1B | Chris Marrero | Washington Nationals | Injury
The Washington Nationals placed RP Cole Kimball (shoulder) and 1B Chris Marrero (hamstring) on the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, April 3.
1B | Chad Tracy | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals selected the contracts of OF Brett Carroll, OF Xavier Nady and 1B Chad Tracy from Triple-A Syracuse Tuesday, April 3.
1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer is expected to see time in right field in the later innings of an exhibition game against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, April 3.
1B | Daric Barton | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics placed 1B Daric Barton (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 3, with a strained right shoulder. The move is retroactive to March 24.
1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (Achilles') has been doing fielding drills and some throwing. He'll see Dr. Mark Myerson Tuesday, April 10, for a checkup.
1B | Bryan LaHair | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Bryan LaHair (back) was held out Tuesday, April 3, due to tightness in his lower back, and he'll be re-evaluated Wednesday, April 4. His injury isn't serious enough for a disabled list stint, and manager Dale Sveum expects LaHair to be back by the weekend.
2B | Anderson Hernandez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Texas Rangers INF Alberto Gonzalez has won the utility job, but he will likely be limited to a backup shortstop role behind SS Elvis Andrus. Gonzalez edged out 2B Anderson Hernandez. The latter is headed to Triple-A Round Rock to play shortstop regularly.
2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers will meet with representatives of 2B Ian Kinsler Wednesday, April 4, and an offer will likely be extended then. The two sides are working on a long-term contract extension.
2B | Marco Scutaro | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Tuesday, April 3, that SS Marco Scutaro will lead off Friday, April 6, against the Houston Astros. "Marco has done a really good job and he understands what needs to be done with that spot in the lineup," Tracy said.
2B | Jason Donald | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Donald belted a three-run home run to right field in the exhibition game in Zebulon, N.C. against the team's new Class A affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats. He finished the afternoon with five RBI. For his first at-bat, the public address announcer mistakenly called him Luke Donald, drawing laughter from the dugout. A lot of Donald's teammates serenaded him with a "Let's go Luke!" chant. In Donald's second at-bat, the public address announcer corrected himself.
2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knees) will move his rehab to Arizona for the next two or three weeks to work with noted trainer Brett Fischer. "As you know Chase doesn't like to be a distraction so this is a way to not be one," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We're looking forward to getting him back as soon as he feels better. He's been progressing well."
2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds continue to discuss a contract extension with 2B Brandon Phillips despite being on the verge of finalizing a 10-year extension with 1B Joey Votto. Both sides remain apart on dollars and length of contract for Phillips, according to sources. The Los Angeles Dodgers are a likely suitor for Phillips if he reaches free agency after this season.
2B | Will Rhymes | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays have sent OF Jesus Feliciano and INF Will Rhymes to the minors, meaning OFs Brandon Guyer and Jeff Salazar are expected to earn the final roster spots.
SS | Sean Rodriguez | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said SS Sean Rodriguez will see the bulk of the starts at shortstop.
SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
Updating previous reports, the Cleveland Indians announced they signed SS Asdrubal Cabrera to a two-year deal.
SS | Cliff Pennington | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Cliff Pennington (groin) might get an at-bat or two Wednesday, April 4. He was feeling much better Tuesday, April 3, after leaving the exhibition game Monday, April 2.
SS | Yuniesky Betancourt | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SS Yuniesky Betancourt (ankle) was scratched for precautionary reasons Tuesday, April 3, due to a sore right ankle.
SS | Rafael Furcal | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal will bat leadoff in the team's opener Wednesday, April 4.
SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Jed Lowrie (thumb) could be forced to open the season on the 15-day disabled list.
SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (elbow) will swing a bat in the cages Tuesday, April 3, and could play in a spring game Wednesday, April 4.
SS | Danny Worth | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SS Danny Worth and OFs Andy Dirks and Clete Thomas have made the opening day roster. SP Drew Smyly will start the season at Triple-A Toledo and then be called up to make his first start of the season and major league debut April 12.
3B | Jorge Vazquez | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The New York Yankees released 3B Jorge Vazquez Tuesday, April 3.
3B | Brandon Inge | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said 2B Brandon Inge (groin) will platoon at second base with 2B Ryan Raburn when he returns from the 15-day disabled list. Inge will start against left-handed pitchers. Raburn will be in the lineup elsewhere when Inge starts. Leyland will try to find playing time for 2B Ramon Santiago when he can.
C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer is expected to catch much more than he did last season, but manager Ron Gardenhire indicated that he doesn't want to wear down his star catcher. "The communication's going to be between Joe and I; we'll weed out everyone else," Gardenhire said. "I talk to him on a daily basis. As I told Joe, 'I'll make the decisions, and I'll watch you and see if you look like you're wearing down. If there are times you feel like you're beat up, let me know.' But for the most part, I'll be the judge. I'll give him plenty of days' worth (of rest)."
C | Stephen Vogt | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays assigned OF Jeff Salazar to minor league camp Tuesday, April 3, and recalled C Stephen Vogt in a corresponding move. Vogt will see time in left field, at catcher and as a pinch hitter.
OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton (back) is taking batting practice Wednesday, April 4.
OF | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy is leaning toward playing OF Brandon Belt at first base and 1B Aubrey Huff in left field.
OF | Mark Kotsay | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction
San Diego Padres OF Mark Kotsay (calf) was placed on the 15-day disabled list. SS Everth Cabrera and RP Brad Brach were optioned to Triple-A Tucson. P Jose De Paula was placed on the restricted list, as he is in the Dominican Republic resolving a visa issue.
OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher (groin) hit a home run Tuesday, April 3, and his recurring groin injury seems to be just fine. He raised his spring average to .345, and has hit well since returning from the injury.
OF | J.B. Shuck | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros optioned OF J.B. Shuck to Triple-A Oklahoma City Tuesday, April 3.
OF | Jordan Schafer | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Jordan Schafer (hand) returned to the lineup Tuesday, April 3, and picked up a hit in three at-bats. Schafer said his timing was a bit off, but he expected to be ready Friday, April 6, for the opener against the Colorado Rockies.
OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals officially placed OF Rick Ankiel (quadriceps) and OF Mike Morse (lat) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 3. Both are expected to return by April 12.
OF | Jeff Francoeur | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Jeff Francoeur is expected to get a look in center field in the later innings of an exhibition game against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, April 3.
OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler will be used in the two-hole of manager Jim Tracy's lineup Friday, April 6, against the Houston Astros. He might be dropped lower if he doesn't get off to a good start. Fowler managed a .138 batting average in Cactus League play, and an awful .176 on-base percentage. "I don't want Dexter to worry about anything," Tracy said. "If that necessitates that we move him down further in the lineup, then that's OK too. I personally feel that he is going to find that groove that he was in last year in the second half."
OF | Tyler Colvin | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Tyler Colvin will break camp with the team, making the opening day roster for Friday, April 6. He will serve as a reserve outfielder.
OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz (elbow) was forced from the spring game Tuesday, April 3, after being hit by a pitch on the left elbow. The team announced X-rays were negative, and Cruz has a bruised elbow. He is officially listed as day to day.
OF | Shelley Duncan | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Shelley Duncan smoked a solo home run to left field which easily cleared the fences in an exhibition game in Zebulon, N.C. against the team's new Class A affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats. Duncan led the team with 19 RBI during spring training. "Shelley can provide some of that right-handed power that we've missed in our lineup," manager Manny Acta said. "He did that for us last year and during spring training, and he's going to get his chance."
OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Sam Fuld (wrist) underwent successful wrist surgery Tuesday, April 3.
OF | Jai Miller | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles outrighted OF Jai Miller to Triple-A Norfolk after he cleared waivers Tuesday, April 3. Ps Darren O'Day, Zach Phillips, Troy Patton and Tsuyoshi Wada are battling for the final two roster spots.
OF | Andres Torres | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Andres Torres (calf) is playing the Grapefruit League game Tuesday, April 3. He's expected to be ready for opening day.
OF | Charlie Blackmon | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon (toe) took batting practice and ran on his injured right toe Tuesday, April 3. Blackmon will begin the year working out in extended spring training.
OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (fingers) is returning to the Cactus League lineup Tuesday, April 3.
SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia threw a bullpen session Tuesday, April 3. He threw about 43 pitches, as he gets ready for his opening day start Friday, April 6, against the Tampa Bay Rays.
SP | Brad Meyers | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees P Brad Meyers (shoulder), a Rule 5 pick, will open the season on the 15-day disabled list. When healthy, he is likely to pitch on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Meyers might open in the Triple-A rotation, while someone from SWB is bumped up to the big league bullpen. "That's not the way we drew it up but that's the way the cookie crumbles for us right now," general manager Brian Cashman said. "I can't offer (Meyers) back while he's hurt. When you offer him back you're certifying that he's healthy. I can't do that and get away with it."
SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova was hard on himself after his final spring outing Tuesday, April 3. He allowed five runs on eight hits with two walks and two hit batters. "I was like, lazy," Nova said. "Sometimes when you're pitching, sometimes you feel you're right and (sometimes) you're not. (Pitching coach) Larry Rothschild agreed with me that I was lazy today out there. Maybe that's why I didn't get in a good rhythm. Lazy, like arm lazy, body lazy. My body feels like it was sleeping or something like that."
SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees will meet with SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) Wednesday, April 4, to discuss his rehab scheduled. There is no estimated date for Pineda's return, but the team does not feel this injury will cost him significant time. "Let's get him going again, and then we'll pace him after that," general manager Brian Cashman said. "But it's not a significant issue, knock on wood."
SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Tim Stauffer (triceps) is scheduled to play catch Wednesday, April 4. A decision will be made on when he'll work off a mound based on how he feels after the catch, but he has been told he is not a candidate to start the season on the 15-day disabled list for now.
SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals officially placed SP Chien-Ming Wang (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 3. The move is backdated to March 26, so he might need to miss just three or four turns in the rotation.
SP | Ross Detwiler | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, the Washington Nationals have officially tabbed SP Ross Detwiler as the team's fifth starter. "I look at it this way, Detwiler earned the job," general manager Mike Rizzo said. "He deserved the job. It was a prudent baseball move for the current Nationals and future Nationals. There are only five started in the rotation. We have five guys that are better than (SP John Lannan), and he has options left." Manager Davey Johnson indicated that Detwiler will likely get three or four starts before returning to the bullpen as a long reliever.
SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Dallas Braden (shoulder) was examined Tuesday, April 3, and he has no structural damage. He received a platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) injection after an examination in New York. Despite the good report, he is still shut down for three weeks.
SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (elbow) is now throwing sliders and curves during his bullpen sessions, in addition to fastballs. Anderson continues to progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.
SP | Edgar G. Gonzalez | free agent | Transaction,
The Oakland Athletics released SP Edgar G. Gonzalez and P Josh Lansford Tuesday, April 3.
SP | Alex White | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies will not recall SP Alex White from Triple-A Colorado Springs with the injury to SP Josh Outman (oblique), and will employ a seven-man bullpen instead. White will be in the starting rotation with Colorado Springs.
SP | Josh Outman | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Josh Outman (oblique) will begin the regular season on the 15-day disabled list after a bout with food poisoning created an oblique injury.
SP | Derek Lowe | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Derek Lowe (back) was able to make his final spring start Tuesday, April 3, in an exhibition game in Zebulon, N.C. against the team's new Class A affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats. Lowe allowed just one hit and no walks over three scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke has hired Casey Close as his agent.
SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) will start the season on the 15-day disabled list, and he'll have the stint backdated so that he can rejoin the roster April 12. He will make two rehab starts in extended spring training, where he'll throw 90 pitches in each outing. SP Brian Matusz is expected to be the No. 5 starter.
SP | Daniel Bard | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Daniel Bard will remain in the starting rotation despite the injury to RP Andrew Bailey (thumb), which is expected to keep him out for "a while." "(Bard) is going to pitch Game 5 in Toronto and we're committed to him as a starter right now," general manager Ben Cherington said.
SP | Adam Ottavino | Colorado Rockies | Transaction,
The Colorado Rockies claimed SP Adam Ottavino off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 3, and optioned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer allowed nine runs (seven earned) and 11 hits while walking three and striking out four in 4 2/3 innings in his final Grapefruit League start against the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday, April 3.
SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte will make his spring debut against the New York Mets Wednesday, April 4. He threw a simulated game over the weekend and tossed a 25-pitch bullpen session Monday, April 2. Pettitte could join the team in May.
SP | Alfredo Simon | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds claimed SP Alfredo Simon off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, April 3. The Reds need added help in the bullpen with RP Ryan Madson (elbow) out for the season.
SP | Roy Oswalt | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent SP Roy Oswalt (Phillies) would likely need around 60 days in order to get ready to pitch with a big league team, according to a source.
SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett (thumb) is receiving a second opinion on his injured thumb Tuesday, April 3. He wants another opinion to ease his mind. The BoSox expect Beckett to make his season debut Saturday, April 7, against the Detroit Tigers.
SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Ubaldo Jimenez will appeal his five-game suspension handed down for throwing at Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki Sunday, April 1. Jimenez is scheduled to make his first start of the season Saturday, April 7, against the Toronto Blue Jays.
SP | Aaron Cook | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox reassigned SPs Aaron Cook and Ross Ohlendorf to minor league camp.
RP | David Aardsma | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP David Aardsma (elbow) has started throwing to a catch from 60 feet on flat ground. He is making his way back from Tommy John surgery.
RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees CL Mariano Rivera threw a 21-pitch simulated game Tuesday, April 3. He will have two days off before opening day.
RP | Cesar Cabral | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is hopeful that P Cesar Cabral (elbow) will be able to pitch some time this season. "I guess it could be (season-ending)," Cashman said. "I'd say more likely you'll see him up and running later in the year." Cabral is making his way back from a stress fracture in the elbow.
RP | Mike Adams | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers RP Mike Adams (calf) suffered a bruised left calf when he was hit by a liner in an exhibition game Tuesday, April 3. He might not be available for a few days.
RP | Luis Marte | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Transaction,
The Detroit Tigers placed P Luis Marte (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 3, due to a strained left hamstring, and they recalled P Duane Below from Triple-A Toledo to take his spot in the bullpen.
RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals officially placed RP Drew Storen (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 3. The move is retroactive to March 26, and he is targeting a return in mid-April.
RP | Joakim Soria | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals RP Joakim Soria (elbow) is resting after undergoing surgery to replace the UCL in his right elbow. Doctors said Tuesday, April 3, that the procedure "couldn't have gone better."
RP | Yoshinori Tateyama | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirmed Tuesday, April 3, that RP Yoshinori Tateyama (back) is expected to begin the regular season on the 15-day disabled list due to back stiffness. P Robbie Ross appears to be in line for a spot in the bullpen to start the season.
RP | Joey Devine | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Joey Devine (elbow) said he's still being bothered with flexor tendonitis that has plagued him for the last two and a half years. Dr. James Andrews is examining Devine's MRI exam, and the worst-case scenario is flexor tendon surgery.
RP | Daniel Herrera | New York Mets | Injury, Transaction,
The New York Mets are sending RP Daniel Herrera to Triple-A Buffalo to start the season. RPs D.J. Carrasco (ankle) and Pedro Beato (shoulder) will remain in extended spring training. Neither pitcher has resumed throwing off a mound.
RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey (thumb) will undergo surgery Wednesday, April 4, to fix the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb. There is currently no timetable for his return.
RP | Chad Durbin | Atlanta Braves | Transaction,
The Atlanta Braves signed free-agent RP Chad Durbin (Nationals) to an undisclosed major league deal Tuesday, April 3, after he opted out of his contract with the Washington Nationals.
RP | Craig Stammen | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals plan to go with SP Ross Detwiler as the fifth starter to open the season, and they will option SP John Lannan to Triple-A Syracuse to start the season. RPs Craig Stammen and Ryan Mattheus will both have spots in the bullpen.
RP | Daniel Moskos | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction,
The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned P Daniel Moskos to Triple-A Indianapolis Tuesday, April 3, going with P Tony Watson as their situational lefty out of the bullpen. Moskos had a 1.00 ERA in nine spring outings.
RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Kyle Farnsworth (elbow) is expected to land on the disabled list to begin the season. RP Josh Lueke is the favorite to be recalled to join the bullpen.
RP | Fernando Rodney | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Fernando Rodney (forearm) pitched a scoreless inning with a walk in his return to spring action Tuesday, April 3.
RP | Pat Neshek | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction,
The Baltimore Orioles assigned RP Pat Neshek to minor league camp Tuesday, April 3.
RP | Shawn Kelley | Seattle Mariners | Transaction,
The Seattle Mariners optioned RP Shawn Kelley to Triple-A Tacoma Tuesday, April 3. RP Erasmo Ramirez is expected to keep a spot in the bullpen with Kelley's demotion.
RP | Joel Peralta | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Kyle Farnsworth (elbow) is dealing with soreness in his elbow and his status is up in the air for opening day. RP Joel Peralta could see the bulk of the work in the ninth if Farnsworth is out for an extended time period. RPs Fernando Rodney and J.P. Howell would be other candidates.
RP | Cory Gearrin | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Transaction,
The Atlanta Braves assigned RP Cory Gearrin to the minors Monday, April 2. Ps Robert Fish (elbow), Arodys Vizcaino (elbow) and Anthony Varvaro (pectoral) were all placed on the 15-day disabled list.
RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (knee) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, April 3, two days after receiving a cortisone shot for his left knee. His MRI exam showed no structural damage to his knee, and he expects to be ready for the regular season opener.
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