Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 6, 2013 @ 09:15:00 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Chris Davis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis (knee) is in the starting lineup against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sunday, May 5, batting fifth.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau is in the lineup as the designated hitter against the Cleveland Indians Sunday, May 5. He was originally listed as the first baseman but asked to be moved to DH because he felt some stiffness.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez (neck) was scratched from the starting lineup Saturday, May 4, because of neck stiffness.

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins plugged 2B Justin Turner in at first base for the game Friday, May 3, against the Atlanta Braves, with struggling 1B Ike Davis getting another day of rest.

1B | Tyler Moore | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (hamstring, ankle) will likely miss the team's entire weekend series, and OF Tyler Moore will take his place in the outfield. However, the club doesn't think Werth will need to go on the disabled list.


Second Baseman

2B | Donovan Solano | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 2B Donovan Solano (side) was scratched from the starting lineup Saturday, May 4, because of tightness in his left side.

2B | Aaron Hill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill (hand) said Friday, May 3, that the hand of 2B Aaron Hill (hand) is healing more slowly than everyone anticipated. Towers said the best-case scenario for Hill's return is late May.

2B | Mark Ellis | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Mark Ellis (quadriceps) will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, May 6, if he is not ready to return by then. The team needs a roster spot when they activate P Chris Capuano (calf).

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa is back in the lineup Friday, May 3, after sitting out for two games at the expense of 2B Steve Lombardozzi. Espinosa has a triple slash line of only .173/.212/.333 this year. Manager Davey Johnson was non-committal on whether Espinosa will remain as the primary second baseman, but he will give him every chance to prove he deserves the spot.

2B | Skip Schumaker | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Mark Ellis (quadriceps) is taking batting practice Friday, May 3, but OF Carl Crawford (hamstring) isn't, and he hasn't taken fly balls in the outfield since hurting his leg.

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed 2B Neil Walker (hand) on the 15-day disabled list with a right hand laceration Friday, May 3, and recalled INF Jordy Mercer from Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move. Walker's DL stint is retroactive to April 27.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have given other teams the idea that they won't come close to considering a fire sale for at least another two months, but when that time comes and if they do become sellers, 2B Chase Utley might be coveted by many teams. The Phillies have given the impression that they will go to Utley first to see if he wants to go elsewhere. He is in the last year of his contract and can block trades to 21 teams.


Shortstop

SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Eduardo Nunez (ribcage) went for an MRI Sunday, May 5, for an injury rib cage. While the tests did not reveal any structural damage, he is dealing with some irritation. Manager Joe Girardi said he is uncertain if Nunez will be ready to play Tuesday, May 7.

SS | Tyler Pastornicky | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves optioned SS Tyler Pastornicky to Triple-A Gwinnett Sunday, May 5.

SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins is not in the starting lineup against the Miami Marlins Sunday, May 5. INF/OF Freddy Galvis will bat first and play shortstop.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (leg) went 3-for-3 with three runs batted in Saturday, May 4, before he was hit by a pitch in his team's 9-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Tulowitzki did not start the Friday, May 3, game because of leg soreness, and he was removed once the Rockies built a big lead.

SS | Yunel Escobar | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays SS Yunel Escobar (hand) had X-rays Saturday, May 4, and those tests were negative. He is considered day to day due to a left hand contusion.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly did not rule out the possibility of SS Dee Gordon keeping the shortstop job and moving SS Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) to third base when he returns.

SS | Didi Gregorius | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks have activated SS Didi Gregorius (concussion) from the seven-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, the team optioned OF Alfredo Marte to Triple-A Reno.

SS | Justin Sellers | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Breaking, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to place SS Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list because of a left hamstring injury sustained while running the bases Friday, May 3. In a corresponding move, SS Dee Gordon will be called up from Triple-A Albuquerque.

SS | Ramiro Pena | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Juan Francisco (ankle) left the game Friday, May 3, after suffering a twisted right ankle in the third inning. INF Ramiro Pena took over for Francisco.

SS | Brandon Crawford | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Crawford (rest) is getting a scheduled day of rest Friday, May 3, against the Los Angeles Dodgers after starting all 28 games this season.

SS | Hiroyuki Nakajima | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Hiroyuki Nakajima (hamstring) will play seven innings for Triple-A Sacramento Friday, May 3, but there is no timetable for him to rejoin the team.

SS | Rafael Furcal | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals transferred SS Rafael Furcal (elbow) to the 60-day disabled list Friday, May 3.


Third Baseman

3B | Jeff Keppinger | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Sunday, May 5, that he is confident 2B Jeff Keppinger can snap out of his offensive funk. The .284 career hitter is batting just .186 this season with two extra-base hits and no walks in 97 at-bats. "I don't know if concern is the word, but you can tell it's not smooth," Ventura said. "It's not the norm for him. But he has a track record you expect that to come out. You just have to stay with it."

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Entering play Sunday, May 5, Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera had 10 hits in his last 20 at-bats. He went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers and tied a career high with six RBIs Saturday, May 4, against the Houston Astros.

3B | Nolan Arenado | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado hit his first career grand slam Saturday, May 4, as part of a 9-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

3B | Michael Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Michael Young will get the day off against the Miami Marlins Saturday, May 4. INF/OF Freddy Galvis will start at third base.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez (knee) had a pair of singles in three at-bats in his return from the 15-day disabled list Friday, May 3.

3B | Juan Francisco | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Atlanta Braves announced 3B Juan Francisco (ankle) is considered day to day after leaving the game Friday, May 3, due to a mild right ankle sprain.

3B | Deibinson Romero | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 3B Deibinson Romero arrived in Fort Myers, Fla. finally. He had been held up for three months due to visa problems. He is expected to start out in extended spring training before eventually ending up with Triple-A Rochester.

3B | Brandon Inge | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Brandon Inge made his first career start in right field Friday, May 3, against the Washington Nationals.

3B | Alberto Callaspo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have activated 3B Alberto Callaspo (calf) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, the team sent down SS Andrew Romine to the minor leagues.

3B | Mark Teahen | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
The Cincinnati Reds returned 3B Mark Teahen to the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday, May 3, reportedly due to problems with his physical.

3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs activated 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) from the 15-day disabled list Friday, May 3, and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals have activated 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, the team optioned 3B Anthony Rendon to Double-A Harrisburg.


Catcher

C | Evan Gattis | Atlanta Braves | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Evan Gattis is likely to lose playing time with the return of C Brian McCann (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list, although Gattis can also play left field and first base.

C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers DH Victor Martinez will not be in the starting lineup during the team's interleague series against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, May 7, and Wednesday, May 8. Manager Jim Leyland said Martinez is not ready for catching duties at this point and will be used as a pinch hitter.

C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (illness) is not in the starting lineup against the Houston Astros Sunday, May 5, because of an illness. C Brayan Pena is starting behind the plate.

C | Russell Martin | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin, who usually bats third, is hitting fifth and playing third base against the Washington Nationals Sunday, May 5.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Denard Span (foot) is in the starting lineup against the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, May 5. C Wilson Ramos is catching back-to-back games for the first time this season.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer had a hit and walk in three at-bats Saturday, May 4, but he is in a 5-for-42 slump at the plate.

C | Ryan Hanigan | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Ryan Hanigan (oblique, thumb) could begin a rehab assignment at some point next week. He said he has been hitting and throwing while getting his strength back. "The oblique feels pretty good and the thumb is still healing, but feels pretty good. I've got the strength back, which is the most important thing. I didn't have any strength in it for a while," Hanigan said.

C | Luis Exposito | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Luis Exposito has cleared waivers and been assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.

C | Humberto Quintero | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
Philadelphia Phillies C Humberto Quintero cleared waivers and was outrighted to the minors Friday, May 3.


Outfielder

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (hamstring) is aiming to play Tuesday, May 7.

OF | Avisail Garcia | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Avisail Garcia (finger) is nursing a finger injury at Triple-A Toledo, and he did not play over the weekend. However, he is nearing a return, as his injury is not considered serious.

OF | Michael Bourn | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona indicated Sunday, May 5, that OF Michael Bourn (hand) will likely play three minor-league rehab games for Triple-A Columbus starting Monday, May 6.

OF | Austin Kearns | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins have placed OF Austin Kearns on the bereavement list. In a corresponding move, C Kyle Skipworth has been called up from Triple-A New Orleans.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (appendix) took dry swings, hit off a tee and did soft toss in the cage from a distance of 30-45 feet Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4.

OF | Ezequiel Carrera | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have recalled P Scott Barnes from Triple-A Columbus. In a corresponding move, OF Ezequiel Carrera has been designated for assignment.

OF | Nick Swisher | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 1B Nick Swisher (shoulder) was back in the lineup Saturday, May 4, after he missed three games with a sore left shoulder.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) was back in the starting lineup Saturday, May 4, after being sidelined with right knee problems the day before.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (hip) sat out Saturday, May 4, after tweaking his right hip flexor.

OF | Aaron Hicks | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks hit his first major league home run Saturday, May 4, in a 7-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (hamstring) left the game Saturday, May 4, against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning due to a strained right hamstring.

OF | Joe Mather | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Free Agents
The Cincinnati Reds signed free-agent OF Joe Mather (Cubs) Saturday, May 4, and assigned him to Double-A Pensacola.

OF | Melky Cabrera | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Melky Cabrera (legs) was the designated hitter in the team's game Saturday, May 4, because he is dealing with soreness in both of his legs. The soreness is not believed to be serious and it is not believed to be caused by playing on the artificial turf in Toronto.

OF | Dayan Viciedo | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo (oblique) could start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte as soon as Monday, May 6.

OF | David Murphy | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers OF David Murphy (illness) was not in the starting lineup Saturday, May 4, because of a stomach virus.

OF | James Darnell | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres have acivated INF/OF James Darnell (oblique) from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Tucson.

OF | Chris B. Young | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics have placed OF Chris B. Young (quadriceps) on the 15-day disabled list because of a left quadriceps strain. Young said he is able to jog but experiences soreness whenever he tries to move any faster than that. He is eligible to be activated May 15, and is expected to be ready to return by then. In a corresponding move, OF Michael Taylor has been recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (hamstring) legged out an infield single in an appearance as a pinch hitter against the San Francisco Giants Friday, May 3. It was his first appearance in a game since Monday, April 29, when he suffered a right hamstring injury while making a diving catch in a game against the Colorado Rockies.

OF | Carlos Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Carlos Gomez extended his hitting streak to 10 games Friday, May 3, with a second-inning single in the game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

OF | Shelley Duncan | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Shelley Duncan accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Durham Friday, May 3.

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said OF Austin Jackson (hamstring) did not ask for the night off, but Leyland felt he needed one. "Jackson's hamstring are a bit sore," Leyland said. "He played all those games. He's playing all the time. You've got to watch it."

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (wrist) had the splint removed from his wrist. There is still no timetable for his return.

OF | Darin Mastroianni | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Darin Mastroianni (ankle) had a CT scan on his left ankle Thursday, May 2, in Minneapolis. The test revealed he hasn't made as much progress as the team had hoped, and he will have to wear a walking boot for at least another week. There is no timetable on Mastroianni's return from the stress reaction.

OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (knee) gets another day of rest Friday, May 3, against the Cleveland Indians. He hasn't played in left field since Saturday, April 27, due to some minor knee soreness. Willingham is expected back Saturday, May 4. OF Oswaldo Arcia the start in Willingham's absence.

OF | Andy Dirks | Detroit Tigers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson (rest) was held out of the lineup Friday, May 3, against the Houston Astros. It is a scheduled day off. OF Andy Dirks moved to the leadoff spot, and OF Don Kelly drew the start in center field.

OF | Andrew Brown | New York Mets | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Mets OF Andrew Brown made his debut in right field, batting eighth in manager Terry Collins' order, against the Atlanta Braves Friday, May 3.

OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said OF Shane Victorino (back) will not play every day in order to make sure his lower back injury doesn't return. However, he will not have physical restrictions in terms of stealing bases or switch hitting.

OF | Collin Cowgill | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Collin Cowgill was sent to the minors because he was overswinging after hitting a grand slam on opening day. OF Andrew Brown was brought up to breathe life into the outfield. Collins mentioned how Brown was hitting lefties well at Triple-A Las Vegas. Brown was hitting .286 (8-for-28) against lefties and .400 (28-for-70) against righties.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates hitting coach Jay Bell thinks OF Andrew McCutchen has yet to hit his peak as a ballplayer. "I'm talking about, when you feel yourself getting a little out of control, controlling the game internally," Bell said. "It's about: 'Don't let anything affect your approach to the game.' I saw it with Barry. I saw it with (Albert) Pujols. The mental side of the game is the part that separates players. If you don't figure out that part of it, you don't become the player you want to become. But with (McCutchen), it's only a matter of time."

OF | Francisco Peguero | San Francisco Giants | Transaction
The San Francisco Giants recalled OF Francisco Peguero from Triple-A Fresno Friday, May 3, and optioned C Hector Sanchez in a corresponding move.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) will be tough to trade at the July trading deadline this year after injuring his hamstring, especially if he's out into June. "If they trade him in-season, they probably wouldn't get any major league talent," said one executive. "So given everything that's happened with their team and their attendance, are they really in a position to make a deal for him where they just get back prospects? Probably not. So they're better off keeping him all year and trading him in the offseason, so they're getting some major league pieces in return."

OF | Jose Tabata | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Jose Tabata (hamstring) is feeling better Friday, May 3, but manager Clint Hurdle said he'll likely be limited the next couple of days.

OF | Seth Smith | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Chris B. Young (quadriceps) is not expected to play Friday, May 3. SS Adam Rosales is receiving his first career appearance in the leadoff spot.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (hamstring, ankle) is out of the lineup Friday, May 3. OF Bryce Harper is playing left field and OF Tyler Moore is in right.

OF | Josh Prince | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers optioned OF Josh Prince to the minors Thursday, May 2.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (back) could still land on the 15-day disabled list, according to manager Robin Ventura, if Peavy's back issues continue to linger. "It's a possibility," Ventura said Sunday, May 5. "We're kind of going by today and (Monday) on how he feels. He's getting better, but I don't know if it's enough to expect him to go out and pitch seven or eight inning. You wait it out and see how he feels."

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay (shoulder) was pounded for nine runs in just 2 1/3 innings Sunday, May 5, in a loss against the Miami Marlins. After the game, Halladay informed the team that he has pain in the shoulder. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Halladay will likely undergo diagnostic tests sometime this week in California where the team opens a three-game set in San Francisco. Halladay said the plan is to meet with renowned Dr. Lewis Yocum. He said the pain in his shoulders started after his April 24 start. "I woke up, didn't really think anything of it, just regular soreness, it just kind of progressed over the last two weeks or so," Halladay said.

SP | Clayton Richard | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Clayton Richard (intestinal) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an intestinal issue, according to manager Bud Black. In a corresponding move, SP Tyson Ross (shoulder) has been activated from the disabled list.

SP | Erik Bedard | Houston Astros | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Houston Astros manager Bo Porter said that SP Erik Bedard has been moved to the bullpen "indefinitely." He will pitch in long relief.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) is expected to start one more extended spring training game Friday, May 10, before beginning a minor league rehab assignment.

SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies have activated SP Jhoulys Chacin (back) and 1B Todd Helton (forearm) from the 15-day disabled list. In corresponding moves, SP Tyler Chatwood and INF Ryan Wheeler have been optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

SP | Jeremy Guthrie | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Jeremy Guthrie (4-0) tossed a four-hit shutout against the Chicago White Sox Saturday, May 4, with one walk and three strikeouts. It was his first career shutout and fifth career complete game. The victory allowed Guthrie to set the franchise record for consecutive starts without a loss. He is unbeaten in his last 17 games, a streak which dates back to Aug. 8, 2012; the previous record was held by Paul Splittorff, who had 16 starts without a loss in 1977-78.

SP | Kris Medlen | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SPs Paul Maholm, Kris Medlen and Mike Minor will start against the Cincinnati Reds in a three-game series beginning Monday, May 6.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SPs Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake will start against the Atlanta Braves in a three-game series beginning Monday, May 6.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton (back, shoulder, elbow) has been diagnosed with tightness in his upper back and shoulder and his rehab will be slowed down. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session later this week.

SP | Cole De Vries | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Cole De Vries (forearm) is expected to throw approximately 75 pitches in a rehab start for Class A Fort Myers Sunday, May 5.

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
The Atlanta Braves will skip SP Julio Teheran's turn in the rotation. He is available out of the bullpen for the next few days and will make his next start Thursday, May 9, against the San Francisco Giants.

SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale will start against the Kansas City Royals Monday, May 6, in place of injured SP Jake Peavy (back). Sale was originally scheduled to pitch against the New York Mets Tuesday, May 7, but SP Hector Santiago will instead pitch on four days' rest.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (elbow) threw 27 pitches over two innings in an extended spring training game Saturday, May 4. He felt fine after the outing and remains on track to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock Thursday, May 9.

SP | Samuel Deduno | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said SP Samuel Deduno (groin) is expected to be limited to 75-90 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A Rochester Sunday, May 5.

SP | Patrick Corbin | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Patrick Corbin gave up one run and five hits while striking out seven in an 8-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday, May 4. He walked three while his ERA dropped to 1.80. Corbin has opened the season by pitching at least six innings and allowing two runs or less in his six starts all Arizona victories.

SP | Alex Cobb | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin (back) will come off the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, May 5, to face the Tampa Bay Rays and SP Alex Cobb.

SP | Scott Kazmir | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Scott Kazmir picked up his first victory since he beat the Tampa Bay Rays Sept. 19, 2010, while with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Kazmir beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3 on Saturday, May 4.

SP | Kevin Correia | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Kevin Correia failed to go seven innings for the first time in six starts Saturday, May 4, as the Twins lost for the fourth time in five games on their 10-game road trip. Correia allowed four runs in five innings to snap his three-game winning streak as the Cleveland Indians won 7-3. "I just didn't quite have as good of a command with a couple of my pitches as I've had the past few starts," he said. "I fell behind a couple guys and they took advantage."

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee refuted claims from Toronto broadcaster Dirk Hayhurst that he doctors his pitches, a claim Hayhurst also made to Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz. "That's a completely inaccurate statement. I'll go get you my hat right now. I've been wearing the same hat for 3 years. It's sweat and rosin," Lee said.

SP | Miguel Gonzalez | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Miguel Gonzalez's (thumb) status for his next start is uncertain because of a blister on his right thumb. He said the blister began to develop two starts ago and it ripped open in his last start.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero (forearm) was able to throw Saturday, May 4, despite the swelling in his forearm. He is expected to make his next scheduled start Wednesday, May 8. He underwent X-rays on his injured forearms but they came back negative.

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (collarbone) is about three weeks ahead of schedule. The team hopes Greinke will be able to return in two to three weeks.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees manager SP Ivan Nova (triceps) played catch before the team's game Saturday, May 4. He is expected to travel to Tampa to continue his rehab.

SP | Brett Myers | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Brett Myers (elbow) threw for the second consecutive day Saturday, May 4, but is weeks away from returning because the inflammation in his right elbow.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (elbow) is expected to throw a bullpen session next week.

SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson will start against the New York Mets Sunday, May 5. He was scheduled to pitch Saturday, May 4, but inclement weather caused the game to be postponed.

SP | Freddy Garcia | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
Confirming a previous report, the Baltimore Orioles have purchased the contract of SP Freddy Garcia from Triple-A Norfolk. In a corresponding move, P Zach Clark has been designated for assignment.

SP | Matt Harvey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese will start against the Atlanta Braves Sunday, May 5, instead of SP Matt Harvey. Both pitchers had their starts pushed back because of inclement weather that postponed the game Saturday, May 4.

SP | Jason Vargas | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jason Vargas (1-3) tossed a three-hit shutout against the Baltimore Orioles Friday, May 3, with two walks and three strikeouts. It was the fourth shutout and ninth complete game of his career and his first victory in an Angels uniform.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he wants to see SP Matt Garza (lat) make at least three more rehab starts or get "close to 100 pitches" before his rehab assignment ends. His next appearance will be with Triple-A Iowa Monday, May 6.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder), who recently resumed a throwing program, is hoping to rejoin the team later this season as a reliever. General manager John Mozeliak said a return in late June or early July appears reasonable, although no official timetable has been established. "He is feeling good, which is something that I honestly would not have expected after receiving the news (of his nerve-related shoulder weakness) in February," Mozeliak said.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Confirming a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers SP Matt Magill will start Saturday, May 4, against the San Francisco Giants, in place of injured SP Ted Lilly (rib cage, neck).

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers activated SP Clayton Kershaw (personal) from the bereavement list Friday, May 3, in time to start the game against the San Francisco Giants.

SP | Josh Beckett | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett is likely to get an extra day of rest, starting Tuesday, May 7.

SP | Chris Capuano | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chris Capuano (calf) threw a bullpen session Friday, May 3, and he is likely to come off the 15-day disabled list to start Monday, May 6.

SP | Garrett Richards | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Garrett Richards is being moved to the back end of the team's bullpen, which likely means SP Jerome Williams will be used in the starting rotation.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy (elbow) threw another bullpen session Friday, May 3, and will have two more bullpen sessions before going on a rehab assignment consisting of six or seven starts.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg's delivery hasn't been right since spring training, and scouts and other teams have noticed that he's been falling off the mound to the first base side, which is a result of his upper and lower body being completely out of sync. "Something's going on," said one scout. "I'm not saying he's hurt. But he's going to get hurt -- put it that way -- if he keeps throwing like he's throwing."

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
The Houston Astros would likely listen to trade offers for SPs Bud Norris and Lucas Harrell this summer, even though they are the team's two most reliable pitchers so far. Executives would almost all prefer trading for Harrell over Norris, though, mainly because he won't be a free agent until 2018. Scouts are concerned that Norris is still a two-pitch pitcher, too.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays will likely listen to offers for SP David Price at the trading deadline if they are out of contention by then. "Let's say they're right about .500 at the All-Star break," said an executive. "If there's one team, and one front office, in one market where they just might say, 'We're not good enough to win it this year,' and deal him, they're that team."

SP | Dan Haren | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Dan Haren gave up just one run and four hits (one home run) while striking out four and walking one in eight innings to beat the Atlanta Braves Thursday, May 2. He has given up three earned runs and 10 hits over 14 innings in his past two starts while striking out nine and walking only two, and he's allowed three earned runs or less in each of his last five starts. Haren entered his outing with a 7.31 career ERA at Turner Field. "I went with Wilson a lot. I like to throw first-pitch fastballs just to show them and throw it for a strike," Haren said. "He called a lot of first-pitch cutters. I think he was sensing that they were going to swing, so he was setting up out there. They're such an aggressive team, I was making 0-2 pitches earlier in the count."

SP | Gavin Floyd | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Gavin Floyd (elbow) tentatively plans to undergo Tommy John surgery on his torn elbow ligament.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Phil Coke | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Phil Coke (groin) threw a bullpen session Saturday, May 4, and a brief bullpen session Sunday, May 5. Barring any setbacks, he will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Monday, May 6. Coke is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, May 11.

RP | Octavio Dotel | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Sunday, May 5, that RP Octavio Dotel (elbow) is not yet ready to head out for a minor-league rehab assignment, and his return date is unclear at this point.

RP | Vinnie Pestano | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians RP Vinnie Pestano (elbow) might be available Monday, May 6, against the Oakland Athletics, according to manager Terry Francona.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey (biceps) will undergo an MRI exam Monday, May 6. He has not pitched in a week because of soreness in his biceps.

RP | Kevin Jepsen | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Kevin Jepsen (shoulder) is throwing from a distance of 120 feet and could throw off a mound later this week.

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) could begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.

RP | Craig Breslow | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Craig Breslow (shoulder) could be activated from the disabled list during a seven-game homestand that begins Monday, May 6. He threw nine pitches in a perfect inning for Triple-A Pawtucket Saturday, May 4.

RP | Mark Lowe | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are expected to activate RP Mark Lowe (neck) from the disabled list before their game Tuesday, May 7. Lowe is scheduled to pitch two innings for Single-A Inland Empire Sunday, May 5.

RP | David Robertson | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said RP David Robertson's (hamstring) hamstring injury is improving but that he does not expect to use Robertson until Tuesday, May 7.

RP | Joe Nathan | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said he knows he needs to get RP Joe Nathan into a game since Nathan has not made an appearance in a week. He said he used RP Derek Lowe Friday, May 3, instead of Nathan because Lowe had not pitched in 10 days.

RP | Scott Downs | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Scott Downs (rib cage) is available to pitch out of the bullpen Saturday, May 4, against the Baltimore Orioles.

RP | Joe Smith | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said he will use RP Joe Smith as his eighth-inning pitcher for the foreseeable future because RP Vinnie Pestano (elbow) has been bothered recently by a "cranky" elbow. He hasn't pitched since Sunday, April 28, and has only made two appearances since April 22. Pestano threw a bullpen session Saturday, May 3, but the team will wait to see how his elbow responds before determining the next step.

RP | Kyuji Fujikawa | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs RP Kyuji Fujikawa (forearm) will throw approximately 25 pitches in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Iowa Sunday, May 5.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz will continue to close, but his workload will be monitored, manager Kirk Gibson said Friday, May 3. RPs Heath Bell and David Hernandez might get save chances if the situation dictates.

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Aroldis Chapman allowed four hits and three earned runs while walking two and striking out one in only two-thirds of an inning in a non-save situation against the Chicago Cubs Friday, May 3. He threw 32 pitches in the outing, and RP J.J. Hoover pitched one-third of an innings with a strikeout to record his first save.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey (biceps) is available to pitch in the event of an emergency Friday, May 3, after playing catch and throwing pitches on flat ground before the game. "Each and every day it's feeling better," said Bailey, who first felt something on Sunday and hasn't appeared in a game since. "It's a positive sign we have it going in the right direction."

RP | Jason Motte | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Jason Motte (elbow) didn't feel comfortable throwing Friday, May 3, so he will undergo Tommy John surgery Monday, May 6. Motte will miss the rest of the season.

RP | Brian Wilson | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent RP Brian Wilson (elbow) has been telling teams he won't even throw for them until he's fully recovered from Tommy John surgery, which means he won't return until at least the All-Star break.

RP | Cody Eppley | New York Yankees | Transaction,
The New York Yankees recalled P Preston Claiborne from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Friday, May 3, and designated RP Cody Eppley for assignment in a corresponding move.

RP | Jose Contreras | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates have purchased the contract of RP Jose Contreras from Triple-A Indianapolis. In a corresponding move, the team optioned RP Jared Hughes to Triple-A Indianapolis.

RP | Jeremy Affeldt | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Transaction,
The San Francisco Giants activated RP Jeremy Affeldt (oblique) from the 15-day disabled list Friday, May 3, and optioned RP Sandy Rosario to Triple-A Fresno in a corresponding move.

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