Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 18, 2012 @ 08:58:44 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday, July 17, that he has no plans to move 1B Paul Konerko out of the cleanup spot despite the fact Konerko's batting average has slipped from .399 to .318 since May 27. "He's just missing balls and even last night, it looked like a regular swing that he had, and it just popped up. So you go through phases during the season you wish you could get out of and can't necessarily do that," Ventura said. "I think eventually he'll get out of it."

1B | Carlos Lee | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins 1B Carlos Lee connected on his 17th career grand slam Tuesday, July 17, against the Chicago Cubs. He is second on the active grand slams behind only New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, who has 23.

1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendrys Morales was moved from the cleanup spot to fifth in the order Tuesday, July 17, against a right-handed hurler. OF Mark Trumbo moved to the cleanup spot as a result. Trumbo leads the team with 25 home runs and 62 RBIs to go along with a .309 batting average. Morales has eight home runs this year and only one in his last 26 games. Morales said it takes around two years to regain strength in his lower half following the traumatizing ankle injury he suffered in 2010.

1B | Nick Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles moved 1B Nick Johnson (wrist) to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, July 17, to make room for P Brad Bergesen on the roster. Johnson's wrist is still bothering him.

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to fix a torn meniscus Tuesday, July 17, and was put on the 15-day disabled list. He'll miss three to four weeks.


Second Baseman

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano had a leadoff single in the second inning Tuesday, July 17, against the Toronto Blue Jays to extend his career-high hitting streak to 20 games.

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker stayed hot Tuesday, July 17, against the Colorado Rockies, reaching base with two hits and two walks. Walker's 17-game hitting streak is the longest by a Pirates player this season, and is one shy of his career best set in 2010.

2B | Jonathan Herrera | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies 2B Jonathan Herrera (wrist) was hospitalized Tuesday, July 17, due to the infection on his left wrist. "This (treatment and recovery period) will take several days, but we can't play that short-handedly for that long a period of time, so we had to place him on the disabled list," manager Jim Tracy said.

2B | Chris Nelson | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies put INFs Chris Nelson (heart) and Jonathan Herrera (shoulder) on the disabled list Tuesday, July 17, and recalled INFs DJ LeMahieu and Andrew Brown in corresponding moves. Nelson's heart was shocked back into rhythm Tuesday, and he remains in a hospital. LeMahieu can play second, shortstop and third base.

2B | Alexi Amarista | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Alexi Amarista is hitting .368 in his last 26 games since June 13 and is 28-for-76 with six doubles, a triple, four home runs, 17 RBIs, 12 runs scored and two stolen bases in that time. He currently has a five-game hitting streak (6-for-16 with two doubles), and he's hit safely in 13 of the last 14 games.


Shortstop

SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Houston Astros SS Jed Lowrie (ankle) will be out four to six weeks with a nerve issue in his leg.

SS | Trevor Plouffe | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe extended his hitting streak to 15 games Tuesday, July 17.

SS | Brendan Ryan | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SS Brendan Ryan (knee) was back in the starting lineup Tuesday, July 17, against the Kansas City Royals. "He's still a little dinged up, but he's good enough to play," manager Eric Wedge said.

SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond's (oblique) injury could linger for the rest of the season, but the team isn't considering putting him on the disabled list. Desmond missed his third straight game Tuesday, July 17, and he's been taking anti-inflammatory medication.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera is batting just .040 (1-for-25) in his last six games, .114 (5-for-44) in his last 11 games, .200 (17-for-85) in his last 20 games and .242 (56-for-231) in his last 58 games.


Third Baseman

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson is out of the lineup Wednesday, July 18. 3B Alex Rodriguez (neck) returned to third base.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run Tuesday, July 17, against the Boston Red Sox, his former team.

3B | Martin Prado | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves are looking to sign OF Martin Prado to a multi-year deal, given his place as the heir to 3B Chipper Jones' position at third base.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring) was hitting on the field before the game Tuesday, July 17, and he's likely to travel with the team on their upcoming road trip.

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Shane Victorino and 3B Placido Polanco could be fits for the Los Angeles Dodgers if the Phillies decide they are sellers before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

3B | Todd Frazier | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 3B Todd Frazier will replace 1B Joey Votto (knee) at first base, and he'll shift to third on days when 3B Scott Rolen needs rest. On those days, 3B Miguel Cairo can move over to first base. C Dioner Navarro could be recalled when the team places Votto on the disabled list. Navarro is hitting .339 with Triple-A Louisville. OF Xavier Paul and INF Henry X. Rodriguez are other options to be recalled.


Catcher

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (knee) will have surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament Wednesday, July 18.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey drove in five runs Tuesday, July 17.

C | John Jaso | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Originally, Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge planned to use C John Jaso Tuesday, July 17, against the Kansas City Royals, but a late pitching change by the Royals changed that plan. Wedge said he will use Jaso Wednesday, July 18, against left-handed SP Bruce Chen, who he feels is a better matchup for the left-handed hitting catcher.

C | Hector Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Hector Sanchez (knee) left the game Tuesday, July 17, against the Atlanta Braves due to a sprained left knee. He will go for an MRI Wednesday, July 18, although a team doctor told him it does not appear to be a serious injury.

C | Ramon Hernandez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
The New York Mets are looking for a catcher, but the Colorado Rockies are unlikely to pay off any of C Ramon Hernandez's $3.2 million salary through next season in any trade.

C | Jhonatan Solano | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Jhonatan Solano (oblique) has been bothered by an oblique injury since July 15, but he should be available Wednesday, July 18.

C | Yorvit Torrealba | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers placed C Yorvit Torrealba on the paternity leave list Tuesday, July 17.

C | Ronny Paulino | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
Baltimore Orioles C Ronny Paulino cleared waivers and accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk.

C | Jonathan Lucroy | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy (hand) will begin a rehab assignment at Class A Wisconsin Thursday, July 19, and play through the weekend. He'd take the day off Monday, July 23, and head to Triple-A Nashville for two days and hopefully be ready to go Thursday, July 26.

C | Jesus Flores | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals are interested in trading for Colorado Rockies C Ramon Hernandez to be their everyday catcher, according to sources. Washington is currently using a combination of Cs Jesus Flores and Jhonatan Solano behind the dish.


Outfielder

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (groin) is out of the lineup Wednesday, July 18.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (thigh) left the game Tuesday, July 17, after he was hit on the left leg with a pitch in the first inning. It's being called a left thigh contusion.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford stole three bases Tuesday, July 17.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout had four hits, including his 13th homer, Tuesday, July 17.

OF | Andruw Jones | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Andruw Jones belted a three-run home run Tuesday, July 17, against the Toronto Blue Jays, his 12th of the season.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler was solid in the three-hole Tuesday, July 17, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was 2-for-3 with two walks. Fowler now has 16 total hits over his past nine games.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) was out of the lineup for a second straight day Tuesday, July 17, but manager Bud Black said the outfielder is feeling much better. Quentin might return to the starting lineup Wednesday, July 18.

OF | Casper Wells | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Casper Wells has taken advantage of his opportunity of everyday playing time since he was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma June 13. Wells is batting .301 with three doubles, one triple, four home runs and 16 RBIs in 83 at-bats heading into action Tuesday, July 17.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (concussion) took batting practice Tuesday, July 17, for the first time since suffering a concussion June 29. Manager Eric Wedge said Gutierrez is nearing game action. The team will decide Thursday, July 19, if Gutierrez requires a minor-league rehab assignment or not.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) might return to the outfield Wednesday, July 18. Cespedes has been relegated to designated hitter duties, with OF Seth Smith playing in the outfield.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (shoulder) remained out of the starting lineup Tuesday, July 17, but he isn't expected to need a stint on the 15-day disabled list. He had his left shoulder examined and there is no structural damage, according to manager Bob Melvin. Crisp is doing some baseball activities, and he might return as soon as Wednesday, July 18.

OF | Andrew Brown | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Andrew Brown, recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to replace the injured 2B Jonathan Herrera (wrist), was hitting .317 with 20 homers and 84 RBIs in 86 games with the Sky Sox. Brown was second in the minors in RBIs.

OF | Chris B. Young | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Chris B. Young (shoulder) got off to a hot start this season before he slammed into the outfield wall making a catch in mid-April and was forced to miss time. In 42 games since returning, he has struggled mightily, batting just .147 with four home runs, seven RBIs and a .252 on-base percentage. Manager Kirk Gibson still has faith in his hitter. "He's working hard," Gibson said. "One thing I know about that kid, he's very determined, he works hard, he goes out and he's a pro. He plays his tail off. I think he's just trying to figure some things out and get better results."

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton was back in the fifth spot of manager Kirk Gibson's batting order Tuesday, July 17. Upton has been struggling at the plate, and manager Kirk Gibson is looking for a successful combination to snap Upton and his team out of a funk. "It was inevitable the way I was hitting," Upton said. "I think it's a good move for the lineup for the time being and hopefully I'm back in the three hole at some point."

OF | Jason Kubel | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Jason Kubel (hamstring) is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday, July 18, according to manager Kirk Gibson. "I talked to (the head athletic trainer) after the game and we just felt another day," Gibson said. "I think he's getting better. I think we're seeing improvement. I'd love him in the lineup."

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (wrist) is nearing a return in the next two to three weeks, according to manager Davey Johnson. Werth will begin swinging a bat soon.

OF | Eric Young Jr. | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Eric Young Jr. is hitting leadoff Tuesday, July 17, with OF Dexter Fowler hitting third and OF Carlos Gonzalez hitting cleanup. OF Tyler Colvin is taking the day off. Fowler will return to the leadoff spot soon, as he's hitting .335 with six doubles, six triples, four home runs, 17 RBIs and 24 runs scored from the top spot.

OF | Daniel Nava | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox plan to rotate players in the designated hitter position with DH David Ortiz (Achilles') out for a week. OF Daniel Nava was the DH Tuesday, July 17, and was hitting third in the lineup.

OF | Anthony Gose | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said OF Anthony Gose will likely play regularly against right-handed pitchers.

OF | Collin Cowgill | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics activated OF Collin Cowgill (ankle) from the disabled list Tuesday, July 17, and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento.

OF | Jay Bruce | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce is taking the day off Tuesday, July 17. He is 0-for-10 since an RBI double Saturday, July 14. "He's feeling OK," manager Dusty Baker said. "But he ain't looking OK, is he? That's why he's getting the day off. It's either pay me now or pay me later."

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay is hitting fifth and playing left field in his return to the lineup Tuesday, July 17. Bay went 0-for-6 with two walks for Single-A St. Lucie and 3-for-10 with four walks at Triple-A Buffalo during his rehab assignment.

OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (wrist) is hoping to return in two weeks when he is eligible to come back from the disabled list.

OF | Darnell McDonald | New York Yankees | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees designated OF Darnell McDonald for assignment Tuesday, July 17, to make room on the roster for SP CC Sabathia (groin), who will be activated from the disabled list.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda (hamstring) received an anti-inflammatory shot in his left hamstring Monday, July 16, while visiting with team doctors, and he's expected to be able to return Wednesday, July 18.

OF | Matt Joyce | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Matt Joyce (oblique) was activated from the 15-day disabled list. 2B Will Rhymes was optioned to Triple-A Durham.

OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Sam Fuld (wrist) has played in six rehab games with Single-A Charlotte and Triple-A Durham and is getting close to returning to the team. DH Hideki Matsui, who is hitting just .165, might be the odd-man out when Fuld is activated.

OF | Danny Dorn | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Detroit Tigers signed free-agent 1B Danny Dorn (Reds) to a minor league contract.

OF | Shane Victorino | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds are interested in trading for Philadelphia Phillies OF Shane Victorino. If the Reds acquired him, OF Drew Stubbs would be pushed to a reserve role.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen has 50 hits since June 16 with a .481 batting average. St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (43) is the only other player in baseball with 40-plus knocks over that span of time.

OF | Andy Dirks | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks (Achilles') was upbeat about his progress Monday, July 16. "I went down to Florida for a week, worked down there and it's showing signs of good improvement. I'm moving around pretty good. I can run on it pretty good, hitting's fine," Dirks said. "This is the best it's felt in a long time, right now."

OF | Starling Marte | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates have refused to deal OF Starling Marte and SP Jameson Taillon in trade talks for Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton.

OF | Trevor Crowe | free agent | Free Agents
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will sign free-agent OF Trevor Crowe (Indians).


Starting Pitcher

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia (groin) allowed just four hits and a walk with six strikeouts in six scoreless innings in a win Tuesday, July 17, against the Toronto Blue Jays in his first outing since coming off the 15-day disabled list.

SP | Nick Blackburn | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins recalled SP Nick Blackburn from Triple-A Rochester Tuesday, July 17. In two starts since his demotion, Blackburn allowed just one earned run, 14 hits and a walk while striking out five batters over 15 innings. Blackburn posted a 55 percent groundball rate in those two outings.

SP | Charlie Furbush | Seattle Mariners | Injury,
Seattle Mariners RP Charlie Furbush (triceps) left his appearance Tuesday, July 17, against the Kansas City Royals due to tightness in his left triceps.

SP | Will Smith | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals are likely to recall SP Will Smith from Triple-A Omaha sometime this weekend for a start.

SP | Joe Wieland | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Joe Wieland (elbow) is expected to have Tommy John surgery within the next couple of weeks.

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Tim Stauffer (elbow) is on track for a bullpen session Friday, July 20, as he continues to progress.

SP | Erasmo Ramirez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Seattle Mariners SP Erasmo Ramirez (elbow) is scheduled to throw a 50-pitch bullpen session Thursday, July 19. He'll then face live hitters in a simulated game Saturday, July 21. If that goes well, a decision will be made whether he needs a minor-league rehab assignment or if he'll come off the 15-day disabled list.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) said he will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, July 18. He'll throw another sometime shortly after that, and then he is hopeful he can return after one more session rather than heading out on a minor-league rehab assignment.

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Dallas Braden (elbow) threw all of his pitches in a 40-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, July 17, and manager Bob Melvin said Braden "bounced off the mound."

SP | Gavin Floyd | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
The Chicago White Sox will give P Pedro Hernandez the start Wednesday, July 18, against the Boston Red Sox in place of the injured SP Gavin Floyd (elbow). He will become the 10th different starting pitcher for manager Robin Ventura this season. He will also be the 10th rookie pitcher to spend time on the 2012 White Sox roster.

SP | Juan Nicasio | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies transferred SP Juan Nicasio (knee) from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list Tuesday, July 17.

SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) threw "very well" in a simulated game Tuesday, July 17, working two innings. "He felt fine, was very free and easy," manager Jim Tracy said. The next step for Chacin will be another simulated game July 22 in Colorado Springs, perhaps adding an inning and bumping his pitch count to 45.

SP | Zach McAllister | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Zach McAllister (forearm) was fine a day after taking a line drive off his right forearm Monday, July 16. He was wearing a pad and protective sleeve Tuesday, July 17, but he's expected to make his next start.

SP | Carl Pavano | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Carl Pavano (shoulder) won't return to the team before August, according to general manager Terry Ryan. Pavano will throw off a mound Sunday, July 22, if two long toss sessions go well this week. He'll embark on a rehab assignment once he's throwing off a mound without any setbacks.

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Injury,
Washington Nationals RP Chien-Ming Wang (hip) tossed four innings with Double-A Harrisburg last Friday and gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits, and he'll make another rehab outing with Single-A Potomac this week. Wang could be close to returning to the team.

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly expects SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) to miss only one start in the rotation. Billingsley has lost five straight starts and hasn't gone more than six innings since June 10. He's 4-9 with a 4.30 ERA in 18 starts this year.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (elbow) threw a 45-pitch simulated game Monday, July 16, and said he'll throw around 45 pitches in his first rehab outing Saturday, July 21.

SP | Ben Sheets | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Ben Sheets said his right elbow felt great following his six-inning shutout effort Sunday, July 15. Sheets will next pitch again against the Washington Nationals Saturday, July 21, during a doubleheader.

SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
The Philadelphia Phillies have yet to make a contract extension offer to SP Cole Hamels, and his agent, John Boggs, had no plans to meet with team officials as the team prepared to play the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Phillies are soon expected to make their best contract offer in light of the approaching July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

SP | Carlos Zambrano | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Carlos Zambrano said he'd like to continue pitching next season.

SP | Micah Owings | San Diego Padres | Injury,
San Diego Padres P Micah Owings (elbow) will have season-ending surgery on his right elbow next week. The pain in his right forearm had not subsided and was getting worse. Owings was attempting to rehab with Triple-A Tucson as a first baseman, outfielder and designated hitter.

SP | Franklin Morales | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Franklin Morales will be moved back to the bullpen as the team moves away from the six-man starting rotation. He went 3-2 and gave up 10 runs in 26 1/3 innings in his five starts since June 17.

SP | Ryan Dempster | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Ryan Dempster's first choice would be to be traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and his second choice is the Atlanta Braves, according to major league sources. Dempster has the right to veto any deal, and he may find out where he will be headed in the next few days, with Chicago trying to move him before his next outing. Dempster would likely approve a trade to the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals, too, since he wants to play for a contender. He has given the Cubs only a handful of teams that he would not accept a trade to.

SP | Miguel Batista | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Miguel Batista will start for the team Saturday, July 21. General manager Sandy Alderson said SP Matt Harvey will be up with the team at some point this year, but SP Zack Wheeler will not be recalled at all this season.

SP | Vin Mazzaro | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Ryan Verdugo will be the team's starter against the Seattle Mariners in his major league debut Tuesday, July 17. P Vin Mazzaro, who was also called up Tuesday, will serve as a long reliever. Verdugo went 6-2 with a 3.58 ERA in 18 games (15 starts) with Triple-A Omaha. He has pitched just one inning since July 5.

SP | Jonathan Sanchez | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals designated SP Jonathan Sanchez for assignment and optioned OF Jason Bourgeois to Triple-A Omaha Tuesday, July 17.

SP | Dillon Gee | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, New York Mets SP Dillon Gee (shoulder) had a vein removed from his groin to enlarge the artery in his right shoulder. The artery was 96 percent blocked. Had the clot in his shoulder dislodged, it would have traveled no further than his pitching hand and got stuck. However, had he not treated the issue when he did, Gee could have suffered permanent muscle-tissue damage that may have jeopardized his career.

SP | Garrett Richards | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim recalled SP Garrett Richards from Triple-A Salt Lake.

SP | Blake Beavan | Seattle Mariners | Transaction
The Seattle Mariners recalled SP Blake Beavan from Triple-A Tacoma and optioned RP Steve Delabar to Tacoma. Beavan will start Tuesday, July 17.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Houston Astros | Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers have expressed interest in Houston Astros SP Wandy Rodriguez, but they are wary of his contract. The Astros could be interested in eating money to move him.

SP | Philip Humber | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Gavin Floyd (elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendonitis. SP Philip Humber (elbow) was activated from the disabled list.

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals are looking to add a pitcher through a trade because they plan to stick to their innings limit with SP Stephen Strasburg. The Nat are looking at Chicago Cubs SP Ryan Dempster, Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke and Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano. Strasburg, who is currently at 105 innings on the year, will be shut down when he reaches 160 to 165 innings.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Philadelphia Phillies activated SP Roy Halladay (lat) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, July 17.

SP | Dan Haren | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Dan Haren (back) expects to return to the rotation this weekend against the Texas Rangers after throwing 65 pitches with Single-A Inland Empire Monday, July 16. His fastball was around 88 mph in his rehab outing Monday. "It felt good," Haren said. "My fastball, especially, felt good at the end. That's the most important pitch for me. I usually throw everything off my fastball and I haven't had anything on my fastball, so they could look for everything else."

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow (lat) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Rafael Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians RP Rafael Perez (lat) was shifted to Triple-A Columbus to continue his rehab assignment.

RP | Chad Qualls | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Chad Qualls was ineffective yet again Tuesday, July 17, against the Toronto Blue Jays. He allowed a run in the eighth inning, and handed over two baserunners to RP Clay Rapada in the ninth inning after allowing a double and walk. In six outings with the Yankees, hitters have a .364 batting average against Qualls, who has a 4.97 ERA.

RP | Francisco Rodriguez | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers RP Francisco Rodriguez worked around two hits in a scoreless 19-pitch ninth inning Tuesday, July 17, against the St. Louis Cardinals to nail down his second save.

RP | Brandon League | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners RP Brandon League has changed his approach, trying to keep hitters off-balance, and he is starting to see some progress. "I'm throwing a lot more sliders," League said, "and it's making my fastball more effective. I feel like I don't have to be as perfect with the fastball."

RP | Jesse Crain | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
The Chicago White Sox expect to activate RP Jesse Crain (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list Sunday, July 22. Crain was able to throw a successful simulated game Tuesday, July 17, and he might return from the DL without requiring a minor-league rehab assignment. "That's going to be up to them, but I think I'll be ready to throw in a game this weekend," Crain said.

RP | Matt Capps | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins will put RP Matt Capps (shoulder) back on the disabled list Tuesday, July 17, with a corresponding roster move coming after their game. Capps is dealing with irritation in his rotator cuff.

RP | Huston Street | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
The New York Mets think San Diego Padres RP Huston Street and Milwaukee Brewers RP Francisco Rodriguez are "too pricey" at the trade deadline this year. The Brewers aren't expected to pick up any of Rodriguez's $4 million salary.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford was not surprised that he was demoted from the closer role Tuesday, July 17. "It's frustrating the way things have been going this year so maybe it'll be a breath of fresh air to step back a little bit and try to get back in the swing of things the way it was last year," Axford said. He suggested a mechanical flaw was to blame earlier in the year, but now, he hasn't been able to detect any specific flaws.

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
The New York Mets are interested in trading for Kansas City Royals RP Jonathan Broxton, according to a major league source.

RP | Koji Uehara | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers RP Koji Uehara (lat) suffered a setback in his strained right lat, and he was not activated from the disabled list Tuesday, July 17. The team will give him a few more days before activating him.

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals CL Drew Storen (elbow) is back at Class A Potomac to continue his rehab assignment Tuesday, July 17.

RP | Brian Sanches | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies outrighted RP Brian Sanches to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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