Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on September 25, 2012 @ 08:43:30 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox DH Adam Dunn hit two homers and drove in four Monday, Sept. 24.

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis hit two homers and drove in five runs Monday, Sept. 24. He has a career-high 30 homers on the year.

1B | Jason Giambi | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Jason Giambi (illness) had a setback with his viral illness Monday, Sept. 24.

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak is having a disappointing season, but he's optimistic finishing the season after adopting a new hitting technique which involves keeping his hands on the bat during his left-handed swings rather than a one-handed follow-through, and that approach has led to better at-bats recently. Smoak also plans to get stronger in the offseason. "I have to put the work in this offseason, get where I want to be, find something that works," Smoak said. "Right now, I'm at a point where I feel like things are going to turn around." General manager Jack Zduriencik said Smoak hasn't yet played himself out of the team's plans, but Smoak knows time is running out to prove himself. He feels that his new swing is an approach that will keep him shorter to the ball and make him more successful.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez had his 14th career multi-homer game and the first of his season against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, Sept. 23. Gonzalez is now 8-for-15 with five home runs in his career against SP Homer Bailey.


Second Baseman

2B | Aaron Hill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill (illness) was scratched from the lineup Monday, Sept. 24, against the Colorado Rockies due to illness. Beltran was hitless in five at-bats with a pair of strikeouts.

2B | Jose Altuve | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve (groin) was not in the lineup Monday, Sept. 24, against the St. Louis Cardinals due to a tight groin.

2B | Justin Turner | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Justin Turner will play for Escogido in the Dominican Republic Winter League this offseason. Turner played for the same team two years ago.


Shortstop

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks, a run scored and a strikeout Monday, Sept. 24, against the Minnesota Twins to push his hitting streak to 18 games.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) worked out and hit Monday, Sept. 24. He remains on track to play sometime next week.

SS | Rafael Furcal | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday, Sept. 24, that SS Rafael Furcal (elbow) is officially out for the remainder of the regular season. His status for the postseason is uncertain. The team is hopeful Furcal can still avoid elbow surgery.

SS | Marwin Gonzalez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Marwin Gonzalez (ankle) left the game Monday, Sept. 24, against the St. Louis Cardinals due to a sprained left ankle.

SS | Jerry Hairston Jr. | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers INF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr. (hip) is rehabbing at home from a hip impingement that led to a torn labrum that will require surgery. "After two weeks, I feel better than I thought I would," said Hairston. "The first three days were real difficult. But I can see that I'll definitely be active in two to three months, no question." Hairston's procedure, although arthroscopic, is not a minor surgery. He's currently walking with one crutch and is wearing a brace from his knee to his hip for stabilization. Hairston is hoping to be cleared for baseball activities in two months.


Third Baseman

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 14 games Monday, Sept. 24.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman had three hits, including a homer, and four RBI Monday, Sept. 24.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (ankle) rolled his right ankle before the game Monday, Sept. 24, against the Houston Astros.

3B | Matt Dominguez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros 3B Matt Dominguez (illness) was a late scratch Monday, Sept. 24, against the St. Louis Cardinals due to a stomach virus.

3B | Mike Olt | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Mike Olt (foot) has resumed taking batting practice after dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Olt will be under consideration for a playoff spot depending on how much he improves by then.

3B | Wilson Betemit | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Wilson Betemit (wrist) was feeling much better after receiving a cortisone injection, and he could be cleared to resume swinging a bat in two and a half weeks, which might make him available for the playoff roster.

3B | Brandon Inge | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics moved 3B Brandon Inge (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list Sunday, Sept. 23.


Catcher

C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia had three hits and five RBI in the second game of a doubleheader Monday, Sept. 24.

C | Salvador Perez | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez (hands) returned to the starting lineup Monday, Sept. 24, against the Detroit Tigers. He went 1-for-4.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (back) was back in the lineup Monday, Sept. 24, against the Houston Astros. He went 2-for-3 with a solo home run.

C | Wilin Rosario | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Wilin Rosario is taking the day off Monday, Sept. 24, with 3B Jordan Pacheco starting behind the plate.


Outfielder

OF | Michael Brantley | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (groin) is out of the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 25.

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Ichiro Suzuki is hitting .328 since his trade to the Yankees.

OF | Cole Gillespie | free agent | Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks released OF Cole Gillespie.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay will not be released in the offseason and will not be asked to compete for a job in spring training, according to a team source.

OF | Adam L. Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Adam L. Jones went 4-for-4 with a homer Monday, Sept. 24.

OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (shoulder) left the game Monday, Sept. 24, against the New York Yankees due to a left shoulder strain.

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran (illness) returned to the lineup Monday, Sept. 24, against the Houston Astros. He was hitless in five at-bats with a pair of strikeouts.

OF | Cody Ross | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have started contract extension talks with OF Cody Ross. He is hitting .270 with 21 home runs, 77 RBIs and an .824 OPS in 122 games this year.

OF | Eric Young Jr. | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Eric Young Jr. (oblique) has started some baseball activities, but he won't be healthy enough to return before the end of the season. He isn't planning on playing winter ball this offseason, either.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (hamstring) could sit out for the final week and a half as a precaution, depending on the results of his MRI exam.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (oblique) was hitting on the field Monday, Sept. 24, and there is an outside chance he'll return before the end of the season.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (wrist) is out of the lineup with tendonitis in his right wrist Monday, Sept. 24, and he's listed as day-to-day.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp's (eyes) conjunctivitis has not shown any improvement, and manager Bob Melvin sounded more pessimistic than optimistic on Crisp's condition in the last few days.

OF | J.D. Martinez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF J.D. Martinez (hand) will undergo surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his left hand Wednesday, Sept. 26. He will be out for the rest of the year and will need four to six weeks of recovery time.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (back) and C Yadier Molina (back) are back in the lineup Monday, Sept. 24.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (eyes) was diagnosed with ocular keratitis, which is an eye issue that causes dry corneas. An abundance of caffeine or energy drinks often causes the issue.

OF | Manny Ramirez | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Manny Ramirez (Athletics) is expected to play in the Dominican Republic Winter League this offseason.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (thumb) is scheduled to have his cast on his right hand removed during the last three games of the season in favor of a splint.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse (wrist) was out of the lineup Monday, Sept. 24, due to a bone bruise in his left hand, which kept him out for four games last week. It's unclear how long Morse will be out, and he'll visit with a team doctor before returning.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay (shoulder) has no plans to have offseason surgery on his ailing right shoulder. He acknowledged he would likely alter his offseason routine, though.

SP | Tyler Skaggs | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Arizona Diamondbacks SP Tyler Skaggs has been shut down for the rest of the season.

SP | Josh Collmenter | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks scratched SP Tyler Skaggs from his start Tuesday, Sept. 25. SP Josh Collmenter will start in his place.

SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn allowed a run and struck out nine in seven innings to beat the Houston Astros Monday, Sept. 24. He's 4-0 with a 0.89 ERA in his last four outings.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy might be pushed back from his next scheduled start Wednesday, Sept. 26, against the Cleveland Indians. RP Hector Santiago, who is available out of the bullpen, could be used to give Peavy some extra rest.

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander picked up his 16th win of the season Monday, Sept. 24, against the Kansas City Royals, allowing two earned runs and nine hits with no walks and eight strikeouts over eight innings. He threw 89 of his 114 pitches (78 percent) for strikes, his highest percentage of his career.

SP | Shawn Hill | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays recalled Ps Shawn Hill and Bobby Korecky from the minors Monday, Sept. 24, and moved SP J.A. Happ (foot) to the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding move.

SP | Randy Wolf | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Randy Wolf (elbow) will undergo an MRI on his elbow Tuesday, Sept. 25, and he could receive an anti-inflammatory injection after he was shut down with left elbow pain.

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Chien-Ming Wang will make one more regular season start, according to manager Davey Johnson. Wang will likely start against the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend. He's not expected to make the playoff roster, though, as the team will likely go with only four starters, SPs Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Edwin Jackson and Ross Detwiler.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (hip) returned to toss five innings against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, Sept. 23, after missing nearly two weeks with a hip injury. Kershaw walked five hitters but also struck out five in the outing.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee has gone at least six innings and hasn't allowed more than one walk in 15 straight starts, which is a record in the modern era. SP Christy Mathewson (1908) accomplished the feat and former SP Greg Maddux (1997) did it in 14 games.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds have rearranged their starting rotation, with SPs Johnny Cueto, Bronson Arroyo and Mat Latos going against the Milwaukee Brewers this week. SP Mike Leake has been pushed back.


Relief Pitcher

RP | David Aardsma | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees informed RP David Aardsma (elbow) that he will be activated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, Sept. 25.

RP | Matt Capps | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins RP Matt Capps (shoulder) allowed two hits in a scoreless ninth inning Monday, Sept. 24, against the New York Yankees in his first appearance since July 16.

RP | Fernando Abad | Houston Astros | Injury,
Houston Astros RP Fernando Abad (oblique) left his appearance Monday, Sept. 24, against the St. Louis Cardinals due to a strained right oblique.

RP | Tanner Scheppers | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Tanner Scheppers (knee) is available out of the bullpen Monday, Sept. 24, and he hasn't pitched since bruising his right knee last Tuesday. RP Roy Oswalt (forearm) is no longer limited by his strained right forearm, and he's also available Monday. RP Robbie Ross appears to be at full strength as well.

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said RP Drew Storen will handle the ninth-inning duties for now. However, Johnson is still confident that RP Tyler Clippard can get the job done, so he'll mix him in.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (elbow) remains day-to-day and won't be shut down for the rest of the year. "It's tendinitis. It's not any structural thing," manager Terry Collins said. "If that goes away, as long as his muscles are intact - all the tendons and everything else - there's no reason why he shouldn't be able to pitch."

RP | Heath Bell | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins RP Heath Bell was critical of manager Ozzie Guillen during a radio interview Monday, Sept. 24. "It's hard to respect a guy that doesn't tell you the truth or doesn't tell you face to face," Bell said. "There's probably reasons why." Bell said he feels he hasn't had the chance to win the closing job back after performing well in the second half. Guillen stands by his decision to replace Bell in the ninth with RP Steve Cishek, but said that Bell will have the opportunity to win his job back next season.

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