Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 22, 2012 @ 08:50:42 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman (knees) won't start his rehab assignment for another couple of days, according to manager Mike Matheny. The coaching staff wants to see Berkman work out on the side before he's sent off.


Second Baseman

2B | Jemile Weeks | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Oakland Athletics activated OF Seth Smith (hamstring) from the disabled list Tuesday, Aug. 21, and optioned 2B Jemile Weeks to the minors in a corresponding move. Also, RP Jordan Norberto (undisclosed) was put on the DL, and P Graham Godfrey was designated for assignment to clear roster space for SS Stephen Drew.


Shortstop

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs are hitting just .224 as a team in August. SS Starlin Castro is hitting .231 this month, and 1B Anthony Rizzo is hitting .244.

SS | Everth Cabrera | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera stole his 22nd base of the season without being caught Tuesday, Aug. 21. The record for consecutive stolen bases without being caught in a season is 23.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter hit his 12th homer of the season Tuesday, Aug. 21, giving him sole possession of 11th place on the career hits list (3,256) and moving him ahead of Eddie Murray.

SS | Justin Sellers | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Justin Sellers (back) will miss the rest of the season because he needs back surgery.

SS | Jerry Hairston Jr. | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF/INF Jerry Hairston Jr. (hip) has not shown any improvement after receiving an anti-inflammatory injection in his inflamed left hip last week, and he could need arthroscopic surgery that would end his season. If he has the surgery, he should be ready for baseball activities by spring training of next year.

SS | Billy Hamilton | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Billy Hamilton stole his 146th base of the season in the minors Tuesday, Aug. 21, breaking Vince Coleman's pro record set back in 1983.

SS | Cliff Pennington | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SSs Cliff Pennington and Adam Rosales will serve in a platoon at second base for the time being.

SS | Sean Rodriguez | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SS Sean Rodriguez is expected to return when rosters expand in September. 2B Ben Zobrist is expected to move over to shortstop.

SS | Cesar Izturis | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
Washington Nationals SS Cesar Izturis refused his minor league assignment, making him a free agent.


Third Baseman

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria is back in the lineup as the designated hitter Wednesday, Aug. 22.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis had a grand slam Tuesday, Aug. 21, in a 7-3 win over the New York Yankees. Youkilis has hit 11 of his 15 home runs since joining Chicago in trade earlier this summer.

3B | Lonnie Chisenhall | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Lonnie Chisenhall (forearm) is making good progress from a fractured right forearm, and the team expects him to go on a rehab assignment during the minor league postseason. That would make it possible for him to return to the team sometime in September. Chisenhall is considering playing winter ball in the offseason, too.

3B | Mark Reynolds | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Mark Reynolds has been fined an undisclosed amount, but he won't be suspended for his comments following an ejection last week, according to an industry source.

3B | Mark DeRosa | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Henry Rodriguez (back) threw his second bullpen session Tuesday, Aug. 21, and INF/OF Mark DeRosa (groin) continues to make progress from a groin injury. Rodriguez could go on a rehab assignment soon. DeRosa may need a rehab assignment before returning, too.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones is sitting out Tuesday, Aug. 21, with 3B Juan Francisco taking his spot at third base. Jones plans to return to the lineup Wednesday, Aug. 22.

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (oblique) had a setback during his rehab, and he'll be shut down until at least Monday, Aug. 27. There is no timetable for his return.


Catcher

C | Jonathan Lucroy | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy is out of the lineup Wednesday, Aug. 22.

C | Yorvit Torrealba | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays recalled C Yorvit Torrealba from Double-A New Hampshire Tuesday, Aug. 21.

C | Salvador Perez | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez (knee) said he's fully recovered from knee surgery that he underwent earlier this season. "Everything is perfect," Perez said. "Perfecto! Really, everything is good. I don't feel anything. My knee doesn't hurt. No pain. Nothing." Perez is hitting .306 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs in 43 games this season. He's also excelling at defense; with just seven stolen bases allowed in 13 attempts.

C | Devin Mesoraco | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds C Devin Mesoraco will serve his two-game suspension Tuesday, Aug. 21, and Wednesday, Aug. 22. C Dioner Navarro was recalled from Triple-A Louisville Tuesday, and RP Logan Ondrusek was optioned.

C | Rob Johnson | New York Mets | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The New York Mets placed C Rob Johnson (thumb) on the 15-day disabled list with a torn ligament in his left thumb Monday, Aug. 20. In corresponding moves, P Jeremy Hefner was put on the paternity list and P Robert Carson was recalled from the minors.


Outfielder

OF | Alfonso Soriano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano is out of the lineup Wednesday, Aug. 22.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp snapped an 0-for-21 with a single Tuesday, Aug. 21.

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin tied a career high with four hits Tuesday, Aug. 21.

OF | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Allen Craig extended his hitting streak to 10 games Tuesday, Aug. 21.

OF | Dewayne Wise | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Dewayne Wise, who drove in four runs last week during one game, had four singles from the leadoff spot Tuesday, Aug. 21, in a 7-3 win over the New York Yankees.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper struck out four straight times Tuesday, Aug. 21, against the Atlanta Braves.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton (undisclosed) left the game early in the first inning Tuesday, Aug. 21, after being injured while running the bases.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) won't return for the rest of the season because he's still dealing with right knee soreness. He started running and agility drills last week, but he recently experienced soreness and inflammation in his right knee. He'll be slowed down for the next 10 to 14 days.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox officially placed OF Carl Crawford (elbow) on the disabled list Tuesday, Aug. 21, and he's scheduled for Tommy John surgery Thursday, Aug. 23.

OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Denard Span (collarbone, shoulder) didn't get an MRI exam Tuesday, Aug. 21, because he was claustrophobic. He did take batting practice for the first time since his injury, though, and is expected to rehab without having an MRI on his right clavicle. The team is hopeful he won't land on the disabled list.

OF | Emilio Bonifacio | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Emilio Bonifacio (knee) left the game early with right knee pain Tuesday, Aug. 21, and he's listed as day-to-day.

OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (wrist) and 1B Adam Lind (back) are both playing for Single-A Dunedin Tuesday, Aug. 21.

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran (hand) is out of the lineup while dealing with a sore left hand Tuesday, Aug. 21. He's been bothered by the injury for a while, but he'll be able to play during the team's three-game series against the Houston Astros. 3B Matt Carpenter is replacing Beltran in the lineup.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez will be activated from the bereavement list Wednesday, Aug. 22. OF Andrew Brown is likely to be optioned to make room.

OF | Luke Scott | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria will return to third base Tuesday, Aug. 21, with OF Luke Scott serving as the designated hitter.

OF | Adam L. Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Adam L. Jones is homerless in his last 88 at-bats, which is the longest stretch of this year. He went 108 straight games without a home run back in 2008.

OF | Eric Young Jr. | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Eric Young Jr. (rib cage) is not in the lineup Tuesday, Aug. 21.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis went 1-for-3 with a walk Monday, Aug. 20, and is batting .333 in 37 games as the leadoff hitter.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Randy Wolf | free agent | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers released SP Randy Wolf. INF Jeff Bianchi was recalled from Triple-A Nashville.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum averaged a season-high 92.4 mph with his fastball Tuesday, Aug. 21.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson allowed a run on four hits and struck out six in seven innings to beat the Minnesota Twins Tuesday, Aug. 21. It was his first start of the year following Tommy John surgery.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright allowed five hits and one walk while tying a career high with 12 strikeouts in his complete-game shutout over the Houston Astros Tuesday, Aug. 21.

SP | Marco Estrada | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Marco Estrada won his first game in nearly a year with six shutout innings against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Aug. 21. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out nine.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price allowed three hits and no walks while fanning eight in eight shutout innings in his no-decision against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Aug. 21.

SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Luke Hochevar struck out 10 in eight shutout innings in his no-decision against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, Aug. 21. He allowed just one hit and three walks.

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer is 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA this month. He has struck out 35 batters in 25 innings as well.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova gave up seven hits and six runs in six innings of work Tuesday, Aug. 21, in a 7-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Nova is 1-4 in his last five starts and 11-7 overall.

SP | Paul Maholm | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Paul Maholm threw seven innings, allowing four runs and seven hits, walking one and striking out six, in a 4-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 batters Tuesday, Aug. 21, in a 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves. He allowed four hits and walked one in his latest start, which brought his innings count to 145 1/3.

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish (quadriceps) had tightness in his right quadriceps during his bullpen session Tuesday, Aug. 21, and he'll be re-evaluated Wednesday, Aug. 22.

SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco (elbow) is likely to begin pitching in games in the Arizona League this week. He's been recovering from Tommy John surgery all season long.

SP | Joe Saunders | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed SP Joe Saunders on trade waivers Tuesday, Aug. 21, according to major league sources. SP Tyler Skaggs will make his major league debut against the Miami Marlins Wednesday, Aug. 22. Skaggs went 4-2 with a 2.91 ERA in nine starts with Triple-A Reno. Skaggs could stay in the rotation if Saunders is traded. Saunders is owed under $1.5 million for the rest of the year and will become a free agent after this year. The Baltimore Orioles have shown the most interest in Saunders.

SP | Josh Tomlin | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Josh Tomlin (elbow) will have season-ending elbow surgery to fix the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow Wednesday, Aug. 22. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (elbow) will be shut down for the season after the team placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow stress reaction Tuesday, Aug. 21. There won't be enough time for Garza to rebuild arm strength in order to return. "I'm not fine with it," Garza said. "I'll never be fine with it, but I kind of have to (accept it). I've been getting better and working out and I'll stay ready, and when they say it's OK to go, I'll be out there, ready to go." He's scheduled for more X-rays in early September.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (knee) threw 41 pitches during a mound session Tuesday, Aug. 21, and also did fielding practice for the first time since his surgery. He'll move to a two- or three-inning simulated game Friday, Aug. 24, if he doesn't suffer any setbacks. The team hopes he can return to the rotation in September.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte (ankle) will throw off flat ground Wednesday, Aug. 22, and he's still hoping to make a return before the end of the regular season.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia (elbow) tossed 38 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday, Aug. 21, and is expected to return from the disabled list to start versus the Cleveland Indians Friday, Aug. 24.

SP | Rubby De La Rosa | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers activated SP Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, Aug. 21, and optioned RP Javy Guerra to Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding move. De La Rosa had pitched 12 scoreless innings at the lower levels of the minors during his rehab assignment.

SP | Michael Fiers | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said SPs Michael Fiers and Mark Rogers aren't close to being shut down yet.

SP | Vicente Padilla | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox activated P Vicente Padilla (biceps) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, Aug. 21, and optioned 3B Danny Valencia to Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding move.

SP | Gavin Floyd | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura said SP Gavin Floyd is not in danger of losing his rotation spot, but said there is a sense of urgency for him to pitch well.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow (oblique) remains on track to return from the disabled list and start against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, Aug. 25.

SP | Tommy Hanson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SPs Tommy Hanson and Ben Sheets will both be available out of the bullpen Tuesday, Aug. 21.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a contract extension with SP Jake Westbrook Tuesday, Aug. 12. The deal will keep him around through the 2013 season and includes a mutual option for the 2014 season. Financial terms of the deal weren't given.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez has every intention of remaining with the team. "I'm not going anywhere," Hernandez said. "I promise." He's gone 7-0 in his last 12 starts, and he's dropped his ERA from 3.70 to 2.60.

SP | Carl Pavano | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Carl Pavano (shoulder) has been shut down for the remainder of the season after an MRI exam revealed a bruise on his humerus bone that will require rest to heal. "The good news is, it doesn't require surgery," Pavano said. "I've had this in the past and gotten through it, and obviously I've pitched a lot since then. But as far as I'm concerned, this whole season has been a failure on many levels, for myself, for the team. It's just kind of lousy that it took this long." Pavano is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, there is still a chance that New York Mets SP Johan Santana (back) will make his next start Thursday, Aug. 23.

SP | Doug Fister | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Doug Fister (groin) is dealing with a right groin injury and could miss his next start.

SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin said he plans to throw his slider and curveball more when he returns to the rotation Tuesday, Aug. 21.

SP | Liam Hendriks | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins have recalled SP Liam Hendriks from Triple-A Rochester to make the start against the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, Aug. 22. Hendriks will start in place of SP Nick Blackburn, who was outrighted Monday, Aug. 20. Hendriks had a 2.20 ERA in 16 starts with Rochester, and he's struck out 82 and walked 28 in 106 1/3 innings.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The New York Yankees could send RP Joba Chamberlain to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre. He has a 9.35 ERA in seven appearances on the season.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford has regained the closer role, according to manager Ron Roenicke.

RP | Rafael Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury,
Cleveland Indians RP Rafael Perez (lat, ankle) sprained his right ankle in his last minor league rehab outing. However, the injury isn't serious, and Perez is expected to pitch again this year.

RP | Roy Oswalt | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Roy Oswalt is unavailable out of the bullpen Tuesday, Aug. 21, but should be back Wednesday, Aug. 22. RP Koji Uehara (lat) is scheduled for an inning of rehab work with Triple-A Round Rock Tuesday.

RP | Daniel McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction,
The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled RP Daniel McCutchen from Triple-A Indianapolis and activated RP Chad Qualls from the bereavement list Tuesday, Aug. 21. Ps Kyle McPherson and Justin Wilson were optioned to Indy in corresponding moves.

RP | Sam Demel | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction,
The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled RP Sam Demel from Triple-A Reno Tuesday, Aug. 21. He went 1-4 with a 4.60 ERA in 51 relief outings with Reno this year.

RP | Alex Hinshaw | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs recalled Ps Chris Rusin and Alex Hinshaw from the minors Tuesday, Aug. 21, and moved SP Matt Garza (elbow) to the 60-day disabled list. Also, P Jeff Beliveau and INF Adrian Cardenas were optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

RP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
There are rumors floating that the New York Mets are considering recalled SP Jenrry Mejia to take SP Johan Santana's (back) next start, with the team moving to a six-man rotation. Mejia has allowed four runs (two earned) and 18 hits while walking six and striking out eight in 18 1/3 innings since moving back to the rotation with Triple-A Buffalo.

RP | Daniel Carela | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed RP Daniel Carela to a minor league deal Monday, Aug. 20.

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