Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 4, 2013 @ 11:14:58 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Chris Davis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis said on ESPN's Mike and Mike that one of the adjustments he made in his swing was that his head would drop a lot, which would change his eye level. He said his hands dropped early on in his career, and he has made adjustments to fix those. He also said he entered this season not worrying if this would be his last chance to be an everyday player. In the past, he said he worried too much about not ruining the opportunity in front of him.

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer has hit four homers in the last week and has his average up to .279 on the season.

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind (back) said he will play Wednesday, July 3.

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (knee) isn't in the lineup Wednesday, July 3. It's the fourth time in the club's nine games on their current road trip that Howard won't start, and it's his fifth day off in the last 10. Manager Charlie Manuel said he notices by the way Howard walks when the first baseman's knee hurts more than usual.

1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers DH Lance Berkman (knee) is in the starting lineup Wednesday, July 3, after missing the last five games because of a sore knee.

1B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion (hamstring) is not in the starting lineup Wednesday, July 3, because of a sore hamstring. Manager John Gibbons said Encarnacion is day-to-day at this point.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox have placed 1B Paul Konerko (back) on the 15-day disabled list because of a lower back strain. The team has also placed RP Jesse Crain (shoulder) on the 15-day DL because of a right shoulder strain. The move is retroactive to June 30.

Second Baseman

2B | Omar Infante | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 2B Omar Infante (shin) left the game Wednesday, July 3, against the Toronto Blue Jays due to a shin contusion. X-rays were negative, and Infante will be re-evaluated Thursday, July 4.

2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro (back) is out of the lineup Wednesday, July 3, because his back injury is acting up.


SS | Stephen Drew | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Stephen Drew (hamstring) is out of the lineup Thursday, July 4, but he'll do some running and hopes to avoid the disabled list. He could return Saturday, July 6.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) too six simulated at-bats and ran the bases Wednesday, July 3. He could begin a rehab assignment in the near future.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Wednesday, July 3, that SS Troy Tulowitzki (rib) is still progressing from a broken rib as scheduled. He is not swinging a bat, but he continues to field grounders without issue.

SS | Everth Cabrera | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres are considering having SS Everth Cabrera (hamstring) play three rehab games with Single-A Fort Wayne and activating him off the 15-day disabled list Friday, July 5. The team initially considered activating Cabrera Thursday, July 4.

Third Baseman

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez is out of the lineup Thursday, July 4.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Marlon Byrd could draw interest as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. "I have one goal every single year, especially a new team I'm with - when I come to an organization, to make sure when I leave that they're better off," Byrd said. Byrd has picked up the pace after a slow start, moving two RBI behind 3B David Wright for the team lead.

3B | Chris D. Johnson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chris D. Johnson entered play Wednesday, July 3, leading the team in batting average while ranking second in on-base percentage. However, manager Fredi Gonzalez isn't interested in moving him from the eighth spot of the batting order. "It's been good to have him there," Gonzalez said. "I've been tempted to move him up a couple times. But it seems that hole comes up with people on base all the time, or at the very least you get the other manager thinking about whether you walk him."

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) grounded into a double play and struck out looking in two at-bats for Single-A Charleston Tuesday, July 2, playing in just three innings. Rodriguez said he felt fine, he's just concerned about getting his body in condition for the rest of the season. He'll play again Wednesday, July 3, before the team decides the next step in his rehab assignment.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he could use 3B Miguel Cabrera (back) as the designated hitter at some point during their current road trip.


C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (hamstring) was activated from the 15-day disabled list. C Jhonatan Solano was optioned to Triple-A.

C | Anthony Recker | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets C Anthony Recker could see more playing time over C John Buck after he hit a home run Tuesday, July 2. Buck hit .241 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs in April but has slowed since and is hitting just .205 with 13 long balls and 39 RBIs on the year. Buck hit .167 in June. Recker is hitting only .182 with three homers and 10 RBIs.


OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner is out of the lineup Thursday, July 4.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (neck) said the stiffness in his neck has subsided a bit, and he could return Thursday, July 4.

OF | Yasiel Puig | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig (hip, thigh) suffered a bruised hip and muscles of his thigh during a collision with the outfield wall Wednesday, July 3, against the Colorado Rockies. He had precautionary X-rays after the game and they were negative.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer got a fresh haircut and trimmed his beard to a goatee after his 27-game hitting streak was snapped Tuesday, July 2. It was the longest hitting streak in franchise history.

OF | Tyler Colvin | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Wednesday, July 3, that OFs Tyler Colvin and Corey Dickerson will split time in center field while OF Dexter Fowler (hand) is on the 15-day disabled list.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Wednesday, July 3, that he isn't concerned despite the increased strikeout totals for OF Carlos Gonzalez. He has posted 95 strikeouts in just 82 games, fourth-most in the National League. However, he leads the league with 22 homers and a .596 slugging percentage heading into play Wednesday. "I think that's the tradeoff with most guys that have that much power," Weiss said. "That's usually more length with their swings, which is why they hit the ball further when they catch it. At the same time, you might miss some pitches too because of the length."

OF | B.J. Upton | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton (forearm) shook off an injury to his forearm to play Wednesday, July 3, against the Miami Marlins. He finished 1-for-4 with a run scored and two strikeouts.

OF | Will Venable | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Will Venable (hamstring) hopes to return to the lineup Thursday, July 4. He tested the hammy by running in the outfield before action Wednesday, July 3. He'll return Thursday because they're facing a right-handed pitcher.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin received some tips from hitting coach Phil Plantier in altering his stance to take stress off his troublesome, surgically repaired right knee. He's standing more upright in the box as opposed to the deep crouch, and the club believes this will help preserve his health. In his last 30 games, Quentin is batting .343 with 12 extra-base hits (including five homers), 11 RBIs and a .433 on-base percentage, raising his clip from .178 to .266 heading into action Wednesday, July 3.

OF | Desmond Jennings | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said he is returning OF Desmond Jennings to the leadoff spot.

OF | Jose Tabata | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated OF Jose Tabata will be given the chance to win the everyday right field job.

OF | Michael Bourn | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have activated OF Michael Bourn from the paternity list. In a corresponding move, the team optioned P Nick Hagadone to Triple-A Columbus.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Dan Straily | Oakland Athletics | Transaction,
The Oakland Athletics have recalled SP Dan Straily from Triple-A Sacramento. In a corresponding move, the team optioned C Stephen Vogt to Triple-A Sacramento.

SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks are showing continued interest in multiple Milwaukee Brewers pitches, major league sources said Wednesday, July 3. That Diamondbacks and Brewers continue to have discussions about Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo and RPs John Axford, Jim Henderson and Francisco Rodriguez, the sources said.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy (elbow) threw an extended bullpen session Wednesday, July 3, that lasted roughly 10 minutes. Pitching coach Roger McDowell and bullpen coach Eddie Perez watched the session, and Beachy came away pleased. "It went well, I feel good," Beachy said. "The plan right now is to see how I feel tomorrow."

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (shoulder) said he felt like he "finally turned a corner" in his recovery from bursitis of the right shoulder. He might only need one rehab start after throwing from 100 feet on flat ground Wednesday, July 3. He needs to make tosses from 120 before he steps on a mound, though, and it's more likely he'll need at least two rehab outings.

SP | A.J. Burnett | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett (calf) said he does not expect to go on a rehab assignment before rejoining the starting rotation because he did not hurt his arm.

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco is expected to make his scheduled start Wednesday, July 3, unless something changes. Nolasco has been mentioned as a trade candidate.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox have not decided if they will pursue Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee or Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza if they become available in a trade.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Tom Wilhelmsen | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners RP Tom Wilhelmsen recorded a line out to center field and a pair of groundouts Wednesday, July 3, to pick up the save against the Texas Rangers. It was his first save since June 10.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers have had ongoing discussions with the Arizona Diamondbacks about SP Yovani Gallardo, and RPs John Axford, Jim Henderson and Francisco Rodriguez, according to major league sources. The Diamondbacks have a deep farm system, and it is conceivable they could acquire the ace of the Brewers and one of the relievers. The team needs help with several starters injured, and RP Heath Bell subbing for the shaky RP J.J. Putz at closer.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers are sending RP Carlos Marmol to the minors in hopes that they can fix a delivery issue. A source said Marmol "agreed to work with them" and go to the minors as a condition of the trade with the Chicago Cubs. Marmol has more than six years of major league service time and thus has the right to decline an outright minor league assignment. He apparently will waive that right if he clears waivers this week. The Cubs have agreed to pay nearly $2 million of his remaining $4.8 million salary this year. The Cubs also took on all of the $2.375 million still owed to RP Matt Guerrier, who was acquired in the deal from the Dodgers.

RP | Jesse Crain | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox have placed 1B Paul Konerko (back) on the 15-day disabled list because of a lower back strain. The team has also placed RP Jesse Crain (shoulder) on the 15-day DL because of a right shoulder strain. The move is retroactive to June 30.

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