Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 24, 2012 @ 08:43:45 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (calf) could return as early as Friday, Aug. 24.

1B | Aubrey Huff | San Francisco Giants | Injury
San Francisco Giants 1B Aubrey Huff (knee) was scheduled to undergo baseball activities before the game Thursday, Aug. 23. Manager Bruce Bochy said a decision on what to do with Huff would be made after the game.

1B | Carlos Pena | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings and 1B Carlos Pena are sitting out Thursday, Aug. 23.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox would consider trading 1B Adrian Gonzalez, but only in a "transformative" or franchise-changing trade, which is unlikely.

1B | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman (knee) will begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis Friday, Aug. 24. He took grounders Thursday, Aug. 23, and has increased his running.

1B | David Cooper | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Toronto Blue Jays 1B David Cooper (back) was out with back spasms Thursday, Aug. 23, and he's been dealing with soreness in his back for the past week. He's day-to-day but will likely need a few more games off. 1B Adam Lind (back) could return from the disabled list early as a result.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn struck out for a team-record 178th time Wednesday, Aug. 22, breaking the mark that he set last season. He struck out a career-high 199 times with the Washington Nationals in 2010.

Second Baseman

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia had four hits and five RBI Thursday, Aug. 23.

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips and 3B Scott Rolen are sitting out Thursday, Aug. 23. Rolen is 4-for-14 in his career against Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels, and Phillips is 4-for-28 in his career.

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy will take a couple days off because he is "out of gas," according to manager Terry Collins. 2B Justin Turner will start at second base in his absence.

2B | Ryan Raburn | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 2B Ryan Raburn (thumb) went 3-for-5 with a double, home run, four RBIs and a run scored in his first rehab game with Triple-A Toledo Wednesday, Aug. 22. There is no timetable for his return, though, and his role upon his return is unknown.

2B | Josh Rutledge | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (ankle) is out of the lineup Thursday, Aug. 23, and is listed as day-to-day. He was using crutches and a protective brace on his sprained right ankle. SS Josh Rutledge (quadriceps) isn't expected to start for a few more days, but he's available to pinch hit.


SS | Jordy Mercer | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates reinstated SS Jordy Mercer from the paternity leave list and optioned RP Daniel McCutchen to Triple-A Indianapolis.

SS | Stephen Drew | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Stephen Drew snapped an 0-for-22 skid with a single Thursday, Aug. 23.

SS | Pedro Ciriaco | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox INF Pedro Ciriaco had four hits Thursday, Aug. 23.

SS | Andrelton Simmons | Atlanta Braves | Injury
Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (pinkie) is expected to play rehab games in the first week of September before the minor league season ends. Simmons would then take part in simulated games and live batting practice.

SS | Ryan Brett | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction,
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Ryan Brett and Ps Charles Cononie and Justin Woodall were each suspended 50 games for violating the minor league drug program. All three players were playing for Single-A Bowling Green.

SS | Freddy Galvis | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis (back) did some running and hitting Thursday, Aug. 23, and he is expected to report to the instructional league and play in games around Sept. 15. He'll also play shortstop in the Venezuelan Winter League. Galvis was in a back brace for six weeks and lost considerable weight.

SS | Everth Cabrera | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera stole 24 straight bases to start the season, which is a new major league record. Dating back to last year, he's stolen 28 straight bases, which is a club record.

Third Baseman

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring) will alternate between third base and designated hitter until the home stand is over. Longoria said he wants to play third base every day but will do what the team tells him.

3B | Brandon Inge | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics 3B Brandon Inge (shoulder) will play at least three games for Triple-A Sacramento as part of his rehab assignment. The team could consider having Inge and 3B Josh Donaldson share time at third base when Inge returns.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera (ankle) hopes to return to the lineup Friday, Aug. 24. He said he turned his right ankle last week during an at-bat.


C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey (hamstring) is out of the lineup again Thursday, Aug. 23.

C | Devin Mesoraco | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Cincinnati Reds plan to have C Devin Mesoraco return to the roster for the playoffs. "We're hoping so," manager Dusty Baker said. "We're hoping that's what the final outcome is. It depends on him. It depends on the progress he makes. We really want to stress it had nothing to do with his suspension."

C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (foot) caught a bullpen session and took batting practice Thursday, Aug. 23, and he's on track to return in early September.

C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Mike Napoli (quadriceps) is making progress but won't return when eligible Sunday, Aug. 26. The team is hoping to have him back around Sept. 1.

C | Dioner Navarro | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds optioned C Devin Mesoraco to Triple-A Louisville Thursday, Aug. 23, and recalled RP J.J. Hoover from Louisville in a corresponding move. C Dioner Navarro will be the No. 2 catcher until Mesoraco returns. He was hitting only .210 with five home runs and 14 RBIs, but he'll receive regular at-bats in the minors.

C | Rob Johnson | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets C Rob Johnson (thumb) won't need surgery to fix a torn ligament in his left thumb, but he will need to take six weeks off, meaning he's unlikely to return this year.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters' (shoulder) X-ray results came back negative Wednesday, Aug. 22.


OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians will begin fielding offers for OF Shin-Soo Choo. The team has tried to extend Choo multiple times over the last few years, and they believe they have no chance at re-signing him. He could be dealt in the offseason or at the trade deadline next summer.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton had five RBI Thursday, Aug. 23.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday and 3B David Freese drove in four runs each Thursday, Aug. 23.

OF | Colby Rasmus | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus snapped an 0-for-26 slump with a single Thursday, Aug. 23.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper's slump is forcing manager Davey Johnson to consider using other outfielders from time to time. Names mentioned include OF Steve Lombardozzi and OF Roger Bernadina.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery Thursday, Aug. 23. He will not play again this season.

OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier (blister) is dealing with a quarter-sized hole in the palm of his right hand where his blister popped under a callus, where he holds the knob of the bat. Ethier will keep playing with the injury, and he's wearing a pad with a donut hole in the middle taped over the blister. He choked up slightly on the bat Wednesday, Aug. 22, but he'll have to deal with the issue for the rest of the season. "I feel great, I feel good, except I have a huge hole in my hand that hurts," Ethier said. "That's the frustrating part. It's just like Donnie said, you have to figure out a way to go up there and battle and keep having tough at-bats and find a way to contribute."

OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (neck) was scratched from the lineup with a stiff neck Thursday, Aug. 23.

OF | Justin Christian | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants placed OF Justin Christian (wrist) on the 15-day disabled list with a left wrist sprain Thursday, Aug. 23, and recalled OF Francisco Peguero from Triple-A Fresno in a corresponding move.

OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Denard Span (collarbone, shoulder) is back in the lineup Thursday, Aug. 23, after missing nine games with a collarbone injury. He took batting practice Tuesday, Aug. 21, and hit soft toss Wednesday, Aug. 22.

OF | Justin Maxwell | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Justin Maxwell (finger) missed his second straight game with a bruised right index finger Thursday, Aug. 23.

OF | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig extended his hitting streak to 12 games Thursday, Aug. 23. He's hitting .354 with a home run, six doubles and six RBIs during the streak to raise his average to .313.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (ankle) is no longer using an air cast or crutches, as the swelling in his ankle is minimal. There is no timetable for his return, though.

OF | Nate Schierholtz | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Nate Schierholtz (toe) is expecting to be activated from the disabled list when eligible Tuesday, Aug. 28. He did some running and took batting practice Thursday, Aug. 23, but he can't run at full speed yet. "I don't think it is going to completely heal in a few weeks," Schierholtz said. "So it is definitely something I could deal with."

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran (hand) went 1-for-3 Wednesday, Aug. 22, and said he feels great after having a cortisone injection in his left hand this week. "I feel great right now," Beltran said. "I'm just going to approach it day by day. I'm going to continue to come here and do the treatment and try to make it better. But (Wednesday) was a good day for me, because I wasn't really thinking about my hand. I was thinking about swinging the bat and trying to do my thing." He's hitting only .239 since the All-Star break.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Tyson Ross | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics optioned SP Tyson Ross to Triple-A Sacramento and recalled RP Jim Miller from Sacramento.

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander allowed two runs and struck out 12 in nine innings of work in his no-decision against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, Aug. 23.

SP | Alex Cobb | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Alex Cobb allowed four hits and two walks while fanning eight in his shutout over the Oakland Athletics Thursday, Aug. 23.

SP | A.J. Griffin | Oakland Athletics | Injury,
Oakland Athletics SP A.J. Griffin (shoulder) made a rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento Wednesday, Aug. 22, and is expected to make at least one more start for Sacramento.

SP | David Phelps | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP David Phelps is expected to enter the rotation to take the place of SP Ivan Nova (shoulder).

SP | Casey Kelly | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Casey Kelly (elbow) is the leading candidate to enter the rotation to take the spot of SP Jason Marquis (wrist). Kelly made his third rehab start with Double-A San Antonio Tuesday, Aug. 21. Other possibilities include Ps Thad Weber and Ross Ohlendorf. SPs Andrew Cashner and Anthony Bass are expected to rejoin the team in September.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Daisuke Matsuzaka (neck) will make another rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket Monday, Aug. 27.

SP | Kyle Gibson | Minnesota Twins | Injury,
Minnesota Twins SP Kyle Gibson (elbow) will start for Triple-A Rochester Saturday, Aug. 25, after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery last year. He had a 2.49 ERA in nine starts with the team's rookie level affiliate, and he could spend the last few weeks pitching for Rochester. Minnesota also wants him to pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

SP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Felix Doubront (knee) will be activated from the disabled list in order to start Sunday, Aug. 26.

SP | Jason Marquis | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres put SP Jason Marquis (wrist) on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left wrist Thursday, Aug. 23, and recalled RP Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Tucson in a corresponding move. Marquis was 6-7 with a 4.04 ERA in 15 starts with the Friars.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees placed SP Ivan Nova (shoulder) on the disabled list with inflammation in his right rotator cuff Thursday, Aug. 23. He will receive medicine and rest and won't play catch for five days.

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa (elbow) threw all of his pitches in a 55-pitch session Wednesday, Aug. 22, and he hasn't been ruled out of returning this season.

SP | Jacob Turner | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Jacob Turner will remain in the starting rotation after an impressive first start with the team Wednesday, Aug. 22. SP Wade LeBlanc could be moved back to the bullpen unless the team decides to run with a six-man rotation.

SP | Trevor Bauer | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Bauer struck out 12 in a complete-game win last week with Triple-A Reno, and scouting director Ray Montgomery thinks Bauer's struggles with the Diamondbacks in his four major league starts were largely attributed to the groin injury he was dealing with. Bauer hit the mid-90s last week, which he didn't do in the majors.

SP | Tyler Skaggs | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Tyler Skaggs will remain with the team after his first career victory Wednesday, Aug. 22, but the team hasn't determined how he'll be used. He could enter the rotation if the team trades SP Joe Saunders, or the team could go with a six-man rotation, according to a source. The team hasn't ruled out using him in relief, too.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Johan Santana (back) won't resume throwing until mid-January of next year.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Jeremy Horst | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction,
The Philadelphia Phillies activated RP Jeremy Horst from the paternity list Thursday, Aug. 23, and optioned RP Michael Schwimer to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding move.

RP | Luke Gregerson | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres RP Luke Gregerson tossed a scoreless inning Wednesday, Aug. 22, to extend his scoreless innings streak to 20 2/3 innings. It's the second longest scoreless streak of the year behind RP Huston Street's streak of 21 1/3 innings.

RP | Juan Cruz | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Pittsburgh Pirates released RP Juan Cruz Thursday, Aug. 23, after he refused his outright assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis. He was 1-1 with a 2.78 ERA in 43 relief outings this year.

RP | Al Alburquerque | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Transaction,
The Detroit Tigers activated RP Al Alburquerque (elbow) from the 60-day disabled list Thursday, Aug. 23, and optioned him to Triple-A Toledo.

RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Jose Valverde became the fifth pitcher in franchise history to record 100 saves Wednesday, Aug. 22. He has 25 saves this season.

RP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said he expects the team to recall SP Jenrry Mejia and use him as a starter in September. Mejia has a 1.12 ERA as a starter and a 5.48 ERA as a reliever with Triple-A Buffalo.

RP | Koji Uehara | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers RP Koji Uehara (lat) will pitch for Triple-A Round Rock again Friday, Aug. 24.

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