Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on September 21, 2012 @ 08:43:26 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (calf) will report to the team's minor league complex Monday, Sept. 24, and he'll eventually play in instructional league games as part of his rehab. There is no timetable for his return, but general manager Brian Cashman said it could be the end of next week. Teixeira plans on hitting in the cages Thursday, Sept. 20, and he'll try to do work on the field this weekend. His calf remains swollen and sore.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko (back) is dealing with a sore back, per manager Robin Ventura.

1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mark Trumbo is 27-for-158 (.171) with 67 strikeouts in his last 40 games.

Second Baseman

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano, and his agent Scott Boras, said there is no truth to the Internet rumor that he failed a drug test.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Juan Pierre had five hits Thursday, Sept. 20. 2B Chase Utley had four hits and four RBI.

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker (back) returned to the lineup Thursday, Sept. 20, after sitting out two of the previous three games with lower back soreness.


SS | Mike Aviles | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Mike Aviles is starting at third base for only the 60th time in his career as SS Jose Iglesias continues to see playing time at shortstop.

SS | Willie Bloomquist | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks are hoping to have SS Willie Bloomquist (back) back before the end of the season. He hasn't played in a game since Sept. 3 and hasn't started since Aug. 8. However, he's been feeling better and the team is considering using him again soon.

SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Jed Lowrie (knee) is sitting out Thursday, Sept. 20, to give his right knee a day to rest. "Personally, I don't think he's 100 percent with that knee," interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said. "I think there's still some stuff going on in there and he's playing with that big knee brace. Two days in a row is good for him." INF Marwin Gonzalez (ankle) started at shortstop Thursday, his first action since hurting his left ankle Aug. 30.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak to 13 games in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Third Baseman

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese is out of the lineup Friday, Sept. 21.

3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Edwin Encarnacion (toe) returned to the lineup Thursday, Sept. 20, after missing the last few games with a sore toe. Encarnacion served as designated hitter.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre (abdomen) has been added to the starting lineup Thursday, Sept. 20, as the designated hitter.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval smacked two homers, one from each side of the plate, Thursday, Sept. 20. He went 8-for-16 (.500) with three home runs and seven RBIs in the series against the Colorado Rockies.

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (hand) has resumed throwing, and his broken right hand is healing properly, but he won't start swinging before the end of the season. He wants to start hitting earlier this winter in order to get his rhythm back.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) is in the lineup Thursday, Sept. 20, after receiving a cortisone injection in his shoulder Wednesday, Sept. 19. 2B Danny Espinosa (shoulder) is also in the lineup. 1B Adam LaRoche (knee) is playing despite being pulled Wednesday with a stiff knee. His X-rays came back negative.

3B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Logan Forsythe will not play winter ball this offseason, preferring instead to focus on a "healthy offseason." The Padres want to see if they can use Forsythe at shortstop, along with second and third base. Forsythe is expected to make the team as a utility man next year.


C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz's (foot) foot is improving, but manager Charlie Manuel said his catcher won't be catching four or five games in a row until next season. C Erik Kratz should be around to take some of the load off of Ruiz next year, too.

C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (concussion) has been cleared to play after suffering a mild concussion after colliding with 1B Prince Fielder Sunday, Sept. 16. Avila's headaches have gone away, and he was cleared Thursday, Sept. 20. "I'm good to go," Avila said with a smile. "(I feel) much better. Everything was better across the board. I just feel better mentally. I feel more normal. Everything's good, no more headaches, nothing like that. Jaw's going to be sore probably for a few more days, but a little pain's not going to hurt me."


OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher hit a grand slam Thursday, Sept. 20.

OF | Norichika Aoki | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Norichika Aoki extended his hitting streak to 10 games Thursday, Sept. 20.

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran is hitting .229 with 24 RBI since the All-Star break. He has picked it up a bit lately with a six-game hitting streak.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (sinus) will not accompany the team to Seattle for its next series; instead, the team is sending him back to Texas so he can undergo sinus tests.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer during his team's 9-7 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, Sept. 20. It was his 30th homer of the season.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton has seven extra-base hits in his past five games after hitting just five in his previous 25.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner (elbow) hasn't been activated yet but figures to be in the near future. He'll serve as a pinch runner and defensive replacement down the stretch.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury is taking the day off Thursday, Sept. 20, after playing six straight games on turf.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (hamstring) left the game early with a tight left hamstring Thursday, Sept. 20. He's been bothered by the ailment since Sunday, Sept. 16.

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (Achilles') is back in the lineup Thursday, Sept. 20. after missing the last two games with soreness in his left Achilles' tendon.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) is out of the lineup Thursday, Sept. 20, after leaving the game early with soreness in his right knee Wednesday, Sept. 19. There is no timetable for him to return to the lineup.

OF | Dayan Viciedo | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko and OF Dayan Viciedo are not in the starting lineup Thursday, Sept. 20, with 3B Kevin Youkilis dropping to sixth in the batting order.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick, who will be a free agent after this season, has said he wants to return to the club. "I've told numerous people I like it here," Ludwick said. "I'm definitely going to do everything in my ability on my side to stay here. I know it's a business and budgets become factors in an organization. I'm really hoping everything works out."

OF | Jordan Schafer | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Jordan Schafer (shoulder) is still unable to lift his arm over his head and has been limited to pinch-hitting duties since Sept. 9. "It's slowly gotten better, but it's not to the point to where I can really do anything yet," Schafer said. "I've tried the last couple of days, but it still bothers me and I haven't even tried to swing yet. It was getting better until I dove in Cincinnati and I landed awkward again, and it hasn't gotten (completely) better."

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Corey Hart (foot) is back in the lineup Thursday, Sept. 20.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (eyes) is improving from his pinkeye infection, and he could return to the lineup Friday, Sept. 21, against the New York Yankees.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (foot) has been dealing with a bone bruise on the bottom of his right foot. He is serving as the designated hitter Thursday, Sept. 20, and is day-to-day as far as playing the outfield.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp is batting .122 with one walk and 14 strikeouts in September. "I mean, guys, I know how to hit. I promise you, I know how to hit. It's just right now, it's been pretty tough," Kemp told reporters.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout set another rookie record with a single Wednesday, Sept. 19, to pass former OF Devon White in most total bases by a rookie with 284.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) was activated from the 60-day disabled list.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto reached a career-high 159 strikeouts Thursday, Sept. 20.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (oblique) has a Grade 2 strain of his right oblique and is out for the rest of the regular season.

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris allowed five runs on five hits and five walks in 5 1/3 innings Thursday, Sept. 20, after getting sent back to the team hotel Wednesday night because of flu-like symptoms. He's 0-12 with a 6.34 ERA in 18 starts since May 21 but has had eight quality starts in his last 13 outings.

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa was tagged for five earned runs, six in all, and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in a 9-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants. It was De La Rosa's first outing since coming back from Tommy John surgery.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes struck out four batters in an inning Thursday, Sept. 20, becoming the first Yankee since A.J. Burnett in June 2011 to accomplish the feat.

SP | Michael Fiers | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Michael Fiers gave up three runs and five hits in three innings but did not get a decision in his team's 9-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fiers is 3-4 with a 6.75 ERA in his last eight starts after going 6-4 with a 1.82 ERA in his first 12.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez allowed four runs and five hits in four innings during his team's 9-7 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, Sept. 20. Rodriguez was 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA in his previous four starts.

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) will play catch as the first part of what manager Don Mattingly called his "throwing progression." Billingsley is hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery that could keep him out until the end of 2013 or start of 2014. "This is just the very beginning, first day of probably going out and playing a little catch," Billingsley said. "From there, it's got to get where he has it built up to the point where he can throw a bunch of pitches at full speed off the mound, obviously pain-free. So this is the very beginning."

SP | Clayton Richard | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Clayton Richard allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings to raise his career record against the Arizona Diamondbacks to 6-0 including three wins in three starts at Chase Field over the past 10 weeks. He struck out three and walked one in a 6-5 win Thursday, Sept. 20.

SP | Christian Friedrich | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies moved SP Christian Friedrich (back) to the 60-day disabled list Thursday, Sept. 20, to make room on the roster for SP Jorge De La Rosa.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said SP Roy Halladay developed some bad habits while pitching injured earlier this year. Dubee expects Halladay to tinker with his offseason conditioning and fine tune his mechanics when he's on break. Halladay has thrown 2,344 1/3 innings since the 2002 season, making him third most in overall innings for starters.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
The Chicago White Sox don't plan on picking up SP Jake Peavy's $22 million option for the 2013 season, which would make him a free agent. The White Sox can buy him out for only $4 million and try to re-sign him at a cheaper rate. Peavy has said he would like to return to the team.

SP | Drew Smyly | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Drew Smyly is the likely starter against the Minnesota Twins Sunday, Sept. 23, in place of SP Max Scherzer (shoulder).

SP | Edinson Volquez | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Edinson Volquez didn't allow a walk to the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, Sept. 19, for the first time since September of 2006 when he played for the Texas Rangers in his rookie season, a span of 103 starts. He gave up four runs in six innings in the game against the D-backs.

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Chien-Ming Wang will start Sunday, Sept. 23.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays have been scouting Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson and Detroit Tigers SP Anibal Sanchez. Anderson is a candidate to be traded in the offseason, and Sanchez will be a free agent. Anderson is 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA in six starts after coming back from elbow surgery.

SP | Zach McAllister | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Zach McAllister may be showing some signs of fatigue as the season reaches its final weeks. "It's very late in the season," manager Manny Acta said. "He could be fatigued. Some of these guys are playing an extra month than they have played in the past. We're still very impressed with the way he's gone about his business here every five days." McAllister has thrown a career-high 176 innings between the minors and majors this season, and he likely has two starts remaining. He's gone 1-6 with a 5.72 ERA in his last 10 starts (50 1/3 innings) compared to 4-2 with a 3.18 ERA in his first 10 starts.

SP | Dan Straily | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (oblique) is expected to miss at least one start after he strained his right oblique in his start against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, Sept. 19. SP Dan Straily will likely take his rotation spot.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Huston Street | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
San Diego Padres CL Huston Street (calf) was activated from the 15-day disabled list. It's unknown if he will immediately return to the closer role.

RP | Jason Berken | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Jason Berken struck out four batters in one inning the fifth Cubs pitcher to ever do that when Cincinnati Reds C Ryan Hanigan reached on a third-strike wild pitch in the second.

RP | Scott Atchison | Boston Red Sox | Injury,
Boston Red Sox RP Scott Atchison (elbow) has been pitching with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow but has come back strong through rest and rehab. He's retired six of the seven hitters he's faced since coming off the disabled list. Atchison is hitting 90-91 mph with his fastball, which is normal for him.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (elbow) remains unavailable Thursday, Sept. 20, with elbow tendonitis. "With his past elbow issues, when he says he's ready, we'll probably give him one more anyway," manager Terry Collins said. Francisco expects to be pitching again soon.

RP | Joe Nathan | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan returned to duty Wednesday, Sept. 19, after five days of rest following a period where he complained of having a dead arm. He tossed only 10 pitches in the outing, eight of them being fastballs. Nathan hit 95 mph twice and averaged 94 mph after averaging only 93.2 mph in his previous outing.

RP | Joaquin Benoit | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he'd like to refrain from using RPs Phil Coke and Brayan Villarreal again Thursday, Sept. 20. Also, RP Joaquin Benoit will not be available.

RP | Scott Elbert | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Scott Elbert (elbow) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow Thursday, Sept. 20. The surgery to clean out scar tissue at the back of his elbow was successful, and he can resume throwing in six to eight weeks. Elbert went 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 43 games (32 2/3 innings) in relief.

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