Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 1, 2013 @ 09:29:02 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Injury
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton (hip) is slated to make his spring debut Saturday, March 2.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn (elbow) will be back in the lineup Friday, March 1.

1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Lance Berkman (calf) went 2-for-3 and showed no ill effects from his injured calf while running the bases in his spring debut Thursday, Feb. 28.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau drove in three more runs Thursday, Feb. 28, and is hitting .467 with three doubles and seven RBIs this spring. OF Josh Willingham went 2-for-2 Thursday and is hitting .727 (8-for-11). C Joe Mauer went 2-for-2 as well and is hitting .375 (3-for-8) in four games.

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is in the spring lineup for the sixth straight day Thursday, Feb. 28, and he finished 2-for-3 with an opposite-field home run off Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel. OFs Domonic Brown, John Mayberry Jr. and INF Kevin Frandsen have also appeared in every spring game so far. Howard wants to get his "game legs" under him, and he's 4-for-6 against left-handers with two doubles.

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto is unsure if he'll play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic, and if he does, he wants to have a limited role. "Joey said if he goes he'd like to DH," manager Dusty Baker said. "That's a different thing altogether, because no matter what you do, it's hard to simulate standing on your feet for nine innings."

Second Baseman

2B | Elliot Johnson | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SS Elliot Johnson (knee) is likely to remain out another day or two to recover from a bruised left knee.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano's agent, Scott Boras, made it seem as though the team's contract extension offer to his client did not change their thinking. "Robinson is focused on preparing for and playing the 2013 season," Boras said. "By agreement discussions shall remain confidential. Also by agreement, discussions will cease if they are a distraction to Robinson's performance and leadership of the 2013 Yankees." It's clear both sides are far apart in talks, and a deal remains not in sight.


SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (hamstring) is expected back in the lineup Monday, March 4.

SS | Ryan Theriot | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are interested in free-agent 2B Ryan Theriot (Giants). He's looking for a chance for more playing time, though.

SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Jurickson Profar has six walks in 14 plate appearances. Profar also had a two-run triple against Cleveland Indians SP Zach McAllister in the second inning of an 18-0 win over the Indians on Thursday, Feb. 28. In his first major league at-bat, Profar homered against McAllister.

SS | Joe Panik | San Francisco Giants | Injury
San Francisco Giants SS Joe Panik (hamstring) has been held out of games as a precaution due to a tight right hamstring.

SS | Aledmys Diaz | free agent | Free Agents
Cuban SS Aledmys Diaz's asking price is too high for the Minnesota Twins' taste right now.

SS | Bobby Crosby | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers SS Bobby Crosby (thigh) has not played in a spring training game yet because of a left thigh strain. Manager Ron Roenicke said Crosby still feels the injury when he tries to run. The team wants to let the injury completely heal before he returns to minimize a possible aggravation. Roenicke said Crosby still has enough time to make an impact during spring training.

Third Baseman

3B | Jeff Baker | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Jeff Baker has a hit in five consecutive at-bats following the three hits he had Thursday, Feb. 28, against the Cleveland Indians.

3B | Nick Castellanos | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Nick Castellanos will likely go to Double-A later in spring camp as the team makes its minor-league assignments. The team believes Castellanos needs dedicated work in the outfield, which is where he was forced to move last year when 3B Miguel Cabrera dropped anchor at Castellanos' natural position, third base.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said 3B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) will serve as the designated hitter in the team's spring training game Sunday, March 3.

3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Injury
Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) is not expected to hit for at least another week because of his strained quadriceps.

3B | Brent Morel | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Brent Morel received a look at shortstop Thursday, Feb. 28. 3B Jeff Keppinger's (shoulder) sore shoulder has allowed 3B Conor Gillaspie to see more time at third base. Morel was primarily a shortstop in high school and as a freshman at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. "My goal still is to play third base every day," Morel said. "I think that kind of has to be your mindset. And if they want me to play other positions and that's going to get me to break camp and on that 25-man roster, then I'll do anything."

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said the team isn't looking to add any depth at third base after 3B Will Middlebrooks (wrist) was injured Wednesday, Feb. 27. "How do we feel about it?" Farrell said. "Well, when you get into the depth behind Will, we're looking at more utility-like guys rather than someone who would profile at that position long-term. We're confident with the people in camp. There's no additions in camp that are being contemplated or imminent. That's kind of where we are." INF Pedro Ciriaco would likely be the next in line if Middlebrooks were to miss any time. Middlebrooks will wear a protective batting glove on his wrist moving forward.


C | Yan Gomes | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Yan Gomes won't win the backup catching job over C Lou Marson, but the team would like to determine if Gomes is fit to be an everyday catcher at some point down the road.

C | Russell Martin | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said he might use C Russell Martin (shoulder) as the designated hitter Saturday, March 2.

C | Max Stassi | Houston Astros | Injury,
Houston Astros C Max Stassi (hernia) had surgery for a sports hernia Thursday, Feb. 28, and he will miss four to six weeks. RP Hector Ambriz (ankle) threw off a mound Thursday and is close to game-ready.


OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (elbow) suffered a setback with is surgically repaired right elbow and will be shut down for a week. Manager Don Mattingly said his status for Opening Day is in question.

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz (chest) is out with a sore chest Friday, March 1. It's believed to be a muscle strain.

OF | Cody Ross | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Cody Ross (calf) was scratched Friday, March 1, with a sore left calf. He said it wasn't serious.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper got a day off Thursday, Feb. 28, but he will be back in the lineup Friday, March 1, to play center field. Manager Davey Johnson said on the days he chooses to rest OF Denard Span in center, Harper could be shifted over.

OF | Marlon Byrd | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Marlon Byrd has a decent chance to stick with the parent club when it breaks camp and heads north, but Byrd has said if he doesn't make the roster then he may call it a career. "I kind of look at it as a last chance," Byrd said. "If I don't make this team, I don't see many other chances in baseball. That's the way I'm playing, like it is my last chance."

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said OF Coco Crisp (neck) is dealing with a minor neck injury, and he didn't want Crisp hitting right-handed Thursday, Feb. 28.

OF | Andres Torres | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Andres Torres (oblique) will not play in the World Baseball Classic and will sit out for at least a week with a strained oblique. Torres underwent an MRI exam.

OF | Darin Ruf | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Darin Ruf made his second error in left field in four spring games Thursday, Feb. 28. "Darin is going to make some mistakes," manager Charlie Manuel said, and not for the first time. "Hopefully he can just keep working and see how much he can improve before the end of the spring." Ruf was 0-for-10 before an RBI single Thursday.

OF | Rick Ankiel | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Rick Ankiel homered Thursday, Feb. 28, and is 6-for-9 this spring with 12 total bases.

OF | Jonny Gomes | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jonny Gomes (knee) is day-to-day after he needed three stitches in his left knee after colliding with the wall Wednesday, Feb. 27.

OF | Darin Mastroianni | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Darin Mastroianni (hamstring) left early with a sore left hamstring Thursday, Feb. 28, but he said it only bothered him when he slowed down.

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran's (toe) X-rays came back negative on his right little toe Thursday, Feb. 28, although he had considerable swelling in it. Beltran is unsure if it will affect his status for the World Baseball Classic next week.

OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Brennan Boesch (oblique), who hasn't played any spring games this week due to an oblique injury, doesn't have a clear path to playing time with the team and his trade value is low due to his ailment. Boesch could help his trade value if he gets healthy and performs well in spring training. General manager Dave Dombrowski said that Boesch won't be sent to the minors, so it looks like he'll be traded if he doesn't make the roster.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (shoulder) expects to play in his first spring training game Friday, March 1. Manager Don Mattingly originally planned to use Kemp as a designated hitter when he started to play but likely will allow him to play in the field.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Tommy Hanson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Tommy Hanson (shoulder) said he's 100 percent and much stronger than last year because of his new offseason conditioning program.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg struck out six batters Thursday, Feb. 28, in a 4-4 tie with the New York Mets. Strasburg lasted three innings in his start.

SP | Jon Garland | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Jon Garland threw off a mound in game action for the first time in 20 months Thursday, Feb. 28, as the Mariners beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3. "It was a little weird," Garland said. "But it felt good to get out there for a true game situation. I've done my throwing and my bullpens but I have not been out there with umpires and guys in uniforms for a long time."

SP | Jerome Williams | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jerome Williams allowed five runs (four earned) and five hits while walking two in two innings Thursday, Feb. 28, to raise his spring ERA to 11.25 in four innings. "Jerome is working really hard, but he's just getting behind every count," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He hasn't been able to put guys away, and that's a tough combo if you're not getting ahead and you're not putting guys away."

SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
The New York Mets are being extremely cautious with SP Zack Wheeler (oblique), who will most likely miss his next spring start. He felt better Thursday, Feb. 28, and should be back on a mound soon. The team will re-evaluate him in three to five days, at which point he'll probably throw a bullpen session.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Johan Santana is on target to make his spring debut March 10, according to manager Terry Collins. Santana will continue throwing with the goal of playing catch at 120 feet. After that, he will throw off a mound for the first time since being backed off his throwing program. There is still a chance that he will be ready for opening day.

SP | Wily Peralta | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Wily Peralta (shoulder) made his first spring start Thursday, Feb. 28, and tossed two shutout innings, giving up two hits, no walks and striking out none. Peralta said he felt good.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia (elbow) is likely to make only three spring starts this year, and he likely won't make his first one until March 15. He'll throw a simulated game March 5, and his first spring start could come as early as March 10. "I consider a simulated game almost a game," manager Joe Girardi said. "For me, he's really throwing games in a sense. I count those as innings." Sabathia has averaged five starts and 18 innings pitched in the previous four spring trainings.

SP | Fernando Abad | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals have been impressed with RP Fernando Abad so far in camp. "I was really impressed with the way he threw the other day," manager Davey Johnson said. "The way he attacked the hitters (Wednesday), he threw a couple good curveballs. That was great. (Pitching coach Steve McCatty) wanted him to throw another inning. I said, 'No. I want to see that again the day after tomorrow.'" The Nats have only one other left-hander penciled into their bullpen (RP Zach Duke). Abad said his poor 2012 season was attributed to arm fatigue, and he built his endurance by running long distances in the offseason. Also, his arm slot was too far from his body a year ago, which led to him flying open when he threw. He worked this winter to stay closed and hold his arms higher, and the results so far this spring are encouraging - no hits, two strikeouts and two walks.

SP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Aroldis Chapman retired all six batters he faced while striking out one in his first spring start Thursday, Feb. 28. He threw a surprising amount of offspeed pitches and hitters failed to make solid contact with his splitter and slider. "That was nice," pitching coach Bryan Price said. "He was able to repeat some good pitches. He threw different pitches for strikes the fastball, the slider and the split (fingered pitch). He was pretty sharp for this early in camp."

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Tim Stauffer (elbow) tossed a scoreless inning in relief Thursday, Feb. 28, in his spring debut.

SP | Liam Hendriks | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Liam Hendriks, who improved his spring ERA to 1.80 in five innings Thursday, Feb. 28, is making a case to win a spot in the starting rotation. He tossed three scoreless innings Thursday.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jair Jurrjens struggled in his outing Thursday, Feb. 28, and he once again struggled with his command. "My timing today was way off," said Jurrjens, who said it was a combination of things, including flying open in his delivery, that led to three walks. "Yes, (it's) a mechanics issue. I think I have been having bad habits for a couple of years. I just got to figure out how to get the good habits back, the good timing. Get that feel back." He said his poor mechanics recently are related to the knee injury that he has dealt with in his career. Jurrjens has allowed four earned runs and five hits while walking four in two innings this spring.

SP | Danny Hultzen | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners won't rush SPs Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker to the starting rotation this year. SPs Erasmo Ramirez, Blake Beavan and Jon Garland probably have a leg up on a rotation spot this spring because of their experience. The team also won't rush Ps James Paxton or Brandon Maurer to the majors.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey (elbow) said he felt fine after throwing Thursday, Feb. 28, and he'll start throwing cutters during his next bullpen session.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (lat) felt fine after throwing from 60 feet Thursday, Feb. 28. "I threw about 15 minutes and it was a good toss, and now I will wait till the next time. Now I have to take my foot off of the gas pedal. I am the type of person that gets excited and wants to keep pushing, but this type of stuff (strained side) it feels great so now I have to ease off on it. I am excited. It is fine today." He'll throw again Saturday, March 2. The team isn't putting a timetable on when he'll be ready.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous item, St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook (knee) is dealing with a left knee contusion. "It hurt pretty good at the time, but once I was able to walk it off ... I could have easily kept going," Westbrook said.

SP | Joe Wieland | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres have placed SP Joe Wieland (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
The Oakland Athletics have named SP Brett Anderson as their opening day starter.

SP | Kyle Lohse | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians are not pursuing free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals) because they have already have used a lot of money this offseason. The team would not be worried about the draft-pick compensation if they did pursue him.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Pedro Feliciano | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Pedro Feliciano (heart) will wear a heart monitor on the field when he pitches. Feliciano must beat out RPs Robert Carson, Darin Gorski, Scott Rice and Aaron Laffey to become the other lefty reliever alongside RP Josh Edgin in the bullpen.

RP | Joe Smith | Cleveland Indians | Injury,
Cleveland Indians RP Joe Smith (abdominal) threw a 28-pitch live batting practice session Thursday, Feb. 28, and he might be cleared for his spring debut next week.

RP | Jose Mijares | San Francisco Giants | Injury,
San Francisco Giants RP Jose Mijares (elbow) will have an MRI exam Thursday, Feb. 28.

RP | Mike Adams | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Mike Adams (shoulder) made his spring debut with a scoreless inning Thursday, Feb. 28. He gave up a hit and struck out one.

RP | Henry Rodriguez | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Henry Rodriguez (shoulder) threw live batting practice to minor leaguers Thursday, Feb. 28.

RP | Will Ohman | Washington Nationals | Injury,
Washington Nationals RP Will Ohman (hamstring) threw a bullpen session without setbacks Thursday, Feb. 28, and he'll pitch in his first spring game Sunday, March 3.

RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera (knee) threw a simulated inning Thursday, Feb. 28, and was happy with the results. "That's what I wanted to do, field some bunts, go after some balls in between first and the mound, and just plant and throw," Rivera said. "It feels good, guys, it feels real good. It was perfect." There is not date for Rivera to throw in a spring game yet.

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