Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 16, 2012 @ 08:56:26 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Travis Ishikawa | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Travis Ishikawa hit two homers and drove in five runs Tuesday, May 15.

1B | Bryan LaHair | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Bryan LaHair smacked his 10th home run of the season Tuesday, May 15, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Five of LaHair's homers have come against the Cardinals. He had reached base safely in 32 consecutive games.

1B | Kila Ka'aihue | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 1B Kila Ka'aihue (hamstring) returned to the lineup Tuesday, May 15, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He went 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts, serving as the designated hitter.

1B | Jason Giambi | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Jason Giambi (foot) was out of the starting lineup again Tuesday, May 15, due to a sore foot.

1B | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman was scratched from the lineup Tuesday, May 15, but it was not injured related. Manager Mike Matheny explained that he wanted to find at-bats for 3B David Freese. "Early on, when I got here this morning, I was still trying to figure out if we could get (Freese) in," Matheny said. "I made the late scratch to get David in and to give Lance a day on a pitcher he's had a little bit of a tough time with."

1B | Gaby Sanchez | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen isn't ready to bench 1B Gaby Sanchez, who is hitting just .198 with one homer and 10 RBIs this year. However, he has three hits in the last three games.

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman (eye) is not in the lineup Tuesday, May 15, while dealing with a minor scratch on his right eye. He is hoping to return Wednesday, May 16, after going through seven pairs of contact lenses Monday, May 14.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins will activate 1B Justin Morneau (wrist) from the disabled list and option 1B Chris Parmelee to Triple-A Rochester. Morneau is expected to play first base regularly.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez could lose some playing time at first base during interleague play to allow DH David Ortiz to start at first.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn will play left field when the team plays the Chicago Cubs in interleague play this weekend, according to manager Robin Ventura. Dunn has 12 homers and 28 RBIs this year after hitting just 11 homers all of last season. OF Dayan Viciedo will sit the bench when Dunn starts in left.

1B | Jesus Guzman | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B Jesus Guzman is hitting .438 with four RBIs and three multi-hit games in his last five contests to raise his average to .277 on the year. "I think now we are seeing more of Guzy, a little more loose, little bit more relaxed in the box, swinging at strikes, taking balls, bat speed has picked up a little bit, much better," manager Bud Black said.


Second Baseman

2B | Marco Scutaro | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 2B Marco Scutaro hit a pinch-hit homer in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday, May 15. His first homer of the season was the eventual winning run.

2B | Omar Infante | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins 2B Omar Infante tied a career high with four hits Tuesday, May 15.

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy extended his hitting streak to 11 games Tuesday, May 15.

2B | Ben Zobrist | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Ben Zobrist is hitting .333 with two homers and five RBIs in his last seven games. His average has risen from .189 to .234 over the last 10 days.

2B | Ryan Raburn | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 2B Ryan Raburn went 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season and four RBIs Tuesday, May 15, against the Chicago White Sox. "I am a big believer in Raburn - I always have been," manager Jim Leyland said. "And, what I've been saying all along, the reason I like him is what you saw today."

2B | Tyler Greene | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Tyler Greene snapped an 0-for-17 slide Tuesday, May 15, against the Chicago Cubs. He had three hits, including a double and a triple. "Today was a good day. It was good for the team to get the win and end this little funk we've been in," Greene said. "You just keep working, keep pushing."

2B | Howard Kendrick | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B Howard Kendrick was back in the lineup Tuesday, May 15, against the Oakland Athletics after being benched Monday, May 14. Kendrick was hitless in three at-bats with a walk. The last time manager Mike Scioscia gave Kendrick a day off, he picked up one hit in his next nine at-bats.

2B | Skip Schumaker | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Skip Schumaker is expected to draw a majority of the starts in center field with OF Jon Jay (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list.

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks (hand) is back in the starting lineup Tuesday, May 15.


Shortstop

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (fibula) is in the starting lineup Tuesday, May 15, but won't know if he can actually play until he takes batting practice and fields grounders. He is wearing a protective bandage around his bruised left fibula.

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew (ankle) played a full nine innings in extended spring training Tuesday, May 15, and went 2-for-4 with a double. He's expected to repeat that step again Thursday, May 17.

SS | Brendan Ryan | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SS Brendan Ryan is out of the lineup again Tuesday, May 15, and C John Jaso is hitting second in the batting order. Ryan is hitting just .140 and has been replaced by SS Munenori Kawasaki.

SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Jed Lowrie is taking the day off Tuesday, May 15, with SS Marwin Gonzalez starting in his place.

SS | Trevor Plouffe | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins will continue to give playing time to INFs Trevor Plouffe, Jamey Carroll and Alexi Casilla at third base while 3B Danny Valencia works in the minors. "We're just playing everybody," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Valencia is down in Triple-A trying to get his stuff right. Plouffe is up here trying to get his stuff right here. So we don't have a total solution. We have people we're going to try to mix and match." Casilla has more work to do at third base, and he's played third just eight times in his career.


Third Baseman

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie was ejected Tuesday, May 15, and slammed his helmet down, which struck an umpire. Lawrie was ejected for questioning the strike zone. He's likely to receive a suspension.

3B | Brandon Inge | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 3B Brandon Inge (groin) is doing better with his groin injury, according to manager Bob Melvin. The skipper said he expects to have Inge back at third base Thursday, May 17, but he didn't rule Inge out for Wednesday, May 16.

3B | James Darnell | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF James Darnell hit his first homer of the season in a winning effort Tuesday, May 15.

3B | Alex Liddi | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge wants to continue to give 3B Alex Liddi playing time, and he'll even use him against some right-handed pitchers. Liddi could be used at shortstop eventually, and left field is another option.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) will begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket Wednesday, May 16, serving as the designated hitter and getting three at-bats. He'll play the field Thursday, May 17, before the team decides if he'll rejoin them Friday, May 18.

3B | Jack Hannahan | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Jack Hannahan (back) was out of the lineup for the second straight day Tuesday, May 15, with lingering back tightness, but he is listed as day-to-day.

3B | Mark DeRosa | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Mark DeRosa (oblique) is expected to resume throwing on flat ground Wednesday, May 16, and he hopes to start hitting at the end of the week.


Catcher

C | A.J. Pierzynski | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski tied a career high with five hits Tuesday, May 15, against the Detroit Tigers. He also came across to score twice while driving in three runs.

C | Taylor Teagarden | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Taylor Teagarden (back) has resumed a stabilization program for his back in extended spring camp. Manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday, May 15, that Teagarden is feeling much better.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo, SS Asdrubal Cabrera and C Carlos Santana all homered in a winning effort Tuesday, May 15. Choo's homer was his second, Cabrera now has four and Santana has five homers on the season.

C | John Baker | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Will Venable had four hits and C John Baker had three hits and three RBIs in a winning effort Tuesday, May 15. Venable had two doubles, a single, a triple and his fifth stolen base.

C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox C Jarrod Saltalamacchia is catching SP Josh Beckett against the Seattle Mariners Tuesday, May 15, and manager Bobby Valentine said C Kelly Shoppach isn't necessarily Beckett's personal catcher.

C | Miguel Olivo | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Miguel Olivo (groin) has been catching bullpen sessions in the minors, and he'll be sent out on a minor league rehab assignment next week.

C | Josh Thole | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets C Josh Thole (concussion) said he's been headache-free since last Friday. He's visiting with a doctor Tuesday, May 15.

C | Sandy Leon | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Sandy Leon (ankle) is undergoing tests to determine if he'll need surgery on his sprained ankle.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer was moved to second in the batting order Tuesday, May 15. He hit second in the lineup only eight times last season. OF Darin Mastroianni is hitting leadoff with OF Denard Span (hamstring) sitting out.

C | Carlos Maldonado | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals placed C Sandy Leon (ankle) on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle Tuesday, May 15, and recalled C Carlos Maldonado from the minors in a corresponding move. C Wilson Ramos (knee) was moved to the 60-day DL to make room for Maldonado.


Outfielder

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton extended his hitting streak to 15 games Tuesday, May 15.

OF | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig is hitting .392 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 59 RBIs in his career in the cleanup spot.

OF | Wil Myers | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Wil Myers and SP Jake Odorizzi were promoted from Double-A Northwest Arkansas to Triple-A Omaha.

OF | Carlos Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Carlos Gomez (hamstring) is set to begin a rehab assignment with Class A Wisconsin Wednesday, May 16.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson cracked his 13th home run of the season Tuesday, May 15, against the Baltimore Orioles. Granderson also reached that number on this date a year ago.

OF | Alfonso Soriano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano connected for his first home run of the season Tuesday, May 15, against the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit 26 home runs last season.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) was not in the lineup for Class A Lake Elsinore Tuesday, May 15. He suffered a slight setback in his rehab over the weekend.

OF | Will Venable | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Will Venable tied a career-high with four hits Tuesday, May 15, against the Washington Nationals. He has hit safely in 23 of his 25 starts this season.

OF | Jeremy Hermida | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres OF Jeremy Hermida (hernia) had successful surgery to repair a sports hernia Tuesday, May 15. He is expected to be sidelined six weeks.

OF | Gregor Blanco | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday, May 15, that OF Gregor Blanco is his starting right field. "It's hard to break up that outfield," Bochy said.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (eye) is likely to return to the lineup Wednesday, May 16.

OF | Endy Chavez | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Endy Chavez (oblique) arrived at extended spring camp Tuesday, May 15, in Sarasota, Fla.

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold (back) is not showing any signs of improvement after an epidural injection Friday, May 11, for his sore neck, according to manager Buck Showalter. Reimold might need a second injection, which would further delay his timetable for a return. "Every day, you are hoping he takes that next step," Showalter said. "I'd be less than forthcoming if I didn't think that the possibility of a second injection isn't a probability."

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton is struggling, but he wants to continue to play and fight through rather than getting a mental day off. "I asked him today," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He wants to play. He's very determined. He just hasn't been able to find his swing path. On and off, but not consistently."

OF | Chris B. Young | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Chris B. Young (shoulder) has an "outside shot" of returning from the 15-day disabled list this weekend. Young is playing Tuesday, May 15, and Wednesday, May 16, with Class A Visalia (Calif.) before the team moves him to Triple-A Reno to continue his rehab assignment.

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran (knee) was out of the lineup for the second consecutive day Tuesday, May 15, due to a "sore and stiff" right knee. "He wasn't completely ready to go," manager Mike Matheny said.

OF | Hunter Pence | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Hunter Pence committed an error in the top of the ninth inning that allowed the Houston Astros to tie the game Tuesday, May 15, but then he made up for it by blasting his second home run of the game for a walkoff win in the 10th inning. It was his ninth dinger of the season. Pence went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs in the game.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper went 1-for-4 with his second home run of the season in a losing effort Tuesday, May 15. He scored a run and struck out once.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
It's unknown if Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (ear) will come off the disabled list when eligible Friday, May 18. He could go on a minor league rehab assignment before returning.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (hand) is taking part in all baseball activities except for swinging a bat, and his hand is feeling much better.

OF | Mark Kotsay | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Mark Kotsay (back) was unavailable to play Tuesday, May 15, but he continues to improve.

OF | Marlon Byrd | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs acquired P Hunter Cervenka from the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, May 15, to complete the trade involving OF Marlon Byrd. Cervenka was pitching for Double-A Greenville.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (foot, pectoral) is still receiving treatment for plantar fasciitis in his heel, and he's unlikely to return until late June at the earliest. He's throwing and hitting without issue, but his foot injury will keep him off his feet for another two weeks. Gutierrez will likely work out in Arizona once he's fully healthy and then embark on a 20-day minor league rehab assignment.

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki will remain in the third spot in the batting order for the time being. "I'm not going to have that conversation with you guys before I have a conversation with him," manager Eric Wedge said. "But right now, my focus is for him to be more productive in the three-hole. He's a smart guy. There's nothing I need to say to him. He has his unique approach to hitting and it has to work." Wedge prefers 2B Dustin Ackley in the leadoff spot for now.

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz and SS Elvis Andrus are taking the night off Tuesday, May 15.

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (hamstring) has missed eight straight games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley and 10 of the team's last 12 games with a hamstring injury that has worsened.

OF | Johnny Damon | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Johnny Damon was dropped to seventh in the batting order Tuesday, May 15, and he'll have to earn his spot at leadoff back. OF Shin-Soo Choo was at leadoff for the second straight day Tuesday. "Choo is our leadoff guy. That's where he is going to hit," manager Manny Acta said. "(Damon) is struggling right now. He's going to continue to get his at-bats, but he's not going to get them in the leadoff spot right now." Damon is hitting just .159 (4-for-29) with only two hits in his last 18 at-bats.

OF | Shane Robinson | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Skip Schumaker will handle the majority of playing time in center field with OF Jon Jay (shoulder) on the disabled list. OF Shane Robinson could see some starts there, too.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse (lat) hit in the batting cages Tuesday, May 15, and he'll start hitting and throwing every other day in his rehab. He hopes to return to make his season debut June 8 against the Boston Red Sox.

OF | Bryan Peterson | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins recalled OF Bryan Peterson from the minors Tuesday, May 15.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers were being cautious by putting OF Matt Kemp (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list. "It's a mild strain," skipper Don Mattingly said. "But Doc told him if he did it again, it would go from a Grade 1 to a Grade 2. ... That was the thing Doc said to Matt before the game, that we need to get this healthy and let it heal up and not let it be a problem all year."

OF | Torii Hunter | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Torii Hunter was put on the restricted list Monday, May 14, because his son was arrested in Texas earlier in the day. Hunter's son was one of two adults arrested during a month-long investigation of sexual assault of a child, which is a second-degree felony.

OF | Tony Gwynn Jr. | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Tony Gwynn Jr. will start in center field with OF Matt Kemp (hamstring) on the disabled list. OF Andre Ethier might see a few starts in center, too, with OF Jerry Sands playing right field. Sands was hitting .257 with seven home runs, 28 RBIs and 27 runs scored.

OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Denard Span (hamstring) is out with a sore hamstring Tuesday, May 15, but the injury isn't considered serious.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said OF Jason Bay (rib) will "probably" return to his starting left field duties when he comes back from the disabled list, but Collins wants to get OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis significant playing time, too.

OF | Jordan Schafer | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Jordan Schafer and SS Jed Lowrie will not be in the lineup Tuesday, May 15.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Vance Worley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Vance Worley (elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. P Joe Savery has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

SP | Claudio Vargas | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers signed SP Claudio Vargas to a minor league contract. Vargas, who retired last season, will start for Triple-A Nashville.

SP | Josh Johnson | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins SP Josh Johnson allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while fanning six in seven innings to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday, May 15. It was his first win since April 19, 2011. Johnson relied more on his curveball in the outing.

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke allowed five hits and no walks while fanning seven in seven shutout innings to beat the New York Mets Tuesday, May 15. He has thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto allowed five earned runs on eight hits and two walks while fanning two in four innings in his loss to the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, May 15. It was his first loss of the season.

SP | Freddy Garcia | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees P Freddy Garcia made his first appearance in 10 days Tuesday, May 15, against the Baltimore Orioles. He allowed one unearned run and one hit with three strikeouts in two innings.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia allowed four earned runs, eight hits and four walks over six innings in a loss Tuesday, May 15, against the Baltimore Orioles. He struck out six batters in the 103-pitch outing. Sabathia had gone eight inning in each of his past four starts. It was just his third loss, and second in Camden Yard, in 19 career decisions against Baltimore.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy was staked to a 6-0 lead Tuesday, May 15, against the Detroit Tigers, but an eight-run sixth inning doomed he and the bullpen. Peavy ended up allowing six earned runs, nine hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings in the no-decision.

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer allowed six runs - five earned - and eight hits with three walks in just four innings in a no-decision Tuesday, May 15, against the Chicago White Sox. He needed 99 pitches to record the 12 outs. "When he's really trying to make a nasty pitch, I think he has the tendency to overthrow it," manager Jim Leyland said. "Fortunately, we came back and picked him up."

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett allowed just four hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over seven scoreless innings in a win Tuesday, May 15, against the Seattle Mariners. His ERA dropped from 5.97 to 4.97 after the impressive showing.

SP | Wei-Yin Chen | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen allowed two earned runs, four hits and two walks over seven innings in a win Tuesday, May 15, against the New York Yankees. He struck out four batters in the 105-pitch quality start.

SP | Paul Maholm | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Paul Maholm allowed four earned runs, seven hits and three walks over six innings in a no-decision Tuesday, May 15, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Maholm hadn't allowed more than one run in each of his previous four starts. Since 1918, no Cubs left-handed pitcher has gone five straight starts with at least six innings and one or fewer runs allowed. Maholm is among four Cubs lefties to do it five straight starts, and the first since SP Ken Holtzman in 1969.

SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle Lohse allowed five earned runs, nine hits and no walks over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, May 15. He struck out five batters in the 90-pitch outing. His ERA rose from 2.08 to 2.70 after the subpar outing.

SP | Ervin Santana | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Ervin Santana won his second straight start Tuesday, May 15, against the Oakland Athletics, allowing just four hits with three walks and nine strikeouts over seven scoreless innings.

SP | Kevin Correia | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Kevin Correia failed to work at least five innings Tuesday, May 15, for the second time in the past four starts. Correia has not won since April 15.

SP | Travis Blackley | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics RP Travis Blackley, claimed off waivers Tuesday, May 15, is expected to work in a long relief role.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton (shoulder) is expected to throw around 80 pitches Monday, May 21, in an extended spring training start. If that goes well, he might head out for a minor-league rehab assignment with one of the club's affiliates. Manager Buck Showalter said earlier in the process that the club is targeting an early-June return for Britton.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (knee) reported steady improvement in his knee after a start Monday, May 14. However, he acknowledged he tired down the stretch because he hadn't conditioned how he normally would between starts. He said he will try to do more conditioning last this week, although he doesn't anticipate being cleared to run any time soon.

SP | Trevor Cahill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Tuesday, May 15, that SP Trevor Cahill (shoulder) had a "little different feeling" in his shoulder after his last start, but he felt good during his bullpen session Tuesday. It appears he is on target to make his next scheduled start Thursday, May 17.

SP | Jeremy Guthrie | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies activated SP Jeremy Guthrie (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list in time for his start Tuesday, May 15, against the San Francisco Giants. RP Carlos Torres was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs in a corresponding move.

SP | Jason Marquis | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Jason Marquis allowed nine hits and five runs while walking two and striking out two in five innings to lose to the Cleveland Indians Tuesday, May 15. He surrendered three home runs in one inning. The last time the team allowed three round-trippers in an inning was September of 2010.

SP | Jeff Karstens | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Karstens (shoulder) will throw a one-inning simulated game Tuesday, May 15.

SP | Brad Lincoln | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates P Brad Lincoln will move back to the bullpen in three days even after he gave up just two runs in six innings Monday, May 14.

SP | Derek Lowe | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Derek Lowe tossed his first shutout in almost seven years by throwing a six-hitter against the Minnesota Twins Tuesday, May 15. He was the first pitcher to throw a shutout without a strikeout since Scott Erickson in April of 2002. Lowe induced four double-player grounders and won his fourth straight decision. He tossed a season-high 127 pitches for his 10th career complete game and first since August of 2008. It was his fourth career shutout. Lowe said he only threw around "seven or eight" fastballs, with the rest being sinking fastballs. He has allowed three runs or less with six innings or more in seven of his eight starts this year. Lowe walked four in the outing.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg applied analgesic ointment Hot Stuff to loosen up his body before his start Tuesday, May 15, but it somehow wound up covering an area that affecting his performance against the San Diego Padres. "I can't really tell you what the problem was, but some Hot Stuff got misplaced," manager Davey Johnson said. "It was on his shoulder and evidently I don't know how it got to where it got, but it was uncomfortable, to say the least."

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee gave up just one run and struck out 10 in eight innings against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, but he received the no-decision. Lee walked just one in his second start since returning from the disabled list.

SP | Alex Cobb | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SPs Alex Cobb and Chris Archer are the candidates to join the starting rotation in the absence of SP Jeff Niemann (leg). Manager Joe Maddon prefers to leave P Wade Davis in the bullpen, where he's been excelling.

SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jenrry Mejia (elbow) will move his rehab to Triple-A Buffalo, where he's expected to be worked in in relief, according to a team source. Mejia will also start for Buffalo.

SP | Kyle Kendrick | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick will make the spot start Wednesday, May 16, in place of SP Vance Worley (elbow), who is dealing with elbow soreness. It's unclear if Worley will land on the disabled list. P Joe Savery could be added to the roster if Worley lands on the DL.

SP | Anthony Bass | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Anthony Bass tied his longest outing by going eight innings in his 10th career start against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, May 15. He gave up just one run on a solo homer. Bass fanned seven and walked just one. He now has two wins on the season.

SP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Felix Doubront (head) was hit in the head by an errant fungo bat during pre-game warm-ups Tuesday, May 15, but he said he was OK after being checked by trainers.

SP | Jeff Niemann | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays placed SP Jeff Niemann (leg) on the 15-day disabled list with a broken leg Tuesday, May 15.

SP | Jordan Lyles | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Jordan Lyles was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City Tuesday, May 15, in order to start against the Philadelphia Phillies. RP David Carpenter was optioned to Oklahoma City in a corresponding move.

SP | Carl Pavano | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Carl Pavano (shoulder) will remain in Minneapolis in order to strengthen his shoulder, but he's still scheduled to start Saturday, May 19, against the Milwaukee Brewers.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Fernando Rodney | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RP Fernando Rodney is 11-for-11 in save opportunities this season. He has a 0.51 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings.

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson allowed a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday, May 15, against the New York Yankees. He is tied for the league lead in saves with 12.

RP | David Aardsma | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP David Aardsma (elbow) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, May 15, and said he has started throwing sliders off the mound.

RP | Takashi Saito | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Takashi Saito (calf) threw 21 pitches in his first bullpen session Tuesday, May 15.

RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Jose Valverde (back) left his outing with two outs in the ninth inning Tuesday, May 15, with what is being described as a tight lower back.

RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RP Jonny Venters hasn't been as successful with his sinker this year, and he's giving up runs in two of his last three outings. Venters is having to make an adjustment while not being used as much out of the bullpen. He said he is completely healthy but has struggled with location.

RP | Brett Myers | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros RP Brett Myers allowed one hit and one run (solo homer) in just one-third of an inning in a non-save situation to take the loss against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, May 15.

RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon was not available to pitch Tuesday, May 15, after being used on back-to-back days. RP Chad Qualls blew the save against the Houston Astros Tuesday. Qualls allowed four hits and two earned runs in the 21-pitch outing.

RP | Joey Devine | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Transaction,
The Oakland Athletics moved RP Joey Devine (elbow) to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, May 15.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey (thumb) is set to be examined by Dr. Thomas Graham Tuesday, May 15. "Everything's gone according to plan," Bailey said. "I'd say I'd probably start throwing here in the next couple weeks."

RP | David Robertson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP David Robertson (oblique) won't pick up a baseball for seven to 10 days after landing on the disabled list.

RP | Matt Lindstrom | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Matt Lindstrom (finger) has a slight tear in a ligament in his right middle finger. He will be re-examined but there are no plans for him to report to extended spring training for now.

RP | Cody Eppley | New York Yankees | Transaction,
New York Yankees RP Cody Eppley will be recalled from the minors Tuesday, May 15, to replace RP David Robertson (oblique) on the roster.

RP | Rafael Soriano | New York Yankees | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees placed RP David Robertson (oblique) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, May 15, with a strained left oblique muscle. RP Rafael Soriano will be left to close out the ninth inning in Robertson's absence. Soriano has saved both of his chances with Robertson injured. RPs Cory Wade and Boone Logan will be trusted with more pressure-packed innings in the back of the bullpen.

RP | Mike MacDougal | Chicago Cubs | Transaction,
The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent RP Mike MacDougal (Dodgers) to a minor league deal Tuesday, May 15, and assigned him to Triple-A Iowa. He had a 7.94 ERA in seven outings with four strikeouts and six walks with the Los Angeles Dodgers this year.

RP | Scott Linebrink | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Scott Linebrink (shoulder) played catch Tuesday, May 15, and he'll play long toss for several days before getting back on a mound.

RP | Dontrelle Willis | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction,
Baltimore Orioles SP Dontrelle Willis was reinstated from the restricted list Tuesday, May 15, and assigned to Single-A Aberdeen.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Carlos Marmol (hamstring) is at least 10 days to two weeks away from returning from his hamstring injury. Manager Dale Sveum said Marmol will likely pitch for Triple-A Iowa before being reinstated from the disabled list.

RP | Henry Rodriguez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said RP Henry Rodriguez is not suffering from any health problems. Rodriguez suffered another shaky outing Monday, May 14, and he's resting Tuesday, May 15. "He's fine," Johnson said. "You know, he cares a lot. He hides it really well. But his motor is running pretty hard. Pitchers can have ups and downs like hitters have ups and downs, slumps." RPs Tyler Clippard or Ryan Mattheus will likely pitch in a save situation Tuesday.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins was ready to replace RP Frank Francisco with RP Jon Rauch in the ninth inning Monday, May 14, if one more batter would have reached base. Francisco gave up two hits, a walk and a run while nailing down the save, but he's given up 22 hits and eight walks in 14 2/3 innings this year.

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