Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 13, 2013 @ 09:00:19 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (knee) said his right knee is in good health, but he plans on pacing himself this spring. Pujols won't be playing in spring training games when they start Feb. 23, and he won't get into action until March 1, like most of the regulars. "He looks great," manager Mike Scioscia said of Pujols. "He looks like he's in great shape. Naturally, we're going to try to pace him in with the offseason knee surgery, but we don't anticipate it being any problem. We have a lot more time this year, which we'll make sure we make good use of."

1B | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he doesn't want to take 1B Brandon Belt's bat out of the lineup this year, even when C Buster Posey receives a start at first base, which is why Belt will see plenty of time in left field this spring.


Second Baseman

2B | Ben Zobrist | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Ben Zobrist and OF Desmond Jennings arrived in camp early.

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Engel Beltre, OF Craig Gentry, 2B Ian Kinsler, 1B Mitch Moreland and 3B Mike Olt were among those working out in camp Tuesday, Feb. 12, before the official report date for position players.

2B | Elliot Johnson | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals acquired SS Elliot Johnson from the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, Feb. 12, to complete the trade that involved SP James Shields.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (hernia) has been working out and he won't be limited in camp. There is growing optimism surrounding his status for this season.


Shortstop

SS | Tyler Greene | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros manager Bo Porter is eyeing INFs Tyler Greene or Marwin Gonzalez as the leadoff hitter, with 2B Jose Altuve hitting second.

SS | Xander Bogaerts | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts will play third base for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. He could also see some at-bats at designated hitter.

SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said SS Jurickson Profar could make the opening day roster if he has a "meaningful role." "We're not interested in having a young prospect sit on the bench and play 30 games over the course of a season," Daniels said. "But there are different ways to look at it." It's still unknown if Profar will accept the chance to play for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, but either way, it seems likely that he'll begin the season with Triple-A Round Rock.

SS | Ruben Tejada | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada is a candidate to hit leadoff this year. However, a platoon of OFs Mike Baxter and Collin Cowgill at leadoff is another possibility.

SS | Alcides Escobar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SS Alcides Escobar may miss one workout because of a visa issue. He's expected to report later this week.


Third Baseman

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (stomach) said he's not fully recovered from his intestinal issue, but he isn't worried about it.

3B | Brandon Inge | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Pittsburgh Pirates and free-agent 3B Brandon Inge (Athletics) agreed on a contract Tuesday, Feb. 12, according to a source. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

3B | Scott Rolen | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, free-agent 3B Scott Rolen (Reds) did not announce his retirement Tuesday, Feb. 12, but he said he isn't "ready to make a commitment," and he won't be going to spring training with the Cincinnati Reds, or any other team. "I would like to leave my options open, without closing any doors. I am looking forward to all of the challenges, both personally and professionally, I will face in the future," Rolen said in a statement.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring) is feeling great after having surgery on his hamstring Nov. 21, and he has been running, although he hasn't attempted any bursts. He's unsure when he will play in spring training games but is confident he'll be ready for opening day April 2. He's also fine with taking games off during the season as a precaution.


Catcher

C | Max Stassi | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros C Max Stassi (oblique) tweaked his oblique and will rest Wednesday, Feb. 13.

C | Miguel Montero | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks C Miguel Montero said in a radio interview Monday, Feb. 11, that Cleveland Indians SP Trevor Bauer never wanted to listen last year when the two were batterymates. "Since day one of spring training I caught him and he killed me because he threw about 100 pitches the first day," Montero said. "After the first bullpen, we talked and I said if you throw your fastball and go to the breaking ball it will help you have better location and you'll establish your fastball. He said yes and the next time he did the same thing. He never wanted to list. It's not like he wants to learn. He's got his way and it's tough to change it. Good luck, (C Carlos Santana)."

C | Austin Romine | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees C Austin Romine said he lost 13 pounds in the offseason as he worked hard on his core strength to avoid back problems that he dealt with last season. Cs Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart will fight for the starting catcher job this spring, but Romine is hoping he can figure into the mix to avoid starting the season at Class AAA.

C | Robinson Chirinos | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays C Robinson Chirinos (concussion) said he feels fine after suffering a concussion last spring and missing the entire season. "It's back to where it was before," Chirinos said. "…It's hard when you miss so much time. Now I feel good. My arm feels really good, my swing is really good. So everything is back." He played winter ball in Venezuela to test himself out.

C | Mike Napoli | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Mike Napoli (hips) won't take part in infield drills with the team until he undergoes a follow-up MRI exam on his hips, which will likely come next week.


Outfielder

OF | Michael Brantley | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians are receiving calls about OF Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs. The plan is to keep them, but the speculation is that Stubbs will be dealt.

OF | Julio Borbon | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Julio Borbon is out of minor league options.

OF | Denard Span | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Denard Span said he wants to steal more bases this season.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen and 3B Pedro Alvarez arrived in camp early.

OF | Matt Joyce | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Matt Joyce and 2B Kelly Johnson arrived to camp early.

OF | Ryan Sweeney | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Ryan Sweeney was told by a few teammates that he needs to start hitting for power to make his mark.

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz is expected to report to camp Friday, Feb. 15, according to general manager Jon Daniels. Daniels said the team has heard very little from MLB about an investigation into a Miami wellness clinic that allegedly sold performance-enhancing drugs. Cruz is one of the players who has been linked to the clinic as a possible customer.

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (elbow) is throwing up to 90 feet, hitting off a tee and hopes to move to live pitching in the next few days. Crawford is "confident" he'll be ready for opening day, depending on what the Dodgers "want to see." "I think I can hit the cutoff man, but I don't know if that's where they want me to come back," he said. "I think I'm an everyday guy, but I understand the thought of easing me back in." He has no pain in his elbow other than "just typical muscle fatigue," and his arthritic wrist isn't giving him problems, either. Manager Don Mattingly is prepared to use OFs Jerry Hairston Jr. and Skip Schumaker in a platoon in left field to start the year rather than rush Crawford. When Crawford is playing, he's most likely to hit leadoff.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton eliminated bread from his diet and replaced processed foods with fruits and vegetables. He also has mostly eliminated caffeine, which he used to compensate for by chewing tobacco.

OF | Andres Torres | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Andres Torres reported to spring camp early Tuesday, Feb. 12, and said the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets all showed interest in signing him before he agreed with the Giants.

OF | Mike Carp | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners designated OF Mike Carp for assignment Tuesday, Feb. 12.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez is weighing in at 220 pounds this spring, which is around 10 pounds lighter than he was last year.

OF | Nick Swisher | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said OF Michael Brantley will play left field, OF Drew Stubbs will be in right, OF Nick Swisher will mostly play first base and some right field and 1B Mark Reynolds will serve as the designated hitter and sometimes play first base.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda has a starting spot in left field this year, according to manager Terry Collins. The other two spots are up for grabs in the outfield.

OF | Gary Brown | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said OF Gary Brown will play all three outfield positions this spring. 1Bs Brandon Belt and Brett Pill will also be used frequently in the outfield with OFs Andres Torres and Angel Pagan playing in the World Baseball Classic.

OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (wrist) said his surgically repaired wrist is feeling "great."

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold (neck) took swings off live pitching Tuesday, Feb. 12, and will not be limited in spring training.

OF | Michael Bourn | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians will lose their third pick in this year's draft (69th overall) after signing OF Michael Bourn. Their first-round pick (fifth overall) was protected and their second-round pick was forfeited when they signed OF Nick Swisher. Bourn will instantly become the team's new leadoff hitter, and the team has no plans to move him out of center field. If Swisher remains in right field, OF Drew Stubbs will likely be the odd-man out in the outfield. Swisher could also be asked to move to third base, making 1B Mark Reynolds the full-time designated hitter.

OF | Adam Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Adam Jones, SS Manny Machado and 1B Nolan Reimold are in camp early.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton (elbow) will throw his fifth bullpen session Wednesday, Feb. 13. He'll throw all fastballs, but he is throwing breaking balls off flat ground now.

SP | Josh Tomlin | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Josh Tomlin (elbow) is five months removed from Tommy John surgery. He has been playing catch from 75 feet.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Daisuke Matsuzaka took his physical Tuesday, Feb. 12, and then played catch with bullpen coach Kevin Cash for about 15 minutes while Japanese reporters looked on. The Indians are expected to announce the signing of Matsuzaka Wednesday, Feb. 13.

SP | Trevor Bauer | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks C Miguel Montero said in a radio interview Monday, Feb. 11, that Cleveland Indians SP Trevor Bauer never wanted to listen last year when the two were batterymates. "Since day one of spring training I caught him and he killed me because he threw about 100 pitches the first day," Montero said. "After the first bullpen, we talked and I said if you throw your fastball and go to the breaking ball it will help you have better location and you'll establish your fastball. He said yes and the next time he did the same thing. He never wanted to list. It's not like he wants to learn. He's got his way and it's tough to change it. Good luck, (C Carlos Santana)."

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish is among those scheduled to throw live batting practice Wednesday, Feb. 13, during the first official spring workout for pitchers and catchers.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (elbow) said Tuesday, Feb. 12, that he feels good, as he makes his way back from right flexor tendon surgery last July 27. He is throwing on flat ground up to a distance of 120 feet. He has had no setbacks and June 1 remains a tentative target date. "No pain, I feel great," Lewis said. "There has never been a day where I woke up and couldn't get loose. I'm telling them exactly how I feel. I'm not lying, it feels great," Lewis said.

SP | Randy Wells | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers Ps Kyle McClellan (shoulder) and Randy Wells (elbow) are at full speed with rest of the pitchers early in camp. McClellan is making his way back from shoulder surgery July 10, and Wells is making his way back from elbow surgery July 25.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SPs Josh Beckett, Chad Billingsley, Chris Capuano and Clayton Kershaw will throw bullpen sessions Wednesday, Feb. 13.

SP | Hyun-Jin Ryu | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti discounted the possibility of using SP Hyun-Jin Ryu in a relief role. "I wouldn't say that's what we're looking at right now," Colletti said Tuesday, Feb. 12.

SP | Carlos Martinez | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals P Carlos Martinez was the only absence among 36 participating pitchers and catchers in workouts Tuesday, Feb. 12. Martinez remains in the Dominican Republic as he awaits a work visa. General manager John Mozeliak said the team has been in contract with MLB in hopes they can expedite the visa approval process.

SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) was encouraged by his progress after a bullpen session Tuesday, Feb. 12. He estimated it was his seventh or eighth side session already this spring. "I'm really encouraged," Garcia said. "I've been saying this the whole time. I'm feeling strong and healthy. Everything went this offseason as good as it could have gone."

SP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker wouldn't say specifically what the plan will be for how to transition SP Aroldis Chapman from last year's closer role to the rotation. "I've got a preference," Baker said. "It depend on what's best for the players first and what's best for us. Some guys like the workload. We started off Aroldis the same way last year and it benefitted him. It's to his benefit to work and use all of his pitches. He was mighty good."

SP | Mat Latos | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Mat Latos did not work out Tuesday, Feb. 12, because he had to take a physical to finalize his two-year, $11.5 million contract agreed to Tuesday.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson reported at 225 pounds to spring camp - right where he wants to be - and has declared himself fully healthy. "It was good to have a normal offseason like a normal baseball player where I didn't have to worry about rehabbing," he said. "I could just focus on being ready and being healthy and getting ready for the season. I feel good, my body feels good, nothing of concern at this point. It's actually weird going into the season feeling 100 percent."

SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Luke Hochevar, who is battling for one of the last spots in the starting rotation, thinks he found a mechanical flaw after viewing film of his 32 starts from last year and many starts from 2011. Hochevar admits that he tried to do too much when the game was on the line. "When I'd step on the gas," he said, "my front side would fly open, and my ball would get flat. The thing is, if my front side stays in, I can step on the gas and (be effective). My front side stays in. I keep my angle. I don't get flat. The hitter doesn't pick me up early." Pitching coach Dave Eiland wants Hochevar to limit his repertoire in order to tighten the muscle-memory mechanics of his best pitches.

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer (shoulder), who dealt with shoulder problems down the stretch last season, is fully healthy entering spring training. "I can tell you this: He's perfectly healthy," manager Jim Leyland emphasized.

SP | Kyle McPherson | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Kyle McPherson (shoulder) looked good during pitchers' fielding Tuesday, Feb. 12, after having problems with shoulder fatigue during winter ball. "He had some minor setbacks over the winter, but his rehab is in a very good place," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's throwing his mounds and is on time with everything."

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg looks to be in excellent shape this spring, and his 37-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, Feb. 12, looked very smooth.

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija has been approached by the team regarding a long-term contract extension, but the pitcher thinks he needs to do a little more to prove he is worthy of a new deal. He'll be a candidate to start for the team on opening day. "No doubt, I think we have a No. 1 guy, just by his last eight to 10 starts, the way he matured as a starting pitcher, and understood a lot of different things," manager Dale Sveum said. "Going into this year, there's no baby gloves on him, no restraints. ... That stuff and that durability throughout nine innings and the ability to get to 120, 125 pitches, is what you want in a No. 1 starter."

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia (elbow) weighed in at 290 pounds Tuesday, Feb. 12, which is roughly 10 pounds lighter than he was at this time last year. Sabathia said he will stick with fastballs and changeups during his first mound session, and he won't be restricted at all in spring training.

SP | Randall Delgado | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said there is no favorite between SPs Tyler Skaggs, Patrick Corbin and Randall Delgado for the fifth spot in the rotation. The losers of the competition will both report to Triple-A Reno because the team sees all three pitchers as rotation options and not relievers.

SP | Joe Kelly | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Joe Kelly, who abandoned his curveball last year, said he wants to use both his curveball and slider this season as he competes for the No. 5 starting spot. Kelly could be the favorite for the job because he has the most major league experience in the rotation.

SP | Scott Baker | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Scott Baker (elbow) threw 40 pitches at roughly 70 percent effort Tuesday, Feb. 12, and the team will be cautious with him this spring as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. Baker is encouraged with how he's feeling. However, the team is unsure if Baker will be ready for the start of the regular season. "I'm as far along as I'm supposed to be right now," Baker said. "I would say '100 percent' would be pitching in games, and obviously, there are no games to pitch in. That's part of the process is using spring training to prepare for the season."

SP | Nick Blackburn | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins Ps Nick Blackburn (wrist) and Lester Oliveros (elbow) were both sent to minor league camp because they aren't ready to take part in workouts.

SP | Hector Santiago | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox P Hector Santiago is being viewed by the team as more of a reliever than a starter right now. However, Santiago is ready for either role this year.

SP | Christian Friedrich | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies Ps Edwar Cabrera (illness) and Christian Friedrich (back) are slightly behind the other pitchers in camp.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (oblique) said he's feeling fine and has been since October. He's also been on a regular throwing program. Cueto is unsure if he will pitch in the World Baseball Classic.

SP | Clayton Richard | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres have several open starting rotation spots after SPs Clayton Richard, Edinson Volquez and Jason Marquis. Ps Anthony Bass, Casey Kelly, Tyson Ross, Eric Stults, Freddy Garcia and Robbie Erlin are all in the picture. SP Tim Stauffer (elbow) is about two weeks behind the other pitchers. SPs Andrew Cashner (thumb), Joe Wieland (elbow) and Cory Luebke (elbow) aren't options because they are rehabbing from injuries. Cashner is expected to be back on a mound by March 1 and Wieland and Luebke won't return until midseason or later after having Tommy John surgery.

SP | Robbie Ross | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers agreed to one-year deals with Ps Jeff Beliveau ($492,000), Cory Burns ($492,000), Justin Grimm ($491,000), Michael Kirkman ($495,800), Justin Miller ($490,000), Robbie Ross ($497,400) and Neil Ramirez ($490,000) and 3B Mike Olt ($492,000) Tuesday, Feb. 12.

SP | Scott Diamond | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Diamond (elbow) threw from 120 feet for the second straight day Tuesday, Feb. 12, and plans to do another session Wednesday, Feb. 13, before moving to 150 feet Friday, Feb. 15. Diamond is expecting to throw off a mound for the first time next week, but he's unsure if he'll be ready in time for opening day. He will be unable to pitch for Canada in the World Baseball Classic as a result.

SP | Matt Harvey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said SP Matt Harvey won't be on an innings limit this season after throwing 170 frames last year.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik announced Tuesday, Feb. 12, that the team has officially signed SP Felix Hernandez to a seven-year contract extension.

SP | Felipe Paulino | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals placed SP Felipe Paulino (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, Feb. 12.

SP | Jon Garland | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Jon Garland (shoulder) said he's been throwing since February and feels 100 percent healthy.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright said the talks with the team about a long-term contract extension are on hold but not over. Wainwright and his agent aren't putting any deadlines or dates on a possible long-term deal. Wainwright said he is open to talking about an extension during spring training.

SP | Kyle Lohse | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said the team is not at all interested in signing free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals) despite reports suggesting otherwise.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) is on a long toss program and is recovering nicely from Tommy John surgery last summer. He isn't expected to return to the team until at least May.

SP | Travis Blackley | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics P Travis Blackley will be stretched out as a starter in camp, but he'll likely start the season as a long reliever out of the bullpen.

SP | Danny Duffy | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Danny Duffy (elbow) threw 18 pitches in his first mound session Tuesday, Feb. 12, since Tommy John surgery and said he felt great.

SP | Dylan Bundy | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said SPs Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman will be options for the team in September this year, and the team will carefully monitor them this spring.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals may try to swoop in and sign free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals) with the possibility looming that SP Gio Gonzalez may face a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. Lohse's agent, Scott Boras, has a strong relationship with the Nationals. However, this possibility may be remote since the team already forfeited their first-round pick (29th overall) to sign RP Rafael Soriano.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets sources said that they doubt that SP Johan Santana will pitch for Team Venezuela in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Santana said he won't play in the tournament if the team prefers he sit it out. Also, the Classic committee would have to agree to insure the $31 million he is owed this year since he finished last year on the disabled list.

SP | Jon Lester | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester, who has taken the legal anti-inflammatory drug Toradol "quite a bit," said the team is reviewing its policy on the use of the drug after concerns have been raised about its harmful side effects. "It's good they're looking into it," Lester said. "As players, though, we just think it's a bigger Advil, a stronger Advil. But I think it's nice to know our organization cares about us long term and wants to nip this thing in the bud."


Relief Pitcher

RP | Joe Smith | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians RP Joe Smith (oblique) isn't concerned about his oblique injury and said he'll pitch off a mound soon.

RP | Michael Crotta | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Free Agents
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent RP Michael Crotta (Pirates) to a minor league contract. He hit 96 mph in a recent tryout.

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson's (elbow) MRI was clean, but he won't throw until at least next week.

RP | Joel Peralta | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RP Joel Peralta (neck) is idle Wednesday, Feb. 13, due to an extremely stiff neck.

RP | Juan Cruz | free agent | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies released RP Juan Cruz, per his request. Cruz felt RP Chad Durbin's signing would affect his chances of making the team.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (elbow) had some personal issues, such as deaths in the family, that hindered his rehab the last few weeks.

RP | Fernando Rodney | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays CL Fernando Rodney reported to camp Wednesday, Feb. 13.

RP | Nick Hagadone | Cleveland Indians | Injury,
Cleveland Indians P Nick Hagadone (wrist) still has an active grievance against the team. He received a full salary from last year, but service time remains an issue. Hagadone is credited with 107 days of big-league time. He was placed on the minor-league suspended list July 6 after he hit part of the dugout following a bad outing, suffering a broken left wrist. He needed surgery and missed the rest of the season.

RP | Chen-Chang Lee | Cleveland Indians | Injury,
Cleveland Indians RP Chen-Chang Lee (elbow) and P Blake Wood (elbow) are each eight months removed from Tommy John surgery. Both are throwing from a mound.

RP | Joakim Soria | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria (elbow) is hopeful of return in May, as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery last April. He threw off a mound Monday, Feb. 11, and threw 15 pitches, all fastballs.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Neftali Feliz (elbow) is throwing on flat ground at a distance of 60 feet. Feliz is making his way back from Tommy John surgery Aug. 1, and is likely to be sidelined until the last month or two of the regular season.

RP | Justin Miller | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers P Justin Miller (elbow) threw off a mound Tuesday, Feb. 12, for the first time since Tommy John surgery back in April.

RP | Scott Elbert | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Tuesday, Feb. 12, that RP Scott Elbert (elbow) might be ready by the end of April.

RP | Sean Burnett | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Sean Burnett (elbow), who had two bone spurs removed from his elbow in the offseason, has thrown four or five bullpens and said he feels great.

RP | Mark Melancon | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Mark Melancon thoroughly impressed during his bullpen session Tuesday, Feb. 12, drawing repeated rave reviews from C Carlos Paulino.

RP | Cole Kimball | Washington Nationals | Injury,
Washington Nationals RP Cole Kimball (shoulder) said he is fully healthy after undergoing surgery in the summer of 2011 to fix the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. "I'm 100 percent," Kimball said. "It's like I never had surgery. It's like nothing ever happened." However, he'll likely be a long shot to win a spot in the bullpen this spring. Kimball said he lost around 20 pounds since he pitched in the Arizona Fall League.

RP | Jose Veras | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros RP Jose Veras is the leading candidate to open the season as the team's closer this season. He has only five saves and a 4.01 ERA in 327 career major league appearances. "If you're going to take a chance on someone to be a first-time closer, that's the type of guy you want," manager Bo Porter said. "We do have other pitchers that will get an opportunity to pitch late in the game, whether it's (Rhiner) Cruz, who had a really good winter league, or (Hector) Ambriz. There are others who will get a look, but Veras has the experience right now and is the front-runner."

RP | Jared Burton | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins RP Jared Burton (shoulder) said he won't have any limitations placed on him during spring training like he did last year when he was coming off shoulder surgery.

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen is confident with RP Bobby Parnell in the closer role. "His last 11 outings, he didn't give up anything," Warthen said, referring to Parnell in 2012. "I thought his maturity changed. I thought he and (Jon) Niese both had breakout years last year. And I think he's there. I think he's ready to close."

RP | Kameron Loe | Seattle Mariners | Transaction,
The Seattle Mariners signed free-agent RP Kameron Loe (Rangers) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, Feb. 12.

RP | Javier Lopez | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Javier Lopez may not pitch for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic since he already experienced the tournament in 2009.

RP | Henry Rodriguez | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Henry Rodriguez (elbow), who is out of minor league options and will be in competition for a spot in the bullpen this spring, first picked up a baseball last November and hasn't thrown a bullpen session yet after having surgery to clean up a bone spur in August. He will not throw a bullpen until spring training begins.

RP | Casey Janssen | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Casey Janssen (shoulder) said he expects to be ready for opening day after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.

RP | Brandon Lyon | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (elbow) is dealing with right elbow inflammation and is being held back from throwing. Francisco had a bone spur removed from his elbow in December, and manager Terry Collins said the inflammation isn't unexpected. If Francisco can't be ready for the start of the season, RPs Bobby Parnell and Brandon Lyon are closing candidates. RPs LaTroy Hawkins and Josh Edgin would also get looks in the ninth-inning in spring training.

RP | Carlos Zambrano | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent SP Carlos Zambrano (Marlins) could sign in Japan or Taiwan if he can't get a major league deal.

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