Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on September 7, 2012 @ 08:43:10 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (calf) ran in the outfield Thursday, Sept. 6, and said he's close to returning.

Second Baseman

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano (hip) returned to second base Thursday, Sept. 6, after serving as the designated hitter for two games with a sore left hip.

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks has shown more patience recently, and it's paying off; he's hit .285 with 11 home runs and 85 RBIs in his last 72 games to raise his average to .230. Manager Ron Roenicke said Weeks has been laying off breaking pitches low in the zone. Weeks hit two home runs Wednesday, Sept. 5. Roenicke also said Weeks has been fully healthy during his turnaround.

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia was hitless in three at-bats Wednesday, Sept. 5, to end his hitting streak at a season-high 15 games.


SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter passed Honus Wagner's record of 181 hits in a season by a 38-year-old shortstop when he had two hits Wednesday, Sept. 5. Wagner set that mark in 1912.

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus (back) is taking the day off Thursday, Sept. 6, and INF Michael Young is spelling him at shortstop. Andrus' back has been stiff the last couple of days, but he feels he's healthy enough to play.

SS | Andrelton Simmons | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (finger) is moving his rehab assignment to Single-A Lynchburg, and he could rejoin the team this weekend against the New York Mets.

SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Jed Lowrie (knee) will join Double-A Corpus Christi to begin his rehab assignment.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) went 1-for-3 with a single for Double-A Tulsa in five innings Wednesday, Sept. 5, and he's scheduled to play seven innings with Tulsa Thursday, Sept. 6, before pinch hitting Friday, Sept. 7. INF Jonathan Herrera is starting at shortstop in place of Tulowitzki Thursday, and INF DJ LeMahieu may also see some time there.

Third Baseman

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 11 games Thursday, Sept. 6.

3B | Mark Reynolds | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Mark Reynolds hit two more home runs Thursday, Sept. 6. He has hit eight homers in the last seven days.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre has 11 home runs and 21 runs batted in over his last 15 games.

3B | Brandon Inge | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Transaction
The Oakland Athletics have placed 3B Brandon Inge (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury.

3B | Alan Ahmady | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Alan Ahmady and San Francisco Giants C Leonardo Rojas were both suspended 50 games each Thursday, Sept. 6, for violating the minor league drug policy. Ahmady was suspended for his second violation for a drug of abuse. He was playing with Single-A Palm Beach. Rojas tested positive for metabolites of Nandrolone while playing in the Arizona Rookie League.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez (back, oblique) is out with a lower back and oblique injury Thursday, Sept. 6, and manager Ron Roenicke said the team will take a "wait-and-see" approach on how long he'll be out. The injury is serious enough that the team has recalled 3B Taylor Green from the minors. "It's part of the oblique system; it runs a long ways back there. But I think of it more as a back muscle. They don't think it's bad, so I'm hoping it's not very long. It would be a big loss," Roenicke said.

3B | Josh Vitters | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Josh Vitters is in the midst of an 0-for-25 slump.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley needs six RBIs to join former 3Bs Ken Caminiti and Phil Nevin as the only third basemen in franchise history with 100-RBI seasons.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones is out of the lineup Thursday, Sept. 6.


C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Mike Napoli (quadriceps) is running the bases Thursday, Sept. 6, but not at full speed.

C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia (hand) went 1-for-4 in a minor league rehab game with Single-A Dunedin Wednesday, Sept. 5. He will be activated from the disabled list Friday, Sept. 7.


OF | Jarrod Dyson | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Jarrod Dyson's (lat) lat strain will limit him to pinch-hitting duties for the rest of the year.

OF | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Logan Morrison (knee) underwent knee surgery Wednesday, Sept. 5. He's expected to be ready in time for spring training next year.

OF | Ryan Kalish | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Ryan Kalish (shoulder) is dealing with lingering shoulder issues, and he intends to get the problem resolved in the offseason. "He's really concerned with something being done properly," manager Bobby Valentine said. "I don't think it's surgery."

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (groin) has been dealing with minor groin soreness in his right groin, but he's expected to return to the lineup Friday, Sept. 7.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper's 17 home runs this year are the third most by a teenager in major league history. Tony Conigliaro had 24 and Mel Ott hit 18 as teenagers.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson allowed six hits and two walks while notching two strikeouts in seven shutout innings to beat the Colorado Rockies Thursday, Sept. 6.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (arm) took a line drive off the arm during his team's game Thursday, Sept. 6, against the New York Yankees. He stayed in the game after being examined by trainers but he eventually came out following the fifth inning.

SP | John Lannan | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson is not sure when SP John Lannan will get a start. Johnson thought Lannan would get a start during the series against the Braves next week, but Johnson didn't take into account that the team has a day off Thursday and Sept. 17. It was assumed that Lannan would replace Stephen Strasburg in the rotation for the rest of the regular season. "It's still in the works," Johnson said.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova (shoulder) threw a "good, hard bullpen" Thursday, Sept. 6, and manager Joe Girardi is trying to determine when Nova will rejoin the team. "We're considering him a rotation guy," Girardi said. "We don't consider him a bullpen guy. I want to see how he feels (Friday) before we decide what's next for him."

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brandon McCarthy (head) underwent surgery to relieve an epidural hemorrhage and to stabilize a skull fracture Wednesday, Sept. 5, after he was hit in the side of the head by a line drive. He is alert and improving after a third CT scan. SP Dan Straily was scratched from his start in the minors, and he's expected to be an option to enter the rotation if McCarthy can't return.

SP | Jerome Williams | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SPs Jerome Williams or Barry Enright could enter the rotation if SP Jered Weaver (biceps) cannot return to make his next scheduled start Tuesday, Sept. 11. Enright went 5-1 with a 2.73 ERA in eight starts with Triple-A Salt Lake.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte (ankle) will throw another simulated game Saturday, Sept. 8.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles DH Jim Thome (back) saw a doctor Thursday, Sept. 6, and he continues to progress, but the team is slowing him down. SP Jake Arrieta will be recalled from the minors Friday, Sept. 7.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman (elbow) is visiting with a doctor Thursday, Sept. 6, and could play catch today or Friday, Sept. 7. P Troy Patton (ankle) will throw off flat ground Friday and off a regular mound Monday, Sept. 10.

SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers are considering giving extra rest to SP Matt Harrison down the stretch. He leads the team with 27 starts and is on pace for 32 starts this year, two more than last year, which was a career high. Harrison is only 6 2/3 innings shy of his career high that was set in 2011. Manager Ron Washington said a six-man rotation has not been talked about. Harrison's arm slot changed during his outing Tuesday, Sept. 4, causing his pitches to flatten out. "From the start of the game until the fifth inning, my mechanics were different," Harrison said. "My arm angle changed. I was pulling way off the ball and falling (towards third base). My arm was just a little higher than side-arm. The life of my pitches just wasn't same of it because of that. I don't know exactly why it happened. I don't know if it was pitch count early on or what."

SP | Chris Archer | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Chris Archer will join the team Friday, Sept. 7, and he'll be a potential spot starter in the final month. Archer was 7-9 with a 3.66 ERA in 25 starts with Triple-A Durham this year. SP Alex Cobb will likely have only three starts left as the team looks to limit his workload.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (shoulder) was diagnosed with tendonitis in his shoulder. He will miss his start against the Detroit Tigers Friday, Sept. 7, and the team will announce his next start over the weekend.

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa (elbow) tossed three shutout innings while throwing 49 pitches for short-season Grand Junction Wednesday, Sept. 5, and he struck out five. He was sitting at 91 mph with his fastball and topped out at 94 mph. De La Rosa is expected to make another minor league start before hopefully returning to make one or two starts in the majors.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Robbie Ross | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers RP Robbie Ross (forearm) has been cleared to throw after a visit with Dr. Keith Meister Wednesday, Sept. 5, and he'll rejoin the team Wednesday, Sept. 12. Ross will begin a throwing program Friday, Sept. 7.

RP | Sean Burnett | Washington Nationals | Injury,
Washington Nationals RP Sean Burnett (elbow) will play catch Saturday, Sept. 8, and will likely be available to pitch Monday, Sept. 10.

RP | Tim Byrdak | New York Mets | Injury,
New York Mets RP Tim Byrdak (shoulder, knee) underwent successful surgery to fix a torn meniscus in his right knee Wednesday, Sept. 5, and a procedure to fix a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. He's expected to need 12 months of recovery time for his shoulder.

RP | Craig Kimbrel | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel recorded his first-career four-out save against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, Sept. 5, and he's willing to work more appearances like that in the future. "The role of the closer isn't just go out there and get three outs. It's go out there and finish the game whenever you're asked to come in," said Kimbrel. He's only thrown 50 1/3 innings this year compared to 68 2/3 frames at this same point last season.

RP | Juan Oviedo | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Miami Marlins RP Juan Oviedo (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery Thursday, Sept. 6, and is expected to miss most of next season, according to his agent. Oviedo will become a free agent at the end of this season.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez called out his team's management Wednesday, Sept. 5. "Different owners," Perez said. "It comes down to that. (The Tigers) are spending money. (Ilitch) wants to win. Even when the economy was down (in Detroit), he spent money. He's got a team to show for it. You get what you pay for in baseball. Sometimes you don't. But most of the time you do." Perez also pointed fingers at general manager Chris Antonetti, insinuating that he needs to do a better job of picking the right players.

RP | Clay Hensley | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Clay Hensley (groin) threw to hitters Wednesday, Sept. 5, and is expected to return from the disabled list when eligible Tuesday, Sept. 11.

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