Fantasy baseball players in the news
By KFFL Staff
1B | Jesus Guzman | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF/1B Jesus Guzman (tooth) was out of the starting lineup for a third consecutive game Thursday, April 26, after he had two teeth removed on April 23. He had a pinch-hit single in the April 25 game.
1B | Nick Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Nick Johnson was hitless in three at-bats Thursday, April 26, against the Toronto Blue Jays, and he is now 0-for-26 to start his career with the Orioles. That breaks Ron Hansen's franchise record for the longest hitless streak by a position player to start his career with the team.
1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols ended a career-worst 21 at-bat hitless streak with a weak single up the middle, and then he was throw out attempting to stretch the single into a double, Thursday, April 26, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Pujols has failed to connect for a home run in 19 games, and 76 at-bats, and he has no homers in 105 at-bats dating back to Sept. 22, 2011, to tie his career-long homerless drought.
1B | Brad Eldred | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers will use 1B Brad Eldred in the lineup as their primary designated hitter. "I'm going to run him in there," manager Jim Leyland said Thursday, April 26. "He's been one of the hottest hitters in baseball, in the minor leagues. I'm DH-ing him and I'm going to put him in that spot. How long depends on how he does." Eldred batted .388 with 13 homers and 35 RBIs in just 20 games for Triple-A Toledo, and five of those homers and 10 RBIs came in the past three games.
1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Mark Trumbo homered and drove in two runs in a losing effort Thursday, April 26. He has three home runs on the season.
1B | Brandon Allen | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 1B Brandon Allen won the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Thursday, April 26, with a walk-off, pinch-hit two-run jack in the bottom of the ninth inning.
1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak clubbed a three-run homer, his third of the year, and C Miguel Olivo added a shot in a winning effort Thursday, April 26. Smoak broke out of an 0-for-16 slump with the blast. Olivo's homer was his first since September of last year.
1B | Gaby Sanchez | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins 1B Gaby Sanchez went 1-for-3 with his first home run of the season in a loss Thursday, April 26.
1B | Casey Kotchman | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 1B Casey Kotchman, who is stuck in an 0-for-22 slump, had the day off Thursday, April 26. He's hitting just .140 with two home runs and four RBIs.
1B | Chris Parmelee | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Chris Parmelee (head) was evaluated by trainers Thursday, April 26, and he is listed as day-to-day.
1B | Aubrey Huff | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Aubrey Huff (anxiety) has been criticized for his bad season in 2011 and so far this year, and he made a key mistake at second base in a game over the weekend that led to a loss. Huff is also going through a divorce. "These players, they deal with pressures of life, whether it's home, personal or on the ball field," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm sure it was there when we played. Guys probably weren't as comfortable about it and weren't as likely to talk about it openly."
2B | Orlando Hudson | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Orlando Hudson extended his hitting streak to nine games Thursday, April 26. Hudson, hitting .097 before the streak, has raised his average to .206.
2B | Omar Infante | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins IF Omar Infante thinks he knows part of the reason why he has been on a home run binge. Infante is no longer wearing a thumb guard on his right hand, something he believes might have inhibited his swing in the past. Infante hit his team-leading fifth home run Wednesday, April 25; entering this season, Infante had hit just one home run in April in 392 at-bats.
2B | Ryan Flaherty | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Ryan Flaherty made another start Thursday, April 26, against the Toronto Blue Jays. He picked up his first two career hits, and his first career RBI.
2B | Robert Andino | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Robert Andino (personal) might return from the paternity list Friday, April 27.
2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners skipper Eric Wedge mentioned that 3B Chone Figgins needs to start picking it up soon. "I don't know where they're coming from," Wedge said against Figgins' strikeouts. "We're still giving Figgins an opportunity, but he has to do it - simple as that," Wedge said. "I mean, if he does, we'll keep him in there. If not, we'll make a change." 2B Dustin Ackley is likely the backup plan at leadoff if Figgins continues to struggle. The team is likely to cut C Miguel Olivo, who is also struggling at the plate, more slack so they can have another veteran presence other than OF Ichiro Suzuki. The M's aren't ready to give C Jesus Montero the everyday catching role, either.
SS | Jose Reyes | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, the Miami Marlins' top three hitters, SS Jose Reyes, 2B Emilio Bonifacio and 3B Hanley Ramirez, combined to go 4-for-57 on their current road trip, capped by a 0-for-12 effort Thursday, April 26.
SS | Yunel Escobar | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar, who has played in every game so far this season, is scheduled to get his first day off Saturday, April 28, against the Seattle Mariners. SS Omar Vizquel is expected to make his first start of the season at shortstop in his stead.
3B | Brandon Inge | free agent | Free Agents
The Oakland Athletics are expected to have some interest in free-agent 2B/3B Brandon Inge (Tigers).
3B | Kevin Youkilis | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis had three hits, including a grand slam, in a 10-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, April 26. "I'm having better at-bats and doing little things here and there," Youkilis said. "I look at it as a long season, and you're going to go through stuff. Hopefully the bad at-bats are a thing of the past."
3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) felt the same while trying to swing Thursday, April 26, and he remains out of the lineup. He will likely receive a cortisone shot in Los Angeles, and it's looking more likely that he'll require a stint on the disabled list.
3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera slugged his sixth home run of the season in a losing effort Thursday, April 26. He went 1-for-4 with a run and two RBIs in the game.
3B | Chone Figgins | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 3B Chone Figgins went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in a victory Thursday, April 26. He raised his average to .236 with the three-hit effort.
3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval went 1-for-5 Thursday, April 26, to extend his season-opening hitting streak to 19 games, which is a new franchise record.
3B | Alex Liddi | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 3B Alex Liddi has earned more playing time for the team, according to manager Eric Wedge. "He works as hard as anybody we have. if you watch the way he works out there," Wedge said. "And he's hungry to get in the lineup and he's earning that." Liddi went 2-for-5 with two RBIs Wednesday, April 25, and is hitting .368 (7-for-19) in six games this season.
C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
After opening the season with only two hits in his first nine games, Boston Red Sox C Jarrod Saltalamacchia is since batting .476 (10-for-21) with two doubles and three home runs.
OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) took grounders in the outfield Thursday, April 26, but he's still a week away from beginning a rehab assignment.
OF | Michael Taylor | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Michael Taylor traveled with the team to Baltimore in case OF Coco Crisp (ear) has to go on the disabled list.
OF | John Mayberry Jr. | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF John Mayberry Jr. has been on the bench more as of late as he has fallen into a slump. Only one player in the majors has more at-bats than Mayberry's 45 without drawing a walk (Milwaukee Brewers OF Nyjer Morgan). Only three players entering Thursday, April 26, had struck out more times than Mayberry in 45 or fewer at-bats. His 14 strikeouts account for 31 percent of his at-bats. When he's put the ball in play, 25 percent of the time it is a pop up on the infield.
OF | Mark Kotsay | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Mark Kotsay, who was making a pinch-hit appearance Thursday, April 26, against the Washington Nationals, hit a double off of Nationals RP Tyler Clippard that resulted in a 2-1 victory.
OF | Eric Young Jr. | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Eric Young Jr. has stolen three bases in three attempts and scored five runs in 15 plate appearances.
OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox expect OF Carl Crawford (elbow, wrist) back in action before the All-Star break, according to a team source. A return in June is not out of the question.
OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold (neck) was back in the starting lineup Thursday, April 26, after a four-game absence due to neck spasms. He singled in the fifth inning to push his hitting streak to 11 games.
OF | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig (knee) served as the designated hitter in a minor league rehab game with Triple-A Memphis Thursday, April 26. Craig had two hits, and one was an infield hit, which is a good sign of his progress.
OF | Travis Snider | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Travis Snider (wrist) was removed a game Thursday, April 26, with Triple-A Las Vegas after suffering a jammed right wrist diving for a ball. Snider will be re-evaluated Friday, April 27.
OF | Johnny Damon | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Johnny Damon had a double in four at-bats, and he also drew a walk, in an extended spring game Thursday, April 26, in Arizona. Damon played the entire game in the outfield.
OF | Andy Dirks | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks (hamstring) returned to the lineup Thursday, April 26, after missing eight games with tightness in his left hamstring. Dirks went 1-for-4 in the game.
OF | Kirk Nieuwenhuis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to help defeat the Miami Marlins Thursday, April 26. The team was 0-for-16 with two walks with the bases loaded before his hit. He went 3-for-5 with a run scored and a strikeout.
OF | Jay Bruce | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce and 3B Scott Rolen both hit home runs in a losing effort Thursday, April 26. Rolen has two home runs on the season with both coming in the last two days. Bruce now has four homers on the year, and he went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.
OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan hit the game-winning three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Cincinnati Reds Thursday, April 26. It also ended the team's losing streak in Cincinnati at seven games. Pagan extended his hitting streak to 11 games, and he's 16-for-52 over that time.
OF | Shelley Duncan | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Shelley Duncan went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts in a losing effort Thursday, April 26.
OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon had two hits and a walk in a winning effort Thursday, April 26. After his three hits Wednesday, April 25, he's raised his average to .213 in the last two games.
OF | Adam Loewen | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets OF Adam Loewen (foot) is on the disabled list with Triple-A Buffalo with a stress fracture in his right foot.
OF | Jay Gibbons | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers re-signed OF Jay Gibbons Thursday, April 26, after releasing him at the end of spring training. He is being assigned to Double-A Huntsville.
OF | Lorenzo Cain | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (hip) will likely be out another month with a strained left hip flexor.
OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta said OF Shin-Soo Choo's (hamstring) injury won't affect the timetable for OF Johnny Damon, who is still expected to join the team sometime in May.
SP | Kyle Weiland | Houston Astros | Injury, Transaction
The Houston Astros placed SS Marwin Gonzalez on the paternity list and placed SP Kyle Weiland (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list. P Fernando Abad and SS Brian Bixler were recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
SP | Edinson Volquez | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Edinson Volquez threw 20 curveballs in his start Thursday, April 26, and Washington Nationals hitters didn't swing at any of them.
SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
With a 1.49 ERA on the team's recent road trip, the St. Louis Cardinals starting pitchers have six consecutive quality starts and nine in the past 10 games. Since 1918, only four Cardinals pitchers have opened the year with a four-start streak of at least five innings and no more than one earned run. Dizzy Dean did it in 1937. Mort Cooper did in 1943. SP Kyle Lohse and SP Lance Lynn both have done so this month. The Cardinals' pitching is off to its stingiest start since 1981.
SP | Edwin Jackson | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Edwin Jackson allowed six hits in 6 2/3 shutout innings but did not get the decision Thursday, April 26, against the San Diego Padres. He struck out six and walked three. Nationals pitchers have eight scoreless starts in 19 games this season.
SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz, attempting to snap a career-high 12-game losing streak, yielded two runs — none earned — and four hits. He walked two and struck out three Thursday, April 26, in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays but did not get the decision.
SP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Felix Doubront picked up his first big league win since Aug. 10, 2010, with a 10-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, April 26. He allowed five hits and three walks, threw a wild pitch and hit a batter with a pitch, but limited the White Sox to three runs in six innings.
SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver will get the start Friday, April 27, against the Cleveland Indians. Weaver is 12-0 with a 1.84 ERA in 14 starts before May 1 since 2010. He'll be opposed by the struggling SP Justin Masterson, who is 0-2 with a 6.65 ERA through four starts.
SP | Philip Humber | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Philip Humber allowed nine earned runs, eight hits and three walks over five innings Thursday, April 26, against the Boston Red Sox. He also struck out five batters in the 115-pitch outing. His nine runs allowed are the most in major league history after a perfect game. Hall of Famer SP Jim 'Catfish' Hunter allowed eight runs after his perfect game in 1968.
SP | Joel Pineiro | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Joel Pineiro threw a five-inning simulated game Thursday, April 26, at the team's minor-league complex. He is headed to Triple-A Norfolk, and will be available to start in five days.
SP | Chris Schwinden | New York Mets | Fantasy,
The New York Mets will recall SP Chris Schwinden from Triple-A Buffalo to start Friday, April 27, against the Colorado Rockies.
SP | Micah Owings | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres placed RP Micah Owings (forearm) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, April 26, due to a strained right forearm. The team purchased the contract of RP Dale Thayer from Triple-A Tucson, and moved SP Dustin Moseley (shoulder) from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list to clear a spot for Thayer on the 40-man roster.
SP | Dustin McGowan | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Dustin McGowan (shoulder) was sent to visit renowned Dr. James Andrews Wednesday, April 25, and structural damage was ruled out. It is just inflammation, but it is considered another serious blow.
SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) will receive a second opinion on his left elbow Sunday, April 29, and there is the possibility that he will need Tommy John surgery.
SP | Mike Pelfrey | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Mike Pelfrey (elbow) will visit with Dr. James Andrews Friday, April 27, but he is "99 percent" sure he'll need to undergo Tommy John surgery to fix a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
Former SP Curt Schilling, who suffered a torn anterior labrum in his right shoulder, said New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) could be back in less than a year and be even better than before. "He can be back better than he has ever been in 10 months," said Schilling. "Maybe less, because he is younger. It is going to be 100 percent on him." Dr. Craig D. Morgan thinks Pineda could be pitching in six to eight months, but a lot will have to do with his work ethic in his rehab.
SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz basically abandoned his changeup in his last outing against the Minnesota Twins after the pitch had been devastating for him in spring training. He only threw around five changeups out of his 107 pitches. Buchholz has given up at least five earned runs in each of his four starts this year. "My changeup has always been a pitch I've been able to throw 2-0, 2-1, 3-1, and I don't have that confidence in it right now to go out there and throw it like I have in the past," Buchholz said. "That's what I've been working on the past couple of weeks — trying to get a feel for it and, hopefully, being able to have that pitch in the bag where you can be behind in the count and throw it."
SP | Brett Cecil | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brett Cecil (groin) will miss at least his next three start with Double-A New Hampshire.
SP | Jerome Williams | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jerome Williams gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings in a no-decision against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, April 26. Williams walked three and fanned six in the outing.
SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello gave up five runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings to lose to the Seattle Mariners Thursday, April 26. He walked two and struck out three while allowing two homers.
SP | Ricky Nolasco | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco gave up just one run and five hits in seven innings in a no-decision against the New York Mets Thursday, April 26. He allowed one walk and struck out five in the outing.
SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese allowed two runs and four hits while walking none and striking out six in seven innings in a no-decision against the Miami Marlins Thursday, April 26.
SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton (shoulder) will throw his first bullpen session Friday, April 27. He hasn't had any problems during his long toss program after he received two platelet-rich plasma injections last month.
SP | Doug Fister | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Doug Fister (side) threw a bullpen session Thursday, April 26, but there is still no timetable for his return.
SP | Bronson Arroyo | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Bronson Arroyo reached his 10 years of service time during his start Wednesday, April 25, becoming a "10-5 player." He now has full no-trade rights.
SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said SP Andy Pettitte may make three more minor league starts, which would put him in the majors around the middle of May. The injury to SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) will have no affect on Pettitte's timetable. He will need to reach the 100-pitch mark before the team considers calling him up.
SP | John Lannan | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP John Lannan is 1-2 with a 6.53 ERA in four starts with Triple-A Syracuse this year.
RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday, April 26, that RP Jim Johnson (illness) might be released from the hospital as soon as Friday, April 27, morning. However, Showalter wouldn't commit to when Johnson will return to his closer duties.
RP | Rich Hill | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox are expected to recall RP Rich Hill (elbow) from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket Friday, April 27.
RP | Luis Ayala | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Balitmore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said RP Luis Ayala (teeth) will have a wisdom tooth removed on the team's next off day. Manager Buck Showalter said Thursday, April 26, that it is not an issue now.
RP | Jesse Crain | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox RP Jesse Crain (oblique) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session Thursday, April 26. It appears he might be a few days away from returning.
RP | Pedro Strop | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Pedro Strop is not expected to be available Thursday, April 26, after saving the past two games, and working two innings Sunday, April 22.
RP | Jordan Walden | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Jordan Walden blew his first save of the season and was hit with the loss versus the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, April 26. He gave up two hits and two earned runs on a homer.
RP | Brandon League | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners RP Brandon League escaped a one-out jam in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers Thursday, April 26, for his seventh save in eight chances. League gave up two hits in his inning of work.
RP | Heath Bell | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins RP Heath Bell walked four and threw 46 pitches in a blown save against the New York Mets Thursday, April 26, his first action in a week. He's blown three of his five save opportunities this year and has three losses already. Bell allowed just one hit and two earned runs to see his ERA balloon to 9.53.
RP | Sean Marshall | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Sean Marshall allowed a three-run dinger against the San Francisco Giants to blow his first save chance in five tries Thursday, April 26. It was the 300th appearance of his career. Marshall allowed three hits while walking one and striking out one in the 22-pitch outing.
RP | Santiago Casilla | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Santiago Casilla struck out the side in the ninth inning for his second save in two tries against the Cincinnati Reds Thursday, April 26.
RP | Jonathan Broxton | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals RP Jonathan Broxton picked up his second save of the season against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, April 26. Broxton allowed one hit and walked one in the outing.
RP | Nick Masset | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous item, Cincinnati Reds RP Nick Masset (shoulder) said his shoulder isn't fully healed, and he'll likely need a couple more weeks of rest and rehab before he can resume throwing. "It's a small rent on my capsule," Masset said. "A rent is a paper cut on my capsule. It's small strain of the capsule. Say it was 80 percent (injured). It's probably 40 percent now. We're trying to get it to zero, where it's fully strong."
RP | Zach Putnam | Colorado Rockies | Transaction,
The Colorado Rockies optioned RP Zach Putnam after their doubleheader Wednesday, April 25.
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