Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 2, 2013 @ 08:49:58 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind (back) is hoping to avoid a trip to the disabled list. "Right now, hopefully it's just a couple days," Lind said. "I came out of the game so it would only be a couple days instead of trying to play through it and turn it into a month. That's the reason." "I could have come out [of games] the last few years, but I decided to try to stick it out and play and a few extra innings, and it results in a month on the DL. I didn't want to put myself through that again, so it seemed like the smart thing to do."

1B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion's (hamstring) hamstring issue is not expected to be a major issue, according to manager John Gibbons. "[Sunday] his hamstring tightened up on him and today when he was down in the cage getting ready for the game it was grabbing him, something there that wasn't normal," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after his club's 8-3 victory over the Tigers on Monday afternoon. "It made sense to give him the day, we don't want that to turn into anything major. Hopefully it's not a long-term thing, we don't think it will be."

1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Lance Berkman (knee) is hopeful that he won't need to go on the disabled list for soreness in his right knee that was caused after he slipped and twisted his knee on a staircase late last week. He's had four surgeries on his right knee in his career. Berkman has played in only two of the team's last nine games and is hitting .198 in the last 25 games to drop his average from .306 to .263.

Second Baseman

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers are rumored to be interested in Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley.


SS | Marten Gasparini | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals signed Italian SS Marten Gasparini to a $1.3 million deal. The deal is the largest ever for a European prospect.

SS | Yeyson Yrizarri | Texas Rangers | Transaction
The Texas Rangers signed 16-year-old Venezuelan SS Yeyson Yrizarri to a $1.375 million deal. He was ranked as the No. 7 international prospect by Baseball America.

Third Baseman

3B | Rafael Devers | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox signed Dominican 16-year-old 3B Rafael Devers to a $1.5 million deal. He is ranked No. 6 on's Top 30 international prospects list.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said 3B Evan Longoria (foot) is a day-to-day situation. Maddon said Longoria may be available to pinch hit Monday, July 1.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
The New York Yankees have announced 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) will begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Charleston Tuesday, July 2. He is expected to play at least three innings at third base during the game.


C | Ali Sanchez | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets signed Venezuelan C Ali Sanchez to a $690,000 deal. He's ranked No. 25 on Baseball America's Top 30 international prospects list.

C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
The Detroit Tigers will return C Alex Avila (forearm) to the starting catcher position when he is back in the lineup Tuesday, July 2.

C | Ryan Hanigan | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Ryan Hanigan (ankle) is returning to the lineup Monday, July 1.

C | Bryan Holaday | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers plan to activate C Alex Avila (forearm) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, July 2. C Bryan Holaday was optioned to Triple-A Toledo Monday, July 1, to clear room.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (hamstring) will play seven innings with Single-A Potomac Monday, July 3, and is likely to join Triple-A Syracuse Wednesday, July 3. The team is hoping he can return from the disabled list Saturday, July 6.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters is not close to a contract extension with the team.


OF | Michael Zapata | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox signed Dominican 16-year-old OF Michael Zapata to a $1.6 million deal. He is ranked No. 2 on's Top 30 international prospects list.

OF | Jose V. Almonte | Texas Rangers | Transaction
The Texas Rangers signed 16-year-old Dominican OF Jose V. Almonte to a $1.8 million deal. He was ranked as the No. 13 on's Top 30 international prospects list.

OF | Jordan Brown | Miami Marlins | Transaction
The Miami Marlins optioned OF Jordan Brown to Triple-A New Orleans Monday, July 1.

OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (knee) will have an MRI Tuesday, July 2, after being scratched from the team's game Monday, June 1.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) will wear padding on his left knee for precautionary reasons as he returns to the lineup in the third spot Monday, July 1. Manager Davey Johnson doesn't plan to bring Harper along slowly or ask him to change his approach. OF Jayson Werth is hitting second and 2B Anthony Rendon has been dropped to seventh in the order. Harper doesn't expect the added padding for his knee to affect his mobility.

OF | Billy Hamilton | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Billy Hamilton (wrist) is sitting out for the fourth straight game with a sore wrist Monday, July 1, at Triple-A Louisville.

OF | Yasiel Puig | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig leads the majors with 44 hits since being recalled June 3, and he leads the National League with a .436 batting average and .467 on-base percentage. He ranks in the top three in home runs (seven), runs (19), slugging percentage (.713) and total bases (72). Puig and former OF Joe DiMaggio are the only players in history with at least 40 hits and four home runs in their first month in the majors. Puig came a home run shy of the cycle Sunday, June 30, and also stole two bases and scored two runs.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team isn't inclined to take on salary to facilitate trades of SP Cliff Lee or CL Jonathan Papelbon.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Updating a previous report, Detroit Tigers RP Anibal Sanchez (leg) appears to be OK after taking a line drive off the leg in a rehab start Monday, July 1.

SP | Tyler Skaggs | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said SP Tyler Skaggs could be called on to fill the rotation spot of SP Trevor Cahill (hip), but SP Charles Brewer is also an option.

SP | Ross Detwiler | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Ross Detwiler (back) is fully expected to make his next start Wednesday, July 3, after he threw a bullpen session Monday, July 1.

SP | Henderson Alvarez | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) will make his season debut against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, July 4.

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong (hand) threw from 70 to 80 feet for five minutes Monday, July 1, and he's hoping he can return by the end of July or beginning of August.

SP | Trevor Cahill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed SP Trevor Cahill (hip) on the 15-day disabled list with a right hip contusion Monday, July 1, and recalled RP Chaz Roe from Triple-A Reno in a corresponding move.

SP | Dylan Bundy | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Dylan Bundy (elbow) had successful Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Thursday, June 27. Executive vice president Dan Duquette said the tear in Bundy's tendon was caused by "the stress of pitching."

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said SP Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) received a platelet-rich plasma injection and will have to rest and rehab for three weeks. Rodriguez likely will not return until at least early August.

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander thinks he has identified a problem with his mechanics that he hopes will help him turn things around. He currently is 8-5 with a 3.77 ERA and 114 strikeouts. "It's been a battle for me personally this year, mechanics-wise, to be able to repeat my delivery like I have in the past, but everything's healthy and I think I found something in my last bullpen session before my last start," Verlander said." A faulty shoulder angle has been to blame, said Verlander.

SP | Jeff Locke | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Locke, who was in line to start against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, July 2, will be moved back after throwing in the bullpen during the 14th inning Sunday, June 30. It's unknown who will start Tuesday.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Brandon Gomes | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said he does not believe the setback suffered by RP Brandon Gomes (lat) is serious. Gomes is expected to work out this week.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers are close to a deal for Chicago Cubs RP Carlos Marmol, according to two sources. Marmol was designated for assignment by the Cubs June 25. He has a limited no-trade clause, and the Dodgers are one of six teams he can block a trade to. Marmol is owed more than $5 million on his $9.8 million deal for this year, and the Dodgers would be paying some of the remaining money he's owed. He went 2-4 with a 5.86 ERA in 31 relief outings for the Cubbies this year, striking out 32 and walking 21 in 27 2/3 frames.

RP | Ramon Ramirez | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Tampa Bay Rays signed free-agent RP Ramon Ramirez (Giants) and OF Evan Frey (Diamondbacks) to minor league deals Monday, July 1, and assigned them to Triple-A Durham. P Will Inman was released in a corresponding move.

RP | Chris Withrow | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled RP Chris Withrow from Triple-A Albuquerque Sunday, June 30, and designated RP Matt Guerrier for assignment in a corresponding move. Guerrier had a 4.80 ERA in 34 relief outings.

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