Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 28, 2013 @ 09:57:01 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Ian Gac | free agent | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals released 1B Ian Gac.

1B | Lyle Overbay | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday, March 27, that 1B Lyle Overbay will play Thursday, March 28, and he is on the travel list for exhibition games in Washington D.C. and West Point. Overbay had two hits in five at-bats Wednesday, March 27, too.

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer is scheduled to see time in right field during the Cactus League spring game Thursday, March 28. It could be a preview for next weekend during interleague play against the Philadelphia Phillies, in a National League park when the designated hitter is not used. "We'll see," manager Ned Yost said Wednesday, March 27. "Frenchy (OF Jeff Francoeur) could start the year as our hottest player, and I wouldn't be taking him out."

1B | Chris McGuiness | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Texas Rangers will send 1B Chris McGuiness to Triple-A Round Rock. The Class 5 player was returned after spending the spring with the Cleveland Indians.

1B | Brandon Snyder | free agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers granted 1B Brandon Snyder his release Wednesday, March 27.

1B | Clint Robinson | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction,
The Pittsburgh Pirates designated 1B Clint Robinson and P Hunter Strickland for assignment Wednesday, March 27.

1B | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers placed 1B Corey Hart (knee) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, March 27.

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland has shown that he has improved his all-around game, especially hitting left-handed pitchers. "He's moving better, staying inside the ball and hitting to the opposite field, which is going to be key for him to stay consistent," manager Ron Washington said. "He worked hard during the winter to have good at-bats against lefties, and I think he has, so he'll see more lefties." He leads the team with four home runs and 13 RBIs in 21 spring contests.


Second Baseman

2B | Chris Getz | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 2B Chris Getz banged out six hits Wednesday, March 27, in an exhibition game that ended in a 9-9 tie with the Chicago Cubs. Getz had a triple, a double and four singles in his perfect night.

2B | Justin Turner | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Justin Turner (calf) left the game early with a strained left calf Wednesday, March 27.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano (illness) was scratched from the lineup with a stomach bug Wednesday, March 27.

2B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Logan Forsythe (foot) is visiting with a specialist in San Diego after dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. There is a chance that he'll need to start the year on the disabled list, according to manager Bud Black. 3B Cody Ransom will likely take his roster spot and could start at third base on opening day. 2B Jedd Gyorko could also move to third base with 2B Alexi Amarista playing second, but the chances are that Gyorko will remain at the keystone.

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy (intercostal) could play in a Grapefruit League game Thursday, March 28.

2B | Aaron Hill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill (pinkie) is in the spring lineup Wednesday, March 27.


Shortstop

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro left the team to be with his girlfriend for the birth of their first child. He is expected to rejoin the team Friday, March 29, or Saturday, March 30, in Houston, according to manager Dale Sveum.

SS | Mike Aviles | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians INF Mike Aviles will open the regular season on the bench as a utility player. He has served as a regular in the past, as has OF Ryan Raburn. Manager Terry Francona understands the transition back to reserve status. "The hardest thing will be the first couple weeks of the season," Francona said Wednesday, March 27. "You're trying to get guys locked in. That's a little bit of a trying time for the bench, because you get routine at-bats (in spring) - every other day or something - and then the season starts."

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (back) resumed hitting drills Wednesday, March 27, although he missed a fourth straight spring game due to a back issue. Manager Terry Francona said the team is being cautious, and Cabrera is likely to sit out at least one more game.

SS | Miguel Tejada | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SS Miguel Tejada is likely to make the final roster as the team's second utility infielder after INF Irving Falu was optioned to Omaha Wednesday, March 27.

SS | Reid Brignac | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 2B Reid Brignac is now the clear front-runner to land the utility infield job after the team optioned 3B DJ LeMahieu to the minors. INF Jonathan Herrera has minor league options remaining.

SS | Alexei Ramirez | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez (shoulder) has been diagnosed with a right shoulder bruise, and he's listed as day-to-day.

SS | Willie Bloomquist | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Willie Bloomquist (oblique) will start the year on the disabled list with a Grade 2 right oblique strain. He's eligible to return April 11, but there will be no timetable on his recovery time.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said SS Derek Jeter (ankle) isn't expected to play in any minor league games through the weekend. There is no timetable for his return.

SS | Tyler Greene | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Houston Astros released SS Tyler Greene Tuesday, March 26.

SS | Jeff Bianchi | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction
Milwaukee Brewers INF Jeff Bianchi (hip) was placed on the 15-day disabled list.


Third Baseman

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman hit three home runs in the spring game Wednesday, March 27. He entered the game with 48 spring at-bats and has a slash line of .308/.302/.596. He hasn't walked once, though.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (elbow) played catch from 75 feet Wednesday, March 27, with "pretty good intensity." He also hit from both sides of the plate in the cages and took grounders.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
The New York Mets are expecting 3B David Wright (intercostal) to be ready for opening day April 1.

3B | Don Kelly | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Don Kelly has made the opening day roster after the team sent OF Quintin Berry to the minors. OF Andy Dirks and 3B Matt Tuiasosopo will serve as the team's left fielders.

3B | Donnie Murphy | free agent | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers released INF Donnie Murphy.

3B | Wilson Betemit | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Wilson Betemit (knee), who will miss six to eight weeks with a tear in his right knee, won't need surgery.


Catcher

C | Max Ramirez | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals optioned P Louis Coleman to Triple-A Omaha and reassigned C Max Ramirez to minor league camp.

C | Miguel Olivo | free agent | Transaction
The Cincinnati Reds granted C Miguel Olivo his release.

C | George Kottaras | Kansas City Royals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is waiting until the final days of camp to decide on whether C George Kottaras or Brett Hayes will serve as the backup behind starting C Salvador Perez.

C | Chris Robinson | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles reassigned C Chris Robinson to their minor-league camp Wednesday, March 27.

C | Hector Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Hector Sanchez (shoulder) caught in a minor league game Wednesday, March 27, and is expected to be ready for opening day.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (knee) hit two home runs Wednesday, March 26, proving that his surgically repaired knee is completely healthy heading into the season. He's more agile behind the plate, faster on the bases and his swing is the same as before the injury. He has a slash line of .353/.353/.559 this spring with only three strikeouts in 34 at-bats. "I'm concentrating more on my offense," Ramos said. "I'm working now on my swing. I forget about my knee now. For a long time, I thought about my knee only and forgot about my swing. Now it's time to work both together. And it feels great. I cleared my mind about my knee." Manager Davey Johnson plans to have Ramos split time evenly with C Kurt Suzuki this year.

C | Jose Molina | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon plans to monitor the playing time of C Jose Molina this year, and he's targeting 80 games for the catcher. Maddon wants to avoid having Molina catch more than three games in a row. C Jose Lobaton is the backup catcher.

C | Matt Pagnozzi | Atlanta Braves | Transaction
The Atlanta Braves reassigned C Matt Pagnozzi to minor league camp Wednesday, March 27.

C | Ryan Lavarnway | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox optioned C Ryan Lavarnway to Triple-A Pawtucket and reassigned Ps Anthony Carter and Jose De La Torre to minor league camp Wednesday, March 27.


Outfielder

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (thumb) is in the lineup Thursday, March 28.

OF | Ben Francisco | New York Yankees | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Ben Francisco had a home run Wednesday, March 27, but the acquisition of OF Vernon Wells might be an indication there is no spot for Francisco.

OF | Michael Brantley | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley is emerging as a leader on and off the field. Manager Terry Francona wants him to embrace the role this season. "That's exactly what I told him, to just be himself," Francona said Wednesday, March 27. "He doesn't have a ton of time in the big leagues, but that doesn't mean he can't do that. I would love for guys to follow his example. He does everything right. He's easy, man. You just wind him up, let him go play and see how good he can be."

OF | Desmond Henry | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals received OF Desmond Henry Wednesday, March 27, from the Texas Rangers as the player to be named in the Nov. 8, 2012 trade for RP Tommy Hottovy.

OF | Trayvon Robinson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Trayvon Robinson (back) is nearing a return, according to manager Buck Showalter. However, Robinson felt more discomfort in his lower back Wednesday, March 27, while taking batting practice.

OF | Chris Dickerson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Chris Dickerson (Achilles') suffered "a slight strain around his right Achilles'" in the Grapefruit League spring game Wednesday, March 27, according to manager Buck Showalter.

OF | Lorenzo Cain | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain worked with sprint coaches in the offseason and also did yoga to focus on weaknesses in his legs. "He was upright with a long stride," trainer Nick Kenney said. "They wanted him to turn and get more of a forward lean. That allows you to become a power runner." The priority for Cain was to shorten his stride. He often felt his legs were heavy and fatigued late last season, so he made the change to become stronger and avoid lower body injuries.

OF | Cody Ross | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Cody Ross (calf) hit in a minor league game Wednesday, March 27, but did not run the bases. He's expected to start the year on the disabled list.

OF | A.J. Pollock | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
With Arizona Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton (knee) starting on the disabled list and OF Cody Ross (calf) expected to join him, OF A.J. Pollock will make the roster. OFs Alfredo Marte and Tony Campana are battling for the final spot. Campana has the major league experience, but Marte has been impressing the coaching staff this spring.

OF | Kirk Nieuwenhuis | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (knee) could make the opening day roster over INF Omar Quintanilla. Nieuwenhuis returned over the weekend and is only 2-for-26 (.077) this spring. 2Bs Jordany Valdespin or Justin Turner would be counted on to play shortstop if anything were to happen to SS Ruben Tejada if Nieuwenhuis makes the roster over Valdespin.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) played for the second straight day Wednesday, March 27, and will serve as the designated hitter Thursday, March 28. The team is encouraged by his progress.

OF | Alex Rios | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Alex Rios (back) is hoping to return to the spring lineup Friday, March 29, after missing the last five games with lower back stiffness.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (forearm) ran and fielded fly balls for the second time Wednesday, March 27, he said on his official Twitter account.

OF | Leonys Martin | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OFs Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry both figure to see plenty of playing time in their center field platoon, but manager Ron Washington hasn't been clear on how he'll use them both. "Both guys will play, but I am not announcing a platoon," Washington said. "I'll find a way to get them both playing time. I'm glad I'm in a situation where I have two guys that can play." Washington has been impressed with Martin all spring.

OF | Ezequiel Carrera | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians designated OF Ezequiel Carrera for assignment Wednesday, March 27.

OF | Jason Kubel | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Jason Kubel (ankle) had seven at-bats in a minor league game Wednesday, March 27, and ran the bases. He appears fine for the start of the season.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury (ankle) did not need to undergo an MRI on his ankle injury. He is expected to be in the starting lineup Thursday, March 28.

OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (wrist) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his injured wrist. He injured the wrist in a collision with the outfield wall.

OF | Xavier Nady | Kansas City Royals | Transaction,
The Kansas City Royals re-signed RP George Sherrill and OF Xavier Nady to minor league deals Wednesday, March 27, and optioned P Donnie Joseph to Triple-A Omaha.

OF | Alex Presley | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction,
The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned SP Kyle McPherson, SS Jordy Mercer and OF Alex Presley to Triple-A Indianapolis and reassigned Cs Lucas May and Carlos Paulino, Ps Vin Mazzaro, Ryan Reid and Michael Zagurski and OF Felix Pie to minor league camp Wednesday, March 27.

OF | Lew Ford | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles reassigned OF Lew Ford to minor league camp Tuesday, March 26.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Chris Volstad | Colorado Rockies | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies have given RP Edgmer Escalona a spot in the bullpen, leaving RP's Manuel Corpas and Chris Volstad competing for the final relief spot as spring camp winds down.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles SP Jair Jurrjens (ribcage) was hit in the right ribcage in his Grapefruit League start Wednesday, March 27, and he had the wind knocked out of him. Manager Buck Showalter said it is possible Jurrjens could pitch Friday, March 29, or Saturday, March 30, if X-rays are negative and the pain subsides. Jurrjens will have the X-rays Thursday, March 28.

SP | J.A. Happ | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a two-year, $8.9 million extension with SP J.A. Happ Wednesday, March 27. He'll make $3.7 million this year and $5.2 million in 2014.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero will stay in the minors as long as it takes to get his mechanics figured out. He'll focus on upper and lower body work to gain consistency in his arm slot and proper direction toward home plate, according to pitching coach Pete Walker.

SP | Tyson Ross | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Tyson Ross is the favorite to win the No. 5 starting spot over SP Andrew Cashner, but it appears that Cashner will make the team as well.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a five-year, $97.5 million extension with SP Adam Wainwright Wednesday, March 27. The deal will run from 2014 to 2018.

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres released P Erik Hamren and reassigned Ps Tim Stauffer and Sean O'Sullivan, C Rene Rivera, OF Travis Buck and 2B Gregorio Petit to minor league camp Wednesday, March 27.

SP | Edinson Volquez | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SPs Edinson Volquez, Clayton Richard, Eric Stults and Jason Marquis make up the first four spots in the starting rotation, and SPs Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner (thumb) are believed to be battling it out for the final spot. The team won't need a fifth starter until April 6.

SP | Chris Young | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim are reportedly linked to free-agent SP Chris Young (Nationals).

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SPs Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz and Jair Jurrjens are the candidates for the final rotation spot, and Arrieta is considered the front-runner. Matusz is expected to rejoin the bullpen if he doesn't win the job.

SP | Steven Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury,
Baltimore Orioles RP Steven Johnson (lat) has been shut down with a strained right lat, and he could start the season on the disabled list. He's not expected to pitch in any more spring games.

SP | Shaun Marcum | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
The New York Mets are hoping SP Shaun Marcum (neck) can avoid starting the season on the disabled list. They are hoping he can throw 75 pitches in a minor league game and then start the fifth or sixth game of the regular season.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman (abdominal) will pitch the team's fourth or fifth game if he can avoid the disabled list to start the year. Tillman will make his final spring outing Friday, March 29.

SP | Kevin Gausman | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles optioned SP Kevin Gausman to Double-A Bowie and reassigned 1B Travis Ishikawa to minor league camp. RP Tommy Hunter has made the team as a reliever.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel will be the team's opening day starter.

SP | Vance Worley | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Vance Worley will start the team's opening day game.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes (back) will open the season on the disabled list, and he's expected to miss his first turn in the rotation. SPs Ivan Nova and David Phelps are both likely to begin the season in the rotation as a result. Hughes will pitch in a minor league game Monday, April 1.

SP | Dylan Axelrod | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura indicated that SP Dylan Axelrod won't just receive one or two starts as the fifth starter to open the year, but he'll receive a chance to prove himself.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy has seen a slight uptick in his velocity this spring, and he has gotten up to 94 mph in camp. He averaged just 90.7 mph on his fastball last year compared to 93.9 in 2007 when he was with the San Diego Padres. Peavy is now two years removed from his major surgery in July of 2010.

SP | A.J. Burnett | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett said he's thinking of retiring after this season, but he might consider returning if he gets an offer from the Pirates. He's not talking with the team about a new contract, though.

SP | Erasmo Ramirez | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners optioned SP Erasmo Ramirez to Triple-A Tacoma and reassigned SP Jeremy Bonderman to minor league camp Wednesday, March 27.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
The New York Mets are not ready to place SP Johan Santana (shoulder) on the 60-day disabled list, according to a team insider. Santana would not count toward the 40-man roster if he was on the 60-day DL. Also, the 60-day DL cannot be backdated like the 15-day DL can.

SP | Jeff Niemann | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeff Niemann allowed just two hits and no runs while striking out three and hitting one batting in six innings in his last spring outing Wednesday, March 27, as he competes with SP Roberto Hernandez for the final rotation spot.

SP | Aaron Harang | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Aaron Harang was dizzy on the mound during the first inning of his outing Tuesday, March 26, due to the glare from the stadium lights on his new pair of glasses. "The batters were moving," said Harang. "I thought I was in the Twilight Zone. I got rid of them after the second batter, but everything was still moving. I've been pitching six years half-blind and haven't done too bad. I've debated Lasik (corrective surgery). At night it's harder to see." He allowed only one more run in 5 1/3 innings after he removed the glasses.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves RP Jonny Venters (elbow) will visit Dr. James Andrews early next week.

RP | Luis Marte | Detroit Tigers | Transaction
The Detroit Tigers optioned RP Luis Marte to Triple-A Toledo.

RP | Bruce Rondon | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers optioned RP Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo. They'll go with a committee at closer.

RP | Hisanori Takahashi | Chicago Cubs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Cory Wade was informed he won't make the club, giving RP Hisanori Takahashi the final bullpen job, pending a possible acquisition in the final few days before the opener.

RP | Nick Hagadone | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Nick Hagadone (forearm) is happy and eager to get a fresh start with the team after last summer. He will be included in the team's Opening Day bullpen. After his outing last July 6, he broke the radius bone in his left forearm when slamming a door in anger. He was eventually placed on the minor-league disqualified list due to the self-inflicted injury and then underwent surgery.

RP | Dan Wheeler | Kansas City Royals | Depth Chart Tidbit,
Kansas City Royals Ps J.C. Gutierrez, Dan Wheeler and Louis Coleman are competing for the final bullpen spot on the Opening Day roster heading into the final days of camp.

RP | Francisley Bueno | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals optioned Ps Donnie Joseph, Francisley Bueno and INF Irving Falu to Triple-A Omaha Wednesday, March 27. The team also reassigned P Atahualpa Severino to the minor-league camp.

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, March 27, and threw his last eight pitchers at full intensity, according to manager Mike Scioscia. Madson also threw changeups for the first time off the mound. He's hoping to start a rehab assignment by mid-April.

RP | Steven Geltz | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim acquired RP Dane De La Rosa from the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, March 27, in exchange for P Steven Geltz, who will head to Class AAA.

RP | Clay Hensley | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction,
The Cincinnati Reds reassigned RPs Clay Hensley and Wilkin De La Rosa to minor league camp Wednesday, March 27.

RP | Mark Lowe | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed free-agent RP Mark Lowe (Dodgers) to a minor league deal Wednesday, March 27.

RP | Matt Thornton | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox RP Matt Thornton plans to mix in a few variations of his offspeed pitches this year, based more on location, to complement his fastball. "My breaking ball last year was slower and it was very effective when I kept it out of the zone," Thornton said. "But (White Sox pitching coach Don) Cooper and I talked about how it stays in the zone if I don't bounce it in there. I'm working on the harder breaking ball and keeping that slower breaking ball in there for the right situations."

RP | Casey Janssen | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Casey Janssen (shoulder) said he'll be ready for opening day after facing six minor leaguers Wednesday, March 27.

RP | Guillermo Moscoso | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction,
The Chicago Cubs claimed RP Guillermo Moscoso off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday, March 27, and placed RP Arodys Vizcaino (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding move. Moscoso is in the mix for the final bullpen spot.

RP | Sam Demel | New York Yankees | Transaction,
The New York Yankees claimed RP Sam Demel off waivers from the Houston Astros Wednesday, March 27, and designated RP Dan Otero for assignment in a corresponding move.

RP | Cesar Cabral | New York Yankees | Injury, Transaction,
The New York Yankees placed RP Cesar Cabral (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, March 26.

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