Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 31, 2012 @ 10:36:02 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Aubrey Huff | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Aubrey Huff likely will be reinstated from the disabled list when active rosters expand from 25 to 40 on Saturday, Sept. 1. Huff, who hasn't played for the Giants since July 30, is hitting .148 in 34 games this season but is hoping to contribute off the bench.

1B | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman (knee) will be activated from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, Sept. 1.

1B | Carlos Pena | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays 2B Jeff Keppinger and OF Luke Scott will see most of the playing time at first base in the immediate future, leaving 1B Carlos Pena as the odd-man out. Pena is hitting .188, which is the lowest in the majors.

1B | Jason Giambi | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) went 2-for-3 with a home run with Triple-A Colorado Springs Wednesday, Aug. 29. However, he made a throwing error after catching a line drive. He played five innings and will play seven innings as the designated hitter Thursday, Aug. 30. "I have felt good playing short. But before I can say I am ready for the big leagues, I need to play nine innings," said Tulowitzki, who's not expected to join the Rockies until after Sept. 1. "I am not running the bases how I would like yet." 1B Jason Giambi (illness) went 1-for-3 in the same rehab game.

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto (knee) went 1-for-2 with a walk in his second rehab game with Single-A Dayton Wednesday, Aug. 29, but he said he wasn't running full speed on his surgically repaired left knee. He could be activated as soon as Saturday, Sept. 1, if he doesn't have any setbacks. Votto played in five innings Wednesday. "Anybody that's had a surgery knows the swelling part of it takes time, and I'm learning that firsthand right now," Votto said. "It's slow. It's taking longer than I had hoped."

Second Baseman

2B | Howard Kendrick | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B Howard Kendrick (knee) left the game Thursday, Aug. 30, with a sore right knee.

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks had five hits Thursday, Aug. 30.

2B | Luis Valbuena | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said INF Luis Valbuena might see the majority of starts at third base with 3B Josh Vitters off to a 5-for-53 start in the majors.

2B | Darwin Barney | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney played his 115th straight errorless game at second base Thursday, Aug. 30, extending the single-season National League record that he set Wednesday, Aug. 29. He's only eight games away from 2B Ryne Sandberg's team record of errorless games including streaks over multiple seasons.

2B | Hector Luna | free agent | Transaction
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Hector Luna has elected free agency after being outrighted off the 40-man roster.


SS | Reid Brignac | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays recalled SS Reid Brignac, C Chris Gimenez, RP Cesar Ramos and OF Rich C. Thompson from Triple-A Durham.

SS | Alexei Ramirez | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez went 7-for-13 with five runs batted in in the series against the Baltimore Orioles.

SS | Rafael Furcal | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal (elbow) is scheduled to undergo an MRI Friday, Aug. 31, to confirm a torn ulnar collateral ligament. It is believed Furcal's season is over.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki said he would love to play in the World Baseball Classic for Team USA next year if he's healthy. "If they want me, I would love to do it. But my focus right now is getting back and getting healthy. But I don't want to come back unless I am 100 percent," Tulowitzki said. "I can't come back and be timid."

Third Baseman

3B | Adrian Cardenas | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Tony Campana, OF Dave Sappelt and INF Adrian Cardenas will be called up from Triple-A Iowa Saturday, Sept. 1. SP Chris Rusin will also be called up to start Tuesday, Sept. 4.

3B | Chris D. Johnson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Chris D. Johnson (flu) sat out with the flu Thursday, Aug. 30.

3B | Matt Dominguez | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Houston Astros recalled 3B Matt Dominguez from Triple-A Oklahoma City Thursday, Aug. 30, and optioned SP Dallas Keuchel to Oklahoma City in a corresponding move.

3B | Jedd Gyorko | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Jedd Gyorko could be the team's starting second baseman next season if they decide to keep 3B Chase Headley.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
The San Diego Padres are leaning toward keeping 3B Chase Headley this offseason because the team has gone 41-30 since June 10.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis is taking the day off Thursday, Aug. 30.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hand) will begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Tampa Friday, Aug. 31, and serve as the designated hitter. Rodriguez will not, however, be back this weekend against the Baltimore Orioles, but he could return at some point next week.

3B | Wilson Betemit | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Troy Patton (ankle) will throw in Florida to test his ankle Thursday, Aug. 30. 3B Wilson Betemit (wrist) felt good after receiving four at-bats with Double-A Bowie Wednesday, Aug. 29, and he'll play again Thursday, Aug. 30. 1B Nick Johnson (wrist) isn't improving, and he won't return this season.


C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia (hand) hopes to return to the team around Monday, Sept. 10.

C | Jonathan Lucroy | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-5 with his ninth home run of the season, one run scored and seven RBIs in a loss to the Chicago Cubs Thursday, Aug. 30.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (shoulder, back, neck) is in the starting lineup Thursday, Aug. 30.


OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (shoulder) was held out Thursday, Aug. 30, with a stiff left shoulder.

OF | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt had four hits Thursday, Aug. 30.

OF | Ben Francisco | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Ben Francisco (wrist) was out of the lineup Thursday, Aug. 30, due to a strained wrist.

OF | Alex Presley | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Alex Presley and P Kyle McPherson will be called up from the minors before the game Friday, Aug. 31.

OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (wrist) will undergo surgery on his left wrist Tuesday, Sept. 4. He's expected to be ready for spring training next year. OF Sam Fuld, who underwent a similar surgery is totally happy with how his wrist turned out, and he said he healed quicker than his timetable. "I think the main thing is that we all heard great things about Dr. Graham in Cleveland and that he's the hand-wrist guru and his success rate, I think, is off the charts," Fuld said.

OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Denard Span (shoulder) is eligible to return from the disabled list Sept. 12, but he was told his injury won't heal until the offseason. He won't rule out the chance that he won't play again this year. "We'll see (on Sept. 12), depending on how it feels," Span said. "Hopefully these next 10 days it'll heal enough to where I can finish the season off and start that healing process again during the offseason."

OF | Matt Carson | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins will recall OF Matt Carson from Triple-A Rochester Friday, Aug. 31.

OF | Jarrod Dyson | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Jarrod Dyson (shoulder) is dealing with a sore throwing shoulder and isn't playing Thursday, Aug. 30.

OF | Joe Benson | Minnesota Twins | Injury
Minnesota Twins OF Joe Benson (knee) underwent left knee surgery earlier this week and will be out three to four months. Benson was ranked No. 5 on the team's prospects list before the season. He had bone chips removed from his knee Monday, Aug. 27, but doctors also found an issue with the cartilage under his kneecap. Benson is expected to be ready for spring training.

OF | Ben Revere | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Ben Revere will assume the starting duties in center field with OF Denard Span (collarbone) on the disabled list.

OF | Matt Joyce | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Matt Joyce (forearm) is back in the starting lineup Thursday, Aug. 30.

OF | Nate Schierholtz | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Nate Schierholtz (toe) will play his fourth rehab game with Triple-A Lehigh Valley Thursday, Aug. 30. He is 2-for-13 with an RBI and a run scored in three rehab games.

OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders (groin) is hoping to return to the lineup Friday, Aug. 31, after missing his sixth straight game with a right groin strain.

OF | Mike Carp | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners OF Mike Carp (groin) will be added to the team when rosters expand Saturday, Sept. 1. He felt tightness in his leg while swinging Tuesday, Aug. 28, and was held out Wednesday, Aug. 29, but he's expected to rehab with Triple-A Tacoma Thursday, Aug. 30. OFs Casper Wells and Carlos Peguero, INF Alex Liddi, RP Shawn Kelley and SPs Erasmo Ramirez and Hector Noesi are all options to return, too. SP Danny Hultzen has been struggling with Tacoma, so it's unknown if he is a candidate for a promotion.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Edwin Jackson | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Edwin Jackson allowed an unearned run and struck out 10 in eight innings to beat the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Aug. 30.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton allowed a run on seven hits and fanned a career-high 10 in eight innings to beat the Chicago White Sox Thursday, Aug. 30.

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) received an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his right elbow Thursday, Aug. 30.

SP | Brian Duensing | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire didn't want to address the situation of SP Brian Duensing going back to the bullpen. Duensing owns a 3-10 record following a 5-4 loss Thursday, Aug. 30, against the Seattle Mariners. "He did a nice job today," Gardenhire said. "He pitched well. He gave us a great chance to win. We'll move forward from there and we'll see where we're at."

SP | Jose Quintana | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Jose Quintana allowed five runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings Thursday, Aug. 30, against the Baltimore Orioles, matching the shortest start of his career. He entered with a 0.88 ERA in day games and was 3-0 with a 3.34 ERA in nine road starts.

SP | Kyle Kendrick | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick improved to 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA in his last four starts with a 3-2 win over the New York Mets on Thursday, Aug. 30. He has walked just three batters and struck out 22 in 29 1/3 innings during that stretch.

SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson lasted just four full innings in his start Thursday, Aug. 30, against the Oakland Athletics. He was charged with eight runs on eight hits and two walks as part of his team's 12-7 loss.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright has informed the team that he would prefer to hold contract extension talks off until the end of the season.

SP | Josh Collmenter | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
The Arizona Diamondbacks plan to activate SP Josh Collmenter (ulcers) and RP Takashi Saito (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, Sept. 1.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg has "probably" only two or three starts remaining before the team shuts him down for the season. Manager Davey Johnson said it will be based on how many innings Strasburg goes in his next couple of starts. He's thrown 150 1/3 frames this year. His next start with come either Sept. 7 against the Miami Marlins or Sept. 12 against the New York Mets.

SP | Guillermo Moscoso | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Guillermo Moscoso will be called up when rosters expand Saturday, Sept. 1, and he'll return to the bullpen. 1B Matt McBride and 3B Nolan Arenado are other candidates to be called up from the minors.

SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Shaun Marcum (calf) left his start prematurely Thursday, Aug. 30, with cramping in his right calf.

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres may pursue New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda if he becomes a free agent this offseason.

SP | Samuel Deduno | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins C Ryan Doumit is impressed with SP Samuel Deduno and his unusual fastball. "His fastball's unlike anything I've ever seen," said Ryan Doumit, who catches Deduno. "It's got a little bit of everything. It's got a changeup-like action, but it's 92 (mph). I don't know how to explain it." Deduno wants to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic this offseason to work on his command.

SP | Dylan Axelrod | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago White Sox optioned SP Dylan Axelrod to the minors Wednesday, Aug. 29.

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies will continue to use a form of the four-man rotation next season, according to general manager Dan O'Dowd. Four starters would be on a 75-pitch count and four "hybrid" pitchers would be on roster that would be trained starters limited to 50 pitches. SPs Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin, Jeff Francis and Drew Pomeranz could be the four starters next year, followed by Ps Tyler Chatwood, Alex White, Juan Nicasio and Christian Friedrich as the piggyback pitchers. The Rockies have pitched better this year since making the change; before the switch the starters were 13-20 with a 6.28 ERA and after the switch they are 11-26 with a 5.61 ERA in 64 games.

SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels (illness) is back with the team Thursday, Aug. 30, and said he will start against the Atlanta Braves Sunday, Sept. 2.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Jason Frasor | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Jason Frasor (forearm) is expected to rejoin the team Saturday, Sept. 1, if he does not suffer any setback during his rehab appearance with Single-A Dunedin Thursday, Aug. 30.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said RP John Axford was unavailable to pitch Thursday, Aug. 30.

RP | Matt Guerrier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers activated RP Matt Guerrier (elbow) from the 60-day disabled list Thursday, Aug. 30, and optioned P Josh Wall to Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding move. Also, SS Dee Gordon (thumb) was moved to the 60-day DL.

RP | Daniel Bard | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox recalled RP Daniel Bard from Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday, Aug. 30, and optioned SP Zach Stewart to Pawtucket in a corresponding move.

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Drew Storen is starting to find his groove, and he's physically feeling the best he has all season, meaning he could help ease the workload of RP Tyler Clippard in the late innings. "This is not diminishing how good I like Drew. It's just that I got another guy that is doing a great job, too. There may be a couple back-to-back situations for Clip and I like the way the lineup comes up for Drew. His tongue may not be hanging out when I let Storen close for me," Johnson said. Johnson clearly still views Clippard as the team's closer. Clippard has thrown in 60 games, which is tied for the 16th most among relievers this year.

RP | Greg Holland | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said he is hoping he doesn't have to use RP Greg Holland Thursday, Aug. 30.

RP | Esmerling Vasquez | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins will need a starter for Sunday, Sept. 2, against the Kansas City Royals, and it'll likely be a name from their call-ups Saturday, Sept. 1. SP Esmerling Vasquez is a candidate after impressing at Triple-A Rochester.

RP | David Aardsma | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees RP David Aardsma (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Tampa Friday, Aug. 31.

RP | Clay Hensley | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Francisco Giants placed RP Clay Hensley (groin) on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin Wednesday, Aug. 29, and activated RP Jeremy Affeldt from the paternity list in a corresponding move.

RP | Kenley Jansen | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Kenley Jansen (heart) is being treated for issues related to an irregular heartbeat, and he's been sidelined indefinitely. Jansen was hospitalized Tuesday, Aug. 28, and manager Don Mattingly didn't discuss plans for the ninth inning should Jansen miss extended time. RPs Ronald Belisario and Brandon League are options in the ninth inning in Jansen's absence.

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