1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton has decided to call it a career following 17 seasons with the ballclub. Helton intentionally waited this long to make sure he was at peace with his decision, as well as to prevent any fuss or a farewell tour. Helton did want a chance to say goodbye to the fans during the season's final nine-game homestand.
1B | Chris Davis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B/OF Chris Davis hit his 50th home run of the year against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, Sept. 13, tying the single-season franchise record set by Brady Anderson in 1996.
1B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion (wrist) will be back in the lineup as the designated hitter Friday, Sept. 13.
1B | Dan Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles recalled 1B Dan Johnson from the minors Friday, Sept. 13, and placed OF Henry Urrutia on the restricted list in a corresponding move.
2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers have transferred 2B Rickie Weeks (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
2B | Justin Turner | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets 2B Justin Turner (hamstring) is unlikely to play this weekend after suffering a small strain of his right hamstring earlier this week. "When he hurt it, it was going to be seven to 10 days. We're still in that seven-day period," manager Terry Collins said. "Is he feeling better? Probably. Still going to be a few more days before he starts doing anything."
2B | Howie Kendrick | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B Howie Kendrick (knee) is in the lineup for the first time Friday, Sept. 13, since being activated from the disabled list earlier this week.
2B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Logan Forsythe (foot) is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot again and might not play much for the rest of the season.
SS | Jed Lowrie | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Jed Lowrie (hamstring) left the game Sunday, Sept. 15, against the Texas Rangers due to tightness in his hamstring.
SS | Brad Miller | Seattle Mariners | Injury
Seattle Mariners SS Brad Miller (hamstring) left the team's game early Saturday, Sept. 14, because of a mild left hamstring strain.
SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
The New York Yankees reinstated RP David Phelps (elbow) from the 60-day disabled list Saturday, Sept. 14. In a corresponding move, the team placed SS Derek Jeter (ankle) on the 60-day disabled list.
SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) is not in the lineup Friday, Sept. 13. INF Nick Punto is replacing him at shortstop.
3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (illness) was out of the lineup Sunday, Sept. 15, against the New York Yankees due to the flu.
3B | Josh Donaldson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Josh Donaldson extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games Sunday, Sept. 15, against the Texas Rangers. He is hitting .450 with four homers and 11 RBI during the impressive span.
3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he hopes to use 3B Alex Rodriguez (hamstring) as the designated hitter Sunday, Sept. 15, because he does not want Rodriguez to have two straight days off.
3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez (wrist) is day-to-day with a left wrist contusion. He suffered the injury after being hit by a pitch from Cincinnati Reds SP Mat Latos in the first inning Friday, Sept. 13, and had to be removed from the game.
3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright (hamstring) did side-to-side work in the infield and fielded grounders Friday, Sept. 13, and he'll do more baserunning Saturday, Sept. 14. Wright has been looking great and could return to the team next week.
It looks like Wright will make it back this year. Keep him stashed for when he returns.
C | Max Stassi | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros C Max Stassi (concussion) has been catching bullpen sessions recently and took batting practice Saturday, Sept. 14. He is hoping to return to action before the end of the regular season.
C | Jason Castro | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros C Jason Castro (knee) hit in the batting cage and did some running Saturday, Sept. 14. Manager Bo Porter said he will not return to action until he is 100 percent. "I definitely feel better than before," Castro said. "I think still there's a little bit of time probably left, but it's definitely making progress."
C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer (concussion) did work with team trainers Saturday, Sept. 14, but did not take batting practice or run the bases, according to general manager Terry Ryan.
C | Jeff Mathis | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins C Jeff Mathis (thumb) played catch and took several swings Saturday, Sept. 14. He could be available for the team's upcoming series against the Philadelphia Phillies, according to manager Mike Redmond.
C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Boston Red Sox | Free Agents
The Boston Red Sox could consider giving a qualifying offer to impending free-agent C Jarrod Saltalamacchia this offseason because he has improved several of his offensive stats this season.
C | Austin Romine | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees C Joe Girardi said C Austin Romine (concussion) "took some swings and felt better" Friday, Sept. 13.
C | Travis d'Arnaud | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets C Travis d'Arnaud (head) was hit on the top of his helmet by the backswing of Miami Marlins INF Ed Lucas during the second inning Friday, Sept. 13. He remained in the game after being looked at by manager Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez.
C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters is expected to catch both games this weekend against the Toronto Blue Jays after getting the day off Friday, Sept. 13.
C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (personal) is back in the lineup Friday, Sept. 13.
C | Jose Molina | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays C Jose Molina is away from the team to be with his mother, who is undergoing surgery. He is expected to return Friday, Sept. 13.
OF | Alfonso Soriano | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Alfonso Soriano (thumb) returned to the lineup Sunday, Sept. 15, against the Boston Red Sox after being scratched Saturday, Sept. 14, due to a sprained left thumb. He did not have an injection for the thumb.
OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner (oblique) indicated Sunday, Sept. 15, that he is not optimistic he will be back this season. He remains hopeful, but says there might not be enough time.
OF | Nate McLouth | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nate McLouth (knee) left the game Sunday, Sept. 15, against the Toronto Blue Jays after fouling a ball off of his right knee. He had X-rays, and they were negative. "Everything was fine. It will just be a little sore," McLouth said.
OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (shoulder) will have an MRI on his injured shoulder Monday, Sept. 16. He was scratched Sunday, Sept. 15, due to a sore right shoulder.
It might be a good idea to reserve Cespedes in all fantasy leagues, as the results of his test could come down after the lineup lock. If it is bad news, and he requires rest, it might be a few days without any stats for your fantasy team.
OF | Robbie Grossman | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Robbie Grossman (oblique) has increased his activity recently and is available to be used in games as a pinch runner. He is experiencing more pain swinging a bat left-handed than right-handed.
OF | Yasiel Puig | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig (hip) is not in the starting lineup against the San Francisco Giants Sunday, Sept. 15, because of a sore left hip. Manager Don Mattingly is uncertain how much time he will miss. "I'm thinking somewhere between seven and 10 days for him, hopefully, maybe two or three weeks, I don't know," Mattingly said. "Or, it could be tomorrow. I'm not sure."
OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
The New York Mets may have some interest in Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez, but sources indicate a trade is not likely. The Rockies want young position players and aren't interested in what the Mets can offer in that regard.
OF | Starling Marte | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (hand) took some swings before the team's game Saturday, Sept. 14, and could return to the lineup in a few days. Manager Clint Hurdle said Marte may have to deal with some pain during the rest of the season.
OF | J.D. Martinez | Houston Astros | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros have activated OF J.D. Martinez (wrist) from the 15-day disabled list.
OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier (ankle) tweaked his ankle during the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Sept. 13, and had to leave the game.
OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (heel) grounded into a double play in an appearance as a pinch hitter Friday, Sept. 13, against the Washington Nationals. It was his first action since Sept. 1.
OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (jaw) took batting practice on the field Friday, Sept. 13, wearing a modified batting helmet with a guard to protect the right side of his face. There is no timetable for his return, but the team is hoping he can be back before the regular season ends Sept. 29. Heyward will face live pitching in the instructional league before then. He also shagged some fly balls in the outfield Friday. The metal plates put into his jaw will remain for the time being.
Realistically, it's not worth holding onto Heyward for a week or less of action. Remember, he wasn't exactly tearing the cover off his baseball before being hit in the face, either, so don't expect him to go off in the final week while he's rusty.
OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury (foot) began some physical activity Friday, Sept. 13. "He comes out of the boot for a period of time for some exercises, some work in the pool," said manager John Farrell, who added that there is still no projected date of return. Ellsbury is now being described as day-to-day.
It still looks like Ellsbury will be able to return during the regular season. Hang onto him.
OF | Colby Rasmus | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays activated OF Colby Rasmus (oblique) from the disabled list Friday, Sept. 13.
SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated Sunday, Sept. 15, that he is not worried about the sore triceps of SP Ivan Nova (triceps), who started against the Boston Red Sox. "He's dealt with this for a while now, and we've managed it and continue to manage it," Girardi said. "There's been other times that he's mentioned it and I haven't told you."
SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes will take his next turn in the rotation Wednesday, Sept. 18, against the Toronto Blue Jays.
SP | Cory Luebke | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres have shut down RP Cory Luebke (elbow) after he experienced elbow soreness after four bullpen sessions. He is making his way back from Tommy John surgery in 2012.
SP | Jarrod Parker | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Jarrod Parker (illness) might start the game Monday, Sept. 16, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, according to manager Bob Melvin. He was scratched Sunday, Sept. 15, from his start due to illness.
SP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Felix Doubront is scheduled to throw a side session Sunday, Sept. 15, and a simulated game Tuesday, Sept. 17. He is expected to pitch next weekend against the Toronto Blue Jays in a starting role, according to manager John Farrell, who added that Doubront hadn't been used recently because of fatigue.
SP | Tommy Milone | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
The Oakland Athletics have scratched SP Jarrod Parker (illness) from his start against the Texas Rangers Sunday, Sept. 15, because of illness. SP Tommy Milone will start in his place.
SP | Nathan Eovaldi | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond said SP Nathan Eovaldi (back) played catch Saturday, Sept. 14, and will throw a bullpen session Sunday, Sept. 15. If all goes well, he could start against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, Sept. 18.
SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (lat) will come off the disabled list to start against the Houston Astros Monday, Sept. 16.
SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
The Philadelphia Phillies do not plan to expose SP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to competition during the remainder of the 2013 season. The Phillies envision Gonzalez as the No. 3 pitcher in 2014 behind SP's Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.
SP | James McDonald | free agent | Free Agents,
The Minnesota Twins are not interested in signing free-agent SP James McDonald (Pirates) at this point.
SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy (elbow) will try to resume throwing Monday, Sept. 16, or Tuesday, Sept. 17, but will only throw light stuff initially. It is not known if Beachy will be able to pitch again this season.
SP | Ross Detwiler | Washington Nationals | Injury,
Washington Nationals SP Ross Detwiler (back) threw a bullpen session Saturday, Sept. 14, and is scheduled to throw another one before he faces live batters. He could have a role as a relief pitcher later this season.
SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (forearm) is scheduled to play catch Sunday, Sept. 15, and will throw a bullpen session Monday, Sept. 16, if everything goes well. Strasburg could start Thursday, Sept. 19, if he does not have any setbacks.
SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez (elbow) has been shut down for the rest of the 2013 season. Rodriguez said he still dealing with some pain in his elbow.
SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez (oblique) threw on flat ground without experiencing any problems Friday, Sept. 13, while being observed by pitching coach Carl Willis. He will throw a bullpen session Monday, Sept. 16, and if all goes well, he could start against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, Sept. 18.
SP | Chris Capuano | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said SP Chris Capuano (groin) will initially work out of the bullpen once he returns to action.
SP | Jake Peavy | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said SP Jake Peavy (leg) was fine after being hit on the right leg by a line drive Thursday, Sept. 12.
SP | Danny Salazar | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar allowed four hits over 3 2/3 scoreless innings in a start against the Chicago White Sox Friday, Sept. 13, with two walks and nine strikeouts. However, he was removed from the game because he was on a pitch count of 85. Salazar actually threw 78 pitches in the game, 51 of which were strikes.
SP | Taylor Jordan | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Billy Burns and SP Taylor Jordan were honored as the organization's Minor League Player of the Year and Minor League Pitcher of the Year, respectively.
SP | Kyle Kendrick | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick (10-13) allowed six runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Washington Nationals Friday, Sept. 13. He has posted a 6.91 ERA since the All-Star break and hasn't won since Aug. 6.
SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson (oblique) played catch for the second straight day Friday, Sept. 13, throwing from 75 feet.
SP | Samuel Deduno | Minnesota Twins | Injury,
Minnesota Twins SP Samuel Deduno (shoulder) will have arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder Wednesday, Sept. 18.
SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa (thumb) underwent an MRI exam that showed only inflammation, but he's unsure if he'll make his next start.
SP | Ross Ohlendorf | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (hamstring) is being scratched from his start Friday, Sept. 13. SP Ross Ohlendorf will start in his place.
RP | Boone Logan | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees RP Boone Logan (elbow) will meet with renowned Dr. James Andrews at his Florida office sometime this week.
RP | Dan Otero | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Dan Otero (personal) will be away from the team for a couple of days for the birth of his first child.
RP | Huston Street | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres RP Luke Gregerson will fill-in as the team's closer for at least the first two games of the upcoming week with RP Huston Street (personal) away from the team to attend his grandmother's funeral.
Gregerson remains a strong play in all rotisserie formats for help in the ERA and WHIP categories, and now he might be able to chip in with a save or two, too.
RP | Sam Dyson | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins P Sam Dyson will start against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday, Sept. 16, according to manager Mike Redmond.
RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (thumb) has been diagnosed with a bruised thumb after getting hit in the hand in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, Sept. 14.
RP | Jason Grilli | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said he still wants RP Jason Grilli to close despite his bad outing Friday, Sept. 13. Grilli has dealt with a decline in velocity, but Hurdle said Grilli is working on building his strength.
RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said RP J.J. Putz (pinkie) could be activated as early as Sunday, Sept. 15, after Putz had a successful bullpen session.
RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets have transferred RP Bobby Parnell (neck) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
RP | Jeurys Familia | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets RP Jeurys Familia expects to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic for Indios del Cibao.
RP | Scott Downs | Atlanta Braves | Injury,
Atlanta Braves RP Scott Downs (finger) is expecting to be cleared to pitch after being evaluated by a doctor Friday, Sept. 13. Downs fractured his finger when he was hit by a line drive Monday, Sept. 9.
RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said RPs Mariano Rivera and David Robertson won't be available to pitch Friday, Sept. 13.
RP | Darren O'Day | Baltimore Orioles | Injury,
Baltimore Orioles RP Darren O'Day (fingers) received two injections in his right wrist and fingers Friday, Sept. 13, and he could return next weekend. The team will know more in a few days, but the team doesn't think O'Day's issue is structural.
RP | Jose Veras | Detroit Tigers | Transaction,
The Houston Astros acquired P David Paulino from the Detroit Tigers Friday, Sept. 13, to complete the deal that involved RP Jose Veras.
RP | Mark Melancon | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said RP Jason Grilli will return to the late innings when the team has a lead, meaning Grilli is close to regaining the closer's role from RP Mark Melancon. Grilli will pitch the seventh and eighth innings when the team has a lead, with Melancon remaining in the ninth, for now. Grilli has given up a run in two of his three appearances since coming back from the disabled list, and he's struck out three and walked one in 2 1/3 innings. "I do like the way that Grilli's developing," Hurdle said. "I think he's getting closer." Melancon has a save in each of his last four outings.
Melancon has done a fantastic job filling in in the ninth with Grilli injured, but that time is coming where the Pirates are comfortable giving the closer job back to Grilli. Continue to ride Melancon if you own him.
RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli will work in middle relief for the time being as he returns from his forearm injury. RP Mark Melancon remains as the team's closer, with RPs Tony Watson and Kyle Farnsworth serving as setup men.
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