Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 25, 2013 @ 09:01:02 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Lance Berkman (calf) was told he will make his spring debut Wednesday, Feb. 27.

1B | Austin Gallagher | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Free Agents
The Philadelphia Phillies signed free-agent 1B Austin Gallagher (Dodgers) to a minor league deal.

1B | Matt Adams | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Adams (knee) has been bothered by tendinitis in his left knee recently but does not believe the injury is serious.

1B | Art Charles | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired 1B Art Charles from the Toronto Blue Jays for RP Michael Schwimer.

1B | Travis Ishikawa | Baltimore Orioles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles INFs Danny Valencia, Steve Pearce, Conor Jackson, Travis Ishikawa and Russ Canzler will see time at first base this spring, as they battle for playing time at the position behind 1B Chris Davis. INF Ryan Flaherty is also in the mix to be the team's backup first baseman.

1B | C.J. Cron | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B C.J. Cron (shoulder) is doing everything but throwing in minor league camp as he recovers from shoulder surgery he had Aug. 29 of last year. He hopes to be ready when Double-A Arkansas opens their season.

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said the team will keep a close eye on how 1B Adam Lind fares against left-handed pitching this spring, and they're currently debating whether they think he can be an everyday player. "We're looking at it," Gibbons said. "That's what we want to (evaluate), because we have some right-handed bats that could fill that hole if we're stronger that way." Lind hit .202 against lefties last year and hits .220 against them in his career. Gibbons downplayed the possibility that OF Colby Rasmus could be involved in a platoon at first base. INF Emilio Bonifacio and OF Rajai Davis are intriguing options off the bench against righties.

1B | Yonder Alonso | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B Yonder Alonso made changes to his stance this offseason with the help of hitting coach Phil Plantier, balancing his body and putting more of his legs and torso into his swing, which he hopes will add more power. "To me, the changes are dramatic," Alonso said. "When Plantier and I started working, I opened myself up to any ideas. I want to add some power to my swing. What he did was make me more balanced at the plate so I could move quicker to the ball. We changed my swing a lot and worked on my lower body." Knee surgery affected Alonso's lower half before the start of last season.

1B | Lars Anderson | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox acquired 3B Conor Gillaspie from the San Francisco Giants Thursday, Feb. 21. It's unknown what the Giants received in return. In a corresponding move, the team designated 1B Lars Anderson for assignment.


Second Baseman

2B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Logan Forsythe (knee) had been brought along slowly early in spring, but he was able to make his Cactus League spring debut Sunday, Feb. 24. He was hitless in three at-bats, starting at second base.

2B | Ramon Santiago | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 2B Ramon Santiago (calf) is sidelined Saturday, Feb. 23, because of a strained calf.

2B | Skip Schumaker | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Skip Schumaker will get a look in center field in the Cactus League opener against the Chicago White Sox Saturday, Feb. 23.

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler (ankle) said the sprained right ankle that bothered him since 2010 is no longer a problem. "I'm definitely past that. I haven't had many attempted stolen bases in spring training lately because of that, but it's something I want to practice this spring and get a feel for it. I made an attempt off (Evan) Meek in the intrasquad game, and I felt great. I talk about cheating, there was zero of that. Cheating is over-anticipating. This was read and go." He said his ankle wasn't the reason for his drop in production across the board last year, though.


Shortstop

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) will make his spring debut by March 10, which would give him at least 19 spring games to be ready for the season.

SS | Andres Blanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies released INF Andres Blanco (shoulder), who suffered a shoulder injury while playing winter ball. However, he was re-signed to a minor league contract that does not include an invitation to major league camp.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) will see his first game action since May 30 when he starts the Cactus League opener Saturday, Feb. 23. Tulowitzki suffered a severe groin injury which eventually required surgery.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez is expected to start at shortstop in the Cactus League spring opener Saturday, Feb. 23. He moves back to his regular position after playing third basefor most of last season. Third base coach Tim Wallach has been impressed with Ramirez's work habits early in spring. "He's been working really hard," Wallach said Friday, Feb. 22. "I'm very happy with the way he handles his business, who he is, how he approaches things."

SS | Cesar Izturis | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds INF Cesar Izturis is taking groundballs at third base and shortstop in spring camp, and he'll be a regular backup to SS Zack Cozart at short. Izturis will make $800,000 this year if he is in the majors and can be released June 1 if he's not on the big league roster.

SS | Rafael Furcal | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal (elbow) served as the designated hitter in the team's intrasquad game Friday, Feb. 22, and went 2-for-3. He'll likely stay in the DH role when he starts playing in spring games.


Third Baseman

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre (calf) will run the bases Monday, Feb. 25.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring) got through batting practice and baserunning drills Monday, Feb. 25, and will make his spring debut Tuesday, Feb. 26.

3B | Trevor Plouffe | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe (calf) is expected to return to action Tuesday, Feb. 26.

3B | Eric Sogard | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 3B Eric Sogard has rejoined the team after having left camp due to the death of his grandmother.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (wrist) will play in his first exhibition game Sunday, Feb. 24. OF Mark Kotsay and 3B Chase Headley will also make their spring debut in the same game.

3B | Conor Gillaspie | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura said 3B Conor Gillaspie will compete for a spot at third base this spring with 3B Brent Morel. 3B Jeff Keppinger (shoulder) is the front-runner at the hot corner, but the team may prefer to move him across the infield. Keppinger will sit out the spring opener Saturday, Feb. 23, partly because of soreness in his right shoulder. His arm isn't up to normal strength because he didn't throw much in the offseason after he was recovering from a broken right fibula. Morel looks completely healthy this spring and has impressed Ventura, but Gillaspie could easily break camp with the team as a bench option.

3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum reiterated that third base is 3B Ian Stewart's (quadriceps) job to win this year, not to lose. However, INF Luis Valbuena, who hit a two-run home run in the intrasquad game Friday, Feb. 22, could create some valid competition, depending on how much time Stewart misses due to injury. "The guy had good winter ball, and obviously put a good swing on a ball today," Sveum said about Valbuena. "I'm not too concerned about Valbuena. I need to see him everywhere. If things work out that way, then yeah, he'll be playing third base quite a bit. First half of spring you'll see him a lot more at other positions."

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) took batting practice on the field Friday, Feb. 22. "I don't obviously just jump out there and go right into it, but it feels good," Zimmerman said. "No surprises. Just got to continue getting the throwing going, and as soon as that's ready, obviously the hitting will be ready before that." He is now up to throwing from 90 feet and is putting more oomph on the ball lately. The team will keep Zimmerman from fielding the first two weeks of spring, and he's set to serve as the designated hitter for a few starts.

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks wants to have discipline in his approach at the plate, but he admits that he won't tone down his aggressiveness with the lumber. "I want to have discipline in my approach," he said. "But if I see four pitches in a game and get three hits, what is wrong with that? If I stick with my approach and get the pitch I was looking for and I did what I was supposed to, that is what counts." Middlebrooks hit only .179 on changeups last year and pitches down the middle, especially fastballs, were problems for him. He had much success against pitches inside and up. He saw 77 pitches right over the plate and had only six hits. He plans to work on pitches down and away this spring, either to lay off them or tailor his swing to cover the whole plate. Hitting coach Greg Colbrunn is working with Middlebrooks on how pitchers have been attacking him.


Catcher

C | Mike Napoli | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli (hips) will make his spring debut Friday, March 1. He'll play first base and get a couple at-bats.

C | Russell Martin | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin pulled out of playing in the World Baseball Classic for Team Canada because he wasn't going to play shortstop. Martin didn't want to put the extra innings behind the plate on his knees.

C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers DH Victor Martinez is in the lineup at first base for the spring game Monday, Feb. 25.

C | Yasmani Grandal | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal made his Cactus League spring debut Sunday, Feb. 24. Grandal faces a 50-game suspension for violating the Major League Baseball policy on performance-enhancing drugs, but he is allowed to play in spring games.

C | Max Stassi | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros C Max Stassi (oblique) is scheduled to travel to Philadelphia to visit a specialist regarding a possible sports hernia. He is expected to miss the entire exhibition season.

C | Jeff Mathis | Miami Marlins | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins are searching for a backup catcher, following an injury to C Jeff Mathis (collarbone) that is expected to sideline him for six weeks. They are open to making a trade or waiting to see who's available after rosters are reduced. C Kyle Skipworth would be the most likely choice to serve as the backup to C Rob Brantly if the Marlins decide to use an internal candidate.

C | Luke Montz | Oakland Athletics | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said C Luke Montz would be the team's likely third catcher if anything happened to John Jaso or Derek Norris.

C | Hector Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Hector Sanchez's (shoulder) Cactus League debut has been delayed due to a lingering shoulder injury he suffered while playing winter ball in Venezuela. He will begin making practice throws from home to second base Monday, Feb. 25.

C | Ramon Hernandez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Ramon Hernandez said Friday, Feb. 22, he isn't bothered by persistent trade rumors. This week, a report came out that he might be dealt to help improve the team's pitching. "Thinking about it is too much of a distraction. If it happens, it's business," Hernandez said. "But I want to stay here. Rumors get you kind of crazy."

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Doctors advised Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (knee) not to play in the spring game Sunday, Feb. 24, because they want to see him sliding into bases before he plays in a game. "He needs to get his at-bats. Missing half a season and no winter ball, I want to get that out of the way as early as possible," manager Davey Johnson said about Ramos. "It may take a week to 10 days for him. If a guy is running well, squatting well and doing all the things from a baseball standpoint, that's what I grade on. I'm the most critical. I never want to run a guy out there that is an injury risk."


Outfielder

OF | Alex Rios | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Alex Rios is expected to hit third this season. DH Adam Dunn hit third last season, but he has always been distracted by movement on the bases when he hits. So, he'll likely hit fifth, since OF Alejandro De Aza will hit leadoff and look to steal bases.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) has been hitting and jogging in the outfield, but the team plans to keep him on a restricted program this spring. "Carlos has a track record as a proven producer," manager Bud Black said Sunday, Feb. 24. "He's been working hard to be healthy and we're going to help manage his rest and his knees as best we can."

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (wrist) was able to make his Cactus League spring debut Sunday, Feb. 24. He was 1-for-2 with an RBI. The team had been taking it slow with Maybin due to a sore right wrist.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Breaking, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (forearm) has a fractured right forearm and will be sidelined for 10 weeks.

OF | Andy Dirks | Detroit Tigers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers continue to search for a righty-hitting outfielder to platoon in left field with Andy Dirks. Assistant general manager Al Avila said the team is likely to go with an internal candidate and will only consider outsiders as a last resort.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said OF Coco Crisp will typically be used as his leadoff hitter, with OF Yoenis Cespedes usually batting cleanup. Everyone else is expected to move around.

OF | Oswaldo Arcia | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said OF Oswaldo Arcia (intercostal) will miss approximately one week because of a pulled intercostal muscle.

OF | Gorkys Hernandez | Miami Marlins | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Gorkys Hernandez started in the outfield Saturday, Feb. 23, in place of OF Justin Ruggiano (back). Marlins manager Mike Redmond said there are other options in case Ruggiano is out for a while. "Bryan Petersen, Chris Coghlan, those guys can also go in there," Redmond said. "We'll mix guys in, Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick. I'm going to get them in some games, too. I'd like to see them play. We got some other guys: Kevin Mattison. We'll try to mix guys in and out as much as we possibly can and see how it all shakes out."

OF | A.J. Pollock | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF A.J. Pollock (abdominal) was scratched from the lineup Saturday, Feb. 23, due to abdominal tightness.

OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Brennan Boesch (oblique) remained sidelined Saturday, Feb. 23, because of a right oblique injury.

OF | Lorenzo Cain | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (hand) took 50 pain-free swings in the batting cage Saturday, Sept. 23, and remains on target to resume playing next week.

OF | Chris Parmelee | Minnesota Twins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins are expected to use OF Chris Parmelee as their starting right fielder at the beginning of the season.

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (elbow) will not play in the Cactus League spring opener Saturday, Feb. 23, against the Chicago White Sox, and manager Don Mattingly said Friday, Feb. 22, that Crawford won't play in spring games until at least early March. Crawford won't be rushed, as he is slowly strengthening his throwing arm after reconstructive elbow surgery.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (shoulder) will not play in the Cactus League spring opener against the Chicago White Sox Saturday, Feb. 23. Manager Don Mattingly said Friday, Feb. 22, that he doesn't expect Kemp to play in Cactus League games until early March, even though he is working out with no restrictions. "I really want to play Matt when he's ready to play," Mattingly said.

OF | Wil Myers | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays coaching staff doesn't intend to mess with OF Wil Myers' development much, aside from emphasizing the fundamentals and making sure he's unafraid to make mistakes as he tries to enter the big leagues. "Trust the process," executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. "If guys are able to do that, because of their natural ability, we're really confident that the outcome will be good." Myers is expected to begin the year at Triple-A Durham.

OF | Peter Bourjos | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia doesn't seem fully committed to using OF Peter Bourjos as the starting center fielder this year, which could open up time for OF Vernon Wells, with OF Mike Trout moving back to center.

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OFs Domonic Brown and Darin Ruf both played well in an intrasquad game Friday, Feb. 22. Ruf doubled in each of his first two at-bats and Brown added a single and double in two times up to bat. Brown and Ruf will see plenty of playing time this spring with OF Delmon Young (ankle) sidelined.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Danny Hultzen | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Danny Hultzen added 10-15 pounds of muscle in the offseason.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (elbow) will throw off a half-mound Monday, Feb. 25. It's the first time he has thrown off something other than flat ground.

SP | Andrew Cashner | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner (thumb) said he'll be ready for Opening Day.

SP | Hector Santiago | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox P Hector Santiago is being stretched out as a starter this spring.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (hamstring) will throw another simulated game Tuesday, Feb. 26, and a side session Thursday, Feb. 28, before pitching in a game Saturday, March 2.

SP | Chris Young | Washington Nationals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Chris Young threw a bullpen session Sunday, Feb. 24, and is expected to throw another session before appearing in an exhibition game. Manager Davey Johnson wants Young to replace SP Ross Detwiler in the team's Grapefruit League rotation after Detwiler leaves camp to join Team USA for the World Baseball Classic March 4. Young's first start is expected to come March 9.

SP | Christian Garcia | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said SP Christian Garcia (forearm, wrist) will be held out of action for the next 10 to 14 days, although he has been feeling better recently. He experienced tightness in his right wrist and forearm while throwing a bullpen session Sunday, Feb. 17. Garcia said it only bothered him whenever he threw fastballs or tried to open his car door but was not an issue while throwing off-speed pitches.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg could make up to seven Grapefruit League starts this spring, as a result of the extended exhibition schedule due to the World Baseball Classic. He was on a 45-pitch limit for his first start Saturday, Feb. 23, but was removed after throwing 42 pitches over two innings (24 of which were strikes). Manager Davey Johnson said he wants Strasburg to be capable of throwing 100 pitches on Opening Day.

SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies had expressed interest in Kansas City Royals SPs Bruce Chen and Luke Hochevar during the offseason but talks never gained traction.

SP | Chris Capuano | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly contacted multiple teams, including the Colorado Rockies, to gauge interest in SP Chris Capuano.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes (back) will begin working out in a pool Sunday, Feb. 24, and could resume throwing a few days later.

SP | Zach Duke | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Zach Duke will pitch against the Miami Marlins Sunday, Feb. 24, before leaving camp for several days to attend his grandfather's funeral.

SP | Edinson Volquez | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Edinson Volquez will make his spring debut Monday, Feb. 25. He will make one additional start for the team before reporting to the World Baseball Classic.

SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Mets SP Jenrry Mejia has arrived at spring training camp after resolving age and identity issues that had prevented him from getting a visa in the Dominican Republic.

SP | Jeff Niemann | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies have expressed interest in trading for several starting pitchers, such as Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeff Niemann, but talks have not advanced.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said SP's CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte will likely throw simulated games next week and make their respective spring debuts during the second week of exhibition games.

SP | Alexander Torres | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays P Alexander Torres will pitch for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic after he was added to the roster on Thursday, Feb. 21.

SP | Miguel Batista | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Miguel Batista is in camp as a non-roster invitee trying to make the roster. "The guy's been in the World Series. He's pitched in a lot of different games in a lot of different roles. There's certainly a niche for a guy like him. There's a lot of competition in that niche, but that's why we brought him in," manager Walt Weiss said Friday, Feb. 22.

SP | Christian Friedrich | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Christian Friedrich (back, neck) is not on the Cactus League pitching schedule. He is recovering from a stress fracture in his lower back, and back soreness and neck stiffness which delayed him recently. He said Friday, Feb. 22, he is feeling much better, and is pushing to get back on the mound.

SP | Tony Cingrani | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Tony Cingrani is likely to start the year pitching as a starter with Triple-A Louisville. He gave up three runs and three hits while walking one and striking out one in his inning of work in the spring opener against the Cleveland Indians Friday, Feb. 22. He was the minor league pitcher of the year for Cincy last season.

SP | Hyun-Jin Ryu | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers P Hyun-Jin Ryu is listed at 255 pounds this spring after originally being listed as 215 pounds.

SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Shelby Miller (shoulder) said he felt good after throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session Friday, Feb. 22. "My arm feels really good," Miller said afterward. "The ball is coming out well. I knew it was going to feel good. None of the symptoms I was feeling were bothering me as of (Thursday), so I knew that it wasn't going to be there. I knew I was going to throw a good 'pen. But the biggest thing is how it feels in the days to come." Miller will throw a live batting practice session Monday, Feb. 25, if he doesn't suffer any setbacks. He's at least a week away from making his first spring start, though.

SP | Derek Holland | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland is hoping to be able to finish off hitters better after allowing three hits to hitters with two strikes on them Friday, Feb. 22. "I felt good," Holland said. "The main objective was to go out there and execute my pitches. I threw all my pitches for a strike -- ahead in the count and behind in the count. The only thing is I gave up two two-strike hits." He had a .185 opponent average when ahead 0-2 in the count last season.

SP | Hector Noesi | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Hector Noesi allowed six total runs (four earned) in his spring debut against the San Diego Padres Friday, Feb. 22, in which 3B Jedd Gyorko blasted a grand slam. Noesi's location was off during his 42-pitch outing in which he got only two outs. He faces an uphill battle for a rotation spot this spring.

SP | Mike Pelfrey | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins are starting to believe that SP Mike Pelfrey (elbow) will be a real asset to their rotation this year. He will start a spring game against the Toronto Blue Jays, and last week he hit the 10-month milestone of his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Pelfrey hasn't been limited in any way this spring and hasn't suffered any setbacks in his recovery. "You know what," pitching coach Rick Anderson said. "You don't even know he's been hurt." The Twins are raving about Pelfrey's progress and hope he can be the leader of a young rotation.

SP | Scott Baker | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Scott Baker (elbow) will throw a side session Saturday, Feb. 23, and then will be re-evaluated. He is currently not scheduled for any spring games.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Although Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow had career lows in strikeouts per nine innings and fastball velocity last year, he made gains in ERA, hits per nine, walks per nine, WHIP and ground-ball percentage, making him a much more efficient pitcher in the process. "The rise in command (and drop in velocity) comes from not really taking anything off, but just being more in control through my delivery," Morrow said. His curveball also became much sharper and his changeup went back to dominant form. Morrow threw his change 12.1 percent of the time last year, up nearly six percent. As a result, the number of sliders he threw fell five percent to 21.3. He also used his fastball a bit less, while his curve remained steady. Morrow abandoned his previous changeup grip last year in favor of a grip similar to the splitter he threw in college and early in his career. "Holding it like a splitter keeps me from trying to make it too nasty, that way when I think changeup, I try to throw it for strikes, I'm not trying to throw it as a swing and miss pitch, really," said Morrow. "Toward the end of the season, there were times where I was getting pretty good with it and we did use it as a swing and miss pitch, but I want them to make contact with that." The differences in velocities on his various pitches will keep hitters off balance; his curve is around 78 mph and his heater sits around 95 mph.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals will place SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) on the 60-day disabled list Friday, Feb. 22.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) threw 15 pitches from a half mound Friday, Feb. 22, and will throw from a full mound Monday, Feb. 25.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez reportedly passed the drug test that the league gave to him in late January. "Like I said before, I've never taken performance-enhancing drugs and I never will," Gonzalez said. "Two days after the story broke, I was tested for blood and urine, and both came out negative, like I expected. Throughout my entire career, it's been like that. I look forward to handling this with MLB and putting this behind me and looking forward to the season." However, the league hasn't completely absolved Gonzalez and they don't require a positive drug test to suspend a player.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito will start the team's home opener this year against the St. Louis Cardinals April 5. Opening day SP Matt Cain will be followed in the rotation by SPs Madison Bumgarner and Tim Lincecum. SP Ryan Vogelsong will follow Zito as the fifth starter.

SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SPs Jenrry Mejia, Zack Wheeler and Jeremy Hefner have a shot to be a part of the opening day rotation if SP Johan Santana isn't ready to go. General manager Sandy Alderson said it's still a possibility that Santana could open the season on the disabled list.

SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco (elbow) is in the running to win a rotation spot this spring, but he's unlikely to enter the season in the rotation, especially since he'll have to serve a six-game suspension. The Tribe opens the season with 13 straight games before their first off day, meaning it would require two complete turns through the five-man rotation plus three more starts if there are no postponements. Carrasco also has an option left, so he could start the season with Triple-A Columbus.

SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox signed Ps Dylan Axelrod, Simon Castro, Deunte Heath, Nathan Jones, Charlie Leesman, Jhan Marinez, Nestor Molina, Brian Omogrosso, Jose Quintana, Addison Reed, Adriene Rienzo, Santos Rodriguez, Chris Sale, Hector Santiago, Leyson Septimo and Donnie Veal; Cs Tyler Flowers, Hector Gimenez and Josh Phegley; INFs Brent Morel and Angel Sanchez; and OFs Jordan Danks, Jared Mitchell, Blake Tekotte and Dayan Viciedo to one-year deals.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Kyle McClellan | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers P Kyle McClellan (shoulder) has been shut down for a few days because of continued shoulder soreness. The training staff doesn't believe it's related to surgery to fix a ruptured shoulder capsule.

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RPs Ryan Madson (elbow) and Sean Burnett (back) threw off flat ground Monday, Feb. 25.

RP | Addison Reed | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox CL Addison Reed is working on locating his fastball his spring. He's also trying a new changeup with an off-center, four-seam fastball grip.

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that if RP Drew Storen (back) was hurt during Game 5 of the NLDS last year, it was news to him. Rizzo said that Storen was getting treatment for his back, but his velocity and stuff were good.

RP | Tyler Clippard | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Tyler Clippard will not appear in the first four spring games. Manager Davey Johnson said he felt Clippard started last spring too quickly.

RP | Craig Breslow | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Craig Breslow (shoulder) did not throw as scheduled Sunday, Feb. 24, but he believes it was because manager John Farrell and pitching coach Juan Nieves were in Jupiter, Fla.

RP | Michael Schwimer | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team traded RP Michael Schwimer to the Toronto Blue Jays in order to free up space on the 40-man roster. In addition, he felt the team has enough bullpen depth.

RP | Henry Rodriguez | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Henry Rodriguez (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday, Feb. 24. He is expected to throw another session and face live hitters before being ready to pitch in a Grapefruit League game.

RP | Jose Contreras | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed free-agent RP Jose Contreras (Phillies) to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training camp. He is continuing to rehab from surgery to repair a torn UCL and flexor pronator tendon in his right elbow.

RP | Pedro Feliciano | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Mets RP Pedro Feliciano (heart) will wear a heart monitor for the next two weeks and will be restricted from baseball activity. General manager Sandy Alderson said it wasn't clear if he had a hole in his heart, as Feliciano had mentioned Saturday, Feb. 23, but said the team "won't really have a diagnosis" until two weeks have passed.

RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees CL Mariano Rivera (knee) said he could throw batting practice again Monday, Feb. 25.

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Kyle Farnsworth (arm) threw on the side Thursday, Feb. 21, after he was held out of live batting practice the day before due to soreness in his right arm. Farnsworth said the arm wasn't an issue and that he was being held back as a means of pacing him over the course of this spring training that is extended because of the World Baseball Classic.

RP | Mitch Stetter | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Mitch Stetter (back) is recovering from a bulging disc in his back that flared up right before spring training. He played light catch Friday, Feb. 22, and is taking it slow.

RP | Rafael Soriano | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Teammates of Washington Nationals RP Drew Storen (back) claim that he was dealing with terrible pain in his back during the playoff series in which he blew a late lead against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 that ended the team's season. Storen reportedly spent much of those last three days of the season in the trainer's room receiving treatment for back spasms. General manager Mike Rizzo said he "didn't want to talk about" Storen's condition in Game 5. Rizzo also said Storen's blowup in that game wasn't the reason they went out and signed RP Rafael Soriano. "He was having real bad back spasms. That was the third day (pitching) in a row," OF Jayson Werth said. "He was banged up, man. No one knew. For him to just have the balls to go out there, that says a lot about him."

RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon admits he didn't do a good job of serving as a leader for the team and bullpen last year, and he plans to change that in 2013. "I put myself in that category," Papelbon said. "I don't feel like I took a certain leadership as much as I could have with the guys in the bullpen. And I intend to make that change this year. I hope that other guys on this team feel the same way as I do."

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