Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 1, 2012 @ 08:52:28 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins DH Justin Morneau (wrist) is flying to Minnesota to have his sore left wrist examined.

1B | Carlos Lee | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros 1B Carlos Lee (ankle) took ground balls during batting practice Monday, April 30, and he is expected to be available to pinch hit.

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto's 117th career home run Sunday, April 29, tied him with former 1B Sean Casey for fourth on the team's all-time homers list.


Second Baseman

2B | Ryan Raburn | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Ryan Raburn (hamstring) said he feels much better after he left the game Sunday, April 29, with tightness in his right hamstring.

2B | Michael Martinez | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Michael Martinez (foot) is out of a walking boot, and he is headed to Class A Clearwater to continue his rehab.

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy is expected to sit Tuesday, May 1, against the Houston Astros, according to manager Terry Collins. Murphy started the team's first 23 games at second base.

2B | Elliot Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (knee) left the game in the third inning after an awkward slide at second base Monday, April 30. He walked off under his own power and was replaced by SS Elliot Johnson.

2B | Chris Nelson | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Chris Nelson (wrist) is still dealing with a sore wrist, so INF Jonathan Herrera is starting at third base Monday, April 30. Herrera is 8-for-22 with a homer, double and three RBIs in his last six starts. Nelson is just 3-for-34 against lefties this year.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (concussion) is taking batting practice with the team Monday, April 30.

2B | Luke Hughes | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics designated INF Luke Hughes for assignment to make room for 3B Brandon Inge on the active roster.

2B | Edgar Gonzalez | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Chicago Cubs released 2B Edgar Gonzalez Sunday, April 29.


Shortstop

SS | Billy Hamilton | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Billy Hamilton is hitting .398 and has stolen 29 bases in 23 games at High-A Bakersfield. He stole 103 bases at Class A Daytona last season.

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar is in a 2-for-21 slump.

SS | Emilio Bonifacio | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Emilio Bonifacio struck out twice Monday, April 30, against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he is just 4-for-36 (.111) with 13 strikeouts over his past nine games. He leads the team in whiffs with 24.

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew (ankle) is scheduled to take live batting practice Tuesday, May 1, and he is expected to play in another intrasquad game later this week.

SS | Nick Punto | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) was scratched from the lineup for the second straight day Monday, April 30, with a stiff back. INF Nick Punto replaces Youkilis at third and is batting ninth in the order.

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus reached base for the 18th straight game with a walk in the first inning Sunday, April 29.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter had two more hits Sunday, April 29, giving him 36 hits in April, which topped his previous best for hits in the first month of the season. He had 35 hits in April back in 2006.

SS | Jason Bartlett | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Jason Bartlett is in a 2-for-25 slump in eight starts since April 17 and he's made four errors on the season. He has a batting average of just .164. 2B Orlando Hudson is hitting .208. The team could be getting impatient, which might cause them to move 3B Jedd Gyorko to second base in the minors.


Third Baseman

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury Monday, April 30, and may miss six to eight weeks.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre (legs) could sit Tuesday, May 1, due to leg soreness.

3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez has 12 hits on the year and is hitting .203. However, five of those hits have left the park, and four more were doubles.

3B | Mark Reynolds | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Mark Reynolds ended April with no homers in 63 at-bats. This is his first April without a home run.

3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion homered in his fourth consecutive game Monday, April 30.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) is considered day to day. Head trainer Rick Jaymeson told managed Bobby Valentine that Youkilis "could be OK."

3B | Brandon Inge | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 3B Brandon Inge is expected to be the everyday starting third baseman.

3B | Jorge Cantu | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Jorge Cantu chose to opt out of his deal and become a free agent Monday, April 30. He hit .291 with four home runs and 22 RBIs in 21 games with Triple-A Salt Lake.

3B | Geoff Blum | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks moved 3B Geoff Blum (oblique) to the 60-day disabled list Monday, April 30.


Catcher

C | John Jaso | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners Cs John Jaso and Miguel Montero are expected to split time behind the plate with C Miguel Olivo (groin) on the 15-day disabled list.

C | Miguel Olivo | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners will place C Miguel Olivo (groin) on the 15-day disabled list due to a groin injury suffered in the game Monday, April 30. Olivo said it is worse than last year's groin injury.

C | Evan Gattis | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Evan Gattis was promoted from Class A Lynchburg to Double-A Mississippi Monday, April 30, after prospect C Christian Bethancourt (hamstring) suffered a strained hamstring Sunday, April, 29.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer (knee) hopes to return to the lineup Tuesday, May 1.

C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Victor Martinez (knee) is optimistic that he can return from knee surgery sometime in September. Martinez is no longer using crutches. "That's exactly what he (his doctor) is saying. He told me there's a good of chance for me to play by the end of the year. He gave me 20 percent about the surgery, but now he says there's a good chance about playing. So we'll see."

C | Steve Clevenger | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs placed C Steve Clevenger (side) on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his right side.


Outfielder

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun hit three homers and drove in six runs Monday, April 30. He's the first player to hit three out in one game at PETCO Park.

OF | Torii Hunter | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Torii Hunter hit his third home run in four games Monday, April 30.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez is 11-for-26 (.423) with four homers and 13 RBIs over the last seven days.

OF | Jordan Schafer | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Jordan Schafer has reached base safely in all 23 games this season. He's hitting .276 with 17 runs scored and eight steals.

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold's 14-game hitting streak ended Monday, April 30.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson Tuesday, May 1. Manager Bud Black said Quentin's rehab assignment will be longer than seven games.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay (rib) is in New York, but managed Terry Collins said he will not be cleared to perform baseball activities until he is pain-free.

OF | Scott Hairston | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said OF Scott Hairston will definitely start Tuesday, May 1, against the Houston Astros.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda (flu) is battling the flu, and he will not play in the game Tuesday, May 1, against the Houston Astros. He appeared as a pinch hitter Monday, April 30.

OF | Mike Carp | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners might activate OF Mike Carp (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, May 1, in the corresponding move when C Miguel Olivo (groin) hits the DL.

OF | Delmon Young | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Major League Baseball has suspended Detroit Tigers OF Delmon Young for seven games for a drunken anti-Semitic rant and arrest last week. The suspension is retroactive to Friday, April 27. Young can return Friday, May 4.

OF | Kirk Nieuwenhuis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis stays in the leadoff spot Monday, April 30, with OF Andres Torres back from the disabled list. Torres will bat seventh initially until he receives more at-bats. Manager Terry Collins said OF Scott Hairston will start Tuesday, May 1.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer is taking the day off Monday, April 30.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (oblique) is out of the lineup Monday, April 30, due to soreness in his right oblique. Heyward doesn't think it's serious and doesn't expect to miss more than a day or two. OF Eric Hinske is starting in right field in his place.

OF | Desmond Jennings | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings is taking the day off Monday, April 30.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton and INF Cody Ransom each hit two-run home runs in a winning effort Monday, April 30. Upton has and Ransom both have two home runs this season. Upton also stole his third base of the season and went 2-for-5 with two runs and a strikeout.

OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said OF Nick Swisher (hamstring) is likely to sit out for a week.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (back) is not in the starting lineup Monday, April 30, despite the fact that he said his back feels better but still tight.

OF | Jason Kubel | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Jason Kubel (illness) was scratched from the lineup Monday, April 30, due to an illness. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games for a batting average of .404.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner (elbow) took around 25 swings Saturday, April 28, for the first time since landing on the disabled list. He could return to the team Thursday, May 3, when he's eligible to be activated.

OF | Alex Presley | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Alex Presley went 0-for-4 Sunday, April 29, to end his 12-game hitting streak.

OF | Shelley Duncan | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Shelley Duncan is hitting .147 (5-for-34) with no home runs, 16 strikeouts and three walks in his last 10 games dating back to April 18. He is expected to lose significant playing time to OF Johnny Damon starting Tuesday, May 1.

OF | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig (knee) was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts while rehabbing with Triple-A Memphis Sunday, April 29. Craig has to receive "the green light medically" before rejoining the club as early as Tuesday, May 1.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones believes he found a flaw in SP Max Scherzer's delivery that contributed to his seven walks in his start over the weekend. "We're trying to get him to keep his hands more in the middle of his body as opposed to taking them behind him," Jones said. "He's gotten into a little bit of a habit of carrying them behind his body too far. That affects his lead arm getting on the target and staying there long enough."

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald struck out a career-high 10 batters in his win over the Atlanta Braves Monday, April 30. He allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte will make one more minor-league conditioning start. The earliest he will return to the major leagues will be May 10.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) was scheduled to visit the renowned Dr. Lewis Yocum Monday, April 30, in California. He'll have additional tests on his elbow which will be conducted Tuesday, May 1.

SP | Ryan Dempster | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Ryan Dempster (quadriceps) is likely to make his return from the disabled list to start against the Cincinnati Reds Thursday, May 3. He threw a successful bullpen Monday, April 30. Dempster will be replacing SP Randy Wells in the rotation.

SP | Mike Pelfrey | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
The New York Mets plan to non-tender SP Mike Pelfrey (elbow) in December, making him a free agent, according to team sources. The Mets will pay at least $4.55 million to Pelfrey next year.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Jair Jurrjens gave up just one earned run and four hits while walking three and striking out four with Triple-A Gwinnett Sunday, April 29. He threw 54 of his 93 pitches for strikes and topped out at 90 mph with his fastball.

SP | Jeremy Guthrie | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jeremy Guthrie (shoulder) played catch Monday, April 30, and is on track to start against the San Diego Padres Monday, May 7. RP Josh Outman (oblique) will throw 25-30 pitches with Triple-A Colorado Springs Monday. SP Jorge De La Rosa (elbow) will make another rehab start with Single-A Modesto Wednesday, May 3, and will toss 90 pitches.

SP | Luis Mendoza | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Luis Mendoza could be used in relief this week, which could set P Nathan Adcock up for a spot start and line SP Bruce Chen up for the start on short rest Thursday, May 3. SP Danny Duffy is scheduled to pitch Wednesday, May 2.

SP | Aaron Cook | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said SP Aaron Cook would serve in a relief role if he is added to the active roster.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton (shoulder) threw a bullpen Monday, April 30, and is expected to do so again Wednesday, May 2. He is on schedule for a simulated game soon.

SP | Chris Young | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Chris Young (shoulder) could pitch in a rehab game in the minors as early as this weekend.

SP | Doug Fister | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Doug Fister (side) will throw 75 pitches in his rehab outing with Triple-A Toledo Wednesday, May 2, and his next start is expected to come against the Seattle Mariners Monday, May 7.

SP | Felipe Paulino | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Felipe Paulino (forearm), who threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings with Double-A Northwest Arkansas Monday, April 30, will rejoin the team Tuesday, May 1.

SP | Mark Buehrle | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Mark Buehrle gave up seven runs (four earned) and eight hits in five innings to lose to the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, April 30. It was his 370th career start. Buehrle walked one and struck out two while allowing two home runs.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (oblique) will not be activated from the disabled list when eligible Friday, May 4. He'll need to throw two bullpen sessions before he comes back.

SP | Patrick Corbin | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Patrick Corbin won his major league debut by going 5 2/3 innings against the Miami Marlins Monday, April 30. He struck out six and gave up three runs in the outing. The team's starters have an ERA of 1.32 over the last four games.

SP | Chris Narveson | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers moved SP Chris Narveson (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list Sunday, April 29, and recalled P Vinnie Chulk from the minors in a corresponding move.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Mike Gonzalez | free agent | Free Agents,
The Tampa Bay Rays might be a possible fit for free-agent RP Mike Gonzalez (Rangers).

RP | Evan Meek | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned RP Evan Meek to Triple-A Indianapolis Monday, April 30. The team hopes that regular work with Indianapolis will get him on track quicker. "We feel he is close," manager Clint Hurdle said. "To get him reps right now (at the Major League level), there are not many leveraged situations available. We do feel this is the best opportunity to get him to finish this process he's been on, to get him to the finish line quicker."

RP | Brad Lidge | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Brad Lidge (hernia) will have surgery Tuesday, May 1, to repair a hernia, according to his agent. Lidge is expected to start throwing again in three weeks.

RP | Juan Oviedo | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins RP Juan Oviedo will be suspended eight weeks by Major League Baseball for using a false identity, according to an MLB source. Originally it was reported Oviedo would face a six-week suspension.

RP | Kerry Wood | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Kerry Wood (shoulder) is likely to work in the seventh inning when he returns from the 15-day disabled list. He threw 22 pitches in a simulated game Monday, April 30, and he might come off the DL Thursday, May 3, or Friday, May 4.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum indicated that he wants RP Carlos Marmol to put more trust in his fastball. "He has to understand about the fastball," Sveum said. "He's thrown 62 fastballs this year and given up one hit on it. He can't be afraid to throw that thing. He's not a guy that's going to paint corners, but you have to know you don't have to go to the slider all of the time. It's not getting hit and not a lot of contact when it's in the zone. You need to have confidence in it."

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds P Aroldis Chapman has sped up his tempo this year, along with sacrificing some velocity for control. "The biggest difference is his tempo," C Ryan Hanigan said. "He gets the ball, gets right on the mound and he doesn't dwell on throwing a ball or walking a guy. He gets right back in and it looks to me that all that's going through his head is making the adjustment to get his mechanics working like they should, if they're not. And if they are, he just goes right at you and keeps coming." The team is in no rush to move him to the starting rotation, though.

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson (illness) said he's available to pitch Monday, April 30, after throwing two bullpen sessions since being struck with food poisoning last week. He hasn't appeared since April 22.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (hamstring) will miss the game Monday, April 30, due to an upper hamstring issue. Manager Terry Collins said he'll only miss one game, though.

RP | Brandon Kintzler | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury,
Milwaukee Brewers RP Brandon Kintzler (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Brevard County Tuesday, May 1.

RP | Greg Holland | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals RP Greg Holland (rib) threw 18 pitches from a mound Monday, April 30, during a pre-game workout.

RP | Heath Bell | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins RP Heath Bell allowed two runs in a non-save situation against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, April 30, to see his ERA rise to 10.80. Bell gave up one hit and walked one in the 25-pitch outing.

RP | Ross Wolf | Texas Rangers | Transaction,
The Texas Rangers have signed free-agent RP Ross Wolf (Orioles) to a minor league deal.

RP | David Phelps | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees P David Phelps will move to the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation with SP Freddy Garcia moving to the bullpen. However, the team will only need one start from the No. 5 spot with SP Andy Pettitte expected to return around May 10. Phelps could start Thursday, May 3, against the Kansas City Royals. Garcia said he will serve as the long reliever.

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