Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 23, 2013 @ 08:57:01 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Lyle Overbay | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) was scratched from the lineup Monday, April 22, in favor of 1B Lyle Overbay.

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman (oblique) won't be restricted, and he'll be playing both games of a doubleheader Tuesday, April 23.

1B | Matt Adams | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Adams (oblique) was scratched from the lineup with tightness in his right oblique Monday, April 22.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (foot) said he is in serious pain while dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. "I'm dying," Pujols said. "It's hurting real bad." The team plans to use Pujols as the designated hitter for the time being as long as he can play through the pain. General manager Jerry Dipoto expects Pujols to recover over the course of the season.

Second Baseman

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The spokeswoman for New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano's foundation is listed as having been a client of the Biogenesis clinic last summer, although she denies having received anything from the clinic and says Cano "definitely never did." Major League Baseball, however, has possession of a Biogenesis client roster that lists the spokeswoman, Sonia Cruz, and is investigating whether Cano had any relationship to the clinic.

2B | Maicer Izturis | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 2B Maicer Izturis (hamstring) is out with tightness in his hamstring Monday, April 22, and 2B Emilio Bonifacio is starting in his place. Bonifacio hasn't played at the keystone since April 12.

2B | Scott Sizemore | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics acquired OF Casper Wells from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations Monday, April 22, and they moved 2B Scott Sizemore (knee) to the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding move.


SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum came out and said players would not be tolerated on the team if they engaged in lackluster play, even singling out SS Starlin Castro and 1B Anthony Rizzo. The players were mentioned as part of Sveum's overall disappointment with errors and bad hitting, among other categories.

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar (heel) did some running Monday, April 22, and wants to return for when the Angels play the Seattle Mariners.

SS | Zack Cozart | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart (finger) is back in the lineup Monday, April 22. X-rays on his right index finger came back negative.

SS | Didi Gregorius | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Didi Gregorius hit his second career home run Sunday, April 21, and he's 6-for-11 with two homers and a double in his first three games with the team. "He sees the ball well," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He has a real good approach with two outs. He's a tough out. He doesn't surprise me. We thought a lot of him, obviously. We traded him for him."

Third Baseman

3B | Kevin Youkilis | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) may be out a couple of days after his back tightened up Monday, April 22.

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas is down to a .158 average, and he has only one RBI in 15 games this season. However, manager Ned Yost doesn't plan on benching Moustakas anytime soon. "They're not going to get going while on the bench," Yost said. "There's nothing you can do until they get going. You just ride it." 1B Billy Butler is also hitting only .216.

3B | Alberto Callaspo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Luis Jimenez has impressed in the absence of 3B Alberto Callaspo (calf) and has impressed scouts. "He has been a good spark for them," one scout says. "I see him as an eventual super-utility type who can play all over. We will see how he reacts after the advance guys get a look at him see if he can respond after pitchers adjust for the first time."

3B | Matt Dominguez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros 3B Matt Dominguez (elbow) underwent X-rays on his elbow and won't play Monday, April 22. The X-rays showed no break, though, and he could return Tuesday, April 23.

3B | Anthony Rendon | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said 3B Anthony Rendon will be sent down when 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) returns from the disabled list. "I don't care if he hits .900, there's no way he beating out Ryan Zimmerman," Johnson said.

3B | Chris D. Johnson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chris D. Johnson said he has been working with hitting coach Greg Walker on his bat path and keeping the ball in the strike zone longer. He is also working on hitting the ball up the middle and from gap-to-gap. "I'm a load-early guy," Johnson said. "My foot gets down early, so I have a tendency to come up and out of my swing. Just working on making sure I'm staying inside the ball and using the big part of the field."


C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz will begin a rehab assignment for Single-A Clearwater Tuesday, April 23, and he's eligible to return from his 25-game suspension Sunday, April 28.

C | Lou Marson | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Lou Marson (neck) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday, April 24, according to manager Terry Francona.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (hamstring) is on schedule to return from the 15-day disabled list when eligible, and manager Davey Johnson expects Ramos to get at-bats in extended spring training this week to prepare to return Monday, April 29. Ramos has been able to perform baseball activities lately. "Much better," Ramos said. "It's been one week after I get hurt. I don't feel any pain right now. I feel the progress is pretty good. I'm going to give my hamstring another week. I will be able to play next week. I should be ready after the 15 days."

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (shoulder) is gaining arm strength and will catch five innings in extended spring training Tuesday, April 23. He's expected to start a rehab assignment later this week.


OF | Michael Taylor | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics optioned OF Michael Taylor to Triple-A Sacramento.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin returns from his eight-game suspension Tuesday, April 23. Quentin used the time to refine his swing. "Because of how I was trying to strengthen my knees, I really didn't put my legs into my swing this spring," Quentin said. "It's something I'd gotten away from working on."

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (appendicitis) underwent an appendectomy Monday, April 22. It's unknown how long he'll be out.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton will continue to hit fourth against right-handed pitchers, but 1B Mark Trumbo will be the cleanup hitter against lefties.

OF | Kyle Blanks | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Kyle Blanks (eye, back) is questionable for pinch-hitting duties Monday, April 22. OF Mark Kotsay is starting in left field.

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (wrist) had a cortisone injection in his right wrist Monday, April 22, and he's still wearing a splint. He'll wait to see how his wrist responds before testing it.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (pelvis) said his current injury problems have originated in his pelvic area, and it has impacted other parts of his legs. "I have some issues with my pelvis, so I'm trying to fix it," he said. "Some days it's my groin. Some days it's my hamstring. It's different, but I'm working on it." Gutierrez has been having the problems since spring training.

OF | Michael Bourn | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn (finger) will have the stitches removed from his right index finger Thursday, April 25.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout has already shed the extra 15 pounds he had in spring training, and he remains one of the fastest players in the majors; he's running to first base at between 3.9 and 4.0 seconds.

OF | Casper Wells | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Casper Wells is likely to hit against left-handed hitters in a possible platoon, because manager Bob Melvin mentioned the fact that Wells hits lefties well. OF Michael Taylor is likely to be sent down to make room on the roster for Wells.

OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (back) is returning to the lineup Monday, April 22.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (forearm) started hitting off a tee and doing soft toss Monday, April 22, and he's also making throws from 90 feet. However, there is still no timetable for his return to game action.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (hand) could go on a rehab assignment beginning Friday, April 26, and he could return at the earliest Sunday, April 28.

OF | Seth Smith | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (hand) will take swings in batting practice Monday, April 22.

OF | Jonny Gomes | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jonny Gomes is away from the team Monday, April 22, to attend the birth of his third child.

OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (back) returned to right field Sunday, April 21, after making two starts as the designated hitter. Bautista missed four games with a sore back last week.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Kyle Lohse | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Kyle Lohse (finger) dislocated his left pinkie when he made contact with a player while running to first base. X-rays were negative, and Lohse doesn't expect to miss a start.

SP | Freddy Garcia | Baltimore Orioles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles will need a starting pitcher for the Wednesday, April 24, finale against the Toronto Blue Jays, thanks in part to a rainout and other adjustments. SP Freddy Garcia appears to be the favorite thanks to a contract clause where he can opt out after five minor-league starts if there is no chance he will be promoted to the parent club. Other candidates include SP's Zach Britton and Josh Stinson.

SP | Jerome Williams | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are leaning toward using P Jerome Williams for a spot start Wednesday, April 24, but they aren't sure yet.

SP | Shaun Marcum | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Shaun Marcum (neck) tossed five scoreless innings in extended spring training Monday, April 22, and he's on track to make his season debut Saturday, April 27, against the Philadelphia Phillies. He struck out four and walked none while giving up three hits.

SP | Tommy Hanson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Tommy Hanson (personal) was placed on the bereavement list Monday, April 22, and RP David L. Carpenter was called up in a corresponding move. Hanson is unsure if he can make his scheduled start Wednesday, April 24.

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the team is not planning on trading SP Bud Norris. "Bud's a critical part of our team," Luhnow said. "He's always going to be rumored to be moved, and that's unfortunate for him and unfortunate for us, but there's nothing active happening right now. There hasn't been in a long time and we're not planning on moving Bud. He's an important part of our team right now."

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) will make another extended spring start Friday, April 26, and he could go on a minor league rehab assignment after that.

SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (elbow) threw a one-inning simulated game Monday, April 22, and used all of his pitches. Manager Joe Girardi said Pineda looked good.

SP | Jarrod Parker | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Jarrod Parker threw 6 1/3 innings Saturday, April 20, while rediscovering the sink on his fastball and effectiveness of his changeup. He recorded eight ground-ball outs and five strikeouts but took the hard-luck loss.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles don't plan to send SP Jake Arrieta to a bullpen role in the minors, and he'll start again for Triple-A Norfolk Friday, April 26. The team won't use a reliever for Arrieta's spot in the rotation Wednesday, April 24. SPs Zach Britton, Freddy Garcia and Josh Stinson are candidates to take the vacant rotation spot. Garcia is the only one not on the 40-man roster, and he has an opt-out clause in his contract. SP Jair Jurrjens started in the minors Sunday, April 21, so he's not an option.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (ankle) is feeling much better and is confident he'll make his next start against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, April 24.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (lat) said he was pain-free during his throwing session Monday, April 22.

SP | Franklin Morales | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Franklin Morales (pectoral) will not pitch until later this week in a minor league game after he had more pain in his left pectoral muscle.

SP | D.J. Mitchell | New York Mets | Transaction,
The New York Mets signed free-agent SP D.J. Mitchell (Mariners) to a minor league deal Monday, April 22, and assigned him to Triple-A Las Vegas.

SP | Joe Savery | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction,
The Philadelphia Phillies optioned P Joe Savery to Triple-A Lehigh Valley Monday, April 22.

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers hope to know more about SP Chad Billingsley's (elbow) injury once he undergoes an MRI exam.

SP | Dillon Gee | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Dillon Gee got his first win of the season by beating the Washington Nationals Sunday, April 21. He gave up no runs and just three hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out six and walking three.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova had his ERA rise from 5.59 to 6.14 against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, April 21, after giving up four runs and seven hits in five-plus innings. He also walked a season-high four and struck out five. "I still lack command, I'm not throwing strikes and that kind of makes me mad," Nova said. "I know I can do better than this and I'm not happy."

SP | Hiram Burgos | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is unsure if SP Hiram Burgos will start against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, April 26, because the team has an off day Thursday, April 25. Burgos gave up one hit in five innings in his major league debut versus the Chicago Cubs Saturday, April 20.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds RP Jonathan Broxton (right hand) had X-rays for a right hand issue Monday, April 22, which were negative.

RP | Joakim Soria | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria (pectoral, elbow) has a strained pectoral muscle and won't throw for two to three weeks. Soria is unlikely to return until July 1 now, according to The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant.

RP | Greg Holland | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals RP Greg Holland closed out both games of the doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, April 21, and he appears to be firmly set in the team's closer role after starting the year out in a rough patch. "I was wondering," manager Ned Yost admitted, "what his stuff was going to be like after saving the first game. He came out and had dynamic stuff in the second game." Holland and the coaching staff determined that he was overusing his fastball to try and get ahead of hitters instead of mixing in his three pitches aggressively. Holland has now retired all nine hitters he's faced in his last three outings.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Joel Hanrahan (hamstring) was pain-free during his bullpen session Monday, April 22, and he hopes he can return to the team after one or two outings in a minor league game. "Felt good," said Hanrahan, who threw mostly fastballs and felt no pain in his leg. "It's getting better. Everything is feeling pretty good. I don't feel it right now." Manager John Farrell said Hanrahan is working on mechanical adjustments to help him take some of the stress off his leg. "Subconsciously it's in there and he felt something," said Farrell. "It's going to disrupt his focus on pitch to pitch. Some of things that he's working are to hopefully take some of the stress off that leg. He uses a pretty pronounced drop-and-drive approach. Not that we're looking to revamp his delivery, but to adjust to take some of the pressure off that hamstring."

RP | Craig Breslow | Boston Red Sox | Injury,
Boston Red Sox RP Craig Breslow (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket Saturday, April 27.

RP | Rafael Soriano | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano (personal) is unavailable to pitch Monday, April 22, after his wife gave birth to the couple's child. RP Drew Storen will come on in a save situation, if it arises.

RP | Sean Marshall | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Sean Marshall (shoulder) will pitch for Triple-A Louisville Monday, April 22, and he's eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday, April 23.

RP | Alex Burnett | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles are sending SP Jake Arrieta to the minors and recalling RP Alex Burnett in a corresponding move Monday, April 22.

RP | Matt Albers | Cleveland Indians | Transaction,
The Cleveland Indians reinstated RP Matt Albers from the restricted list Monday, April 22, and designated RP Fernando Nieve for assignment in a corresponding move.

RP | Anthony Ortega | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed free-agent RP Anthony Ortega (Royals) to a minor league deal Monday, April 22.

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