Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 17, 2013 @ 09:01:01 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (knee, foot) hasn't looked well in the field in the early going. One American League talent evaluator said they'd be surprised if he plays more than 50 games in the field this year. He is hobbled by plantar fasciitis, which has bothered him for years, and he had offseason knee surgery.

1B | Joe Mahoney | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 1B Joe Mahoney (oblique) has continued his rehab assignment with Single-A Jupiter and is very close to returning to the team.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) is simulating swings and running the bases hard Tuesday, April 16, but he hasn't simulated real hitting yet.

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer will sit out Wednesday, April 17, in favor of 1B Billy Butler at first base.


Second Baseman

2B | Kolten Wong | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong is hitting .348 with nine RBIs in 46 at-bats at Triple-A Memphis.

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks batted fourth again Tuesday, April 16, and he has no intention of asking for anything different. He entered the game Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants with just one hit and 14 strikeouts in 26 at-bats over the past six games, five of them batting cleanup. "You can't do that right now," Weeks said. "We're trying to win games, and I'm not the one to make excuse or anything like that."

2B | Scott Sizemore | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 2B Scott Sizemore (knee) underwent successful surgery on his left knee Tuesday, April 16, and he will miss the entire season.

2B | Jason Kipnis | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (elbow) will hit Tuesday, April 16, and he said he's feeling improved. However, there is no timetable for his return.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (knee) has been feeling better but has yet to do baseball activities, which means he won't be ready to come off the disabled list April 20.

2B | Aaron Hill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said 2B Aaron Hill (hand) will be out for four to six weeks.

2B | Gordon Beckham | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham (wrist) underwent successful surgery, and he'll need six weeks to recover.

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (rest), 2B Danny Espinosa (wrist) and OF Denard Span (rest) are all out of the lineup Tuesday, April 16.

2B | Darwin Barney | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney (knee) has been activated from the disabled list and is back in the lineup Tuesday, April 16.

2B | Cord Phelps | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians recalled 3B Cord Phelps from Triple-A Columbus Tuesday, April 16, and optioned C Omir Santos to Columbus in a corresponding move. P Robert Whitenack was outrighted to Class AA also.


Shortstop

SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Jurickson Profar is hitting .281 with a homer, six RBIs and three steals in 32 at-bats at Triple-A Round Rock. He also has 10 strikeouts and eight walks.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (elbow) did not start the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday, April 16, against the New York Mets. He was hit on the elbow by a pitch in the first game, but remained in the game. His absence is seen as a precaution.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (thumb) said Tuesday, April 16, that he will be back "way sooner" than mid-May.

SS | Jeff Bianchi | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SS Jeff Bianchi (hip) went 3-for-4 in a pair of minor-league rehab game for Double-A Huntsville. He started at shortstop Saturday, April 13, was at third base Sunday, April 14, and he had the day off Monday, April 15.

SS | Hiroyuki Nakajima | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Hiroyuki Nakajima (hamstring) will not begin his minor-league rehab assignment until at least the next homestand for the team.

SS | Adam Rosales | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Adam Rosales (intercostal) is slated to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Wednesday, April 17.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the New York Yankees are saying that when SS Derek Jeter (ankle) returns to game action in extended spring training, he will likely need close to a full spring training before he's ready to return to the majors. "He is not ready to play in games. I don't think they necessarily have an exact date where they know he is going to play in games. We'll just go day by day and see how he feels," manager Joe Girardi said.

SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Eduardo Nunez (wrist) is back in the lineup Tuesday, April 16.


Third Baseman

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (oblique) went hitless in three at-bats with a sacrifice fly Tuesday, April 16, against the Chicago White Sox in his regular season debut.

3B | Alberto Callaspo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Alberto Callaspo (calf) is fielding grounders Tuesday, April 16, but he remains out of the lineup.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley (thumb) will play one more rehab game with Single-A Lake Elsinore Tuesday, April 16, and he's expected to return from the disabled list Wednesday, April 17.

3B | Cody Ransom | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs claimed 3B Cody Ransom off waivers from the San Diego Padres Tuesday, April 16, and designated RP Hisanori Takahashi and INF/OF Brent Lillibridge for assignment to make room for RPs Kevin Gregg and Kameron Loe.

3B | Martin Prado | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Martin Prado is expected to move to second base in the absence of 2B Aaron Hill, who is expected to miss a month with a broken hand. 3B Eric Chavez will take over at third base. SS Didi Gregorius, who was recalled Tuesday, April 16, is likely to start at shortstop Thursday, April 18.


Catcher

C | Jesus Montero | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners C Jesus Montero is healthy, but manager Eric Wedge chose to play C Kelly Shoppach Tuesday, April 16, against the Detroit Tigers. Montero has say three of the past four games. "It's just overall," Wedge said. "I'm trying to give him a little bit of space as well. I like what Shoppach has been doing back there and I like matching him up with (SP Aaron Harang) in his first start tonight. I think that's important."

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana (thumb) is back in the lineup Tuesday, April 16, for the first time since bruising his left thumb in the team's home opener.

C | Evan Gattis | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves C Evan Gattis will play first base to remain in the lineup Thursday, April 18, with C Gerald Laird set to catch SP Julio Teheran against the Pittsburgh Pirates. "It's hard to take that bat out of the lineup," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I thought he was fine at first base. The only screw-up was that fly ball and I've seen Gold Glovers miss that play. I'm comfortable to run him out there." Gattis is hitting .324 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 34 at-bats entering Tuesday, April 16.

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (shoulder) will catch a couple more days at extended spring training before he goes on a rehab assignment and starts his 20-day clock.


Outfielder

OF | Darin Mastroianni | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Darin Mastroianni (ankle) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle injury. OF Oswaldo Arcia was recalled from Triple-A Rochester.

OF | Oscar Taveras | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras is hitting .267 with two RBIs in 30 at-bats at Triple-A Memphis.

OF | Jordan Danks | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox will promote OF Jordan Danks from Triple-A Charlotte prior to the game Wednesday, April 17.

OF | Wilkin Ramirez | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Wilkin Ramirez (back) left the game Tuesday, April 16, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim due to a back contusion. He is considered day to day.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda (back) left Game 2 of the doubleheader Tuesday, April 16, against the Colorado Rockies due to tightness in his lower back.

OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (ankle, ear) was held out of the lineup Tuesday, April 16, and he wasn't even available off the bench. "He wasn't ready to pinch hit," manager John Gibbons said. "Hopefully he'll be ready (Wednesday)."

OF | Michael Bourn | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn (finger) needed five stitches to close the gash on his right index finger, and he has his finger splinted. X-rays came out negative on his finger Monday, April 15. OF Drew Stubbs was in center field and leadoff off Tuesday, April 16, and 2B Ryan Raburn was in right field and batting ninth.

OF | Aaron Hicks | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks was moved down to eighth in the order Tuesday, April 16. He entered the day hitting just .047 (2-for-43) with 20 strikeouts and only four walks in 11 contests.

OF | Christian Yelich | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Christian Yelich (heel) was used as the designated hitter in extended spring training Tuesday, April 16, and he went hitless in four at-bats. He's been dealing with a left heel bruise. OFs Jake Marisnick (hand) and Marcell Ozuna (wrist) have also been playing in extended spring training but are now expected to join Single-A Jupiter. Both are expected to move to Double-A Jacksonville in a few days.

OF | Mike Morse | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OFs Mike Morse (finger) and Franklin Gutierrez (legs) are back in the lineup Tuesday, April 16.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick (shoulder) is in a bulky sling two weeks after having surgery to fix torn cartilage in his shoulder. He'll wear the sling for two more weeks, and he will miss at least the first half of the season. Ludwick has been limited to getting range of motion back in his arm.

OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (flu) remains out with flu-like symptoms Tuesday, April 16.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OFs Bryce Harper (illness) and Denard Span (illness) are both out with flu-like symptoms Tuesday, April 16.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder) took pain-free batting practice Tuesday, April 16. The team will wait to see how his shoulder responds Wednesday, April 17.

OF | Julio Borbon | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are seeking a "pitcher with options" in any trade for OF Julio Borbon, who they designated for assignment. The Rangers are expected to trade Borbon in the next few days, but a source said they are asking for a lot.

OF | Austin Kearns | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Austin Kearns (heart) was released from the hospital Monday, April 15, after having an irregular heartbeat and undergoing tests. More tests are planned, but he'll be able to resume baseball activities for now. The problem isn't serious, according to manager Mike Redmond.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (foot) had X-rays on his left foot, which were negative. He's doubtful to play in Game 1 of the doubleheader Tuesday, April 16, and questionable for Game 2.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
Former St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan said Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright is more consistent than he was last year. "He's doing what great pitchers do: he's continuing to develop," Duncan said.

SP | Chris Capuano | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chris Capuano (calf) will undergo an MRI on his strained left calf.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays P Ricky Romero threw a simulated game Tuesday, April 17, at extended spring training, but he is still not scheduled to appear in a minor-league game.

SP | Joe Blanton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia, pitching coach Mike Butcher and Cs Hank Conger and Chris Iannetta held a lengthy closed-door meeting Tuesday, April 16, with SP Joe Blanton. The pitcher has struggled, going 0-3 with an 8.59 ERA. "It was just a conversation, no real message," Blanton said. "They want me to get back to the things I was doing in spring training."

SP | Mike Fiers | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers need a fifth starter Saturday, April 20, against the Chicago Cubs, for the first time in two weeks. They have not yet named a probably pitcher, as SP Mike Fiers struggled in his first appearance April 6. It might be Fiers Saturday, manager Ron Roenicke said Tuesday, April 16, or it could be a Triple-A call-up.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (lat) will make his first rehab start with Single-A Kane County Friday, April 19.

SP | Franklin Morales | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Franklin Morales (back) will begin his rehab assignment with Single-A Greenville Wednesday, April 17.

SP | Jacob Turner | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Jacob Turner (leg) was hit in his right leg by a comebacker in his last start, but he might still make his next start. If not, he won't miss more than one start.

SP | Scott Kazmir | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Scott Kazmir (rib cage) is on schedule to come off the disabled list and start against the Houston Astros Saturday, April 20.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) and P Steven Johnson (lat) will pitch again in extended spring training Thursday, April 18.

SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Martin Perez (arm) is throwing off a mound in the bullpen Tuesday, April 16, but hasn't moved to live batting practice.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (elbow) and RP Joakim Soria (elbow) are both throwing 30-pitch live batting practice sessions Tuesday, April 16, and the next stop will be for them to pitch in extended spring training, but no date has been set for those appearances.

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson (illness) was sent back to the team's hotel Tuesday, April 16, because he is throwing up.

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) tossed six innings in extended spring training Monday, April 15, and he'll pitch again Saturday, April 20.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte (back) threw a successful bullpen session Tuesday, April 16, and he's on track to make his next start Friday, April 19.

SP | Vin Mazzaro | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction,
The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled P Vin Mazzaro from Triple-A Indianapolis Tuesday, April 16, and optioned RP Bryan Morris to Indianapolis in a corresponding move.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano (arm) tossed three shutout innings with Single-A Bradenton Monday, April 15, and he struck out six.

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald was bounced out of his outing in the second inning after allowing seven runs in the inning to the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, April 15. McDonald's fastball normally is in the 93-94 mph range, but only one of his 46 pitches was over 92 mph Monday night. He was 4-1 with a 2.27 ERA against the Cardinals coming into the outing. "He just couldn't get the ball where he wanted it, couldn't repeat it and it was hard," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Too many pitches up and over the plate to a good-hitting team." McDonald allowed a total of eight hits and eight runs (three earned) while walking two in just 1 2/3 innings.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Deunte Heath | Chicago White Sox | Transaction,
The Chicago White Sox optioned P Deunte Heath to Triple-A Charlotte after the game Tuesday, April 16.

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit,
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) will throw to hitters Friday, April 19. When he does return, manager Mike Scioscia said Madson's role is still to be determined. "The way (RP Ernesto Frieri) has thrown, to be thrown into the fire, I don't know," Madson said. "It's totally up to them. I'm here for a reason, but I just want to pitch and get outs."

RP | Kevin Jepsen | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Kevin Jepsen (shoulder) had an initial MRI on his strained shoulder which came back normal, but he underwent further tests.

RP | Stephen Pryor | Seattle Mariners | Injury,
Seattle Mariners RP Stephen Pryor (lat) suffered a torn right latissimus doris Sunday, April 14, and he landed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, April 15. "At least I don't have to have surgery," Pryor said Tuesday, April 16.

RP | Jeremy Affeldt | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Francisco Giants are placing RP Jeremy Affeldt (oblique) on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique injury Tuesday, April 16. RP Jean Machi will be recalled from the minors.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Joel Hanrahan (hamstring) will need five to seven days to rest before going on a rehab assignment.

RP | Hisanori Takahashi | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the bullpen picture is the same after they cut RP Hisanori Takahashi Tuesday, April 16, and added RPs Kevin Gregg and Kameron Loe to the roster. Sveum will continue to mix and match in the final innings.

RP | Jeremy Jeffress | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Jeremy Jeffress cleared waivers and was outrighted to the minors Tuesday, April 16.

RP | Mitchell Boggs | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Derek Lilliquist announced a "mild adjustment" on how they will handle ninth-inning duties Monday, April 15. RP Mitchell Boggs won't necessarily be out as the closer, but RP Edward Mujica is likely to see a save chance in the next few days. RP Trevor Rosenthal could, as well. Boggs pitched a scoreless ninth inning Monday, April 15, but it wasn't a save situation. "The relievers know we can't keep going along the same route. We've got to do figure out how to make the adjustments," Matheny said. Matheny basically acknowledged that the team will go with a closer-by-committee without saying those exact words.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz (elbow) is throwing from 105 feet Tuesday, April 16, and RP Kyle McClellan (lat) is throwing from 120 feet.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum seems to be open to giving RP Carlos Marmol another shot to claim the closer's role in Chicago. "I would be lying to you if he wasn't working his way back into it," Sveum told Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune. "He is throwing strikes and he is throwing his slider more and he's more consistent. So, yeah, he's working his way back. That was part of the deal." NBC Sports' Aaron Gleeman believes Marmol's chances are better now that RP Kyuji Fujikawa (forearm) is on the disabled list and because of the fact that RP Shawn Camp blew his first save chance over the weekend. Marmol has thrown four scoreless innings since his demotion with three strikeouts and two walks.

RP | Josh Wall | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction,
The Los Angeles Dodgers placed RP Shawn Tolleson (back) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, April 15, with a lower back strain. P Josh Wall was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding move. Tolleson's DL stint is retroactive to April 13.

RP | Steven Wright | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Joel Hanrahan (groin) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a groin pull. RP Steven Wright was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

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