1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers DH Lance Berkman went 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs Tuesday, April 2, against the Houston Astros. Berkman extended his hitting streak at Minute Maid Park to 14 games, 11 of which have come as a visitor as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, and now Texas Rangers.
1B | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt (stomach) was held out Tuesday, April 2, against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to a stomach virus. There was little sense rushing him back against a tough left-handed pitcher, especially not at 100 percent.
1B | Nate Freiman | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated Tuesday, April 2, that 1B Nate Freiman might make his first start of the season Wednesday, April 3, against the Seattle Mariners.
2B | Scott Sizemore | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 2B Scott Sizemore is expected to make his first start of the season at second base in the game Wednesday, April 3, against the Seattle Mariners.
2B | Jerry Hairston Jr. | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford is sitting Tuesday, April 2, in favor of INF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr.
SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus can opt out of his new deal in 2018 or 2019.
SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki swatted his second home run in as many games Tuesday, April 2, against the Milwaukee Brewers. Tulowitzki has 131 home runs since 2007, most among active shortstops.
SS | Hiroyuki Nakajima | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics SS Hiroyuki Nakajima (hamstring) did some brief work on the field Tuesday, April 2, but he returned to the clubhouse in less than 10 minutes. It's uncertain if he had a setback or experienced some sort of discomfort.
SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) isn't even close to playing in a minor league or simulated game because he has yet to resume hitting, fielding or running. The team is refusing to put a timetable on his possible return to the lineup. Jeter only played in five innings in spring training, so he clearly has a ways to go.
SS | Joaquin Arias | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt (illness) is out of the lineup with an illness Tuesday, April 2, and he's being replaced by 3B Joaquin Arias.
SS | Adam Rosales | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Oakland Athletics INF Adam Rosales (intercostal) will do some running and light throwing Tuesday, April 2.
SS | Stephen Drew | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Stephen Drew (concussion) is eligible to return from the seven-day disabled list Wednesday, April 10, and he'll have his starting job back when he's ready. SS Jose Iglesias will fill in until then.
3B | Martin Prado | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Tuesday, April 2, that OF Martin Prado is not an option for the leadoff spot in his lineup, as he prefers Prado in the two-hole.
3B | Manny Machado | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado made his first career Opening Day start Tuesday, April 2, against the Tampa Bay Rays. He joined Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, Ron Hansen and Boog Powell as the only players to make Opening Day starts for the Orioles at age 20 or younger.
3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (oblique) resumed throwing Monday, April 1, but he is still expected to miss approximately the next two weeks. "He felt pretty good today," manager John Gibbons said Tuesday, April 2. "In the next few days, hopefully we'll get him into a (minor-league) game. We're hoping by the weekend."
C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia had a difficult night handling the knuckleball of SP R.A. Dickey Tuesday, April 2, as the catcher was charged with three passed balls in the first two innings. "Early it was dancing a ton," Arencibia said. "It was really darting every way possible. It made it tough." Arencibia didn't fare much better at the plate. He had a double in four at-bats, but also a pair of strikeouts. Manager John Gibbons said after the game he wouldn't hesitate to start Arencibia in the next start by Dickey. "I wouldn't see why not," Gibbons said.
C | Yorvit Torrealba | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies C Wilin Rosario did not start Tuesday, April 2, against the Milwaukee Brewers with SP Jorge De La Rosa on the mound. The team wants C Yorvit Torrealba to serve as the personal receiver for De La Rosa.
C | Derek Norris | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C Derek Norris is expected to make his first start of the season behind the plate Wednesday, April 3, against the Seattle Mariners.
OF | Jason Kubel | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Arizona Diamondbacks OF Jason Kubel (leg) was rested Tuesday, April 2, against the St. Louis Cardinals, as manager Kirk Gibson wanted to rest his left leg, which bothered him at times during the spring. Kubel said playing nine innings Monday, April 1, didn't bother him at all, and the training staff continues to do a good job working on his leg.
OF | Gerardo Parra | Arizona Diamondbacks | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson left OF Gerardo Parra in the leadoff role for a second straight night Tuesday, April 2, against the St. Louis Cardinals. He went 1-for-4 with a strikeout after tying a career-high with four hits in the opener Monday, April 1. "It'll be hard to take him out of there if he keeps playing that way," Gibson said. "He's worked hard and here he is today. He had a great game for us (Monday)." OF A.J. Pollock is another option at the top of the lineup.
OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Tuesday, April 2, against the Colorado Rockies.
OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (rest) is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday, April 3, against the San Francisco Giants. He was given a rest Tuesday, April 2, as manager Don Mattingly tries to preserve his health early in the season.
OF | Ryan Sweeney | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent OF Ryan Sweeney (Red Sox) to a minor-league contract Tuesday, April 2. Sweeney will report to Triple-A Iowa.
OF | Chris B. Young | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin confirmed Tuesday, April 2, that OF Chris B. Young will get his first start of the season Wednesday, April 3, against the Seattle Mariners. The position is still yet to be determined.
OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez is not in the lineup Tuesday, April 2, and manager Eric Wedge said they would like to ease Gutierrez into the starting job in center field. OF Michael Saunders is in the leadoff spot against a right-handed pitcher. OF Raul Ibanez is in left field and OF Mike Morse is starting in right.
OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said OF Ryan Ludwick's (shoulder) injury is to the labrum in his shoulder.
OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said the team won't move OF Shin-Soo Choo out of center field.
OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (forearm) said his X-rays show healing in his arm, and he is hoping to start more baseball activities in the near future.
OF | Derrick Robinson | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick (shoulder) will be out for three months after he undergoes shoulder surgery Wednesday, April 3. The team is expected to recall OF Derrick Robinson from the minors.
OF | Craig Gentry | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Craig Gentry is starting in center field instead of OF Leonys Martin Tuesday, April 2. Martin went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the opener Sunday, March 31.
OF | Ezequiel Carrera | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies claimed OF Ezequiel Carrera off waivers from the Cleveland Indians Tuesday, April 2. He will be on the 25-man roster since he has no minor league options left.
SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers are not close to signing SP Clayton Kershaw to a long-term extension.
SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game Tuesday, April 2, against the Houston Astros, but SS Marwin Gonzalez broke up his bid for history with a clean single through the pitcher's leg with two outs in the ninth inning. Darvish is the first pitcher to lose a perfect game with two outs in the ninth since former Detroit Tigers P Armando Galarraga on June 2, 2010. He finished with 14 strikeouts, matching a Minute Maid Park record. Darvish was removed by manager Ron Washington after 8 2/3 innings and 111 pitches. He has yet to throw a complete game in the majors.
SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson made his season debut by allowing one run and three hits over six innings in a win against the Toronto Blue Jays, and he retired 11 straight batters to finish the night. Manager Terry Francona was being cautious by lifting him early. "He was probably pitching better when we took him out than he was earlier in the game," Francona said. "I just thought that was enough for a first start."
SP | R.A. Dickey | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey allowed four runs - three earned - and five hits over six innings, while walking four and striking out four in a loss in his team debut Tuesday, April 2, against the Cleveland.
SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, April 2, and he is work in a minor-league rehab game with Class A Rancho Cucamonga Friday, April 5.
SP | Dan Straily | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Oakland Athletics are expected to demote SP Dan Straily once SP Bartolo Colon (suspension) is activated Saturday, April 6.
SP | Bartolo Colon | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon (suspension) will return from suspension to start Saturday, April 6, in a road start against the Houston Astros, according to manager Bob Melvin. He must be reinstated by that date, and a roster move will be made.
SP | Tyson Ross | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres SP Tyson Ross won the No. 5 starter battle because he had a sound spring and the Padres want to ease Andrew Cashner into action via the bullpen. Early in camp, Ross worked with pitching coach Darren Balsley to change his stride during his delivery to help his pitches stay lower in the strike zone. At one point, Ross had a run of 15 1/3 scoreless innings in spring ball. The Padres probably will cap Cashner's innings this year at somewhere between 150 and 160.
SP | Shaun Marcum | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Shaun Marcum (neck, shoulder) was unable to throw a simulated game Tuesday, April 2, because of more neck pain.
SP | Scott Kazmir | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Scott Kazmir (abdominal) is scheduled to throw a bullpen Wednesday, April 3, and he could still make his season debut Saturday, April 6. The team will evaluate him on a daily basis.
SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said SP CC Sabathia usually has a lower velocity in April and suggested that he's probably still building arm strength. However, Cashman said his lack of velocity isn't related to the elbow surgery he had in the offseason. Cashman said it may take until May to increase the mph on his fastball.
SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes (back) will pitch for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Saturday, April 6, meaning SP David Phelps will make the start against the Detroit Tigers.
SP | David Huff | Cleveland Indians | Transaction,
Cleveland Indians SP David Huff cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus Tuesday, April 2.
SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Johan Santana (shoulder) underwent left shoulder surgery Tuesday, April 2, for the second time in 31 months. The procedure was to fix a tear in the capsule in the front of his left shoulder, and he'll miss the entire season for the second time in the last three years. The Mets still owe Santana $31 million from his $137.5 million, six-year deal.
RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez (shoulder) was able to answer the bell when called upon for his first save chance of the season Tuesday, April 2, against the Toronto Blue Jays. He allowed a hit with one strikeout, throwing 12 of his 19 pitches for strikes, earning a save. Last season he blew a save, allowing three runs in the ninth inning at home against the Toronto Blue Jays on Opening Day.
RP | Sergio Santos | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos is looking forward to the new season after struggling in his first year with inconsistency and injuries. "It feel likes a whole new experience for me, a whole new Opening Day," Santos said Tuesday, April 2. "I'm really looking forward to closing the chapter on last year and really looking to moving onto this year. I'm excited, I'm healthy."
RP | Nick Hagadone | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians added SP Scott Kazmir to the 25-man roster Tuesday, April 2, and optioned P Nick Hagadone to Triple-A Columbus in a corresponding move.
RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren said the team is hopeful that RP Jonny Venters (elbow) is only dealing with inflammation in his left elbow after his MRI exam was inconclusive. The team has no timetable for his return from the 15-day disabled list. "We're just optimistic that the four weeks will get it calmed down and get him back throwing," Wren said. Dr. James Andrews did other tests on Venters that has them optimistic that he won't need another Tommy John surgery.
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