Fantasy baseball players in the news
By KFFL Staff
1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko (concussion) is expected to be activated from the seven-day disabled list Friday, Aug. 17, and is expected to play against the Kansas City Royals.
1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Adam Dunn is one home run away from 400 career home runs.
1B | Jason Giambi | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Jason Giambi (virus) took ground balls Thursday, Aug. 16, and he's regaining some energy.
1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton (hip) said he's feeling fine after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his hip six days ago. Helton's recovery time is around six months, which will put him on schedule to take part in spring training next year. He'll be on crutches for another three weeks, and he's spending time hooked up to a passive motion machine to help him heal. "The good news is that there were no signs of arthritis or a need to do microfracture (surgery) or anything like that," trainer Keith Dugger said.
1B | Joe Mahoney | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles placed 3B Wilson Betemit (wrist) on the disabled list Thursday, Aug. 16, and recalled INF Joe Mahoney from the minors in a corresponding move.
1B | Brett Wallace | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 1B Brett Wallace worked to drop weight early in the season and worked tirelessly with hitting coach Mike Barnett to improve his path to the ball, use his legs more and pull the ball more. "It's obviously going to be a work in progress, but we did a lot of work in loosening up my back side and kind of just staying with my legs," Wallace said. "It's kind of something everyone talked to me about, using my legs and using them to hit for more power, and I think the more at-bats I've gotten throughout pro ball, we've been able to get me to that comfort level with using them and that's where I'm at right now."
2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 11 games Thursday, Aug. 16.
2B | Orlando Hudson | Chicago White Sox | Injury
Chicago White Sox 2B Orlando Hudson (toe) was still feeling discomfort Thursday, Aug. 16, after fouling off his big toe Wednesday, Aug. 15. Hudson had his foot wrapped Thursday because of the injury.
2B | Justin Turner | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Justin Turner will see some time in the outfield next spring, according to manager Terry Collins.
2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said 2B Neil Walker (pinkie) will not go on the disabled list after dislocating his pinkie finger Wednesday, Aug. 15. INF Jordy Mercer will start Thursday, Aug. 16, however.
2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi doesn't think 2B Robinson Cano's (neck) injury is serious at all.
2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler, who had the day off Thursday, Aug. 16, is hitless in his last 13 at-bats and has only four hits in his last 35 in nine games. He's batting .227 in his last 29 contests. "It looks like he's a little sluggish," skipper Ron Washington said. "I'm just trying to get him to catch his breath. He's missing pitches that he normally hits. His bat looks a little heavy. I'm going to give him a day off after a night game, and maybe that will rejuvenate him."
SS | Freddy Galvis | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis (back) saw his 50-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy come to an end on Thursday, Aug. 16, but he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, Aug. 17, with a strained lower back. It is doubtful Galvis plays before the end of the season because he still is recovering from his back injury. He possibly could play in Instructional League, but he is expected to play winter ball in Venezuela.
SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond (oblique) participated in fielding drills and batting practice before the game Thursday, Aug. 16, and did not have any problems.
SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs are working on a contract extension for SS Starlin Castro. The deal would be at least six years in length and would buy out at least two years of free agency. The deal is expected to be finalized by the end of the 2012 season.
SS | Willie Bloomquist | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Willie Bloomquist (back) is making in his recovery from a stiff back. Bloomquist was placed on the disabled list after dealing with a back injury for 10 days.
SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak to 12 games Thursday, Aug. 16, with an RBI single in the sixth inning.
SS | Jerry Hairston Jr. | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers were encouraged by INF Jerry Hairston Jr.'s (hip) MRI results Wednesday, Aug. 15, and he'll be examined by two hip specialists. However, the team doesn't have a timetable for when he'll return. Hairston could be ready to do baseball activities in a few days.
SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had a meeting with SS Jimmy Rollins to discuss the shortstop's lack of hustle. Manuel expects to see a noticeable difference.
SS | Nick Green | Miami Marlins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins placed INF Nick Green (thumb) on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain Thursday, Aug. 16, and recalled INF Gil Velazquez in a corresponding move. Also, OF Logan Morrison (knee) was moved to the 60-day DL. Green's DL stint is retroactive to Aug. 13.
3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones now has 2,700 career hits following two home runs hit Thursday, Aug. 16, against the San Diego Padres. Jones now has 466 career homers, and he passed Dave Winfield for 32nd on the all-time list.
3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Edwin Encarnacion (forearm, shoulder) was scratched from the lineup with soreness in his left forearm and shoulder Thursday, Aug. 16. He was hurt making a diving play Wednesday, Aug. 15, but he's listed as day-to-day.
3B | Wilson Betemit | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Wilson Betemit (wrist) is dealing with a small cartilage tear and a bone bruise in his right wrist, and he'll receive a cortisone shot Thursday, Aug. 16, after undergoing an MRI exam. It's realistic that he can return when eligible Aug. 27.
3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (oblique) could get into some rehab games this weekend with a chance of returning from the disabled list Tuesday, Aug. 21.
3B | Yamaico Navarro | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled INF Yamaico Navarro and RP Jared Hughes from Triple-A Indianapolis Thursday, Aug. 16, and optioned RP Jeff Locke to Indy in a corresponding move. Also, RP Chad Qualls was put on the bereavement list.
C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
Now that the latter part of the season is here, expect to see more of San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey behind the plate. "Yeah, as much as possible," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who closely has monitored Posey in the wake of his season-ending injuries in 2011. "Again, without wearing him down in the next two or three weeks. We have to be smart about this, but we want to get him out there as much as we can."
C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (back) is sitting out for the second straight day Thursday, Aug. 16, with tightness in his back. He is hoping to return sometime this weekend.
C | Kelly Shoppach | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox acquired RP Pedro Beato from the New York Mets Thursday, Aug. 16, to complete the trade that sent C Kelly Shoppach to New York. Beato had a 10.38 ERA in 4 1/3 innings over seven outings with the Mets this year.
OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Corey Hart hit a grand slam Thursday, Aug. 16.
OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury's 38-game hitting streak against the Baltimore Orioles ended Thursday, Aug. 16.
OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp bumped into an umpire at least once during an argument following his ejection Thursday, Aug. 16.
OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
With his 30th home run of the season Thursday, Aug. 16, Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun has joined former 1B Prince Fielder as the only players in Brewers franchise history with five seasons of 30 homers or more.
OF | Garrett Jones | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Garrett Jones hit a pair of three-run homers Thursday, Aug. 16, to help his team to an 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
OF | Craig Gentry | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Craig Gentry picked up his first hit since July 29 during the team's game Thursday, Aug. 16, against the New York Yankees. His two-run, two-out, seventh-inning single gave the Rangers the lead and Texas went on to a 10-6 victory.
OF | Matt Carson | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins will recall OF Matt Carson from Triple-A Rochester Friday, Aug. 17.
OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda is working on a new batting stance at Triple-A Buffalo that will let him spread out a tad more. Duda isn't ready to return to the majors yet, though, according to manager Terry Collins. "He's having a little tough time adapting to that and feeling comfortable with that, which is certainly a natural process," said Collins. "They say he's swinging the bat much better than when he first got there."
OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (back) remains out with a stiff back Thursday, Aug. 16. SS Josh Rutledge (quadriceps) continues to sit with a left quadriceps injury. OF Eric Young Jr., who is hitting .464 (26-for-56) with five doubles, three home runs and 14 runs scored since July 31, remains in the lineup.
OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (tooth) is back in the lineup as the designated hitter Thursday, Aug. 16.
OF | Seth Smith | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Seth Smith (hamstring) is improving, and he'll likely play in a few rehab games before being activated from the disabled list.
OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies activated OF Michael Cuddyer (oblique) from the disabled list Thursday, Aug. 16, and optioned 1B Matt McBride to the minors in a corresponding move.
OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said OF Alex Gordon's move from leadoff to the third spot in the batting order is a long-term move.
OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold (neck) continues to rehab following surgery to remove a herniated disc in his neck. He's a little ahead of schedule in his eight-week rehab process.
OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (wrist) took live batting practice Wednesday, Aug. 15, and will do so again Thursday, Aug. 16. Bautista could begin a rehab assignment as early as Monday, Aug. 20.
OF | Gregor Blanco | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Gregor Blanco will become the team's starting left fielder with OF Melky Cabrera suspended for the rest of the season.
OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson is out of the lineup Thursday, Aug. 16.
SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin (pectoral) is slated to return to the rotation Monday, Aug. 20, or Tuesday, Aug. 21.
SP | Carl Pavano | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Carl Pavano (shoulder) threw three scoreless innings over 40 pitches in a rehab game at Class A Fort Myers Thursday, Aug. 16. However, his fastball was only reaching 85-86 mph. "Overall, my shoulder feels better," Pavano said. "I'm just dealing with it just being a little dead, where it's just not coming alive as quick as I'd like to."
SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) played catch from 40 to 60 feet Thursday, Aug. 16. He hopes to learn before the end of the season whether he'll be able to resume his career next season. He admits he is still feeling some mild discomfort from the operation.
SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee allowed three runs in 7 2/3 innings and struck out 12 in a no-decision against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, Aug. 16.
SP | Dan Straily | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Dan Straily allowed three hits and two walks while fanning two in 6 1/3 innings to beat the Kansas City Royals Thursday, Aug. 16. It was his first major-league win.
SP | Matt Harvey | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Matt Harvey allowed a run on four hits and struck out eight in 7 2/3 innings to beat the Cincinnati Reds Thursday, Aug. 16.
SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
In his last two starts, Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman has allowed nine runs and 12 hits in 10 1/3 innings.
SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey went 5 2/3 innings in his latest start against the New York Mets and allowed eight hits, six runs and three walks with six strikeouts. Bailey has now given up 18 runs in his last 19 2/3 innings. Before the skid, went 4-0 with a 1.43 ERA over five starts.
SP | A.J. Burnett | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett (15-4) allowed six runs, seven hits, and a walk, and he hit two batters, but he struck out seven in an 8-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Burnett became the first Pirate pitcher since Todd Ritchie in 1999 to reach 15 wins.
SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres SP Tim Stauffer (elbow, shoulder) suffered a setback in his rehab from a strained right elbow and has returned to San Diego. He was scheduled to make a start for Triple-A Tucson Thursday, Aug. 16, but started feeling soreness in his right shoulder.
SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said SP Daisuke Matsuzaka (neck) will make at least one more rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket before returning to the team.
SP | Josh Collmenter | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Josh Collmenter (ulcers) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday, Aug. 18.
SP | Joe Saunders | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders (hand) said he expects to make his next start despite getting hit in the hand with a ball during his start Wednesday, Aug. 15. His next scheduled start is Monday, Aug. 20, and will also throw a bullpen session Saturday, Aug. 18.
SP | Sam LeCure | Cincinnati Reds | Injury,
Cincinnati Reds RP Sam LeCure (shoulder) is likely to avoid going on the disabled list after showing improvement during a side session Wednesday, Aug. 15.
SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa (elbow) threw a 45-pitch bullpen session Thursday, Aug. 16, which consisted mostly of fastballs and changeups. There is a small chance he could return later this year.
SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (elbow) will throw a bullpen session during the team's next homestand, at which point he'll be evaluated for a possible return to the rotation.
SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Shaun Marcum (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Friday, Aug. 17, before the team decides when to have him return to the starting rotation. "He threw 3 2/3 innings (Wednesday in his second outing with the Timber Rattlers. He felt good but said the last inning he didn't throw as well. He said his cutters were really sliding across too big and missing with some location."
SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Chien-Ming Wang (hip) is on another rehab assignment and will start for Double-A Harrisburg Thursday, Aug. 16. He was pulled from his previous rehab assignment with hip soreness last week. Wang could return to help out the rotation in September during the stretch run.
SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (knee) will throw another bullpen session Saturday, Aug. 18, this time moving up to 40 pitches.
SP | Joe Blanton | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction,
The Philadelphia Phillies acquired P Ryan O'Sullivan from the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, Aug. 16, to complete the trade that sent SP Joe Blanton to Los Angeles. O'Sullivan will report to Single-A Clearwater.
SP | Freddy Garcia | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Freddy Garcia is 5-3 with a 3.69 ERA since returning to the rotation in early July, and he's effectively using his combination of slower pitches to be successful. He was 0-2 with a 12.51 ERA in his four starts earlier this year. "My arm was dead," Garcia said.
RP | Jason Motte | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals CL Jason Motte blew his fifth save of the season Thursday, Aug. 16.
RP | Jim Henderson | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP Jim Henderson recorded the save Thursday, Aug. 16.
RP | Tanner Scheppers | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Tanner Scheppers picked up his first victory in his first major league decision Thursday, Aug. 16, against the New York Yankees. Scheppers lasted one-third of an inning but Texas took the lead in the top of the sixth inning and won the game 10-6.
RP | Nick Masset | Cincinnati Reds | Injury,
Cincinnati Reds RP Nick Masset (shoulder) gave up one run and two hits while striking out four and walking none in two full innings (39 pitches) with Triple-A Louisville Wednesday, Aug. 15, in his seventh rehab outing. The team is considering bringing him back in late August. He's allowed three runs and four hits while striking out 13 in 8 2/3 rehab innings.
RP | Pedro Beato | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction,
The Boston Red Sox optioned RP Pedro Beato to the minors Thursday, Aug. 16, and also moved RP Scott Atchison (forearm) to the 60-day disabled list.
RP | Joe Nathan | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington initially wanted to only use RP Joe Nathan in save situations, but he quickly realized it wasn't the best plan, and Washington plans to use Nathan to keep him sharp. He hasn't pitched since a save chance Aug. 8. "One way or another, we've got to get him in there," Washington said. "It was not my intention for him to sit for seven days. The games just haven't dictated using him."
RP | Dan Otero | San Francisco Giants | Transaction,
The San Francisco Giants optioned RP Dan Otero to the minors Wednesday, Aug. 15.
RP | Koji Uehara | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers RP Koji Uehara (lat) threw 20 pitches in live batting practice Wednesday, Aug. 15, and didn't have any setbacks. He'll throw 30 pitches of batting practice Saturday, Aug. 18.
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