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First Baseman

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko (wrist) underwent surgery on his wrist Thursday, Oct. 4, and his sutures will be taken out in seven to 10 days. He'll be looked at by a hand specialist in Arizona and is expected to be ready for spring training next season.

Second Baseman

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley (ankle) and SS Brendan Ryan (elbow) both underwent successful arthroscopic surgeries Thursday, Oct. 4. Ackley had a bone spur taken from his left ankle, and Ryan had a bone spur removed from his right elbow.


SS | Dee Gordon | Los Angeles Dodgers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Dee Gordon, according to management, goes into the offseason as a backup to 3B Luis Cruz and SS Hanley Ramirez, who are pegged as starters for 2013 barring injury or setbacks.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter finished the regular season leading the American League in hits with 216, and he finished with 99 runs scored.

Third Baseman

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (ankle) said his sprained ankle did not give him any issue over the last four games of the regular season. He was able to play in three of the last four games and was sat down in the regular season finale.

3B | Mark Reynolds | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Mark Reynolds (foot) underwent X-rays, which came back negative, and he has his left foot wrapped after fouling a ball off his big toe Wednesday, Oct. 4. However, he will play Friday, Oct. 5. "It won't be a problem once you get under the lights and get a little adrenaline flowing. We know how important this game is and I'm sure all the pain will go away," Reynolds said.

3B | Chone Figgins | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Seattle Mariners 3B Chone Figgins is ready for an opportunity with a new team. "I can't take two more years of this," Figgins said. He's hit .259, .188 and .181 in his three seasons with the team, and he played in only 66 games this season.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers will decide Friday, Oct. 5, if 3B Adrian Beltre (shoulder) will play third base in the Wild Card game against the Baltimore Orioles that same day.

3B | Josh Vitters | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Josh Vitters and OF Brett Jackson were told they're likely to begin next season at Triple-A.


C | Guillermo Quiroz | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox designated C Guillermo Quiroz for assignment Thursday, Oct. 4, to make room on the roster for SP Rubby De La Rosa and OF Jerry Sands, who were officially acquired to complete the trade that sent SP Josh Beckett, OF Carl Crawford, 1B Adrian Gonzalez and INF Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers this summer.

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said C Brian McCann (shoulder) will play if the team advances to the Divisional Series against the Washington Nationals. McCann has hit a career-worst .230 this year and has been bothered by a right shoulder injury. C David Ross has thrown out 44 percent (15-for-34) of attempted base stealers this year, while McCann has thrown out only 24 percent (24-for-100). McCann will likely undergo shoulder surgery in the offseason.


OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said he has no issues with OF Josh Hamilton after the outfielder dropped a crucial fly ball in the team's loss to the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, Oct. 3. "There was no issue with Josh and I, I don't care what you've seen on the camera," Washington said. "I'm the manager. I'm allowed to ask questions." Washington was seen in a heated exchange with Hamilton in the dugout after the error.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said OF Brett Gardner is a "candidate" to be on the roster for the Divisional Series.

OF | Adam Greenberg | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Miami Marlins released OF Adam Greenberg Wednesday, Oct. 3.

OF | Alfonso Soriano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs executive Theo Epstein said the team is willing to deal OF Alfonso Soriano this winter, but his price has gone up after a very effective season. "If we trade him we're losing something, and we would have to get something in return to justify that," Epstein said. "If that opportunity comes along and a team is very serious about acquiring him we will go to him and it will be up to him because he has 10-and-5 rights at this point." Soriano is owed just short of $40 million over the next two years.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (shoulder) will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder Friday, Oct. 5, and he'll be out four weeks to four months, depending on what doctors find in his shoulder during the procedure. "They'll cut it open and see what's going on inside of there," Kemp said. "Hopefully, they just clean it up. If they need to do more, they'll do more, but I won't know anything until I wake up." Kemp will not play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic next year.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Rubby De La Rosa | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox officially acquired OF Jerry Sands and SP Rubby De La Rosa from the Los Angeles Dodgers to complete their blockbuster deal involving 1B Adrian Gonzalez. Sands and De La Rosa were players to be named later, but didn't pass through trade waivers.

SP | Madison Bumgarner | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner has been tapped to start Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Cleveland Indians | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have many decisions to make in the upcoming offseason. The team can pick up SP Ubaldo Jimenez's option for next season for $5.75 million or buy him out for $1 million. SP Roberto Hernandez, who pitched in just three games because of legal troubles and a sprained ankle, has a club option for $6 million. The Indians are not expected to exercise DH Travis Hafner's $13 million option. They can buy out the designated hitter for $2.75 million. All team options must be picked up or declined by three days after the conclusion of the World Series. In addition, CL Chris Perez and OF Shin-Soo Choo have been two of the names most frequently included in trade rumors.

SP | Joe Saunders | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Joe Saunders will start the team's Wild Card game against the Texas Rangers Friday, Oct. 5. Saunders is 0-6 with a 9.38 ERA in his career in Texas.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte could to start Game 2 of the Divisional Series Monday, Oct. 8, after SP CC Sabathia throws in Game 1 Sunday, Oct. 7. SP Hiroki Kuroda is the other option for Game 3, but he's pitched much better at home than on the road this season. SP Phil Hughes could be used in Game 4, depending on what the series stands at.

SP | Jarrod Parker | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Jarrod Parker is likely to start Game 1 of the Division Series versus the Detroit Tigers Saturday, Oct. 6, but the team won't officially announce their starter until Friday, Oct. 5.

SP | Kris Medlen | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Kris Medlen, who is 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA since joining the starting rotation in July, will start against the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card game Friday, Oct. 5.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Brandon League | Los Angeles Dodgers | Free Agents
Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said the team will try to re-sign impending free-agent RP Brandon League this offseason.


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