Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 6, 2012 @ 08:43:48 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Mark Trumbo is expected to start at third base in the season opener Friday, April 6. "I think overall Mark is still a work in progress down there," manager Mike Scioscia said. "His ability to make the routine plays we're comfortable with that. Hopefully, he's going to do that well enough to get more and more at-bats."

1B | Bryan LaHair | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Bryan LaHair (back) is scheduled to return to the lineup Sunday, April 8, after dealing with a bulging disc in his back. "It's just such a minor thing, but it's something I couldn't prevent - it's like a nerve thing," said LaHair, who blamed an impingement for the pain in his back and leg. "The nerve settled down now and the pain is pretty much out, and now it's just getting back into the feel of things. I should be back in there this weekend." 2B Jeff Baker replaced LaHair at first base on opening day Thursday, April 5.


Second Baseman

2B | Chris Nelson | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies IF Chris Nelson has the edge over 3B Jordan Pacheco after a good defensive showing in spring training. Nelson is expected to start the season opener Friday, April 6.

2B | Jeff Keppinger | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Jeff Keppinger will serve as the designated hitter for the team's opening day game against the New York Yankees Friday, April 6, with 2B Ben Zobrist starting in right field and SS Elliot Johnson at second base. OF Matt Joyce will start in left field.

2B | Blake DeWitt | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs purchased the contracts of 2B Blake DeWitt, INF Joe Mather and RP Shawn Camp from the minors Wednesday, April 4. OF Tony Campana and P Casey Coleman were sent to the minors, while P Frankie De La Cruz was outrighted. RP Marcos Mateo (elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right elbow.


Shortstop

SS | Brandon Crawford | San Francisco Giants | Injury
San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Crawford (thumb) will hit seventh in the Opening Day lineup Friday, April 6.

SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond went 3-for-5 with a run scored, an RBI and a strikeout in a winning effort on opening day Thursday, April 5. He had three of the team's four hits in the contest.

SS | Ruben Tejada | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Andres Torres (calf) is expected to land on the disabled list after re-injuring his calf Thursday, April 5, which will likely push SS Ruben Tejada to the leadoff spot Saturday, April 7.

SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
The Houston Astros are still waiting to decide whether to put SS Jed Lowrie (thumb) on the disabled list to start the season. Lowrie will test his thumb in the cages before the game Thursday, April 5. "He's feeling good today," manager Bradley Mills said. "He's 'feeling better' today were his exact words. Right now, he's in the cage taking some swings to see how it feels." If Lowrie isn't ready, SS Brian Bixler will be added to the roster.

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro is still being investigated for sexual assault allegations, but owner Tom Ricketts is hoping the case is resolved "shortly." Castro is denying allegations and he hasn't been arrested.


Third Baseman

3B | Jack Hannahan | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Jack Hannahan went 2-for-6 with one home run and three RBIs against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, April 5.

3B | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista went 3-for-4 with one home run and two RBIs against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, April 5.

3B | Juan Francisco | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Juan Francisco will make his debut with the team at third base Saturday, April 7, in the team's second game of the season. OF Matt Diaz started in left field and OF Martin Prado received the start at the hot corner Thursday, April 5. Francisco is slated to play third against right-handed pitchers and against some lefties. He hit .343 (72-for-210) with 30 extra-base hits (10 homers) against righties at Class AAA last year with the Cincinnati Reds.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (knee) is encouraged by his progress and is hoping to return sooner than expected. He will take live batting practice Friday, April 6, and he thinks he'll be able to come off the disabled list when he's eligible Tuesday, April 10. Jones will likely play in a minor league rehab game before coming back.


Catcher

C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Mike Napoli is in the lineup at first base for Opening Day Friday, April 6. C Yorvit Torrealba is behind the plate, and 1B Mitch Moreland is on the bench.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey is expected to catch all three games this weekend, and manager Bruce Bochy will check with him every day to see how he feels.

C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia hit a game-winning three-run home run in the 16th inning against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, April 5. Arencibia was 0-for-6 with three strikeouts before the home run.

C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz went 3-for-3 with one RBI against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, April 5.

C | Ryan Doumit | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Ryan Doumit will start in right field on opening day Friday, April 6, against the Baltimore Orioles. He will hit sixth in the lineup.

C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Victor Martinez (knee) is scheduled to have a second and final surgery on his left knee this week. He's expected to miss the entire 2012 season.


Outfielder

OF | Andres Torres | New York Mets | Injury, Transaction
New York Mets OF Andres Torres (calf) was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and the team recalled OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Buffalo.

OF | Thomas Neal | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
Cleveland Indians OF Thomas Neal was outrighted to Double-A Akron.

OF | Carlos Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Carlos Gomez is in center field in place of OF Nyjer Morgan Friday, April 6, against a left-handed starter.

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin went 2-for-4 with one home run and two RBIs against the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, April 5.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp went 2-for-5 with one home run and three RBIs against the San Diego Padres Thursday, April 5.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with a stolen base with Triple-A Syracuse in the team's opening game Thursday, April 5. However, he looked a little shaky patrolling center field, letting a bail sail over his head in the fourth inning.

OF | Scott Hairston | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis is expected to be called up and start in center field with OF Andres Torres (calf) headed to the disabled list. Another option is to use OF Scott Hairston in center field and to call up OF Vinny Rottino, who isn't on the 40-man roster.

OF | Scott Podsednik | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Scott Podsednik will accept his assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, according to his agent.

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson went 3-for-5 with a run scored, a triple and the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth inning in the team's season opener Thursday, April 5. SS Jhonny Peralta went 3-for-3 with a run and a walk.

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz (elbow) took batting practice Thursday, April 5, and said he'll play on opening day Friday, April 6. RP Mike Adams (calf) will be ready Friday, too.

OF | David Murphy | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Yorvit Torrealba will start behind the plate on opening day Friday, April 6, with C Mike Napoli at first base and 1B Mitch Moreland on the bench. OF David Murphy will start in left field with OF Josh Hamilton in center.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton (back) took batting practice Thursday, April 5, and is making good progress, although there is no date set for him to start a rehab assignment. He will likely need 20-25 at-bats before he is ready to return. Upton can come off the disabled list April 10, but it's more realistic that he returns later in the road trip.

OF | David DeJesus | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF David DeJesus said his timing was off slightly when he hit .220 in spring training. "It pretty much came down to timing," DeJesus said. "It's like, 'When do I start loading off the pitcher?' At the end of spring training, I felt I was getting more confident starting at the right time. Sometimes I'd be late, and my foot is up in the air and the ball is already coming. It's always a process - that's the way the game is."

OF | Felix Pie | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Cleveland Indians released OF Felix Pie Wednesday, April 4.

OF | Mike Baxter | New York Mets | Transaction,
The New York Mets purchased the contracts of OF Mike Baxter and RP Miguel Batista Wednesday, April 4.

OF | Justin Maxwell | New York Yankees | Transaction,
The New York Yankees purchased the contracts of Ps Clay Rapada and Brad Meyers Wednesday, April 4. OF Justin Maxwell was designated for assignment.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Kip Wells | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Free Agents
The Chicago White Sox signed free-agent SP Kip Wells (Diamondbacks) to a minor league contract. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009, but he was reaching 93-94 mph in tryouts recently.

SP | Henricus VandenHurk | free agent | Transaction
Cleveland Indians SP Henricus VandenHurk declined his outright assignment and became a free agent.

SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson allowed one run on two hits in eight innings against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, April 5, but did not get a decision. He struck out 10 batters and walked one in the game.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (flu) left his opening day start early against the San Diego Padres Thursday, April 5, due to the stomach flu.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto allowed just three hits in seven innings to beat the Miami Marlins in the team's opening day game Thursday, April 5. Cueto walked two and struck out four in the stellar opening outing.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg allowed just one run and five hits while walking one and striking out five against the Chicago Cubs in his season debut Thursday, April 5.

SP | Ryan Dempster | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Ryan Dempster struck out 10 in 7 2/3 innings in a no-decision on opening day against the Washington Nationals Thursday, April 5. He allowed one run and two hits while walking three.

SP | Jason Marquis | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Jason Marquis (personal) threw 54 pitches in a minor league game Tuesday, April 3, and he will make another minors start Saturday, April 7. He may need just one more start after that before rejoining the rotation.

SP | Dana Eveland | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction,
Baltimore Orioles SP Dana Eveland cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk Thursday, April 5.

SP | Josh Johnson | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Josh Johnson was largely inconsistent in keeping the ball down in the zone in his opening night start against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, April 4. He finished with four walks, two strikeouts and allowed a career-high 10 hits. "First batter, threw a lot of quality pitches and got a ground-ball out. From there, it was kind of downhill. I'd throw one good one and then two bad ones. Just inconsistent. Kind of took a step back from the last start in spring training," Johnson said.

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said he hasn't had any discussions with SP Zack Greinke's new agent, Casey Close, on a contract extension.

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander tossed eight dominant innings in his season debut against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, April 5. He walked one and fanned seven in the no-decision.

SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson (back) is scheduled to go 40-50 pitches in a rehab start with Single-A Rome Saturday, April 7.

SP | Tommy Hanson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Tommy Hanson gave up one earned run and four hits while walking three and striking out four in five innings in a loss to the New York Mets on opening day Thursday, April 5. He threw 50 of his 83 pitches for strikes.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Johan Santana tossed five scoreless innings on opening day against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, April 5, in his first game in 19 months. He allowed just two hits and struck out five in a no-decision. Santana's fastball ranged from 86-89 mph and his changeup looked sharp.

SP | Erik Bedard | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Erik Bedard allowed one run on six hits in seven innings against the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday, April 5, but suffered his first loss of the season. He struck out four batters and walked one in the game.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay pitched eight scoreless innings while allowing two hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, April 5, to pick up his first win of the season. He also struck out five batters in the game.

SP | Jeff Niemann | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeff Niemann (finger) said he felt good in an exhibition start Wednesday, April 4, and he doesn't think he'll need to bandage his blister on his right finger in his opening start. "Everything felt good," Niemann said. "It held up great."

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres placed SP Tim Stauffer (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, April 5, and recalled RP Brad Brach in a corresponding move. Stauffer is dealing with a strained right elbow. P Erik Hamren cleared waivers and was assigned to Double-A San Antonio.

SP | Joe Blanton | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Joe Blanton will make his regular season debut April 12 against the Miami Marlins in the team's sixth game of the year.

SP | John Lannan | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said the team won't change their stance after SP John Lannan asked to be traded. Rizzo said interest is very "mild" in Lannan.

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies placed SP Jorge De La Rosa (elbow), OF Charlie Blackmon (toe), RP Josh Outman (oblique) and SS Hector Gomez (groin) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 4. SP Jamie Moyer had his contract purchased from the minors.

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett (thumb) has been cleared to make his regular season debut versus the Detroit Tigers Saturday, April 7. Beckett admitted that he may need surgery on his thumb in the offseason.

SP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Neftali Feliz threw a 102-pitch simulated game Thursday, April 5, and he said he felt good. He'll throw a normal bullpen session before his first start of the season Tuesday, April 10, against the Seattle Mariners.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Kerry Wood | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs RP Kerry Wood suffered a blown save Thursday, April 5, after he walked three batters, including one with the bases loaded, before recording an out to end the inning.

RP | Javy Guerra | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Javy Guerra pitched a perfect ninth inning against the San Diego Padres Thursday, April 5, to pick up his first save of the season.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez allowed three runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning against the Toronto Blue Jays, to suffer his first blown save of the season.

RP | Matt Thornton | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura has yet to name a closer before the team's opening day game Friday, April 6, but he said the pitchers will know before the game begins against the Texas Rangers. "It could be any of the seven guys we have in the bullpen," pitching Don Cooper said. RPs Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain, Addison Reed and Hector Santiago are all in consideration. There will be no closer-by-committee scenario.

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost officially named RP Jonathan Broxton as the team's closer Thursday, April 5. "It's not going to be a tandem," Yost said. "Broxton is coming in if we have a save situation (Friday) in the ninth inning. If we have a save situation in the eighth inning, (Greg) Holland is coming in, and then we're going to turn it over to Broxton." However, Yost wants to refrain from using Broxton three consecutive days, so if that's the case, RP Greg Holland will receive an opportunity. RPs Aaron Crow, Tim Collins, Kelvin Herrera and Jose Mijares will be used earlier in games. RP Everett Teaford will serve as the long man out of the bullpen.

RP | Joey Devine | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Joey Devine (elbow) will visit with Dr. James Andrews Monday, April 9, to receive another opinion on his flexor tendonitis.

RP | Jason Grilli | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli will be the team's primary eighth-inning setup man out of the bullpen, according to skipper Clint Hurdle. RP Tony Watson is the only left in the pen, and RP Chris Resop is set for the seventh inning. RP Jared Hughes will be in long relief, and Hurdle has yet to define RP Evan Meek's role. "It's going to be interesting to see where his niche evolves," Hurdle said, adding that Meek has been effective against left-handed batters as well as righties.

RP | Brad Lidge | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Brad Lidge picked up his first save of the season against the Chicago Cubs by striking out two on opening day Thursday, April 5.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Carlos Marmol took the loss on opening day against the Washington Nationals Thursday, April 5, in a non-save situation. He gave up one earned run and two hits while walking none and striking out none.

RP | Scott Linebrink | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Scott Linebrink (lat) is being examined for pain in the area near his right shoulder Thursday, April 5, and he's expected to be put on the 15-day disabled list. RP Victor Marte joined the team Wednesday, April 4.

RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Jose Valverde blew his first save of the season against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, April 5, after locking up 49 in a row last year with the team. It was Valverde's first blown save since Sept. 2, 20120.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco pitched a perfect ninth inning to record his first save of the season against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, April 5.

RP | Alfredo Simon | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Alfredo Simon, who was claimed off waivers Wednesday, April 4, will be in the bullpen and pitch in middle relief. RP Bill Bray won't be in a setup role to start the season because manager Dusty Baker doesn't think Bray is sharp enough yet. "He's had enough to pitch, but not enough to pitch in the role we are accustomed to seeing him or with the regularity we're accustomed to seeing," Baker said. "He's still in spring training (mode)."

RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, April 5, to pick up his first save of the season.

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays placed RP Kyle Farnsworth (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, April 5, with a right elbow strain. RP Josh Lueke was called up from Triple-A Durham in a corresponding move. Manager Joe Maddon will use RPs Joel Peralta, Fernando Rodney and J.P. Howell in the ninth based on matchups.

RP | Jon Rauch | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins made it clear RP Frank Francisco is the team's closer heading into opening day Thursday, April 5. RP Jon Rauch will be the setup man, and RPs Ramon Ramirez and seventh-inning specialist RP Bobby Parnell will fall in line after that.

RP | Cody Eppley | New York Yankees | Transaction,
The New York Yankees claimed RP Cody Eppley off waivers from the Texas Rangers Thursday, April 5.

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Drew Storen (elbow) and SP Chien-Ming Wang (hamstring) have returned to extended spring training for their rehab workouts, each targeting a late-April return to the club. Storen has thrown two bullpens and will face hitters in seven to 10 days, and he'll go on a rehab assignment after that. Wang hasn't resumed throwing off a mound but will do so in the next three or four days.

RP | Al Alburquerque | Detroit Tigers | Injury,
Detroit Tigers RP Al Alburquerque (elbow) was cleared to resume a throwing program after being examined by Dr. James Andrews Wednesday, April 4. He will play catch from 60 feet every other day for two weeks before he's re-examined.

RP | Henry Rodriguez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals skipper Davey Johnson said RP Brad Lidge will serve as the closer if a save situation arises on opening day Thursday, April 5, but that he will alternate daily between Lidge and RP Henry Rodriguez.

RP | Sergio Escalona | Houston Astros | Injury, Transaction,
The Houston Astros placed RP Sergio Escalona (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 4.

RP | Jose Ceda | Miami Marlins | Injury, Transaction,
The Miami Marlins placed RP Jose Ceda (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 4.

RP | Steve Edlefsen | San Francisco Giants | Transaction,
The San Francisco Giants sent RP Steve Edlefsen to the minors Wednesday, April 4.

RP | Jesse Litsch | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction,
The Toronto Blue Jays placed RP Jesse Litsch (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendonitis Wednesday, April 4.

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