Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 19, 2012 @ 09:19:27 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Aubrey Huff | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Aubrey Huff (back) said Sunday, March 18, that he feels much better, and he expects to return to Cactus League action Tuesday, March 20.

1B | Clint Robinson | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals optioned OF David Lough, 1B Clint Robinson and OF Derrick Robinson to Triple-A Omaha Sunday, March 18.

1B | Adam LaRoche | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche (foot), who has been bothered by a bone bruise on his left foot with a slight cartilage sprain, will rest for a few days before heading over to the minor league camp to get some at-bats. He could resume running the bases in about a week.

1B | Daric Barton | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 1B Daric Barton (shoulder) will not accompany the team on their trip to Tokyo Thursday, March 24. Instead, he will remain at extended spring training because of his limited availability during camp. The team is unlikely to place Barton on the disabled list because they feel he will be ready April 6, the date of their first regular-season game after the Japan Opening Series.

1B | Casey Kotchman | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Confirming previous reports, Cleveland Indians 1B Casey Kotchman (back) returned to the lineup Sunday, March 18.

1B | Angel Villalona | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants have optioned 1B Angel Villalona to Class A San Jose. This was scheduled to be his first major league spring training camp but he was never able to leave his native Dominican Republic because of visa problems.

1B | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B/OF Lance Berkman (knee) went 1-for-4 and played seven innings at first base in his return to the lineup Friday, March 16. He reported no discomfort and expects to play regularly during the final two weeks of spring training games.

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel expects 1B Ryan Howard (Achilles') to wear his walking boot "for another week." OF John Mayberry Jr. could see extensive time at first base with Howard out.

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis (illness) feels 100 percent healthy and isn't bothered at all by any symptoms after he dealt with valley fever. "I didn't even know I had it," Davis said. "I showed up here expecting to play spring training and was told (after a routine physical), 'Oh, you got something.'" He hasn't been limited at all this spring. Davis is 5-for-17 with four walks in Grapefruit League action.

1B | Chris Marrero | Washington Nationals | Injury
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals 1B Chris Marrero (hamstring) took grounders Friday, March 16.


Second Baseman

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said 2B Chase Utley (knees) will not be ready for the start of the season due to a condition in both of his knees. The team isn't seeking a second baseman, and they'll go with 2B Freddy Galvis.

2B | Skip Schumaker | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Skip Schumaker (oblique) will undergo an MRI on his strained right oblique Monday, March 19.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano (hand) had X-rays taken Sunday, March 18, and they were negative. "The X-rays were negative, so he'll be fine," manager Joe Girardi said. Girardi called the injury a contusion, and said Cano will be re-evaluated Tuesday, March 20.

2B | Mike Fontenot | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Emmanuel Burriss, 2B Mike Fontenot and SS Ryan Theriot might be candidates to start the regular season opener at second base if 2B Freddy Sanchez (shoulder) starts the season on the 15-day disabled list.

2B | Freddy Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated Sunday, March 18, that 2B Freddy Sanchez (shoulder) might not be ready for the start of the regular season. "I guess you have to say that's a possibility," Bochy said. "We're down to two weeks and he hasn't gotten out there yet."

2B | David Adams | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees optioned 2B David Adams and OF Zoilo Almonte to Double-A Trenton Friday, March 16. The team also optioned INF Corban Joseph and OF Melky Mesa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley had three doubles in the team's spring game Friday, March 16.

2B | Orlando Hudson | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) and 2B Orlando Hudson (groin) both remained out of the lineup Friday, March 16.

2B | Aaron Hill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill will hit second this year, followed by OF Justin Upton and C Miguel Montero.

2B | Marco Scutaro | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 2B Marco Scutaro is hitting only .118 in 17 Cactus League at-bats. On the flip side, 3B Jordan Pacheco is hitting .470 after hitting a pinch-hit homer Thursday, March 15.

2B | Chris Nelson | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies INF Chris Nelson could be emerging as a favorite to take the starting third base duties if 3B Casey Blake (neck) needs ample time to come back. 3B Brandon Wood is slumping and Nelson is hitting .292 this spring after recording two hits Thursday, March 15.


Shortstop

SS | Tsuyoshi Nishioka | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins optioned IF Tsuyoshi Nishioka, OF Rene Tosoni and SP Carlos Gutierrez to Triple-A Rochester. They also reassigned RP Jason Bulger, RP Luis Perdomo, SP Daryl Thompson, RP Esmerling Vasquez, SP P.J. Walters, C Chris Herrmann, C Daniel Rohlfing, 1B Aaron Bates and OF Wilkin Ramirez to minor league camp.

SS | Tim Beckham | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays sent SS Tim Beckham to their minor league camp Sunday, March 18. The team also optioned P Matt Bush, P Dane De La Rosa and OF Brandon Guyer to Triple-A Durham, while C Stephen Vogt was also re-assigned to the team's minor league camp.

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew (ankle) indicated Sunday, March 18, that SS Stephen Drew (ankle) is likely to start the season on the 15-day disabled list. "He's probably not going to be ready," Gibson said. "I don't know how long. Don't keep asking me. When he's ready, you'll know." The team is still holding hope that he'll be able to play in a Cactus League game at some point.

SS | Alcides Escobar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Saturday, March 17, that he wants to see what SS Alcides Escobar can do in the two-hole. "I want (to see Alcides) Escobar in the two (spot in the lineup), too. Just experimenting down here with a little of this stuff," Yost said.

SS | Jack Wilson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SS Jack Wilson (calf) said he is well ahead of schedule in his recovery from a strained left calf and feels he could begin playing in minor league spring training games by the end of next week. However, the team does not want to rush him back to action so the possibility still exists that he could start the season on the disabled list.

SS | Tyler Greene | St. Louis Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said the competition for the starting job at second base is not over, even though INF Daniel Descalso is hitting .409 in Grapefruit League play and INF Tyler Greene is just 3-for-22 (.136) this spring. "They don't put your Spring Training stats on your bubblegum card," Matheny said. "We're 12 games into a spring. Is there enough reason to be excited about Daniel Descalso? Absolutely. I just think there's reason to be excited about the other guys, too." 2B/OF Skip Schumaker (oblique) was also in the running for the job but he suffered a right oblique injury Friday, March 16.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (calf) said Friday, March 16, that if it were the regular season, he would be playing. However, he said because he had the same injury last season, the training staff is playing it safe. "The reason I'm probably not playing now is because I had one last year," Jeter said. "So that probably has something to do with it. If that wasn't the case, I probably would be playing."

SS | Jose Iglesias | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Friday, March 16, that SS Jose Iglesias (groin) will hit Saturday, March 17, in a minor league game. Valentine said Iglesias "didn't have full stride" during pre-game drills Friday.

SS | Ruben Tejada | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada (groin) will sit out a few more games while dealing with a groin strain. He participated in workouts Friday, March 16. SS Ronny Cedeno (knee) returned to the lineup Friday.

SS | Maicer Izturis | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Bobby Wilson (calf) should return to spring games this weekend. INF Maicer Izturis (hamstring) is expected to do running drills Friday, March 16, and could be back in games in two or three days. RP Bobby Cassevah (shoulder) did drills Friday and is expected to be available out of the bullpen in the coming days.

SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks are not interested in trading for Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond, according to general manager Kevin Towers.

SS | Chris Owings | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction,
The Arizona Diamondbacks assigned Ps Kevin Munson, Evan Marshall and Mike DeMark, INF Chris Owings and Ryan Wheeler and OFs Marc Krauss and Jason Lane to minor league camp Thursday, March 15.

SS | Charlie Culberson | San Francisco Giants | Transaction
The San Francisco Giants optioned SS Charlie Culberson to Triple-A Fresno Thursday, March 15.

SS | Peter Kozma | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction,
The St. Louis Cardinals have assigned SS Peter Kozma, and Ps Maikel Cleto and Brandon Dickson to minor league camp.


Third Baseman

3B | Chris Dominguez | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants have optioned P Hector Correa and OF Tyler Graham to Triple-A Fresno. Ps Justin Fitzgerald, Mitch Lively and Matt Yourkin, C Jackson Williams, INFs Chris Dominguez and Nick Noonan and OF Juan C. Perez were reassigned to minor league camp.

3B | Brent Morel | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Brent Morel (back) was scratched from the lineup Friday, March 16, but manager Robin Ventura said Saturday, March 17, that Morel would return to action for the Cactus League game Sunday, March 18.

3B | Casey Blake | Colorado Rockies | Injury
Colorado Rockies 3B Casey Blake (neck) was scheduled for a full workout Saturday, March 17, and he is hopeful to play in a Cactus League game March 18. He has missed six games due to a stiff neck.

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco (finger) left the game Saturday, March 17, in the third inning, after suffering an injury to his left fourth finger. The injury occured in the first inning, when he jammed his hand diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt, but he remained in the game after being examined for a few minutes by head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan. Polanco was replaced in the game by INF Michael Martinez (elbow), who was seeing his first game action since Tuesday, March 13, after having suffered a bruised right elbow.

3B | Kyle Higashioka | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees reassigned P Dan Burawa, 3B Kyle Higashioka, P Brett Marshall, RP Adam Miller, C J.R. Murphy, SP Ryan Pope, C Gary Sanchez, P Graham Stoneburner and P Chase Whitley to the team's minor league camp Friday, March 16.

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (groin) left the Grapefruit League game Friday, March 16, as a precaution due to tightness in his groin.

3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) took ground balls Friday, March 16, but is listed as day-to-day with a sore right quadriceps. X-rays were negative on INF Blake DeWitt's (hand) right hand after he was hit by a pitch Thursday, March 15. He is day-to-day, too. 2B Darwin Barney (side) felt better Friday after dealing with tightness in his left side.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright (abdominal) took ground balls Friday, March 16, and looked comfortable.

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Transaction,
The Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks and OF Che-Hsuan Lin were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket Friday, March 16. P Drake Britton and 2B Oscar Tejeda were optioned to Double-A Portland and Ps Tony Pena Jr., Chorye Spoon and Alex Wilson and OF Juan Carlos Linares were reassigned to minor league camp.


Catcher

C | Brian Esposito | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds have optioned INFs Didi Gregorius, Donald Lutz, Kris Negron, Henry X. Rodriguez and Neftali Soto and Ps Josh Judy, Kyle Lotzkar and Pedro Villarreal to the minor leagues. The team also reassigned Ps Nick Christiani, Daniel Corcino, Sean Gallagher, Donnie Joseph, Chad Reineke and Brett Tomko and Cs Tucker Barnhart and Brian Esposito to minor league camp.

C | Welington Castillo | Chicago Cubs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs' backup catcher competition between Welington Castillo and Steve Clevenger is expected to come down to the final days of spring training, according to manager Dale Sveum.

C | Ivan Rodriguez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals have denied a report from CBSSports.com that they have made an offer to free-agent C Ivan Rodriguez (Nationals) or invited him to spring training camp.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey served as the designated hitter in a minor league exhibition game Saturday, March 17, and will be rested Sunday, March 18. Following a team-wide off day Monday, March 19, he will return to the lineup against the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday, March 20. Posey is expected to catch six innings in the game, which would mark his longest stint behind the plate this spring.

C | Carlos Maldonado | Washington Nationals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Carlos Maldonado is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Syracuse as the backup to Jhonatan Solano, although he is expected to remain in major league camp until the end of spring training. Entering Grapefruit League play Saturday, March 17, he was 2-for-6 with a home run and three RBIs and had already made a positive impression on manager Davey Johnson. "It's very comforting from a managing standpoint to see him handle a pitching staff," Johnson said. "He showed he can drive in some key runs. Very veteran-like player and a quality catcher. ... I didn't see him play last year or the year before. It's just great being around him and seeing him perform and how he handles things."

C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (hip) will get six to eight at-bats in a minor-league game Saturday, March 17.

C | Russell Martin | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees C Russell Martin (leg) has tightness between his groin and his hamstring, something he reported feeling in spring training once with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Martin indicated the injury is minor, and he and the team are just being cautious.

C | Nick Hundley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Nick Hundley (side) was scratched from the Cactus League game Friday, March 16, with a sore right side. The move was purely done as a precaution. "Sore side for Nick, a couple days off," manager Bud Black said. "He should be OK."

C | Chris Iannetta | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Chris Iannetta (elbow) left the team's spring game Friday, March 16, with a right elbow bruise. He is being listed as day-to-day. He was hit in the elbow by a foul tip in the second inning.

C | Corky Miller | Cincinnati Reds | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals could look to sign free-agent C Ivan Rodriguez (Nationals) with C Salvador Perez (knee) out 12-14 weeks. Arizona Diamondbacks C Craig Tatum, Cincinnati Reds C Corky Miller and Colorado Rockies C Wil Nieves could be other trade options.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina tallied three hits and three RBIs in the team's spring game Friday, March 16.

C | Robinson Chirinos | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays C Robinson Chirinos (concussion) remains out indefinitely with a concussion.

C | Dusty Brown | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers INF Greg Miclat (migraine) is out Friday, March 16, with symptoms of a migraine headache. P Justin Miller (back) hasn't pitched in a few days with lower back stiffness. C Dusty Brown (arm) threw to the bases Thursday, March 15, and will travel with the team this weekend. RP Joe Beimel (illness) returned Friday after dealing with an illness.

C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Mike Napoli (groin) is back in the starting lineup Friday, March 16, as the designated hitter. He won't catch in a spring game for another few days.

C | Konrad Schmidt | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction,
The Arizona Diamondbacks assigned Ps Zach Kroenke, Jonathan Albaladejo and Joe Martinez, C Konrad Schmidt and OF Cole Gillespie to minor league camp Thursday, March 15.


Outfielder

OF | Ryan Sweeney | Boston Red Sox | Injury
Boston Red Sox OF Ryan Sweeney (quadriceps) did base running drills Monday, March 19, and is nearing a return.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford (wrist) took 20 swings off a tee Monday, March 19.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (knee) is still bothered by inflammation and swelling in his left knee. He said there were no tears to any ligaments or cartilage. His availability for the season opener is in question.

OF | Laynce Nix | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury
Philadelphia Phillies OF Laynce Nix (ribs) is back in the lineup Monday, March 19, after missing six games with sore ribs.

OF | Jordan Danks | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Jordan Danks hit the game-winning home run in the Cactus League game Sunday, March 18, in the 10th inning.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper will mostly play center field with Triple-A Syracuse, with some appearances in right field. The organization views him as a center fielders when he arrives in the big leagues.

OF | Cesar Puello | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets optioned P Jeremy Hefner and OF Cesar Puello to their minor league camp Sunday, March 18.

OF | Brandon Moss | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Brandon Moss had three hits and four RBIs in the Cactus League game Sunday, March 18. He is batting .526 this spring, and might be a potential roster addition for the team's opening regular season series against the Seattle Mariners in Japan.

OF | Johnny Damon | free agent | Free Agents
The Cleveland Indians have looked into free-agent OF Johnny Damon to solve their left-field issues, but they are unlikely to take a chance on the veteran. Money might be the biggest concern, as Damon made $5.25 million in 2011.

OF | Lorenzo Cain | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain was leading all American League players with a .480 batting average and .536 on-base percentage in the spring through the games Saturday, March 17. Manager Ned Yost experimented, moving him into the No. 2 spot of the batting order Saturday.

OF | Starling Marte | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned OFs Gorkys Hernandez and Starling Marte and Ps Kyle McPherson, Bryan Morris and Justin Wilson to Triple-A Indianapolis.

OF | Ezequiel Carrera | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have optioned P Corey Kluber, OF Ezequiel Carrera and IF Juan Diaz to Triple-A Columbus. They also optioned P Hector Ambriz and C Michel Hernandez to minor league camp.

OF | Rick Ankiel | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel (quadriceps, hamstring) felt fine after fully participating in the team's workout Saturday, March 17, so he will be on the travel roster for the exhibition game against the New York Mets Tuesday, March 20. "In his mind he's ready to go today," manager Davey Johnson said. "But we'll take the wraps off probably Tuesday." Ankiel had been slowed by a strained left quadriceps.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse (lat) did not participate in baseball activities Sunday, March 18, but he went through a rigorous workout with strength and conditioning coach John Philbin.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) is scheduled to have arthroscopic knee surgery Monday, March 19, and he will miss four to six weeks.

OF | Carlos Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Carlos Gomez (hand) returned to the lineup Saturday, March 17, after missing the game Friday, March 16, due to an illness. However, he suffered a cut to his left hand when he was caught stealing in the eighth inning. Manager Ron Roenicke said he was uncertain as to the severity of the injury.

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Corey Hart (knee) said Saturday, March 17, that he is "way ahead of schedule" in his recovery from knee surgery, and he might be ready for opening day. "What it comes down to is, if he stays on this pace, physically, he will be ready to go opening day," manager Ron Roenicke said. "But, baseball-wise, I don't know if he will be (ready). We're trying to figure out how many games that we think he's going to need."

OF | Gary Brown | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Gary Brown has been optioned to minor league camp. He is expected to begin the season with Double-A Richmond.

OF | Collin Cowgill | Oakland Athletics | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Collin Cowgill's streak of reaching base in 11 consecutive plate appearances ended Friday, March 16, when he lined out to second base in the sixth inning. Regarding his odds of making the roster, manager Bob Melvin said, "I don't know how he's not on our team at this point."

OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday, March 16, that OF Nick Swisher (groin) was sent for a precautionary MRI on his groin area. "This could just be soreness and they're ruling everything out," Girardi said. "He said he felt good today." Swisher said he could have played Friday if it were a regular season game.

OF | Desmond Jennings | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings was back in the lineup Friday, March 16, after colliding with OF B.J. Upton in the team's spring game Wednesday, March 14. He went 0-for-1 with two walks and a stolen base.

OF | Juan Pierre | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OFs Juan Pierre and Scott Podsednik are both battling for a roster spot this spring and their competition appears to be neck and neck. "It's a good battle, a very good battle," skipper Charlie Manuel said. "They're both playing well. They're both good players. We'll just see who's playing best." Pierre went 0-for-4 Friday, March 16, to drop his average to .250, while Podsednik went 1-for-3 to boost his average to .333.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun will increase his workload this spring after he's gotten off to a slow start at the plate. He is 1-for-13 with a home run in his first seven Cactus League games. "I get it," Braun said last week. "I know people are going to be paying more attention. But for me, my goal is to try to have the same approach I've always had. Prepare myself for the start of the season."

OF | Travis Snider | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Travis Snider hit his fourth spring home run in Grapefruit League play Friday, March 16. Snider also leads the team with 14 RBIs. "I think in his final at-bat against Nunez on the mound, who has above-average velocity, you saw him foul a ball off when he was behind and the very next pitch he was able to make an adjustment on the same type of pitch and hit the ball out of the ballpark," manager John Farrell said. "A year ago that might not have readily happened but it's very encouraging to see."

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout (illness, legs, shoulder) will likely see at-bats in his spring debut this weekend.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda said he's slightly changed his approach at the plate with a runner on third base and less than two outs. "Not a swing, but I have different approach - put it in the air and keep it in the middle of the field," Duda said.

OF | Matt Joyce | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Matt Joyce (wrist) left the game early Thursday, March 15, with a jammed left wrist after sliding into second base and trying to make a diving catch. Joyce isn't concerned and expects to play Saturday, March 17.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton (back) is "feeling better" but was still sore enough to sit out of the team's spring game Friday, March 16. He is hoping to return at some point this weekend.

OF | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Logan Morrison (knee) has been frustrated with the progress that his surgically repaired knee is showing in spring training. "It's not the soreness that's the thing," Morrison said. "It's the swelling. I need to get the swelling out of there for it to heal. There's no timetable on when the soreness and swelling goes away. It's frustrating, aggravating."

OF | Scott Hairston | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Scott Hairston (oblique) remains optimistic that he'll be ready for opening day. He has been receiving treatment and hopes to start swinging a bat next week.

OF | Wil Myers | Kansas City Royals | Transaction,
The Kansas City Royals assigned Ps Ryan Verdugo, Noel Arguelles, Jake Odorizzi, Chris Dwyer, Mike Montgomery, Brandon Sisk and Will Smith, C Julio Rodriguez and OFs Wil Myers and Paulo Orlando to minor league camp Thursday, March 15.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Scott Baker | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Twins SP Scott Baker (elbow) threw 47 pitches in a bullpen session Monday, March 19. If no issues arise, he'll pitch in a minor league game Thursday, March 22.

SP | Joel Pineiro | free agent | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies released SP Joel Pineiro.

SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle Lohse is lined up to start the season opener April 4 against the Miami Marlins in place of SP Chris Carpenter (neck). SP Adam Wainwright is in line to start the home opener April 13.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Ubaldo Jimenez was consistently between 89-91 mph with his fastball, according to a scout Saturday, March 17. "He might have touched 92 once or twice, but his slider was flat," the scout said. "He also looked like his mind was somewhere else. I haven't seen him like that in two years."

SP | Gavin Floyd | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Gavin Floyd pitched on the back fields Sunday, March 18, due to rain in the forecast. Originally he was expected to start the Cactus League game against the Chicago Cubs. He threw a five-inning simulated game, and looked good, according to manager Robin Ventura. "With the rain, we didn't want to chance it bringing him here and starting and stopping things like that," Ventura said. "So we kind of moved him up."

SP | Alfredo Simon | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Alfredo Simon (groin) said Sunday, March 18, that he aggravated his strained groin in the second inning of his Grapefruit League appearance. He is hopeful he'll be able to make his next scheduled start. He has been limited to just six innings so far this spring.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton (shoulder) has been scratched from this scheduled Grapefruit League start Monday, March 19, due to shoulder inflammation.

SP | Mike Pelfrey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Mike Pelfrey allowed eight earned runs and eight hits with four walks in just 2 2/3 innings in his third Grapefruit League start Sunday, March 18, against the Houston Astros. "It's bad execution," Pelfrey said. "Obviously I've been up (in the strike zone) a lot. And the ball doesn't sink when it's up."

SP | Madison Bumgarner | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner tossed five scoreless innings in a Cactus League start Sunday, March 18.

SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain will throw in a minor league game Monday, March 19, to keep him on schedule. The team has its lone off day during the Cactus League schedule Monday.

SP | Josh Tomlin | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Josh Tomlin was pounded for six earned runs, 10 hits with no walks and two strikeouts over four innings in his Cactus League appearance Sunday, March 18, against the Kansas City Royals. Tomlin needed 66 pitches to complete the four innings, throwing 46 strikes.

SP | Derek Lowe | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Derek Lowe will start in a 'B' game Monday, March 19, against Chicago Cubs minor league players.

SP | Jeanmar Gomez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Jeanmar Gomez is scheduled to make another spring start Monday, March 19, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gomez has not allowed a run in three spring outings. He is vying for the fifth starter job with three other candidates.

SP | Brett Tomko | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds have optioned INFs Didi Gregorius, Donald Lutz, Kris Negron, Henry X. Rodriguez and Neftali Soto and Ps Josh Judy, Kyle Lotzkar and Pedro Villarreal to the minor leagues. The team also reassigned Ps Nick Christiani, Daniel Corcino, Sean Gallagher, Donnie Joseph, Chad Reineke and Brett Tomko and Cs Tucker Barnhart and Brian Esposito to minor league camp.

SP | Ervin Santana | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Ervin Santana (shoulder) will make his next start Monday, March 19, as scheduled.

SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Shaun Marcum (shoulder) threw 30 pitches over two simulated innings Sunday, March 18, and impressed pitching coach Rick Kranitz so much that the next time he throws could be in a Cactus League game. "He was good," Kranitz said. "The good thing about it is that when he went to sit down and got back up to throw, he got loose in eight pitches. Now, it's just a matter of building him up. We'll talk to everybody but as far as I'm concerned, he's that close (to pitching in a game), so that's good." It is still uncertain if Marcum will begin the regular season on the disabled list.

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke threw 62 pitches in a simulated game Sunday, March 18. He has altered his delivery so that he doesn't turn as much before releasing the ball and as a result, his command has improved without affecting his velocity.

SP | Matt Chico | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers have reassigned Ps Matt Chico, Will Savage and Ryan Tucker to minor league camp. They have also given P Alberto Castillo his outright release.

SP | Wily Peralta | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers have optioned Ps Michael Fiers, Wily Peralta and Mark Rogers to minor league camp so that they can be stretched out as starting pitchers.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy worked five hitless innings in a Cactus League appearance Saturday, March 17, against the Seattle Mariners. While that is a great performance, he did enter the game with a 18.69 ERA over his first two spring appearances.

SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin (blister) is expected to make his next scheduled Cactus League start Tuesday, March 20. He left his last outing due to a small blister on his right index finger.

SP | Drew Pomeranz | Colorado Rockies | Injury,
Colorado Rockies SP Drew Pomeranz (gluteus) threw 35-40 pitches in a bullpen session Friday, March 16, and he is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Sunday, March 18. Pomeranz said the soreness in his right glute is "still kind of there," but said it is nowhere near as sore as it was.

SP | Jamie Moyer | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jamie Moyer (leg) threw a bullpen session Saturday, March 17, and said he was "pain-free." He is in competition for the fifth starter spot, but was scratched from his previous appearance due to soreness in his right leg. "I've got to keep moving forward," Moyer said. "I'm progressing."

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Injury,
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong (back) threw 40-45 pitches in a batting practice session Saturday, March 17, without taking a break. "Everything was coing out of his hand well," C Chris Stewart said. "His strength is there, he was just a little erratic finding the strike zone. But this was his first time against hitters and that command comes with time. It was a good session."

SP | Manny Parra | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury,
Milwaukee Brewers RPs Zach Braddock or Manny Parra might have a chance to win a bullpen job heading into the regular season with RP Juan Perez (lung) out of the mix. RP Mike McClendon is also trying to work his way into the mix.

SP | Josh Collmenter | Arizona Diamondbacks | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said SP Josh Collmenter will begin the season in the starting rotation.

SP | Eric Surkamp | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Eric Surkamp allowed one run on four hits over four innings in a win over the Chicago Cubs Friday, March 16. He has a chance to begin the season as the team's No. 5 starter if SP Ryan Vogelsong (back) is placed on the disabled list.

SP | Ross Detwiler | Washington Nationals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson plans to carry seven relievers on his 25-man roster, including two long relievers. Ps Ross Detwiler and Tom Gorzelanny are expected to pitch in long relief and get occasional spot starts during the season.

SP | Aaron Cook | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
In his second Grapefruit League appearance of the spring, Boston Red Sox SP Aaron Cook allowed one hit over 3 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday, March 17, against the Baltimore Orioles, with one walk and one strikeout. He threw 24 of his 39 pitches for strikes.

SP | Carlos Silva | free agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have released SP Carlos Silva.

SP | Tommy Hanson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Tommy Hanson allowed two runs on five hits over three innings in a Grapefruit League game against the Houston Astros Friday, March 16. Although he struggled with an altered delivery and experienced some difficulty locating his slider and curveball, he was happy to settle into a rhythm where he's pitching every five days on a regular basis again. "I'm on a normal routine," Hanson said. "I feel like I'm working and I'm excited to work. I'm excited for my bullpen days and I'm excited for my next start, because I am working on things and I feel like I'm moving in the right (direction)."

SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson (back) threw a pain-free bullpen session Friday, March 16, consisting of two sets of 25 pitches.

SP | Bartolo Colon | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon (finger) threw 75 pitches in a five-inning simulated game Friday, March 16.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Friday, March 16, that he was pleased with the progress of SP Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) during a bullpen session. "He threw 20 pitches without a hitter in there, and they were all very good," Valentine said. "The first seven with a hitter in there were not good. And the least eight, I thought he corrected himself nicely." Valentine said he doesn't think it's realistic to expect Matsuzaka to pitch in a minor-league game before the team breaks camp.

SP | Andrew Miller | Boston Red Sox | Injury,
Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Miller (elbow) worked a hitless inning Friday, March 16, while striking out two batters and walking one. He is battling for the fifth starter job, but after missing 10 days due to elbow stiffness, he might be running out of time. "The goal for me is more to be with the club than anything," Miller said, "but if starting is going to be in the equation, it's going to have to happen pretty fast. I think I threw 26 pitches the first time out and today around 15, so I've got a ways to go if I'm expected to throw seven innings."

SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda is scheduled to make his next Grapefruit League start Tuesday, March 20.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova is scheduled to make another Grapefruit League start Sunday, March 18, and then again Friday, March 23.

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda will make another Grapefruit League start Saturday, March 17, and then again Friday, March 23.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes looked good again Friday, March 16, in a Grapefruit League start against the Washington Nationals. He was particularly sharp, mixing up his pitches. "I worked all my pitches," Hughes said. "Didn't throw as many cutters, threw more changeups today, which was good. That was something I wanted to do. My breaking ball was good and I felt like my fastball was coming out of my hand pretty well." Hughes had one fastball clocked at 94 mph Friday. Hughes' next scheduled Grapefruit League start will be Wednesday, March 21.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte is scheduled to arrive at the team's spring training facility Tuesday, March 20.

SP | Matt Moore | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said he will wait "maybe a week or ten days down the road, and try to make the right decision" on who will fill the final two rotation spots. SPs Wade Davis, Matt Moore and Jeff Niemann are in competition for the two open spots.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero worked four hitless innings with four strikeouts in Grapefruit League action Friday, March 16, against the Tampa Bay Rays.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez tossed six scoreless innings and gave up one hit against the Milwaukee Brewers in Cactus League action Friday, March 16. He struck out six and walked one in the outing.

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux had SP Yu Darvish work on the mechanics of his windup in a side session Friday, March 16, rather than throw to live hitters in batting practice. Darvish will throw another bullpen session Saturday, March 17.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez wasn't happy with his lack of command versus the New York Yankees in his Grapefruit League start Friday, March 16, but he gave up just one run and struck out six in 3 1/3 innings. He walked two in the fourth inning and threw just 39 of his 69 pitches for strikes. "I can't work my pitch count up by walking people," Gonzalez said. "So definitely, there's a lot of things I need to work on." Gonzalez said he started to wear down near the end of hit outing, too.

SP | Luis Mendoza | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Luis Mendoza faced the minimum amount of hitters against the Milwaukee Brewers in four scoreless innings Friday, March 16, and struck out seven.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg will take an extra day off before his next spring start, which will come Tuesday, March 20, against the New York Mets. "We're going to do this with all our guys," pitching coach Steve McCatty said. "They've been going at it pretty good for awhile now."

SP | Nick Blackburn | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Nick Blackburn tossed four scoreless innings and gave up just one hit against the Baltimore Orioles Friday, March 16. Blackburn has allowed four hits and no runs in seven Grapefruit League innings.

SP | Garrett Richards | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said SPs Garrett Richards, Trevor Bell, Jerome Williams, Eric Hurley and Brad Mills are vying for the fifth rotation spot this spring. "The thing about competition is there isn't any such thing as a front-runner," Scioscia said. "You've got to go out there and earn it every step of the way, and that's what we hope one of these five guys do to make our decisions easy."

SP | Mark Buehrle | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Mark Buehrle surrendered five runs in just 2 1/3 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, March 16. He threw 40 of his 70 pitches for strikes in the outing.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook threw four scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins in Grapefruit League action Friday, March 16, and he's given up just one run in nine spring innings. Westbrook gave up two hits while walking one.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) will make his spring debut Sunday, March 18, after he emerged from a simulated game fine Wednesday, March 14. Wada threw a light side session Friday, March 16, and thinks he is ready to go one or two innings. The team isn't ruling him out to be part of the opening day rotation.

SP | Kevin Correia | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Kevin Correia tossed another four scoreless innings against the Philadelphia Phillies in Grapefruit League action Friday, March 16, and he hasn't allowed an earned run this spring. Correia gave up just one hit while striking out two and walking one. "I'm feeling good out there, strong, putting the ball where I want for the most part," Correia said. "Feels a little better every time out."

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee gave up five hits (two home runs) and three runs while striking out five and walking none in 4 2/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, March 16.

SP | Dustin Moseley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SPs Dustin Moseley, Anthony Bass and Micah Owings are fighting for two rotation spots this spring, with the loser likely filling a long relief role in the bullpen. Bass, however, is likely to begin at Triple-A Tucson if he doesn't win a spot in the rotation. Moseley has given up three runs and seven hits while walking none and striking out six in nine innings. Bass has allowed two earned runs and six hits while walking one and striking out six in seven innings. Owings has surrendered nine runs (seven earned) and nine hits while walking three in 5 2/3 frames.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Johan Santana (shoulder) allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings in his latest spring outing Friday, March 16. He hit 91 mph with his fastball and threw 65 pitches in the appearance.

SP | Jacob Turner | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Jacob Turner (shoulder) is a long shot to earn a spot in the starting rotation out of spring training. SPs Drew Smyly, Andrew Oliver and Adam Wilk are battling for the No. 5 spot.

SP | Trevor Bauer | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks are considering moving SP Josh Collmenter to the bullpen this year. Also, SPs Trevor Bauer, Patrick Corbin and Tyler Skaggs could earn a spot in the bullpen.

SP | Dontrelle Willis | free agent | Free Agents,
The Colorado Rockies will take a look at free-agent RP Dontrelle Willis (Phillies) after he was released by the Philadelphia Phillies Friday, March 16. If they sign him, it would be on a minor league deal.

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Chien-Ming Wang (hamstring) will likely be out "probably a couple weeks minimum" with a strained left hamstring. "He can still throw, he can still play catch, he can still maintain arm strength and even build on arm strength," skipper Davey Johnson said. "Looking on the positive side, it's probably not a bad thing to have a little breather, because he's come so far. That's not the worst thing that can happen." SP John Lannan will become the fifth starter if Wang can't make it back in time for the regular season.

SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians placed SP Carlos Carrasco (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list Thursday, March 15.

SP | Brandon Webb | free agent | Free Agents,
Free-agent SP Brandon Webb (Rangers) is still working out in hopes of reviving his career.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Jesse Crain | Chicago White Sox | Injury,
Chicago White Sox RP Jesse Crain (oblique) might begin to throw lightly over the next couple of days. "We'll see how that goes," manager Robin Ventura said. "He's been in with (head trainer) Herm (Schneider), and Herm's not worried about it, so I'm not worried about it."

RP | Garrett Olson | New York Mets | Injury,
New York Mets RPs Daniel Herrera and Garrett Olson both made appearances Sunday, March 18, as they try to win the lefty specialist job while RP Tim Byrdak (knee) is sidelined. Herrera inherited two baserunners and threw three straight balls to start against his first batters, but he got out of it with a groundball out. Olson worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning.

RP | Joakim Soria | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Royals RP Joakim Soria (elbow) is worried about his immediate future after leaving his Cactus League appearance Sunday, March 18, due to soreness in his elbow. "Oh, yeah, I'm worried," Soria said. "Since I've had my Tommy John surgery (in 2003), I've never had anything like that. I don't feel it's that bad because before the Tommy John surgery, all of my strength went away. This time, it hasn't." Still, Soria has struggled for most of the spring. The team has at least two viable closer options in RPs Jonathan Broxton and Greg Holland.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez (oblique) threw all of his pitches in a bullpen session Sunday, March 18. He is scheduled to face hitters later this week.

RP | Rafael Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury,
Cleveland Indians RPs Rafael Perez (shoulder) and Robinson Tejeda were each supposed to throw an inning each in a minor league game Sunday, March 18, but it was rained out. They're now scheduled to pitch Monday, March 19.

RP | Kerry Wood | Chicago Cubs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said RPs Rafael Dolis and Kerry Wood will likely serve as the team's set-up men, although it's not set in stone. Experience will not be a factor.

RP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said SP Jeff Samardzija appears to be a near-lock for the starting rotation. The fifth spot will be a competition between SPs Rodrigo Lopez, Chris Volstad, Randy Wells and Travis Wood.

RP | Erick Threets | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics have optioned P Erick Threets to Triple-A Sacramento.

RP | Joey Devine | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Oakland Athletics RP Joey Devine (biceps, tendinitis) will begin the regular season on the disabled list. The team could backdate the DL stint to March 24, and he could be activated as soon as April 8, meaning he would only miss four regular-season games in a best-case scenario. Devine will remain in extended spring training while the team travels to Tokyo Thursday, March 22, because of his limited availability during camp.

RP | Bill Bray | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds RP Bill Bray (groin) will throw a side session Sunday, March 18, and is expected to throw one inning in a simulated game Tuesday, March 20. If all goes well, he could see game action later this week.

RP | Ryan Madson | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds RP Ryan Madson (elbow) threw 39 pitches during a bullpen session Saturday, March 17, and felt fine afterwards. He is scheduled to throw one inning in a simulated game Tuesday, March 20, and could see game action later this week.

RP | Nick Masset | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds RP Nick Masset (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch one inning in an exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox Monday, March 19.

RP | Matt Thornton | Chicago White Sox | Injury,
Chicago White Sox RP Jesse Crain (oblique) remains sidelined due to a right side oblique strain, and there is no set timetable for his return. Crain is the main competitor in the closer's race with RP Matt Thornton.

RP | Sergio Romo | San Francisco Giants | Injury,
San Francisco Giants RP Sergio Romo (elbow) said Saturday, March 17, that he is "not sore, not hurting," even though he will take a week off between Cactus League appearances. Romo will rest until Tuesday, March 20. Romo said his velocity and slide are in regular season form.

RP | Jose Contreras | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jose Contreras (elbow) will make his Grapefruit League debut Sunday, March 18.

RP | David Robertson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Yankees RP David Robertson (foot) ran 10 sprints and experienced no problems with his bruised right foot Friday, March 16. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, March 18.

RP | Blake Hawksworth | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Blake Hawksworth (elbow) resumed playing catch this week after being delayed by complications following elbow surgery. Hawksworth underwent what should have been relatively minor arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Jan. 11 to remove a bone spur and scar tissue. But a post-surgical infection developed that required a second cleansing procedure and powerful antibiotics, setting back his recovery. Hawksworth said he does not know of a timetable for throwing off a mound or in a game. He is expected to remain in Arizona for extended spring training.

RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera is among the scheduled pitchers for the Grapefruit League game Saturday, March 17.

RP | Zach Putnam | Colorado Rockies | Injury,
Colorado Rockies P Zach Putnam (elbow) pitched in a minor league game Friday, March 16. He had been sidelined for a week with elbow tenderness. If Putnam responds well Saturday, March 17, he will re-join the competition for two remaining bullpen spots, but another setback might knock him out of the race.

RP | Ramon Benjamin | Miami Marlins | Transaction,
The Miami Marlins outrighted RP Ramon Benjamin to Double-A Jacksonville Friday, March 16.

RP | Matt Guerrier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Matt Guerrier (back), who has missed the last four days of workouts, could have to open the season on the disabled list. "He's better, but he's still not off the mound," said manager Don Mattingly. "It'll be a few more days. It could be something that we don't want to linger, but we're not there (disabled list) yet. It could go there. We're not going to force him."

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Arizona Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz is working on a cut fastball this spring and RP David Hernandez is working to perfect a two-seam fastball.

RP | Brandon Kintzler | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury,
Milwaukee Brewers RP Brandon Kintzler's (forearm) exam with doctors did not reveal the source of ongoing pain near his elbow. He might seek a second opinion from another specialist.

RP | Nathan Adcock | Kansas City Royals | Transaction,
The Kansas City Royals assigned RP Nathan Adcock to minor league camp Thursday, March 15.

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