Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 21, 2013 @ 09:08:02 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Jason Giambi | Cleveland Indians | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 1B Jason Giambi and OF Ryan Raburn are leading candidates to crack the Opening Day roster, with C Yan Gomes and OF Ezequiel Carrera also in the mix.

1B | Brett Pill | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Brett Pill (knee) said he feels like he's ready to hit just six days after undergoing surgery on his knee.


Second Baseman

2B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres 2B Logan Forsythe (foot) remains sidelined with plantar fasciitis of the right foot, and he will not return to a Cactus League spring game until Friday, March 22, at the earliest.

2B | Cord Phelps | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians INF Cord Phelps has worked his way into the conversation for a spot on the Opening Day roster. "Regardless of whether he makes the team or not," manager Terry Francona said Wednesday, March 20, "he's played to the point where he's going to help us win games, which we're thrilled about. I know we have decisions to make coming up in a couple of weeks, but we're so happy with the way he's played."

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy (intercostal) recently suffered a setback with his strained right intercostal muscle, and he was shut down. Since last weekend, he has received only treatment, and is not cleared for baseball activities.

2B | Jose Altuve | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve is locked into the leadoff spot this year. He's the only starter locked into a lineup spot.

2B | Jordany Valdespin | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said 3B David Wright (intercostal) has a better chance of being on the opening day roster than 2B Daniel Murphy (intercostal). 2B Jordany Valdespin could start at second base and 2B Justin Turner (ankle) could start at third if both Wright and Murphy begin on the disabled list. Turner is expected to start in a spring game Friday, March 22, after dealing with a sprained right ankle.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (ankle) fouled a ball off his ankle Wednesday, March 20, but remained in the game. He will be re-evaluated Thursday, March 21. Roberts said he is fine.


Shortstop

SS | Mike Aviles | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians INF Mike Aviles batted .323 (10-for-31) with a home run, double, four runs scored and nine RBIs for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Aviles was scheduled to arrive back in camp the night of Wednesday, March 20.

SS | Stephen Drew | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Stephen Drew (concussion) is still undergoing concussion testing in Pittsburgh and there is no word on his progress.

SS | Joaquin Arias | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants INF Joaquin Arias would be the likely replacement at third base if 3B Pablo Sandoval (elbow) isn't ready for the start of the season.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) received an anti-inflammatory injection in his left ankle and did not play Wednesday, March 20. The team doesn't know when he'll resume playing in spring games or if he'll be ready for opening day.

SS | John McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded 2B John McDonald to the Pittsburgh Pirates. It is not known what the Diamondbacks will receive in return.


Third Baseman

3B | Yan Gomes | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday, March 20, that C Yan Gomes (hamstring) might be ready to return to spring game action by this weekend.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright (intercostal) said Wednesday, March 20, that his goal is to play Opening Day. He is still waiting to be cleared for physical activity. "After my conversation with David, I'm certainly counting on having David for the season," manager Terry Collins said. Wright stated he won't need much game action to be ready for the opener.

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Toronto Blue Jays are optimistic that 3B Brett Lawrie (rib cage) will be able to appear in a spring game in a few days, or at least the beginning of next week. "We don't know exactly, but he'll take some ground balls tomorrow," manager John Gibbons said. "He felt good when he played catch today, no pain."

3B | Luis Cruz | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the team would move 3B Luis Cruz to shortstop if SS Hanley Ramirez (thumb) is out for an extended amount of time. INFs Nick Punto, Juan Uribe and Jerry Hairston Jr. would all be considered at third base in that situation.

3B | Trevor Plouffe | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe (calf) had no setbacks in minor league action Wednesday, March 20, and he will return to Grapefruit League action Friday, March 22.

3B | Chone Figgins | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins released 3B Chone Figgins Wednesday, March 20.


Catcher

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana has not returned from the World Baseball Classic, and manager Terry Francona did not have an exact return date as of Wednesday, March 20. In eight games for Team Dominican Republic, Santana batted .273 (6-for-22) with two home runs, three RBIs, five runs scored and nine walks.

C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays plan to increase the workload for C J.P. Arencibia over the final two weeks of spring training, seeing what he can handle as the team approaches the regular season. Arencibia's playing time was limited in the World Baseball Classic, as he saw action in just two games with five at-bats.

C | J.T. Realmuto | Miami Marlins | Transaction,
The Miami Marlins reassigned Ps Mitch Talbot and Doug Mathis, C J.T. Realmuto and INF Ed Lucas to minor league camp Wednesday, March 20.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants have started talks about a potential long-term extension with C Buster Posey.

C | Luis Exposito | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction,
The Baltimore Orioles optioned C Luis Exposito to Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday, March 20, and reassigned RPs Daniel Schlereth and Adam Russell to minor league camp.

C | Mike Zunino | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners reassigned OF Eric Thames, P Logan Bawcom and C Mike Zunino to minor league camp Tuesday, March 19. Thames was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.


Outfielder

OF | James Darnell | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF James Darnell (oblique) continues to be patient, even though he is itching to get into a spring game. "I would love to be grabbing a bat; lifting weights. I love all of it," Darnell said Wednesday, March 20. "But I understand being patient so this doesn't pop up anymore."

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) tested his sore right knee in the field for the first time Wednesday, March 20. He said he is hopeful to be ready for the regular season opener April 1 against the New York Mets. "I'm trying to be," Quentin said. "That's the goal. I still believe I'll have that opportunity."

OF | Jeff Francoeur | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Jeff Francoeur, who is hitting .232 with a .271 on-base percentage this spring, said he doesn't pay too much attention to his spring results because he's still ironing out the kinks in his swing. "Some guys can be ready with 35 or 40 at-bats," he said. "Billy (Butler) is one of those guys. But I can't. I need to see pitches - and more late in camp. Then you face people that you know. That's key." The team is slightly concerned with Francoeur's results, though, and they may consider using OF David Lough to spell Francoeur against tough right-handed pitchers this year.

OF | Dayan Viciedo | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo (quadriceps) will return to the lineup Thursday, March 21, after leaving the game with a quadriceps cramp Tuesday, March 19.

OF | Matt Den Dekker | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Matt Den Dekker may be becoming too selective at the plate as he makes a conscious effort to make more contact. "I see a guy who has worked hard at trying to have a little more discipline at the plate, almost to a fault at times, where he ends up taking certain pitches he's got to 'hunt,'" manager Terry Collins said. "The philosophy and the theory we have here about working the count is not taking the first pitch. If that first pitch is the one you want, hit it, and hit it hard. If it's on the corner, if it's in, if it's out, if it's something you're not looking for, that's having the discipline to take it." Den Dekker is hitting only .194 with 14 strikeouts in 36 spring at-bats with one home run and three RBIs.

OF | Kirk Nieuwenhuis | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (knee) went 1-for-5 as a designated hitter in a minor league game Wednesday, March 20.

OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Sam Fuld (hamstring) is expected to play in minor league games this weekend and he should be ready for opening day.

OF | Daniel Nava | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Daniel Nava has a good shot to make the opening day roster, and manager John Farrell said he's a candidate to bat second against right-handed pitchers.

OF | Gregor Blanco | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Gregor Blanco said he has scrapped a new approach at the plate that 2B Marco Scutaro suggested to him after he had a slash line of .202/.292/.326 in spring training. "I kind of realized that I've got my approach," Blanco said. "I'm comfortable with myself an I'm going to stick with it. I'm good at what I am. These last two days, I've been myself."

OF | Aaron Cunningham | Texas Rangers | Transaction
The Texas Rangers reassigned OF Aaron Cunningham Tuesday, March 19.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds are expected to announce SP Aroldis Chapman is returning to the bullpen to serve as the closer.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals inquired about Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello.

SP | Jason Marquis | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Jason Marquis continues to get good results from his newest pitch, the changeup. "It's surprised me," Marquis said. "I'm not going to say it's a Trevor Hoffman or Pedro Martinez type of changeup, but I feel it can become a good weapon for me."

SP | Brett Myers | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Brett Myers worked six scoreless innings in a Triple-A spring game Wednesday, March 20, allowing just three hits and no walks while striking out eight in the 75-pitch effort.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Daisuke Matsuzaka has agreed to an assignment to the minor leagues, but the ballclub and his agent are still sorting through the details of his contract. General manager Chris Antonetti said Wednesday, March 20, that the situation will have some kind of resolution within the next few days.

SP | Shaun Marcum | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, New York Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday, March 20, that SP Shaun Marcum (shoulder) is expected to start in a Grapefruit League spring game March 25 or 26 after receiving an injection for a shoulder impingement. "He said he gets it every spring," Collins said.

SP | Dustin McGowan | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Dustin McGowan (shoulder) reportedly looked good in a minor-league spring game appearance Wednesday, March 20. "McGowan was lights-out," manager John Gibbons said.

SP | Tyson Ross | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Tyson Ross is scheduled to be stretched out to six innings in his next spring outing Friday, March 22, and he could be the team's No. 5 starter to open the season.

SP | Mike Minor | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor allowed 10 hits and five runs while walking three in four innings Wednesday, March 20, after he allowed six hits, four runs and four walks in five innings in his last spring start. He has a 5.50 ERA after giving up 23 hits, 11 runs and 12 walks with 15 strikeouts in 18 innings in Grapefruit League action. He said he threw mostly fastballs and didn't go inside to many right-handers, something he'll do more of during the season. Minor is working on a two-seam sinking fastball, and manager Fredi Gonzalez isn't concerned.

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) is expected to begin the season on the disabled list, which will open up a spot in the rotation for SP Dylan Axelrod.

SP | Trevor Bauer | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Trevor Bauer said he is making plenty of mechanical changes this spring. "I'm trying to change stuff I've been doing for 8 to 10 years," he said.

SP | Jeremy Bonderman | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Jeremy Bonderman allowed just one run and five hits while striking out four in five innings against minor leaguers Wednesday, March 20, as he attempts to win a rotation spot. Bonderman will probably benefit from spending some time at Class AAA, however. SP Jon Garland has a leg up on one of the rotation spots.

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (elbow) felt fine in his minor league outing Wednesday, March 20, and he thinks he'll be ready for the start of the season. "I hope so," Greinke said. "My arm felt really good today. It felt strong." Greinke allowed a single while throwing 43 pitches in four frames. He'll throw in two more exhibition games March 25 and 30.

SP | Tommy Hanson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Tommy Hanson (triceps) said he could have finished his outing Wednesday, March 20, and he has no doubts that he'll be ready for opening day.

SP | Franklin Morales | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Franklin Morales (back) threw from 60 feet for a second straight day Wednesday, March 20, and is close to starting a throwing program.

SP | Samuel Deduno | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was impressed with how SP Samuel Deduno pitched in the World Baseball Classic, and he said he's firmly in the mix for a starting rotation spot.

SP | Anthony Swarzak | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Anthony Swarzak (ribs) threw live batting practice Wednesday, March 20, for the first time.

SP | Andrew Cashner | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner (thumb) got up to 50-60 pitches Wednesday, March 20, meaning he could make it to around 90 pitches by the time the team's fifth turn in the rotation comes up in the regular season.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero is making mechanical adjustments this spring after pitching coach Pete Walker and bullpen coach Pat Hentgen noticed a flaw in Romero's delivery. He was throwing across his body with his momentum moving toward third base instead of directly toward the hitter. Romero wasn't correctly following through, which created problems with his location. He is still in the process or carrying out his new mechanics in game situations, and it's a work in progress. Romero is also positioning himself in the middle of the rubber as opposed to the first base side, and his previous positioning on the rubber made it difficult for him to locate fastballs on the inner part of the plate to righties. Romero had a career-high 105 walks in 181 innings last season. "It's really the direction of his hips and where he's going out of his initial break in his stride," Walker said. "I want him taking those hips directly to home plate. When guys go across their body, they typically take their hips in the direction opposite of where they're throwing the ball."

SP | Lucas Harrell | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
The Houston Astros are willing to listen to trade suggestions on any of their players as long as they get two players in return. Scouts of other teams have had their eyes on SP Lucas Harrell.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay (illness) threw an encouraging bullpen session Wednesday, March 20. He will pitch in a minor league game Saturday, March 23, and could receive one more start before he's scheduled to make his season debut April 3.

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (finger) threw a pain-free bullpen session Wednesday, March 20, and he's expected to pitch in a game Saturday, March 23. However, he didn't throw any curveballs during the session. "It's still a little sensitive," Billingsley said. "I have feeling in my finger tip now. It's progressing each day, so that's good."

SP | Jordan Lyles | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Houston Astros optioned SPs Jordan Lyles and John Ely to Triple-A Oklahoma City Wednesday, March 20. Ps Alex White, Brad Peacock, Edgar G. Gonzalez and Erik Bedard are now battling for the final two spots in the starting rotation. Gonzalez is likely to be used in long relief. Lyles had given up 36 hits and 23 earned runs in just 11 2/3 spring innings.

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris will be the team's opening day starter against the Texas Rangers March 31. SP Lucas Harrell will pitch April 2, followed by SP Philip Humber.

SP | Tyler Lyons | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction,
The St. Louis Cardinals reassigned SP Tyler Lyons to minor league camp Tuesday, March 19.

SP | Hector Santiago | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) allowed 10 runs and 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings Tuesday, March 19, and the team is unsure if he's ready to pitch when the regular season starts April 1. SPs Hector Santiago and Dylan Axelrod are the two options to replace Danks in the rotation if he has to start on the disabled list. Danks has given up 21 runs in 10 spring innings.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Eddie Kunz | free agent | Transaction
The San Diego Padres released 11 minor league players Wednesday, March 20, including RP Eddie Kunz. The team also released OF Alexi Colon, Ps Ryan Quigley, Will Scott, Chris Wilkes, Adam Schrader, Dan Cropper, James Jones, Jeremy Gigliotti and Dustin Pease. INF Connor Powers was also cut loose.

RP | Matt Capps | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Matt Capps is uncertain what his next step will be after being informed by the club he will not make the Opening Day roster. Technically, he is still a member of the team's big league camp as a non-roster invitee, and the team informed him they have interest in keeping him in the minor leagues. Before accepting or declining the opportunity work at Triple-A Columbus, Capps and his agent are searching for a bullpen job in the majors.

RP | Jeremy Jeffress | Toronto Blue Jays | Depth Chart Tidbit,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Jeremy Jeffress has struggled during Grapefruit League spring play, and he allowed three solo home runs in his latest appearance. The team has two bullpen spots up for grabs heading into the regular season, but Jeffress hasn't helped himself lately.

RP | Casey Janssen | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Toronto Blue Jays RP Casey Janssen (shoulder) is on track to work in a Grapefruit League spring game Friday, March 22.

RP | Roy Oswalt | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent SP Roy Oswalt (Rangers) is currently working out at Mississippi State and is waiting for an offer from a contending team, according to his agent, Bob Garber. Geography will not be a factor for Oswalt this year, and he's open to pitching in relief. However, he still prefers to start.

RP | Jordan Walden | Atlanta Braves | Injury,
Atlanta Braves RP Jordan Walden (back) worked an inning and gave up a run, an infield hit, two walks and had a strikeout in his outing Wednesday, March 20. Walden felt good and hopes to pitch every other day for the remainder of spring camp. However, the team is likely to be more cautious, meaning he's could start the year on the disabled list.

RP | Fernando Rodney | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Fernando Rodney will receive five to six days off until he pitches in a spring game after returning from the World Baseball Classic, according to manager Joe Maddon.

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