Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 9, 2013 @ 08:56:57 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Yonder Alonso | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, San Diego Padres 1B Yonder Alonso (hand) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson Monday, July 8.

1B | Tyler Moore | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals optioned OF Tyler Moore to Triple-A Syracuse Monday, July 8, to make room for SP Dan Haren on the roster. Moore was hitting only .151 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in 42 games.

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies are encouraged that 1B Ryan Howard's (knee) injury could have been worse, although he's slated to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery. It's unknown when he'll go under the knife, but the team is hopeful that he'll return this year. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is comparing Howard's knee injury to C Erik Kratz's, who had surgery June 12 and is on a rehab assignment.

1B | Chris Davis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
The participants for the 2013 Home Run Derby were announced Monday, July 8. Representing the National League will be New York Mets 3B David Wright, Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez, Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper and Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer. Representing the American League will be New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano, Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis, Detroit Tigers 1B Prince Fielder and an unnamed participant.

Second Baseman

2B | Jedd Gyorko | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko (groin) could begin a rehab assignment Wednesday, July 10.

2B | Eric Sogard | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 2B Eric Sogard will serve as the backup to SS Jed Lowrie at shortstop after SS Adam Rosales was designated for assignment. 2B Grant Green could also receive some playing time at shortstop.

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker (side) is not in the lineup Monday, July 8, and didn't undergo an MRI exam.


SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, there is at least a small chance that New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) could be activated and play by the weekend against the Minnesota Twins. Jeter is playing in his third rehab start Monday, July 8. "There's always a chance," manager Joe Girardi said. "You just have to see how he does the next three or four days."

SS | Adam Rosales | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics have designated SS Adam Rosales for assignment.

Third Baseman

3B | Michael Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox are still interested in Philadelphia Phillies 3B Michael Young.

3B | Jeff Baker | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Jeff Baker (thumb) was able to swing a bat Monday, July 8. Baker did not attempt to hit a ball as he continues to work back from a sprained thumb. Baker had a cortisone shot last week and said he is feeling much better.

3B | Juan Francisco | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers are expected to place 3B Aramis Ramirez (knee) on the 15-day disabled list.

3B | Mike Olt | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Manny Ramirez helped notice a flaw in 3B Mike Olt's swing at Triple-A Round Rock in the last few days. Olt has since fixed his mechanics and went 2-for-3 with two hard hit balls Sunday, July 7. Before that, Olt was in a 1-for-22 slump. "He saw that I was late and dropping my hands," said Olt, who made his debut with the Rangers last season playing in 16 games. "We went to the cages and I worked with him."


C | Yasmani Grandal | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal (knee) will be out nine to 12 months after reconstructive surgery on his right anterior cruciate ligament.

C | Lou Marson | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians C Lou Marson (shoulder) played catch up to 90 feet Monday, July 8. Marson will have to advance past a long throwing program to begin a rehab assignment, something he is optimistic about.

C | Ryan Hanigan | Cincinnati Reds | Injury
Cincinnati Reds C Ryan Hanigan's (wrist) x-rays were negative on his left wrist. Hanigan was diagnosed with a sore left wrist.

C | Nick Hundley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal (knee) will have surgery in a couple of weeks for damage to his right anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament.

C | Erik Kratz | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies C Erik Kratz (knee) started his rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley Monday, July 8. He's ahead of schedule and could return to the team this weekend.

C | Devin Mesoraco | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Devin Mesoraco (back) is returning to the lineup Monday, July 8.


OF | Jeff Francoeur | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Francisco Giants signed free-agent OF Jeff Francoeur (Royals) to an undisclosed deal.

OF | Xavier Paul | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Xavier Paul (arm) could return to the lineup Wednesday, July 10, according to manager Dusty Baker. "He'll probably be back hopefully on Wednesday," Baker said. "He's able to pinch-hit [Monday]."

OF | Oswaldo Arcia | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia (hand, knee) was back in the lineup Monday, July 8, and could have played Sunday, July 7, if the team really needed him. "He was fine, though," Manager Ron Gardenhire added. "His knee was a little sore from that funny play at home plate at home the other day. Good day. He had a little bit of a break, then get him back out there."

OF | Darin Mastroianni | Minnesota Twins | Injury
Minnesota Twins OF Darin Mastroianni (ankle) has begun working out with the team's Gulf Coast League affiliate in Ft. Meyers, according to assistant general manager Rob Antony. Mastroianni has not begun a rehab assignment yet, but is working to get back into game situations.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said OF Curtis Granderson (hand) is not healing as quickly as he would like. "I don't know if he's behind, but it's probably not healing as quickly as I would like," Girardi said. "He just hasn't been able to do tee and toss yet. I don't think that you can ever say when you come from an injury, [like], a broken hand how long it's going to take. Maybe it's taking longer than we expected but we didn't really put a time on it." It is still possible Granderson could be ready by the end of July.

OF | Craig Gentry | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Craig Gentry (hand) took part in some baseball activities Monday, July 8. Gentry hit off a tee and soft toss pitching as he continues to rehab from a hand injury. "It's better," Gentry said. "I still feel some soreness, but I can definitely feel improvement each day."

OF | Justin Ruggiano | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins are receiving multiple inquiries about OF Justin Ruggiano, and while they aren't actively shopping him, they could decide to trade him this summer. The San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates are looking for outfield help. The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers may also be interested. The Marlins aren't motivated to move Ruggiano at the moment, though. OF Christian Yelich (abdominal) just started playing in rehab games last week and OF Jake Marisnick may benefit from more time in the minors. OF Chris Coghlan (calf) has been on the disabled list since June 9 with a nerve issue in his right calf.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury (wrist) is day-to-day with a sore left wrist. Ellsbury is not in the lineup Monday, July 8.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (shoulder) will head back to the disabled list.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (thumb) could be starting Tuesday, July 9, after being activated from the disabled list Monday, July 8. Braun has been on the DL since June 10 with a right thumb contusion, but he was dealing with a problem with a nerve between his thumb and index finger that made it tough to grip a bat. He said he doesn't expect his thumb to be 100 percent for the rest of the season, however.

OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) is out of the lineup again Monday, July 8. OF Jacoby Ellsbury, who is 6-for-21 with two home runs against Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez, is also sitting the bench.

OF | Justin Maxwell | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Justin Maxwell (concussion) has passed concussion tests and is scheduled to play for Triple-A Oklahoma City Monday, July 8.

OF | Darin Ruf | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (knee) is dealing with a tear to his meniscus that will keep him out for six to eight weeks. Howard will need to undergo surgery.

OF | Charlie Blackmon | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies recalled OF Charlie Blackmon from the minors Monday, July 8. Blackmon could start Monday with OF Carlos Gonzalez (finger) nursing an injury.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Matt Harvey | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SP Matt Harvey (finger) could miss his start Saturday, July 13, due to a blister on his right index finger. Harvey said the blister has been present for his last three starts and affected his grip. "We're probably going to back him off or not have him pitch, one or the other," manager Terry Collins said.

SP | Erasmo Ramirez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Erasmo Ramirez will come up to start Thursday, July 11, against the Boston Red Sox.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians are heavily scouting Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza and believe he'll be traded.

SP | Trevor Cahill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Cahill (shoulder) tweaked his right shoulder while playing catch last week. He was supposed to throw again Monday, July 8, to see how it felt. "His shoulder didn't feel too good the last time he threw," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "I don't have a timetable, we're just trying to keep him throwing on schedule, which he wasn't really able to do his last time. I have no idea why it happened, but I know it wasn't right."

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Injury
Updating a previous report, New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese (shoulder) has been cleared to resume throwing Monday, July 8.

SP | Chris Capuano | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers will place SP Stephen Fife (shoulder) on the disabled list with shoulder bursitis. SP Chris Capuano will take his turn in the rotation and start Thursday, July 11.

SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando (shoulder) is expected to make his second rehab start Thursday, July 11. If all goes well, Ogando could make his third and final rehab start next week and be activated after the All-Star break.

SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison (back) is throwing long toss and playing catch off the mound after having two surgeries to repair a herniated disc in his back. If all continues to go well, Harrison could throw off the mound after the All-Star break.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (elbow) is scheduled to throw live batting practice Tuesday, July 9. Lewis is hoping to do that twice on this road trip. "We'll see how it reacts and then see if I'm ready for a rehab assignment," Lewis said.

SP | Andrew Miller | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Miller (foot) will undergo season-ending surgery on his foot.

SP | Shaun Marcum | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Shaun Marcum (hand) appears headed to the disabled list after he traveled to see a specialist due to tingling and numbness in his cold right hand. P Gonzalez Germen will be called up from the minors.

SP | Blake Beavan | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners are dealing with an open spot in their starting rotation, one that is likely to be filled by SP Erasmo Ramirez. However, SP Blake Beavan has been solid in a long-relief role out of the bullpen lately and has starting experience. Ramirez is sporting a 5.06 ERA at Triple-A Tacoma after allowing three runs and seven hits while walking six in 5 1/3 innings in his last outing. A remote possibility would be SP Taijuan Walker, who is 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA with 16 strikeouts and five walks at Tacoma. SP Danny Hultzen (shoulder) is nursing an arm injury and hasn't pitched in July, so he's not an option.

SP | Robbie Erlin | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres recalled RP Brad Brach from Triple-A Tucson Monday, July 8, and optioned SP Robbie Erlin to Tucson in a corresponding move.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers would be very interested in trading for Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee if he became available before the trade deadline.

SP | Zach McAllister | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Zach McAllister (finger) threw a three-inning simulated game against Class A hitters Monday, July 8, but he didn't throw his curveball. McAllister felt good during the outing.

SP | Bruce Chen | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Bruce Chen will replace SP Luis Mendoza in the starting rotation. Mendoza will move to long relief.

SP | Steven Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Steven Johnson (oblique) threw 35 pitches off a mound Monday, July 8.

SP | Alex Cobb | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Alex Cobb (concussion) threw a 47-pitch bullpen session Monday, July 8, and suffered no setbacks. He is hoping to return to the team later this month or in early August.

SP | Tyler Chatwood | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Tyler Chatwood, with the suggestion of pitching coach Jim Wright, has made strides to refine his slider this season. "I watched him and just said he should move his hand enough to where he could throw his slider like a fastball," Wright said. "Then it turns into more of a power slider, a power breaking pitch." Chatwood threw six scoreless innings against the San Francisco Giants in the first game he used his new slider May 24, and struck out a career-high 10 in his next outing.

Chatwood is still learning to pitch, though, after getting spanked to the tune of six runs (five earned) and 11 hits in five innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers last week. "I think I am just starting to know myself," Chatwood said. "Before, I was just going out there and kind of throwing as hard as I could. I thought I had to throw 95 (mph) every pitch to get guys out. I don't feel like I need to do that now. I just need to hit my spots, get some good sink and work down in the zone."

SP | Jeremy Bonderman | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners designated SP Jeremy Bonderman for assignment Monday, July 8, and recalled RP Lucas Luetge from the minors in a corresponding move.

SP | Wei-Yin Chen | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) said he will return from the disabled list to start Wednesday, July 10.

SP | Roy Oswalt | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies placed SP Roy Oswalt (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, July 8.

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong (hand) played catch Sunday, July 7, and could resume throwing off a mound during the All-Star break.

SP | Lucas Harrell | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
The Houston Astros are moving SP Lucas Harrell to the bullpen. He has gone 5-9 with a 5.04 ERA after allowing nine runs (seven earned) in just 3 2/3 innings against the Texas Rangers Friday, July 5. It's unknown who will take his place in the rotation.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Grant Balfour | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics CL Grant Balfour broke the franchise record with his 41st consecutive save Monday, July 8.

RP | Joakim Soria | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said RP Joakim Soria is available out of the bullpen Monday, July 8. Washington said Soria would be available in back-to-back situations if he can keep his pitch count down. "I feel good," Soria said. "As long as I feel good, I don't see why not."

RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox placed RP Andrew Miller (foot) on the 15-day disabled list with a left foot injury Monday, July 8, and recalled P Alfredo Aceves from Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding move. X-rays on Miller's foot were negative, but he's dealing with more soreness. Miller is 1-2 with a 2.64 ERA this year and left-handers are hitting only .155 against him. RPs Andrew Bailey and Junichi Tazawa will continue to set up RP Koji Uehara in the ninth.

Bailey is gaining manager John Farrell's trust again after 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief Sunday, July 7, after Miller got hurt. Tazawa has limited left-handers to a .247 average.

RP | Vinnie Pestano | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Vinnie Pestano's velocity and command have been off since he returned from the disabled list May 16 after dealing with a sore right elbow. Since then, he's 1-2 with a 5.66 ERA (13 earned runs in 20 2/3 innings) and has allowed 24 hits, 12 walks and has 22 strikeouts. Manager Terry Francona wants to return Pestano to the eighth-inning setup role once he regains some confidence. RPs Joe Smith and Cody Allen will see action in the eighth inning in the meantime.

RP | Louis Coleman | Kansas City Royals | Transaction,
The Kansas City Royals recalled RP Louis Coleman from Triple-A Omaha Monday, July 8, and optioned RP Will Smith to Omaha in a corresponding move. Coleman will be used in a long-relief role. He was 3-2 with a 1.61 ERA in 24 games with Omaha and had been used for more than two innings in four of his last six outings on the farm.

RP | Chris Hatcher | Miami Marlins | Injury, Transaction,
The Miami Marlins recalled RP Chris Hatcher from Triple-A New Orleans Sunday, July 7, and moved SS Chris Valaika (wrist) to the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding move.

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