Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 27, 2013 @ 08:56:58 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Yonder Alonso | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B Yonder Alonso (hand) is slated to return the second week of July or after the All-Star break.

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said the club doesn't want to recall 1B Ike Davis and have him facing left-handed pitchers right away. The Mets are facing their third straight southpaw Wednesday, June 26, and they face two more lefties this weekend, meaning Davis may not be in line for a promotion until sometime next week. He's hitting .429 with two home runs and a walk in 14 at-bats against lefties at Triple-A Las Vegas.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko (back) is out of the lineup again Wednesday, June 26.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) said surgery for his right wrist will require four to five months of rehab. He expects to be fully healthy in six months.

1B | Lyle Overbay | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Surgery has been recommended for New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist).

1B | Brett Wallace | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros recalled 1B Brett Wallace from the minors Tuesday, June 25.

Second Baseman

2B | Jedd Gyorko | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko (groin) left his minor-league rehab game with Double-A San Antonio after just one at-bat Wednesday, June 26, after feeling tightness in his groin while attempting to stretch a single into a double.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (hamstring) went 2-for-4 for Triple-A Norfolk Tuesday, June 25, and OF Nolan Reimold (hamstring) went 3-for-6 with Double-A Bowie Wednesday, June 26. It's unlikely that both players will be ready this weekend. Roberts is believed to be ahead of Reimold in his rehab.


SS | Ramiro Pena | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves SS Ramiro Pena (shoulder) will have season-ending surgery Thursday, June 27, to repair the torn labrum in his right shoulder.

SS | Willie Bloomquist | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Willie Bloomquist (hand) left the game Wednesday, June 26, against the Washington Nationals after being hit on the left hand by a pitch. Bloomquist said after the game that X-rays were negative. He will be re-evaluated Thursday, June 27.

SS | Reid Brignac | Colorado Rockies | Transaction
The Colorado Rockies signed free-agent SS Reid Brignac (Yankees) to a minor league deal Wednesday, June 26, and he'll report to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Jurickson Profar isn't ready to start games in the outfield, according to manager Ron Washington. Profar is currently working on transitioning to the outfield with third base coach Gary Pettis.

SS | Ruben Tejada | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada (quadriceps) will start a minor league rehab assignment later this week in the Gulf Coast League. He'll also spend time with Triple-A Las Vegas before returning from the disabled list. However, manager Terry Collins isn't sure how playing time will be divided between Tejada and SS Omar Quintanilla.

SS | Jose Reyes | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes (ankle) went 0-for-4 in his first game back from the disabled list Wednesday, June 26.

SS | Jose Iglesias | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Jose Iglesias, who has become the team's starting third baseman, had three more hits Tuesday, June 25, has a slash line of .434/.484/.575 in 34 games. "On top of all the hitting and that's all great -- what he's done with his glove, whether he's playing third or short or second or center field, I don't know, he's got this amazing glove and he does a really good job. It's good to see the success he has and you just kind of ride it for as long as it lasts," SP Ryan Dempster said.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians activated SS Asdrubal Cabrera (quadriceps) from the disabled list Wednesday, June 26, and designated INF John McDonald for assignment in a corresponding move.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez is 14-for-30 (.467) with four home runs and 10 RBIs in his last seven games.

Third Baseman

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) is reportedly rushing a return to rehab games so he can claim he's physically unable to perform because of his hip injury and retire. He would collect the $114 million he's owed over the next five years and avoid a possible suspension for his link to Biogenesis. "It's all about him getting his money and not losing it to suspension," one source close to the situation told the Daily News. "He knows he's never going to the Hall of Fame. All that's left for him is to make sure he gets his money - all of it."

3B | Manny Machado | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado posted his 36th double of the season in the game Wednesday, June 26, against the Cleveland Indians. He has the most doubles before the All-Star break since 1997. Machado is hitting .398 with 30 doubles, two triples, three homers, 28 RBI and 39 runs scored over his past 59 games.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) revealed that his shoulder probably won't be completely normal until the offseason, but it doesn't cause him any pain when he's swinging. Washington could give him more days off in the second half of the season to keep him as healthy as possible.

3B | Conor Gillaspie | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox placed 3B Conor Gillaspie on the paternity list Wednesday, June 26, and recalled 3B Brent Morel from Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move.

3B | Kris Bryant | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 First Year Player Draft, is nowhere near an agreement with the organization, according to people familiar with the negotiations. Reportedly, Bryant is seeking more than the $6.7 million allotted to the No. 2 slot of the draft, while the Cubs are hoping to be closer to $6 million, in part because the No. 1 overall pick, Houston Astros SP Mark Appel, signed for $6.35 million. Scott Boras is the agent for both players, and he's apparently seeking a bonus for Bryant that's greater than Appel's.

Bryant could choose to return to play for the University of San Diego in hopes of becoming the No. 1 overall pick in 2014. Chicago is believed to be able to spend at least $7 million, based on how much of their draft allotment remains unspent. Their allotment is $10.56 million this year. If Bryant chooses not to sign, the Cubs cannot spend that money elsewhere, although they would receive a 2014 draft choice as compensation. Negotiations appear likely to push the July 15 deadline to sign draft picks.


C | John Jaso | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C John Jaso (hand) missed his fifth straight game Wednesday, June 26, with an injured left hand. Jaso is expected to return to the lineup Friday, June 28.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (hamstring) and RP Christian Garcia (shoulder, forearm) are close to returning. Ramos is targeting a July 4 return and Garcia is currently pitching at Triple-A Syracuse and if four or five outings away from being called up. Manager Davey Johnson is hoping to use Garcia as a long reliever when he returns.

C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
The New York Yankees are throwing Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz's name around as the trade deadline approaches for an upgrade at the catching position, according to a baseball executive. The Yanks could also be interested in Phillies 2B Chase Utley and 3B Michael Young, whom the Phillies may be willing to part with. Utley and Young can both play first base now that 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) is out for the year. Utley and Young are in the final year of their contracts with Philly.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana (knee) is out of the lineup for the first time since May 9 Wednesday, June 26, after he took a hard foul ball off his knee Tuesday, June 25.

C | David Ross | Boston Red Sox | Injury
There's no reason to believe that Boston Red Sox C David Ross (head) won't be back this season, according to his agent, Ryan Gleichowski. The player is recovering at home in Florida with his family from his second concussion of the year, both within a month's span. Ross' next evaluation is scheduled for July 9 with Michael Collins, a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh, per manager John Farrell. Information that Collins has given Ross includes a very high level of optimism that the player will be fine.


OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) was running well in his rehab game Wednesday, June 26. A scout said he was running like he was never hurt at all.

OF | Adam Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Adam Jones went through his 37th straight game Wednesday, June 26, against the Cleveland Indians without a walk. That's 156 plate appearances, which is the longest stretch in the majors without a free pass this season.

OF | Joc Pederson | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Joc Pederson was named to play in the Futures Game at Citi Field during the All-Star Game festivities in New York next month.

OF | Justin Maxwell | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Justin Maxwell (concussion) visited a concussion specialist Wednesday, June 26. His initial feeling, and one that was repeated by both manager Bo Porter and general manager Jeff Luhnow, is that Maxwell will benefit from resting Wednesday and Thursday, June 27, before possibly returning to the lineup Friday, June 28.

OF | Peter Bourjos | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Peter Bourjos (thumb) said his thumb remains swollen, but he's hoping to return to the lineup Thursday, June 27.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (wrist) is sitting out with a sore right wrist Wednesday, June 26, and it could be related to his sore fingers, affecting his grip on the lumber.

OF | Chris Heisey | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds activated OF Chris Heisey (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, June 25, and optioned OF Donald Lutz to the minors in a corresponding move. Also, INF Henry X. Rodriguez was called up.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers optioned INF Elian Herrera to Triple-A Albuquerque Tuesday, June 25, to make room on the roster for OF Matt Kemp.

OF | Melky Cabrera | Toronto Blue Jays | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Melky Cabrera was not in left field in favor of Rajai Davis on Wednesday, June 26, against the Tampa Bay Rays because, according to manager John Gibbons, "We want the fly balls to be caught."

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward had an RBI double in the fifth, a solo home run in the seventh and a season-high three RBIs all told on Tuesday, June 25. He's hit .307 (27-for-88) with five doubles, four homers, eight RBIs, a .365 OBP and a .500 slugging percentage in his past 22 contests, following a rough start to the year. "It's building," he said. "It's going to take time. It's going to require analyzing it, making sure I know what's going on, be very aware of how I feel up there and what I need to tweak. But it's definitely steps in the right direction."

Heyward homered against Kansas City Royals RP Tim Collins, a left-hander, on Tuesday. It's his first in 65 at-bats against southpaws this season and the first round-tripper that Collins has allowed in 2013.

OF | Jordan Schafer | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jordan Schafer had two hits, including a game-tying RBI double to go along with his team-high ninth stolen base, on Tuesday, June 25. He's hit .341 (29-for-85) with 10 extra-base hits (three home runs), a .391 OBP and a .553 slugging percentage in his last 24 games. He should be in the lineup on Wednesday, June 26, for a fourth straight game because the Braves are at the Kansas City Royals and will get to use a DH again.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Scott Kazmir | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians SP Scott Kazmir (back) left his start Wednesday, June 26, against the Baltimore Orioles due to back spasms. Kazmir does not feel the injury is serious, and he pitched through the issue for a few innings.

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Miami Marlins | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers are deep into trade talks with the Miami Marlins about SP Ricky Nolasco, a source confirmed Wednesday, June 26. Nolasco is a Southern California native, and he is set to become a free agent at season's end.

SP | Tommy Hanson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Tommy Hanson (forearm) will undergo tests Thursday, June 27, but it appears he will go on the 15-day disabled list. The team will recall a pitcher for the game Thursday.

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
The Houston Astros have two off days within four days, which allowed manager Bo Porter to juggle his starting rotation. SP Bud Norris will work Friday, June 28, followed by SP Jordan Lyles Saturday, June 29, and SP Lucas Harrell Sunday, June 30.

SP | Dallas Keuchel | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Dallas Keuchel was informed that the team will skip his next turn in the rotation. He is available for long relief, with his next scheduled start coming Monday, July 1, against the Tampa Bay Rays.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey struck out a career-high 12 hitters without issuing a walk in his win over the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, June 26, becoming the sixth pitcher in team history to fan 12 and walk none in the same game. He became the seventh pitcher in the league this year to accomplish that. Lackey has gone 4-1 with an ERA of 2.44 in his last eight starts going bay to May 19.

SP | Billy Buckner | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Tommy Hanson (forearm) was scratched from his start with tightness in his right forearm Wednesday, June 26. P Billy Buckner will start in his place against the Detroit Tigers.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese (shoulder) is confident he can avoid surgery on his partially torn rotator cuff. He'll have a follow-up MRI exam next week to see his progress. Manager Terry Collins hopes Niese can start a throwing program if he's cleared next week.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (neck) said he won't return to the mound until the pain in his right trapezius muscle is completely gone. His injury isn't related to the rotator cuff in his shoulder, and he's only feeling pain when he follows through on pitches off a mound. Buchholz said he could pitch in a game if he had too, but he's just not comfortable right now. "I don't feel like it's right for me to go back out and pitch when I'm 80 percent. I think I'm doing the team an injustice and I'm risking further injury," he said. He's hoping he can pitch before the All-Star break.

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said SP Yu Darvish, who hasn't won in his last seven starts, needs to make adjustments. Darvish is 0-2 despite a 2.93 ERA in his last seven games. He has as many hits allowed (37) and homers allowed (seven) in 46 innings in the last seven games than he did in his first nine starts. Darvish allowed three solo home runs to the New York Yankees Tuesday, June 25. Washington declined to say what adjustments the team has in mind for Darvish.

SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said SP Zack Wheeler had different arm angles on his pitches against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, June 25, leaving them able to lay off some of Wheeler's tougher pitches as a result. "They took a lot of good breaking balls, so there's a good chance they recognized it early," Warthen said. Wheeler allowed four runs and four hits while only striking out one in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision.

SP | Jason Vargas | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jason Vargas (arm pit) had surgery to remove a blood clot from his arm pit Wednesday, June 26, and he won't throw for two weeks. Vargas will take blood-thinners while he's resting.

SP | Felipe Paulino | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Felipe Paulino (back) will start his rehab assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas Sunday, June 30.

SP | Wei-Yin Chen | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) threw a successful side session Wednesday, June 26, and he'll start his rehab assignment Saturday, June 29, likely with Double-A Bowie. Chen is expected to throw five or six innings Saturday. SP Steven Johnson (oblique) threw from 90 feet Wednesday.

SP | Robbie Erlin | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres recalled SP Robbie Erlin from Triple-A Tucson Wednesday, June 26, and optioned RP Brad Brach to Tucson in a corresponding move.

SP | Juan Nicasio | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Juan Nicasio isn't guaranteed to make his next start Sunday, June 30, after he allowed a career-high 12 hits in his last start. SP Drew Pomeranz is the likely candidate to replace Nicasio in the rotation. "We will continue to reassess this situation," manager Walt Weiss said. "It's tough in this league when you don't have consistent fastball command. Juan has a good fastball, but you have to command it up here."

SP | Dylan Bundy | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Dylan Bundy (elbow) was diagnosed with a partial tear in his elbow, and he will undergo Tommy John surgery. Bundy will undergo the elbow reconstruction Thursday, June 27, in Florida.

SP | Jeanmar Gomez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates activated SP Jeanmar Gomez (forearm) from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, June 26, and optioned P Duke Welker to the minors in a corresponding move.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly (neck) threw a simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, June 25.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (rib) hopes to resume playing catch this week and move to bullpen sessions next week.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey is in "the middle relief group" and could be used in low-leverage situations out of the bullpen.

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim general manager Jerry Dipoto said he has no idea when RP Ryan Madson (elbow) can return. "I have no idea. It's rehab. He's rehabbing from surgery. This is our exposure to Ryan Madson, three or four months of his rehabilitation. I don't know I could bet on any one of the thousands of players who have had Tommy John surgery to come back with 100 percent certainty to look like how they did before or contribute."

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Chris Perez (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list Thursday, June 27.

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Jonathan Broxton (elbow) hasn't resumed a throwing program, and he won't from the disabled list when eligible Saturday, June 29. "His range of motion is back and his strength has gotten a lot better," trainer Paul Lessard said. "Ideally, we'll start throwing on Friday. I wanted to make sure he was pain-free." RP Sean Marshall (shoulder) continues to improve and will throw his first bullpen session Saturday.

RP | Mike MacDougal | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction,
The Philadelphia Phillies signed free-agent RP Mike MacDougal (Nationals) to a minor league deal Tuesday, June 25.

RP | Kenley Jansen | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Kenley Jansen was rested against the San Francisco Giants in a save situation Tuesday, June 25, because he had pitched in three straight games. RP Brandon League was brought in for the save, but he had to be pulled after allowing three hits and two runs. RP Paco Rodriguez eventually came on to record the save, his first of the year.

RP | Jordan Walden | Atlanta Braves | Depth Chart Tidbit
Atlanta Braves RP Jordan Walden has allowed just one hit and two walks, with 11 strikeouts, in 11 1/3 scoreless innings (11 games) since returning from the DL. His .163 opponents' average is tied for second-best in the NL, behind Los Angeles Dodgers RP Paco Rodriguez. RP Luis Avilan has allowed just two hits and three walks, with nine strikeouts, in his last 15 appearances (12 2/3 frames).

RP | Clayton Mortensen | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit
Boston Red Sox RP Clayton Mortensen (hip) has been activated from the disabled list. In a corresponding move, RP Pedro Beato has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

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