Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on September 27, 2012 @ 08:57:33 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Chris Davis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles DH Chris Davis and 3B Manny Machado each hit two homers Wednesday, Sept. 26. Davis had a career-high five RBI.

1B | Chris Parmelee | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire would like to see 1B Chris Parmelee become an everyday player for the team next year, but Gardenhire said Parmelee could be used at first base, right field or left field.

Second Baseman

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker (back) is out of the lineup Thursday, Sept. 27.

2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro extended his hitting streak to 14 games Wednesday, Sept. 26.

2B | Jason Donald | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians INF Jason Donald (hand) continued to work through hitting and fielding drills Wednesday, Sept. 26. Manager Manny Acta is hopeful Donald will be available for full duties Friday, Sept. 28.

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said 2B Danny Espinosa has been "pressing" and "over swinging."


SS | Ruben Tejada | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada tied a career-high four hits Wednesday, Sept. 26.

SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins snapped an 0-for-19 slump with a solo homer Wednesday, Sept. 26.

SS | Stephen Drew | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Stephen Drew had four of his team's 16 hits Wednesday, Sept. 26, as his team scored a 9-3 win over the Texas Rangers.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (back) left the game Wednesday, Sept. 26, against the Chicago White Sox after one at-bat due to a mid-back strain.

SS | Jean Segura | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers coaching staff is impressed with how quickly SS Jean Segura has made adjustments at the plate since jumping from Class AA to the majors this year. Hitting coach Johnny Narron has worked with Segura on his setup at the plate, mainly making sure the youngster is on time for pitches and has his hands ready. Segura is batting .383 (18-for-47) in his last 15 games. "I introduced him to our system," said Narron. "We have an approach visually, an approach mentally, an approach physically. I shared that information with him and allowed him to apply it to what he was already doing. Cleaned up his hand movements a little bit."

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter snapped his 19-game hitting streak by going 0-for-4 with a walk Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Third Baseman

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (ankle) took swings off a tee in the batting cage on Wednesday, Sept. 26, before doing some running on the field. He will spend time at Busch Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 27, for additional treatment and strength tests. He described his ankle as "less sore" than it was a day earlier.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright is now the team's new hits leader. With a single in the third inning Wednesday, Sept. 26, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he broke Ed Kranepool's old record of 1,418. Wright went 2-for-4 and now has 1,420 career hits.

3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said he's comfortable heading into next season with 3B Edwin Encarnacion as his everyday first baseman.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (foot) is out of the lineup with a bruised left foot Wednesday, Sept. 26. He fouled a ball off the top of his foot in the eighth inning Tuesday, Sept. 25. Rodriguez isn't optimistic that he'll be available as a pinch hitter. He's 1-for-14 in his last three games and is hitting .233 (10-for-43) in his last 10 games.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones hit his 2,724th career double Tuesday, Sept. 25, moving him into a tie with former 2B Roberto Alomar for 57th place on the all-time doubles list. Jones ranks fifth among switch hitters.


C | Jonathan Lucroy | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy is out of the lineup Thursday, Sept. 27.

C | Ryan Hanigan | Cincinnati Reds | Injury
Cincinnati Reds C Ryan Hanigan (shoulder) returned to the lineup Wednesday, Sept. 26.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey had an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning Wednesday, Sept. 26, against the Arizona Diamondbacks to reach 100 RBIs on the season. He is just the third Giants catcher to hit the century mark, joining Walker Cooper (122) and Dick Dietz (107).

C | Jose Molina | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays C Jose Molina (quadriceps) is day-to-day and could return this weekend.


OF | Adam Greenberg | Miami Marlins | Transaction
The Miami Marlins signed OF Adam Greenberg (Independent League) to a one-day contract. Greenberg was hit in the head with a pitch in his major-league debut seven years ago with the Chicago Cubs. He'll record his first official at-bat Oct. 2. Greenberg agreed to donate his salary to the Sports Legacy Institute via the Marlins Foundation.

OF | Torii Hunter | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Torii Hunter delivered the game-winning RBI Wednesday, Sept. 26, and has 23 RBI in his last 23 games.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (ribcage) could return Friday, Sept. 28.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating earlier items, Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury (lat) will likely return to the lineup during the team's upcoming road trip. He was out once again Wednesday, Sept. 26, with what a team source said was a strained lat muscle.

OF | Michael Bourn | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Michael Bourn (thumb) was out of the Braves' lineup with a jammed left thumb for the third straight game Wednesday, Sept. 26. The Braves had been hopeful Bourn would be able to return, but manager Fredi Gonzalez said the center fielder needed another day to heal.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp had four hits, falling a triple shy of the cycle, and four RBIs on Wednesday, Sept. 26 as the Dodgers topped the San Diego Padres 8-2.

OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders (personal) will re-join the team late Wednesday, Sept. 26, and he will be back in the starting lineup Thursday, Sept. 27. Saunders was in Colorado after the birth of his daughter.

OF | Michael Brantley | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (groin) was held out of the lineup Wednesday, Sept. 26, against the Chicago White Sox for a third straight game due to a left groin issue. The team has an off-day Thursday, Sept. 27, and is hopeful he'll be able to return to the lineup Friday, Sept. 28.

OF | Melky Cabrera | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday, Sept. 26, that the team is still not ready to make an official announcement on OF Melky Cabrera, and whether he'll be back for the postseason. However, it appears the team is heavily leaning toward parting ways with him, and an announcement might come Thursday, Sept. 27. "Right now, we're going to the playoffs and the first round," Bochy said. "He's not part of that." Bochy's statement indicates the window might be slightly open if the Giants were to advance, but that window might be shut completely Thursday.

OF | Justin Ruggiano | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Justin Ruggiano (shoulder) is dealing with a sprained right shoulder, which will cause him to miss the rest of the year. Ruggiano will not need offseason surgery.

OF | Shane Victorino | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Shane Victorino (wrist) is being bothered by his left wrist, which is preventing him from swinging right-handed, so he's out of the lineup Wednesday, Sept. 26. 2B Mark Ellis (illness) is out with an illness and needed IV treatment.

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran is sitting the bench Wednesday, Sept. 26, after going 0-for-3 with a walk Tuesday, Sept. 25. He's in a 3-for-19 slump on the team's current road trip.

OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Denard Span said he is willing to change positions if it means staying with the team next season. "But," Span quickly added, "I'm willing to swallow my pride, and if it's going help the team win, or if it's going to keep me here in Minnesota, then I'll do whatever it takes." He thinks both he and OF Ben Revere can play in the same outfield arrangement. Trading Span this winter is a very reasonable scenario for Minnesota.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (eyes) is not in the starting lineup Wednesday, Sept. 26.

OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Sam Fuld (hamstring) is feeling better, but he's unlikely to play in the field until this weekend.

OF | J.D. Martinez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF J.D. Martinez (hand) underwent surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his left hand Wednesday, Sept. 26.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson reached the 40-home run mark in back-to-back seasons Tuesday, Sept. 25, to join Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and Jason Giambi as the only players in team history to accomplish the feat.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout scored two runs Tuesday, Sept. 25, to increase his major league leading run total to 124, which also tied him with former OF Vladimir Guerrero for the franchise record set in 2004.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer (shoulder) was scratched due to a right deltoid strain.

SP | Drew Smyly | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer was scratched from his start Friday, Sept. 28. SP Drew Smyly will start in his place.

SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain struck out six in seven shutout innings to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, Sept. 26.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter allowed two runs on four hits and struck out three in six innings in his loss to the Houston Astros Wednesday, Sept. 26. "He threw the ball much better tonight," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "I thought he had much better stuff, too, and the ball was jumping out of his hand. He kept us there and gave us a chance to win."

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris allowed two hits and struck out seven in 7 1/3 shutout innings to beat the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Sept. 26. It was his first win in four months.

SP | Jeremy Hefner | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Jeremy Hefner struck out seven in seven shutout innings to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, Sept. 26.

SP | Paul Maholm | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Paul Maholm struck out six in 6 2/3 shutout innings in his win over the Miami Marlins Wednesday, Sept. 26.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia threw eight solid innings, allowing two runs and striking out 10 in his win over the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, Sept. 26.

SP | Carlos Villanueva | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Carlos Villanueva now has an 8.10 earned run average in his last five starts after he posted a 3.03 ERA in his first nine.

SP | Wily Peralta | Milwaukee Brewers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Wily Peralta is scheduled for two more starts and SP Michael Fiers for one, but the plan is subject to change based on the Brewers' place in the standings, manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday, Sept. 26. Roenicke was asked whether Fiers' final scheduled start on Sunday, Sept. 30, against the Houston Astros at Miller Park depended on the Brewers being alive in the National League Wild Card race. "I don't know. I can't answer that," Roenicke said. "When that time comes, we'll probably talk about a couple things with a couple pitchers. Hopefully, we don't have to think about that."

SP | Clayton Richard | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Clayton Richard, who had been 5-0 in his last six starts, allowed six runs, four earned, on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings, with two strikeouts and no walks in an 8-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

SP | Matt Moore | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon met with SP Matt Moore recently and gave him a vote of confidence heading into his next start against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, Sept. 29. "I wanted to reinforce the confidence I have in him now and in the future," Maddon said. "I think he's going to be an excellent major league pitcher."

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
The next turn for San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum is scheduled to come Sunday, Sept. 30, but the team has listed "TBA" as the starter. Manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday, Sept. 26, that Lincecum could still start, but they'll leave it open for now in case they want to tweak the rotation. P Yusmeiro Petit is the likely choice if Lincecum is pushed back a couple of days.

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) is making progress from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and he has been throwing on flat ground on consecutive days with a day of rest following. Billingsley is making roughly 35 throws from 60 feet and is on track to return to a mound in "a couple weeks."

SP | Roberto Hernandez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Roberto Hernandez (ankle) tossed 60 pitches in a four-inning simulated game Wednesday, Sept. 26. The team will evaluate him Friday, Sept. 28, to determine if he'll make another start this year.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) is done for the season due to a sprained ankle. He experienced problems in his last two starts and finishes the season 9-17 with a 5.55 ERA.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (oblique) simulated a throwing motion Wednesday, Sept. 26, and he might play catch if he feels good Thursday, Sept. 27.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw is lined up to make his next start against the Colorado Rockies Friday, Sept. 28, on regular rest.

SP | Randy Wolf | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles placed SP Randy Wolf (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, Sept. 26, and recalled INF Bill Hall from the minors in a corresponding move. Wolf is dealing with a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He is considering whether to undergo his second Tommy John procedure, which would keep him out all of next year.

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish (neck) is hoping to make his next start Sunday, Sept. 30. However, manager Ron Washington isn't ruling out using Darvish Friday, Sept. 28, or Saturday, Sept. 29, either.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay (shoulder) will make his next start Saturday, Sept. 29.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (knee) feels good, and he could pitch in a simulated game soon.

SP | Samuel Deduno | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Samuel Deduno (eye) left his start in the second inning with left eye irritation Wednesday, Sept. 26. He threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings with two walks and no hits in the game before leaving.

SP | Bartolo Colon | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon, who was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, has continued to throw in hopes of being able to play in the playoffs if the team advances past the Divisional Series. However, it's unlikely the A's will give him a roster spot in the postseason given his long layoff.

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Zack Greinke became the first pitcher in the modern era to strike out 13 hitters in only five innings Tuesday, Sept. 25, and the team combined to fan 20 hitters in the game, which tied a major league record for strikeouts in a nine-inning contest. The Chicago Cubs (1998) and Boston Red Sox (1986, 1996) have also accomplished this. The Angels were the first team to do it by using multiple pitchers.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brandon McCarthy (brain) hopes he can resume physical activity in a week or two, and he hopes to be medically cleared to join the team on the road if they make the postseason. McCarthy said he won't be nervous to pitch again in the future.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians CL Chris Perez racked up his 37th save Tuesday, Sept. 25, against the Chicago White Sox, setting a new career best. He had 36 saves in 2011. Perez also has 97 saves during his tenure with the Indians, placing his fourth on the all-time franchise list behind Bob Wickman (139), Doug Jones (129) and Jose Mesa (104).

RP | Aaron Laffey | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Aaron Laffey is expected to make his next start, but if he doesn't go, P Shawn Hill would likely start instead.

RP | Rafael Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury,
Cleveland Indians RP Rafael Perez (shoulder) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder Wednesday, Sept. 26, and he's expected to resume throwing in two months and be ready for spring training next year.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said there is a 70 percent chance that RP Frank Francisco (elbow) is done for the season with elbow tendonitis in his throwing arm. Francisco last pitched Sept. 16. He still plans to play catch to test his arm.

RP | Jordan Norberto | Oakland Athletics | Injury,
Oakland Athletics RP Jordan Norberto (shoulder) is throwing but not off a mound.

RP | Joe Nathan | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan will trigger his incentive bonus with the next game he finishes. He's one game finished away from 60 on the season, which will give him an extra $300,000 and will take the total of his 2012 salary to $8 million.

RP | Roy Oswalt | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Roy Oswalt hopes to receive more work in relief in order to stay sharp with the season winding down and the team approaching postseason play. "Pitching every 15 days, it's just hard to get into that kind of role. If you can get a little more work, it makes it a little easier. It's a routine, just like for a hitter," Oswalt said. Manager Ron Washington has been impressed with Oswalt and hopes to get him some more work over the final eight games of the regular season.

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