Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 26, 2013 @ 09:08:01 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis is moving better than ever at first base this spring. He has also been better against left-handed pitchers.

1B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion (finger) threw and hit off a tee Monday, March 25, and is hoping to return to game action after taking batting practice Tuesday, March 26. Encarnacion is fine but wants some more at-bats before spring training ends.

1B | Jason Giambi | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians placed DH Jason Giambi (back) on the disabled list with a back strain Monday, March 25.

Second Baseman

2B | Ruben Gotay | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Free Agents
The St. Louis Cardinals signed free-agent 2B Ruben Gotay (Blue Jays) to a minor league contract.

2B | Matt Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals INF Matt Carpenter will start at third base with 3B David Freese (back) out. INF Daniel Descalso will start at second base.

2B | Maicer Izturis | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Maicer Izturis will start at third base against right-handers and INF Mark DeRosa will start at third against lefties with 3B Brett Lawrie (rib cage) to start the year on the disabled list.

2B | Ryan Raburn | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians optioned C Yan Gomes and 3B Cord Phelps to Triple-A Columbus and moved RP Frank Herrmann (elbow) to the 60-day disabled list Monday, March 25. Ps Nick Hagadone and Bryan Shaw and 2B Ryan Raburn will be added to the 25-man roster. SP Carlos Carrasco will open on the major league roster, serve his six-game suspension and then be sent to Columbus.

2B | Ryan Flaherty | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles 2B Ryan Flaherty could have a better chance to make the 25-man roster after the injury to 3B Wilson Betemit (knee).

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy (intercostal) went 0-for-5 in seven innings at second base in a minor league game Monday, March 25.

2B | Jose Pirela | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees reassigned 2B Jose Pirela to minor league camp Monday, March 25.


SS | Xander Bogaerts | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox reassigned SS Xander Bogaerts, INF Jonathan Diaz and 2B Drew Sutton to minor league camp Monday, March 25.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) received treatment on his ankle Monday, March 25, but it's unknown when he'll be playing in minor league games again. He's expected to start the year on the disabled list and hasn't played more than five innings in a game this spring. Jeter may not be ready to play when he's eligible April 6.

Third Baseman

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (back) will begin the season on the disabled list. SS Ryan Jackson will make the team in his absence.

3B | Wilson Betemit | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles DH Wilson Betemit (knee) will miss six to eight weeks with a torn PCL.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (elbow) is determined to start on opening day, according to head coach Bruce Bochy. Sandoval's elbow is much better Monday, Mar. 25, and he will start throwing in the next couple days.

3B | Mark Teahen | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction,
The Arizona Diamondbacks reassigned 3B Mark Teahen and P Eddie Bonine to minor league camp.

3B | Placido Polanco | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins 3B Placido Polanco could hit cleanup behind OF Giancarlo Stanton this year. "It's one of those things where we're going to have a lot of different guys hitting probably in a lot of different spots," manager Mike Redmond said. "I like Polanco hitting there. He gives you a veteran bat, a guy who puts the ball in play. He can hit behind runners. He can hit and run. He handles the bat well and might be a nice fit behind Stanton."

3B | Jeff Baker | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Jeff Baker (sinuses) has made the opening day roster after tearing it up with the bat this spring. Baker has versatility and can play first, second and third base in addition to left and right field. He was scratched from the game Monday, March 25, with a sinus infection.


C | Ramon Hernandez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies may have to release C Ramon Hernandez, whose $3.2 million salary is making a trade difficult. C Yorvit Torrealba will back up C Wilin Rosario.

C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia will hit as high as fifth in the batting order against left-handers with 3B Brett Lawrie (rib cage) opening the season on the disabled list. Arencibia hit two homers Monday, March 25, and manager John Gibbons has been impressed with how he's been using the entire field.

C | Rod Barajas | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks released C Rod Barajas Monday, March 25.

C | Christian Bethancourt | Atlanta Braves | Transaction
The Atlanta Braves optioned C Christian Bethancourt to the minors Monday, March 25.

C | Drew Butera | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins optioned C Drew Butera to Triple-A Rochester Monday, March 25.

C | Josh Thole | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays sent RP Dave Bush and C Josh Thole to minor league camp Monday, March 25.


OF | Jordan Schafer | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jordan Schafer will make the Opening Day roster.

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran (toe) returned to the lineup Tuesday, March 26.

OF | Matt Diaz | Miami Marlins | Transaction
The Miami Marlins signed OF Matt Diaz (Yankees) Monday, Mar. 25. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said OF Carlos Quentin (knee) and 2B Logan Forsythe (foot) will play in a Cactus League game Tuesday, March 26.

OF | Cody Ross | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Cody Ross (calf) has been running on an altered treadmill that allows a percentage of his body weight to be offloaded and has been getting at-bats in minor league games. However, the team is still unsure if he'll be ready by opening day. The team is more likely to start him on the disabled list to be cautious. OF Alfredo Marte, who was sent to Triple-A Reno earlier in camp, could make the team if Ross opens on the DL.

OF | Jackie Bradley | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
According to The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, it would be an upset if OF Jackie Bradley didn't make the team at this point. Bradley has been having an excellent spring with the stick and is impressing the coaching staff.

OF | Ezequiel Carrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians OF Ezequiel Carrera and P David Huff will not make the team, and the club said they will explore trading them.

OF | Delmon Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Delmon Young (ankle) had three at-bats in a minor league game Monday, March 25, but he was running gingerly and will need more time before playing in the outfield.

OF | Alex Rios | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Alex Rios (back) was scratched from the lineup Monday, March 25, with more lower back stiffness. Rios will be evaluated after being bothered by his back over the weekend. Rios doesn't believe it'll keep him from playing on opening day, though.

OF | Chris Carter | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy,
Houston Astros SPs Brad Peacock and Alex White, RP Xavier Cedeno, INF Matt Dominguez, C Carlos Corporan and OFs Justin Maxwell, Brandon Barnes, Chris Carter and Fernando Martinez were told that they have made the roster. Ps Jose Valdez and Kevin Chapman, INFs Brandon Laird and Jose Martinez and C Rene Garcia will be sent to the minors. P Chia-Jen Lo was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

OF | Matt Den Dekker | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Matt Den Dekker (wrist) said he won't need to have surgery on his right wrist, and he'll wear a cast for a month.

OF | Anthony Gose | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays optioned OF Anthony Gose to Triple-A Buffalo Monday, March 25.

OF | Vernon Wells | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
The New York Yankees plan to have Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Vernon Wells be their starting left fielder to begin the season after a trade is finalized Monday, March 25. The two sides are deciding which minor league players the Angels will receive in the trade before it becomes official. Wells will become the fourth outfielder when OF Curtis Granderson (arm) returns. Wells could split time at designated hitter with DH Travis Hafner, too.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets P Jenrry Mejia (elbow) will be out six weeks with inflammation in his right elbow.

SP | Jacob Turner | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins SP Jacob Turner will begin the season in Triple-A.

SP | Shaun Marcum | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
The New York Mets fear SP Shaun Marcum (neck) won't be ready for the start of the season after experiencing discomfort in his neck during a bullpen session Monday, March 25. He received an injection for an impingement in his right shoulder last week.

SP | Miguel Batista | free agent | Transaction
The Colorado Rockies released SP Miguel Batista Monday, Mar. 25.

SP | Chris Young | free agent | Transaction
Washington Nationals SP Chris Young has opted out of his contract Monday, Mar. 25, and will look for a major league contract.

SP | Erasmo Ramirez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Erasmo Ramirez is still a candidate to be in the starting rotation, according to manager Eric Wedge. Wedge said Ramirez is needs to build innings back up after being held out last week with a sore arm.

SP | Mike Minor | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor gave up five runs and three homers in five innings Monday, March 25, and his sinker is still a work in progress right now. Minor has allowed 16 hits and five walks in nine innings in his last two starts. His ERA now stands at 6.26 in six starts. "I need to work on it more in the bullpen and pick my spots to throw it," he said. "I wanted to see it against hitters. It was a lot better today, but I had a couple that were straight and they went straight out of the ball park. But overall I felt a lot better. Started throwing in, started jamming a lot of guys and throwing some curveballs and sliders."

SP | Josh Johnson | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Josh Johnson is throwing a new sinker this spring, and it helped him strike out eight and walk just one while giving up four hits in 5 1/3 shutout innings Monday, March 25.

SP | R.A. Dickey | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia will start opening day and catch SP R.A. Dickey. He will share catching duties with C Henry Blanco during the season when it's Dickey's turn to pitch. Manager John Gibbons has been impressed with Arencibia when he has caught Dickey this spring.

SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals have named SP Shelby Miller as their fifth starter over SP Joe Kelly.

SP | Scott Kazmir | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Scott Kazmir will be the team's No. 5 starter, but he won't be added to the roster until April 6.

SP | Kyle Kendrick | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick continued to work on his slider after allowing five runs and six hits (three home runs) in a minor league game Monday, March 25. He struck out eight and walked just one. "This is the best I've ever felt where I'm at with everything," Kendrick said. "I feel very comfortable with my stuff and who I am as a pitcher. I'm excited to get going, that's for sure."

SP | Jeff Niemann | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said the No. 5 rotation spot will be decided Wednesday, March 27, after SP Jeff Niemann makes his final spring appearance.

SP | Brad Mills | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers claimed SP Brad Mills off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He was added to the roster after the team placed RP Neftali Feliz (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Kyle McClellan (lat) is two weeks into a projected three to four week period of inactivity with a strained right lat muscle. He'll start long tossing and doing flat-ground work when he's cleared. SP Martin Perez (arm) has been cleared to start a throwing program when he's pain-free. He's not wearing a protective brace on his arm and hopes to start throwing next week. RP Joakim Soria (elbow) should start throwing live batting practice the week of April 8. SP Colby Lewis (elbow) is on the same time frame as Soria barring any setbacks.

SP | Erik Bedard | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has hinted that SP Erik Bedard will be in the starting rotation. SPs Alex White and Brad Peacock are fighting for the No. 5 spot.

SP | Edinson Volquez | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Edinson Volquez will start the team's opening day game April 1 against the New York Mets. It will be his third straight opening day start.

SP | Kyle Lohse | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, the Milwaukee Brewers agreed to terms with SP Kyle Lohse on a three-year deal worth $33 million.

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Chien-Ming Wang is expected to start the year with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He tossed 12 scoreless innings for Chinese Taipei in the World Baseball Classic.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Jairo Asencio | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles acquired RP Jairo Asencio (Brewers) for a player to be named later. Asencio will not be placed on the 40-man roster and is likely heading to Triple-A

RP | Casey Janssen | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Casey Janssen (shoulder) looked good in his outing Monday, March 25, after striking out the side in a spring contest. "Opening day is looking more and more realistic," he said.

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Sunday, March 24, and was feeling fine Monday, March 25. He will open the year on the disabled list and is hoping to go on a rehab assignment in mid-April. "I'm sore, but it's a good kind of soreness," Madson said. "I feel like I actually broke up some scar tissue. It's a good kind of pain, not the shut-down kind of pain. I feel like I could throw today with no reservations."

RP | Phillippe Aumont | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RPs Michael Stutes and Phillippe Aumont are locked in a battle for the final bullpen spot this spring, and Aumont and Stutes have had their fair share of command problems. The team doesn't plan on announcing a winner in the competition until the last possible moment.

RP | Henry Rodriguez | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Henry Rodriguez (elbow) will pitch Monday, March 25, and manager Davey Johnson doesn't think Rodriguez's injury is serious.

RP | Jose Valverde | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Scott Boras, the agent for free-agent RPs Jose Valverde (Tigers) and Francisco Rodriguez (Brewers) is expecting to find his clients teams to sign with soon. Valverde has lost 18 pounds and is throwing 93 to 95 mph in bullpen sessions.

RP | Matt Capps | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians released RP Matt Capps Monday, March 25, to avoid paying him $100,000. They could decide to re-sign him.

RP | Kameron Loe | Seattle Mariners | Transaction,
The Seattle Mariners selected the contract of RP Kameron Loe Monday, March 25.

RP | Josh Kinney | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Transaction,
The Seattle Mariners will place RP Josh Kinney (ribs) on the 60-day disabled list and it will be retroactive to April 1.

RP | Christian Garcia | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction,
The Washington Nationals placed RP Christian Garcia (forearm) on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Friday, March 22, with a right forearm tendon ailment. INF Carlos Rivero was also outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse.

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