Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 18, 2013 @ 09:22:01 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Chris Marrero | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals reassigned SP Ross Ohlendorf and SS Zach Walters to minor league camp. The team also optioned Ps Ryan Perry, Erik Davis and Yunesky Maya, INF Chris Marrero, C Jhonatan Solano and OF Corey Brown to Triple-A Syracuse.

1B | Steve Pearce | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Steve Pearce leads the team in home runs and has a team-high 12 runs batted in this spring, including a homer hit on Sunday, March 17.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) has a torn tendon sheath, rather than a strained wrist, and could miss the entire season in a worst-case scenario. However, the team still expects him to heal without needing to undergo surgery and expects him to rejoin the team after 8-10 weeks of recovery time. Teixeira injured his right wrist while hitting off a tee practicing with Team USA for the World Baseball Classic but does not blame the event. Instead, he believes that the injury may have resulted from overuse; as a switch-hitter, he takes a lot of swings from both sides of the plate during the offseason. "I might have to take a step back from that," he said.

1B | Mike Flacco | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles have dealt 1B Mike Flacco to the Boston Red Sox, in exchange for cash considerations.

1B | Neftali Soto | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds have optioned 1B Neftali Soto, INF Henry X. Rodriguez and Ps Curtis Partch and Pedro Villarreal to Triple-A Louisville. They have optioned 1B/OF Donald Lutz to Double-A Pensacola.

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton (knee) had four hits, including a home run, in a minor-league game Thursday, March 14. He then made a rare trip for a road Cactus League game Friday, March 15, so he could get some needed playing time. "It's getting better," Helton said. "I was worried for a day, but I feel good now."

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said Friday, March 15, that the timetable for 1B Albert Pujols (knee) is relatively clear in his mind, and Pujols should play in the field within the next week. Recently Pujols resumed taking grounders during morning workouts.

1B | Anthony Rizzo | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo is expected to rejoin the team Saturday, March 16. He was away for the World Baseball Classic playing for Team Italy, but they have been eliminated from competition.

1B | Mike McDade | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians reassigned 1B Mike McDade and OF Nate Spears to the minors Friday, March 15.

1B | Hunter Morris | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers reassigned 2B Scooter Gennett, OF Josh Prince, SP Jesus Sanchez, 1B Hunter Morris, OF Kentrail Davis and C Adam Weisenburger to minor league camp Friday, March 15.

1B | Lars Anderson | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction,
The Toronto Blue Jays sent 1B Lars Anderson and RP Chad Jenkins to the minors Thursday, March 14.


Second Baseman

2B | Freddy Galvis | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis hit his second home run of the spring Sunday, March 17, and he is now batting .278 (15-for-54) with nine extra-base hits in 18 games. Galvis has homered on St. Patrick's Day for three consecutive springs.

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy (rib cage) was limited to taking "a couple" of swings Sunday, March 17, as he dealt with stiffness in his right rib cage area. It marked the second straight day Murphy was unable to participate in a minor league game, after playing defense and running the bases on Friday, March 15. If Murphy doesn't begin playing exhibition games by the weekend, he won't be ready for Opening Day, according to manager Terry Collins.

2B | Maicer Izturis | Toronto Blue Jays | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Sunday, March 17, that he might not pick a winner for the second base job. Entering spring training, INF Maicer Izturis was believed to have the leg up, but OF Emilio Bonifacio is also in the running. However, Gibbons acknowledged depending in part on pitching matchups, he might rotate Bonifacio and Izturis in and out of the spot.

2B | Justin Turner | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets INF Justin Turner (ankle) suffered a sprained right ankle Saturday, March 16. He was sent to the hospital for X-rays.

2B | Bill Hall | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B Bill Hall (calf) is nursing a strained left calf. An MRI revealed he has a strain and no tear. The team has until March 26 to make a decision on whether to put Hall on the big league roster or pay him a $100,000 bonus to keep him within the organization at a minor league level.

2B | Tony Abreu | San Francisco Giants | Injury
San Francisco Giants INF Tony Abreu (knee) has undergone three MRI exams on his knee, and he'll be shut down for a few more days.

2B | Cesar Hernandez | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies optioned 2B Cesar Hernandez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley Thursday, March 14.

2B | Matt Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals INF Matt Carpenter, this spring, has faced most of the challenges that a second baseman would face and conquered all of them, according to manager Mike Matheny. He had another good day in the field on Thursday, March 14, which included the clean execution of a couple of double plays. Meanwhile, Carpenter has remained strong with the bat, with a spring average of .394 following a double and a two-run triple in that contest.


Shortstop

SS | Stephen Drew | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Stephen Drew (concussion) will see a specialist if his concussion symptoms don't subside in 24 hours.

SS | Pete Kozma | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Pete Kozma was named the starting shortstop to open the season.

SS | Ryan Theriot | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent 2B Ryan Theriot (Giants) is considering retiring and becoming a player agent.

SS | Ryan Jackson | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction
The St. Louis Cardinals optioned P Keith Butler and SS Ryan Jackson to Triple-A Memphis, and they reassigned SP John Gast to their minor-league camp Sunday, March 17.

SS | Jonathan Villar | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros have optioned OFs Robbie Grossman and Jimmy Paredes, SS Jonathan Villar and Ps Paul Clemens and Dallas Keuchel to minor league camp. They have also reassigned OF Che-Hsuan Lin, C Carlos Perez and Ps Sergio Escalona, Chuck Fick and Josh Zeid to minor league camp.

SS | Pedro Ciriaco | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox SS Pedro Ciriaco (back) is considered day to day due to back spasms.

SS | Ehire Adrianza | San Francisco Giants | Transaction,
The San Francisco Giants optioned SS Ehire Adrianza, 2B Nick Noonan, P Jake Dunning, P Chris Heston, OF Roger Kieschnick, OF Juan C. Perez and P Edwin Escobar to Triple-A Fresno Friday, March 15.

SS | Chris Owings | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction,
The Arizona Diamondbacks reassigned Ps Eric Smith, Chase Anderson, Charles Brewer, Eury De La Rosa, Zeke Spruill, Josh Booty, David Holmberg, Garrett Mock and Bo Schultz, OFs Alfredo Marte and Keon Broxton, SSs Nick Ahmed and Chris Owings, 3B Matt Davidson and C Edward Easley to minor league camp Thursday, March 14.

SS | Ryan Goins | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays optioned SS Ryan Goins to Triple-A Buffalo Thursday, March 14.

SS | Brian Bixler | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright (back) has described his injury as soreness in the left side of his ribs, and he said it had been keeping him awake at night. It's something that he had been feeling for around a week. Wright won't play in the World Baseball Classic Friday, March 15, and it doesn't sound optimistic that he'll be allowed to play if Team USA advances to the semifinals. 2B Justin Turner is the obvious replacement for Wright at third base for the Mets if he's forced to miss the start of the season. INFs Zach Lutz, Brandon Hicks and Brian Bixler also have experience at third base.

SS | Rafael Furcal | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal (elbow), as expected, underwent surgery Wednesday, March 13, to repair his ulnar collateral ligament and have a bone spur taken care of. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews. "We heard everything went as well as could be expected," said manager Mike Matheny.


Third Baseman

3B | Robert De La Cruz | free agent | Transaction
The St. Louis Cardinals released 3B Robert De La Cruz. He signed as an international free agent for $1.1 million in 2008.

3B | Eric Sogard | Oakland Athletics | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 2B Eric Sogard is hitting .500 (15-for-30) for the spring and looking increasingly like someone who could be a surprise starter for the Athletics to open the season. The team wants to go with INF Jed Lowrie at second base and SS Hiroyuki Nakajima at shortstop, but Sogard could push Lowrie to short if this continues.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright (intercostal) told manager Terry Collins he plans to be ready for Opening Day of the 2013 season Monday, April 1, but Collins is being cautious. "I'm not doubting him, but we certainly have to have a contingency plan in case he's not. But he said, 'I'll be out there.' " Collins said.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (elbow) was scratched from the Cactus League spring game lineup Sunday, March 17, due to discomfort in his right elbow. He said he felt pain in the elbow making a throw to second base Saturday, March 16. "We think he'll be fine, because he's had this before," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I can probably answer it better after (Monday), when he gets treatment and we see where he's at. But there's always concern anytime it's an issue with the arm." It is uncertain if he will need an MRI.

3B | Chris Nelson | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy
If Colorado Rockies 3B Chris Nelson fails to beat out 3B Nolan Arenado for the starting job at third base, the team might try to move him. He is likely strong enough defensively to be an effective utility man at second base and shortstop, and he is out of options, which might lead to a trade.

3B | Nolan Arenado | Colorado Rockies | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies are reportedly giving strong considering to using rookie 3B Nolan Arenado as their starting third baseman for Opening Day. The team will likely wait another seven to 10 days before deciding between Arenado or incumbent 3B Chris Nelson, but the team is giving it serious thought, according to major league sources.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley (thumb) jammed his left thumb in a Cactus League spring game Sunday, March 17, and the team is awaiting X-ray results. Manager Bud Black said Headley is not expected to play Monday, March 18.

3B | Scott Moore | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics reassigned OF Michael Choice, C David Freitas, SP Brian Gordon, 3B Scott Moore and INF Darwin Perez to their minor-league camp Sunday, March 17.

3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) missed his third consecutive day of games Sunday, March 17. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Monday, March 18.

3B | Yan Gomes | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians INF/C Yan Gomes (hamstring) is expected to be sidelined three or four days with a sore right hamstring.

3B | Josh Fields | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have optioned RPs Jake Diekman and Justin De Fratus to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. RP Cesar Jimenez and 3B Josh Fields were reassigned to minor league camp.

3B | Danny Valencia | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Danny Valencia (knee) has patellar tendinitis, although an MRI exam came back clean, according to manager Buck Showalter.

3B | Ryan Wheeler | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies reassigned P Joe Gardner, P Will Harris, P Josh Sullivan, 3B Ryan Wheeler and OF Tim Wheeler to their minor-league camp Friday, March 15.

3B | Josh Vitters | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Josh Vitters (quadriceps) returned to game action Friday, March 15, in a Cactus League spring game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was his first game action since Feb. 21. "I got to test (my leg) on the first ball I hit, I hit a grounder to shortstop," Vitters said. "It's kind of good that I had a couple of ground balls and got to test it out. I didn't push it to 100 percent, but I picked it up pretty close."

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez (knee) returned to the team's lineup on Friday, March 15, two weeks from when he sprained his left knee.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Kevin Youkilis hit a solo homer and a triple Thursday, March 14, a day after doubling off Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee. "He's starting to swing the bat good," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's driven a lot of balls the last few days, and that's what we want to see."

3B | Alex Liddi | Seattle Mariners | Transaction
The Seattle Mariners optioned 3B Alex Liddi to Triple-A Tacoma, and reassigned C John Hicks, C Ronny Paulino and INF Stefen Romero to minor league camp.


Catcher

C | Ali Solis | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole, P Brooks Brown, P Kyle Waldrop, P Kris Johnson and C Ali Solis were reassigned to minor league camp. P Phillip Irwin was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

C | Yorvit Torrealba | Colorado Rockies | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Yorvit Torrealba is likely to be named as the backup to C Wilin Rosario, with 3B Jordan Pacheco giving the team another option.

C | Ramon Hernandez | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies want to trade C Ramon Hernandez, and they will assume part of his $3.2 million salary to make a deal, a source says.

C | Hank Conger | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Hank Conger (thumb) left the Cactus League spring game Saturday, March 16, due to a left thumb cramp suffered while catching warm-up pitches.

C | Bobby Wilson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim could be interested in trading for New York Yankees C Bobby Wilson.

C | Luke Montz | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C Luke Montz (groin) will get the day off Sunday, March 17, after he was hit in the groin by a foul tip that bounced off the plate Saturday, March 16.

C | Lou Marson | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Lou Marson (stomach) returned to action Friday, March 15, against the San Francisco Giants. He had been sidelined for most of the week with the flu.

C | Chris Snyder | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals are likely to trade C Chris Snyder because the team is deep at the position. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are reportedly one of the teams interested in dealing for him.

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (shoulder) took batting practice Saturday, March 16, and is still targeting April 16 for his return.

C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Boston Red Sox | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have not ruled out carrying three catchers on their Opening Day roster if DH David Ortiz (heels, Achilles') starts the season on the disabled list, although the idea still remains unlikely. Manager John Farrell said C Ryan Lavarnway is not a candidate to be used as the designated hitter and the idea has not been discussed with C Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

C | Tyler Flowers | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C Tyler Flowers (back) will not play Saturday, March 16, because of stiffness in his lower back.

C | Christian Vazquez | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox optioned C Christian Vazquez to Double-A Portland Friday, March 15.

C | Hector Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Hector Sanchez (shoulder) has been shut down until Tuesday, March 19, when he could receive extra at-bats in minor league games.

C | Chris Stewart | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees C Chris Stewart (shoulder) was hit on the shoulder by a foul tip but will play Saturday, March 16. OF Zachary Heathcott (knee) is dealing with patellar tendonitis.

C | Tony Sanchez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned C Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis Friday, March 15.

C | Sandy Leon | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals sent C Sandy Leon to the minors Thursday, March 14.

C | Francisco Cervelli | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said there's no clear favorite for playing time between C's Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart, and the organization may not determine the split until the regular season begins. Girardi noted that each backstop did "a nice job with their staff" this spring. Cervelli and Stewart are out of minor league options.


Outfielder

OF | L.J. Hoes | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles reassigned OF L.J. Hoes to minor league camp on Sunday, March 17. It appears Hoes will be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to start the season.

OF | Kirk Nieuwenhuis | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (knee) took batting practice and participated in defensive drills, and he expects to take at-bats in a minor league game by Wednesday, March 20, at the latest.

OF | Alex Rios | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Alex Rios had his first home run, extra-base hit and run batted in Sunday, March 17, in the World Baseball Classic, but the homer sent Puerto Rico to the WBC championship game with a 3-1 victory over two-time title winner Japan.

OF | Quintin Berry | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Quintin Berry (knee) left the Grapefruit League spring game Sunday, March 17, due to soreness in the same knee which forced him out of the lineup earlier in the spring.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo (back) missed the Cactus League spring game Sunday, March 17, due to back spasms. "He's still a little sore, but I had him off today anyway," manager Dusty Baker said. "He just came in for treatment. I have him as kind of a question mark (for Monday)."

OF | Cole Gillespie | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Cole Gillespie hit a three-run walk-off home run Sunday, March 17, in Cactus League play, as he tries to earn the fifth outfielder job.

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (elbow) made his Cactus League spring debut Sunday, March 17, serving as the designated hitter. He was hitless in three at-bats in his first major league game action since Aug. 19. "It was nice to be back on the field, playing against a big-league club," Crawford said. "The nerves were racing a little bit, but once I had that first at-bat, I felt a lot better."

OF | Michael Taylor | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics optioned OFs Grant Green and Michael Taylor to Triple-A Sacramento Sunday, March 17.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton (illness) missed time over the weekend due to a respiratory illness, but he was able to return to Cactus League spring game action Sunday, March 17. He was hitless in three at-bats in his return.

OF | Delmon Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Delmon Young (ankle) took on-field batting practice and ran for the second time in as many days Sunday, March 17. "Right now everything is going good," he said. "Hitting feels fine, throwing feels fine. I'm just running, trying to build up the strength in my foot and my legs, and the stamina in general." There is no timetable for when Young will be able to participate in exhibition games and he might not see the field in Clearwater until after the Phillies leave town Thursday, March 28. Young is expected to start the season on the disabled list and could be back by mid-to-late April.

OF | Matt Diaz | free agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Yankees have released OF Matt Diaz.

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said OF Nolan Reimold (shoulder) could resume playing in the field Tuesday, March 19.

OF | Trent Oeltjen | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have sent Ps Billy Buckner and Robert Coello and OF Trent Oeltjen to minor league camp.

OF | Brennan Boesch | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees OF Brennan Boesch will earn $1.5 million if he makes the 25-man roster or $500,000 if he is sent to the minor leagues.

OF | Oswaldo Arcia | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins have optioned OF Oswaldo Arcia to Triple-A Rochester.

OF | Mitch Maier | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Mitch Maier (wrist) has a sprained left wrist and will be out a few days.

OF | Brett Jackson | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Brett Jackson (shoulder) was scratched from the lineup for the exhibition game Friday, March 15, due to lingering soreness in his right shoulder. He is considered day to day. "It doesn't bother him hitting, just pinches when he throws," manager Dale Sveum said.

OF | Albert Almora | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Albert Almora (hand) broke the hamate bone in his left hand during a swing Thursday, March 14, and he is expected to be sidelined until mid-May. The injury was not believed to be serious, and Cubs officials said Friday, March 15, that Almora will have the bone removed. He is expected to resume baseball activities in three to four weeks.

OF | Jason Kubel | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Jason Kubel (knee) didn't play Friday, March 15, and won't suit up Saturday, March 16, due to a sore left knee. He should return Sunday, March 17.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) has yet to appear in a spring game after aggravating his surgically repaired right knee earlier this week, but manager Bud Black said he is OK. "I'm doing all right, working through some stuff," Quentin said. "I feel like I'm getting closer. I'm looking forward to that." Black doesn't think Quentin is in danger of missing opening day.

OF | Francisco Peguero | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants are pleased with the play of OF Francisco Peguero this spring, and they see him as a possible backup outfielder. The team still wants to see 2B Tony Abreu, though, but Peguero may be the front-runner for a bench spot. Peguero is hitting .424 with 14 hits.

OF | Jaff Decker | San Diego Padres | Transaction
The San Diego Padres optioned OF Jaff Decker to Double-A San Antonio Friday, March 15.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (legs) isn't in the lineup for either of his team's games on Friday, March 15, and hasn't played in five days because he's been experiencing what he called tightness in his legs. He said that it's nothing to worry about. He's hit and worked out every day, so the soreness doesn't appear to be a cause for concern and the M's are being extra cautious.

OF | Ben Francisco | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Ben Francisco hit a two-run double Wednesday, March 13 and singled Thursday, March 14. "You'll probably see a lot of him in the next two weeks," manager Joe Girardi said. "He's got an opportunity." Said chance means fellow righty bat Matt Diaz probably is behind in the battle for one of the last roster spots. Juan Rivera remains in the mix for at-bats at 1B and OF.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (lat) is still throwing long toss and playing catch every other day in his rehab program.

SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn is working on a consistent delivery to fit his body type after he lost weight in the offseason. Lynn's slimmer physique has given him more flexibility in his windup.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello is likely to be the No. 5 starter unless the team receives a significant offer for him. That means SP Drew Smyly likely begins in the minors.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese is slated to start on Opening Day because SP Johan Santana (shoulder) isn't expected to be ready.

SP | Ian Kennedy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Ian Kennedy (leg), hit on the left leg by a comebacker on Saturday, March 16, said he was fine the next day and manager Kirk Gibson said Kennedy will make his next scheduled start.

SP | Tyler Skaggs | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
In his battle to win a starting job in the rotation, Arizona Diamondbacks SP Tyler Skaggs has allowed 16 runs (11 earned) in 12 innings. He gave up five runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings on Saturday, March 16, against the San Diego Padres. Manager Kirk Gibson said Skaggs has "certainly pressed from the day he came in here" and that still might be thinking too much on the mound. "He's young and has a lot to learn," Gibson said. "If he goes through this, it'll be good for him in the end. He'll learn how to deal with it. But right now, he's just struggling. He's struggling. We'll get him turned around."

SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP's Shelby Miller and Joe Kelly will switch responsibilities Tuesday, March 19, when Miller starts the game and Kelly relieves. Kelly started and Miller relieved in a game last week, and manager Mike Matheny is looking at these two for the fifth-starter role.

SP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Sunday, March 17, that the team will consider the request by P Aroldis Chapman to serve as closer rather than in the rotation, but he said it isn't a lock the pitcher gets what he wants. "It would certainly be considered, but we don't let every player tell us how they want to be used," Jocketty said. The GM and manager Dusty Baker said they would like a quick resolution to the situation - one way or the other.

SP | Jon Lester | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester, who is vying for the team's Opening Day assignment, worked six perfect innings in a Grapefruit League spring start Sunday, March 17. He left the start after 79 pitches and six strikeouts. "I had a pretty good idea," Lester said of the perfect game. "I pitched the whole time in the wind-up."

SP | Yusmeiro Petit | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Free Agents,
San Francisco Giants RP Yusmeiro Petit cleared waivers Sunday, March 17, and was sent outright to Triple-A Fresno. He is expected to decide Monday, March 18, if he accepts the assignment or becomes a free agent.

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants Ps Jeremy Affeldt and Ryan Vogelsong were back in camp Sunday, March 17, after Team USA was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum (blister) threw four innings in a Cactus League spring game Sunday, March 17, as he makes his way back from a blister on his right middle finger.

SP | Dustin McGowan | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Dustin McGowan (shoulder) is likely to start the regular season on the 15-day disabled list. He has been told to expect to pitch in his first Grapefruit League spring game sometime next week. When he returns, he is likely to be used in middle relief.

SP | Freddy Garcia | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Freddy Garcia saw his rotation chances take a hit in his Cactus League spring outing Sunday, March 17, as he was hammed for six earned runs, and six hits over a spring-high five innings. "I think he got into trouble when he get some balls up in the strike zone," manager Bud Black said. However, the skipper said Garcia showed "good secondary pitches."

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (elbow) returned to the mound and threw a bullpen session Sunday, March 17. He delivered approximately 40 pitches, working out of the windup and stretch for pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and manager Don Mattingly.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (Achilles') was struck on this left Achilles' tendon by a batted ball in his Cactus League spring start Saturday, March 16, but he expects to be fine.

SP | Scott Baker | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Scott Baker (elbow) did not make it out of the first inning in his Cactus League spring debut Sunday, March 17, but he was able to see his first game action since returning from Tommy John surgery without any setbacks. "Results are one thing, but getting back out there and pitching in front of fans is something I hadn't done yet," Baker said. "It was exciting to do that today."

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (arm) said Sunday, March 17, that he typically endures a "dead arm" late in spring training. He was hammered for eight runs in two innings over the weekend in a Cactus League game against the Oakland Athletics, and acknowledged he is going through another one of those periods. "You never know if you are going to go through it," Weaver said. "Everything feels healthy. But you hear stories about guys having no control or no feel, and that's definitely what it was today."

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg wants to pitch deeper into games this season to prove that he is capable of being a workhorse. "I'm not trying to get out there and get used to throwing 90, 94 pitches," he said. "You look at some of the top pitchers in the game, they go at least 110 every time out. I'm going to be prepared for it. I'm not saying that they're going to let me do it. But I'm going to be physically ready for it." Strasburg threw more than 105 pitches in only five of his 28 starts last season before being shut down but will not be handled with as much extreme caution this year.

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Talks between the Chicago Cubs and SP Jeff Samardzija regarding a contract extension appear to be on hold, with the two sides being far apart. The team's most recent offer was reportedly "well above" the nearly $30 million, five-year deal that Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland received last spring. "He really wants to be here, and we really want to keep him, so I'm not worried about it," team president Theo Epstein said.

SP | Derek Holland | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Confirming a previous report, Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland (illness) will pitch against the Houston Astros Tuesday, March 19.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Cleveland Indians | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona hinted that SP Daisuke Matsuzaka may not begin the season in the starting rotation, because he hasn't been stretched out enough in spring training. He only tossed three innings in a minor-league game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, March 16, allowing one run on four hits while walking three and striking out five. "We've got to figure out what to do going forward," Francona said. "Because of the setback and coming into camp without throwing bullpens, he's only out to three innings. We're starting to run out of innings. We're going to have to sit down and figure this out and we will." It is unknown if the team would consider sending Matsuzaka to the minors.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay (stomach) left his start against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, March 17, because of a stomach virus. He allowed one hit over one scoreless inning, with one walk and one strikeout.

SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura has named SP Chris Sale as the team's opening day starter.

SP | Guillermo Moscoso | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed SP Guillermo Moscoso off waivers from the Kansas City Royals.

SP | Dan Haren | Washington Nationals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson has named SP Dan Haren as the team's No. 4 starter and SP Ross Detwiler as the No. 5 starter.

SP | Franklin Morales | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
An examination earlier this week revealed that Boston Red Sox SP Franklin Morales (back) has a bulging disc in his lower back. Manager John Farrell said there is "no target date" for him to resume throwing.

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals have expressed interest in Houston Astros SPs Lucas Harrell and Bud Norris. The team is also looking for help at shortstop.

SP | Kevin Gausman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Kevin Gausman will make at least one more start in major league camp before the organization decides where he will be assigned.

SP | Robbie Erlin | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy
San Diego Padres Ps Robbie Erlin, Kevin Quackenbush and Jason Ray have been sent to minor league camp.

SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said SP Jenrry Mejia (tendinitis) has forearm tendinitis. However, there is no structural damage and he is not in danger of needing to undergo Tommy John surgery again.

SP | Dylan Bundy | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles have optioned SP Dylan Bundy to Double-A Bowie.

SP | Christian Friedrich | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Christian Friedrich (back) is making his way back from a sore lower back. He will finally pitch in a spring game Monday, March 18, and the plan is for him to throw two innings. He has been working on a changeup to compliment his two-seam fastball.

SP | Rubby De La Rosa | Boston Red Sox | Transaction,
The Boston Red Sox optioned Ps Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster to Triple-A Pawtucket Friday, March 15.

SP | Barry Enright | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim optioned Ps Ryan Brasier, Barry Enright and Michael Kohn to Triple-A Salt Lake Friday, March 15.

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
The Chicago White Sox are pleased that SP John Danks (elbow) feels healthy, but they are not pleased with his results so far during spring training. Danks might begin the season on the 15-day disabled list.

SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Luke Hochevar made his first outing in relief Friday, March 15, and tossed two perfect innings.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia (elbow) hit between 88 and 90 mph with his fastball in his spring debut Friday, March 15, and he gave up eight singles in the game. He recorded two strikeouts on offspeed pitches.

SP | Jonathan Sanchez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jonathan Sanchez said he would likely opt out of his contract if he's not in the starting rotation by March 24.

SP | Danny Hultzen | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners reassigned SPs Danny Hultzen and James Paxton and P Jhonny Nunez to minor league camp Thursday, March 14. Hultzen was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

SP | Casey Crosby | Detroit Tigers | Transaction,
The Detroit Tigers sent SP Casey Crosby to the minors Friday, March 15.

SP | Andrew Oliver | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction,
The Pittsburgh Pirates sent SP Andrew Oliver to the minors Friday, March 15.

SP | Hector Noesi | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners sent SP Hector Noesi to the minors Thursday, March 14.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly (flu) returned to practice on Friday, March 15, and played catch. He's probably still multiple days away from game action, however.

SP | Blake Beavan | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SPs Brandon Maurer, Blake Beavan or Erasmo Ramirez won't be pitching out of the bullpen if they don't make the starting rotation. Maurer, Beavan and Ramirez are competing with SPs Jon Garland and Jeremy Bonderman for the final two rotation spots this spring, and the young pitchers will be sent to Triple-A Tacoma if they don't make the roster. Bonderman or Garland might also be sent down, but it's doubtful both will. With the way Garland has pitched, he's likely to crack the rotation.

Maurer is going to have to be very good the rest of the spring because he's yet to pitch at Class AAA and has plenty of options left. Ramirez missed a big chunk of last year with an elbow injury and had only limited success last year. Beavan's arm is developed enough to handle a large workload, so he might be the most likely to win a rotation spot.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Boone Logan | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Boone Logan (arm) said his arm feels fine when he's pitching, but he's still experiencing soreness. "I feel it less and less every day," Logan said. "My arm strength and velocity are better than they've been in a long time."

RP | Mark Prior | Cincinnati Reds | Injury,
Cincinnati Reds RP Mark Prior (shoulder), who has not pitched in the majors since 2006, will work in a Cactus League spring game Thursday, March 21. "I have a pretty good idea what he can do," manager Dusty Baker said Sunday, March 17. "I know he's been training and working. I just hope that he's far enough along and ready to pitch the way we know he can pitch, if he's had enough time. Maybe somewhere down the road here, he can help us."

RP | Casey Janssen | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Casey Janssen (shoulder) is slowly working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery. He threw mostly fastballs in his first spring action Sunday, March 17, and said everything went well. He likely would need to appear in three or four more games to prove he is ready for Opening Day.

RP | Rafael Dolis | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Rafael Dolis (blister) was removed from his Cactus League spring appearance Sunday, March 17, due to a blister on his index finger.

RP | Javy Guerra | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Dodgers reassigned RPs Juan Abreu and Javy Guerra to their minor-league camp Sunday, March 17. Guerra will start the season at Triple-A Albuquerque.

RP | Kevin Jepsen | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Kevin Jepsen (triceps) is expected to return to Cactus League spring game action sometime next week, according to manager Mike Scioscia.

RP | Fernando Cabrera | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Depth Chart Tidbit,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Fernando Cabrera is helping his chances of winning a bullpen job, and he isn't even in camp. He has been pitching for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, and has picked up two saves in three appearances.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez (shoulder) threw 15 pitches off the mound Saturday, March 16. It was his first time on a mound since straining his right shoulder against the Kansas City Royals Feb. 26.

RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Philadelphia Phillies | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies are expected to open the season with a seven-man bullpen. RPs Jonathan Papelbon, Mike Adams, Antonio Bastardo and Chad Durbin are locks to make the 25-man roster, leaving seven pitchers in camp to battle for the final three spots. RPs Phillippe Aumont, Jeremy Horst, Michael Stutes and Raul Valdes, along with non-roster invitee Ps Aaron Cook, Rodrigo Lopez and Zach Miner, will compete for those spots.

RP | Robbie Ross | Texas Rangers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
A person familiar with the Texas Rangers' way of thinking claimed that the competition for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation is a "dead heat" between SP Robbie Ross and SP Nick Tepesch. However, several unnamed officials believe the team may want to keep Ross in the bullpen, where he excelled last season (6-0 with a 2.22 ERA). General manager Jon Daniels said the team is open to acquiring a starter from outside the organization but expects to start the season with an internal candidate.

RP | Garrett Olson | free agent | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics have released RP Garrett Olson to allow him the opportunity to pitch for a team in Korea.

RP | Jordan Walden | Atlanta Braves | Injury,
Atlanta Braves RP Jordan Walden (back) threw 35 pitches during a live batting practice session Saturday, March 16. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Walden will throw another batting practice session before playing in a game.

RP | Kyle McClellan | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers RP Kyle McClellan (lat) has been diagnosed with a strained right lat muscle. He may not be able to resume throwing for another three to four weeks.

RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox appear less likely to trade RP Alfredo Aceves now because manager John Farrell has identified him as the team's long man out of the bullpen, as well as their best option to make a spot start.

RP | Francisco Samuel | free agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals have released Ps Randy Consuerga and Francisco Samuel.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (elbow) threw 31 pitches during his third bullpen session of the week Saturday, March 16, at what he estimated was "80 percent capacity." He threw exclusively fastballs and curveballs and portrayed the session as a positive experience, although he admitted that he felt stiffness and a "sting" but not pain. Francisco is expected to throw two more bullpen sessions before advancing to throwing batting practice. He is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.

RP | Matt Stites | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres RP Matt Stites has been moved to minor league camp. Several additional players are expected to be sent to minor league camp Saturday, March 16.

RP | Ernesto Frieri | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia does not play on starting the season with a designated closer. He said Friday, March 15, that he expects RPs Scott Downs and Ernesto Frieri to share the duties based on the situation until RP Ryan Madson (elbow) is fully recovered from Tommy John surgery.

RP | Grant Balfour | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Grant Balfour (knee) is set to make his spring debut Monday, March 18, after throwing to hitters Friday, March 15. He also did running drills and said his knee is responding very well. Balfour used all of his pitches Friday and will have two weeks of spring action before opening day.

RP | Dan Otero | San Francisco Giants | Transaction,
The San Francisco Giants sent Ps Sandy Rosario and Dan Otero to minor league camp Friday, March 15.

RP | Vinnie Pestano | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez (shoulder) is scheduled to throw off a mound on Saturday, March 16.

RP | Marc Rzepczynski | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals RP Marc Rzepczynski (eye) hopes to pitch in a game this weekend since his vision appears to have returned to normal. The prescription for the eyeglasses he received following his evaluation on Wednesday, March 13, was too strong, he felt, so he took them off and eventually felt that his vision was restored, somehow. The left-hander believes that it was likely a result of the anti-inflammatory eye drops he received.

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