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First Baseman

1B | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt had three hits, a stolen base and two RBIs Tuesday, April 16, but went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Wednesday, April 17, and was dropped to seventh in the order Thursday, April 18. Belt has gotten off to a slow start this year after a stomach virus limited his early action. "We'll see how he swings (Wednesday), but I may keep him there for a little while until he gets more comfortable at the plate," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I know guys get hot and cold, that's going to happen. Brandon's really made some nice strides from last year and this spring with the bat. I think in the early go here, he's thrown up some good at bats. I'm liking where he's at today." Both C Buster Posey and 2B Marco Scutaro were given the day off Thursday, with SS Brandon Crawford moving up to fifth in the order. Crawford has hit safely in a career-best 10 straight games.

1B | Brett Wallace | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros optioned 1B Brett Wallace to Triple-A Oklahoma City Thursday, April 18, and recalled 3B Brandon Laird from Oklahoma City in a corresponding move. Laird was hitting .353 with a team-high 14 RBIs in 12 games with Oklahoma City.

Second Baseman

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (knee) did light jogging on an underwater treadmill Thursday, April 18, and it marks small improvement for Roberts.

2B | Jason Kipnis | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (elbow) is taking batting practice Thursday, April 18, and the team hopes he can return Friday, April 19.

2B | Jose Altuve | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve recorded his third three-hit game Wednesday, April 17, and he hit .385 (15-for-39) during the team's nine-game road trip.


SS | Brandon Crawford | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Crawford went 3-for-4 with a home run Thursday, April 18, and two of his hits came with two strikes. He's hitting .393 in two-strike counts to begin the season. "I'm not really changing my approach," he said. "I try to stay up the middle like I pretty much always did and I'm not worrying so much about striking out like I did in the past. I'm just taking a simpler approach." Crawford was also moved to fifth in the lineup with 1B Brandon Belt being moved down and C Buster Posey having the day off.

SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team is comfortable with using SSs Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix to replace SS Derek Jeter (ankle).

SS | Adeiny Hechavarria | Miami Marlins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins placed SS Adeiny Hechavarria (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, April 18.

SS | Ruben Tejada | New York Mets | Fantasy
The New York Mets are sticking with SS Ruben Tejada despite his six errors in 13 games to start the season.

Third Baseman

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie took extra batting practice Thursday, April 18, after going 0-for-7 since coming off the disabled list. Hitting coach Chad Mottola said Lawrie needs new reps after missing a majority of spring training because of his oblique injury.

3B | Lonnie Chisenhall | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo has spotted a problem with 3B Lonnie Chisenhall's swing and that Chisenhall is working on solving the problem. "All spring he was thinking left-center," Francona said. "Not necessarily wanting to hit the ball there, but being lined up so he could cover the plate. And he did it extremely well. I think as he continued into the season, his batting stance started to close off more and more and more, and I don't think he realized it." Francona said he will look to give Chisenhall more days off against left-handed pitchers.

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks is in a 2-for-31 slump and is sitting the bench Thursday, April 18. OF Jackie Bradley is also on the bench for the third straight game. Bradley is expected to return to the minors when DH David Ortiz (heels, Achilles') returns from the disabled list, possibly Friday, April 19.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) left the game in the eighth inning with a cramp in his left hamstring Wednesday, April 17, but said he'll be fine for Friday, April 19.


C | Travis d'Arnaud | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets C Travis d'Arnaud (foot) is likely to need four to eight weeks before he can resume baseball activities, but he'll be evaluated by doctors before a more firm timetable is set.

C | Kurt Suzuki | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said the team is comfortable using C Kurt Suzuki as the everyday catcher with C Wilson Ramos (hamstring) on the disabled list. "I've always liked Kurt Suzuki. He's a very smart catcher. He's a very durable catcher. He works hard," Johnson said. "He loves to play. I love to see him play, too."

C | John Buck | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets C Travis d'Arnaud (foot) fractured a bone in his left foot Wednesday, April 17, while playing for Triple-A Las Vegas. He will be examined Friday, April 19, in New York, after suffering a non-displaced fracture of the first metatarsal bone in his foot. d'Arnaud is in a walking boot, and the team is unsure if he'll need surgery. There was sense around the organization that they were getting to recall the catching prospect soon.


OF | Dayan Viciedo | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo (side) left the game Thursday, April 18, because a side injury.

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (back) is sitting out Thursday, April 18, after tweaking his back Wednesday, April 17. X-rays were negative, and he's hoping to return Friday, April 19.

OF | Michael Bourn | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn (finger) will travel with the team for their upcoming series in Houston. He is allowed to do lower-body strength and conditioning and was allowed to resume hand exercises Thursday, April 18.

OF | Ben Revere | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Ben Revere has been dropped from the leadoff spot to seventh, SS Jimmy Rollins has moved into the top spot, and INF Freddy Galvis is batting second on Thursday, April 18, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Manager Charlie Manuel is hoping to jump-start an offense that has scored only nine runs in its last five games. "I want to see if I can relax him a little bit and get him going," Manuel said. "To me, our lineup is never set. It's not that he's not going to be back in the leadoff spot some time or hitting second. … I think he has been pressing too much."

Galvis is filling in for OF Domonic Brown (back) in left field. The idea of having switch hitters in the top two positions appealed to Manuel. Galvis (.333) entered play on Thursday as one of only two Phils with averages above .300. The other is 3B Michael Young (.346).

OF | Wil Myers | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Wil Myers (foot) fouled a ball off his right foot Thursday, April 18, and suffered a contusion. He's being listed as day-to-day.

OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said there are no plans right now to put OF Jose Bautista (back) on the disabled list. "We don't think it'll be too much longer," Gibbons said.

OF | Jackie Bradley | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz (heels, Achilles') is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday, April 19, and OF Jackie Bradley is expected to be sent to the minors in the corresponding move.

OF | Fernando Martinez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy,
Houston Astros OF Fernando Martinez (oblique) is scheduled to play in at least one game with Triple-A Oklahoma City Thursday, April 18, and he could return from the disabled list soon. RP Travis Blackley (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Oklahoma City Thursday, as well.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (back) is returning to the lineup Thursday, April 18.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Jeff Karstens | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Karstens (shoulder) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Thursday, April 18.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said SP Charlie Morton (elbow) likely will need to make four rehab starts before joining the team.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said SP Francisco Liriano (arm) likely will need to make three more rehab starts before joining the team.

SP | R.A. Dickey | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey (neck, back) left his start Thursday, April 18, because of neck and back stiffness. His removal was precautionary at this point.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (lat) will throw a 35-pitch simulated game Friday, April 19, instead of for Single-A Kane County because of poor weather conditions. Garza will then likely throw for Double-A Tennessee on his rehab assignment.

SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando allowed five runs and six hits while walking two in just 2 1/3 innings in his loss to the Chicago Cubs Thursday, April 18. He had been 5-0 with a 1.88 ERA in eight career April starts coming into the outing.

SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain allowed seven earned runs and seven hits while striking out four and walking none in six innings to lose his second game of the year Thursday, April 18, against the Milwaukee Brewers. "It didn't really matter what pitch it was in those three innings," Cain said. "Everything was coming back to the middle. Right in the middle. I was just not executing the pitches at all." However, he settled down and retired 11 of his final 12 batters faced, but he's given up five home runs in the last two games after not allowing any in his first two starts. Cain has surrendered 18 earned runs and 21 hits in his last three starts.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (lat) doesn't have a timetable for when he'll resume throwing, and he's eligible to return from the disabled list Tuesday, April 22. However, the longer he goes without throwing, the longer it'll take him to regain arm strength and return. "We want to make sure he's pain-free, has a good range of motion and base of strength," trainer Paul Lessard said. "He's feeling good. It could be a couple of days. It could be a couple more."

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey (biceps) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Portland Monday, April 22.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) threw three innings (45 pitches) in extended spring training Thursday, April 18, and will be stretched out to four innings and 60 pitches in his next appearance. SP Steven Johnson (lat) also threw four innings Thursday, throwing 70 pitches. Johnson will embark on a rehab assignment, and he'll start during the assignment.

SP | John Lannan | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP John Lannan (knee) was put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee Thursday, April 18.

SP | Mike Fiers | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers optioned SP Mike Fiers to Triple-A Nashville Thursday, April 18.

SP | Nathan Eovaldi | Miami Marlins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Miami Marlins recalled SS Nick Green from the minors Thursday, April 18, and moved SP Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding move.

SP | Hector Noesi | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners recalled SP Hector Noesi from the minors Thursday, April 18, and optioned RP Bobby LaFromboise to the minors in a corresponding move.

SP | Henderson Alvarez | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) threw 35 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday, April 17, and he could try to throw a simulated game next week.

SP | Ross Detwiler | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Ross Detwiler gave up only one run in seven innings to beat the Miami Marlins Wednesday, April 17. He increased his ERA on the year to 0.90, and he threw a career-high 107 pitches, which were mostly fastballs. Detwiler gave up seven hits while walking none and striking out five.

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris last only two-thirds of an inning in his loss to the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, April 17. Both of his losses this year have come against the Athletics. Norris surrendered five hits and six earned runs while walking three in his poor outing.

SP | A.J. Burnett | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, April 17, to earn the win. He struck out eight in the outing to raise his season total to 35 in 24 innings. Burnett also recorded his 2,000th career strikeout in the game.

SP | Xavier Cedeno | Houston Astros | Transaction,
The Houston Astros designated P Xavier Cedeno for assignment Thursday, April 18.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Joel Hanrahan (hamstring) felt renewed soreness in his right hamstring after he threw off flat ground Thursday, April 18. He won't throw again for a few days.

RP | Sergio Santos | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos' (triceps) MRI exam showed a strain of his flexor pronator muscle in his triceps, and he will hold off throwing for a week and then be re-evaluated.

RP | Hisanori Takahashi | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Hisanori Takahashi cleared waivers and was outrighted to the minors Thursday, April 18.

RP | Edward Mujica | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak believes the bullpen will be a strength eventually, but they've had their struggles to open the season, mainly with RP Mitchell Boggs. Mozeliak didn't rule out Boggs returning to the main closer role and running with it, however, he mentioned RP Edward Mujica and his veteran presence in the backend of the bullpen as a guy that could also settle into the role. Mozeliak said RP Trevor Rosenthal has a dynamic arm but isn't getting the results he wants, so he'll have to make some adjustments. The GM doesn't prefer a set closer or a closer-by-committee, he just wants to see the team win any way possible. Mozeliak said the team won't label anybody as the set closer for the time being, though.


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