Fantasy baseball players in the news

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

 



First Baseman

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer Sunday, April 14, in a 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres. It was Helton's first homer this season and his third career pinch homer. It was also his ninth shot at Petco Park, tying him with Atlanta Braves OF Justin Upton for the most by a visiting player.

1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Lance Berkman will likely be used as a pinch-hitter during interleague play against the Chicago Cubs this week. Berkman has been a designated hitter at the times for the Rangers, but the DH is not allowed in National League ballparks during interleague series.

1B | Matt Adams | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Adams had a solo home run and single in four at-bats Sunday, April 14, against the Milwaukee Brewers. Adams has a hit in all five games he has played, going 11-for-18 (.611) with three homers and eight RBI.

1B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, walk and two RBI Sunday, April 14, against the Kansas City Royals. Encarnacion entered the game with just five hits in 44 at-bats.

1B | Jesus Guzman | San Diego Padres | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B/OF Jesus Guzman started his second consecutive game at third base Saturday, April 13. He had never played the position at the major league level before Friday, April 12.

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (quadriceps) did not play Saturday, April 13, because he is dealing with tightness in his right quadriceps. Manager Ned Yost said the plan is for Hosmer to play Sunday, April 14, because the weather will be warmer.

1B | Jason Giambi | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona indicated 1B Jason Giambi (back) will be in the starting lineup Sunday, April 14.

1B | Joe Mahoney | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 1B Joe Mahoney (oblique) will start his rehab with Single-A Jupiter Friday, April 12.


Second Baseman

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks was hitless in four at-bats Sunday, April 14, against the St. Louis Cardinals, completing a 1-for-21 road trip.

2B | Jason Kipnis | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (elbow) missed his second consecutive game Sunday, April 14, against the Chicago White Sox due to a sore left elbow.

2B | Aaron Hill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill (wrist) had an X-ray on his left wrist Sunday, April 14, and he will have an MRI Monday, April 15, according to manager Kirk Gibson.

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said 2B Danny Espinosa (wrist) probably will miss a game or two because of a sore right wrist even though Espinosa said he hopes to play Monday, April 15. Espinosa underwent X-rays on his wrist but they did not show any breaks or structural damage.

2B | Darwin Barney | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, an MRI exam revealed that Chicago Cubs C Steve Clevenger (oblique) has a left oblique strain and could miss at least six weeks. He will be placed on the disabled list Tuesday, April 16, when 2B Darwin Barney (knee) is activated.

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (personal) missed the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday, April 13, because of a family matter. Manager Dusty Baker said there's a possibility that he could also miss the game Sunday, April 14.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (knee) has not yet resumed baseball activities.

2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro (rest) was back in the lineup for the game Friday, April 12, against the Chicago Cubs after getting the day off Thursday, April 11. He had one hit in four at-bats.

2B | Jerry Hairston Jr. | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Jerry Hairston Jr. was suspended for one game for his part in the benches-clearing brawl Thursday, April 11, against the San Diego Padres.

2B | Gordon Beckham | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago White Sox placed 2B Gordon Beckham (wrist) on the 15-day disabled list Friday, April 12, and recalled RP Deunte Heath from the minors in a corresponding move.


Shortstop

SS | Alexei Ramirez | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez moved back in the batter's box in order to see the ball a little longer with each at-bat during spring training. Hitting coach Jeff Manto said Ramirez is making adjustment as he goes in the early days of the regular season, and that Ramirez feels more comfortable closer in the box against certain pitchers.

SS | Tyler Greene | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox have designated P Charlie Leesman for assignment, to make room for INF Tyler Greene on the 40-man roster.

SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins and C Erik Kratz are not in the starting lineup against the Miami Marlins Sunday, April 14. INF Freddy Galvis will start at shortstop and C Humberto Quintero will start behind the plate.

SS | Angel Sanchez | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox have placed SS Angel Sanchez (back) on the 15-day disabled list because of a lower back strain. In a corresponding move, the team has purchased the contract of INF Tyler Greene.

SS | Everth Cabrera | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored against the Colorado Rockies. He fell a double shy of hitting for the cycle, collecting two singles, a triple and a home run. Cabrera's four hits tied a career high.

SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said SS Eduardo Nunez (wrist) likely will be limited to only pinch running duties until Tuesday, April 16, because of his wrist injury.

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have placed SS Erick Aybar (heel) on the 15-day disabled list because of a bruised left heel. The move is retroactive to April 10.

SS | Jose Reyes | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays have placed SS Jose Reyes (ankle) on the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, the team recalled SS Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo.

SS | Hiroyuki Nakajima | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Hiroyuki Nakajima (hamstring) is not yet ready to begin a rehab assignment. He has to prove that he can run at full speed wearing spikes before he will be allowed to play in games.

SS | Cesar Izturis | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips is not in the starting lineup against the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday, April 13. INF Cesar Izturis is starting at second base, batting eighth.

SS | Andrelton Simmons | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SS Ramiro Pena is starting at shortstop in place of SS Andrelton Simmons Saturday, April 13. Manager Fredi Gonzalez wanted another left-handed bat in the lineup to get the offense going.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (thumb) took the cast off his thumb Friday, April 12, and he is pain-free with good range of motion.


Third Baseman

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has struggled to find anyone to fill the void in the cleanup spot since 3B Aramis Ramirez (knee) went on the 15-day disabled list April 6. Hitters in the cleanup spot are just 2-for-30 since Ramirez went down.

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas was given the day off Sunday, April 15, against the Toronto Blue Jays. Moustakas wrapped up the homestand with just one hit in 17 at-bats.

3B | Todd Frazier | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 3B Todd Frazier snapped an 0-for-16 skid with a pair of hits, including a double, in five at-bats Sunday, April 14, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (ribcage) played his second minor-league rehab game for Class A Dunedin of the Florida State League Sunday, April 14, and he played second base once again. He had two hits in four at-bats.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) told manager Joe Girardi that he is now able to run slowly on a treadmill.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (shin) suffered a bruised shin while making a diving catch during the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs Saturday, April 13. He is expected to play Sunday, April 14.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley (thumb) is now listed as day-to-day and could rejoin the parent club during their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, which begins Monday, April 15. He doubled in three at-bats as the designated hitter Friday, April 12, in a rehab appearance with Class A Lake Elsinore, and is expected to play in the field Sunday, April 14.

3B | Michael Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Michael Young (illness) was not in the starting lineup Saturday, April 13, because of an illness. He was available to pinch hit during the game.

3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa Sunday, April 14.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Kevin Youkilis had three hits and an RBI Friday, April 12, against the Baltimore Orioles. Youkilis has had a hit in each of his nine games played with the Yankees, and it is the longest streak for a player in his Yankees debut since Joe Buzzas hit safely in his first 10 games in pinstripes back in 1945.

3B | Wilson Betemit | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles transferred INF Wilson Betemit (knee) from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list Friday, April 12.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmermann went 1-for-5 with a throwing error in an extra-innings loss against the Atlanta Braves Friday, April 12. It was his 1,000th game with the team.

3B | Luis Cruz | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Luis Cruz started the season 0-for-17. He credits his father, who is a hitting coach in the Mexican League, for spotting his flaws physical and mental, and for providing just enough needling to keep Cruz loose.

3B | Alberto Callaspo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Alberto Callaspo (calf) doesn't think he'll go on the disabled list, but he is staying away from pre-game activities Friday, April 12, and he hopes to be back within a few days.

3B | Cody Ransom | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres purchased the contract of RP Thad Weber from Triple-A Tucson Friday, April 12. 3B Cody Ransom was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.

3B | Chris D. Johnson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Evan Gattis remains in the lineup Friday, April 12, and is starting at first base. Gattis played just seven games at first base at Single-A Rome back in 2011. Manager Fredi Gonzalez wanted to keep C Gerald Laird paired with SP Julio Teheran Friday. Gattis is hitting .391 with three home runs, six RBIs and an .826 slugging percentage in 23 at-bats. 3B Chris D. Johnson moved across the diamond to third base.

3B | Sean Burroughs | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent 3B Sean Burroughs (Twins) to a minor league deal Friday, April 12.


Catcher

C | Chris Wallace | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians acquired C Chris Wallace from the Houston Astros in exchange for P Eric Berger.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana (thumb) did not start Sunday, April 14, against the Chicago White Sox, but he did make a pinch-hitting appearance. He drew a walk in the ninth inning.

C | Steve Clevenger | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction,
The Chicago Cubs have placed C Steve Clevenger (oblique) on the 60-day disabled list because of an oblique injury. In a corresponding move, the team claimed RP Kameron Loe off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants C Hector Sanchez will start behind the plate against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, April 14, with SP Tim Lincecum pitching. C Buster Posey is hitless in his last 10 at-bats and has been hit in the arm and the face mask several times in the last few days.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals have placed C Wilson Ramos (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring. In a corresponding move, C Jhonathan Solano has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.

C | Tyler Flowers | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C Tyler Flowers enters play Sunday, April 14, with no hits in his last 21 at-bats.

C | Yorvit Torrealba | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss said C Yorvit Torrealba will start behind the plate when SP Jorge De La Rosa pitches against the San Diego Padres Sunday, April 14.

C | Wilin Rosario | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Wilin Rosario went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs against the San Diego Padres Saturday, April 13. The four hits were a career high.

C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (head, shin) will not start against the Oakland Ahletics Saturday, April 13, after he was hit in the helmet by a bat and had a pitch fouled off his right shin Friday, April 12. Avila told manager Jim Leyland that he could be available Saturday, but Leyland decided to err on the side of caution.

C | Evan Gattis | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Evan Gattis made the start at first base in the game Friday, April 12, against the Washington Nationals. He was hitless in four at-bats with an RBI, walk and strikeout.


Outfielder

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (legs) is still bothered by tightness in his legs and was out of the lineup Sunday, April 14. With an off day on Monday, April 15, Seattle manager Eric Wedge is hopeful Gutierrez will be ready to play on Tuesday, April 16.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Through his first 10 games, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton has connected on fewer than a fifth of his at-bats and was hitting just .179 with no home runs. Hamilton struck out 14 times through his first 39 plate appearances. Hamilton broke the ice, however, over the weekend. He hit his first homer Saturday, April 13, and on Sunday, April 14, against the Houston Astros he tripled, singled and hit his second homer of the year.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Dexter Fowler entered Saturday, April 13, with six home runs in 10 games, tied for most in the majors. All of his homers have come from either the leadoff spot or the second spot in the order. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Fowler is one of only four players to hit six homers from the top two spots in the order in the first 10 games of the season. The others: Eddie Mathews (1959 Milwaukee Braves), Lou Brock (1967 St. Louis Cardinals) and Jimmy Wynn (1973 Houston Astros).

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday, April 14, against the Toronto Blue Jays. He has two hits in five at-bats to push his hitting streak to 11 games.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo had two more hits Sunday, April 14, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he has reached base in all 12 games this season.

OF | Dayan Viciedo | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox have talked to OF Dayan Viciedo about the benefits of a leg kick. "Sometimes, when he misses, they are because of the timing," hitting coach Jeff Manto said. "It's not because of talent. Once he sees that, we've been down this road with him before."

OF | Austin Kearns | Miami Marlins | Injury
Updating a previous report, Miami Marlins OF Austin Kearns (heart) will remain in the hospital overnight for observation.

OF | Michael Bourn | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn (finger) needed five stitches for a cut on his finger. He said he will not be able to play until the stitches are taken out.

OF | Conor Jackson | Retired Players | Transaction
Baltimore Orioles OF Conor Jackson has informed the team that he has decided to retire from professional baseball.

OF | Kyle Blanks | San Diego Padres | Transaction
The San Diego Padres have recalled OF Kyle Blanks from Triple-A Tucson. In a corresponding move, the team optioned SP Thad Weber to Triple-A Tucson.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin has dropped the appeal of his eight-game suspension and will begin serving the suspension Sunday, April 14.

OF | Justin Ruggiano | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Justin Ruggiano (groin) will start in right field against the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday, April 14. He will bat sixth.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (groin) is not expected to play against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, April 14.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said OF Ryan Braun (neck) is still not at 100 percent even though he's playing. "You can see on some of the swings, he's not his usual self," he said. Braun went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, April 13.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said OF Yoenis Cespedes (hand) will not need surgery on his hand injury. Cespedes underwent an MRI but it did not reveal any structural damage.

OF | J.B. Shuck | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have recalled OF J.B. Shuck from Triple-A Salt Lake and P Michael Roth from Double-A Arkansas.

OF | Jason Kubel | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed OF Jason Kubel (quadriceps) on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left quadriceps.

OF | Cody Ross | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks have activated OF Cody Ross (calf) from the 15-day disabled list.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
An MRI exam for Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder) revealed that he has a left shoulder contusion. He is listed as day-to-day.

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (wrist) is listed as day-to-day after jamming his right wrist while making a sliding catch Friday, April 12.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Major League Baseball put out a news release Friday, April 12, concerning the suspensions handed out for the benches-clearing brawl between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. Dodgers OF Matt Kemp was not mentioned in the release, and appears to have avoided a suspension.

OF | Torii Hunter | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Torii Hunter was given the day off Friday, April 12, against the Oakland Athletics. He is expected to return to the starting lineup Saturday, April 13.

OF | Delmon Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Delmon Young (ankle) played another seven innings in right field in extended spring training Thursday, April 11, and he could start a rehab assignment sometime next week. There is still no timetable for his return, and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Young must show that he can play the outfield efficiently before the team has him rejoin the roster. "Delmon isn't going to come here unless he can play right field," Amaro said. "If he can't play right field, he ain't coming.

OF | Endy Chavez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Endy Chavez is leading off Friday, April 12, with OFs Michael Saunders (shoulder) and Mike Morse (finger) out of the lineup. OF Franklin Gutierrez played his fifth straight game Thursday, April 11. OF Jason Bay is in right field and OF Raul Ibanez is starting in left.

OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (wrist) is back in the lineup hitting third and playing right field Friday, April 12.

OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders (shoulder) is dealing with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. He's relieved that he didn't do more damage to a previous shoulder injury that needed surgery in 2008. "It's going to be a couple weeks at least so we had to put him on the DL, and trust me he didn't want to go on the DL. He's got that hockey player mentality," manager Eric Wedge said.

OF | Mike Morse | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Mike Morse (finger) could be out up to a week with a small fracture in the little finger of his right hand after being hit by a pitch Thursday, April 11. Manager Eric Wedge said it's a non-displaced fracture that could keep Morse out between three and seven days. Morse is hoping he can return Sunday, April 14.

OF | Adam Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Adam Jones, who drove in two more runs Thursday, April 11, is 18-for-39 (.462) to start the season. "I feel good at the plate. I'm just not trying to turn and burn," Jones said. "I'm just trying to make contact and hit the ball hard and live with the results. That's been my concept since the beginning of the season."

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper has at least two hits in seven of the team's first nine games to open the season. He's batting .417 with four home runs, eight RBIs and a .778 slugging percentage at just 20 years of age.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Brandon Maurer | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Brandon Maurer was instructed to pitch like himself Sunday, April 14, and forget about scouting reports. He was more effective, allowing three runs in six innings in his first major league victory.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy struck out 11 batters Sunday, April 14, in a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians. The win prevented Chicago from starting with an 0-6 road record for the first time since 1968. He held the Indians to five hits overall with no walks.

SP | C.J. Wilson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP C.J. Wilson allowed one run on five hits in six innings, with three walks and four strikeouts, in a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday, April 14. Wilson is 3-0 with a 2.94 ERA in five career starts against the Astros.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright became the first St. Louis pitcher with a shutout in which he struck out at least one batter in every inning since Hall of Famer Bob Gibson accomplished the feat June 17, 1970.

SP | Mat Latos | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Mat Latos allowed three earned runs, nine hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings Sunday, April 14, against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a no-decision. He also struck out six batters in the quality start.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Phillip Irwin allowed five runs - four earned - and six hits with four walks over 4 2/3 innings Sunday, April 14, against the Cincinnati Reds in a no-decision. He also struck out four batters. Irwin was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to fill in for the injured SP Wandy Rodriguez (hamstring).

SP | Ryan Dempster | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Ryan Dempster makes the start Monday, April 15, in the annual Patriot's Day game. The first pitch is set for 11:05am ET, and this is a reminder to set your lineup early.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz had a no-hitter broken up in the eighth inning Sunday, April 14, against the Tampa Bay Rays. He struck out a career-high 11 batter in the victory. He was bidding to become the first Red Sox pitcher since the deadball ear to throw multiple no-hitters, and the first Red Sox hurler since SP Jon Lester on May 19, 2008, to hold the opposition without a hit.

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson is the scheduled starter for the game Monday, April 15, against the Boston Red Sox. The first pitch is set for 11:05am ET, and this is a reminder to set your lineup early.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay allowed one earned run, five hits and a walk with two strikeouts over eight innings Sunday, April 14, against the Miami Marlins. It was his first win of the season, and the 200th of his career. "The personal milestones are great. My son, my wife, my family - they're all excited about it. But for me the ultimate goal is to get to the playoffs and win a World Series," Halladay said.

SP | Jose Fernandez | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Jose Fernandez is the first pitcher 20 or younger to allow less than two runs and less than four hits in each of his first two career starts since Rudy May of the Los Angeles Angels in 1965.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly (shoulder) declined a minor-league rehab assignment, declaring himself ready to pitch in the major leagues after recovering from shoulder surgery. The club disagrees. "We laid out a plan and, obviously, he just didn't like the plan," manager Don Mattingly said Sunday, April 14. "From a baseball standpoint, we felt he wasn't quite ready for what we want him to do, to start."

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte (back) is set to make his next scheduled start Friday, April 19. "I'm on board, to a certain extent. I want to pitch," Pettitte said. He was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday, April 14, due to back spasms.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Breaking, Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds will place SP Johnny Cueto (lat) on the 15-day disabled list because of a lat strain.

SP | Tony Cingrani | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds P Tony Cingrani was pulled from his start for Triple-A Louisville Sunday, April 14, after two innings. He is expected to be called up if SP Johnny Cueto (triceps) misses any time.

SP | Scott Kazmir | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Scott Kazmir (ribcage) could be cleared to make a rehab appearance for Triple-A Columbus Monday, April 15.

SP | Vance Worley | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins have pushed their entire starting rotation back one day because of their game being rained out against the New York Mets Sunday, April 14. SPs Kevin Correia, Mike Pelfrey and Vance Worley will start in an upcoming three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SP | D.J. Mitchell | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners P D.J. Mitchell cleared waivers and has elected to become a free agent.

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating previous reports, the Texas Rangers have decided to push SP Yu Darvish's (blister) next start back to Friday, April 19. SPs Derek Holland, Justin Grimm and Alexi Ogando will start against the Chicago Cubs in a three-game series beginning Tuesday, April 16.

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Chien-Ming Wang threw the equivalent of 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates in an extended spring training game Saturday, April 13. He said he feels close to pitching in a regular minor league game.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano (arm) is expected to make a rehab appearance with Class A Bradenton Monday, April 15. He is scheduled to pitch three innings and be limited to throwing 50 pitches.

SP | Cesar Ramos | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury,
Tampa Bay Rays Ps Cesar Ramos, Brandon Gomes and Jamey Wright will handle the long relief role this season. SP Jeff Niemann (shoulder) was scheduled to handle that job this season before he underwent shoulder surgery.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) threw two innings in an extended spring training game Saturday, April 13. The team's plan for Wada is to increase his workload by an inning as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. He could return as early as June.

SP | Steven Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury,
Baltimore Orioles SP Steven Johnson (lat) threw three innings in an extended spring training game Saturday, April 13. He could start a rehab assignment in the near future.

SP | Chris Capuano | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chris Capuano will take over SP Zack Greinke's (collarbone) spot in the starting rotation.

SP | Rich Harden | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Rich Harden (shoulder) is expected to face live hitting soon. The team plans to use him as a reliever at first and will not consider using him as a starter until they see how his arm holds up.

SP | Drew Smyly | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers Ps Drew Smyly and Darin Downs are unavailable for the game against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, April 13, after making lengthy appearances Friday, April 12. However, RP Phil Coke (illness) said he would be available to pitch Saturday, despite spending the previous night at the team hotel due to illness.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello will be available to pitch out of the bullpen Saturday, April 13, against the Oakland Athletics. The team is skipping his turn in the starting rotation because of an off day Monday, April 15, prior to the start of a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners.

SP | Scott Diamond | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Transaction
The Minnesota Twins have activated SP Scott Diamond (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, SP Liam Hendriks was optioned to Triple-A Rochester.

SP | Kip Wells | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have signed free-agent SP Kip Wells (Padres) to a minor league contract.

SP | Scott Feldman | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Scott Feldman (back) will not pitch until Saturday, April 20, against the Milwaukee Brewers, because he is currently bothered by tightness in his back.

SP | Franklin Morales | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Franklin Morales (back) threw two pain-free innings in an extended spring training game Friday, April 12, and is expected to throw three innings and 50 pitches in another spring game Wednesday, April 17. If all goes well, Morales would begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Portland April 22, before moving up to Triple-A Pawtucket to start April 27. The Red Sox are building Morales up as a starter, hopeful that he will be capable of throwing 85-90 pitches over five or six innings by the time he returns from the disabled list. However, he could find himself pitching out of the bullpen upon his return if there isn't room in the starting rotation. "If he does come back in the bullpen, ideally we start him out with some clean innings before just running him into situations where there's men on base," manager John Farrell said. "We'll see how that unfolds."

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey (biceps) could resume playing catch within the next two days. Manager John Farrell said his symptoms are decreasing and the tightness is gradually going away.

SP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Felix Doubront threw a two-inning simulated game Saturday, April 13. He had been scheduled to pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, April 12, but his start was rained out. He will pitch against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday, April 16.

SP | Henderson Alvarez | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) threw 15 pitches off the mound Friday, April 12, for the first time since starting the season on the 15-day disabled list.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians P Daisuke Matsuzaka left his appearances with Triple-A Columbus Friday, April 12, in the third inning after allowing five walks.

SP | Carlos Villanueva | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Carlos Villanueva allowed three hits and a walk over 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a no-decision Friday, April 12, against the San Francisco Giants. He struck out three, as he lowered his ERA to 0.64.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said Thursday, April 11, that SP Ubaldo Jimenez had a "healthy" bullpen session Wednesday, April 10. However, Friday, April 12, he corrected his working, indicating there were no health issues with the pitcher. "Is that what I said? Maybe I misspoke," Francona said. "I meant that his stride foot was closed and he was throwing the ball downhill. I think I meant to say 'crisp'. (Healthy) was a bad word (to use). He's very healthy. My point was he had a good side session, and we're trying to build off that."

SP | Aaron Harang | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Aaron Harang will make his first start for the team Tuesday, April 16, and SP Blake Beavan will be sent to the bullpen.

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (collarbone) will undergo surgery Saturday, April 13, to place a rod in his clavicle designed to stabilize and align the fracture in his collarbone. He is expected to be out for eight weeks.

SP | Cole De Vries | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Cole De Vries (forearm) is scheduled to play catch for the first time Saturday, April 13. He last threw a bullpen last Friday.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte (back) is dealing with back spasms and won't make his start Saturday, April 13. SP Phil Hughes will be moved up to take his place. Manager Joe Girardi is hoping Pettitte can start Tuesday, April 16, or Wednesday, April 17.

SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco was suspended eight games Friday, April 12, for intentionally throwing at New York Yankees 3B Kevin Youkilis.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia's fastball averaged 89.9 mph in his first start and 90.9 mph in his second start. "I'm fine," said Sabathia, who averaged 94.1 mph with his fastball as recently as 2009, and 92.4 last season. "My arm feels fine, I'm healthy. If there was a problem, I'd be worried about it, but there's nothing I can do. I'm 32 years old, going on 33, and this is my 13th year, so my velocity is going to drop at some point."


Relief Pitcher

RP | Wilton Lopez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
After five appearances, Colorado Rockies RP Wilton Lopez has an ERA of 12.46 and opposing batters were hitting .520 against him. Despite that, Rockies manager Walt Weiss still intends to use Lopez as a late-inning reliever.

RP | Cory Gearrin | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RPs Luis Avilan and Cory Gearrin worked 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief Sunday, April 14, against the Washington Nationals. The team's bullpen has not allowed an inherited runner to score this season.

RP | Stephen Pryor | Seattle Mariners | Injury,
Seattle Mariners RP Stephen Pryor (lat) left his appearance Sunday, April 14, against the Texas Rangers due to a strained right latissimus muscle. He will be re-evaluated Monday, April 15.

RP | Rafael Dolis | Chicago Cubs | Transaction,
The Chicago Cubs optioned RP Rafael Dolis to Triple-A Iowa Sunday, April 14.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said he is not sure if RP Joel Hanrahan (hamstring) will need to be placed on the 15-day disabled list because of his sore hamstring. "Right now, we're hopeful that's not the case," Farrell said. "That's not to speculate that it would. Our starters working deep in the game will have some effect on that. As we mentioned to Joel, we'll put our heads together and map out what's best for all involved."

RP | Kevin Gregg | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs have signed free-agent RP Kevin Gregg (Dodgers) to a minor league contract and assigned him to Rookie-level Mesa.

RP | Octavio Dotel | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers RP Octavio Dotel (elbow) will rest his inflamed elbow Sunday, April 14, making him unavailable to pitch against the Detroit Tigers. "It's better to miss one or two days than miss three months," he said.

RP | Henry Rodriguez | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Henry Rodriguez (elbow) is continuing to receive treatment for his right elbow, according to manager Davey Johnson. He pitched a scoreless inning against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, April 13, issuing two walks while striking out one.

RP | Santiago Casilla | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants RP Santiago Casilla picked up his first save of the season against the Chicago Cubs Saturday, April 13, tossing two scoreless innings while walking one and striking out two. Casilla, who earned 25 saves for San Francisco last season, was filling in for RP Sergio Romo because he had pitched in four of the last five games.

RP | Tim Wood | Minnesota Twins | Injury,
Minnesota Twins RP Tim Wood (shoulder) pitched two innings in an extended spring training game Saturday, April 13. He is scheduled to pitch in back-to-back games early next week before starting a rehab assignment.

RP | Kevin Jepsen | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Transaction,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have placed RP Kevin Jepsen (triceps) on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained triceps.

RP | Francisco Rodriguez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Contrary to a previous report, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim claim they are not interested in free-agent RP Francisco Rodriguez (Brewers).

RP | David Aardsma | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins have signed free-agent RP David Aardsma (Yankees) to a minor league contract.

RP | Kyuji Fujikawa | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction, Breaking, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs have placed CL Kyuji Fujikawa (forearm) on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained muscle in his right forearm. He said through an interpreter that the injury has bothered him for several days and may have contributed to his ineffectiveness Friday, April 12, when he blew a save against the San Francisco Giants. In a corresponding move, the team has recalled RP Rafael Dolis from Triple-A Iowa.

RP | Craig Breslow | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Craig Breslow (shoulder) will throw a simulated game in Florida Saturday, April 13, and is slated to pitch in an extended spring training game Tuesday, April 16.

RP | Alex Burnett | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction,
Updating a previous report, the Baltimore Orioles assigned P Alex Burnett to Triple-A Rochester.

RP | Jim Henderson | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he would love to have defined roles in the bullpen for his relievers. For now, RP Jim Henderson is the closer after RP John Axford was demoted, but the rest of the bullpen roles are to be determined. "I'll try to use 'Ax' in a place where it's not always on the line; try to get him right," said Roenicke. "I've said it all along. Guys, however they pitch, is how we're going to use them. If we find somebody that's really doing a great job, they're going to be seventh, eighth, ninth (innings)."

RP | Bryan Morris | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction,
The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled P Bryan Morris from Triple-A Indianapolis Friday, April 12, and P Chris Leroux was designated for assignment in a corresponding move. Leroux can opt for free agency if he clears waivers.

RP | Rafael Soriano | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano is unlikely to pitch in a save situation Friday, April 12, after pitching in each of the last three games. Manager Davey Johnson had yet to talk to Soriano, but it appears he's leaning toward resting his closer Friday. RP Drew Storen is expected to get the nod if a save situation arises. Soriano didn't pitch much this spring, and he tossed 24 pitches last night and a total of 57 during the series with the Chicago White Sox.

RP | Sean Henn | New York Mets | Transaction,
The New York Mets signed free-agent RP Sean Henn (Red Sox) to a minor league deal Friday, April 12.

RP | Scott Elbert | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Scott Elbert (elbow) is throwing hard during his early workouts Friday, April 12.

RP | Cristhian Martinez | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Transaction,
The Atlanta Braves placed RP Cristhian Martinez (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Friday, April 12, with a right shoulder strain. The move opens a spot on the roster for RP Luis Ayala.

RP | Nick Hagadone | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians recalled P Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus Friday, April 12, and activated 1B Jason Giambi (back) from the 15-day disabled list. Also, RP Matt Albers was put on the paternity list and P Corey Kluber was optioned to Columbus.

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