Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 16, 2013 @ 08:49:59 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Corey Hart (knee) is running without assistance, but he is still unlikely to come off the 60-day disabled list May 30 when he is first eligible.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) is pleased with his recovery from a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, and he hopes to rejoin the team before the end of May. "It's great - I couldn't be happier with my rehab," Teixeira said Wednesday, May 15. "I'm looking at the end of May, sometime around the 30th or 31st maybe, to get back out there with the Yankees. I'm feeling great."

1B | Lyle Overbay | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) will move to live batting practice next. He's only hit in the cages so far in his rehab, and the team refuses to put a timetable on his return.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn said he altered the position of his hands on the bat Sunday, May 12, and it's paying dividends immediately. Dunn homered Tuesday, May 14, and has two hits and another long ball Wednesday, May 15.

Second Baseman

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley (ankle) said Wednesday, May 15, that he has been dealing with a sore left ankle, left over from offseason bone spur surgery, and time off did not affect his soreness. "It feels the same, no matter what," Ackley said. "I think it actually feels better when I'm playing than when I'm not because you get the adrenaline flowing." Ackley was back in the lineup against the New York Yankees Wednesday after resting Tuesday, May 14.

2B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Logan Forsythe (foot), who is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list May 22, will not start with baseball activities this week.

2B | David Adams | New York Yankees | Transaction, Fantasy
New York Yankees INF David Adams was called up from the minors Wednesday, May 15, and 3B Chris Nelson was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.


SS | John McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed SS John McDonald (back) on the 15-day disabled list with lower back pain Wednesday, May 15, and recalled INF Jordy Mercer in a corresponding move.

Third Baseman

3B | Kevin Youkilis | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday, May 15, that 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) hit tee-and-toss at the team's spring training facility in Tampa.

3B | Kyle Seager | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge dropped 3B Kyle Seager from the two-hole to the third spot of the batting order Wednesday, May 15, against the New York Yankees.


C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (hamstring) is likely to be out for a while after straining his hamstring. Manager Davey Johnson said the plan is to call up C Jhonatan Solano to replace Ramos.

C | Yasmani Grandal | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal will leave extended spring training and report to Triple-A Tucson Saturday, May 18, and he's eligible to come off the restricted list May 28 after being suspended for the first 50 games of the season. "He feels good, everything is solid, offensively and defensively," general manager Josh Byrnes said recently. "We will get him ready to play in those games and evaluate where he is and where our roster is." C John Baker is hitting only .115 and will likely be optioned to the minors to make room for Grandal.

C | A.J. Pierzynski | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers C A.J. Pierzynski (oblique) hopes to start his rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco Sunday, May 19, and he hopes to return from the disabled list Tuesday, May 21. "It's definitely gotten better," Pierzynski said. "From the time I did it, the doctors and the trainers said it would be a month, and Friday will be just about a month. Swinging the bat was the biggest thing, and I've been hitting the last couple days. Yesterday, it was free and easy."


OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (shoulder, chin, abdomen) said he feels terrible, but he could return Thursday, May 16. Harper said he remains sore in his left side and abdomen.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring) ran well in a workout Wednesday, May 15, at Safeco Field in Seattle, and could be ready to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma as early as Thursday, May 16, or Friday, May 17, according to manager Eric Wedge.

OF | Melky Cabrera | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Melky Cabrera's (quadriceps, hamstring) MRI exam showed irritation in his right quadriceps and left hamstring, and he'll continue to play based on his pain tolerance.

OF | Luis Durango | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction
The Cincinnati Reds signed free-agent OF Luis Durango (Royals) to a minor league deal Tuesday, May 14.

OF | Justin Maxwell | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Justin Maxwell (hand) has started lightly swinging a fungo bat as he recovers from a fractured left hand.

OF | Chris B. Young | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Chris B. Young (quadriceps) will play for Triple-A Sacramento Thursday, May 16, and is likely to come off the disabled list Friday, May 17. The team will decide to send C Luke Montz down or designate 1B Daric Barton for assignment to make room for Young on the roster.

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (hamstring) was set to begin a two-day rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac Tuesday, May 14, before returning to the team Thursday, May 16.

OF | Darin Mastroianni | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Darin Mastroianni (ankle) didn't feel "comfortable" when he tested his ankle by doing light sprints, according to assistant general manager Rob Antony.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (hamstring) has been activated from the disabled list.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) threw 30 pitches Wednesday, May 15, and will take two days off. He'll throw an extended session Saturday, May 15. He plans to sit down three times during that session to simulate a start. He'll extend to throwing and sitting down four times by May 28. Carpenter said they'll know the next move after that.

SP | Ross Detwiler | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Ross Detwiler (back) left his start Wednesday, May 15, due to back spasms, and he's questionable for his next start. He said it was not related to his 2010 hip surgery.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday, May 15, that an MRI on the left triceps of SP David Price (triceps) showed "nothing serious, but we'll make a better call tomorrow."

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese spent the week refining his mechanics in front of a weight room mirror, trying to keep his body tall and on a straight line. Those were the issues that he considered crucial to his recent struggles, resulting in 15 runs over his past two starts. "Whenever I had free time, I just stepped in front of a mirror and went through my mechanics, and made sure everything's on line," Niese said Wednesday, May 15. "I can feel when it's right."

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong was pounded for eight runs - three earned - and six hits with two walks over two innings in a loss Wednesday, May 15, against the Toronto Blue Jays. After the game, manager Bruce Bochy said there is no guarantee Vogelsong will take his next turn in the rotation Monday, May 20.

SP | Matt Magill | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Matt Magill will make the start Sunday, May 19, against the Atlanta Braves in place of SP Josh Beckett (groin).

SP | Taijuan Walker | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker allowed just one earned run and four hits over seven innings for Double-A Jackson Tuesday, May 14, but he took a no-decision as a result. Still, Walker is 3-3 with an impressive 2.09 ERA in eight starts this season.

SP | Blake Beavan | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Blake Beavan picked up his first victory Tuesday, May 14, since being demoted to Triple-A Tacoma. He is 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA in three starts since being sent down.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Wednesday, May 15, that SP Felix Hernandez (back) is fine one day after being taken out of his start early due to a tight back. "He's good," Wedge said. "He said it was pretty sore this morning, but he feels good, and (trainer Rick Griffin) felt he got him in a good place after the game last night. He's feeling good today, so we should be fine."

SP | Franklin Morales | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Franklin Morales (pectoral) pitched three innings for Triple-A Pawtucket Monday, May 13, and he'll go four innings for Pawtucket Saturday, May 18. The team prefers to use him as starting rotation depth, so he'll continue to be stretched out as a starter, and he could replace SP Felix Doubront in the rotation if he continues to struggle.

SP | Josh Beckett | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers placed SP Josh Beckett (groin) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, May 15, and activated SP Zack Greinke (collarbone) from the DL in a corresponding move.

SP | Tyson Ross | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Tyson Ross (shoulder), who missed 14 games with a subluxation of his left shoulder, will continue pitching out of the bullpen until he's healthy enough to swing a bat again. Once he can, he'll jump back into the starting rotation. "We still see him as a starting pitcher," said manager Bud Black. "But that will be left shoulder-related and whether he's physically able to do that. Right now, his strength is improving. In due time, he has to get in a cage."

SP | Andrew Cashner | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner need only 77 pitches to get through seven innings against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, May 14, and he's not trying to throw as hard so that he can last deeper into games. It was his second straight start that he has gotten 22 outs. Cashner is averaging 95 mph on his fastball this year, which is down from 98 mph from last year. He's also using his two-seamer and knuckle-slider more often, which creates more of a speed difference with his changeup. Cashner's changeup is also a bit slower this year, down to 85.7 mph from 87.4 mph last season. Cashner has given up an earned run and nine hits while walking four in 14 2/3 innings in his last two starts. However, his strikeouts per nine innings are down from 10.10 last year to 6.39 this year.

SP | Jonathan Sanchez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Jonathan Sanchez will report to Triple-A Albuquerque, and he can opt out of his deal if he's not on the major league roster by July 1. Sanchez was 0-3 with an 11.85 ERA in five games for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (lat) is set to return from the disabled list and start Monday, May 20, which is the date for SP Mike Leake's next start. However, The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay doesn't think that necessarily means Leake will be bumped from the rotation.

SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Zack Wheeler (collarbone) was diagnosed with inflammation in his clavicle, and he'll be fine. He received a cortisone shot and should start throwing in a couple of days.

SP | Miguel Gonzalez | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Miguel Gonzalez (thumb) will pitch in a simulated game Friday, May 17. He'll throw 25 pitches in the bullpen and another 25 to 30 in the game.

SP | Trevor Bauer | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians optioned SP Trevor Bauer to Triple-A Columbus Wednesday, May 15.

SP | Scott Richmond | Texas Rangers | Transaction,
The Texas Rangers signed free-agent SP Scott Richmond (Korean League) to a minor league deal and assigned him to extended spring training Wednesday, May 15.

SP | Philip Humber | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Philip Humber cleared waivers and was outrighted to the minors Tuesday, May 14.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (ankle) will not come off the disabled list Friday, May 17, as the team had hoped. Anderson still has soreness in his right ankle and won't pitch again until the pain goes away. Anderson hasn't been feeling pain in his ankle while pitching, but it bothers him when fielding and in between his starts. The team will be cautious and give him time.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers are considering placing SP Josh Beckett (groin) on the 15-day disabled list after he suffered a slightly strained groin muscle during his start Monday, May 13. Beckett is currently 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA.

SP | Dan Straily | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (ankle) will not start for the parent club on Friday, May 17, as the club had originally had hoped. The left-hander's ankle is still too sore.

SP | Carlos Zambrano | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies SP Carlos Zambrano received no guarantees about an opportunity to pitch for the parent club. The right-hander is headed to extended spring training. He has the opportunity to opt out of his contract on July 1.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Al Alburquerque | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers optioned RP Al Alburquerque to Triple-A Toledo and recalled RP Evan Reed.

RP | Tim Byrdak | New York Mets | Injury,
New York Mets RP Tim Byrdak (shoulder) threw his first bullpen session Wednesday, May 15, since undergoing shoulder surgery. He threw 20 pitches - all fastball - and expects to throw a 25-pitch session Saturday, May 18. He is hopeful of returning to the big club by July 1.

RP | Francisco Rodriguez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction,
The Milwaukee Brewers optioned C Blake Lalli to Triple-A Nashville Wednesday, May 15, and transferred 3B Taylor Green (hip) from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list to make room for RP Francisco Rodriguez.

RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera recorded his 16th save of the season Tuesday, May 14, against the Seattle Mariners in the team's 39th game. It marks the fewest number of team games needed to reach 16 saves in his career; Rivera's previous best was 45 teams games, in 2004.

RP | Josh Kinney | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Seattle Mariners RP Josh Kinney (ribs) will make his first minor-league rehab appearance Friday, May 17, for Triple-A Tacoma.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey (biceps) will return from the disabled list at the latest Monday, May 20. He will throw a simulated game Thursday, May 16, and the team will then decide if they'll have him pitch in a minor league game before being activated.

RP | Brandon League | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Kenley Jansen came in for the save against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, May 14. "In that game, I had to go with the guy who's throwing the ball best; as much as anything he's been throwing the ball better than anybody," said manager Don Mattingly. RP Brandon League was never warmed up in the game, but Mattingly refused to say that Jansen is the new closer.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain (oblique) could come off the disabled list Thursday, May 16.

RP | Santiago Casilla | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Santiago Casilla (knee) threw off a mound Tuesday, May 14, and said he's ready to pitch. He's wearing a knee brace.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Carlos Marmol is denying an Internet report saying that he wants out of Chicago.

RP | Sergio Santos | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos (elbow) will have surgery on his right elbow Thursday, May 16.

RP | Tanner Scheppers | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Tanner Scheppers is 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA in 17 outings over 20 innings this year, and he's struck out 12 and walked just four. Scheppers is throwing his fastball in the mid-90s and has touched 98 mph on the gun, but manager Ron Washington said the team will keep him in a setup role. "That's what we're trying to use him as. Future down the road, he has stuff to be a closer. But right now we want his mentality being coming in and giving the ball to Joe (Nathan). And whatever else happens after that down the road, let it happen. But I want his mindset to be he's coming in and getting the ball to the closer," manager Ron Washington said. Scheppers started in college at Fresno State, and he'd like the opportunity to return to a starting role in the long term.

RP | Fautino De Los Santos | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The San Diego Padres released RP Fautino De Los Santos Tuesday, May 14.

RP | Jim Henderson | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers RP Francisco Rodriguez will be recalled from the minors Wednesday, May 15, with his opt-out date coming today.

RP | Joshua Fields | Houston Astros | Injury,
Houston Astros RP Joshua Fields (forearm) has given up two hits and struck out four in four innings with Single-A Quad Cities as he rehabs from a strained right forearm.

RP | David Aardsma | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Miami Marlins released RP David Aardsma Wednesday, May 15.

RP | Mike Adams | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Mike Adams (back) said he's still dealing with back problems Wednesday, May 15, and he was unavailable to throw Tuesday, May 14, and said his back felt "the same" Wednesday. He began having back spasms Sunday, May 12. "I'm playing it day by day and seeing how it progresses," Adams said. He's hoping he'll be ready to pitch this weekend.

RP | Scott Elbert | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Scott Elbert (elbow) will make a rehab outing with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Wednesday, May 15.

RP | Glen Perkins | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Glen Perkins (side) will probably pitch in his team's game at the Chicago White Sox regardless of the score, according to manager Ron Gardenhire. Perkins hasn't pitched since Friday, May 9.

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