Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 4, 2013 @ 09:15:01 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF/1B Allen Craig (knee) suffered a laceration on his right knee sliding into a wall attempting to catch a foul in right field Wednesday, April 3.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko has a sixth-inning double Wednesday, April 3, against the Kansas City Royals. It was the 2,136th hit of his career, tying him for third on the franchise's all-time hits list with former 1B Frank Thomas.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn swatted his first home run of the season Wednesday, April 3, against the Kansas City Royals. It was career homer No. 407, moving Dunn into a tie for 48th place on the all-time list with Hall of Famer Duke Snider.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau said Wednesday, April 3, that he doesn't set personal statistical goals before the season, but feels he is still young enough to post big numbers if he can remain healthy. "Anything's possible," Morneau said. "I'm still young enough. I think I proved to myself last year that when I'm healthy I feel like I can contribute, and whatever that means I'm not sure, but hopefully it's somewhere around when I was playing 150, 160 games a year and driving in runs and helping us scor runs and helping us win ballgames."

1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers DH Lance Berkman posted six hits in the three-game series against the Houston Astros, reaching base in nine of his 12 plate appearances in the set. He extended his hitting streak at Minute Maid Park to 15 games, including his past 12 for the visiting team.

1B | Brett Wallace | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 1B Brett Wallace struck out eight times during the three-game series against the Texas Rangers that wrapped up Wednesday, April 3. OF Chris Carter struck out seven times in the series, while 1B Carlos Pena whiffed six times.

1B | Casey Kotchman | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 1B Casey Kotchman (hamstring) left the game Wednesday, April 3, against the Washington Nationals due to a strained left hamstring. He is considered day to day.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) is hoping to return from the disabled list on May 1. He hopes to resume swinging a bat by the middle of April and go on a minor league rehab assignment around a week before his return to the Yankees. Teixeira is working on exercises to increase the strength in his wrist currently. "If it never gets better then I would have to have surgery," he said. "That's only if it never gets better. But it's progressively gotten better, at this point. Absolutely it has. I can tell if it hurts doing anything. There are lots of tests that the doctors can do. And if any of those tests hurt then I can't swing a bat yet."

1B | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt (illness) remains out Wednesday, April 3. C Buster Posey is starting at first base.

1B | Brett Pill | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Brett Pill (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno Thursday, April 4.

1B | Brandon Snyder | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox signed free-agent 1B Brandon Snyder (Rangers) to a minor league deal Tuesday, April 2.

Second Baseman

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (thumb) underwent an MRI exam on his thumb after a head first slide Monday, April 1, but he's in the lineup Wednesday, April 3.

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips has moved from second in the order to cleanup with OF Ryan Ludwick (shoulder) out.

2B | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have no intention of trading SS Jurickson Profar even though they have signed SS Elvis Andrus to a contract extension.


SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the New York Yankees have said they will only activate SS Derek Jeter (ankle) is he proves that he is able to play nine innings of shortstop in back-to-back games, and not as a designated hitter.

SS | Justin Sellers | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said SS Justin Sellers' status remains the same. Sellers committed two errors Tuesday, April 2, and isn't starting Wednesday, April 3.

SS | Stephen Drew | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Stephen Drew (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Portland Thursday, April 3, and the team is planning for him to play four games with Portland.

SS | Jose Mojica | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies signed free-agent SS Jose Mojica to an undisclosed deal Wednesday, April 3.

Third Baseman

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre started the regular season hitless in his first 11 at-bats before posting singles in his final two at-bats Wednesday, April 3, against the Houston Astros.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (back) will begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis Thursday, April 4.

3B | Donnie Murphy | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent 3B Donnie Murphy (Brewers) to a minor league deal Wednesday, April 3.


C | Miguel Montero | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson indicated Wednesday, April 3, that he has no plans to rest C Miguel Montero, as the team has three scheduled off days in the next 12 days. "He caught 136 games last year and he wants to catch more this year," Gibson said. "He's an elite catcher and a day off now is not going to matter in August when it's hot out and we're traveling all over."

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (shoulder) and SS Paul Janish (shoulder) will continue playing in extended spring training Thursday, April 4, and both players are only permitted to hit in games. McCann will hit and catch bullpens while he increases his throwing program, but he won't be cleared for full action until April 16. There is no timetable for his return from the disabled list. Janish will be cleared to play sooner than McCann, and Janish will play shortstop for Triple-A Gwinnett when he returns from the DL.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Cs Wilson Ramos and Kurt Suzuki will alternate every other game at least for the beginning of the year. The pitching matchups will not play a factor into who is behind the dish each game.

C | Henry Blanco | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays C Henry Blanco will catch SP R.A. Dickey's next start Sunday, April 7, instead of C J.P. Arencibia, but manager John Gibbons just wants to give Blanco his first start of the season. Gibbons wants to stick with his plan of having two catchers share Dickey's starts.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles made an offer to C Matt Wieters for a multi-year contract extension, but there is nothing that shows that the two sides are close to an agreement. The offer was believed to be for at least five years. Some people within the organization aren't optimistic that the Orioles will get anything done anytime soon.


OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen stole second base in the sixth inning Wednesday, April 3, for his 100th career steal. He finished the game 1-for-3 with a double, run scored, RBI and walk. It was his second steal in as many games.

OF | Michael Brantley | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley tied a career high with four hits in five at-bats Wednesday, April 3, against the Toronto Blue Jays. It was Brantley's fifth career four-hit game.

OF | Adam Eaton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton (elbow) will begin swinging in the batting cage Thursday, April 4. It is his first step in returning to game action. "I know he's excited to do that," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's really champing at the bit."

OF | Cody Ross | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Cody Ross (calf) and SS Didi Gregorius (elbow) worked out Wednesday, April 3, with Ross running bases and sliding before he joins Single-A Visalia Thursday, April 4.

OF | Darin Mastroianni | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Darin Mastroianni (foot) is available to play after fouling a ball off his left foot during spring training. He is serving as the team's fourth outfielder after losing out on the center field job to OF Aaron Hicks. Mastroianni will be used as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement late in games when he doesn't start. Manager Ron Gardenhire wants to be cautious with Mastroianni, though, because he can see that he isn't fully healthy yet.

OF | Delmon Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Delmon Young (ankle) played a few more innings in right field in an extended spring game Wednesday, April 3, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Young is still not 100 percent. "He's still got a little bit of a gimp," Amaro said. "But he's running a little bit smoother. ... Just looking at some of the film for (Tuesday), he's moving better."

OF | Jonny Gomes | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said OF Jonny Gomes could start more often against right-handed pitchers, not just Wednesday, April 3.

OF | Chris Heisey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OFs Xavier Paul and Derrick Robinson may figure into the left field mix with OF Ryan Ludwick (shoulder) out for three months. Manager Dusty Baker said OF Chris Heisey will play every day and will get the opportunity to prove he belongs.

OF | Gorkys Hernandez | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Miami Marlins outrighted OF Gorkys Hernandez and P Scott Maine to Triple-A New Orleans Wednesday, April 3. 3B Zack Cox was outrighted to Double-A Jacksonville.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds placed OF Ryan Ludwick (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 2.

OF | Ender Inciarte | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies designated OF Ender Inciarte for assignment Tuesday, April 2.

OF | Christian Yelich | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OFs Christian Yelich (heel), Jake Marisnick (hand) and Marcell Ozuna (wrist) will begin the season on the disabled list in the minors. Yelich has a "stone bruise" on his left heel, Marisnick has a broken left hand and Ozuna is dealing with a fractured left wrist. All three were expected to be the starting outfield for Double-A Jacksonville this year. Yelich isn't expected to miss much time, however. He's hoping to play in games this weekend. Marisnick could be back in roughly two weeks. Ozuna might be out for three more weeks.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Trevor Bauer | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Trevor Bauer could come up from Triple-A to start Saturday, April 6.

SP | Jeff Locke | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Locke pitched six innings in an extended spring training game Tuesday, April 2. He is the team's fifth starter, and will make his regular season debut Sunday, April 7, against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez (headache) developed a severe headache while warming up in the bullpen before his start Wednesday, April 3. He took some pills and had his right temple massaged by a trained, but he couldn't shake the pain. It didn't matter. He belted his second career homer, and he allowed just two hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six scoreless innings for the win.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Ubaldo Jimenez held the Toronto Blue Jays to just one run, solo home run by 3B Maicer Izturis, over six innings in a no-decision Wednesday, April 3. He ended up throwing 63 of his 104 pitches for strikes in the quality start.

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda (finger) had X-rays on his right middle finger and they came back negative. He is considered day to day due to a contusion suffered in his start Wednesday, April 3, against the Boston Red Sox.

SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers shut out the Houston Astros for the final 18 innings of the opening three-game set. SP Matt Harrison tied a career-high with nine strikeouts Sunday, March 31, SP Yu Darvish set a career high with 14 strikeouts in his near-perfect game bid Tuesday, April 3, and SP Alexi Ogando had his first-career double-digit strikeout game with 10 punchouts Wednesday, April 4, in a win. The Rangers had 43 strikeouts in the three-game series, breaking the major league record for the first three games of the season set by the 1966 Cleveland Indians pitching staff, which had 42.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (lat) is expected to rejoin the team Friday, April 5, and start throwing off a mound. He's only been playing catch on flat ground since Feb. 17.

SP | Scott Diamond | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SPs Scott Diamond (elbow) and Anthony Swarzak (ribs) both pitched in extended spring training Tuesday, April 2, and received positive reports. Diamond struck out seven hitters in five innings and will start again for Single-A Fort Myers Sunday, April 7, and could rejoin the rotation by April 12. Swarzak struck out five in four innings Tuesday but isn't expected to return when eligible Saturday, April 6.

SP | Scott Kazmir | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Scott Kazmir (abdominal) will not make his season debut Saturday, April 6, and the team will pick a replacement Thursday, April 4. The team is choosing to be cautious.

SP | Shaun Marcum | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Shaun Marcum (neck, shoulder) will head to New York to be looked at by team doctors. "He has some real discomfort running from his shoulder up through his neck," manager Terry Collins said. "What that is, where it starts, what's causing it, I think we won't know until he sees the doctor tomorrow."

SP | Aaron Laffey | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said SP Aaron Laffey is likely to start for SP Shaun Marcum (neck, shoulder) Sunday, April 7.

SP | Cole De Vries | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Cole De Vries (forearm) will be pushed back to Sunday, April 7, after he felt tightness in his forearm during a bullpen Wednesday, April 3. SP Vance Worley will go on normal rest Saturday, April 6.

SP | Erasmo Ramirez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Erasmo Ramirez (triceps) will start on the disabled list in the minor leagues, and it may be related to his sore triceps muscle.

SP | Alex White | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Alex White (elbow) is seeking a second opinion on his elbow from Dr. James Andrews, who is reviewing White's MRI results. "We have a pretty good idea what's going to happen, and we're just waiting for Andrews to take a look and make a decision for us," White said. "I've gotten used to the idea, and it's going to be a long process getting back to the field. It will be day to day, and even if it's just a sprain, it's still going to take me a while to get back." White is expected to need Tommy John surgery, which will put him out for the entire season.

SP | Robert Whitenack | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction,
The Cleveland Indians claimed P Robert Whitenack off waivers from the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, April 3, and optioned him to Double-A Akron. RP Frank Herrmann (elbow) was also moved to the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding move.

Relief Pitcher

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford was pounded for three earned runs and five hits while recording just two outs in his second appearance of the season Wednesday, April 3, against the Colorado Rockies. He surrendered a pair of home runs. "(His velocity) was way down," manager Ron Roenicke said. "We'll talk to him and see how he's doing but I noticed it was way down. He says he feels fine."

RP | Jason Grilli | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli, who is starting the season as closer for the first time in his career, retired the Chicago Cubs in order Wednesday, April 3, in the ninth inning. "My heart was beating a little faster, but controllable," Grilli said. "Facing the heart of the order, I've done that before."

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez nailed down the save in the team's regular season opener Tuesday, April 2, but he wasn't as fortunate Wednesday, April 3. He served up a game-tying solo home run to Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista to blow his first save of the season.

RP | Sergio Santos | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
The good news is that Toronto Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos (shoulder) was able to make back-to-back appearances, but the bad news is he served up a game-winning solo home run to Cleveland Indians 1B Mark Reynolds to take the loss.

RP | Phil Coke | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Phil Coke blew the save Wednesday, April 3, against the Minnesota Twins. He recorded just one out while allowing a run and two hits.

RP | Kevin Gregg | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Los Angeles Dodgers released RP Kevin Gregg Wednesday, April 3.

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said the eighth inning setup role isn't etched in stone after he used RP Tyler Clippard in that spot Monday, April 1. Johnson plans to use RP Drew Storen in the eighth if the situation arises Wednesday, April 3. The role will be determined on a game-by-game basis.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, the Chicago Cubs continue to say that RP Carlos Marmol is the team's closer despite being pulled in the ninth on opening day Monday, April 1. Pitching coach Chris Bosio would like to see Marmol get another chance at a save very soon. "He's the closer," manager Dale Sveum said. "We've talked, and he knows he's got to throw strikes. … When the starter goes eight (innings), you're going to do whatever you can to save that lead."

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) threw off a mound Wednesday, April 3, for the first time in a week. It was a light, 15-pitch session.

RP | Addison Reed | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox RP Addison Reed knows his slider is key to his success this year. He threw six sliders and nine fastballs in his first save of the season Monday, April 1, and he used his slider 13.8 percent of the time last year. He didn't throw a single changeup Monday, but he isn't abandoning it.

RP | Evan Reed | Detroit Tigers | Transaction,
The Detroit Tigers claimed RP Evan Reed off waivers from the Miami Marlins Wednesday, April 3, and optioned him to Triple-A Toledo.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Mets RPs Frank Francisco (elbow) and Pedro Feliciano each threw an inning in a simulated game on Tuesday, April 2, at Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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