Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 12, 2013 @ 09:01:01 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Prince Fielder | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 1B Prince Fielder is 9-for-19 with 13 RBIs over his last six games. He had two hits and four RBIs Thursday, April 11, in an 11-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia considers the team's new lineup, with OF Mike Trout hitting in front of 1B Albert Pujols and OF Josh Hamilton, to be a long-term look.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) expects to be cleared to resume swinging a bat as early as Friday, April 12, when he will be looked at by Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser, the team's wrist and hand specialist. Teixeira said he has no pain in his wrist, and he hopes to start taking batting practice for a week. He plans to cut back on his workload in the cages once he's fully healthy, because he thinks overuse is what initially caused the injury.

1B | Brandon Moss | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 1B Brandon Moss had three hits and came a double short of the cycle Wednesday, April 10, while collective five RBIs. He has nine RBIs in the series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and he's hitting .400 in the early going.

Second Baseman

2B | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers 2B Jurickson Profar (side) was scratched from the game Thursday, April 11, with Triple-A Round Rock because he had a side muscle tighten up Wednesday, April 10. It is believed to be a precautionary move.

2B | Emilio Bonifacio | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays aren't fretting the defensive shortcomings of 2B Emilio Bonifacio or INF Maicer Izturis. Bonifacio has four errors and Izturis has two entering Thursday, April 11. "He's just had a couple of games where it has been a tough go," manager John Gibbons said of Bonifacio. "I don't know him well enough, and I'm not in his head, but he has showed no signs that it has really affected him because he's getting after it out there."

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (knee) is hoping to return in two weeks, according to manager Buck Showalter.

2B | Gordon Beckham | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham (wrist) will have surgery on the fractured hamate bone in his left wrist next week, and he'll be out for six weeks.

2B | Darwin Barney | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney (knee) will have the stitches removed from his left knee Friday, April 12, before going on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa over the weekend. He's expected to return to the team for their game Tuesday, April 16. He's eligible to come off the disabled list Monday, April 15.

2B | Jemile Weeks | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 2B Jemile Weeks worked at shortstop with Triple-A Sacramento Wednesday, April 10, and started there for the first time in his career. The team recalled INF Andy Parrino over him because Parrino can play shortstop, second base, third and the outfield. "I wouldn't be surprised if that was Jemile's idea," manager Bob Melvin said. "It just opens up some versatility options for him."

2B | Eric Sogard | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 2B Eric Sogard will see the bulk of playing time at second base with 2B Scott Sizemore (knee) out for the year. INF Andy Parrino was called up over 2B Jemile Weeks because of his versatility. SS Hiroyuki Nakajima could work out at second base with Triple-A Sacramento now, too, and it might be a better fit for him at the big league level than shortstop, Susan Slusser speculates. Weeks and 2B Grant Green could also be used at the keystone at some point this year.

2B | Scott Sizemore | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 2B Scott Sizemore (knee) will need to undergo season-ending surgery to fix his torn left anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. There is no date for his surgery.


SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar (heel) is feeling better Thursday, April 11, and is hopeful that he can avoid a trip to the disabled list.

Third Baseman

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (rib cage) played in an extended spring game and went 2-for-2 with two doubles and a walk Thursday, April 11. He played four innings at third base. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Lawrie would need at least 20 at-bats in the minors before returning from the disabled list.

3B | Alberto Callaspo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout was dropped from leadoff to second in the order Thursday, April 11, with 3B Alberto Callaspo hitting leadoff. SS Erick Aybar (heel), the normal No. 2 hitter, is out with a contusion on his left heel.

3B | Conor Gillaspie | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Scott Merkin speculates that the Chicago White Sox will use some combination of 3Bs Conor Gillaspie and Brent Morel at third base with 2B Gordon Beckham (wrist) out for six weeks. The team has roster flexibility, so they don't necessarily have to call up Morel from Triple-A Charlotte, though.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley (thumb) said he was pain-free after swinging from both sides of the plate Wednesday, April 10, and he's very encouraged with how he feels. He will likely go on a rehab assignment in the minors before returning, and there is no timetable for his return. "Chase is very encouraged and we're encouraged as well," manager Bud Black said. "His swings were good from both sides of the plate. Things are looking up."

3B | Manny Machado | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Joel Hanrahan blew his first save of the season by allowing a three-run home run to Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado in the ninth inning Wednesday, April 10.


C | Mike Zunino | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C prospect Mike Zunino has six extra-base hits in eight at-bats at Triple-A Tacoma.

C | Lou Marson | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said C Lou Marson (neck) is not close to starting a rehab assignment because the team wants to take a conservative approach with his recovery.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana (wrist) caught a bullpen and hit in the cages Thursday, April 11, and he thinks he could play Friday, April 12, but the team will likely be cautious and give him a few more days off.

C | Evan Gattis | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Evan Gattis hit his third home run of the season Wednesday, April 10, and he's batting .391 with an .826 slugging percentage in the early going. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he will consider using Gattis at first base Friday, April 12, to get C Gerald Laird in the game. "It's hard to take that bat out of the lineup," the manager said. "Hey, I've got two days to think about it. Probably not, but we'll see. I've done crazier stuff. Make sure you tune in."


OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp had to be restrained by police after he confronted San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin leaving PETCO Park after the bench-clearing brawl Thursday, April 11.

OF | Laynce Nix | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF John Mayberry is 5-for-19 on the young season with three doubles, a homer and four walks, but Phillies manager Charlie Manuel plans on continuing to rotate OF's Mayberry, Laynce Nix and Ezequiel Carrera until OF Delmon Young (ankle) is ready.

OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (wrist) said he fully expects to play Friday, April 12.

OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners have placed OF Michael Saunders (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list because of a shoulder injury. In a corresponding move, the team purchased the contract of OF Endy Chavez from Triple-A Tacoma.

OF | Rajai Davis | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Rajai Davis received a rare start versus a right-handed pitcher Thursday, April 11, as he's mostly being used only against lefties this year. Davis had good success against Detroit Tigers SP Doug Fister, and it was an opportunity to put OF Jose Bautista in the designated hitter role to rest him. Davis had a stolen base and a single in Thursday's game, and he entered the game hitting .259 against righties and .289 against left-handers.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (forearm) removed his stabilizing brace Thursday, April 11, and was able to throw. "That's big," manager Joe Girardi said of Granderson. "That means the bone has healed and it's just the rehab process and getting him to where he can play in some games and getting him back here. It's real encouraging."

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (wrist, forearm) is back in the lineup Thursday, April 11.

OF | Jorge Soler | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Jorge Soler was suspended for five games Thursday, April 11, and he received an undisclosed fine for his role in an altercation in a minor league game.

OF | Julio Borbon | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins are interested in Texas Rangers OF Julio Borbon, who was designated for assignment earlier this week.

OF | Daniel Nava | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Daniel Nava hit his third homer in as many games Wednesday, April 10, an opposite-field shot over the Green Monster.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (collarbone) suffered a fractured left collarbone Thursday, April 11, during an on-field brawl with the San Diego Padres. Greinke hit San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin with a pitch, causing Quentin to charge the mound and both benches to empty. In the ensuing fight, Greinke injured his collarbone when his left shoulder collided with Quentin's body. No timetable has been given for Greinke's return or how long rehab will take.

SP | D.J. Mitchell | Seattle Mariners | Transaction
The Seattle Mariners have designated SP D.J. Mitchell for assignment.

SP | Scott Kazmir | Cleveland Indians | Injury,
Cleveland Indians SP Scott Kazmir (rib cage) is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 17, but manager Terry Francona said Kazmir likely will need a few extra days before rejoining the starting rotation.

SP | Josh Johnson | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Josh Johnson allowed six runs and seven hits in just 1 1/3 innings to lose to the Detroit Tigers Thursday, April 11. It was the shortest start of his career. "I haven't thrown a slider for a strike yet, and I need that pitch. When I'm throwing it for strikes, it is something that the hitters have to think about, but this is two starts now, and it hasn't happened," Johnson said. "I didn't have anything today. They were all over my curveball for some reason, and the fastball was just hanging over the plate."

SP | Aaron Harang | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies acquired P Steven Hensley from the Seattle Mariners Thursday, April 11, in exchange for SP Aaron Harang.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) felt good enough to throw a 30-pitch, high-intensity bullpen session Thursday, April 11, after he threw a bullpen two days ago.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Joel Hanrahan issued back-to-back walks Wednesday, April 10, and he's given up six runs and five hits (three home runs) while walking two in his last two outings. "To me, location is the most important thing," pitching coach Juan Nieves said. "His stuff is good enough. He throws 99 mph with the great slider. The consistency of that has to be a little better. Big-league hitters feed off poorly located fastballs and poorly located breaking balls." Manager John Farrell thinks Hanrahan's wildness is attributed to him being overly aggressive. If Hanrahan isn't available to pitch Thursday, April 11, RPs Andrew Bailey, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara are all candidates to close. Uehara only threw 12 pitches Wednesday, but they don't want to use him in back-to-back games to start the year.

RP | Justin Miller | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction,
The Texas Rangers placed RP Justin Miller (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list Thursday, April 11.

RP | Kameron Loe | Seattle Mariners | Transaction,
The Seattle Mariners designated P Kameron Loe for assignment Thursday, April 11.

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