Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on September 28, 2012 @ 10:50:34 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Darin Ruf | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Darin Ruf went 2-for-4 with three RBIs Thursday, Sept. 27, against the Washington Nationals. In his brief time with the Phillies, he is hitting .385 (5-for-13) with five RBIs.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (calf) received seven at-bats in a simulated game Thursday, Sept. 27, and he also played an inning in the field in Florida. Teixeira felt fine afterward. "To me, the biggest test is running the bases," manager Joe Girardi said. "That's the biggest test for me, because I think he can protect it a little bit in the field if he has to. But sometimes you get into a situation like he was in Baltimore and your mind tells you, 'I've got to go.'"

1B | Brock Kjeldgaard | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers re-signed OF Brock Kjeldgaard to a minor league deal Thursday, Sept. 27.

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (shoulder) is dealing with a strained shoulder. SS Alcides Escobar (shoulder), who was also injured Thursday, Sept. 27, is dealing with a bruised shoulder and hopes to return Friday, Sept. 28. "They both have bruised (shoulders)," manager Ned Yost said. "Hos pinched his (rotator) cuff in the back. Esky has a bruise in the front."

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols is likely to see more time at designated hitter than first base in the final week of the season in order to preserve his health in case the team makes a postseason berth. "He is hanging in there," manager Mike Scioscia said of Pujols, who suffered a right calf injury in August. "He's had some leg issues for the last month and I think there is some compensation that is involved when you try to play with one part that is injured. Your body is going to compensate in other ways. It can affect you."

1B | Jason Giambi | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Jason Giambi (illness) took batting practice Thursday, Sept. 27, but won't be ready for at least a few more games.

1B | Matt McBride | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies INF Matt McBride and P Josh Outman will both play winter ball this offseason in the Dominican Republic. McBride will play first base and Outman will attempt to build up his innings.

Second Baseman

2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games Thursday, Sept. 27. He's hitting .452 (28-for-62) during the streak.

2B | Darwin Barney | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney extended his errorless streak to 141 games Thursday, Sept. 27, tying the major league record set by Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco when he did it with the Detroit Tigers in 2007.

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburg Pirates 2B Neil Walker (back) will meet with a specialist Friday, Sept. 28, after sitting out the last three games with a lower back problem. It's possible Walker will sit out the rest of the season. INF Josh Harrison made his third straight start at second base in Wilson's absence Wednesday, Sept. 26.


SS | Tsuyoshi Nishioka | free agent | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins released INF Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Nishioka approached the team about the move, and the team isn't responsible for the $3.25 million remaining on his deal.

SS | Everth Cabrera | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera has hit safely in 13 of his last 17 games, hitting .323 (21-for-65). But he has also made eight errors in those 17 games.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) will play in the instructional league Sunday, Sept. 30, and could return to play against the Arizona Diamondbacks next week.

Third Baseman

3B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres 2B Logan Forsythe (knee) was scratched from the starting lineup Thursday, Sept. 27, because of knee soreness.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (foot) is serving as the designated hitter Thursday, Sept. 27, but he's hoping to return to the field as soon as Friday, Sept. 28. Rodriguez said the swelling in his left foot had gone down.

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas ended his 47-game streak without an error Thursday, Sept. 27, when he made an error in the first inning.

3B | Mike Olt | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Mike Olt (foot) ran for the first time Thursday, Sept. 27, since playing in his last game Sept. 12 and had a positive report. Olt also took ground balls during his workout.


C | John Jaso | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C John Jaso homered and drove in three runs Thursday, Sept. 27. He is hitting .275 with 10 homers and 50 RBI.

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (knee) was held out with a sore right knee Thursday, Sept. 27. "He's just having a tough time moving around back there," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

C | Yasmani Grandal | San Diego Padres | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal was scheduled to start his 48th game at catcher Thursday, Sept. 27, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. If he starts two more games behind the plate, the Padres will be the first major league team since 1900 to have three catchers start 50 or more games. C Nick Hundley started 56 games. C John Baker has started 50. C Eddy Rodriguez started the other two games behind the plate.

C | Chris Iannetta | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Chris Iannetta (leg) left the game early with leg cramps Thursday, Sept. 27.

C | Jose Molina | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays C Jose Molina (quadriceps) said he is feeling better but is not well enough to play Thursday, Sept. 27, in cold weather. Molina plans to test his leg by running, though.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen (leg) left the game in the seventh inning Thursday, Sept. 27, while hurting his leg trying to make a catch. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the game, dropping his average to .332, just ahead of San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey (.331) and St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (.320).


OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick hit two homers Thursday, Sept. 27. He now has 31 homers on the year.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (head) left the game early Thursday, Sept. 27, because of dizziness. He expects to be able to play Friday, Sept. 28.

OF | Michael Bourn | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Michael Bourn (thumb) underwent an MRI on his injured left thumb and it did not show any tears. He has been diagnosed with a slight sprain and is considered day-to-day.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner (elbow) took two rounds of batting practice Thursday, Sept. 27, and manager Joe Girardi said Gardner could be on the team's playoff roster. Girardi thinks Gardner would be useful as a pinch hitter or defensive replacement, even in the playoffs.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said OF Giancarlo Stanton (oblique) won't be back in the lineup sooner than Saturday, Sept. 29.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen (knee) is being evaluated for left knee pain after leaving the game early Thursday, Sept. 27.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (wrist) will undergo an MRI exam on his left wrist, and he'll likely be shut down for the final week.

OF | Melky Cabrera | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the San Francisco Giants have informed OF Melky Cabrera's agent that they will not bring Cabrera back for any point during the playoffs. Cabrera would have been eligible to play in the National League Championship Series had the team advanced that far.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick (groin) remains out of the lineup Thursday, Sept. 27, with tightness in his left groin. "I want to make sure I'm right before I go out there, because I don't want it to be wrong for the next month," Ludwick said. "I feel like I'm right around the corner. I still feel a little bit in there. I don't feel it's smart with the situation we're in to push it." He could return this weekend against the Pittsburgh Pirates after taking full batting practice Wednesday. He's also been running and doing agility drills.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Kris Medlen | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Kris Medlen is expected to start in a Wild Card game, if necessary.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow allowed four hits and three walks while fanning three in seven shutout innings to beat the New York Yankees Thursday, Sept. 27. He threw a lot more cutters and mixed his pitches in the outing.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez allowed three runs and struck out six in six innings to beat the Philadelphia Phillies for his 21st win Thursday, Sept. 27.

SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison went six innings, allowing four runs and seven hits, to become the Rangers' first 18-game winner since Kenny Rogers in 2004 with a 9-7 win over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, Sept. 27.

SP | Travis Blackley | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Travis Blackley was tagged for five runs in a rocky first inning Thursday, Sept. 27, against the Texas Rangers. Blackley did not get out of the first inning and ended up taking a 9-7 loss.

SP | Tommy Hanson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Tommy Hanson allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits in 5 1/3 innings for his first win since July 30, also against the Miami Marlins. Atlanta won 6-2 on Thursday, Sept. 27, over Miami. Hanson was 0-4 with a 5.06 ERA in his previous seven starts. "I think I did all right -- not good, not bad," Hanson said. "I would have liked to have gone a little deeper."

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Making his third start since missing 14 games with a sore right shoulder, New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova allowed four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings in a 6-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, Sept. 27. He walked two and struck out four. "I'm not pitching the way I want and I'm not getting the result I want, so that's not good," Nova said.

SP | Garrett Richards | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Garrett Richards surrendered three runs in a four-run seventh inning for the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, Sept. 27. The Mariners went on to win 9-4.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks haven't beaten San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito in his last six starts in the teams' series, and Zito is pushing to earn a start in the postseason. Zito (14-8) won his fourth straight start and sixth consecutive decision since a loss on Aug. 2. The 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner with Oakland has his most wins since joining the Giants on a $126 million, seven-year contract before the 2007 season.

SP | Anthony Bass | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
In six appearances since returning from the disabled list on Sept. 7, San Diego Padres RP Anthony Bass has given up four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks in 8 1/3 innings over six appearances.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs have some need at third base and in the bullpen entering the 2012-13 offseason, but the overwhelming need is in the rotation, where only SP Jeff Samardzija and, presumably, SP Matt Garza are assured of returning. "We're obviously going to be active in the free-agent market. I don't think there's any question about that,'' general manager Jed Hoyer said. The front office has meetings planned with manager Dale Sveum, coaches and players over the next week and into the days immediately following the season.

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) said he's ahead of schedule in his rehab and should resume throwing by Nov. 1.

SP | Samuel Deduno | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Samuel Deduno (eye) is dealing with left eye inflammation, but the cause of the issue is unknown. The team is unsure if he'll make another start this season. Deduno underwent an MRI exam which revealed the problem.

SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey became the first knuckleball pitcher to win 20 games in more than three decades by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, Sept. 27, and he also tied a career high with 13 strikeouts in the process. Dickey hadn't won more than 11 games in any previous seasons. He gave up three runs and eight hits in 7 2/3 innings while walking two. He leads the National League in strikeouts with 222. Dickey became the first 20-game winner for the Mets since Frank Viola won 20 in 1990. He's the first knuckleballer to win 20 games since Joe Niekro in 1980.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners are being mindful of SP Felix Hernandez's workload as the season reaches its final week. Hernandez is expected to make his last start against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Monday, Oct. 1, but he was pulled after only six innings Wednesday, Sept. 26, against the Angels. He is second in the majors in innings pitched this year with 226 2/3, and it's the seventh straight year he's had 30 or more starts in a season. Hernandez hasn't gone more than 103 pitches in his last four starts as the team looks to conserve him.

SP | Juan Nicasio | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Juan Nicasio (knee) isn't wearing a brace on his left knee, and he has started throwing side sessions, which will continue in the instructional league. Nicasio plans to start five or six games in the Dominican Republic Winter League, too.

SP | Wily Peralta | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Wily Peralta (biceps) left his start early against the Cincinnati Reds Thursday, Sept. 27, with biceps tightness, but the injury isn't expected to be serious. It's unlikely that the team will let him make another start this year.

SP | Doug Fister | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Doug Fister set an American League record against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, Sept. 27, by striking out nine straight batters at one point. The major league record for most consecutive strikeouts in a game by a pitcher was set by Tom Seaver in 1970 with 10 straight strikeouts.

SP | Derek Holland | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland said he saw some improvement in his fastball during his bullpen session Thursday, Sept. 27, after an erratic fastball forced him to leave his last start after three innings against the Oakland Athletics Monday, Sept. 24. He gave up two home runs to bring his season total to 30 this year. Holland is scheduled to pitch next Saturday, Sept. 29, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers skipper Jim Leyland is concerned about SP Rick Porcello drop in fastball velocity. Porcello was throwing only 88-90 mph in his last start Wednesday, Sept. 26, and he allowed four runs and seven hits to the Kansas City Royals. Porcello started the night hitting 92-94 mph on the radar gun, but it dropped significantly after that. "I just didn't like the way it was coming out," Leyland said. "I was concerned about it. He said something in the third inning and I didn't know about it at the time, but he said he had really no feel for it." Leyland said Porcello checked out fine health-wise, though.

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland emphatically said SP Justin Verlander won't pitch on three days of rest to start the season finale Wednesday, Oct. 3. "He will pitch, if we're still playing, he'll either pitch the tiebreaker with the White Sox if there is one or he will pitch Game 1 (of the American League Division Series) if we get in," Leyland said. "But he will not pitch on three days' rest."

SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Martin Perez, who lasted only two-thirds of an inning Wednesday, Sept. 26, will start Monday, Oct. 1. Ps Scott Feldman and Roy Oswalt are not candidates to replace him.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers CL Jose Valverde (illness) was unavailable due to illness Thursday, Sept. 27.

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (elbow) is ahead of schedule in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, and he said he'll be at full strength for spring training next year. Wilson was doing agility drills for the third time Thursday, Sept. 27.

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