Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 1, 2013 @ 08:49:56 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Carlos Pena | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Houston Astros released 1B Carlos Pena Wednesday, July 31.

1B | Brock Peterson | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction
St. Louis Cardinals OF Adron Chambers and 1B/OF Brock Peterson have been recalled from Triple-A Memphis. They're taking the roster spots of Yadier Molina and Shane Robinson. Neither player is likely to have any fantasy value.

1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers DH Lance Berkman (knee) is meeting with team officials Wednesday, July 31, and is considering retiring. He's willing to forfeit the $4.4 million owed to him the rest of the season.


Second Baseman

2B | Brian Dozier | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SS Brian Dozier (back, knee) missed his second consecutive game Wednesday, July 31, as he deals with back spasms that extended from a bone bruise in his left knee. He was fitted with orthotics Wednesday to help with the pain. He might be available to return as soon as Thursday, Aug. 1.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles placed 2B Brian Roberts on the paternity list.

2B | Chris Getz | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (groin) and 2B Chris Getz (knee) are expected to be available in the next few days. Also, 1B Billy Butler (neck) said he's feeling "a lot better" after playing with a stiff neck Tuesday, July 30. Cain felt fine while testing his groin in batting practice Tuesday, but he had more soreness later in the game. Getz isn't likely to play until Friday, Aug. 2.

2B | Grant Green | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim recalled 3B Chris Nelson from the minors Wednesday, July 31.


Shortstop

SS | Xander Bogaerts | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said SS Xander Bogaerts is "in the discussion" to be called up to help out at third base, but a move to bring him up isn't imminent.

SS | Adam Rosales | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics have designated INF Adam Rosales for assignment to clear a spot for INF Alberto Callaspo.


Third Baseman

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright (hamstring) is in the lineup Thursday, Aug. 1.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday, July 31, that 3B Pablo Sandoval (heel) is likely to play Thursday, Aug. 1, against the Philadelphia Phillies. He left the game Wednesday, and is dealing with a right heel bruise.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Transaction, Fantasy
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is prepared to levy a lifetime suspension on New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, while suspending about eight others before the weekend, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations. There is not expected to be an announcement until Thursday, Aug. 1, or Friday, Aug. 2. "I hope he does it," former Commissioner Fay Vincent said Wednesday, July 31. "The harder he comes down, the better it is for baseball."

As many as 20 players were originally linked to Biogenesis, a clinic in Miami which provided performance-enhancing drugs, but some players might escape punishment for lack of evidence. The other players might receive 50-game suspensions, and most are considering accepting the penalty without appealing, according to one of the sources. Rodriguez's attorney said they will appeal any suspension, regardless of the severity.

3B | Brandon Inge | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Pirates have released 3B Brandon Inge.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera (abdomen, hip) is dealing with a strained lower abdomen, which is related to his previous hip injury that forced him to miss games last week. Cabrera said he felt better Wednesday, July 31, and hopes to be back to 100 percent Friday, Aug. 2.

3B | Cody Asche | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (concussion) is "at least a week" away from returning from the disabled list. "Depending on how long he's going to be out, he'll probably have to go through rehab, maybe a game or two. Once he's healthy and ready to go, we'll bring him back…I think he'll be back maybe in a week or so," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.


Catcher

C | Geovany Soto | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington used C Geovany Soto for a third consecutive game Wednesday, July 31, as the skipper said he wanted to keep his hot bat in the lineup.

C | Travis d'Arnaud | New York Mets | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Mets C Travis d'Arnaud is a candidate to make his Major League debut, albeit on a temporary basis, in the coming days. C John Buck (personal) is expected to land on the paternity list, with his wife with an estimated due date of Thursday, Aug. 1. However, manager Terry Collins would not commit to recalling d'Arnaud from Double-A Binghamton, and the team could also recall Cs Juan Centeno or Francisco Pena from Triple-A Las Vegas.

C | Kelly Shoppach | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Washington Nationals released C Kelly Shoppach Wednesday, July 31.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (knee) had fluid drained from his knee and received a cortisone shot to limit his inflammation. He will rest for now.

C | Mike McKenry | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates C Mike McKenry (knee) underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus and will miss the rest of the season. He is expected to ready for spring training.

C | Francisco Cervelli | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees C Francisco Cervelli (elbow) will visit Dr. James Andrews Aug. 5 because of lingering pain in his throwing elbow.

C | Drew Butera | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired C Drew Butera from the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, July 31. It's unclear what the Twins received in return.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C/1B Buster Posey (illness) is back in the lineup on Wednesday, July 31. OF Roger Kieschnick is also in the lineup.

C | Rob Johnson | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals are awaiting the result of an MRI on C Yadier Molina (knee) before they estimate a timetable for his return. "I tried to play through it, but it's getting worse," Molina said on Tuesday, July 30. "The smart thing is to take time off and try to fix it. I've been playing through that since June." C's Tony Cruz and Rob Johnson will split duties behind the plate while Molina is sidelined.


Outfielder

OF | Lorenzo Cain | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (groin) is back in the lineup Thursday, Aug. 1.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (finger) went 4-for-15 in five rehab games and will return from the disabled list Friday, Aug. 2.

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (concussion) passed his concussion test Wednesday, July 31, and will undergo another one Thursday, Aug. 1. If he's cleared, he could begin a short rehab assignment this weekend.

OF | Leonardo Molina | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees signed 16-year-old Dominican OF Leonardo Molina to a $1.4 million deal.

OF | Corey Dickerson | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies need to make a roster move Thursday, Aug. 1, to bring up SP Chad Bettis for the start, and it is likely OF Corey Dickerson is optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (finger) aggravated his sprained right middle finger during his first at-bat Wednesday, July 31. He had an X-ray, and it showed nothing more than before. He simply will have to play through the injury, and let offseason rest heal the injury. He said he will not go on the 15-day disabled list as a result. "I am not going on the DL. Nobody wants to go on the DL. I will just grind through it," Gonzalez said. "It's not going to make a difference if I sit out for two weeks. It only takes one swing and it goes right back to where it was."

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates did not make one trade offer to the Miami Marlins for OF Giancarlo Stanton prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (ankle) is healing slower than the team expected, and he might remain sidelined into September.

OF | Brandon Barnes | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Brandon Barnes (back) was removed from the game Wednesday, July 31, against the Baltimore Orioles due to a tight lower back.

OF | Justin Maxwell | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Houston Astros acquired P Kyle Z. Smith from the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, July 31, in exchange for OF Justin Maxwell.

OF | Greg Golson | Atlanta Braves | Transaction
The Atlanta Braves signed free-agent OF Greg Golson (Rockies) to a minor league deal.

OF | David Lough | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Justin Maxwell is expected to share time in right field with OF David Lough.

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Major League Baseball has notified the players union which players they intent to suspend in their drug investigation of Biogenesis. The sides are trying to reach as many agreements as possible to avoid grievance hearings, and the announcements could come Friday, Aug. 2. Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz, San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera and Detroit Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta are a few of the other big names that are expected to be suspended.

OF | Scott Van Slyke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled OF Scott Van Slyke from the minors Wednesday, July 31, and optioned INF Elian Herrera in a corresponding move.

OF | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mark Trumbo won't play third base this year or next year. He'll continue to mix in at first base, outfield and designated hitter.

OF | Hunter Pence | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean said the team would like to re-sign OF Hunter Pence, SP Tim Lincecum and RP Javier Lopez after this season, which is why all three had high prices before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

OF | Avisail Garcia | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Avisail Garcia, who was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in the three-team trade involving SP Jake Peavy, has been playing center field at Triple-A Toledo, and the White Sox want him to continue playing there at Triple-A Charlotte. General manager Rick Hahn is expecting Garcia to be called up later this year.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (hip) left the game early Wednesday, July 31, after experiencing a hip spasm. He was looked at by a trainer after an at-bat. Harper isn't concerned about the injury.

OF | Alex Rios | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Alex Rios (foot) is back in the lineup Wednesday, July 31.

OF | Mike Morse | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are looking at landing Arizona Diamondbacks OF Jason Kubel and Seattle Mariners OF Mike Morse.

OF | Jarrod Dyson | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals have acquired OF Justin Maxwell from the Kansas City Royals, according to sources.

OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (head) was scratched from the lineup on Wednesday, July 31, because he has a headache, so manager Bob Melvin wanted to rest him. The outfielder isn't experiencing any other symptoms of a concussion.

OF | Shane Robinson | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Transaction
St. Louis Cardinals OF Shane Robinson (shoulder) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strain in his right shoulder.

OF | Jordan Danks | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
Chicago White Sox OF Jordan Danks has been recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.

OF | Christian Yelich | Miami Marlins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Christian Yelich moved into the No. 1 spot in the batting order on Tuesday, July 30, a move that bumped SS Adeiny Hechavarria to the two-hole. Yelich regularly occupied the leadoff spot while with Double-A Jacksonville. Manager Mike Redmond hopes the change helps Yelich become a little more comfortable, although the youngster said he feels comfortable hitting anywhere. Redmond also hopes Hechavarria will see more pitches as a result; the manager has stated on multiple occasions that he believes the Cuban shortstop is best suited for that spot.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Nick Tepesch | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Nick Tepesch (elbow) has not progressed from playing catch, but he said Wednesday, July 31, that he is feeling better. He threw from 90 feet, and said he has been throwing "on and off" since July 7 when he landed on the 15-day disabled list.

SP | Dustin McGowan | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays are expected to play SP Dustin McGowan (side) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, Aug. 1. He recently tweaked a muscle in his side.

SP | Bud Norris | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Houston Astros acquired OF L.J. Hoes and P Josh Hader from the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, July 31, in exchange for SP Bud Norris. Houston also received a competitive lottery draft pick, roughly 35th overall.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs optioned SP Jake Arrieta to Triple-A Iowa Wednesday, July 31.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (neck) could make his next start this weekend after he was taking aggressive hacks in batting practice Wednesday, July 31. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Lee is feeling much better.

SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Zack Wheeler could be moved to the bullpen in the final few weeks of the season in order to limit his overall innings pitched. He is currently at 114 1/3 frames this year between the majors and minors, and he tossed a total of 149 innings last year. He's likely to have about 66 innings remaining this year to reach a rough cap of 180 innings.

SP | Travis Blackley | Houston Astros | Injury,
Houston Astros RP Travis Blackley (face, head) was hit in the head during batting practice Wednesday, July 31, and he was helped off the field.

SP | Tyler Skaggs | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Zeke Spruill will make the start against the Texas Rangers Thursday, Aug. 1.

SP | Matt Moore | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore's (elbow) MRI exam came back clean, and he doesn't think his injury is too serious.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles placed SP Jason Hammel (forearm) on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm tightness Wednesday, July 31, and OF Steve Pearce was recalled from the minors in a corresponding move. Also, RP Jairo Asencio has cleared waivers and was outrighted to the minors.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
The Atlanta Braves discussed New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes, but it's unlikely that a trade will happen.

SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo (hamstring) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring.

SP | Erik Bedard | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Erik Bedard has been scratched from his start on Wednesday, July 31.

SP | Ian Kennedy | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
The San Diego Padres have reached an agreement to acquire SP Ian Kennedy from the Arizona Diamondbacks for RP Joe Thatcher, P Matt Stites and a compensatory B draft pick.

SP | Matt Garza | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Matt Garza, along with most members of the parent club, is reportedly available in a trade.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Bobby Parnell was unavailable Wednesday, July 31, after working in three consecutive games, throwing 55 pitches over the span.

RP | Mark Rogers | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Mark Rogers (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday, July 31, with the team's rookie league club in Arizona.

RP | Sergio Santos | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos (shoulder) is expected to join the team and come off the 15-day disabled list Thursday, Aug. 1, according to a source.

RP | Luis Marte | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Transaction,
The Detroit Tigers placed RP Luis Marte (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, July 31.

RP | Sean Burnett | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury,
Updating a previous item, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Sean Burnett (elbow) has a small tear in the flexor tendon of his left elbow, and he'll likely undergo surgery. Burnett expects to be ready for next season.

RP | LaTroy Hawkins | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets RPs Bobby Parnell and LaTroy Hawkins are both unavailable to pitch Wednesday, July 31, because of recent heavy workloads.

RP | Nathan Adcock | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
Arizona Diamondbacks P Nathan Adcock has been outrighted to Triple-A Reno to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

RP | Henry Owens | free agent | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox P Henry Owens is receiving a promotion to Double-A Portland, according to an industry source. The left-hander recently enjoyed a streak of 19 1/3 hitless innings, spanning four starts, for Class A Advanced Salem. He's compiled an 8-5 record with a 2.92 ERA, 10.6 K/9 and 4.6 BB/9 this year.

RP | Tom Wilhelmsen | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners are active in trade discussions that involve RP Tom Wilhelmsen and RP Oliver Perez, according to a source.

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