exhibition games.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (back) will be out for eight to 12 weeks after undergoing a micro discectomy on his lower back.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper will start in the team's exhibition game against Georgetown Friday, March 2, and the spring opener Saturday, March 3.

OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Denard Span (lip) crashed into a chain-linked fence catching a ball during a simulated game Thursday, March 1, and suffered a cut lip, but he said he is OK. He continued to play in center field without issues. Span plans to play in the team's spring opener Saturday, March 3.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Matt Moore | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore (abdominal) could throw a bullpen session Sunday, March 4.

SP | A.J. Burnett | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, the Pittsburgh Pirates said SP A.J. Burnett (eye) will be out eight to 12 weeks with a broken orbital bone beneath his right eye.

SP | Tommy Hunter | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles SP Tommy Hunter (back) and RP Jason Berken (hamstring) threw long-toss sessions Friday, March 2. Berken played catch to test his hamstring. Hunter threw from a greater distance and for a longer period.

SP | Daniel Bard | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Daniel Bard impressed Thursday, March 1, and people think his effortless style can translate to the rotation.

SP | Tommy Hanson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Tommy Hanson (concussion) could piggyback with SP Kris Medlen (elbow) the second time through the rotation this spring.

SP | Philip Humber | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Philip Humber will start the team's spring opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, March 5.

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda threw a "very impressive" bullpen Thursday, March 1. Kuroda will have C Russell Martin as his personal catcher this year. "He's the first catcher that caught me when I came to the States, and he knows what kind of pitcher I am, what kind of pitches I have," Kuroda said. "He's one of those great catchers that helps all the pitchers. He calls a really good game, so he's been a good help for me."

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs P Jeff Samardzija is pushing hard for a rotation spot this spring, and he has impressed manager Dale Sveum. "That's going to be the million-dollar question in spring training," Sveum said. "Against live hitters (on Thursday), he threw the heck out of the ball and had great command, which he has every time. It's going to be an interesting decision later this month." He is using his cutter more and seems to be more aggressive with better command.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Jair Jurrjens appears to be in line to start the team's opening day game April 3 against the New York Mets. SP Tommy Hanson (concussion) won't return to the mound until Wednesday, March 7, after suffering a minor concussion.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SPs Adam Wainwright (elbow) and Chris Carpenter both threw side sessions Thursday, March 1, in the bullpen, but didn't face hitters.

SP | Mike Leake | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake will start the team's spring opener Saturday, March 3, followed by SP Homer Bailey Sunday, March 4. SP Johnny Cueto will start Monday, March 5, SP Mat Latos figures to go Tuesday, March 6, and SP Bronson Arroyo is slated to go Wednesday, March 7.

SP | Carl Pavano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Carl Pavano will start the team's spring opener Saturday, March 3. SP Francisco Liriano will start against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, March 4.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (back) will throw a two-inning modified intrasquad game Monday, March 5. Kershaw is a bit behind the other pitchers due to some mild back tightness. He threw to hitters Wednesday, March 29, and didn't have any problems.

SP | Jordan Lyles | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Jordan Lyles is working on a new grip for his curveball and has been satisfied with the early results this spring. "Hopefully, it could be a big pitch for me," Lyles said. "Having that curveball could be another pitch to take me to the next level."

SP | Anthony Bass | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Anthony Bass will start the team's spring opener against the Seattle Mariners Sunday, March 4. He will toss two innings.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Johan Santana (elbow) threw 43 pitches during two simulated innings Thursday, March 1, for the first time since being shut down last fall. He will make his spring debut versus the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, March 6.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey (elbow) has been throwing from 45 feet every other day this spring as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery. Lackey said he had been pitching in pain for two years before the surgery.

SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Shaun Marcum (shoulder) is being held out of workouts because he's dealing with shoulder bursitis, but it isn't considered to be a serious injury. Marcum dealt with a similar problem last spring.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) felt good while playing catch Thursday, March 1, and will repeat the process Friday, March 2. It's unclear when he'll be able to throw off a mound.

Relief Pitcher

RP | LaTroy Hawkins | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RPs Scott Downs, Jason Isringhausen and LaTroy Hawkins are on a slower schedule in spring training and won't enter exhibition games in the first week.

RP | Manny Delcarmen | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees RP Manny Delcarmen (lat) will miss four or five days with a slight strain in his right lat muscle.

RP | Scott Linebrink | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Scott Linebrink (hamstring) is not pushing his right hamstring tweak, but he said he should throw in the next few days.

RP | Brandon Kintzler | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury,
Milwaukee Brewers RP Brandon Kintzler (elbow) threw an "outstanding" bullpen Wednesday, Feb. 29, and he will throw another session Saturday, March 3, before moving to live batting practice. RP Zach Braddock (illness) was scheduled to throw a bullpen Thursday, March 1.

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton (shoulder) and RP Jim Johnson (back) will throw bullpens Friday, March 2. It will be Britton's first session off the mound this spring.

RP | Willie Eyre | Baltimore Orioles | Injury,
Baltimore Orioles RP Willie Eyre (groin) played catch Thursday, March 1, while recovering from a groin strain.

RP | Jose Contreras | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jose Contreras (elbow) tossed live batting practice Thursday, March 1, and didn't suffer any setbacks. He will not appear in the first week of spring games, though.

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