Fantasy baseball players in the news
By KFFL Staff
1B | Russell Branyan | New York Yankees | Free Agents
New York Yankees 1B Russell Branyan was already considered a long shot to make the roster. However, if the team signs free-agent OF Raul Ibanez (Phillies) and gives him guaranteed money, it will be extremely tough for Branyan to make the roster.
1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Mark Trumbo (foot) has been doing light work during his recovery. He will continue to take batting practice, jog lightly and do some limited work at third base - fielding balls in his general vicinity and making throws across the diamond. The team signed 1B Albert Pujols during the offseason, and are hopeful 1B Kendrys Morales (ankle) can serve as designated hitter. That means Trumbo will try to learn third base, and he might even play outfield at some point down the road.
1B | Kendrys Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendrys Morales (ankle) has been cleared by doctors to start running outside, yet another step in a process the team hopes will eventually get him sprinting full speed around the bases. Unlike last season, he doesn't believe next-day swelling will keep him from progressing.
1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (Achilles') has been doing some light running and has been able to swing a bat and take ground ball at first base. He is expected to start hitting off a tee in the next few days. Manager Charlie Manuel said Howard is slightly ahead of schedule in his rehab.
1B | Jim Thome | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said 1B Jim Thome is expected to start one or two games a week at first base while 1B Ryan Howard (Achilles') is sidelined.
1B | Aubrey Huff | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday, Feb. 18, that 1B Aubrey Huff is first in line at first base and left field, but the manager said it is not just because of his contract. "Not the contract. I think you have to look at what Huff has accomplished, his track record and what he did in 2010 for us," Bochy said. "You've got a very highly though of player like (1B Brandon Belt), and of course (1B Brett Pill) has fought his way into the mix, too."
1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals have signed 1B Eric Hosmer, 3B Mike Moustakas, OF Lorenzo Cain and SP Luis Mendoza to one-year contracts. Hosmer will make $502,500, Moustakas will receive $487,250, Cain will get $480,850 and Mendoza will earn $488,925.
1B | Brett Wallace | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the team has signed OF Brian Bogusevic, C Jason Castro, INFs Chris D. Johnson and Brett Wallace and Ps Fernando Abad, Paul Clemens and Fernando Rodriguez to one-year contracts.
1B | Brad Hawpe | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers RP Mitch Stetter (hip) and 1B Brad Hawpe (elbow) will both be full-go during spring training. Hawpe is still trying to build up the strength in his arm.
2B | Luke Hughes | Minnesota Twins | Injury
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Twins 2B Luke Hughes (shoulder) likely won't resume swinging this week, but he might pick up a bat next week, according to general manager Terry Ryan.
2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee) was able to take batting practice and do light running Sunday, Feb. 19. Utley will not meet with reporters until next week, but manager Charlie Manuel said the second baseman feels fine. "He says right now he feels fine, he feels OK," Manuel said. "At the same time, our plans for him aren't to take him out there and let him take off and do a big strenuous workout. I think we have time to slowly let him go at his pace."
2B | Johnny Giavotella | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 2B Johnny Giavotella is manager Ned Yost's first choice to bat second in the team's lineup, but he'll need to beat out 2B Chris Getz for the position in spring training. "He fits the spot because he has the ability to take pitches, he drives the ball the other way and he's a guy that can hit," Yost said. "This kid has hit everywhere. And if it works out, he's the best candidate for it."
2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler (ankle) said Sunday, Feb. 19, that he is finally recovered from an ankle injury that has bothered him for almost two years. Kinsler credits a platelet-rich-plasma injection in his right ankle at the end of November. "Right away, after the soreness went away from the needle, I was 100 percent," Kinsler said. "End of pain. It helped everything." Kinsler is entering the last season of a five-year, $22 million contract, and the Rangers hold a $10 million option for 2013, with a $500,000 buyout.
2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (concussion) showed up at camp Saturday, Feb. 18. Manager Buck Showalter said Roberts had a good look on his face and seemed upbeat.
2B | Carlos Guillen | Seattle Mariners | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said INF Carlos Guillen would see time at first base and third base in spring training camp.
2B | Blake DeWitt | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Chicago Cubs INF Blake DeWitt has reportedly cleared waivers. The deadline for him to re-sign with the team as a non-roster invitee is Wednesday, Feb. 22.
2B | Skip Schumaker | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny seems to be leaning toward keeping an extra infielder over having three catchers on the roster. INFs Tyler Greene, Daniel Descalso and Skip Schumaker will battle for the second base job, and SS Alex Cora could also be a factor.
SS | Gustavo Nunez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed SS Gustavo Nunez (ankle) on the 60-day disabled list with a right ankle injury.
SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro is expected to be on time for spring training. The shortstop was under investigation by Chicago police on a sexual assault complaint. "We expect Starlin in camp to get ready for the season," president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Saturday, Feb. 18. "We do not expect it to be a distraction."
SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond remains confident that he can handle the leadoff duties this year. "I don't think there is anything I can't do. I'm not going to sell myself short," Desmond said. "I have to go out there, put good at-bats together and be that tough out; try to get on base for the guys behind me."
SS | Everth Cabrera | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres INFs Everth Cabrera, Logan Forsythe and Andrew Parrino are in the discussion for the team's backup infielder job this spring. The team plans to see if Forsythe can handle some time at shortstop this spring because he provides the better offensive upside.
3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera took part in an informal workout Saturday, Feb. 18. He is at the team's spring facility well in advance of the official reporting date for position players which is Thursday, Feb. 23. The team's first full-squad workout is set for Friday, Feb. 24.
3B | Mark Reynolds | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Mark Reynolds lost at least 20 pounds during the offseason. Manager Buck Showalter said he does not think the weight loss will hurt his power because he lost 10 to 15 pounds during last season and kept his power.
3B | Placido Polanco | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies plan on limiting 3B Placido Polanco's activity during spring training camp. "The last couple of years, he's had a hard time staying on the field," manager Charlie Manuel said. "It's definitely noticeable."
3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright (back) might benefit from the fact the fences at Citi Field are both shorter in distance from home plate and in height. Wright struggled with a back injury in 2011, and he was unable to muscle inside pitches in the air. He had just three "hard-hit" fly balls against inside pitches in 2011, and he hit the ball on the ground with greater frequency. From 2009-10, his groundball percentage was 37 percent, but in 2011 it was up to 46 percent.
3B | Eric Chavez | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
Updating a previous report, the New York Yankees plan to sign free-agents OF Raul Ibanez (Phillies) and 3B Eric Chavez (Yankees), according to an official with direct knowledge of the team's plans. The two veterans are expected to join the team once the trade of SP A.J. Burnett goes through with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ibanez is expected to play against righties, but will sit a lot against left-handed pitching. Chavez might see time as a designated hitter, but he will mostly serve as a backup infielder.
3B | Kyle Seager | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 3B Kyle Seager went into this offseason focused on working on his swing, with the team wanting more power and extra-base hits from him in 2012. "I got stronger to help me stay strong all season, not to hit the ball harder," Seager said. "I made a little adjustment at the plate, and I think that allows me to hit the ball harder. Last year, I was hitting the ball too far out front, and that didn't allow me to use my body."
C | Russell Martin | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees C Russell Martin ended last season at 218 pounds and now weighs 205. He said he's going to be smarter about playing through injuries this season.
C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer didn't catch his first bullpen session until March 12 last season, as he recovered from knee surgery. This season, he is 23 days ahead of that pace, catching a bullpen session Sunday, Feb. 19. "This is the best I've felt in a long time," Mauer said.
C | Jason Varitek | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent C Jason Varitek (Red Sox) is expected to decide soon whether to retire or accept the Boston Red Sox's minor league deal and report for spring training.
C | Ramon Cabrera | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Ramon Cabrera and RP Chris Resop were the only players who were required to be in camp that did not participate in practice Sunday, Feb. 19. Cabrera had missed a flight connection on his way to spring training camp and Resop was battling an illness.
C | Francisco Cervelli | New York Yankees | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Yankees C Austin Romine and C Francisco Cervelli will enter spring camp in a battle to back up C Russell Martin for the second job.
C | Ivan Rodriguez | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
Free-agent C Ivan Rodriguez (Nationals) remains unsigned, and he is looking to land somewhere as a regular, not a backup.
C | John Buck | Miami Marlins | Free Agents
The Miami Marlins have C John Buck as their starter, and C Brett Hayes as the backup, but they might be one injury away from having interest in free-agent C Ivan Rodriguez (Nationals).
C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday, Feb. 18, that C Buster Posey (leg) is not likely to see time at first base, at least early on during spring training. "Early on he'll concentrate on catching," Bochy said. "He may stand out there but it's not something where we'll be hitting ground balls at him. We've got a few other guys at first base."
C | Welington Castillo | Chicago Cubs | Free Agents
The Chicago Cubs considered free-agent C Jason Varitek (Red Sox) for their backup job, but have decided to let Cs Welington Castillo and Steve Clevenger battle it out for the backup duties to C Geovany Soto.
C | Max Stassi | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics minor league C Max Stassi (shoulder) has made a full recovery from shoulder surgery. He said he felt good after throwing to the bases three times.
C | Rene Garcia | Houston Astros | Fantasy
The Houston Astros have invited Cs Rene Garcia and Chris Wallace to major league spring training camp.
C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann said he won't be distracted by the fact no extension talks have starter, and the team might wait until the offseason to initiate any discussions. "I'm going to go out and play baseball and see what happens," McCann said. "I prepare every offseason like I do. Hopefully we have a productive season and go from there."
C | Jesus Montero | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Jesus Montero is impressing both with his bat and behind the plate so far in spring camp. He will likely see a few starts at catcher and a few at designated hitter each week in spring training.
OF | Raul Ibanez | New York Yankees | Transaction, Free Agents
The New York Yankees agreed with free-agent OF Raul Ibanez (Phillies) on the framework of a one-year, $1.1 million contract.
OF | Ichiro Suzuki | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki will not serve as the leadoff hitter for the team this season, as 3B Chone Figgins is expected to be tabbed for the role in the coming days by manager Eric Wedge.
OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday, Feb. 19, that he still sees OF Alex Gordon as his leadoff hitter, a spot he filled 89 times last season. "We'll see what develops," Yost said. "I like Gordy leading off. I like somebody with some pop in his bat coming up when the lineup comes back around. He was our best on-base guy last year, and he can do a lot of things - drive the ball out of the park, drive the gaps, .300 hitter, takes his walks, works the pitcher. He does everything you want a leadoff guy to do."
OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) is already at the team's spring training facility in Arizona working out.
OF | Exicardo Cayones | New York Yankees | Transaction
The deal between the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates for SP A.J. Burnett has been made official as of Sunday, Feb. 19. The players headed to New York, OF Exicardo Cayones and P Diego Moreno, will be in the team's minor-league spring training camp.
OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson has already arrived at the team's spring training facility ahead of the official reporting date for position players of Thursday, Feb. 23.
OF | Scott Cousins | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Scott Cousins has changed his uniform number from No. 33 to No. 6, to honor former MLB 1B J.T. Snow, who was his favorite player growing up. OF Aaron Rowand will wear No. 33.
OF | Andruw Jones | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Andruw Jones (knee) is scheduled to arrive early to spring training camp. He underwent surgery on his left knee during the offseason to correct a small tear, after playing with the injury through the entire 2011 season.
OF | Mike Cameron | Retired Players | Transaction, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Mike Cameron has announced his retirement.
OF | Ben Revere | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Ben Revere (knee) had minor knee surgery in early October, and he is expected to be healthy and full speed heading into spring training.
OF | Jorge Soler | free agent | Free Agents
The Chicago White Sox might spend heavily to outbid the city rival Chicago Cubs for the services of Cuban OF Jorge Soler.
OF | Melky Cabrera | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday, Feb. 18, that OF Melky Cabrera is still an option to play center field. "Yah, sure he's an option, because he's played out there," Bochy said. "I'll sit down with (Cabrera and OF Angel Pagan), but Cabrera will probably play some center field, too. You like to have two center fielders on the club, it gives you some depth."
OF | Mike Wilson | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Seattle Mariners OF Mike Wilson has accepted his assignment to Triple-A Tacoma. He returned to spring training camp Saturday, Feb. 18.
OF | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig (knee) could resume throwing as early as next week.
OF | Andres Torres | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Andres Torres is expected to start the season in center field, but he batted just .221 last season with the San Francisco Giants and might be on a short leash. If he struggles this season, one of the two center-fielder prospects, OF Matt den Dekker or Kirk Nieuwenhuis, might get a shot to close the season as a regular.
OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun, who is still waiting to hear on his appeal of a 50-game suspension, will be able to fully work out with the team in spring training even if his appeal is rejected.
OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (hernia), who had surgery on his hernia in November, is fully cleared to perform baseball activities this spring.
OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez reported to camp this year after adding 25 pounds to his frame, and he feels back to normal after suffering through stomach issues most of last year. "I feel like I'm back to me, back to the Franklin Gutierrez of '09," he said. "I feel great. I'm ready to play." Gutierrez ate smaller amounts of food six to seven times a day in the offseason to deal with his irritable bowel syndrome. He's above 200 pounds this spring after dipping down to 175 pounds last year. He said he noticed that he has more pop in his bat this year now that he has his strength back.
OF | Josh Kroeger | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox signed free-agent OF Josh Kroeger (Marlins) to a minor league deal Thursday, Feb. 16.
SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson (back) will be out until at least May following back surgery. The battle for his vacant spot in the rotation is wide open.
SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said SP Stephen Strasburg won't be skipped in the rotation to extend his season. Once he reaches his innings limit, he'll be shut down for the season.
SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets RP Jenrry Mejia (elbow) could throw off a mound for the first time since Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Feb. 21.
SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia said he dropped 10-15 pounds this winter and is down to 290 pounds. He acknowledged he gained weight last season in which he struggled in the second half. Sabathia vowed to monitor his weight better in the future.
SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter, manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Derek Lilliquist confirmed ongoing discussions about Carpenter skipping one or even two exhibition starts as he readies for a projected Opening Day start against the Miami Marlins. "It's something we've been discussing for awhile," Matheny said before a morning meeting with his coaching staff. "Chris has been involved in the process and whatever decision is made will certainly include his input. It's accurate to say things will take final shape as we move along."
SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano (shoulder) threw off a mound to C Rene Rivera Sunday, Feb. 19, and said his left shoulder isn't a concern like last season. "Nothing is bothering me right now," Liriano said. "Everything feels fine. So I feel a lot better than last year." Liriano pitched in the Dominican Republic for Leones del Escogido during winter ball.
SP | Jason Marquis | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Jason Marquis threw 48 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday, Feb. 19, with C Joe Mauer at the receiving end. "He's a guy who knows his routine, a guy who has been around," Mauer said. "He'll figure it out. He's figured it out before. It's just good to talk with him after and seeing what he likes to do and know what he likes doing. I got the most out of that. It's good to see how his ball moves and how he likes to throw."
SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (elbow) threw his first bullpen session Sunday, Feb. 19. He threw 33 pitches. "I certainly feel good," Wainwright said. "I'm a very positive thinker. It's the only way I roll. Guys are coming back (from Tommy John surgery) in 10 months sometime, so there's no reason to think 12 months is too soon." Wainwright has been throwing off the mound for a little more than five weeks already, and he has thrown a bullpen session every third day since Jan. 12. He has not had a single setback.
SP | Kevin Slowey | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SPs Jeanmar Gomez, David Huff, Zach McAllister and Kevin Slowey are the leading candidates for the fifth starter job, and they will likely be joined by veteran free-agent SP Jon Garland (Dodgers) once he and the club finalize a deal.
SP | Ryan Dempster | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Ryan Dempster threw a bullpen session at the team's spring training facility in Arizona Sunday, Feb. 19.
SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs plan to stretch out RP Jeff Samardzija during spring training. "He might wow us - you never know," manager Dale Sveum said. "That's a power arm, power body, obviously built to start."
SP | A.J. Burnett | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy,
The deal between the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates for SP A.J. Burnett was made official Sunday, Feb. 19. Burnett passed his physical, and Major League Baseball approved the financials.
SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander is already in Florida, set for the day pitchers and catchers are set to report Monday, Feb. 20. However, he posted on his official Twitter account that he was squeezing in one more round of golf with teammates. "Excited for (spring training) to start tomorrow but it's my last day off for a while," Verlander tweeted. "Gotta enjoy it. Headed to the course with some teammates."
SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer dedicated the entire offseason re-learning a pitch he has struggled to command since he came out of college, the two-seam fastball. "I've just never had control over it or a feel for where it would end up," Scherzer said. "I knew I needed to dedicate a whole offseason and just throw it every single day. If I can hit you in the chest, I'm getting a feel for it." Scherzer possesses an electric fastball, slider and changeup. He said the goal is to throw two-seamers inside to right-handed hitters in an effort to jam batters and induce ground balls.
SP | Joe Blanton | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Joe Blanton (elbow) said he is feeling good and has not had any restrictions on his throwing. He said he threw a lot during the offseason and did not have any problems and is very optimistic he will be able to stay healthy this season.
SP | Scott Kazmir | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox do not appear to be interested in signing free-agent starting pitchers who are coming off of major injuries, such as Scott Kazmir (Angels) and Brandon Webb (Rangers).
SP | Brad Lincoln | Pittsburgh Pirates | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said the organization still views SP Brad Lincoln as a starter, although it would probably take an injury to a member of the current rotation before he gets an opportunity. "If there's an injury (to a starter) in spring training, we have complete confidence Brad is ready to step in," Huntington said. "Our goal for Brad right now is to compete to make this club (as a starter). If that doesn't happen, then we begin to address what happens next. Is it in the rotation or the bullpen? We still like Brad Lincoln as a starting pitcher, whether it's this year or next year."
SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito has made an adjustment to his pitching delivery. He is more crouched than he was previously.
SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong (back) is expected to miss seven to 10 days of normal spring training activity because of a strained back. He suffered the injury Feb. 7, while doing weightlifting at home. In the meantime, Vogelsong will continue to work out in the training room, with an emphasis on core and arm strength.
SP | Kyle Kendrick | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have signed RP Kyle Kendrick to a two-year contract worth $7.5 million. The deal replaces the one-year, $3.585 million contract he signed earlier in the offseason. Kendrick will have one remaining arbitration year in 2014.
SP | Andy Pettitte | Retired Players | Fantasy
The New York Yankees have extended an invitation to now-retired SP Andy Pettitte to serve as a spring training instructor. "He is invited to stop in and join us at any time, I offered that,'' general manager Brian Cashman said. "If he can, he will, depending on his schedule so we will see. If he does, it won't be more than a few days.''
SP | Blake Beavan | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Intense winter workouts have helped Seattle Mariners SP Blake Beavan to shed some weight. Beavan, who weighed 256 pounds, prefers to be closer to 235-240 as spring camp begins. Beavan knew he had to get winter workouts in before camp started. "You can train hard three months a year and that's got to last you," he said. "It isn't like those guys who can go 12 months a year and stay ripped."
SP | Scott Baker | Minnesota Twins | Injury
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Baker (elbow), P Hudson Boyd, SP David Bromberg, RP Jason Bulger, RP Alex Burnett, RP Jared Burton (shoulder), C Drew Butera, P Scott Diamond, P Liam Hendriks, C Chris Herrmann, C Danny Lehmann, RP Jeff Manship (shoulder), SP Anthony Swarzak and C J.R. Towles are participated in bullpen sessions on the side fields at the team's spring training facility Friday, Feb. 17.
SP | Nick Blackburn | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Nick Blackburn (forearm) has already thrown a couple of bullpen sessions at the team's spring training facility. He is making his way back after having surgery in September to relieve discomfort from Radial Tunnel Syndrome that caused a decompression of the radial nerve.
SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman is already at the team's spring training facility. "It's good to be here," Tillman said. "I've been here for a couple days, getting myself ready, getting used to the humidity. It's been fun."
SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain is selling his home in the Diamond Heights section of San Francisco, but don't look into that too much. He plans to live in another part of the city this year, and there remains plenty of mutual interest and ongoing dialogue to secure a long-term contract extension. "We'd all like something resolved by the end of spring training," Cain said Saturday, Feb. 18. "I don't think either side wants that to linger into the season."
SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton (shoulder) threw 60 pitches Saturday, Feb. 18, and said things went well. He is scheduled to throw again Monday, Feb. 20, Tuesday, Feb. 21, Thursday, Feb. 23, and Friday, Feb. 24.
SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (elbow) will throw off a mound for the first time Monday, Feb. 20. He has lost 25 pounds and has reached his target weight of 225 pounds.
SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Johan Santana (shoulder) is not expected to see a major workload in 2012. According to members of the organization, if he reaches 100-125 innings this season, "that would be a bonus."
SP | Mike Minor | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson (back) might miss several weeks or more to start the regular season, as he recovers from back surgery. SP Mike Minor and pitching prospects SPs Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran might be three pitchers fighting for two spots in the rotation. The third pitcher not used as a starter might work out of the bullpen.
SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals pitchers and catchers aren't required to report until Sunday, Feb. 19, but SP Kyle Lohse already got a bullpen session in Friday, Feb. 17.
SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter and Jake Westbrook are already at the team's spring training facility in Florida working out, and they were seen throwing long toss Friday, Feb. 17.
SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova is dedicated to working on perfecting his changeup this spring as he tries to avoid a slow start to the year. "It wasn't too good last year," Nova said. "I've got to make it better." Nova is expected to be the team's No. 2 starter to begin the season.
SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda wants to drop 10 pounds by the end of spring training this year. He threw his first bullpen session in camp Friday, Feb. 17.
SP | Roy Oswalt | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers would only sign free-agent SP Roy Oswalt (Phillies) if he's willing to take a relief role and serve as rotation insurance. Texas prefers not to push SP Matt Harrison out of the rotation.
SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza said he is reporting to spring training in the best shape he's been in this year. He also worked on becoming a better hitter this offseason. "I learned a lot from the second half, and I remember what that feeling is like and I want to get out here and duplicate it," Garza said. "Right now, my body is better than when I've come in before. I'm in better shape, things are stronger. It's just been a great offseason."
SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton (hip) is on schedule in his rehab from hip surgery, but he could still miss the start of the regular season. SP Jeff Karstens could be moved to the bullpen after the acquisition of SP A.J. Burnett.
SP | C.J. Wilson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP C.J. Wilson admitted that during the Texas Rangers' playoff run last season that he was "a little fatigued." He threw a career-high 223 1/3 innings in the regular season in 2011. He also mentioned he was dealing with personal issues in the postseason.
SP | Tim Wakefield | Retired Players | Transaction, Free Agents
Free-agent SP Tim Wakefield (Red Sox) is expected to announce his retirement Friday, Feb. 17.
RP | Mark Rogers | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers RP Mark Rogers (wrists) had double carpal tunnel surgery on his wrists and says he is ready to pitch this spring.
RP | Neal Cotts | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Texas Rangers signed free-agent RP Neal Cotts (Yankees) to a minor league deal and invited him to camp as a non-roster invitee.
RP | Peter Moylan | Atlanta Braves | Injury,
Atlanta Braves RP Peter Moylan (shoulder) did not offer an exact timetable Sunday, Feb. 19, on when he will return, but he indicated it might be some time after mid-May.
RP | Joel Zumaya | Minnesota Twins | Injury,
Minnesota Twins RP Joel Zumaya (elbow) was excited to get back on the mound Sunday, Feb. 19, and he threw 40 pitches. "I didn't realize I was going to throw a bullpen today, especially at 40 pitches, too," Zumaya said. "That was exciting. I'm happy to be back in an organization and doing what I love."
RP | Cole Kimball | Washington Nationals | Injury,
Washington Nationals RP Cole Kimball (shoulder) has increased his workload to throwing from 100 feet, as he makes his way back from rotator cuff surgery in June. He had been playing catch at the team's facility in Florida since Jan. 10. "It feels normal," Kimball said Sunday, Feb. 19. "Everything is identical, and that's what's encouraging. A lot of guys change their delivery and change their arm action. It's the same thing, so I'm excited."
RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez is already at the team's spring training complex in Arizona working out, reporting one day before pitchers and catchers are officially expected.
RP | Francisco Rodriguez | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers RP Francisco Rodriguez (personal) will be a few days late arriving to camp this week due to a family issue.
RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs RP Carlos Marmol said he lost 15 pounds by taking part in the conditioning program this offseason.
RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (elbow) said he hopes to be ready to pitch by the second week of spring training games. He said he elbow feels good and hopes the time he let it heal with help.
RP | Brian Fuentes | Oakland Athletics | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said that RPs Grant Balfour and Brian Fuentes are "obvious" candidates to fill the closer's role but RPs Fautino De Los Santos and Joey Devine are also in the mix.
RP | Jose Contreras | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jose Contreras (elbow) is expected to throw off a mound for the first time Tuesday, Feb. 21. Pitching coach Rich Dubee said he has looked healthy so far, although his status will remain unknown until he has proved he can pitch regularly.
RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Alfredo Aceves, who is traveling from Mexico, is the only pitcher on the team who has not yet reported to spring training camp.
RP | Chad Qualls | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies RP Chad Qualls (personal) was not present at spring training camp Sunday, Feb. 19, because of personal reasons.
RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said RP Jim Johnson (back, patella) is dealing with "some patella stuff and lower back things." The injury is not considered to be serious. Johnson is scheduled to throw on flat ground Sunday, Feb. 19, and will later throw off a half-mound as he finishes a trunk stabilization program.
RP | Scott Linebrink | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals RP Scott Linebrink said he received offers from the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants but chose St. Louis because it was the best fit for him. Most offers he received in free agency were minor league deals.
RP | Craig Kimbrel | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Last season, Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel showed up to camp already in game-shape and midseason form. This season, he'll ease into things, and that is by design. However, by the time September rolled around, Kimbrel struggled mightily, posting a 7.36 ERA with a .259 opponents' average with seven walks and three blown saves in eight appearances after Sept. 8. The team will try to balance out his workload so he doesn't do too much, too soon.
RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RP Jonny Venters will ease into spring training this season, not entering camp in midseason form by design. Last season, he arrived at camp already in game-shape when spring training began, putting in bullpen session before the team's early pitching camp last February. He also made 13 appearances in spring training, and then appeared 51 times before the All-Star break. However, by the time September rolled around, Venters struggled, perhaps due to the workload. He had a 5.64 ERA with the opposition hitting .278 against him over his final 15 appearances.
RP | Jamey Wright | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury,
The Los Angeles Dodgers recently signed RP Jamey Wright, and he might have a spot in the team's bullpen thanks to the elbow surgery of RP Blake Hawksworth (elbow). "He's a veteran presence who has been through a lot of situations and can handle anything," Mattingly said. RP Josh Lindblom might be Wright's biggest competition.
RP | Javy Guerra | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is confident in his team's bullpen heading into spring training. "We don't have an established closer in (RP Jonathan Broxton), but he was coming off a rough year," Mattingly said. "We have a combination of guys. (RP Javy Guerra) didn't do anything wrong after taking over for Brox. We've got (RP Kenley Jansen) knocking on the door. And we've got (RP Mike MacDougal) back, a veteran who has closed before, to go with the two young guys."
RP | Koji Uehara | Texas Rangers | Transaction,
The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics are talking about a deal which will land RP Koji Uehara in the Bay Area, although it is unlikely to happen Friday, Feb. 17. One other team is believed to be talking to the Texas Rangers about a potential deal, so perhaps a trade will come over the weekend.
RP | Tim Collins | Kansas City Royals | Transaction,
The Kansas City Royals re-signed RP Tim Collins to a one-year deal Friday, Feb. 17. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain (elbow) is upbeat as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery last year. He will throw 35 pitches from a half mound three times next week in his rehab.
RP | Mike Gonzalez | free agent | Free Agents,
The Oakland Athletics are close to working out a trade for Texas Rangers RP Koji Uehara. The A's are also looking to sign free-agent RP Mike Gonzalez (Rangers).
RP | Mike Adams | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Mike Adams (hernia), who underwent hernia surgery Jan. 3, is on schedule and is currently playing long toss.
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