Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 12, 2013 @ 08:50:02 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto likes where 1B Paul Konerko is with his swing this spring. "His hands are freer earlier than they have been in the past, he says," Manto said of Konerko's swing. "He's having a lot of good at-bats. He's the lowest maintenance guy we have. You look at him and know what you are going to get. He has moved his progress along quickly."

1B | Matt LaPorta | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians optioned OF Tim Fedroff and Ps Trey Haley, T.J. House, Chen-Chang Lee and Danny Salazar to Triple-A Columbus Monday, March 11. 1B Matt LaPorta, P Fernando Nieve and C Roberto Perez were sent to minor league camp.

1B | Derrek Lee | Retired Players | Free Agents
Retired 1B Derrek Lee is believed to be intrigued by the opportunity to possibly play for the New York Yankees while 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) heals for the first month of the season. "I reached out to him. I expressed an interest," general manager Brian Cashman said. "He's the type of player that is Yankee-like in terms of capabilities when he was playing and makeup for the clubhouse and stuff like that. I just planted the seed, if you have an interest in thinking of playing, let me know. That was it."

Second Baseman

2B | Jordany Valdespin | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Jordany Valdespin (groin) is stating his case to make the opening day roster by hitting his third spring homer off Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander Monday, March 11. However, he left the game early after being hit by a pitch in his groin. "I'm good," Valdespin said. "I'm good. Everything is fine. The doctor said nothing bad. Everything is good. Everything is working normally. Everything is right." Valdespin is batting .370 (10-for-27) with six RBIs in spring training, and he'll continue to see time in the outfield, according to manager Terry Collins. Valdespin is likely directly competing with OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis now. At this point, Valdespin seems to be a lock for the roster.

2B | Aaron Hill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill (illness) left the game early Monday, March 11, with a stomach bug.

2B | Matt Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals are happy with the transition that 2B Matt Carpenter has made with the move to second base, and he's in consideration for the starting job there. Carpenter hasn't committed an error in 44 innings this spring, and his footwork has become more natural. "I'm at the point now where if I were to be out there in a game I don't feel lost whatsoever," Carpenter said. "Am I going to win a Gold Glove over there? The odds of that are probably slim. But at the same time, do I feel like I can play an adequate second base? I do. I really do now. I'm comfortable at that position." Carpenter is battling with 2B Daniel Descalso, and the team expects the competition to spill into the regular season.

2B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Logan Forsythe (foot), who has his right foot in a protective boot, won't return to action until at least next weekend. He is dealing with plantar fasciitis.


SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels will encourage SS Jurickson Profar to play for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic finals if Profar is given the chance.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) is expected to play his first spring game at shortstop Wednesday, March 13. Jeter went 0-for-2 as the designated hitter Monday, March 11.

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (hamstring) and INF Brent Lillibridge (groin) did some running Monday, March 11, and both are expected to return to spring action Wednesday, March 13.

SS | Stephen Drew | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Stephen Drew (concussion) remains out with a concussion that he suffered last week. Drew is dealing with lingering symptoms, and he's in a "holding pattern" until he feels better. "It's getting better. But you have to make sure these things go away before you get back out there," he said. "You don't want it to come back because they can come back and then it won't be good. For the most part it's getting better, slowly but surely. I'd like to get this going so I can get going (playing) again."

Third Baseman

3B | Trevor Plouffe | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe's (calf) MRI results came back "favorable," and he's not expected to miss more than a week.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (tailbone) returned to third base Monday, March 11, after injuring himself on a swinging gate last week trying to catch a popup. He was dealing with a bruised tailbone.

3B | Josh Vitters | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Josh Vitters (quadriceps) ran the bases Monday, March 11, and should return to spring action later this week.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre said he won't join the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic for the second round of the tournament. Beltre said his swing still isn't right.

3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) is expected to return to the spring lineup Thursday, March 14, and he should have enough time to make the roster.

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas is hitting .452 (14-for-31) in spring training. Moustakas said his poor second half last year had nothing to do with the knee injury he suffered. "His frustration level grew more in the second half with his at-bats," manager Ned Yost said. "He got off to a good start, then you ride a good start. Then when you start to struggle, you start fighting it a little bit. And I think he started fighting it in the second half. Like Hosmer, the frustration level came into his game, when you're fighting frustration and trying to get it all right in one at-bat."

3B | Chipper Jones | Retired Players | Free Agents
Retired 3B Chipper Jones's agent, B.B. Abbott, said that his client is retired and won't come back to play for the New York Yankees. General manager Brian Cashman has floated the idea of Jones returning to play with 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) out for the first month of the season.

3B | Scott Rolen | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees have reached out to free-agent 3B Scott Rolen (Reds) to see if he has any interest in playing for them this year to help with 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) out for the first month of the season. The Yankees' impression is that Rolen has decided not to play this year after receiving a solid offer from the Cincinnati Reds.


C | Austin Romine | New York Yankees | Transaction, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees optioned Ps Francisco Rondon, Dellin Betances and Brett Marshall and C Austin Romine to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Monday, March 11.

C | Nick Hundley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Nick Hundley has 11 hits in 23 at-bats heading into Monday, March 11, as he focuses on being more loose at the plate this year. He also has a .783 slugging percentage and an OPS of 1.283. His hands are lower this spring and his path to the ball is more direct.

C | Hank Conger | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Hank Conger had three more throwing errors Sunday, March 10, but manager Mike Scioscia is happy that Conger is still being aggressive. Conger said he feels great and he continues to work on his throwing mechanics. He's 7-for-17 with two home runs and a team-leading 10 RBIs. Conger's throwing woes may ultimately keep him from winning the backup catching job.

C | Chris Herrmann | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins reassigned C Chris Herrmann to the minors Monday, March 11.

C | Mike Napoli | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox would likely use C/1B Mike Napoli or OF Mike Carp as the primary designated hitter if DH David Ortiz (heels, Achilles') isn't ready for opening day.


OF | Tyson Gillies | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies reassigned P Tyler Cloyd, P B.J. Rosenberg, P Mauricio Robles, OF Tyson Gillies and C Sebastian Valle to minor league camp.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (shoulder) said his shoulder feels fine and expects to return to the lineup Tuesday, March 12.

OF | Andruw Jones | Japanese League | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF Andruw Jones (Yankees), who is playing in Japan in 2013, scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Seattle Mariners OF Kalian Sams in the ninth inning, giving Team Netherlands a 7-6 win over Team Cuba and a trip to the World Baseball Classic semifinals.

OF | Yeison Asencio | San Diego Padres | Transaction,
The San Diego Padres optioned P Adys Portillo and INF Edinson Rincon to Double-A San Antonio and OF Yeison Asencio to Single-A Lake Elsinore Monday, March 11.

OF | Travis Witherspoon | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim optioned RP Brandon Sisk to Triple-A Salt Lake Monday, March 11, optioned OF Travis Witherspoon to Double-A Arkansas and reassigned P A.J. Schugel to minor league camp.

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (back) will miss a couple of days with lower back pain.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) is dealing with mild discomfort in his right knee.

OF | Ben Francisco | New York Yankees | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Yankees signed free-agent OF Ben Francisco (Indians) to an undisclosed deal Monday, March 11. He will compete for an outfield spot.

OF | Xavier Avery | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles reassigned OF Xavier Avery to the minors Monday, March 11.

OF | Rafael Ortega | Colorado Rockies | Transaction
The Colorado Rockies reassigned OF Rafael Ortega to the minors Monday, March 11.

OF | Manny Ramirez | Chinese League | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Manny Ramirez (Athletics) will head to play in Taiwan for the EDA Rhinos Monday, March 11, after not receiving interest from major league teams. Ramirez is expected to earn around $12,000 per month in Taiwan.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Daisuke Matsuzaka (calf) left the game with cramps in his right calf Monday, March 11.

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (elbow) was diagnosed with inflammation in the back of his right elbow.

SP | Scott Kazmir | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Scott Kazmir said he's feeling great after another solid spring outing Monday, March 11. Kazmir said he's showing around a 10 mph difference.

SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Joe Kelly will start the spring game Thursday, March 14, and SP Shelby Miller will pitch in relief. After both outings, the team will have an idea on who will serve as the No. 5 starter on opening day. Pitching coach Derek Lilliquist said either Kelly or Miller "will get the last three starts."

SP | Josh Beckett | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett has started throwing less fastballs the older he gets with his velocity dropping to 91 mph last season. Last year, he threw his fastball less than half of the time and focused more on offspeed pitches. "His stuff may not be the same dominant-type stuff. But again, what's he doing? Making adjustments," manager Don Mattingly said. "His changeup is getting better. That's what pitchers do that really know what they're doing. They'll keep changing speeds, whatever they have to do." Beckett has thrown eight shutout innings this spring with nine strikeouts and a walk. He has worked with former SP Sandy Koufax this spring on his delivery and working more with his curveball and changeup.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello pitched five more solid innings Sunday, March 10, and he is using a curveball in favor of a slider that he hung too often. "His secondary stuff was terrific today, some of the best curveballs I've seen him throw, an excellent changeup, and some good movement with some velocity," manager Jim Leyland said. "He's been locked in pretty good so far." Porcello has given up no runs and six hits while striking out 10 in his last nine spring innings. He hasn't walked a single hitter in 13 innings.

SP | Tyler Thornburg | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction,
The Milwaukee Brewers optioned Ps Johnny Hellweg and Tyler Thornburg to Triple-A Nashville Monday, March 11.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jake Arrieta threw four more scoreless innings Monday, March 11, and said he could have easily gone six or seven innings. Arrieta hasn't given up a run in his last seven spring innings, and he has allowed four runs (three earned) and seven hits while walking four and striking out seven in 9 2/3 innings. He said he has tightened up his slider this spring.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (lat) played catch Monday, March 11, and will do so again Wednesday, March 13.

SP | Wade Miley | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Wade Miley (biceps), who is dealing with biceps tightness, should miss only one start, according to manager Kirk Gibson. The team is not overly concerned with Miley.

SP | David Huff | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Scott Kazmir is a realistic option for the No. 5 starting pitcher spot with the likes of SPs Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, David Huff and Daisuke Matsuzaka. There is no clear favorite, but Kazmir has thrown four shutout innings this spring, giving up two hits with no walks and four strikeouts. "I think, right now, with the stuff he has, he can pitch and win," manager Terry Francona said.

SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison (toe) has recovered from a toe issue that cropped up over the weekend, and he will start in a B game Tuesday, March 12. He threw a 45-pitch bullpen session Sunday, March 11, and didn't have any problems. Harrison also took part in pain-free pitchers' fielding practice. He canceled his trip to Texas to be examined as a result. Harrison had a cortisone shot in his toe last week and the shot didn't work. He's still scheduled to throw four or five innings Tuesday, and he'll test a new orthotic in his shoe with a slightly raised sole in the front of his foot.

SP | Alex Sanabia | Miami Marlins | Transaction,
The Miami Marlins reassigned Ps Alex Sanabia, Sam Dyson and Brad Hand to the minors Monday, March 11.

SP | Andrew Werner | Oakland Athletics | Transaction,
The Oakland Athletics reassigned Ps Andrew Werner and Jesse Chavez to minor league camp.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Matt Palmer | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers re-assigned P Matt Palmer and optioned P's Matt Magill and Steven Ames to the minor league camp. Palmer is out six to eight weeks due to surgery on his left knee.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (elbow) threw off the mound Sunday, March 10, for the first time this spring, and he threw roughly 20 pitches during the session. However, he's likely to open the season on the disabled list.

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session Monday, March 11, throwing all fastballs. He was throwing at around 50 percent intensity, so he doesn't expect to be sore following his session. He'll throw off a mound again Thursday, March 14, and hopes to pitch in some spring games later this month.

RP | Jorge Rondon | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction,
The St. Louis Cardinals optioned RP Jorge Rondon to the minors Monday, March 11.

RP | Marc Rzepczynski | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Marc Rzepczynski (eye) has been cleared to resume throwing Monday, March 11, after three days of rest. "Being able to throw off a mound is the best thing I've heard since Friday," Rzepczynski said. "It's looking better. He said there should be no permanent damage." He is hoping to play catch Tuesday, March 12. He won't take part in much physical exertion, however, which includes appearances in spring games. He'll see an eye doctor again Wednesday, March 13. Rzepczynski will continue to have blurred vision as long as his eye has inflammation, and he's unlikely to wear contacts for a while. It's unclear if he'll be ready for opening day.

RP | Jordan Walden | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RP Jordan Walden (back) remains out with a bulging disc in his back. RP Eric O'Flaherty (groin) will make his spring debut Tuesday, March 12. RP Cory Gearrin has likely secured a spot in the bullpen with Walden hurt.

RP | Chance Ruffin | Seattle Mariners | Transaction,
The Seattle Mariners have reassigned RP Chance Ruffin to minor league camp.

RP | Will Ohman | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Washington Nationals have released RP Will Ohman.

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