Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 20, 2013 @ 08:49:58 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols said he noticed something with his swing on a line out June 8. He said: "this is me right here. I feel like the old me when I was in St. Louis." Pujols said he never felt that way at all last year. "Not at all, man - I swear," Pujols said. "There were some streaks here and there that I hit, but I was battling. I never got to a point where I could say, 'Holy cow, that's my bat speed.'"

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau swatted a home run Wednesday, June 19, against the Chicago White Sox. It was his first home run dating back to April 28.

1B | Nick Swisher | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Nick Swisher (shoulder) will take batting practice Friday, June 21, and is expected to play against the Minnesota Twins Saturday, June 22.

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland (hamstring) went 3-for-5 with a home run, double and two RBIs during his final rehab game Wednesday, June 19. He was 6-for-9 over three rehab outings.

Second Baseman

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals want 2B Danny Espinosa to work on his approach at the plate with Triple-A Syracuse. Espinosa went 2-for-21 with an RBI, three walks and 14 strikeouts while on his rehab assignment. "We need for him to get to a place in his mechanics and his approach that allows him to put the barrel of the bat on the ball and to utilize the other skills that he has: power, speed, defense and that type of thing," general manager Mike Rizzo said. "He has to be more consistent and have an approach that allows him to succeed at this level." Rizzo said 2B Anthony Rendon's performance at the big league level won't impact the team's plans for Espinosa.

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips is in a 3-for-28 (.107) slump and was fined by manager Dusty Baker last week for not running hard to first base. "He is trying too hard more than anything," said Baker. "He ain't hurtin' any more (from getting hit on the forearm by a pitch in Pittsburgh). He is just swinging at bad pitches and nobody is going to hit swinging at bad pitches."

2B | Alexi Amarista | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
The San Diego Padres have options to play shortstop with SS Everth Cabrera (hamstring) headed to the disabled list. INFs Alexi Amarista, Pedro Ciriaco and Logan Forsythe can all fill in. Amarista struggled defensive at shortstop Tuesday, June 18. Forsythe has been filling in at second base with 2B Jedd Gyorko (groin) on the DL.

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler (face) needed three stitches on the left side of his face after he collided with Oakland Athletics C John Jaso in the third inning Tuesday, June 18. Kinsler later returned to the game.

2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro (finger) returned to action Tuesday, June 18, with a splint on his left pinkie, going 2-for-4 with two singles. He will wear the split for the next four to six weeks to try fixing the issue and must adjust his grip so that the finger is not touching the bat.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (hamstring) started running sprints yesterday and hopes to start a rehab assignment by the end of Baltimore's road trip.


SS | Ruben Tejada | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada (quadriceps) has yet to resume any lateral movement in his recovery from a strained right quadriceps muscle. He has been fielding grounders hit directly at him, but is not yet running on his injured right leg. The team still has no timetable for his return.

SS | Jose Reyes | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes (ankle) will move to Triple-A Buffalo, and he is scheduled to play three rehab games with them starting Friday, June 21. It's possible that he could return to the lineup Monday, June 24, against the Tampa Bay Rays. "I don't want to take too long because I need to be here and not down there. When I start to see live pitching and I feel like my swing is comfortable enough to be here I'm going to come up," Reyes said.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) took on-field batting practice for the first time Wednesday, June 19, since being cleared for baseball activities. He took 21 swings and looked comfortable at the plate. He also took groundballs and fielded balls backhanded before throwing to first base.

SS | Munenori Kawasaki | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes (ankle) went 2-for-4 with an RBI, run scored and stolen base with Single-A Dunedin Wednesday, June 19, while playing seven innings at shortstop.

SS | Brandon Crawford | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Crawford (fingers) is doubtful to play Thursday, June 20, as he deals with swelling and pain in his two sprained fingers, but he could pinch hit if needed Wednesday, June 19. INF Joaquin Arias is starting at shortstop Wednesday and INF Tony Abreu is manning the hot corner.

Third Baseman

3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez has shown some improvement at the plate, hitting safely in 15 of his past 17 after the game Wednesday, June 19, against the Cincinnati Reds. However, he entered the game with 81 strikeouts in 215 at-bats, and he had a .282 on-base percentage. "How do you maximize the swing of the bat that you get when you get it?" manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's been a very good run producer for this team this season. He's had a lot of opportunities, as well, but he has shown the ability to rise to the occasion."

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Josh Satin worked out at third base during batting practice Wednesday, June 19. Manager Terry Collins said he wants to give 3B David Wright a day off soon, and Satin could be the man to fill in when that time comes.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
Major League Baseball made an official scoring change from the game Wednesday, June 12, between the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals. Mets 3B David Wright originally reached on an error by Cardinals 3B David Freese, but it has been changed to a hit.

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (ankle) took groundballs, batting practice and did some running in Florida Wednesday, June 19.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Porter Fischer, described as a former marketing director with Biogenesis, said Anthony Bosch met with New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez during the American League Championship Series last year when Rodriguez sought to break a 1-for-9 slump. Fischer also said that Major League Baseball paid him $5,000 for clinic records he turned over to the league in their investigation of Biogenesis. Investigators have found some of Fischer's information as it relates to Rodriguez to be credible, according to sources. Fischer has cooperated in exposing Biogenesis because Bosch refused to pay Fischer money that he was owed.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (foot) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Single-A San Jose Saturday, June 22.

3B | Matt Tuiasosopo | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said OF Matt Tuiasosopo could receive more time in left field against right-handed pitchers if OF Andy Dirks continues to struggle at the plate.

3B | Eric Chavez | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said 3B Eric Chavez (oblique) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno early next week.


C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters is not in the lineup Wednesday, June 19.


OF | Roger Bernadina | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals OF Roger Bernadina (eye) has an infection in his left eye. He will visit a doctor Thursday, June 20.

OF | Mike Morse | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Mike Morse (quadriceps) was back in the starting lineup for the game Wednesday, June 19, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Wednesday, June 19, that OF Josh Willingham (knee) did not feel great running Tuesday, June 18, which was why he was limited to designated hitter duties Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox.

OF | Wilkin Ramirez | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Wilkin Ramirez (concussion) passed his concussion test Wednesday, June 19, and he is set to begin his minor-league rehab assignment with Class A Fort Myers Thursday, June 20.

OF | Eric Young Jr. | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Eric Young Jr. served as the leadoff hitter in his team debut Wednesday, June 19, against the Atlanta Braves, going 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

OF | David DeJesus | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF David DeJesus (shoulder) will miss at least a month after spraining his right shoulder last Friday. 3B Luis Valbuena has done well in the leadoff spot in DeJesus' absence.

OF | Manny Ramirez | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Manny Ramirez (Athletics) wants to return to the major leagues, according to his agent, Barry Praver. Ramirez hit .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs with the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) isn't yet 100 percent recovered from his left hamstring ailment, but the injury isn't affecting his performance. Cespedes is serving as the designated hitter again Wednesday, June 19, and he's 3-for-20 in five straight starts at DH.

OF | Dewayne Wise | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Dewayne Wise (rib, hamstring) will have his return from the disabled list delayed due to a rib injury.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton has been moved to seventh in the batting order Wednesday, June 19.

OF | Chris Heisey | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Chris Heisey (hamstring) went 2-for-4 with Triple-A Louisville Monday, June 17, and will play again for Louisville Wednesday, June 19.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said OF Bryce Harper (knee) will start baseball activities in a "couple of days."

OF | Andrew Brown | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets recalled OF Andrew Brown from the minors Wednesday, June 19, and designated OF Collin Cowgill for assignment in a corresponding move.

OF | James Darnell | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Diego Padres released OF James Darnell Wednesday, June 19.

OF | Juan C. Perez | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Juan C. Perez, who is starting in center field Wednesday, June 19, has earned more playing time, and he could play more than OF Andres Torres when OF Angel Pagan (hamstring) returns from the disabled list.

OF | Ben Francisco | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Diego Padres have signed free-agent OF Ben Francisco (Yankees) to a minor league contract. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. He was assigned to Triple-A Tucson.

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (hamstring) said he will begin a rehab assignment with Single-A San Jose Thursday, June 20, and is scheduled to play five innings. He said he did not feel any soreness in his injured hamstring.

OF | Norichika Aoki | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers have placed OF Norichika Aoki on the paternity list. In a corresponding move, the team recalled OF Josh Prince from Triple-A Nashville.

OF | Jaff Decker | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres will add OF Jaff Decker to the roster when they place Everth Cabrera (hamstring) on the disabled list.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Jeff Francis | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies are expected to option SP Jeff Francis to Triple-A Colorado Springs Thursday, June 20, as the team uses his roster spot for SP Roy Oswalt. The locker for Francis was cleared out Wednesday, June 19. There is a possibility Francis could remain in the organization, but he would need to approve the move to the minors due to his major league service time. The team wants to keep him in the organization for depth.

SP | A.J. Burnett | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday, June 19, that SP A.J. Burnett (calf) "has been nowhere near a mound" as he recovers from a strained right calf. "We're working on flexibility, mobility and strengthening," Hurdle said. "That's not to say that can't change in another 24 hours with A.J. He's really tried to not do some things at all and do a lot of things. As far as rehab goes, he didn't want to do anything as far as moving around other than strengthening, loosening and working on the flexion part of it."

SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Zack Wheeler flew Wednesday, June 19, to Tucson, Ariz., where he will join Triple-A Las Vegas. However, he is expected to rejoin the Mets next week during their road trip to Chicago. "He certainly understood the whole situation," manager Terry Collins said.

SP | Jeanmar Gomez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeanmar Gomez (forearm) tossed five innings of no-hit ball while walking one and striking out four in his rehab outing with Triple-A Indianapolis Wednesday, June 19.

SP | Trevor Cahill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Cahill (hip) thinks he'll be able to make his next scheduled start after being hit in the hip by a line drive Wednesday, June 19.

SP | Shaun Marcum | New York Mets | Fantasy,
The New York Mets will return to a five-man rotation after the All-Star break, and manager Terry Collins indicated that SPs Shaun Marcum, Jeremy Hefner and Dillon Gee aren't guaranteed to have spots in the rotation when that happens. Marcum's $4 million salary doesn't make him immune, especially with the way Gee has pitched lately. Hefner could be moved to the bullpen or optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. "When we get back to five guys, I think we're going to take the five guys that we think are the best to run out there every fifth day, and what gives us the best opportunity to win," Collins said.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price (triceps) will make a rehab start with Single-A Charlotte Friday, June 21.

SP | Chris Capuano | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers activated SP Chris Capuano (forearm) from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, June 19, and optioned OF Alex Castellanos to Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding move.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (illness) is expected to pitch Friday, June 21, with SP Miguel Gonzalez going Saturday, June 22.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow's (forearm) MRI exam showed inflammation in his forearm and no structural damage. He will be shut down for the time being to let the inflammation subside.

SP | Tyler Skaggs | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Cahill (leg) is leaving his start early Wednesday, June 19, after being hit in the leg by a line drive.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee reiterated that he wants to remain in Philadelphia and help the team win. "I want to win. I signed to win here," Lee said. "If that was misconstrued that I want to play someplace else, that's not the case. I want to play here." Lee is in the third year of a five-year, $120 million contract and is consistently listed among those that could be trade bait this summer if the team wants to unload his contract. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has said he's not looking to trade Lee.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) threw on flat ground at a distance of 105 feet Tuesday, June 18.

SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Shelby Miller (leg) won't miss his next start after leaving due to cramps and dehydration in his start Monday, June 17.

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong (hand) had all five pins removed from his right hand Tuesday, June 18. This could speed up his recovery from a fractured right pinkie. Vogelsong says he'll now be able to participate in more mobility and flexibility exercises if any of the pins remained fixed in his hand.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Michael Zagurski | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Michael Zagurski, outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis, has elected to become a free agent.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez (shoulder) is feeling healthy but is dealing with a mechanical problem that led to him allowing five runs and five hits (three home runs) in 23 pitches in his second rehab outing with Double-A Akron Tuesday, June 18. Pitching coach Mickey Callaway and bullpen coach Kevin Cash think Perez is opening up too early in his delivery, which is hurting his velocity. Perez will throw Friday, June 21, and he'll likely need another rehab appearance. Manager Terry Francona said Perez won't be activated from the disabled list after a bullpen session Friday.

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Jonathan Broxton (forearm) has been shut down since landing on the disabled list. "He's been working on strengthening it," trainer Paul Lessard said. "He finally has his full range of motion back. We wanted to get it flushed out. He'll probably start throwing again this weekend. I don't want to call it a target date, but that's what we're looking at. RP Sean Marshall (shoulder) is long tossing from 120 feet.

RP | Scott Atchison | New York Mets | Injury, Transaction,
The New York Mets placed RP Scott Atchison (groin) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, June 19.

RP | Santiago Casilla | San Francisco Giants | Injury,
San Francisco Giants RP Santiago Casilla (leg) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday, June 20.

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