Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 18, 2012 @ 08:56:01 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz will play first base and 1B Adrian Gonzalez will move to right field for at least one game of this weekend's interleague series at the Philadelphia Phillies.

1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Mark Trumbo went 4-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox Thursday, May 17. His four hits set a career high.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 with one home run and one RBI against the Chicago White Sox Thursday, May 17.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox DH Adam Dunn went 2-for-5 with two RBIs against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Thursday, May 17.

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland slugged two home runs in a losing effort Thursday, May 17. He went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, three RBIs and a walk. Moreland now has six homers on the year.

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto hit a solo home run in a losing effort Thursday, May 17. He went 2-for-4 with a run in the game. The homer was his sixth on the year.

1B | Prince Fielder | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 1B Prince Fielder and OFs Brennan Boesch and Andy Dirks all hit solo home runs in a losing effort Thursday, May 17. Boesch went 1-for-4 with a strikeout to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Boesch has five homers on the year, Dirks now has four and Fielder has six.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau hit a two-run home run in a winning effort Thursday, May 17, in his second game back from the disabled list. INF Trevor Plouffe also added a blast in the game. The duo hit back-to-back long balls in the third inning. Morneau has five home runs on the season while Plouffe has three. Morneau drove in three runs in the game.

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer, who was out of the lineup Thursday, May 17, is likely to be rested again Friday, May 18. "With two lefties, (this will) just give him a chance to relax a little bit and clear his mind," manager Ned Yost said. "He's been grinding really hard through it, been doing a great job of staying positive, but I think it's time where he just sits back and takes it easy." Hosmer is hitting just .174, which is third lowest among hitters in the American League.

1B | Brandon Allen | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 1B Brandon Allen (quadriceps) will start his rehab assignment with Single-A Charlotte Thursday, May 17.

1B | Matt LaPorta | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 1B Matt LaPorta hit his team-leading 11th home run for Triple-A Columbus Wednesday, May 16, and he is fifth in the International League with a .328 average, second in home runs and third in total bases (80).

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays optioned 1B Adam Lind to Triple-A Las Vegas Thursday, May 17, and purchased the contract of C Yan Gomes in a corresponding move.


Second Baseman

2B | Blake DeWitt | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
Chicago Cubs 2B Blake DeWitt has accepted his demotion and will report to Triple-A Iowa.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knees) said he felt good after taking groundballs Wednesday, May 16, and plans to take more before the game Thursday, May 17. However, Utley will be cautious not to overwork himself and create a setback.

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley went 1-for-5 with a run scored, walk and strikeout Thursday, May 17, to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. He also stole his third base of the season.

2B | Jose Lopez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Jose Lopez tied the game with a three-run dinger in the eighth inning to help his team to an eventual win Thursday, May 17. Lopez's dinger was his second of the season.

2B | Will Rhymes | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays INF Will Rhymes (forearm) isn't playing Thursday, May 17, but he's unlikely to land on the disabled list. He wasn't allowed to take batting practice with the team before the game. OF Rich C. Thompson is making his first career big league start.

2B | Orlando Hudson | free agent | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres placed SS Jason Bartlett (undisclosed) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, May 17, and waived 2B Orlando Hudson. INFs Everth Cabrera and Alexi Amarista will be recalled from Triple-A Tucson. The Padres will owe Hudson his $5.5 million for this year plus a $2 million buyout if he isn't claimed by another team.

2B | Matt Antonelli | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees claimed INF Matt Antonelli off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, May 17.

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler (illness) returned to the lineup Thursday, May 17.


Shortstop

SS | Jerry Hairston Jr. | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers INF Jerry Hairston Jr. (hamstring) took ground balls Thursday and has been hitting.

SS | Brandon Crawford | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Crawford went 2-for-5 with two RBIs against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, May 17.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki went 2-for-4 with one home run and two RBIs against the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday, May 17.

SS | Adam Rosales | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics INF Adam Rosales started at first base after being recalled Thursday, May 17, and reached base in all four at-bats with three walks and a single.

SS | Ronny Cedeno | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SS Ronny Cedeno hit a three-run home run in a winning effort Thursday, May 17. Cedeno went 2-for-5 with one run scored, three RBIs and one strikeout in the game. The homer was his first this season.

SS | Jason Bartlett | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, San Diego Padres SS Jason Bartlett (knee) was placed on the disabled list with a strained right knee Thursday, May 17.

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar is resting Thursday, May 17, with SS Maicer Izturis starting in his place. OFs Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos will start together for the first time this season, with Trout shifting over to right field.

SS | Clint Barmes | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Clint Barmes has 32 strikeouts and just one walk this year in 110 at-bats.

SS | Alex Gonzalez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SS Alex Gonzalez (knee) underwent surgery on his right anterior cruciate ligament Thursday, May 17. He will need six months of rehab.


Third Baseman

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright has been intentionally walked six times this season. He was intentionally walked four times last year.

3B | James Darnell | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF James Darnell (shoulder) sustained a partial dislocation of his left shoulder diving for Los Angeles Dodgers OF Tony Gwynn Jr.'s double in the sixth inning Thursday, May 17. Darnell was replaced by OF Chris Denorfia.

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco (knee) isn't in the lineup Thursday, May 17, because his left knee is still bothering him. He could be used as a pinch hitter if necessary.

3B | Mark DeRosa | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Mark DeRosa (oblique) is improving in his recovery and hopes to return from the disabled list by the end of next week.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring) played catch and is taking grounders on his knees Thursday, May 17.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez is not playing Thursday, May 17.

3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Ben Francisco is serving as the designated hitter Thursday, May 17, and C Yan Gomes could split time with him there with 3B Edwin Encarnacion mostly playing at first base. OF Travis Snider, currently at Class AAA, has just one hit in his last 18 at-bats after returning from an injury.

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie dropped the appeal of his four-game suspension, and he'll begin serving it Thursday, May 17.

3B | Jordan Pacheco | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy said 3B Jordan Pacheco will see the majority of time at the hot corner with 3B Chris Nelson (wrist) on the disabled list, moving INF Jonathan Herrera to a utility role.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley has hit safely in 19 of his last 21 home games, going 21-for-72 (.292). He's hitting .253 with two home runs at home this year compared to .255 with three homers on the road.

3B | Jack Hannahan | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Jack Hannahan (back) played catch Thursday, May 17, and is hoping to return at some point this weekend during interleague play. His MRI exam showed nothing serious.

3B | Alex Liddi | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 3B Alex Liddi is making his first career start in left field Thursday, May 17, with OF Mike Carp (shoulder) experiencing some soreness in his right shoulder. Carp was the DH Thursday.

3B | David Winfree | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks outrighted 3B David Winfree to the minors Wednesday, May 16.

3B | Brandon Inge | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Transaction
Oakland Athletics 3B Brandon Inge (groin) was placed on the 15-day disabled list. IF Adam Rosales was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.


Catcher

C | Geovany Soto | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs C Geovany Soto (knee) is out of the lineup Friday, May 18. 2B Darwin Barney is the emergency catcher today.

C | Welington Castillo | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs C Welington Castillo homered and drove in four runs Thursday, May 17.

C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz had four hits and three RBIs Thursday, May 17.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina's solo homer in the eighth inning Thursday, May 17, was the first run allowed by San Francisco Giants RP Sergio Romo in his 14 appearances this season and the second time he has surrendered a run in his past 44 games, dating to June 30.

C | Miguel Olivo | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Miguel Olivo (groin) is rejoining the team Friday, May 18, but it is strictly for evaluation. "There's no chance he's coming off the disabled list," manager Eric Wedge said. "We just want to test him over a few days ourselves before we send him out on a rehab assignment."

C | A.J. Pierzynski | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski went 3-for-5 with two RBIs against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Thursday, May 17.

C | Humberto Quintero | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals C Humberto Quintero (head) was hit in the head by a thrown ball and left as a precaution Thursday, May 17. Manager Ned Yost said Quintero was OK after the game.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana hit a walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th inning with the bases loaded to help defeat the Seattle Mariners Thursday, May 17. Santana went 2-for-4 with a run, RBI and two walks in the game.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters received the day off Thursday, May 17, with C Luis Exposito spelling him. Wieters played in 35 of the team's first 38 games.

C | Salvador Perez | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez (knee) has been hitting in the cages and is about a month away from returning. "Sal's getting close," skipper Ned Yost said. "He's probably, hopefully three weeks to a month away. I watched him hit in the cage and he's swinging the bat well. He's going to probably start catching side sessions after the weekend, start taking BP on the field after the weekend. That's good. He's getting close."


Outfielder

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (ear) could return early next week.

OF | Scott Hairston | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Scott Hairston is expected to be the designated hitter in the interleague game Friday, May 18.

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran (knee) had an MRI on his right knee Wednesday, May 16, that came out clean. He may be available to return to the outfield Friday, May 18.

OF | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig (hamstring) is headed to the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen hit two homers Thursday, May 17.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday went 1-for-3 with one home run and three RBIs against the San Francisco Giants Thursday, May 17.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton hit a game-winning two-run home run against the Colorado Rockies Thursday, May 17. He finished the game 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

OF | Adam L. Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Adam L. Jones hit a two-run homer in a winning effort Thursday, May 17, for his third home run in as many days. Jones now has 13 long balls on the year, a mark he didn't reach until June 25 last year. He's now hit in nine straight games. Jones went 1-for-3 with a run, two RBIs, a walk and a strikeout in the game.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton snapped his 16-game hitting streak Thursday, May 17, when he entered the ball game as a pinch hitter and went 0-for-2.

OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick blasted his 10th home run of the season in a winning effort Thursday, May 17. In the process, he ruined Texas Rangers RP Alexi Ogando's scoreless streak of 15 1/3 innings.

OF | Jonny Gomes | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Jonny Gomes went 3-for-5 with two runs, one RBI and a strikeout in a win Thursday, May 17, to raise his average to .253.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse (lat) could return from the disabled list as early as June 1, according to skipper Davey Johnson. Morse is expected to report to Florida next week to receive at-bats in extended spring training, and he will return as the team's cleanup hitter.

OF | Johnny Damon | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Johnny Damon singled in the fourth inning Thursday, May 17, to move into a tie for 55th place on the all-time career hits list with 2,732.

OF | Torii Hunter | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are unsure when OF Torii Hunter will return from the restricted list. "From today, I don't think it's going to be weeks (until Hunter returns)," manager Mike Scioscia said. "But Torii has a personal issue. He's going to get whatever time he needs to to feel comfortable enough to come back and play baseball."

OF | Melky Cabrera | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Melky Cabrera (foot) is back in the lineup Thursday, May 17, after being scratched with a foot injury Wednesday, May 16. The irritation is described as similar to a corn. INF Joaquin Arias (forearm) remains out with a bruised left forearm.

OF | Rajai Davis | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said OF Rajai Davis has earned more playing time with his recent performance.

OF | Chris B. Young | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Chris B. Young (shoulder) will rehab with Triple-A Reno Thursday, May 17, and he could rejoin the team as early as Friday, May 18, serving as the designated hitter in interleague play. His shoulder bothers him more when throwing than hitting.

OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Denard Span (hamstring) missed his third straight game Thursday, May 17, but manager Ron Gardenhire said Span will return this weekend against the Milwaukee Brewers.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer is receiving a day off Thursday, May 17.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick, who is hitting just .177 on the season and has just three hits in his last 29 at-bats, will serve as the designated hitter for at least two of the team's three interleague games this weekend. Manager Dusty Baker wants to try to get Ludwick going.

OF | Tyler Graham | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks signed free-agent OF Tyler Graham (Giants) to a minor league deal Wednesday, May 16, and assigned him to Triple-A Reno.

OF | Nyjer Morgan | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Nyjer Morgan has no RBIs in 89 at-bats this season.

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson (abdominal) is unlikely to be in the lineup Thursday, May 17.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa (elbow) allowed a run on three hits and three walks while fanning four in four innings at Double-A Tulsa Thursday, May 17. He threw 73 pitches, 43 for strikes. His target return date is June 2.

SP | Alex Cobb | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Alex Cobb is expected to take SP Jeff Niemann's (leg) spot in the starting rotation Saturday, May 19.

SP | J.A. Happ | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP J.A. Happ allowed seven hits and a walk while fanning four in six shutout innings to beat the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, May 17.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy threw a five-hit shutout against the Miami Marlins Thursday, May 17. He didn't allow a walk and struck out six in his first career complete game. He leads the NL with a 1.33 ERA.

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald allowed three runs on four hits and a walk while fanning a career-high 11 in 5 2/3 innings in his win over the Washington Nationals Thursday, May 17.

SP | Juan Nicasio | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Juan Nicasio (leg) struck out seven and gave up just one run on two hits in 4 2/3 innings. But he also walked five, uncorked two wild pitches and needed 106 pitches. Part of the problem came from Nicasio getting struck by a line drive off the bat of Arizona Diamondbacks SS Willie Bloomquist in the first inning. As the game went on his leg stiffened up. "I couldn't push off well and it made it hard to throw my breaking ball," Nicasio said.

SP | Matt Moore | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore gave up three runs and five hits in six innings against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, May 17. Moore retired his last 10 batters. He struck out eight and walked one, but the Rays still lost 5-3.

SP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Felix Doubront (4-1) allowed two runs and six hits over 5 2/3 innings Thursday, May 17, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Doubront was hit on the ear by a ball during batting practice Tuesday, May 15, and cleared one day later to make his scheduled start.

SP | Jamie Moyer | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
When Colorado Rockies SP Jamie Moyer drove in two runs with an infield single in the fourth inning in Colorado's 6-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, May 16, he became the oldest player in major-league history with an RBI, at 49 years and 180 days in age. That breaks the record of Julio Franco, who was 155 days younger when he got the last of his 1,194 ribbies in 2007.

SP | Dan Hudson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Dan Hudson (shoulder) is scheduled to make a rehab start for Triple-A Reno Monday, May 21, and will make his next start for the Diamondbacks if all goes well. Hudson threw 2 1/3 innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday, May 16, and allowed two runs on two hits while walking two batters and striking out three.

SP | C.J. Wilson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP C.J. Wilson allowed four runs on four hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox Thursday, May 17, to suffer his fourth loss of the season. He struck out three batters and walked six in the game.

SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, May 17, to pick up his third win of the season. He struck out six batters and walked one in the game.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright allowed five runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings against the San Francisco Giants Thursday, May 17, to suffer his fifth loss of the season. He struck out one batter and walked four in the game.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz won for the third time in his last four starts by beating the Kansas City Royals Thursday, May 17, giving up three runs and seven hits with just one walk in six frames. Matusz struck out only two in the 98-pitch performance.

SP | Mat Latos | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Mat Latos allowed seven hits and three earned runs while walking three and striking out seven in five innings in a no-decision against the New York Mets Thursday, May 17. Latos also drove in his first run of the year on a sacrifice fly, matching his RBI total from last season.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey (elbow) will return to Florida to continue his rehab from Tommy John surgery. He has been playing catch from 150 feet.

SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey allowed five hits and four runs (three earned) while walking one and striking out eight in six innings in a no-decision against the Cincinnati Reds Thursday, May 17. He gave up one homer in the 92-pitch outing.

SP | Hector Noesi | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Hector Noesi gave up just one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings for a no-decision against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, May 17. Noesi allowed five hits while walking three and fanning five in the 101-pitch outing.

SP | P.J. Walters | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP P.J. Walters allowed four hits (three solo homers) and three earned runs in 6 1/3 innings to beat the Detroit Tigers Thursday, May 17. He also walked three and struck out two in the 87-pitch effort.

SP | Brad Bergesen | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction,
Baltimore Orioles SP Brad Bergesen cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk Thursday, May 17.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova (ankle) got through his bullpen session fine Thursday, May 17, and he will make his start Saturday, May 19.

SP | Eric Surkamp | San Francisco Giants | Injury,
San Francisco Giants P Eric Surkamp (elbow) has an unspecified setback in his recover from a strained elbow, and manager Bruce Bochy thinks Surkamp might need surgery.

SP | Eric Stults | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres claimed SP Eric Stults off waivers from the Chicago White Sox Thursday, May 17.

SP | Anthony Swarzak | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins will only need to address SP Nick Blackburn's (quadriceps) turn in the rotation once (May 26) because of the team's off day Monday, May 21. Ps Anthony Swarzak and Brian Duensing are both candidates for the start Saturday, May 26. However, SP Liam Hendriks, who is 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA and 12 strikeouts with Triple-A Rochester, could be another choice.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland thinks SP Rick Porcello might be overthrowing, which has caused his slider - mostly - to become ineffective. The average velocity on Porcello's fastball and sinker are both up around two mph, but C Alex Avila doesn't think Porcello needs to overthrow to be effective, either.

SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jenrry Mejia (elbow) is ticketed for two more rehab starts each with Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo. Manager Terry Collins indicated that Mejia could see some bullpen work after that.

SP | Trevor Bauer | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Bauer will make the jump to Triple-A Reno Thursday, May 17. He went 7-1 with a 1.68 ERA at Double-A Mobile.

SP | Esmil Rogers | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies are receiving trade interest in P Esmil Rogers, and the Rockies are open to moving him for the right offer. Rogers is out of minor league options.

SP | Jonathan Sanchez | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Jonathan Sanchez (biceps) is heading to Arizona to rehab his biceps tendonitis, and he's likely to make a few rehab starts. Sanchez is unlikely to return to the rotation for at least a few weeks.

SP | Luis Mendoza | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Luis Mendoza is lined up to pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday, May 18, while P Everett Teaford is slated to go Sunday, May 20. P Ryan Verdugo will be called up for a spot start Sunday if Teaford is needed in relief before then.

SP | Casey Coleman | Chicago Cubs | Transaction,
The Chicago Cubs will recall RP Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa Thursday, May 17, according to sources close to the situation. Ps Casey Coleman and Scott Maine are both options to be sent down to make room.

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish said he and C Yorvit Torrealba decided to go with his fastball as an out pitch before his start against the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, May 16. "These teams study me just like I study them," Darvish said through interpreter Joe Furukawa. "In previous starts I was going to my breaking ball as out pitch. Knowing that, I was able to use my fastball hard in and up in the zone to get some outs." He posted his fifth quality start in his last six outings versus the A's. Darvish mixed his pitches well and used his changeup more often than before.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Steven Wright | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians RP Steven Wright (toe) was placed on the disabled list at Double-A Akron with a broken toe on his left foot. He was hit by a liner last week.

RP | Kyle McClellan | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Transaction
St. Louis Cardinals RP Kyle McClellan (elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list. P Brandon Dickson was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

RP | Cesar Cabral | New York Yankees | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Yankees have moved RP Cesar Cabral (elbow) to the 60-day disabled list.

RP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale joined Steve Rosenberg (1989) as the only White Sox pitchers to give up three runs or less in each of their first six big league starts since divisional play began in 1969.

RP | Matt Guerrier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Matt Guerrier (elbow), who was placed on the disabled list April 19 with tendonitis in his right elbow, threw his first bullpen session with breaking balls Thursday, May 17, and said he felt good. He's targeting a return around June 1 if he continues to improve, but Guerrier will most likely go to Class A Rancho Cucamonga for rehab work.

RP | Javy Guerra | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
The Dodgers plan for RP Javy Guerra is to use him in short-inning, pressure-packed scenarios but earlier in the game. Manager Don Mattingly said it's important for Guerra to rebuild his confidence in situations where the fate of the game isn't solely in his hands. "I told him I'm going to use him just like a closer, to stop this thing and give us a chance to win," said Mattingly.

RP | Blake Parker | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
Updating a previous report, the Chicago Cubs have recalled RP Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa. In a corresponding move, the team optioned P Scott Maine to Triple-A Iowa.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz has been averaging 91.8 mph on his fastball but was able to throw 94-95 mph during his outing Tuesday, May 15. Manager Kirk Gibson said Putz has been working with pitching coach Charles Nagy on his pitching mechanics which helped with the added velocity. "The way his load is," Gibson said, "he was getting too far forward. (Pitchers go) back before they go forward. He just wasn't getting back. Charlie talked to him about it. I think he looked at a ton of video over the last week to 10 days. They talked about it and put some time in in the bullpen."

RP | Santiago Casilla | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Santiago Casilla pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, May 17, to pick up his ninth save of the season.

RP | Ryan Cook | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Ryan Cook (fingernail) pitched with a torn fingernail on his middle finger Thursday, May 17.

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson picked up his 14th save of the season against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, May 17, and he's converted 22 straight save opportunities since August of 2011. Johnson gave up one hit and struck out one in the 13-pitch effort.

RP | Joe Nathan | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan pitched for the third straight day Thursday, May 17, tossing a perfect ninth frame in a tied ball game. Nathan struck out one in the eight-pitch outing.

RP | Brian Fuentes | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Brian Fuentes picked up his third save of the year against the Texas Rangers Thursday, May 17. Fuentes allowed one hit and struck out one in the seven-pitch outing.

RP | Logan Ondrusek | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Logan Ondrusek was hit with the loss against the New York Mets Thursday, May 17, after he surrendered four hits (one homer) and five earned runs in just one inning. He struck out one and walked one.

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Aroldis Chapman ended his streak of not allowing a run in 19 1/3 innings this year Thursday, May 17, by allowing an unearned run, so his ERA remains intact at 0.00. Chapman gave up one hit while walking two and striking out two in the 35-pitch performance.

RP | Brandon League | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners RP Brandon League blew the save against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, May 17, and he's blown four saves against the Tribe in the last two years. League allowed two hits and two earned runs while walking three and striking out one in the 26-pitch effort.

RP | Matt Capps | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins RP Matt Capps pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers Thursday, May 17, for his eighth save of the season. Capps struck out one in the 10-pitch outing.

RP | Brian Tallet | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The San Diego Padres released RP Brian Tallet Thursday, May 17.

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said he doesn't want to rush RP Bobby Parnell to the pressure-packed late innings just yet. Parnell did not fare well in the closer's role last season, going 4-6 with a 4.45 ERA, six saves and six blown saves. "It's all about the confidence thing," Collins said. "I don't want to break it down when it's moving forward at the rate it is with Bob. We're going to probably give him some different opportunities to pitch deeper into games, later into games, because he's earned that. I just want to make sure it's the right time." However, general manager Sandy Alderson said he isn't afraid of making sweeping changes to the bullpen, which is tied for the most blown saves in the majors (nine).

RP | Brandon Kintzler | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction,
The Milwaukee Brewers activated RP Brandon Kintzler (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, May 16, and optioned him to Triple-A Nashville.

RP | Clay Zavada | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction,
The St. Louis Cardinals signed free-agent RP Clay Zavada (Reds) to a minor league deal Wednesday, May 16.

RP | R.J. Swindle | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The St. Louis Cardinals released RP R.J. Swindle Wednesday, May 16.

RP | Rafael Dolis | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Rafael Dolis (back) has been dealing with a tight back recently.

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (elbow) planned to ride a stationary bike Wednesday, May 16, for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery April 19. He has to be careful, though, since a ligament was taken from his leg and inserted into his elbow.

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