Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 5, 2013 @ 08:49:59 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez acknowledged that it's proving tough to get C Evan Gattis in the lineup, despite the fact that he's second on the team with 12 home runs and 32 RBIs. Gattis can play catcher, first base and left field, but C Brian McCann and 1B Freddie Freeman are swinging the bat well right now, and OFs Jason Heyward and B.J. Upton are showing signs of life.

1B | Yonder Alonso | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B Yonder Alonso (hand) is regaining strength in his right hand and could return to the lineup later this week. He was hit on the hand by a pitch Friday, May 31.

Second Baseman

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
A senior New York Yankees official said Tuesday, June 4, that the team has been informed that 2B Robinson Cano is not in danger of being suspended in the on-going Biogenesis scandal. "Cano is not part of this," the official said.

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (forearm) took batting practice Tuesday, June 4, and he fielded ground balls on the field before the game against the Colorado Rockies. "I felt good swinging," Phillips said. "The more I kept on swinging, the more it kept it loose. It felt good, so that's why I'm going to do some more treatment right now, just keep it hot, keep it moving."

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Wilson Betemit (knee) took swings in the batting cages Tuesday, June 4, at extended spring training with 2B Brian Roberts (hamstring). Betemit is slowly working his way back into baseball activities.

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo suggested that the team might send 2B Danny Espinosa (wrist) down to the minors when he's healthy to get him straightened out.

2B | Steve Lombardozzi | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals placed 2B Danny Espinosa (wrist, shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, June 4, but it's unknown if it's for his shoulder or wrist. Espinosa could need to have shoulder surgery.

2B | Donovan Solano | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 1B Joe Mahoney (hamstring) and 2B Donovan Solano (intercostal) will start their rehab assignments with Single-A Jupiter Tuesday, June 4.


SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (quadriceps) might be sidelined for at least the next month due to a strained right quadriceps. Cabrera had an MRI Tuesday, June 4. "He got scanned and, as expected, he did some damage in there," manager Terry Francona said. Francona did not speculate how long Cabrera will be sidelined, but did say the medical staff indicated that similar quadriceps injuries have required three to four weeks of recovery time.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers activated SS Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, June 4, and placed SP Chris Capuano (forearm) on the 15-day DL in a corresponding move.

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro, who's 2-for-20 in his last five games to drop his average to .258 this year, has been dropped to seventh in the order Tuesday, June 4.

SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Eduardo Nunez (oblique) had a setback with his oblique injury, and there is no timetable for his return.

SS | Juan Diaz | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians recalled SS Juan Diaz from Triple-A Columbus Tuesday, June 4, to take the place of SS Asdrubal Cabrera (quadriceps) on the roster.

Third Baseman

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez (knee) is out of the lineup Wednesday, June 5.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, if New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez is suspended 100 games by Major League Baseball for his part in the Biogenesis scandal, the Yankees would save approximately $15 million, but it is unlikely they could void his contract.

3B | Todd Frazier | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday, June 4, that he thought 3B Todd Frazier is guessing at the plate too much, and Frazier did not deny it. Frazier said it is something hitters do when trying to bust out of a slump. "My brother, Jeff, was the king at it," Frazier said. "I took after him because he said, 'Todd, who cares how you look? You got to get the job done no matter what. If you're swinging at a pitch that's not the one you want, you got to find a way to get on base and get a hit.'"

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre (hamstring) is expected to return from a tight left hamstring Wednesday, June 5, after he tried to talk his way into the lineup Tuesday, June 4. Beltre said his hamstring issue has been there all season. He doesn't think he'll need to go on the disabled list, but he won't play on turf against the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend, instead serving as the designated hitter. As a result, 1B Lance Berkman will likely play at least one game at first base in Toronto.

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (back) is beginning a four-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket Tuesday, June 4, and he's eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday, June 8. He'll be re-evaluated later this week. OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) did some sprints on the field Tuesday. "Shane got up to about 80 percent intensity today," manager John Farrell said. "We're hopeful that he's out on a rehab assignment sometime here before the week is out."

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (foot) is back in the lineup Tuesday, June 4, but OF Angel Pagan (hamstring) remains out.

3B | Jeff Baker | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre (hamstring) is not in the lineup again Tuesday, June 4. 2B Jeff Baker is starting at third base in his place.


C | Jesus Flores | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays signed free-agent C Jesus Flores (Dodgers) to a minor-league contract Tuesday, June 4, and he was assigned to Triple-A Durham.

C | Chris Snyder | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles designated C Chris Snyder for assignment Tuesday, June 4.

C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (hamstring) is optimistic he can return in two weeks from his strained right hamstring. He is eyeing June 17 as a return date after he took swings in the cages for the first time Tuesday, June 4, and ran Monday, June 3. Ruiz will likely go on a minor league rehab assignment.

C | Taylor Teagarden | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles activated C Taylor Teagarden (thumb) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, June 4.

C | Salvador Perez | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals optioned C Adam Moore to Triple-A Omaha and moved SP Danny Duffy (elbow) to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, June 4, to make room for C Salvador Perez on the roster.

C | Jose Gil | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Baltimore Orioles released C Jose Gil Tuesday, June 4.


OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (thumb) is out of the lineup Wednesday, June 5.

OF | Justin Upton | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Justin Upton and C Brian McCann are out of the lineup Wednesday, June 5. C Evan Gattis is in left field.

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson (hamstring) has resumed taking batting practice, but he is still not close enough to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. He felt soreness after running the bases at 80 percent Friday, May 31. The plan is for Jackson to start running the bases again sometime this week.

OF | Chris Heisey | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Chris Heisey (hamstring) said Tuesday, June 4, that he hopes to have a definitive rehab assignment plan shortly.

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday, June 4, that OF Angel Pagan (hamstring) might be able to contribute as a pinch hitter soon, which is why the team has been reluctant to place him on the 15-day disabled list. He ran about 70 percent Monday, June 3. "If he can pinch-hit, that's going to help until he's ready to (play) center field," Bochy said.

OF | Kirk Nieuwenhuis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who homered twice for Triple-A Las Vegas Tuesday, June 4, to give him eight jacks in the last 14 games, is now on the radar of manager Terry Collins to be recalled to the majors. Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-16 with a walk and eight strikeouts before being optioned to the minors April 23. Las Vegas manager Wally Backman said Nieuwenhuis' home run success hasn't been the result of hitting in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, and the outfielder has been more aggressive with two strikes. OF Rick Ankiel 2-for-28 with 13 strikeouts recently and has been dropped to No. 8 in the hitting order. Collins also indicated that OF Juan Lagares would probably benefit from more playing time in the minors.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis will miss the team's next two games to attend his grandmother's funeral.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury (groin) could return to the lineup Wednesday, June 5. He did some running and took batting practice Tuesday, June 4. The team still thinks it's unlikely he'll need to go on the disabled list.

OF | Marcell Ozuna | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond said OF Chris Coghlan could play some third base and OF Marcell Ozuna could shift to center field when OF Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) returns from the disabled list.

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals activated OF Jayson Werth (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, June 4.

OF | Quintin Berry | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals claimed OF Quintin Berry off waivers from the Detroit Tigers Tuesday, June 4.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (shoulder) is nursing a sore right shoulder after crashing into the wall Sunday, June 2. Quentin didn't play Monday, June 3, as a result, but manager Bud Black said he'll likely return to the lineup Tuesday, June 4, or Wednesday, June 5.

OF | Ben Francisco | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The New York Yankees released OF Ben Francisco Monday, June 3.

OF | Peter Bourjos | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Peter Bourjos (hamstring) tripled in his rehab start with Single-A Inland Empire Monday, June 3, and he's expected to come off the disabled list later this week. Bourjos will go back to starting in center field, pushing OF Mike Trout back to left field.

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown has nine homers in his last 10 games after he was hitting only .242 with a .702 OPS two weeks ago. He's now hitting .291 with a .921 OPS and more home runs than anyone in the National League. Brown hit 12 home runs in May without drawing a single walk and striking out 21 times. Through this April in his career, Brown had swung at 46.2 percent of the pitches he saw. In May, he swung at 55.9 percent of pitches and drew zero walks. Brown's walk rate is currently at only 5 percent. Only two of 127 players to hit 30 home runs over the last five seasons have had a walk rate at or below 5 percent - Baltimore Orioles OF Adam Jones and Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee left the St. Louis Cardinals off his no-trade list for two reasons. He figured they would be unlikely to trade for him because of their strong rotation and pitching depth in the minors. He's also intrigued by the idea of playing for them. He lives in Arkansas and has been intrigued by playing for them.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) had an MRI reveal inflammation in his right shoulder.

SP | Daniel Hudson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Daniel Hudson (elbow) left his start at Double-A Mobile Tuesday, June 4, with elbow stiffness. He'll be examined in Phoenix.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (rib cage) will undergo an MRI after leaving his start Tuesday, June 4, with pain in his left rib cage.

SP | Josh Beckett | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (groin, elbow) will be shut down for at least four weeks with nerve irritation in his right arm.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles are unlikely to pursue Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee or Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza before the deadline, citing financial issues. Baltimore does not want to spend $25 million per year on a pitcher, according to team sources. The Orioles also do not wish to trade their top prospects, which include SP's Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.

SP | Drew Smyly | Detroit Tigers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Drew Smyly is being moved from long-relief specialist to a late-innings role in the bullpen, as manager Jim Leyland pairs Smyly with RP Phil Coke.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook (elbow) worked 3 2/3 innings in a minor-league rehab start for Class A Springfield Tuesday, June 4. He was very encouraged about his start, and said he will next pitch for Class A Peoria Sunday, June 9.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians P Daisuke Matsuzaka (oblique) completed his third bullpen session Tuesday, June 4, throwing 50 pitches. Barring any setbacks, he is expected to throw a simulated game Friday, June 7. The goal is for Matsuzaka to return to game action within seven to 10 days.

SP | Zach McAllister | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians SP Zach McAllister (finger) is dealing with irritation in his right middle finger. He said the injury became an issue in his last start. The team is taking advantage of an off day in the schedule, pushing his next outing back to Tuesday, June 11. "I just don't want it to get any worse than it was, so we're taking advantage of the off-day and trying to get it better," McAllister said Tuesday, June 4.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
The San Francisco Giants are expected to push SP Tim Lincecum back to Tuesday, June 11, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, giving him extra rest.

SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy sat down with SP Matt Cain Tuesday, June 4, to go over the tape of his start Saturday, June 1. The team still do not believe Cain is tipping pitches. "He's just not executing pitches out of the stretch," Bochy said.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez is unlikely to be suspended for his involvement with Biogenesis, a Miami-based clinic that reportedly handed out performance-enhancing drugs to major league players. Clinic owner Tony Bosch is expected to confirm through testimony that Gonzalez only received legal substances.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Baltimore Orioles | Injury,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jair Jurrjens (thumb) left his start after 2 2/3 innings Sunday, June 2, with a right thumb injury. He's being listed as day-to-day, and the injury isn't serious. However, Jurrjens could miss his next start for Triple-A Norfolk.

SP | John Lannan | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP John Lannan (knee) is likely to need more than the original eight weeks prescribed back on April 18 for his recovery. It's unknown if he'll head to extended spring training or on an official rehab assignment Thursday, June 6.

SP | Wei-Yin Chen | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SPs Dylan Bundy (forearm) and Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) have been cleared to start throwing programs. Bundy will begin his program June 10, while Chen can start throwing in extended spring training Tuesday, June 4.

SP | Tyler Chatwood | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Tyler Chatwood's (triceps) sore right triceps does not appear to be a serious injury. However, he's flying back to Denver for an MRI exam, and he won't have a bullpen session Wednesday, June 5. He's on schedule to start against the San Diego Padres Saturday, June 8, but it's too early to tell if he'll be able to make that start. "It's just sore. Anytime I tried to throw fastballs to my glove side, it was sore," said Chatwood, whose triceps was packed with ice after the game. "They said it was probably just inflammation, but nothing serious, hopefully."

SP | Roy Oswalt | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Roy Oswalt is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA in two starts for Double-A Tulsa and appears very close to joining the team's starting rotation. His fastball is in the low 90s and his arm strength has not been an issue. Oswalt allowed one run and three hits while striking out six and walking one in six innings in his last start. If everything goes well in his next start Tuesday, June 4, he could be called up as early as June 11. He can opt out of his contract if he's not on the major league roster on June 18 and June 28. SP Jon Garland seems to be the most vulnerable to losing his rotation gig. SP Juan Nicasio has minor league options remaining, but manager Walt Weiss likes his talent and potential.

SP Jeff Francis (ankle) is eligible to return from the disabled list and is also an option to replace Nicasio in the rotation. SP Drew Pomeranz is 6-1 at Triple-A Colorado Springs, but he is still inconsistent with his fastball and curveball. He doesn't appear ready to return to the big leagues until he gets that straightened out.

SP | Wade Miley | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson seems to be growing restless when it comes to SP Wade Miley, and he likely doesn't have much rope left in the starting rotation. Miley could be a candidate to be bumped from the rotation if he continues to struggle.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (lat) will throw Wednesday, June 5, to determine if he's on track to make his next start Saturday, June 8, against the Minnesota Twins.

SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) will begin his rehab assignment with Single-A Tampa Saturday, June 8.

SP | Zach Duke | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals called up 3B Anthony Rendon from Triple-A Syracuse and P Ian Krol from Double-A Harrisburg Tuesday, June 4, and designated RPs Henry Rodriguez and Zach Duke for assignment in corresponding moves.

SP | Alex Cobb | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Alex Cobb (finger) threw pain-free Monday, June 3. He's on scheduled to start Wednesday, June 5.

SP | Josh Johnson | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays activated SP Josh Johnson (triceps) and OF Rajai Davis (oblique) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, June 4, and placed SP Ramon Ortiz (elbow) on the 15-day DL with a right elbow strain in a corresponding move.

SP | Tyler Skaggs | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks officially recalled SP Tyler Skaggs Tuesday, June 4, and optioned SP Randall Delgado to the minors in a corresponding move. Also, the team signed free-agent 1B Mike Jacobs (Mariners) to a minor league deal.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy (elbow) allowed six hits and three runs in five innings with Double-A Mississippi Monday, June 3, as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez was arrested and charged with drug possession.

RP | Jim Henderson | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP Jim Henderson (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment at Class A Wisconsin Friday, June 7.

RP | Ramon Ortiz | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury
Toronto Blue Jays SP Ramon Ortiz (elbow) received good news when an MRI revealed no tears in his right elbow. He'll be re-examined after the swelling subsides.

RP | Luis Marte | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Luis Marte (shoulder) had surgery to clean up debris around the labrum in his right shoulder last week in Florida, and he is out for the season.

RP | J.C. Romero | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Cleveland Indians are expected to sign free-agent RP J.C. Romero (Nationals), pending a physical. Romero will then report to Triple-A Columbus Thursday, June 6.

RP | Pedro Strop | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Pedro Strop (back) threw a 20-pitch simulated game Tuesday, June 4, and he'll throw another inning Thursday, June 6. He could be activated from the disabled list over the weekend, as he's eligible to return Saturday, June 8. He hasn't had any setbacks with his lower back.

RP | Jeurys Familia | New York Mets | Injury, Transaction,
New York Mets RP Jeurys Familia (elbow) will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs and "loose bodies" in his elbow.

RP | Kelvin Herrera | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals recalled RP Kelvin Herrera from Triple-A Omaha Tuesday, June 4, and optioned RP Louis Coleman to Omaha in a corresponding move.

RP | Alex Burnett | Chicago Cubs | Transaction,
Chicago Cubs RP Alex Burnett cleared waivers and was outrighted to the minors Monday, June 3.

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