Adam Dunn considering retirement, Cargo still ailing, more

by KFFL Staff on September 4, 2013 @ 09:23:53 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn is guaranteed $15 million next season, and he is just 33 years old. However, he said Tuesday, Sept. 3, that he will consider retiring this offseason and forfeiting his remaining salary if he is no longer enjoying himself. "I'm not coming back just to come back for money because I have one year left (on his contract)," Dunn said. "I'm not coming back to chase home-run numbers or whatever. If I end up with 499 and I'm not having fun, see ya - 499 it is."

1B | Sean Halton | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee 1B Sean Halton might get the start at first base Wednesday, Sept. 4, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1B | Yonder Alonso | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B Yonder Alonso (hand) visited a hand specialist Tuesday, Sept. 3. The strength in his hand is down, but he is hopeful to return in about two weeks.

1B | Carlos Pena | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Transaction,
The Kansas City Royals recalled Ps Louis Coleman, Donnie Joseph and Wade Davis, 2B Johnny Giavotella, 1B Carlos Pena and INF Pedro Ciriaco from the minors Tuesday, Sept. 3. P Noel Arguelles (shoulder) was shifted to the 60-day disabled list and INF Edinson Rincon was designated for assignment in corresponding moves.

1B | Brock Peterson | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction
The St. Louis Cardinals recalled SS Ryan Jackson, C Audry Perez and 1B Brock Peterson from the minors Tuesday, Sept. 3.

1B | Neftali Soto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Transaction
The Cincinnati Reds recalled 1B Neftali Soto from the minors Monday, Sept. 2, and activated C Corky Miller (thigh) from the 15-day disabled list.

Second Baseman

2B | Chris Getz | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 2B Chris Getz (illness) left the game Tuesday, Sept. 3, against the Seattle Mariners due to an upset stomach and mild dizziness.

2B | Wilmer Flores | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B Wilmer Flores (ankles) has been missing from the lineup recently due to sore ankles.

2B | Jeff Kobernus | Washington Nationals | Transaction,
The Washington Nationals recalled INF Zach Walters, OF Eury Perez, OF Corey Brown, INF Jeff Kobernus and P Xavier Cedeno from the minors Tuesday, Sept. 3.

2B | Kensuke Tanaka | San Francisco Giants | Transaction,
The San Francisco Giants designated 2B Kensuke Tanaka and RP Dan Runzler for assignment Tuesday, Sept. 3.

2B | Ryan Flaherty | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles recalled 2B Ryan Flaherty from Single-A Frederick Tuesday, Sept. 3.


SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter collected the 3,314th hit of his career Tuesday, Sept. 3, moving him into sole possession of the ninth spot on the all-time hits list past Eddie Collins. He finished the night 2-for-3 and is hitting .224 this season.

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus (back) remains out of the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 3.

SS | Carlos Triunfel | Seattle Mariners | Transaction,
The Seattle Mariners recalled Ps Hector Noesi and Chance Ruffin and SS Carlos Triunfel from Triple-A Tacoma Tuesday, Sept. 3.

SS | Jonathan Schoop | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles recalled OF Henry Urrutia, P Josh Stinson and 2B Jonathan Schoop from the minors Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Schoop and Urrutia are attractive prospects, but they likely won't receive enough playing time to become relevant in the final month in mixed universes.

Third Baseman

3B | Michael Young | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Michael Young will come off the bench for the team to spell 3B Juan Uribe when needed. Young can also play some first base. "I think he's a professional player that's got a chance to help us," said general manager Ned Colletti. "We've got a long way to go and, when you can add people this time of year who bring what he brings, you act. We've gone for it, we'll continue to go for it." Los Angeles will pay Young around $1 million of his $16 million salary. The team placed SP Josh Beckett (shoulder, neck) on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Young on the roster.

Young loses basically all of his value in mixed formats.

3B | Matt Davidson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled 3B Matt Davidson, C Tuffy Gosewisch and SS Chris Owings from the minors Tuesday, Sept. 3, and moved RP Matt Reynolds (elbow) to the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding move.

3B | Matt Dominguez | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 3B Matt Dominguez (illness) is not in the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 3.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera (abdomen) is back in the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 3.


C | Ryan Doumit | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C/OF Ryan Doumit (concussion) is expected to come off the 7-day concussion disabled list Wednesday, Sept. 4. When he is able to return, manager Ron Gardenhire said he will wear many hats. "He's going to be the DH a lot, he'll play right field a little bit," Gardenhire said. "I don't know how much catching he's doing to do. I'm going to talk to him about that and we'll go from there."

C | Evan Gattis | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves recalled C Evan Gattis from the minors Tuesday, Sept. 3, and inserted him into the starting lineup. Gattis was hitting only .139 in 36 at-bats in August but went 6-for-13 with two doubles and a home run in three games with Triple-A Gwinnett. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Gattis will likely play four of the next five games.

C | Jason Castro | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros C Jason Castro (knee) was diagnosed with a cyst on the medial side of his knee, and he's listed as day-to-day.

C | Matt Pagnozzi | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros acquired C Matt Pagnozzi from the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, Sept. 3, in exchange for cash.

C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (back) will sit out two to three days due to lower back soreness.

C | J.C. Boscan | Chicago Cubs | Transaction,
The Chicago Cubs recalled Ps Justin Grimm, J.C. Boscan, Zach Rosscup and Brooks Raley from Triple-A Iowa Tuesday, Sept. 3, and designated OF Dave Sappelt for assignment in a corresponding move.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (wrist) and OF Carlos Beltran (back) are both back in the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 3.

C | Cameron Rupp | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies called up C Cameron Rupp from Triple-A Lehigh Valley Tuesday, Sept. 3.


OF | Jordan Schafer | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jordan Schafer (quadriceps) was scratched from the lineup with a left quadriceps contusion Wednesday, Sept. 4. OF B.J. Upton is replacing Schafer in the outfield and is hitting leadoff.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (finger) entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning Tuesday, Sept. 3, but was taken out in the bottom of the inning as a precaution after re-injuring his finger swinging a bat.

It's unknown how long it'll take Cargo to get back into the lineup, but the team surely won't rush him back. He's running out of time to make a valuable contribution to your fantasy squad down the stretch.

OF | Oswaldo Arcia | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia (wrist) returned to the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 3, against the Houston Astros. He had played in just one game since Aug. 24 since suffering a bruised left wrist in a game Aug. 19.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) underwent surgery on his knee Tuesday, Sept. 3. It was not microfracture surgery, but doctors went in to remove debris and floating particles.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (hip) will rest his nagging left hip injury Wednesday, Sept. 4, sitting during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The team also has a scheduled day off Thursday, Sept. 5, to give Harper extra rest.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton (shoulder, sinus) is out of the lineup due to a sinus infection Tuesday, Sept. 3, but is hoping to return Wednesday, Sept. 4. He said his shoulder is fine.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (ankle) will play in simulated games the next few days and receive 10 to 12 at-bats.

Andre Ethier will likely be the odd-man out when Kemp returns to the lineup. But with Ethier proving his worth this past month, don't expect the Dodgers to rush Kemp back this week.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (shin) is back in the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 3, after fouling a ball off his shin Monday, Sept. 2. Crisp is serving as the designated hitter.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (knee) is back in the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 3.

OF | Lorenzo Cain | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (oblique) is still feeling pain in his strained oblique when he swings, and he's not close to a return.

OF | Andrew Lambo | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled P Jared Hughes, OF Andrew Lambo, SP Jeff Locke and C Tony Sanchez from Double-A Altoona Tuesday, Sept. 3.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (jaw) has been cleared to play catch and hit off a tee.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury (thumb) is not in the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 3, after leaving the game with swelling in his left thumb Sunday, Sept. 1.

OF | Will Venable | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres signed OF Will Venable to a two-year, $8.5 million extension through the 2015 season Tuesday, Sept. 3. He'll earn $4.25 million in each of the next two years. Venable is hitting .273 with a team-high 20 home runs, 49 RBIs and 55 runs scored. He leads National League outfielders with a .510 slugging percentage and is second in all of baseball.

OF | Ryan Raburn | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians activated OF Ryan Raburn (foot) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Jon Lester | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester gave up one run on eight hits while walking none and striking out a season-high nine hitters in a victory over the Detroit Tigers Tuesday, Sept. 3. The team is 11-2 when he starts after a loss, and he's 9-1 with a 2.68 ERA in those games. Since Aug. 8, he has six quality starts for a 1.71 ERA. Lester's fastball was sitting in the high-90s Tuesday.

SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Martin Perez won his sixth straight start, which is a franchise rookie record, by beating the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, Sept. 3. "After the leadoff double, he was lights out," C A.J. Pierzynski said after the Rangers' 5-1 win at Coliseum. "He had all the pitches going. He had a great changeup tonight, which has always been his pitch. But he really located his fastball well. And he also was able to throw two different types of breaking balls for strikes, which I think really kept them off balance." He gave up only one run and eight hits while striking out five and walking none in seven frames.

Perez has come into his own in the second half of the season and is pitching with plenty of confidence. If he's still available on your league's waiver wire, snatch him up immediately.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and will start against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, Sept. 4. The other starters will all be moved back a day.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes has been demoted to the bullpen by manager Joe Girardi. SP David Huff will get the start Saturday, Sept. 7, in his absence.

Hughes is only worth hanging onto in AL-only fantasy leagues with 12 or more teams at this point. Huff is worth adding if you're desperate for starting pitching in AL formats.

SP | Roy Oswalt | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Roy Oswalt made another minor-league rehab start with Rookie level Grand Junction Tuesday, Sept. 3. Weiss said his plan for Oswalt for the remainder of the season depends upon how well Oswalt performs at Grand Junction. "We're looking to get him back in the mix," Weiss said. "I don't know exactly when that is, but a lot of it will be determined by how it goes tonight and we'll go from there."

SP | Tyler Chatwood | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Tyler Chatwood (hand) said he plans to throw a bullpen Wednesday, Sept. 4, and he remains on target for his next scheduled start Saturday, Sept. 7, against the San Diego Padres.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez (back) suffered a lower back cramp in his start Monday, Sept. 2, against the Kansas City Royals. Still, he is on target to make his next scheduled start Sunday, Sept. 8, against the Tampa Bay Rays. "Felix is a little bit sore, a little bit stiff today," manager Eric Wedge said Tuesday, Sept. 3. "So, we will monitor that from day to day. It's the first day after and you figure he's going to feel that. We'll see how we feels the next couple of days and go from there."

SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers activated P Alexi Ogando (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, Sept. 3. He is unlikely to start, and is expected to come out of the bullpen.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays recalled Ps Kyle Drabek, Jeremy Jeffress, Luis Perez and Ricky Romero from Triple-A Las Vegas Tuesday, Sept. 3. The team also designated 1B Mauro Gomez for assignment, and recall C Mike Nickeas.

SP | Scott Baker | Chicago Cubs | Injury,
Chicago Cubs SP Scott Baker (elbow) tossed six innings in his final rehab start Monday, Sept. 2, but the team isn't sure what the next step is for him. It looks as though he won't start for the Cubs in the final month of the season, though. Baker threw 80 pitches Monday, but his velocity wasn't where he wanted it to be.

SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Zack Wheeler is around 28 innings from being shut down for the season. His next start is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 6, and it's unclear if he'll make it through the final month of the season. However, the team is considering a six-man rotation. He has thrown 151 2/3 innings between the majors and minors this year.

Continue to ride Wheeler out until he's shut down. Be aware, however, that the Mets could try to limit how deep he goes in his remaining starts in order to preserve him the rest of the way.

SP | James Paxton | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP James Paxton will start Saturday, Sept. 7.

Paxton is coming up on his innings limit for the season, however, so he should only be a candidate in deep AL-only leagues.

SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson (oblique) is dealing with a strained left oblique muscle and will miss at least one start. He won't resume throwing until he's pain-free.

Oblique injuries are very tricky, especially for pitchers, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see Masterson miss more than one start and possibly the final month of the season.

SP | Tony Cingrani | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Tony Cingrani (back) will be activated from the disabled list to start Thursday, Sept. 5.

SP | Tommy Milone | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Oakland Athletics recalled Ps Tommy Milone, Evan Scribner and Pat Neshek from the minors Tuesday, Sept. 3, and designated RP Hideki Okajima for assignment in a corresponding move. C Luke Montz has also been released.

SP | Michael Wacha | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha has made the team comfortable with leaving him in the fifth spot in the rotation after pitching in a six-man rotation at Triple-A Memphis this summer. His workload is down enough that the Cardinals will feel comfortable throwing him out there every five days for the last month of the season.

SP | Matt Moore | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays activated SP Matt Moore (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, Sept. 3, and recalled SP Jeremy Hellickson from the minors.

SP | Matt Harvey | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Matt Harvey (elbow) will seek a second opinion on the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow before deciding whether to have Tommy John surgery. Harvey will likely make the decision in a week or two. Harvey said he expects to be back in time for opening day next year, but general manager Sandy Alderson is expecting Harvey to have surgery and miss all of next year.

SP | Josh Tomlin | Cleveland Indians | Transaction,
The Cleveland Indians recalled Ps Josh Tomlin, C.C. Lee, Vinnie Pestano and Carlos Carrasco from the minors Tuesday, Sept. 3.

SP | Miguel Gonzalez | Chicago White Sox | Transaction,
The Chicago White Sox recalled Ps Erik Johnson, Daniel Webb, Marcus Semien and Miguel Gonzalez from the minors Tuesday, Sept. 3.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (shoulder) will make his third rehab start Thursday, Sept. 5. His start was pushed back a day because his wife is expected to go into labor with the couple's second child Wednesday, Sept. 4.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SPs Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir are both willing to sign new deals to return to the team next season; both players will be free agents this winter. Jimenez hasn't opened contract talks with the team but "would listen" to their offer. "I would love to stay here," Kazmir said. "I'm very interested ... I'd love to contribute and continue to be with this group." Jimenez has an $8 million mutual option for the 2014 season, with a $1 million buyout.

SP | Hector Santiago | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Hector Santiago will have his next start pushed back to Thursday, Sept. 5. SP Erik Johnson is the top candidate to be called up to start against the New York Yankees Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi wants CL Mariano Rivera to return in 2014. "I don't see any reason why he couldn't do it next year, I don't," Girardi said. "He's made it pretty clear that he doesn't want to (return), but I always say, you know, January rolls around and sometimes you have a different feel about what you want to do." Rivera shot it down and said he already made his decision to retire.

RP | Adam Ottavino | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss plans to use RP Adam Ottavino primarily as a one-inning, late-game setup man. The skipper said he wants Ottavino to be the team's go-to reliever in the seventh inning.

RP | Tom Gorzelanny | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Tom Gorzelanny (shoulder) will be examined Wednesday, Sept. 4, by the team's head trainer. He said he is "not quite right", and he will be examined to determine the cause of his left shoulder injury.

RP | Jason Grilli | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli (forearm) said he doesn't expect to immediately return to the closer's role after being activated from the disabled list Tuesday, Sept. 3. Manager Clint Hurdle said Grilli will make a couple relief appearances in non-save situations before returning to the ninth inning. "Our eyes will tell us what to do with him after that, I believe ... his eyes and our eyes," Hurdle said. "We eventually plan on transitioning him back to the closer role."

Mark Melancon has a little bit more time to accrue saves in the meantime. Hang onto him if you are riding him for saves.

RP | Jeurys Familia | New York Mets | Injury,
New York Mets P Jeurys Familia (elbow) will play for Single-A Brooklyn in their last two games and then move to a playoff team elsewhere in the minor league system as he rehabs from June 5 elbow surgery. The Mets are hoping to recall Familia to the majors before the end of the year.

RP | Chris Withrow | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled RP Chris Withrow from the minors Tuesday, Sept. 3.

RP | Brad Boxberger | San Diego Padres | Transaction,
The San Diego Padres recalled Ps Anthony Bass, Brad Boxberger and Brad Brach from Triple-A Tucson Tuesday, Sept. 3.

RP | Joaquin Benoit | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Joaquin Benoit was rested Monday, Sept. 2, after having pitched three of the previous four games.

Jose Veras came in for the save in Benoit's absence.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez pleaded no contest and was convicted of misdemeanor drug abuse for marijuana shipped to his home Tuesday, Sept. 3. He was found guilty and fined $250 and was also put on probation for one year and ordered to speak to kids about drugs. A related criminal case against Perez's wife is pending.

Perez shouldn't be in danger of being disciplined by the league other than having to undergo treatment programs for drug use. He has yet to test positive for marijuana, so until he does, he should be fine.

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