Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 21, 2013 @ 08:49:58 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Yonder Alonso | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B Yonder Alonso (hand) said he hopes to receive clearance to participate in baseball activities Monday, June 24. He was able to take off a splint he was wearing on the injured hand. He will undergo a CT scan to see if he can be cleared for activities.

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said 1B Mitch Moreland (hamstring) likely will start at the bottom of the starting lineup when he comes off the disabled list. Washington said Moreland could move up to the No. 5 spot in the lineup in the future.

1B | Chad Tracy | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals 1B Chad Tracy (back) and OF Roger Bernadina (eye) could be available during the team's game Thursday, June 20, after being unavailable to play Wednesday, June 19.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko has only three home runs and 14 RBIs since May 1, and his career low home run total for a full season was 18 back in 2003. Konerko only has seven home runs this season.

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis is in the process of making changes to his swing with hitting coach George Greer and manager Wally Backman at Triple-A Las Vegas, and Davis went 2-for-2 with three walks Wednesday, June 19. "They say he's made real good strides," manager Terry Collins said. "They're trying to calm the hitch down -- not have it so big. They're trying to keep his upper body back, behind the baseball a little bit more -- keep his head in a little bit better. His stride had got him to where he's lunging. They've got him on the plate a little bit better. They're keeping his front hip in, instead of having it fly, which sometimes can cause the shoulders to come off the ball. The grip of the bat has helped him free up his hands a little bit -- more toward your fingers and less toward your palm." Davis is hitting .258 with a .439 on-base percentage in nine games with Vegas. There is no timetable for Davis to return to the Mets, however.

1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Lance Berkman (leg) said he is having problems with straightening his right leg, which is affecting his left-handed swing. He is hit his last three home runs while hitting right-handed. Berkman has sat out three of the last four games to rest.

Second Baseman

2B | Jedd Gyorko | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko (groin) took ground balls and hit in a batting cage Thursday, June 20. Manager Bud Black said he is not sure if Gyorko will have to go on a rehab assignment before returning to the team.

2B | Dan Uggla | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 2B Dan Uggla is enduring some problems with his vision. He's having his eyes examined by a doctor Thursday, June 20, per assistant hitting coach Scott Fletcher, who left open the possibility of Uggla eventually having Lasik surgery. "There's certain balls and stuff he said he wasn't seeing well," Fletcher said. "At times he's flinching on balls that are good pitches and it's like, 'Why am I not seeing that ball better?' So we'll see how it goes with that."

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge indicated the team has not called up 2B Dustin Ackley yet because they want him to get more reps in the outfield with Triple-A Tacoma. Ackley likely will see time in centerfield when he does get recalled.


SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein said he does not believe SS Starlin Castro has regressed even though his numbers are down this season. "I do not believe Starlin Castro has regressed one iota. His numbers are down," Epstein said. "But that's part of the development process. I have every bit of faith in Starlin being an impact player."

SS | Brandon Crawford | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Crawford (fingers) remains out of the lineup with two sprained fingers Thursday, June 20.

Third Baseman

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (foot) will play designated hitter for Single-A San Jose Friday, June 21, and play third base for them Saturday, June 22. He's also lost a few pounds.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez (knee) said his injured left knee has caused him to slump at the plate lately. "I'm not 100 percent, and everybody knows that," Ramirez said. "I'm not healthy. It's a little tougher to play when it's like that, but I have no choice." He has been rested regularly and is serving as the designated hitter this week. Ramirez plans to keep playing through the pain unless it become unbearable.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) is making "fantastic" progress in his recovery from hip surgery, and he could be ready to play in rehab games right after the All-Star break. One Yankees official said "he may beat everyone back" in relation to the team's other injured players. Despite the good progress for Rodriguez, the team won't list a timetable for his return to action. Another team official said Rodriguez is "clearly well ahead of SS Derek Jeter (ankle)." "Alex is clearly able to do everything functionally. It's just wrapping it all up and putting it into games," general manager Brian Cashman said.

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas posted his first multi-hit game Tuesday, June 18, in two weeks, and he followed it up with another multi-hit performance Wednesday, June 19, his first back-to-back multi-hit games since last September. Moustakas is gaining confidence while working with new hitting coach George Brett. "I'm trying to get back to driving the ball to the right side. Staying focused on the middle but using my strength to that pull side of the field," Moustakas said. He's hitting only .193 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs in 435 at-bats this year.

Manager Ned Yost and general manager Dayton Moore have preached patience with Moustakas, and Moore thought a demotion to Triple-A Omaha would only be warranted if Moustakas' confidence wavered. Brett has helped to convince Moustakas that he's not far away from figuring things out, and the mental approach to the game has been emphasized by the organization. "I'm not a singles guy who hits balls to left. I drive the baseball, and that's what I'm trying to get back to doing. Getting a good downward angle on the ball and backspinning it into the gaps," he said. Both Moustakas and Brett believe Moose is making solid progress.


C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said C Alex Avila (forearm) could begin a rehab assignment as soon as Saturday, June 22. Leyland said a lot of the soreness in Avila's forearm has gone away.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (hamstring) had a another MRI on his hamstring recently, and it came back clean. Ramos should be back to playing rehab games in about 10 days.

C | Kelly Shoppach | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Seattle Mariners officially released C Kelly Shoppach Thursday, June 20.

C | John Jaso | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C John Jaso said he has made an adjustment at the plate to swing at better pitches. "I've adjusted by eye sightline," Jaso said in explaining the uptick in number of walks he's received and his batting average as well. Jaso entered the game Thursday, June 20, with 10 knocks in his last 27 at-bats to go along with seven walks and a .500 on-base percentage. He said he's staying behind the ball more and not flying open.

C | Chris Robinson | San Diego Padres | Transaction
The San Diego Padres acquired C Chris Robinson from the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, June 20. It's unknown what the Orioles received in return.

C | David Ross | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C David Ross (concussion) will be examined by a concussion specialist Thursday, June 20.


OF | Michael Lorenzen | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction
The Cincinnati Reds signed supplemental draft pick OF/P Michael Lorenzen to a $1.5 million deal. He has a mid-90s fastball and excellent center field skills.

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (hamstring) had to be carted off the field at Triple-A San Jose Thursday, June 20, after he was unable to run out a ground ball.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler's (finger) X-rays on his right ring finger were negative.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said OF Carlos Quentin's (shoulder) shoulder is improving and he does not think Quentin will have to go on the disabled list. Quentin has missed the last five games.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said he is not sure when OF Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) will be able to play in the field again. Cespedes has served as the designated hitter in the last seven games because of a tight hamstring.

OF | Wilkin Ramirez | Minnesota Twins | Injury
Minnesota Twins OF Wilkin Ramirez (concussion) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Fort Myers Thursday, June 20.

OF | Mike Morse | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Mike Morse (quadriceps) is out of the lineup Thursday, June 20.

OF | Trevor Crowe | Houston Astros | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros placed OF Trevor Crowe (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder Thursday, June 20, and recalled 1B Marc Krauss from Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move.

OF | Mike Carp | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Mike Carp (hamstring) has been fully cleared from his hamstring cramp. He's expected to start a game or two this weekend.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) took swings and ran in the outfield Thursday, June 20, and is close to going on a rehab assignment, according to manager Davey Johnson. "From the way I look at it, he goes and plays a couple games and he doesn't have any swelling in the knee, he'll be ready," Johnson said. "As far as timing, I'm not worried about that. It's just, can his knee stand the punishment of being on it?"

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (hand) had a second opinion on his right hand that confirmed the original diagnoses, but he could take longer than 15 days to heal from his injury. It's now unlikely that Braun will be ready to return from the disabled list when eligible Tuesday, June 25. Braun could now take a month to return to allow a bruise and inflamed nerve near his right thumb to heal. He said that surgery is not an option. "We'll see what happens at the end of this DL, and it sounds like he's going to have to swing and see how it feels and see if we can cushion it enough to when he goes out there, we don't go back to where he was when we went on the DL," manager Ron Roenicke said.

OF | Tyler Colvin | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (finger) will undergo another MRI exam or X-rays to see if his finger is broken. There is a chance he could land on the disabled list.

OF | Lou Montanez | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed free-agent OF Lou Montanez (Cardinals) to a minor league deal Thursday, June 20.

OF | Manny Ramirez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF Manny Ramirez (Athletics) said he doesn't have any offers from MLB teams, but he won't retire and wants another chance to play in the majors after terminating his contract with the EDA Rhinos of the Taiwanese League. Ramirez doesn't have any current offer to play in Japan, either. "I don't have other offers, but I'm not retiring. I love this game too much as to give it up when I can still play," Ramirez said. "Dominicans adore playing baseball. Why would I stop playing if I have the conditions to do so?" The Chiba Lotte Marines of the Japanese League reportedly have some interest in Ramirez.

OF | Aaron Hicks | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks (hamstring) is making progress and could start a rehab assignment as soon as Monday, June 24.

OF | Chris Heisey | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker hopes OF Chris Heisey (hamstring) will return to the team Tuesday, June 25. Heisey has gone 4-for-7 in two rehab games for Triple-A Louisville.

OF | Alex Presley | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned OF Alex Presley to Triple-A Indianapolis and recalled P Duke Welker from there.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Sean Manaea | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals signed supplemental pick SP Sean Manaea to a $3.55 million contract. The deal was a record for a supplemental-round pick.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese (shoulder) left his start Thursday, June 20, because of left shoulder discomfort.

SP | Chris Narveson | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers activated SP Chris Narveson (finger) from the 15-day disabled list and outrighted him to Triple-A Nashville Thursday, June 20.

SP | J.A. Happ | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (knee) continues to work out in Florida, and he's hoping to be back with the team by the All-Star break. "I was in a brace for several weeks and am now moving, jogging and regaining athleticism," Happ said. "I began running again three or four days ago and I'm not quite there yet as far as cutting or turning."

SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers will recall Martin Perez from Triple-A Round Rock to start Saturday, June 22.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (rib) rode a stationary bike Thursday, June 20, but he's still expected to miss another two to four weeks.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. insists that he's not looking to trade SP Cliff Lee or RP Jonathan Papelbon as the trade deadline approaches. "Absolutely not, because these are guys I'd be better off having on my club than not," Amaro said. "Who am I going to replace these guys with to win a championship? These are championship-caliber players. If we think about moving these guys, then I better be getting someone of better or equal value and I just don't see that happening." 2B Chase Utley, 3B Michael Young and C Carlos Ruiz are all in the final year of their contracts and are candidates to be moved, as well.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (back, shoulder) will have his back evaluated by doctors after he experienced tightness that limited his ability to throw. The injury is related to his previous back problem.

SP | Wei-Yin Chen | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) tossed a three-inning simulated game Thursday, June 20, and is on track to return soon. He threw 42 pitches and looked good during the outing. He'll throw another bullpen Saturday, June 22, and will likely throw a four-inning simulated game Monday, June 24, before going on a rehab assignment. Manager Buck Showalter said Chen could come off the disabled list and make a few starts before the All-Star break.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (neck) threw Thursday, June 20, and will try to throw a bullpen session Saturday, June 22. If he can't make his start Tuesday, June 25, he'll have to make another rehab start.

SP | Roy Oswalt | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies recalled SP Roy Oswalt from the minors Thursday, June 20, and optioned SP Jeff Francis to Triple-A Colorado Springs in a corresponding move. Also, SP Chris Volstad was designated for assignment.

SP | Allen Webster | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Allen Webster will start Saturday, June 22.

SP | Drew Pomeranz | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jeff Francis has agreed to accept his minor league assignment to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Francis was cut to make room for SP Roy Oswalt, who will make his debut with the team against the Washington Nationals Thursday, June 20. SP Drew Pomeranz would be first in line for a promotion to the big leagues if the Rockies suffer an injury to their current rotation.

SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando (shoulder) threw long toss Thursday, June 20, while SP Matt Harrison (back) threw from 60 feet. Harrison is scheduled to throw from 75 feet starting next week. SP Colby Lewis (elbow) threw a bullpen session Thursday, and will work out with Double-A Frisco while the team goes out on their road trip.

SP | Nick Tepesch | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Nick Tepesch worked on the command of his fastball, slider and curveball during his bullpen session Wednesday, June 19. He has allowed 17 runs and 19 hits in his last 15 2/3 innings pitched. His turn in rotation will come up Saturday, June 22, but it is not known if he will make the start. The team could pitch him back a day to give him an extra day of rest.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Chad Gaudin | San Francisco Giants | Injury
San Francisco Giants SP Chad Gaudin (elbow) was hit on top of the right elbow area by a line drive Thursday, June 20. X-rays were negative.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Breaking, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said RP Andrew Bailey has been taken out of the closer role. Farrell indicated the team will look internally for a replacement.

RP | Luis Ayala | Atlanta Braves | Injury,
Atlanta Braves RP Luis Ayala (anxiety) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett Thursday, June 20. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said there is no definite timetable for Ayala's return.

RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland would not indicate what role RP Jose Valverde will have if he is not closing games for the team. "What I'll do is I'll pitch him when I see fit, and try to do that intelligently," Leyland said. "I don't know exactly how it'll work out, because I don't know how the games are going to go."

RP | Josh Lindblom | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Josh Lindblom will be sent down to Triple-A Round Rock Friday, June 20, to make room on the roster for 1B Mitch Moreland (hamstring), who will be activated from the disabled list.

RP | Jim Henderson | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers RP Jim Henderson is back in the closer's role, and RP Francisco Rodriguez is available to fill in in the ninth inning anytime Henderson needs a breather. Henderson pitched the eighth inning Wednesday, June 19, because it was a "need to pitch" day for Henderson, because he hadn't pitched in the previous seven days. The Brewers went ahead and Rodriguez came in for the save in the ninth. "I'm hoping we get on some winning streaks and we can have a lot in a row," manager Ron Roenicke said. "When you do that, Henderson is going to pitch a lot and is going to need a day. When he needs a day, Frankie is there. But if we just go in a normal game and everybody is rested ... we'll set it up (with Henderson as the closer)."

RP | Jordan Norberto | free agent | Injury,
Oakland Athletics RP Jordan Norberto (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery Thursday, June 20, and he also had two bone chips removed from his elbow.

RP | Joaquin Benoit | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Detroit Tigers RP Joaquin Benoit will serve as the team's closer when he's "healthy and available."

RP | Joakim Soria | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria (elbow) is scheduled to throw a 25-pitch bullpen session Friday, June 21.

RP | Santiago Casilla | San Francisco Giants | Injury,
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said RP Santiago Casilla (leg) will be evaluated Wednesday, June 27, and could begin a rehab assignment in 10 to 12 days.

RP | Sean Marshall | Cincinnati Reds | Injury,
Cincinnati Reds RP Sean Marshall (shoulder) was able to throw from 120 feet Wednesday, June 19, and from 135 feet Thursday, June 20. He said he will start throwing on flat ground soon then will move to a mound. He did not have a timetable for his return, but he could return around the All-Star break.

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