1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) has started hitting off a tee and will return to work out in Florida Monday, May 6.
1B | Tyler Moore | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper's (side) X-rays came back negative Thursday, May 2. He's dealing with the remnants of a bruise under his left shoulder blade. "The check swing, having all the force going toward the ball then just stopping, immediately it just got me a little bit," said Harper, who went 0-for-2 but drew an important leadoff walk in the fourth inning. "It got me to the point where I couldn't breathe and I had to catch my breath. It didn't feel very good." Harper is hoping he can play Thursday, May 2.
2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips is out of the lineup Friday, May 3.
SS | Adeiny Hechavarria | Miami Marlins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Miami Marlins activated SS Adeiny Hechavarria (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, May 2, and optioned RP Brad Hand to Triple-A New Orleans in a corresponding move.
SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro batted fifth for the second straight contest on Wednesday, May 1, but manager Dale Sveum said the change was so that the Cubs could take advantage of 3B Cody Ransom's historically good performance against southpaws. Entering that game, Ransom was 6-for-16 with three home runs against left-handers; Castro was batting .206 against left-handed pitching. Castro has a career .303 batting average when batting fifth and a .299 BA when batting second.
"I see (Castro) as a two-hole hitter," Sveum said. "When everything is set correctly, he's really a two-hole hitter. A lot of times you'd like a left-handed hitter there to hook the ball, and right-handed catchers have trouble throwing when a left-handed hitter is in the batter's box." Sveum suggested that could change down the road. "On our team right now, he's a two-hole hitter. Obviously, he's a hand-eye coordination guy who will put the ball in play and doesn't walk much so maybe he's more apt to hit at the bottom of the order because he can hit into some double plays and things like that. For the team we have now, he's the second hitter."
SS | Nick Green | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins recalled OF Matt Diaz from the minors Thursday, May 2, and designated INF Nick Green for assignment in a corresponding move.
SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond hit his fourth home run of the year to extend his hitting streak to a team-high eight games Wednesday, May 1. Desmond said he received a hitting tip from former Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones before the game. "Tonight I just wanted to stay balanced and just make sure I stayed on my legs," said Desmond. "Chipper actually told me that. I saw him the other day, sitting behind the screen, and I just thought, 'Stay on my legs.' Good things happen."
3B | Anthony Rendon | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals optioned 3B Anthony Rendon to Double-A Harrisburg.
3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez (knee) will not play a complete game or back-to-back games for a while when he returns from the disabled list Friday, May 3, according to manager Ron Roenicke.
3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese is back in the lineup Thursday, May 2, and 2B Matt Carpenter is hitting leadoff. Carpenter had three hits Wednesday, May 1, and Freese hasn't hit the ball out of the infield in 13 straight at-bats. He's hitless in his last 16 at-bats.
3B | Mike Olt | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
An eye doctor found nothing out of the ordinary with Texas Rangers 3B Mike Olt (eyes), so he'll visit with another eye specialist.
3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) has been cleared for baseball activities, and he'll report to the team's spring training facilities Monday, May 6.
3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley's agent, Jim Murray, said his client won't negotiate a long-term contract extension with the team during the season. The Padres have made it known that they intend to make Headley the highest-paid player in team history, but an impasse could lead the Padres to attempt to trade Headley, who is eligible for free agency after the 2014 season. "I don't want to get involved in saying exactly what it would take," Headley said. "We don't have anything set in stone. We're not trying to set a record. I'm looking to something that is fair to myself and the Padres."
3B | Luis Valbuena | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3Bs Luis Valbuena (five) and Cody Ransom (three) have combined for seven home runs in 27 games while playing the third base position this season. Last year, Cubs third basemen combined for 12 round-trippers.
C | A.J. Pierzynski | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers C A.J. Pierzynski (oblique) is back in the lineup Thursday, May 2.
OF | Ben Revere | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Ben Revere is no longer considered an everyday player. He has been losing time to John Mayberry Jr., and will probably continue to do so.
OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said OF Jayson Werth (hamstring, ankle) is expected to miss a few days because of a tight hamstring but will not need to be placed on the disabled list.
OF | Matt Diaz | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Matt Diaz could receive some starts in left field against left-handed starting pitchers. Manager Mike Redmond said Diaz could also receive starts at first base.
OF | Dewayne Wise | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Dewayne Wise (neck) was scratched with a stiff neck Thursday, May 2.
OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (appendix) has been walking on a treadmill and riding a stationary bike for the last two days and is feeling much better. He's now hoping he'll return sooner than late May, and he's hoping to start taking dry swings Saturday, May 4, two days ahead of when he was scheduled to start baseball activities. He could add some catch and light running. "Everybody is telling me to take my time," Heyward said. "You'll know (when you're ready), but it's still not something to rush. You can end up having a hernia or oblique strain."
OF | Ezequiel Carrera | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians designated 1B Mike McDade for assignment Thursday, May 2, to make room for OF Ezequiel Carrera on the 40-man roster.
OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said OF Shane Victorino (back) is available to play Thursday, May 2, and he'll return to the lineup Friday, May 3.
OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OFs Bryce Harper (side) and Jayson Werth (ankle, hamstring) are back in the lineup Thursday, May 2.
OF | David Murphy | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said there is no platoon in left field between OFs David Murphy and Jeff Baker. Baker is starting over Murphy again Thursday, May 2.
OF | Andrew Brown | New York Mets | Fantasy
The New York Mets plan to recall OF Andrew Brown from Triple-A Las Vegas for their weekend series against the Atlanta Braves.
OF | Courtney Hawkins | Chicago White Sox | Injury
Chicago White Sox OF Courtney Hawkins (shoulder), the team's first-round draft pick last year, will have an MRI exam Friday, May 3, after leaving the game in the minors Wednesday, May 1, after straining his left shoulder diving for a ball in the outfield.
SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (lat, undisclosed) was scratched from his rehab start Thursday, May 2, due to soreness.
SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero was called up from Single-A Dunedin and SP Justin Germano was designated for assignment.
SP | Carlos Martinez | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals purchased the contract of SP Carlos Martinez from Double-A Springfield. RP Mitchell Boggs was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (lat) will start at Triple-A Iowa Monday, May 6. He could be activated during the May 17-19 series against the New York Mets.
SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (elbow) played catch from 120 feet Thursday, May 2. Manager Mike Scioscia said he needed to throw from 200 feet and be able to repeat it before he progresses to mound work.
SP | Gavin Floyd | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Gavin Floyd (elbow) received a second opinion that confirmed a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. He also has an unstable ulnar collateral ligament. He'll receive a third opinion, but surgery is looming.
SP | Franklin Morales | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Franklin Morales (pectoral) threw from 120 to 130 feet Thursday, May 2, and did not have any problems with his pectoral injury. Manager John Farrell said Morales will have to throw several bullpen sessions before starting a rehab assignment.
SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Martin Perez (arm) will begin his rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco Monday, May 6. Perez could return to the team at the end of May.
SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin (back, lat) is throwing a side session Thursday, May 2, and if he doesn't have any setbacks, he could start Sunday, May 5, when he's eligible to return from the disabled list.
SP | Roy Oswalt | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies signed free-agent SP Roy Oswalt (Rangers) to a minor league deal Thursday, May 2.
SP | Henderson Alvarez | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) had a setback Thursday, May 2, and he is not throwing. C Jeff Mathis (collarbone) is expected to play in a rehab game Thursday.
SP | Brad Peacock | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Houston Astros optioned SP Brad Peacock and RP Rhiner Cruz to Triple-A Oklahoma City Thursday, May 2.
SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (back) is tentatively scheduled to start against the New York Mets next week.
SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (elbow) has been throwing his fastball at 93-94 mph during his rehab.
SP | Jordan Lyles | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Houston Astros recalled SPs Jordan Lyles and Dallas Keuchel from Triple-A Oklahoma City Thursday, May 2.
SP | Hector Santiago | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (back) has been scratched from his start against the Texas Rangers Thursday, May 2, due to back spasms.
SP | Josh Johnson | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Josh Johnson (triceps) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right triceps. The club has recalled RP Brad Lincoln from Triple-A Buffalo to take Johnson's spot on the 25-man roster.
SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann struck out eight and gave up only two hits in eight shutout innings to beat the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, May 1. Zimmermann lowered his ERA to 1.64 and extended his shutout streak to 18 innings. He has given up three hits in 17 innings over his last two outings and has allowed only eight runs all year in 44 innings. "He's obviously got everything working right now," said C Kurt Suzuki. "He's pitching up in the zone, down in the zone, in and out, he's really mixing it up with his breaking balls, he's throwing breaking balls for strikes. He's got it working. Even during the game, he keeps it loose. He's really fun to work with."
SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz improved to 6-0 with his win over the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday, May 1, by tossing seven shutout innings and allowing only two hits. He's the first pitcher to six wins this year, and he's gone seven-plus innings in each of his six starts and has struck out at least six, hitting double digits twice, in five of those starts. Buchholz hasn't allowed more than two runs in any start and has fanned 47 and walked only 16. His 44 innings are tops in baseball and his 1.01 ERA is leading the American League. Buchholz improved to 7-2 with a 1.49 ERA in his career at Rogers Centre, which is the best mark for pitchers who've thrown at least 55 innings at the field.
RP | Jeremy Jeffress | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
Toronto Blue Jays RP Jeremy Jeffress was promoted to Triple-A Buffalo.
RP | Kevin Jepsen | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Kevin Jepsen (shoulder) played catch off flat ground from 75 feet Thursday, May 2, and felt great.
RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) had surgery to remove scar tissue from his right elbow two weeks ago. He has resumed playing catch.
RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox CL Andrew Bailey (biceps) was out Thursday, May 2, with biceps soreness.
RP | Jesse Crain | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox could use RP Jesse Crain more often in the late innings against left-handed hitters because the team sent RP Donnie Veal down to the minor leagues.
RP | Scott Downs | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Scott Downs (rib cage) said he does not know how serious his rib cage injury is or if he will need to miss any time because of the injury.
RP | Mark Rogers | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Mark Rogers (shoulder) is struggling to regain his command and velocity during a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Huntsville after he had shoulder issues in spring training. He has given up six hits, six walks and four runs in 3 2/3 relief innings over three appearances while striking out only one. "Despite those numbers, he has improved," said assistant general manager Gord Ash. "As long as we're seeing improvement, we're OK." Rogers was in the high 80s with his fastball this spring after normally sitting in the mid 90s. He has occasionally hit 93 mph at Huntsville, but he's been very inconsistent. Rogers will stay with Huntsville for the time being, and he's pitching in relief because that's the role he'll be used in with the Brewers.
RP | Francisco Rodriguez | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers RP Francisco Rodriguez has obtained a work visa and will start pitching in the minor leagues next week with High Single-A Brevard County, and he'll make three outings with them. He'll then be moved to Triple-A Nashville and make three more appearances there. If Rodriguez is promoted, he'll make $2 million. The team's 30-day window to recall Rodriguez will end May 16. "If we don't call him up, he has the option of staying down there and continuing to pitch or leave and look for a job elsewhere," said assistant general manager Gord Ash. "It has to make sense on both ends for us to bring him here."
RP | Josh Judy | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed free-agent RP Josh Judy (Independent League) to a minor league deal Thursday, May 2.
RP | David Robertson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP David Robertson (hamstring) will not go on the disabled list, and he's being listed as day-to-day.
RP | Kyuji Fujikawa | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs RP Kyuji Fujikawa (forearm) threw a bullpen session on Thursday, May 2. It's his second such session since his placement on the disabled list for a strained right forearm. His next step could be a rehab appearance for Triple-A Iowa on Sunday, May 5.
RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Injury, Transaction,
The New York Yankees placed RP Joba Chamberlain (oblique) on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain Thursday, May 2.
RP | Brad Boxberger | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres recalled RP Brad Boxberger from the minors Thursday, May 2, and optioned SP Robbie Erlin in a corresponding move.
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