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Second Baseman

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said 2B Danny Espinosa is healthy, he's just being overly aggressive at the plate.


Shortstop

SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees INF Eduardo Nunez is serving as the designated hitter and is batting ninth in Game 2 of the Divisional Series Monday, Oct. 8. OF Curtis Granderson is batting eighth in the order.


Third Baseman

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he has given no thought to moving 3B Alex Rodriguez down in the order.

3B | Mark Reynolds | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Mark Reynolds went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Game 2 of the American League Division Series Monday, Oct. 8, helping his team build a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning. Reynolds had seven home runs against the Yankees during the regular season.


Catcher

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (shoulder) was diagnosed with a frayed labrum and cyst in his shoulder at midseason, and he'll undergo a dye-contrast MRI within a week before deciding if he will undergo surgery that would keep him out for four or five months. Atlanta is expected to pick up McCann's $12 million option for the 2013 season, and the team is optimistic that he can avoid surgery. McCann's shoulder injury severely hampered his ability to extend himself on his swings, and he was also plagued by a knee injury. However, MRI results on his knee came back clean.

C | A.J. Ellis | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Los Angeles Dodgers C A.J. Ellis (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery to fix a torn meniscus in his left knee Friday, Oct. 5. The cleanup procedure cleaned up tears to his medial and lateral meniscus, which were debrided. He'll begin physical therapy next week and is expected to resume his normal offseason workouts in six weeks. Ellis is expected to be fully ready to play in spring training.


Outfielder

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (illness) has been dealing with strep throat, but he said it hasn't affected him.

OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Fantasy
In 40 postseason games, New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher is now hitting .169 (22-for-130) with four homers and seven RBIs.

OF | Nate McLouth | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nate McLouth drove in two runs in both of the Orioles' first two postseason games, becoming the sixth player to record consecutive multi-RBI games in the playoffs in club history. He joined Mike Bordick (1997), Todd Zeile (1996), Kiko Garcia (1979), Brooks Robinson (1970) and Boog Powell (twice in 1970) in that club.

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran hit two of the team's four home runs Monday, Oct. 8, in a 12-4 win over the Washington Nationals during Game 2 of the National League Division Series. 2B Daniel Descalso and OF Allen Craig also hit homers.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (thumb) had the pins in his broken left thumb removed Monday, Oct. 8, and his doctors are pleased with his progress.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Trevor Rosenthal | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in his scoreless inning of relief in Game 2 of the NLDS. He hit 100 mph on the radar gun several times.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz has been effective thus far in the postseason. He has played in all three games and has struck out five in 2 2/3 innings. He has allowed one hit and two walks.

SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, several teammates were irked by St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) pitching such an important game if he wasn't sure about the health of his left shoulder. Others question the severity of his injury. SP Lance Lynn would replace Garcia in the rotation, and Garcia would be ineligible for the NLCS roster if removed from the NLDS roster.

SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann lasted a season-low three innings while pitching on eight days' rest Monday, Oct. 8, against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 12-4 loss. Zimmermann entered Game 2 of the National League Division Series 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA in five career regular-season starts against the Cardinals. St. Louis was 3-for-5 with runners in scoring position against a pitcher who led the majors by holding opponents to a .160 average.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B/DH Jim Thome started Game 2 of the American League Division Series Monday, Oct. 8, because New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte (a lefty) was on the hill.

SP | Wei-Yin Chen | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen allowed two runs - one earned - and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings in a win Monday, Oct. 8, in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees in his first career postseason start. He also struck out three batters in the 112-pitch quality start.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook (oblique) will leave the team for a few days to be with his wife, who is expected to deliver the couple's fourth child. General manager John Mozeliak said that it's "not likely" that Westbrook pitches in the playoffs, though.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds are still unsure if SP Johnny Cueto (back) will be able to make the start in a potential Game 4 of the Divisional Series against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 10. If he can't, SP Mat Latos will make the start.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito will start Game 4 of the Divisional Series against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, Oct. 10, if necessary.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (oblique) will start Game 3 of the Divisional Series against the Detroit Tigers Tuesday, Oct. 9, with SP A.J. Griffin going in Game 4, if necessary.

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte is starting Game 2 of the Divisional Series against the Baltimore Orioles Monday, Oct. 8. SP Hiroki Kuroda will start Game 3 at Yankee Stadium. "We just felt the extra rest would probably help (Kuroda)," manager Joe Girardi said. "And we don't want Andy to go too long without throwing. So it's kind of those two factors." Pettitte is 16-4 with a 4.11 ERA in his career at Camden Yards, the home of the Orioles.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Cory Wade | New York Yankees | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Yankees designated RP Cory Wade for assignment.

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles CL Jim Johnson worked a perfect 12-pitch ninth inning Monday, Oct. 8, in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees, rebounding after his implosion in Game 1.

RP | Andrew Carignan | Oakland Athletics | Injury,
Oakland Athletics P Andrew Carignan (elbow) is doing "sock" throws Monday, Oct. 8, and he'll resume throwing in two weeks.



 


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