Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 25, 2013 @ 08:42:58 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Tyler Moore | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals recalled OF Tyler Moore from Triple-A Syracuse.

1B | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Corey Hart (knee) suffered setbacks in recent workouts, and he's unlikely to return immediately after the All-Star break. It's not completely out of the question that he could miss the entire season, but no one is saying that yet.

1B | Yonder Alonso | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B Yonder Alonso (hand) visited a doctor Monday, June 24, who said his hand injury is healing fine. Alonso could have the splint removed from his hand by the end of the week. The team hopes Alonso can resume baseball activities by the beginning of next week. "Start playing some catch and doing some strength exercises, and from there, maybe get in the batting cage," Padres manager Bud Black said.

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (knee) is out of the lineup Monday, June 24 with a sore knee. Ryan has been dealing with a knee issue.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Both New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) and general manager Brian Cashman said that Teixeira won't return for the rest of the season as a platoon player against left-handers. Teixeira has little pain in his right wrist when he swings from the right side of the plate.

1B | Lyle Overbay | New York Yankees | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) still feels discomfort in his right wrist, according to general manager Brian Cashman, despite receiving a cortisone injection on June 16 intended to alleviate the pain of the partially torn tendon sheath in the joint. The news suggests season-ending surgery is becoming a likelier option. Teixeira said he has done no activity since the shot.

Second Baseman

2B | Jedd Gyorko | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko (groin) is set to begin a short rehab assignment. If all goes well, Gyorko could return to the team this weekend.

2B | David Adams | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Eduardo Nunez (oblique) took simulated at-bats, ran the bases and participated in sliding drills on Monday, June 24.


SS | Jose Reyes | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes (ankle) will be activated from the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, June 26. He's likely to return to the leadoff spot. "He's not limited in anything that he can do, not hobbling at all," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

SS | Marwin Gonzalez | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Houston Astros optioned INF Marwin Gonzalez to Triple-A Oklahoma City Monday, June 24, and designated P Wade LeBlanc for assignment.

SS | Joaquin Arias | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants activated 3B Pablo Sandoval (foot) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, June 24.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SSs Derek Jeter (ankle) and Eduardo Nunez (oblique) took batting practice Monday, June 24. Nunez also took at-bats in a simulated game and ran the bases and slid.

Third Baseman

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment at Class A Dunedin Wednesday, June 26.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants optioned INF Nick Noonan Sunday, June 23, to make room on the roster for 3B Pablo Sandoval (foot).

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) continued to take simulated at-bats on Monday, June 24, hitting one ball to the base of the center-field fence and another to the warning track in left-center. In his previous sessions, he'd hit mostly grounders, with a few line drives mixed in. Rodriguez also had an extensive base-running session and performed sliding drills on a mat in the outfield, both considered important steps before he can begin a minor league rehab assignment.


OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (hamstring) has yet to resume running, and doesn't appear he'll be back before the All-Star break.

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (hamstring) will undergo surgery on a small tear to his hamstring Tuesday, June 24, and will miss the next 10-to-12 weeks.

OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox are expected to place SP Franklin Morales (pectoral) on the disabled list Tuesday, June 25, with a strained pectoral muscle. Meanwhile, OF Shane Victorino (back), who left the game early with a sore back Sunday, June 23, will remain on the active roster after he reported feeling better.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
As expected, Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) will start his rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac Tuesday, June 25, after he had a strong session of batting practice Monday, June 24. He'll play three innings and start in right field Tuesday and increase his workload each day. He could come off the disabled list this weekend against the New York Mets.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (hamstring) could be activated Tuesday, June 25, if all goes well in a rehab game Monday, June 23.

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan isn't worried about losing OF Nelson Cruz to a suspension due to his involvement in Major League Baseball's investigation of the Biogenesis clinic. "I don't know that there's a time frame that they're dealing with," Ryan said. "I know that they're in a fact-finding mode right now so we'll just have to wait and see how that plays out. But do I worry about losing Nellie here shortly? No I don't. I really think he'll be with us and we'll just have to see where that goes."

OF | Mike Carp | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Mike Carp (hamstring) is still dealing with an injury. "He's not full speed, but he's able to play first base, but can't get into the outfield obviously with the way that he's running," manager John Farrell said.

OF | Yasiel Puig | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (hamstring) went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in his first rehab outing with Triple-A Albuquerque Saturday, June 22, serving as the designated hitter. He will play center field for the rest of his rehab assignment. Kemp is scheduled to play three games, but that could be extended to make sure his timing at the plate is right.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring) left after the sixth inning with a tight hamstring Sunday, June 23. Manager Eric Wedge said the team will check how Gutierrez feels in a few days.

Starting Pitcher

SP | J.A. Happ | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (knee) is still "a ways away" from getting back into games, according to manager John Gibbons. Happ will have to make multiple rehab starts before he returns.

SP | Alex Cobb | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Alex Cobb (concussion) is still hoping to return at some point this season after suffering a mild concussion after being hit by a line drive June 15. He has spent the last nine days resting and there is no timetable for his return to the mound. Cobb is dealing with a buildup of fluid in his right ear that will need to subside before he is cleared to resume physical activities. He'll also need to be symptom-free from concussions. He's still suffering from concussion-related headaches and has had bouts of vertigo. Doctors have told him he's healing quicker than expected and should see rapid progress in the near future.

SP | Kevin Gausman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Kevin Gausman will be used out of the bullpen, according to manager Buck Showalter.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres appear to be moving toward being buyers at the trade deadline this summer, and they are reportedly looking for starting pitching. The Friars have some money to spend, and the team brass has been discussing some big-name pitchers, including Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy. Other trade targets could be Miami Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco, Houston Astros SP Bud Norris and Baltimore Orioles SP Jake Arrieta.

SP | Wei-Yin Chen | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) threw a four-inning simulated game Monday, June 24, and he'll begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

SP | Edinson Volquez | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres are open to trading SP Edinson Volquez at the trade deadline, even though they plan to limit the workloads of SPs Andrew Cashner and Robbie Erlin this year. Ps Tyson Ross and Burch Smith are options to enter the rotation in the second half of the year. SP Joe Wieland (elbow) is expected to return after the All-Star break.

SP | Josh Johnson | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
A scout said Toronto Blue Jays SP Josh Johnson looked "magnificent" in his last start, and his velocity is improving. Johnson was averaging 94 mph with his fastball and was pitching well inside.

SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Fantasy,
One scout noticed that New York Mets SP Zack Wheeler threw only 53.9 percent of his pitches for strikes in his major league debut against the Atlanta Braves. "He can strike out hitters with his fastball," the scout said. "But as far as having command of his pitches, especially his secondary pitches, I don't think he's ready."

SP | Trevor Bauer | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Trevor Bauer is a candidate to pitch one of the games of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox Friday, June 28. SP Carlos Carrasco could also be called back up to start in one of the two games. RP T.J. House, who was recalled Monday, June 24, is likely to be used out of the bullpen.

SP | Chris Volstad | Colorado Rockies | Transaction,
Colorado Rockies Ps Chris Volstad and Logan Kensing cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs Monday, June 24.

SP | Kyle Gibson | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins recalled SP Kyle Gibson Monday, June 24.

SP | Freddy Garcia | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles designated SP Freddy Garcia for assignment Monday, June 24, and recalled SP Kevin Gausman from the minors in a corresponding move. Garcia said he won't retire, and he didn't rule out accepting a minor league assignment.

SP | Matt Harvey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Matt Harvey improved to 7-1 this year and lowered his ERA to 2.05 by shutting out the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday, June 23. Harvey threw 68 percent fastballs, his highest rate of the season, and averaged 97.2 mph with his heater. He tossed 23 fastballs that registered 98 mph or faster, and opponents have gone 0-for-23 on the year on pitches thrown at least 98 mph by Harvey.

SP | Dan Straily | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Oakland Athletics optioned SP Dan Straily to Triple-A Sacramento Sunday, June 23.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero has allowed 14 hits, four runs (three earned), zero home runs and eight walks, with 12 strikeouts, in his last 18 2/3 innings with Triple-A Buffalo, all since reverting to his old mechanics.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) threw 73 pitches in his rehab start on Sunday, June 23, with Triple-A Indianapolis. He went four innings, allowing a run on four hits and a walk while fanning five. He's not expected to need another rehab outing before he's activated from the disabled list.

SP | Gerrit Cole | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole, along with SP Jeanmar Gomez (forearm), is unlikely to remain in the rotation once both SPs Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) and A.J. Burnett (calf) return from the disabled list in the next couple of weeks. Cole's next start has been pushed back to Friday, June 28, versus the Milwaukee Brewers, because Gomez is returning to the rotation on Wednesday, June 26, and the club is off on Thursday, June 27. Gomez would move to the bullpen once Rodriguez returns. A demotion of Cole appears to be the easiest solution once everyone is healthy.

"There's a business component to it, as far as keeping our depth," general manager Neal Huntington said. "Gerrit's probably got the best stuff of anybody in the rotation ... (and) he's made three impressive outings. But the challenge is, if we need another starter later, it may make sense to send Gerrit back so we have a sixth quality starter." Huntington stressed that the possibility that Cole will gain Super Two status won't be a factor in the decision. Cole and SP Jeff Locke are the only pitchers in the rotation who have minor league options remaining.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Brian Tallet | Retired Players | Transaction, Free Agents
Free-agent P Brian Tallet (Padres) has retired.

RP | Mike Adams | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies RB Mike Adams (labrum) could require surgery for a labrum issue. Adams is visiting a doctor Tuesday, June 24.

RP | George Kontos | San Francisco Giants | Transaction,
The San Francisco Giants recalled RP George Kontos from Triple-A Fresno Monday, June 24, and optioned RP Jean Machi in a corresponding move.

RP | Tom Layne | San Diego Padres | Transaction,
The San Diego Padres recalled P Tom Layne from the minors Monday, June 24.

RP | Daniel Moskos | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Chicago White Sox released RP Daniel Moskos Monday, June 24.

RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera said he'd prefer to close out the All-Star game this year instead of start it. If he notches a save in the game, it would be his fifth career All-Star save. "I've been told about it, but I don't like it," Rivera said. "And the reason why I say that is it's not what I do. What I do is close the games, I don't start the games. It's a privilege and honor, but I'm not contemplating it." Rivera is tied for the major league lead in saves this year with 26, and he's blown just one save this year to go along with a 1.61 ERA.

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