Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 2, 2013 @ 08:57:01 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts on Opening Day Monday, April 1.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) has received medical clearance to remove the brace from his injured wrist.

1B | Lars Anderson | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox acquired 1B Lars Anderson from the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, April 1, in exchange for cash considerations. He will report to Triple-A Charlotte.

1B | Garrett Jones | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Garrett Jones is in the lineup in right field Monday, April 1. OF Travis Snider is on the bench.

Second Baseman

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano hired CAA as his new agents, in part because of their affiliation with Roc Nation, an entertainment/marketing company founded by rapper Jay-Z.

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (thumb) was checked by trainers after the game Monday, April 1, after sliding into first base head first in the ninth inning. He said his thumb was fine.


SS | Justin Sellers | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers are sold on SS Justin Sellers because of his defense, and he could see plenty of playing time early in the season, according to manager Don Mattingly. "Obviously, we'll see where it goes," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "With the pitching staff we've put together, we want to make sure we catch it as much as we can." The Dodgers like Sellers at shortstop more than SS Dee Gordon. ""We want to be able to catch it," Mattingly said. "And we're willing to sacrifice offense to do it."

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus will earn $4.8 million this year and $6.475 million in 2014. He will receive a signing bonus and four years of $15 million per season through the 2018 season. The team expects Andrus to opt out after the 2018 season, but if he doesn't, he would receive another four years and roughly $60 million, along with a vesting for a ninth year.

Third Baseman

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (elbow) said he has no pain in his elbow after playing Monday, April 1.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) is in the early stages of his recover from hip surgery. "We're in the very beginning - I would say Stage 1 - in this recovery," Rodriguez said. "The recovery is going very well. I've been devoting 100 percent of my time and my focus into getting back and playing and helping this team win a title." He isn't expected to return until after the All-Star break.

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (intercostal) will resume throwing Monday, April 1. He hopes to play in a minor league game this weekend.


C | Chris Snyder | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Chris Snyder accepted his assignment Monday, April 1. Snyder had an out clause in his contract if he did not make the opening day roster, but instead will report to Triple-A.


OF | Cody Ross | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Cody Ross (calf) will begin playing at Single-A Visalia in his rehab when minor league games start this week. The best-case scenario is that he returns Monday, April 8.

OF | Delmon Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Delmon Young (ankle) will play three innings in right field in an extended spring game Tuesday, April 2, his first action in the outfield since his ankle surgery in the offseason. INF Kevin Frandsen (wrist) took batting practice Monday, April 1, but his availability is still in question.

OF | John Mayberry Jr. | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF John Mayberry Jr. is starting over OF Laynce Nix in the outfield on opening day Monday, April 1, because manager Charlie Manuel likes Mayberry's approach against Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson. Manuel's decision on the platoon in right field will be made based on matchups, the type of pitcher starting and recent performances.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick (shoulder) is dealing with both a separated and dislocated right shoulder, which are two different injuries.

OF | Ben Revere | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Ben Revere is in the leadoff spot for the team's opening day game Monday, April 1, instead of SS Jimmy Rollins. "We'll see how long I give it," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I come to the ballpark to win. I don't have to put a time on it or nothing. I can't tell you if it's going to be five days, 10 days, two days. We'll see. I just felt like that's what I wanted to see. That's how I wanted to put it together." Rollins is hitting behind Revere in the No. 2 hole.

OF | Gregor Blanco | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said there won't be a straight platoon in left field between OFs Andres Torres and Gregor Blanco, but it will start out that way to open the season.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper hit two home runs in the team's opening day game Monday, April 1, becoming the youngest player in history to hit two long balls on opening day. It was his third multi-homer game of his career and second against the Miami Marlins.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (shoulder) deflected a liner off his glove that hit him behind his right shoulder in his start Monday, April 1. Wainwright said he was fine.

SP | Ian Kennedy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said SP Ian Kennedy displayed increased velocity in his Opening Day victory Monday, April 1. "He just had everything working, the fastball pumped up to 94 (mph)," Gibson said. "That's kind of the old Ian we saw a couple of years ago."

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia's fastball ranged from 89-91 mph in his opening day start Monday, April 1, but manager Joe Girardi said he's not worried about his ace. Sabathia noted that he's a slow starter, but his velocity was even down several mph on all his pitches from a season ago. "I'm sure that the velocity will keep coming back and the arm strength will keep building up the more I throw," Sabathia said. "Health-wise, I feel fine, elbow, shoulder and everything. It's just time I guess to build the arm strength back up."

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw tossed a four-hit shutout and hit his first career home run while defeating the San Francisco Giants in the team's opening day game Monday, April 1. Kershaw came into the game with one extra-base hit in 263 career at-bats.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg only needed 80 pitches through seven innings against the Miami Marlins Monday, April 1. He allowed just three hits while walking none and striking out only three in the win. Strasburg has made it a goal to pitch more to contact this year in order to pitch deeper into games. "Stras was amazing. He basically threw a lot of fastballs and threw a few curveballs and a few changeups. Basically he was locating his fastball real good. He just pitched a great game," manager Davey Johnson said. Johnson said he probably would have let Strasburg pitch deeper into the game if it wasn't opening day. "I didn't think he was tired, even at the end of the game. But again, first time out, opening day, gave me seven solid innings. I'm not pushing the envelope. I never have, never will," Johnson said.

SP | Dylan Bundy | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Dylan Bundy (forearm) is dealing with soreness in his forearm near his flexor tendon, but it is believed to be common pain among pitchers.

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija gave up just two hits while striking out nine and walking one in eight shutout innings on opening day against the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday, April 1.

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) threw around 80 pitches in a minor league game last Friday, and he's scheduled to throw in extended spring training Thursday, April 4. The team is hoping he can return in mid-May after Danks had arthroscopic surgery in August of last year. The White Sox aren't putting a timetable on his return, however.

SP | Henderson Alvarez | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Both Miami Marlins SPs Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) and Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder) will be out for around a month with shoulder inflammation.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Phil Coke | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers RP Phil Coke got the opening day save against the Minnesota Twins, retiring the only two left handed batters he saw in the ninth inning. RP Joaquin Benoit retired one right-handed batter to lead off the ninth for Tigers.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said RP Carlos Marmol is still his closer, but he's not afraid to use others if matchups dictate it in the ninth inning. "The situation at hand, whatever happens, whoever is available," Sveum said. "Every inning changes, every day changes according to who is available…. If I have the weapons to get out of it." Sveum said he's not concerned with the situation.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford blew his first save opportunity against the Colorado Rockies Monday, April 1, by allowing a solo home run. He struck out the side, however.

RP | Kyuji Fujikawa | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Kyuji Fujikawa recorded the save against the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday, April 1, after RP Carlos Marmol struggled and was removed from the game.

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