Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 18, 2013 @ 08:56:58 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak is likely to be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma, and 3B Alex Liddi is headed to the minors Tuesday, June 18.

1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Lance Berkman is out of the lineup again Monday, June 17, while he works on his mechanics. Berkman said he's had trouble getting his right leg straight when hitting left-handed due to the four surgeries that he's had. He's expected to return Tuesday, June 18.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he is leaning toward putting 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) on the disabled list. Teixeira won't play for a week at the minimum after receiving a cortisone shot in his right wrist. Cashman said that Teixeira doesn't need season-ending surgery yet, but it's a possibility. Hitting coach Kevin Long thinks Teixeira is a "shell" of himself because his injured wrist has caused his left-handed swing to lack the "whip and the bat speed you see right-handed."

1B | Nick Swisher | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Nick Swisher (shoulder) received a cortisone shot for his left shoulder Monday, June 17, and he's expected to miss the series against the Kansas City Royals. He could return to play Friday, June 21.

1B | Adam LaRoche | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Denard Span (foot) and 1B Adam LaRoche are not in the lineup Monday, June 17. Span fouled a ball off his foot Sunday, June 16, and LaRoche is just taking the day off against a left-handed pitcher.

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard hasn't hit a homer in his last 67 plate appearances and has just one in 130, with his last big fly coming on May 29. Manager Charlie Manuel said he has no plans to move Howard out of the cleanup spot. Howard is batting .289 (24-for-83) with 10 extra-base hits over his last 24 games and was 11-for-33 on the road trip that just ended.


Second Baseman

2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro (pinkie) could return to the lineup Tuesday, June 18, according to manager Bruce Bochy.

2B | Justin Turner | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, New York Mets 2B Justin Turner (intercostal) is expected to land on the disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle on his left side, according to manager Terry Collins. Turner had an MRI exam Monday, June 17, and isn't traveling with the team. The team is expected to recall SP Zack Wheeler and activate RP Scott Atchison (elbow) from the disabled list Tuesday, June 18. Collins said INF Jordany Valdespin will serve as the backup to SS Omar Quintanilla at shortstop.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (oblique) could start a rehab assignment Tuesday, June 18. He took live batting practice Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15.


Shortstop

SS | Jordy Mercer | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer is going to get most of the starts at shortstop for the foreseeable future, according to manager Clint Hurdle. "Mercer is going to get some reps here because of the quality of his (defensive) play and the way he is swinging the bat," Hurdle said. "It's playing the guy that is obviously taking care of both sides of the ball very professionally. … I've spoken to Clint as well so he doesn't wonder when he's coming in. It won't just be for a game; we'll try to bundle (Barmes) for a few games, maybe some good matchups."

SS | Everth Cabrera | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera (hamstring) is likely to miss a few days with a hamstring issue. "I feel like I can play but I don't want to play at 50 percent," Cabrera said.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) did tee-and-toss, took 15 batting practice swings, long toss, fielded 20 ground balls and threw to first base Monday, June 17. OF Curtis Granderson (hand) played long toss and will have the pin in his hand removed Wednesday, June 19. He'll move to strengthening exercises for a week after that and then swing a bat. SS Eduardo Nunez (oblique) did tee-and-toss and took grounders Monday. The team hopes he's playing with either Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre or the big league team by mid-July. C Francisco Cervelli (hand) will swing underwater with a bat in seven to 10 days, and he could also return around mid-July.

SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers plan on making SS Jurickson Profar into a left fielder to keep his bat in the lineup. They hope to have him ready to make the move in seven to 10 days, according to FOXSportsSouthwest.com's Anthony Andro.

SS | Jose Reyes | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes (ankle) will play four to five innings for Single-A Dunedin Monday, June 17.


Third Baseman

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (foot) said he is day to day, and he expects to be the designated hitter in Game 2 of the doubleheader Tuesday, June 18.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) did toss, net drills and took batting practice Monday, June 17. He also did long toss and took some ground balls to each side. Rodriguez will see simulated at-bats from live pitching Tuesday, June 18.


Catcher

C | Jonathan Lucroy | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy is hitting .385 with three homers and 20 RBIs in his last 22 games to raise his average from .208 to .276.

C | Mike Napoli | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C/1B Mike Napoli (illness) returned to the lineup for the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday, June 18.

C | Evan Gattis | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Evan Gattis (oblique) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique. SS Tyler Pastornicky was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

C | Reese McGuire | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed C Reese McGuire, the 14th overall draft pick, to an undisclosed deal Monday, June 17.

C | Travis d'Arnaud | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets C Travis d'Arnaud (foot) was cleared by a doctor to begin a running program Monday, June 17.

C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers have placed C Alex Avila (forearm) on the 15-day disabled list because of a forearm injury. Manager Jim Leyland believes Avila will be able to return when he is first eligible.


Outfielder

OF | Justin Upton | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann, OF Justin Upton and OF B.J. Upton are out of the lineup for Game 1 of a doubleheader Tuesday, June 18.

OF | Trevor Crowe | Houston Astros | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Trevor Crowe has supplanted Jimmy Paredes as the team's starting right fielder, according to manager Bo Porter. "He does a great job and makes things happen," Porter said. "You look at the batting average, and I'm not a batting average guy. He's an above-average defender and gives us great flexibility because he's a switch-hitter. He's just a baseball player and understands the game. We'll continue to find opportunities for him."

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera (hamstring) and OF Carlos Quentin (shoulder) have not been placed on the disabled list. Both players are not in the lineup Monday, June 17.

OF | Denard Span | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Denard Span (foot), who isn't in the lineup Monday, June 17, after fouling another pitch off his foot, said the reason he's fouled a ball off his foot three times in two and a half months is because his swing isn't right. He said he's "getting around the ball" when he swings, meaning he's straightening his arms early in his swing. Manager Davey Johnson thinks Span's mechanics are fine and that he just needs better timing. Span is hitting only .256 with a .312 on-base percentage, 25 and 41 points below his career averages. Span is hoping to return Tuesday, June 18, after receiving treatment on his foot.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) has no timetable for his return after trainer Lee Kuntz cleared him to start walking and jogging. Harper hasn't had pain during range-of-motion exercises. "We're going to re-evaluate this almost daily," Kuntz said. "We're adding bricks every day, trying to improve upon what we did yesterday and not lose any ground. You got to see how he reacts to the one thing before you add the second thing." Once he can sprint and take batting practice, he'll likely play in only two or three minor league games before returning.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said he thinks OF Lucas Duda starting at first base and 2B Daniel Murphy at second base is the team's best lineup, with OFs Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Juan Lagares and Marlon Byrd in the outfield. "You're allowed to change," Collins said. "There's nothing that's etched in stone. You're allowed to make changes and you're allowed to make decisions that you think are in the best interest of the ballclub. And last week we made decisions that we thought were in the best interest of the ballclub. They didn't work. So, as I ask our players to adjust, I've got to do the same thing." Moving Duda to first doesn't mean that 1B Ike Davis will be in the minors longer than expected, however. Davis is hitting .174 (4-for-23) with four walks and seven strikeouts with Triple-A Las Vegas in six games.

OF | Avisail Garcia | Detroit Tigers | Transaction
The Detroit Tigers recalled C Bryan Holaday and OF Avisail Garcia from Triple-A Toledo.

OF | Yasiel Puig | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig is likely to stay with the team when OFs Matt Kemp (hamstring) and Carl Crawford (hamstring) return from the disabled list, according to manager Don Mattingly.

OF | Wil Myers | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Wil Myers will start at least one of the team's two games during a doubleheader Tuesday, June 18, and he'll hit lower in the batting order. "He's going to play in the outfield and we'll probably hit him lower in the batting order to begin, just to take a little pressure off of him," manager Joe Maddon said. "We'll try not to place the expectations too high, although I know it's going to come from outside, not from within. He's another one of our players. I'm going to try to ease him into the whole thing."

OF | Thomas Neal | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he is leaning toward placing 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) on the 15-day disabled list.

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (hamstring) is hoping to avoid surgery on his left surgery. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection last Sunday but is unable to run the bases.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (neck) will throw Tuesday, June 18. The next step would be to throw a side session or go on the disabled list. SPs Rubby De La Rosa or Allen Webster would make a spot start this weekend if Buchholz went on the disabled list.

SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Shelby Miller (leg) left the team's game Monday, June 17, with right leg cramping.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder, back) has seen his rehab slowed by back tightness, according to manager Mike Matheny. Carpenter developed the back tightness after throwing a long bullpen session.

SP | Tyler Lyons | St. Louis Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit
St Louis Cardinals SP Tyler Lyons is likely to make his next start as scheduled Friday, June 21, after anther sub-par outing. "We're right on track," manager Mike Matheny said when asked about Lyons' status. "Right now, that's definitely where we're going, and we want him just thinking about his next start, not about all this other stuff."

SP | Ian Kennedy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Ian Kennedy dropped his appeal of a 10 game suspension for his part in a brawl. Kennedy will be eligible to return June 29.

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Injury
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong (hand) will have his hand re-examined Tuesday, June 17 with the hope of taking another step in his recovery. If X-rays show healing, pins could be removed from Vogelsongs hand. "Hopefully there's some pins coming out tomorrow," he said. "That's the plan, but obviously I don't know for sure until I get some X-rays tomorrow and see how things are healing. It's good news, but I'm a little worried about getting pins pulled out of my hand. It'll be a good thing. I'll get over it. I should be able to start moving it around a little bit more."

SP | Felipe Paulino | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Felipe Paulino (elbow, back) skipped his scheduled rehab start Sunday, June 16 as a precaution with back stiffness. The team hopes Paulino can make his next rehab start Wednesday, June 19.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) threw off the mound Monday, June 17. "He went out and threw a little bit off the mound; I think it was just fastball-changeup," manager Clint Hurdle said. "I spoke with him. He felt good. He seemed to be very positive."

SP | A.J. Burnett | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett (calf) is still walking with a limp after being placed on the disabled list Friday, June 14. "(Burnett) is not doing a whole lot right now besides getting treatments," manager Clint Hurdle said.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (shoulder) appears to be OK after returning from the disabled list with a shoulder issue and throwing 88 pitches Sunday, June 16, but the team will likely know more Tuesday, June 18. "We'll see," Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Monday. "He's going to have the normal soreness after he pitches. We'll probably tell more tomorrow than today. Today, how do you judge normal soreness? As long as he doesn't hurt."

SP | Dylan Bundy | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Dylan Bundy (forearm) made 25 throws from 90 feet in Florida Monday, June 17, and he didn't suffer any setbacks.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (elbow) threw a bullpen session Monday, June 17, after he hasn't thrown off a mound since late May. 2B Jeff Baker (thumb) isn't available to play Monday, but he could return to the lineup Wednesday, June 19, or Thursday, June 20. Manager Ron Washington said Baker won't need to go on the disabled list.

SP | John Lannan | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Philadelphia Phillies officially activated SP John Lannan (knee) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, June 17.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton is likely to be called up to make the start in place of SP Jason Hammel (flu) Tuesday, June 18.

SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has been thrilled with the progress from SP Michael Pineda (shoulder), and the righty is hitting mid-to-low 90s with his fastball. He'll make his third rehab start in the Florida State League Thursday, June 20, and throw around 80 pitches. The team will continue to evaluate him to determine if he'll be ready to return to the majors.

SP | Wei-Yin Chen | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) threw a bullpen session Monday, June 17, and manager Buck Showalter said he's hoping Chen can return to make a few starts before the All-Star break. Chen will likely throw a simulated game in his next outing.

SP | Randall Delgado | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Randall Delgado will start the team's game Tuesday, June 18.

SP | J.A. Happ | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury,
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (knee) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, June 18, or Wednesday, June 19.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow (forearm) is scheduled to start for Single-A Dunedin Monday, June 17, and will throw 45 to 50 pitches.

SP | Tony Cingrani | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said SP Tony Cingrani will move to the bullpen.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Transaction, Breaking, Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers have placed SP Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury. Manager Jim Leyland said he expects Sanchez to miss only two starts and return when he is first eligible.

SP | Jon Lester | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester was 6-0 with a 2.72 ERA on May 15, but since then, he's 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA in his last six starts after giving up five runs and nine hits to the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, June 16.

SP | Xavier Cedeno | Washington Nationals | Transaction,
The Washington Nationals optioned P Xavier Cedeno to Triple-A Syracuse Sunday, June 16.

SP | Jeanmar Gomez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said SP Jeanmar Gomez (forearm) will make another rehab start Tuesday, June 18, before the team decides what to do with him next.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw said Sunday, June 16, that he was upset that reports of his contract talks leaked to the media. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that both sides were "making progress" on a seven-year extension that may be worth more than $180 million. Kershaw blamed the Dodgers for the leak and said they had an agreement that they weren't going to talk about negotiations while they were in progress. General manager Ned Colletti said "I don't know" when asked if the leak could hurt negotiations and decliend to comment on the report.

SP | Roy Oswalt | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Roy Oswalt is expected to join the big-league club Thursday, June 20, at the Washington Nationals.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Santiago Casilla | San Francisco Giants | Injury
San Francisco Giants RP Santiago Casilla (leg) will likely throw off the pitcher's mound at some point in the next week, according to manager Bruce Bochy.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz (elbow) said he felt good after a bullpen session Monday, June 17. His next step will be to go on a rehab assignment, which will start Friday, June 21.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said RP Carlos Marmol will remain in the seventh and eighth innings of games, and he won't be an option to close when RP Kevin Gregg is unavailable.

RP | Fernando Salas | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Fernando Salas (shoulder) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis Tuesday, June 18.

RP | Joakim Soria | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria (pectoral, elbow) threw a batting practice session and felt good Monday, June 17. He'll move to a rehab assignment as early as Thursday, June 20.

RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland didn't give RP Jose Valverde a vote of confidence when asked about the team's closer situation Monday, June 17. Leyland said "we'll find out tonight," when asked about the team's closer.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez (shoulder) said he is scheduled to make a rehab appearance for Double-A Akron Tuesday, June 18. He expects to come off the 15-day disabled list Friday, June 21.

RP | Jeremy Horst | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction,
The Philadelphia Phillies have placed RP Jeremy Horst (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow strain.

RP | Vinnie Pestano | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez (shoulder) will make another rehab outing Tuesday, June 18, and is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday, June 21.

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