Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 17, 2013 @ 09:14:59 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland (hamstring) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Monday, June 17 with Double-A Midland. His assignment is expected to be three games.

1B | Nick Swisher | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 1B Nick Swisher (shoulder) continues to experience pain in his left shoulder, and he might land on the 15-day disabled list as a result. He aggravated the injury in the fifth inning Saturday, June 15. "I'm grinding guys," Swisher said Sunday, June 16. "I want to be in there every day regardless of what I got going on. Obviously, it's starting to physically slow a little bit."

1B | Jonathan Singleton | Houston Astros | Fantasy
The Houston Astros are set to promote top prospect OF Jonathan Singleton to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

1B | Travis Ishikawa | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles minor league 1B Travis Ishikawa has filed a written request to exercise his opt-out clause and become a free agent. The team has two days to trade him, release him or add him to the 25-man roster.

1B | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond said 1B Logan Morrison (back) is likely to play against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, June 17, depending on how his back feels after the flight.

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said 1B Justin Smoak (oblique), OF Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring) and minor league 2B Dustin Ackley are likely to be re-evaluated after the game Sunday, June 16, in order to determine their next steps.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said an MRI exam on 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) revealed inflammation but no new tear in his right wrist. He received a cortisone shot and will be reevaluated in several days.

1B | Anthony Rizzo | Chicago Cubs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo, who has been slumping, was moved down to the No. 5 spot in the batting order on Friday, June 14. OF Nate Schierholtz moved into the three-hole on Friday. Schierholtz responded with a homer, his career-high ninth of the season, in the first inning against the New York Mets.

"Just kind of mixing it up," Sveum said. "Right now you could say (Schierholtz) is our best hitter. He's swinging the bat as good as anybody from the left side." Sveum added that he wanted to see if he could get Rizzo to relax by changing his place, but he's not worried about his first baseman.


Second Baseman

2B | Ryan Roberts | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays optioned 2B Ryan Roberts to Triple-A Durham Sunday, June 16.

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said 2B Dustin Pedroia will receive the day off Sunday, June 16.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (hamstring) will accompany the team to Detroit and could also join them in Toronto before beginning a rehab assignment June 24. He has continued to take outdoor batting practice.

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have activated 2B Ian Kinsler (rib cage) from the 15-day disabled list. He is in the starting lineup Saturday, June 15, against the Toronto Blue Jays. In a corresponding move, INF Leury Garcia has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.

2B | Aaron Hill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill (hand) faced RP J.J. Putz (elbow) in a simulated game Friday, June 14. He is set to join Triple-A Reno in Tucson, Ariz., for road games in a minor-league rehab assignment Saturday, June 16 to Sunday, June 17. He'll then accompany the team to Reno for home games Tuesday, June 18 to Wednesday, June 19, manager Kirk Gibson said.

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa (wrist) played three innings in a minor-league rehab game for Triple-A Syracuse Thursday, June 13, as he makes his way back from a fractured right wrist. Espinosa's wrist felt fine after the outing, manager Davey Johnson said Friday, June 14.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (oblique) is taking batting practice Friday, June 14. He'll probably take BP for two or three more days before heading out on a rehab assignment.

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy and 2B Rickie Weeks are out of the lineup Friday, June 14.

2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro (finger) took swings in an indoor cage before batting practice Friday, June 14.

2B | Alexi Casilla | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Alexi Casilla hit Friday, June 14, and should be able to play if needed.

2B | Skip Schumaker | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers RP J.P. Howell and INF/OF Skip Schumaker have been suspended for two games for their aggressive actions during the incidents of the game on Tuesday, June 11, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. RP Ronald Belisario has been suspended for one game for a similar reason. Manager Don Mattingly has been suspended for one game for the actions of his club and his conduct during the incidents. Hitting coach Mark McGwire has been suspended for two games for his conduct during the incidents. Mattingly is scheduled to serve his suspension on Friday, June 14. McGwire will serve his on Friday and Saturday, June 15.

Also, SP Zack Greinke and OF Yasiel Puig were fined undisclosed amounts. All player discipline is subject to appeal.

The organization has also been fined for allowing players who are on the disabled list to enter the field during the incidents. The Dodgers will not be allowed to have players who are on the DL to sit in their dugout for their games throughout this coming weekend. Those players may return to their benches on Monday, June 17.


Shortstop

SS | Everth Cabrera | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the San Diego Padres are very concerned with the left hamstring injury of SS Everth Cabrera (hamstring). He might be headed for the 15-day disabled list. He had three hits Sunday, June 16, against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but was lifted late.

SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers INF Jurickson Profar is starting at third base Sunday, June 16, with Adrian Beltre serving as the designated hitter. Profar has played only one game in his professional career at the hot corner, with Double-A Frisco in 2012.

SS | Jose Reyes | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said SS Jose Reyes (ankle) will be the leadoff hitter when he comes off the disabled list. OF Melky Cabrera has been handling that role since Reyes has been out and likely will move down in the order.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (quadriceps) was able to play catch before the team's game Saturday, June 15.

SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the New York Yankees transferred SS Eduardo Nunez (oblique) from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list Friday, June 14. He will be eligible to come off the DL July 5.

SS | Reid Brignac | New York Yankees | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Yankees placed 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain. They placed SS Eduardo Nunez (oblique) on the 60-day DL, optioned SP Adam Warren to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and called up RP Chris Bootcheck and 1B Thomas Neal.

SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Correcting previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said SS Jimmy Rollins (hip) is suffering from a sore hip, not a sore foot, and is out of the lineup Friday, June 14.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies placed SS Troy Tulowitzki (rib) on the disabled list with a rib fracture on his right side. They recalled 2B Josh Rutledge from Class AAA Colorado Springs.

SS | Ruben Tejada | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada (quadriceps) is fielding grounders in Port St. Lucie, Fla., but isn't moving laterally. He is running on a submerged treadmill but isn't close to returning yet. They're hitting balls directly at him.

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have 2B Jurickson Profar hitting leadoff Friday, June 14, with Elvis Andrus hitting second.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) returns to the lineup Friday, June 14.


Third Baseman

3B | Eric Chavez | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said INF Eric Chavez (strained oblique) is a few weeks away from returning to active duty.

3B | Juan Uribe | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Juan Uribe (back) was scratched from the lineup Sunday, June 16, against the Pittsburgh Pirates due to tightness in his back. He is considered day to day, and he was available off the bench.

3B | Jeff Baker | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers INF Jeff Baker (thumb) had a cortisone injection in his thumb Saturday, June 15, according to manager Ron Washington. He is not expected to need a stint on the disabled list.

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks is not in the starting lineup against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, June 15.

3B | Manny Machado | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado might give Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. a run for his money. Since having his contract selected from Double-A Bowie Aug. 9, 2012, Machado has played all 1,093 innings for the Orioles heading into the game Friday, June 14, against the Boston Red Sox. It is the longest streak of consecutive innings in the American League, and second longest in the majors behind Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (1,302).

3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart is appealing a 10-game suspension handed down from the organization for his Twitter tirade earlier in the week.

3B | Josh Donaldson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 3B Josh Donaldson (hamstring) received treatment for his injury Friday, June 14, and hopes to play Saturday, June 15.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) woke up Friday, June 14, with numbness in his right foot, and that feeling won't go away. He's slated to see a specialist.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (foot) has plantar fasciitis in his right foot and may serve as designated hitter throughout this weekend. He's doing so Friday, June 14.

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (ankle) is no longer wearing a walking boot and has begun to throw and to ride a stationary bike. A timeline for his return remains uncertain, however. He still needs to strengthen his ankle, and how it responds will affect how long the process takes.


Catcher

C | Russell Martin | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
General lower-body soreness kept Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin out of the starting lineup Sunday, June 16.

C | Mike Napoli | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday, June 16, that C/1B Mike Napoli (illness) showed improvement, and he is hopeful Napoli will be available as soon as Tuesday, June 18.

C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (forearm) left the team Sunday, June 16, to return to Detroit to have more tests on his forearm. He was hit by a pitch, and was still in pain after the game.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (hamstring) has resumed catching bullpen sessions, and he is expected to play in minor-league rehab games before the end of the month. He recently suffered a setback, and manager Davey Johnson said it was likely due to a breaking up of scar tissue.

C | John Baker | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers have claimed C John Baker off waivers from the San Diego Padres and have optioned him to Triple-A Albuquerque.

C | Miguel Olivo | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Fantasy
Miami Marlins C Miguel Olivo has been placed on the restricted list after the team refused his request to be released and he walked out on the team Friday, June 14. "I told them I wanted to be released and they wouldn't give it to me," he said. "I don't understand why they don't release me. I told them I wanted to be released because I have 30 days of not playing. I need to play." Olivo, who claims he has asked for his release on three separate occasions, has started just once since May 12, and has been limited to pinch-hitting duties. In a corresponding move, OF Jordan Brown has been recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to fill the vacancy on the 25-man roster.

C | Wilin Rosario | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Wilin Rosario (arm) was out of the lineup Friday, June 14, due to a rash on his arms. Rosario had a biopsy which showed no problems for what calls a "water fungus" on both of his arms. Rosario is fine, and expected to return to the starting lineup Saturday, June 15. C Yorvit Torrealba started in his stead Friday.

C | Kelly Shoppach | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners have designated C Kelly Shoppach for assignment and signed C Henry Blanco.

C | A.J. Ellis | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers activated C A.J. Ellis (oblique) from the 15-day disabled list and designated C Ramon Hernandez for assignment.

C | Miguel Montero | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks INF Eric Hinske has been suspended for five games for leaving the dugout and his aggressive actions during the incidents in his team's game on Tuesday, June 11, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Manager Kirk Gibson has been suspended for one game for the intentional actions of SP Ian Kennedy in that contest after a warning had been issued. Gibson is scheduled to serve his suspension on Friday, June 14.

Also, C Miguel Montero and OF Gerardo Parra were fined undisclosed amounts. All player discipline is subject to appeal.

The Diamondbacks will not be allowed to have players who are on the DL to sit in their dugout for their games throughout this coming weekend. Those players may return to their benches on Monday, June 17.


Outfielder

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (finger) returned to the lineup Sunday, June 16.

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
When asked by the media whether he could see Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon shifting back to third base, his old position, manager Ned Yost indicated that would not happen. "I don't envision that," Yost said. "The thought hasn't ever come into my head that we're going to put Alex back at third base. It's never occurred to me."

OF | Starling Marte | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (oblique) was not in the Pirates' starting lineup Sunday, June 16, but he entered as a defensive replacement in left field in the sixth inning. Marte said prior to Sunday's game that his condition had improved each day and that means he will likely avoid the disabled list. Marte was able to take some swings Sunday, and that led to his return to active duty.

OF | David DeJesus | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Updating previous items, Chicago Cubs OF David DeJesus (shoulder) will get an MRI on his sprained right shoulder on Monday, June 17, and he figures to miss at least three weeks under a best-case scenario. The Cubs officially put DeJesus on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, June 15. Manager Dale Sveum said DeJesus will have to go on a minor league rehab stint after he recovers.

OF | Mike Carp | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday, June 16, that 1B Mike Carp (hamstring) is dealing with more of a cramp than a pull to his right hamstring. Carp was injured Sunday, but Farrell said he is hopeful Carp will be available Tuesday, June 18.

OF | Wil Myers | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Tampa Bay Rays officially purchased the contract of OF Wil Myers from Triple-A Durham Sunday, June 16.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (shoulder) might be headed for the 15-day disabled list due to his shoulder injury. He was scratched from the lineup Sunday, June 16.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) was able to perform some range of motion exercises Saturday, June 15, but manager Davey Johnson said Harper had "a little puffiness" in his left knee. The skipper said the training staff isn't overly concerned, but Harper remains in a rest period.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton was out of the lineup Sunday, June 16, against the New York Yankees. Manager Mike Scioscia said Hamilton was not available, but Hamilton said he hit in the cage for 40 minutes, and was surprised to hear the manager's comment.

OF | Wilkin Ramirez | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Wilkin Ramirez (concussion) has reported to the team's facilities in Florida to resume baseball activities. If all goes well, he could begin a rehab assignment with Class A Fort Myers this week, according to general manager Terry Ryan.

OF | Alejandro De Aza | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Alejandro De Aza (stomach) went hitless in four at-bats in his return to the lineup Saturday, June 15, against the Houston Astros.

OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (cramps) is serving as the designated hitter against the Texas Rangers Sunday, June 16, because he was bothered by cramps near the end of the game Saturday, June 15.

OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (knee) is not in the starting lineup Sunday, June 16, against the Detroit Tigers. General manager Terry Ryan said he was not concerned about Willingham's knee and was "very" confident he will return to action Tuesday, June 18, against the Chicago White Sox.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (hand) said he hopes to come off the 15-day disabled list when he is first eligible.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (heel) is back in the starting lineup against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 15, batting leadoff.

OF | Justin Maxwell | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Justin Maxwell (hand) is currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Manager Bo Porter said there is no timetable for his return to the team.

OF | Leonys Martin | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Leonys Martin (wrist) was back in the lineup Friday, June 14, against the Toronto Blue Jays. He left the game Thursday, June 13, after hurting himself making a diving catch. He was hitless in three at-bats Friday.

OF | Caleb Gindl | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Milwaukee Brewers officially placed OF Ryan Braun (thumb) on the 15-day disabled list Friday, June 14. The team will recall OF Caleb Gindl from Triple-A Nashville in the corresponding move Saturday, June 15.

OF | Tyler Colvin | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (finger) could fill in somewhere in an emergency situation on Friday, June 14. His finger is still swollen and sore, making him unavailable for anything more.

OF | Clint Frazier | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have agreed to terms with OF Clint Frazier, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 MLB Entry Draft. He'll receive a $3.5 million signing bonus.

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Ichiro Suzuki is resting Friday, June 14, because he played all 18 innings of their contest Thursday, June 13.

OF | Logan Schafer | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (hand) appears bound for the disabled list after experiencing more sharp pain in his right hand during batting practice Friday, June 14. It was the first time he had swung in days as he tried to rest what he described as an inflamed nerve between his right thumb and index finger. On one of the first swings he took, he grimaced. "More of the same," Braun said he felt. "It basically has been the same for a while. Everything we have tried to get to the point where I can take a regular swing has not helped. We've tried different wraps on the bat, different padding on the batting gloves. We've basically tried everything we can think of."

OF | Jaff Decker | San Diego Padres | Transaction
The San Diego Padres optioned RP Tom Layne and OF Jaff Decker to Triple-A Tucson.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) is back in the lineup Friday, June 14.

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he hasn't heard anything from MLB brass regarding OF Nelson Cruz and the Biogenesis situation. Cruz still hasn't met with investigators.

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins (foot) is out of the lineup Friday, June 14, with a sore foot. OF Domonic Brown is batting third.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (hamstring) won't be activated for this road trip.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (foot) is in the lineup Friday, June 14.

OF | Yasiel Puig | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig (shoulder) is back in the team's lineup on Friday, June 14.

OF | Chris Heisey | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Chris Heisey (hamstring) hasn't had a rehab assignment scheduled yet despite feeling good.

OF | Xavier Paul | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick (shoulder) will throw on the field Friday, June 14, for the first time since his April shoulder surgery. He said he thinks he's about two months away from returning.

OF | Alex Presley | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (rib cage) is not in the lineup Friday, June 14.

OF | James Darnell | San Diego Padres | Transaction
San Diego Padres OF James Darnell has been designated for assignment.

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson (hamstring) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list. He'll be active for the team's series opener versus the Minnesota Twins on Friday, June 14. In a corresponding move, the club has optioned OF Avisail Garcia to Triple-A Toledo. Jackson was 3-for-13 with three singles, a walk and five strikeouts in three games for Toledo during his rehab assignment.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Anibal Sanchez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he is concerned about SP Anibal Sanchez (shoulder), who didn't look like himself Saturday, June 15, after missing a start due to shoulder tightness. He wouldn't say if Sanchez was set for tests on the shoulder.

SP | Jake Odorizzi | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jake Odorizzi will come up from Triple-A Durham to start the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday, June 18.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Updating a previous item, Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (shoulder) was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, June 16. Reds RP Pedro Villarreal was optioned back to Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move.

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald (shoulder) could be out of the rotation when he returns from injury rehab. McDonald has struggled in all three of his Triple-A rehab starts while he recovers from a sore shoulder. He allowed four runs (three earned) and eight hits Sunday, June 16. Pirates GM Neal Huntington acknowledged that when McDonald returns to the Pirates, he might not rejoin the rotation.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg, who had not pitched since May 31 due to a strained muscle in his back, appeared in solid form as he allowed just one run over five innings. He received no support from the National bats, however, as the Cleveland Indians won 2-0 on Sunday, June 16.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) will throw another side session, and the club will then decide if he is ready to being a minor-league rehab assignment.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jake Arrieta will make the start Monday, June 17, against the Detroit Tigers with SP Jason Hammel (illness) scratched due to illness.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) is expected to throw on flat ground Monday, June 17 at Chase Field. "His shoulder feels good," manager Kirk Gibson said Sunday, June 16.

SP | Joe Blanton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joe Blanton will get a chance to start Tuesday, June 18, against the Seattle Mariners. His turn in the rotation was skipped over the weekend.

SP | Chris Narveson | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Chris Narveson (finger) could be activated from the disabled list later this week.

SP | Mike Fiers | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers minor league SP Mike Fiers (arm), currently playing for Triple-A Nashville, suffered a broken right arm after he was struck on the forearm by a line drive off the bat of Kevin Kouzmanoff Saturday, June 15. He is expected to be sidelined for nine to 12 weeks.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price (triceps) threw 54 pitches during a simulated game Thursday, June 13, and 25 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday, June 15. However, the team has determined that he is not ready to begin a rehab assignment because of soreness experienced during the bullpen session. If all had gone well, he likely would have pitched in a minor league game Tuesday, June 18; instead, he will throw another mound session Tuesday.

SP | Alex Cobb | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Alex Cobb (concussion) is scheduled to be released from the hospital Sunday, June 16. The team has placed him on the seven-day concussion disabled list but there is no timetable for his return.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy (elbow) underwent an MRI on his elbow Saturday, June 15, and it did not show any structural damage. He will have to rest his elbow to allow it to heal.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (elbow) said he hopes to throw off a mound Monday, June 17. He has been limited to playing catch the past week because of soreness in his elbow.

SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando (shoulder) threw long toss before the team's game Saturday, June 15. It is not known when he will be able to throw off a mound.

SP | Luis Mendoza | Kansas City Royals | Injury,
Kansas City Royals SP Luis Mendoza (knee) is expected to make his next scheduled start even though he received treatment on his knee after his last start. He said he knee does not bother him when he pitches and is 100 percent. He originally hurt the knee when it was hit by a player sliding into home.

SP | Carlos Torres | New York Mets | Transaction,
The New York Mets have purchased the contract of SP Carlos Torres from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned RP Greg Burke to Triple-A Las Vegas. The team also designated SP Collin McHugh for assignment.

SP | Alex Wood | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
The Atlanta Braves could have P Alex Wood make a spot start against the New York Mets Tuesday, June 18, in place of injured SP Brandon Beachy (elbow). An official decision will not be made until after the game Sunday, June 16.

SP | Tony Cingrani | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (shoulder) will be activated from the 15-day disabled list to start against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, June 16. However, manager Dusty Baker said there's a chance that SP Tony Cingrani could stick around with the team as a reliever, given the bullpen's recent struggles.

SP | Zach McAllister | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Zach McAllister (finger) could resume playing catch in a few days, according to manager Terry Francona.

SP | Clayton Richard | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres have flip-flopped their weekend starters for the final two games of their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. SP Jason Marquis will pitch Saturday, June 15, with SP Clayton Richard pitching Sunday, June 16.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Felix Doubront is scheduled to start one of the games of the doubleheader Tuesday, June 18, with SP Alfredo Aceves or SP Rubby De La Rosa expected to start the other game. SP Clay Buchholz (neck) had been scheduled to pitch in one of the games but had to be scratched because of continuing soreness in his neck.

SP | Wei-Yin Chen | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) could pitch in a simulated game in Sarasota, Fla., before being activated from the disabled list. Manager Buck Showalter is optimistic that he will be able to make a few starts before the All-Star break.

SP | Kyle Drabek | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Kyle Drabek (elbow) is scheduled to throw two innings in an intrasquad game next week.

SP | Brandon Cumpton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction,
The Pittsburgh Pirates have purchased the contract of P Brandon Cumpton from Triple-A Indianapolis. In a corresponding move, the team had designated RP Michael Zagurski for assignment.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (ankle) will be out until August, at the earliest. A scan on his right ankle this week revealed that he must keep his walking boot on longer than expected to get around on the stress fracture he incurred.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) agreed to accept being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk Friday, June 14. He was officially activated from the 60-day disabled list, and optioned to the Tides. Wada had to give consent, according to a clause in his two-year contract signed December 2011.

SP | Ian Kennedy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Ian Kennedy will appeal his 10-game suspension. He'll make his start Sunday, June 16, at the San Diego Padres.

SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Zack Wheeler was told he'll be starting Tuesday, June 18, at the Atlanta Braves.

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy (elbow) could be ready to start for the big club Tuesday, June 18. He's slated to throw a bullpen Saturday, June 15.

SP | Josh Johnson | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays pushed back SP Josh Johnson (blister) again. He's now scheduled to start Monday, June 17. Chien-Ming Wang will pitch on regular rest Sunday, June 16.

SP | A.J. Burnett | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett (calf) has a Grade 1 tear in his right calf and can't put weight on the leg. He's wearing a walking boot and hopes "it's not a six-week thing."

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SP Johan Santana (shoulder) visited his teammates on Friday, June 14, at Citi Field. Manager Terry Collins reported that Santana's progress from surgery on April 2 is ahead of the schedule of his previous procedure at the same point. Regardless, the left-hander's stay with the Mets is essentially over, because the organization will spend the $5.5 million to buy out his 2014 option. Santana has resolved to return to the majors, but it's uncertain that he'll be able to pitch again.

SP | Nathan Eovaldi | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins SP Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder) will come off the disabled list to start Tuesday, June 18, at the Arizona Diamondbacks.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Despite mixed reports over whether Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee wants to stay in town, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he has "no desire" to trade Lee, SP Cole Hamels or RP Jonathan Papelbon. Amaro, however, did say he empathized with Lee's frustration, which partially stems from the offense's struggles to support his starts.

SP | Roy Oswalt | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Roy Oswalt is slated to make one more start in Class AA Tulsa before coming up to start Wednesday, June 19, against the Toronto Blue Jays. SP Juan Nicasio or SP Jeff Francis may move to the bullpen, as a result.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals have activated SP Jake Westbrook (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list and optioned SP Michael Wacha.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow (forearm) is tentatively scheduled to make a start for Class A Dunedin on Monday, June 17, and throw 35 to 40 pitches. There's some debate about whether the right-hander will need two or three rehab starts. If it's only two, he could return to pitch against the Boston Red Sox on June 27 and be limited to around 75 to 80 pitches. If he makes a rehab start, which would be for Double-A New Hampshire, instead, then he would be ready to return on July 2.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Fantasy
According to a source, the New York Mets will not shop CL Bobby Parnell at the trade deadline. General manager Sandy Alderson considers Parnell a valuable piece for next year, rather than an opportunity to capitalize on a contender's need.

RP | Mike Ekstrom | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have signed free-agent RP Mike Ekstrom (Athletics) to a minor league contract. He will report to Triple-A Salt Lake.

RP | Josh Lueke | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled RP Josh Lueke from Triple-A Durham.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
In a rehab appearance with Class A Kane County Sunday, June 16, Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez (shoulder) allowed two hits and struck out one batter over one scoreless inning.

RP | Pedro Beato | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have recalled RP Pedro Beato from Triple-A Pawtucket. In a corresponding move, SP Rubby De La Rosa was optioned to Pawtucket.

RP | Logan Kensing | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies have selected the contract of RP Logan Kensing. In a corresponding move, RP Chris Volstad has been optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

RP | Rafael Betancourt | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies RP Rafael Betancourt (groin) said he was scheduled to throw bullpen sessions Friday, June 14, and Sunday, June 16, but he is not sure when he will return from his groin injury. He said he will be facing hitters while the team goes on their road trip.

RP | Scott Atchison | New York Mets | Injury,
New York Mets RP Scott Atchison (elbow) could be activated from the 15-day disabled list as soon as Tuesday, June 18. He threw a scoreless inning for Double-A Birmingham Friday, June 14, and was scheduled to pitch again Saturday, June 15.

RP | Brandon Gomes | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Brandon Gomes (lat) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, June 16. Manager Joe Maddon said Gomes will have to throw a few bullpen sessions before starting a rehab assignment. Maddon said a rehab assignment would last seven to 10 days.

RP | Shawn Camp | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction,
The Chicago Cubs have activated RP Shawn Camp (toe) from the 15-day disabled list.

RP | Joakim Soria | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria (pectoral, elbow) threw live batting practice Friday, June 14. He is scheduled to throw a second session Monday, June 17.

RP | Dan Otero | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics called up RP Dan Otero from Triple-A Sacramento Friday, June 14. In a corresponding move, RP Hideki Okajima was optioned to the minors.

RP | Sergio Santos | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos (elbow) threw long toss Friday, June 14, and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, June 18, or Wednesday, June 19.

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Transaction,
The Cincinnati Reds have placed RP Jonathan Broxton (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow injury. In a corresponding move, the team recalled P Pedro Villarreal from Triple-A Louisville.

RP | Oliver Perez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP Oliver Perez recorded his first major league save Friday, June 14.

RP | Stephen Pryor | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners RP Tom Wilhelmsen will not close for at least the next two or three games. The team wants to see him work in non-save situations, working on better location for his pitches. Manager Eric Wedge said Friday, June 14, that the team will mix and match save opportunities, with no specific pitchers mentioned.

RP | Chris Bootcheck | New York Yankees | Transaction,
Updating a previous report, to make room for RP Chris Bootcheck, the New York Yankees outrighted RP Cesar Cabral to Double-A Trenton Friday, June 14.

RP | Robert Coello | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Robert Coello (elbow, shoulder) is required to avoid throwing for four weeks because of soreness in his elbow and shoulder.

RP | Henry Rodriguez | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit
Chicago Cubs RP Henry Rodriguez has been added to the 25-man roster. In a corresponding move, the club optioned RP Brooks Raley. Rodriguez is available out of the bullpen on Friday, June 14. Manager Dale Sveum said that he plans to use the hurler in a middle-relief role. They hope to build up his endurance because he may be needed to pitch two innings at a time.

RP | Huston Street | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres activated RP Huston Street (calf) from the 15-day disabled list Friday, June 14.

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said he won't use RP Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning. "It's too early. Something happens to Chapman, you're stuck with the people everybody wants you to stay away from," he said.

RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland confirmed that RP Jose Valverde is still his closer, saying, "We have nine blown saves and he has three of them."

RP | Rex Brothers | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies RP Rafael Betancourt (groin) will throw light bullpen sessions Friday, June 14, and Sunday, June 16. He'll also go on the Rox's upcoming road trip and face live hitting twice in his rehab efforts.

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