Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 15, 2012 @ 08:43:34 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is out of the lineup Wednesday, Aug. 15.

1B | Matt Adams | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Adams (elbow) had surgery to remove bone spurs in his right elbow and is done for the season. He's expected to be able to swing in four to six weeks.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols homered and drove in four runs Tuesday, Aug. 14.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko (concussion) rode an exercise bike Tuesday, Aug. 14, in his first activity since going on the 7-day disabled list last week.

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners recalled 1B Justin Smoak from Triple-A Tacoma Tuesday, Aug. 14.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Several players ownership of the Boston Red Sox that they no longer wanted to play for manager Bobby Valentine during a meeting July 26. 1B Adrian Gonzalez reportedly texted his displeasure with the manager to ownership on behalf of himself and teammates after Valentine left SP Jon Lester in a game in which he gave up 11 runs July 22. Gonzalez and 2B Dustin Pedroia were reportedly the most critical of Valentine during the meeting. "They had a meeting with the players, they had a meeting with the coaches and they had a meeting with Bobby and it was to assess where we were as a team and as an organization and why we were where we were, and what our thoughts were, basically," Gonzalez said.

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto (knee) said he won't return from the disabled list until he's sure he is 100 percent healthy. "I'm not going to come back until I can do everything as a ballplayer," Votto said. "I'm not comfortable coming back and not being able to play defense or break up a double play. I'm responsible for myself once I step on the field." He has been limited to pool work since suffering a setback last week.

Second Baseman

2B | Darwin Barney | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney is resting Wednesday, Aug. 15.

2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro is expected to get the day off Wednesday, Aug. 14, according to manager Bruce Bochy. INF Ryan Theriot will get the start in Scutaro's absence.

2B | Ryan Flaherty | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Ryan Flaherty (illness) will play in his first rehab game with Triple-A Norfolk later this week.


SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak to 10 games Tuesday, Aug. 14.

SS | Brian Dozier | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins optioned INF Brian Dozier to Triple-A Rochester Tuesday, Aug. 14, and purchased the contract of INF Pedro Florimon in the corresponding move.

SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond (oblique) might be activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday, Aug. 17 if he does not have any setbacks in workouts and a simulated game.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) will travel with the team next week on their road trip. He's been taking infield and batting practice.

SS | Yuniesky Betancourt | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Kansas City Royals are requesting unconditional release waivers on SS Yuniesky Betancourt Tuesday, Aug. 14.

SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins tied Larry Bowa for the most games played at shortstop in team history by starting his 1,730th game with the team Monday, Aug. 13.

Third Baseman

3B | Mark Reynolds | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Mark Reynolds hit two homers and drove in four runs Tuesday, Aug. 14.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera became the first major leaguer to reach 100 RBIs this season with a run-scoring single Tuesday, Aug. 14. The Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 8-4.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, X-rays for New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hand) came back with good news Tuesday, Aug. 14, and Rodriguez will shed his brace.

3B | Anthony Rendon | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson indicated Tuesday, Aug. 14, that 3B Anthony Rendon might be among the team's September call-ups.

3B | Chris D. Johnson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Chris D. Johnson was not in the starting lineup Tuesday, Aug. 14, for the first time since being acquired from the Houston Astros July 29. "You could see he was dragging a little bit," manager Kirk Gibson said. Johnson is hitting .286 with five home runs and 18 RBIs since the trade.

3B | Brandon Inge | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 3B Brandon Inge (shoulder) is expected to return from the disabled list when eligible because his MRI exam didn't show any major damage.

3B | Mark DeRosa | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond (oblique) and INF/OF Mark DeRosa (abdominal) are taking batting practice Tuesday, Aug. 14.

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco (back) will begin his rehab assignment with Single-A Clearwater Wednesday, Aug. 15, and he could return Monday, Aug. 20, if he doesn't suffer any setbacks.

3B | Josh Donaldson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics placed 3B Brandon Inge (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, Aug. 14, and recalled 3B Josh Donaldson from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding move.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants activated 3B Pablo Sandoval (hamstring) from the disabled list Monday, Aug. 13.


C | Luis Martinez | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Luis Martinez went 0-for-3 in his first start Tuesday, Aug. 14, in relief of C Mike Napoli.

C | A.J. Pierzynski | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski went 1-for-4 with a run scored Tuesday, Aug. 14, against the Toronto Blue Jays.

C | Rob Brantly | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins C Rob Brantly was hitless in three at-bats with a strikeout Tuesday, Aug. 14, against the Philadelphia Phillies in his major league debut.

C | Ryan Lavarnway | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Ryan Lavarnway will split playing time with C Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the rest of the season after C Kelly Shoppach was traded away. "There's not a concrete plan, no," manager Bobby Valentine said. "We want to try to play the guys that are going to help us win the most. Salty's an integral part of this group. We'll see if Ryan can become one."

C | Yorvit Torrealba | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays signed free-agent C Yorvit Torrealba (Rangers) to a minor league deal Tuesday, Aug. 14, and assigned him to Double-A New Hampshire.

C | Jeff Mathis | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Toronto Blue Jays C Jeff Mathis will make $1.5 million for each year of his two-year contract extension. There will be a $1.5 million club option for the 2015 season.

C | Koyie Hill | Texas Rangers | Transaction
The Texas Rangers signed free-agent C Koyie Hill (Nationals) to a minor league deal Tuesday, Aug. 14.

C | Kelly Shoppach | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said C Kelly Shoppach will "most likely" platoon with C Josh Thole, with Shoppach facing left-handed hurlers.

C | Jesus Montero | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said C Jesus Montero isn't quite ready to play first base with OF Mike Carp (thigh) heading to the disabled list, meaning 1B Justin Smoak is a likely candidate to be recalled. Montero has been taking ground balls at first base and it's expected that his future isn't behind the plate.

C | Devin Ivany | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Washington Nationals released C Devin Ivany Tuesday, Aug. 14.


OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Denard Span (shoulder) is out of the lineup Wednesday, Aug. 15.

OF | Jon Jay | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Jon Jay is hitting .385 at home but just .235 on the road this season.

OF | Colby Rasmus | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus (groin) could return as the designated hitter Wednesday, Aug. 15.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun is in a 6-for-42 slump.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez had four hits and two RBI Tuesday, Aug. 14.

OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said OF Jose Bautista (wrist) felt no pain after swinging and hitting off the tee Monday, Aug. 13. No timetable was announced for what comes next.

OF | Mark Kotsay | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
Updating previous items, San Diego Padres OF Mark Kotsay will be paid $1.3 million next year under the terms of his contract extension.

OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham connected for his 30th home run of the season Tuesday, Aug. 14, against the Detroit Tigers.

OF | Travis Snider | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Travis Snider (hamstring) aggravated his sore hamstring legging out a double in the game Tuesday, Aug. 14, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was lifted as a precaution.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse (thumb) said Tuesday, Aug. 14, that he expects to be fine to play Wednesday, Aug. 15.

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (ankle) is back in the lineup Tuesday, Aug. 14, but OF Mike Morse (thumb) isn't playing.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward is out of the lineup Tuesday, Aug. 14, for the first time in more than two months. It was time for a day off for him, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez, especially with a left-hander on the mound.

OF | Matt Diaz | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Matt Diaz (thumb) will undergo season-ending surgery for a right thumb bruise Wednesday, Aug. 15, to remove remnants of splinters he thinks he got in 2006. He will need eight to six weeks of recovery time.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (oblique) is slated to play seven innings with Triple-A Colorado Springs Tuesday, Aug. 14, and he'll play first base Wednesday, Aug. 15, and then rejoin the team Thursday, Aug. 16.

OF | Jarrod Dyson | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Jarrod Dyson (ankle) is out of the lineup Tuesday, Aug. 14, but he said his sprained left ankle is much better. He'll be available for pinch-running duties.

OF | Mike Carp | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners placed OF Mike Carp (thigh) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, Aug. 14.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (concussion) has changed his medication in hopes that it will reduce his headaches related to a concussion. He worked out Monday, Aug. 13, and will go through baseball activities Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Mark Rogers | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
Milwaukee Brewers SP Mark Rogers was activated from the paternity list. INF Jeff Bianchi was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.

SP | John Gast | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals SP John Gast (shoulder) was placed on the DL at Triple-A Memphis with shoulder soreness. He is 8-3 with a 4.79 ERA.

SP | Rubby De La Rosa | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers P Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) averaged 97 mph in his three-inning, 42-pitch rehab outing Monday, Aug. 13.

SP | Madison Bumgarner | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner allowed a run on five hits and struck out six in a complete-game victory over the Washington Nationals Tuesday, Aug. 14.

SP | Josh Tomlin | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction
Cleveland Indians SP Josh Tomlin (elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his elbow.

SP | Jeremy Guthrie | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Jeremy Guthrie allowed three hits and two walks while striking out a season-high eight batters in seven shutout innings to beat the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, Aug. 14. He has been unscored upon in 15 consecutive innings.

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley allowed five hits and a walk while striking out five in eight shutout innings to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday, Aug. 14.

SP | Chris Volstad | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Chris Volstad lasted just five innings, allowing eight hits and four runs in his latest bid for his first big league win since July 10, 2011. The Cubs lost 10-1 to the Houston Astros on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Volstad hasn't won in his last 23 starts and is approaching the major league record of 28 held by Cliff Curtis, Matt Keough and Jo-Jo Reyes. Volstad fell to 0-14 with a 5.51 ERA during his winless skid.

SP | Lucas Harrell | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Lucas Harrell scattered six hits and struck out six, helping the Astros win for only the third time in their last 28 road games. Houston defeated the Chicago Cubs 10-1 on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Harrell has allowed two runs or fewer in all seven of his starts since the All-Star break.

SP | Josh Johnson | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins SP Josh Johnson went eight innings and allowed three hits. He struck out seven and walked one, but his team lost 1-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, Aug. 14. Johnson is 2-3 with a 2.04 ERA in his last six starts against Philadelphia.

SP | Kyle Kendrick | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick tossed a five-hit shutout Tuesday, Aug. 14, as Philadelphia scored a 1-0 win over the Miami Marlins. It was Kendrick's seventh straight victory against the Marlins.

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda tossed a two-hit shutout Tuesday, Aug. 14, helped by home runs from OF Nick Swisher and 1B Mark Teixeira, as the Yankees shut out the Texas Rangers 3-0.

SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson picked up his sixth straight victory Tuesday, Aug. 14, as he combined with three relievers on a 6-0 shutout of the San Diego Padres. He allowed two hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings.

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates wants to shrink the rotation back from six pitchers to a five-man rotation Aug. 23. Discussions continue on who that pitcher might be. In six starts since the All-Star break, SP James McDonald has an 8.71 ERA, and he might be a candidate to land in the bullpen.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday, Aug. 14, that he is considering a six-man rotation down the stretch, which would give SPs Johan Santana (shoulder) and Chris Young (shoulder) some extra rest.

SP | Josh Collmenter | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Josh Collmenter (ulcers) met with doctors Tuesday, Aug. 14, and hopes to receive medical clearance to resume baseball activities in the next few days.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow (oblique) allowed no runs, three hits and no walks with six strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings in a minor-league rehab start with Double-A New Hampshire Tuesday, Aug. 14. He threw 67 pitches.

SP | Steven Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Steven Johnson is expected to start against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, Aug. 18.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (knee) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, Aug. 14, and everything went well. Hammel hopes to increase the intensity with another bullpen session Thursday, Aug. 16, and he is targeting an early September return.

SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is expected to make his last rehab start with Triple-A Memphis Tuesday, Aug. 14, which means SP Joe Kelly is likely making his last start in the rotation Tuesday.

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Dallas Braden (shoulder) will undergo "exploratory" surgery on his left shoulder after his arm wasn't responding as desired.

SP | Ben Sheets | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Ben Sheets said he's a bit fatigued after allowing five runs in six innings to the New York Mets Sunday, Aug. 12. "My whole body felt dead," Sheets said. "I was like 'Weekend at Bernie's' guy. I was like Bernie." He characterized it as normal soreness, and his fastball was at 88-91 mph in his last outing. Sheets will have extra rest, though, with the team moving to a six-man rotation soon.

SP | Drew Pomeranz | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Drew Pomeranz (biceps) has been scratched from his start Wednesday, Aug. 15, and he's now tentatively scheduled to pitch Sunday, Aug. 19. SP Guillermo Moscoso is a candidate to make the start Wednesday after he was scratched from his start at Triple-A Colorado Springs Monday, Aug. 13.

SP | Mike Pelfrey | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Mike Pelfrey (elbow) will play catch for the first time Tuesday, Aug. 21, since undergoing Tommy John surgery May 1. He started throwing a plyometric medicine ball this week, and he's feeling strong. Pelfrey has a chance to be ready by Opening Day next year.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz is moving to the bullpen with Triple-A Norfolk, and he could return to the majors as a relief pitcher.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte (ankle) is being very cautious in his return from a broken ankle and there is no timetable for when he will resume throwing off a mound.

SP | Troy Patton | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction,
The Baltimore Orioles placed RP Troy Patton (ankle) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, Aug. 14, and recalled P Steven Johnson in a corresponding move to pitch in relief. X-rays on Patton's ankle were negative, but he is wearing a walking boot and has to use crutches for long distances. Patton is expected to be ready to return when eligible Aug. 28.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez has regained the velocity on his fastball in the last month, and he's consistently been hitting 95 mph with his fastball.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg will not pitch in the Dominican Republic Winter League in the offseason after the Nationals shut him down.

SP | Dillon Gee | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Dillon Gee (shoulder) has made good progress three weeks after having surgery to fix a damaged artery in his pitching arm but he's still unlikely to return this season. "They said it looks great. I'm progressing fast," Gee said about the three-week post-op examination. "It's still three more weeks until the six-week checkup. That's where they're going to clear me to throw, hopefully. It's still too premature for me to start throwing now."

SP | Jeff Niemann | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeff Niemann (leg) will throw roughly 60 pitches in the second of four scheduled minor league rehab outings Tuesday, Aug. 14. He is targeting a late August return to the rotation.

SP | Brett Tomko | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction,
The Arizona Diamondbacks signed free-agent SP Brett Tomko (Reds) to a minor league deal Monday, Aug. 13, and assigned him to Double-A Mobile.

SP | Duane Below | Detroit Tigers | Transaction,
The Detroit Tigers recalled P Luke Putkonen from the minors Tuesday, Aug. 14, and optioned SP Duane Below in a corresponding move.

SP | C.J. Wilson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP C.J. Wilson (hand) isn't overly worried that he'll miss his next start after trying to grab a ground ball with his bare hand Monday, Aug. 13. "It got me in the hand," Wilson said. "I went up to jump for it, and it hit me pretty much. If I got a little more around it, I might have caught it. We went to the hospital and checked it out, and they said it was just bruised and stuff. Maybe some blood vessels that have been busted or whatever. It's just a little discolored, but the swelling's already gone down and the grip strength's fine."

Relief Pitcher

RP | Fernando Rodney | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays CL Fernando Rodney blew just his second save of the season Tuesday, Aug. 14.

RP | Francisco Cordero | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros RP Francisco Cordero (toe) will likely not come back until Sept. 1, according to manager Bradley Mills.

RP | Alex Hinshaw | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy
San Diego Padres RP Alex Hinshaw was designated for assignment on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

RP | Juan Cruz | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Juan Cruz (shoulder) was unavailable Tuesday, Aug. 14, after throwing back-to-back days since returning from the 15-day disabled list.

RP | Santiago Casilla | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Santiago Casilla (blister) felt good after his outing Monday, Aug. 13, and manager Bruce Bochy is confident Casilla is over his blister problem.

RP | Dan Otero | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
The San Francisco Giants placed RP Brad Penny (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, Aug. 14, due to a shoulder impingement. RP Dan Otero will take his spot in the bullpen.

RP | Shane Loux | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Shane Loux (neck) started a minor-league rehab assignment Tuesday, Aug. 14, with Triple-A Fresno.

RP | Koji Uehara | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers RP Koji Uehara (lat) will throw a batting practice session Wednesday, Aug. 15, for Double-A Frisco. The team plans to activate the reliever Aug. 26 after he throws two sessions of batting practice with Frisco and makes two rehab outings with Triple-A Round Rock. He'll throw just one inning each in those two appearances.

RP | J.C. Romero | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction,
The Baltimore Orioles designated RP Miguel Socolovich for assignment Tuesday, Aug. 14, to make room on the roster for RP J.C. Romero.

RP | Takashi Saito | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Transaction,
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed RP Takashi Saito (hamstring) on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring Tuesday, Aug. 14, and recalled RP Michael Zagurski in a corresponding move.

RP | Brian Fuentes | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction,
The St. Louis Cardinals placed RP Brian Fuentes on the restricted list Tuesday, Aug. 14, due to personal reasons. RP Trevor Rosenthal was recalled from Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move.

RP | Jon Rauch | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Jon Rauch has given up only one run in 13 innings in his last 18 outings, and he recorded his second save of the season Sunday, Aug. 12.

RP | Garrett Olson | New York Mets | Transaction,
New York Mets P Garrett Olson cleared waivers and will be outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo.

RP | Kelvin Herrera | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals RP Kelvin Herrera has not given up a run in 14 of his last 15 outings and has 19 strikeouts and just three walks in 17 innings over that time. "I think it's a normal adjustment," said Herrera, whose overall ERA is down to 2.55 in 53 appearances. "Everyone goes through that. I'm a rookie, and I want to do well. I've learned to control myself a lot better now, but I still have to keep working on it." Herrera has better learned to control his emotions on the bump; before, too often would he get too amped up, which would cause his 100 mph heat to straighten out. Because of his recent success, manager Ned Yost hasn't been afraid to use him with the game on the line in the ninth inning.

Herrera also recently started using a two-seam fastball, which sacrifices some velocity but offers more movement. "He's doing a really nice job now of changing speeds from a very solid hard fastball," Yost said. "His changeup has always been good. His breaking ball has been good. But changing speeds is going to be the key to his success."

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