Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 25, 2013 @ 09:01:01 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton (forearm) was out of the lineup for the fifth straight game Wednesday, April 24, against the Atlanta Braves. The team has not determined yet if he will need a stint on the 15-day disabled list.

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays placed 1B Adam Lind on the paternity list Wednesday, April 24.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) continues to take dry swings but hasn't starting hitting off a tee.

1B | Matt Adams | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said 1B Matt Adams (oblique) is not expected to land on the disabled list.

Second Baseman

2B | Howard Kendrick | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B Howard Kendrick hit two home runs, including the walkoff long ball in extra innings, Tuesday, April 23. He finished the contest with four RBIs. Kendrick has three home runs on the season.

2B | Mark Ellis | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Mark Ellis hit two home runs, including the 100th of his career, and had four hits Tuesday, April 23. Ellis last homered since Sept. 20 of last season, and he's hitting .348 this season. The performance was his third multi-homer game of his career, with the last coming June 17, 2008.

2B | Robert Andino | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SS Brendan Ryan has lost his starting job to INF Robert Andino, but manager Eric Wedge says he'll determine how long it lasts depending on results.


SS | Yunel Escobar | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury
Tampa Bay Rays SS Yunel Escobar (hamstring) left the team's game Wednesday, April 24, because of right hamstring tightness. He is considered day-to-day at this point.

SS | Adam Rosales | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics INF Adam Rosales (intercostal) has played in six rehab games with Single-A Stockton and Triple-A Sacramento and could return from the disabled list as early as Thursday, April 25. INF Andy Parrino is expected to be sent to Sacramento when Rosales returns.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (thumb) hopes to go on a rehab assignment next week and play in three games.

Third Baseman

3B | Kyle Seager | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 3B Kyle Seager was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks Wednesday, April 24, against the Houston Astros, extending his career-high hitting streak to 13 games.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Major League Baseball has made a scoring change from the New York Yankees-Toronto Blue Jays game April 20 in Toronto. 1B Kevin Youkilis was originally credited with a fifth-inning line drive and two RBI. However, the single has been changed to a dropped line drive error on Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez (knee) said he will not be going on a rehab assignment before rejoining the team. The Brewers expects Ramirez to return at some point during their next home stand.

3B | Jeff Baker | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers 3B Jeff Baker (leg) underwent X-rays on the leg he injured in the team's game Tuesday, April 23, and they came back negative. He was not expected to play Wednesday, April 24.

3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in a rehab game with Triple-A Iowa Tuesday, April 23, and he's only 2-for-24 with a double and three RBIs in seven rehab games.


C | Yorvit Torrealba | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Yorvit Torrealba made an appearance at first base in the game Wednesday, April 24, against the Atlanta Braves. He had one assist in two innings before delivering the game-winning hit in the 12th inning. "Usually in winter ball I just played first, but I also played once last year when I was with the Toronto Blue Jays," Torrealba said. "Still, it's not my position so I was a little bit nervous."

C | Ryan Lavarnway | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox will recall C Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Pawtucket.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana (flu) is out with flu-like conditions Wednesday, April 24, and SS Asdrubal Cabrera (quadriceps) is bothered by a sore right quadriceps. The team hopes both players will be able to return Friday, April 26.


OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders (shoulder) might begin a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as Friday, April 26.

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi moved OF Ichiro Suzuki to the two-hole for the game Wednesday, April 24, against the Tampa Bay Rays, and Ichiro responded by going 1-for-4, raising his season average to .222. Girardi believes Ichiro has plenty left in the tank despite a slow start this season. "I see the ball in BP; it jumps off his bat," Girardi said. "I really believe he's going to hit, and I believe his at-bats have been better."

OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (back) left the game Wednesday, April 24, against the Oakland Athletics after his back tightened up again. He was lifted as a precaution. "His back tightened up again in the last at-bat," manager John Farrell said. "Not as severe as the last time when he missed the game. We took him out for precautionary reasons. We'll check him again tomorrow. But smart move on his part, when he felt it, to just shut it down at that point."

OF | Eric Hinske | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Eric Hinske exchanged words with San Francisco Giants RP Sergio Romo Wednesday, April 24, as the rivalry between the teams heated up somewhat. "The last two nights he pitched, he asked the umpire where the pitch was, so we screamed from the dugout, 'It's outside'," Hinske said. "And then he popped (OF A.J. Pollock) oup and he stared in our dugout, so we exchanged words. Good, clean baseball fun right there. Just friendly competition. We'll see him a lot more times."

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (forearm) took 15 swings in a batting cage Wednesday, April 24. The next step for Granderson is expected to be have him take batting practice on the field and then playing in extended spring training camp.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (hand) took batting practice Wednesday, April 24, and could begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento Thursday, April 25, which would put him on track to return from the disabled list Sunday, April 28.

OF | Jon Jay | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Jon Jay is sitting the bench for the second straight day Wednesday, April 24, and he's focused on working on his timing at the plate to fix his offensive struggles. He's hitting only .197 with 17 strikeouts and just three walks and hasn't been able to find any rhythm at the plate.

OF | Michael Bourn | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn (finger) could resume baseball activities later this week if he has his stitches removed from his right index finger. He'll be examined Thursday, April 25, and is set to come off the disabled list April 30.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Mat Latos | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Mat Latos (foot) was hit on the right foot by a comebacker Wednesday, April 24, against the Chicago Cubs, but he was checked by trainers and manager Dusty Baker and able to remain in the game.

SP | Franklin Morales | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Franklin Morales (back, pectoral) is at least a few days from getting back on the mound and his next minor-league rehab game has not been scheduled. The team has not stopped his 30-day rehab assignment but may do that.

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija (hand) suffered a cut on his pitching hand Wednesday, April 24, against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning trying to field a bouncer in the first inning. The cut healed and he was able to continue.

SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson left his start Wednesday, April 24, against the Colorado Rockies in position for career win No. 200, but RP Craig Kimbrel blew a save in the ninth inning and the game went to extra innings.

SP | Jeff Karstens | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Karstens (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Friday, April 26.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano (arm) is scheduled to throw 80 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis Thursday, April 25, 90 pitches Tuesday, April 30, and 100 pitches Sunday, May 5. He would be in line to start for the Pirates Friday, May 10 if there are no setbacks.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the team received positive reviews from SP Charlie Morton's (elbow) rehab start Tuesday, April 24.

SP | Robbie Erlin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres officially recalled SP Robbie Erlin from Triple-A Tucson Wednesday, April 24, and optioned RP Thad Weber to Tucson in a corresponding move. Also, 2B Logan Forsythe (foot) was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

SP | Freddy Garcia | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles optioned SP Josh Stinson to Triple-A Norfolk after his spot start Wednesday, April 24.

SP | Dylan Bundy | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Dylan Bundy (elbow, forearm) will visit with Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his arm Monday, April 29.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers activated SP Ted Lilly (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 24, and optioned C Tim Federowicz to Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding move.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright is using more four-seam fastballs at the suggestion of C Rob Johnson in spring training this year. Wainwright said he threw three or four four-seamers in his career before this year.

SP | Duane Below | Detroit Tigers | Transaction,
The Detroit Tigers designated P Duane Below for assignment Wednesday, April 24.

SP | Bartolo Colon | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon threw a seven-inning, complete-game rain-shortened contest against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, April 23, and gave up three hits while walking one and striking out seven.

SP | Jeff Locke | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Locke gave up only two hits in six scoreless innings to beat the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, April 23, and he struck out six and walked two hitters.

SP | R.A. Dickey | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey's (neck, back) recent injury hasn't kept him from pitching, but it has affected the velocity on his knuckleball and has changed up his release point. The velocity on his knuckleball has dropped from 77 mph early in the year to 75 mph in his last two outings. Dickey said he doesn't expect to sit out for a period of time due to this injury.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey (biceps) might not need another rehab assignment after having a successful outing Monday, April 22, for Double-A Portland. He's a possibility to rejoin the club to start Sunday, April 28, at home against the Houston Astros. He'll probably be limited to around five innings in his first outing off the disabled list.

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco was scheduled to start the first game of his club's doubleheader versus the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, April 23, but was notified about 2 1/2 hours before game time that he would be starting the nightcap instead, allowing rookie SP Jose Fernandez to pitch the day game. According to manager Mike Redmond, the organization preferred to have the inexperienced Fernandez start during the day, when it'd likely be warmer. Multiple, unnamed sources said the decision came from people above the manager, however, and that Redmond, pitching coach Chuck Hernandez and Nolasco were displeased with and surprised by the directive. Nolasco's name had still been on the lineup card when players began to show up at the ballpark on Tuesday. Fernandez wasn't aware of the alteration until that morning, either.

Temperature at game time for the front end was 38 degrees, and for the back end it was 42. Fernandez wasn't particularly sharp, with six hits, four earned runs and two walks allowed and only 2 K's, in a 4-3 loss. In the nightcap, Nolasco went five frames, allowed six hits, three runs (two earned) and a walk, struck out four, and received plenty of run support on his way to an 8-5 victory.

The Miami Herald's Clark Spencer writes that normal practice for doubleheaders is to allow the pitcher with more seniority to choose which end of a twin bill he'd prefer to pitch. "Not a smart move," said a Marlin in uniform. "It's a slap in the face to Ricky." Asked if he was unhappy about the late change, Nolasco replied, "No comment."

SP | Tyler Chatwood | Colorado Rockies | Transaction
The Colorado Rockies have recalled SP Tyler Chatwood from Class AAA Colorado Springs to start Wednesday, April 24, and optioned RP Rob Scahill in his place.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, the Boston Red Sox will try to trade SP Alfredo Aceves, who was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket Wednesday, April 24. The pitcher has 72 hours to report to the minor-league affiliate.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Wednesday, April 24, that RP J.J. Putz will remain as his closer. "His split isn't very good right now," Gibson said. "He threw two fastballs right by (San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt) then hung two splits. His command is not as good as it has been in the past, so he's going to try and clean some stuff up. It's more about location for him at this point in his career."

RP | Jim Henderson | Milwaukee Brewers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke indicated Wednesday, April 24, that while he is happy with RP John Axford's performance lately, and Axford could return as closer at some point, he is also happy with RP Jim Henderson in ninth-inning duties. "I think right now, we're not going to flip 'Ax' back in the closer's role," Roenicke said. "I think (Henderson) is doing a nice job. But 'Ax', the way he threw (Tuesday), he could win every ball game he went in if he throws that way. I was really impressed with him."

RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RP Jonny Venters (elbow) is set to resume throwing Tuesday, April 30, four weeks after he was shut down after receiving a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in his left elbow.

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson allowed two hits and walked the go-ahead run in in the 10th inning to lose to the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday, April 24. It was Johnson's second loss of the year.

RP | Fernando Rodney | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Fernando Rodney has only appeared in four games in the team's first 14 games of the season, so he's had little chance to be overworked after making eight appearances for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic this spring. He blew his first save chance and gave up three runs in his next outing, but he hasn't given up a run in his last two appearances. "He's gotten his rest," Maddon said. "He's ready to go."

RP | Daniel Bard | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said RP Daniel Bard will become a regular member of the team's rotation after they promoted him from Double-A Portland Wednesday, April 24. Bard hadn't allowed a run in his last five outings for Portland, and his fastball was sitting between 93 and 96 mph. "I think it's a matter of maintenance, not wholesale adjustments by any means," Farrell said. "It's a matter of repeating a delivery that's natural to him, and when he does he's been successful." The plan is to use Bard early in relief innings.

RP | Fernando Nieve | Cleveland Indians | Transaction,
Cleveland Indians RP Fernando Nieve cleared waivers and was outrighted to the minors Wednesday, April 24.

RP | Ramon Ortiz | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction,
The Toronto Blue Jays designated RP Ramon Ortiz for assignment Wednesday, April 24.

RP | Brett Cecil | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Brett Cecil is throwing his fastball at 93 mph compared to 89 mph last season. One of the reasons is Cecil's use of a weighted ball during a throwing program in the offseason. Manager John Gibbons also noticed that Cecil was using his offspeed pitches regularly, and it has led to better results. Cecil has given up only two earned runs in 11 1/3 innings this season.

RP | Kevin Gregg | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Kevin Gregg nailed down the save against the Cincinnati Reds in the 10th inning Tuesday, April 23, after RP Carlos Marmol blew the save in the ninth inning. Gregg is now an option to close out games, as manager Dale Sveum said he will continue to go with the matchups to determine who will pitch in the ninth. "I didn't say (Marmol) would not be the closer," Sveum said. "I said it would come down to matchups."

RP | Steven Wright | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox have recalled RP Daniel Bard from Double-A Portland and demoted RP Steven Wright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

RP | Kyuji Fujikawa | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Kyuji Fujikawa (forearm) is throwing from 135 feet on flat ground but has yet to throw a bullpen session.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Joel Hanrahan (hamstring) is slated to begin his rehab assignment Friday, April 26, for Triple-A Pawtucket.

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