1B | Adam LaRoche | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche (foot) will do some cutting work in the outfield Monday, March 26, and run the bases the following day. LaRoche said he has no doubts he'll be ready for the season opener.
1B | David Cooper | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
Toronto Blue Jays 1B David Cooper, INF Jonathan Diaz and INF Chris Woodward were sent to the minor league camp Sunday, March 25. C Yan Gomes was also cut.
1B | Brandon Allen | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Monday, March 26, that he is leaning toward starting 1B Brandon Allen in the regular season opener against the Seattle Mariners in Japan Wednesday, March 28.
1B | Aubrey Huff | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
If San Francisco Giants OF Nate Schierholtz loses his grip on the right field job, OF Melky Cabrera might be shifted to right, opening up left field for 1B Brandon Belt or Aubrey Huff. Huff might also be used in left, giving Belt the chance at the everyday job at first base.
1B | Jim Thome | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Jim Thome will play first base in an exhibition game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, March 25. It will be his first action at the position this spring in a major league game.
1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Mark Trumbo made a nice defensive play Friday, March 23, and he also hit his third home run of the spring. The Angels are expected to try and get his bat into the lineup as often as possible.
1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman (hand) was forced out of the Grapefruit League game Friday, March 23, due to a left hand injury. He was hit on the hand by a pitch, and the team said he suffered a contusion. Freeman might return as soon as Saturday, March 24.
2B | Chris Getz | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 2B Chris Getz is unlikely to get a chance in the second spot of manager Ned Yost's lineup, as that would give the team three straight left-handed hitters with OF Alex Gordon (third) and 1B Eric Hosmer (fourth).
2B | Johnny Giavotella | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals have optioned 2B Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A Omaha, meaning that the parent club will use a platoon of Yuniesky Betancourt and Chris Getz at second base. "(Giavotella) needs to continue to focus on his defense," manager Ned Yost said. "Johnny is a much better defender today than he was at this time last year, but we had two better defensive options in Betancourt and Getz." Betancourt will also serve as the team's primary backup option at shortstop and third base.
Giavotella's demotion means that OF Lorenzo Cain could become the No. 2 hitter in the batting order, because placing Getz in that role would give the Royals three consecutive left-handed hitters at the top of their lineup, between OF Alex Gordon and 1B Eric Hosmer.
2B | Kelly Johnson | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell used 2B Kelly Johnson as his leadoff hitter for the third consecutive game Saturday, March 24, with SS Yunel Escobar batting second. However, this does not necessarily signal a permanent change to the batting order. "Yunel's inside-out swing is conducive for a hit and run," Farrell said. "Kelly is an all-fields type of hitter. That's not the only prerequisite or factor that would be considered in who'll hit second. There's nothing that's imminent to say that this is where we're going to be come Opening Day, but I think we just want to give it a little bit more opportunity here in camp."
2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knees) said he is having issues with both knees and that his left knee is the one giving him the most problems unlike last season when it was the right knee. Utley met with a therapist last week who recommended new stretches and manual therapy to help his knees. He believes he will be able to play at some point this season and play without pain in his knees.
2B | Cristian Guzman | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians 2B Cristian Guzman (hamstring) is expected to miss at least one week. The injury might have sealed his fate in not making the roster. "It's not looking good right now," manager Manny Acta indicated.
2B | Mike Fontenot | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants are reportedly telling teams they are shopping INFs Mike Fontenot and Ryan Theriot.
2B | Alexi Amarista | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia will temporarily carry an extra position player to open the season, as the team will not need a fifth starter until April 15. That means the doors is open for 2B Alexi Amarista, 1B Jorge Cantu, OF Ryan Langerhans (illness) and SS Andrew Romine.
2B | Emmanuel Burriss | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Emmanuel Burriss (hamstring) was able to start the Cactus League game Friday, March 23, against the Texas Rangers. His hamstring was feeling much better after leaving a game earlier in the week.
2B | Freddy Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez (shoulder) took infield practice Friday, March 23, but he was unable to make throws. He is expected to start at second base in a minor league game either Saturday, March 24, or Sunday, March 25. However, it appears the organization is leaning toward Sanchez starting the regular season on the 15-day disabled list, according to manager Bruce Bochy.
2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers met with 2B Ian Kinsler's agent, Jay Franklin, Friday, March 23, to discuss a potential long-term contract extension. Franklin isn't "overly optimistic" a deal will be reached before the end of spring training, though. Kinsler has a $10 million option for the 2013 season, and he'll make $7 million this year.
SS | Reid Brignac | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury
Tampa Bay Rays SS Reid Brignac (foot) will play in a minor league game Monday, March 26. He said his foot is still uncomfortable, but tolerable.
SS | Yuniesky Betancourt | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Sunday, March 25, that SS Yuniesky Betancourt will share second base duty with 2B Chris Getz, as the team prefers their defense over other offensive options.
SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro was hitless in three at-bats and he stranded seven runners on base in the Cactus League game Sunday, March 25. He was able to pick up an RBI on a third-inning groundout.
SS | Omar Vizquel | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Omar Vizquel is still in contention for a job, as he is competing against SS Mike McCoy and 2B Luis Valbuena for the team's utility infielder spot.
SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter had two of his team's five hits in the Grapefruit League game Sunday, March 25, against the Detroit Tigers. Jeter had a solo home run and a double, pushing his spring average to .348.
SS | Ramiro Pena | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees optioned SS Ramiro Pena to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Sunday, March 25.
SS | Chris Valaika | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds have optioned SP Andrew Brackman, OF Denis Phipps and INF Chris Valaika to Triple-A Louisville. They have also reassigned RPs Carlos Fisher, Ron Mahay, Kanekoa Texeira and Clay Zavada and SP Clayton Tanner to minor league camp.
SS | Alex Cora | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals have released INF Alex Cora and C Koyie Hill, bringing the number of players remaining in camp to 35.
SS | Justin Sellers | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers INF Justin Sellers (skin) could be sidelined for several days because of a skin irritation.
SS | Ryan Theriot | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SS Ryan Theriot (ankle) aggravated his ankle Saturday, March 24, and was scratched, not because a trade is pending.
SS | Jerry Hairston Jr. | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said SS Jerry Hairston Jr. (arm) passed a series of tests to rule out an arm injury, and Hairston was able to take part in morning workouts Saturday, March 24.
SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Willie Bloomquist is expected to be the team's Opening Day shortstop, with SS Stephen Drew (ankle) still recovering from a broken ankle. The Diamondbacks were 37-21 last season when Bloomquist started at shortstop.
SS | Jordy Mercer | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned INF Jordy Mercer to Triple-A Indianapolis. They have also optioned Ps Shairon Martis, Jo-Jo Reyes and Doug Slaten to minor league camp.
SS | Jack Wilson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren said SS Jack Wilson (calf) will make the Opening Day roster. Wilson, who had been sidelined by a strained calf, played in a minor league game Saturday, March 24.
SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta said Friday, March 23, that SS Asdrubal Cabrera (arm) will be back in the lineup for the Cactus League game Saturday, March 24. Cabrera has missed the past two games due to a sore right arm.
SS | Brandon Crawford | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Crawford (dizziness) is feeling better Friday, March 23, after a dizzy spell a day earlier.
SS | Brian Bixler | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Brian Bixler saw time in the outfield Friday, March 23. The trade of OF Jason Bourgeois to the Kansas City Royals this week opened up a spot in the outfield, and brought to the attention the team's lack of right-handed-hitting outfielders. "All the reports we have of him playing the outfield are very good," manager Bradley Mills said. "He'll keep playing those outfield positions and also play shortstop."
SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Jed Lowrie (foot) returned to the lineup Friday, March 23, and he's wearing a protective pad on his foot and ankle while it heals. OF Jordan Schafer (wrist) is still a few days from returning, but he took swings off a tee Friday.
SS | J.J. Hardy | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy (arm) will return to the lineup Saturday, March 24, after receiving treatment for a sore right arm.
3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Mets 3B David Wright (abdominal) will make his spring training debut Monday, March 26.
3B | Eric Sogard | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated Monday, March 26, that he was still trying to decide who will be his starting third baseman in the regular season opener Wednesday, March 28, against the Seattle Mariners. INF Eric Sogard started the exhibition game against the Hanshin Tigers Monday, March 26, and might be an option. Melvin said his decision will come Tuesday, March 27.
3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (rib cage) was hit in the left rib-cage area by a pitch in the Grapefruit League game Sunday, March 25. Manager Joe Girardi immediately pulled him from the game, but later said Rodriguez is OK. "The doctor checked him out, he's fine," Girardi said. "So I expect him to be back in there on Tuesday."
3B | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (hand) was hit on the hand by a pitch in a Grapefruit League game Sunday, March 25, and he was forced out of the game. X-rays were negative, and he is dealing with some light swelling.
3B | Jedd Gyorko | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres have optioned INF Jeudy Valdez to Double-A San Antonio. They have also reassigned Ps Miles Mikolas and Matt Palmer, INF Jedd Gyorko and OF Jaff Decker to minor league camp.
3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (knee) will begin the year on the 15-day disabled list but he could miss as few as six regular-season games because the transaction will be backdated through the final nine days of spring training. He hopes to return to action in time for the home opener on April 13.
3B | Jack Hannahan | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Jack Hannahan (back) was able to take batting practice Saturday, March 24, and he might be able to return to Cactus League action Sunday, March 25.
3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco (finger) will return to the starting lineup Sunday, March 25.
3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said 3B Brett Lawrie (groin) was held out of the team's exhibition game Saturday, March 24, as a precautionary measure. He is penciled in the lineup for Sunday, March 25.
3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera (eye) is already itching to get back on the field, but he's being ordered to avoid all physical activity since undergoing surgery on his right orbital bone Monday, March 19. "The swelling is down and there's a little discoloring," manager Jim Leyland said of Cabrera, who needed eight stitches to close the wound but had no vision issues. "But he feels good. He was ready to play today, and he told Dave that." He will be re-examined Tuesday, March 27.
3B | Nolan Arenado | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies reassigned 3B Nolan Arenado, Ps Zach Putnam and Carlos Torres, OF Tim Wheeler and INFs DJ LeMahieu and Chad S. Tracy to minor league camp Friday, March 23.
3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez (knee) will not play this weekend due to inflammation in his left knee. He's just 4-for-30 this spring with 13 strikeouts.
3B | Casey Blake | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Casey Blake (neck) is playing again Friday, March 23, as the team tests to see if he's ready to handle the rigors of playing every day. He is 0-for-14 with five strikeouts this spring.
C | Jose Gil | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees reassigned OF Colin Curtis, OF Cole Garner, C Jose Gil and P Kevin Whelan to their minor league camp Sunday, March 25.
C | Nick Hundley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, San Diego Padres C Nick Hundley (side) experienced no pain in his right side while catching Saturday, March 24. He is receiving extra at-bats in a minor league game Sunday, March 25.
C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday, March 24, that C Buster Posey will get the day off Sunday, March 25, but he will be stretched out to catch nine innings very soon.
C | Michael Brenly | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs have reassigned C Michael Brenly and INF Bobby Scales to minor league camp.
C | Jose Morales | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates have reassigned C Jose Morales to minor league camp.
C | Jesus Montero | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Jesus Montero is improving his defense behind the plate this spring, and he threw out Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips trying to steal Tuesday, March 20. "He's gotten better," said SP Kevin Millwood. "That's all you can ask of him. I don't think anybody is asking him to go out and be a Gold Glove catcher right away, but he's definitely improved." Montero has worked hard this spring on blocking balls and having a quicker release behind the dish. C Miguel Olivo will handle the bulk of the catching this year, though.
OF | Scott Hairston | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets OF Scott Hairston (oblique) will play in a minor league game Tuesday, March 27, and make his Grapefruit League debut the following day.
OF | Lorenzo Cain | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals are in need of a two-hole hitter with 2B Johnny Giavotella being demoted Sunday, March 25. It appears OF Lorenzo Cain will get a long look in the role going forward.
OF | Jarrod Dyson | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday, March 25, that OF Jarrod Dyson has the chance to be an everyday player, but he has work to do at Triple-A Omaha. "Dyson is a guy who has a chance to be an everyday player," Yost said, "but he needs to make some adjustments to his game offensively. He still hits too many fly balls."
OF | Craig Gentry | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Craig Gentry (dizziness) left the spring game Sunday, March 25, due to dehydration. Manager Ron Washington said Gentry felt dizzy and came out of the game.
OF | Joe Mather | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Joe Mather appears to have a secure roster spot heading into the regular season. Mather made a nice defensive play Sunday, March 25, and he posted two more doubles to increase his spring batting average to .432.
OF | Eric Thames | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Eric Thames has won the left field starting job, as OF Travis Snider was sent to the minors. The two had a heated battle during Grapefruit League play.
OF | Travis Snider | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Travis Snider was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas Sunday, March 25.
OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Monday, March 26, that OF Yoenis Cespedes (quadriceps) had a good workout, but he will not play in the exhibition game against the Hanshin Tigers in Japan.
OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher (groin) is likely to return to Grapefruit League game action Tuesday, March 27, according to manager Joe Girardi.
OF | Adam Loewen | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Adam Loewen had a hit in three at-bats with two strikeouts in Grapefruit League action Sunday, March 25. He has 20 strikeouts in 37 spring at-bats. As such, OF Mike Baxter is expected to serve as the team's left-handed backup outfielder.
OF | Matt den Dekker | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jordany Valdespin got the start in center field in the Grapefruit League game Sunday, March 25, and OF Matt den Dekker is expected to start at the position Monday, March 26. Valdespin is expected to get most of the spring training time there going forward, however.
OF | Andres Torres | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday, March 25, said OF Andres Torres (calf) has had some improvement in his strained left calf. "Actually, it was a lot better today. A lot better today," Collins said. "I'm anxious to get back and see how he did with his therapy today because there's a possibility he may be coming faster than you think." Collins indicated Torres has not yet resumed running, however, and that will be the next step in his recovery.
OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay (forearm) suffered a bruised right forearm Sunday, March 25, after he was hit by a fastball from Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg in the top of the third inning. Bay initially remained in the game but did not return to the field for the bottom of the inning.
OF | Greg Golson | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox have acquired OF Greg Golson from the Kansas City Royals, in exchange for cash considerations. He will be assigned to Triple-A Charlotte.
OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse (lat) is expected to resume baseball activities Sunday, March 25, or Monday, March 26.
OF | Michael Brantley | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (hamstring) was able to take batting practice Saturday, March 24.
OF | Fred Lewis | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Fred Lewis (elbow) is dealing with a sore right elbow and he is out of action right now. He might be out of the running for the left field job.
OF | Melky Cabrera | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants might consider shifting OF Melky Cabrera to right field, as OF Nate Schierholtz has struggled this spring at the plate.
OF | Nate Schierholtz | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Nate Schierholtz might be losing his grip on the starting right field job, as he was hitless in three at-bats to drop his average to .216.
OF | Anthony Gose | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays have reassigned OF Anthony Gose to minor league camp.
OF | Leonys Martin | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have optioned OF Leonys Martin to Triple-A Round Rock and OF Engel Beltre to Double-A Frisco. INF Greg Miclat, 3B Mike Olt, C Chris Robinson and P Ben Snyder have been assigned to minor league camp.
OF | Dayan Viciedo | Chicago White Sox | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox general manager Ken Williams said that manager Robin Ventura may revisit plans to play Dayan Viciedo in left field, Alejandro De Aza in center field and Alex Rios in right field because of Viciedo's shaky defense. "(Viciedo is) certainly more comfortable in right; that's obvious," Williams said. "He has to keep working. He's a kid we've moved around a bit from third to first to right to left. It's going to take him some time. We all saw he took to right field adeptly; it's something Robin and the coaches are talking about, and if he doesn't, we can make an adjustment." Viciedo has also struggled at the plate this spring, carrying a .121 average into play Saturday, March 24.
OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (abdominal) is not in the starting lineup Saturday, March 24, against the Washington Nationals. He is scheduled to play right field against the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday, March 26.
OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays OF Sam Fuld (wrist) will have an MRI Monday, March 26. Fuld said his latest injury "possibly" might impact his availability for opening day.
OF | Kyle Blanks | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Kyle Blanks (shoulder) had an injection in his left shoulder Friday, March 23. Blanks is considered day to day.
OF | Ben Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Ben Francisco (hamstring) suffered a strained left hamstring in his Grapefruit League appearance Friday, March 23, against the Tampa Bay Rays.
OF | Jack Cust | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Jack Cust (elbow) was originally scheduled to start in a minor league game Friday, March 23, in the outfield, but he was moved to designated hitter due to his balky left elbow. He has yet to make an appearance in a Grapefruit League game in the outfield.
OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Corey Hart (knee) is unlikely to play in minor league games by Saturday, March 24, but if he doesn't play in a Cactus League game a disabled list stint could be backdated so he doesn't miss much time in the regular season. He's scheduled for more intense running drills Friday, March 23, and it's still possible he could make it back for opening day.
OF | Brian Bogusevic | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Brian Bogusevic is being listed as the favorite to win the starting right field job this spring. OFs Travis Buck, J.B. Shuck and Jack Cust are all competing for the job with Bogusevic.
OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth could hit cleanup if OF Mike Morse (lat) isn't ready for the start of the regular season. Werth is hitting fourth in the team's spring lineup Friday, March 23.
OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (groin) is back in the spring lineup Friday, March 23, after missing two games with a tight groin.
OF | Endy Chavez | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles OF Endy Chavez (groin) isn't playing Friday, March 23, due to a sore groin. RP Alfredo Simon (groin) opted out of his bullpen session Friday in order to rest some more. OF Jai Miller (knee) is out Friday with a sore knee.
SP | Jacob Turner | Detroit Tigers | Transaction
The Detroit Tigers optioned SP Jacob Turner to Triple-A Toledo. They also reassigned RP Chris Bootcheck, OF Quintin Berry, SS Audy Ciriaco, SS Argenis Diaz and OF Ryan Strieby to minor league camp.
SP | Ryan Dempster | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Ryan Dempster was roughed up for six runs and eight hits over five innings in a game against minor leaguers Sunday, March 25. He is expected to make his final spring start Friday, March 30, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He had allowed just six runs in his previous four spring starts.
SP | Kyle Drabek | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Kyle Drabek, who is competing for the fifth rotation spot, will make a start Tuesday, March 27, against the New York Yankees. He will need a strong outing to make his case in what is expected to be his final spring outing.
SP | Dustin McGowan | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Toronto Blue Jays SP Dustin McGowan (foot) will be re-evaluated Monday, March 26. The team is optimistic that McGowan's plantar fasciitis problem is not going to be long term. McGowan appeared to be the clear-cut favorite for the fifth starter job, but Ps Kyle Drabek or Aaron Laffey might be used in the role if McGowan cannot go.
SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Sunday, March 25, that he won't be at the team's minor-league complex Monday, March 26, to watch SP Phil Hughes throw.
SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the changeup for SP Michael Pineda has improved during the spring. "I think it's come a long ways," Girardi said. "If you look at his tapes last year, he didn't throw a lot of them for strikes, but you see a lot more of them for strikes and some swings and misses. That's a good thing."
SP | Doug Fister | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Doug Fister (finger) will be re-evaluated Monday, March 26, after leaving his last start due to soreness in his right middle finger. "He's going to continue to keep it fairly immobilized and will continue to ice it for a couple days," the team's head athletic trainer said.
SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Johan Santana is scheduled to increase his pitch count to 90-95 pitches Monday, March 26, in a spring training start against the St. Louis Cardinals.
SP | Jeff Suppan | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said SP Jeff Suppan (triceps) is not expected to pitch during the final week of spring training because of a strained triceps.
SP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Neftali Feliz (shoulder) threw 43 pitches in a pain-free bullpen session Sunday, March 25, and proclaimed himself ready to start Tuesday, March 27, against the San Diego Padres. He is expected to throw 65-70 pitches Tuesday, and 80-90 pitches in his final start of the spring. SP Colby Lewis, who was Tuesday's original starter, is expected to get his work in during a minor league game.
SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey allowed four runs, six hits and one walk with three strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings in a loss against the San Francisco Giants Saturday, March 24. He has a 1-2 record with a 7.93 ERA, six strikeouts and seven walks this spring. He is battling SP Aroldis Chapman, who threw five scoreless innings Saturday, for the fifth starter job.
SP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Aroldis Chapman allowed four hits with one walk and five strikeouts over five scoreless innings in a Cactus League start Saturday, March 24, against the San Diego Padres. He lowered his spring ERA to 1.50, and he now has 12 strikeouts with just two walks. Chapman is making a strong case for the fifth starter job.
SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Injury,
New York Mets P Zack Wheeler (ankle) said Saturday, March 24, that his left ankle sprain is behind him. Wheeler threw a bullpen session and hit batting practice, and reported feeling "great" on his official Twitter account.
SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong (back) will make a Cactus League start Monday, March 26, against the Kansas City Royals, according to manager Bruce Bochy. Vogelsong said Saturday, March 24, that he felt great one day after pitching in the team's minor-league camp.
SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly (neck) was forced to skip his scheduled bullpen session Saturday, March 24, due to recurring neck stiffness.
SP | Derek Holland | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland has been working recently with former MLB SP Greg Maddux on throwing a sinker with some bite - a pitch designed to come inside to right-handed hitters. Maddux also gave him some pointers on his defense in pitcher's fielding practice. Holland allowed one run on three hits over five innings Friday, March 23, with three walks and five strikeouts. He is scheduled to pitch in two more games before the start of the regular season.
SP | Cesar Ramos | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction,
The Tampa Bay Rays optioned SP Cesar Ramos and RP Josh Lueke to Triple-A Durham Friday, March 23.
SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price is trying to working his breaking ball back into his arsenal of pitches. In his Grapefruit League appearance Friday, March 23, he threw a curveball. "It's the first time I threw a curveball in a game," Price said. "I liked it. I threw it quite a bit. For the most part, it was down. I threw one up for a ball, but other than that it was down in the zone. I got some swings and misses, so I liked it today." Price worked into the sixth inning, throwing 85 pitches. He allowed two runs, five hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
SP | Madison Bumgarner | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner allowed just one earned run while allowing eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in a Cactus League start Friday, March 23.
SP | Brett Cecil | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brett Cecil allowed four runs, four hits and five walks with three strikeouts in just 2 2/3 innings Friday, March 23. He needed 35 pitches to get through the first inning, and ended up needing 81 pitches to record eight outs. However, he was positive after the game. "Of course, you don't want the type of results I had, but I liked the way I was able to recover and figure out what to fix," Cecil said. "I made the adjustment of staying on line. It is still spring training and it's good to have things like this happen now as opposed to the regular season."
SP | Kris Medlen | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Kris Medlen was able to work five scoreless innings in a minor league game Friday, March 23. He needed just 45 pitches to make it through the outing.
SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Friday, March 23, that SP Tim Hudson (back) is currently targeting a regular season debut during the April 27-30 series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is expected to throw a five-minute bullpen session, and five-minute live batting practice session Wednesday, March 28.
SP | Mike Minor | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor allowed his first runs of the spring Friday, March 23, as he gave up three runs - two earned - and three hits over 4 2/3 innings against the New York Mets. "It was good to see because he has been cruising all of spring training," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "it's nice to see him go in there and get out of trouble."
SP | Livan Hernandez | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Livan Hernandez threw 81 pitches over five innings in a minor league game Friday, March 23, increasing his workload in anticipation of the regular season.
SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) could theoretically miss the first couple months of the season with a nerve issue that has led to weakness in his right shoulder. His cervical problem is now a "non-issue" and no surgery is currently planned.
SP | Trevor Bauer | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks optioned SP Trevor Bauer to Double-A Mobile and optioned Ps Sam Demel and Barry Enright and OF David Winfree to Triple-A Reno. Ps Chris Jakubauskas and Charles Brewer and INFs Rusty Ryal and Matt Davidson were also re-assigned.
SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano allowed four hits in five shutout innings against the New York Yankees Friday, March 23. He struck out five and walked just one after throwing five hitless innings in his last outing.
SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels will start the team's home opener April 9, and SP Joe Blanton will be skipped in the rotation. SP Roy Halladay, as expected, will start opening day.
SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Shaun Marcum (shoulder), who threw just two innings in a minor league game Wednesday, March 21, said his arm felt great and he fully expects to be on the team's opening day roster instead of on the disabled list.
SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (elbow) tossed five scoreless innings in spring training Friday, March 23, striking out five and giving up three hits. He threw 44 of his 65 pitches for strikes.
SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Chien-Ming Wang (hamstring) played catch Thursday, March 22, and he didn't have any problems. However, he's still doubtful to be ready by opening day. SPs John Lannan or Ross Detwiler will fill in as the fifth starter.
SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles still view SP Chris Tillman as a starter for now, and he remains a candidate for the rotation.
SP | Jamie Moyer | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jamie Moyer is expected to win the team's No. 5 rotation spot this spring. He threw four perfect innings in a Cactus League game Thursday, March 22. He has a 1.00 ERA and a 0.44 WHIP in nine spring innings while striking out seven and walking none.
RP | Shawn Camp | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Free Agents
The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent RP Shawn Camp (Mariners) to a minor league deal.
RP | Kerry Wood | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Kerry Wood (back) was dealing with an unspecified back strain at some point this spring, but manager Dale Sveum said that isn't the reason for Wood's absence from game action lately. "We were just easing him back toward the season," Sveum said. "Nothing spectacular from the back is going on. This is backing him off and making him ready for the season. There is just reason for any extra workload. He was feeling good and everything like that." Wood might return to game action Thursday, March 29.
RP | Jason Motte | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals bullpen appears to be set heading into the regular season. Barring any late changes or injuries, Ps Mitchell Boggs, Scott Linebrink, Kyle McClellan, Jason Motte, J.C. Romero, Marc Rzepczynski and Fernando Salas appears to comprise the team's seven-man bullpen.
RP | Eduardo Sanchez | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction,
The St. Louis Cardinals optioned RP Eduardo Sanchez to Triple-A Memphis Sunday, March 25.
RP | Aaron Laffey | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays P Aaron Laffey allowed five runs in his spring appearance Sunday, March 25. It's bad news for Laffey, who is competing for the fifth starter job. He threw 50 of 75 pitches for strikes, and didn't walk a batter, but he also allowed nine hits. "I definitely wasn't as crisp today," Laffey said. "It just seemed like every time I missed a spot today, it was getting hammered, I was flying around and watching it hit off the wall."
RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain (ankle) was released from the hospital Sunday, March 25, three days after suffering an open dislocation of his right ankle while playing on a trampoline with his five-year-old son. "So far everything's coming back extremely positive," general manager Brian Cashman said. "I am optimistic that he is gonna pitch for us this year," manager Joe Girardi added.
RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless sixth inning in the Grapefruit League game Sunday, March 25, although he did allow his first hit of the spring. Rivera was able to extend his streak of scoreless innings in spring training to 27, dating back to 2008.
RP | David Robertson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP David Robertson (foot) worked a scoreless inning in his return to Grapefruit League action Sunday, March 25. He allowed a hit and posted a strikeout. "He looked good to me," manager Joe Girardi said. "So that's kind of a sigh of relief."
RP | Manny Delcarmen | New York Yankees | Transaction,
New York Yankees RP Manny Delcarmen was reassigned to the team's minor league camp Sunday, March 25.
RP | D.J. Carrasco | New York Mets | Injury,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Sunday, March 25, that RPs Pedro Beato (shoulder) and D.J. Carrasco (ankle) are likely to start the season on the 15-day disabled list.
RP | Daniel Herrera | New York Mets | Injury,
New York Mets Ps Josh Edgin and Daniel Herrera might get a chance to open the season as the team's left-handed specialist in the bullpen with RP Garrett Olson (hand) suffering an injury Sunday, March 25, and RP Tim Byrdak (knee) remaining sidelined due to a torn meniscus in his left knee.
RP | Andy Sonnanstine | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Chicago Cubs RP Andy Sonnanstine did not accept his outright assignment to Triple-A Iowa and has elected to become a free agent.
RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs RP Carlos Marmol (hand) is scheduled to pitch Monday, March 26. It would be his first appearance since suffering a hand cramp Thursday, March 22.
RP | Zach Miner | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals have optioned OF Jarrod Dyson and SP Vin Mazzaro to Triple-A Omaha. They have also reassigned RP Zach Miner, C Cody Clark and INFs Tony Abreu and Irving Falu to minor league camp.
RP | Sergio Santos | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos allowed one double in one scoreless inning against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, March 24, with one walk and two strikeouts. It was his first Grapefruit League appearance in 17 days. Santos had been kept out of game action because they wanted him to gain confidence throwing his changeup in side sessions and also because the team didn't want him to peak too early. "(Manager John Farrell) kind of came to me just because bullpen sessions and everything for me are just a little bit more intense than most guys," Santos said. "It's just because I go zero to 100, there's really no in between for me. The way they saw the ball coming out and everything was going well, they wanted to slow me down a little bit and just focus on the changeup part of it a little bit. I was all for it."
RP | Drew Carpenter | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays have reassigned RPs Drew Carpenter, Jesse Chavez and Robert Coello to minor league camp.
RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Drew Storen (elbow) is participating in a "very conservative" throwing program, according to manager Davey Johnson. He is not expected to resume playing catch until Tuesday, March 27, or Wednesday, March 28, and Johnson admitted there is a possibility he won't be ready for Opening Day. Ideally, the team would like to see Storen pitch two innings or make appearances in consecutive games before the regular season begins but the lack of time remaining may prevent that from happening. If Storen is unavailable for the opener, RPs Brad Lidge and Henry Rodriguez appear to be the top candidates to assume the closer's role.
RP | Sean Burnett | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Sean Burnett (back) threw Saturday, March 24, and is expected to throw a bullpen session Monday, March 25. He is expected to pitch in a game by Tuesday, March 27.
RP | Angel Guzman | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers have reassigned RPs Angel Guzman, Wilfredo Ledezma and Fernando Nieve to minor league camp.
RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Chris Perez (oblique) retired three straight batters Saturday, March 24, in a minor-league game appearance. It was his first game action of the spring. "Chris looked good," manager Manny Acta said. "The impressive thing is that even when he was throwing his bullpens and facing hitters in simulated games before this, he had command of his slider." Perez is expected to be ready for opening day.
RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (arm) worked in a minor-league game Saturday, March 24. Wilson threw 19 pitches in his inning of work, loading the bases with no outs before working out of trouble, according to pitching coach Dave Righetti.
RP | Matt Guerrier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Matt Guerrier (back) threw a bullpen session Saturday, March 24. He is making his way back from a lower back strain. Guerrier is scheduled to work in a Cactus League game Monday, March 26. It would be his first game action since March 11.
RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers RP Jose Valverde lost 40 pounds during the offseason and has made a concerted effort to eat healthier. Valverde, who currently weighs 254 pounds, said he ate a lot of chicken, vegetables and salads and stopped eating rice and drinking sodas. However, manager Jim Leyland said he wouldn't mind if Valverde regained some of the weight as long as he pitched as well as he did last year. "Obviously, he worked hard this winter," Leyland said. "But I kind of hope he ends up in the same shape as last year. He did all right. But he's actually throwing the ball a little harder than I thought he would at this point."
RP | Marcos Mateo | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs RP Marcos Mateo (elbow) underwent an MRI exam on his right elbow and will be shut down for the next 10 days before being re-examined. He said the soreness he is experiencing is the same injury that bothered him last season.
RP | Sergio Escalona | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Houston Astros RP Sergio Escalona (elbow) has a torn ligament in his elbow and will need to undergo Tommy John surgery next week. He is expected to miss the entire 2012 season. "One option was shutting down half of the season and start recovering again," he said. "I didn't want to take the chance. The thing is, they told me you can do that but if you start hurting again at the end of the season you have to take the surgery anyway. The best option is take the surgery right now and get ready for the next Spring Training. It's going to be a long year for me doing the rehab." Escalona suffered the injury early in camp while swinging a bat and had only made appearances in two Grapefruit League games because of discomfort.
RP | Adam Wilk | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers have optioned RP Adam Wilk to Triple-A Toledo.
RP | Ryan Madson | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Breaking, Fantasy,
Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Reds RP Ryan Madson (elbow) will need to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, according to multiple sources. He is expected to miss the entire season.
As a result of Madson's injury, RP Sean Marshall will likely serve as the Reds' closer and P Aroldis Chapman will head from the starting rotation back to the bullpen.
RP | Bill Bray | Cincinnati Reds | Injury,
Cincinnati Reds RP Bill Bray (groin) faced six batters in a minor-league game Friday, March 23, allowing a single and a two-run home run. "You could tell he was rusty today. That's to be expected," manager Dusty Baker said. "He looked pretty good." Bray is tentatively expected to make a Cactus League appearance Monday, March 26.
RP | Jordan Walden | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Jordan Walden was tattooed for four runs Tuesday, March 20, but he bounced back Friday, March 23, by allowing just one hit with two strikeouts in a scoreless inning. "Much better," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Jordan was excellent."
RP | David Pauley | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed free-agent P David Pauley (Tigers) to a minor-league contract Friday, March 23.
RP | Scott Feldman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Neftali Feliz (shoulder) will not make his next Cactus League start Monday, March 26, due to concerns over his shoulder. The team feels there is still enough time for him to get ready for the regular season. RP Scott Feldman will make the start Monday in Feliz's absence.
RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RP Jonny Venters (elbow) was able to throw a pain-free long-toss session Friday, March 23. "They just wanted to give me a couple of days to let it rest and get it feeling good again, so that I can go into the year feeling strong and good," Venters said. "It feels great now. I'm actually excited about it."
RP | Brandon Kintzler | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury,
Milwaukee Brewers RP Brandon Kintzler (elbow) will not win a spot in the bullpen after being set back with pain around his right elbow. He's finally throwing pain-free, but he's not scheduled to throw off a mound until April 2. RP Juan Perez (lung) is in the same boat.
RP | Wesley Wright | Houston Astros | Injury,
Houston Astros RP Sergio Escalona (elbow) threw a third of an inning Thursday, March 22, after encountering a setback with his left elbow. He will be re-examined. Ps Wesley Wright, Fernando Abad and Zach Duke are competing for a roster spot alongside Escalona.
RP | Fernando Cabrera | New York Mets | Transaction,
The New York Mets assigned 1B Josh Satin, SS Omar Quintanilla and RP Fernando Cabrera to minor league camp Friday, March 23. Also, the team added OF Matt den Dekker to the roster because of the injuries to OFs Andres Torres (calf) and Scott Hairston (oblique).
RP | Jesse Crain | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox RP Jesse Crain (oblique) threw a successful bullpen session Friday, March 23, and he'll do so again Sunday, March 25.
RP | Joakim Soria | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals RP Joakim Soria (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery, which will keep him out for the entire 2012 season. The surgery will take place April 3 and will be performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum. Soria received three opinions before deciding on surgery.
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