Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 14, 2013 @ 08:50:00 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) continued to take batting practice Monday, May 13, and ran the bases.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez (neck) is back in the lineup Monday, May 13.

1B | Brett Pill | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants recalled 1B Brett Pill from the minors Monday, May 13, and optioned OF Francisco Peguero in a corresponding move.

1B | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 1B Logan Morrison (knee) has been serving as the designated hitter in extended spring training, and he'll start playing first base in games next week. 1B Casey Kotchman (hamstring) should begin a rehab assignment next week.

Second Baseman

2B | Jose Altuve | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve was placed on the bereavement list after the death of his grandmother. INF Jake Elmore was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

2B | Aaron Hill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill (hand) has no timetable for his return after doctors determined that he hasn't healed enough to resume baseball exercises.

2B | Jordany Valdespin | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said INF Jordany Valdespin could see some time at second base if 2B Daniel Murphy continues to struggle.

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates activated 2B Neil Walker (hand) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, May 13, and optioned INF Jordy Mercer to Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move.


SS | Mike Aviles | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Mark Reynolds started the first game of a doubleheader at third base Monday, May 13, but SS Mike Aviles can also play the hot corner after the team optioned 3B Lonnie Chisenhall to Triple-A Columbus.

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar (hamstring) missed his third straight game with a tight right hamstring Sunday, May 12, but he could return to the lineup Monday, May 13.

Third Baseman

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) continued to take part in hitting drills in an indoor cage Monday, May 13, and also jogged as he begins his second week of rehab in Florida.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) has resumed on-field work while playing catch and fielding groundballs.

3B | Luis Valbuena | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena (finger) is available to pinch hit Monday, May 13, after spraining the little finger on his right hand while sliding Saturday, May 11. Valbuena will get at least one more day of rest Tuesday, May 14, with the team facing a left-handed pitcher.


C | Travis d'Arnaud | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets C Travis d'Arnaud (foot) will visit with a doctor Friday, May 17, and the team is hoping he'll be cleared to ditch his protective boot.

C | Kyle Skipworth | Miami Marlins | Transaction
The Miami Marlins optioned C Kyle Skipworth to Triple-A New Orleans Monday, May 13.

C | Russell Martin | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin (neck) is out of the lineup again Monday, May 13, but the team is hoping he can return Tuesday, May 14.

C | Jeff Mathis | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins C Jeff Mathis (collarbone) was scheduled to catch nine innings with Triple-A New Orleans Sunday, May 12, and Monday, May 13, and he could return from the disabled list as early as Tuesday, May 14.


OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (shoulder, chin) is day to day with a jammed left shoulder and a cut under his chin that required 11 stitches after he crashed into the right-field wall Monday, May 13.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer's (neck) MRI exam showed an inflamed cervical disc in his neck, but there was no other damage found in his neck. He received an epidural injection to relieve pain in his neck, and he's expected to resume light baseball activities this week. OF Charlie Blackmon will be in the lineup for the second straight night Monday, May 13. The team is optimistic that Cuddyer can return after a short rehab assignment. He's eligible to come off the disabled list May 23.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (forearm) has had at least one hit in four of his previous rehab games, including three hits Sunday, May 12, and he's batting .412 with a home run for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He could come off the disabled list Tuesday, May 14, barring any setbacks. "I've always said, 'when Grandy feels that he's ready, then come on,' said manager Joe Girardi. "We want him back in our lineup and if he feels that he's ready to go, he's ready to go. Whenever the conversation takes place, we're open arms."

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OFs Coco Crisp (hamstring) and Chris B. Young (quadriceps) are close to a return, but Young felt something in his quadriceps during a rehab game Monday, May 13. Crisp had a great day of running, and he could return before Young Wednesday, May 15. Young will play in another game Tuesday, May 14, and he could be rested through the end of the week.

OF | Peter Bourjos | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Peter Bourjos (hamstring) is expecting to be out another two to four weeks with a left hamstring strain.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (appendix) won't join the team in Arizona this week, but he could be ready to come off the disabled list Friday, May 17.

OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (wrist) is likely to wait another week before picking up a bat. If he can't swing soon, he might decide to undergo surgery.

OF | Rick Ankiel | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said OF Rick Ankiel will start in center field against right-handed pitchers and OF Juan Lagares will receive starts against lefties.

OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (ribs, back) has been cleared to play after colliding with the right field wall Sunday, May 12. X-rays on his ribs and back came back negative Monday, May 13.

OF | Andrew Brown | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets optioned OF Andrew Brown to the minors Monday, May 13, to make room on the active roster for OF Rick Ankiel.

OF | Mike Baxter | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets will sign free-agent OF Rick Ankiel (Astros), and he'll join the team Monday, May 13, according to a source.

OF | Matt Den Dekker | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Matt Den Dekker (wrist) should return to games no later than early June, and he had the cast removed from his fractured right wrist two weeks ago.

OF | Brennan Boesch | New York Yankees | Transaction, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees optioned OF Brennan Boesch to the minors Monday, May 13, and recalled P Brett Marshall in a corresponding move.

OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista is hitting only .246 this year, but he had two home runs Sunday, May 12, and 16 of his 28 hits this season are for extra bases. He hit just .200 with an .836 OPS and a 23 percent strikeout rate in April, but he's batting .333 with a 1.017 OPS and an 11 percent K rate in May. He's already walked 10 times after walking 11 times last month. Bautista is also being more patient, swinging at only 16 percent of pitches outside the strike zone in his last 53 plate appearances. He had a .253 hard-hit average last year and has a .262 hard-hit average in May. His hard-hit average is how often he's making solid contact. He was 12-for-19 when hitting balls hard last month and is 10-for-10 in May.

OF | Avisail Garcia | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks has some experience in center field and OF Avisail Garcia can also play center, having started 44 games there last summer with Double-A Eerie. OF Torii Hunter has plenty of experience in the position, too, so the Tigers have plenty of options to play center field with OF Austin Jackson (hamstring) on the disabled list. OF Don Kelly started the last two games in center field over the weekend. Garcia's natural role is as a corner outfielder, though, and he hit .432 (16-for-37) with a double, a home run and four RBIs in eight games with Triple-A Toledo.

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers placed OF Austin Jackson (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring pull Monday, May 13, and recalled OF Avisail Garcia from Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding move. Jackson's DL stint will be retroactive to May 12.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Josh Beckett | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (groin) left his start Monday, May 13, with a slightly strained left groin. Manager Don Mattingly hinted at other "things" Beckett has been dealing with, but the manager wouldn't elaborate and the pitcher brushed off a follow-up question.

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris (back) left the team's game Monday, May 13 after suffering back spasms throwing warm up pitches in the 6th inning.

SP | Carlos Zambrano | Independent League | Free Agents,
Free-agent SP Carlos Zambrano (Marlins), who agreed to terms with the Long Island Ducks of the Independent League last week, never actually signed a contract because he still thinks he can get a deal with a major league team. Zambrano worked out Monday, May 13, and the Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds were in attendance. The Phillies reportedly were close to signing Zambrano last week.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (lat) will make another rehab outing for Triple-A Iowa Thursday, May 16, and the team will make a decision on if they'll activate him from the disabled list after that. He allowed three hits and walked two in 3 1/3 innings with Double-A Tennessee Saturday, May 11, for his third minor league rehab start. Garza threw with a lot of "aggressiveness" during his bullpen session Monday, May 13.

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (collarbone) will make a start Wednesday, May 15, but the team is unsure if it will be a rehab outing or a start with the team.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (triceps) received an anti-inflammatory injection in his right triceps muscle after being diagnosed with inflammation. He has been removed from his rehab assignment and will likely resume throwing this weekend. The team hopes he can resume his rehab assignment next week.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy (elbow) will throw two innings at extended spring training Tuesday, May 14, and will make his first rehab start with Triple-A Gwinnett Sunday, May 19.

SP | John Gast | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP John Gast will make the start against the New York Mets Tuesday, May 14.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (ankle) said he had no issues with his ankle Sunday, May 12, and he feels he'll be ready to make his next start when he's eligible to come off the disabled list.

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) will make at least one more rehab start, according to manager Robin Ventura.

SP | Liam Hendriks | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Liam Hendriks (elbow) is on the disabled list with Triple-A Rochester with a sore elbow.

SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the team won't rush SP Zack Wheeler to the majors before he's ready.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (lat) will make another rehab start for Single-A Dayton Tuesday, May 14. Cueto gave up a run and four hits while striking out four in three innings for Daytona last week.

SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Injury,
The New York Mets moved RP Jenrry Mejia (forearm) to the 60-day disabled list Monday, May 13.

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija's agent, Mark Rogers, said there is nothing to report in terms of extension talks between his client and the team. However, both sides are expected to re-evaluate their positions on a long-term deal after the 2013 season. The two sides had preliminary talks about a three-year deal in the fall of 2012, but both sides agreed to table discussions for the future. Samardzija is currently under club control until after the 2015 season.

SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale (tooth) had an abscessed tooth pulled Monday, May 13, but he is on schedule to make his next start against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Friday, May 17.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) will make a rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk Thursday, May 16.

SP | Wei-Yin Chen | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) is expected to land on the disabled list with a strained oblique. The team thinks Chen could take longer than two weeks to heal from his injury.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jair Jurrjens could be called up from Triple-A Norfolk to join the rotation with SPs Miguel Gonzalez (thumb) and Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) injured. Jurrjens allowed five runs and seven hits while walking none and striking out six in seven innings for Norfolk Monday, May 13. Manager Buck Showalter is deciding between SPs Freddy Garcia and Jason Hammel for Wednesday, May 15, against the San Diego Padres. Chen could start Saturday, May 18, but SP Steven Johnson could be recalled if Chen needs to go on the disabled list. Jurrjens could opt out of his contract June 15.

SP | Trevor Bauer | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians recalled SP Trevor Bauer from the minors Monday, May 13.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said SP Jake Westbrook (elbow) received a cortisone injection Friday, May 10, and that he shouldn't have to miss more than two starts. "It's really not that big of a deal," Mozeliak said. "It's just something that we didn't want to push it, didn't want it to become a big problem." Westbrook allowed three earned runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings in his last outing.

SP | Nathan Eovaldi | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday, May 11, and will repeat the step Monday, May 13. SP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) hasn't gotten back on the mound yet since suffering a setback, but he's throwing off flat ground.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) had a perfect inning with a strikeout at Class A Inland Empire Monday, May 13. He's expected to pitch again Wednesday, May 15. His fastball was in the 91-92 mph range. Madson said he thinks his velocity will get better in time.

RP | Brandon League | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said RP Brandon League is still the team's closer "for now."

RP | Arodys Vizcaino | Chicago Cubs | Injury,
Chicago Cubs RP Arodys Vizcaino (elbow), who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, was being examined by team doctors Monday, May 13.

RP | Vinnie Pestano | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Vinnie Pestano (elbow) will throw in a rehab game with Single-A Lake County Wednesday, May 15, and he could come off the disabled list Friday, May 17.

RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Injury,
Atlanta Braves RP Jonny Venters (elbow) will visit with Dr. James Andrews Thursday, May 16.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (elbow) is dealing with a mild strain of the flexor pronator in his right elbow. He'll rest for 72 hours before trying to throw again.

RP | Jason Grilli | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli is reportedly dealing with a family issue, and he's not expected to be available to pitch Monday, May 13.

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (elbow) has no structural damage in his right elbow after visiting with doctors. He will rest a few days and resume throwing.

RP | Cory Wade | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction,
The Tampa Bay Rays signed free-agent RP Cory Wade (Cubs) to a minor league deal Monday, May 13.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey (biceps) is scheduled to throw off a mound Tuesday, May 14, and the team will decide then whether he'll need a minor league rehab assignment.

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