Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 9, 2013 @ 09:21:56 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox DH Adam Dunn has cleared waivers. He's owed nearly $20 million through 2014.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Former MLB 1B Jack Clark, who now is an analyst for WGNU 920 AM in St. Louis, said Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols' former trainer, Chris Mihlfeld, told him he used to "shoot him up" in the early 2000s, referring to Pujols. Mihlfeld "had told me what he was doing with 'Poolie' - threw him batting practice, worked him out, shot him up, all that stuff," Clark said. Mihlfeld came under fire in 2006 with his link to RP Jason Grimsley. Pujols denied allegations then. Clark said he consulted Mihlfeld for a nutrition program in 2000, and Mihlfeld suggested steroids. "He had told me he had done that with Pujols, with steroids, and I really never thought too much about it because steroids were really not on my radar screen at that time," Clark said.

Second Baseman

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley can earn an extra $5 million in his new deal if he is not on the disabled list for more than 15 days due to a knee injury. If he reaches 500 plate appearances in 2015, as a 36-year-old, he'll kick in a $15 million option. Only one player has reached that threshold who was 36 or older since 2007.

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers placed 2B Rickie Weeks (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring Thursday, Aug. 8, and they'll recall 2B Scooter Gennett from the minors Friday, Aug. 9.


SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins has cleared waivers, but it is not known if he would accept a trade. Rollins said he would not waive his no-trade clause before the trade deadline.

SS | Jose Iglesias | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias (toe) said he not believe his toe injury is serious and expects to be back soon.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said he will continue to have SS Asdrubal Cabrera bat fourth in the starting lineup even though he is hitting only .183 since July 4. "You go through runs where you get cold, you get hot," Francona said. "Cabby's got a pretty good track record. If you move Cabby too soon, say, down to sixth or seventh, he's going to get hot. It's like if you're playing 50 bucks, 50 bucks, 50 bucks, and all of a sudden you get hot and you're playing for five. He's going to get hot, and I'd like to get the most out of it and keep him where he is. "

SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox wanted SS Jurickson Profar from the Texas Rangers when the two teams discussed OF Alex Rios before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The Rangers were unwilling to give Profar up. If Rios were traded now, OF Avisail Garcia would likely come up and play at the major league level.

SS | Jeff Bianchi | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks (hamstring) will head for an MRI exam on his left hamstring, and he's likely to land on the disabled list. Weeks is hitting only .209 with 10 home runs and 24 RBIs this year.

SS | Adam Rosales | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics claimed INF Adam Rosales off waivers from the Texas Rangers Thursday, Aug. 8.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is expected to avoid the disabled list, and he could pinch hit this week, according to manager Don Mattingly. Ramirez hasn't played since jamming his right shoulder jumping into the stands Sunday, Aug. 4. "He looks good," Mattingly said. "Talking to the medical department, Hanley just keeps advancing. He's moving around today even better than yesterday. I would think if this keeps going like this he will try to hit a ball off a tee or something today." Mattingly said it's doubtful that Ramirez will be available Thursday, Aug. 8, though. There's a better chance that he will pinch hit this weekend.

Third Baseman

3B | Luis Encarnacion | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies signed 16-year-old Dominican 3B Luis Encarnacion to a $1 million deal.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers have no plans to activate 3B Aramis Ramirez (knee) from the disabled list Friday, Aug. 9.

3B | Michael Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Michael Young cleared waivers Thursday, Aug. 8. The Texas Rangers, among other teams, discussed trading for Young before the non-waiver trade deadline.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera recorded his 100th RBI of the season Wednesday, Aug. 7, making him only the sixth player in history to reach 100 RBIs in 10 straight seasons. The list includes Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, Al Simmons and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols.

3B | Mark Reynolds | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians designated 3B Mark Reynolds for assignment Thursday, Aug. 8. Reynolds signed a one-year, $6 million deal last winter but was hitting just .215 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs with 123 strikeouts. He had only two home runs since May.


C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (head) has been cleared to return to action Friday, Aug. 9.

C | Salvador Perez | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez (concussion) is eligible to come off the seven-day disabled list Sunday, Aug. 11, but manager Ned Yost said the team will not activate Perez until he is completely recovered.

C | Dioner Navarro | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs C Dioner Navarro (ankle) is listed as day-to-day with a right ankle injury after a collision at home plate Wednesday, Aug. 7. Navarro was diagnosed with a contusion after X-rays came back negative.

C | Hector Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Transaction
The San Francisco Giants recalled C Hector Sanchez from Triple-A Fresno Thursday, Aug. 8, and designated C Guillermo Quiroz for assignment in a corresponding move.


OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (knee) was activated from the 15-day disabled list. C Ryan Doumit (concussion) was placed on the 7-day disabled list.

OF | Casper Wells | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies claimed OF Casper Wells from the Chicago White Sox Thursday, Aug. 8.

OF | Alex Rios | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox wanted SS Jurickson Profar from the Texas Rangers when the two teams discussed OF Alex Rios before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The Rangers were unwilling to give Profar up. If Rios were traded now, OF Avisail Garcia would likely come up and play at the major league level.

OF | Daniel Nava | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox activated OF Daniel Nava from the paternity list Thursday, Aug. 8, and optioned P Steven Wright to the minors in a corresponding move.

OF | Thomas Neal | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction,
The Chicago Cubs placed OF Thomas Neal (shoulder) and RP Matt Guerrier (elbow) on the disabled list Thursday, Aug. 8, and recalled RP Eduardo Sanchez and C J.C. Boscan from the minors in a corresponding move.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (ankle) took batting practice Wednesday, Aug. 7, and worked out in the outfield for the first time since going on the disabled list July 22. "Matt swung the bat really good today so I was really happy with that," manager Don Mattingly said. "He's going to be able to throw and he's going to be able to hit and doing a lot of that stuff but we're probably still a little bit away from sprinting and cutting and stopping, that's going to be the problem. I know they're doing some running in place and keep progressing." Kemp is wearing an ankle brace and is unable to run right now. General manager Ned Colletti said Kemp might not be back until September, but Kemp said he would be back sometime this month.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Carlos Martinez | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez (undisclosed) left his start Thursday, Aug. 8, because he was cramping. The cramping was believed to be in his right index finger, but the team did not disclose the area.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (neck) throw on flat ground from 90 feet Thursday, Aug. 8, and is scheduled to throw off a mound Friday, Aug. 9.

SP | Josh Tomlin | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians SP Josh Tomlin (elbow) is scheduled to make another rehab start Sunday, Aug. 11. He will throw three innings or 50 pitches.

SP | Michael Wacha | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha will start against the Chicago Cubs Saturday, Aug. 10.

SP | Danny Duffy | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals optioned SP Danny Duffy to Triple-A Omaha Thursday, Aug. 8, and recalled RP Francisley Bueno from Omaha in a corresponding move. Also, C Adam Moore was put on release waivers.

SP | Dan Haren | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Dan Haren was placed on waivers Thursday, Aug. 8.

SP | Tyler Chatwood | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies placed SP Tyler Chatwood (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation Thursday, Aug. 8. In corresponding moves, they recalled P Jeff Manship from the minors and placed SP Christian Friedrich (back) on the 60-day DL. "Tyler threw a bullpen (Tuesday), really to test his hamstring," manager Walt Weiss said. "Then today he had inflammation in his elbow. Tyler has been really good. When it rains it pours. That's a guy you would love to run out there when we are struggling like we are."

SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Shelby Miller (elbow) is optimistic he'll make his next start after being hit by a line drive Wednesday, Aug. 7, and suffering a right elbow contusion. "It feels good," said Miller, who began the day with an 11-7 record and a 2.89 ERA. "I mean, it doesn't feel good but it's better than it could be. I'm planning on making my next start." SP Jake Westbrook, who was scheduled to pitch Thursday, Aug. 8, came into the game in the second inning on three days of rest.

SP | Erasmo Ramirez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Erasmo Ramirez will have his scheduled start Friday, Aug. 9, skipped so that the team can maintain a five-day routine for the rest of the starters.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Tom Gorzelanny | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Tom Gorzelanny (elbow), who missed his start with a sore left elbow Wednesday, Aug. 7, will make his next start versus the Seattle Mariners Saturday, Aug. 10.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz (elbow) is scheduled to face hitters for the first time at Triple-A Round Rock Thursday, Aug. 8. He'll throw again Saturday, Aug. 10. His fastball is hitting 94-95 mph on the radar gun, and he'll likely rejoin the team next month. Feliz will make at least five more minor league appearances before the team considers bringing him back.

RP | Sam Freeman | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction,
The St. Louis Cardinals recalled RP Sam Freeman from Triple-A Memphis Thursday, Aug. 8, and optioned 1B Brock Peterson and P Keith Butler to Memphis in a corresponding move.

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