Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 5, 2012 @ 08:44:01 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Bryan LaHair | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Bryan LaHair (back) is out of the lineup in the season opener Thursday, April 5.

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis swatted a home run for the second straight day Wednesday, April 4, against the New York Yankees.

1B | Travis Ishikawa | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction,
The Milwaukee Brewers selected the contracts of 1B Travis Ishikawa and INF Cesar Izturis Wednesday, April 4. RP Josh Stinson will begin the year with Double-A Huntsville pitching out of the bullpen.

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds officially announced their 10-year deal with 1B Joey Votto Wednesday, April 4, that will extend him through the 2023 season. The deal also includes a team option for 2024. A press conference has been scheduled for Wednesday.

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Philadelphia Phillies placed 1B Ryan Howard (Achilles'), 2B Chase Utley (knees), RP Jose Contreras (elbow), INF Michael Martinez (foot) and RP Justin De Fratus (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 3. OF Scott Podsednik and INF Hector Luna were assigned to the minors, while INF Peter Orr had his contract selected.


Second Baseman

2B | Jayson Nix | New York Yankees | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Yankees still have INF Doug Bernier, 2B Jayson Nix and OF Dewayne Wise in camp, although they are likely to remain with the organization and will probably be optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

2B | Bill Hall | free agent | Transaction
The New York Yankees released 2B Bill Hall Wednesday, April 4. Hall did not have an out clause in his contract, but asked for, and was granted, his release when he did not make the roster.

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia is tied with Cleveland Indians 1B Casey Kotchman for highest opening day batting average, .444 (minimum 15 at-bats).

2B | Alexi Amarista | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B Alexi Amarista won the team's final roster spot over the more-experienced, more-powerful 3B Jorge Cantu. "His versatility is something we can use and the opportunity to have some speed of the bench was important to us," manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday, April 4. Cantu was brought in on a minor-league deal, but it's uncertain if he'll accept an assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake.

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are trying to hammer out a possible six-year extension worth between $80 and $100 million with 2B Ian Kinsler by opening day Friday, April 6. General manager Jon Daniels and assistant GM Thad Levine met with Kinsler's agent, Jay Franklin, Wednesday, April 4.

2B | Andrew Parrino | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres INF Andrew Parrino, OF Jeremy Hermida and SP Micah Owings earned the final spots on the team's opening day roster. SS Everth Cabrera will go to Triple-A Tucson and play every day. Owings will pitch out of the bullpen.

2B | Skip Schumaker | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Skip Schumaker (oblique) was cleared to take part in defensive drills Wednesday, April 4. "So far, no setbacks," Schumaker said on Wednesday. "But I haven't taken any live swings against pitchers. You can swing nice and easy in the cage, but you find out where it's at when you play." Craig could begin a minor league rehab assignment in the near future.

2B | Blake DeWitt | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Bryan LaHair (back) is "50-50" to play on opening day against the Washington Nationals Thursday, April 5. "He's improved a great deal," manager Dale Sveum said. "He'll come in (Thursday), get treatment, do some soft toss and we'll make an evaluation. Then he'll hit a little and if that goes well, we'll put him in the lineup." INFs Jeff Baker and Blake DeWitt are possibilities to replace LaHair.

2B | Luis Valbuena | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
The Chicago Cubs claimed INF Luis Valbuena off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday, April 4, and added him to their opening day roster.

2B | Emmanuel Burriss | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Emmanuel Burriss is expected to be the team's opening day second baseman Friday, April 6.

2B | Jeff Keppinger | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said SS Jeff Keppinger will see time at second base this year.


Shortstop

SS | Jose Reyes | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins SS Jose Reyes had two of his team's four hits in the regular season opener Wednesday, April 4, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Reyes saw 19 pitches over his four at-bats.

SS | Rafael Furcal | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal collected three hits in five at-bats, including a double and an RBI, in the regular season opener Wednesday, April 4, against the Miami Marlins. Furcal also picked up his first stolen base.

SS | Marwin Gonzalez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Marwin Gonzalez, the team's Rule 5 pick, will start at shortstop if SS Jed Lowrie (thumb) can't play.

SS | Pedro Ciriaco | Boston Red Sox | Transaction,
The Boston Red Sox assigned INFs Pedro Ciriaco and Nate Spears and OF Jason Repko to Triple-A Pawtucket Wednesday, April 4. C Daniel Butler was sent to Double-A Portland and P Drake Britton was sent to Single-A Salem.

SS | Cliff Pennington | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Cliff Pennington (groin) is not playing in the team's final spring game Wednesday, April 4, and he thinks he's unlikely to play before the team's opener Friday, April 6.

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks optioned 3B Cody Ransom to Triple-A Reno Wednesday, April 4, and also sent P Michael Zagurski, C Ryan Budde and INF A.J. Pollock to Reno. SS Stephen Drew (ankle) and RP Takashi Saito (undisclosed) were placed on the disabled list.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (elbow) is in the team's Cactus League finale lineup Wednesday, April 4, after his elbow has improved through massage and ice treatment. He will wear a protective sleeve on his elbow Wednesday and likely throughout the season.


Third Baseman

3B | Todd Frazier | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds told 3B Todd Frazier that he will be playing primarily at third base with Triple-A Louisville, and he could be potential insurance down the road should something happen to 3B Scott Rolen. "He'll still play some first base and some corner outfield, but mostly third," manager Dusty Baker said. "That is the position he needed the most reps at, possibly for his sake and our sake."

3B | Hanley Ramirez | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins 3B Hanley Ramirez was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout Wednesday, April 4, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ramirez drew boos from the fans when he pulled up rather than dive for a grounder to his left, and he failed to throw out SS Rafael Furcal who legged out a hit.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese has three hits in five at-bats with a pair of RBIs in the regular season opener Wednesday, April 4, against the Miami Marlins. The 2011 World Series MVP also scored a run.

3B | Wilson Betemit | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Wilson Betemit might be used in the outfield this season, as the team is only carrying four outfielders. 2B Ryan Flaherty also played some left and right field during spring training, and 2B Robert Andino can play the outfield in an emergency.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (knee) felt great after taking batting practice Tuesday, April 3, and he estimated he took "50 to 60" swings during the session. "I couldn't be happier," Jones said. "I was pleased with the way the ball came off the bat. I was staying inside the ball and hitting to all fields and had no pain. So that's the most important thing." Jones also took 20 ground balls to stay sharp. He is hoping to return for the team's home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers April 13.


Catcher

C | A.J. Ellis | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers C A.J. Ellis (elbow) was out of the lineup Wednesday, April 4, one day after being hit by a pitch just above the left elbow. "He's OK," manager Don Mattingly said. "He said (the elbow) was better than he thought it would be."

C | Austin Romine | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday, April 4, that C Austin Romine (back) did not suffer another setback, even though the club acquired C Chris Stewart from the San Francisco Giants, and added C Craig Tatum earlier. Romine did have an epidural, but otherwise there is no new news about his back. Romine was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.

C | John Buck | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins C John Buck had an RBI double in the eighth inning of the regular season opener Wednesday, April 4, against the St. Louis Cardinals. The RBI was the first by the home team in Marlins Park, the brand new stadium in Little Havana west of downtown Miami.

C | Taylor Teagarden | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles officially placed C Taylor Teagarden (back) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 4.

C | Brian Ward | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
Baltimore Orioles C Brian Ward was suspended 50 games Wednesday, April 4, for a second violation of the minor league drug program. Ward, who is with Single-A Aberdeen, will serve his suspension immediately.

C | Francisco Cervelli | New York Yankees | Transaction, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees acquired C Chris Stewart from the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, April 4, in exchange for RP George Kontos. C Francisco Cervelli was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a corresponding move.

C | Hank Conger | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim optioned C Hank Conger to Triple-A Salt Lake Wednesday, April 4.


Outfielder

OF | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Logan Morrison is out of the lineup Thursday, April 5. OF Chris Coghlan is starting in left field.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OFs Mike Morse (lat) and Rick Ankiel (quadriceps) will make rehab appearances for Double-A Harrisburg Thursday, April 5.

OF | Charlie Blackmon | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon (toe) has been cleared for all baseball activities. He is scheduled to remain in extended spring training for a few days before joining Triple-A Colorado Springs.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday, April 4, that he was not concerned with the strikeout numbers of OF Matt Kemp during spring training. The runner-up for the National League MVP in 2011 has struck out 26 times during the spring. "It would concern me if the guys loses confidence, and Matt doesn't lose confidence very easily," Mattingly said. "He's going to know he's coming out (of a slump). That's the thing about being a great player - they're struggling, but they know they're coming out. It's just a matter of when."

OF | Juan Pierre | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel indicated Wednesday, April 4, that OF Juan Pierre might land in the starting lineup often. "When I do my lineups, there are positions there where I like Pierre," Manuel said. "Pierre has done a lot of things. He knows all about the game. He's going to say ready. He works his butt off. He comes to the ballpark early. He wants to play. However we want to use him, I feel like he fits that."

OF | Scott Podsednik | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
Philadelphia Phillies OF Scott Podsednik is contractually obligated to accept a minor-league assignment. He said Wednesday, April 4, it "depends on the situation" as to whether he'd accept the assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. His other option is retirement, unless the team grants his release.

OF | Jeremy Moore | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury,
Updating a previous report, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim officially placed RP Bobby Cassevah (shoulder), RP Michael Kohn (forearm) and OF Jeremy Moore (hip) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 4.

OF | Travis Buck | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Houston Astros finalized their opening day roster by keeping RPs Wesley Wright and Fernando Abad and OF Travis Buck. RP Henry Sosa was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and OF Justin Ruggiano will also remain in the minors.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians placed OF Grady Sizemore (back) on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, April 4. Sizemore will resume baseball activities "in a couple weeks." The team also purchased the contracts of INF Jose Lopez and RP Dan Wheeler from the minors and placed SP David Huff (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list. OF Thomas Neal was designated for assignment.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays placed OFs B.J. Upton (back) and Sam Fuld (wrist) and C Robinson Chirinos (concussion) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 4.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox placed OF Carl Crawford (wrist), SP Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow), SP Andrew Miller (hamstring) and RP Rich Hill (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 4. All of their stints are retroactive to March 26. RP Andrew Bailey (thumb), OF Ryan Kalish (shoulder) and SP Christopher Carpenter (elbow) were placed on the 60-day DL.

OF | Cedric Hunter | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction
The St. Louis Cardinals acquired OF Cedric Hunter from the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, April 4, in exchange for "future considerations." Hunter will provide depth at Triple-A Memphis.

OF | Carlos Peguero | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners optioned RP Charlie Furbush and OF Carlos Peguero Wednesday, April 4, to Triple-A Tacoma to finalize their 25-man roster. P Lucas Luetge, the team's Rule 5 pick, will remain on roster.

OF | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants 1Bs Brandon Belt and Brett Pill have both made the team out of spring training, along with OG Gregor Blanco. The others filling out the roster are INFs Ryan Theriot and Emmanuel Burriss, C Hector Sanchez and Ps Clay Hensley and Dan Otero. C Eli Whiteside was optioned to minor league camp along with INF Joaquin Arias.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay went 9-for-46 (.196) with no RBIs, 11 walks and 15 strikeouts in Grapefruit League action this year.

OF | Roger Bernadina | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Roger Bernadina (knee) will start in center field and hit seventh in the team's opening day lineup Thursday, April 5, against the Chicago Cubs.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres officially placed OF Carlos Quentin (knee) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 3, and purchased the contract of OF Jeremy Hermida in a corresponding move.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Henricus VandenHurk | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians outrighted P Henricus VandenHurk to Triple-A Columbus.

SP | Tommy Hanson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said SP Tommy Hanson can go 115 pitches in his first start Thursday, April 5.

SP | Alex White | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Alex White will join the rotation with Triple-A Colorado Springs Monday, April 9.

SP | Drew Pomeranz | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Drew Pomeranz will pitch against minor leaguers Thursday, April 5, before flying to Houston join the big club. He will then pitch April 10, likely in a game with Double-A Tulsa, before making his regular season debut with the big club April 15 as the fifth starter.

SP | Dillon Gee | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Dillon Gee allowed one run over five innings in his final spring outing Wednesday, April 4. He will make his first regular season start Tuesday, April 10, against the Washington Nationals.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Johan Santana is scheduled to start Thursday, April 5, in the team's regular season opener against the Atlanta Braves. It will be his first major league game since Sept. 2, 2010. Manager Terry Collins said Santana will be capped at 85 to 90 pitches.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly confirmed Wednesday, April 4, that his rotation will be comprised of SPs Clayton Kershaw followed by Chad Billingsley, Chris Capuano and then Aaron Harang. SP Ted Lilly (neck) is expected to re-join the rotation April 14 when he comes off the 15-day disabled list.

SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees placed SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 4, due to right rotator cuff tendinitis.

SP | Freddy Garcia | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Freddy Garcia allowed a three-run home run Wednesday, April 4, in his final spring tune-up. He allowed four hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings. Garcia wrapped up the spring with a 3.71 ERA, and will serve as the team's fifth starter.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte said Wednesday, April 4, that he expects to remain in Tampa, pitching either in extended spring training or with the team's Class A Tampa team in the Florida State League. He is still focused on May 1 as a possible return date. Pettitte says he hasn't talked to the team about a definitive plan going forward, but he would like to face Double-A and Triple-A hitters at least once before getting back on a big league mound.

SP | Josh Johnson | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Josh Johnson allowed three earned runs while scattering 10 hits and two walks over six innings in a loss Wednesday, April 4, against the St. Louis Cardinals. He also struck out four batters in the 91-pitch quality start, throwing 57 pitches for strikes.

SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle Lohse carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning in the regular season opener Wednesday, April 4, against the Miami Marlins. He ended up allowed one earned run, two hits and no walks while hitting one batter and striking out three in over 7 1/3 innings. Lohse pitched five scoreless innings in his only other opening day start back in 2008.

SP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox have rookie SP Felix Doubront in their starting rotation. Since SP Al Nipper won 11 games as a rookie in 1984, only one rookie has won as many as 10 games in a season for the Red Sox, and that was SP Daisuke Matsuzaka, who went 15-12 in 2007. The last left-hander to win 10 or more games as a rookie was SP John Curtis, who went 11-8 in 1972.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey (elbow) remains in Fort Myers, Fla. to continue his rehab, at least through the team's first road trip, according to general manager Ben Cherington. "We're taking the season in chunks," Cherington said. "Right now his focus is on therapy, conditioning, his throwing program. When he starts getting up on a mound and gets onto his delivery, the work changes and it's important for him to be around the pitching coach a little more."

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles officially announced their pitchers for the second series of the season starting Monday, April 9, against the New York Yankees. SPs Brian Matusz will work Monday, and SP Wei-Yin Chen will start Tuesday, April 10, in the first two games of the second series.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel will start the team's third regular season game Sunday, April 8, against the Minnesota Twins, and he'll be opposed by youngster SP Liam Hendriks.

SP | Jerome Williams | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim placed SP Jerome Williams (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 4. He remains a candidate to serve as the team's fifth starter, a spot which won't be needed until April 15. SP Garrett Richards might be used in the spot if Williams isn't ready.

SP | John Lannan | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP John Lannan has let general manager Mike Rizzo know that he wants to be traded. "I let Mike know that I believe a trade would be the best solution for everyone in both the short and long term," Lannan said.

SP | Sean O'Sullivan | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals assigned P Sean O'Sullivan to Triple-A Omaha Wednesday, April 4, finalizing their roster. O'Sullivan is expected to start for Omaha. Ps Joakim Soria (elbow), Felipe Paulino (elbow) and Blake Wood (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list.

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett (thumb) said his right thumb if feeling much better, and he doesn't expect it to limit him this season. Beckett has been having thumb pain for 18 months, and he ultimately may need to have surgery on it in the offseason. He received a cortisone shot a few weeks ago but it did not relieve his symptoms. "I had some issues the last few weeks of spring training and we've been getting through them," said Beckett, who did not miss a start in the Grapefruit League, allowing two earned runs in 19 innings. "I just didn't think it was something we should get through for six months." He said the issue is not related to any ligaments.

SP | Andrew Miller | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox placed OF Carl Crawford (wrist), SP Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow), SP Andrew Miller (hamstring) and RP Rich Hill (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 4. All of their stints are retroactive to March 26. RP Andrew Bailey (thumb), OF Ryan Kalish (shoulder) and SP Christopher Carpenter (elbow) were placed on the 60-day DL.

SP | Tyson Ross | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Graham Godfrey won the fourth rotation spot, with SP Tyson Ross being sent to Triple-A Sacramento Wednesday, April 4. "He's always been a fierce competitor," manager Bob Melvin said of Godfrey. "Not being a knock on him, but you look at his stuff and you say there's nothing that really overwhelms you. But he goes out there and competes. ... He earned the job." Ross will rejoin the team April 17 as the team's fifth starter. Melvin would like to see Ross gain more command of his sinker.

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish tossed four shutout innings against the Triple-A Frisco RoughRiders Wednesday, April 4, in his final spring outing. He threw 17 of his 21 pitches for strikes and gave up two hits and two walks while striking out four. Manager Ron Washington would not say if Darvish will have a personal catcher during the regular season.

SP | Duane Below | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers recalled SP Duane Below from Triple-A Toledo Wednesday, April 4, and placed RPs Al Alburquerque (elbow) and Luis Marte (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list in corresponding moves.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese's options are worth $10 million and $10.5 million, and the total value of the deal could reach $46 million over seven years.

SP | A.J. Burnett | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett (eye) will make a rehab start with Single-A Bradenton Friday, April 6. Burnett is eligible to come off the disabled list April 10.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates have placed SPs A.J. Burnett (eye) and Charlie Morton (hip) on the 15-day disabled list. Burnett's placement is retroactive to March 26, and Morton' is retroactive to March 29.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia announced the starting rotation to open the season will be SP Jered Weaver, SP Dan Haren, SP Ervin Santana and SP C.J. Wilson. The team will not need a fifth starter until April 15, with SP Jerome Williams and SP Garrett Richards being candidates for that spot.

SP | Vicente Padilla | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox Ps Vicente Padilla, Scott Atchison and Justin Thomas have been added to the 40-man roster.

SP | Jason Marquis | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Jason Marquis is expected to be optioned to Double-A New Britain and SP Scott Baker (elbow) will be placed on the 15-day disabled list to start the season. INF Sean Burroughs and P Jared Burton will likely be added to the opening day roster.

SP | Tommy Hunter | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tommy Hunter will start the team's second game of the season.

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa (elbow) will throw a 55-pitch live batting practice session in the near future, and his elbow has responded well to his rehab plan. He is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment in May, which would tentatively put him back in the rotation in June, barring setbacks.

SP | Dustin McGowan | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays placed SP Dustin McGowan (foot) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 3.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday, April 4, that he will use RP Frank Francisco (knee) to close on opening day Thursday, April 5, if the situation arises. Francisco just had a cortisone shot in his left knee Sunday, April 1, and is dealing with residual inflammation.

RP | Tim Byrdak | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Tim Byrdak (knee), RP Frank Francisco (knee) and OF Andres Torres (calf) will all avoid the 15-day disabled list after making advancements in the final days of camps. They'll each be active for the team's regular season opener Thursday, April 5, against the Atlanta Braves.

RP | Cesar Cabral | New York Yankees | Injury,
The New York Yankees officially placed RP Cesar Cabral (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 4. The move is retroactive to March 31.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees placed RP Joba Chamberlain (ankle) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 4. Chamberlain is recovering from a torn right medial collateral ligament and an additional right ankle dislocation.

RP | Boone Logan | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees RP Boone Logan (back) said Wednesday, April 4, that he can't explain who his back tightened up Tuesday, April 3. He thought the tightness would go away during his sleep, but it didn't. "I wish I had a story," Logan said. He had an MRI which showed no problems, and is expected to be ready to go for the opener Friday, April 6.

RP | Jason Motte | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Jason Motte allowed a hit while striking out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning in the regular season opener Wednesday, April 4, against the Miami Marlins for his first save. He threw 12 of his 17 pitches for strikes.

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter has not yet officially announced his closer, although it is assumed RP Jim Johnson will handle the duties.

RP | Takashi Saito | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury,
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Takashi Saito (calf) landed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 4, after an MRI exam revealed a right calf strain. He won't be eligible to come off the DL until April 15. P Wade Miley will take Saito's roster spot.

RP | Ryan Madson | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds optioned 2B Todd Frazier to Triple-A Louisville Wednesday, April 4, in order to finalize their 25-man roster. RPs Ryan Madson (elbow) and Nick Masset (shoulder) were placed on the 15-day disabled list. RP Jordan Smith (elbow) was also placed on the 15-day DL and OF Willie Harris' contract was purchased.

RP | Darren O'Day | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Darren O'Day won the final spot in the bullpen over RP Zach Phillips, who will begin the year with Triple-A Norfolk. RP Troy Patton won the other bullpen spot. SP Brian Matusz officially was named to the roster, and he'll start Monday, April 9.

RP | Joakim Soria | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals assigned P Sean O'Sullivan to Triple-A Omaha Wednesday, April 4, finalizing their roster. O'Sullivan is expected to start for Omaha. Ps Joakim Soria (elbow), Felipe Paulino (elbow) and Blake Wood (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox placed OF Carl Crawford (wrist), SP Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow), SP Andrew Miller (hamstring) and RP Rich Hill (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 4. All of their stints are retroactive to March 26. RP Andrew Bailey (thumb), OF Ryan Kalish (shoulder) and SP Christopher Carpenter (elbow) were placed on the 60-day DL.

RP | Juan Cruz | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction,
The Pittsburgh Pirates have added RP Juan Cruz to their 40-man roster.

RP | Jose Contreras | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jose Contreras (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment in the minors Thursday, April 5.

RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Mark Melancon will remain as the primary eighth-inning setup man with RP Andrew Bailey (thumb) out for an extended period of time. RP Alfredo Aceves will see duties in the ninth inning. "(Aceves) loves competition," skipper Bobby Valentine said. "I think he's one of the better competitors that I've seen. I could be wrong. I haven't seen him up close and personal in battle, but I believe that he's a very good competitor, to say nothing of a very good pitcher." Valentine will consider using Aceves for two-inning saves, and his familiarity with the American League gave him an advantage over Melancon.

RP | Wade Davis | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Wade Davis could be in consideration to receive some saves if RP Kyle Farnsworth's (elbow) injury lingers and Davis settles nicely into his relief role.

RP | Aaron Heilman | Texas Rangers | Transaction,
The Texas Rangers signed free-agent RP Aaron Heilman (Mariners) to a minor league deal Wednesday, April 4.

RP | Yoshinori Tateyama | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction,
The Texas Rangers placed P Yoshinori Tateyama (back) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 4, and purchased the contracts of RP Robbie Ross and INF Alberto Gonzalez. Also, RP Neal Cotts (lat) was assigned to the minors and placed on the DL. P Cody Eppley was designated for assignment.

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays RP Kyle Farnsworth (elbow) said his elbow problem is similar to the issue he experienced last year, and he's only feeling pain occasionally when finishing his pitches. Farnsworth said the problem is with his flexor pronator and not the ligament.

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