Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 4, 2013 @ 09:08:01 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Micah Owings | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
There is no timetable for when Washington Nationals 1B Micah Owings (wrist) will play in a game. He has missed eight consecutive games due to soreness in his left wrist but took light swings in the batting cage Sunday, March 3. Manager Davey Johnson said Owings recently had a cortisone shot in the wrist.

1B | Joe Mahoney | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins 1B Joe Mahoney hit two home runs and drove in four runs Saturday, March 2, against the New York Mets in an 8-8 tie. Mahoney is now hitting 5-for-14 (.357) this spring with five RBIs.

1B | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
In the last three games San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt is 9-for-12 with two home runs. That includes four hits Saturday, March 2, against the Kansas City Royals.

1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Lance Berkman (calf) is scheduled to play in the team's spring training game Sunday, March 3, which would be the first time he has played consecutive games since the start of spring training.

Second Baseman

2B | Aaron Hill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill (quadriceps) was scratched from the starting lineup Saturday, March 2, because of left quadriceps tightness.

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy (intercostal) hit off a tee Friday, March 1, and is roughly 10 days from playing in a spring game.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts went 3-for-3 and homered in the spring game Friday, March 1, which is an encouraging sign for the second baseman who has been injured most of the past few seasons.

2B | Emilio Bonifacio | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 2B Emilio Bonifacio made two throwing errors Friday, March 1, and his struggles in the infield continue. He is competing with INF Maicer Izturis for the starting second base job.


SS | Deven Marrero | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox reassigned SS Deven Marrero and OF Justin Henry to minor league camp and P Drake Britton to Double-A Portland.

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (hamstring) hit in the batting cage Saturday, March 2, and was expected to do so again Sunday, March 3.

SS | Alexei Ramirez | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez has returned to camp and is in the starting lineup Sunday, March 3. He had left the team for a few days to attend to a family matter in Florida.

SS | Rafael Furcal | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal (elbow) has felt worse the more he stepped up his throwing program the last few days, and as a result the team is shutting down his activities. Asked if he will be ready for Opening Day on April 1, Furcal said: "I don't know. I wish to know if I will be ready. But you never know." SS Pete Kozma may be pressed into duty if Furcal can't go.

SS | Sean Rodriguez | Tampa Bay Rays | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
For the first time since 2010, Tampa Bay Rays INF Sean Rodriguez is playing center field Saturday, March 2, against the Baltimore Orioles. In addition to being able to play all four infield positions and center field, manager Joe Maddon could use Rodriguez in left field this year.

SS | Jose Iglesias | Boston Red Sox | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have no plans to have SS Jose Iglesias work any position other than shortstop. The idea of grooming him for potential utility infield work hasn't been visited. "We still view him as a primary front-line defensive shortstop. So that's currently where his reps will come from," manager John Farrell said Friday, March 1.

SS | Bobby Crosby | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers SS Bobby Crosby (thigh) tested his leg in pregame drills Thursday, Feb. 28, and he is targeting a return date of Tuesday, March 5, according to manager Ron Roenicke.

Third Baseman

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre (calf) is making his spring debut Monday, March 4.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez (knee) had an MRI scan Sunday, March 3, on his injured left knee. The MRI came back negative, meaning there is no structural damage. "But it won't probably be day-to-day. He's pretty sore today, so whether it's a week or a little more than that, that's probably what we're looking at," manager Ron Roenicke said.

3B | Scott Sizemore | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics INF Scott Sizemore (hand) was hit by a pitch on the left hand in a Cactus League spring game Sunday, March 3, forcing him from the game. Manager Bob Melvin said it's possible Sizemore will have X-rays Monday, March 4.

3B | Nolan Arenado | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss would not rule out 3B Nolan Arenado winning a roster spot and breaking camp with the team. "You don't want to ever put a limit on a kid like that and say he can't win a job," Weiss said Sunday, March 3. "He's made a good impression."

3B | James Darnell | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres 3B James Darnell (oblique) is sidelined with a sore right oblique, but manager Bud Black said the injury is "more mild than severe." There is no timetable for when Darnell will return to games.

3B | Mark DeRosa | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Mark DeRosa (back) returned to the lineup for the Grapefruit League spring game Sunday, March 3. He missed the past two days due to back discomfort. "It feels good," DeRosa said. "I just needed an adjustment."

3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) was able to swing a bat and play catch Saturday, March 2, and will continue to add more baseball activities to his schedule. The team may consider sending him to minor league camp to get additional at-bats once he is able to resume playing.

3B | Placido Polanco | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 3B Placido Polanco (back) has been bothered by mild back tightness and is hopeful of returning to action in a few days.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) will make his Grapefruit League debut Sunday, March 3, and he'll serve as the designated hitter. He's not expected to play third base in a game for at least another week and a half, and he's currently throwing from 100 feet.

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (wrist) is expected to play Saturday, March 2.


C | Jason Hagerty | San Diego Padres | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres C Jason Hagerty is getting reps and playing first base in Cactus League spring games. "It's been fun," Hagerty said Sunday, March 3.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (knee) slid seven times on the team's half-field without any issues Saturday, March 2. Manager Davey Johnson said Ramos would get one at-bat in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, March 3, and would start behind the plate against the Houston Astros Tuesday, March 5. He is expected to catch for three innings.

C | Ryan Hanigan | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo (quadriceps) and C Ryan Hanigan (oblique) are out of the lineup for the third consecutive game Sunday, March 3. Choo has been bothered by a sore quadriceps while Hanigan has been battling an oblique problem. Neither injury is considered serious.

C | Taylor Teagarden | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles C Taylor Teagarden (back) is feeling better but it is uncertain when he will resume playing.

C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (back) has not played in a spring training game since Wednesday, Feb. 27, because of a stiff lower back. He said he wants to play but knows he has to be careful with the injury.

C | Russell Martin | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said C Russell Martin (shoulder) will play catcher in the team's spring training game Sunday, March 3, but Martin is not sure he is ready to play catcher yet and will talk with Hurdle about the situation. "I haven't thrown yet. I don't think he's going to throw me in. I think he's going to give me a couple of days. I'll talk to him about it. We'll make sure we communicate. I haven't thrown yet, but we'll communicate and we'll talk to him about that. I know my swing felt fine. As far as throwing, I took another day because it's still early March. I don't feel like I need to rush anything," Martin said.

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (shoulder) took batting practice and threw from a distance of 120 feet without any problems Thursday, Feb. 28, and is expected to hit again Saturday, March 2. He is expected to take batting practice and throw on an every-other-day basis for at least another week. McCann remains hopeful that he can return to action in mid-April.

C | Hector Gimenez | Chicago White Sox | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C Hector Gimenez is expected to get a chance to prove he belongs in the major leagues, and he is currently slated to serve as the primary backup to C Tyler Flowers.

C | Mike Napoli | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Mike Napoli (hips) passed a full battery of tests in one inning Friday, March 1, in his Grapefruit League spring debut. He played first, had a single, went from first to third on a double, and scored from third base on a wild pitch without any setbacks.


OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo (calf) is back in the lineup Monday, March 4.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton (shoulder) said he has had a little shoulder weakness and hasn't been playing outfield. He said he will return to the outfield Tuesday, March 5.

OF | Delmon Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Delmon Young (ankle) has shed weight down to around 225 pounds, and the team thinks he could gain mobility in the outfield. He could be cleared to begin running Tuesday, March 5.

OF | Kirk Nieuwenhuis | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (knee) will have an MRI on his left knee Monday, March 4.

OF | Jonny Gomes | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jonny Gomes (knee) returned to the lineup Monday, March 4.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
When New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (forearm) returns in May from his forearm injury, manager Joe Girardi will insert Granderson back in center field and OF Brett Gardner will return to left.

OF | Colby Rasmus | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus (shoulder) has been dealing with a right shoulder injury. He is expected to return to action in the Grapefruit League spring game Tuesday, March 5, against the Baltimore Orioles. "He probably could have played (Sunday, March 3), but with the day off tomorrow, (and) it's a cool day, it makes sense," manager John Gibbons said.

OF | Hunter Pence | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence said his preference is to sign a long-term contract extension with the team rather than testing free agency following the 2013 season.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (neck) was not in the lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday, March 3, because of neck spasms. According to manager Buck Showalter, Markakis "slept wrong" and had difficulty turning his head.

OF | Andres Torres | San Francisco Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said left field is the only competition left in camp. OFs Gregor Blanco, Cole Gillespie, Francisco Peguero, Juan C. Perez and Andres Torres are battling for the position.

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold (shoulder) is expected to return to the lineup as the designated hitter Tuesday, March 5.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (knee) sat out an exhibition game as a precautionary measure Saturday, March 2, but said his left knee feels fine. He said he'll be ready to play all nine innings for Team USA at the World Baseball Classic later this week.

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Ichiro Suzuki walked away unharmed from an automobile accident Saturday, March 2. Shortly after he left Steinbrenner Field, Ichiro was driving his Land Rover on Dale Mabry Highway near Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa, and a woman cut him off as she tried to make a left turn. Ichiro's car struck the woman's vehicle, which in turn hit a third car. None of the parties suffered any injuries, though Ichiro's car was towed from the scene.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda homered and doubled Saturday, March 2, in an 8-8 tie with the Miami Marlins. Duda missed the previous day's game due to undisclosed medical reasons.

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran (toe) did not play in the team's spring training game Saturday, March 2, because of a big right toe. Beltran will join the Puerto Rican team for the World Baseball Classic but there is no guarantee that he will be able to play next week.

OF | Engel Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers OF Engel Beltre (shoulder) is expected to play for Spain in the World Baseball Classic even though he has been dealing with a shoulder strain. He participated in practice Friday, March 1, and was scheduled to take part in a workout Saturday, March 2.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins have renewed OF Giancarlo Stanton's contract and will pay him $537,000 this season. Stanton will be arbitration eligible next offseason.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Craig Landis, agent for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout, said he is not happy that the team decided to renew Trout's contract and only pay him $510,000 this season. "During the process, on behalf of Mike, I asked only that the Angels compensate Mike fairly for his historic 2012 season, given his service time," Landis said. "In my opinion, this contract falls well short of a 'fair' contract, and I have voiced this to the Angels throughout the process."

OF | Andy Dirks | Detroit Tigers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers have plenty of competition in left field, with OFs Nick Castellanos and Avisail Garcia, Andy Dirks, Quintin Berry, Brennan Boesch and Don Kelly all vying for time at the position.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward has been working on his bunting during spring training in hopes that it will decrease the number of defensive shifts teams utilize against him.

OF | Jackie Bradley | Boston Red Sox | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OFs Jackie Bradley and Jonny Gomes will be used in right field while OF Shane Victorino is away from the team for the World Baseball Classic.

OF | Josh Prince | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Josh Prince is in his first major league camp and he is taking the opportunity to learn as much as he can. "Granted, I still have my own routine and will stick with that, but I'm picking things up here and there, like with (OF Ryan Braun) and how much he stretches to keep his body right. I'm going to do that a lot more now."

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp's (shoulder) shoulder held up in his spring debut Friday, March 1, where he went 0-for-2. "I swung and fouled a changeup. Last year, that would have made my left shoulder hurt," he said. "I didn't hurt today. That's a really good sign that my shoulder is well and responding to the rehab."

OF | Carlos Peguero | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Of Seattle Mariners OF Carlos Peguero's six hits so far this spring, three of them have been home runs. He hit another round-tripper in the spring game Friday, March 1.

OF | Collin Cowgill | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said SS Jordany Valdespin will start playing some outfield in spring training, and he's hitting .429 in the Grapefruit League currently. OFs Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who is hitless in his last 15 at-bats, and Collin Cowgill are the favorites to platoon in center, but OF Matt Den Dekker is entering the picture. However, Den Dekker is unlikely to earn a roster spot, and he's not currently on the 40-man roster.

OF | Chris B. Young | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Chris B. Young (quadriceps) is back in the lineup Friday, March 1.

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (elbow) is dealing with "minor nerve irritation" that he developed from increased intensity during live batting practice. The team maintains that irritation isn't uncommon for someone coming off Tommy John surgery, and his elbow ligament isn't involved. "There doesn't seem to be any panic," said manager Don Mattingly. "We're still being cautious. I look at this as more of a setback than I did the last couple of days. He can't throw and hit. He can still track (pitches), do baserunning, fly balls. He can still do work. But this pushes it back a bit." OFs Skip Schumaker and Jerry Hairston Jr. figure to see more time in the outfield as a result, and the Dodgers are leaning toward keeping OF Alex Castellanos as a backup plan.

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz (chest) has been cleared to resume baseball activities Friday, March 1, after tests came back negative on his sore chest.

OF | Ben Revere | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel used OF Ben Revere in the leadoff spot Thursday, Feb. 28, and Manuel liked Revere in the spot. SS Jimmy Rollins is the team's typical leadoff hitter, but Manuel will toy with the order this spring to see if Revere is better suited in the spot.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Danny Hultzen | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Danny Hultzen (hip) was scratched from his start Monday, March 4, due to a mild right hip flexor strain. He's expected to miss a week.

SP | Christian Garcia | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals P Christian Garcia (forearm) has a partial tendon tear in his forearm and will rest a week. His status for Opening Day is in question.

SP | Kyle Lohse | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are in contact with free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals). They have yet to make an offer, though.

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa lasted a little over an inning in his latest exhibition turn Sunday, March 3, and he gave up one run and two hits and walked three. He also plunked an Oakland Athletics batter with the bases full in the first inning. After two spring outings, De La Rosa's ERA stands at 7.36, but manager Walt Weiss is pleading patience because De La Rosa hasn't been on a mound full time in a year and a half.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes (back) reported no pain after playing catch for the first time since revealing he had a bulging disc in his upper back Feb. 20. Hughes, who made about 25 throws from 60 feet, will play catch again Monday, March 4 but said he "obviously can't have any setbacks" if he wants to be ready for the start of the season.

SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo (groin) threw a successful bullpen session Sunday, March 3. He remains on track to pitch for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, but the Brewers wants to see him pitch one inning for them Tuesday, March 5, in an exhibition game against Tema Canada.

General manager Doug Melvin and assistant general manager Gord Ash informed manager Ron Roenicke that WBC rules dictate a player cannot return to his major league team after joining his Classic team, and Mexico had a players' meeting scheduled for Sunday night. "The rules are that if he shows up to the meeting that they have, he cannot come back with us," Roenicke said. "He cannot come back to get treated, he can't come back to pitching an inning Tuesday for us. So I need to have a discussion with 'Yo' to see what he wants to do."

SP | A.J. Griffin | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP A.J. Griffin allowed a second-inning home run in the Cactus League spring game Sunday, March 3, against the Colorado Rockies. "I don't like giving up home runs, but I probably hate walking people more than giving up home runs," Griffin said. He said he needs to work on his fastball command, especially down in the zone.

SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando threw live batting practice Sunday, March 3. He has struggled in his first two Cactus League spring outings, posting a 8.10 ERA. He is currently slotted as the No. 4 starter, but could be bumped down into the mix for the No. 5 spot if the team signs free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals).

SP | Derek Holland | Texas Rangers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
If the Texas Rangers signed free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals), SP Derek Holland would likely be bumped down from the third starter spot to the fourth position.

SP | Randy Wells | Texas Rangers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers Ps Justin Grimm, Kyle McClellan, Robbie Ross and Randy Wells are each considered internal candidates for the fifth rotation spot, and their chances improved Sunday, March 3, when leading candidate SP Martin Perez (forearm) suffered a fractured forearm.

SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Martin Perez (forearm) suffered a fractured left forearm in the Cactus League spring game Sunday, March 3, after being hit by a line drive. He might miss eight to 10 weeks. He was taken to the hospital where X-rays revealed a fractured ulna. He won't be able to begin a throwing program for four weeks, and would likely need four to six more weeks to build arm strength and get up to game speed. Perez was considered the front-runner for the No. 5 rotation job.

SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Zack Wheeler (oblique) will throw a bullpen session either Tuesday, March 5, or Wednesday, March 6, according to pitching coach Dan Warthen. Wheeler might throw two bullpen sessions before his next Grapefruit League spring start, as the team uses caution in his return from an oblique issue.

SP | Brad Lincoln | Toronto Blue Jays | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays will use SP Brad Lincoln out of the bullpen rather than stretch him out as a starter this spring. Earlier in the spring, there was a plan for Lincoln to pitch multiple innings. "We have kind of backed off that (having him start) a little bit," manager John Gibbons said Sunday, March 3. "What's his strength going to be? He's got a shot to make the team in that multiple-inning role. He's been so good out of the bullpen in shorter stints. That's kind of what we're looking at now." Gibbons indicated that if Lincoln were sent to the minors, he likely would not start.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs are still not interested in pursuing free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals), despite the setback suffered by SP Matt Garza (lat).

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees are among six MLB teams currently showing interest in free-agent SP Chien-Ming Wang (Nationals).

SP | Dustin McGowan | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Dustin McGowan (shoulder) is scheduled to throw off a mound Tuesday, March 5.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SP Johan Santana (shoulder) threw a brief bullpen session and did long-toss Sunday, March 3, and appeared to show no signs of discomfort. General manager Sandy Alderson had said the previous day that Santana was approximately 10 days away from throwing off a mound.

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum has named SP Jeff Samardzija as his team's Opening Day starter, with SP Matt Garza (lat) scheduled to start the regular season on the disabled list.

SP | Scott Baker | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Scott Baker (elbow) is expected to spend the first two weeks of the regular season on the disabled list.

SP | Alex Cobb | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Alex Cobb pitched three scoreless innings against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, March 2, in a 4-1 victory. Cobb threw 36 pitches, 28 for strikes. He struck out five of the last six batters he faced.

SP | Ryan Pope | New York Yankees | Transaction, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees reassigned P's Corey Black, Matt Daley, Nick Goody, Shane Greene, Bryan Mitchell, Zach Nuding, Michael O'Brien and Ryan Pope, and INF Kyle Roller to minor league camp.

SP | Franklin Morales | Boston Red Sox | Injury,
Boston Red Sox SP Franklin Morales (back) will not make his scheduled appearance in the team's spring training game Monday, March 4, because of a stiff back.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said SP Colby Lewis (elbow) felt good after throwing a bullpen session Friday, March 1. Lewis is scheduled to throw another bullpen session but it is not known when that will happen.

SP | Jeff Karstens | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Karstens (shoulder) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday, March 2, and is expected to throw live batting practice next week.

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to terms with the following players on one-year contracts: Ps Chris Archer, Alex Cobb, Alex Colome, Frank De Los Santos, Brandon Gomes, Brandon Guyer, Josh Lueke, Jake McGee, Mike Montgomery, Jake Odorizzi, Cesar Ramos, Felipe Rivero, Enny Romero and Alexander Torres, Cs Robinson Chirinos, Chris Gimenez, Jose Lobaton and Stephen Vogt, INFs Tim Beckham and Hak-Ju Lee and OF Desmond Jennings. They have also renewed the contract of SP Jeremy Hellickson. As a result, all members of the team's 40-man roster are now under contract for the 2013 season.

SP | Andrew Cashner | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner (thumb) threw his second bullpen session Friday, March 1, and is expected to throw another session Sunday, March 3, or Monday, March 4.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay spent the offseason working on exercises designed to strengthen his lower half and core, as a result of being plagued by lower back problems that led to upper back and shoulder issues that changed his delivery. He said that many of his struggles last year came in innings following big offensive outbursts by the Phillies because of sitting in the dugout for lengthy periods of time.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum (fingers) has been scratched from his start Saturday, March 2, because of finger blisters. It is considered to be a minor issue because he has been bothered by them every spring.

SP | Rubby De La Rosa | Boston Red Sox | Injury,
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell has already ruled out P Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) from breaking camp with the big club, and he left open the possibility that De La Rosa could start the season with Double-A Portland, rather than a lock to go to Triple-A Pawtucket.

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran had a strong showing in winter ball, and he has carried over the momentum into spring training. He is giving manager Fredi Gonzalez and general manager Frank Wren more reason to believe Teheran can be the team's fifth starter. He is trying to hold off Sean Gilmartin for the job.

SP | Kyle Gibson | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Kyle Gibson displayed a 96 mph fastball that had sinking action on it in his last spring appearance.

SP | Scott Diamond | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Diamond (elbow) is optimistic about being ready for opening day, and he should be ready to pitch in the first turn in the rotation.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese (knee) has been wearing a brace on his right knee, which was "a little sore at the end of last year." "I'm guessing fatigue," Niese said about the problem at the end of last season. "There's no issue."

SP | Daniel Hudson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Daniel Hudson (elbow) is currently rehabbing his way back from Tommy John surgery last year. He said he'll make sure not to overdo things during his between-starts throwing sessions when he eventually makes his way back. Hudson is also strengthening other parts of his body because his slinging motion when he throws puts stress on his arm moreso than other pitchers. He's working on getting the ball out of his glove quicker and not taking his throwing hand back as much during his motion.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (knees) declared himself fully healthy after tossing two scoreless innings Friday, March 1, striking out two. "I made a goal for me in the offseason to be able to come out and pitch without a brace," said Hammel, who had a right knee injury - and surgery - that hampered him nearly all of last season. "So, check that one off the list." Hammel is a candidate to be the team's opening day starter.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Marc Rzepczynski | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals RP Marc Rzepczynski (biceps) will receive a few days off due to a sore left biceps.

RP | Jesse Crain | Chicago White Sox | Injury
Chicago White Sox RP Jesse Crain (shoulder) bowed out of the World Baseball Classic due to a shoulder injury.

RP | Bruce Rondon | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Bruce Rondon has given up three runs, five hits and five walks to go with six strikeouts and a 7.36 earned run average in 3 2/3 innings.

RP | Boone Logan | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Boone Logan (elbow) said his MRI from Saturday, March 2, revealed inflammation in his left elbow, but he hopes to return to the mound Tuesday, March 5, or Wednesday, March 6.

RP | Will Ohman | Washington Nationals | Transaction,
The Washington Nationals reassigned Ps Bill Bray, Brandon Mann, Will Ohman and Tanner Roark to the minor-league camp Sunday, March 3.

RP | Andrew Carignan | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics have reassigned RP Andrew Carignan to minor league camp.

RP | Frank Herrmann | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians RP Frank Herrmann (elbow) may need to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He is currently in the process of gathering more information and opinions before making a decision.

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) is hoping to begin throwing off a mound in seven or eight days. He would then need to throw approximately eight bullpen sessions before seeing game action.

RP | David Hernandez | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks RP David Hernandez has switched from Team Mexico to Team USA for the World Baseball Classic.

RP | Javy Guerra | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Javy Guerra has been added to Team Mexico's roster for the World Baseball Classic.

RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera (knee) said he feels like he is ready to pitch in a game but will wait for manager Joe Girardi to make that decision.

RP | Jose Valverde | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland remains interested in bringing back free-agent CL Jose Valverde as a safety net but not at his current asking price.

RP | Daniel Bard | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox planned to use RP Daniel Bard in the Grapefruit League spring game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, March 1, but instead he spent the day working on his delivery outside of a game situation with pitching coach Juan Nieves. "We're just trying to work out his lower half, more stride direction, so he had a work day just throwing on a line where there's some lateral type drills where we're trying to get that stride direction consistent," manager John Farrell said. The new plan is for Bard to throw a bullpen session Saturday, March 2, and then pitch in a game Monday, March 4.

RP | Eric O'Flaherty | Atlanta Braves | Injury,
Atlanta Braves RP Eric O'Flaherty (back) has not deal with any discomfort in his back through the first three weeks of spring training, but managed Fredi Gonzalez said Friday, March 1, that the decision made to delay his first appearance until at least the second week of the exhibition season was due to his previous history with back problems. "I did a lot of work in the offseason, and my back has never felt better than it does right now," O'Flaherty said. "It has not been an issue at all."

RP | Jordan Walden | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RP Jordan Walden (back) has been dealing with what he describes as "tightness in his back." He has been taking anti-inflammatory medication and completing rehab exercises. The back discomfort could keep him sidelined for at least another week.

RP | Craig Breslow | Boston Red Sox | Injury,
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox RP Craig Breslow (shoulder) will begin a flat-ground throwing program Saturday, March 2. Barring any setbacks, the team feels he has time to get ready for the regular season. He will need roughly 10 days throwing before he can get back on a mound.

RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday, March 1, that RP Alfredo Aceves has been acting "like a model citizen" in camp lately after an early issue which he lobbed pitches towards home plate in live batting practice.

RP | Kelvin Herrera | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals RP Kelvin Herrera is making it a point to improve his curveball this spring. "I want to be able to mix that in more with my other pitches," he said. "I want to throw it more often. I want to gain enough confidence in my breaking ball to do that. I've been throwing it a lot (in practice), and I feel good about it."

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins isn't optimistic that RP Frank Francisco (elbow), who just started throwing on flat ground this week, will be ready for opening day. "I don't think Frankie's going to be ready for opening day, so it'll be Bobby (Parnell)," Terry Collins told WFAN about the closer's role. "And you know what? He can take that job and run with it."

RP | LaTroy Hawkins | New York Mets | Injury,
New York Mets RPs LaTroy Hawkins, Pedro Feliciano and Tim Byrdak (shoulder) have to be told by March 26 whether they've made the roster or they'll earn $100,000 to be sent to the minors. The Mets could also choose to flat out release them. Hawkins appears to be a lock for the bullpen and Feliciano is a leading contender as well. Byrdak's deadline is a non-issue signed the team signed him knowing he wouldn't be ready for the start of the season.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians have made it clear that they don't want RP Chris Perez (shoulder) to rush to be ready for opening day.

RP | Garrett Olson | Oakland Athletics | Injury,
Oakland Athletics RP Garrett Olson (hamstring), who had been held out due to a sore hamstring, is pitching Friday, March 1.

RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon allowed two runs and tossed 28 pitches to get three outs Friday, March 1, and he's given up eight runs in 1 2/3 spring innings for an ERA of 43.20 so far.

RP | Casey Janssen | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Casey Janssen (shoulder) has been feeling good during his long toss program recently, but the next seven to 10 days will be pivotal if he's going to be ready for opening day. Janssen still hasn't thrown off a mound or faced hitters this spring.

RP | Sergio Santos | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos has allowed just one baserunner in two spring innings so far and scouts are buzzing about him this spring. RP Casey Janssen (shoulder) is still recovering from shoulder surgery, so Santos could open the season as the closer. "I thought he was really sharp (Thursday) in Tampa. He had all his pitches working. He commanded his fastball. He showed a few of his old devastating sliders, and his offspeed stuff was there. So we're very happy with where he is," manager John Gibbons said. Santos has hit 95 mph on the radar gun in a spring game.

RP | Grant Balfour | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Grant Balfour (knee) threw 25 pitches off a mound Friday, March 1, and he should be pitching in spring games in two weeks barring a setback. Pitching coach Curt Young thinks Balfour was at "91 percent" effort level. He's not being allowed to run yet and still has some stiffness in his knee. It will likely be another week before he has full range of motion.

RP | Mark Prior | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction,
The Cincinnati Reds signed free-agent RP Mark Prior (Red Sox) to a minor league deal Friday, March 1.

RP | Vinnie Pestano | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez's (shoulder) shoulder strain will keep him from participating for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, and he is at risk of not being ready for opening day. He is dealing with a subscapularis strain and will be shut down for seven to 10 days. Perez, however, isn't too worried about the injury. RP Vinnie Pestano, who is a candidate to close if Perez misses regular season time, still plans on playing in the WBC.

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