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First Baseman

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn (back) said Wednesday, May 22, that he is having difficulty getting loose, but he continues to play despite not being at 100 percent. He said his problem is more related to fielding because his pain is vertical. "It takes so long to get loose," Dunn said. "I have to probably go two or three batters before I normally do just to go and get loose again. Other than that, it's pretty much the same."

1B | Carlos Pena | Houston Astros | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Houston Astros manager Bo Porter said Wednesday, May 22, that he likes to use 1B Chris Carter at first base and 1B Carlos Pena as the designated hitter, even though Pena is the better defensive player, because he enjoys the option of moving Carter to the outfield late in games if needed.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte (back) will play catch Thursday, May 23, and he'll do some long toss after that, followed by a bullpen and a simulated game. It's unclear if Pettitte will come off the disabled list when eligible next week. 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) and 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) each received six at-bats in a simulated game Wednesday. 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) had the day off from workouts. RP Joba Chamberlain (oblique) threw 13 pitches and is expected to have another rehab outing before coming off the DL. SP Ivan Nova (triceps) threw a light side session, but the team won't rush him back.

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis went 0-for-2 with two walks, and he has just one hit in his last 38 at-bats. He's also hitless in his last 25 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Second Baseman

2B | Josh Rutledge | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies optioned 2B Josh Rutledge to Triple-A Colorado Spring Wednesday, May 22.

2B | Chris Getz | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 2B Chris Getz is getting a shot at the leadoff spot since he's started to swing the bat better recently. He's gone 2-for-5 with a walk in his last two starts after previously going 4-for-46. SS Alcides Escobar (three games), OF Jarrod Dyson (three games), OF Lorenzo Cain (three games) and OF David Lough (three games) were all tried in the top spot.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (rib cage) will have an MRI following his absence from the club's game on Tuesday, May 21. He was scratched after he felt pain and a burning sensation in the area following a swing during batting practice. Utley won't play on Wednesday, May 22. It sounds as if the test will take place on Thursday, May 23. If he lands on the disabled list, then Freddy Galvis would fill in at second base, and the club would probably recall INF Cesar Hernandez or 1B/OF Darin Ruf.


SS | Jed Lowrie | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Jed Lowrie (foot) was out of the lineup Wednesday, May 22, after being hit by a pitch on his right foot Tuesday, May 21.

SS | Jonathan Schoop | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SS Jonathan Schoop (back) is dealing with a stress fracture in his lower back and will be out for six to eight weeks.

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar (knee) left the game early Tuesday, May 21, with soreness in his right knee.

Third Baseman

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas broke out of an 0-for-18 slump with an RBI single Tuesday, May 21. Even though Moustakas is hitting .180 through 39 games, manager Ned Yost sees growth in the youngster. "Last year, when he struggled," Yost said, "I mean, he was a mess. There were times when you'd have to sit him for a 'mental day.' This year, he's been in a great frame of mind." Moustakas' latest struggles made him realize that he needs to simplify his approach. He had been trying to work on mechanical adjustments too much instead of trusting in his abilities.

3B | Wilson Betemit | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Wilson Betemit (knee) was examined by Dr. John Wilckens in Baltimore Wednesday, May 22, but he hasn't been cleared for baseball activities. Betemit is dealing with a Grade 2/3 tear in his right posterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

3B | Josh Horton | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles acquired 3B Josh Horton from the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, May 22. It's unknown what the Athletics received in return.

3B | Matt Dominguez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros 3B Matt Dominguez (quadriceps) will not play Wednesday, May 22, due to a minor quadriceps injury.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (illness) and 1B Brandon Belt (back) are out of the lineup Wednesday, May 22. Sandoval is dealing with an illness and Belt had some back tightness.


C | Jesus Montero | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners optioned C Jesus Montero to Triple-A Tacoma. C Jesus Sucre was recalled from Tacoma.

C | Salvador Perez | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez (hip) remains out Wednesday, May 22, but is "real likely" to start Thursday, May 23.


OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said the team hasn't had talks with OF Jacoby Ellsbury on a long-term deal.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) took batting practice Wednesday, May 22. Manager Mike Redmond said he looked good in his first activities since straining his hamstring April 30.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) received an injection in his left knee after an awkward slide Tuesday, May 21, and he is out Wednesday, May 22. However, he should return this weekend in Arizona.

OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) has no timetable for his return, but the team is still hoping he can avoid a trip to the disabled list. "Today was a big day as far as his status and improvement that he's showing," manager John Farrell said. "Our plan was to kind of re-evaluate where he's at tomorrow and then go from there."

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (wrist) and 2B Logan Forsythe (foot) will play in rehab games Friday, May 24, in Arizona.

OF | Jake Marisnick | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
The Miami Marlins aren't considering promoting OF Jake Marisnick.

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Ichiro Suzuki was in the lineup Wednesday, May 22, because he has good numbers against Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel. The move shifted OF Curtis Granderson to center field. However, if there are no injuries, manager Joe Girardi is expected to settle on a specific outfield every day that should consist of OFs Vernon Wells, Brett Gardner and Granderson from left to right.

OF | Jason Bay | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Jason Bay is batting leadoff Wednesday, May 22, and OF Mike Morse has been moved to No. 3 in the lineup. OF Michael Saunders is 4-for-32 (.125) with a .152 on-base percentage and a .188 slugging percentage during the team's road trip. Saunders is hitting second Wednesday and 3B Kyle Seager was rested. "I think he's expanded the (strike) zone a little bit from time to time," manager Eric Wedge said of Saunders. "You know what? When he stays in his zone, he does some damage. So, I think he's just expanded his zone, is trying to do too much. So, again, we're at our best when these guys are willing and able to set the bat down and take the walk and let the next guy get a shot at it."

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold (hamstring, back) underwent two MRI exams on his hamstring and lower back Tuesday, May 21, and won't join the team on their upcoming road trip. He is dealing with a slight tear in the upper part of his leg and will meet with a specialist. He's unlikely to be able to come off the disabled list when eligible next Tuesday.

OF | Adam Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Adam Jones (groin) is the designated hitter for the second straight day Wednesday, May 22, due to soreness in his groin. Jones could probably play center field, but the team has elected to be cautious with him, especially since they'll be playing four games on artificial turf this weekend in Toronto.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout was 1-for-12 in his last four games before hitting for the cycle to raise his average to .278 on the season Tuesday, May 21, and he had been 1-for-9 on pitches in the lower half of the strike zone. Trout excelled on those pitches last year, leading the league in all three slash-line stats (.360/.394/.608). However, this year, he had only a .259 batting average against those pitches before Tuesday. All four of his hits Tuesday were pitches lower in the zone, though.

OF | Nick Swisher | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Nick Swisher will return from the paternity list in time for the game Friday, May 24.

OF | Adam Eaton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton's (elbow) issue appears to be muscular and not ligament-related after he met with a doctor. Eaton will undergo an MRI exam to make sure.

OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn't deny that he wasn't sending a message by benching OF Andre Ethier Wednesday, May 22, after Ethier made the wrong read on a safety bunt squeeze and was thrown out at the plate Tuesday, May 21. "There's a touch of a difference between saying you're giving your best effort and you're willing to fight for something," Mattingly said. "Some guys go to another level for that price, will do whatever it takes to win a game … that inside, you're not beating me today. There's something there you can't measure with SABR-metrics. You can't put a number on it."

OF | Chris Parmelee | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Twins OF/1B Chris Parmelee (head) said that he passed his initial concussion test but was still experiencing concussion-like symptoms prior to his placement on the seven-day disabled list. He said that he feels better today. He'll be re-evaluated on Friday, May 24, when he takes the ImPACT test, which determines whether he has a concussion or just showed the symptoms because of the initial blow to his head.

In corresponding moves, OF Darin Mastroianni (ankle) was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list and INF/OF Chris Colabello, 29, was recalled from Triple-A Rochester. This is Colabello's first call-up to the majors, and he received his first start on Wednesday, May 22.

OF | Chris Heisey | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Chris Heisey (hamstring) continues to work with physical therapists in Cincinnati following the aggravation of his strained right hamstring on May 13. He's able to jog at about 80 percent effort, according to team trainer Paul Lessard.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday, May 22, that he would be "shocked" if SP Hiroki Kuroda (calf) missed a start due to the bruised calf he suffered after being hit by a comebacker.

SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale (shoulder) is not scheduled for an MRI, and he is thought to be on track to pitch Tuesday, May 28, against the Chicago Cubs. "He wants to go pitch," manager Robin Ventura said. "It's us that are taking the ball out of his hands. It's not his decision, but he knows how he feels and how he's going to feel in five days."

SP | Kevin Slowey | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Kevin Slowey (lat) left his start Wednesday, May 22, against the Philadelphia Phillies due to a strained left latissimus muscle. He is considered day to day.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook (elbow) had to stop throwing his bullpen session Wednesday, May 22, after 20 pitches. He said his elbow did not feel right. He is uncertain what the next step will be.

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris (back) said Wednesday, May 22, that he does not expect to miss his next scheduled start despite leaving his past two outings due to lower back spasms. "I really don't want to (miss the next start). I think the prevention process of taking care of it now and getting me out of the game will help," Norris said.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Vidal Nuno will remain in the rotation and start against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, May 25, with the team giving SP CC Sabathia an extra day of rest. Sabathia will start Sunday, May 26.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (elbow) allowed one run while striking out nine and walking none in 5 2/3 innings of an extended spring game Wednesday, May 22. He threw 62 of his 75 pitches for strikes.

SP | Manny Parra | Cincinnati Reds | Injury,
Cincinnati Reds RP Manny Parra (pectoral) will resume his rehab with Triple-A Louisville Thursday, May 23. He has already made three appearances with Double-A Pensacola.

SP | Hector Santiago | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale (shoulder) fought hard to make his start Wednesday, May 22, but the team made the final decision to skip his start in favor of SP Hector Santiago. Sale is sitting out with a mild case of tendonitis in his left posterior shoulder. However, he is adamant that he'll make his next start against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, May 28. The team admitted that they are taking a cautious approach with Sale.

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald (shoulder) felt fine after a bullpen session Tuesday, May 21, and he will throw another side session Friday, May 24.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton (elbow) will make rehab starts Sunday, May 26, and May 31 and will replace SP Jeanmar Gomez in the rotation after that.

SP | Jeff Francis | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jeff Francis (groin) will throw another side session Saturday, May 25, as he approaches a minor league rehab assignment.

SP | Vance Worley | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins optioned SP Vance Worley to Triple-A Rochester Wednesday, May 22.

SP | Mike Pelfrey | Minnesota Twins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Mike Pelfrey is slated to start on Sunday, May 26, against the Detroit Tigers, even though his start on Tuesday, May 21, against the Atlanta Braves last only two innings because of a 76-minute rain delay. Manager Ron Gardenhire didn't rule out the possibility of moving Pelfrey up, though. For now, SP Samuel Deduno is still scheduled to be recalled in time to pitch on Friday, May 24.

SP | Kyle Lohse | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers SP Kyle Lohse (elbow) is missing his start on Saturday, May 25, because of irritation in his right elbow. He began experiencing discomfort in the joint "two or three starts ago," according to manager Ron Roenicke. Lohse is tentatively scheduled to return to the rotation for one of the team's games against the Minnesota Twins next week.

Roenicke indicated that the club's choice to skip Lohse is precautionary, because he didn't go through spring training. The manager said he hopes it's not a big deal, because Lohse didn't seem too concerned. Any time an elbow issue pops up for a pitcher, of course it'll cause worry.

SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) has received a recommendation from Dr. James Andrews to have season-ending shoulder surgery, according to sources close to the situation. Andrews confirmed a diagnosis of a "30 to 40" percent tear of the labrum in his left shoulder. The team doctor will perform the operation. According to those sources, Andrews told Garcia of his amazement that the pitcher was able to perform as well as he did considering the condition of the shoulder.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) is encouraged by the results of his "rigorous bullpens," and the club is hoping that he'll be ready to join its rotation in late June or early July. GM John Mozeliak indicated that, when Carpenter decided to come back, the organization determined it would put him through rugged tests in order to avoid a scenario in which Carpenter would need to be shut down shortly after the team was to activate him. Carpenter has reached approximately 80 pitches in bullpen work at a simulated game pace. He may face hitters for the first time next week, if a session on Thursday goes well. St. Louis isn't promoting his return with a target date because of the uncertainty surrounding the situation, but Mozeliak called Carpenter's progress "very encouraging."

"In some ways, allowing him to have a rest and to work on his own terms has given him confidence."

Relief Pitcher

RP | Joshua Fields | Houston Astros | Injury,
Houston Astros RP Joshua Fields (forearm) will make another rehab outing with Double-A Corpus Christi Wednesday, May 22. He has retired eight of the nine hitters he's faced on his rehab assignment.

RP | Mike Adams | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Mike Adams (back) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, May 22, and is optimistic that he can return from the disabled list before the weekend ends. However, pitching coach Rich Dubee said Adams needs more time. Adams will throw a batting practice session Friday, May 24, and will appear in an extended spring game Monday, May 27. Adams could return next Wednesday if he doesn't have any setbacks.

RP | Ross Wolf | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers recalled SP Ross Wolf from the minors Wednesday, May 22, and optioned RP Cory Burns in a corresponding move.

RP | Blaine Boyer | Japanese League | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese League signed free-agent RP Blaine Boyer (Royals) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, May 21.

RP | Jose Contreras | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction,
The Pittsburgh Pirates reinstated RP Jose Contreras from the bereavement list Tuesday, May 21, and optioned RP Jared Hughes to the minors in a corresponding move.

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) has had another setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Madson felt soreness in his arm, which required him to stop throwing. He hopes to resume his rehab next week, but there is no timetable for his return.

RP | Jason Grilli | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said RP Jason Grilli won't be available Wednesday, May 22, after throwing 34 pitches Tuesday, May 21. Grilli also might not be available Thursday, May 23.

RP | Fernando Salas | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals placed RP Fernando Salas (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder irritation Wednesday, May 22, to make room on the roster for SP Tyler Lyons.

RP | Rafael Betancourt | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss is unsure who he'll turn to Wednesday, May 22, if a save situation arises with RP Rafael Betancourt (groin) unavailable. RPs Rex Brothers, Wilton Lopez or Matt Belisle are all options, but Weiss could play the matchups.

RP | Shawn Camp | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction,
The Chicago Cubs placed RP Shawn Camp (toe) on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right big toe Wednesday, May 22, and recalled RP Rafael Dolis from the minors in a corresponding move.

RP | Nick Masset | Cincinnati Reds | Injury
Cincinnati Reds RP Nick Masset (shoulder), who is attempting to come back from shoulder surgery, is still at the club's facility in Goodyear, Ariz. Team trainer Paul Lessard stated that the right-hander is throwing well and his throwing has reached a distance of 120 feet. Masset has yet to throw off a mound.


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