Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 20, 2013 @ 08:50:01 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox DH Adam Dunn is playing left field Wednesday, March 20.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (foot, knee) is now dealing with a minor plantar fasciitis issue in his left foot, according to manager Mike Scioscia.

1B | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 1B Logan Morrison (knee) hit balls of a tee Tuesday, March 19, but there is no timetable for his return. Morrison is hoping to play in rehab games by the middle of April, and he's been running on an anti-gravity treadmill since late February.

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said 1B Ryan Howard will continue to hit fourth in the lineup.

1B | Kila Ka'aihue | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction,
The Arizona Diamondbacks reassigned 1B Kila Ka'aihue, RP Rommie Lewis, C Rossmel Perez and OF Brad Snyder to minor league camp Monday, March 18.

1B | Brandon Allen | Texas Rangers | Transaction
The Texas Rangers optioned 1B Mike Olt, P Jeff Beliveau, P Wilmer Font and OF Engel Beltre were optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. P Collin Balester, RP Evan Meek P Yoshinori Tateyama, RP Neal Cotts, C Juan Apodaca, C Jose Felix, INF Brandon Snyder and 1B Brandon Allen were reassigned to minor league camp.

Second Baseman

2B | Donovan Solano | Miami Marlins | Injury
Miami Marlins 2B Donovan Solano (back) is out Wednesday, March 20, with a tight back. The team is hoping he's day to day.

2B | Jose Altuve | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with three singles Tuesday, March 19, and is hitting .356 this spring. C Jason Castro went 2-for-3 with a home run and is hitting .462 with five long balls and 11 RBIs. Both players appear to be in peak midseason form at the moment.


SS | Chase d'Arnaud | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates INF Chase d'Arnaud (hand) will be out six to eight weeks after having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his hand.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (thumb) will have an MRI on his right thumb Wednesday, March 20, that he jammed in the World Baseball Classic final.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) underwent precautionary X-rays on his ankle Tuesday, March 19, which came back negative. An MRI exam found only mild inflammation in his left ankle.

SS | Ronny Cedeno | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals released SS Ronny Cedeno Tuesday, March 19.

SS | Dee Gordon | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Dee Gordon (ankle) is day-to-day with a sprained left ankle.

SS | Justin Sellers | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Dodgers optioned 2B Justin Sellers and RP Shawn Tolleson to Triple-A Albuquerque Tuesday, March 19, and reassigned C Jesus Flores to minor league camp.

SS | Brandon Wood | Kansas City Royals | Transaction,
The Kansas City Royals reassigned Ps Blaine Boyer, Michael Mariot, Brian Sanches and Yordano Ventura, C Adam Moore, SS Christian Colon, 3Bs Anthony Seratelli and Brandon Wood and OF Willy Taveras to minor league camp Monday, March 18.

SS | Tommy Manzella | Colorado Rockies | Transaction,
The Colorado Rockies reassigned Ps Mike McClendon and Nicholas Schmidt, C Jose Gonzalez, SS Tommy Manzella, 1B Henry Wrigley and OF Kent Matthes to minor league camp Monday, March 18.

Third Baseman

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (rib cage) played catch Wednesday, March 20, for the first time since his rib cage injury.

3B | Dallas McPherson | free agent | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers released 3B Dallas McPherson.

3B | Mike Olt | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Mike Olt was sent down so that he can get more repetitions at Triple-A Round Rock to start the year. Olt will see time at both third base and the outfield at Round Rock. Olt hit only .194 with two home runs and five RBIs in spring camp.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (elbow) will be re-evaluated this weekend, and the trainers' goal is to get his ulnar nerve irritation to calm down. There is no timetable for when he'll resume throwing, but he won't need many at-bats to be ready for the season since he participated in the World Baseball Classic. Trainer Dave Groeschner said Sandoval had a similar injury in 2009 and only missed four or five days.

3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart's (quadriceps) MRI exam showed fluid in his left quadriceps Tuesday, March 19, and he'll open the season on the disabled list. Stewart is still experiencing pain in his muscle. 3B Luis Valbuena and INF Brent Lillibridge may form some sort of a platoon at third base to open the season. INFs Edwin Maysonet and Alberto Gonzalez are fighting for a utility spot on the roster.

3B | Brent Morel | Chicago White Sox | Transaction,
The Chicago White Sox optioned 3B Brent Morel and RP Deunte Heath to Triple-A Charlotte Tuesday, March 19, and reassigned 2B Carlos Sanchez and RPs Daniel Moskos and Zach Stewart to minor league camp.


C | Hector Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Hector Sanchez (shoulder) will head to minor league camp to get at-bats, and he hopes to resume throwing later this week. It's unclear if he'll be ready for opening day.

C | Tim Federowicz | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers C Tim Federowicz will be the backup to C A.J. Ellis to begin the season. Manager Don Mattingly would like to rest Ellis twice a week.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (knee) has proven that his knee is fully healthy this spring, and he may be pushing C Kurt Suzuki for the starting job behind the plate to open the season. Manager Davey Johnson hasn't said how he plans to utilize the pair of catchers, though. Ramos is 8-for-18 (.444) in spring training. Johnson plans to let Ramos go nine innings in a game sometime this week.


OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold (shoulder) is in the lineup in the outfield Wednesday, March 20, for the first time since March 1.

OF | Dayan Viciedo | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo (leg) left the game early with a leg cramp Tuesday, March 19.

OF | Yasiel Puig | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig had four hits, including his third spring homer, Tuesday, March 19. He is expected to start the season with Double-A Chattanooga.

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti thinks OF Carl Crawford (elbow) will be ready for opening day.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo (back) didn't play again Tuesday, March 19, due to back spasms.

OF | Billy Hamilton | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Billy Hamilton was reassigned to minor league camp Tuesday, March 19, after having just four hits in 23 spring at-bats. He did have three stolen bases after reaching base six times, though. P Drew Hayes was also sent to the minors Tuesday.

OF | Chris Coghlan | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond said he may choose to go with a platoon in center field to start the year. OF Christian Yelich may be Redmond's top choice, but he's expected to start the season at Double-A Jacksonville. Yelich is hitting .381 this spring and leads the team with five home runs and 13 RBIs. "I play him all the time. I love him. Like I said, he's had a great spring. He's done everything we've asked of him. But at the end of the day, he's never had an at-bat above A  ball, and we have to make sure we're doing the right thing for him and the organization," Redmond said. OFs Chris Coghlan, Gorkys Hernandez and Justin Ruggiano (back) are the realistic candidates. Ruggiano is 1-for-11 after returning from a back injury and doesn't look 100 percent healthy. Coghlan has a minor league option left, but he appears to deserve a spot the most. The team will not move OF Juan Pierre from left field to center.

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown clubbed his sixth spring homer Tuesday, March 19, tying him for the major league lead. His slugging percentage sits at .714, and he's showing excellent power that could earn him the fifth spot in the lineup behind 1B Ryan Howard this year. Manager Charlie Manuel believes Brown can hit in that spot and be successful.

OF | Fernando Martinez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Fernando Martinez (back) is day-to-day with lower back tightness.

OF | Cody Ross | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Cody Ross (calf) ran on a treadmill at 50 percent intensity and took batting practice Tuesday, March 19, but his status for opening day is still in question.

OF | Andy Dirks | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks (knee) is dealing with a right knee contusion and is listed as day-to-day.

OF | Bryan Petersen | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins reassigned OF Bryan Petersen to minor league camp Tuesday, March 19.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Yankees will watch free-agent SP Chien-Ming Wang (Nationals) throw at their complex Wednesday, March 20.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
The San Diego Padres are one of two most active teams pursuing Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello. They made an aggressive offer for him last week, but they were rejected, according to a source.

SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando continues to improve as he makes the transition to a starting pitcher this spring. His starts this spring have been a mixed bag, and his struggles with command have been his biggest problem. "He is still trying to find command of his fastball, but then in the fourth and fifth innings he started getting better with it," manager Ron Washington said. "He's progressing. Those fourth and fifth innings he starting spotting the fastball the way he could. There's two pitches I know he'd like back. Other than that, I thought he did a good job." Ogando gave up four runs (three earned) and five hits while walking two and striking out three in five innings Tuesday, March 19. He has a 4.17 ERA with a team-high 13 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings.

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish (neck) is feeling better Tuesday, March 19, after being scratched from his start Monday, March 18. He'll throw a bullpen Thursday, March 21. Darvish is currently 0-1 with a 1.04 ERA in 8 2/3 innings in spring training.

SP | Brandon Maurer | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Brandon Maurer is the long shot to win the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, according to The Seattle Times' Geoff Baker. SP Jon Garland can control his own destiny based on how he fares in his next spring outing. Even if Garland doesn't win a spot, Baker thinks SPs Blake Beavan and Erasmo Ramirez will get the final two spots. Maurer has been good but hasn't stood out above the other competitors.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay (illness) may not be ready for the start of the season.

SP | Joe Wieland | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Joe Wieland (elbow) will play catch off a mound Monday, March 25, after undergoing Tommy John surgery last July. He's been throwing from 150 feet and will have two more sessions of that length before next Monday. Wieland is optimistic that he'll pitch in a game this season.

SP | Edinson Volquez | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Edinson Volquez will work on his command with pitching coach Darren Balsley when he returns from pitching for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. Volquez is a strong candidate to start the team's opening day game April 1 against the New York Mets.

SP | Kyle Kendrick | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick's curveball proved effective again Tuesday, March 19, after he got through six innings in only 68 pitches. "It's a good out pitch for me," Kendrick said. "It looks so much like my sinker. It has come a long way."

SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Shelby Miller gave up one hit and a walk in four scoreless innings Tuesday, March 19, while throwing 31 of his 43 pitches for strikes. Miller's competition for the No. 5 rotation spot, SP Joe Kelly, allowed six hits (all singles) and four runs and made it through only three innings.

SP | Mark Rogers | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Mark Rogers is not part of the current rotation because he's dealing with velocity and control issues, according to manager Ron Roenicke.

SP | Wade Miley | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Wade Miley (arm), who has pitched only six innings in spring training, may have his first start of the season skipped, because the team won't need a fifth starter until the second week.

SP | Scott Baker | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Scott Baker's (elbow) has been shut down with a sore elbow. He'll visit with doctors to determine his next course of action.

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (elbow) threw without problems Tuesday, March 19, and will throw to minor leaguers Wednesday, March 20.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (elbow) and RP Joakim Soria (elbow) will both throw bullpen sessions Tuesday, March 19.

SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Martin Perez (arm) isn't expected to resume his throwing program for another two to three weeks. C Eli Whiteside (calf) will catch SP Derek Holland in a minor league game Tuesday, March 19.

SP | Will Smith | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals sent Ps Will Smith, Nathan Adcock and Everett Teaford to the minors Monday, March 18.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Rafael Soriano | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals CL Rafael Soriano (tooth) may need surgery to remove a wisdom tooth, but it shouldn't affect his availability.

RP | Kevin Jepsen | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Kevin Jepsen (triceps) played light catch Monday, March 18, and threw long toss Tuesday, March 19, and is expected to return to games in the next few days.

RP | Jose Mijares | San Francisco Giants | Injury,
San Francisco Giants RP Jose Mijares (elbow) has been throwing off a mound without setbacks, and he's scheduled to face hitters Wednesday, March 20.

RP | Steve Cishek | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins RP Steve Cishek is trying to refine his changeup this spring, and he worked on it in a minor league game Tuesday, March 19. Manager Mike Redmond said it's important for a sidearm pitcher like Cishek to constantly evolve.

RP | Boone Logan | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees RP Boone Logan (elbow) tossed a scoreless inning Tuesday, March 19, after being shut down for a week with a sore elbow.

RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon (virus) pitched for the first time in five days Tuesday, March 19, and threw a scoreless eighth inning.

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) had some tightness in his elbow after a bullpen session last week. As a result, he tweaked his exercise and throwing program, and he played long toss Tuesday, March 19, and is expected to throw off a mound again in the next few days. Madson will start on the disabled list, but the team is hoping he can pitch in games in late April. "I definitely feel a lot stronger than I did when I was throwing in January," Madson said Tuesday. "The elbow is strong, more healthy, more mature. The intensity level is where I've run into problems. It's tightened up a little bit after the bullpens, and we're trying to figure out why." Manager Mike Scioscia thinks it's part of the normal recovery process.

RP | Casey Janssen | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Casey Janssen (shoulder) will pitch in a minor league game Wednesday, March 20, and he could get into a major league spring contest after that.

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