Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 24, 2013 @ 08:57:00 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind is away from the team with his wife, who is in labor. He's out of the lineup Wednesday, April 24.

1B | Adam LaRoche | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche will sit out Wednesday, April 24, and OF Tyler Moore will start in his place.

1B | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt is once again not in the starting lineup Tuesday, April 23.

1B | Matt Adams | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Adams (oblique) remains out with tightness in his right oblique Tuesday, April 23, but he is improving. Adams took grounders and throws during batting practice, but he hasn't resumed swinging a bat. The team is optimistic that he won't land on the disabled list, though.

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton (forearm) hopes to play in Game 2 of the team's doubleheader Tuesday, April 23, after straining his left forearm last week. However, with temperatures very low, manager Walt Weiss didn't expect to play Helton. He received a cortisone shot in his forearm and was feeling better Tuesday, but it was still stiff and swollen.

Second Baseman

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (knee) has yet to resume baseball activities, and it's unknown when he will.


SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro is hitting third in the lineup Wednesday, April 24.

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar (heel) is likely to play in a few extended spring training games this weekend before being activated from the disabled list.

SS | Jose Reyes | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays moved SS Jose Reyes (ankle) to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, April 23.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) will be in a walking boot when he addresses the media Thursday, April 25.

SS | Hiroyuki Nakajima | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Hiroyuki Nakajima (hamstring) ran the bases in extended spring training Monday, April 22, and he's close to playing in extended spring games.

SS | Tyler Pastornicky | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves placed OF Jason Heyward (appendix) on the 15-day disabled list after he underwent an appendectomy Monday, April 22, and recalled SS Tyler Pastornicky from Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding move. The team has no timetable on when Heyward might return.

Third Baseman

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese is out of the lineup Wednesday, April 24, and 1B Allen Craig is hitting second in the order.

3B | Jeff Baker | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Jeff Baker (leg) left the game Tuesday, April 23, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim due to an apparent right leg injury. He left the game and was replaced by OF David Murphy.

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas is angry with his slow, unproductive start this season. "It's tough. Nobody wants to do bad on the field, but at the end of the day, we're winning ballgames. We're in first place right now. That makes everything go a lot easier." Moustakas entered play Tuesday, April 23, hitting just .158 with a .226 on-base percentage, and .193 slugging percentage. However, he and the team believe they have identified his problem, as he is drifting forward on pitches, robbing all power from his swing in the process.

3B | Brandon Inge | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates activated 3B Brandon Inge (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 23, and optioned OF Alex Presley to Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move.

3B | Kyle Seager | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 3B Kyle Seager went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and his second home run in as many days Monday, April 22, and he's hitting .381 (16-for-42) with eight RBIs during his career-high 11-game hitting streak. He has raised his average from .147 to .276.


C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana and SS Asdrubal Cabrera are out of the lineup Wednesday, April 24.

C | Lou Marson | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction
Cleveland Indians C Lou Marson (neck) was activated from the 15-day disabled list. INF Yan Gomes was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters is out of the lineup Wednesday, April 24.

C | Corky Miller | Cincinnati Reds | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Corky Miller started Tuesday, April 23, against the Chicago Cubs, catching SP Tony Cingrani, whom he has worked with extensively with Triple-A Louisville. "(Miller) is catching Cingrani tonight because he knows Cingrani," manager Dusty Baker said. "(C Devin Mesoraco) had to call him to ask advice about how to catch Cingrani. Now we have the advice-giver in house." It was Miller's first big-league start since Sept. 29, 2010.

C | Mike Napoli | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Mike Napoli had a grand slam and drove in five runs Monday, April 22, and he has 25 RBIs and four home runs in his first 19 games with the team. "The last 10 days his swing has been so compact," manager John Farrell said. "We're 19 games into the season and he's got 25 RBIs, that's what we were hoping he'd be able to do." It was Napoli's fourth career grand slam.


OF | Delmon Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Delmon Young (ankle) will continue his rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley Thursday, April 25.

OF | Justin Maxwell | Houston Astros | Injury, Transaction
Houston Astros OF Justin Maxwell (hand) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left hand. OF Robbie Grossman was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres activated OF Carlos Quentin from the suspended list Tuesday, April 23. He was punished for eight games after his benches-clearing brawl with Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke April 11. He is batting cleanup behind 3B Chase Headley, and it is the first time the team has had both in the lineup together this season.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said he has no plans to use OF Lucas Duda at first base on days that 1B Ike Davis does not play. 2B Justin Turner is starting in place of Davis at first base Tuesday, April 23, against a left-handed pitcher. "Lucas has played pretty well in left field right now," Collins said. "Now, if I go to him today and say, 'Look, you need to start taking groundballs at first base,' I'm not sure what kind of messages that sends."

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring) will undergo an MRI exam Thursday, April 25.

OF | Endy Chavez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Endy Chavez will see the bulk of playing time in center field, and OF Jason Bay will be the emergency center fielder with OF Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring) on the disabled list.

OF | Casper Wells | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Casper Wells could split time in the outfield with OF Seth Smith, with Wells seeing starts against left-handed pitchers. Wells could make the start Wednesday, April 24.

OF | Jon Jay | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Jon Jay is sitting in favor of OF Shane Robinson Tuesday, April 23. Jay went 0-for-4 Monday, April 22, and he's hitting only .197 on the season.

OF | Carlos Peguero | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners placed OF Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 23, and recalled OF Carlos Peguero from the minors in a corresponding move.

OF | Collin Cowgill | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Collin Cowgill will see his playing time diminish with OF Juan Lagares on roster.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (appendix) is expected to be healed in two weeks when he's eligible to return from the disabled list. Recovery time from appendix surgery is typically two to three weeks, but other plays have returned recently from the same procedure in roughly one week.

OF | Kirk Nieuwenhuis | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets recalled OF Juan Lagares from Triple-A Las Vegas Tuesday, April 23, and optioned OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Las Vegas in a corresponding move.

OF | Justin Upton | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he won't move OF Justin Upton from left field to right field while OF Jason Heyward (appendix) is on the disabled list. OFs Jordan Schafer and Reed Johnson are expected to split time in right field in the meantime.

OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring) left the game early with tightness in his right hamstring Monday, April 22, and manager Eric Wedge said Gutierrez may go on the disabled list. The team hopes to learn more about his injury Tuesday, April 23.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton recorded four hits after being dropped from cleanup to fifth in the lineup Monday, April 22. Hamilton was in a 1-for-21 slump entering the game. It was Hamilton's 16th-career four-hit game.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (lat) was scratched from his rehab start Wednesday, April 24, due to dead arm. His next step will be to throw a bullpen session.

SP | James Shields | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP James Shields will not be pushed back despite the rainout Tuesday, April 23, and he will make his next scheduled start Thursday, April 25. He'll square off against Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander.

SP | Wade Davis | Kansas City Royals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals announced SP Wade Davis will stay on schedule and start Wednesday, April 24, against the Detroit Tigers. The scheduled starter for the postponed game Tuesday, April 23, SP Luis Mendoza, will be skipped in this series.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese (leg) had X-rays on his lower right leg Tuesday, April 23, and the tests came back negative. He was diagnosed with a lower right leg contusion.

SP | Kyle Lohse | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers SP Kyle Lohse (finger) expects to make his next scheduled start Sunday, April 28, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, although manager Ron Roenicke said Tuesday, April 23, that Lohse could be moved back another day or two if necessary. "We're still planning on (Sunday) but we can bump him back a day or two days," Roenicke said. "He's sore today, which we knew he would be. We'll see how he does and have him bat, and see what happens there."

SP | R.A. Dickey | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey (back, neck) allowed four earned runs, six hits and five walks over six innings in a loss Tuesday, April 23, against the Baltimore Orioles. After the outing, he admitted to not feeling 100 percent, as he deals with discomfort in his back and neck. "It feels like going to battle with a three-shooter instead of a six-shooter," Dickey said.

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
As a result of the rainout Tuesday, April 23, Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer has been pushed back to start Wednesday, April 24.

SP | Chris Young | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Chris Young was roughed up in his first start for Triple-A Syracuse Tuesday, April 23, allowing six earned runs, nine hits and three walks with just two strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. He also served up three homers.

SP | Eric Surkamp | San Francisco Giants | Injury,
San Francisco Giants P Eric Surkamp (elbow) has started to play long toss, and he is ready to resume throwing in the bullpen. Surkamp remains on track to get into games by June.

SP | Will Smith | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals P Will Smith is back with Triple-A Omaha after being recalled to the big club Sunday, April 21, as the 26th man for the doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox. He was not used in the bullpen Sunday in Boston, and flew back to Nashville to re-join the Storm Chasers Monday, April 22. He allowed one run and five hits over six innings with no walks and eight strikeouts in his appearance for Omaha Monday.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez has allowed 12 earned runs, 12 hits and seven walks in his last nine innings over two starts against the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets, and he's struggled with high pitch counts in all four of his starts this year. Gonzalez thinks he is rushing his delivery and approach on the mound. "Speeding up the process and not taking my time," he said. He thinks his arm slot is dropping below his usual arm slot and as a result, his control has suffered. Gonzalez's velocity has also been down around one mph from last year, but the cold weather could be a factor in that.

SP | Andrew Cashner | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner will make the start against the San Francisco Giants Friday, April 26, and manager Bud Black foresees Cashner staying in the rotation for the long term, based on his performance. Cashner is expected to throw 80-90 pitches Friday.

SP | Zach Lee | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers P Matt Magill had his minor league outing limited to four innings Monday, April 22, so he could be a candidate to replace SP Stephen Fife in the rotation. Also, SP Zach Lee, who is 2-0 with a 1.16 ERA with Double-A Chattanooga, is a long-term possibility.

SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin (back, lat), who is dealing with a mild back strain and a strained lat muscle, played catch Tuesday, April 23, and thinks he can return to the rotation May 5, when he's eligible to come off the disabled list. Chacin wants to make his first rehab start April 30.

SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Zack Wheeler's (finger) blister has affected his slider, but the blister has improved.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) struck out six in four innings of extended spring training Tuesday, April 23, and he hopes to throw five innings in his next appearance.

SP | Dylan Bundy | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Dylan Bundy's (elbow) MRI exam came back clean, but he'll still go for a second opinion with Dr. James Andrews. Bundy's injury is being called "flexor mass tightness."

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) will need Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the season. Billingsley will have the surgery Wednesday, April 24.

SP | Shaun Marcum | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said SP Shaun Marcum (neck) will make his season debut against the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, April 27.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey (biceps) will throw a bullpen session Thursday, April 25, and he could start Sunday, April 28.

SP | Freddy Garcia | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Josh Stinson is expected to be added to the roster Wednesday, April 24, in order to start against the Toronto Blue Jays. SP Freddy Garcia is listed as the starter for Triple-A Norfolk Tuesday, April 23, which takes him out of the running.

SP | Aaron Laffey | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction,
The Toronto Blue Jays claimed SP Aaron Laffey off waivers from the New York Mets Tuesday, April 23.

SP | John Maine | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
Miami Marlins SP John Maine declared free agency Monday, April 22.

SP | Xavier Cedeno | Washington Nationals | Transaction,
The Washington Nationals claimed SP Xavier Cedeno off waivers from the Houston Astros Tuesday, April 23, and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse.

SP | Matt Moore | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore became the first pitcher in team history to win his first four starts of the season by beating the New York Yankees Monday, April 22. Moore gave up one run and two hits while walking three and fanning nine in eight innings.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman took a one-hitter into the seventh inning and gave up four hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, April 22. "I was able to get ahead with my pitches early, and my secondary stuff was there for me," he said. "I was able to pound the strike zone early and kind of make the pitches when I needed to."

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez (back) won his 100th career game by beating the Houston Astros Monday, April 22. He tossed six shutout innings and became the third pitcher in team history to reach the 100-win mark. The others were SPs Jamie Moyer and Randy Johnson. Hernandez lowered his ERA to 2.08 and gave up five hits and struck out nine. Hernandez left with some tightness in his back, but the team removed him as a precaution.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Alex Burnett | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles recalled P Josh Stinson from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned RP Alex Burnett to Norfolk.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs RP Carlos Marmol blew his first save chance Tuesday, April 23, since he was demoted earlier in the season. He didn't allow an earned run, but he walked two and allowed a hit, which allowed an inherited runner to score.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks CL J.J. Putz blew his third save Tuesday, April 23.

RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers RP Jose Valverde can make $5 million this season based on incentives.

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds RP Jonathan Broxton (hand) said Tuesday, April 23, that he is a fine after being hit by a comebacker Monday, April 22. He had X-rays immediately after exiting, and they were negative. "When it hit me, it went numb," Broxton said. "In two or three minutes, it was fine. I tried to stay in there. (Manager) Dusty Baker wouldn't let me. He wanted me to get X-rays and stuff, which was the smart thing to do in case it was a fracture."

RP | Bruce Rondon | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Jose Valverde will be recalled from the minors Wednesday, April 24, and manager Jim Leyland said he will serve as the team's closer.

RP | Sean Burnett | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Sean Burnett (forearm) is dealing with soreness in his forearm. He wasn't available Monday, April 22, and won't be again Tuesday, April 23, but he's hoping he can return Thursday, April 25.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters in his pregame conference Tuesday, April 22, that it was premature to declare whether Joel Hanrahan (hamstring) would return to closing after his activation from the disabled list. Farrell, however, added that Hanrahan would be added "to the bullpen that's in place right now" and noted interim stopper Andrew Bailey's 2013 performance and history as a closer, which will be considered when deciding on who takes the reins.

RP | Koji Uehara | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey is unlikely unavailable for action Tuesday, April 23, after pitching on three straight days. Manager John Farrell pointed to Koji Uehara as an alternative.

RP | Glen Perkins | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he doubts RP Jared Burton will be available in Game 2 of a doubleheader Tuesday, April 23, but RP Glen Perkins will likely pitch in another save situation.

RP | Sean Marshall | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Sean Marshall (shoulder) felt great after his last rehab outing, and he'll pitch again with Triple-A Louisville Wednesday, April 24.

RP | Trevor Rosenthal | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny wants to use RP Trevor Rosenthal as the eighth-inning setup man, and Rosenthal allowed two hits in two-thirds of an inning before needing RP Edward Mujica to bail him out Monday, April 22. Matheny also said that he'd consider using Rosenthal in the ninth inning in a save situation. "He's kind of a Catch-22. There are so many guys who have come into this organization with the great arms who don't know how to pitch," Matheny said. "We're constantly trying to get them not to be the dead-brain heavers. And then a guy like Trevor who has the kind of fastball where he could be a dead-brain heaver and do OK. It's a balance of how to use the secondary pitches. Those other pitches make his fastball better." Eleven of Rosenthal's 12 fastballs reached 99 mph or higher Thursday, but he's "still trying to get comfortable" in a relief role.

RP | Ernesto Frieri | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ernesto Frieri allowed a solo home run in the ninth inning of a tied game to lose to the Texas Rangers Monday, April 22. "They were all swinging because they know that I use my fastball and I keep doing it," Frieri said. "If I pitch tomorrow, I'm going to go out there with my best stuff. If I'm going to get beat, I'm going to get beat like that - using my best stuff. I'm not a breaking-ball guy."

RP | Octavio Dotel | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers recalled RP Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo Tuesday, April 23, after they placed RP Octavio Dotel (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list.

RP | Brian Duensing | Minnesota Twins | Injury
Minnesota Twins RP Brian Duensing (illness) will receive intravenous fluids Tuesday, April 23, due to flu-like symptoms. He said he wouldn't have been able to pitch the previous day.

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