Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 17, 2013 @ 09:15:00 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
The New York Mets have no plans to send 1B Ike Davis down to the minors.

Second Baseman

2B | Gordon Beckham | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham (wrist) and SP John Danks (shoulder) are about a week away from returning.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees general partner Hal Steinbrenner told media he has had productive conversations with the agents for 2B Robinson Cano, and the hope is to sign Cano to a contract before he hits free agency.

2B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Logan Forsythe (foot) took batting practice and fielded ground balls Thursday, May 16.


SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) had a routine checkup recently and was told that his ankle is healing naturally. He could be able to remove his walking boot soon.

Third Baseman

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (ribs) had a double and a home run Wednesday, May 15, and although he said he's still having trouble catching his breath and sleeping on his right side, it appears as though he's coming out of a slump that had his average at .200 and his on-base percentage sitting at .231. "Whether it coincides with the collision, and I mean that with all sincerity, he's not pulling off the ball as much," manager John Farrell said. "He's staying to the middle of the field, and that's when his power really shows and the bat stays in the zone longer."


C | Chris Stewart | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees C Chris Stewart (groin) might be placed on the disabled list after injuring his groin during game action Thursday, May 16. He was sent for an MRI after he pulled up lame running into third base in the seventh inning.


OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (neck) isn't sure he'll be ready to return from the disabled list when he's eligible May 24. He won't be able to resume baseball activities for a few days.

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (hamstring) felt some tightness in his strained right hamstring and visited the team's specialist in New York to get examined on Thursday, May 16. A team spokesman said Werth, who went 1-for-2 for Class A Potomac on Wednesday and aimed to play for them again Thursday, isn't expected to return from the disabled list Saturday, May 18, as previously planned. Manager Davey Johnson didn't appear concerned that Werth had suffered a serious setback, though he may not have been alerted that Werth might miss more time when he made those comments.

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (wrist) hit in a batting cage Thursday, May 16, and is scheduled to do it again Friday, May 17.

OF | Chris Heisey | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Chris Heisey's (hamstring) hamstring setback isn't severe, but he won't be back any time soon. Heisey won't return until at least the team's next homestand, at the earliest.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (shoulder, chin) is back in the lineup Thursday, May 16.

OF | Jarrod Dyson | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is riding hot streaks from OF Jarrod Dyson (ankle) and 2B Elliot Johnson right now, and he indicated that he doesn't mean he's going with platoon setups at those positions. "I could play (Jeff) Francoeur (on Friday) against a right-hander," Yost said. "Then it's not a platoon. I'm going day-to-day right now. Dyson is swinging the bat well, so he's playing more." Dyson's availability is in question for this weekend, though, after he sprained his right ankle Wednesday, May 15. Dyson has started five of the team's last eight games and brings speed to their lineup. Johnson is the team's primary utility player in the infield, but he's started eight of the last 14 games with 2B Chris Getz hitting in a 4-for-47 (.193) slump.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Ross Detwiler | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals SP Ross Detwiler's (back) will have a second, broader MRI on his back Friday, May 17.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (lat) logged six shutout innings Thursday, May 16, in a rehab start for Triple-A Iowa. He allowed two hits and struck out six while not allowing a walk. He's on schedule to join the big-league club sometime next week. When Garza comes back, P Carlos Villanueva looks like the most realistic rotation casualty. Though manager Dale Sveum hasn't shut down the idea of a six-man rotation, it's unlikely to happen in the long term.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
The New York Yankees didn't seem worried about SP Andy Pettitte (back) despite him leaving his start with a tight left trapezius muscle.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said SP Ivan Nova (back) will resume playing catch Monday, May 20.

SP | Tyler Chatwood | Colorado Rockies | Injury,
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies SP Tyler Chatwood appears to be the most likely candidate to start Sunday, May 19, in place of SP Jeff Francis (groin).

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald (shoulder) should throw a bullpen session Tuesday, May 21, but is not close to returning at this point.

SP | Tommy Hanson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will skip the fifth spot in their rotation for their game Monday, May 20. It's possible that SP Tommy Hanson (personal) will return to start May 25.

SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) is scheduled to throw four innings or 50 pitches in Florida Friday, May 17. He is expected to return to the team this summer.

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong will make his next scheduled start Monday, May 20.

SP | Billy Buckner | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim recalled Ps Billy Buckner and Ryan Brasier from Triple-A Reno Thursday, May 16, and optioned RP Michael Roth to Double-A Arkansas and designated SP Barry Enright for assignment in corresponding moves.

SP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Felix Doubront worked with pitching coach Juan Nieves to adjust the stride in his delivery in order to generate more velocity and improve the command of his pitches. Doubront has given up 12 runs in nine innings in his last two outings, and he's pitching to keep his spot in the rotation right now. SPs Allen Webster and Franklin Morales (pectoral) could take his spot if he continues to struggle.

SP | Jeff Francis | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies placed SP Jeff Francis (groin) on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain Thursday, May 16, and designated INF Reid Brignac for assignment. 3B DJ LeMahieu and P Rob Scahill were both recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon doesn't think SP David Price (triceps) will miss more than two or three starts, and he isn't concerned about his long-term standing.

SP | Miguel Gonzalez | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Miguel Gonzalez (thumb) won't make a minor league rehab appearance this weekend, and he's on track to start again Tuesday, May 21.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (triceps) will throw a bullpen session Friday, May 17, and start for Double-A Frisco Monday, May 20.

SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers placed SP Alexi Ogando (biceps) on the 15-day disabled list with biceps tendonitis Thursday, May 16, and recalled P Cory Burns in a corresponding move. SP Josh Lindblom will make the start Monday, May 20.

SP | Aaron Harang | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Aaron Harang (back) will be scratched from his start against the New York Yankees Thursday, May 16, with lower back stiffness. SP Hector Noesi will start in his place. Harang is 1-4 with a 7.30 ERA in five starts. Noesi is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in four relief outings this year.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton (elbow) will make three more rehab starts, putting him on track to return to the team in early June. Morton threw four innings (61 pitches) for Double-A Altoona Thursday, May 16, and he'll make his next start with Triple-A Indianapolis. SP Jeff Karstens (shoulder) will make his next rehab start and go four innings or 65 pitches with Altoona Saturday, May 18.

SP | Chris Narveson | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Chris Narveson (finger) has thrown a light bullpen session during his rehab.

SP | Alexander Torres | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays placed SP David Price (triceps) on the 15-day disabled list with a left triceps strain Thursday, May 16, and recalled SP Alexander Torres from the minors in a corresponding move.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay (shoulder) underwent arthroscopic surgery and a debridement of his labrum and rotator cuff Wednesday, May 15, and he could start a throwing program in six to eight weeks. Halladay also had his inflamed bursa sac removed. He's likely to be out at least until after the All-Star break. Halladay is 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA in seven starts this year.

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (collarbone) allowed just one run in 5 1/3 innings against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, May 15, in his first start back since undergoing surgery on his fractured left collarbone. Dr. Neal ElAttrache fixed Greinke's collarbone by putting a metal plate inside it to stabilize it. Greinke felt some soreness in his collarbone during a swing in the second inning, but he recovered and got an RBI single. "It's not 100 percent, but it doesn't restrict me at all on my pitching," he said. Greinke touched 92 mph a few times in the outing.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Fernando Rodney | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said he's not worried about CL Fernando Rodney yet. He has blown three saves in 10 chances. Maddon likes Rodney's "stuff" and velocity, but the command just is not there.

RP | Tim Wood | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
An MRI on Minnesota Twins P Tim Wood (biceps/shoulder) came back clean Thursday, May 16, and Wood flew to Minneapolis to get a second opinion. Wood, on the disabled list with a right rotator cuff strain since Spring Training, had been feeling discomfort in his biceps area unrelated to the rotator cuff injury that landed him on the disabled list.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said RP Joba Chamberlain (oblique) could make another rehab appearance before rejoining the team. Girardi said the team is not certain if Chamberlain is ready to return.

RP | Justin Miller | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers RP Justin Miller (elbow) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Friday, May 17.

RP | Sean Burnett | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Sean Burnett (forearm) threw a full-intensity bullpen session Thursday, May 16, and is likely to make one rehab outing before coming off the disabled list Tuesday, May 21.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Joel Hanrahan (elbow) wound up having Tommy John surgery on his elbow Thursday, May 16, and had his flexor tendon operated on, too.

RP | Kevin Jepsen | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Kevin Jepsen (shoulder) felt "great" throwing his 35-pitch bullpen session Thursday, May 16, and he expects to go on a rehab assignment in the near future.

RP | Jason Grilli | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said RP Jason Grilli is not available to pitch Thursday, May 16, and RP Mark Melancon may not be, either.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey (biceps) will pitch for Triple-A Pawtucket Saturday, May 18, and the team is planning on activating him from the disabled list Monday, May 20.

RP | Nick Hagadone | Cleveland Indians | Transaction,
The Cleveland Indians optioned RP Nick Hagadone to Triple-A Columbus Thursday, May 16.

RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RP Jonny Venters (elbow) will undergo his second Tommy John surgery of his career and will miss the rest of the year. He underwent the elbow reconstruction to fix the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow Thursday, May 16.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford allowed a run in the eighth inning Tuesday, May 14, to blow a lead, and he left the game with an 0-3 record and a 9.20 ERA on the year. He also has three blown saves. "I definitely am frustrated," Axford said. "I can't lie about that, but I feel strong, I feel good and that's where I've got to keep building off of. The first four games of this season, that wasn't me, and that's something I can get a wash too and brush that away. I felt different; my mechanics weren't quite right." Axford insists that his mechanics are where they need to be and his velocity is better.

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