Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 27, 2012 @ 09:01:49 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis hit two homers Sunday, Aug. 26.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (calf) is likely to return, barring a setback, on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Angels manager Mike Scioscia hopes that with Monday's off-day, Pujols will be back at full strength and ready to go on Tuesday.

1B | Jeff Clement | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Jeff Clement has said he is willing to catch games in an emergency if needed, although he cannot spend much time behind the plate due to knee surgeries. "I've done it most of my career, although not at all this year. I don't even have any catching gloves, but I'm sure if the time came someone could lend me one," Clement said.

1B | Carlos Pena | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 1B Carlos Pena is 21-for-127 (.165 average) since the All-Star break and was hitless during the team's current homestand.

1B | Jason Giambi | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
In his first rehab game with Double-A Tulsa Friday, Aug. 24, Colorado Rockies 1B Jason Giambi (virus) went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

1B | James Loney | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B James Loney has been activated to the 25-man roster. In corresponding moves, OF Che-Hsuan Lin was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket and RP Pedro Beato was recalled from Pawtucket.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat with the team Saturday, Aug. 25, against the Miami Marlins. He became the sixth Dodger to homer in their first at-bat since the franchise relocated from Brooklyn after the 1957 season.

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto (knee) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Dayton this week. Manager Dusty Baker said Votto could return to the team next weekend if the rehab games go well.

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled SS Adeiny Hechavarria from Triple-A Las Vegas and activated 1B Adam Lind (back) from the 15-day disabled list.

1B | David Cooper | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays have placed 1B David Cooper (back) on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury.

1B | Steve Pearce | Houston Astros | Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants have expressed interest in Houston Astros OF Steve Pearce.

1B | Aubrey Huff | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said a decision on 1B Aubrey Huff's (knee) status is still "in a holding pattern."

1B | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman (knee) said he believes this season will be his last season.

1B | Matt LaPorta | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta said the team plans to get an extensive look at 1B Matt LaPorta over the remainder of the season. "He's going to get plenty of at-bats the rest of the way," Acta said. "He deserves, and we deserve, to give him an extended look for the rest of the year." He hit .264 with 19 home runs, 19 doubles and 61 RBIs in 101 games with Triple-A Columbus. LaPorta will play mostly at first base and as the designated hitter.

1B | Chad Tracy | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals signed 1B Chad Tracy to a one-year deal through the 2013 season Friday, Aug. 24. Financial terms weren't given.


Second Baseman

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy (shoulder) will have an MRI on his right shoulder Monday, Aug. 27. It's believed he has a posterior strain.


Shortstop

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
In his first rehab game with Double-A Tulsa Friday, Aug. 24, Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) went 1-for-3 with a double.

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Luis Hernandez will start against the Minnesota Twins Sunday, Aug. 26, in place of SS Elvis Andrus, who is getting the day off. 1B Mitch Moreland will bat second.

SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson indicated SS Ian Desmond (hamstring) is expected to sit out this weekend because of a hamstring injury.

SS | Willie Bloomquist | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Willie Bloomquist (back) suffered a setback in his recovery from a back injury.

SS | Yunel Escobar | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar will return from the paternity list Saturday, Aug. 25, and 1B David Cooper (back) is expected to be back in the lineup, too.


Third Baseman

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (wrist) had tests that revealed no fractures in his left wrist, and he hopes to return Monday, Aug. 26.

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas, who is battling an 0-for-18 slump at the plate, did not play Sunday, Aug. 26. INF Tony Abreu played third during the game.

3B | Lonnie Chisenhall | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Lonnie Chisenhall (forearm) will take on-field batting practice Monday, Aug. 27.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he "fully expects" SP R.A. Dickey and 3B David Wright to remain with the club on a long-term basis. Alderson wants to deal with contracts for both players during the offseason even though team holds options on them for next year.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera (ankle) is not in the lineup against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sunday, Aug. 26. He had served as the designated hitter because of a sore right ankle Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25.

3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco (back) said he expects to return to the lineup against the New York Mets Tuesday, Aug. 28. He has not played since making an appearance as a pinch hitter Thursday, Aug. 23.

3B | Mike Olt | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers INF Mike Olt is expected to start at first base against Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price Monday, Aug. 27.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones is getting the day off against the San Francisco Giants Saturday, Aug. 25.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre hit for the cycle Friday, Aug. 24, against the Minnesota Twins. It was the second time in his career he has accomplished the feat.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hand) is moving closer to taking dry swings with both hands on the bat. The next phase would be hitting off a tee.

3B | Wilson Betemit | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Wilson Betemit (wrist) will swing the bat Monday, Aug. 27, and could start a rehab assignment Tuesday, Aug. 28.

3B | Brandon Inge | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 3B Brandon Inge (shoulder) will play five innings at third base for Triple-A Sacramento Friday, Aug. 24, and he could play a full game Saturday, Aug. 25, if he doesn't have any setbacks.

3B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers placed INF Michael Young on the paternity list Friday, Aug. 24, and recalled IF Luis Hernandez from the minors in a corresponding move.

3B | Yamaico Navarro | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled 1B Jeff Clement from Triple-A Indianapolis Friday, Aug. 24, and optioned 3B Yamaico Navarro to Indy in a corresponding move.


Catcher

C | Eli Whiteside | San Francisco Giants | Transaction
The San Francisco Giants recalled C Eli Whiteside from Triple-A Fresno.

C | Tony Sanchez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates are unlikely to call up minor league C Tony Sanchez when rosters expand next month.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (ankle) is not in the starting lineup against the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, Aug. 25, and is listed as day-to-day. He rolled his ankle a few days ago and it began to stiffen up on him during the game Friday, Aug. 24. C Tony Cruz is taking Molina's place in the lineup.

C | Brian Schneider | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies placed C Brian Schneider (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain Friday, Aug. 24, and recalled C Steve Lerud from the minors in a corresponding move.

C | Blake Lalli | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
The Chicago Cubs designated C Blake Lalli for assignment Thursday, Aug. 23.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey (hamstring) said he expects to return to the lineup Friday, Aug. 24.


Outfielder

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton is hitting .326 with 14 RBI in his last 12 games.

OF | Drew Stubbs | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Drew Stubbs was given the day off Sunday, Aug. 26, against the St. Louis Cardinals. OF Chris Heisey subbed for Stubbs, who has struck out in seven consecutive at-bats.

OF | Justin Maxwell | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Justin Maxwell (finger) missed his fifth straight game Sunday, Aug. 26, with a bruised right index finger, and there is a chance he could go to the disabled list.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson hit his 33rd home run of the season Sunday, Aug. 26, in a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. Granderson has 200 career homers, giving the Yankees eight players on their roster with 200 or more home runs.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday laced the Cincinnati Reds with four hits and four runs batted in Sunday, Aug. 26, in an 8-2 victory. In his career, Holliday has had four games with four RBIs and no homers. He has had two of them in the past five days.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda, who was recently recalled from Triple-A, will switch from right field to left field.

OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders (groin) was out of the starting lineup against the Chicago White Sox because of a sore groin Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Aug. 26. Saunders had collided with OF Eric Thames while attempting to catch 1B Paul Konerko's game-winning single Friday, Aug. 24, but Thames was not injured.

OF | Dayan Viciedo | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo (shoulder) was scratched from the starting lineup against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, Aug. 25, because of a sore right shoulder. He was also out of the lineup Sunday, Aug. 26.

OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Entering play Sunday, Aug. 26, Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier had collected hits in 10 consecutive at-bats - tying the club record set by Ed Konetchy in 1919.

OF | Cody Ross | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have reportedly told OF Cody Ross that they want him to return next year and could finalize a contract extension with him before the end of the season.

OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (neck) returned to the lineup against the Texas Rangers Saturday, Aug. 25, after he had missed the previous two games with a stiff neck. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (knee) is not in the starting lineup against the Washington Nationals Sunday, Aug. 26. He is nursing a sore left knee although he made an appearance as a pinch hitter Saturday, Aug. 25. Brown said he felt well enough to play Sunday, but manager Charlie Manuel decided to keep him out as a precautionary measure.

OF | Jose Tabata | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said OF Jose Tabata (groin) is available to play Sunday, Aug. 26, after passing his clinical exam in the training room and participating in on-field practice.

OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays have placed OF Jose Bautista (wrist) on the 15-day disabled list with a wrist injury. He is scheduled to meet with a hand specialist in Cleveland Sunday, Aug. 26.

OF | Daniel Nava | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have placed OF Daniel Nava (wrist) on the 15-day disabled list with a left wrist sprain.

OF | Shane Victorino | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Shane Victorino (back, hip) was scratched from the starting lineup Saturday, Aug. 25.

OF | Alex Castellanos | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers have optioned OF Alex Castellanos to Triple-A Albuquerque.

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Breaking, Fantasy,
Confirming a previous report, the Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired SP Josh Beckett, OF Carl Crawford, 1B Adrian Gonzalez and INF Nick Punto from the Boston Red Sox, in exchange for INF Ivan De Jesus, SP Rubby De La Rosa, 1B James Loney, OF Jerry Sands and SP Allen Webster.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (concussion) served as the designated hitter in a rehab game with Triple-A Tacoma Friday, Aug. 24, and is expected to play in the field Saturday, Aug. 25.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said OF Mike Morse (hand) would probably miss "a few days" because of a right hand contusion suffered Friday, Aug. 24, when he was hit by a pitched ball. X-rays were negative.

OF | Francisco Peguero | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Francisco Peguero is expected to make his major league debut in left field Saturday, Aug. 25, against the Atlanta Braves.

OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick is batting sixth against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, Aug. 25. He said the move "takes the load off my back" and acknowledged that he had been swinging for the fences too often.

OF | Anthony Gose | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays have optioned SS Adeiny Hechavarria and OF Anthony Gose to Triple-A Las Vegas.

OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (neck) is out of the lineup for the second straight day Friday, Aug. 24, with a sore neck. OF Denard Span was given the day off as well.

OF | Starling Marte | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (oblique) received positive results on his strained oblique Friday, Aug. 24.

OF | Alejandro De Aza | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Alejandro De Aza (back) will resume baseball activities Friday, Aug. 24. 3B Orlando Hudson (toe) is hoping to start a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte Monday, Aug. 27.

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan has settled into the leadoff spot. "You feed off that guy," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's leading off and what a job he's done since he's assumed that leadoff spot. There are guys that get you going and set the table and the tone and he's really picked up his game since he's gone to the leadoff spot." Pagan is hitting .366 with 23 runs scored, seven doubles, three triples, two home runs, 12 RBIs and four stolen bases since August 3.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (ankle) and SS Josh Rutledge (quadriceps) are both improving from their injuries, and Fowler may be able to pinch hit Sunday, Aug. 26.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout became the youngest player in baseball at 21 years and 16 days old since Cesar Cedeno in 1972 to notch 40 stolen bases and 20 home runs in a season. Trout leads the American League with a .345 average, 99 runs and a 1.011 OPS. He leads all rookies this year with 24 home runs, 72 RBIs and 45 walks.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester and OF Jacoby Ellsbury were placed on trade waivers.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Vin Mazzaro | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals recalled P Vin Mazzaro from Triple-A Iowa and optioned RP Jeremy Jeffress to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Shelby Miller could be promoted when rosters expand Sept. 1.

SP | Casey Kelly | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Casey Kelly will make his major-league debut Monday, Aug. 27, against the Atlanta Braves.

SP | Gavin Floyd | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Gavin Floyd (shoulder) left the game Sunday, Aug. 26, due to right elbow discomfort. Floyd said it's in the same area that affected him in his previous disabled list stint.

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer leads the majors with 195 strikeouts. SP Justin Verlander is second with 192.

SP | Roger Clemens | Independent League | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals have no interest in free-agent SP Roger Clemens, despite members of the staff being present at Clemens' Independent League game with Sugar Land. Royals senior pitching advisor, Bill Fischer, was on hand at Saturday night's game, along with Ron Toenjes, who scouts independent leagues for the Royals. Sources said Fischer was merely there as an old coach and friend of Clemens, and Toenjes was there escorting Fischer.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Ubaldo Jimenez struck out four hitters over five innings Sunday, Aug. 26, yielding eight hits and three runs in a loss to the New York Yankees. Jimenez dropped to 1-6 with a 7.96 in nine starts since July 14.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles have recalled SP Jake Arrieta from Triple-A Norfolk to take the place of P Matt Lindstrom, who was sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the trade for SP Joe Saunders.

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish (quadriceps) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session and took fielding practice Saturday, Aug. 25, and is expected to throw another bullpen session Sunday, Aug. 26. He remains on target to make his next scheduled start against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, Aug. 28.

SP | Josh Beckett | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett will start against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Aug. 27.

SP | Drew Smyly | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said SP Drew Smyly will remain with the parent club regardless of whether or not SP Doug Fister (groin) will be able to make his next scheduled start. If Fister is healthy, Smyly will serve as a long reliever.

SP | Scott Diamond | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Diamond will have the appeal for his six-game suspension heard Monday, Aug. 27. He is still expected to start Tuesday, Aug. 28.

SP | Edgar G. Gonzalez | Houston Astros | Fantasy
The Houston Astros are considering recalling minor league SP Edgar G. Gonzalez when rosters expand next month and inserting him into the rotation. He allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits in his first start for Triple-A Oklahoma City Friday, Aug. 24, with two walks and two strikeouts. He had spent most of the year pitching for a Mexican League team after beginning the season with the Colorado Rockies' Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs.

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SPs Ricky Nolasco and Jacob Turner will start in a two-game series against the Washington Nationals beginning Tuesday, Aug. 28.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SPs Stephen Strasburg and Ross Detwiler will start in a two-game series against the Miami Marlins beginning Tuesday, Aug. 28.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SPs Chris Young, Matt Harvey and Jonathon Niese are expected to start in a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies beginning Tuesday, Aug. 28.

SP | Trevor Cahill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Cahill will start against the San Diego Padres Sunday, Aug. 26, as a result of SP Joe Saunders being traded to the Baltimore Orioles.

SP | Jeff Karstens | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Karstens (groin) left the game Saturday, Aug. 25, because of a groin injury. He does not think he will have to go on the disabled list.

SP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have activated SP Felix Doubront (knee) from the 15-day disabled list.

SP | Armando Galarraga | free agent | Transaction
Houston Astros SP Armando Galarraga has cleared waivers and has opted to become a free agent.

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

SP | Joe Kelly | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
Confirming a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals P Joe Kelly has been moved into the starting rotation and will start against the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, Aug. 29. SP Lance Lynn has been moved into the bullpen but will be unavailable for several days.

SP | Randy Wolf | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Several teams appear to be interested in free-agent SP Randy Wolf (Brewers), including an unidentified AL East team.

SP | Ben Sheets | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves have placed SP Ben Sheets (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list because of right shoulder inflammation. In a corresponding move, RP Miguel Batista has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

SP | Tommy Hunter | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Confirming a previous report, Baltimore Orioles SP Tommy Hunter was optioned to Double-A Bowie.

SP | Tyrell Jenkins | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals minor league SP Tyrell Jenkins (lat) suffered a strained right lat during his start for Class A Quad Cities Friday, Aug. 24, after striking out the first two batters. He will be re-evaluated before the end of the regular season but will not pitch again this year.

SP | Aaron Cook | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Contrary to a previous report, Boston Red Sox SP Aaron Cook will start against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, Aug. 25.

SP | Jarrod Parker | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said SPs Travis Blackley, Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin (shoulder) are candidates to start Wednesday, Aug. 29.

SP | Jon Lester | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said SP Jon Lester (hamstring) was dealing with a mild hamstring cramp during his start Friday, Aug. 24.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte (ankle) played catch before the game Friday, Aug. 24, and said everything went fine. Pettitte is expected to increase his work next week as part of his rehab.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said SP Ivan Nova (shoulder) is not expected to miss much time because of his shoulder inflammation.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow (oblique) will be limited to between 85 and 95 pitches in his return to the rotation Saturday, Aug. 25.

SP | Troy Patton | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles DH Jim Thome (back) and SP Troy Patton (ankle) are not close to starting rehab assignments. Both will continue to rehab in Florida.

SP | Steven Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Steven Johnson will make the start Saturday, Aug. 25.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (knee) threw a 40-pitch, two-inning simulated game Friday, Aug. 24, and said his knee felt good. He'll likely throw another simulated game in a few days to build up his pitch count before a rehab assignment.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles recalled SP Brian Matusz and activated 2B Ryan Flaherty (illness) from the disabled list Friday, Aug. 24, and optioned SP Tommy Hunter and RP J.C. Romero in corresponding moves. Hunter may be sent to Double-A Bowie after giving up nine runs Wednesday, Aug. 22. Romero was designated for assignment and is considering retirement. Matusz will pitch out of the bullpen for now. Flaherty is in the lineup hitting ninth Friday.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees activated SP CC Sabathia (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list Friday, Aug. 24.

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the team isn't considering shutting SP Jeff Samardzija down despite his career-high 144 2/3 innings thrown to this point. "He's fine," Sveum said. "We'll make those decisions, but right now - like I said a week ago - all of his tests came back with flying colors. Right now, we're on the thought of making it all the way through." Samardzija has a 2.83 ERA in his last nine starts, and he doesn't appear to be wearing down thanks to a strict training regimen.

SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SPs Jhoulys Chacin and Jeff Francis are candidates to have higher pitch-count ceilings in their starts, according to manager Jim Tracy. SPs Drew Pomeranz, Alex White and Tyler Chatwood will continue to be limited down the stretch. "There are some learning points," Tracy said. "I know that none of these young starters that we have want to be taken out of the game after three innings. I'm OK with that. Pitch better. Pitch more consistently, and I won't take you out."

SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers activated SP Shaun Marcum (elbow) from the disabled list Friday, Aug. 24, and he'll make the start Saturday, Aug. 25.

SP | Jeremy Hefner | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy,
The New York Mets activated SP Jeremy Hefner from the paternity list Friday, Aug. 24, and optioned SP Collin McHugh to the minors in a corresponding move.

SP | Brandon Dickson | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction,
The St. Louis Cardinals recalled RP Brandon Dickson from Triple-A Memphis Friday, Aug. 24, and optioned P Barret Browning to Memphis in a corresponding move. Dickson was 5-11 with a 3.55 ERA in 22 starts for Memphis this year, and his ERA ranked fourth in the Pacific Coast League.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
One scout was extremely impressed with Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson's first start back since returning from Tommy John surgery. "He threw as good as (Clayton) Kershaw," said one scout. "He was awesome. He was throwing 94 (mph), with a good curveball and a changeup that was so good, everyone was on their front foot. I know it was only the Twins. But he just carved them up."

SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals already signed SP Jake Westbrook to an extension and will move to SP Adam Wainwright next, but general manager John Mozeliak said the team is "going to let this one play out" with SP Kyle Lohse, who will be a free agent after this season. The team may be hesitant to talk an extension because Lohse's agent is Scott Boras.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
The consensus around baseball is that the Seattle Mariners will never trade SP Felix Hernandez. "They're never trading him," said one executive, emphatically. "I'm more convinced of that than ever. They've got plenty of money, so there's no chance they're trading him. He's got two years to go (before free agency). And he loves it there. So I think they extend him this winter. That's my prediction."


Relief Pitcher

RP | Rafael Soriano | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees CL Rafael Soriano (hand) was hit on the right hand by a line drive Sunday, Aug. 26, but remained in the game.

RP | Fernando Abad | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Fernando Abad, who pitched four innings and allowed one run on four hits in his first start Saturday, Aug. 25, has been added to the rotation. "He's going to be in our rotation," interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said. "What you saw yesterday, four quality innings kept us in the game. I'm really excited about his aggressiveness, and I hope you see a difference from when he was here before as a reliever."

RP | Pedro Beato | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox recalled RP Pedro Beato from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, Aug. 26, to fortify a taxed bullpen. "We brought up Pedro just to make sure the bullpen was all right," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "We were going to throw Franklin [Morales] back there just in case and decided that's not the best thing to do. I think we're all right, we have four guys who are able to go and that should be fine." In a corresponding roster move, OF Che-Hsuan Lin was sent to Pawtucket.

RP | Nick Masset | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds RP Nick Masset (shoulder), who has not pitched all season because of a right shoulder injury, was back in the Reds' clubhouse on Sunday, Aug. 26. Masset's long rehab assignment hit another snag, and he underwent an MRI. The team is waiting to hear the results from team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek.

RP | Eric Hacker | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants have optioned RP Eric Hacker to Triple-A Fresno.

RP | Jesse Chavez | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics have optioned RP Jesse Chavez to Triple-A Sacramento.

RP | Chad Qualls | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed RP Chad Qualls (toe) on the 15-day disabled list because of irritation in his left big toe. In a corresponding move, RP Hisanori Takahashi was added to the 25-man roster.

RP | Koji Uehara | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have activated RP Koji Uehara (lat) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, RP Tanner Scheppers has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock; however, he will rejoin the parent club when rosters expand next month.

RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox have suspended RP Alfredo Aceves three games for conduct detrimental to the team.

RP | Sergio Romo | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants RP Sergio Romo (leg) said he is doing fine despite suffering a minor leg tweak during the game against the Atlanta Braves Friday, Aug. 24.

RP | Guillermo Mota | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
It is uncertain if San Francisco Giants RP Guillermo Mota will rejoin the team immediately when he is eligible to return from his 100-game suspension Tuesday, Aug. 28.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Alfredo Aceves will remain the closer despite blowing three of his last five save chances. Manager Bobby Valentine wants to see more of RP Andrew Bailey, who has allowed one run and three hits in four outings with four strikeouts in two innings since returning from the disabled list Aug. 14. "I wish he had a little more (appearances) so I could make that determination," Valentine said.

RP | Dale Thayer | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres placed RP Dale Thayer on the paternity list Friday, Aug. 24, and recalled RP Josh Spence from Triple-A Tucson in a corresponding move.

RP | Aaron Laffey | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Aaron Laffey is being moved back to the bullpen, but he could return to the rotation if the team goes to a six-man rotation in September.

RP | David Pauley | Seattle Mariners | Transaction,
Seattle Mariners RP David Pauley was suspended 50 games Friday, Aug. 24, for testing positive for a drug of abuse.

RP | Frank Herrmann | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians recalled 1B Matt LaPorta from Triple-A Columbus Friday, Aug. 24, and optioned RP Frank Herrmann to Columbus in a corresponding move.

RP | Santiago Casilla | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Santiago Casilla (blister) has been dealing with a blister lately, but the blister hasn't affected his pitching. "You can see a difference in his attitude," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He feels really good about where he's at with the finger. He's letting the ball go. He had good secondary pitches. So, he's going to help out in that (closing) role."

RP | Javier Lopez | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Santiago Casilla was unavailable to pitch Thursday, Aug. 23, after throwing on back-to-back days previously, but manager Bruce Bochy said Casilla is part of the team's closer-by-committee approach to the ninth inning. Along with Casilla, RPs Javier Lopez, Jeremy Affeldt and Sergio Romo are all able to close the door in the ninth. Romo recorded the save Thursday.

RP | Kyle Waldrop | Minnesota Twins | Transaction,
The Minnesota Twins recalled P Kyle Waldrop from the minors Friday, Aug. 24, and optioned OF Matt Carson in a corresponding move.

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