Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 8, 2012 @ 08:50:50 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Adam Giacalone | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers signed 16th round pick 1B Adam Giacalone to a $100,000 signing bonus.

1B | Russ Mitchell | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Francisco Giants signed free-agent 1B/3B Russ Mitchell (Dodgers) to a minor league deal.

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto extended his hitting streak to 13 games Thursday, June 7.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (vocal cords) was suffering from nerve damage to his vocal cords, which explains his persistent cough. His cough has subsided, but not all the way. Teixeira is taking medicine but the issue could persist for the rest of the year.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez has gone 86 plate appearances without a walk since May 15. In that time, he's hitting .214/.230/.357.

1B | Clint Robinson | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals recalled 1B Clint Robinson from Triple-A Omaha Thursday, June 7, and optioned P Ryan Verdugo to Omaha in a corresponding move. Robinson was hitting .314 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs in 60 games on the farm.

1B | Prince Fielder | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 1B Prince Fielder went 1-for-3 with a run, RBI and walk to extend his hitting streak to 14 games Thursday, June 7.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko (wrist) is back in the lineup Thursday, June 7, as the designated hitter.

1B | Travis Ishikawa | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Travis Ishikawa (oblique) took swings in the cage for the first time Thursday, June 7, since landing on the disabled list.

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman's (finger) X-ray results came back negative Thursday, June 7, and he'll likely miss a day or two.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau, who is hitting only .094 (5-for-53) with two home runs, 18 strikeouts and no walks against lefties this year, said his approach isn't where it needs to be. "I just don't feel like my approach has been very good," Morneau said. "I've been swinging, I've been chasing a lot of pitches. As soon as they see that, they keep doing it until you force them to throw strikes, and I haven't really forced them to throw strikes." He's swung at 56.1 percent of pitches compared to his career average of 50 percent. Morneau is also chasing more pitches outside the zone (40.6 percent).


Second Baseman

2B | Freddy Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez (shoulder) has resumed baseball activities and is throwing at 105 feet and hitting off a tee.


Shortstop

SS | Gavin Cecchini | New York Mets | Transaction
Updating previous reports, New York Mets first-round pick SS Gavin Cecchini signed a $2.3 million deal.

SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Jed Lowrie hit his 10th homer of the season Thursday, June 7. He is tied with Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy for the most homers by a shortstop in the majors.

SS | Marwin Gonzalez | Houston Astros | Injury, Transaction
Houston Astros INF Marwin Gonzalez (heel) was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

SS | Ryan Theriot | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Ryan Theriot went 4-for-5 with one RBI against the San Diego Padres Thursday, June 7.

SS | Alex Gonzalez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SS Alex Gonzalez (knee) will head to Miami soon to start rehabbing his right knee.


Third Baseman

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese hit two homers, including a grand slam, and had six RBIs Thursday, June 7.

3B | Scott Rolen | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Reds 3B Scott Rolen (shoulder) took batting practice for the second straight day Thursday, June 7.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (calf) is scheduled to play for Single-A Rome Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, as part of a rehab assignment before returning to the team.

3B | Brent Morel | Chicago White Sox | Injury
Chicago White Sox 3B Brent Morel (back) left his rehab game with Triple-A Charlotte Thursday, June 7, after one at-bat. It is not known if his departure was related to his back.

3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez is back in the lineup Thursday, June 7, after taking four days off to clear his head. Alvarez is in the midst of an 0-for-18 slide at the plate, and he hasn't started since Saturday, June 2. He's hitting only .199 with 60 strikeouts in 161 at-bats. Alvarez is hitting fifth on Thursday, where he's hit .467 this year. OF Jose Tabata (leg) is back in the lineup Thursday, too, after not playing since Sunday, June 3.

3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Edwin Encarnacion (wrist) hit off a tee Thursday, June 7, and is expected to start at first base Friday, June 8.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez tested his left quadriceps Thursday, June 7, but wasn't cleared to play, so he'll miss his fifth straight game.


Catcher

C | Geovany Soto | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs Cs Geovany Soto (knee) and Welington Castillo (knee) are continuing their rehab work, but neither catcher is expected to go on a rehab assignment until next week at the earliest.

C | Gerald Laird | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Gerald Laird (hamstring) will take batting practice Friday, June 8, to determine if he can return to catching duties.


Outfielder

OF | Austin Kearns | Miami Marlins | Injury, Transaction
The Miami Marlins optioned OF Bryan Petersen and RP Dan Jennings to Triple-A New Orleans. OF Austin Kearns (hamstring) was activated from the 15-day disabled list. RP Mike Dunn could come up from Triple-A as well.

OF | Blake Brown | Atlanta Braves | Transaction
The Atlanta Braves signed fifth-round pick OF Blake Brown to a deal with a $222,400 bonus.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick hit two homers Thursday, June 7.

OF | Kosuke Fukudome | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Transaction
Chicago White Sox OF Kosuke Fukudome (oblique) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. They recalled OF Jordan Danks from Triple-A Charlotte.

OF | Michael Bourn | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Michael Bourn hit his career-high sixth homer of the season Thursday, June 7. He went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward hit two solo homers Thursday, June 7.

OF | Jorge Soler | free agent | Free Agents
Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the team is interested in Cuban free-agent OF Jorge Soler but would not say if the team placed a bit on him.

OF | Melky Cabrera | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Melky Cabrera (hamstring) left the game in the seventh inning Thursday, June 7, after feeling tightness in his hamstring. Manager Bruce Bochy said Cabrera was taken out as a precaution.

OF | Drew Stubbs | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Drew Stubbs (oblique) said he has not done any baseball activities since he strained his left oblique Tuesday, June 5, and is not sure when he will return to the lineup. Stubbs said doing normal things like walking does not give him any trouble but is not sure what will happen when he swings a bat.

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan went 2-for-5 with one home run and two RBIs against the San Diego Padres Thursday, June 7.

OF | Victor Roache | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers have signed first-round draft choice OF Victor Roache. He received a $1.525 million signing bonus but the other terms of the contract were not disclosed.

OF | Rajai Davis | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Rajai Davis (finger) was scratched from the lineup with a jammed middle finger on his left hand Thursday, June 7.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury (shoulder) has been playing catch and has moved to 40 throws. "He's hitting off the tee, he's running the bases. It will be a normal progression barring any setbacks," manager Bobby Valentine said, "but he's feeling great. Eventually we'll have him do real activities, (including) batting practice."

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner (elbow) took batting practice Thursday, June 7, and is ready to start his rehab assignment with Single-A Charleston. RP David Robertson (oblique) threw 25 pitches of live batting practice Thursday, and the team will decide if he's ready to join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Friday, June 8.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin doesn't think OF Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) will land on the disabled list with his latest injury. The team hopes he can pinch hit in interleague play this weekend.

OF | Cody Ross | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Cody Ross (foot) hasn't been cleared to run but started jogging Thursday, June 7, and was pain-free. He also was set to take batting practice indoors Thursday.

OF | Ryan Kalish | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Ryan Kalish (shoulder) has gone 4-for-5 with two home runs, four RBIs, four walks and a strikeout in two games with Triple-A Pawtucket, and he has a slash line of .385/.529/.769 in eight games in the minors on his rehab assignment.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp homered and hit a triple in a winning effort Thursday, June 7. He had just two doubles and six RBIs in 114 at-bats before the effort, and he ended a 40-game homerless stretch. Crisp went 2-for-4 with a run scored, four RBIs, a walk and his eighth stolen base of the year.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford (elbow) will begin a throwing program Friday, June 8, and he said his wrist issue is behind him. He'll have to prove he can make throws from the outfield before going on a rehab assignment. He has been running and taking batting practice regularly and appears to be in good shape.

OF | Michael Brantley | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 15 games Thursday, June 7, by going 1-for-4. He also had two strikeouts.

OF | Norichika Aoki | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Norichika Aoki clubbed two home runs in a winning effort Thursday, June 7. He only had one homer, an inside-the-park job, coming into the game. He went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs to raise his average to .303.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda hit his fifth homer in eight games in a winning effort Thursday, June 7. Duda now has 10 home runs on the season.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (back) is not concerned about his back issue and said he won't be missing any games because of it.

OF | Will Venable | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Will Venable (oblique) has been improving from a tight right oblique, and he's scheduled to perform baseball activities Thursday, June 7.

OF | Quintin Berry | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Quintin Berry is likely to remain with the team as a corner outfielder or late-innings defensive replacement when OF Austin Jackson (oblique) returns from the disabled list, which could come Saturday, June 9.

OF | Alfonso Soriano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano will serve as the designated hitter during interleague play to give him a rest off his sore left knee. He has nine homers in his last 21 games dating back to May 15.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (back) has discontinued some of his baseball activities this past week, but he's still doing some hitting and throwing. "It's more just a patient approach," trainer Lonnie Soloff said. "We're working off his daily feedback and we're progressing based on how he feels. If he's a little sore on any given day, we'll adjust his program accordingly. That was the thought process at the outset."

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay (illness) was scratched from the lineup with the flu Thursday, June 7. OF Scott Hairston is playing left field and batting sixth.

OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Brennan Boesch is hitting second in the lineup Thursday, June 7, as he attempts to get out of his slump. He's hitting .222 and is 2-for-38 in his last 10 games.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Daniel Bard | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Daniel Bard thinks he found a glaring flaw in his delivery while watching film. He worked on it in a bullpen session Wednesday, June 6.

SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while fanning a career-high 11 batters in his win over the Houston Astros Thursday, June 7.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz allowed four hits and a walk while striking out six in a complete-game shutout over the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, June 7.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia allowed three earned runs in seven innings and fanned 12 in the loss to the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, June 7.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price allowed a run on three hits and four walks while fanning eight in five innings to beat the New York Yankees Thursday, June 7.

SP | Jeff Francis | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies are expected to start SP Jeff Francis against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Saturday, June 9.

SP | Jeff Karstens | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Karstens (groin, shoulder) left his rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis Thursday, June 7, because of groin tightness.

SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings against the San Diego Padres Thursday, June 7, to earn his seventh win of the season. He struck out nine batters and walked one in the game. It was his sixth consecutive victory.

SP | Doug Fister | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Doug Fister (side) will have a throwing session Saturday, June 9. OF Andy Dirks (Achilles') was feeling better Thursday, June 7, but won't return this weekend.

SP | Freddy Garcia | New York Yankees | Transaction,
New York Yankees RP Freddy Garcia was placed on the bereavement list Thursday, June 7, and the team recalled RP Ryota Igarashi in a corresponding move. Igarashi went 1-2 with a 1.73 ERA in 22 outings at Class AAA this year, three of which coming with the Yanks.

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett (hamstring) had a hamstring cramp in the eighth inning that didn't allow him to go out for a complete game Wednesday, June 6. The team doesn't think it's serious.

SP | Tommy Hunter | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles Ps Tommy Hunter, Dana Eveland and Miguel Gonzalez are options to make the start Saturday, June 9. Hunter was scratched from his start at Triple-A Norfolk Thursday, June 7, leading to speculation that it'll be him. SP Jason Berken (nose) started for Norfolk Thursday and wound up breaking his nose while chasing a pop-up. Berken could return next week, though.

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish gave up six runs, six hits and six walks in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Oakland Athletics Thursday, June 7. He failed to become the American League's first pitcher to eight wins this year. Darvish struck out four and allowed one home run in the 110-pitch outing.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brandon McCarthy won his fifth straight decision by defeating the Texas Rangers Thursday, June 7. He allowed one run and three hits in seven innings to move to 5-0 with a 2.31 ERA in his last six starts. McCarthy retired the final 11 batters he faced while walking none and fanning five in the 88-pitch outing.

SP | Derek Lowe | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Derek Lowe gave up seven runs and nine hits in five innings to lose to the Detroit Tigers Thursday, June 7. Lowe walked one and struck out four in five innings (80 pitches).

SP | Casey Crosby | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Casey Crosby won his first major league game over the Cleveland Indians Thursday, June 7, by allowing three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Crosby walked three and struck out two in the 91-pitch performance.

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) will make a rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte Tuesday, June 12.

SP | Aaron Harang | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Aaron Harang won his 100th career game by beating the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday, June 7. He gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings in the outing. Harang walked one and struck out three in the 92-pitch effort for his fifth win of the season.

SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey threw four-hit ball for 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a win over the Washington Nationals Thursday, June 7, to extend his longest shutout streak of his career to 24 2/3 frames. He is the first pitcher in the league to reach nine victories this year. Dickey gave up just four singles while striking out eight and walking two.

SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SPs Shelby Miller and Joe Kelly could be long-term options to come up to help out the starting rotation depth. The team recently pursued Texas Rangers SP Roy Oswalt and Colorado Rockies SP Jeff Francis.

SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals placed SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, June 7, with a left shoulder strain.

SP | Jason Marquis | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres recalled SP Jason Marquis from Double-A San Antonio Thursday, June 7, and he's scheduled to start Thursday. He gave up one run in seven innings in his only start with San Antonio. SS Jason Bartlett (knee) was moved to the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding move.

SP | Eric Stults | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres placed SP Eric Stults (lat) on the disabled list with a strained lat Thursday, June 7. RP Andrew Cashner will start Saturday, June 9, and pitch for three innings.

SP | Jamie Moyer | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tommy Hunter is a good candidate to start Saturday, June 9, against the Philadelphia Phillies, according to manager Buck Showalter. SP Jamie Moyer is scheduled to start Saturday in the minors, but he's expected to receive two to three starts before the team makes a decision on him.

SP | Paul Maholm | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Paul Maholm has an ERA of over 6.00 in his last five starts, all of which the team has lost.

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Dallas Braden (shoulder) played catch from 80 feet Wednesday, June 6, and didn't have any problems.

SP | Derek Holland | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers placed SP Derek Holland (shoulder) on the disabled list Thursday, June 7, with left shoulder fatigue. P Tanner Scheppers is being recalled from the minors.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay said he would like to retire with the team. "Ultimately, my goal is to finish my career with the Phillies and win a World Series here," Halladay said when asked about his option. "Some of those things are not fully in my control, but my intent is to play here and finish my career here and be here as long as I can."


Relief Pitcher

RP | Chen-Chang Lee | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians P Chen-Chang Lee (elbow) is out for the season and will require Tommy John surgery.

RP | Brett Myers | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros CL Brett Myers has a $10 million vesting option for 2013 if he finishes 45 games and doesn't end the season on the disabled list. He has finished 20 games thus far. There is a $3 million buyout on the option. "It's not that scary of an option," one rival executive said of Myers. "I wouldn't imagine it's going to be a huge hindrance (to his trade value.)"

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates CL Joel Hanrahan blew just his second save opportunity of the season Thursday, June 7. He notched the win, though.

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds CL Aroldis Chapman allowed his first run of the season and took the loss Thursday, June 7. It snapped his string of 29 scoreless innings to begin the season.

RP | Hector Santiago | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox RP Hector Santiago said he has done better at throwing the screwball now than he did earlier this season and it has been a strike pitch lately. "At the beginning, it felt big in the hand, so I kept like losing it. Now, it actually feels a lot better. I've been throwing it really well in the game. I'm throwing it for a strike and not bouncing it 20 feet in front of home plate anymore," Santiago said.

RP | Sergio Santos | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos (shoulder) threw off a mound Wednesday, June 6. The team is not allowing him to throw sliders until he builds more arm strength.

RP | Bobby Jenks | Boston Red Sox | Injury,
Boston Red Sox RP Bobby Jenks (back) is rehabbing in Arizona but hasn't started a throwing program.

RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 10th save in 13 tries against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, June 7.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford picked up his first win of the season over the Chicago Cubs Thursday, June 7. Axford struck out one in two innings of work.

RP | Nick Masset | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds OF Drew Stubbs (oblique) was feeling better Thursday, June 7, but he won't do any baseball activities. 3B Scott Rolen (shoulder) took batting practice Thursday and didn't feel any pain. He also took BP Wednesday, June 6. RP Nick Masset (shoulder) is advancing in his throwing program on flat ground.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain (elbow, ankle) will throw off a mound Friday, June 8.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco allowed a leadoff home run in the ninth against the Washington Nationals Thursday, June 7, before recording his 15th save in 18 chances.

RP | Andrew Cashner | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres RP Andrew Cashner, who is making a spot start Saturday, June 9, could just make the one start or he could remain in the rotation. "We'll see how it goes. Ideally, he'll pitch into the third inning and we'll see where his pitch count is," manager Bud Black said. "It's good for him. His mix of pitches will enable him to start moving forward if we think that's the way to go."

RP | Fernando Salas | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction,
The St. Louis Cardinals recalled P Fernando Salas Thursday, June 7, to fill the roster spot of SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder). Salas went 0-3 with a 6.32 ERA in 18 games earlier this year.

RP | Robert Coello | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction,
The Toronto Blue Jays recalled P Chad Beck from the minors Thursday, June 7, and they optioned P Robert Coello to Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move.

RP | Dan Runzler | San Francisco Giants | Injury,
San Francisco Giants RP Dan Runzler (lat) will begin a rehab assignment with Single-A San Jose Friday, June 8, and he's scheduled to throw one inning or 20 pitches.

RP | Kenley Jansen | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Kenley Jansen will not be available Thursday, June 7, after earning the save in each of the last three days. He is 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA and nine saves this year.

RP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Alexi Ogando will move to the rotation to replace SP Derek Holland (shoulder). RP Tanner Scheppers will pitch out of the bullpen. Ogando thinks he'll be able to throw around 70 pitches in his first start.

RP | Brad Lidge | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals activated RP Brad Lidge (hernia) from the disabled list Thursday, June 7, and placed RP Henry Rodriguez (finger) on the DL in a corresponding move.

RP | Jon Rauch | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Jon Rauch (elbow) will be re-examined Friday, June 8, and the disabled list is a possibility if he's unable to pitch this weekend. SP Jeremy Hefner will likely be demoted unless Rauch lands on the DL.

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