Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 13, 2013 @ 08:57:01 PDT


First Baseman

1B | David Cooper | free agent | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent 1B David Cooper (back) will rehab his back for most of the 2013 season, and the Toronto Blue Jays may try to re-sign him with an eye on 2014.

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard will be out of the lineup for the second time in the last five games when the Phillies travel to Tampa to play the New York Yankees for a spring training night game on Wednesday, March 13. Howard played in 12 straight games to open the Grapefruit League season.

1B | Brett Pill | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
The New York Yankees are not currently scouting San Francisco Giants 1B Brett Pill as they look for replacements for 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist), but the Yankees could be interested in trading for him.

1B | Mark Hamilton | Boston Red Sox | Transaction,
The Boston Red Sox reassigned OF Alex Hassan, 1B Mark Hamilton, OF Juan Carlos Linares, OF Jeremy Hazelbaker and SP Steven Wright to minor league camp Tuesday, March 12.

Second Baseman

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Although he's been able to stay on the field after missing each of the last two springs with chronic knee pain, Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley is hitting .179 (5-for-28) with a double, a home run, six strikeouts and six walks.

2B | Aaron Hill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill (illness) was scratched again with a stomach virus Tuesday, March 12.

2B | Bill Hall | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim INF Bill Hall (groin) is serving as the designated hitter during an intrasquad game Tuesday, March 12.

2B | Logan Watkins | Chicago Cubs | Transaction,
The Chicago Cubs optioned P Trey McNutt and 2B Logan Watkins to Triple-A Iowa Monday, March 11, and optioned P Robert Whitenack to Double-A Tennessee.


SS | Alcides Escobar | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals scratched SS Alcides Escobar (back) from the lineup with minor back tightness Tuesday, March 12. He would play if it were the regular season.

SS | Daniel Fields | Detroit Tigers | Transaction
The Detroit Tigers reassigned C Ramon Cabrera, SS Dixon Machado, SS Eugenio Suarez and OF Daniel Fields to minor league camp Monday, March 11.

Third Baseman

3B | Omar Luna | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers assigned INF Brian Barden, OF Jeremy Moore and 3B Omar Luna to their minor-league camp, reducing their major-league camp roster to 48 players.

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (intercostal) said there is to timetable for him to resume baseball activities, but he's feeling much better.

3B | Matt Dominguez | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 3B Matt Dominguez frequently relied on his bat speed early in his career, and with the help of hitting coach John Mallee, Dominguez has learned to use his lower half more to produce more power. Mallee worked with Dominguez when he was with the Miami Marlins, and he started working with him when he was 17 years old. Dominguez is the favorite to win the starting job at third base this year.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees INF Ronnier Mustelier has a chance to make the team and play third base if the team decides to move 3B Kevin Youkilis to first base in the absence of 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist). "His bat is making him have a chance," general manager Brian Cashman said. "We'll see what we see the rest of camp with his glove, but he can hit."


C | Cody Stanley | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals optioned P Kevin Siegrist to Triple-A Memphis and reassigned P Barret Browning to the Triple-A minor league camp. C Cody Stanley was reassigned to the Double-A roster.

C | Francisco Cervelli | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is expecting C Francisco Cervelli to make the roster despite the fact that he's hitting only .227 this spring. Cervelli has excelled defensively, though, which is what Girardi looks for in his everyday catcher. C Chris Stewart is competing with Cervelli for the starting job. C Bobby Wilson is the other backstop on roster.

C | Hank Conger | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP C.J. Wilson likes working with C Hank Conger, which may be a factor that contributes to Conger making the roster.

C | Josmil Pinto | Minnesota Twins | Transaction,
The Minnesota Twins optioned SP Trevor May, RP Michael Tonkin, RP B.J. Hermsen, C Josmil Pinto and SS Danny Santana to Double-A New Britain Monday, March 11.


OF | Brennan Boesch | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees are interested in free-agent OF Brennan Boesch (Tigers).

OF | Matt Den Dekker | New York Mets | Fantasy
Although New York Mets OF Matt Den Dekker has had a strong defensive season in spring training, Den Dekker is hitting .222 with 10 strikeouts in 27 at-bats and is likely headed for Triple-A Las Vegas.

OF | Casper Wells | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Casper Wells (neck) will likely need another day to recover from his stiff neck, according to manager Eric Wedge.

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (elbow) took live batting practice Tuesday, March 12, against RPs Kenley Jansen and J.P. Howell. Crawford said he felt good about the session.

OF | Craig Gentry | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Craig Gentry (illness) was scratched from the lineup Tuesday, March 12, with a stomach bug.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (neck) is dealing with a small herniated disc in the area around his neck, and he'll be out at least another week. "Everything else structurally is fine; some of the things you worry about with it weren't present," said manager Buck Showalter, who didn't think the injury would jeopardize Markakis' ability to be ready for opening day. "So we have positive hopes for it to resolve itself."

OF | Ramon Flores | New York Yankees | Transaction,
The New York Yankees optioned RP Nik Turley, SP Manny Banuelos, OF Ramon Flores and SP Jose Ramirez to Double-A Trenton Monday, March 11.

OF | Kyle Jensen | Miami Marlins | Transaction,
The Miami Marlins reassigned OF Marcell Ozuna, SP Edgar Olmos, OF Kyle Jensen and RP Evan Reed to the minors Monday, March 11.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Guillermo Moscoso | free agent | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals released SP Guillermo Moscoso.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg was named the Opening Day starter.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez will pitch in the World Baseball Classic championship game March 19, if Team USA qualifies.

SP | Tony Cingrani | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds made 12 roster changes on Tuesday, March 12, leaving 44 players in camp. P's Tony Cingrani and Daniel Corcino were optioned to Triple-A Louisville, P's Kyle Lotzkar and Josh Ravin were optioned to Double-A Pensacola, P Carlos Contreras and OF Yorman Rodriguez were optioned to Class A Bakersfield and P Ismael Guillon was optioned to Class A Dayton. P's Nick Christiani and Chad Rogers, C Nevin Ashley, INF Kris Negron and OF Ryan LaMarre were reassigned to minor league camp.

SP | Daniel Hudson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Daniel Hudson (elbow) said on Twitter he threw a 20-pitch flat ground session. Hudson is working his way back from Tommy John surgery on his elbow.

SP | Freddy Garcia | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
Updating a previous post, San Diego Padres SP Freddy Garcia struck out six batters Tuesday, March 12, in a 6-2 win over the San Francisco Giants. Garcia came into the game with a 13.50 earned run average this spring.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
In his return start Tuesday, March 12, against the San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum (blister) pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing three runs. The right-hander gave up four hits, struck out three and had his fastball clocked at 93 mph. Prior to the game, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the organization would be happy if they got 45 pitches out of Lincecum. They got 43.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova and SP David Phelps are competing for the fifth spot in the starting rotation. If SP Phil Hughes starts the season unable to pitch for whatever reason then Nova and Phelps would take the bottom two spots. Otherwise, Hughes slots fourth and either Nova or Phelps would go fifth.

SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando allowed two base hits and three walks in four dominant innings Tuesday, March 12, after struggling through his first three outings. "His fastball on the last out of the game was about as good of a fastball as we've seen, and I've seen that for the last couple of years pretty consistently," manager Ron Washington said. "It's obvious what we've seen out of Ogando the last few outings isn't Ogando. He is a strike thrower." Ogando has nine strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings.

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (elbow) is unsure what is causing him pain in his throwing elbow. "I guess I didn't really know what the problem was," Greinke said. "I guess is I still don't. They might. But I'm not a doctor. I'm just going with what they're saying to me." The team thinks Greinke should be ready for the start of the season, though.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay allowed six hits, seven earned runs, four walks and two home runs in 2 2/3 spring innings Tuesday, March 12, which included a grand slam and a wild pitch. Halladay had trouble locating his pitches. "I was really lethargic," Halladay said. "Warming up it was as good as it's been all year. Once we got out there it was completely different. I think it's just that time of spring you're going all the time. We had an extra day so I threw two bullpens in between, and you're trying to work on as much stuff as you can. So I really feel that kind of caught up with me today." He said he wasn't sore after the game, though, and the team insists he's fully healthy.

SP | Neil Ramirez | Texas Rangers | Transaction,
The Texas Rangers reassigned Ps Neil Ramirez, Justin Miller and Jake Brigham and OF Joey Butler to minor league camp Tuesday, March 12.

SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison (toe) threw two innings in a B game and gave up two runs Tuesday, March 12, and he had no issues with the toe on his left foot. He will make his next spring start Saturday, March 16, which would put him in line to start the team's opening day game March 31 against the Houston Astros.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price will start the team's opening day game against the Baltimore Orioles April 2.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel allowed two runs and five hits in four innings while walking none and striking out four in an intrasquad game Tuesday, March 12, and SP Jair Jurrjens gave up a run and two hits while walking none and striking out eight in three innings. Hammel has given up one run and six hits in 4 1/3 spring innings. Jurrjens said his mechanics are improved since he dealt with a knee injury last year.

SP | Mike Montgomery | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction,
The Tampa Bay Rays optioned SPs Alex Colome, Mike Montgomery and Felipe Rivero and RPs Frank De Los Santos and Enny Romero to the minors Monday, March 11.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Sean Burnett | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Sean Burnett (back) will make his spring debut Wednesday, March 13.

RP | Marc Rzepczynski | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Marc Rzepczynski (eye), whose left eye was bruised by a projectile while playing golf, threw a bullpen session Tuesday, March 12, at the team's complex in Jupiter, Fla. Rzepczynski said he could see fine but admitted to having some trouble with depth perception when the catcher returned the ball.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers have expressed interest in New York Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain. Although Chamberlain in the bullpen would give the Yankees a healthier relief corps, Chamberlain has expressed an interest in starting games, so the Rangers scouted Chamberlain during the team's game Monday, March 11, against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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