Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 29, 2013 @ 09:22:00 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is hitting .351 with a couple homers during a 10-game hitting streak.

1B | Adam LaRoche | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche will bat sixth against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, April 28, behind SS Ian Desmond. LaRoche has gone hitless in his last six games.

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays have activated 1B Adam Lind from the paternity list. In a corresponding move, RP Brad Lincoln was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.

1B | Anthony Rizzo | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs against the Miami Marlins Friday, April 26. It was the second multihomer game of his career. He currently has eight homers, breaking the club record of most home runs in franchise history by a left-handed batter during the month of April. Billy Williams (1970) and Henry A. Rodriguez (2000) shared the previous mark of seven.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins DH Justin Morneau is not in the starting lineup Saturday, April 27. C/1B Joe Mauer will start at first base, with OF/C Ryan Doumit starting behind the plate and INF Eduardo Escobar starting at third base.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) is still being limited to taking dry swings, and it's unknown when he'll move to hitting soft toss and off a tee.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (foot) plans to play first base at least three of the four games against the Seattle Mariners. "It's the same," Pujols said about the pain in his left foot, "but I want to play first. I think I can play first." Some days his foot feels worse than others, but it doesn't bother him when he's hitting, but only when he begins to run at full speed, hits the bag or stands around for long periods of time. Manager Mike Scioscia said Pujols' starts at first base will be determined on a day-to-day basis. Surgery to correct the issue would put Pujols out for a few weeks and isn't believed to be necessary.

1B | Matt Adams | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals placed 1B Matt Adams (oblique) on the 15-day disable list with an oblique strain Friday, April 26, and recalled INF Jermaine Curtis from Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move.


Second Baseman

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker (knuckle) could return later this week after having stitches to close a gash in his right index knuckle over the weekend. He suffered the injury when St. Louis Cardinals SS Pete Kozma stepped on his hand Friday, April 26.

2B | Matt Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Matt Carpenter (side) returned to the lineup Sunday, April 28, one day after side tightness forced him from a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. "I felt good, so I'm back in there," Carpenter said. "Obviously, I felt something [on Saturday], and it was an awkward swing. I was stretching the rest of the game, but I didn't think it was anything serious. I felt pretty good about it."

2B | Eduardo Escobar | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins are trying to find some playing time for INF Eduardo Escobar, who is hitting .483 (14-for-29) in limited duty so far. "He's swinging it really good. You never know how long you're going to stay on that surfboard before someone knocks you off. So you just ride it and go from there," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro (back) has been dealing with more back soreness, but manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday, April 28, he thought Scutaro was swinging much easier in his latest game.

2B | Mark Ellis | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Mark Ellis (quadriceps) suffered a strained right quadriceps against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, April 26, while running to first base in the bottom of the fifth inning. He was replaced on defense by INF Nick Punto in the sixth inning. Ellis is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Saturday, April 27, and could be headed for the disabled list.

2B | Jayson Nix | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team will decide Saturday, April 27, whether to place 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) on the disabled list.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano hit a three-run home run for his seventh home run in his last 15 games Thursday, April 25, and he's hitting .391 with 13 runs, six doubles and 17 RBIs over that time. Cano has three homers off of lefties this year and has three long balls in his last four games. Cano didn't hit his seventh homer last year until May 26.


Shortstop

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) is only expected to miss a couple of games with a strained left rotator cuff.

SS | Didi Gregorius | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed SS Didi Gregorius (concussion) on the 7-day disabled list Sunday, April 29, due to a mild concussion.

SS | Jean Segura | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SS Jean Segura (fingernail) returned to the lineup Sunday, April 28, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was scratched Saturday, April 27, due to a split fingernail on his index finger.

SS | Jed Lowrie | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics SS Jed Lowrie (neck) said Sunday, April 28, that he could start Monday, April 29, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar (heel) will play a minor-league rehab game with Triple-A Salt Lake Monday, April 29.

SS | Nick Noonan | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager said INF Nick Noonan was scheduled to get into the lineup against the San Diego Padres Sunday, April 28, but INF Marco Scutaro (back) said he felt good and didn't want a day of rest. Scutaro has been bothered occasionally by back issues.

SS | Adam Rosales | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Jed Lowrie (neck) was a late scratch from the starting lineup Sunday, April 28, against the Baltimore Orioles, because of a stiff neck. INF Adam Rosales took his spot at shortstop and batted ninth.

SS | Yunel Escobar | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SS Yunel Escobar (hamstring) is out of the lineup for the fourth consecutive game Sunday, April 28. Manager Joe Maddon indicated that he won't play until Tuesday, April 30, at the earliest.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga Saturday, April 27. Manager Don Mattingly said he is not concerned with his offense but wants to make sure Ramirez is comfortable throwing before he is activated from the disabled list. "He's worked really hard on his defense and I don't really want him to come back just to be back," Mattingly said. "I want him to be ready to play, and be able to play at a level that is natural, not where he has to think about throwing and how he's going to grip the ball and things like that. As soon as he's ready for that, we're ready for him."


Third Baseman

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval tied a career best with four hits, including an RBI single, as the Giants lost to the San Diego Padres 6-4 on Sunday, April 28.

3B | Alberto Callaspo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Alberto Callaspo (calf) will play a minor-league rehab game Tuesday, April 30, with Class A Inland Empire.

3B | Jeff Keppinger | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Jeff Keppinger (back) missed his third consecutive game due to back spasms Sunday, April 28. However, manager Robin Ventura believes he'll be able to return to action against the Texas Rangers Tuesday, April 30.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) will undergo an MRI exam Monday, April 29.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) will work out with Class A Potomac Monday, April 29, before playing in rehab games Tuesday, April 30, and Wednesday, May 1.

3B | Nolan Arenado | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies have recalled 3B Nolan Arenado from Triple-A Colorado Springs. In a corresponding move, INF Chris Nelson has been designated for assignment.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese is not in the starting lineup against the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday, April 27. He has four hits in his last 28 at-bats.

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said the team has discussed moving 3B Brett Lawrie to the leadoff spot but they "want to get him going first."

3B | Anthony Rendon | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon did not start for the second consecutive game Friday, April 26, against the Cincinnati Reds. He has managed just two hits over his first 15 at-bats since taking over for the injured 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring).

3B | Kyle Seager | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 3B Kyle Seager had three more hits, including his third home run of the season, to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games Thursday, April 25, and he's hitting .412 (21-for-51) during his streak, raising his average from .147 to .306. It was his third multi-hit game of the season.


Catcher

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey extended his hitting streak to nine games Sunday, April 28, with a two-run homer in a 6-4 loss to the San Diego Padres.

C | Taylor Teagarden | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles C Taylor Teagarden (thumb) is expected to miss three to four weeks after landing on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, April 28, due to a dislocated left thumb.

C | Chris Snyder | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles acquired C Chris Snyder from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sunday, April 28. Snyder could join the team in Seattle Monday, April 29.

C | Jose Molina | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays C Jose Molina (quadriceps) is listed as day-to-day because of a right quad contusion suffered after being hit by a pitched ball Saturday, April 27.

C | Luis Martinez | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles minor league C Luis Martinez has been promoted from Double-A Bowie to Triple-A Norfolk.

C | Luis Exposito | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Taylor Teagarden (thumb) is expected to miss three to four weeks because of a dislocated left thumb suffered Saturday, April 27, after being struck by a foul tip. He has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, C Luis Exposito was called up from Triple-A Norfolk.

C | Lou Marson | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have placed C Lou Marson (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right shoulder. In a corresponding move, C/INF Yan Gomes was recalled from Triple-A Columbus.

C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz is batting fifth against the New York Mets Sunday, April 28. OF Ben Revere (quadriceps) remains out of the lineup and 1B Ryan Howard is getting a day off. INF Kevin Frandsen will play first base, INF/OF Freddy Galvis will play left field and OF John Mayberry Jr. will start in center field.

C | Humberto Quintero | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have reinstated C Carlos Ruiz from the restricted list. In a corresponding move, C Humberto Quintero has been designated for assignment.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Taylor Teagarden will start behind the plate against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, April 27, with Matt Wieters serving as the designated hitter. INF Ryan Flaherty will play second base, with OF Nate McLouth leading off.

C | Austin Romine | New York Yankees | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Yankees recalled C Austin Romine and P Vidal Nuno from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.

C | Francisco Cervelli | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees C Francisco Cervelli (hand) will have surgery Saturday, April 27, to repair his broken right hand. He is expected to be sidelined at least six weeks after the procedure.

C | Jesus Montero | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Jesus Montero is out of the lineup Friday, April 26.


Outfielder

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton, who hit his first homer Saturday, April 27, connected for two more the next day as the Marlins defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-4.

OF | Blake Tekotte | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox optioned OF Blake Tekotte to Triple-A Charlotte Sunday, April 28.

OF | Jordan Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Sunday, April 28, that OF Jordan Danks is one of the players who will have an opportunity for extra at-bats due to a handful of injuries, including the one to OF Dayan Viciedo (oblique). "That's one of those things where you are getting guys who are getting extended opportunities that they normally wouldn't get," Ventura said. "(Danks is) going up there and battling."

OF | Donald Lutz | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds recalled OF Donald Lutz from Triple-A Louisville Sunday, April 28.

OF | Chris Heisey | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Chris Heisey (hamstring) is likely headed for the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right hamstring.

OF | Jason Kubel | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks activated OF Jason Kubel (quadriceps) from the 15-day disabled list Sunday, April 29.

OF | Andy Dirks | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said OF Andy Dirks (knee) is available against the Atlanta Braves Sunday, April 28, although he is not at 100 percent.

OF | Yasiel Puig | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers minor league OF Yasiel Puig was arrested in Tennessee for speeding and reckless driving. General manager Ned Colletti said the organization will be "handling discipline internally."

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Confirming a previous report, the Oakland Athletics have activated OF Yoenis Cespedes (hand) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, OF Casper Wells has been designated for assignment.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner is not in the starting lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, April 28.

OF | Travis Snider | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said OF Travis Snider (side) could be available as a pinch hitter Sunday, April 28. He has been bothered recently by a sore side.

OF | Jay Bruce | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker flip-flopped 3B Todd Frazier and OF Jay Bruce in the batting order Sunday, April 28, with Frazier batting in the No. 5 spot and Bruce batting sixth. One of the reasons is because Bruce has struggled in his career against Washington Nationals SP Ross Detwiler, collecting only one hit in 11 at-bats against the lefty. It is uncertain how long this lineup change will last.

OF | Chris Carter | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros manager Bo Parter said OF Chris Carter will get the day off against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, April 28.

OF | Kyle Blanks | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Kyle Blanks (eye) grounded out to third base in an appearance as a pinch hitter Friday, April 26. Manager Bud Black said he would return to the starting lineup against the San Francisco Giants Saturday, April 27.

OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders (shoulder) joined Triple-A Tacoma for a rehab assignment Friday, April 26. In a best-case scenario, Saunders would rejoin the parent club Monday, April 29, according to manager Eric Wedge.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo failed to reach base for the first time this season Friday, April 26, against the Washington Nationals. He had reached safely in his first 22 games.

OF | Michael Bourn | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn (finger) is back with the team after getting his stitches removed from his injured right index finger Thursday, April 25. Bourn is not eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list until Tuesday, April 30, but it appears as if he will not require a minor-league rehab stint before he returns. "Unless he feels he needs to go on one, we won't send him," manager Terry Francona said Friday, April 26.

OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick is hitting third Friday, April 26. Reddick is 6-for-16 over his last five games.

OF | Jason Bay | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Jason Bay is hitting leadoff for the first time this season Friday, April 26.

OF | Desmond Jennings | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said OF Desmond Jennings has been chasing pitches, which is a sign that he's tired. Jennings was given the night off Friday, April 26.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals are hitting .349 with runners in scoring position, an .375 with RISP and two outs. Both marks are the best in baseball. OF Matt Holliday leads baseball with a .588 average with RISP and two outs.

OF | Dewayne Wise | Chicago White Sox | Injury
Chicago White Sox OF Dewayne Wise (neck) was scratched from the lineup Friday, April 26, with a stiff neck.

OF | Delmon Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Delmon Young (ankle) is progressing on his minor league rehab assignment, but his return to the big league team is not imminent, even though the team could use a designated hitter early next week, according to assistant general manager Scott Proefrock. Young played his second rehab game with Triple-A Lehigh Valley Friday, April 26. The Phillies believe that Young needs more time to learn right field, a position he hasn't played since 2007. The latest date for Young's season debut would be May 11, barring any injury setback.

OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (back) may not return to the lineup until Tuesday, April 30, but the team still isn't considering putting him on the disabled list.

OF | Mike Morse | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Mike Morse (pinkie) is playing through a non-displaced fracture of his right pinkie finger and is hitting only .162 since he suffered the injury April 16.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Danny Duffy | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP's Felipe Paulino and Danny Duffy (elbow) are doing well in their rehabilitation assignments at Surprise, Ariz. Both underwent Tommy John surgery last season. "They're doing fine. I think both of them threw [Saturday]," manager Ned Yost said. "Duffy threw 20 pitches in a game and Paulino threw like 25 pitches in BP with good results. They're fine." Both are aiming for minor league pitching assignments in the next month or two.

SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo will start Monday, April 29, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is 6-0 with a 2.18 earned run average in his last seven starts against Pittsburgh.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 batters Sunday, April 28, against the Milwaukee Brewers, and he retired 18 straight at one point in a 2-0 shutout.

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) is getting an extra day of rest before starting his minor-league rehab assignment with Double-A Birmingham Thursday, May 2. It's unknown how many rehab games he will require before he is ready to join the big club.

SP | Rich Harden | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Sunday, April 28, that SP Rich Harden (shoulder) experienced some soreness in his right shoulder this week. However, he is still expected to ramp up his rehab next week.

SP | Kyle McPherson | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates P Kyle McPherson (elbow) continues to experience discomfort in his right elbow, and he will remain shut down for an undetermined period, according to general manager Neal Huntington.

SP | Tyson Ross | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres P Tyson Ross (shoulder) is expected to begin a minor-league rehab stint sometime this week with Triple-A Tucson.

SP | Danny Hultzen | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Seattle Mariners SP Danny Hultzen (shoulder) visited with team trainers Sunday, April 28. He said he was told the rotator cuff strain and tendinitis he has are "not worrisome."

SP | R.A. Dickey | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey (back, neck) is dealing with pain in his back and neck, and said Sunday, April 28, that he has pitched with similar pain over his past three starts. He will have an MRI so treatment can be more targeted.

SP | Will Smith | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals have recalled SP Will Smith from Triple-A Omaha to start the second game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians Sunday, April 28.

SP | Jonathan Sanchez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jonathan Sanchez has been suspended six games and fined by Major League Baseball for hitting St. Louis Cardinals 1B Allen Craig Friday, April 26. Sanchez had allowed back-to-back home runs and a single in the first inning before being ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons for hitting Craig in the shoulder. Manager Clint Hurdle was also ejected for arguing. Sanchez said he will appeal the decision.

SP | Matt Magill | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed SP Stephen Fife (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder bursitis. The move is retroactive to Monday, April 22. SP Matt Magill was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque to replace him on the 25-man roster.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (ankle) has been scratched from his scheduled start against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Monday, April 29, because of a sore ankle. SP Dan Straily will be recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to make the start but Anderson is not expected to require a stint on the disabled list.

SP | Hector Santiago | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Hector Santiago will replace injured SP Gavin Floyd (arm) in the team's starting rotation.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles minor league SP Zach Britton appears likely to start against the Seattle Mariners Monday, April 29, because SP Freddy Garcia is starting for Triple-A Norfolk Sunday, April 28.

SP | Josh Johnson | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the MRI results for Toronto Blue Jays SP Josh Johnson (triceps) revealed a "tiny bit of inflammation." He will play catch Sunday, April 28, and Monday, April 29, and is hoping to make a start by the end of next week.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (lat) had a pain-free throwing session on flat ground Friday, April 26, and is expected to throw again Saturday, April 27. Manager Dale Sveum expects Garza to make three or four rehab starts before rejoining the parent club around May 20.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova (triceps) was placed on the 15-day disabled list right triceps inflammation.

SP | Chris Capuano | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chris Capuano (calf) is unlikely to be activated from the disabled list when he is eligible to return to action Thursday, May 2. Manager Don Mattingly wants him to make at least one rehab start before he is activated. Barring any setbacks, he could return to action against the Arizona Diamondbacks May 8. Capuano played catch Friday, April 26, and has also started a running program.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Anibal Sanchez (3-1) struck out a franchise-record 17 batters Friday, April 26, in a victory against the Atlanta Braves. He shattered the previous club record of 16 strikeouts by Mickey Lolich, which he accomplished twice within a three-week period during the 1969 season. Sanchez allowed five hits and one walk over eight scoreless innings but was removed from the game because he had thrown 121 pitches.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said Friday, April 26, that SP Johnny Cueto (back) is not close to returning. He is on the 15-day disabled list due to a pulled muscle in his back.

SP | Manny Parra | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds placed P Manny Parra (pectoral) on the 15-day disabled list Friday, April 26, due to a strained left pectoral muscle.

SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann allowed just one hit and one walk with four strikeouts Friday, April 26, against the Cincinnati Reds for his first career complete game shutout.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Friday, April 26, that there is no set plan for SP Ricky Romero. The pitcher has been working on his mechanics in extended spring training, and he is scheduled to make his first minor-league rehab start for Class A Dunedin Saturday, April 27.

SP | Aaron Laffey | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Aaron Laffey was designated for assignment Friday, April 26, after his spot start against the New York Yankees in place of the injured SP Josh Johnson (triceps). He threw just 23 of his 55 pitches for strikes, allowed two earned runs, two hits and five walks with no strikeouts over 2 2/3 innings in a no-decision.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (elbow) was able to play catch for the second consecutive day Friday, April 26. This time, he threw from about 75 feet, and was even allowed to catch throws. He will throw again Sunday, April 28.

SP | Jeff Karstens | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Karstens (shoulder) could pitch on the side at extended spring training for his next outing. Manager Clint Hurdle said the team still sees Karstens as a starter.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy (elbow) tossed five minutes of batting practice Friday, April 26, for the first time since having Tommy John surgery 10 months ago.

SP | Mike Pelfrey | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Mike Pelfrey has been a disappointment to start the season with a 7.94 ERA in 17 innings. However, the Twins are considering bumping him from the rotation. Pelfrey has seen a slight drop in velocity since the 2011 season, but he's struggled to command the ball more than anything. Pitchers often have command as the last thing that returns when coming back from Tommy John surgery, and Pelfrey has returned in less than 12 months. He has thrown only 39.8 percent of his pitches in the zone, which is the sixth-lowest in baseball. Pelfrey's sinker is not staying down in the zone, either, which has resulted in solid contact by opponents.

Pelfrey's release point is also lower than it was back in 2011. The lower release point makes it unable for him to create downward movement on his pitchers, with his sinker and slider flattening out when they reach the strike zone. Pelfrey is always constantly tweaking his mechanics in order to create more movement on his pitches, and he recently shifted to the first base side of the pitching rubber this year. A very slow tempo on the mound for Pelfrey may be a sign that he doesn't have confidence in his stuff early in the season.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings to win his fifth game of the season against the Houston Astros Thursday, April 25. C Jarrod Saltalamacchia said Buchholz didn't have his best stuff on the mound, either. Buchholz struck out 10 batters in the game, and six of them went down looking. Over 177 2/3 innings since May 27 of last year, he has an ERA of only 2.89. "He's done a very good job of pitching ahead in the count, most of all," said manager John Farrell, "and it's allowed him to pitch to a scouting report and exploit some holes of given hitters." Buchholz has given up just one home run this year.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Sergio Santos | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos (triceps) has resumed throwing, but there is no immediate timetable for his return. Santos was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier this month because of a minor right triceps strain. He was sent to the club's minor league complex in Dunedin, Fla., to work through the issue and has now begun to make some progress.

RP | Huston Street | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres CL Huston Street picked up his fifth save in five chances Sunday, April 28, when he saved his team's 6-4 win over the San Francisco Giants.

RP | Daniel Bard | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have optioned RP Daniel Bard to Double-A Portland.

RP | Josh Edgin | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets have optioned RP Josh Edgin to Double-A Binghamton. Manager Terry Collins said Edgin was sent to Binghamton instead of Triple-A Las Vegas so that he could be recalled quickly if needed and also to help him regain his confidence instead of sending him to the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He went 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA in 11 appearances this season.

RP | Sean Burnett | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have placed RP Sean Burnett (forearm) on the 15-day disabled list because of left forearm irritation. In a corresponding move, SP Tommy Hanson has been activated from the bereavement list.

RP | Jose Contreras | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said RP Jose Contreras (elbow) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Tuesday, April 30.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RPs Craig Breslow (shoulder) and Joel Hanrahan (hamstring) are scheduled to make rehab appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket Sunday, April 28. If all goes well, Hanrahan could be activated from the disabled list Tuesday, April 30.

RP | Deunte Heath | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox have recalled RP Deunte Heath from Triple-A Charlotte.

RP | Jason Motte | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals RP Jason Motte (elbow) threw on flat ground from a distance of 50 feet Sunday, April 28.

RP | Jeremy Affeldt | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants RP Jeremy Affeldt (oblique) is expected to throw a bullpen session Saturday, April 27. He is eligible to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday, April 30.

RP | Scott Proctor | free agent | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles released RP Scott Proctor.

RP | David Phelps | New York Yankees | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
New York Yankees RP David Phelps was inserted into the starting rotation, and P Vidal Nuno will head to the bullpen. SS Derek Jeter (ankle) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

RP | Robert Delaney | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
Baltimore Orioles P Chris Jones was promoted to Triple-A Norfolk. P Robert Delaney was demoted to Double-A Bowie.

RP | Phil Coke | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers RP Phil Coke (groin) is considered day-to-day because of a strained left groin.

RP | Sean Marshall | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds activated RP Sean Marshall (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list Friday, April 26.

RP | Kyuji Fujikawa | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Kyuji Fujikawa (forearm) threw in the bullpen Friday, April 26, for the first time since landing on the 15-day disabled list. Manager Dale Sveum said Fujikawa will make two minor-league rehab appearances before he is activated from the DL.

RP | Ramon Ortiz | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Ramon Ortiz cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo Friday, April 26.

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