Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 3, 2012 @ 08:59:03 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira was 2-for-21 on the team's current homestand, dropping his average to .226.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez was hitless in four at-bats Wednesday, May 2, against the Oakland Athletics, extending his hitless skid to 17 at-bats. The hitless night dropped his average to .250. "I had two good opportunities and failed to come through. I will make it a point not to let that happen again," Gonzalez said.

1B | Matt LaPorta | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The management of the Cleveland Indians is pleased with the progress of 1B Matt LaPorta at Triple-A Columbus. Through 21 games with the Clippers, LaPorta was hitting .380 with eight home runs, six doubles, 17 RBIs and 17 runs scored. "It's not about numbers," manager Manny Acta said. "It's about the quality of the at-bats and what he's working on. They're encouraged by the fact that he's been using his legs better and laying off some off-speed stuff due to that. That's what we've looked at."

1B | Jason Giambi | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Jason Giambi won the game Wednesday, May 2, with a pinch-hit three-run dinger in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday, May 2. The homer was his eighth pinch-hit homer of his career and fifth with the Rockies.

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak was dropped to seventh in the batting order Wednesday, May 2. Smoak is hitting .190 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 21 games.

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto normally picks up his right foot around six inches to start his swing, but he tried a new approach Sunday, April 29, which resulted in a two-run homer. Votto didn't lift his foot up, instead opting to lift his heel slightly, but his toes stayed on the ground. He isn't sure if he'll stick with the new approach.

1B | Mat Gamel | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers 1B Mat Gamel (knee) is dealing with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and will likely miss the rest of the year.

1B | Brandon Snyder | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Brandon Snyder went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and his first career home run in a losing effort Wednesday, May 2. He also walked once and struck out.

1B | Jeff Larish | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox signed free-agent 1B Jeff Larish (Orioles) to a minor league deal Wednesday, May 2.


Second Baseman

2B | Howard Kendrick | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B Howard Kendrick went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs Wednesday, May 2.

2B | Jayson Nix | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees recalled IF Jayson Nix from Triple-A Wilkes/Barre.

2B | Jemile Weeks | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 2B Jemile Weeks (groin) might be able to return to the lineup Friday, May 4. He is dealing with tightness in his groin, and manager Bob Melvin felt it best to rest him with a scheduled open date Thursday, May 3.

2B | Luke Hughes | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
Oakland Athletics INF Luke Hughes cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento Wednesday, May 2.

2B | Brooks Conrad | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers INF Brooks Conrad is expected to come up from Triple-A Nashville with 1B Mat Gamel (knee) out for the rest of the season. Conrad would likely form a platoon at first base with 1B Travis Ishikawa.


Shortstop

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew (ankle) will play three innings in a rehab game Thursday, May 3.

SS | Ruben Tejada | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada went 3-for-4 in a losing effort Wednesday, May 2, to raise his average to .305 this year.

SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Jed Lowrie went 3-for-4 with three runs scored Wednesday, May 2, to raise his average to .329.

SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees INF Eduardo Nunez will start in the outfield for the next two days, according to manager Joe Girardi.

SS | Yunel Escobar | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar had three hits, including a bases-loaded triple, Wednesday, May 2. He went 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs in the game to raise his average to .234.

SS | Mike Aviles | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis' (back) stiffness in his back worsened Tuesday, May 1, making a disabled list stint more likely. The team would recall 3B Will Middlebrooks from Triple-A Pawtucket if that's the case. SS Jose Iglesias, who was recalled Tuesday, was just a short-term fix; if Youkilis lands on the DL, Middlebrooks will play third regularly and SS Mike Aviles will remain at shortstop.


Third Baseman

3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez was moved up to fifth in the order Thursday, May 3.

3B | Kyle Seager | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 3B Kyle Seager is hitting cleanup Thursday, May 3.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (hand) exited after his sixth-inning at-bat, a groundout to third base, Wednesday, May 2, against the Miami Marlins. He had severe pain in his left hand. "There's a lot of concern here. We know what this guy means to our offense, our ballclub," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. More details are expected Thursday, May 3, when Sandoval is re-evaluated.

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks made his major league debut Wednesday, May 2, against the Oakland Athletics. He went 2-for-3 with a stolen base in his debut. "It was unbelievable. Word can't describe it. To come here to Fenway Park with these guys was unreal. Everyone here welcomed me with open arms," Middlebrooks said. "That made it easier. They helped me get comfortable."

3B | Eric Chavez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Eric Chavez (head) left the game Wednesday, May 2, against the Baltimore Orioles due to whiplash, and a possible concussion, according to the team. He will have head and spine scans after suffering the head injury in the fifth inning.

3B | Chris D. Johnson | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 3B Chris D. Johnson hit his first two home runs of the season in a winning effort Wednesday, May 2. He ended the day with four hits and drove in a career-high six runs. It was Johnson's first career multi-homer game and the first by an Astro this year.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said there are several options to play third base in 3B Evan Longoria's (hamstring) absence, and the position is likely to be a "revolving door."

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals are hoping to have 3B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) return from the disabled list Tuesday, May 8. He will test himself by hitting Friday, May 4.

3B | Mark DeRosa | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Mark DeRosa (oblique) underwent an MRI exam Wednesday, May 2, which revealed an oblique strain. He could be out two to three weeks and possibly longer. DeRosa received a platelet-rich plasma injection.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox placed 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, May 2, with a lower back ailment. Youkilis will need at least three or four more days, if not longer, before he can return. The move was made retroactive to Sunday, April 29.

3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Edwin Encarnacion blasted a three-run home run, his ninth of the season, in a winning effort Wednesday, May 2. 2B Kelly Johnson also added a two-run smash in the game. Johnson now has six home runs on the season.

3B | Juan Uribe | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Juan Uribe (wrist) received a cortisone shot in his left wrist Tuesday, May 1, and he'll likely land on the disabled list if he isn't ready to play by Friday, May 4. Uribe is unable to pinch hit as a result.

3B | Jordan Pacheco | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Jordan Pacheco, who has been raking in the minors, mad another two errors at third base, and he still needs time to improve his defense at the hot corner.


Catcher

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (eye) has a scratch on the outer side of his right eye and will have some discomfort for a few days. He's OK to play, though.

C | Jesus Montero | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Jesus Montero is out of the lineup Thursday, May 3.

C | Kurt Suzuki | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C Kurt Suzuki (hand) was hit on the left hand by a pitch Wednesday, May 2, against the Boston Red Sox. He was able to stay in the game, but he will have X-rays Thursday, May 3.

C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz had three hits Wednesday, May 2, against the Atlanta Braves, including a three-run home run in the seventh inning, and a three-run double in the eighth inning. He finished with seven RBIs, become the first Phillies hitter since June 20, 2006, when 1B Ryan Howard drove in seven runs against the New York Yankees.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina stole two bases in a game for the second time in his career Tuesday, May 1. He is 4-for-4 in stolen base opportunities this season.

C | Rod Barajas | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Rod Barajas was ejected in the second inning of the team's game Wednesday, May 2, against the St. Louis Cardinals. He is the team's first played ejected this season. C Mike McKenry replaced him behind the plate. Manager Clint Hurdle was also tossed.

C | Miguel Olivo | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Miguel Olivo (groin) was off hit crutches and walking with a slight limp Wednesday, May 2. He will have further tests Friday, May 4.

C | Mike Nickeas | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets C Mike Nickeas (flu) is available to play Wednesday, May 2, but C Josh Thole is starting.


Outfielder

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton (quadriceps) and OF Ben Zobrist are out of the lineup Thursday, May 3.

OF | Drew Stubbs | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Drew Stubbs and 3B Scott Rolen are out of the lineup Thursday, May 3.

OF | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean said 1B Brandon Belt won't be sent down to the minors. Belt and 1B Brett Pill will continue platooning at first base for now.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann and 3B Chipper Jones are out of the lineup Thursday, May 3. OF Jason Heyward (oblique) returned to the lineup today.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (Achilles') left the game Wednesday, May 2, due to a strained right Achilles' that he said he suffered sliding into a base the night before.

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan extended his hit streak to 16 games on Wednesday, May 2, the longest-active streak in the majors. It is the longest hitting streak of his career. The outfielder is hitting .301 (22-for-73) with four home runs, six RBIs, three triples and one double during the streak. Pagan began the season with just three hits in his first 27 at-bats.

OF | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Logan Morrison (knee) pinch-hit for SP Carlos Zambrano on Wednesday, May 1, but he anticipates returning to the lineup for the series finale Thursday, May 2. Morrison has been given periodic days off throughout the season to rest his right knee following surgery in early December.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo home run in the 10th inning Wednesday, May 2, to propel the Marlins to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants after RP Heath Bell and RP Steve Cishek failed to protect a 2-0 lead in the ninth. The home run off Giants RP Santiago Casilla was the third in the past four games for Stanton.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp was the National League's player of the month in April, the first time he received such an award. Kemp led the majors in batting average (.412) and home runs (12) in the month. He also topped the National League in runs batted in (25), hits (35), runs (24) and slugging percentage (.893).

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo (hamstring) returned to the starting lineup Wednesday, May 2, against the Chicago White Sox, and he was hitless in five at-bats with two strikeouts.

OF | Johnny Damon | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Johnny Damon (cramps) left the game Wednesday, May 2, against the Chicago White Sox due to what the team called "general cramping." Manager Manny Acta said Damon should be back in there Thursday, May 3.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (ear) is still being affected by inner-ear issues, and he was forced to leave the game early Wednesday, May 2, against the Boston Red Sox. He will be re-evaluated Thursday, May 3, and a decision will be made if he needs a stint on the 15-day disabled list.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen was given his first day off of the season Wednesday, May 2, against the St. Louis Cardinals.

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran had a pair of three-run home runs, and he finished with a career-high seven RBIs, in a win Wednesday, May 2, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He entered the game in a 3-for-32 tailspin. "Lately, God knows, I've been searching at the plate, trying to find my swing, trying to feel comfortable, trying to be able to go out there and have quality at-bats," Beltran said. "This game can be like this. It's a funny game. You have to stay positive."

OF | Jon Jay | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Jon Jay had three hits and he was hit by a pitch in his first four trips to the plate Wednesday, May 2, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is batting .429 during his current 11-game hitting streak.

OF | Bobby Abreu | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers are nearing a deal for free-agent OF Bobby Abreu (Angels), according to a source.

OF | Adam L. Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Adam L. Jones (elbow) was hit on the right elbow by a pitch in the game Wednesday, May 2, against the New York Yankees. He was tended to by manager Buck Showalter and the training staff, but he remained in the game.

OF | Shelley Duncan | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Shelley Duncan cracked a solo home run in the seventh inning Tuesday, May 1, against the Chicago White Sox. That ended an 11-game team homer drought. It was the longest power outage for the club since a 14-game homerless streak April 10-27, 1983.

OF | Michael Brantley | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley is being asked to share leadoff duties with OF Johnny Damon, who got the nod Wednesday, May 2, in the top spot of the order for manager Manny Acta. Brantley isn't bitter, and he said Damon is a "class-act person", and that the veteran is "already taking young guys in and teaching them some things."

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez blasted two home runs off Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw in a winning effort Wednesday, May 2. It was Gonzalez's sixth multi-homer game of his career, and he now has seven round-trippers on the season. He has seven home runs and 18 RBIs since April 24.

OF | Jordan Schafer | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Jordan Schafer (back) is expected to return to the lineup Friday, May 4, after an off day Thursday, May 3.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (pectoral, foot) did some running for the first time since being diagnosed with plantar fasciitis Wednesday, May 2.

OF | Mike Carp | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Mike Carp will make his first start since coming off the disabled list Thursday, May 3. C Jesus Montero started back-to-back games at catcher for the first time this year Wednesday, May 2, but C John Jaso will start Thursday.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse (lat) said he "feels good" in his recovery from a lat muscle strain. He is hoping to return in time to serve as the designated hitter in interleague play in early June. Morse isn't sure when he'll be able to start hitting and throwing.

OF | Jeff Francoeur | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Jeff Francoeur, who recently fell into a 5-for-38 slump that dropped his average to .227, said he fell into his old habits by swinging at basically every pitch. He has made an adjustment and is 7-for-25 in the last six games. "The one thing I did so well last year is what I did (Tuesday) when I had three hits and all came with two strikes. When I see five or six pitches in an at-bat, I can see enough that it gives me a better chance. That's what Ned told me in so many words."

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury (shoulder) is making progress with his range of motion. It's unknown when he'll resume baseball activities.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford (elbow) shagged balls in the outfield Wednesday, May 2, but he isn't throwing or swinging a bat yet. He could be cleared to swing if he passes an exam on his left elbow next week.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (back) and 3B Adrian Beltre (hamstring) are both expected to return to the lineup Friday, May 4.

OF | Kyle Blanks | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres moved OF Kyle Blanks (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, May 2.

OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Brennan Boesch hit a two-run homer, his fourth of the season, in a losing effort Wednesday, May 2. Boesch went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two strikeouts.

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon is hitting .458 in his last six games after going 2-for-4 with a run and a strikeout Wednesday, May 2.

OF | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig and 2B Skip Schumaker are both sitting out Wednesday, May 2, with 1B Matt Carpenter and 2B Daniel Descalso playing instead. Craig is expected to return Thursday, May 3.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner (elbow) won't come off the disabled list Thursday, May 3, and he'll be shut down from baseball activities Wednesday, May 2, and Thursday. "He still has just a little bit of pain from the bone bruise, so we're gonna give him two days where he does nothing," manager Joe Girardi said. "So seeing him Thursday or Friday is not gonna be the case."

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Mat Gamel (knee) is likely headed for knee surgery, as he was walking on crutches in the clubhouse Wednesday, May 2. 1B Travis Ishikawa will see the most time at first base in his absence, with OF Corey Hart filling in occasionally. "Hopefully, the surgery goes well," said Ishikawa. "I've been praying for him since it happened that it would be as good a news as possible. Obviously, it wasn't. I'll continue to pray for him that his recovery is 100 percent and speedy. I don't know if it's the whole season or what not. (A long-term absence) is the way he made it sound."

OF | Leonys Martin | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Leonys Martin (thumb) underwent surgery to fix a torn ligament in his left thumb Wednesday, May 2, and he'll be out for six to eight weeks, according to general manager Jon Daniels.

OF | Justin Maxwell | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Houston Astros OF Jordan Schafer (back) left the game early Wednesday, May 2, with lower back tightness. He was replaced by OF Justin Maxwell. Schafer went 0-for-2 with two walks before leaving, extending his streak of reaching base safely to 24 straight games.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper is starting in center field and batting seventh in the lineup Wednesday, May 2. OF Xavier Nady is in left field and OF Jayson Werth is in right.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday is swinging at the first pitch 40 percent of the time, which is the highest rate of his career. He's also chasing more balls; his rate of 37 percent of swings at pitches outside the strike zone is up from 29 percent in 2010 and 2011. His batting average on balls in play is at a career low of .243. Holliday is hitting only .185 against fastballs this year, though.

OF | Travis Snider | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Travis Snider (wrist) has been placed on the seven-day disabled list with Triple-A Las Vegas as a precautionary move. "He felt some soreness in his right wrist, so it delayed the initiation of baseball activities," manager John Farrell said. "It's more managing the symptoms. Nothing has changed as far as the initial evaluation. One, we needed the roster spot in Triple-A, and then, two, we didn't want to rush this." Snider was hitting .400 with four home runs, 23 RBIs and a 1.170 OPS in 19 games.

OF | Jordan Brown | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers re-signed OF Jordan Brown to a minor league deal Wednesday, May 2.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, New York Mets OF Lucas Duda (flu) was not listed on the initial lineup Wednesday, May 2, but he is available to pinch hit.

OF | Andy Dirks | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks (hamstring) said he's receiving "standard" treatment on his tight left hamstring, but he isn't worried that it's anything serious after leaving the game Tuesday, May 1.

OF | Jarrod Dyson | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Jarrod Dyson was moved to the leadoff spot over 2B Chris Getz Wednesday, May 2. "I want to leave Dyson at the top right now and let him get settled in," manager Ned Yost said.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay has left the team to deal with a personal family issue. He's expected back Friday, May 4.

SP | Ryan Dempster | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction
Chicago Cubs SP Ryan Dempster (thigh) and RP Kerry Wood (shoulder) were activated from the 15-day disabled list. The team optioned RP Scott Maine and SP Randy Wells to Triple-A Iowa.

SP | Bronson Arroyo | Cincinnati Reds | Injury
Cincinnati Reds SP Bronson Arroyo (back) said he has been bothered by lower-back soreness. He blames the back soreness for his club-record 46 homers allowed last season. He gave up two homers in his start Wednesday, May 2.

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Injury
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals SP Chien-Ming Wang (hamstring) will make two more rehab starts, throwing about 75 pitches, before the team decides his next step. It's undetermined whether he'll be a starter or a reliever upon returning.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Jake Arrieta allowed five hits and no walk while fanning nine batters in eight shutout innings to beat the New York Yankees Wednesday, May 2.

SP | Blake Beavan | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Blake Beavan allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday, May 2, in a 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

SP | James Shields | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP James Shields allowed four runs and five hits, walked four and struck out 11 over six innings Wednesday, May 2, in a 5-4 win over the Seattle Mariners to win his sixth straight decision over two seasons, matching the longest winning streak of his career.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito issued seven walks and got pulled after 3 2/3 innings Wednesday, May 2, against the Miami Marlins. He did not get the decision.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova was solid through six innings but faltered in the seventh and ended up giving up five runs in 6 1/3 innings to end his string of winning 15 straight decisions. "I never really thought about the streak," said Nova, who fell to 3-1 with a 5.58 ERA as the Yankees lost 5-0 on Wednesday, May 2, to the Baltimore Orioles.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver threw the first individual home no-hitter at Angel Stadium since Nolan Ryan in 1975.

SP | Philip Humber | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox Philip Humber allowed three earned runs, four hits and six walks over six innings in a no-decision Wednesday, May 2, against the Cleveland Indians. He threw just 66 of his 107 pitches for strikes. He was able to strike out six batters. "I didn't feel great. I didn't have great stuff. There are other times you don't have great stuff," Humber said. Humber wouldn't use it as an excuse, but his wife gave birth to a the first child, a boy, Tuesday, May 1.

SP | Doug Fister | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Doug Fister (side) allowed no runs, two hits and one walk while striking out five batters over four innings in a minor-league rehab start Wednesday, May 2, for Triple-A Toledo. "The goal for tonight was to come in here and do things as normal as possible and kind of test things out," Fister said. "Just getting ready to go back and make pitches."

SP | Daniel Bard | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Daniel Bard allowed four earned runs, eight hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings in a loss Wednesday, May 2, against the Oakland Athletics. He walked two and struck out one, throwing just 60 of his 101 pitches for strikes.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brandon McCarthy allowed just one run and five hits over 6 2/3 innings in a win against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, May 2. McCarthy improved to 8-0 with a 3.34 ERA since 2009 against American League East opponents.

SP | Matt Maloney | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins RP Matt Maloney (calf) left his appearance Wednesday, May 2, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim due to a bruised left calf.

SP | A.J. Burnett | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett allowed 12 runs on 12 hits in 2 2/3 innings in a loss Wednesday, May 2, against the St. Louis Cardinals. He entered with a 1.38 ERA, and left with a 8.04 mark. "I stunk," Burnett said. "There is nothing more I can say. I was up all night, I couldn't get anything down. It doesn't matter who you pitch against, if you get your pitches up y ou're going to get hammered."

SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn allowed two earned run, three hits and a walk with six strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings in a win Wednesday, May 2, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lynn has six career victories, and all of them have come against National League Central Division foes.

SP | Alex White | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Alex White might be the top candidate to replace SP Jhoulys Chacin in the team's rotation. The team will need a starter Monday, May 7, against the San Diego Padres. White started for Triple-A Colorado Springs Tuesday, May 1, so he would have regular rest before the assignment.

SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin, who was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs Wednesday, May 2, has really struggled. He is 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA in five starts this season, and he has just three wins over his past 21 starts dating back to last season, going 3-13 with a 5.14 ERA during the span.

SP | Tyler Chatwood | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Tyler Chatwood (triceps) left his start with Triple-A Colorado Springs Wednesday, May 2, due to tightness in his triceps. The injury makes him an unlikely candidate to replace SP Jhoulys Chacin in the big league club's rotation.

SP | Barry Enright | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Barry Enright allowed two runs in six innings in a start for Triple-A Reno Tuesday, May 1. Enright has won back-to-back starts for the first time this season, and he is 3-1 with a 1.99 ERA in 31 2/3 innings over six starts, with one complete game.

SP | Trevor Bauer | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Bauer was lit up for six runs - five earned - and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in a start Tuesday, May 1, for Double-A Mobile. He also walked three and struck out nine. "He was good," general manager Kevin Towers said. "Better than the line score. He was 95-97 mph. Power curve. Plus slider, plus change-up. He was excellent. It was mostly soft contract that found holes."

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta said Wednesday, May 2, that SP Ubaldo Jimenez is working on a mechanical adjustment that the team hopes will lead to better results. Jimenez added that his struggles have been hard to handle at times. "It's not easy. It's not easy to take," Jimenez said. "The only thing is I'm going to keep working on it, and I know it's going to be for my own good and for the team." The mechanical tweak involves Jimenez's left shoulder. Pitching coach Scott Radinsky said after watching video, he noticed Jimenez dropping his lead shoulder more than in the past.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw allowed three long balls against the Colorado Rockies for the first time in his career Wednesday, May 2. He gave up a season-high five runs in 7 1/3 innings but was bailed out by his offense and took the no-decision. It would have been his first loss since Aug. 7 of last year. Kershaw allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out six.

SP | Drew Pomeranz | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Drew Pomeranz allowed just one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings for a no-decision against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, May 2. He struck out five and walked four in the effort.

SP | Chris Schwinden | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Chris Schwinden gave up six hits and five runs in four innings in the loss against the Houston Astros in his second start this year Wednesday, May 2. He only lasted four innings in his last start, too. Manager Terry Collins wouldn't say if Schwinden will keep his spot in the rotation. He walked two and struck out only one while allowing two home runs.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Wandy Rodriguez allowed six hits and a run in seven innings to beat the New York Mets and lower his ERA to 1.64 Wednesday, May 2. He's won three starts in a row and has given up a combined three runs in those starts. Rodriguez walked two and struck out five.

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Tim Stauffer (elbow) will make his second rehab start with Triple-A Tucson Friday, May 4, and could rejoin the rotation shortly after that.

SP | Clayton Mortensen | Boston Red Sox | Transaction,
The Boston Red Sox recalled RP Clayton Mortensen from Triple-A Pawtucket Wednesday, May 2.

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine expects SP Josh Beckett (lat) to miss just this one start due to stiffness in his right lat muscle.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton (shoulder) will throw a simulated game Saturday, May 5, and then start in extended spring games Thursday, May 10 (45 pitches), Tuesday, May 15 (60 pitches) and Monday, May 21 (75 pitches). He could move to a minor league affiliate after that.

SP | Tommy Hunter | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tommy Hunter (toenail) will be pushed back to Sunday, May 6, against the Boston Red Sox due to an ingrown toenail that had to be removed. SP Jason Hammel will move up to start Saturday, May 5.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (elbow) will throw all of his pitchers to live hitters Thursday, May 3. He'll throw 20 pitches, sit down and then throw 20 more.

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander gave up two runs and six hits while walking one and striking out seven in eight innings in a no-decision against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, May 2. He hit a batter in the 123-pitch outing, and he became the second pitcher in team history to strike out at least seven in at least five of the team's first 24 games of the season. Verlander has thrown at least six innings in 48 straight starts since August of 2010.

SP | Jonathan Sanchez | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Jonathan Sanchez gave up just one hit and no runs while walking two and striking out two in five innings for a no-decision against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, May 2.

SP | Dylan Axelrod | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox P Dylan Axelrod will likely start one of the games of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians Monday, May 7, depending on whether he's needed in relief between now and Sunday, May 6.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (oblique) plans to throw another bullpen Saturday, May 5, and could be activated from the disabled list to start next week. Lee said he is completely pain-free.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday, May 11, which will end his 2012 season. An MRI and CT scan showed a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament.

SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison tied a career high by allowing eight runs and eight hits in just 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday, May 2. He's allowed 15 runs in 8 1/3 frames in his last two starts. Harrison walked two and struck out three in the outing.

SP | Cory Luebke | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres placed SP Cory Luebke (elbow) on the 15-day day disabled list with a sore left elbow Wednesday, May 2, as a precautionary move. The DL stint is retroactive to April 28.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero won for the fourth time in five starts by beating the Texas Rangers Wednesday, May 2. He gave up five runs and six hits in eight innings while walking three and striking out a season-high six hitters.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly (oblique) is dealing with a stiff oblique muscle, but his status for his next start won't be determined until after he throws a bullpen Friday, May 4.

SP | Aaron Cook | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett (lat) will not make his next start Saturday, May 5, due to lat tightness. SP Aaron Cook will start in Beckett's place. Beckett tossed a career-high 126 pitches in his last outing.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes, who has become basically a two-pitch pitcher with his fastball and curveball, relied very heavily on his heater against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, May 1, and the O's sat back and hit it hard to the tune of four runs and two more home runs. Hughes has pretty much abandoned his curveball. "I don't think he has necessarily completely abandoned it," manager Joe Girardi said of the changeup. "He does need to use it, for sure."

SP | Chris Young | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Chris Young (shoulder) threw a 75-pitch simulated game Monday, April 30, but he won't go on a minor league rehab assignment yet, as the team doesn't want to rush him along. His fastball was around 85 mph Monday. There is no real replacement for SP Chris Schwinden in the rotation until Young is ready.

SP | Trevor Cahill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Scouts were impressed with Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Cahill's performance Tuesday, May 1, and they compared his sinker to that of Cleveland Indians SP Derek Lowe and Boston Red Sox SP Aaron Cook.

SP | Edinson Volquez | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Edinson Volquez has a 2.92 ERA with 33 strikeouts and 18 walks in six starts with the team, and opponents are hitting .191 (25-for-131) against him. At PETCO Park in his career in eight starts, Volquez is 1-2 with a 2.36 ERA. He's given up one run over his last 14 innings at home.

SP | Joel Carreno | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays optioned P Evan Crawford to Triple-A Las Vegas and recalled P Joel Carreno from Las Vegas.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Joel Peralta | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RP Joel Peralta is unavailable Thursday, May 3.

RP | Michael Wuertz | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Free Agents
The Cincinnati Reds signed free-agent RP Michael Wuertz (Athletics) to a minor league deal.

RP | Fernando Salas | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals RP Fernando Salas spent time Wednesday, May 2, looking at video with coaches that compared his delivery this season to last season and believes they may have a found a mechanical reason behind his command. Salas said he's seen times when he tries to go away from a righthanded batter and the fastball elevates up and over the plate, a sign of a glitch.

RP | Brian Fuentes | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Brian Fuentes picked up career save No. 200 Wednesday, May 2, against the Boston Red Sox. His last save came June 19, 2011. He is the sixth left-handed pitcher in major league history to reach 200 saves.

RP | Rafael Betancourt | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies RP Rafael Betancourt blew the save against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, May 2, but was in line for the win. Betancourt allowed two hits and two earned runs while walking two and striking out three in his inning of work. It was his first blown save of the season and first win.

RP | Grant Balfour | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Grant Balfour said he has been sick lately and he dealt with some minor back tightness in his outing Tuesday, May 1, but he isn't using that as an excuse for his poor recent performance, in which he's 0-1 with a save, two blown saves and a 23.14 ERA in his last four outings. Manager Bob Melvin has indicated that he isn't ready to make a switch.

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals RP Jonathan Broxton allowed one hit for his fourth save in five chances against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, May 2.

RP | Fernando Rodney | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Fernando Rodney is not expected to be available Wednesday, May 2, after pitching in three straight games.

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Kyle Farnsworth (elbow) threw with a ball in a sock Wednesday, May 2, and looks to be improving.

RP | Mark Prior | Boston Red Sox | Transaction,
The Boston Red Sox signed free-agent RP Mark Prior (Yankees) to an undisclosed deal Wednesday, May 2.

RP | Daniel Schlereth | Detroit Tigers | Injury,
The Detroit Tigers say they were unaware of RP Daniel Schlereth's (shoulder) injury when they sent him to Triple-A Toledo two weeks ago. Schlereth has since landed on the disabled list with tendonitis in his left shoulder. Manager Jim Leyland thinks Schlereth was trying to pitch through the ailment to stay in the big leagues.

RP | Ryan Cook | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Jordan Norberto earned his first major league save against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, May 1, after cleaning up for RP Grant Balfour with two men on base in the ninth. RP Ryan Cook hasn't allowed a run in 10 outings this year, and he's given up just one hit. Balfour has blown his two saves in his last four appearances, and the emergence of Cook and Norberto will make it easier for the team to trade Balfour this summer. However, manager Bob Melvin said nothing has changed as far as roles in the bullpen after Balfour's letdown.

RP | Francisco Cordero | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell is confident RP Francisco Cordero can get the job done in the ninth inning in the absence of RP Sergio Santos (shoulder). However, Cordero has given up a run in four of his last five outings, losing a game and blowing two save chances. Farrell continues to say that Cordero is the closer with Santos out.

RP | Luis Marte | Detroit Tigers | Injury,
Detroit Tigers RP Luis Marte (hamstring) had more soreness in his left hamstring during a bullpen session, and the team opted to shut him down. Manager Jim Leyland said there might not be spot available for Marte on the roster when he's ready to return.

RP | Greg Holland | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals RP Greg Holland (rib) threw a successful side session Wednesday, May 2, tossing 26 pitches in the process. He will throw live batting practice over the weekend and go on a minor league rehab assignment next week.

RP | D.J. Carrasco | New York Mets | Injury,
New York Mets RP D.J. Carrasco (ankle), who looked "pretty dominant" in back-to-back appearances with Single-A St. Lucie, will move his rehab to either Double-A Binghamton or Triple-A Buffalo. He's given up one hit and a walk in six innings with St. Lucie.

RP | Dan Runzler | San Francisco Giants | Injury,
San Francisco Giants RP Dan Runzler (lat) is being examined by team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki due to a "minor setback."

RP | Jeremy Affeldt | San Francisco Giants | Injury,
San Francisco Giants RP Jeremy Affeldt (knee) sprained his right knee over the weekend reaching out to catch his son who jumped off the couch to hug his father. Affeldt said he heard a pop in his knee and woke up the next day with throbbing pain in his knee. He will likely use a brace on his knee when he returns to action.

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