Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 28, 2012 @ 09:03:38 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Adam Lind (back) will miss at least the next three days due to tightness in his lower back.

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman hit two home runs in the team's spring game Tuesday, March 27.

1B | Adam LaRoche | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche (foot) is playing in a minor league game Tuesday, March 27, after being cleared to run the bases fully. He could return to Grapefruit League action Thursday, March 29.

1B | Steve Pearce | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Minnesota Twins released 1B Steve Pearce Monday, March 26.

1B | Dan Johnson | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox reassigned OF Jordan Danks, OF James Gallagher, 1B Dan Johnson, 3B Dallas McPherson, C Josh Phegley and SS Tyler Saladino to minor league camp.

1B | Matt LaPorta | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians optioned 3B Lonnie Chisenhall and 1B Matt LaPorta to Triple-A Columbus and reassigned OF Chad Huffman to minor league camp.


Second Baseman

2B | Cristian Guzman | free agent | Injury, Transaction
The Cleveland Indians released SS Cristian Guzman. He'll rehab his hamstring in the Dominican Republic.

2B | Fredys Padilla | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed five players from Colombia. OF Tito Polo, OF Angelo Del Castillo, 2B Fredys Padilla, 3B Gustavo Barrios and SS Jesus Ronco were signed to undisclosed deals.

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning in the season opener in Japan Wednesday, March 28. He went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs.

2B | Luis Hernandez | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers INF Alberto Gonzalez and 2B Luis Hernandez are battling for the utility infield spot. Both can play shortstop, which is one of the requirements of the job.

2B | Mark Ellis | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Mark Ellis was praised for his defense in the Cactus League game Tuesday, March 27. "I just think of him as bread and butter," Mattingly said. "You don't notice him, he just makes the plays. Not a lot of flash. It's solid, and I'll take it all day long."

2B | Adam Kennedy | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Adam Kennedy (groin) resumed hitting Tuesday, March 27, but he has not resumed running.

2B | Luke Hughes | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins INF Luke Hughes went 1-for-4 with an RBI Tuesday, March 27, and he's hitting .364 with a team-high four home runs and 15 RBIs in 17 spring games. He is expected to win a spot on the roster in a utility infield role.

2B | Ryan Raburn | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said 2B Ryan Raburn will see some time in left field this season.


Shortstop

SS | Angel Sanchez | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros reassigned SS Angel Sanchez, 3B Scott Moore and SS Brian Bixler to minor league camp. They optioned RP Enerio Del Rosario to Triple-A Round Rock and released 2B Joe Thurston.

SS | Zack Cozart | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart went hitless in four at-bats Tuesday, March 27, to snap an eight-game spring hitting streak. Cozart is still batting .413 (19-for-46) on the spring with seven doubles. "He's had a better spring in the field, which is his No. 1 job," manager Dusty Baker said.

SS | Tyler Pastornicky | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the battle for the shortstop job could come down to the final day between SSs Tyler Pastornicky and Andrelton Simmons. Simmons has hit .205 in 13 spring games and Pastornicky is hitting .220 after getting hits in five of his last six games. Gonzalez realizes that neither player will be expected to be an offensive force this year. SS Jack Wilson could see significant time at the position if either youngster struggles mightily in the regular season.

SS | Trevor Plouffe | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 3B Sean Burroughs (forearm) is scheduled to undergo X-rays after being hit by a pitch Monday, March 26. SS Trevor Plouffe (hamstring) worked out again Tuesday, March 27, and will play in a minor league game Wednesday, March 28.

SS | Mike Aviles | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is thinking of using SS Mike Aviles in the leadoff spot to start the season. "We'll see how it works. It's not like he swings at the first pitch all the time," Valentine said. "I don't know that (Jacoby) Ellsbury is really a count-grinding guy other than that he fakes that bunt a lot to get one pitch into the count."

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus (hip) left the game early Tuesday, March 27, with tightness in his right hip flexor. The extent of the injury is not known.

SS | Freddy Galvis | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis (foot) is dealing with a bruised left foot after fouling a ball off his foot Tuesday, March 27, and X-rays won't be required. Galvis thinks he'll be able to play Wednesday, March 28.

SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Jed Lowrie made a minor adjustment with the placement of his head in his batting stance this spring, which has allowed him to see the ball better from both sides of the plate. "We talked about it, and he made the adjustment," hitting coach Mike Barnett said. "He said, 'That makes so much sense, because when my head is in there sideways, I can't track pitches back to the catcher, either.' Now he's got his head more square and straight upright, with both eyes on the pitcher, and it's easier for him to track pitches."

SS | Jose Iglesias | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
One scout thinks Boston Red Sox SS Jose Iglesias will struggle in Triple-A this year.

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar (thumb) returned to the lineup Tuesday, March 27.


Third Baseman

3B | Mark Reynolds | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are publicly shopping RP Kevin Gregg and 3B Mark Reynolds, according to sources close to the team.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright (abdominal) played five innings at third base Tuesday, March 27. Originally he was scheduled to take the day off. Manager Terry Collins expects Wright to take the day off Wednesday, March 28. "I've had five at-bats so far," Wright said. "So I guess I feel OK, considering that I've had five at-bats. It's a process. I'm happy with where I'm at now, but there's a lot of room for improvement."

3B | Juan Uribe | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Los Angeles Dodgers SS Juan Uribe (groin) was a late scratch Tuesday, March 27, after apparently being struck in the groin with a ball he bunted. "I didn't see it happen, but I came over and he was lying down," manager Don Mattingly said.

3B | Casey Blake | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies released 3B Casey Blake Tuesday, March 27, to avoid paying him $2 million guaranteed this season. The team will have to pay him $500,000 instead. INFs Jordan Pacheco or Chris Nelson will receive the bulk of playing time at third base.

3B | Jack Hannahan | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Jack Hannahan will be the team's starting third baseman after 3B Lonnie Chisenhall was sent to the minors. "Lonnie needs to play," manager Manny Acta said. "We know he's going to be the main guy here for years. Hannahan fits our team well with all of our ground ball pitchers."


Catcher

C | Mike Nickeas | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets C Mike Nickeas is expected to hold onto the backup catching job to C Josh Thole, beating out Cs Rob Johnson and Lucas May. The latter should form the catching corps with Triple-A Buffalo.

C | Jonathan Lucroy | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy will make $500,000 this year, $1.9 million in 2013, $2.3 million in 2014, $3.3 million in 2015, $4.25 million in 2016, and his option for the 2017 season is worth $5.25 million with a $250,000 buyout. He received a $500,000 bonus. Lucroy also is receiving a partial no-trade clause.

C | Guillermo Quiroz | Seattle Mariners | Transaction
The Seattle Mariners assigned C Guillermo Quiroz to minor league camp Monday, March 26.


Outfielder

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse (lat) will have a sonogram to check for tears in his lat muscle Wednesday, March 28. He's likely to begin the season on the disabled list, but shouldn't miss a lot of time.

OF | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said OF Allen Craig (knee) might not be ready for Opening Day.

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki went 4-for-5 with an RBI in the season opener in Japan Wednesday, March 28. It tied the club record for hits on Opening Day.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Transaction
The Seattle Mariners placed OF Franklin Gutierrez (pectoral) and C Adam Moore (wrist) on the 15-day disabled list.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (elbow) will have a precautionary MRI Wednesday, March 28, on his sore right elbow.

OF | Michael Brantley | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (hamstring) returned to the lineup Tuesday, March 27, for the first time since March 19. He had been sidelined due to a right hamstring injury.

OF | Shelley Duncan | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Tuesday, March 27, that OF Shelley Duncan is closing in on the left field job.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick (illness) missed a second straight day of workouts Tuesday, March 27, due to an undisclosed illness. "He's sicker. We sent him home," manager Dusty Baker said. "He was trying to play yesterday. We want him quarantined. We don't want whatever it is to go around now."

OF | Craig Gentry | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Craig Gentry (dizziness) was able to enter the Cactus League game Tuesday, March 27, in the late innings. He left the game Monday, March 26, due to dizziness and dehydration.

OF | Andres Torres | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said OF Andres Torres (calf) is nearing a return to game action. Torres was able to swing lightly in the batting cage Tuesday, March 27. "I don't think we're very far," Collins said of Torres' return.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay (forearm) said Tuesday, March 27, that he expects to play Wednesday, March 28, after missing two days due to a right forearm contusion.

OF | Scott Hairston | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Scott Hairston (oblique) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday, March 28.

OF | Mike Baxter | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Mike Baxter is expected to win an opening day roster spot, edging out OF Adam Loewen, according to an organization source. Loewen is expected to open the season with Triple-A Buffalo.

OF | Juan Rivera | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Juan Rivera had three more hits Tuesday, March 27, including a double and home run. He is displaying more power this spring than he did after he joined the team last All-Star break. Rivera has four homers and 10 RBIs in 46 spring at-bats. "He's getting ready for me," manager Don Mattingly said. "What he did last year was not a surprise for me. That's the guy I've seen for a long time. I always liked him. He's having a good camp, a little rough early."

OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Draft, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier (knee) spent the offseason working on his running technique during rehab from a knee surgery last September. He posted his team-high third triple of the spring, his 13th extra-base hit of the spring. He had only one triple over the past two regular seasons combined. "They broke down my body mechanics. Even once I was healthy, I had a bad gait. They asked if I was still hurting. I was cringing with every stride, expecting pain," Ethier said. "I'm more efficient running now and can go faster, longer and keep it up."

OF | Jack Cust | free agent | Injury, Fantasy
The Houston Astros had OFs Travis Buck, Justin Ruggiano and J.B. Shuck outplay OF Jack Cust (elbow) during the spring. Cust was limited to 25 at-bats, and he had just one hit during the spring. He was also unable to play the outfield due to discomfort in his left elbow. "The thing with Cust, we weren't able to use him in the outfield all of spring, really," manager Bradley Mills said. "He got to play a couple of innings of a 'B' game out there, and the bat wasn't there and (it wasn't) what we had hoped."

OF | Brian Bogusevic | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Brian Bogusevic continues to show signs of life at the plate after struggling early in spring, hitting a home run and picking up a single and two walks in Grapefruit League action Tuesday, March 27.

OF | Jordan Schafer | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros general manager Jeffrey Luhnow said Tuesday, March 27, that the visit with a hand specialist Tuesday, March 27, went well for OF Jordan Schafer (hand). Luhnow said Schafer should be hitting in "two days."

OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Sam Fuld (wrist) will seek a second opinion on his right wrist, and he is not expecting to be ready by opening day. MRI results showed that the sheath around the tendon in his wrist has been stretched, which means a tendon can slip out of place. "If I went the surgery route, I don't know the timetable, but I think I will be back at some point," Fuld said.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton (back) took swings Tuesday, March 27, and ran arcs in the outfield, and he's not worried about being ready by opening day.

OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (ankle) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League play as early as Wednesday, March 28.

OF | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt, who is hitting .380 with a .429 on-base percentage in spring training in 30 at-bats, is still likely to begin the season with Triple-A Fresno. 1B Aubrey Huff is the likely starter at first base.

The Giants still see problems with Belt's swing mechanics, and they want him to move back in the box and stand taller at the plate. "The thing we continue to talk to him about is no matter how good his spring is going numbers wise, we want to see him have good mechanics," hitting coach Hensley Meulens said. "We know how he was pitched last season and the things he struggled with. All we're doing right now is making sure he's prepared (for) if and when he's back in the big leagues, he no longer goes through those struggles."

OF | Norichika Aoki | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Norichika Aoki (hamstring) is out of the spring lineup Tuesday, March 27, with a tight right hamstring. "He felt it - it's not a strain, but it's there," manager Ron Roenicke said. "It's not worth putting him out there (Tuesday). He's got a lot of at-bats. To give him a day off is no big deal." Aoki looks to be the team's fourth outfielder.

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan is hitless in his last 23 spring at-bats.

OF | Rick Ankiel | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel (quadriceps) left the game as a precaution Tuesday, March 27, with pain in his left quadriceps, which has been bothering him for the past week. The team does not think it's a setback for Ankiel. He is expected to return Thursday, March 29. OF Roger Bernadina has seven hits, including two home runs, in his last nine spring at-bats.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was very encouraged after watching OFs Giancarlo Stanton (knee) and Logan Morrison (knee) play in minor league games Tuesday, March 27. Guillen is hoping both outfielders can play the field in a Grapefruit League game either Friday, March 30, or Saturday, March 31.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler, who is hitting just .114 in 44 spring at-bats, was dropped to eighth in the batting order Tuesday, March 27. Manager Jim Tracy, however, hasn't expressed concerns with Fowler's struggles. Fowler's timing with his leg kick has been off, which has given him poor results.

OF | Jeremy Hermida | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres OF Jeremy Hermida (finger) is dealing with a ligament strain to the little finger on his left hand, but he will play Tuesday, March 27.

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
The Miami Marlins recently asked about the availability of Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold. Reimold is the team's starting left fielder and likely leadoff hitter, so he's unlikely to be moved.

OF | Jerry Sands | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers optioned OF Jerry Sands to minor league camp Tuesday, March 27. He hit just .158 in 38 spring at-bats.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford (wrist) is likely to remain in camp when the team leaves for the regular season. SP Andrew Miller (hamstring) is also likely to remain back, meaning both players will open the season on the disabled list. "He feels really good where he is," manager Bobby Valentine said about Crawford. "He thinks he can play in a game right now. His wrist is no problem at all."

OF | Fred Lewis | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Fred Lewis (elbow) played catch from 90 feet Monday, March 26, and he could return to a game later this week.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Aaron Thompson | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
Minnesota Twins P Aaron Thompson failed a second test for a drug of abuse and was suspended 50 games.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton (shoulder) said the pain in his shoulder is gone, and he hopes to begin light tossing next week.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez allowed a run on five hits and no walks while fanning six in eight innings in his no-decision in the season opener in Japan Wednesday, March 28.

SP | Freddy Garcia | New York Yankees | Fantasy
With a logjam of starting pitchers for the New York Yankees, SP Freddy Garcia has said he would consider a trade to another team. "I want to pitch, man," he said. "Be it here or somewhere. I hope it's here."

SP | Hisashi Iwakuma | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners P Hisashi Iwakuma is beginning the 2012 season in the bullpen, where he will pitch long relief. It was a move that caught many by surprise, but manager Eric Wedge said the team thinks the bullpen is the best place for him to begin his major-league career. "He is going to serve as our long guy, as well as middle relief and, quite frankly, I think that's the best way to transition him this year," the manager said.

SP | Bruce Chen | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Bruce Chen has been named as the team's opening day starter Friday, April 6, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed Tuesday, March 27, that SP Luke Hochevar will work in the second game of the regular season Saturday, April 7, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SP | Jonathan Sanchez | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed Tuesday, March 27, that SP Jonathan Sanchez will be his third starter heading into the regular season. Sanchez's first regular season start, and his team debut, will be Sunday, April 8, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SP | Danny Duffy | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Danny Duffy allowed four runs in three innings of a Triple-A spring game Tuesday, March 27. Duffy is still in the running for a rotation spot.

SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Shaun Marcum (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, March 27, and manager Ron Roenicke said it went OK. However, Marcum is expected to work in a minor-league game Friday, March 30, rather than in a Cactus League game. Pitching in the minors will allow the team to backdate his 15-day disabled list date in case he is unavailable for the start of the regular season.

SP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz (shoulder) threw 68 pitches over four innings in a minor league game Tuesday, March 27, and did not report any problems. "I felt good," Feliz said through a translator. "Everything was OK. I wasn't trying to throw hard, just trying to keep my pitches down."

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Johan Santana is expected to face minor leagues in a game Saturday, March 28, in his final tune-up before the season rather than facing the Miami Marlins.

SP | Chris Young | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Chris Young is scheduled to join the team in camp Wednesday, March 28. He will work out with the team in the major league clubhouse, although he has agreed to a minor-league deal.

SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Fantasy,
An organization source with the New York Mets said Tuesday, March 27, that "all signs point" to P Zack Wheeler, the team's top pitching prospect, starting the season with Double-A Binghamton.

SP | Chris Capuano | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly might move SP Chris Capuano up one day in the opening week rotation if SP Ted Lilly (neck) needs to be skipped from his first start of the regular season.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly (neck) missed workouts again Tuesday, March 27, due to recurring neck stiffness. Manager Don Mattingly said Lilly continues to receive treatment, which includes acupuncture. "We've still got a day or so to make a decision," Mattingly said of potentially skipping Lilly in the first series.

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong (back) will make his season debut with Triple-A Fresno April 5, and then he will make one more rehab start. Vogelsong came out of his Cactus League start Monday, March 26, without any setbacks. The team must backdate his 15-day disabled list assignment, so he cannot work against the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, March 31. He will then be lined up to open his season April 15 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

SP | Livan Hernandez | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SPs Livan Hernandez, Jordan Lyles and Kyle Weiland are competing for the last two rotation spots.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Wandy Rodriguez allowed five runs in the first two innings of his Grapefruit League start Tuesday, March 27, but he bounced back by working through six innings while throwing 90 pitches. "I wanted to go longer in the game and I did it today," Rodriguez said. "Not 100 percent, but I'm better."

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Oakland Athletics placed Ps Dallas Braden (shoulder) and Joey Devine (biceps) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, March 27.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three runs (two earned) while striking out three and walking none in five spring innings against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, March 27. He was ranging between 91-94 mph as late as the fourth inning. "I felt great," Jimenez said. "I was able to throw a lot of strikes to get ahead and stay ahead. I think it was the first game that I've been able to do that in spring training. I only have one more game left and then I'm going to be ready for the season."

SP | Mat Latos | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds SP Mat Latos (calf) strained his left calf in Cactus League action Tuesday, March 27, and he's being listed as day-to-day.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez allowed three runs over 47 pitches in the first two innings Tuesday, March 27, but then made an adjustment after INF/OF Mark DeRosa told him, "you're rushing a little bit, you're flying open." Gonzalez went on to retire seven of the final eight batters. "After that, I kind of settled in, tried to stay back and tried to keep my shoulders in, and I felt like I was more on top of the ball instead of just flying open," Gonzalez said. "Sometimes if I can't see what I'm doing wrong, I'll be more than happy to listen to one of my position players or a coach."

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett tossed five shutout innings while walking three and striking out five against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, March 27. He threw 84 pitches in the outing.

SP | Andrew Oliver | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Andrew Oliver gave up seven runs (six earned) and seven hits while walking two in three Grapefruit League innings against the Houston Astros Tuesday, March 27, as he attempts to win a starting rotation spot. It was his second erratic start in a row.

SP | Anthony Swarzak | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire said SP Anthony Swarzak will make the club's opening day roster.

SP | Daniel Bard | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox Ps Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves, Felix Doubront and Aaron Cook are still competing for a rotation spot in spring training.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada allowed four runs and four hits while walking two in three innings in his second Grapefruit League start against the Minnesota Twins Tuesday, March 27. "I think so," Wada said through his interpreter when asked if he felt Tuesday was a step backward. "If I keep pitching like this, I know I won't be able to throw and be in the starting rotation, I might not even be able to throw in general (for the Orioles) if I keep up throwing like this. I have to work on it."

SP | A.J. Burnett | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett (eye) threw a successful 48-pitch simulated game Tuesday, March 27, but he isn't expected to return to the rotation until late April or early May. He will throw a bullpen Thursday, March 29, and then pitch in a minor league game Saturday, March 31, where he will throw 55 to 60 pitches. Burnett needs to build to around 100 pitches before he can return.

SP | Matt Moore | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
As expected, Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore will begin the 2012 season in the starting rotation.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
The New York Yankees have not decided on whether SPs Phil Hughes or Freddy Garcia have won the final spot in the starting rotation, according to general manager Brian Cashman. It's not a stretch that Hughes, who has been clocked at 94 mph this spring, will win the final spot. "He's done everything we asked him to do (in the offseason)," said pitching coach Larry Rothschild, referring to Hughes' weight loss following a season in which he admittedly came to camp out of shape.

SP | Alfredo Simon | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Alfredo Simon (groin) will make a Grapefruit League start against the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday, March 28, and he'll throw only a couple innings. OF Jai Miller (knee) is expected to play Wednesday, too, and OF Endy Chavez (groin) could return Thursday, March 29.

SP | Kevin Millwood | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners purchased the contracts of SS Munenori Kawasaki and Ps Kevin Millwood and Erasmo Ramirez from the minors Monday, March 26, and sent OF Carlos Peguero and P Chance Ruffin to the minors in corresponding moves.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Washington Nationals CL Drew Storen (elbow) will begin the season on the disabled list. However, he should be ready by mid-April.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians CL Chris Perez (oblique) will make his spring debut Thursday, March 29.

RP | Tim Byrdak | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets RP Tim Byrdak (knee) threw off a mound Wednesday, March 28, for the first time since knee surgery.

RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Atlanta Braves RP Jonny Venters (elbow) felt normal during a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, March 27, and said he's ready to go.

RP | Joel Zumaya | free agent | Injury, Transaction
The Minnesota Twins released RP Joel Zumaya (elbow), who is out for the season.

RP | Mike Gonzalez | free agent | Free Agents,
Free-agent RP Mike Gonzalez (Rangers) had an audition Monday, March 26, at the Cincinnati Reds complex, but he has not been offered a contract yet.

RP | Sean Marshall | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Sean Marshall said Tuesday, March 27, that while he has received no indication he'll assume ninth-inning duties, he is confident he can get the job done. "Nothing yet. Obviously, the job is available," Marshall said. "I'd like the opportunity to pitch in that role. It's what's best for the team. If it's a closer-by-committee situation, that would work out good, too. We'll keep pitching well and work on improving each day."

RP | Koji Uehara | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington praised RP Koji Uehara and his ability to get out of a jam Tuesday, March 27. "The splitter was working today," Washington said.

RP | Luke Gregerson | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres RP Luke Gregerson (back) was held out of action Tuesday, March 27, due to back spasms.

RP | Jose Arredondo | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Jose Arredondo is feeling great after being two years removed from Tommy John surgery. "This guy if he can return to form where he was in Anaheim he was unbelievable," manager Dusty Baker said. "I don't think he's quite returned to that form. But he's approaching that." Arredondo is 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA this spring, but four of the five runs he's allowed came in one of his six innings. He has struck out 11 and walked just two.

RP | Jose Contreras | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jose Contreras (elbow) is slated to pitch in minor league games for the rest of spring training so the team will be able to backdate a disabled list stint to begin the season.

RP | Antonio Bastardo | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Antonio Bastardo's velocity has topped out at 90-91 mph this spring, and pitching coach Rich Dubee admitted there is "mild concern" about the lefty. "I'm not seeing velocity like I should be seeing," Dubee said. "I don't know that he's at that point yet arm strength-wise, or he's at this point where he's got a bit of a dead arm." The team doesn't think Bastardo is dealing with structural damage in his arm.

RP | Matt Guerrier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Matt Guerrier (back) pitched in a minor league game Tuesday, March 27, and will do so again Wednesday, March 28. He could return to Cactus League play Friday, March 30. The team expects him to be ready for opening day. 2B Adam Kennedy (groin) resumed hitting Tuesday.

RP | Bill Bray | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Bill Bray (groin) pitched a scoreless inning in a spring game and was pain-free Monday, March 26, and he'll pitch again in Cactus League action Thursday, March 29. It's still unknown if he'll have enough time to be ready on opening day.

RP | Brad Lidge | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Brad Lidge threw a perfect inning Tuesday, March 27, and he's thrown seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts and no walks this spring.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco's velocity was up during his spring outing Sunday, March 25, and manager Terry Collins isn't worried about his closer's struggles in Grapefruit League action. Francisco has allowed a run in six of his nine outings in spring training, and his ERA sits at 6.00.

RP | Michael Kohn | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Michael Kohn (forearm) underwent an MRI exam Monday, March 26, which revealed a mild flexor strain. He will be shut down for at least a week. RP Bobby Cassevah (shoulder) is likely out of a spot in the bullpen, too, making RPs Rich Thompson and Kevin Jepsen more likely for a spot.

RP | Blake Hawksworth | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction,
The Los Angeles Dodgers placed RP Blake Hawksworth (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, March 27, and officially announced the signing of RP Jamey Wright in a corresponding move.

RP | Henry Rodriguez | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Drew Storen (elbow) is scheduled to play catch Tuesday, March 27, for the first time in a week. He isn't being ruled out for opening day, but at this point it seems unlikely he'll be ready in time. RPs Henry Rodriguez or Brad Lidge could close games to open the season.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain (ankle, elbow) plans to tell reporters Tuesday, March 27, that his ankle injury last week wasn't life-threatening, and that there wasn't any major blood loss during his ordeal. Chamberlain doesn't foresee his career being in jeopardy, either.

RP | Cole Kimball | Washington Nationals | Injury,
Washington Nationals RP Cole Kimball (shoulder) has been playing catch Mondays through Saturdays every week as he recovers from surgery on his rotator cuff. "It doesn't feel like I had surgery when I play catch," Kimball said. "That's a plus. But I know there's a lot of long weeks ahead throwing. There's a month of bullpens before I face hitters. That month of bullpens will be a test." He hopes to resume throwing off a mound by the end of the first week in April. Kimball could return to game action around the All-Star break.

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