1B | Carlos Pena | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays DH Hideki Matsui was hitless in four at-bats Monday, June 25, against the Tampa Bay Rays, dropping his season average to .159. 1B Carlos Pena went 0-for-3, and his average is down to .197.
1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis (illness) returned to the starting lineup Monday, June 25, against the Chicago Cubs. He had a home run in the return.
1B | Aubrey Huff | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday, June 25, that 1B Aubrey Huff (knee) is nearing a return. The skipper said he envisions Huff as a left-handed bat off the bench. The team wants Huff to go out on a minor-league rehab assignment before returning from the 15-day disabled list. He is eligible to come off the DL Thursday, June 28.
1B | Bryan LaHair | Chicago Cubs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Bryan LaHair is ready to step aside at first base to make room for 1B Anthony Rizzo. LaHair is expected to move to the outfield. "I'm up here playing first, he's down there (Triple-A Iowa) playing firwst," LaHair said. "When he get shere, we'll mesh well and help each other out."
1B | Jake Fox | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Pirates released 1B Jake Fox Monday, June 25.
1B | Tyler Moore | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Washington Nationals OF Tyler Moore will become the starting left fielder against lefty hurlers, and he could start against some right-handers.
1B | Chris Marrero | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction
The Washington Nationals activated 1B Chris Marrero (hamstring) from the disabled list and optioned him to the minors Saturday, June 23.
2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knees) said it's possible he could make his season debut Wednesday, June 27.
2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano has hit six homers in his last eight games. He's hitting .302 with 17 homers and 39 RBIs on the season after a slow start. He's still hitting a dreadful .164 with runners in scoring position, though.
2B | Marco Scutaro | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 2B Marco Scutaro (head) was hit in the head by a 95 mph fastball Monday, June 25, from Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg. Scutaro was down for a minute before rising and being helped off by a trainer.
SS | Brandon Hicks | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated Monday, June 25, that SS Brandon Hicks is likely to be in the starting lineup Tuesday, June 26. Hicks might get the start at first base, giving 1B/OF Brandon Moss a day off.
SS | Miguel Tejada | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
Baltimore Orioles SS Miguel Tejada asked for and was granted his release Monday, June 25. He hit .259 with five doubles, no home runs, 18 RBIs and a .621 OPS in 36 games with Triple-A Norfolk.
SS | Oscar Tejeda | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox designated SS Oscar Tejeda for assignment Sunday, June 24.
SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers are interested in trading for Houston Astros SS Jed Lowrie. The Philadelphia Phillies could be another suitor for Lowrie this summer.
3B | Adrian Cardenas | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs will option 3B Adrian Cardenas to Triple-A Iowa Tuesday, June 26, to make room for 1B Anthony Rizzo.
3B | Greg Dobbs | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen rewarded 3B Greg Dobbs with another start at first base Monday, June 25, after the infielder's big game Sunday, June 24. "I think Dobbs is swinging the bat better, and with the way we played yesterday, everyone should be back in the lineup," Guillen said. "That's the reason we did it. If we win today, we'll see the same lineup (tomorrow). If we continue to win, then in the games we have left, that's going to be the same lineup. I'm going to put the guys in that I think have the best chance to win the game for us."
3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart (wrist) is still hitting but there is no timetable for his return. SP Ryan Dempster (lat) threw on flat ground Monday, June 25.
3B | Kevin Youkilis | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) said he's on a program that has improved his back ailment.
3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
While the San Diego Padres have no intentions of trading 3B Chase Headley this summer, they will listen to offers for him. One Padres official said it would take "a lot" for them to move Headley. The Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles could all use a third baseman. San Diego could also listen to offers for OF Carlos Quentin, RP Huston Street and SP Edinson Volquez.
3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera has only two hits in his last 20 at-bats over the last five games. He was hitting .325 as recently as June 6 but his average has dropped to .301.
3B | Mark DeRosa | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals activated INF/OF Mark DeRosa (oblique) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, June 25, and placed OF Xavier Nady (wrist) on the DL in a corresponding move. Nady is dealing with right wrist tendonitis.
3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez is taking the day off Monday, June 25, and OF Curtis Granderson is serving as the designated hitter.
3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks had a sacrifice fly Sunday, June 24, and he has 34 RBIs in his first 41 games this year, which is the most by an American League player in his first 41 games since former 1B Wally Joyner had 39 in 1986.
C | Russell Martin | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees C Russell Martin (back) was out again Monday, June 25, against the Cleveland Indians, although he was available in an emergency situation. C Chris Stewart started again in his absence.
C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, an MRI on the left knee of Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (knee) showed no structural damage. The reason for his soreness is a bout with patellar tendinitis. He might be back in the lineup as early as Tuesday, June 26.
C | Travis d'Arnaud | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C Travis d'Arnaud (undisclosed) left the game Monday, June 25, for Triple-A Las Vegas due to an undisclosed injury. He slid hard into second base trying to break up a double play.
C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey was given a scheduled day off Monday, June 25, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had started 22 of the past 24 games, and the team wants to be cautious, although he has had no setbacks from his offseason ankle surgery. "He feels it a little," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He doesn't want to sit, but at the same time he knows it's probably better to get off the ankle. You have to remember where you are at, and that's June. It's a good time to give him a day."
C | Rod Barajas | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Rod Barajas (knee) left the game Monday, June 25, against the Philadelphia Phillies due to a bone bruise to the left knee. Barajas will be treated and re-evaluated Tuesday, June 26.
C | Manny Pina | Kansas City Royals | Injury
Kansas City Royals C Manny Pina (knee) will begin his rehab assignment in the Arizona Rookie League.
C | Brian Schneider | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies placed C Brian Schneider (ankle) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, June 25, and recalled C Erik Kratz in a corresponding move.
OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (back) could be back by the end of July, but that's a best-case scenario.
OF | Leslie Anderson | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury
Tampa Bay Rays OF Leslie Anderson (groin) was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Durham with a groin injury.
OF | Ben Revere | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Ben Revere had four hits Monday, June 25, and is hitting .331.
OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun's hit streak ended at 18 games Monday, June 25.
OF | Yasel Puig | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Cuban defector OF Yasel Puig has established residency in Mexico, and paperwork has been filed to Major League Baseball.
OF | Bubba Starling | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Bubba Starling (hamstring) is expected to make his professional debut Tuesday, June 26, with Class A Burlington (N.C.) Tuesday, June 26, or Wednesday, June 27, according to general manager Dayton Moore. Starling is recovering from a minor hamstring injury.
OF | Emilio Bonifacio | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Emilio Bonifacio (thumb) will be evaluated by a doctor Tuesday, June 26, to determine when he will be able to return. Bonifacio took dry swings from both sides of the plate Monday, June 25, and felt no pain. However, he has not yet been cleared to take swings off a tee.
OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (abdominal) is feeling much better after receiving treatment, according to manager Bruce Bochy. The manager said the injury has "calmed down." Pagan was batting cleanup and playing center field Monday, June 25, against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
OF | Luke Scott | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Luke Scott (back) hit a pair of home runs and he drove in four runs in his first minor-league rehab game with Triple-A Durham Monday, June 25. "I feel like I could probably come up and do a good job," Scott said. "But would I like more at-bats? Yeah, of course. Eight to 10 at-bats would be solid. At the same time, I felt locked in, so I'll leave that question up to (the Rays)." Scott celebrated his 34th birthday Monday in North Carolina. He is hopeful of playing one more game before coming off the 15-day disabled list.
OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly indicated Monday, June 25, that OF Matt Kemp (hamstring) is unlikely to return until at least after the All-Star break. Mattingly also said Kemp will not play in the All-Star game unless he has played for the Dodgers before that game. However, Mattingly said he is fine with Kemp participating in the home run derby even if he hasn't played any games for the club. He also indicated that Kemp will have to play in at least five or six minor-league rehab games before he is activated from the 15-day disabled list.
OF | Brett Jackson | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Monday, June 25, that he is keeping an eye on Triple-A Iowa OF Brett Jackson. He was batting .256 with 16 doubles, nine triples and 11 home runs through 73 games. However, he also has 107 strikeouts. "The strikeouts are at an incredible rate, which is a little strange," Sveum said. "It's the pitch selection as much as anything - I think he went through a period where even the fastball was giving him trouble. Now it's the soft stuff, stuff that's hitting the earth, he can't seem to lay off either. He's got some strange stats. He's got an .850 OPS and has struck out over 100 times is a very strange stat category unless you're (Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn)."
OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated Monday, June 25, that the plan is for OF Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) to return to the outfield Tuesday, June 26. Cespedes has been serving as the designated hitter.
OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick has been feeling good at the plate lately. "I think it's confidence, rhythm, timing - those are the main three factors," Ludwick said. "I'm starting to tone down my batting practices and I've been hitting the ball the other way a lot better. I'm staying more squared to the plate. I'm seeing the ball earlier and I'm able to lay off pitches earlier. It's a lot of things." He is hitting .385 (10-for-26) during a seven-game hitting streak entering Monday, June 25.
OF | Lorenzo Cain | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (hip) went 1-for-3 with a home run for Double-A Northwest Arkansas Monday, June 25. He is 4-for-15 in four rehab games so far.
OF | Xavier Nady | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Xavier Nady (wrist) has been receiving treatment on his injured right wrist for a month, and he received a cortisone shot to alleviate pain.
OF | Craig Gentry | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Craig Gentry (ankle) feels fine and said he's available when needed.
OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton is trying to stop using chewing tobacco, and he'll begin the effort Monday, June 25. He's replacing that with toothpicks that are coated in tea-tree oil. He is hitting .194 with one home run and seven RBIs so far this month. Hamilton said he won't change his approach even though manager Ron Washington wants to see more patience.
OF | Jeff Francoeur | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals have received zero interest on OF Jeff Francoeur, SP Bruce Chen or RP Jonathan Broxton.
OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold (neck) underwent successful surgery on his bulging disc in his neck Monday, June 25, and he is holding out hope that he can return near the end of the season.
OF | Jeremy Hermida | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction
The San Diego Padres transferred OF Jeremy Hermida (hip) to the 60-day disabled list Monday, June 25.
OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay (concussion) has been cleared to start riding a bike, and he's scheduled for baseball activity next weekend.
OF | Willie Harris | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds optioned OF Willie Harris to Triple-A Louisville Monday, June 25, to make room for OF Drew Stubbs (oblique) on the roster.
OF | Drew Stubbs | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds optioned OF Willie Harris to Triple-A Louisville Monday, June 25, to make room for OF Drew Stubbs (oblique) on the roster.
OF | Mike Swinson | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction
St. Louis Cardinals OF Mike Swinson was suspended 50 games Monday, June 25, after testing positive for Methylhexanimine, a performance-enhancing drug. Swinson was playing for Single-A Palm Beach.
OF | Marlon Byrd | free agent | Free Agents
Updating previous report, the drug free-agent OF Marlon Byrd (Red Sox) tested positive for is a drug used for breast cancer treatment, not a performance-enhancing drug.
OF | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt said he's the most comfortable at the plate than he's been so far in the big leagues right now after hitting safely in 11 straight games with four homers and 12 RBIs in that time. Belt said he isn't worried about mechanics and is just focused on seeing the ball.
OF | Ryan Langerhans | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Transaction
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have activated OF Ryan Langerhans (shoulder) from the disabled list and outrighted him to the minors.
SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
Confirming a previous report, Texas Rangers SP Martin Perez has been recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to pitch in the bullpen.
SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
Former San Francisco Giants C Bengie Molina said Giants SP Tim Lincecum needs to rediscover his swagger. "Obviously, this is easy to say now because he was doing well when I was there, but his demeanor was always: 'I'm going after you no matter what. If I give up a hit or a homer, the next guy better watch out,'" Molina said. "(His fastball) was really, really nasty. It ran like a sinker but not necessarily down. The hitters couldn't hit that. It would run right into their hands." "I don't see that sinker going into the right-handers anymore."
SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito allowed three hits and three walks while striking out four in seven shutout innings to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, June 25.
SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano allowed a run on four hits and two walks while fanning five in seven innings to beat the Chicago White Sox Monday, June 25.
SP | Erasmo Ramirez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Erasmo Ramirez allowed a run on three hits and a walk while fanning a career-high 10 in eight innings in his 1-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics Monday, June 25.
SP | Travis Wood | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Travis Wood allowed five hits and a walk while striking six in seven shutout innings to beat the New York Mets Monday, June 25.
SP | Mat Latos | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Mat Latos allowed a run on four hits and two walks while fanning a career-high 13 in a complete-game win over the Milwaukee Brewers Monday, June 25.
SP | Joe Blanton | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Joe Blanton allowed two earned runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out eight in seven innings to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday, June 25.
SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris (knee) is on target to return from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, June 28, although the team faces a tough decision since the starters have been pitching so well since his injury. SP Dallas Keuchel, recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to replace Norris, has allowed just two runs in 14 innings over two starts.
SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Luke Hochevar picked up his second career shutout while striking out eight batters Monday, June 25, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Manager Ned Yost and the coaching staff tried to convince him to simplify his approach, and it is starting to pay off. "He was phenomenal," manager Ned Yost said. "The results have been dramatically improved since he got back to his three core pitches. He's starting to show exactly what he can do." Hochevar pared down his arsenal to a four-seam fastball, curveball and changeup. Hochevar had been 0-4 at home this season.
SP | Henderson Alvarez | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, the Toronto Blue Jays are optimistic that SP Henderson Alvarez (elbow) will not have to miss a start. He left his outing Monday, June 25, due to soreness in his right elbow.
SP | Scott Richmond | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction,
The Toronto Blue Jays recalled SP Scott Richmond from Triple-A Las Vegas Monday, June 25, and they optioned RP Robert Coello.
SP | Jamie Moyer | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays signed free-agent SP Jamie Moyer (Orioles) to a minor-league deal Monday, June 25. He will head to Triple-A Las Vegas for a few starts with no promises of a major league call-up.
SP | Luis Mendoza | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Monday, June 25, that SP Luis Mendoza is a better fit as a long reliever than a starter.
SP | Doug Davis | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals might consider SP Doug Davis for a rotation spot. He was selected Monday, June 25, as the Pacific Coast League pitcher of the week after allowing just one run in 12 innings in two wins for Triple-A Omaha. He is 3-1 with a 3.08 ERA in seven games since signing a minor-league contract with the Royals May 12. However, Davis might be kept at Omaha for the time being, as SP Everett Teaford is on his way up to the big club, and the team doesn't want too many finesse left-handed pitchers. They already have SP Bruce Chen, in addition to Teaford, so the promotion for Davis is unlikely right now.
SP | Marco Estrada | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers activated SP Marco Estrada (quadriceps) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday, June 25, and he will start Tuesday, June 26, against the Cincinnati Reds.
SP | Ryan Dempster | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs SP Ryan Dempster (lat) was able to throw on flat ground Monday, June 25. It is the first time he has throw since he landed on the 15-day disabled list June 16 due to a sore right latissimus muscle. He reported no discomfort, and is expected back July 1.
SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (elbow) is traveling with the team, and he is expected to throw off a mound Tuesday, June 26. It will be the second time he has done so since undergoing Tommy John surgery last summer. Anderson still requires a lot of rest between mound sessions, and there is no timetable for when he'll return to game action.
SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) had his pitching session Monday, June 25, pushed back because he wasn't feeling very strong. The team will decide Friday, June 29, if Carpenter will take the next step in his rehab process after throwing a live batting practice session last Friday, June 22.
SP | Jonathan Sanchez | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Everett Teaford is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Omaha to start against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, June 27. SP Doug Davis, Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery are candidates to join the rotation, too. SP Luis Mendoza may be best used as a reliever, and SP Vin Mazzaro was sent to the bullpen over the weekend. SP Jonathan Sanchez will remain in the rotation for now. Odorizzi and Montgomery are on the backburner for now, but one or both could come up after the All-Star break.
SP | Zach McAllister | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta said SP Zach McAllister will receive several chances to prove he belongs in the starting rotation. McAllister went 1-1 with a 3.96 ERA in four starts for the Tribe earlier this year, walking six and striking out 22 in 25 innings. He went 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA in 11 starts for Triple-A Columbus.
SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson (shoulder) threw a 60-pitch bullpen session at roughly 80 to 90 percent effort Monday, June 25, and the team thinks there is a good chance he'll return to start Saturday, June 30.
SP | Derek Holland | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland (shoulder) will throw 50 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock Wednesday, June 27. He will make another rehab start Monday, July 2.
SP | Alex White | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy said SP Alex White struggled with his fastball command and failed to fool hitters with his secondary pitches. "You get swings from major league hitters on secondary pitches when the pitch out of the hand resembles a strike, but then when it's through the hitting area, it's not a strike," Tracy said. "We are throwing a lot of pitches that out of the hand are balls. The hitters recognize it's a ball and make no offer at it whatsoever."
SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Monday, June 25. He is eligible to return from the disabled list Thursday, June 28, but the team doesn't think he'll be activated then. "He said his shoulder felt great," skipper Bobby Valentine said. "Because we have him on this disabled list, we're not going to let the calendar dictate. We're going to make sure he's really feeling good. So we'll wait until we make that determination. We'll wait to see how he feels (Tuesday)."
SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (stomach) remained in the hospital Monday, June 25, and the team still doesn't know what caused Buchholz's internal bleeding.
SP | Drew Pomeranz | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies optioned SP Alex White to Triple-A Colorado Springs Monday, June 25. SP Jeremy Guthrie could return to the starting rotation or SP Drew Pomeranz could be recalled to re-enter the rotation.
SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Shaun Marcum (elbow) played catch Monday, June 25, and he said he was still feeling soreness in his right elbow. "Still sore," Marcum said shortly afterward. "Going to shut it down until it gets better, I guess. A little bit (better). Some of (the soreness) could have been 10 days without throwing, some of that stiffness and stuff in there." There is no timetable for his return to the mound.
SP | Jeff Karstens | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates activated SP Jeff Karstens (shoulder, hip) from the 15-day disabled list in time for his start against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday, June 25. RP Bryan Morris was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move.
SP | Jeanmar Gomez | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians optioned SP Jeanmar Gomez to Triple-A Columbus Monday, June 25.
SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija, who hasn't gone more than 5 1/3 innings in four straight starts, isn't dealing with fatigue or stamina problems at this juncture of the season. Pitching coach Chris Bosio said the team will stick with their plan for Samardzija in his first season as a starting pitcher. "One thing that we've done with Jeff more so than anybody - and maybe it's something we also have to look at - is he's not been able to stay on that five-day rotation because we're trying to watch pitches," Bosio said. "And maybe that is a disservice to him. There's a lot to be said for staying on a regular routine. But when you're talking about a special talent like Jeff, it's hard to have it both ways. Do I see a pattern? No."
SP | Clayton Richard | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Clayton Richard has won three straight starts and has allowed four runs and 19 hits in 21 2/3 innings for a 1.66 ERA. He became the first pitcher in team history to have two hits and three RBIs in a game he won against the Seattle Mariners over the weekend.
SP | Alexander Torres | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction,
The Tampa Bay Rays optioned SP Alexander Torres to the minors Sunday, June 24.
SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison said he will probably make his next start (back) after leaving his outing Sunday, June 24, with lower back tightness. Harrison was removed from the game for precautionary reasons. He entered the game Sunday tied with Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson and San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain for the lowest ERA (1.24) in the majors behind New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey.
SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Fantasy
A scout recently said New York Mets SP Zack Wheeler is the best pitcher they've seen in the minor leagues this season.
RP | Huston Street | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres CL Huston Street is 11-for-11 in save chances this season. He has a 2.16 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings since coming off the disabled list.
RP | Heath Bell | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins CL Heath Bell allowed four runs in a non-save situation Monday, June 25.
RP | Glen Perkins | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins will split save chances between RPs Glen Perkins and Jared Burton based on matchups. RPs Alex Burnett, Jeff Gray and Jeff Manship will serve as setup men.
RP | Jeremy Guthrie | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jeremy Guthrie is likely to start the game Thursday, June 28, against the Washington Nationals. Currently, that spot is marked as undecided.
RP | Zach Putnam | Colorado Rockies | Transaction,
The Colorado Rockies recalled RP Zach Putnam from Triple-A Colorado Springs Monday, June 25.
RP | Chris Resop | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Monday, June 25, that RP Chris Resop is likely unavailable until at least Tuesday, June 26, after pitching multiple innings over the weekend.
RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Kyle Farnsworth (elbow) had his rehab outing with Triple-A Durham rained out Monday, June 25. He'll pitch again Tuesday, June 26, or Wednesday, June 27.
RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Neftali Feliz (elbow) has yet to throw off a mound, but he played more catch Monday, June 25.
RP | Joe Nathan | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan said he'll be available to pitch Monday, June 25, after tossing a season-high 32 pitches Sunday, June 24.
RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Bobby Parnell thinks he's a better pitcher this year because he has taken some velocity off his fastball in order to give himself better command. His fastball this year is averaging 95.3 mph as opposed to 97.2 mph last year. "I've just got to keep doing what I've been doing. I've had good success with that," Parnell said. "I try not to overthrow. I'm just trying to throw strikes in the bottom of the zone and flip a couple of curveballs up there and get them off balance."
RP | Brad Lidge | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Washington Nationals released RP Brad Lidge Monday, June 25.
RP | Matt Capps | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins RP Matt Capps' (shoulder) MRI exam showed only inflammation, and he'll receive a cortisone shot Monday, June 25, or Tuesday, June 26.
RP | Mark Hamburger | San Diego Padres | Transaction,
The San Diego Padres claimed RP Mark Hamburger off waivers from the Texas Rangers Monday, June 25.
RP | Roman Colon | Kansas City Royals | Transaction,
Kansas City Royals RP Roman Colon accepted his minor league assignment and was outrighted to Triple-A Omaha after clearing waivers.
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