Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 19, 2012 @ 08:51:05 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis hit a grand slam Monday, June 18.

1B | Brad Eldred | Japanese League | Transaction, Free Agents
The Detroit Tigers scratched 1B Brad Eldred Monday, June 18, at Triple-A Toledo, and manager Phil Nevin confirmed he is healthy, but would not comment on the reason. An earlier report had Japanese League team Hiroshima Carp interested in his services. He was seen hugging teammates and saying goodbye after the game Monday. The Tigers signed free-agent INF Jeff Baisley (Dodgers) and assigned him to Toledo.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko was back in the starting lineup Monday, June 18, against the Chicago Cubs after getting a day of rest Sunday, June 17. Konerko responded with a two-run home run, which was just his second in the month of June after 11 homers between April and May.

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman (finger, hand) said he is feeling better and is able to bend his finger more with less discomfort. He likely will be able to play Tuesday, June 19, if he does not have any setbacks.

1B | Jim Thome | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers haven't shown any interest in trading for Philadelphia Phillies 1B Jim Thome. Detroit has more of a need for right-handed hitting this summer.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn leads the majors in home runs with 23, but also leads in strikeouts with 104.

Second Baseman

2B | Aaron Hill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill hit for the cycle Monday, June 18, against the Seattle Mariners. He finished 4-for-4, producing the first cycle of his career, and the fifth in franchise history.

2B | Jeff Keppinger | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Jeff Keppinger (toe) made a start at first base in a minor-league rehab game with Triple-A Durham Monday, June 18. He finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and a strikeout at the plate.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee) was able to play six innings at second base in a minor-league rehab game with Class A Clearwater Monday, June 18. He finished 1-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout at the plate. Barring any setbacks, Utley's 20-game minor-league rehab timetable will have him back with the team July 2 at the latest.

2B | Chris Getz | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Transaction
The Kansas City Royals have placed 2B Chris Getz (leg) on the 15-day disabled list with a lateral strain in his left lower leg and optioned RP Nathan Adcock to Triple-A Omaha. In corresponding moves, the team recalled RPs Louis Coleman and Tommy Hottovy from Triple-A Omaha.


SS | Ronny Cedeno | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets SS Ronny Cedeno (calf) is expected back Friday, June 22.

SS | Ruben Tejada | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada (quadriceps) played in his first minor-league rehab game in two weeks Monday, June 18, for Class A St. Lucie. He had a double in five at-bats while playing the entire game.

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew (ankle) might return as a part-time player, manager Kirk Gibson said Monday, June 18. The plan might be for Drew to play in one of every three games, and be available off the bench in the others.

SS | Andrew Romine | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have recalled INF Andrew Romine from Triple-A Salt Lake. In a corresponding move, the team designated RP David Pauley for assignment.

SS | Kris Negron | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds optioned SS Kris Negron to the minors Monday, June 18, to make room on the roster for 3B Scott Rolen (shoulder), who was activated from the disabled list.

Third Baseman

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez is hitting .341 with five homers and 17 RBIs over the last month.

3B | Scott Rolen | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds 3B Scott Rolen (shoulder) is back from the 15-day disabled list, and played Monday, June 18. However, he is being realistic about his problematic left shoulder, and he knows his shoulder will continually require extra attention, so the plan is to monitor his workload. "I will stay on top of it as far as managing workload and the number of swings," Rolen said. "That's what I did in 2009 and 2010, and more importantly, I was able to stay on the field and play those two years."

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring) pulled himself out of his minor-league rehab game with Triple-A Durham Monday, June 18, after feeling discomfort in his left hamstring. His rehab assignment has been suspended indefinitely.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Trade talk for Boston Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis is intensifying in the last 24 to 48 hours, according to major league sources. The BoSox have made Youkilis available and have made it clear they are willing to include cash in a deal to acquire a better player in return. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates all have some interest. The Cincinnati Reds aren't seen as suitors.


C | Taylor Teagarden | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday, June 18, that C Taylor Teagarden (back) is still a week or two away from beginning a spring training type regimen.

C | Bobby Wilson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Transaction
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have activated C Bobby Wilson (concussion) on the seven-day disabled list.

C | Geovany Soto | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction
The Chicago Cubs have activated C Geovany Soto (knee) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, the team optioned C Welington Castillo to Triple-A Iowa.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said C Joe Mauer (quadriceps) is still considered day-to-day with a bruised right quadriceps but is not worried about it being a long-term injury. Ryan said Mauer is still experiencing tightness in his quadriceps but should return in the near future.

C | Hank Conger | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim optioned C Hank Conger to the minors Sunday, June 17.


OF | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt is 10-for-22 with three homers in his last seven games.

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge confirmed Monday, June 18, that OF Ichiro Suzuki was simply receiving a day of rest. Wedge said Ichiro might see more days of rest, too. "If we feel it could benefit him, it makes sense to do it," Wedge said.

OF | Rich C. Thompson | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays will recall OF Rich C. Thompson from Triple-A Durham Tuesday, June 19. This is the corresponding move after the demotion of OF Brandon Gomes.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (virus) said Monday, June 18, that he lost 10 pounds during his bout with an intestinal virus, although he feels good and was able to take early batting practice and shag balls. He did not start Monday's game against the San Diego Padres, but he was able to come on as a defensive replacement.

OF | Jordan Schafer | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Jordan Schafer was out of the starting lineup Monday, June 18, against the Kansas City Royals with a left-handed starter (SP Jonathan Sanchez) on the mound. Manager Bradley Mills elected to use OF Justin Maxwell instead. Over the past 13 games, Maxwell has started seven games in CF, while Schafer has started six times. Schafer recently got over an illness which cost him playing time.

OF | Fernando Martinez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Fernando Martinez (concussion) had more tests Monday, June 18, to gauge his progress from a concussion. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 9.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said Monday, June 18, that OF Ryan Ludwick will serve as the designated hitter for the game Tuesday, June 19, against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field, an American League park.

OF | Drew Stubbs | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Drew Stubbs (oblique) said Monday, June 18, that he is hopeful of returning from the 15-day disabled list Friday, June 22, when he is eligible to be activated. "I hope to jump back in on that day," Stubbs said.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay (concussion) visited with a doctor Monday, June 18, and he'll have a follow-up exam Tuesday, June 19. The team is unsure if his head trauma is a serious issue yet. General manager Sandy Alderson said Bay's "more obvious symptoms" have not gone away since Saturday, June 16.

OF | Endy Chavez | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Endy Chavez (hamstring) did some running Monday, June 18, and he is pretty much pain-free. Chavez is hoping to avoid going to Florida for rehab before joining Double-A Bowie on a rehab assignment.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner (elbow) thinks he can return in four weeks, or right around the All-Star break.

OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher (quadriceps) is dealing with a bone bruise in his left leg, and he's expected to return to the lineup soon.

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said OF Nolan Reimold (neck) will be out until at least the all-star break. Reimold was scheduled to meet with a cervical specialist Monday, June 18.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (hand, wrist) said he is listening to the team's medical staff and will not pick up a bat until Friday, June 22. He said he needs to make sure the soft tissue in his wrist is fully healed. He is hoping that his rehab assignment will be a short term one.

OF | Chris Heisey | Cincinnati Reds | Injury
Cincinnati Reds OF Chris Heisey (groin) is in the starting lineup Monday, June 18.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (hamstring) indicated he is on schedule in his rehab from a hamstring injury but does not want to rush the healing process. Trainer Sue Falsone said Kemp has not suffered any setbacks during his rehab but there is no timetable for his return at this point. He was able to do some jogging and range-of-motion exercise last week.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Tyler Thornburg | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Tyler Thornburg will be called up to start Tuesday, June 19.

SP | Jerome Williams | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jerome Williams was hospitalized after he passed out in the locker room Monday, June 18. He complained of shortness of breath.

SP | Jason Marquis | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Jason Marquis allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out 10 in seven innings in his loss to the Texas Rangers Monday, June 18. He recorded his 1,000th career strikeout in the outing.

SP | Wade Miley | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Wade Miley allowed a run on nine hits and struck out eight in seven innings to beat the Seattle Mariners Monday, June 18.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out 10 in a complete-game win over the Atlanta Braves Monday, June 18.

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, an MRI for Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) revealed a Grade 1 tear to the subscapularis tendon in his left shoulder. Manager Robin Ventura said an update would be coming Tuesday, June 19, and it will likely be revealed exactly how long Danks is expected to miss.

SP | Andrew Cashner | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner, stretching out to convert to a starter, allowed one run, three hits and no walks with nine strikeouts in five innings in a minor-league game Monday, June 18, with Double-A San Antonio.

SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey allowed just one hit Monday, June 18, in a complete game shutout against the Baltimore Orioles. It was his second straight complete game, and he has now gone 42 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run. The franchise record for consecutive innings without allowing an earned run is held by former SP Dwight Gooden, who went 49 straight innings, back in 1985. Over Dickey's past five starts, he has allowed no earned runs, 16 hits and five walks while striking out 51 batters over 41 2/3 innings.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy (elbow) has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. He is expected to see a team doctor Tuesday, June 19, and then visit with renowned Dr. James Andrews Wednesday, June 20.

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris (knee) was able to throw in the bullpen Monday, June 18, and he was encouraged by how much better he felt. He might be sent on a minor-league rehab assignment by the end of the week. Pitching coach Doug Brocail watched the pitcher closely. "Bud looks a lot better," Brocail said. "He said he was pain-free, so we're going to attack it that way. He'll probably have a day off, throw another light side. If he looks as good as he did today, we'll send him out on a rehab."

SP | Derek Holland | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland (shoulder, virus) played long toss for a fourth consecutive day Monday, June 18. He might throw a bullpen session as soon as Wednesday, June 20.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (back) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday, June 20, to start against the San Francisco Giants.

SP | Joel Pineiro | Baltimore Orioles | Injury,
Baltimore Orioles SP Joel Pineiro (shoulder) is scheduled to toss five innings in the Gulf Coast League Tuesday, June 19.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) threw a side session Monday, June 18, and he could be allowed to face hitters this weekend if he gets through another session Wednesday, June 20. He's less than two weeks away from getting back on a mound. Carpenter used breaking pitches in his side session last week.

SP | Roy Oswalt | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan said he's comfortable using SP Roy Oswalt as soon as later this week, although no decision has been made. His next start could come as soon as Friday, June 22, against the Colorado Rockies.

SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Shaun Marcum (elbow) has been scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday, June 18, because of tightness in his right elbow.

SP | Kyle Drabek | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Kyle Drabek (elbow) is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday, June 18.

SP | Shawn Hill | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction,
The Toronto Blue Jays signed free-agent SP Shawn Hill (Independent League) to a minor league deal Monday, June 18.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Injury,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jake Arrieta (illness) said he will be able to make his scheduled start Monday, June 18, after dealing with food poisoning Sunday, June 17.

SP | Matt Moore | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore has been using his curveball more often lately and appears to be more comfortable with the pitch since it is hitting the strike zone in a more consistent basis. Manager Joe Maddon said Moore gets more comfortable during games when he is able to get the first batter of the game out. "If he gets by that first batter successfully, his confidence continues to get up even higher," Maddon said. "As the game continues and he's putting up some zeros, his confidence continues, and that's typical young guy stuff. As he starts believing in his stuff and trusting in himself, you're going to see him take off. He's more in control of his emotions, a little more deliberate."

SP | Ryan Dempster | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs have placed SP Ryan Dempster (lat) on the 15-day disabled list with right lat tightness. In a corresponding move, the team recalled P Scott Maine from Triple-A Iowa.

SP | Felipe Paulino | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Felipe Paulino (groin) threw a bullpen session Sunday, June 17, and is scheduled to make a rehab start for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. If everything goes well this week, the plan is for Paulino to rejoin the starting rotation Monday, June 25.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said SP Jair Jurrjens showed improved velocity and that his changeup and fastball have a greater gap in velocity than before he was sent down. "He's made some progress," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "His velocity has been up there. There's some separation there with his change-up, so we're going to give him a shot. He's been an All-Star; he has the experience. Give him an opportunity again. I'm curious when he comes back to see how he pitches."

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran (back) had some stiffness in his back after his start with Triple-A Gwinnett Saturday, June 16.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Rex Brothers | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies RP Rex Brothers has struck out 12 batters in six innings to go with a 1.50 ERA over the last two weeks.

RP | Vinnie Pestano | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians RP Vinnie Pestano hasn't allowed a hit or a run in five outings. Batters are 0-for-16 with four walks and six strikeouts against him in June.

RP | Brett Myers | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros CL Brett Myers allowed five runs on eight hits in two-thirds of an inning Monday, June 18.

RP | Rafael Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury,
Cleveland Indians RP Rafael Perez (lat) said Monday, June 18, that he plans to return in two weeks.

RP | Ramon Ramirez | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, New York Mets RP Ramon Ramirez (hamstring) was pounded for three runs and five hits in one inning in his first minor-league rehab appearance with Class A St. Lucie Monday, June 18.

RP | Jesse Chavez | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction,
The Toronto Blue Jays recalled SP Jesse Chavez from Triple-A Las Vegas Monday, June 18, and they demoted RP Evan Crawford. Chavez is slated to start Tuesday, June 19, against the Milwaukee Brewers.

RP | Nick Masset | Cincinnati Reds | Injury,
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds RP Nick Masset (shoulder) is expected to have his second bullpen session Tuesday, June 19. He will throw 20-25 pitches, and all will be fastballs, as he increases his velocity. "As long as fastballs feel good tomorrow, maybe we'll get to spin some (offspeed) stuff off of the mound on Thursday," Masset said. "We're making big strides right now. It feels good."

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers SP Neftali Feliz (elbow) was able to play catch Monday, June 18, with bullpen coach Andy Hawkins. It was the first time Feliz has thrown a ball since May 18.

RP | Matt Lindstrom | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles RP Matt Lindstrom (finger) threw an inning for the Gulf Coast League Orioles in Florida Monday, June 18, and he'll do the same Wednesday, June 20. If all goes well, the next step will be to start a minor-league rehab assignment Friday, June 22, with Double-A Bowie. After that, he will be re-evaluated.

RP | David Aardsma | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees RP David Aardsma (elbow) will start playing in the Gulf Coast League Tuesday, June 19.

RP | Aaron Crow | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said RP Aaron Crow will be the closer if one is needed Monday, June 18, since RP Jonathan Broxton will not be available to pitch.

RP | Sergio Escalona | Houston Astros | Injury, Transaction,
The Houston Astros moved RP Sergio Escalona (elbow) to the 60-day disabled list Sunday, June 17.

RP | Yoshinori Tateyama | Texas Rangers | Transaction,
The Texas Rangers have optioned RP Yoshinori Tateyama to the minors.

RP | Daniel McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Daniel McCutchen (oblique) moved his rehab to Triple-A Indianapolis.

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