Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 8, 2013 @ 09:08:01 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Adam LaRoche | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche (back) was not in the starting lineup Sunday, April 7, but manager Davey Johnson expects LaRoche to return Tuesday, April 9, against the Chicago White Sox.

1B | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond said 1B Logan Morrison (knee) could start running this week. Morrison has been fielding ground balls and taking batting practice.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura indicated DH Adam Dunn probably start at least one game in left field when the team travels to play the Washington Nationals.

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Transaction, Breaking, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves have placed 1B Freddie Freeman (oblique) on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right oblique muscle. He had played through discomfort through the first five games and was the on-deck batter when OF Justin Upton hit a walkoff homer against the Chicago Cubs Saturday, April 6. However, the team decided to place Freeman on the DL after he jumped in pain when trainer Jeff Porter touched the affected area following the game.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols went 2-for-2 with two home runs and three RBIs against the Texas Rangers Saturday, April 6.

1B | Brandon Moss | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 1B Brandon Moss is in the starting lineup against the Houston Astros Saturday, April 6.

1B | Jason Giambi | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians DH Jason Giambi (back) is currently working out with the team and could be activated from the disabled list Tuesday, April 9.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Dewayne Wise, INF Conor Gillaspie and C Hector Gimenez will be in the starting lineup against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, April 6. OF Dayan Viciedo, 1B/DH Paul Konerko and C Tyler Flowers will get the day off.

1B | Prince Fielder | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 1B Prince Fielder swatted a pair of home runs, including the go-ahead three-run homer, in the home opener Friday, April 5, against the New York Yankees. He finished with five RBI.

1B | Chris Davis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis had a grand slam and five RBIs Friday, April 5, to become only the fourth player in history to hit home runs in his first four games of the season, joining the likes of Willie Mays, Mark McGwire and Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz. Davis is 9-for-15 (.600) with four dingers and 16 RBIs.

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis is 1-for-12 to start the year after hitting under .200 until late June last season. "We were gonna take some extra BP today, we did it in the cage for quite a while, and Ike was the first guy there today," manager Terry Collins said. "So one thing about it, he's not satisfied with the way he's started, and he's trying to do something about it."

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost chose to sit 1B Billy Butler in favor of 1B Eric Hosmer Friday, April 5, mostly because the team will face left-handed pitchers for the rest of the weekend. "If I sit Hos today," Yost said, "he doesn't (start) for three days. If a pitcher has never faced a hitter, the advantage kind of goes to the pitcher. Kendrick has never faced Billy or Hos." OF Jeff Francoeur is also 9-for-22 in his career against Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick. Yost is reluctant to put Hosmer in the outfield, so Francoeur will likely start all three games against the Phils. INFs Miguel Tejada and Elliot Johnson might also see playing time this weekend.

1B | Casey Kotchman | Miami Marlins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins placed 1B Casey Kotchman (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list Friday, April 5, and recalled C Kyle Skipworth from Triple-A New Orleans in a corresponding move. Kotchman's DL stint is retroactive to April 4.


Second Baseman

2B | Aaron Hill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill had three more hits Sunday, April 7, against the Milwaukee Brewers, and he is now batting .490 (25-for-51) with three home runs and eight RBIs in his career against the Brewers.

2B | Mark Ellis | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Luis Cruz, 2B Mark Ellis and C A.J. Ellis are getting the day off against the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, April 7.

2B | Blake DeWitt | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves have recalled INF Blake DeWitt from Triple-A Gwinnett.

2B | Bill Hall | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Free Agents
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have re-signed free-agent 2B Bill Hall to a minor league deal. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

2B | Jayson Nix | New York Yankees | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Jayson Nix is expected to start at shortstop Saturday, April 6, against the Detroit Tigers with SS Eduardo Nunez (biceps) not expected to play. Oddly enough, if any other infielders get hurt Saturday, the backup infielder would be C Francisco Cervelli.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Opposing pitchers continue to throw the ball down and away to New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano, and he has managed just two hits in his first 15 at-bats this season. It mirrors the struggles he had in the 2012 postseason.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (knee) will fly to Sarasota, Fla. to begin his recovery and rehab Sunday, April 7. Roberts will not require surgery to repair a ruptured tendon behind his right knee. "We're hopeful in a three-to-four week period we'll get him back," manager Buck Showalter said Friday, April 5.

2B | Jason Kipnis | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have stopped their contract negotiations on a multi-year contract extension with 2B Jason Kipnis. Kipnis said the talks ceased once the regular season started. He is slated to make $509,400 this season. The team is also reportedly negotiating with OF Michael Brantley on a multi-year deal. Kipnis is interested in starting talks up again after the 2013 season.

2B | Eric Farris | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins signed free-agent 2B Eric Farris (Brewers) to an undisclosed deal Friday, April 5.

2B | Ryan Flaherty | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Ryan Flaherty and SS Alexi Casilla are expected to fill in at second base while 2B Brian Roberts (knee) is out of the lineup.

2B | Jason Donald | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction
Cincinnati Reds 2B Jason Donald cleared waivers and was outrighted to the minors Thursday, April 4.


Shortstop

SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees SS Eduardo Nunez (biceps) did not start for a second straight day Sunday, April 7, against the Detroit Tigers, but he entered the game as a pinch runner in the eighth inning.

SS | Jean Segura | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers SS Jean Segura (quadriceps) wasn't too concerned about his quadriceps injury after the game Sunday, April 7. "Just a muscle thing," Segura said. "I don't think it will take too long. Hopefully we will see tomorrow." Segura will be re-evaluated Monday, April 8.

SS | Stephen Drew | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Stephen Drew (concussion) is expected to play in rehab games for Double-A Portland Sunday, April 7, and Monday, April 8, before rejoining the parent club in time for their game against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, April 10. The Red Sox have an off day Tuesday, April 9.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) fielded 41 ground balls hit right at him as part of his rehab Saturday, April 6. He also hit off a tee in a batting cage and played catch.

SS | Andrelton Simmons | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (thumb) is considered day-to-day because of a sprained thumb.

SS | Jose Iglesias | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Jose Iglesias (forearm) is not in the starting lineup Saturday, April 6, but took batting practice and expressed confidence that he could return to action Sunday, April 7. "It feels tight, but I'll be all right," Iglesias said. "If the team needs me, I'll be there. You want to be there. You want to be part of another win. All I can do is get treatment and be ready for today and tomorrow."

SS | Pedro Ciriaco | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Jose Iglesias (arm) is leaving the game in the fourth inning after being hit by a pitch Friday, April 5. 3B Pedro Ciriaco is replacing him.

SS | Cale Iorg | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Detroit Tigers released SS Cale Iorg Friday, April 5.

SS | Tyler Greene | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox signed free-agent SS Tyler Greene (Astros) to a minor league deal Thursday, April 4.


Third Baseman

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks smacked three home runs Sunday, April 7, against the Toronto Blue Jays, finishing with four hits and four RBIs. A Sox player has hit three homers in a game 26 times, and the last was 2B Dustin Pedroia who accomplished the feat June 24, 2010, on the road against the Colorado Rockies. Middlebrooks is the youngest Sox players to go yard thrice since Hall of Famer Jim Rice turned the trick Aug. 29, 1977, also at age 24.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (back) has been cleared to come off the 15-day disabled list Monday, April 8.

3B | Wilson Betemit | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles 3B Wilson Betemit (knee) said he is feeling good and will go to Florida to continue his rehab. He is scheduled to have the knee reevaluated in about a month.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 with one RBI against the New York Yankees Saturday, April 6.

3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Injury
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) is about two weeks away from returning to the team. Stewart was scheduled to get four to six at-bats in a minor league game Saturday, April 6. Stewart will go on a minor league assignment before joining the team.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers have placed 3B Aramis Ramirez (knee) on the 15-day disabled list because of a left knee sprain. In a corresponding move, the team recalled INF Josh Prince from Triple-A Nashville.

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (oblique) will not play in any minor league games this weekend. He has only taken light swings and manager John Gibbons called any previous projections about playing in games "overly optimistic."

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre hit his first home run of the season Friday, April 5, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He now has 28 homers in his career against the Angels, his most against any opponent.

3B | Eric Chavez | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Eric Chavez (elbow) was not in the starting lineup Friday, April 5, against the Milwaukee Brewers after being on the elbow by a pitch Wednesday, April 3.

3B | Brandon Inge | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Brandon Inge (shoulder) will play second base for Triple-A Indianapolis Friday, April 5.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley (thumb) thinks it's realistic that he could return to action by the end of the month. He'll return to San Diego Monday, April 8, to have another X-ray done on his left thumb. He has already taken one-handed swings and some ground balls before games with his left hand wrapped behind his back. Headley will need to play in some minor league games before he returns, though.


Catcher

C | Jeff Mathis | Miami Marlins | Injury
Miami Marlins C Jeff Mathis (collarbone) has been able to throw from 45 feet and take some dry swings.

C | Lou Marson | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians C Lou Marson (neck) suffered a cervical-neck strain during his collision with Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings Saturday, April 6.

C | Ramon Hernandez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired C Ramon Hernandez from the Colorado Rockies for Aaron Harang and cash considerations.

C | Kelly Shoppach | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said C Kelly Shoppach would likely start behind the plate Sunday, April 7.

C | Stephen Vogt | Oakland Athletics | Transaction,
The Oakland Athletics acquired C Stephen Vogt from the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, April 5, in exchange for a player to be named. RP Dan Otero was designated for assignment in a corresponding move. Vogt will start with Triple-A Sacramento

C | Carlos Ramirez | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Carlos Ramirez was suspended 50 games Friday, April 5, for his second violation of a drug of abuse.


Outfielder

OF | David Dahl | Colorado Rockies | Transaction
Colorado Rockies OF David Dahl was demoted from Low-A Asheville to extended spring training as a disciplinary measure. Dahl tweeted that he missed a flight.

OF | Torii Hunter | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Torii Hunter had two more hits Sunday, April 7, against the New York Yankees, giving him multi-hit efforts in five of his first six outings this season.

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold (hamstring) downplayed the severity of the hamstring injury which forced him out of the game Sunday, April 7. "I just had a little cramp, spasm, whatever you want to call it," Reimold said. "It just kept getting tighter and tighter." Reimold said he thinks he'll be ready to play Monday, April 8.

OF | Cody Ross | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks are hopeful of getting OF Cody Ross (calf) back from the 15-day disabled list before they open a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers April 12.

OF | Norichika Aoki | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Norichika Aoki had a career-high four hits, and he drove in three runs while stealing a base and scoring twice, in the game Sunday, April 7, against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (wrist) suffered a right wrist sprain during the team's game Sunday, April 7. He probably will not play Tuesday, April 9, but will not be placed on the 15-day disabled list at this point.

OF | Darin Mastroianni | Minnesota Twins | Injury
Minnesota Twins OF Darin Mastroianni (ankle) is dealing with a bruised left ankle and is not ready to play a nine-inning game. Manager Ron Gardenhire said he hopes Mastroianni will be able to play in a game this week.

OF | Billy Hamilton | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds minor league OF Billy Hamilton (calf) returned to action for Triple-A Louisville Sunday, April 7, after missing one game because of a minor calf strain.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (neck) is not in the lineup against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, April 7. OF Logan Schafer will start in left field.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (elbow) is not in the starting lineup against the Houston Astros Sunday, April 7. He suffered a minor elbow injury Saturday, April 6, but manager Bob Melvin said the injury was not serious and was not the reason he was being given the day off. Cespedes, who is batting .130, could be used as a pinch hitter during the game.

OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (ankle) is not in the starting lineup against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, April 7, although he will be available as a pinch hitter, if necessary. He ran on the field and took batting practice but his right ankle was still not pain-free.

OF | Wilkin Ramirez | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Wilkin Ramirez is starting in right field against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, April 7, in place of OF Chris Parmelee.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (forearm) is scheduled to undergo X-rays Tuesday, April 9, to check on his broken forearm. He hopes to receive clearance to start swinging a fungo bat. Granderson could start throwing next week as part of his rehab.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (back) said he was dealing with a tight back Friday, April 5, after he attempted to make a diving catch in the first inning against the Houston Astros. He remained in the game and said it seemed to loosen up somewhat as the game progressed. Crisp iced it after the game and expects to be available to play Saturday, April 6.

OF | Oscar Taveras | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras was not scheduled to play in the doubleheader season opener for Triple-A Memphis Friday, April 5, as he was traveling back from the Dominican Republic after tending to a family matter.

OF | Aaron Hicks | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins manager general manager Terry Ryan said Friday, April 5, that the team plans to be patient with OF Aaron Hicks, who has managed just one hit with seven strikeouts through his first 14 plate appearances. "We won't be surprised with any growing pains with Hicks," Ryan said. "We've told him as long as he swings at strikes he should be fine."

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz had three more hits Friday, April 5, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, giving him nine hits in 16 at-bats. Cruz is the third Rangers player to start the regular season with four straight multi-hit games, joining Pete O'Brien (1988) and Vladimir Guerrero (2010).

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Friday, April 15, that OF Carl Crawford is expected to play in the first two games of the series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but Crawford might sit Sunday, April 7, against a left-handed starter, SP Jeff Locke.

OF | Seth Smith | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Seth Smith was scratched from the starting lineup Friday, April 5, against the Houston Astros, but he has no injury. Manager Bob Melvin simply changed him mind and did not want OF Chris B. Young to sit back-to-back days.

OF | Shane Peterson | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Shane Peterson is with the club in Houston, and ready if the team decides to place OF Brandon Moss (personal) on the Paternity List. Peterson has never played a game in the majors.

OF | Kole Calhoun | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Kole Calhoun (hand) suffered a fractured hamate bone in his right hand at Triple-A Salt Lake Thursday, April 4. He was injured on a swing, and will be sidelined four to six weeks.

OF | Denard Span | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Denard Span said he wants base stealing to be an important part of his game this season but also wants to be smart about when he attempts to steal a base. "I don't want to go just to be going," Span said. "I want to go at ideal times and also to help the team. It's not about me stealing 60-70 bases. That would be nice. But if I can steal 25-35 and it helps our ballclub -- those stolen bases are meaningful, it's a good percentage -- that'd be fine with me."

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Friday, April 5, and he's now just 1-for-16 to start the season.

OF | Ender Inciarte | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies returned OF Ender Inciarte, their Rule 5 pick, to the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday, April 4.

OF | B.J. Upton | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton went 0-for-3 Thursday, April 4, and is hitless in 11 at-bats and six strikeouts with his new squad to start the year.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish (blister) left his start early Sunday, April 7, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim due to a blister on his right ring finger. He actually developed the blister in his first start of the season and worked through it, but the blister flared up against Sunday. He still ended up picking up the victory before departing.

SP | Jose Fernandez | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Jose Fernandez gave up one run and three hits over five innings Sunday, April 7, against the New York Mets, walking one and striking out eight. It was a record amount of strikeouts for a Marlins pitcher in his Major League debut.

SP | R.A. Dickey | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey allowed eight runs - seven earned - and 10 hits in just 4 2/3 innings in a loss Sunday, April 7, against the Boston Red Sox. Dickey gave up five runs in the first inning, which matched the amount he allowed in the first inning in all of the 2012, when he made 33 starts for the New York Mets.

SP | Edgar G. Gonzalez | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction,
The Toronto Blue Jays claimed P Edgar G. Gonzalez off waivers from the Houston Astros Sunday, April 7. The team transferred SP Dustin McGowan (shoulder) from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list in the corresponding move.

SP | Aaron Harang | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins have all expressed an interest in Colorado Rockies SP Aaron Harang. The Rockies acquired Harang Saturday, April 6, and then promptly designated him for assignment.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (thumb) suffered a left thumb injury during his start Sunday, April 7, although he was able to remain in the game. He had X-rays after the outing, and the X-rays came back negative.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (elbow) came out of the game Sunday, April 7, against the Texas Rangers after hurting his elbow when he dove to avoid a line drive. He might have been coming out anyway after allowed five earned runs, seven hits and four walks over five innings.

SP | Nathan Eovaldi | Miami Marlins | Injury,
Miami Marlins SP Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder) is waiting to receive clearance to begin throwing as part of his rehab.

SP | Henderson Alvarez | Miami Marlins | Injury,
Miami Marlins SP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) has begun throwing as part of his rehab.

SP | Cole De Vries | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Transaction,
The Minnesota Twins have placed SP Cole De Vries (forearm) on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm. The move is retroactive to March 30. The team also optioned RP Tyler Robertson to Triple-A Rochester.

SP | Anthony Swarzak | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Transaction,
The Minnesota Twins have recalled P Pedro Hernandez from Triple-A Rochester and activated SP Anthony Swarzak (ribs) from the 15-day disabled list.

SP | Trevor Bauer | Cleveland Indians | Transaction,
The Cleveland Indians have optioned SP Trevor Bauer to Triple-A Columbus. In a corresponding move, the team added SP Carlos Carrasco to their active roster.

SP | Jeff Niemann | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeff Niemann (shoulder) said he has not underwent an MRI at this point to see what is wrong with his shoulder. He is scheduled to be examined Monday, April 8, and expects an MRI to be taken at that time.

SP | Alex Cobb | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Alex Cobb said he worked on a new curveball last season and it has been working well for him since spring training. "I started throwing a new curveball last year, and it's starting to really come around right now and at the end of last year," Cobb said. "I think that's more of a consistent feel I'm going to have for it game in and game out the rest of the year hopefully. Throughout Spring Training, it was there for me every game. Hopefully that's a sign of things to come the rest of the season."

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda (finger) did some throwing in the outfield before the team's game Sunday, April 7, and is still on track to make his scheduled start Monday, April 8.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Injury,
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey (biceps) was scheduled to travel to Boston Sunday, April 7, and undergo an MRI on his injured biceps. There is no rupture detected when he was examined in the training room after the injury occurred.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction,
The Baltimore Orioles have activated SP Chris Tillman (abdomen) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, the team optioned INF Yamaico Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk.

SP | Jeanmar Gomez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jeanmar Gomez (chest) underwent X-rays after getting hit in the chest with a line drive but they came back negative.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton (elbow) is scheduled to throw two innings in an extended spring training game Monday, April 8.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano (arm) is scheduled to throw two innings in a simulated game Wednesday, April 10.

SP | Jeff Karstens | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Karstens (shoulder) was scheduled to throw on flat ground Saturday, April 6.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Transaction
The New York Mets have transferred SP Johan Santana (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

SP | Travis Blackley | Houston Astros | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros have placed P Travis Blackley (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left shoulder. The move is retroactive to Friday, April 5. In a corresponding move, P Dallas Keuchel has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
In his first start of the season, Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (1-0) struck out six batters and allowed two hits over six scoreless innings Friday, April 5, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was limited to a pitch count of 92 because he had only thrown 13 innings during spring training.

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) will pitch in an extended spring training game Tuesday, April 9.

SP | Bartolo Colon | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy,
Confirming a previous report, the Oakland Athletics have reinstated SP Bartolo Colon from the suspended list. In a corresponding move, SP Dan Straily has been optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. Straily allowed two runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings in a victory over the Houston Astros Friday, April 5, while walking none and striking out 11.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez has the opportunity to win his 100th career game and strike out the 1,500th batter of his career in his start Saturday, April 6. If he is successful on both counts, he would join Walter Johnson and Bert Blyleven as the only pitchers in MLB history to reach both milestones before their 27th birthday. Hernandez will turn 27 Monday, April 8.

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (hand) went four innings in what is expected to be his first and only rehab start Thursday, April 4. Billingsley, who started the season on the disabled list, is targeted to return on Wednesday, April 10, against the San Diego Padres.

SP | Scott Diamond | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Diamond (elbow) appears to be on track to make his regular season debut near the end of next week, or perhaps next weekend.

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Chien-Ming Wang was scheduled to pitch in an extended spring training came in Tampa, Fla., Friday, April 5, but he threw a simulated game instead due to weather.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes (back) is traveling to Detroit and is scheduled to start the team's game Saturday, April 6.

SP | Drew Smyly | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Drew Smyly worked four perfect innings in relief while striking out five to earn his first career save against the New York Yankees Friday, April 5.

SP | Shaun Marcum | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said there is no timetable on SP Shaun Marcum (neck), and it could be two weeks before the team knows more on his condition.

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris will make the start Saturday, April 5, instead of SP Erik Bedard. Bedard will make his season debut instead against the Seattle Mariners Tuesday, April 9.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (lat) will throw a bullpen session Sunday, April 7, and he's hoping to return in early May.

SP | Dontrelle Willis | Independent League | Transaction,
Free-agent SP Dontrelle Willis (Cubs) signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.

SP | Alex White | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Alex White (elbow) is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a strained right elbow. He will miss the entire 2013 season.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee tossed eight scoreless innings to get the win over the Atlanta Braves Thursday, April 4, and he gave up only two hits while walking none and striking out eight. Lee threw 106 pitches in the outing. He is now 4-1 with a 0.77 ERA over 47 innings in his last six starts against Atlanta. Lee also extended his major league mark to 18 straight starts of at least six innings and walking either none or one.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Luis Ayala | Baltimore Orioles | Injury,
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles RP Luis Ayala (illness) is out of the hospital, and he will join his teammates in Boston for the upcoming three-game series starting Monday, April 8.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford came in during a tie game in the 10th inning Sunday, April 7, against the Arizona Diamondbacks and he allowed two earned runs and two hits with one strikeout in one-plus innings of work, taking the loss.

RP | Dan Otero | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Dan Otero has been outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento after clearing waivers.

RP | Manny Delcarmen | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles minor league P Manny Delcarmen has been transferred from Triple-A Norfolk to Class A Frederick.

RP | Greg Holland | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said RP Greg Holland would remain the team's closer despite blowing a save against the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, April 6, where he walked three consecutive batters before eventually allowing a bases-clearing walkoff double with two outs. "Greg was throwing 97 miles an hour," Yost said. "He had his good fastball. In Chicago (on Thursday) and all spring, what made me a little nervous, is he was 91-92. (Saturday) night, he got his good fastball back. When he was missing, he wasn't all over the place. He was missing by that much (holding his thumb and forefinger an inch apart). Everybody looks at the end result. It's not always just that. This is just a simple adjustment. With another umpire behind home plate, he might not have given up a run. Some of those pitches might have been rung up (for strikes). I thought he had (Chase) Utley struck out."

RP | Kyuji Fujikawa | Chicago Cubs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Breaking, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum has named RP Kyuji Fujikawa as his team's new closer, following a blown save by RP Carlos Marmol against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, April 6. Marmol will pitch in less stressful situations in an attempt to regain his confidence and could eventually regain his job if Fujikawa struggles. Sveum said Marmol's problem appears to be mechanical and cited the "flatness" of his slider as one of the reasons for his ineffectiveness.

RP | Mitchell Boggs | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Mitchell Boggs pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants Saturday, April 6, to pick up his first save of the season.

RP | Addison Reed | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox RP Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, April 6, to pick up his third save of the season.

RP | Rafael Soriano | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano allowed two runs on two hits in one inning against the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, April 6, to blow his first save of the season.

RP | Jose Contreras | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jose Contreras (elbow) is scheduled to throw two innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday, April 10.

RP | Jeurys Familia | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets have optioned RP Jeurys Familia to Triple-A Las Vegas.

RP | Daniel McCutchen | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles minor league P Daniel McCutchen has been suspended 50 games for a failed drug test. He reportedly tested positive for the use of performance-enhancing substances Methenolone and a metabolite of Trenbolone.

RP | Jeremy Jeffress | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays have promoted P Dave Bush from Triple-A Buffalo. In a corresponding move, P Jeremy Jeffress has been designated for assignment.

RP | Boone Logan | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees RP Boone Logan (elbow) was not making excuses after an awful outing Friday, April 5, against the Detroit Tigers. He was slowed by an elbow issue in spring training, but said that wasn't the reason for his poor performance so far. "No, not at all," Logan said. "I'm ready. Everything's where it should be. Just a bad performance today."

RP | Casey Janssen | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos will be used as the closer if the team needs one Friday, April 5, because RP Casey Janssen is not available to pitch.

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