Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 30, 2012 @ 08:45:14 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind (back) said his back is improving, and he's swinging pain-free. He's scheduled to play Sunday, April 1.

1B | Matt Rizzotti | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins acquired 1B Matt Rizzotti from the Philadelphia Phillies for cash considerations.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau may be used strictly as the designated hitter this season with 1B Chris Parmelee taking the spot at first base.

1B | Brad Hawpe | free agent | Transaction
The Texas Rangers have released 1B Brad Hawpe.

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs in Grapefruit League play Thursday, March 29, and he entered the contest leading the majors this spring with 23 RBIs.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols went 4-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBIs to raise his spring average to .388 Thursday, March 29. SS Erick Aybar went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

1B | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman (knees) isn't having any problems with his knees and has been playing regularly the last two weeks of spring training. He has eight hits in his last 19 at-bats. "I feel pretty good," Berkman said. "You definitely notice, in the recovery, that age is starting to catch up. But for the most part, I've felt pretty good about this spring."

1B | Adam LaRoche | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche (foot) went 1-for-2 with a walk in his return to the Grapefruit League lineup Thursday, March 29. "Let's just put this behind us," LaRoche said. "I feel like this is over with. Let's move on and rock and roll for the season." He plans to test his foot again Friday, March 30, and he fully expects to play on opening day.

1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Based on what the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have seen out of 3B Mark Trumbo at third base this spring, they are more confident that he can handle more starts at third base in the regular season. "The test of the season is more difficult than some of the things you might see in the spring. I think with Mark's makeup and with what he's shown with his agility and the ability to make the routine plays that ceiling has definitely moved off that 40-game range to where we're very excited about how many times we're going to have his bat in the lineup at third base. ... I think hopefully we're going to anticipate moving off that minimum level," manager Mike Scioscia said. The team wants INF Maicer Izturis to focus more on playing shortstop and second base this year, but he'll occasionally see time at third base with Trumbo and 3B Alberto Callaspo.

1B | Jair Boegarts | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
The Chicago Cubs acquired 1B Jair Boegarts from the Boston Red Sox Thursday, March 29, in exchange for a player to be named in the compensation deal for executive Theo Epstein.

1B | Zach Maxfield | free agent | Transaction
The Detroit Tigers released OF Chretien Matz, P Pedro Perez, P Fernando Celis, OF Jeff Rowland and 1B Zach Maxfield.

Second Baseman

2B | Elliot Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said the team wants SS Elliot Johnson to focus on hitting for more power in the majors. "The big thing with Elliot is we just try to get him more offensively to become contact-oriented," Maddon said. "He's got power, and when the count gets deeper, let's move the ball. As he gets more of a mentality like that, he will become a more valuable baseball player and more employable in the industry."

2B | Jeff Keppinger | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays INF Jeff Keppinger could see time hitting second in the lineup this year.

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa has 19 strikeouts and just four walks in 58 at-bats this spring.


SS | J.J. Hardy | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will be either the designated hitter or the shortstop Friday, March 30, depending on how his arm feels before the game.

SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees SS Eduardo Nunez (hand) appeared to re-injure his right hand on a stolen-base attempt Thursday, March 29, and was seen flexing it in the dugout.

SS | Yunel Escobar | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell is leaning toward using SS Yunel Escobar in the leadoff spot this year with 2B Kelly Johnson hitting No. 2.

SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Jed Lowrie (thumb), who is awaiting his MRI results, is wearing a brace for his thumb and hopes to return to action in a few days.

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew (ankle), who won't be ready for the season opener, is unlikely to play in any Cactus League games. He has been taking grounders and hitting and has even been cleared to run straight lines at "about 80 percent." "The trainers have done a great job," Drew said. "Gibby has been great about listening to me and getting feedback and KT (GM Kevin Towers) as well. We've talked and there's no reason to try and rush it right now. There have been days that have been tough, but overall it's not like I haven't been able to go out and do it. Does it sometimes bother me? Yes. But I was able to keep taking steps forward without going back."

SS | Reid Brignac | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SS Reid Brignac (foot) is still competing for the starting shortstop gig with INF Sean Rodriguez despite missing time with his foot injury. "He's still competing," manager Joe Maddon said. "He's doing really well. He's been playing well in the Minor League games. He had to jump twice (for line drives) yesterday. He's been running well. We just have to monitor it, and it's whatever his tolerance is." Brignac is 7-for-18 (.389) in seven spring games, while Rodriguez is hitting .200 (7-for-35) in 15 games. Maddon said he could use a platoon situation at the position.

SS | Trevor Plouffe | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SS Trevor Plouffe (hamstring) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League play Friday, March 30, for the first time since injuring his hamstring March 18. He is playing outfield in a minor league game Thursday, March 29.

SS | Alexi Casilla | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 2B Alexi Casilla (knee) is expected to return to spring action Friday, March 30.

SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins and P Michael Stutes (shoulder) were scratched from the spring game Thursday, March 29. Rollins said he's not hurt, but Stutes has some shoulder stiffness and won't pitch Friday, March 30. Stutes' arm has been bothering him all spring, so he'll take three days off and play catch Friday.

SS | Chin-Lung Hu | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Philadelphia Phillies signed free-agent SS Chin-Lung Hu (Indians) to a minor league deal Wednesday, March 28, and his contract was voided Thursday, March 29.

Third Baseman

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera (eye) will start the team's Grapefruit League game Friday, March 30, and will play for the rest of spring training.

3B | Zelous Wheeler | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles claimed INF Zelous Wheeler off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, March 29.

3B | Mark DeRosa | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals INF/OF Mark DeRosa (calf) is out of the lineup again Thursday, March 29, while he's dealing with cramps in his calf. It could be purely a precautionary measure.


C | Omir Santos | Detroit Tigers | Transaction
The Detroit Tigers reassigned C Omir Santos to minor league camp.

C | Wilin Rosario | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Wilin Rosario went 2-for-5 Thursday, March 29, and he's hitting .462 in Cactus League action this spring.

C | Jason Jaramillo | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers signed free-agent C Jason Jaramillo (Cubs) to a minor league deal Thursday, March 29, a few days after he was released by the Chicago Cubs.

C | Lucas May | New York Mets | Transaction,
The New York Mets assigned Cs Rob Johnson and Lucas May and RP Garrett Olson to minor league camp Thursday, March 29.


OF | Delmon Young | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Delmon Young (knee) will start the team's spring game in left field Friday, March 30.

OF | Desmond Jennings | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings (shoulder) was back in center field in spring training Thursday, March 29, after serving as the designated hitter due to a right shoulder ailment the last two games. He went 1-for-3 with a double and stolen base. "I feel great," said Jennings. "I feel 100 percent and there are no issues with my health. It felt great to get out there and do some things. Hopefully, I'll be able to make some plays in the outfield and some throws."

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz (hand) took some swings in the cages Thursday, March 29, and said his hand feels fine. He didn't play Thursday, but he could be back in the spring lineup Friday, March 30. "It's kind of sore, but I don't think it's that big of a deal," Cruz said.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (back) will move his rehab to Cleveland and continue work with physical therapy consultant Jim Mehalik. Sizemore isn't doing any baseball activities, but he is on pace with the team's rehab schedule.

OF | Juan Pierre | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Juan Pierre will make the team's opening day roster.

OF | Andres Torres | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Andres Torres (calf) took batting practice Thursday, March 29, and the team hopes to have him play in a minor league game Friday, March 30, in which he'll only hit. He could return to Grapefruit League play this weekend.

OF | Jason Michaels | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Washington Nationals released OF Jason Michaels Thursday, March 29. OFs Brett Carroll and Xavier Nady now seem like locks to make the opening day roster. RP Ryan Perry was also optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward hit his fourth home run of Grapefruit League play Thursday, March 29.

OF | Corey Patterson | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers released OF Corey Patterson Thursday, March 29, and then re-signed him to a new minor league contract.

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers are hoping to decide Sunday, April 1, whether OF Corey Hart (knee) will be on the opening day roster because there won't be any more minor league games to play in after that day.

OF | Adam Loewen | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets assigned OFs Matt den Dekker and Adam Loewen to minor league camp Thursday, March 29.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Logan Morrison (knee) will play seven innings in a minor league game Thursday, March 29, and then he'll play in a full game Friday, March 30. OF Giancarlo Stanton (knee) could play in a Grapefruit League game Friday.

OF | Bryan Peterson | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins optioned OF Bryan Peterson to Triple-A New Orleans Thursday, March 29, and assigned P J.D. Martin and INF Nick Green to minor league camp. OF Aaron Rowand was released. OFs Chris Coghlan and Austin Kearns look to have spots on the 25-man roster.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford (wrist), whose recovery will be a very slow process per manager Bobby Valentine, is scheduled to take roughly 20 bunts Thursday, March 29. "The only thing I know about that is that you don't want to put the kid, anybody rehabbing, under the pressure of a deadline," Valentine said. "It can never be the calendar or the schedule that says when a guy is healthy. It can't be. It's not fair. It's just not fair."

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse (lat) is not expected to be ready by opening day because the team wants to take his recovery slow to prevent any lingering issues. He is expected to be available for his debut April 10.

OF | Rick Ankiel | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche (foot) is back in the Grapefruit League lineup Thursday, March 29, for the first time since March 15. OF Rick Ankiel (quadriceps) is still resting a tight left quadriceps.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton said he initially didn't have the same whip in his swing this spring, but he said he found his swing last week. He's hitting .229 with four RBIs and does not have a home run in Cactus League action. "I feel good," Hamilton said. "My legs feel really good. I came in lighter and I think that's helped."

Starting Pitcher

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) is expected back in May. "If he had to pitch today, he could," Mozeliak said. "He's just not comfortable."

SP | Jamie Moyer | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies may go with a four-man rotation early in the season in order to rest SP Jamie Moyer more. Manager Jim Tracy still is leaning toward keeping Moyer as the fifth starter. The team could skip SP Drew Pomeranz, who is expected to be limited to 170 innings this year, until a fifth starter is needed April 15.

SP | Derek Lowe | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Derek Lowe (back) left his Cactus League outing after three innings Thursday, March 29, with back spasms.

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers announced their starting rotation Thursday, March 29, and SP Yu Darvish will make his major league debut versus the Seattle Mariners April 9 in Texas. SP Colby Lewis will start opening day and be followed by SPs Derek Holland and Matt Harrison. SP Neftali Feliz will serve as the No. 5 starter.

SP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Aroldis Chapman allowed seven hits and two earned runs while walking none and striking out six in five spring innings in his latest start Thursday, March 29.

SP | Mike Minor | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor will start in the team's opening series against the New York Mets because they are stacked with left-handed hitters. He will pitch the team's exhibition game Tuesday, April 3, too.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) tossed five innings and gave up one run against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, March 29. He had only three starts before due to a sore shoulder. Sanchez gave up two hits and one walk.

SP | David Huff | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP David Huff (leg) left his spring outing early Thursday, March 29, after injuring his leg during a play. The injury likely will hurt his chances to win a rotation spot over SPs Jeanmar Gomez and Kevin Slowey.

SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
The Philadelphia Phillies continue to discuss a contract extension for SP Cole Hamels, but sources are saying that both sides are still hung up, mainly on the length of a new deal. Hamels' agent is believed to be looking for a contract close to six years and $137.5 million. The Phillies would rather do a four-year deal.

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald allowed seven hits and 10 runs while walking seven in just 3 2/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins Thursday, March 29.

SP | Dana Eveland | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles designated SP Dana Eveland for assignment Thursday, March 29.

SP | Chris Young | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Tim Byrdak (knee) is throwing his second bullpen session Thursday, March 29, since having knee surgery March 13. SP Chris Young (shoulder) is throwing his first bullpen since re-signing.

SP | Zach Duke | Washington Nationals | Transaction,
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent SP Zach Duke (Astros) to a minor league deal Thursday, March 29. He allowed 18 runs and 25 hits (five home runs) in 14 1/3 spring innings.

SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants president Larry Baer said the team is having serious discussions about a contract extension with SP Matt Cain. Cain would rather not negotiate with the team on an extension after opening day April 6.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly (neck) will throw a bullpen session Friday, March 30, to determine whether he'll need to begin the season on the disabled list. SP Chris Capuano would slide into Lilly's slot if he isn't ready.

SP | Henricus VandenHurk | Cleveland Indians | Transaction,
The Cleveland Indians designated SP Henricus VandenHurk for assignment Thursday, March 29.

SP | Doug Fister | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Doug Fister (finger) plans to throw to test his injured middle finger Thursday, March 29. He hasn't thrown off a mound since last Friday, and he's scheduled to pitch in a spring game Sunday, April 1. If he can't go, he might not be able to make his first start of the regular season.

SP | Duane Below | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers' No. 5 rotation spot is now down to just SPs Drew Smyly and Duane Below after SP Andrew Oliver was optioned to Triple-A Toledo Thursday, March 29. Oliver went 1-2 with a 5.17 ERA in 15 2/3 Grapefruit League frames. He walked 10 and struck out 10.

SP | Aaron Cook | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox view SP Aaron Cook purely as a starter and not a reliever. "His sinker is the real deal," manager Bobby Valentine said. "He obviously had it in the first inning, with five or six outs on 13 pitches against a Double-A crew (on Wednesday). His offspeed stuff is still coming. He's very far along."

SP | Juan Nicasio | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Juan Nicasio, who will be in the starting rotation, is still working to perfect his slider this spring. "I want to throw the slider with better downward movement … I want it to fall out of the strike zone and surprise batters," Nicasio said. He has struck out 15 hitters and walked just two in 17 2/3 Cactus League innings while touching 97 mph on the radar gun.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (back) said his back is holding up well in spring training, and he's ready to begin the regular season. He allowed five runs and six hits (two home runs) in a minor league game Wednesday, March 28, in six innings of work. He took time to develop his changeup while tossing 89 pitches in the outing.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed SP Charlie Morton (hip) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, March 29, because he won't be ready to make his first start in the regular season. "He's not quite ready to go," general manager Neal Huntington said. "While we're excited about where he is, he's made tremendous progress, our belief is he needs another start down here (in spring training) and one start in the minor leagues." Morton gave up six runs and eight hits in five innings against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, March 28. He'll throw a simulated game Wednesday, April 4, and pitch in the minors April 9. He could make his first start of the year against the San Francisco Giants April 14. RP Juan Cruz will be put on the opening day roster Friday, March 30.

SP | Randy Wells | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
The Chicago Cubs optioned SP Randy Wells, SP Casey Coleman and C Welington Castillo to Triple-A Iowa. They also reassigned C Blake Lalli, P Scott Maine, RP Blake Parker, SP Travis Wood, OF Dave Sappelt and 2B Matt Tolbert to minor league camp.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez (arm) said he hurt his arm last spring and he pitched with the injury all year. Perez said he feels great this year and has renewed confidence in his fastball. He said he was hesitant to use his slider last season because he didn't have the best fastball if he fell behind in the count due to injury. "Without a doubt, I feel better at this point than a year ago," Perez said. "I got hurt the second week in, throwing a changeup. Haven't thrown one since."

RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RP Jonny Venters (shoulder) threw a pain-free perfect inning against the Washington Nationals Thursday, March 29. "My arm could not have felt any better," Venters said after making his first appearance since March 18. "It felt great." He will make a few more appearances in Grapefruit League play.

RP | Antonio Bastardo | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said RPs Antonio Bastardo and Chad Qualls are the current eighth-inning setup men.

RP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija will be the team's No. 3 starting pitcher behind SPs Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza. SPs Chris Volstad and Paul Maholm fill out the rotation.

RP | Jose Ceda | Miami Marlins | Injury,
Miami Marlins RP Jose Ceda (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday, April 3.

RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Alfredo Aceves allowed three hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out four and walking two in six Grapefruit League innings against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, March 29. He threw 54 of his 87 pitches for strikes. "I feel good," said Aceves. "My body is getting used to the rhythm, the tempo of the game."

RP | Kyle Waldrop | Minnesota Twins | Injury,
Minnesota Twins P Kyle Waldrop (elbow) is dealing with a strained right elbow, and he's unlikely to make the team's roster as a result.

RP | Brandon Kintzler | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury,
The Milwaukee Brewers placed RP Brandon Kintzler (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, March 29. The move is retroactive to March 26. He will continue his throwing program in minor league camp Friday, March 30.

RP | Jason Isringhausen | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Transaction,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim assigned RP Francisco X. Rodriguez to minor league camp Thursday, March 29, leaving RPs Trevor Bell, Jason Isringhausen, Kevin Jepsen and Rich Thompson fighting for the last three bullpen spots. RPs Bobby Cassevah (shoulder) and Michael Kohn (forearm) will open on the disabled list.

RP | Nick Masset | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds placed RP Nick Masset (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, March 28.

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