Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 3, 2012 @ 08:51:23 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto (knee) could sit out of the All-Star Game to rest his sore knee.

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (Achilles') went 1-for-4 with a double while serving as the designated hitter Monday, July 2, in a minor-league rehab game with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He has six hits in 14 at-bats in five rehab games with Class A Lakewood and Lehigh Valley.

1B | Aaron Baker | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Aaron Baker posted his 16th and 17th home runs of the season Monday, July 2, with Class A Frederick.

1B | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman (calf) took 25 swings of soft toss Monday, July 2, and said he could come back the first day after the All-Star break. "Yeah, it's possible," Berkman said. "It wouldn't shock me. I'm not banking on it, but at the same time I'm not ruling it out." He said he wants to be able to take 100 swings from each side of the plate.

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton (hip) said he won't go on the disabled list while dealing with a sore right hip. "I'm a little sore. Jim (Tracy) said he's going to give me a little break," Helton said. "I am not hurt. This is something that I will be able to get through. I could be back in there tomorrow." He said the pain has affected his leg kick in his swing.

1B | Prince Fielder | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano announced the Home Run Derby participants for the American League Monday, July 2. Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista, Detroit Tigers 1B Prince Fielder and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Mark Trumbo will fill out the squad.


Second Baseman

2B | Mark Ellis | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Mark Ellis (leg) started a minor-league assignment Saturday, June 30, with Class A Rancho Cucamonga. He might be ready to come off the 15-day disabled list Thursday, July 5.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (groin) was out of the starting lineup Monday, July 2, against the Seattle Mariners due to soreness in his groin.

2B | Bill Hall | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Bill Hall (leg) suffered an apparent injury in the sixth inning Monday, July 2, in a game with Triple-A Norfolk.

2B | Matt Antonelli | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees designated 2B Matt Antonelli for assignment.


Shortstop

SS | Zack Cozart | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart (concussion) left the game Monday, July 2, against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to a mild concussion. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday, July 3.

SS | Dee Gordon | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Dee Gordon (leg) was out of the lineup Monday, July 2, against the Cincinnati Reds. He made premature exits in two of the past four games due to cramping in his left leg.

SS | Billy Hamilton | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Billy Hamilton swiped his 99th and 100th bases of the season in a game Monday, July 2, for Class A Bakersfield. Hamilton has been caught stealing 21 times through 78 games with Bakersfield.

SS | Manny Machado | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SS Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs in a game with Double-A Bowie Monday, July 2. Machado has posted multi-hit games in five of his past seven outings, and he is hitting .314/.400/.571 with three doubles, two home runs, 12 RBIs and eight runs scored over his past 10.

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout (pinkie) was scratched from the lineup Monday, July 2, with a jammed right pinkie finger. SS Erick Aybar is hitting leadoff and OF Peter Bourjos is starting in center field and batting eighth.

SS | Everth Cabrera | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera is hitless in his last 11 at-bats and is 2-for-19 in the last week to drop his average from .270 to .243. Cabrera has also struck out at least once in 15 straight starts and has 19 K's in his last 53 at-bats.

SS | Andrelton Simmons | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Several scouts are extremely impressed with Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons' defensive prowess this year. "Excellent reads, footwork, instincts, controlled aggression, and a quick compact arm. He made all the plays for me - to the left, to the right, on the backhand, in the hole, topped. He's an excellent athlete with great body control," an American League scout said.

SS | Amed Rosario | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets signed 16-year-old Dominican SS Amed Rosario to a $1.75 million deal.


Third Baseman

3B | Grofy Cruz | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians signed 16-year-old Dominican 3B Grofy Cruz to a $400,000 deal.

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas homered and drove in five runs Monday, July 2.

3B | Ty Wigginton | Philadelphia Phillies | Draft, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have used a collection of 1B Ty Wigginton, OF John Mayberry Jr., INF Hector Luna, OF Laynce Nix and 1B Jim Thome at first base this season. Collectively, the group has combined to hit .253/.314/.405 with 11 homers and 41 RBIs in 331 plate appearances at first base this season.

3B | Juan Uribe | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Juan Uribe (ankle) left the game Monday, July 2, against the Cincinnati Reds due to a sprained right ankle.

3B | Scott Rolen | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds 3B Scott Rolen (back) reported no improvement with his back spasms Monday, July 2. However, he has had this before, and it usually takes two or three days to clear up. It is uncertain if a stint on the 15-day disabled list will be required.

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Monday, July 2, that he would not rule out a stint on the 15-day disabled list for 3B Will Middlebrooks (hamstring), who suffered the injury Sunday, July 1, and was out of the lineup Monday. "Maybe (a trip to the) DL, maybe a few days. It's just one of those injuries," Valentine said. 3B Nick Punto started at third base in his absence.

3B | Carlos Belen | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres signed 16-year-old Dominican 3B Carlos Belen for $1 million Monday, July 2.

3B | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista was named the American League player of the month for June. He posted a .271 average (26-for-96) with 14 home runs and 30 RBIs in the month.

3B | Chris D. Johnson | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros 3B Chris D. Johnson (side) was scratched from the lineup Sunday, July 1, due to a strained muscle in his left side. He was instructed not to swing a bat Monday, July 2, and is still a couple of days away from returning to the lineup. "They told me not to hit today, and hopefully, tomorrow I can come in and swing the bat. Right now, we're just day to day," Johnson said. 3B Scott Moore started at 3B Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart (wrist) will undergo surgery in the next week to 10 days on his left wrist, and he's likely to miss the rest of the season. Removing a small bone that was in contact with a larger bone in his wrist is expected to alleviate the pain. Arthroscopic surgery will be the first of two phases of his surgery.

3B | Geoff Blum | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks activated 3B Geoff Blum (oblique) from the 60-day disabled list Monday, July 2, and placed SS John McDonald (back) on the 15-day DL with back stiffness.

3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen (wrist) is back in the lineup Monday, July 2, but 3B Pedro Alvarez (leg) remains sidelined.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring) threw and ran steps Monday, July 2, but there is no timetable for his return to action.


Catcher

C | Luis Torrens | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees signed 16-year-old Venezuelan C Luis Torrens to a $1.3 million deal.

C | David Rodriguez | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay signed four international players Monday, July 2. The club signed 16-year-old Dominican P Deivy Mendez for $120,000, and Venezuelan P Jose Mujica for $1 million. The team also added Dominican C Erick Maria and Venezuelan C David Rodriguez.

C | Nevin Ashley | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays C Nevin Ashley (hand) was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Rays Monday, July 2, to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. He was hitless in three at-bats with a strikeout in his first rehab game.

C | Stephen Vogt | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays placed C Stephen Vogt (undisclosed) on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Durham Monday, July 2, due to an undisclosed injury. He left the game Sunday, July 1, after just one at-bat, snapping his on-base streak of 27 consecutive games.

C | Mike Zunino | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners signed C Mike Zunino Monday, July 2. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft agreed to a $4 million signing bonus.

C | Luis Exposito | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Luis Exposito (hand) is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Wednesday, July 4.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana (back) returns to the lineup Monday, July 2, after missing four games. "The back is good," Santana said. "I expect to play every day. I expected to play (Sunday), but (manager Manny Acta) wanted to be sure that everything is perfect."

C | Taylor Teagarden | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles C Taylor Teagarden (back) went 0-for-2 while catching and hitting third in the Gulf Coast League Monday, July 2.

C | Rod Barajas | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Rod Barajas (knee) has been scratched from the starting lineup Monday, July 2. C Mike McKenry will take his place in the starting lineup.

C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (knee) is feeling better after working with head trainer Kevin Rand on a training program designed to strengthen his knee while he deal with chronic tendonitis in his knee. Avila has hit .350 since. "Finding this is like a weight lifted off my shoulders," Avila said. "I couldn't hit the way I normally hit, and I was thinking, 'How can I change?' To be honest, I really didn't know how I could change." He is taking more anti-inflammatory medication and undergoes laser-machine treatments to promote blood flow. His hitting motion had been putting more pressure on his back left leg, which was causing pain in his knee.

C | A.J. Pierzynski | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski was disappointed that Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington didn't select him as a reserve for the All-Star game. "If (Washington) felt that bad he would have put me on the team," Pierzynski said. "He had an opportunity to and he didn't do it. Obviously, he can feel as bad as he wants, but he didn't feel that bad."


Outfielder

OF | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Allen Craig hit two homers Monday, July 2. He's hitting .322 with 13 homers and 43 RBIs.

OF | Justin Ruggiano | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Justin Ruggiano homered and drove in four Monday, July 2. He's hitting .397 with three homers and 13 RBIs.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen had four hits Monday, July 2.

OF | Garrett Jones | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Garrett Jones went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs Monday, July 2.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (hamstring) is expected to play in his first minor-league rehab game Tuesday, July 3, with Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Kemp is expected to come off the 15-day disabled list July 13, the first game for the Dodgers after the All-Star break.

OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier (oblique) declined an invitation to participate in the Home Run Derby in Kansas City during the All-Star break Monday, July 9. Ethier said his main priority is to be ready for the second half of the season. Ethier said he was planning on participating until he was injured Wednesday, June 27.

OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Sam Fuld (wrist) said Monday, July 2, that he will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Saturday, July 7, with Class A Charlotte.

OF | L.J. Hoes | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF L.J. Hoes was able to extend his hitting streak to 13 games Monday, July 2, at Triple-A Norfolk.

OF | Justin Maxwell | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Houston Astros OF Justin Maxwell (ankle) was originally expected to be sidelined two months, but now the team is expecting him to return after the All-Star break.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout's (pinkie) X-ray results came back negative Monday, July 2.

OF | David DeJesus | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF David DeJesus (neck) is day-to-day with a stiff neck, but he's expected to return Tuesday, July 3.

OF | Collin Cowgill | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Collin Cowgill (ankle) is feeling better but has yet to resume running.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler's (lat) injury isn't considered serious. OF Eric Young Jr. is taking over for Fowler in center field Monday, July 2.

OF | Emilio Bonifacio | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Emilio Bonifacio (thumb) will start his rehab with Single-A Jupiter Wednesday, July 4.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury (shoulder) went 1-for-2 with a walk and a two-run home run in a rehab game in the Gulf Coast League Monday, July 2. He played six innings in center field and is expected to move to Double-A Portland later this week.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (hand) took batting practice Monday, July 2, and will continue to work out with Double-A Bowie Wednesday, July 4, through Friday, July 6.

OF | Starling Marte | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte is hitting .425 (17-for-40) in his last nine games with Triple-A Indianapolis.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The majority of the pitches Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper has seen this year have been out of the strike zone, offspeed pitches or both. He's seeing fastballs 46.3 percent of the time in 250 plate appearances, which is the third lowest rate in the majors. Only Chicago Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano and Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton are seeing fewer heaters. Harper is seeing 38.3 percent of pitches that are actually being called strikes. Only Hamilton and New York Mets OF Lucas Duda are seeing fewer strikes. "It's a little tough right now," Harper said. "But I'll grow and I'll get older, and they won't be able to do that anymore. I'll take my walks. The past two weeks, it's been a little rough. I'll get it going." Harper is offering at 76 percent of pitches inside the zone, which is sixth most in the league.

OF | Matt Joyce | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Matt Joyce (oblique) took some swings in the cages and didn't feel any pain in his oblique Monday, July 2. Joyce is hoping to return for the series against the Cleveland Indians.

OF | Jose Tabata | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte will be called up soon, according to a high-ranking team official. OF Jose Tabata is in danger of being sent down to accommodate Marte on the roster.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford (elbow) will continue his rehab assignment with Double-A Portland Tuesday, July 3.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija allowed a run on four hits and a walk while fanning a career-high 11 in seven innings to beat the Atlanta Braves Monday, July 2.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver allowed five hits and three walks while striking out two in seven shutout innings in his win over the Cleveland Indians Monday, July 2.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed Monday, July 2, that SP Jake Arrieta will make the start Thursday, July 5, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed Monday, July 2, that SP Chris Tillman will start Wednesday, July 4, against the Seattle Mariners.

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer (hamstring) will not start Tuesday, July 3, due to a sore left hamstring. He is still scheduled to work Sunday, July 8, against the Kansas City Royals.

SP | Duane Below | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers P Duane Below will start the game Tuesday, July 3, against the Minnesota Twins.

SP | Casey Coleman | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs P Casey Coleman was seen saying good-bye to teammates in the locker room Monday, July 2, so he appears to be the player headed to Triple-A Iowa to make room for SP Chris Volstad, who will come up from Des Moines to make the start against the Atlanta Braves.

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke allowed five earned runs, six hits and two walks while striking out four batters over six innings in a no-decision Monday, July 2, against the Atlanta Braves. Despite the mediocre results, Greinke has not lost in seven straight starts, and just once over his past 15 outings. The Atlanta Braves had a scout watching his performance, and several other teams might have been in attendance to check Greinke out for a potential trade.

SP | Dana Eveland | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Dana Eveland was pounded for five runs and six hits over 3 2/3 innings Saturday, June 30, in his latest start against the Cleveland Indians. He might make his next start Friday, July 6, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He has had little success against the Angels, going 0-3 with a 6.40 ERA over six starts and one relief appearance. Eveland might be sent to the bullpen.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) took another day off from throwing Monday, July 2, because he wanted one more day to rest.

SP | Ryan Dempster | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Ryan Dempster (lat) made 40 throws off a mound and another 50 on flat ground Monday, July 2, and is on track to return after the All-Star break. Dempster doesn't feel he'll need a rehab start before returning.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (elbow) will throw to hitters Tuesday, July 3, likely the final step before embarking on a rehab assignment.

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Dallas Braden (shoulder) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Monday, July 2, tossing only fastballs. The team is optimistic that Braden will pitch this year.

SP | Bartolo Colon | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon (oblique) will be activated from the disabled list to start Tuesday, July 3.

SP | Juan Nicasio | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Juan Nicasio (knee) will throw a simulated game Thursday, July 5, and he is feeling the strongest he's felt all year. Nicasio has added curveballs to his side sessions and thinks he'll be back in August.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled INF Luis Cruz from the minors Monday, July 2, and optioned RP Shawn Tolleson in a corresponding move. Also, SP Ted Lilly (shoulder) was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

SP | Christian Friedrich | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Christian Friedrich (calf) is having his start pushed back a day due to a sore calf. SP Drew Pomeranz will also be pushed back a day as a result.

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson's (shin) X-rays came back negative after he was hit in the right shin by a line drive in his last start Saturday, June 30. He's dealing with a bone bruise and will make his next start Thursday, July 5, against the Cleveland Indians.

SP | P.J. Walters | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP P.J. Walters (shoulder) is scheduled to make another rehab start with Triple-A Rochester Friday, July 6. He allowed three earned runs in four innings Sunday, July 1.

SP | Dontrelle Willis | Retired Players | Transaction,
Baltimore Orioles SP Dontrelle Willis officially announced his retirement Monday, July 2.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman was scratched from his start with Triple-A Norfolk Monday, July 2, making him the leading candidate to be called up to start Thursday, July 5. He has a 2.88 ERA in his last 10 starts with Norfolk. SP Zach Britton could be called up to make the start Friday, July 6. P Miguel Gonzalez is not a candidate to make a start, but SP Dana Eveland could make another spot start if necessary.

SP | Jerome Williams | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jerome Williams (forearm, asthma, anxiety) allowed six runs (five earned) and eight hits in just two innings with Triple-A Salt Lake Sunday, July 1. Williams was hit by a liner on his right forearm and left the game. It's unknown if his forearm injury is serious.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Daisuke Matsuzaka has just four walks in 22 innings, and he has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of better than three to one. However, he's still 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA and has had trouble in the first inning of his outings. Matsuzaka had changed his pre-game routine in fear that his elbow would tighten up if he was allowed too much time in between his warm-ups and the start of the game. Matsuzaka is stretching his pre-game routine out as he becomes more confident with his health. "One of the things we decided on was he'd warm up a little earlier, take a little longer so he can go in, change his shirt, cool down a little bit and then go back out," said assistant pitching coach Randy Niemann. "Now he's actually going in as he does in the second inning."

Pitching coach Bob McClure has been impressed with the life of Matsuzaka's fastball. However, he's still not very efficient, averaging 17 pitches per inning. McClure is trying to get Matsuzaka to be more aggressive now that he appears to be fully healthy.

SP | Cole De Vries | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins optioned SP Cole De Vries after his start Saturday, June 30.

SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team remains committed to signing SP Cole Hamels to a long-term extension, and he downplayed reports that the team is actively looking to trade Hamels before the July 31 deadline. "I have no indication at all that anything is too late for anything," Amaro said. "We stay optimistic that we're going to keep him in our uniform. And that's the bottom line. Whether we can do it or not, I don't know, but we stay optimistic that we will."

SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, the Atlanta Braves appear to have serious interest in trading for Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano. The Braves' top scout was in attendance for Liriano's last two starts. Liriano is 2-7 with a 5.40 ERA this year, and he's making $5.5 million. C Christian Bethancourt could interest the Twins in a potential deal.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes gave up just two runs while striking out eight and walking one in eight innings Sunday, July 1, and he's allowed two runs or less in eight of his past 10 starts.

SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison credits his mental approach as one of the main reasons for his All-Star season. "I've been doing a lot of work with Don Kalkstein on the mental side of the game. He's gotten me into a better program in between innings and thoughts on the field. He's got me more locked in," Harrison said. "Even though you are going out there with the same stuff, you might not be going out there with the right mentality."

SP | Philip Humber | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Philip Humber (elbow) was scheduled to begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte Sunday, July 1.

SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) will throw a side session Tuesday, July 3. He isn't dealing with any pain in his shoulder and is hoping to return in August.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Huston Street | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres CL Huston Street had the night off Monday, July 2, and RP Joe Thatcher recorded the save.

RP | David Aardsma | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees RP David Aardsma (elbow) is undergoing tests after feeling discomfort in his right elbow in his last Gulf Coast League outing.

RP | Luis Marte | Detroit Tigers | Transaction
The Detroit Tigers optioned RP Luis Marte and INF Danny Worth to Triple-A Toledo Monday, July 2, and they recalled P Jose A. Ortega from the Mud Hens. The Tigers also purchased the contract of P Darin Downs from Toledo.

RP | Javy Guerra | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Javy Guerra (knee) worked an inning in his first minor-league rehab appearance with Class A Rancho Cucamonga Sunday, July 1. He will make another appearance Tuesday, July 3, with the Quakes, and he might be activated from the 15-day disabled list after that.

RP | Jhonny Nunez | free agent | Transaction,
The Tampa Bay Rays released RP Jhonny Nunez from Triple-A Durham Monday, July 2. He posted a 6.57 ERA in 37 innings with the Bulls.

RP | Drew Carpenter | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction,
The Toronto Blue Jays designated RP David Pauley for assignment Monday, July 2, and RP Drew Carpenter will join the team from Triple-A Las Vegas Tuesday, July 3.

RP | Jordan Walden | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia isn't worried about RP Jordan Walden after he walked two and allowed a three-run tater against the Toronto Blue Jays with a big lead Sunday, July 1. Walden gave up the winning run Friday, June 29, and his fastball velocity has dropped from 97.5 mph to 96.6 mph this year. "His stuff's there," Scioscia said, "and the big picture, if you look at his last 10 outings, his stuff has been really good. He's throwing some better breaking balls. The breaking ball he threw to Jose Bautista (to strike him out Sunday) was terrific at the end. Commanding the ball was something he had some trouble with yesterday, but overall, I think he's made a lot of strides, and yesterday was just a little setback."

RP | Matt Capps | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins RP Matt Capps (shoulder) played catch Monday, July 2, for the first time since having a cortisone shot last week. He will throw his first bullpen session this weekend and will start a rehab assignment next week.

RP | Kyle McClellan | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Kyle McClellan (shoulder) resumed his throwing program Monday, July 2, but he won't return until August.

RP | Jeremy Guthrie | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jeremy Guthrie, who will start Wednesday, July 4, won't be limited to 75 pitches. He could remain in the starting rotation if he pitches well, which would push SP Josh Outman to the bullpen. Colorado has no plans to go back to a five-man rotation.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey (thumb) is close to throwing off a mound.

RP | Cory Wade | New York Yankees | Transaction,
The New York Yankees optioned RP Cory Wade to the minors Monday, July 2.

RP | Tommy Hottovy | Kansas City Royals | Transaction,
The Kansas City Royals optioned RP Tommy Hottovy Saturday, June 30.

RP | Brandon Kintzler | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction,
Milwaukee Brewers RP Brandon Kintzler cleared waivers and was outrighted to the minors.

RP | Pedro Feliciano | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees RP Pedro Feliciano (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, July 3, and he could throw batting practice next week.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain (elbow, ankle) is close to pitching in a minor league rehab game, and he's scheduled to throw a simulated game Friday, July 6. He tossed two 20-pitch segments Monday, July 2, during a batting practice session. "Especially after today with the way I felt, the way my command was, I 100 percent believe I can get big league hitters out right now," Chamberlain said. "That's half the battle, saying you can do it. We're over that hump. I felt like today was my best day, overall."

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