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First Baseman

1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Mark Trumbo is hitting .174 with three homers, 14 RBI and 58 strikeouts in his last 36 games.

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners are still high on 1B Justin Smoak and plan to give him another chance, but manager Eric Wedge said Smoak has to work on some things. "This offseason, we want him to get stronger, we want him to work on his swing," Wedge said. "That means we have to make sure he understands why he's struggled this season. He's got to form better habits, mechanically. His lower half and upper half aren't working together, and that's the problem."

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn (oblique) said Monday, Sept. 10, that his oblique injury showed improvement. He still hasn't been able to swing a bat, but he might be able to do so Tuesday, Sept. 11, or Wednesday, Sept. 12.

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto (knee) felt good after the game Sunday, Sept. 9, in which he was able to run hard. He was back for early batting practice Monday, Sept. 10, and has shown no ill effects after left knee surgery. Votto has reached base safely in 10 of his last 16 plate appearances. "He's doing pretty good," manager Dusty Baker said. "Yesterday was a great indicator when he went from first to home. He was breathing pretty good, but he said he needed it. He needed to make that run. That was a good sign."

1B | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman (knee) will have season-ending surgery Tuesday, Sept. 11, according to manager Mike Matheny.

1B | Chris Parmelee | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Chris Parmelee (groin) was scratched from the lineup with right groin soreness Monday, Sept. 10. He is listed as day-to-day.

1B | Darin Ruf | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Darin Ruf will play winter ball in Venezuela, where the team hopes he can make the transition to left field with 1B Ryan Howard manning first base for at least the next four years. Ruf will see time in the outfield over the final few weeks of the season as well. Ruf is not in the starting lineup Monday, Sept. 10. "I'm looking forward to seeing him play and seeing him hit," skipper Charlie Manuel said. "There's an old saying, 'If you can hit, we'll find a place for you.' In today's game, that goes a long way. If you can hit and hit with power, it's more than likely we'll find a position where you can play."

1B | Travis Ishikawa | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Corey Hart (foot) will visit with team doctor William Raasch Monday, Sept. 10, to determine how much more time he'll have to miss. Hart's injury was initially believed to be a left ankle injury but now they are saying it involves the bottom of his foot. "It was a weird feeling," Hart said. "It's not my ankle. It's around the arch area. I've had broken ankles and sprained ankles and stuff. This felt like it was burning. I kept trying to go, but it was one of those things that got worse." Hart won't rule out the possibility that he could be dealing with plantar fasciitis. 1B Travis Ishikawa is taking over for Hart at first base Monday.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira's (calf) MRI exam revealed only a Grade 1 left calf strain, and he'll be out 10 to 14 days.

Second Baseman

2B | Jose Altuve | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve (abdominal) said Monday, Sept. 10, that he was close to returning and should be able to hit on the field Tuesday, Sept. 11. "It's real close to getting back to play," Altuve said.

2B | Jemile Weeks | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 2B Jemile Weeks started lifting his hands higher in his batting stance when he was demoted to the minors in an effort to make his bat quicker through the hitting zone. Weeks' bat angle is higher as a result and it's more similar to what it was last season.

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler went 0-for-4 Sunday, Sept. 9, to drop his average to a season-low .263. He also dropped his on-base percentage to .331, tying his lowest mark of the year. Kinsler also was picked off twice and had two fielding errors in the game. "He's just out of rhythm," said manager Ron Washington. "You can get out of rhythm on defense, on offense and on the basepaths. He's a quality baseball player. He'll fight through whatever issues he has." Washington said he has no plans of benching Kinsler or giving him extra time off.


SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (wrist) had X-rays that showed no broken bones in his sore right wrist.

SS | Chase d'Arnaud | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled SS Chase d'Arnaud and Ps Bryan Morris and Henricus VandenHurk from Triple-A Indianapolis Monday, Sept. 10. RP Evan Meek was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.

SS | Oscar Tejeda | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates outrighted SS Oscar Tejeda to Double-A Altoona.

SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Jed Lowrie (leg, ankle) could return to the team during their next homestand after going 0-for-4 with two RBIs as the designated hitter with Single-A Lancaster Saturday, Sept. 8.

SS | Maicer Izturis | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim INF Maicer Izturis (back) will need roughly four days off after muscles in his back tightened up Saturday, Sept. 8. "I just felt locked up," Izturis said in Spanish. "I figured, 'If I keep going, it'll just get worse.' ... I'll just stay off it for a couple of days, ice it, and, like I said, take maybe four days off and get myself ready to finish strong."

Third Baseman

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 14 games Monday, Sept. 10.

3B | Zach Lutz | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B Zach Lutz (hand) hurt his hand swinging in the game Monday, Sept. 10, and he will be re-evaluated Tuesday, Sept. 11.

3B | Todd Frazier | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 3B Todd Frazier will not play shortstop even if SS Zack Cozart (oblique) is out for an extended amount of time.

3B | Scott Rolen | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said 3B Scott Rolen (back) is feeling much better and could return to the lineup soon.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis is back in the lineup Monday, Sept. 10.

3B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Logan Forsythe is batting .342 (27-for-79) with three doubles, two home runs, 14 runs scored and eight RBIs in his last 23 games since Aug. 7. He has raised his average from .252 to .283 as a result. Forsythe has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, going 16-for-42 (.381) with two doubles, a home run, seven RBIs and eight runs scored.


C | Ramon Hernandez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Ramon Hernandez (hamstring) left the game Monday, Sept. 10, against the San Francisco Giants due to a strained left hamstring.

C | Steven Hill | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals promoted C Steven Hill from their Triple-A Memphis roster Monday, Sept. 10. He is the team's fourth catcher on the expanded roster, but he is more likely to serve as a right-handed bench bat.

C | Wilin Rosario | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies head coach Jim Tracy said C Wilin Rosario's defense must improve in order for him to see regular starts at catcher. "It's got to get better. It's got to get a hell of a lot better," Tracy said. C Ramon Hernandez is starting over Rosario Monday, Sept. 10, after Rosario had four passed balls in Game 1 of a doubleheader Sunday, Sept. 9. He has a franchise record with 19 passed balls this year. The Rockies considered sending Rosario down to the minors around midseason to have him work on his defense. Tracy said the team will continue to emphasize to Rosario that he must clean up his defense so that pitchers will be able to trust their breaking pitches.


OF | Chris Denorfia | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Chris Denorfia had four hits Monday, Sept. 10.

OF | Brent Lillibridge | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (wrist) did not play Monday, Sept. 10, against the Minnesota Twins due to a sore right wrist. INF Brent Lillibridge started at shortstop in his place and hit eighth. Cabrera started at designated hitter Sunday but left in the seventh inning because of the same soreness. The injury doesn't appear to be serious, Cleveland manager Manny Acta said, but the club will approach the situation cautiously.

OF | Brett Jackson | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Brett Jackson (knee), who has been out since Friday, Sept. 7, after he bruised his right knee crashing into the outfield wall in Pittsburgh, could be back in the Cubs' lineup as early as Tuesday, Sept. 11. Manager Dale Sveum said the team would monitor how Jackson swung the bat before the team's Sept. 10 game.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp remains hopeful he can return to the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 11, for their series opener in Arizona. The Dodgers had a day off Sept. 10. Kemp didn't take batting practice before the Dodgers' 4-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sept. 9 but he played catch. "I pray to God I'll be back," he said.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) left the game Monday, Sept. 10, against the St. Louis Cardinals due to a sore right knee.

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Corey Hart (foot) is considered day to day due to plantar fasciitis. His availability will depend on how well he is able to tolerate the pain.

OF | Jordan Schafer | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Jordan Schafer (shoulder) aggravated his shoulder injury attempting to make a diving catch Sunday, Sept. 9, according to interim manager Tony DeFrancesco. "We're going to have to keep an eye on him and see where he's at," DeFrancesco said.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (wrist) is back in the lineup Monday, Sept. 10, after he left early with a sore wrist Sunday, Sept. 9. OF Corey Hart (ankle) remains out Monday after he dealt with a left ankle injury Sunday.

OF | Melky Mesa | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees are recalling OF Melky Mesa from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Monday, Sept. 10.

OF | Johermyn Chavez | Seattle Mariners | Transaction
The Seattle Mariners outrighted OF Johermyn Chavez to the minors.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (thumb) will undergo surgery on his thumb Tuesday, Sept. 11, and is expected to miss the rest of the season. He was hitting .335 with a .390 on-base percentage since the All-Star break. "September is not an option (for Markakis), so we've got to hopefully play good baseball and make October an option," manager Buck Showalter said.

OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is concerned that 1B Mark Teixeira (calf) could be done for the rest of the season if his MRI exam isn't favorable Monday, Sept. 10. Teixeira is optimistic that he will return this year. OF Nick Swisher will shift to first base and INF Steve Pearce is expected to start occasionally at first base against lefties.

OF | Jay Bruce | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce is the first player in major league history to hit 20 home runs in his rookie season and then improve on that total in each of the next four years.

OF | Vernon Wells | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OFs Mark Trumbo and Vernon Wells will split time in left field for the forseeable future. Trumbo has been slumping at the plate since mid-July and has been moved down to seventh in the batting order. "It's a point in the season where we need some production; that's pretty obvious," manager Mike Scioscia said. "And we certainly haven't given up on what we know Mark can do, and we want to give Mark an opportunity to contribute and get back to where he can be, and balance that with what Vernon's been able to bring. We have some depth, and hopefully we're going to get some of the production we're looking for out of the left-field spot."

Starting Pitcher

SP | Ben Sheets | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Ben Sheets (shoulder) threw 20 pitches in a simulated game Monday, Sept. 10.

SP | Kyle Kendrick | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick took a no-hitter into the sixth and struck out a career-high eight in his win over the Miami Marlins Monday, Sept. 10. He allowed one run on two hits in seven innings and is 7-2 with a 2.34 ERA since the All-Star break.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said the organization is considering taking SP Daisuke Matsuzaka out of the rotation and replacing him with RP Alfredo Aceves. Matsuzaka gave up five runs against the Toronto Blue Jays in his last start; it was the third time in his last four starts that the righthander was unable to complete four innings.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (hip), who was supposed to pitch over the weekend, had his next start pushed back to Tuesday, Sept. 11, as a result of a hip injury. Kershaw underwent an MRI on Saturday, Sept. 8, that revealed inflammation, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. He had a cortisone shot administered later in the day. The injury is not believed to be serious, Mattingly said.

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Dallas Braden (shoulder) does not have a full tear in his left rotator cuff, which means it may not take as long for him to recover from the operation. Braden said his shoulder feels great after the most recent procedure, performed in New York by Dr. David Altchek, and Braden hopes he can pitch by the All-Star break next year.

SP | Jason Marquis | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Jason Marquis (wrist) has thrown four bullpen sessions, even with a cast on his left hand. He remains intent on pitching again this season. He will have a second CT scan on the bone in his wrist Sept. 21. If the test reveals enough bone growth, Marquis might be cleared to pitch in some capacity.

SP | Gavin Floyd | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Chicago White Sox SP Gavin Floyd (elbow) will start Wednesday, Sept. 12, against the Detroit Tigers, and P Francisco Liriano will be moved from the rotation to the bullpen, according to pitching coach Don Cooper.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (elbow) will throw another simulated game, according to manager Mike Matheny.

SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals P Lance Lynn will start Thursday, Sept. 13, against the Los Angeles Dodgers in place of the injured SP Jake Westbrook (oblique).

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics trainer Nick Paparesta said Monday, Sept. 10, that SP Brandon McCarthy (head)is making progress, and might be able to return home soon. McCarthy is currently in the transitional care unit.

SP | Roger Clemens | Independent League | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, although Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday, Sept. 10, that the team has no interest in adding SP Roger Clemens to pitch sometime this season, owner Jim Crane said there was a possibility the 50-year-old could pitch for the team this year.

SP | Troy Patton | Baltimore Orioles | Injury,
Baltimore Orioles P Troy Patton (ankle) threw off a regular mound Monday, Sept. 10, and felt fine. He will throw another bullpen session Wednesday, Sept. 12.

SP | John Lannan | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP John Lannan will make his first start of the season against the New York Mets Wednesday, Sept. 12, as he takes over in the rotation for SP Stephen Strasburg. Lannan will have 12 days of rest between his starts after he threw 122 pitches in his final Class AAA start.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (biceps) will return to the rotation to start Thursday, Sept. 13.

SP | Tyler Cloyd | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Tyler Cloyd will start on short rest against the Houston Astros Thursday, Sept. 13.

SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura said SP Gavin Floyd (elbow) will start Wednesday, Sept. 12, if he feels good to go. SP Chris Sale would go Thursday, Sept. 13, and SP Francisco Liriano would start against the Minnesota Twins Friday, Sept. 14. Liriano will be available in relief through Wednesday.

SP | Josh Outman | Colorado Rockies | Transaction,
The Colorado Rockies recalled SP Josh Outman from the minors Monday, Sept. 10.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey (elbow) threw 15 pitches of live batting practice Saturday, Sept. 8, the first time he had faced hitters since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year. "He looked OK, considering it was his fist time. His breaking ball was really good, which is usually the last thing, and he's been working on that less. It was good. He just didn't have real good control of his two-seamer," manager Bobby Valentine said. Lackey could throw another session Wednesday, Sept. 12, but he dismissed the chance that he could appear in a major league game for an inning or two before the end of the season. There is a chance, though, that he could pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees activated SP Ivan Nova (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, Sept. 8.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, Sept. 11, and the team expects him to return against the New York Yankees Friday, Sept. 14, or Saturday, Sept. 15.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Scott Boras, the agent for Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg, said he stayed on the sidelines and respected general manager Mike Rizzo's decision to shut his client down at 159 1/3 innings this season. "Before players are under contract, I have a matter of control," Boras said. "I'll ask a team, 'How much is he going to pitch? What's your plan for him?' That type of thing. But once he's under contract, I don't say a word."

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Zack Greinke has given up a home run in a career-worst eight straight starts.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
There has been no talk of the Oakland Athletics limiting SP Brett Anderson's innings next season after he underwent Tommy John surgery 14 months ago. "It could be something we discuss but it's not on the radar yet," manager Bob Melvin said. "Maybe the fact that he is pitching for a month and a half this year will have something to do with next year."

Relief Pitcher

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds CL Aroldis Chapman struggled with control Monday, Sept. 10, and his fastball topped at 96 mph. Manager Dusty Baker said Chapman will receive some rest. "His velocity's down," Baker said. "There's no pain, but he might be a little tired. We might have to rest him for a few days. He was analyzed by the doctor and his shoulder might be a little fatigued."

RP | Clay Hensley | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants RP Clay Hensley (groin) is on track to come back to the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 11. Hensley has been on the disabled list with a right groin strain since Aug. 27. He last pitched against Atlanta on Aug. 26, and went to the DL to make room for Jeremy Affeldt. He's eligible to come off Tuesday, and manger Bruce Bochy said he's on track to be activated.

RP | Francisco Cordero | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Houston Astros have released RP Francisco Cordero, automatically making him a free agent.

RP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jenrry Mejia will move into the starting rotation Saturday, Sept. 15, against the Milwaukee Brewers, replacing SP Jeremy Hefner. The Mets are sending Hefner to the bullpen.

RP | Huston Street | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres RP Huston Street (calf) threw all of his pitches during a simulated game Monday, Sept. 10. He is expected to do the same Wednesday, Sept. 12, as he moves closer to a return.

RP | Sean Burnett | Washington Nationals | Injury,
Washington Nationals RP Sean Burnett (elbow) threw a bullpen session Monday, Sept. 10, and might be available to pitch Tuesday, Sept. 11.

RP | Enerio Del Rosario | Houston Astros | Transaction,
The Houston Astros recalled RP Enerio Del Rosario from the minors Monday, Sept. 10.

RP | Nick Masset | Cincinnati Reds | Injury,
Cincinnati Reds RP Nick Masset (shoulder) underwent surgery on his right shoulder Friday, Sept. 7, and the team expects him to be ready for spring training next year. Masset did not play all year long.

RP | Mike Adams | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Mike Adams started using a curveball in August, which has made him more effective in relief.

RP | Roy Oswalt | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Roy Oswalt (elbow) is dealing with right flexor muscle soreness in his right elbow, but he said he should be fine in two to three days. However, P Martin Perez may take Oswalt's place as the long reliever in the bullpen based on his recent success.

RP | Michael Stutes | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Philadelphia Phillies recalled 1B Darin Ruf from Double-A Reading Monday, Sept. 10, and moved RP Michael Stutes (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding move.

RP | Eric Hacker | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The San Francisco Giants released RP Eric Hacker Sunday, Sept. 9.


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