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First Baseman

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis is hitless in his last 24 chances with runners in scoring position and mired in a 1-for-36 slump overall.

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has settled on 1B Adam Lind as his everyday cleanup hitter against right-handed pitching. Lind has earned the role after turning into one of the club's most reliable hitters. Entering Tuesday, May 21, Lind was batting .351 with three homers and a 1.076 OPS.

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (knee) is back in the lineup Tuesday, May 21, after the team was unsure if he had a tear in his meniscus.

1B | Daric Barton | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 1B Daric Barton cleared waivers and was outrighted to the minors Tuesday, May 21.

1B | Neftali Soto | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds optioned 1B Neftali Soto to Triple-A Louisville Monday, May 20, to make room on the roster for SP Johnny Cueto.

1B | Brett Pill | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants placed Ryan Vogelsong (hand) and Santiago Casilla (knee) on the 15-day disabled list. They recalled 1B Brett Pill and RP Sandy Rosario from Class AAA Fresno.

Second Baseman

2B | Dan Uggla | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe (head) left the game Tuesday, May 21, against the Atlanta Braves in the 10th inning after being kicked in the head by Braves 2B Dan Uggla while trying to break up a double play. Plouffe was sent to test for concussion symptoms, but results of the exam were not known.

2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a double to left field Tuesday, May 21, against the Washington Nationals.

2B | Mark Ellis | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Mark Ellis (rest) was given a day off to rest Tuesday, May 21, as manager Don Mattingly eases him back into the lineup.

2B | Jemile Weeks | Oakland Athletics | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 2B Jemile Weeks is learning to play shortstop to improve his chances of another recall from Triple-A Sacramento. Manager Bob Melvin said it was Weeks' idea. "I talked to Sacramento manager Steve Scarsone, and he said he's very playable there," Melvin said. "He wanted to do it, based on the needs at the time. Like anybody, if you can play different positions, that gives you more chances to get here, whether it's at second or shortstop or in a utility role."

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (side) has been scratched Tuesday, May 21, because of right side discomfort.

2B | Aaron Hill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill (hand) will see a doctor Monday, May 27, and his hand has been healing slowly.

2B | Cord Phelps | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians placed OF Nick Swisher on the paternity list Tuesday, May 21, and recalled 2B Cord Phelps from the minors in a corresponding move.

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa worked to improve his swing with hitting coach Rick Eckstein Monday, May 20, and also had a film session. Espinosa was benched again in favor of 2B Steve Lombardozzi. Espinosa has one hit in his last 28 at-bats and a triple slash line of .163/.191/.260. The team insists he's physically fine despite playing through a torn rotator cuff all of last year. His shoulder could still be playing a part, though, as his power numbers are down again. Espinosa also has a .200 batting average on balls in play, but he's hitting liners only 10.3 percent of the time, the lowest mark in the majors. His home run percentage has dropped from 13 percent in his career to 7.7 percent this year. Espinosa is swinging at more pitches and making contact with pitches outside the zone, but most of all, it looks as though he's lost the strength in his swing. The Nationals still think Espinosa gives them the best option at second base, mainly because of his defense.


SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Jurickson Profar drove in two runs with a groundout and sacrifice fly Monday, May 20, against the Oakland Athletics. He is the fifth player in franchise history to drive in multiple runs from the ninth spot in the order without the benefit of a hit. The last player to accomplish the feat was INF D'Angelo Jimenez back in 2006.

SS | Jed Lowrie | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Jed Lowrie (foot) left the game Tuesday, May 21, against the Texas Rangers due to a right foot contusion.

SS | Hiroyuki Nakajima | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Hiroyuki Nakajima (hamstring) has played second base during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento. His 20-day rehab assignment ends Wednesday, May 22, and a decision needs to be made whether he returns to Oakland or he is optioned to Sacramento. It appears Nakajima will be optioned to the minors, although Melvin said no decision has been made. "His position is shortstop, that's what it's been his whole career, but he's open to playing other positions, too," Melvin said. SS Jed Lowrie is entrenched at shortstop in Oakland.

SS | Alcides Escobar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SS Alcides Escobar was out of the lineup in favor of 2B Elliot Johnson Tuesday, May 21. He is down to .249 after getting only 10 hits in his last 62 at-bats. "He's just in a funk right now," manager Ned Yost said. "So we'll give him a day, and maybe two, just to take it easy. He might be in there (Wednesday). I don't know. He just needs to catch his breath a little bit."

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) is doing running drills Tuesday, May 21.

Third Baseman

3B | Trevor Plouffe | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins INF Trevor Plouffe (concussion) was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion.

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas broke an 0-for-18 slump at the plate with a base hit Tuesday, May 21. His RBI single was part of a 7-3 win over the Houston Astros.

3B | Josh Vitters | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said 3B Josh Vitters is still a priority for the team in the future. Vitters is batting .259 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 54 at-bats with Triple-A Iowa this year. Sveum said Vitters "has got power, can hit a fastball… but there's a lot of development left in him." 3B Ian Stewart is playing behind Vitters at Iowa.

3B | Mark Teahen | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Arizona Diamondbacks released 3B Mark Teahen Monday, May 20.


C | Salvador Perez | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous items, Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez (hip) was out of the lineup Tuesday, May 21, a night after bruising his right hip crashing into railing chasing a foul ball. An MRI revealed no damage and he hopes to play on Wednesday, May 22.

C | A.J. Ellis | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday, May 21, that he plans to rest C A.J. Ellis Wednesday, May 22. C Ramon Hernandez is expected to make the start in his absence.

C | David Ross | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C David Ross (concussion) will go on a short minor league rehab assignment later this week before coming back from the disabled list. Ross had another "good day," Tuesday, May 21.

C | Taylor Teagarden | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles C Taylor Teagarden (thumb) is roughly four or five days away from playing in extended spring games.

C | Jose Molina | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays C Jose Molina (hamstring) remains out of the lineup Tuesday, May 21.

C | A.J. Pierzynski | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers activated C A.J. Pierzynski (oblique) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, May 21, and optioned C Robinson Chirinos and SP Josh Lindblom to the minors in corresponding moves.


OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper pulled up Tuesday, May 21, before charging into the scoreboard wall like he did the week before. As a result, a ball hit by San Francisco Giants OF Gregor Blanco fell harmlessly for a triple and sparked a rally that saw San Francisco win 4-2 in 10 innings.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond said OF Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) would take live batting practice Wednesday, May 22 and begin "functional running."

OF | Matt Joyce | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Matt Joyce (hamstring) left the game Tuesday, May 21, against the Toronto Blue Jays due to tightness in his right hamstring. His removal is considered precautionary.

OF | Michael Brantley | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley served as the cleanup hitter in manager Terry Francona's lineup Tuesday, May 21, with OF Nick Swisher (personal) on the paternity list. Brantley has now appeared in every spot in the order this season.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (rest) was held out of the lineup Tuesday, May 21, as manager Bob Melvin gave him a scheduled day of rest. "He ran around a lot last night," Melvin said. "I have to keep him healthy. He wants to play, but he doesn't fight it. He understands. He does have an injury history because of how hard he plays, so it's our job to try to combat that."

OF | Bubba Starling | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Bubba Starling (eyes) is back in the lineup for Single-A Lexington after missing seven days after undergoing Lasik surgery. Starling is hitting .221 with four home runs and 18 RBIs in 36 games with Lexington.

OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) had more tightness in his hamstring Tuesday, May 21, and won't return until he's symptom-free. "Right now, we still think this is a short-term thing, but we've got to let this continue to subside," manager John Farrell said. It's unknown at this point if Victorino will have to land on the disabled list, and they likely won't make a decision for another few days.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell is sticking with OF Jacoby Ellsbury at leadoff even though he is 3-for-24 through seven games of the team's nine-game road trip. Farrell was considering dropping Ellsbury down, but OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) has been dealing with multiple injuries. Victorino is not in the lineup Tuesday, May 21. "We're sticking with (Ellsbury) to hopefully give him the opportunity to come out of the situation that he's in right now," Farrell said. "But I can say this: Whether he's hitting first or whether he's hitting somewhere else in the lineup, there are still things that we need to address, that he needs to address, and those are ongoing." Ellsbury has just three walks in his last nine games and hasn't homered in 162 at-bats, but Farrell doesn't think Ellsbury is swinging too hard.

OF | Adam Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Adam Jones (leg) is serving as the designated hitter Tuesday, May 21, because he's dealing with right leg soreness. The team is giving Jones a chance to keep his legs fresh.

OF | Scott Cousins | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Scott Cousins cleared waivers and was outrighted to the minors Monday, May 20.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Kyle Lohse | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Kyle Lohse (elbow) has right elbow irritation and will miss his next start. P Mike Fiers will make the start.

SP | Mike Leake | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake won his third straight start and fourth in five games Tuesday, May 21, when he held the New York Mets to three hits in seven innings of a 4-0 shutout.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza returned to the active rotation Tuesday, May 21, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He allowed only one hit over his five innings, striking out five and walking three while throwing 82 pitches; however, after he left, the Cubs blew the lead and Pittsburgh walked away with a 5-4 victory.

SP | Jose Fernandez | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Jose Fernandez lasted five innings in his latest start Tuesday, May 21, against the Philadelphia Phillies. It marked his shortest outing since being pulled after giving up two runs in four innings against the New York Mets on April 29. After he left, however, Marlins relievers were tagged for six runs in a 7-3 loss.

SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando (triceps) has been playing catch, but he said Tuesday, May 21, that while everything is feeling better, he is only throwing around "40 percent."

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers have a doubleheader scheduled for Monday, May 27. The team could use SP Ross Wolf, who is expected to start Wednesday, May 22, too. SPs Josh Lindblom and Martin Perez are also candidates. SP Yu Darvish will start the other game of the twin bill.

SP | Nick Tepesch | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
The next turn in the rotation for Texas Rangers SP Nick Tepesch (blister) is set for Sunday, May 26. He was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday, May 22, due to a blister on his right middle finger. The team is hopeful he can start Sunday with a doubleheader set for Monday, May 27.

SP | Kevin Gausman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles are expected to recall SP Kevin Gausman from Double-A Bowie to start Thursday, May 23, against the Toronto Blue Jays, an industry source confirmed Tuesday, May 21. Gausman is 2-4 with a 3.11 in eight start for Bowie, posting just five walks with 49 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings.

SP | Josh Beckett | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (groin) was able to throw on flat ground Tuesday, May 21, without discomfort in his strained ground muscle. He was unable to do that over the weekend. He is expected to throw from a mound before he's allowed to run.

SP | Josh Johnson | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Josh Johnson (triceps) is expected to need two more minor-league rehab starts before he is activated from the 15-day disabled list.

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris (back) was lifted from his start Tuesday, May 21, against the Kansas City Royals due to tightness in his back.

SP | Hector Santiago | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Hector Santiago will make the start Wednesday, May 22, against the Boston Red Sox in place of the injured SP Chris Sale (shoulder).

SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale (shoulder) has been scratched for his start Wednesday, May 22, due to a mild case of tendinitis in his left posterior shoulder. The move is precautionary.

SP | Scott Kazmir | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday, May 21, that he pulled SP Scott Kazmir from his start in the fourth inning Monday, May 20, because he looked "sluggish." Over his past two outings, Kazmir is 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA. "I think we have to be cognizant of the fact he hasn't pitched every five days for a while," Francona said.

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong (hand) will be out six to eight weeks after having successful surgery on his hand Tuesday, May 21.

SP | Tommy Hanson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Tommy Hanson (personal) is in extended spring training right now and is unlikely to start Saturday, May 25.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (elbow) could be activated from the disabled list after his extended spring start Wednesday, May 22.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook (elbow) threw for roughly 15 minutes on flat ground Tuesday, May 21.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy (elbow) will make his next rehab start with Triple-A Gwinnett Friday, May 24.

SP | Miguel Batista | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Toronto Blue Jays released SP Miguel Batista Tuesday, May 21.

SP | Miguel Gonzalez | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles activated SP Miguel Gonzalez (thumb) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, May 21, and optioned SP Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A Norfolk in a corresponding move.

SP | Patrick Corbin | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Patrick Corbin tossed a three-hit complete game and struck out 10 in his win over the Colorado Rockies Monday, May 20, and he became the third visiting pitcher to throw a full game with 10 or more strikeouts, and the first to do so since 1998. He's the second pitcher in the last 20 years to open the season with nine straight starts of allowing two runs or less in six innings or more.

Corbin threw 74 of his 97 pitches for strikes, and the Rockies swung at 21 of his 34 breaking pitches, missing on 15 of them. Corbin's breaking ball has been his bread and butter; opponents this season have taken 94 hacks at the pitch and fanned 54 times, making his 58 percent swinging strike rate the highest in the league. His 39 strikeouts with his breaking balls are third most for a pitcher in the National League.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly is expected to start against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 25.

SP | Samuel Deduno | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins will recall SP Samuel Deduno and place him in the rotation Friday, May 24, passing up top prospect Kyle Gibson. Deduno will replace Pedro Hernandez.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Rafael Betancourt | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies CL Rafael Betancourt (hamstring) will undergo an MRI on his right groin Wednesday, May 22, after leaving the previous day's game with tightness in the area. The team hopes the off day Thursday, May 23, will help him avoid the disabled list.

RP | Scott Elbert | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury,
Los Angeles Dodgers P Scott Elbert (elbow) might be back with the team within the next week. He is scheduled to pitch three times in four days this week during his minor-league rehab assignment. Manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday, May 21, that Elbert's velocity has increased in recent appearances to 90-92 mph.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez deleted his Twitter account Tuesday, May 21, and said the decision was a "personal choice" in order to focus more on the team. Manager Terry Francona was supportive. "I don't think I've looked at a Twitter in my life. I don't even know if I know how. But I like his reasoning, so I'm cool with it," Francona said.

RP | Santiago Casilla | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Santiago Casilla (knee) is going for a second opinion on his sore knee, and surgery is a possibility.

RP | Jordan Walden | Atlanta Braves | Injury,
Atlanta Braves RP Jordan Walden (shoulder) felt good Tuesday, May 21, but the team doesn't expect him to be ready to come off the disabled list when eligible Monday, May 27. The team wants him to throw a bullpen and make at least two minor league rehab outings before returning. He threw from 150 feet Tuesday and expects to throw a bullpen Wednesday, May 22. He said his shoulder is feeling strong.

RP | Neal Cotts | Texas Rangers | Transaction,
Texas Rangers RP Neal Cotts was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock Tuesday, May 21. He was 3-1 with a 0.78 ERA in 15 outings with Round Rock this year.

RP | Sean Burnett | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Transaction,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim activated RP Sean Burnett (forearm) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, May 21, and optioned RP Ryan Brasier to Triple-A Salt Lake in a corresponding move.

RP | T.J. McFarland | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles P T.J. McFarland is another option to make the start Thursday, May 23, and manager Buck Showalter seemed to indicate that McFarland was the favorite.

RP | Eduardo Sanchez | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs claimed RP Eduardo Sanchez off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, May 21, and sent him to Triple-A Iowa. He had a 3.72 ERA in nine outings with Triple-A Memphis this year. RP Michael Bowden will be designated for assignment Tuesday to make a roster spot for SP Matt Garza (lat).

RP | Chris Resop | Oakland Athletics | Transaction,
The Oakland Athletics outrighted RP Chris Resop to the minors after he cleared waivers Monday, May 20.

RP | Shane Loux | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong (hand) will have surgery Tuesday, May 21, and he'll likely have pins inserted to stabilize his hand and help speed up the healing process. He broke two bones in his right pinkie and dislocated a knuckle that the training staff couldn't pop back into place.


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