Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on September 20, 2012 @ 08:57:25 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto, 2B Brandon Phillips, OF Jay Bruce, OF Ryan Ludwick and OF Drew Stubbs are out of the lineup Thursday, Sept. 20.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau is out of the lineup Thursday, Sept. 20.

1B | Mike Jacobs | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks selected the contract of INF Mike Jacobs from Triple-A Reno, recalled OF A.J. Pollock from Reno and designated OF Cole Gillespie for assignment.

1B | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
There have been suggestions that the Houston Astros could sign 1B Lance Berkman (Cardinals) to serve as their designated hitter in their first year in the American League next season. However, it is not something Berkman, in the last year of his contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, is interested in right now. "Obviously, that's been talked about," Berkman said Wednesday, Sept. 19. "I'm not ruling anything out, but by the same token, as I sit today, it's not something that I'm super interested in."

1B | Chris Parmelee | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Chris Parmelee has left the team to be with his wife, who is expecting the birth of the couples' first child. Parmelee will return Monday, Sept. 24.

Second Baseman

2B | Tyler Greene | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros INF Tyler Greene (knee) was scratched Wednesday, Sept. 19, against the St. Louis Cardinals due to an issue with his right knee. Interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said Green had some loose particles in his knee.

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker (back) was out of the lineup Wednesday, Sept. 19, because he didn't feel good enough to risk playing. Walker may be on a revised scheduled for the rest of the season as he slowly makes his way back from a lower back injury.

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa (shoulder) and C Kurt Suzuki are out of the lineup for the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday, Sept. 19, but 3B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) and OF Mike Morse (wrist) are playing.


SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (wrist) and OF Shin-Soo Choo are out of the lineup Thursday, Sept. 20.

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro had four hits Wednesday, Sept. 19.

SS | Paul Janish | Atlanta Braves | Injury
Atlanta Braves SS Paul Janish (shoulder) returned to Atlanta for evaluation on his left shoulder, and his status is unknown for the rest of the season.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter reached 200 hits for the eighth time in his career Wednesday, Sept. 19. He tied Lou Gehrig for the franchise lead in 200-hit seasons.

SS | Rafael Furcal | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal (elbow) remains uncertain whether he'll be able to contribute in any way before the end of the 2012 season. Furcal, shut down due to a right elbow strain, was required to avoid any right arm exercises for two weeks after receiving a plasma injection on Sept. 4. That two-week window has passed, but Furcal said on Wednesday that he has no plans to resume throwing any time soon.

SS | Mike Aviles | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Mike Aviles was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game Wednesday, Sept. 19. The team wants to get as many looks at SS Jose Iglesias as possible.

SS | Pedro Ciriaco | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Pedro Ciriaco will make his second career start in the outfield on Thursday, Sept. 20. "It's more like a winter time, Spring Training project if he's going to be an all-purpose guy or something like that," manager Bobby Valentine said, "but he's there to play there if we need him."

SS | Alcides Escobar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SS Alcides Escobar reached 165 hits during the team's game against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, Sept. 19. That is a new record for the Royals for hits by a shortstop.

Third Baseman

3B | Jordan Pacheco | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies INF Jordan Pacheco is expected to catch Thursday, Sept. 20.

3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion (toe) missed both of the games in the doubleheader Wednesday, Sept. 19.

3B | Brandon Inge | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 3B Brandon Inge (shoulder) said he's facing a five- to six-month rehab after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder.

3B | Russ Canzler | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians activated DH Travis Hafner (back) from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, Sept. 19, and he is batting sixth in the order against the Minnesota Twins. INF Russ Canzler will receive his at-bats while playing first base, which would leave 1B Casey Kotchman as the odd-man out. The Indians are expected to buy out Hafner's 2013 option for $2.75 million this offseason, making him a free agent.


C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (head) is out of the lineup Thursday, Sept. 20.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina hit his 20th homer Wednesday, Sept. 19, to give the team five players with 20 homers for the first time in franchise history.

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (hamstring) returned to the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 18, after missing two starts with right hamstring tendonitis.


OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (Achilles') was out of the lineup again Wednesday, Sept. 19.

OF | Alejandro De Aza | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Alejandro De Aza matched a career high with for hits Wednesday, Sept. 19.

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Ichiro Suzuki had seven hits and four steals in the doubleheader Wednesday, Sept. 19.

OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham had four hits and four RBI Wednesday, Sept. 19.

OF | Shane Victorino | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Shane Victorino stole two bases in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, Sept. 19, to raise his season total to 37, tying a career high.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (back, foot) returned to the starting lineup Wednesday, Sept. 19, against the Detroit Tigers. He went 2-for-4 in his return.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (illness) is "maybe slightly better" in his battle with conjunctivitis, according to manager Bob Melvin. He was held out of the game Wednesday, Sept. 19, against the Detroit Tigers. He is not considered contagious.

OF | Travis Snider | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Travis Snider (hamstring) returned to the lineup Wednesday, Sept. 19, for only the second time since Sept. 4.

OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Brennan Boesch, who is hitting only .244 with 12 home runs this year, has effectively turned into a platoon player in right field. "Right now, he's just not swinging good at all," manager Jim Leyland said. "We have two guys working with Boesch actually, trying to come up with something. The only thing I know, without trying to sound critical because it's not, but the only thing I know is that he's just not getting the barrel of the bat to the ball out front."

OF | Quintin Berry | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Quintin Berry (shoulder) didn't play Wednesday, Sept. 19, but took pre-game batting practice and looked fine.

OF | Darin Mastroianni | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Darin Mastroianni (finger) will play winter ball in the Venezuela when he heals from a torn tendon and fractured bone in the middle finger on his left hand.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are hoping that OF Josh Hamilton (sinuses) and 3B Adrian Beltre (abdomen) can return to the lineup Thursday, Sept. 20, but they are not optimistic. Beltre's intestinal issues are not related to his previous intestinal issue that required surgery and threatened his career.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (hamstring) is in the starting lineup Wednesday, Sept. 19.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (oblique) remains out of the lineup Wednesday, Sept. 19.

OF | Melky Cabrera | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Melky Cabrera, who will end the season with a .346 batting average, is unlikely to be denied a batting title by the league if he ends the year with the highest average in the National League. He is currently seven points ahead of Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen. "You can't change records because once you get into that it would never stop," commissioner Bud Selig said. "It would create more problems than it would solve."

OF | Michael Bourn | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Michael Bourn is hitting .165 with six steals and 28 strikeouts in his last 27 games.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris (flu) is ready to start Thursday, Sept. 20.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles P Brian Matusz (allergy) returned to action Wednesday, Sept. 19.

SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn delivered 6 1/3 shutout innings to beat the Houston Astros Wednesday, Sept. 19. He has allowed one run in 12 1/3 innings since returning to the rotation.

SP | Kris Medlen | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Kris Medlen allowed four hits and struck out six in eight shutout innings to beat the Miami Marlins Wednesday, Sept. 19.

SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels allowed two runs and fanned 10 in six innings in his no-decision against the New York Mets Wednesday, Sept. 19.

SP | Marco Estrada | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Marco Estrada is 4-1 with a 1.23 ERA in his last six starts.

SP | Dan Straily | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Dan Straily will likely take SP Brett Anderson's (oblique) turn in the rotation the next time it comes up.

SP | Jake Odorizzi | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Jake Odorizzi may get the starter's call Sunday, Sept. 23. Odorizzi, who was called up from Triple-A Omaha last week, is considered the team's top pitching prospect.

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Chien-Ming Wang pitched Wednesday, Sept. 19, for the first time since June 30. His first pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers was a wild pitch that brought a run across the plate.

SP | John Lannan | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP John Lannan was charged with three runs in each of the third and fourth innings Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Game 2 of a doubleheader with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lannan lasted only 3 2/3 innings, giving up eight hits. He departed with the bases loaded in the fourth.

SP | Andrew Cashner | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner (lat) aggravated his latissimus muscle injury and has been shut down for the rest of the season.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook (oblique) threw 40 to 45 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday, Sept. 19, and said all "feels good" after the session. He expects to throw another bullpen session Friday, Sept. 21.

SP | Edgar G. Gonzalez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy,
The Houston Astros announced Wednesday, Sept. 19, that SP Bud Norris (flu) is dealing with flu-like symptoms. If he cannot start Thursday, Sept. 20, against the St. Louis Cardinals, SP Edgar G. Gonzalez would be moved up a day to start in Norris' absence.

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer (shoulder) remains questionable for his next start against the Minnesota Twins Sunday, Sept. 23, after experiencing right shoulder fatigue in his last start. "It's hard to say right now," said Scherzer. "Really, I just need a couple days of not throwing, ice and taking it easy. If everything works out with the plan, we'll re-evaluate and hopefully I can make my next start." He plans to throw in the next few days to test his arm out.

SP | Trevor Bauer | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said the team won't recall SP Trevor Bauer for the final few weeks of the season.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (hip) resumed throwing on flat ground Wednesday, Sept. 19, but there is no set timetable for his return. "I just think he needs to be able to start doing everything he usually does without any pain at all," manager Don Mattingly said. "It's up to him, really. He's the one who directs what he wants to release. He kind of dictates how he wants to let information out." SP Stephen Fife will likely keep filling in for Kershaw in the rotation, and SP John Ely could enter the rotation also.

SP | Luis Mendoza | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Luis Mendoza (illness) is feeling better and is now scheduled to start against the Cleveland Indians Friday, Sept. 21. SP Will Smith will go Saturday, Sept. 22, and SP Jake Odorizzi lines up to make his major league debut Sunday, Sept. 23.

SP | Matt Harvey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Matt Harvey will be shut down for the season after making his final start Wednesday, Sept. 19. He will not be allowed to throw bullpen sessions once he's shut down.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte went five scoreless innings against the Toronto Blue Jays in his return to the rotation Wednesday, Sept. 19. He threw 46 of his 75 pitches for strikes and gave up four hits while walking two and striking out three.

SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he won't get in the way if upper management decides it's best to shut down SP Chris Sale before the end of the season. "If there ever was a reason to shut him down because of his career, we would," Ventura said. "I don't think we'd make anyone pitch if we felt it was unhealthy. We talk about it at different times, with different scenarios."

SP | Hector Noesi | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Hector Noesi, who allowed six runs and eight hits in 1 1/3 innings Monday, Sept. 17, will pitch out of the bullpen for the rest of the season. SP Blake Beavan will enter the rotation in his place and start Saturday, Sept. 22.

SP | Troy Patton | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles DH Jim Thome (back) and P Troy Patton (ankle) are finishing up their rehab assignments and could rejoin the team this weekend.

SP | Drew Smyly | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Drew Smyly could enter the starting rotation if SP Max Scherzer (shoulder) needs to take some time off.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) threw in the bullpen Tuesday, Sept. 18, and remains on track to make his first start of the year against the Chicago Cubs Friday, Sept. 21.

SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo is 7-0 with a 2.98 ERA in his last nine starts, and his curveball has been key to his success; he had thrown the pitch 187 times in those nine starts, and opposing hitters went 7-for-42 against it, with 16 strikeouts and no walks in at-bats that ended with the curve.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Mike Adams | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers RP Mike Adams (shoulder) returned to action Wednesday, Sept. 19.

RP | Josh Edgin | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets RP Josh Edgin's streak of 16 straight scoreless appearances ended Wednesday, Sept. 19, when he blew the save.

RP | Tanner Scheppers | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, MRI results for Texas Rangers RP Tanner Scheppers (knee) revealed no structural damage in his knee.

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Aroldis Chapman had a successful bullpen session Wednesday, Sept. 19, and he said he'll need two or three more side sessions to work on his control. He is no longer dealing with fatigue in his arm.

RP | Kenley Jansen | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Kenley Jansen (heart) is available to pitch Wednesday, Sept. 19, for the first time since Aug. 27, when he experienced an irregular heartbeat. However, manager Don Mattingly will hold off on using Jansen in late-game situations for the time being. "I'd like to be able to get him into a situation where it wasn't total game on the line," Mattingly said. "But it was hard not to use him in the way you really want to use him, because wherever you put him in, it's probably going to be game on the line."

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (elbow) is unavailable to pitch Wednesday, Sept. 19, after undergoing an MRI exam on his right elbow. Manager Terry Collins said Francisco is dealing with tendonitis.

RP | Sean Burnett | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Sean Burnett (elbow) said his elbow is healthy despite allowing five hits and a walk in three outings totaling five outs since returning from a 10-day break to rest an irritated nerve in his left elbow. "It's fine," Burnett said. "It's as good as it's been right now all year. It's just poor pitches and poor execution. It's got nothing to do with health, that's for sure." Burnett developed the bad habit of not getting on top of the ball when he tried to pitch through the injury, and he's still fighting to rid himself of those habits.

RP | Craig Stammen | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals have yet to name a starter for their game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, Sept. 23, but manager Davey Johnson said it'll likely be between SPs Craig Stammen and Chien-Ming Wang. SP Zach Duke is not an option because Johnson wants to roll with a right-handed pitcher against the Brewers. SPs Yunesky Maya and Ryan Perry are not options because the team is ruling out calling up an arm from the minors.

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