Roy Halladay nearing return, Matt Kemp's progress, and more

by KFFL Staff on August 13, 2013 @ 08:35:56 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau has been placed on revocable waivers.

1B | Yonder Alonso | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B Yonder Alonso entered play Monday, Aug. 12, hitting .315 over his past 89 at-bats. However, 26 of his 28 hits during the span went for singles.

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (knee) hasn't started swinging a bat, and the club is uncertain if he will play again this season. "I have no idea when or if he is going to be back this year," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "If he's 100 percent and doing baseball activities, it's possible. But there's no reason to rush him back." Howard has lost "15 to 20 pounds," too.

1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Lance Berkman (hip, knees) went 1-for-4 in his second rehab game Sunday, Aug. 11, and is 3-for-7 in two games for Triple-A Round Rock. "I feel OK," Berkman said. "All my physical ailments can be managed, and my swing feels pretty good. That's the main thing right now is to just get back in the batter's box and see some pitches and try to get back in a rhythm at the plate."

1B | Jose Abreu | free agent | Free Agents
Cuban 1B Jose Abreu has defected from Cuba in order to sign with a Major League team, according to reports. It's unknown where the 26-year-old has gone, but he'll need to establish residency in another country before being declared a free agent and getting cleared by the U.S. government. Abreu could receive a contract over $50 million based on his success in Cuba. He hit .453 with 33 home runs and 93 RBIs in just 66 games in 2011.

Second Baseman

2B | Omar Infante | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers activated 2B Omar Infante (ankle) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, Aug. 12, and optioned INF Hernan Perez to Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding move.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The New York Yankees and 2B Robinson Cano are far apart in contract extension talks.

2B | Chris Getz | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals activated 2B Chris Getz (knee) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, Aug. 12, and optioned INF Irving Falu and SP Will Smith to Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding move.


SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) might be sidelined a few more games. The team's medical staff did not clear him to play a full game Monday, Aug. 12, and the team is being very cautious with him. "He's got to be at a point where he's not going to hurt himself," manager Don Mattingly said. "We can't have him play one game if it's going to cost us a week. We've got to be smart." The team has a scheduled off day Thursday, Aug. 15, so the team might be inclined to keep him out until Friday, Aug. 16.

SS | Willie Bloomquist | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Willie Bloomquist (hand) has healed enough to where he can handle a bat, and he is eager to head out on a minor-league rehab assignment. "He's champing at the bit," manager Kirk Gibson said Monday, Aug. 12. "He wants to get going. He wants to start playing somewhere."

SS | Ruben Tejada | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said SS Omar Quintanilla remains the team's shortstop, and SS Ruben Tejada is unlikely to rejoin the team until rosters expand in September. "I get questions every day about when the other guy is coming back -- 'When's Ruben coming back?'" Collins said. "I've yet to see why Omar Quintanilla should lose his job. All he does is make plays like that night after night. You look at his batting average (.224) and it's not what he'd like it to be. But he's on base 33 percent of the time and he's done a really good job. We wouldn't be playing like we're playing without him." Tejada is hitting .257 since being sent down and is 4-for-52 since July 26.

SS | Adam Rosales | Texas Rangers | Transaction
The Texas Rangers claimed INF Adam Rosales off waivers from the Oakland Athletics Monday, Aug. 12. It's the second time he has been acquired by the Rangers from the Athletics in the last 10 days. He's expected to be used as a bench player.

Third Baseman

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas (calf) left the game Monday, Aug. 12, against the Miami Marlins due to tightness in his left calf.

3B | Eric Chavez | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
The expects Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Eric Chavez (hip, knee) to only expected to miss the minimum 15 days, returning when he is eligible Aug. 26. "We'll plan on 15 days and hope that's all it takes," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's getting better."

3B | Kris Bryant | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant, the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, is being promoted to Single-A Daytona. He was hitting .354 in the Northwest League and was on a 15-game hitting streak.

3B | Mark Reynolds | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians released 3B Mark Reynolds Monday, Aug. 12.

3B | Jeff Baker | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Jeff Baker started at first base for the third time in four games with a lefty on the hill Monday, Aug. 12, and he could start a platoon situation with 1B Mitch Moreland down the stretch. "I have to play Baker somewhere against left-handers," manager Ron Washington said. Baker is hitting .361 with a .444 on-base percentage and an .836 slugging percentage against southpaws this year. Moreland is batting .245 with two home runs, a .298 on-base percentage and a .409 slugging percentage.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a home run Sunday, Aug. 11, his first home run since Sept. 14, 2012. Rodriguez is now only 12 home runs shy of tying Willie Mays on the all-time list for big flies. Rodriguez currently sits at 648 career home runs. He also now has 1,951 career RBIs, passing Stan Musial for fifth place on that list. "It means I'm getting old. When you think about names like that, it's obviously so humbling," Rodriguez said. "It makes you think you've been around a long time, but those are things you can reflect on after you're done playing."


C | Nick Hundley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Nick Hundley might be leaving the team sometime this week, as his wife is expecting their first baby. She was actually due Sunday, Aug. 11. The team returns to San Diego Wednesday, Aug. 14.

C | Miguel Montero | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks C Miguel Montero (back) took batting practice and he participated in blocking drills Monday, Aug. 12. He continues to make progress, and might be ready for a minor-league rehab assignment soon. "We'll put a plan together and maybe towards the end of the week we can start catching in a little bit," manager Kirk Gibson said.

C | Kelly Shoppach | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed free-agent C Kelly Shoppach (Nationals) to a minor league deal Monday, Aug. 12, and assigned him to Triple-A Indianapolis.


OF | Kyle Blanks | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Kyle Blanks (Achilles') will not do anything through Wednesday, Aug. 14, other than hit and throw. The team wanted him to test his foot running, but the team opted to wait until it returns home Thursday, Aug. 15. "He's feeling better, but we've decided to wait until we get back home," manager Bud Black said Monday, Aug. 12. "The soreness is decreasing."

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (ankle) is slowly progressing from a sprained left ankle, but he still has a slight limp Monday, Aug. 12, while going through agility drills on the field at Dodger Stadium. "He's getting better. There are no worries about anything more than this thing taking a little bit of time," manager Don Mattingly said. "But we feel like we're getting there."

OF | Justin Upton | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Justin Upton (hamstring) and C Brian McCann (knee) both returned to the lineup Monday, Aug. 12. McCann's knee started bothering him last week, and he didn't want to push it. Upton left the game Sunday, Aug. 11, with a hamstring cramp.

OF | Cody Ross | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Cody Ross (hip) is expected to have surgery on his hip Tuesday, Aug. 13, according to manager Kirk Gibson. The team is hoping he'll be ready for spring training next year.

OF | Dayan Viciedo | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo (thumb) underwent an MRI exam on his thumb Monday, Aug. 12, and it came back negative. He's hoping to return in the next few days.

OF | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mark Trumbo is hitting sixth in the order Monday, Aug. 12, with a slash line of .237/.300/.455 after having just nine hits in his last 63 at-bats. "He's not going to be graded out on his batting average and his on-base percentage as much as what his power production is," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Like most hitters who have maybe a little more leverage in their swing, it's a double-edged sword. When he's off, he struggles. And it seems like once he finds that timing, he keeps it for a long time."

OF | Peter Bourjos | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Peter Bourjos (wrist) will play his fifth rehab game with Triple-A Salt Lake Monday, Aug. 12, and he could come off the disabled list Tuesday, Aug. 13, to face a left-handed pitcher. OF Mike Trout will move to left field on the days that Bourjos is in the lineup. OF J.B. Shuck could move to designated hitter.

OF | Laynce Nix | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Philadelphia Phillies released OF Laynce Nix Monday, Aug. 12.

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon is not playing Monday, Aug. 12, due to the birth of his child. He's expected to be back Tuesday, Aug. 13.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (illness) is out of the lineup again with an illness Monday, Aug. 12.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (wrist) and C Derek Norris (back) did not play Monday, Aug. 12.

OF | Colby Rasmus | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus (abdomen) tweaked something in his abs Monday, Aug. 12, and was not available to pinch hit. However, the team doesn't consider his injury serious.

OF | Andrew Lambo | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates plan to bring up OF Andrew Lambo Tuesday, Aug. 13.

OF | Wilkin Ramirez | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins activated OF Wilkin Ramirez (concussion) from the disabled list Monday, Aug. 12.

OF | Starling Marte | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (hand) didn't play Sunday, Aug. 11, because of a bruised left hand. He was hit by a pitch Saturday, Aug. 10.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Matt Harvey | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Matt Harvey is likely to be shut down when he reaches 200 innings.

SP | Scott Kazmir | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday, Aug. 12, that SP Scott Kazmir (arm) will start Sunday, Aug. 18, against the Oakland Athletics. He left his last start Friday, Aug. 16, due to a fatigued left arm. "I just did some rotator cuff and elbow exercises and my arm is feeling batter," Kazmir said.

SP | Ian Kennedy | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres are hopeful SP Ian Kennedy will be able to regain his 2011 form, when he won 21 games and finished fourth in the National League Cy Young voting as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Pitching coach Darren Baisley has watched video of both 2011, and the current season. "I've watched a lot of video (from this season), and it had been more thigh-high this year," Baisley said Monday, Aug. 12.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (forearm) said Monday, Aug. 12, that the injection he received to alleviate forearm tightness has helped. However, he said he doesn't know when he will be able to resume throwing.

SP | Trevor Cahill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Cahill (hip, shoulder) is expected to re-join the rotation this weekend against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He made a third minor-league rehab start Sunday, Aug. 11, and feels good. "We'll probably move him in there. Now we know he's strong, built up and going deeper," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's ready."

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran is a candidate to be rested down the stretch, as he's never thrown more than 168 innings in a season. He entered his start Monday, Aug. 12, with 137 innings. However, the team isn't going strictly on an innings count for Teheran.

SP | Tyler Skaggs | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed OF Cody Ross (hip) on the 15-day disabled list and optioned SP Zeke Spruill to Triple-A Reno Monday, Aug. 12. In corresponding moves, the team recalled Ps Chaz Roe and Tyler Skaggs from Reno.

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Houston Astros and struck out a career-high 15 hitters in a win Monday, Aug. 12. He's struck out 14 hitters on four separate occasions, and it was the 17th time he has had at least 10 K's. Darvish reached his 200th strikeout of the season in the game. Of his 15 strikeouts, 12 of them ended with his slider, and eight of them were of the swinging variety. Darvish walked only one in the game. In three starts against the Astros this year, Darvish had a perfect game broken up in the ninth inning with two outs. He is 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings against them.

SP | Scott Baker | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Scott Baker (elbow) threw a bullpen session Monday, Aug. 12, and will throw another one before starting a rehab assignment with Single-A Daytona.

SP | Jason Vargas | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jason Vargas (armpit) will come off the disabled list and start against the New York Yankees Tuesday, Aug. 13. It's unclear who will be bumped out of the rotation as a result.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay (shoulder) will begin his rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League Thursday, Aug. 15, and he might only need two rehab starts.

SP | J.A. Happ | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays will place SP J.A. Happ on the bereavement list Tuesday, Aug. 12, and recall P Todd Redmond from the minors in a corresponding move.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (shoulder) threw a side session Sunday, Aug. 11, and will throw again Tuesday, Aug. 13. "We'll get through Tuesday before we determine that," manager John Farrell said of sending Buchholz out on a rehab assignment.

SP | Hisashi Iwakuma | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (back) jammed his back during his outing Saturday, Aug. 10. "I talked to him a little bit. He said he was fine. He should be good to go," acting manager Robby Thompson said.

SP | Gerrit Cole | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole will have his next start pushed back to Friday, Aug. 16, against the Arizona Cardinals. The team has an off day Monday, Aug. 12, and they are trying to limit the rookie's innings.

SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Martin Perez allowed four hits, one run, two walks and struck out a career-high eight hitters in his first career complete game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 11. He also threw a season-high 115 pitches in the outing. He's 5-2 with a 3.30 ERA in 10 starts since being brought up from Triple-A Round Rock June 22.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Shawn Tolleson | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Shawn Tolleson (back) made his first minor-league rehab appearance Sunday, Aug. 11, with the Arizona Rookie League Dodgers team. He has been sidelined since April 25 due to a herniated disc in his lower back.

RP | Josh Lueke | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction,
The Tampa Bay Rays optioned RP Josh Lueke to Triple-A Durham Monday, Aug. 12.

RP | Rafael Betancourt | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies RP Rafael Betancourt (appendix) threw a 30-pitch simulated game Monday, Aug. 12, and will head to Triple-A Colorado Springs to continue his rehab Thursday, Aug. 15. He's hoping to rejoin the team Friday, Aug. 16.

RP | Koji Uehara | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara has a $4.25 million vesting option in his contract for next season that will vest if he makes one more appearance this year, according to a league source. Uehara is at 54 appearances this season. He has 12 saves and a 1.35 ERA with 74 strikeouts and just nine walks in 53 1/3 innings. He hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 18 outings.

RP | Wesley Wright | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction,
The Tampa Bay Rays claimed RP Wesley Wright off waivers from the Houston Astros Monday, Aug. 12.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz (elbow, triceps) had his throwing session canceled Saturday, Aug. 10, due to mild right arm triceps tendonitis. The move was only a precaution, and he's scheduled to play catch Sunday, Aug. 11, and then be re-evaluated.

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