Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 4, 2013 @ 09:00:59 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Casey Kotchman | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond said 1B Casey Kotchman will be the team's primary first baseman, and 3B Greg Dobbs will return to a bench role.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko (neck) is back in the lineup Monday, June 3.

1B | Lyle Overbay | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Lyle Overbay will start in right field Monday, June 3, marking the first appearance for him in the outfield in his 1,37th career game.

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis had two hits Wednesday, May 29, and an opposite-field double Friday, May 31, and manager Terry Collins said Davis is working on some changes in the batter's box. "He's changed a lot of things," Collins said. "He's moved up on the plate a little bit. Obviously, he's more upright than he has been. He's been able to keep himself back on his back side a little bit longer, which I think has helped."

Second Baseman

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks will platoon at second base with 2B Scooter Gennett. Weeks will start against left-handers and some right-handers, while Gennett will play against righties.

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
As expected, Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (forearm) is out of the lineup for the second straight day Monday, June 3, after being hit in the forearm by a pitch Saturday, June 1. "He's probably too sore," manager Dusty Baker said. "He's been working it out. I see him squeezing rubber balls, hand grips. I don't know if he's hitting or not. Anybody that's ever been hit directly on the bone like that, where there's very little muscle, it's not an overnight thing."

2B | Michael Martinez | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies optioned INF Michael Martinez to the minors Monday, June 3.


SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers plan to discuss options for 2B/SS Jurickson Profar to stay in the majors when 2B Ian Kinsler (rib cage) returns.

SS | Marwin Gonzalez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Marwin Gonzalez (hamstring) returned to the lineup Monday, June 1, his first start since May 17 after dealing with a hamstring injury.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (quadriceps) left the team's game Monday, June 3, with a strained right quadriceps.

SS | Mike Aviles | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (leg) had to be helped off the field after injuring his lower half while running to first base Monday, June 3.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) will return from the disabled list this week, according to manager Don Mattingly. Ramirez will play for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Monday, June 3, and could return to the team Tuesday, June 4.

SS | Alex Gonzalez | free agent | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers released INF Alex Gonzalez.

Third Baseman

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers considered moving 3B Aramis Ramirez (knee) to first base because his mobility has been limited due to a knee injury. However, they opted not to because of the historical value of the numbers he has put up. 3B Juan Francisco is expected to play first base.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said the team is disappointed in 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) but eventually downplayed his frustration with the injured veteran. Steinbrenner refused to say whether the disappointment stems from poor on-field play or allegations of off-field misconduct.

"There have no doubt been times that we've been disappointed in him and we've conveyed that to him," Steinbrenner said."He understands that. Look, everybody is human. Everybody makes mistakes. If you've got a guy over the course of 10 years, there are going to be times any of us makes mistakes in that period of time."

3B | Placido Polanco | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins 3B Placido Polanco (illness) was scratched from the lineup with a cold Monday, June 3. INF Ed Lucas will replace Polanco in the lineup.

3B | Mike Cervenak | Detroit Tigers | Transaction
The Detroit Tigers signed free-agent INF Mike Cervenak (Mets) to an undisclosed deal Monday, June 3.

3B | Michael Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies activated 3B Michael Young from the bereavement list Monday, June 3.

3B | Mark Teahen | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Texas Rangers released 3B Mark Teahen Monday, June 3.


C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina was suspended one game Monday, June 3, for making contact with an umpire during an argument Sunday, June 2. Molina is appealing his suspension.

C | Ryan Hanigan | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Ryan Hanigan has thrown out nine runners trying to steal and has allowed seven stolen bags this season, giving him the second best mark in the majors in that category. Last year, base stealers were successful 52 percent of the time. "It's something I've done pretty well," Hanigan said. "I get excited if guys try to steal. I have a lot of confidence in that part of my game."

C | Mike Zunino | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Mike Zunino, who is hot with the stick at Triple-A Tacoma and is among the Class AAA leaders in home runs with 11, said he's been focusing more on his defense this season. "That's the most important aspect. I'm working on receiving, and throwing and my whole game back there," he said. "That's what's going to prolong a career. The bat will be there. But I know I can't overlook the defensive side of things, and that's what I'm working on this year." Zunino has only three passed balls and has thrown out 27 percent of base stealers in 39 games.

C | Travis d'Arnaud | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets C Travis d'Arnaud (foot) will stay in his protective boot on his left foot, but he can start limited weight-bearing activities, including walking. d'Arnaud was looked at by doctors Monday, June 3.


OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton is receiving a mental breather Monday, June 3, and manager Mike Scioscia wants to give him "a recharge day." Hamilton is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday, June 4. "We need him to get into his game, and I think we've been trying to grind it and get him there and it's just not quite getting far enough where we'd want him to. And so we're going to take a day, take that half-step back and get him to take two steps forward."

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring) is still dealing with problems to his lower half, and he's not ready to return to the team despite the fact that his minor league rehab assignment time is up. Any new rehab assignment for Gutierrez can't start for at least another five days.

OF | Chris Coghlan | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Chris Coghlan has started every game since May 18 and is batting .400 (22-for-55) with four doubles, a home run and eight RBIs in those 15 games. He's also sporting a nine-game hitting streak with a .297 batting average during that time. Coghlan hit only .180 in 20 games in April but is hitting .322 in 26 games in May. Former OF Preston Wilson said Coghlan has changed up his hitting mechanics, and Coghlan is now making contact earlier in his swing. Manager Mike Redmond plans to keep Coghlan in the No. 5 spot in the order.

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers placed OF Carl Crawford (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain Monday, June 3, and recalled SP Stephen Fife from Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding move. Fife is starting against the San Diego Padres Monday.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) was scheduled to do some running drills Monday, June 3, and he could begin a rehab assignment in the not too distant future. SP Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder) will start for Double-A Jacksonville Tuesday, June 4, and he could come off the disabled list after that.

OF | Justin Maxwell | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Justin Maxwell (hand) will begin a rehab assignment at Class AA Tuesday, June 4.

OF | Christian Yelich | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Christian Yelich (abdomen) left the game with Double-A Jacksonville with low abdominal pain Monday, June 3, and is doubtful to play Tuesday, June 4.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) hopes to resume running and hitting this week and come off the disabled list the first day he's eligible, June 11. However, he said his knee hasn't improved yet. "I feel all right," Harper said, before adding: "It's still swollen and crappy. I'm just trying to get treatment and see if the swelling will go down." Harper said the injury won't make him change his style of play, and he said he likely would have played through it had it been later in the season.

OF | David Lough | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
X-rays taken on Kansas City Royals OF David Lough (wrist) came back negative, but he did not play Sunday, June 2.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles pitching coach Rick Peterson is a fan of Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo, but the team doesn't have strong interest in him right now.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee listed the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles among the 20 teams to which he can't be traded to without permission.

SP | Marco Estrada | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Marco Estrada (hamstring) strained his left hamstring Monday, June 3. Estrada felt a pop when executing a pitch and tore the hamstring in the same leg in 2009.

SP | Tyler Chatwood | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies SP Tyler Chatwood (triceps) left the team's game Monday, June 3, with right triceps soreness.

SP | Chris Capuano | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chris Capuano (forearm) was scratched from his start with a strained left forearm Monday, June 3, and SP Stephen Fife will make the start in his place. Capuano underwent an MRI exam Monday, and the team expects him to make his next start Saturday, June 8.

SP | Garrett Richards | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim P Garrett Richards (ankle) was feeling much better Monday, June 3, after leaving the game with a mild left ankle sprain Sunday, June 2. However, it's unknown if he'll be available out of the bullpen Monday.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) threw to live hitters Monday, June 3, for the first time since trying to return from nerve issues in his shoulder. He threw roughly 20 pitches to hitters and another 20 without batters in the box. "I thought he did well," manager Mike Matheny said. "He threw the ball well. The ball came out of his hand nice. The secondary pitches were there. It was another good step." The next step in his rehab will depend on how he feels in the coming days. Carpenter could throw two or three similar sessions before being considered for a rehab outing.

SP | Hyun-Jin Ryu | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu (foot) will make his next scheduled start Friday, June 7.

SP | Tyler Skaggs | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said SP Tyler Skaggs will be recalled to make his second start of the year against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, June 4.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees activated SP Andy Pettitte (back) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, June 3, and optioned OF Brennan Boesch to the minors in a corresponding move.

SP | Joe Kelly | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals P Joe Kelly will make the start Wednesday, June 5, according to manager Mike Matheny.

SP | Mike Fiers | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers called up 2B Scooter Gennett from the minors Monday, June 3, and optioned SP Mike Fiers in a corresponding move.

SP | Jeanmar Gomez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed SP Jeanmar Gomez (forearm) on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm tightness Monday, June 3, and recalled P Ryan Reid from the minors in a corresponding move.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz praised SP Clay Buchholz after he improved to a perfect 8-0 in a rain-shortened win over the New York Yankees Sunday, June 2. "He throws every pitch for a strike, in any situation," Ortiz said. "I mean, his confidence and his focus, it's ridiculous. I watch the game more than a lot of the guys, and I sense that when he's on the mound, you see how he's focused, how he executes, and his numbers talk about themselves." Buchholz gave up two singles in five innings Sunday. He's allowed more than two earned runs in only one of his 11 starts this season and has held the opponent scoreless four times. Buchholz has given up only one earned run in his last 16 innings, and his ERA is down to 1.62, the lowest in the league. He had no pain in his shoulder during his start Sunday.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese (shoulder) is hoping he can rejoin the rotation Saturday, June 8, if his bullpen session goes off without a hitch Tuesday, June 4.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Jim Henderson | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP Jim Henderson (hamstring) is hoping to return from the disabled list Sunday, June 9. He's expected to play catch Tuesday, June 4, and throw a bullpen session the following day. He'd then throw a simulated game or make a rehab appearance Friday, June 7.

RP | Scott Atchison | New York Mets | Injury,
New York Mets RP Scott Atchison (elbow) will not need surgery to remove a bone spur from his arm after receiving a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) played catch Monday, June 3, but isn't ready to throw a bullpen session yet.

RP | J.C. Romero | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
Washington Nationals RP J.C. Romero opted out of his deal with the team Monday, June 3, and the Cleveland Indians are in the process of working out a minor league deal with him so he can report to Triple-A Columbus Thursday, June 6.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Carlos Marmol has walked six hitters in his last 1 1/3 innings.

RP | Rafael Betancourt | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies recalled RP Manuel Corpas from Triple-A Colorado Springs Sunday, June 2, to take the place of RP Rafael Betancourt (groin) on the active roster. Corpas was 2-3 with a 5.19 ERA for Colorado Springs this year.

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