Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on September 17, 2012 @ 08:57:22 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Anthony Rizzo | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo hit two homers and drove in six runs Sunday, Sept. 16.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols is in the lineup as the designated hitter Sunday, Sept. 16, against the Kansas City Royals. He had left the team briefly to witness the birth of his daughter at 3:30 a.m. in the St. Louis area.

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward and 1B Freddie Freeman both homered Saturday, Sept. 15, during their team's 5-4 win over the Washington Nationals.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn (oblique) returned to the lineup Saturday, Sept. 15, after missing the past seven games. He had a pair of hits and a walk in the win. "It felt fine and I didn't try to swing as hard as I could," Dunn said. "I felt good."

1B | Carlos Lee | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 1B Carlos Lee (neck) was back in the lineup Saturday, Sept. 15, against the Cincinnati Reds, and he finished 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.

1B | Chris Parmelee | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Chris Parmelee (groin) was held out of the starting lineup for a fifth straight game on Friday, Sept. 14, but Parmelee said he's recovered from his groin injury, sustained while running for a ball in the outfield on Sept. 9.


Second Baseman

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa (shoulder) left the game Sunday, Sept. 16, with weakness in his left shoulder.

2B | Jason Donald | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Donald (hand) underwent an X-ray on his injured right hand and it came back negative. He has been diagnosed with a hand contusion and is considered day-to-day.

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia will bat third against the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday, Sept. 15. In his last 19 games, he is batting .405 with five home runs.

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker (back) is in the starting lineup Saturday, Sept. 15, for the first time since Aug. 26.

2B | Darwin Barney | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney went 2-for-2 Friday, Sept. 14, against the Pittsburgh Pirates to extend his hitting streak to nine games.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley took some groundballs at third base again before the team's game Friday, Sept. 14, but manager Charlie Manuel doesn't expect to play Utley at the hot corner in the stretch run. "Not right now," Manuel said. "Sooner or later, I'll talk to him and see where he's at."

2B | Freddy Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez (back, shoulder) still has not given up on returning to the team this season. He hasn't played since June 10, 2011, when he dislocated his right shoulder, and he never made it out of spring training due to ongoing shoulder issues. Sanchez had surgery in July to address a compressed nerve.

2B | Ryan Roberts | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Ryan Roberts (leg) is out of the lineup Friday, Sept. 14.


Shortstop

SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Jed Lowrie (leg) sat out Sunday, Sept. 16, with soreness in his right leg.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter has a 12-game hitting streak through Sunday, Sept. 16. He leads the majors with 199 hits.

SS | Zack Cozart | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart (oblique) missed his 11th straight game Sunday, Sept. 16, due to an oblique strain. Manager Dusty Baker said Cozart will not be rushed back into action. "Whenever his body tells him he's ready. He's progressing. I can't give you a definitive answer," Baker said.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) is hoping to return to action during the final week of the regular season before heading to the Arizona instructional league for additional playing time.

SS | Jose Reyes | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins SS Jose Reyes has a hit in eight straight games against the Cincinnati Reds.

SS | Steve Lombardozzi | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Steve Lombardozzi is starting in left field against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, Sept. 15.

SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said INF Jurickson Profar could see his first major league action against a left-handed pitcher Saturday, Sept. 15, when the team faces Seattle Mariners SP Jason Vargas.

SS | Willie Bloomquist | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Willie Bloomquist (back) said he is not sure when he will be able to play again this season because of his back injury. "I'm still a little ways from being able to play," Bloomquist said. "I'm doing whatever I can in terms of treatment to get it better. It just takes time. How much time? I don't know." He has only appeared in one game since Aug. 8.

SS | Maicer Izturis | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Texas Rangers INF Maicer Izturis (rib) is available to play this weekend against the Kansas City Royals, but only on a limited basis, according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia. Izturis sustained a left rib strain on Sept. 8 against the Detroit Tigers, and he hasn't seen action since.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians hope to have SS Asdrubal Cabrera (wrist) and OF Michael Brantley (pectoral) back sometime this weekend after both players missed the game Friday, Sept. 14. Cabrera has missed the team's last five games, and he isn't healthy enough to hit from the left side.

SS | Andrelton Simmons | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (ankle) was cleared to return to the lineup Friday, Sept. 14, after dealing with a sprained right ankle the last couple of days.

SS | Sean Rodriguez | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SS Sean Rodriguez (hand) took infield practice Friday, Sept. 14, and he'll be activated from the disabled list Saturday, Sept. 15, but he's likely to remain limited. Rodriguez is doing everything but swinging, and hopes to be used for defense and as a baserunner. He will probably have another X-ray before he is cleared to swing.


Third Baseman

3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez hit two homers and drove in five runs Sunday, Sept. 16.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley leads the majors with 20 home runs and 62 RBIs since the All-Star break.

3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Edwin Encarnacion (toe) was scratched from the lineup Sunday, Sept. 16, against the Boston Red Sox with a sore big toe on his right foot. It's the second time in three games that Encarnacion has been unavailable. SS Yunel Escobar (illness) and C Jeff Mathis (illness) were also scratched Sunday. INF Yan Gomes replaced Encarnacion at designated hitter, C J.P. Arencibia was behind the plate, INF Adeiny Hechavarria moved from second to short and SS Omar Vizquel played second.

3B | Jordan Pacheco | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies INF Jordan Pacheco will start behind the plate against the San Diego Padres Sunday, Sept. 16. Entering play Sunday, he had started 80 games this season at third base, 23 games at first base and one game at catcher.

3B | Wilson Betemit | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles 3B Wilson Betemit (wrist) likely will miss the rest of the season after reinjuring his wrist during batting practice Friday, Sept. 14.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Since 2008, Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera is batting .338 (113-for-334) with 22 homers and 76 RBIs in 86 games against the Cleveland Indians.

3B | Brandon Inge | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 3B Brandon Inge (shoulder) had successful arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Thursday, Sept. 13, to repair his labrum, the team announced.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (knee) is back in the lineup and is starting in center field Friday, Sept. 14. 3B Adrian Beltre (shoulder) remains as the designated hitter.

3B | Donnie Murphy | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 3B Donnie Murphy (hamstring) is not expected to return again this year.

3B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Logan Forsythe said he feels more power in his swing than he ever has, and feels he's developing more power. "It's a result of the work we've put in," Forsythe said. "For me, it all starts with having a good path to the baseball." Also, Forsythe said he's done a better job of "picking his spots to do damage."

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter tied Willie Mays on baseball's all-time hits list with a single Thursday, Sept. 13, for his 3,283rd career hit. Jeter is now in the top 10 of baseball greats for career hits. 3B Alex Rodriguez also scored his 1,888th career run Thursday, tying him with Lou Gehrig for ninth on the all-time list.


Catcher

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer (back) returned to the lineup Sunday, Sept. 16, and he went 2-for-3 with a homer in the game.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters homered twice as his team scored a 9-5 win over the Oakland Athletics Sunday, Sept. 16, and maintained its one-game deficit in the American League East.

C | Adam Moore | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals have recalled RPs Nathan Adcock and Tommy Hottovy, C Adam Moore and INF Irving Falu from Triple-A Omaha.

C | Russell Martin | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees C Russell Martin got the day off Saturday, Sept. 15, against the Tampa Bay Rays, because he has historically struggled against SP James Shields.

C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said Saturday, Sept. 15, that he plans to split catching duties between C Mike Napoli (quadriceps) and Geovany Soto down the stretch, but Soto will remain the personal catcher of SP Yu Darvish.

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (hamstring) left the game Saturday, Sept. 15, against the Washington Nationals due to a tendinitis in his right hamstring. The team considers him day to day. The team is hopeful he'll be able to return by Monday, Sept. 17, or Tuesday, Sept. 18. C David Ross will fill in while McCann is on the mend.

C | Tyler Flowers | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox C Tyler Flowers is expected to catch SP Jake Peavy Sunday, Sept. 16, against the Minnesota Twins.

C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (foot) could start behind the plate Sunday, Sept. 16, against the Houston Astros. If all goes well, he could reassume the team's regular catching duties.

C | Ramon Hernandez | Colorado Rockies | Injury
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies C Ramon Hernandez (hamstring) is scheduled to undergo surgery Monday, Sept. 17, to repair a torn hamstring.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta said C Carlos Santana has had more success recently because he is hitting to all fields instead of being too pull-happy. "Both sides of the plate," Acta said. "He gets in trouble when he's just spinning off and pulling everything. We have showed that to him in every way possible, and he's making a conscious effort to do it." Santana is hitting .285 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs in 58 games since the All-Star break.

C | Chris Herrmann | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins recalled C Chris Herrmann from the minors Friday, Sept. 14, with Cs Joe Mauer (back) and Ryan Doumit (oblique) banged up.

C | Ryan Doumit | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer (back), 1B Chris Parmelee (groin) and C Ryan Doumit (rib cage) are out of the lineup Friday, Sept. 14.


Outfielder

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson (ankle) is back in the lineup Monday, Sept. 17.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) has no timetable for his return. He has missed the last five games.

OF | Alfonso Soriano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano drove in his 100th run Sunday, Sept. 16. It's his third career 100-RBI season and first since 2005.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun is the sixth Brewers player to reach 200 homers and seventh to reach 40 in a season. He reached these milestones Sunday, Sept. 16, in a 3-0 win over the New York Mets.

OF | Jon Jay | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Jon Jay, the Cardinals' leadoff batter, struck out his first three times up and was 1-for-6 during the game Sunday, Sept. 16, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. His one hit was an RBI double that helped St. Louis to a 5-2 victory. He finished the seven-game road trip 4-for-32 with two RBIs.

OF | Quintin Berry | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson (ankle) was scratched from the lineup Sunday, Sept. 16, with a sore left ankle. Jackson is day-to-day. Jackson's absence moved OF Quintin Berry to the leadoff spot and played center field, while OF Andy Dirks hit second and played left field.

OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Sam Fuld (hamstring) exited with a mild right hamstring strain Sunday, Sept. 16, after grounding out to end the fifth inning. Fuld grabbed the back of his leg after crossing first base. Manager Joe Maddon expects Fuld to miss at least a day or two.

OF | Gregor Blanco | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Gregor Blanco (shoulder) is not in the lineup against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, Sept. 16, because of a sore left shoulder. He will miss several days but the injury is not considered serious. OF Justin Christian will start in left field Sunday.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said OF Coco Crisp (eye) is not in the starting lineup against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, Sept. 16, because of allergic conjunctivitis. It is uncertain if he will be available off the bench.

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran (back) did not play against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, Sept. 15, because of lower back tightness.

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said 1B Corey Hart (foot) could return to action against the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday, Sept. 18. He did some running and took some swings in the batting cages Saturday, Sept. 15.

OF | Fernando Martinez | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Fernando Martinez has been scratched from the starting lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday, Sept. 16. OF Jimmy Paredes will start in right field.

OF | Casper Wells | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said OF Casper Wells (neck) will be unavailable against the Texas Rangers Sunday, Sept. 16, because his neck locked up on him Saturday, Sept. 15.

OF | Jorge Soler | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF prospect Jorge Soler made his first visit to a big league ballpark Saturday, Sept. 15, when he participated in pregame drills with the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Soler put on a strong display in batting practice, knocking two balls onto Waveland Avenue and three more that easily cleared the ivy in left.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen homered, walked twice and singled Saturday, Sept. 15, in a 7-6 win over the Chicago Cubs. McCutchen has a .394 batting average in 27 games at Wrigley Field.

OF | Eric Thames | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Casper Wells (neck) was scratched from the lineup Saturday, Sept. 15, against the Texas Rangers due to a stiff neck. OF Eric Thames made the start in his stead.

OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the New York Yankees said OF Nick Swisher was accidentally placed in the starting lineup Saturday, Sept. 15, which is why he was scratched from the original lineup. Swisher is scheduled to start the game on the bench.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team could be close to activating OF Brett Gardner (elbow) from the disabled list and using him in a pinch-running role.

OF | Alex Presley | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Alex Presley (toe) is not expected to be available against the Chicago Cubs Saturday, Sept. 15, after being hit by a pitched ball during the previous day's game.

OF | Albert Almora | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Albert Almora, the team's first-round selection in the 2012 draft, will report to the instructional league Monday, Sept. 17. He took batting practice at Wrigley Field prior to the game Friday, Sept. 14.

OF | Roger Bernadina | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Roger Bernadina (shoulder) said his right shoulder was OK after he collided with the left-field wall during the fifth inning Friday, Sept. 14, against the Atlanta Braves. Manager Davey Johnson and the team's trainers went to check on him but he remained in the game.

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Ichiro Suzuki is batting leadoff against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, Sept. 15.

OF | Carlos Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Carlos Gomez (quadriceps) returned to the starting lineup Friday, Sept. 14, against the New York Mets.

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals WR Jayson Werth (wrist) likely will miss the rest of the weekend because of a bone bruise and slight tear in the sheath encasing his left wrist. He is scheduled to be reevaluated Saturday, Sept. 15.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
One day after spraining his right wrist against the Angels, Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (wrist) was in the lineup Friday, Sept. 14, playing left field and hitting fourth against the Baltimore Orioles. "I'm going to rest after we get a championship," Cespedes said. "I'm going to be in the lineup every day."

OF | Xavier Nady | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Xavier Nady (hamstring) estimated Friday, Sept. 14, that his left hamstring is 90 percent healed and insisted that he could play if necessary. Manager Bruce Bochy maintained caution and said that he'll wait at least another day or two before returning Nady to the lineup.

OF | Rajai Davis | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Rajai Davis will not find out until up to three days after the World Series whether the team will pick up his $3 million option for 2013. If the team does not, he will get a $500,000 buyout.

OF | Delmon Young | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Delmon Young will be rested Saturday, Sept. 15, against the Cleveland Indians and SP Justin Masterson. OF Quintin Berry will start in his absence.

OF | Lorenzo Cain | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) confirmed Friday, Sept. 14, that he won't be back this season. "I'm done for the season," Cain said. He said this has been a tough year, and he will rehab and prepare for the 2013 season.

OF | Melky Cabrera | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Melky Cabrera recently reached out to team officials to find out when and if he should report to the team's minor-league complex in Arizona to prepare for a potential spot on the postseason roster. The club did not comment, but all indications are that the team's management has zero interest in bringing Cabrera back.

OF | Michael Bourn | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Michael Bourn and C Brian McCann were given the day off Friday, Sept. 14. Bourn is hitting .169 with a .286 on-base percentage in his last 16 games going back to Aug. 26. He went 0-for-12 with four strikeouts and no walks last week.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) and OF Michael Cuddyer (oblique) are taking part in running drills in the outfield Friday, Sept. 14.

OF | Jason Bourgeois | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) was diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring Friday, Sept. 14, and he might be forced to miss the rest of the year. OFs David Lough and Jason Bourgeois will platoon in center field, meaning OF Jeff Francoeur will remain in right field.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (knee) received an injection in his left knee to deal with soreness Thursday, Sept. 13. "It's lubrication and I'm ready to go," Hamilton said. "It feels a lot better today. You give it a day and it feels 90 percent better than it did before." He said his knee had been bothering him for roughly a month.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals skipper Davey Johnson said OF Mike Morse (wrist) will likely be out until Tuesday, Sept. 18. Morse plans to skip batting practice Friday, Sept. 14, to give his wrist some rest.

OF | Emilio Bonifacio | Miami Marlins | Injury, Transaction
The Miami Marlins selected the contract of INF Gil Velazquez from Triple-A New Orleans. OF Emilio Bonifacio (knee) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

OF | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
The Miami Marlins will talk to 1B Carlos Lee to see what it would take to re-sign him for 2013, but it's more likely they move OF Logan Morrison to first base.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) will make his season debut Friday, Sept. 21.

SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Martin Perez will start in place of struggling SP Scott Feldman Friday, Sept. 21.

SP | Adam Ottavino | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies RP Adam Ottavino faced nine batters in the fifth inning and managed two outs, but he also gave up seven runs on six hits in his Sunday, Sept. 16, appearance. The Rockies eventually rallied but lost the game, 12-11, to the San Diego Padres.

SP | Chris Young | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Chris Young gave up three solo home runs, two to Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun, in a 3-0 loss Sunday, Sept. 16. Young is 2-2 in eight starts since a winless July. He has struck out 67 and walked 33 this season since coming back June 5. "From the time I had the surgery, I've worked hard to be here," Young said. "I didn't come back thinking I wouldn't make starts. I've taken care of myself. I feel like I continue to get stronger."

SP | Troy Patton | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating earlier items, Baltimore Orioles SP Troy Patton (ankle) pitched an inning in instructional league Sunday, Sept. 16. He's slated to pitch at least once more and could rejoin the team next weekend.

SP | Randy Wolf | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Randy Wolf went four innings in his first start for the Orioles Sunday, Sept. 16, following three relief appearances. Wolf gave up two runs and six hits, walked two and struck out four in his longest outing since going seven for the Milwaukee Brewers last month. Wolf picked up a no-decision.

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda set a career high with his 14th victory as he struck out 10 in six innings and beat the Tampa Bay Rays for the second time this month. New York won 6-4 on Sunday, Sept. 16.

SP | Jason Vargas | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SPs Hisashi Iwakuma, Jason Vargas and Hector Noesi will start in a three-game series against the Texas Rangers beginning Friday, Sept. 21.

SP | Jake Odorizzi | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals have called up P Jake Odorizzi from Triple-A Omaha. Manager Ned Yost said he would start off in the bullpen, although he could receive a start against the Cleveland Indians next weekend.

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Pirates P James McDonald has been removed from the starting rotation. Manager Clint Hurdle said he would be available out of the bullpen as soon as Tuesday, Sept. 18. SP Kyle McPherson will start in McDonald's place Wednesday, Sept. 19, against the Milwaukee Brewers.

SP | Ben Sheets | Atlanta Braves | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves P Ben Sheets, who was recently activated from the disabled list, will serve as a long reliever for the immediate future. The team has no plans to go to a six-man rotation to accommodate his return.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Francisco Liriano allowed one hit Saturday, Sept. 15, a home run to Minnesota Twins SS Trevor Plouffe, and Liriano struck out nine in a 5-3 victory.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz failed to extend his six-start winning streak at Rogers Centre, giving up two runs, one earned, and four hits in seven innings Saturday, Sept. 15, against the Toronto Blue Jays. He walked five, one intentional, and struck out five in a 3-2 win, but he picked up a no-decision.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova, who missed a little more than three weeks with inflammation in his right rotator cuff, made his first start since Aug. 21 when he pitched Saturday, Sept. 15, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Nova was charged with two runs and four hits in six-plus innings, with eight strikeouts, in a 5-3 win.

SP | Edwin Jackson | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Edwin Jackson gave up four hits and four runs, three earned, with one walk and seven strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings Saturday, Sept. 15, in a 5-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Anibal Sanchez struck out seven over 6 2/3 innings of work Saturday, Sept. 15, in a 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto suffered his third straight loss and failed to last five innings for the second straight start Saturday, Sept. 15. Cueto gave up six runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings against the Miami Marlins. He has not won since August 28 at Arizona.

SP | Mark Buehrle | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins SP Mark Buehrle allowed four runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings to improve to 4-1 in his last six starts. The Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 to help Buehrle (13-12) climb above .500.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez allowed three runs, only one of which was earned, in his latest start Saturday, Sept. 15, a 7-6 win over the Chicago Cubs. Rodriguez is 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA over his last four starts after struggling initially upon being acquired midseason from the Houston Astros.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (hip) will not make his scheduled start Sunday, Sept. 16, against the St. Louis Cardinals due to his hip injury. P Stephen Fife will make the start in his absence.

SP | Ervin Santana | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Ervin Santana has been pushed back in the rotation, and he'll now make his next scheduled start Tuesday, Sept. 18. SPs Zack Greinke and Jered Weaver will remain on regular rest.

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa (elbow) is scheduled to make his third rehab start for Class A Modesto Saturday, Sept. 15, in Game 3 of the California League Championship Series against Lancaster. The team would like him to start in the majors at least once before the end of the season.

SP | Kris Medlen | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Kris Medlen struck out a career-high 13 batters Friday, Sept. 14, against the Washington Nationals. He allowed one run on five hits over seven innings, with one walk, but ended up with a no-decision.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte (ankle) threw a bullpen session, fielded ground balls, covered first and worked on his pickoff move before the team's game Friday, Sept. 14, to test his ankle.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman (elbow) threw a successful bullpen on Thursday, Sept. 13, and he will likely throw one more Saturday, Sept. 15, before taking the starting assignment Monday, Sept. 17, in Seattle. It will be Tillman's first outing since leaving the mound on Sept. 2 due to elbow ligament inflammation.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Just hours before beginning their series against the Baltimore Orioles, the Oakland Athletics received a surprise visit from SP Brandon McCarthy (brain). McCarthy, who last week underwent emergency brain surgery after taking a line drive to his head, insisted on making an appearance at the Coliseum in support of his teammates. He did not stay long, as doctors have told him his activity level must be minimal for now.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
With his fifth-inning infield single Friday, Sept. 14, New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter passed Willie Mays to move into sole possession of 10th place on the all-time hits list. Jeter picked up career hit No. 3,284 against Tampa Bay Rays SS David Price. On July 9, 2011, Jeter collected his 3,000th hit, a home run, off of Price.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Edwin Encarnacion (wrist) was held out of the Blue Jays' lineup on Friday, Sept. 14, because of a sore left wrist. Encarnacion was hit by a 91-mph pitch from SP Felix Hernandez during the third inning the night before against the Seattle Mariners. He should be in the lineup on Saturday, Sept. 15.

SP | Gavin Floyd | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, with Chicago White Sox SP Francisco Liriano starting Saturday, Sept. 15, against the Minnesota Twins, manager Robin Ventura will now use SP Jake Peavy Sunday, Sept. 16, SP Jose Quintana Monday, Sept. 17, against the Detroit Tigers, and SP Gavin Floyd Tuesday, Sept. 18, against the Tigers.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (knee) will skip at least one start due to his knee ailment. The team said they will take a wait-and-see approach with his injury.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly (shoulder) will have season-ending surgery on his shoulder Friday, Sept. 21.

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) will begin a program of light tossing next weekend in Cincinnati. He has progressed well in clinical tests on his elbow since receiving a second platelet-rich plasma injection.

SP | David Huff | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP David Huff will likely be limited to 75 or 80 pitches in his start against the Minnesota Twins Tuesday, Sept. 18.

SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco (elbow) was slated to throw two innings with Double-A Akron in the minor league playoffs Friday, Sept. 14.

SP | Bronson Arroyo | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Bronson Arroyo changed his routine last offseason, adding more stretching in order to loosen up his hips and help with his back. He also prepared his own food, which helped him report to spring training in better shape. Arroyo has been touching 91 mph with his fastball this year after he was topping out at times last year at 87 mph. "All in all, I feel good, especially down the stretch. I've felt great the last two or three months. I really especially with the year I had the year before I can't complain about what's going on so far. I've run as many quality starts as I have any time in my career." He's 9-2 with a 3.16 ERA in his last 14 starts and has held opponents to a .236 average.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg's agent, Scott Boras, said the team talked with Strasburg's surgeon about their decision to place an innings limit on him. "While the final decision was up to the team, as is standard practice, I was supportive of their decision and am comfortable that my medical advice was responsibly considered," Dr. Lewis Yocum said.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Joe Nathan | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers CL Joe Nathan should be ready to pitch Tuesday, Sept. 18, after receiving a few days off.

RP | Mike Adams | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers RP Mike Adams (shoulder) was given the day off Sunday, Sept. 16, but he expects to throw Tuesday, Sept. 18.

RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers CL Jose Valverde allowed two runs in one-third of an inning in his blown save Sunday, Sept. 16.

RP | Ernesto Frieri | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Kevin Jepsen picked up the save Sunday, Sept. 16, with CL Ernesto Frieri given the day off.

RP | Kevin Jepsen | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Kevin Jepsen picked up the save Sunday, Sept. 16, with CL Ernesto Frieri given the day off.

RP | Jason Berken | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Jason Berken struggled in his debut with the team, giving up eight hits in four innings, though just two of the six runs he allowed were earned. The Cubs lost 7-6 to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Berken, who was claimed off waivers on Sept. 7 after the Baltimore Orioles designated him for assignment, became the 12th starting pitcher the Cubs have used this season and the team-record 53rd player they've used overall.

RP | Robbie Ross | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers activated RP Robbie Ross (forearm) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, Sept. 15. However, the team would like to stay away from him after he threw a bullpen session Friday, Sept. 14.

RP | Jordan Norberto | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Jordan Norberto (shoulder) hopes to play catch sometime in the next week, and he remains hopeful he might be ready to contribute during the postseason.

RP | Matt Capps | Minnesota Twins | Injury,
Minnesota Twins RP Matt Capps (shoulder) threw off the mound Saturday, Sept. 15. He hopes to be able to rejoin the bullpen at some point before the end of the season.

RP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers CL Joe Nathan was held out of action Friday, Sept. 14, because he pitched each of the three previous days. Manager Ron Washington said Nathan might be held out of action Saturday, Sept. 15, as well. RP Alexi Ogando was designated for closing duties Friday and would likely close Saturday if needed.

RP | Roy Oswalt | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating earlier items, Texas Rangers SP Roy Oswalt (forearm), who is sidelined with tightness in his right forearm, played catch on Friday, Sept. 14, and will try again on Saturday, Sept. 15. If that goes well, he could have a bullpen session early next week when the Rangers are in Anaheim. Oswalt is unavailable to pitch out of the bullpen.

RP | Scott Elbert | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Scott Elbert (elbow) threw a simulated game Friday, Sept. 14, and he will do so again Sunday, Sept. 16. Barring any setbacks, manager Don Mattingly said Elbert will return Tuesday, Sept. 18.

RP | Kenley Jansen | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers RP Kenley Jansen (heart) said Friday, Sept. 14, that he is no longer taking blood thinners. He plans to return to the mound Tuesday, Sept. 18.

RP | Huston Street | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres RP Huston Street (calf) threw all of his pitches in a simulated game Wednesday, Sept. 12, and he's itching to return to action. "I'm still tentative covering first," Street said. "That's the only hurdle we've been trying to hurdle for the past three weeks. I've been throwing bullpens for three weeks with no pain. Realistically, in a major league baseball game in the ninth inning, you've got to be able to cover first." He estimated he was at 75 to 80 percent intensity Wednesday.

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Aroldis Chapman threw off flat ground Friday, Sept. 14, and he was throwing with good velocity. "We said five to seven days," manager Dusty Baker said. "This is day No. 4. It helps that we have a couple of off days in there, it's not like he's missing seven games." Chapman could be back next week.

RP | Kevin Gregg | free agent | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles released RP Kevin Gregg. 2B Ryan Adams was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk.

RP | Jhan Marinez | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox recalled RP Jhan Marinez from Triple-A Charlotte.

RP | Jake McGee | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Jake McGee is holding right-handed hitters to a .097 average (9-for-93) this year.

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