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First Baseman

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda and 1B Ike Davis are sitting the bench against a left-handed pitcher Thursday, May 9. Davis is hitting only .167 (8-for-48) with two RBIs and 20 strikeouts in his last 15 games. Manager Terry Collins said Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Locke's "cross-fire" delivery is very tough on lefties. Davis will return to the lineup against another southpaw Friday, May 10.

1B | Paul Goldschmidt | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Scouts have recently been very enamored with 1B Paul Goldschmidt and his skills at the plate, and the first baseman crushed two more home runs Wednesday, May 8. "He's an unbelievable player," RP Heath Bell said. "If he were on the east coast, he'd be (considered) one of the best in the game. I think he is one of the best in the game as it is. We don't get a whole lot of limelight here in Arizona. He's just an amazing player." Goldschmidt had four home runs in three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

One scout noted that Goldschmidt is a pure hitter unlike most of the other first basemen in the majors. "He's not giving away a single at-bat right now," a scout said. "He's unreal. He's so locked in. He's got monster power and now he's kind of understanding his game on a different level."

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez (neck) was removed from the game after aggravating his strained neck Wednesday, May 8. Gonzalez believes he'll be ready to play Friday, May 10.

Second Baseman

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (hamstring) had successful surgery on his hamstring Thursday, May 9.


SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar (hamstring) left the team's game Thursday, May 9, because of a tight right hamstring.

SS | Pedro Florimon | Minnesota Twins | Injury
Minnesota Twins SS Pedro Florimon (hamstring) left the team's game Thursday, May 9, because of a tight right hamstring.

SS | Andrelton Simmons | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons is 11-for-22 with four doubles, two home runs, six RBIs and just two strikeouts in his last five games. He is 8-for-20 as the No. 2 hitter with a strikeout and a walk, while the rest of the team in the two hole is a combined 12-for-108 (.111) with 34 strikeouts and 15 walks.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) is back in the lineup Thursday, May 9.

SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Eduardo Nunez (rib cage) is unlikely to be ready Thursday, May 9, after doing some light throwing and taking ground balls Wednesday, May 8. Nunez said he still felt "a little tight." Manager Joe Girardi said Nunez must be pain-free and do batting drills in the cage before he returns.

SS | Brandon Wood | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles acquired INF Brandon Wood from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations. He'll report to Triple-A Norfolk.

Third Baseman

3B | Juan Francisco | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves platoon at third base between 3Bs Juan Francisco and Chris D. Johnson has worked out very well. Francisco, who hits left-handed, is hitting .302 with five home runs in 63 at-bats, and Johnson, who swings from the right side, is batting .419 (13-for-31) with two home runs against southpaws. Johnson actually hit better against righties last year, but Johnson focused on improving against lefties in the offseason, and he worked extensively with hitting coach Greg Walker. "My bat path," Johnson said. "Two things I try to focus on is being on time and keeping a strong path through the zone, not try to be in and out. (He's kept his hands lower in his stance this year.) If I have a good path then my bat stays in the zone a long time, it gives you more of a chance to stay in the middle of the field and get some hits."

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (ribs) and C David Ross (quadriceps) are in the starting lineup Thursday, May 9.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera (back) said he was experiencing back discomfort Wednesday, May 8, but he stayed in the game and received treatment. Cabrera is in the lineup Thursday, May 9.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) jogged, played catch and hit off a tee at the team's spring training complex for the third time Wednesday, May 8.


C | Jose Molina | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury
Tampa Bay Rays C Jose Molina (knee) left the team's game Thursday, May 9, because of a bruised right knee.

C | Travis d'Arnaud | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets C Travis d'Arnaud (foot) will be re-examined in New York May 17, and he might be able to start rehabbing in Florida after that. d'Arnaud is still in a walking boot. "A lot of resting. Just stay off my foot and trying to keep it elevated so it can heal back to 100 percent," d'Arnaud. "I'm in a boot that I've been wearing it all the time, except when I sleep."

C | A.J. Pierzynski | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers C A.J. Pierzynski (oblique) landed on the disabled list with a Grade 1 right oblique strain. He dealt with an oblique strain last year but only missed three days. He'll be eligible to return from the DL May 21. C Robinson Chirinos, who was recalled to take Pierzynski's roster spot, can also play several infield spots if needed.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana is out of the lineup Thursday, May 9.


OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
The initial evaluation of the MRI on Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth's (hamstring) right hamstring were "pretty negative," Manager Davey Johnson said before the game Thursday, May 9. It was an encouraging sign that the lingering tightness in the leg muscle isn't serious. Werth hasn't played in a week, since May 2, when he left after five innings when the hamstring tightened on him again after resting it for two games. Johnson suggested on Wednesday that Werth's recent bout with a stomach bug has deprived his body of fluids and the dehydration is the root of the continued muscle cramping.

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan's (groin) injury only affects him when he swings from the left side but not when he's running. He will continue to play as long as the pain is bearable.

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon has moved from the leadoff spot to third Thursday, May 9, with 1B Billy Butler hitting cleanup. "The most important two spots we have in the lineup right now should be manned by Gordy and Billy," manager Ned Yost said. "That's three and four. Everything else is interchangeable depending on who's hot and the matchups." The team's No. 4 hitter has ranked last in RBIs (seven), extra-base hits (six) and slugging percentage (.277), and they are ranked 29th among 30 teams with a .271 on-base percentage. SS Alcides Escobar is batting leadoff with OF Lorenzo Cain following him. Escobar prefers to hit second and has much more experience in that slot, but he doesn't have a problem hitting atop the order. 2B Chris Getz and OF Jeff Francoeur returned to the lineup Thursday, but they'll need to show production soon if they want to keep everyday jobs. Yost plans on using this new-look lineup for an extended period of time.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (hamstring) has started taking swings off a tee since he's feeling better, and he could start running soon. However, OF Chris B. Young (quadriceps) is expected to be ready to return before Crisp. Both players can come off the disabled list May 16.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (appendix) was the designated hitter for Triple-A Gwinnett Thursday, May 9, and he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and a walk while playing all nine innings. It's assumed that he'll stay on his rehab assignment this weekend.

OF | Rick Ankiel | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Houston Astros released OF Rick Ankiel Thursday, May 9.

OF | Michael Bourn | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn (finger) will be activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday, May 10, and RP Scott Barnes has been sent to Triple-A Columbus to make room on the roster.

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (hamstring) sat out with a tight hamstring Wednesday, May 8. Crawford was healthy enough to enter as a pinch-hitter late in the game, however.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (forearm) homered to center field during his rehab game Wednesday, May 8, and he played two innings in center field and then moved to right field for two more innings and then moved to left field after that. Granderson will move to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Thursday, May 9, although he may not play. Granderson will continue to play all three outfield positions.

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Ichiro Suzuki is out of the lineup Thursday, May 9.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Scott Kazmir | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Scott Kazmir's average fastball velocity by start is: 90.6, 91.6, 91.5 and 93.3. He was throwing 94-96 mph in the sixth inning in his last start.

SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Fantasy
One source said New York Mets SP Zack Wheeler could be called up by June 1. Another source said that is a little aggressive, and they are taking it on a "start-by-start basis."

SP | Bartolo Colon | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon gave up six runs and eight hits in five innings Thursday, May 9, against the Cleveland Indians. Colon, who pitched for the Indians from 1997 to 2002, hadn't faced Cleveland since 2005. ''I felt good,'' Colon said. ''The only problem is the Cleveland team is hot right now.''

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay (shoulder) is scheduled to have shoulder surgery Wednesday, May 15, in Los Angeles. The surgery is scheduled to repair a bone spur in his shoulder, a partial tear in his rotator cuff and some fraying in his labrum. Halladay believes he can return in three months, but a timetable likely will not be made until the damage in his shoulder is known.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton (elbow, shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, May 10. Morton's elbow injury is no longer a problem and the team does not think the shoulder injury is a serious injury.

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (collarbone) could start the team's game Wednesday, May 15, if his rehab start with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga goes well.

SP | J.A. Happ | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (head, knee) is expected to miss four to six weeks because of his head and knee injuries. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Happ probably will start throwing in a week but does not know when he will be able to throw off a mound. Happ will begin working out at the team's minor league complex in Dunedin when he can start throwing.

SP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said SP Felix Doubront is expected to rejoin the starting rotation at some point next week despite his drop in velocity and recent lack of success.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese (back) disagreed with manager Terry Collins' assessment that Niese pitched with a stiff back in his last start. Niese said he did have a back issue but does not think it affected his performance. Niese has struck out 20 batters and walked 19 in 36 2/3 innings this season.

SP | Franklin Morales | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Franklin Morales (pectoral) will make his next rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket Monday, May 13, and he will go three innings. He pitched two scoreless innings for Double-A Portland Wednesday, May 8, and displayed nice velocity. He'll need at least two more rehab appearances before he's ready to return to the team.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy (elbow) threw his final batting practice session Thursday, May 9, and he'll throw a bullpen Sunday, May 12. He could begin a rehab assignment at the end of next week.

SP | Kyle Gibson | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Kyle Gibson, who threw a shutout with Triple-A Rochester Wednesday, May 8, will not take the place of SP Pedro Hernandez in the rotation, according to general manager Terry Ryan.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (elbow) threw off the mound for the first time since his injury Thursday, May 9, and tossed 28 pitches, which were all fastballs at around 90 percent intensity. Weaver said he felt "great."

SP | Josh Johnson | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Josh Johnson (triceps) is on track to make a rehab start May 21. RP Sergio Santos (triceps) and SP Dustin McGowan (shoulder) both had strong outings in extended spring training and are close to embarking on rehab assignments.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (ankle) will start for Double-A Midland Sunday, May 12, and he could make the start for the A's five days later against the Kansas City Royals if he doesn't have any setbacks.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow (back) will be pushed back to Sunday, May 12, due to back spasms during his bullpen session Tuesday, May 7.

SP | Wade Miley | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Wade Miley walked none in 7 2/3 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, May 8, after allowing 10 walks in 9 1/3 innings in his previous two starts. "I just quit thinking," Miley said. "That was pretty much it. I just kind of got caught up and was losing it out there trying to do too much and be too perfect."

SP | Miguel Gonzalez | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Miguel Gonzalez (thumb) expects to throw a bullpen session before going on a minor league rehab assignment, and he thinks he'll be ready to return from the disabled list when eligible May 19.

SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Jenrry Mejia (forearm) has resumed pitching in extended spring training after being shut down with forearm tendonitis during spring training. He may be moved to Single-A St. Lucie this weekend.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker said SP Ricky Romero needs more time to implement the changes that he had made earlier this season.

SP | Jarrod Parker | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said SP Jarrod Parker (neck) is in line to start Saturday, May 11.

SP | Steven Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles placed SP Miguel Gonzalez (thumb) on the 15-day disabled list with blister on his thumb Thursday, May 9, and recalled RP Alex Burnett from Triple-A Norfolk in a corresponding move.

SP | Allen Webster | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox optioned SP Allen Webster to the minors Wednesday, May 8, and recalled RP Jose De La Torre in a corresponding move.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova (triceps) gave up two runs in four-plus innings in an extended spring game Wednesday, May 8, and he felt better than expected. Nova didn't feel any pain in his triceps, but his location wasn't very sharp. He threw all his pitches and allowed five hits while walking three and striking out five. Nova is hoping that he can return to the rotation next, but his next outing is undetermined.

SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) will make another extended spring start Monday, May 13, and general manager Brian Cashman said Pineda's fastball has been clocked in the mid-90 mph range, and Pineda said he's been feeling good on the mound. However, it's unknown how far off he is before he'll embark on a minor league rehab assignment.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Tim Wood | Minnesota Twins | Injury,
Minnesota Twins RP Tim Wood (shoulder, biceps) has stopped his rehab assignment after feeling discomfort in his right biceps area. He is scheduled to be examined by team doctors Friday, May 10.

RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Injury,
Atlanta Braves RP Jonny Venters (elbow) shut down his throwing session Thursday, May 9, because of more soreness in his elbow. It was Venters' first time attempting to throw off a mound since he received in injection in his elbow.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz (elbow) is dealing with an ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his elbow, and he won't need to undergo surgery. Putz will rest for now, according to manager Kirk Gibson.

RP | Santiago Casilla | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Santiago Casilla (knee) is reportedly dealing with a cyst in his knee that he knew about last season, and he "may need a couple of days to let it calm down." There has been no talk of him landing on the disabled list at this point.

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) threw a 21-pitch simulated game Thursday, May 9, and he didn't have any setbacks.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey (biceps) played catch Thursday, May 9, and doesn't know when he will return to the team, but he gave the indication that he won't be ready to return when eligible to come off the disabled list May 14.

RP | Joshua Fields | Houston Astros | Injury,
Houston Astros RP Joshua Fields (forearm) will begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Quad Cities Friday, May 10, and he'll throw two innings.

RP | Vinnie Pestano | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Vinnie Pestano (elbow) will do some throwing Sunday, May 12, and he's hoping to return from the disabled list May 17.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox moved RP Joel Hanrahan (forearm) to the 60-day disabled list Thursday, May 9, to open a roster spot for RP Jose De La Torre. Surgery for Hanrahan is "definitely a possibility."

RP | Mark Rogers | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Mark Rogers (shoulder) has been recalled from his rehab assignment with Double-A Huntsville and will head to Arizona for more testing on his arm.

RP | Jeremy Affeldt | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Santiago Casilla (knee) will undergo an exam Thursday, May 9, to determine the severity of his right knee injury.


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