Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 8, 2013 @ 08:50:00 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Chris Davis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis (knee) returned to the lineup Tuesday, May 6, against the Kansas City Royals. Davis said his right knee is feeling fine.

1B | Tyler Moore | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (hamstring, ankle) isn't in the lineup Tuesday, May 7.

1B | Mike McDade | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago White Sox claimed 1B Mike McDade off waivers from the Cleveland Indians Tuesday, May 7, and optioned him to Triple-A Charlotte. In a corresponding move, SP Gavin Floyd (elbow) was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

1B | Matt Adams | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals activated 1B Matt Adams (oblique) from the disabled list Tuesday, May 7.

Second Baseman

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker (hand) said he plans to be in the Pirates' lineup either on Sunday, May 12, in New York or on Monday, May 13, when the club returns home to open a four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers. The second baseman had stitches removed from his right hand Tuesday, May 7. He will travel to Double-A Altoona to play in rehab games.

2B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Logan Forsythe (foot) is no longer wearing a protective boot for his plantar fasciitis in his right foot, and Wednesday, May 7, he will jog for the first time in weeks.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday, May 6, that the team is not yet considering moving 2B Brian Roberts (knee) from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list, despite his slow progress back from injury.

2B | Chris Getz | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 2B Chris Getz is hitting only .216 and is 4-for-37 since hitting a home run April 16. 2B Elliot Johnson started over Getz Tuesday, May 7. "I'm going to start playing Elliot to keep him in the mix," manager Ned Yost said. "Mainly at second. We'll see how it goes. I'll go day to day with it. I want to get Getzie going a little more. He's not swinging the bat like I know he can." 3B Miguel Tejada also started over 3B Mike Moustakas, who is hitting .198 overall and .160 against lefties, Tuesday.

2B | Jerry Hairston Jr. | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers will place OF/INF Jerry Hairston Jr. (groin) on the disabled list Tuesday, May 7, and INF Elian Herrera has been recalled from the minors to take his spot on the roster.

2B | Gordon Beckham | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham (wrist) is hoping to start a rehab assignment at the end of next week.

2B | Donovan Solano | Miami Marlins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins placed 2B Donovan Solano (intercostal) on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left intercostal muscle Tuesday, May 7, and recalled INF Nick Green in a corresponding move.

2B | Ben Zobrist | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Ben Zobrist will return to the team Tuesday, May 7, after leaving for two games after the death of his grandmother.


SS | J.J. Hardy | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy (elbow) received an injection from renowned Dr. Lewis Yocum in California. He was back in the lineup Tuesday, May 6, after dealing with tennis elbow.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) has minor swelling in his left groin after he underwent an MRI exam. Trainer Keith Dugger said the injury is to the same area that Tulowitzki had surgery on last year, but the issue is unrelated. Tulowitzki thinks he tweaked his left groin lunging for first base last week. The team is hoping to have him back in the lineup Wednesday, May 8.

SS | Yuniesky Betancourt | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SS Yuniesky Betancourt spent the offseason learning English after being cast aside by the Kansas City Royals the year before because Royals manager Ned Yost said Betancourt had become part of what was a "losing culture" in Kansas City. "It was a really frustrating time for him," said Betancourt's agent, Alex Esteban, who began representing Betancourt shortly thereafter. "He was being portrayed one way, and that's just not who he is."

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez's (hamstring) MRI exam Tuesday, May 7, confirmed that he's dealing with a strained hamstring.

SS | Jose Iglesias | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Jose Iglesias has missed the last two games for Triple-A Pawtucket due to non-injury reasons, but the team is being vague about his absence. "In the reports from the Triple-A staff, they felt it was best he needed a couple days to regroup, kind of get back to what has allowed him to be a very good player," manager John Farrell said. "He's experienced success. He's dealing with some things." Iglesias is hitting just .235 (16-for-68) with two doubles, three home runs and a .278 on-base percentage in 19 minor league games.

SS | Andrelton Simmons | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons hit two home runs and drove in a career-high four runs Monday, May 6, for the first multi-homer game of his young career. Simmons worked on staying back a little longer at the plate over the weekend in order to generate more power to his swing. He has four homers on the season, and he has six multi-hit games in his last 14 contests.

Third Baseman

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (side) suffered an injury to his right side in a collision with teammate OF Cody Ross (quadriceps) Tuesday, May 6, forcing him to leave the game. Manager John Farrell said Middlebrooks left as a precaution, but he is getting an X-ray and CT scan.

3B | Mike Olt | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Mike Olt (eyes) is on the minor league disabled list with an eye issue. He will see another special in 10 to 14 days.

3B | Lonnie Chisenhall | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Lonnie Chisenhall will receive a few days off to work on his swing with hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo. Chisenhall will be back in the lineup Wednesday, May 8. He's hitting only .231 (18-for-78) with four doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs, including just .095 (2-for-21) against left-handers and .281 (16-for-57) against righties. "Lonnie is going to make his living on fastballs," said manager Terry Francona. "Right now he's fouling them off down along the left field line as opposed to getting the head of the bat to it."


C | Francisco Cervelli | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees C Francisco Cervelli (hand) had the stitches taken out of his fractured right hand Tuesday, May 7. He said he'll need to wear a cast for the next three weeks, and only then, depending on how he feels, can he start throwing, hitting and so on. "There's not much I can do right now, but I feel very good," Cervelli said. "Every day is better."

C | A.J. Pierzynski | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers C A.J. Pierzynski (oblique) was scratched from the lineup with oblique tightness Tuesday, May 7. C Geovany Soto is starting behind the plate.

C | Hank Conger | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Hank Conger is catching SP C.J. Wilson's fifth straight start, but manager Mike Scioscia said it has more to do with C Chris Iannetta's struggles. Scioscia isn't necessarily trying to pair Conger with Wilson. "First and foremost, we want him to get a little more of a comfort level behind the plate. He's doing a good job, but it just doesn't look like he's as comfortable as he needs to be back there. On the offensive side, he hasn't gotten a lot of hits to fall in, but that's secondary to what our starting pitchers need especially," Scioscia said.

C | Russell Martin | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin (neck) was scratched from the lineup with neck stiffness Tuesday, May 7, and he's listed as day-to-day.


OF | Aaron Hicks | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks sat out Tuesday, May 7, due to manager Ron Gardenhire's decision. Hicks missed a cutoff man during the team's May 6 game, and Gardenhire is said to be getting more disappointed with Hicks' outfield mistakes.

OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (wrist) reportedly is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a wrist injury. The move has not been made yet, but if Reddick goes to the DL the Athletics may call up 1B Daric Barton from Triple-A Sacramento.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday, May 6, that OF Carlos Quentin (knee) is likely to see several starts as the designated hitter when the team plays in American League parks during the interleague portion of their schedule. The Padres play the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field May 27-28, and they will play a three-game set against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park July 2-4.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper's (side) admitted that his bruised side suffered early last week has affected his performance at the plate. He's gone 2-for-18 with two walks and no extra-base hits since being injured. "I think those past four or five days we were on the road, it didn't feel very good," Harper said. "But we had a good road series. … I tried to be in the lineup every day as best I could. That's the goal. Even if I'm feeling bad, I'm trying to stay in that lineup."

OF | George Springer | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said OF George Springer will remain with Class AA for now.

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (hamstring, ankle) is expected to start Wednesday, May 8. Manager Davey Johnson said Werth could have played Tuesday, May 7, but they didn't want to risk it in the wet conditions.

OF | Justin Maxwell | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Justin Maxwell (hand) had his cast removed Tuesday, May 7, and he is progressing nicely.

OF | Ezequiel Carrera | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
Cleveland Indians OF Ezequiel Carrera cleared waivers and was outrighted to the minors Tuesday, May 7.

OF | Seth Smith | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Seth Smith (tonsillitis) is in a 3-for-18 slump and has been battling tonsillitis recently.

OF | Michael Bourn | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn (finger) had his rehab game with Triple-A Columbus rained out Monday, May 6, but the team expects to activate him from the disabled list this weekend if he doesn't have any setbacks.

OF | Jackie Bradley | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley (biceps) is on the seven-day minor league disabled list with right biceps tendonitis. The move is retroactive to May 4, but it means he will spend at least 20 days in the minors this year, prolonging his free agency until 2019. Bradley was hitting .302 in 11 games with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said SP Roy Halladay's (shoulder) replacement, in the short term, will come from within the Phillies organization. If Halladay's absence is long, Amaro said, he might explore an outside solution. "There's some players we'll keep an eye out on," Amaro said.

SP | Tyler Cloyd | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
The Philadelphia Phillies will recall SP Tyler Cloyd from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to start Friday, May 9, against the Arizona Diamondbacks to start in place of the injured SP Roy Halladay (shoulder).

SP | J.A. Happ | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (head) was struck in the head by a line drive Tuesday, May 7, and collapsed to the ground. He was attended to by paramedics and was taken off the field strapped to a gurney.

SP | Allen Webster | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Allen Webster could remain with the team for a while depending on how long the bullpen remains depleted and how well he pitches. He tossed six scoreless innings with Triple-A Pawtucket last Friday and struck out nine hitters. SP Felix Doubront, who was moved to the bullpen temporarily, allowed 12 hits and six runs in 3 2/3 innings in his last outing and had decreased velocity. Doubront has walked 13 hitters in 18 1/3 innings in his previous three starts. Webster has struck out 26 hitters in 20 innings with Pawtucket, and scouts are saying that he has the best stuff of any pitcher in camp. If he pitches well Wednesday, May 8, he may be in line for an extended stay in the rotation.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said SP Jered Weaver (elbow) isn't two weeks away from returning to the rotation because he'll still need to ramp up his innings in extended spring training before returning to the team.

SP | Gerrit Cole | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said SP Gerrit Cole will not be brought up from the minors to start Sunday, May 12, in place of SP James McDonald (shoulder).

SP | Henderson Alvarez | Miami Marlins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Miami Marlins moved SP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, May 7.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (ankle) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, May 8, to determine when he can return to the starting rotation.

SP | Jarrod Parker | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin doesn't think SP Jarrod Parker (neck) will have to miss a start after discussing the injury with team trainers.

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed SP James McDonald (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list with pain in his right shoulder Tuesday, May 7. The DL stint is retroactive to May 1. 3B Josh Harrison has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to fill the empty spot on the roster. SP Jeanmar Gomez will make the start against the Seattle Mariners Tuesday.

SP | Sonny Gray | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Sonny Gray would be the likely choice to take a rotation spot if SP Jarrod Parker (neck) has to go on the disabled list. Parker has given the indication that he thinks it'll probably be best if he at least misses a short amount of time. Grays' velocity has been up at Triple-A Sacramento, and he's 3-1 with a 2.61 ERA and hitters are batting .241 against him.

SP | Kyle Drabek | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Drew Hutchison (elbow) will throw live batting practice in three weeks and SP Kyle Drabek (elbow) will starting throwing batting practice next week or the week after. Both pitchers are happy with their progress from Tommy John surgery.

SP | Dustin McGowan | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Dustin McGowan (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment next week, and he's been seeing positive results from a weighted-ball program.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (lat) will make his next rehab start for Double-A Tennessee, and he's expected to make at least two more minor league outings before joining the team. "He was really pumped up, everything went really well," said manager Dale Sveum, who talked to Garza after the outing. "The hits were a blooper, bunt hit, so he was pretty efficient and threw all his pitches 100 percent. His slider was up to 87 mph today. He was getting after it a little bit today."

SP | Miguel Gonzalez | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Miguel Gonzalez (finger) said the blister on his thumb has improved, but he will be pushed back this week to start Friday, May 10, or Saturday, May 11, against the Minnesota Twins.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (lat) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Monday, May 6, and didn't have any setbacks.

SP | Mark Buehrle | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle surrendered nine hits (two home runs) and seven earned runs while walking two and striking out five in six innings in a no-decision against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, May 6. Buehrle entered the game having given up the most homers per nine innings in the American League with 2.1.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova (triceps) will throw two innings at extended spring training Wednesday, May 8.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Vinnie Pestano | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said he doesn't believe RP Vinnie Pestano (elbow) should be ready to come off the DL when eligible May 16. He had an MRI that was negative.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks CL J.J. Putz (elbow) left the game Tuesday, May 7, with right elbow stiffness and tingling down his fingers.

RP | Kyuji Fujikawa | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Kyuji Fujikawa (forearm) had his minor-league rehab appearance with Double-A Tennessee rained out Tuesday, May 6. He will make an appearance Wednesday, May 7, instead.

RP | Scott Elbert | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Scott Elbert (elbow) will pitch in a minor league rehab game Friday, May 10.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Joel Hanrahan (forearm) is out indefinitely with a flexor pronator strain in his right arm, but he is confident he won't need surgery to fix the issue. He will likely seek a second opinion to make sure, however. "After the MRI came back, it was clear that he has inflammation in the right forearm, there is a strain to the right forearm," manager John Farrell said. "It's probably going to be a period of time for a shutdown and a recovery for him, so that's where Joel's at right now." Hanrahan said the injury is similar to the one he had with the Pittsburgh Pirates back in 2010 that caused him to miss six games of the regular season out of spring training.

RP | Cory Wade | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Chicago Cubs released RP Cory Wade Tuesday, May 7. He had allowed 14 runs and 28 hits while walking seven and striking out 16 in 16 innings over 10 starts with Triple-A Iowa.

RP | Kevin Jepsen | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Kevin Jepsen (lat) is playing catch but has yet to throw off a mound.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (elbow) has pitched back-to-back days with Single-A St. Lucie and is closer to returning from the disabled list. He should have at least another outing in the minors. "Frankie has got to show us that he can pitch back-to-back days up here -- that he's strong enough," manager Terry Collins said. "We're talking three days in a row. Can he do that? The one thing I don't think we're ready to do is start to juggle our bullpen at this particular moment when Bobby has done such a good job. We'll wait until Frankie gets here to make those determinations." Francisco is within 10 days of returning from his 30-day rehab assignment.

RP | Jose Mijares | San Francisco Giants | Transaction,
The San Francisco Giants activated RP Jose Mijares from the restricted list Tuesday, May 7, and optioned RP Jean Machi to Triple-A Fresno in a corresponding move.

RP | Sean Burnett | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Sean Burnett (forearm) will not throw for another week.

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, May 7, and hopes to start throwing in extended spring training Thursday, May 9, or Friday, May 10.

RP | Greg Holland | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said he'll choose between RPs Aaron Crow and Luke Hochevar for a save situation Tuesday, May 7, with RP Greg Holland being rested.

RP | Jason Motte | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Jason Motte (elbow) said he had successful Tommy John surgery on his right arm.

RP | Junichi Tazawa | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox placed RP Joel Hanrahan (forearm) on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain Tuesday, May 7, and recalled SP Allen Webster from Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding move. Webster will make the start Wednesday, May 8, and SP Felix Doubront will move to the bullpen starting Tuesday.

RP | Sergio Santos | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos (triceps) said he's thrown three bullpen sessions and expects to pitch in a rehab game Thursday, May 9. However, he still feels his triceps issue a bit, but is strong enough to pitch.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Kyuji Fujikawa (forearm) will make his second rehab outing with Double-A Tennessee and throw one inning Tuesday, May 7. He struck out two and walked one in an inning with Triple-A Iowa Sunday, May 5. Fujikawa should be ready to be activated from the disabled list after his outing Tuesday.

RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Alfredo Aceves is a logical candidate to be recalled if RP Joel Hanrahan (forearm) has to go back on the disabled list. Aceves threw six scoreless innings with Triple-A Pawtucket last week.

RP | Koji Uehara | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell prefers to leave RP Koji Uehara in the eighth-inning setup role with both RPs Andrew Bailey (biceps) and Joel Hanrahan (forearm) injured. "The one thing I like with Koji is you're going to get those pinch-hit left-handers in the eighth inning, and he's so effective against lefties," Farrell said. "That's where you might get a little bit of that gamesmanship or the matchup capability in the eighth inning." Uehara doesn't typically like to throw on back-to-back days, either, in an effort to keep himself healthy. Farrell also cited that Tazawa has a better fastball than Uehara, which should make him more effective in the closer's role.

RP | Fernando Rodney | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Fernando Rodney blew his second save of the season by allowing a walkoff home run to Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia Monday, May 6. Rodney allowed just one hit and two earned runs while walking two and striking out one in 1 1/3 innings.

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