Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 28, 2013 @ 08:50:01 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Neftali Soto | Cincinnati Reds | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Neftali Soto is listed on the 40-man roster as a first baseman, but his path to the majors is unclear with 1B Joey Votto under contract until 2023. Soto is unlikely to see consistent playing time in Cincinnati at first base, so they might move him to third base where he played 96 minor league games in 2009 before moving across the diamond. "They're talking about it, because he came up a third baseman, then really improved as a first baseman," manager Dusty Baker said. "Those two positions are mirror images, plus he has a good throwing arm. So, he could play third base."

1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Lance Berkman (calf) will make his spring debut Thursday, Feb. 28, after being bothered by a mild right calf strain. He has been doing workouts and baserunning drills and will serve as the designated hitter Thursday. 3B Adrian Beltre (calf) is "still progressing well" from his calf strain, but it's unknown when he'll get into a spring training game.

Second Baseman

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano is likely to hit free agency after the season. He wants a 10-year deal, but the team is willing to go eight years.

2B | Elliot Johnson | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SS Elliot Johnson (knee) bruised his left knee during a double play Wednesday, Feb. 27, but manager Ned Yost said Johnson will be fine.

2B | Luis Valbuena | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena could be a candidate to hit leadoff this season if OF David DeJesus falters. "(He's a possibility) because he gives you great at-bats, he sees a lot of pitches, he can score first with a home run once in a while, he drives the ball," manager Dale Sveum said of Valbuena. "He's got all the things you want in a leadoff hitter."

2B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
The San Diego Padres view 2B Logan Forsythe as a starter this year, and he's been taking grounders at second base, third base and shortstop this spring. He's also taking fly balls in left field. He's not the starter at any of those positions currently, though, and 3B Jedd Gyorko may force the team's hand at second base if he continues to hit. If Gyorko wins the job at second base, Forsythe may not make the opening day roster, although he could platoon at short with SS Everth Cabrera.

2B | Bill Hall | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels INF Bill Hall (quadriceps) is being listed as day-to-day with right quadriceps tightness. He left the spring game early Wednesday, Feb. 27.

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins thinks 2B Daniel Murphy (intercostal) is about seven to 10 days away from playing in a spring game.


SS | Justin Sellers | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
Los Angeles Dodgers INF Justin Sellers (toe) is in pain after having an ingrown toenail removed.

SS | Rafael Furcal | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal (elbow) is hitting from both sides of the plate in the "B" game Thursday, Feb. 28.

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (hamstring) is expected to miss some time this spring after straining his left hamstring Wednesday, Feb. 27. INFs Javier Baez, Edwin Maysonet, Brent Lillibridge and Alberto Gonzalez figure to see time at shortstop in Castro's absence.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) played four innings Wednesday, Feb. 27, and has gradually increased his workload this spring. He will start playing in back-to-back games sometime in the next few weeks, according to manager Walt Weiss.

Third Baseman

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (wrist) checked out fine with the medical staff and is being fitted for a protective batting glove.

3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) was able to take part in the team's bunting tournament Wednesday, Feb. 27. He continues to rehab after a mild quadriceps strain.

3B | Todd Frazier | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 3B Todd Frazier (calf) was out of the lineup for the Cactus League spring game Wednesday, Feb. 27, due to a strained left calf. The injury is considered minor.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre (calf) remains sidelined due to a strained right calf muscle, although he is taking batting practice, running the bases and taking ground balls. There is no timetable on when he'll play in a Cactus League spring game, and the weather has been rather cold in the morning, and cool in the afternoon. "We've still been able to get our work in," manager Ron Washington said Wednesday, Feb. 27. "It's not so much the cold as the wind."

3B | Kaleb Cowart | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Kaleb Cowart has eliminated the high leg kick from his left-handed swing this spring while closing his stance, and it has been paying off in games. He went 2-for-4 Wednesday, Feb. 27, and he's finding more consistency at the plate. "He's just got tremendous upside," manager Mike Scioscia said of Cowart. "He hit some pretty good pitchers today, and that was encouraging. And he's looking great defensively, too."

3B | Josh Vitters | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3Bs Ian Stewart (quadriceps) and Josh Vitters (quadriceps) have been rehabbing together and are taking part in agility work.

3B | Alberto Callaspo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Alberto Callaspo said he has lost 15 pounds since the start of camp.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria is on a schedule that has him play every other day.


C | Russell Martin | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin (shoulder) will not be in the lineup again Friday, March 1.

C | Max Ramirez | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals C Max Ramirez singled home the game-winning run in the Cactus League spring game Wednesday, Feb. 27, against the Milwaukee Brewers, giving him six RBIs in just nine spring at-bats. He has seen time at first base. "Max has done a really nice job at first base every time we put him over there," manager Ned Yost said.

C | Travis d'Arnaud | New York Mets | Fantasy
The New York Mets have told C Travis d'Arnaud not to block home plate because they don't want him getting injured. "I told him, 'Trav, I know you're a tough guy. I know it's baseball. But if you want to play for the next 15 years, the last thing we need is to have you reinjure your knee,'" manager Terry Collins said.

C | Hank Conger | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said C Hank Conger is "getting much better" behind the plate, but he is "still a work in progress" defensively.

C | Wilin Rosario | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Wilin Rosario (hamstring) is in the starting lineup for the team's spring training game Wednesday, Feb. 27, after dealing with an injury earlier in the week. He said it was a tight hamstring and not a stiff back.


OF | Hunter Pence | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence is at full strength this year after hernia surgery robbed him of some speed last year.

OF | Colby Rasmus | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus (shoulder) was scratched Thursday, Feb. 28, with a sore right shoulder.

OF | Chris B. Young | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Chris B. Young (quadriceps) is out of the lineup again Thursday, Feb. 28.

OF | Wil Myers | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Two Tampa Bay Rays said OF Wil Myers is a better runner and a better athlete than they expected.

OF | Jay Bruce | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce (heel) was out of the lineup again for the Cactus League spring game Wednesday, Feb. 27, due to a sore right heel. The injury is considered minor.

OF | Engel Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Engel Beltre (shoulder) remains sidelined due to a strained muscle in the back of his left throwing shoulder. He visited with an orthopedist, and it was determined he has no structural damage. It's uncertain if he will still play for Team Spain in the World Baseball Classic.

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon (back) returned to the lineup Wednesday, Feb. 27, after missing two games with back spasms. Gordon went 2-for-3 in the game.

OF | Dayan Viciedo | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo's new leg kick is a work in progress this spring. "The leg kick gives you a little more balance of pushing you back and getting recognition and going after it. It is a work in progress but I think having thrown BP to him and watching him, you see little steps that he has taken. It's working with two strikes," manager Robin Ventura said.

OF | Aaron Hicks | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks, who is in competition for an outfield spot this spring, went 2-for-4 with two RBIs Wednesday, Feb. 27, and he's hitting .400 in camp so far.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda (wrist) was back in action Wednesday, Feb. 27, and went 1-for-3. He will hit in the cages Thursday, Feb. 28, and manager Terry Collins expects him to play again Friday, March 1. Duda was 0-for-7 with six strikeouts before Wednesday.

OF | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mark Trumbo, who will spend most of his time as the designated hitter this year, said he will spend more time riding a stationary bike and hitting in the cage rather than studying video of his swing. "I'm trying to get away from overanalyzing things, especially on video." Trumbo said. "I would like to get back to trusting what I feel up there and doing it that way. If I do DH, the temptation of sitting in that film room is going to be really high. I'm going to do everything I can to fight that."

OF | Val Pascucci | Mexican League | Transaction
Free-agent OF Val Pascucci (Mets) will play in Mexico this year.

OF | Lorenzo Cain | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (hand) is making his spring debut Wednesday, Feb. 27.

OF | Darin Ruf | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said OF Darin Ruf (arm) is dealing with a sore arm due to his position switch. Ruf expects to be ready to play Thursday, Feb. 28. He is 0-for-9 this spring.

OF | Christian Yelich | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OFs Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick are both likely to start the year at Double-A Jacksonville. "I would say they'll probably switch off between left and center," president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said, earlier this month. "It won't hurt either one of them. My guess is eventually here someday one will be in left and one will be in center anyway."

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers will be careful with OF Carl Crawford (elbow), and his spring debut will likely be pushed back a few days. Crawford was expected to debut Thursday, Feb. 28.

OF | Leonys Martin | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Leonys Martin is playing so well during the first five spring games that manager Ron Washington is thinking he may be able to win the center field job outright over OF Craig Gentry (hamstring). "I'm getting him in against everyone and he isn't showing any sign of giving in to left-handers," Washington said. "If this continues, and we feel like he can handle lefties as well as righties, which he has always handled in his career, it's a possibility." Martin has been almost as impressive in the field as with the bat, too. He has gone 6-for-11 with two multi-hit games this spring.

OF | J.D. Martinez | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros manager Bo Porter said OF J.D. Martinez will be tested in right field this spring, even though he's play almost exclusively in left field in his career. OF Chris Carter will be given every chance to win the starting job in left field. "He played a lot of right field coming up and he has a strong arm," Porter said. "He has good range and it also allows us, as the transition takes place, we want to get a look at Carter in field. This allows us to look at him, (Justin) Maxwell and J.D. all in the outfield at the same time."

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton is trying to be more selective at the plate this spring after working with hitting coach Jim Eppard. "I don't know if it's drawing walks," manager Mike Scioscia added, "but it's definitely getting good pitches to hit is what is key for Josh, more so than any other hitter because he just has incredible power to all fields." He swung at a league-high 45.4 percent of pitches outside of the strike zone last year.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes (back) is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (lat) is throwing from 90 feet Thursday, Feb. 28.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly (shoulder) will make his spring debut Thursday, Feb. 28.

SP | Kip Wells | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
Free-agent SP Kip Wells (Padres) threw for the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, Feb. 26, and he reportedly looked good, especially his breaking ball and changeup.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (oblique) allowed four runs - two earned - on five hits with a walk and a strikeout in two innings in his Cactus League spring debut Wednesday, Feb. 27. It was his first action since injuring his oblique in Game 1 of the National League Division Series last October. While the results were not great, he felt strong after the outing. "I was just trying to get comfortable," Cueto said through a translator. "It's a game, and you want to worry about the results, but my main concern was feeling healthy. That's what I was looking for and thank God, I feel fine."

SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando does not have to win a spot in the rotation or be in danger of being sent back to the bullpen, according to general manager Jon Daniels. "There has been no discussion of that," Daniels said Wednesday, Feb. 27. "He is one of five."

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Brandon McCarthy (head) made his spring debut and struck out four batters in two innings Wednesday, Feb. 27, proving he is fully recovered from brain surgery last September. "I assume it will become less of a hot issue," McCarthy told reporters at Salt River Fields. "For me, it can't really get more behind me than it is. But I think I'll always be that guy, where it's one of the defining markers for me. I just have to try to pitch well enough to get out of that."

SP | Shaun Marcum | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Shaun Marcum is concentrating on a long toss program that is designed to help strengthen his shoulder, which gave him problems last year at this time. He will return to spring games in mid-March.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) will throw off a mound again Saturday, March 2.

SP | Scott Diamond | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Diamond (elbow) will throw his first bullpen session Thursday, Feb. 28. SP Anthony Swarzak (ribs) will play catch for the first time Thursday.

SP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Felix Doubront (shoulder) threw a two-inning simulated game Wednesday, Feb. 27, and he's ready for his first spring start Monday, March 4.

SP | Alex White | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Alex White has a realistic shot to crack the opening day rotation. "I put in a lot of time this offseason and made a lot of changes throughout my delivery to be more consistent," White said. "I think now I'm just kind of seeing that I've put in the work and hopefully good things will happen. I have to make sure I throw a lot of strikes, and that's the key."

SP | Chris Young | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Chris Young can make $2 million if he makes the team's opening day roster, and the total value of his deal can increase to $5.775 million based on incentives. He can make an extra $250,000 for 80 innings and an additional $250,000 each for 100, 120, 140, 160 and 180 innings. He'll make $50,000 for making 10 starts, with additional bonuses in games started up to 30. Young will make his first spring outing March 3 in relief. He can opt out of his deal March 24 if he's not on the major league roster.

SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating previous reports, New York Mets SP Zack Wheeler (oblique) is dealing with a mild oblique strain on his right side, according to general manager Sandy Alderson. Wheeler maintains that his injury is not serious, and he's just being cautious. "I'd rather be out one start than two months and be behind the eight-ball when I do come back," Wheeler said. "... Early in the spring you don't want to risk anything. We have a month, or a month and a half, left."

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (elbow) threw 50 pitches during a live bullpen session Wednesday, Feb. 27. His arm strength has improved since the start of spring training but is not where he would like it to be. Danks is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, March 1, a batting practice session Tuesday, March 5, and could pitch in a spring training game Monday, March 11.

SP | Christian Friedrich | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Christian Friedrich (back, neck) is scheduled to throw a 35-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, Feb. 27. He will throw another bullpen session this week before throwing live batting practice. He could pitch in a spring training game next week if he does not have any setbacks.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees CL Mariano Rivera (knee) will throw a simulated game Thursday, Feb. 28.

RP | Pedro Feliciano | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Pedro Feliciano (heart) said he has been cleared to start baseball activities in camp after having been shut down while doctors investigated an irregular heartbeat. There was a chance that Feliciano had a small "hole" in his heart.

RP | Javier Lopez | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Javier Lopez (hand) played catch Wednesday, Feb. 27, and should be back on a mound soon.

RP | Cory Burns | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Cory Burns has begun to stand out among the team's bullpen options this spring, making three scoreless appearances. "He's doing a good job," manager Ron Washington said. "He's got deception, changes speed and can move the ball in on left-handers. He can throw his fastball on both sides of the plate." Burns throws in the high-80s with a sidearm delivery but his changeup generates swings and misses nearly 40 percent of the time. RPs Joe Nathan and Jason Frasor are the only pitchers guaranteed spots in the bullpen. RPs Tanner Scheppers (hamstring) and Wilmer Font (shoulder) are both sidelined with minor injuries, and RP Josh Lindblom hasn't fared very well so far. Burns has intrigued the Rangers ever since they acquired him from the San Diego Padres.

RP | Scott Downs | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said RPs Kevin Jepsen and Scott Downs will be options to close games until RP Ryan Madson (elbow) returns from his injury.

RP | Ernesto Frieri | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ernesto Frieri is expected to get the first chance to close a game this season because of RP Ryan Madson's (elbow) injury.

RP | Sean Burnett | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia indicated RP Sean Burnett will be in the mix to close games this season until RP Ryan Madson (elbow) is ready to return.

RP | Sergio Santos | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos could win the closer job during spring training because RP Casey Janssen (shoulder) is still coming back from a procedure on his shoulder this offseason.

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