Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 12, 2013 @ 08:53:17 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols and OF Josh Hamilton arrived in camp early.

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland will have the opportunity to hit against righties and lefties in spring training this year. "David Murphy got that chance last year and did a good job," manager Ron Washington said. "We just want Mitch to come in here, stay healthy and continue to improve. If he does that, he'll be fine."

Second Baseman

2B | Howard Kendrick | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B Howard Kendrick (elbow) underwent surgery in October of last year to have bone chips removed from his elbow. However, he'll be ready for spring training.

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Fantasy
The entire projected infield for the New York Mets, C John Buck, 1B Ike Davis, 2B Daniel Murphy, SS Ruben Tejada and 3B David Wright, have all reported early to spring training. Murphy feels much more ready to handle the challenges of second base than he did when he was learning the position last spring.

2B | Chris Nelson | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 2B Chris Nelson is the early favorite to be the starter at third base heading into spring training, but that could easily change.


SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said he doesn't intend to play SS Jurickson Profar in the outfield in spring training.

SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals Ps Drew Storen, Ross Detwiler, Craig Stammen and Bill Bray, C Wilson Ramos, SS Ian Desmond, 2B Danny Espinosa and OF Roger Bernadina have all reported early to spring camp.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) ran on a treadmill and said he felt great Monday, Feb. 11. He also took 75 to 80 grounders but did minimal lateral movement and didn't throw to first base. "I'm just progressing, like I've told you," Jeter said. "I'm right where I need to be. I've gotten the OK to do everything now." The team and Jeter think that he will be ready for opening day. The team will be cautious with him this spring, and he may see increased time at designated hitter for the first few weeks of games.

SS | Hiroyuki Nakajima | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletic infielders coach Mike Gallego is "pleasantly surprised" with SS Hiroyuki Nakajima's work at shortstop. Gallego said Nakajima has great hands and his footwork is above average.

SS | Jed Lowrie | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin assured SS Hiroyuki Nakajima last week that he will be the team's primary shortstop. Melvin said SS Jed Lowrie is "the ultimate utility guy."

Third Baseman

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) is just now getting off of crutches. He'll continue rehabbing in New York and will not come to spring training. Manager Joe Girardi said it was a health issue and not to minimize distractions.

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said the team has no plans to rein in 3B Brett Lawrie. Gibbons said Lawrie's style of play is what makes him special.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring) said there is no timetable on when he'll appear in a spring game. He'll be in camp to begin work and let the training staff work on his hamstring. He said he'll be ready for Opening Day.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese, 1B Allen Craig and 2B Daniel Descalso arrived in camp early.

3B | Scott Sizemore | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 3B Scott Sizemore (knee) will not be limited in any way during spring training after serious knee reconstruction last year.

3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the team will give 3B Ian Stewart (wrist) every chance to prove he is healthy and can be a starting player. "We have to give him every opportunity because he's got the capabilities of being a two-way player," Sveum said of Stewart, who was limited to 55 games last season. "The way he can play defense at third base, the power he has, we have to give him every opportunity. ... It'll basically come down to production." INF Luis Valbuena is the other option at third base.

3B | Nolan Arenado | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado is a long shot to make the roster this spring, according to The Denver Post's Troy Renck.

3B | Mike Olt | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Mike Olt said he believes he can play right field and just needs some practice to get used to the position. "I think I could be a great outfielder as long as I practice it," Olt said. "Last year, I was thrown in a situation where I'd play randomly a couple of times in Frisco and randomly in the big league games. I just need to get out there and practice." Olt has been working on making the right reads on fly balls, taking the smart route and dealing with the sun. The team told him to be prepared to work in the outfield because they want to make him more versatile which could give him more playing time this season. Olt said he is prepared for whatever the team decides including doing to Triple-A Round Rock to get more at-bats.

3B | Matt Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals infielders coach Jose Oquendo is impressed with the transition that 1B Matt Carpenter has made at second base this offseason. "It isn't that big of a surprise," Oquendo said. "Schumaker did great on routine plays. But Schumaker had a tough time reading balls off the bat because of being in the outfield. (Carpenter) has been an infielder (third base, first base) almost all his time. He can read balls a lot better." 2B Daniel Descalso is the projected starter at second base heading into the season.


C | Austin Romine | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees C Austin Romine (back) said he feels fantastic and wants to win a catching job to avoid Triple-A.

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (shoulder) is hoping to be ready to make his season debut April 16 after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder Oct. 16. McCann made three sets of 25 throws from 60 feet Sunday, Feb. 10, but he's been limited to taking swings off a tee. He'll learn more about his rehab schedule this weekend.

C | Derek Norris | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C Derek Norris, who will compete for playing time with C John Jaso, worked on his swing in the offseason to get himself back to hitting the ball the other way. Last year, Norris' front hip was leaking out.

C | Kurt Suzuki | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (knee) is hitting in the batting cages and squatting behind the plate to receive pitches and is showing no ill effects from knee surgery. He said he'll only need to demonstrate that he can block balls in the dirt before he declares himself 100 percent healthy. Ramos has also been running but will need to build up more stamina to get back into baseball shape, and he's optimistic he'll be ready for opening day. The team plans to be cautious with him and work him in slowly with C Kurt Suzuki also on roster, and Ramos remains in the plans as a long-term option at catcher.


OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton, OF Jason Heyward, 1B Freddie Freeman and 3B Juan Francisco are in camp early.

OF | Nick Swisher | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Nick Swisher said he expected to play first base when he signed.

OF | Fernando Martinez | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Fernando Martinez backed out of playing for Spain in the World Baseball Classic to focus on making the Astros' Opening Day roster.

OF | Michael Bourn | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn will make $7 million in 2013, $13.5 million in 2014 and 2015 and $14 million in 2016.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury, DH David Ortiz and 1B Lyle Overbay arrived in camp early.

OF | Drew Stubbs | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians could use OF Drew Stubbs as trade bait.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is standing behind OF Ryan Braun, saying he's upset over the possibility that Braun is linked to baseball's latest drug investigation for no good reason. Braun's name appears in records from the Biogenesis of America LLC clinic, a defunct business in Coral Gables that allegedly provided performance-enhancing substances to a number of players. ''It's upsetting to me when they make comments when there may be nothing to it, because you can't take those comments back,'' Roenicke said.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Now that he has had some time to think about his lineup, Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond said he's thinking about batting OF Giancarlo Stanton third instead of the cleanup spot. "I'd like to see him come up in the first inning," Redmond said. "You think about other power hitters. Mark McGwire, he hit third."

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler will make $3.25 million this year and $7.35 million in 2014, and he'll also receive a $1 million signing bonus, payable within 15 days of his contract being approved by the league.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said OF Mike Trout will hit leadoff this year, followed by 1B Albert Pujols at No. 3, OF Josh Hamilton at cleanup and OF Mark Trumbo probably as the fifth hitter. He could go with matchups for the No. 2 spot.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo, who has played only 83 innings in his career in center field and none since 2009, doesn't sound very confident in the team's plan to move him to center field. "I'm not comfortable there yet," he said. "At the major league level, I played 99 percent of my games in right field. I'll try. I'll work on it this spring training. We'll see how they're thinking. If they're not (happy), somebody else will be playing in center field. I'll try the best I can."

OF | Leonys Martin | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OFs Leonys Martin, Craig Gentry and Julio Borbon will compete for the starting center field job, but Martin has the best chance of winning the job outright. There is a good chance the team could go with a platoon of Martin and Gentry, too.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson said he is open to moving to left field if the team feels more comfortable with OF Brett Gardner in center field. Granderson, who can become a free agent after this season, hasn't had any talks with the team about a contract extension.

OF | Michael Choice | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Michael Choice (hand) will not have any limitations in spring training after fracturing his hand last year.

OF | Kyle Hudson | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles signed free-agent OF Kyle Hudson (Phillies) to a minor league deal.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said SP Clay Buchholz (hamstring) suffered a strained right hamstring while covering first base. He is day to day.

SP | Kyle Lohse | free agent | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said the team is happy with its pitching depth and won't be pursuing outside pitching help, including re-signing SP Kyle Lohse.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (elbow) has progressed to playing catch from 120 feet.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia (elbow) said he has full range of motion in his left elbow and is working without restrictions. He plans to throw his first bullpen session Thursday, Feb. 14.

SP | Jose Fernandez | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins SP Jose Fernandez developed a changeup in the offseason to complement his fastball, curveball and slider. "I have it and nobody has seen it before, so it's nice. I have new pitch. I can control it and I can do whatever I want with it."

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander will start on Opening Day. The team will also use a five-man rotation from the onset, despite frequent off days early in the season.

SP | Mat Latos | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Mat Latos, Reds SP Homer Bailey, Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann and San Diego Padres SP Clayton Richard and the only remaining arbitration cases. Latos is the most likely to go to a hearing.

SP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Injury
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox RP Felix Doubront (forearm) will take seven days off from throwing bullpens. He said his forearm was a bit tight in the offseason, but he has not had any shoulder issues.

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Injury
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa, who spent most of last season trying to come back from Tommy John surgery, said his arm felt perfect as he prepared for spring training this season. "Right now, I feel like I never had this injury. I feel perfect. It was a long time to come back." De La Rosa said he threw the ball tentatively last season.

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said SPs Julio Teheran and Sean Gilmartin are competing for the final rotation spot this spring, but Teheran is the favorite to win the job. "He looked different in winter ball," Gonzalez said of Teheran. "He looked like a guy who has pitched. Sometimes failure is a good teacher."

SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said SPs Luis Mendoza, Luke Hochevar, Bruce Chen, Everett Teaford and Will Smith are fighting for the No. 5 rotation spot this spring.

SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said the team's No. 5 rotation spot is wide open entering spring camp. Ps Randy Wells, Kyle McClellan, Nick Tepesch, Justin Grimm, Cody Buckels, Martin Perez and Robbie Ross have a shot at winning the position.

SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets P Jenrry Mejia will be late to camp due to a visa problem.

SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Shelby Miller has reported weighing 20 pounds more than he did a year ago. Last year, the team felt Miller was lacking strength with his trim look. Miller will compete with Ps Trevor Rosenthal and Joe Kelly for the No. 5 rotation spot in spring training. "I think this is going to be a good. ... Typically he's not a fast starter. I think you're going to see a different kid. He has definitely put forth the effort to put the solid weight back on. His arm looks good. His core looks good. Move forward," pitching coach Derek Lilliquist said.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano (arm) likely won't make his season debut until early May since he won't throw a pitch for at least another month. He started jogging and throwing soft toss on flat ground two weeks ago and will wear a removable brace on his arm for the next two weeks. In the meantime, SPs Jeff Karstens and Jonathan Sanchez will compete for a rotation spot.

SP | Mike Pelfrey | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Mike Pelfrey (elbow) threw a bullpen session Monday, Feb. 11, and felt fine. He is on schedule and is throwing without restrictions.

SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn reported to spring camp this year looking much leaner than before. Lynn rethought his diet, maintained his strength and shed some weight this offseason. He said he is reporting 15 to 20 pounds lighter than he was last season. "I'm lighter now than I was when I graduated high school," said Lynn, 25. He said that the innings buildup and the weight on his frame wore him down late last season. Lynn has already thrown three times off a mound since Feb. 1, and he'll throw another bullpen Monday, Feb. 11.

SP | Felipe Paulino | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Felipe Paulino (elbow) is around two weeks away from getting back on a mound following Tommy John surgery, and he's currently at 120 feet in his throwing program. "I'm playing catch four or five days a week," Paulino said. "I can feel my arm getting stronger every day."

SP | Danny Duffy | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Danny Duffy (elbow) will throw off a mound for the first time Tuesday, Feb. 12, since undergoing Tommy John surgery. He's scheduled for 20 "touch-and-feel" fastballs during the session. "Everything is good," Duffy said. "I've got no soreness. I feel better than I have since high school. I'm just trying to find a consistent release point, but that will come with time. As far as the physical side of it goes, there's nothing wrong." He remains on track to return sometime in July.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (elbow) is throwing around 45 pitches during his bullpen sessions, and he plans on incorporating breaking pitches in March.

SP | Randall Delgado | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said SPs Patrick Corbin, Randall Delgado and Tyler Skaggs will compete for the No. 5 starting rotation spot this spring.

SP | C.J. Wilson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP C.J. Wilson (elbow) has thrown four bullpens since undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow last October. Wilson won't have any restrictions on him in spring training.

SP | Juan Nicasio | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Juan Nicasio (knee) is fully healed and has been able to do more running now that his neck is healthy. He's also down from 248 pounds to 238 pounds.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg is hoping to become the "workhorse in the rotation" this season now that he won't have any innings restrictions placed on him. Strasburg said 200-plus innings is a "huge goal for me."

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) said he won't seek more surgery for his shoulder condition. Carpenter said he was only about to throw with around 75 percent velocity in his recent throwing sessions due to setbacks that left his left hand discolored, his shoulder painful and one side of his face completely numb. He will consult with Dr. George Paletta soon but will continue to condition with the hopes of returning. He will be off limits from throwing, however, until he can understand his condition more.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez's seven-year contract extension remains on track and could be finalized in the next day or two. The team is working out protective language in the deal to protect against future elbow trouble.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Daisuke Matsuzaka can make $700,000 based on innings if he makes the big league roster out of spring training; he can make $100,000 each for 50, 75, 100, 120, 140, 150 and 160 innings. He can make $1.8 million based on starts; $200,000 each for eight, 10, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27 and 30 starts.

SP | Carlos Martinez | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez may arrive in camp late due to visa issues.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Chen-Chang Lee | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians P Chen-Chang Lee (elbow) and P Blake Wood (elbow) are working their way back from Tommy John surgery in June. They're both working through mound programs and hope to throw simulated games in extended spring training when the season starts.

RP | Nick Masset | Cincinnati Reds | Injury,
Cincinnati Reds RP Nick Masset (shoulder) has been throwing from 90 feet three days a week, but he's encountered small setbacks along the way. Masset will next need to start a throwing program where he's throwing every day, but there is no timetable for when he'll throw off a mound.

RP | Grant Balfour | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
The Oakland Athletics will be cautious with the workload for RPs Grant Balfour, Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle, and they probably won't see much work early in spring training. Doolittle threw over 70 innings last year in his first season as a pitcher.

RP | Brandon Lyon | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets RPs LaTroy Hawkins and Pedro Feliciano can make $1 million each if they make the opening day roster and up to $300,000 in performance bonuses apiece. Both relievers will earn the full amount if they make at least 65 appearances. Hawkins can request his release if he's not on the active roster by March 26. RP Brandon Lyon can make an extra $1.65 million in incentives.

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Bobby Parnell said his ultimate goal is to become a closer in the major leagues. He said the knuckle-curveball that he learned late in 2011 was a key to his success last season. "It's true. It helped me a lot," Parnell said. "It kept hitters off-balance. And I was able to throw fastballs in situations where other times they would have been hit because they were sitting on fastballs. I was able to throw that curveball early in the count and it kept hitters off-balance." His slight velocity dip last year was also intentional, as he felt he didn't need to overthrow and reach triple digits to be successful.

RP | Greg Holland | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost thinks the team can get away with a seven-man bullpen this year, which is one less than they carried for much of last season. RPs Greg Holland, Kelvin Herrera, Tim Collins and Aaron Crow are locks, and Ps Luke Hochevar, Bruce Chen and Luis Mendoza could be battling for the final spot. Hochevar, Chen and Mendoza are also all out of minor league options.

RP | Joe Nathan | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said only RPs Joe Nathan and Jason Frasor are assured of spots in the bullpen. RP Josh Lindblom has the inside track for another, and the rest of the bullpen is "wide open."

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) was advised to shut it down temporarily after feeling some soreness in his surgically repaired elbow, but he's still hopeful of being ready by opening day. "I've been feeling pretty good until the last little bit. I don't know if I amped it up too much getting excited and it wasn't ready. I don't know," Madson said. If Madson opens on the disabled list, RP Ernesto Frieri will likely serve as the closer.

RP | Clay Hensley | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction,
The Cincinnati Reds signed free-agent RP Clay Hensley (Giants) to a minor league deal Monday, Feb. 11.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Carlos Marmol said he is innocent of accusations of domestic abuse made by a woman in the Dominican Republic after reporting to spring training Monday, Feb. 11. "I gave a ride to this girl that I know and she said I tried to have sex with her," Marmol said. "I never did that." Marmol may have to go back to the Dominican for a court date at some point.

RP | Michael Kohn | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Michael Kohn (elbow) has thrown 20-25 bullpens and said he's "game-ready" after recovering from Tommy John surgery. He is hoping to win a spot in the bullpen.

RP | Jordan Norberto | Oakland Athletics | Injury,
Oakland Athletics RP Jordan Norberto (shoulder) said he is totally healthy, and his shoulder tendonitis cleared up after rehabbing in the Dominican Republic for seven weeks.

RP | Craig Breslow | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RPs Craig Breslow (shoulder) and Felix Doubront (shoulder) are being held back because of shoulder soreness, but it is just a precaution.

RP | Joakim Soria | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria (elbow) threw off a mound for the first time Monday, Feb. 11, since undergoing Tommy John surgery. He tossed 15 pitches and felt good.

RP | Tim Byrdak | New York Mets | Injury,
New York Mets RP Tim Byrdak (shoulder, knee) has been throwing on flat ground at 90 feet after undergoing surgery to fix a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder Sept. 6. He plans to return to camp Feb. 24 or 25 and hopes to begin throwing off the slope of a mound by early March and be throwing off the mound by the end of spring training. Byrdak's muscle had ripped off the bone, meaning his shoulder surgery wasn't as serious as SP Johan Santana's. "So, it sounds crazy, but all they had to do was reattach it to the bone and that was it," Byrdak said. "From what Dr. Altchek told me, there was no other damage to the shoulder. He said the shoulder, as a matter of fact, looked great for being a 39-year-old pitcher. There was small fraying in the back he took care of, that he shaved down. And that's been about it."

RP | David Aardsma | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP David Aardsma (elbow) said he will have a normal spring training, and he's already thrown four bullpen sessions.

RP | Sergio Escalona | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy,
Houston Astros RP Sergio Escalona (elbow) said he is completely healthy and won't have any limitations in spring training. "I feel 200 percent," he said with a smile. "It was a long time to prepare for this day and I feel great. I feel like my conditioning is back, everything is back. Hopefully everything is working." He's thrown two light bullpen sessions already and hasn't had a setback.

RP | Andrew Carignan | Oakland Athletics | Injury,
Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Carignan (elbow) threw his first side session last week, and he's expected to throw two sessions a week for the next five weeks as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

RP | Hideki Okajima | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Oakland Athletics signed free-agent RP Hideki Okajima (Japanese League) to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training Monday, Feb. 11.

RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon said he used Toradol, a legal anti-inflammatory drug, when he was with the Boston Red Sox from 2005 to 2011. It is a non-steroidal drug that Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz said might have led to esophagitis that kept him out for 20 games. Papelbon said the Phillies told him to stop taking the drug after he signed and took his physical with the team. Papelbon also said that the Red Sox weren't the only team using Toradol legally to treat their players. "It made me feel better. You had to get it about 30 minutes before a game, and it made me feel pretty damn good. It only lasted about four hours maximum. But I never saw anyone else get injected - that's the God's honest truth," Papelbon said. Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey said he was injected with Toradol about a dozen times in 2011 with the New York Mets. The drug, although legal, is raising concerns from medical experts about the effects of long-time use.

RP | Will Ohman | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Free Agents
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent RP Will Ohman (Reds) to a minor league contract.

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