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First Baseman

1B | Bryan LaHair | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Bryan LaHair is 1-for-14 over the last seven days. He's also hitting just .095 (2-for-21) against left-handed pitching this season.

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (Achilles') took live batting practice against extended spring training pitchers Thursday, May 24.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins DH Justin Morneau hit two homers Thursday, May 24.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols had three hits, including his 450th career home run, on Thursday, May 24, in a 3-0 win over the Seattle Mariners.

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman was not in the starting lineup Thursday, May 24, because he is dealing with dry eyes while wearing contacts which is affecting his eyesight. The team has ordered a pair of sports glasses for him to wear instead of contacts. Freeman said he will continue to wear the glasses unless he finds a pair of contacts that do not irritate his eyes. Freeman has gone only 9-for-55 with one home run and six RBIs in his last 15 games.

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins has told 1B Ike Davis he will not be sent down to the minors and will be allowed to work through his struggles with the team.

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind may not return from the minors in the near future because the team has multiple options to fill in at first base and designated hitter.


Second Baseman

2B | Omar Infante | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins 2B Omar Infante had four hits and two steals Thursday, May 24.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee), who hasn't played a game this season because of chronic tendonitis in his knees, took some ground balls before the game Thursday, May 24. Utley rejoined the team on May 5. There still is no timetable for his return.

2B | Mark Ellis | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Mark Ellis (leg) was released from the hospital Thursday, May 24, six days after undergoing emergency surgery on his leg. He's expected to be out for six weeks, but he has started ankle exercises.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (concussion) is playing second base and hitting leadoff with Double-A Bowie again Thursday, May 24.

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis could still be sent to the minors, and manager Terry Collins isn't ruling out using OF Lucas Duda or 2B Daniel Murphy at first as a replacement. Duda has been taking grounders at first. OFs Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mike Baxter could serve as the corner outfielders against righties if Duda is moved to first base. INFs Jordany Valdespin, Zach Lutz or Josh Satin could be recalled if Davis is demoted.


Shortstop

SS | Ryan Theriot | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Ryan Theriot should see considerable playing time with 2B Emmanuel Burriss struggling and 2B Freddy Sanchez (shoulder) not close to returning.

SS | Miguel Tejada | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Miguel Tejada is hitting .429 (6-for-14) with three RBIs in his first four games at Triple-A Norfolk.

SS | Everth Cabrera | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera had a career-high four hits Thursday, May 24.

SS | Ruben Tejada | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada (quadriceps) did some running drills before the team's game Thursday, May 24, and is scheduled to take part in base running drills Friday, May 24. The team hoped he could come off the 15-day disabled list this weekend but he could see some game action Monday, May 28.

SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have activated SS Jimmy Rollins from the paternity list Thursday, May 24, and will be available for their game Thursday.

SS | Zack Cozart | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker noted a mechanical adjustment to SS Zack Cozart while watching video, and Cozart credits the fix for helping him to get going at the plate again. "The day off helped big time," Cozart said. "It helped more mentally than physically. That day, Dusty saw something on video. I was getting started too late. That made me speed up my swing and pop up more than I usually do. The good thing was it's an easy fix."

SS | Andrew Romine | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim recalled INF Andrew Romine from Triple-A Salt Lake Thursday, May 24, and designated RP David Pauley for assignment in a corresponding move.


Third Baseman

3B | Nolan Arenado | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado is hitting .301 with three homers and 26 RBIs at Double-A Tulsa. He hit .289 with 20 homers and 122 RBIs at Class A last season.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright went 3-for-5 with his fifth homer of the season Thursday, May 24. He's hitting .405 on the season.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (calf) said his calf injury has gotten worse than it was before and the stiffness has moved up the muscle.


Catcher

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs Thursday, May 24. He's hitting .314 with six homers and 23 RBIs.

C | Devin Mesoraco | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Devin Mesoraco hit a grand slam Thursday, May 24.

C | John Jaso | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Mariners catcher John Jaso is hitting .375 (18-for-48) with three doubles, a home run and eight RBIs in his career against the Angels.

C | Paul Phillips | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired C Paul Phillips from the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations.

C | Ryan Doumit | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Ryan Doumit (calf) was not in the starting lineup Thursday, May 24, because he felt soreness in his calf after running out two base hits Tuesday, May 22. The team may push back when Doumit catches again because of the injury. Doumit caught a bullpen session Tuesday, but the team wants him to catch a few more sessions and throw to the bases before putting him into a game at catcher.

C | Miguel Olivo | Seattle Mariners | Injury
Seattle Mariners C Miguel Olivo (groin) said he is not feeling any pain from his groin injury and will be able to do everything behind the plate he could do before being placed on the 15-day disabled list.

C | Josh Thole | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets C Josh Thole (concussion) has been cleared to swing a bat but is not allowed to catch in a game at this point. The team hopes Thole will be able to be behind the plate in an extended spring training game Friday, May 25.

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (illness) is still dealing with an illness and is not in the starting lineup Thursday, May 24. He said he is feeling weak because of the illness.

C | Erik Kratz | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies optioned C Erik Kratz to Triple-A Lehigh Valley Wednesday, May 23, to make room for SS Jimmy Rollins, who will return from the paternity list Thursday, May 24.


Outfielder

OF | Brett Jackson | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Brett Jackson is hitting .235 with four homers, 14 RBIs and seven steals in 166 at-bats at Triple-A Iowa.

OF | Wil Myers | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Wil Myers is hitting .438 (10-for-28) with two homers and five RBIs in his first eight games at Triple-A Omaha. He has four walks and three strikeouts.

OF | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, St. Louis Cardinals OF/1B Allen Craig (hamstring) took grounders at second base Thursday, May 24. Craig played second base in spot duty last season to get his bat in the lineup, but not after he broke his kneecap in June.

OF | Adam L. Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are close to signing OF Adam L. Jones to a long-term deal. Terms aren't known, but sources say the deal will be the biggest in franchise history. It'll be "well north" of the six-year, $72 million deal they signed SS Miguel Tejada to last decade.

OF | Alejandro De Aza | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Alejandro De Aza hit a grand slam Thursday, May 24.

OF | Melky Cabrera | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Melky Cabrera extended his hitting streak to eight games by going 3-for-5 in a win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday, May 24. He had two doubles, three runs and a season-high four RBIs. Cabrera recorded his 22nd multi-hit game of the year and 67th hit in total, both which are tops in the Majors. He's batting .500 (17-for-34) over the hit streak, tallying multi-hit games in five of them.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton hit his NL-tying ninth homer of May, and 10th of the season, with a blast off San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong in the second inning of a 14-7 loss Thursday, May 24. Stanton, who didn't hit his first home run until his 20th game of the season, has not gone more than four games in May without hitting one. The 22-year-old has also 23 of his 32 RBIs during the month.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (heel) does some running for the second consecutive day Thursday, May 24, and will play in five or six extended spring training games starting this weekend. He would then start a 20-day rehab assignment if his heel continues to improve.

OF | Joey Gathright | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Free Agents
The Cincinnati Reds have signed free-agent OF Joey Gathright (Red Sox) to a minor league deal and have assigned him to Triple-A Louisville. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) is scheduled to start a rehab assignment with Single-A Lake Elsinore Friday, May 25. Manager Bud Black said there is no specific number of games or at-bats the team wants Quentin to have during his rehab assignment. Quentin did play three extended spring games and played in the field in two of the games.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay (rib) took live batting practice at the team's spring training complex Thursday, May 24. He is expected to be the designated hitter in some minor league games next week.

OF | Charlie Blackmon | Colorado Rockies | Injury
Colorado Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon (toe) plans to hit on the field Thursday, May 24, while he rehabs with Triple-A Colorado Springs.

OF | Chris Coghlan | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said OFs Chris Coghlan and Bryan Petersen could split playing time in left field.

OF | Austin Kearns | Miami Marlins | Injury, Transaction
The Miami Marlins have placed OF Austin Kearns (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury. In a corresponding move, the team recalled OF Kevin Mattison from Triple-A New Orleans.

OF | Casper Wells | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Transaction
The Seattle Mariners have activated C Miguel Olivo (groin) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, the team optioned OF Casper Wells to Triple-A Tacoma.

OF | Emilio Bonifacio | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Emilio Bonifacio (thumb) said he will undergo surgery on his thumb Friday, May 25, and will be out four to six weeks.

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers have placed OF Austin Jackson (abdomen) on the 15-day disabled list because of an abdominal strain.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander (thumb) changed his grip on his fastball in his last start to avoid continuously aggravating a callus on his right thumb.

SP | John Maine | New York Yankees | Transaction, Free Agents
Updating an earlier report, the New York Yankees signed free-agent P John Maine (Red Sox) to a minor league contract.

SP | Mike Montgomery | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Mike Montgomery is 2-1 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP at Triple-A Omaha. He has allowed 24 walks and struck out 36 in 51 1/3 innings.

SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Martin Perez is 3-4 with a 5.72 ERA at Triple-A Round Rock. He has 31 strikeouts and 22 walks in 45 2/3 innings.

SP | Tyler Skaggs | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Tyler Skaggs is 2-3 with a 3.12 ERA at Double-A Mobile. He has 48 strikeouts and 11 walks in 40 1/3 innings.

SP | Trevor Bauer | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Bauer allowed five walks in five innings in his second start at Triple-A Reno Wednesday, May 23. He allowed a run on one hit and struck out five.

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran is 4-2 with a 2.98 ERA at Triple-A Gwinnett. He has 32 strikeouts and 19 walks in 42 1/3 innings.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) has greater shoulder flexibility and could start a throwing program in the next four weeks.

SP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan said at a charity function Thursday, May 24, that SP Neftali Feliz (elbow) is likely to go back to the bullpen when he returns from the disabled list.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook gave up four runs in the first inning (on three hits, two walks and a hit batter) then two more in the second (on two singles and a double) for a six-run hole through two innings. Westbrook did not get the decision but St. Louis still lost 10-9 to the Philadelphia Phillies at Busch Stadium.

SP | Dan Haren | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Dan Haren, who tossed the sixth shutout and 16th complete game of his career, fanned 14 batters Thursday, May 24, in a 3-0 win over the Seattle Mariners. He allowed four hits and one Seattle baserunner to reach third base.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (0-2) is still winless on the season despite giving up two runs or fewer in four of his six starts and holding a 2.66 ERA. In his last outing, though, Lee gave up five runs in seven innings against the Boston Red Sox. Lee pitches Friday, May 25, against the St. Louis Cardinals.

SP | Roy Oswalt | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Roy Oswalt (Phillies) is still believed to be interested in signing with the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves or St. Louis Cardinals.

SP | Vance Worley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Vance Worley (elbow) played catch before the team's game Thursday, May 24, and did not report any pain. He is scheduled to play catch again Friday, May 25.

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Tim Stauffer (elbow) met with Dr. Lewis Yocum to receive a second opinion on his strained right elbow. Stauffer has been on the 15-day disabled list twice this season because of his elbow.

SP | Cory Luebke | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said Dr. Lewis Yocum, the surgeon that performed SP Cory Luebke's (elbow) reconstructive surgery, told team doctors that Luebke made the right decision to have surgery because his ulnar collateral ligament was damaged. Luebke also considered rehabbing the injury and try to return later in the season but he thought he would take too long.

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) said he's not worried about his shoulder injury and believes he'll return June 4. He underwent an MRI exam Thursday, May 24, and manager Robin Ventura doesn't think Danks will need a rehab assignment.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) will pitch for Triple-A Pawtucket Saturday, May 26, as he continues his rehab from Tommy John surgery. "I've said this before. I don't want to, and I don't think I can, pitch until I'm at 100 percent physically and mentally. That's the type of patience I need to continue working with," Matsuzaka said.

SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson allowed one run on five hits in seven innings against the Detroit Tigers Thursday, May 24, to pick up his second win of the season. He struck out four batters and walked five in the game.

SP | Marco Estrada | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers placed SP Marco Estrada (quadriceps) on the 15-day disabled list with a right quadriceps strain Thursday, May 24. They will recall P Mike McClendon from Triple-A Nashville Friday, May 25.

SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jenrry Mejia (elbow) allowed four earned runs and five hits while striking out five and walking three in five innings in his second rehab start with Double-A Binghamton Thursday, May 24. He threw 44 of his 75 pitches for strikes.

SP | Austin Adams | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians SP Austin Adams (shoulder) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and is done for the season.

SP | Chris Young | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets SP Chris Young (shoulder) took a few days off to be with his wife, who went into labor, after his May 16 start. However, it was also in part due to a dead arm period. He threw a bullpen session Tuesday, May 22.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy has allowed only one home run with runners on base dating back to last August, a span of 18 starts.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Mike Dunn | Miami Marlins | Transaction
The Miami Marlins optioned RP Mike Dunn to Triple-A New Orleans.

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds RP Logan Ondrusek recorded his second save Thursday, May 24, as RP Aroldis Chapman had the night off.

RP | Logan Ondrusek | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds RP Logan Ondrusek recorded his second save Thursday, May 24, as RP Aroldis Chapman had the night off.

RP | Nick Masset | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Nick Masset (shoulder) had a successful throwing session Thursday, May 24, throwing 30 pitches from 60 feet. Masset will throw every day from 60 feet as he progresses.

RP | Henry Rodriguez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Henry Rodriguez, who has been demoted from the closer's role, threw just five sliders and no changeups in 20 pitches during his outing against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, May 23. Rodriguez walked a batter and allowed a solo home run.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers Thursday, May 24, to pick up his 16th save of the season.

RP | J.C. Romero | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Free Agents
The Baltimore Orioles have signed free-agent RP J.C. Romero (Cardinals) to a minor league deal. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. He will be reporting to Triple-A Norfolk.

RP | Luis Marte | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Transaction,
Detroit Tigers RP Luis Marte (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list Friday, May 25. The club optioned P Luke Putkonen to the minors Thursday, May 24, to make room on roster.

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins made a comparison between RP Bobby Parnell and Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander, saying that both have the ability to dial up their fastballs to record a big out. Parnell reached back for some 98 mph cheddar to record a big strikeout in a hold in the eighth inning Wednesday, May 23, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, Parnell's average fastball velocity is 94.9 mph this year compared to 97.2 last year, and he's noted that sometimes he favors taking some off in favor of increased control. "You don't find a lot of pitchers who can 'add.' One of the things that makes Verlander so tough is that he's pitching at 94, and the next thing you know, here's one that's 100. That's what Bobby is doing. He's making pitches at 94, 95. The next thing you know, here's one at 98. It makes a big difference," Collins said.



 


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