Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on September 26, 2012 @ 08:43:32 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (shoulder) and 1B Justin Morneau are out of the lineup Wednesday, Sept. 26. C Joe Mauer is the DH.

1B | Paul Goldschmidt | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt homered and drove in a career-high five runs Tuesday, Sept. 25.

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak homered from both sides of the plate Tuesday, Sept. 25.

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton (hip) said Tuesday, Sept. 25, that he plans to play in 2013. "I think, physically, I will be able to come back," Helton said. "So I plan on coming back, but there are still a couple of things on my mind. I want to know that I have a good chance to make it through next year - healthy. That will factor into it."

1B | Darin Ruf | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Darin Ruf will be making his first career major league start in left field Tuesday, Sept. 25, and the Phils are willing to experiment with Ruf in left field for the team's final nine games of the season.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn made an adjustment to his stance after working with hitting coach Jeff Manto in the cages and studying video during games. "What was happening with him was that he was getting a little too far out on his legs," Manto said. "He didn't have a good base working and what we tried to do is explain, tell him to get back on his legs and stay on your legs as best as you can. He's such a good hitter that it was a simple fix. He had a chance to look at what he was doing and it coincided with what I was explaining. It was an easy thing."

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (calf) ran the bases and fielded grounders and took batting practice Monday, Sept. 24, at the team's minor league complex in Florida. However, manager Joe Girardi did not confirm that Teixeira will return to the team later this week. "The concern is that you rush him and then he has that one play and then you know that he's probably done for the season. So you've got to be sure," Girardi said.

Second Baseman

2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro extended his hitting streak to 13 games Tuesday, Sept. 25.

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley (neck) returned to the starting lineup Tuesday, Sept. 25, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He went 1-for-5 with a double, run scored and four strikeouts.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley may play some games at third base before the end of the season. "We'll see," manager Charlie Manuel said.

2B | Jason Donald | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Donald (wrist) was "sore" after swinging a bat Sunday, Sept. 23, the first time he's done so since injuring his wrist Sept. 14. There is no timetable for Donald's return.


SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter now has a 19-game hitting streak following the game Tuesday, Sept. 25, against the Minnesota Twins.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Hanley Ramirez (foot) returned to the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 25, against the San Diego Padres. He went 2-for-4.

SS | Paul Janish | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SS Paul Janish (shoulder) will likely need offseason surgery to fix his dislocated shoulder he suffered last week. However, the team is hoping he can return this postseason if they advance past the Wild Card game.

SS | Jhonny Peralta | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta is hitting only .169 in September, his worst month of the season. September was his worst month last year, too, when he hit .259 and then hit .220 in the playoffs.

SS | Jack Wilson | Retired Players | Transaction
Free-agent SS Jack Wilson (Braves) announced his retirement Tuesday, Sept. 25. "My wife Julie and our kids and I made that decision together, that this season was going to be my last," Wilson said. "We're retiring officially, right after the Braves win the World Series."

SS | Omar Vizquel | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Omar Vizquel had two hits Monday, Sept. 24, to move into a tie with Mel Ott for 40th on the all-time hits list with 2,876.

Third Baseman

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez is out of the lineup Wednesday, Sept. 26.

3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez hit his 30th homer of the season Tuesday, Sept. 25, and drove in four runs.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright picked up his 1,418th career hit Tuesday, Sept. 25, tying Ed Kranepool for the team hits record.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez hit his 338th career home run Tuesday, Sept. 25, moving past Ron Santo into sixth on the all-time list for homers hit by a third baseman.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera saw his 14-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

3B | Josh Vitters | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum has recommended to 3B Josh Vitters and OF Tony Campana that they consider playing winter ball. "The more you play, the better you're going to be," Sveum said. "I think some people nowadays use the winters too much sometimes to work out and rest when you can go play instructional league or [Arizona Fall League] or winter leagues. There's no substitute for playing."

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones said he plans to play in the team's remaining six home games in what will be his final season. Jones will play as long as his health dictates, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (ankle) is out of the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 25, with a sore right ankle. His availability will be in question for the series against the Houston Astros and possibly into the weekend. X-rays were negative, and Freese is dealing with an ankle sprain.


C | A.J. Pierzynski | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski has a career-best 27 homers. Only Carlton Fisk has more homers in a season by a White Sox catcher, with 37 in 1985.

C | Ryan Hanigan | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Ryan Hanigan (shoulder) might return to the starting lineup Wednesday, Sept. 26, according to acting manager Chris Speier.

C | Jose Molina | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays C Jose Molina (quadriceps) left the game Tuesday, Sept. 25, against the Boston Red Sox due to a strained right quadriceps.

C | Salvador Perez | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez and SS Alcides Escobar would both love to play for Venezuela in the upcoming World Baseball Classic next spring. "I'm OK with it," manager Ned Yost said, "because both guys have genuine excitement about playing for their country in the World Baseball Classic. I have more concern with our pitchers than our position players, particularly our relievers."

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters is hitting .329 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 73 at-bats in 20 games in September. He also has a .430 on-base percentage and a .616 slugging percentage.


OF | Shane Victorino | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Shane Victorino stole his 38th base Tuesday, Sept, 25, setting a new career high.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez's (hamstring) MRI on his left hamstring was negative. He missed his eighth straight game Tuesday, Sept. 25.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (wrist) missed the game Tuesday, Sept. 25.

OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher homered in his third straight game Tuesday, Sept. 25.

OF | Justin Ruggiano | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Justin Ruggiano (shoulder) is waiting for the results of an MRI on his sprained right shoulder.

OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick did not play Tuesday, Sept. 25. It was the team's choice to sit Reddick due to a slipping batting average.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick (groin) missed his fifth consecutive game Tuesday, Sept. 25, against the Milwaukee Brewers.

OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders (personal) was scratched from the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 25, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to be with wife, who gave birth to their new baby daughter earlier in the day.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees activated OF Brett Gardner (elbow) and RP David Aardsma (elbow) from the disabled list Tuesday, Sept. 25. The Yankees will be cautious with how they use Aardsma, who is coming off Tommy John surgery. Gardner will be used as a pinch runner and defensive replacement down the stretch. INF Steve Pearce and P Justin Thomas were designated for assignment in corresponding moves.

OF | Michael Bourn | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Michael Bourn (thumb) did not have any structural damage in his left thumb after visiting with a specialist, and he's likely to return to the lineup against the Miami Marlins Wednesday, Sept. 26. "There was no ligament damage or broken bones, just sore," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He's getting better. I left (the lineup) open for a while before he got here, just to make sure if we could play him, we'd play him. But we'll shoot for tomorrow."

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse (wrist) is back in the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 25, but the injury could linger for the rest of the season. "But the doctors determined he can't really hurt it worse," manager Davey Johnson said. "He wants to play, and I want him in there. We'll see how it goes."

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury (groin) wasn't in the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 25, for the fifth straight game, but Ellsbury is apparently healing and could return to the lineup Wednesday, Sept. 26. The injury hasn't been disclosed, but it could be a recurrence of the groin injury he dealt with in August. "It's not a big injury," skipper Bobby Valentine said. "It's just something we don't want to get any worse - that's for sure."

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (eyes) hit in the cages and will take batting practice on the field Tuesday, Sept. 25.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (thumb) has a new cast on his left hand and is expected to have pins removed from his thumb between Oct. 1 and 3. His cast will also be replaced by a splint at that time.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay (back) is out of the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 25, because he's suffering from back stiffness, according to manager Terry Collins.

OF | Lew Ford | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Lew Ford (groin) is dealing with a sore groin.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (oblique) is optimistic that he'll return to the lineup Wednesday, Sept. 26, after sitting out Tuesday, Sept. 25.

OF | Andy Dirks | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks is back in the sixth spot in the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 25, after recording multi-hit games in four of his last five starts. Dirks is hitting .317 with a .370 on-base percentage this year.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Dan Haren | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are expected to decline options on SPs Dan Haren and Ervin Santana in order to attempt to re-sign SP Zack Greinke.

SP | Fernando Abad | Houston Astros | Injury,
Houston Astros SP Fernando Abad (oblique) is likely to miss his next start due to an oblique strain.

SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia allowed six hits and struck out five in seven shutout innings to beat the Houston Astros Tuesday, Sept. 25.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (hamstring) felt his left hamstring tighten while running the bases Tuesday, Sept. 25. He remained in the game to record his 19th win.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price struck out a season-high 13 batters in his win over the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, Sept. 25. He allowed two runs in a complete-game victory.

SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels set a career high with his 16th win of the season Tuesday, Sept. 25. He allowed three runs in five innings and struck out six Washington Nationals.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Francisco Liriano allowed four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings Tuesday, Sept. 25, against the Cleveland Indians. Liriano is 1-2 with a 6.30 ERA in his past seven appearances and now 6-12 overall.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Anibal Sanchez allowed only three hits Tuesday, Sept. 25, against the Kansas City Royals. He struck out 10 and walked one. Sanchez threw 105 pitches in his first shutout since Sept. 10, 2011, when he tossed a one-hitter for Florida at Pittsburgh. The Tigers are tied with the Chicago White Sox for first in the American League Central.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Clayton Kershaw threw a normal bullpen session prior to the game in San Diego on Tuesday, Sept. 25, and cleared himself to pitch "as soon as possible -- tomorrow." Manager Don Mattingly said that he would meet with general manager Ned Colletti for a final decision on Kershaw's next start. They seem to be leaning toward letting Kershaw to start on regular rest Friday, Sept. 28 against the Colorado Rockies.

SP | James Shields | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon re-arranged his rotation for the end of the week. SP James Shields will work Thursday, Sept. 27, with SP Jeremy Hellickson facing the Chicago White Sox Friday, Sept. 28. SP Matt Moore will get extra rest, working Saturday, Sept. 29, with SP David Price throwing Sunday, Sept. 30.

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer said his fastball wasn't as sharp in his last outing Sunday, Sept. 23, because he wasn't on his normal between-starts routing due to right shoulder fatigue. He's hoping he'll be back to full strength for his next start.

SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
The New York Mets have given SP R.A. Dickey the option to pick when his last start of the season will come after his next start against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, Sept. 27.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (oblique) felt better after running on the field Tuesday, Sept. 25.

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish (neck) has been scratched from his start against the Oakland Athletics with neck stiffness Tuesday, Sept. 25. Instead, SP Scott Feldman will make the start.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (knee) threw 35 pitches off a mound Tuesday, Sept. 25, and said he felt good. However, he wasn't throwing at 100 percent intensity.

SP | Randy Wolf | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Randy Wolf (elbow) will be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum Wednesday, Sept. 26.

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander (shoulder) is dealing with a sore left shoulder but said he'll be fine.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Sept. 26, and then his next start will be determined after that.

SP | Roberto Hernandez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Roberto Hernandez (ankle) will throw a simulated game Wednesday, Sept. 26, as the team tries to determine if his mobility has improved enough to return to the rotation. He'll throw three innings and also go through agility drills that simulate game-like fielding situations.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy will be pushed back to start against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, Sept. 27, with SP Chris Sale also receiving an extra day of rest with him going against the Rays Sunday, Sept. 30. Sale's start will be his last of the season. SP Hector Santiago will go against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, Sept. 26, in place of Peavy.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte has won two games and hasn't allowed a run in 11 innings since his return from a broken ankle. "Guy takes a full year off. Comes back. Breaks his foot on a crazy play. Has been itching to get back in the lineup for a long time. And once he does, he delivers every single time. Every time he takes that mound, he's locked in out there," OF Nick Swisher said. Pettitte insists he's still a work in progress.

SP | Derek Holland | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland is 6-0 in 10 September starts in the last two seasons.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds CL Aroldis Chapman (shoulder) returned to the closer role Tuesday, Sept. 25. He reached 100 mph and recorded his 36th save.

RP | Matt Capps | Minnesota Twins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins CL Matt Capps will not resume closing games this season even though he has returned to the roster. Manager Ron Gardenhire will keep RP Glen Perkins as the closer because the team wishes to sparingly use Capps.

RP | Michael Bowden | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs RP Michael Bowden has thrown nine scoreless innings dating to Sept. 6, and he has given up one run over 13 1/3 innings in 11 games this month. "In any job, it's really hard to be consistent and crisp if you're not getting consistent repetitions," Bowden said. "I know I'm much better when I get a lot of work, consistent work. I'm able to repeat my delivery. It's just a lot easier to grow and become better the more you get out there."

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (elbow) was unable to play catch Tuesday, Sept. 25. Manager Terry Collins said Monday, Sept. 24, that Francisco is not yet shut down, but it's possible Francisco might be done for the season.

RP | Daniel Bard | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Daniel Bard threw a simulated inning Tuesday, Sept. 25, and the team would like to see him pitch in a game before the end of the season. Bard has given up a run in each of his last five appearances since returning from the minors.

RP | Sergio Santos | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos (shoulder) has been rehabbing three days a week, doing strengthening and range-of-motion exercises, but he has yet to throw. He is on schedule to resume throwing in early December, and the team remains hopeful that he'll be ready for spring training next year.

RP | Vinnie Pestano | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Vinnie Pestano has gone 0-3 with a 6.46 ERA, giving up 11 earned runs and a .286 opponent's batting average in 15 1/3 innings in his last 15 outings since Aug. 13. Pestano said his slider command has taken a hit, which has led to him using fastballs more often. However, Pestano has been reliable this year; before his recent funk, he was 3-0 with a 1.24 ERA in a 15-game span, giving up seven earned runs over 51 innings.

RP | Heath Bell | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins RP Heath Bell backtracked on comments he made criticizing manager Ozzie Guillen Tuesday, Sept. 25, saying he was misinterpreted. "I was never criticizing Ozzie," Bell said. "I don't think that's what I was doing on the radio. I was choosing my words kind of right. Apparently I didn't get it too right but the thing is I respect Ozzie as a manager."

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