Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 3, 2012 @ 08:51:25 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Daric Barton | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 1B Daric Barton (shoulder) has yet to play in consecutive games this spring. He did not accompany the team to Japan for its series against the Seattle Mariners, and it is unclear if he will even make the roster at this point.

1B | Matt Clark | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres optioned 1B Matt Clark to Triple-A Tucson Monday, April 2. He hit .419 with four home runs and 13 RBIs in 45 spring at-bats. The team also optioned Ps Joseph Wieland, Casey Kelly and Jeff Suppan (triceps) to Tucson. Suppan may begin on the disabled list with a right triceps strain.

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds inked 1B Joey Votto to a 10-year, $225 million contract extension Monday, April 2, according to a person familiar with the deal. Votto will receive a full no-trade clause. His new contract will kick in after the final two years of his three-year $38 million deal expire.

1B | Chris Parmelee | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said 1B Chris Parmelee will be the team's opening day first baseman.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn is likely to hit third in the team's opening day lineup behind 3B Brent Morel and in front of 1B Paul Konerko.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau will open the year as the team's designated hitter, and he hasn't played first base this spring since March 13. Morneau doesn't think the move will be permanent. "I think to help us win ballgames I have to be on the field," Morneau said. "And if this is the way to do it, that's what we'll do for now and see what happens later."

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind (back) went 0-for-1 with a walk in his return to spring action Sunday, April 1, and he's expected to be ready for opening day. Lind could hit fifth in the lineup behind 3B Edwin Encarnacion to start the year. Encarnacion is batting .304 with four home runs and 13 RBIs in 20 Grapefruit League games.

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman clubbed his seventh spring homer Monday, April 2, which ties him for the major league lead in homers this spring.

1B | Carlos Pena | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Luke Scott or 1B Carlos Pena are likely to hit second in the batting order to start the season. "I just think (conventional wisdom is) all based on the perception that a No. 2 hitter has to be a guy who can bunt, hit-and-run and move the runners," manager Joe Maddon said. "It doesn't happen anymore. That's not part of the game right now."

1B | Brett Wallace | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros sent 1B Brett Wallace to the minors Sunday, April 1.


Second Baseman

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Monday, April 2, that he hopes to have 2B Dustin Ackley (illness), OF Michael Saunders (illness) and RP George Sherrill (illness) back in camp Tuesday, April 3.

2B | Jonathan Herrera | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Tyler Chatwood and INFs Eric Young Jr. and Jonathan Herrera have been assured of spots on the opening day roster. SP Josh Outman (illness) is a question mark because he's been suffering from food poisoning. SP Matt Reynolds also made the team and will pitch out of the bullpen.

2B | Jonathan Galvez | San Diego Padres | Transaction
The San Diego Padres have assigned 2B Jonathan Galvez to minor league camp.


Shortstop

SS | Munenori Kawasaki | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SS Munenori Kawasaki continues to rake this spring, going 3-for-4 Monday, April 2, to raise his average to .450.

SS | Cliff Pennington | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Cliff Pennington (groin) left the exhibition game Wednesday, April 2, against the San Francisco Giants due to left groin soreness.

SS | Adam Rosales | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics optioned INF Adam Rosales to Triple-A Sacramento Monday, April 2, leaving INF Eric Sogard as the backup middle infielder.

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks skipper Kirk Gibson said SS Stephen Drew (ankle) "hasn't come along as far as we'd hoped." However, Drew is likely to be weeks, not months, away from returning to game action.

SS | Trevor Plouffe | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SS Trevor Plouffe (arm) played in a minor league game Monday, April 2, after he was scratched from the Grapefruit League game with a sore right arm. He went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk as the designated hitter.

SS | Tyler Pastornicky | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SS Tyler Pastornicky will be the team's opening day shortstop after Atlanta optioned SS Andrelton Simmons to the minors Monday, April 2.

SS | Paul Janish | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction
The Cincinnati Reds optioned SS Paul Janish to Class AAA Monday, April 2.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (elbow) said his elbow is fine and he's hoping to play in one last spring game Tuesday, April 3, or Wednesday, April 4.

SS | Alexi Casilla | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 2B Alexi Casilla (knee) received an anti-inflammatory injection in his right knee and is expected to test it out Tuesday, April 3. Casilla said he will be ready by Friday, April 6.


Third Baseman

3B | Brandon Inge | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Transaction
Detroit Tigers 3B Brandon Inge (groin) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin.

3B | Geoff Blum | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
While Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson would like to work IF Geoff Blum into the mix at third base, Gibson reiterated 3B Ryan Roberts would see the majority of starts at third.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright (abdominal) went 1-for-6 with a walk and a stolen base in minor league action Monday, April 2.

3B | Martin Prado | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Martin Prado (legs) returned to the Grapefruit League lineup Monday, April 2, after missing two starts with sore legs.

3B | James Darnell | San Diego Padres | Transaction
The San Diego Padres have sent 3B James Darnell to the minors.

3B | Taylor Green | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers sent C Martin Maldonado and INF Taylor Green to the minors.

3B | Sean Burroughs | Minnesota Twins | Injury
Minnesota Twins IF Sean Burroughs (back) was scratched Monday, April 2, with back tightness.


Catcher

C | Adam Moore | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Adam Moore (wrist) was able to play in his third straight minor league game Monday, April 2. He is on the 15-day disabled list as he recovers from a broken bone in his right wrist, and he will open the season with Triple-A Tacoma Thursday, April 5. He is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list April 9.

C | Jesus Montero | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Seattle Mariners C Jesus Montero (head) said Monday, April 2, that he is fine after being hit in the head by a pitch. "My head's OK, everything's good," Montero said. He said could play Tuesday, April 3, if need be.

C | Brad Davis | San Diego Padres | Transaction,
The San Diego Padres assigned RP Dale Thayer and C Brad Davis to minor league camp Saturday, March 31.


Outfielder

OF | Andres Torres | New York Mets | Injury, Transaction
New York Mets OF Vinny Rottino was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. That means OF Andres Torres (calf) will be ready for the season opener.

OF | Desmond Jennings | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings smacked three home runs in the Grapefruit League game Sunday, April 1, becoming the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat in a spring game.

OF | Kyle Hudson | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Kyle Hudson will report to Triple-A Durham. He was acquired from the Texas Rangers over the weekend for a player to be named.

OF | Carlos Peguero | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Carlos Peguero (illness) was able to return to the lineup Monday, April 2.

OF | Ryan Spilborghs | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Ryan Spilborghs is expected to report to Triple-A Columbus Tuesday, April 3, unless he is able to secure a major league job before then.

OF | Fred Lewis | free agent | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians released OF Fred Lewis Monday, April 2.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes was batting cleanup Monday, April 2, in the game against the San Francisco Giants. He is likely to bat in various spot in the lineup for now.

OF | Brandon Moss | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics borrowed INF Dusty Coleman and OF Brandon Moss from the minor league camp for the spring game Monday, April 2, against the San Francisco Giants. Even though they might appear in these games, neither will make the big league club to start the season.

OF | Julio Borbon | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OFs Julio Borbon and Leonys Martin will share time in center field with Triple-A Round Rock to begin the season.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (migraines) will play center field in the team's Cactus League contest Monday, April 2.

OF | Craig Gentry | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers optioned OF Julio Borbon to Triple-A Round Rock Monday, April 2, leaving OF Craig Gentry, and INFs Brandon Snyder and Alberto Gonzalez as the bats off the bench.

OF | Johnny Damon | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Scott Boras, the agent for free-agent OF Johnny Damon (Rays) said his client is looking for a team that will give him 450 plate appearances this year. "Damon will be signed by May 1; just don't know where," Boras said.

OF | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Logan Morrison (knee) is starting in left field for the team's Grapefruit League game Monday, April 2.

OF | Roger Bernadina | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals OF Roger Bernadina (knee) left the game with a bruised right knee Monday, April 2. He was hit in the knee by an errant pickoff throw in the first inning.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (leg) sat out Monday, April 2, a day after leaving the spring contest with cramping in his upper left leg. The move was purely a precaution. Heyward is 6-for-16 with two home runs and a double in his last six games.

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Corey Hart (knee) will open the season on the active roster after making a quick return from knee surgery in spring training. Hart played in five straight minor league games and felt fine. He will play in the team's final two spring games this week. Hart will hit fifth in the lineup behind 3B Aramis Ramirez. INF Brooks Conrad will likely earn the final roster spot with 1B Travis Ishikawa starting at Triple-A Nashville.

OF | Rick Ankiel | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals will place OF Rick Ankiel (quadriceps) on the 15-day disabled list to start the year with tightness in his left quadriceps. Ankiel and OF Mike Morse (lat) are expected to return by April 12. OFs Brett Carroll and Xavier Nady and INFs Steve Lombardozzi and Chad Tracy will all make the opening day roster. OF Roger Bernadina is expected to start in center field on opening day.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (stomach) is returning to the spring lineup Monday, April 2, after missing the game Sunday, April 1, with a stomach bug. OF Michael Cuddyer (fingers) remains out after being hit by a pitch on his right and middle index fingers.

OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Sam Fuld (wrist) will undergo surgery on his right wrist Tuesday, April 3, and is expected to miss four to five months.

OF | Trent Oeltjen | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers sent OF Trent Oeltjen to the minors.

OF | Austin Kearns | Miami Marlins | Transaction
The Miami Marlins have added OF Austin Kearns to the official roster.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford (wrist) is taking swings on the field Monday, April 2, and manager Bobby Valentine said he'll be ready for games soon.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Brett Cecil | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays optioned SP Brett Cecil to Double-A New Hampshire. SP Joel Carreno was recalled from the minors.

SP | Bronson Arroyo | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Bronson Arroyo allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings in his final spring start Monday, April 2. He ended Cactus League play with a 1-2 record and 4.97 ERA over six starts. "I was doing to dial it back a bit, but as I was throwing my bullpen, I felt really smooth and nice and easy" Arroyo said. "So I cranked it up a little bit more than I thought I would. It still felt comfortable." Arroyo will make his first regular season start Sunday, April 8, against the Miami Marlins.

SP | Hisashi Iwakuma | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge liked what he saw from SP Hisashi Iwakuma Monday, April 2. He allowed two runs and a hit with one walk and two strikeouts in three innings of relief. "I felt like he had better life on his ball today," Wedge said. "He threw the ball as well as we've seen him throw it this spring."

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte might work in a spring game Wednesday, April 4, against the New York Mets. He threw a bullpen session Monday, April 2. He might work an inning or two in relief. "Well, he could pitch in a minor league game," manager Joe Girardi said. "(But) there's no guarantee he won't pitch Wednesday. I can't tell you if he is or he isn't. I want to talk to him, see how he physically feels, and then decided after his bullpen today."

SP | Jamie Moyer | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jamie Moyer allowed four runs - one earned - and nine hits with one walk and five strikeouts over five innings in a spring outing Monday, April 2. He threw 109 pitches, with 70 going for strikes.

SP | Hector Noesi | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Monday, April 2, that SP Hector Noesi (illness) is also sick, and might not be back in camp Tuesday, April 3.

SP | Erasmo Ramirez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Erasmo Ramirez will start the exhibition game Tuesday, April 3, against the Colorado Rockies.

SP | Jeanmar Gomez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians named SP Jeanmar Gomez (hip) as the fifth starter Monday, April 2. The announcement comes days after he suffered a minor right hip injury which cast some doubt on if he would be available. He is scheduled to make his first regular season start April 11 against the Chicago White Sox.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly (neck) was able to throw roughly 70 pitches in a simulated game Monday, April 2, in Anaheim. "He was good, his pitch count got up," manager Don Mattingly said. "He got a little gassed at the end, but he was good." Lilly will throw in a rehab game Sunday, April 8, with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, and then he is on target to make his first major league start April 14 against the San Diego Padres, barring any setbacks. If not, SP Nathan Eovaldi would take his place.

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Dallas Braden (shoulder) flew to New York Monday, April 2, to meet with a doctor who performed his shoulder surgery last May. He suffered a setback from shoulder-capsule surgery, and will find out more information either Monday or Tuesday, April 3.

SP | Jordan Lyles | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Jordan Lyles allowed 19 earned runs over 20 1/3 spring innings, as he works adding a better curveball to his arsenal of pitches. That is the pitch he'll be concentrating on when he appears with Triple-A Oklahoma City to start the season. "I've made great strides with it this spring training, but I can still do more work on it. I've just got to get that rhythm and be back up as soon as I can," Lyles said.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez's velocity has been slow to come this spring; he averaged 90.7 mph on his fastball in his final start in spring training before the team's opener in Japan last week. In his opening start against the Oakland Athletics, he was hitting 89-90 mph with his fastball. Pitching coach Carl Willis thinks the drop in velocity isn't the result of a physical problem. "The delivery is intact," Willis said. "He has command, he has movement. When you don't see a lot of difference in delivery there is not a lot you can do but trust the player that he is fine and doesn't have any problems."

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Houston Astros optioned SP Jordan Lyles to Triple-A Oklahoma City Monday, April 2, according to a person close to the situation. SPs Lucas Harrell and Kyle Weiland are expected to be a part of the rotation along with SPs Wandy Rodriguez, Bud Norris and J.A. Happ.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Ubaldo Jimenez was suspended five games Monday, April 2, for intentionally throwing at Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki in the spring game Sunday, April 1. The suspension will begin Thursday, April 5, unless Jimenez appeals the ruling. He was also hit with an undisclosed fine.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jake Arrieta has been announced as the team's opening day starter.

SP | Aaron Cook | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Aaron Cook allowed a solo home run while walking one and striking out two in his Grapefruit League start against the Washington Nationals in five innings Monday, April 2. He threw 43 of his 70 pitches for strikes and has a 1.88 ERA in 14 1/3 spring inning. However, he's likely to start the year in Triple-A Pawtucket's rotation.

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke allowed five hits and six runs (five earned) while walking three and fanning two in just three innings in the team's spring game Monday, April 2.

SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain has a $21 million option for the 2018 season that includes a $7.5 million buyout. The option will vest if he reaches his innings pitched marks.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano allowed one earned run and seven hits while walking one and striking out seven in five spring innings against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 2.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price allowed no runs and just one hit while striking out six in four innings against the Minnesota Twins Monday, April 2. "We wanted to go out there and treat it just like a normal game," Price said. "We didn't want to work on stuff today. We were going to go out there and go after people, and that's exactly what we did."

SP | Scott Baker | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Baker (elbow) is slated to start for Single-A Fort Myers Thursday, April 5, in a rehab outing. He will throw 75 pitches in the appearance.

SP | Jason Marquis | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Jason Marquis (personal) is expected to begin the season on the bereavement list, which will keep him out of action for three to seven days.

SP | Kyle Drabek | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays are expected to announce their fifth starter Tuesday, April 3. SPs Kyle Drabek and Aaron Laffey are competing for the fifth post, but the team will only need a fifth starter once before April 21.

SP | Dustin McGowan | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Dustin McGowan (foot) will be out until at least the end of April with a right foot injury. He will be held out for at least the next five to seven days. "Let's say he misses two and a half weeks, he'll need two and a half more weeks to get back to the game status he was in when he came out," manager John Farrell said.

SP | Randall Delgado | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Randall Delgado has been named the team's No. 5 starter to begin the season, with SP Julio Teheran being sent to Triple-A Gwinnett.

SP | Alex White | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies optioned SP Alex White to Triple-A Colorado Springs Monday, April 2, where he's likely to resume starting. SP Tyler Chatwood has a chance to stick in the bullpen to start the season. White posted a 6.19 ERA in 16 Cactus League innings.

SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson (back) gave up a ground-ball single while striking out two in a two-inning exhibition game against the New York Mets Monday, April 2. He's scheduled for five or six minor league rehab starts before returning to the rotation in late April or early May. Hudson will make his next start in a minor league game Saturday, April 7. "Threw some cutters, threw a curveball, had a strikeout in the first inning with my split," Hudson said. "I felt pretty good, man. I feel like I was throwing pretty much everything where I wanted it. I feel like my arm strength can get better, but it's still early for me."

SP | Kevin Slowey | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians sent Ps Kevin Slowey and Frank Herrmann to the minors.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright threw a 75-pitch simulated game against minor leaguers Monday, April 2, and he allowed only two fly balls. Wainwright was happy with his improved fluidity with his momentum and delivery from his last spring start. He acknowledged that he has been working on getting his arm and body in better sync with his momentum carrying him toward the plate, not the left side of the mound. Wainwright isn't expected to push his pitch count to around 100 immediately.

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said SP Tim Stauffer (triceps) has been bothered by a sore right triceps. Stauffer has been pushed back to the No. 5 starter to open the season. He has also dealt with "dead-arm symptoms" this spring.

SP | Roberto Hernandez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Roberto Hernandez is expected to be suspended by Major League Baseball for up to six weeks once he receives a visa to return to the United States, according to a source familiar with the case. Hernandez remains in the Dominican Republic and on the restricted list.

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating previous reports, Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine expects SP Josh Beckett (thumb) to make his first start of the season. Beckett has been dealing with a thumb injury for several weeks, and he threw 100 pitches in a controlled bullpen session Sunday, April 1, and felt fine. The examination Monday, April 2, is purely for "peace of mind."


Relief Pitcher

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Boston Red Sox CL Andrew Bailey (thumb) will be out three months if he needs surgery on his thumb.

RP | Aaron Laffey | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays optioned SP Aaron Laffey to Triple-A Las Vegas.

RP | Tim Byrdak | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets RP Tim Byrdak (knee) will pitch in a spring game Tuesday, April, 3, and should be ready for Opening Day.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets CL Frank Francisco (knee) should be ready for Opening Day.

RP | Fernando Rodney | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Fernando Rodney (forearm) said Monday, April 2, that he felt fine a day after tossing a bullpen session. He will throw in a Grapefruit League game Tuesday, April 3, and does not anticipate any problems getting ready for the regular season opener Friday, April 6.

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Kyle Farnsworth likes the composition of this year's bullpen. "Everyone is staying healthy - that's obviously huge for any pitching staff," Farnsworth said. "Everybody just falls into the role we fall into and do what we did last year, just compete against each other. Go out there have a good time."

RP | Sean Marshall | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Sean Marshall has officially been tabbed as the closer by manager Dusty Baker. "It's Marshall right now," Baker said Monday, April 2. "He can throw that breaking ball any time, which is tough to do in Arizona with this light air here. He's basically unfazed by situations and things. He's been around a while and he's a veteran guy that's had good success."

RP | Chris Ray | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Ray elected not to exercise his out clause, and reported to Triple-A Columbus Sunday, April 1. He posted an 11.70 ERA in nine spring appearances, and was reassigned to the team's minor league camp Friday, March 30.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez (oblique) will throw from a mound in a bullpen session Tuesday, April 3, in Zebulon, N.C. before the team play against its Class A affiliate in an exhibition game. The workout will help simulated pitching on back-to-back days, as he also made an appearance Monday, April 2.

RP | Joey Devine | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Joey Devine (biceps) was shut down again Monday, April 2, as he has developed elbow soreness. He will see the team doctor in the next day or so. Devine's return date is uncertain at this point. He is already on the 15-day disabled list to start the regular season, but was eligible to come off the DL April 9.

RP | Mark Melancon | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey (thumb) was told Monday, April 2, that he will need surgery on his right thumb. Bailey will receive a second opinion Tuesday, April 3, and he could have the procedure Tuesday. Ps Mark Melancon and Alfredo Aceves are the favorites to serve as closer with Bailey out.

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker reiterated that SP Aroldis Chapman's future remains in the starting rotation despite the decision to have him pitch out of the bullpen to start the year. "He's going to be a starter, a very good starter," Baker said. "He's on board with it. He anticipated it. He's a smart kid. He said he thought as much because we lost (Nick) Masset and (Ryan) Madson. Billy Bray isn't as sharp. He's not a candidate to be a late-inning lefty guy."

RP | Al Alburquerque | Detroit Tigers | Injury,
Detroit Tigers RP Al Alburquerque (elbow) is undergoing follow-up tests with a specialist Monday, April 2, and he could be cleared to resume throwing in the next few days. He is expected to return to game action around the All-Star break.

RP | Matt Thornton | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura has yet to name a closer with opening day quickly approaching. "Hopefully, when we're winning in the ninth in the first game," Ventura said in response to a question about when he will reveal his closer. "I will know, and (the team) will know, but I just don't feel the need to tell everybody and make a statement about it." Ventura added RP Hector Santiago to the discussion, along with RPs Addison Reed, Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton.

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson (back) pitched in back-to-back games for the first time this spring and looked very good. He struck out one and walked one while inducing two groundouts Monday, April 2. Johnson threw 10 of his 19 pitches for strikes and was clocked as high as 95 mph.

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Bobby Parnell, who has thrown three more scoreless innings Monday, April 2, could be an option to enter the starting rotation if SP Johan Santana needs to be rested. However, if Parnell starts, he'd likely only throw a couple of innings.

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Drew Storen (elbow) is expected to throw his second bullpen session Monday, April 2.

RP | Alberto Arias | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Houston Astros released RP Alberto Arias Sunday, April 1.

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