Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 7, 2013 @ 08:50:00 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 1B Logan Morrison (knee) will begin playing games at extended spring training Tuesday, May 7.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) fielded ground balls and took roughly 20 swings during soft toss Monday, May 6, and he also took 20 swings during live batting practice in the cages. He doesn't expect to hit on the field until later this week, but he said he is feeling good.

Second Baseman

2B | Donovan Solano | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 2B Donovan Solano (side) is likely headed to the disabled list. He's able to field, but his intercostal strain keeps him from hitting.

2B | Jerry Hairston Jr. | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF/INF Jerry Hairston Jr. (groin) limped off the field Monday, May 6, and he's dealing with a strained groin muscle.

2B | Mark Ellis | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers will place 2B Mark Ellis (quadriceps) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, May 6, to make room on the roster for SP Chris Capuano (calf), who is being activated from the disabled list.

2B | Ben Zobrist | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Ben Zobrist has left the team to attend the funeral for his grandfather. It's unknown when he will return.


SS | Willie Bloomquist | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Willie Bloomquist (oblique) is expected to be out until the end of May.

SS | Yunel Escobar | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SS Yunel Escobar (hand) remains out of the lineup Monday, May 6, but he could be available later in the game.

SS | Hiroyuki Nakajima | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Hiroyuki Nakajima (hamstring) is feeling much better on his rehab assignment, and he'll play nine innings with Triple-A Sacramento Tuesday, May 7.

SS | Nick Green | Miami Marlins | Transaction
Miami Marlins SS Nick Green cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans Sunday, May 5.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn't sound optimistic about the chances of SS Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) returning from the disabled list when he's eligible. "A while ... I hope that puts it in the right category," Mattingly said. "You never really know when a guy's ready or not because you can't ever get to the intensity that you need to get to on the hamstring where you're going to explode and ask for more of your body. It's going to be a while." Ramirez, on the other hand, is hoping for a quick recovery.

SS | Tyler Pastornicky | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SS Tyler Pastornicky will play second base and the outfield in addition to shortstop at Triple-A Gwinnett as the team grooms him to become a super utility player.

Third Baseman

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) has started a 30-day plan Monday, May 6, and the team will re-evaluate him after that. It's likely that he'll begin another 30-day scheduled following that, which puts his return sometime after the All-Star break. "I really hope so. That's as specific as I'll get," Rodriguez said. "But I'm working 24/7 to get back on the field. There's no surprise: The way the season ended last year was very embarrassing. It was very tough on me, and obviously, (for) our team, it was devastating, the sweep against Detroit."

3B | Brandon Laird | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros optioned INF Brandon Laird to Triple-A Oklahoma City Monday, May 6.


C | Drew Butera | Minnesota Twins | Injury
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said C Drew Butera (finger) is close to beginning baseball activities and probably will start swinging a bat this week.

C | Evan Gattis | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Evan Gattis, who is starting in left field Monday, May 6, will split time in the outfield, at catcher and at first base now that C Brian McCann (shoulder) is back from the disabled list. However, with McCann making $12 million this year and set to become a free agent after this season, it's believed that McCann won't be brought back in 2014 and Gattis will become the team's primary catcher. Gattis played left field in winter ball, which allows OF Justin Upton to move to right field at least while OF Jason Heyward (appendix) is out.

C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz went 0-for-2 Sunday, May 5, and is 2-for-20 to start the season since returning from his 25-game suspension.


OF | Adam Eaton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton (elbow) is expected to be out until the end of May.

OF | Nick Swisher | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians 1B Nick Swisher (shoulder) said his shoulder is feeling great. "It's awesome, bro," he said. "It's feeling great."

OF | Chris Carter | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Chris Carter will remain an everyday player, but he'll likely spend more time at first base and designated hitter now, according to general manager Jeff Luhnow.

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (hamstring) ran at 70-75 percent intensity Monday, May 6, and he is confident that he'll start Tuesday, May 7. Pagan will be available off the bench Monday.

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (wrist) is 10 to 14 days away from resuming baseball activities, and swinging a bat will be the biggest hurdle for him to get past.

OF | Rick Ankiel | Houston Astros | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros activated OF J.D. Martinez (knee) from the disabled list and recalled OFs Trevor Crowe and Jimmy Paredes from the minors Monday, May 6. In corresponding moves, OFs Rick Ankiel and Fernando Martinez were designated for assignment.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton, who has a triple slash line of only .208/.255/.296 this season, said he's not worried about his slump to start the season and that he will turn it on eventually at the plate. "It'll come," Hamilton said when asked why it hasn't. "And when it comes, everybody's going to be like, 'Oh, oh, OK.'" Hamilton has 38 strikeouts, which is tied for seventh in the majors, and he's on pace for a career-high 199 punchouts. He recorded his first extra-base hit Sunday, May 5, in three weeks, and his two home runs are the fewest he's had in any 31-game stretch since 2009. Hamilton is swinging at 44.2 percent of pitches outside the strike zone, which is tied for third in the majors.

OF | Kalian Sams | San Diego Padres | Transaction
The San Diego Padres signed free-agent OF Kalian Sams (Mariners) and assigned him to Double-A San Antonio Monday, May 6.

OF | Jon Jay | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Jon Jay had two hits, including a home run, and four RBIs in a victory Saturday, May 4, which marked his third straight multi-hit game. Jay has raised his average from .204 to .243 and has looked "relaxed" and "smooth" at the plate recently, according to OF Carlos Beltran. "He made some pretty big overhauls to his swing," manager Mike Matheny said. "He has been working hard to find that rhythm. It's not just simplifying the ball sounds different coming off his bat."

Jay previously had a timing mechanism at the plate that involved several hand pumps, but he became too anxious with them at times, which threw off his timing significantly. His bat started to flatten over his back shoulder and his hands came closer to his chest during his slump. A downward loop had been created with his hands that left his swing slow and long. Jay worked with the coach staff to move his hands away from his body, raised his bat perpendicular to his shoulder and made his swing more direct.

OF | Ryan Sweeney | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs recalled OF Ryan Sweeney and RP Rafael Dolis from the minors and optioned OF Dave Sappelt and designated RP Kameron Loe for assignment in corresponding moves.

OF | Brandon Boggs | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Minnesota Twins released OF Brandon Boggs Sunday, May 5.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova (triceps) will throw two innings at extended spring training Wednesday, May 8.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (lat) threw 54 pitches over 3 1/3 innings in his second rehab start at Triple-A Iowa Monday, May 6.

SP | Sonny Gray | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Sonny Gray could come up and take SP Jarrod Parker's (neck) rotation spot.

SP | Jarrod Parker | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Jarrod Parker (neck) left the game Monday, May 6, with a neck strain. Parker said the issue has bothered him on and off this season and he has had treatment for it. He believes it might have contributed to him leaving some balls up in the zone and also to a dip in velocity because he isn't getting his usual extension in his delivery. It sounds as if there is some chance he might be shut down to deal with the problem for at least a short time.

SP | Brett Myers | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians SP Brett Myers (elbow) is progressing "very well" in his rehab, according to manager Terry Francona. Myers is scheduled to have two throwing sessions before he is scheduled to be re-evaluated by the team.

SP | Chris Archer | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Chris Archer (calf) was scratched from his start with Triple-A Durham with a minor calf contusion Monday, May 6.

SP | Tyler Cloyd | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Jesse Biddle is not an option to take SP Roy Halladay's (shoulder) spot in the rotation.

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (collarbone) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, May 7, and manager Don Mattingly thinks Greinke will be back in June.

SP | Clayton Richard | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said SP Clayton Richard (illness) developed an inconsistent arm angle, which is responsible for his poor start to the season.

SP | James Shields | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP James Shields tossed eight shutout innings and gave up two hits while striking out a season-high nine and walking two in a no-decision against the Chicago White Sox Monday, May 6.

SP | Tyson Ross | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Clayton Richard (illness) lost 12 pounds while dealing with an intestinal virus that he picked up around two weeks ago. "He's sick," manager Bud Black said. "He's getting a little better, then he sort of digresses, then he gets a little better. It's more than just how you get a virus, you throw up, you have diarrhea, two or three days later, you're a little weak, then you start gaining on it." Black thinks Richard's illness has affected his pitching. SP Tyson Ross will pitch out of the bullpen as the team will go with a four-man rotation with two off days in the next two weeks.

SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said SP Martin Perez (wrist) won't be guaranteed a rotation spot when he returns from the disabled list. Perez is making his first rehab start with Double-A Frisco Monday, May 6. "If we all feel that (Nick) Tepesch needs to be here or (Justin) Grimm needs to be here, those other guys are going to have to wait their turn. There's only one guy that I see, when he's ready to go, he's going to be here, that's Mr. Hipster, Colby (Lewis)," Washington said.

SP | Cole De Vries | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Cole De Vries (forearm) will make his next rehab start with Double-A New Britain Friday, May 10, according to general manager Terry Ryan.

SP | Josh Johnson | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Josh Johnson's (triceps) MRI exam came back negative Monday, May 6, and he'll resume throwing Thursday, May 9. He will need a couple of minor league rehab starts to build up his innings.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (ankle) may join the team in a few days and throw a bullpen session.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay has used his cut fastball significantly less than his normal fastball this season, mainly because hitters have done serious damage to the pitch. He's already allowed as many home runs (five) with his cutter than he did all of last season. Opponents are batting .433 with a slugging percentage of 1.067 in at-bats that end with Halladay's cut fastball.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (lat) will throw a bullpen session Monday, May 6.

SP | Gavin Floyd | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Gavin Floyd (elbow) will undergo season-ending surgery to fix a tear in the flexor muscle in his right elbow Tuesday, May 7. Floyd will also have the ulnar collateral ligament repaired during surgery, and he's expected to miss anywhere from 14 to 19 months.

SP | Greg Smith | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction,
The Philadelphia Phillies signed free-agent SP Greg Smith (Blue Jays) to a minor league deal Monday, May 6.

SP | Joe Savery | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Philadelphia Phillies placed SP Roy Halladay (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation Monday, May 6, and recalled SP Joe Savery from the minors in a corresponding move.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Josh Johnson (triceps) may not be able to return until late May, and the Blue Jays are hoping SP Ricky Romero can continue to hold the rotation spot until then.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (back) threw a six-minute bullpen session Sunday, May 5, and he is expecting to make his next start against the New York Mets Wednesday, May 8. He also took part in fielding drills Sunday to test out his back.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer was asked why RP Carlos Marmol continues to receive chances to pitch in high-leverage situations. "I think he has a number of more appearances than any other pitcher in baseball over the last four or five years," Hoyer said. "This team has expected a lot out of him for a number of years and ridden him really hard over the last few years. Some of that has probably taken its toll. His fastball and slider aren't what they used to be, but in part, that's because he's been really durable and ridden hard by a number of managers here."

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Joel Hanrahan (forearm) left the game Monday, May 6, due to right forearm tightness. He'll be re-evaluated Tuesday, May 7.

RP | Sean Burnett | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Sean Burnett (forearm) was told by Dr. James Andrews that he's dealing with forearm inflammation and nerve irritation. Burnett received an injection.

RP | Vinnie Pestano | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians placed RP Vinnie Pestano (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow tendonitis Monday, May 6, and recalled RP Nick Hagadone from the minors in a corresponding move.

RP | Mark Lowe | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Transaction,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim optioned P Ryan Brasier to Triple-A Salt Lake Monday, May 6. He is being sent out to make room on the roster for when RP Mark Lowe (neck) is activated from the disabled list Tuesday, May 7.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey's (biceps) MRI exam revealed biceps inflammation, and the team is hoping to shut him down from throwing for only a day or two.

RP | Koji Uehara | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox placed RP Andrew Bailey (biceps) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, May 6, and activated RP Craig Breslow (shoulder) from the DL in a corresponding move. Bailey was having soreness in his right biceps and underwent an MRI exam Monday.

RP | Cristhian Martinez | Atlanta Braves | Injury,
Atlanta Braves RP Cristhian Martinez (shoulder) is heading to the team's spring training facilities to start a throwing program.

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