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First Baseman

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies are a little concerned that 1B Ryan Howard's (knee) meniscus issues may be related to his Achilles' injury that he suffered in the playoffs back in 2011. "When you look at the meniscus, there's a little piece of it that we're concerned about," trainer Scott Sheridan said. "There's certain tests that make it look like he has a meniscus tear, and that's not as clear cut. If you did an MRI on all of it and you find these changes in the meniscus, the question is is that what's really causing the symptoms?" Howard is hitting .245 with six home runs and 22 RBIs in 41 games, and his .713 OPS is the lowest mark of his career.

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets struggling 1B Ike Davis was dropped to sixth in the lineup Monday, May 20, after his week-long trial in the cleanup spot was up. 2B Daniel Murphy is remaining in the leadoff spot against the Cincinnati Reds. Murphy hit the go-ahead home run in the leadoff spot for the first time this year Sunday, May 19. Murphy has an eight-game hitting streak. Davis went 1-for-24 in six games back in the cleanup spot last week. OF Rick Ankiel will hit second for the first time.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk in an extended spring game Monday, May 20. However, the team is being extremely cautious with Teixeira's rehab. "Until (Teixeira) is actually rehabbing in games...we'll hold our breath for a while, and then he'll go through spring training. If that goes fine, then I'll believe at we're OK. But prior to that, I'm not gonna count my chickens yet," manager Brian Cashman said.

Second Baseman

2B | Jerry Hairston Jr. | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers INF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr. (knee) is dealing with tendonitis in his knee.

2B | Gordon Beckham | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham (wrist) could return to the team this weekend.


SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said INFs Jurickson Profar and Leury Garcia will split time at second base with 2B Ian Kinsler (intercostal) on the disabled list. Garcia started at second Sunday, May 19. Profar hit two home runs with Triple-A Round Rock Saturday, May 18, to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He had 14 hits in his last 33 at-bats with six runs, two doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs. Profar is likely to go back to the minors when Kinsler returns, because the team wants him playing every day. Manager Ron Washington said Kinsler could be out only five to six days.

SS | Stephen Drew | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Stephen Drew (back) is returning to the lineup Monday, May 20.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) will have another checkup with Dr. Robert Anderson this week.

SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova (biceps) is throwing an extended spring training game Monday, May 20, and he could be activated from the disabled list after that. SS Eduardo Nunez (rib cage) is "ten days away for us to think about New York," general manager Brian Cashman said. SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) threw in an extended spring game Saturday, May 18, and received strong reviews during the 51-pitch outing. The team is hoping he'll make two more starts Thursday, May 23, and May 28, before beginning an official rehab assignment.

Third Baseman

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (hand) said he can hit and throw without much issue after getting three stiches in his hand. Freese is available to come off the bench.

3B | Michael Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (knee) was diagnosed with a change in the meniscus in his knee and inflammation Monday, May 20, and he's listed as day-to-day. He received an injection in his knee Sunday, May 19. Galvis will become an NL-only infield target if Howard needs to go on the disabled list.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) continued to take on-field batting practice Monday, May 20, and he also took grounders at third base and made throws to first and second base.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) started his third week of on-field rehab with defensive drills and hitting in the cages Monday, May 20. H fielded grounders and took 25 swings in batting practice in an indoor cage. He also ran from foul pole to foul pole four times.


C | Ronny Paulino | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles signed free-agent C Ronny Paulino (Mariners) to a minor league deal Monday, May 20.

C | A.J. Pierzynski | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers C A.J. Pierzynski will remain the primary catcher when he returns to the team this week, even though C Geovany Soto had five hits in 12 at-bats with two home runs and four RBIs with regular playing time. Soto will return to backup duties, and he'll start one or two times a week.

C | Chris Stewart | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees C Chris Stewart (groin) took some soft toss Monday, May 20, and he felt OK. Stewart is still available in an emergency with C Austin Romine starting against the Baltimore Orioles.

C | David Ross | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C David Ross (concussion) was cleared to resume throwing and hitting off a tee Monday, May 20.

C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (hamstring) will land on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, May 21, with a Grade 2 hamstring strain.


OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) left the team's game Monday, May 20, with left hamstring tightness.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler worked on some swing flaws and cleared his mind to help get back on track. After a lengthy slump, Fowler went 10-for-20 in a four game series against the San Francisco Giants.

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth's (hamstring) MRI raised an "alarming report," and he could be out for two more weeks.

OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (wrist) will join the team and take batting practice Friday, May 24. Reddick will be sent out for a rehab assignment after that if he doesn't have any setbacks.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (neck) will play in two extended spring games this week and is expected to be ready to return from the disabled list to face the San Francisco Giants Friday, May 24.

OF | Matt Diaz | Miami Marlins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins placed OF Matt Diaz (knee) on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee bone bruise Monday, May 20, and recalled OF Jordan Brown from Triple-A New Orleans. Diaz was hitting only .167 (3-for-18) in 10 games this year. Brown can play first base and left field, but he last played in the majors in 2010. Brown was batting .261 with one homer and 12 RBIs in 37 games for New Orleans.

OF | Anthony Gose | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Anthony Gose could be used as a defensive replacement late in games, and manager John Gibbons wasn't sure if Gose will be a short- or long-term addition to the team. Gose was hitting only .227 with two home runs and five stolen bases at Triple-A Buffalo. He hit .223 in 56 games with the Blue Jays last year.

OF | Norichika Aoki | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Norichika Aoki is hitting .533 (16-for-30) with four three-hit games in his last seven games, and he's batting .410 (16-for-39) against the St. Louis Cardinals.

OF | Scott Van Slyke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
X-rays on Los Angeles Dodgers OF Scott Van Slyke (leg) came back negative after he hit a ball off his lower left leg on two straight pitches Sunday, May 19.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong (hand) suffered a fractured right hand after he was hit by a pitch Monday, May 20.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook said he hopes to resume throwing off the mound Tuesday, May 21, after making 50 throws pain-free today from 90-feet.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly will return to the starting rotation, but he'll be in the bullpen for the next couple of days.

SP | Kyle Gibson | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SPs Kyle Gibson, P.J. Walters and Samuel Deduno are all candidates to start Friday, May 24.

SP | Wei-Yin Chen | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) will start his rehab in Florida Tuesday, May 21, and he hopes to ride a stationary bike and run at some point next week. Chen won't pick up a ball for a while.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jake Arrieta will pitch out of the bullpen for now, but SP Freddy Garcia will have to pitch well to remain in the rotation, meaning there's a chance Arrieta will return to a starting role.

SP | Matt Magill | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers activated SP Ted Lilly (rib cage, neck) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, May 20, and optioned SP Matt Magill to the minors in a corresponding move.

SP | Brett Myers | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Brett Myers (elbow) will make his second rehab start for Double-A Akron Wednesday, May 22.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (triceps) allowed two runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings in a rehab start for Double-A Frisco Monday, May 20, and he threw 33 of his 47 pitches for strikes. "I'm just trying to get reps and get my arm strength back to where you know you can get a big league hitter out," Lewis said. "Right now, in my mind, I don't feel like I can do that. I definitely feel like I can locate. I feel like my velocity's down, and I definitely need to generate more power." He topped out at 87 mph, and his fastball was consistently 84-86 mph.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto is concerned that his windup has led to injuries. "I was discussing it with the head trainer, 'Do you think my windup is too strong and that's why I am getting so many muscle injuries?'" Cueto said. Cueto isn't worried about changing his windup midseason.

SP | Franklin Morales | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Franklin Morales (pectoral) allowed five runs in four innings with Triple-A Pawtucket Sunday, May 19, and he's expected to make at least one more rehab outing.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Steve Cishek | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond said following the game Monday, May 20, that Steve Cishek is no longer the only closer. "We're going to use everybody," he said, mentioning Cishek, Chad Qualls and Mike Dunn by name. Qualls was warming up Monday when Miami was holding a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning but was not needed after Miami scored three runs. Left-handed bats are hitting .333 versus Cishek, while right-handed hitters are hitting just .111.

RP | Kelvin Herrera | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said he's looking to "mix and match" different relievers in the eighth inning to give RP Kelvin Herrera a chance to pitch in lower-leverage situations. RPs Aaron Crow, Tim Collins, Luke Hochevar or even Bruce Chen could become the primary setup man to RP Greg Holland while Herrera works on some things. Herrera allowed a game-winning homer Sunday, May 19, and it was his eighth homer allowed in his last 14 innings.

RP | Mike Adams | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Philadelphia Phillies placed RP Mike Adams (back) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, May 20, and recalled C Humberto Quintero from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding move. Adams' DL stint is backdated to May 11.

RP | Jordan Walden | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RP Jordan Walden (shoulder) said he felt "pretty good" after playing catch Monday, May 20, and he hopes to come off the disabled list when eligible next Monday. Walden will back up to 90 feet Tuesday, May 21, after throwing from 60 feet Monday. The team wants to have Walden make some minor league rehab outings before returning.

RP | Craig Kimbrel | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel is unavailable to pitch Monday, May 20, after saving all three games over the weekend. RPs Luis Avilan and Cory Gearrin will be mixed and matched late in the game if a save situation arises Monday against the Minnesota Twins.

RP | Scott Proctor | Retired Players | Transaction,
Free-agent RP Scott Proctor (Orioles) has retired from baseball.

RP | Derek Lowe | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers designated RP Derek Lowe for assignment Monday, May 20, to make room on the roster for SP Josh Lindblom.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox activated RP Andrew Bailey (biceps) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, May 20, and optioned RP Jose De La Torre to Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding move.

RP | David Aardsma | New York Mets | Transaction,
The New York Mets signed free-agent RP David Aardsma (Marlins) to a minor league deal Monday, May 20, and assigned him to Triple-A Las Vegas.

RP | Evan Reed | Detroit Tigers | Transaction,
The Detroit Tigers recalled RP Luke Putkonen from the minors Monday, May 20, and optioned RP Evan Reed in a corresponding move.


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