Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 19, 2013 @ 08:57:01 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Paul Goldschmidt | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks are talking to 1B Paul Goldschmidt about a multi-year extension.

1B | Nick Evans | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Los Angeles Dodgers released INF Nick Evans Monday, March 18.

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind, who is hitting well this spring, said he dropped 10 pounds in the offseason and started doing yoga. "I think maybe it's given me more bat speed because my muscles are a little longer, more flexible," he said. "I'm not saying if you want to hit, you've got to do yoga. I didn't do it for hitting." Lind said he hasn't had any problems with his back while hitting .424 with a .488 on-base percentage in camp. Manager John Gibbons will give Lind a chance to prove he can be the everyday designated hitter, but if he struggles against lefties again, Gibbons has plenty of other options.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
The New York Yankees think there is a 70 percent chance that 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) will not need to have season-ending surgery to fix a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist. The team will now be extra cautious with his rehab and return to the lineup. "This is one of those things, I can't come back too early," Teixeira said. "Unfortunately, if I try to play too early, we could miss the whole season, and we don't want that. I don't know if it's going to be middle of May, beginning of May, beginning of June. I don't know when it is, but I know that there's a whole bunch of season left - and the time that really matters is the playoffs."

Second Baseman

2B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Logan Forsythe (foot) returned to full workouts several days, and he expects to be back in the lineup before the weekend. He has been sidelined since March 8 due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

2B | Cord Phelps | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Cord Phelps is impressing the team after hitting .306 with two home runs and four RBIs in 17 spring games. The team is getting him some work at first base in camp. "Cord's had a great camp," general manager Chris Antonetti said. "Offensively, he's swung the bat as well as probably anybody in camp. And I think he's a little bit more relaxed. I don't want to speak for Cord, but he's got a great energy about him. He's tried to work all over the diamond and really embrace that opportunity."

2B | Luis Hernandez | Cleveland Indians | Transaction,
The Cleveland Indians optioned SS Juan Diaz to Triple-A Columbus and reassigned OFs Cedric Hunter and Matt Carson, Ps Matt Langwell, Preston Guilmet and Joe Martinez, Cs Brian Jeroloman and Omir Santos and INF Luis Hernandez to minor league camp Monday, March 18.

2B | Jason Kipnis | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians are discussing contract extensions for 2B Jason Kipnis and OF Michael Brantley. Brantley's long-term value is expected to be lower with his move from center field to left field, which could make the negotiations difficult.

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley could hit seventh or eighth in the lineup to start the year. Ackley is hitting .292 this spring but is still getting used to the timing of his swing changes this offseason. He has just one extra-base hit in camp and hasn't squared the ball up that much.

2B | Jedd Gyorko | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley (thumb) could miss opening day after jamming his thumb trying to break up a double play Sunday, March 17. Headley will undergo X-rays and other various tests. 2Bs Logan Forsythe (foot) and Jedd Gyorko are options for third base if Headley misses significant time. However, Forsythe hasn't played since March 7 due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He's close to returning, though, and did on-field drills Sunday.


SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) could serve as the designated hitter on Opening Day.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez has swatted two home runs while playing for Team Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, accounting for two of his three hits. However, manager Don Mattingly isn't concerned that Ramirez has fallen back into a big-swing mentality. "I've only seen a couple of at-bats, but he's got a sacrifice fly and three walks in another game," Mattingly said Monday, March 18. "That tells me he's doing what he talked about, getting strikes. When we saw him here, he seemed really good. He scalded the ball. The home runs don't bother me. The fact that he's walking tells me his approach is staying solid. I saw one at-bat, and his leg kick was actually abbreviated."

SS | Justin Sellers | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Justin Sellers (ankle) remains sidelined due to a sprained ankle suffered Thursday, March 14. It is uncertain when the reserve will return.

SS | Bobby Crosby | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers released SS Bobby Crosby Monday, March 18.

Third Baseman

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley (thumb) has no ligament damage, but will be out four to six weeks.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (tailbone) is expected to return to the lineup Thursday, March 21.

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said RP Casey Janssen (shoulder) and 3B Brett Lawrie (intercostal) could be ready for Opening Day. Lawrie has to respond well to the next stage of his treatment, which begins Tuesday, March 19.

3B | Nick Castellanos | Detroit Tigers | Transaction
The Detroit Tigers optioned INF Hernan Perez to Double-A Erie and P Jose A. Ortega, C Bryan Holaday and SP Duane Below to Triple-A Toledo. 3B Nick Castellanos, OF Tyler Collins, INF Argenis Diaz and P Trevor Bell were reassigned to minor league camp.

3B | Juan Francisco | Atlanta Braves | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
There are some lingering concerns about Atlanta Braves 3B Juan Francisco and his inability to consistently hit offspeed pitches and left-handed pitchers. However, he has homered in three of his past four spring games, strengthening his bid for the starting third base job to start the season. However, manager Fredi Gonzalez said Monday, March 18, that it is still too early to declare a winner in the battle with 3B Chris D. Johnson.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Kevin Youkilis has been working with hitting coach Kevin Long to make adjustments with his stance, and his new approach has shown results in the past week with several extra-base hits. He has also been trying out a new grip with his batting stance.

3B | Trevor Plouffe | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe (calf) is expected to play in a minor league game Wednesday, March 20, and he'll be the designated hitter.

3B | Mark Sobolewski | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Transaction,
The Minnesota Twins reassigned 1B Chris Colabello, C Eric Fryer, 3B Mark Sobolewski, OFs Brian Dinkelman and Clete Thomas and Ps Deolis Guerra (shoulder) and Shairon Martis Sunday, March 17. Guerra has a blood clot in his right shoulder and was released from the hospital Sunday after undergoing a rib resection. He's expected to miss the first half of the year.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (elbow) is day-to-day after feeling numbness in his fingers from right elbow pain Sunday, March 17. He'll receive further treatment, but the team doesn't think the injury is serious.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright (intercostal) received a cortisone injection Friday, March 15, and he said he's still having pain when he sleeps, but the discomfort isn't as bad. He thinks he won't need as many at-bats to be ready for the regular season after playing in the World Baseball Classic.


C | Tyler Flowers | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C Tyler Flowers (back) returned to the lineup Tuesday, March 19.

C | Ramon Castro | free agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers released C Ramon Castro Monday, March 18.

C | John Buck | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets C John Buck (illness) was scratched from the lineup with an illness Monday, March 18.

C | Derek Norris | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said it won't be a strict platoon between Cs Derek Norris and John Jaso. Norris could also play against right-handed pitchers, and Melvin said he will ride the hot hand.

C | Chris Snyder | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Chris Snyder can request his release if he's not on the major league roster by opening day.

C | Hank Conger | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed C Chris Snyder (Nationals) to a minor league contract Monday, March 18. "We want catching depth; we're looking to provide the staff with as many options as we can. Obviously, Chris comes in on a minor league contract, so he's going to have to compete for a spot. John Hester, Luke Carlin and Hank Conger, all of them, still have an opportunity to win that spot, as does Chris," general manager Jerry Dipoto said.

C | Travis d'Arnaud | New York Mets | Fantasy
The New York Mets still plan to have C Travis d'Arnaud start the year in the minors.


OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (neck) said he has some soreness in his neck but hopes to resume baseball activities this weekend.

OF | Justin Upton | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Justin Upton smacked two home runs in the Grapefruit League spring game Monday, March 18, against the Philadelphia Phillies, showing improvement after working with hitting coach Greg Walker. "Upton and (Walker) sat back about four or five days ago and did some tinkering and it looks like it paid off," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I know they were talking about a little different bat angle. He's been locked in."

OF | Brennan Boesch | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The New York Yankees hope OF Brennan Boesch can regain the form which made him fifth in American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2010.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) has been limited to just one of the team's first 25 major league exhibitions due to "mild discomfort" in his surgically repaired right knee. However, he has hit and run the bases in minor league games over the past two days, and the team expects him to be ready for the opener.

OF | James Darnell | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF James Darnell (oblique) might have been an option to replace the injured 3B Chase Headley (thumb), but Darnell might miss another two weeks due to a strained left oblique muscle. He has not played since March 11.

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (elbow) had his first two hits and two RBI of the spring Monday, March 18, but that isn't what excited manager Don Mattingly. "Actually - that part was good to see, getting a couple of hits under his belt - but even better was his throwing," Mattingly said. "(Vice president of medical services Stan Conte) was working on cut(offs), and he had a lot on the ball. That's really positive."

OF | Tony Gwynn Jr. | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers reassigned C Wilkin Castillo and OF Tony Gwynn Jr. to their minor-league camp Monday, March 18.

OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino struck out three times Monday, March 18. One National League scout didn't have good things to say about Victorino: "His bat looks slow. He looks thicker also."

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (legs) is not in the lineup Monday, March 18, and he's unlikely to play in back-to-back games until next week.

OF | Christian Yelich | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Christian Yelich has a team-leading four home runs and 12 RBIs while hitting .359 with a 1.251 OPS this spring. He will start the year at Double-A Jacksonville, but he's tempting the organization with his talent. "He's just a natural-born hitter," hitting coach Tino Martinez said. "It doesn't matter if he's facing rookies or guys who've played six or eight years. He knows what he's doing and has a great game plan up there. There's nothing fancy about him. He just hits." He needs to clean up his throwing motion, as he tends to throw across his body frequently.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Tyler Skaggs | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks optioned SP Tyler Skaggs to Triple-A Tucson.

SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin will start on Opening Day.

SP | Kyle Lohse | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals) may have to wait until June to sign with a new team.

SP | Rodrigo Lopez | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
Philadelphia Phillies SP Rodrigo Lopez was reassigned to minor league camp.

SP | Kris Medlen | Atlanta Braves | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has not revealed his starting pitcher for Opening Day April 1 against the Philadelphia Phillies, but it is expected to be either SP Kris Medlen or Tim Hudson. Hudson is scheduled to pitch Thursday, March 21, and then again Tuesday, March 26, so he appears to be in line for the honor.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz, who has allowed only one run in 13 1/3 innings over four spring starts, has been working at a faster pace on the mound after working with pitching coach Juan Nieves.

SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Zack Wheeler (oblique) threw three innings and gave up one hit Monday, March 18, and he said he felt good.

SP | Randall Delgado | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Randall Delgado allowed just two runs in five innings Monday, March 18, strengthening his case for the No. 5 rotation spot. He is competing with SP Patrick Corbin.

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
The Atlanta Braves are impressed with SP Julio Teheran's modified repertoire this season, as he relies more on sinkers and an improved breaking pitch instead of the fastball-changeup mix he used in the minor leagues. Teheran is second in the Grapefruit League in strikeouts (25), is tied for first in innings (20) and is fourth in ERA (1.35). "He's really pounding the strike zone, and his two-seamer has really looked good," said SP Tim Hudson. "That's something he's been working on. He's using it to both sides of the plate. I think that's a great pitch for him because he doesn't have to be so precise with it it's a contact pitch."

SP | Matt Harvey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Matt Harvey, who allowed six hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday, March 18, while striking out six and walking one, was happy with his curveball. "I was really happy about my curveball," Harvey said. "Unfortunately, I gave up too many hits in my mind, but overall I'm healthy and feeling good. The biggest thing from last year was not having my curveball. I threw a lot of good ones 0-0 (today) and was able to throw it in the dirt when I needed to. That's a big pitch for me. Having that back is definitely a big plus for me." Harvey is also focused on inducing ground balls to limit his pitch total and enabling him to pitch deeper into games.

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (finger) bruised the index finger on his throwing hand during a bunting drill last Friday, and he may miss his start Tuesday, March 19. He's listed as day-to-day after X-rays were negative.

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (elbow) felt fine after throwing Sunday, March 17, but he's expected to have his first regular season start pushed back by at least a few days and possibly longer. Greinke has thrown in just two spring games for a total of five innings. He's scheduled to throw again Wednesday, March 20, possibly in a simulated game against minor leaguers. Greinke could pitch March 25 in a spring game, which would put him on track to make his season debut April 5.

SP | Vance Worley | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Vance Worley could start the team's opening day game against the Detroit Tigers April 1, but manager Ron Gardenhire will make an announcement after Tuesday, March 19. Worley has a spring ERA of 6.00 but said he's happy with where he is.

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish (neck) was scratched from his start Monday, March 18, due to a stiff neck. The team doesn't think the injury is serious.

SP | Scott Diamond | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SPs Scott Diamond (elbow) and Anthony Swarzak (ribs) are both making progress from their injuries but are expected to open the season on the disabled list. Diamond will make his first spring start against minor leaguers Monday, March 18, throwing two innings. He's expected to rejoin the rotation in mid-April. Swarzak is throwing bullpens and hasn't had any setbacks, but he needs to be stretched out for his role as a long reliever.

SP | Josh Beckett | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (flu) was scratched from his outing Monday, March 18, due to the flu. He's throwing a six-inning, 76-simulated game instead.

SP | Scott Baker | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Cubs SP Scott Baker (elbow) will undergo an MRI exam on his right elbow after experiencing soreness Monday, March 18.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Daisuke Matsuzaka said he will stay with the team and open the year in the minor leagues.

SP | Philip Humber | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Philip Humber appears to be a lock for a rotation spot after throwing a 73-pitch, four-inning simulated game Monday, March 18, against minor leaguers.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) doesn't think he can return to pitch after his latest setback. "There has been no change," Carpenter said. "There is some everyday stuff that is going on that is affecting me a little bit. Right now I'm just enjoying my time with my family. ... I was planning on playing, on being a part of this team and make the choice at the end of the year whether I wanted to keep playing or not." He still has numbness in his shoulder at times, and he said he will not go through another surgery. Carpenter will seek more medical advice when he returns home to St. Louis.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians CL Chris Perez (shoulder) said he'll be ready for Opening Day unless something else pops up.

RP | Jordan Walden | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves RP Jordan Walden (back) was pain-free during a live batting practice session Monday, March 18. Walden will make his Grapefruit League spring debut Wednesday, March 20.

RP | Craig Kimbrel | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect inning in his Grapefruit League spring appearance Monday, March 18. It was his first action since returning from the World Baseball Classic. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Kimbrel stayed on a normal schedule during his time with Team USA and appears for the regular season.

RP | Chris Withrow | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers P Chris Withrow (back, shin) had his Cactus League spring debut delayed three weeks due to back spasms. He made his debut Sunday, March 17, and was hit by a line drive off the left shin. Withrow suffered a bruise, and said he expects to be back in action in a couple of days.

RP | Koji Uehara | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara tossed a scoreless inning Monday, March 18, and has now thrown seven scoreless spring outings.

RP | Grant Balfour | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Grant Balfour (knee) threw 17 pitches in an inning of work against minor leaguers Monday, March 18, and said his knee was not an issue.

RP | Kyle McClellan | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers RP Kyle McClellan (rib cage) will remain with the team, even though he'll miss six to eight weeks with a strained rib cage muscle. He could trigger his out clause in his contract but said he wants to remain with the club and rehab.

RP | Rafael Soriano | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano allowed five hits and four runs while recording only two outs Monday, March 18, and he was only throwing 88-91 mph.

RP | Matt Capps | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Daisuke Matsuzaka and RP Matt Capps will not crack the team's opening day rotation, but Matsuzaka may accept an offer to join the club's minor league camp. Capps hasn't decided if he'll go to minor league camp.

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