Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 15, 2012 @ 08:55:16 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (Achilles') was cleared to do some light exercises with a walking boot on his surgically repaired left Achilles' tendon. He hasn't practiced in two and a half weeks.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Angels 1B Albert Pujols launched his first two home runs of the spring Wednesday, March 14, against the Chicago White Sox. "I try to just put a good swing on it all the time," Pujols said. "I'm not sitting out there trying to hit the ball out of the park. I'm just trying to hit the ball back to the middle and let the ball get deep and try to make good swings every day, whatever I have to do to help this ballclub and organization win."

1B | Casey Kotchman | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians 1B Casey Kotchman (back) is close to returning to the lineup after missing the past three days.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in Grapefruit League action Wednesday, March 14, and he's just 3-for-22 this spring. Morneau played on back-to-back days Tuesday, March 13, and Wednesday. "You've got to remember how many games he's missed and how many at-bats he's missed over the last couple years," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's going to be a little bit behind. He's getting live pitching. He's going to have some good days and bad days when the ball's jumping on him a little bit. It's about health. He's got that now."

Second Baseman

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker is being considered for the cleanup spot in the order.

2B | Delwyn Young | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox reassigned C Damaso Espino, P Brian Omogrosso, P Jacob Petricka, OF Brandon Short and 2B Delwyn Young to the team's minor league camp Wednesday, March 14.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said 2B Chase Utley will get into a spring game soon.

2B | Ruben Gotay | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays signed free-agent 2B Ruben Gotay (Braves) to an undisclosed deal Wednesday, March 14.


SS | Chase d'Arnaud | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned SS Chase d'Arnaud, P Rudy Owens, P Jeff Locke and P Duke Welker. They also reassigned OF Robbie Grossman, INF Anderson Hernandez, C Tony Sanchez, C Ramon Cabrera, P Michael Crotta and RP Logan Kensing to minor league camp.

SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is referring to 1B Ryan Howard's (Achilles') surgery for an infection as a setback, and Manuel thinks Howard will be back to square one in his rehab this spring. SS Jimmy Rollins said he wouldn't be surprised if Howard missed the entire season, although he didn't seem too serious about the statement.

Manuel was hoping to have Howard back in late April or early May, but now there is no timetable to be had. The team will have a better gauge on his recovery timetable when he starts workouts without a walking boot.

SS | Danny Worth | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers SS Danny Worth (side) took batting practice Wednesday, March 14.

Third Baseman

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas (illness) was scratched from the lineup Thursday, March 15, with a stomach virus.

3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs and C J.P. Arencibia added another in the team's spring game Wednesday, March 14. Encarnacion was making his first start in left field. Arencibia has two spring homers. Encarnacion has nine RBIs in nine games in spring training.

3B | Greg Dobbs | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 3B Greg Dobbs' (hamstring) MRI exam revealed a small tear in his hamstring, and he could be out for more than a week.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright (rib cage) is expected to return to baseball activities Thursday, March 15. "I think I'm past the difficult part," Wright said. "Now it's just a matter of getting back in the swing of things and making sure that I can get back on the field as soon as my body will allow me to, and then get some at-bats."


C | Jake Jefferies | Miami Marlins | Transaction
The Miami Marlins optioned P Omar Poveda and P Chris Hatcher to Triple-A New Orleans and optioned P Arquimedes Caminero to Single-A Jupiter. They also reassigned P Jose Alvarez, P Corey Madden, P A.J. Ramos, P Rob Rasmussen and C Jake Jefferies to minor league camp. SP Sean West was outrighted to the minors.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (heel) is out of the lineup Thursday, March 15, after he stepped awkwardly on a base the previous day. He has some pain in his right heel.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey (ankle, leg) hit an opposite-field home run in the Cactus League game Wednesday, March 14, against the Cleveland Indians. He was serving as the designated hitter just one day after catching four innings Tuesday, March 13. "It's about getting the at-bats, seeing the pitches and getting the timing. I am seeing the ball well," Posey said.

C | Brayan Pena | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals C Brayan Pena will start the year as the team's starting catcher with Cs Salvador Perez (knee) and Manny Pina (knee) on the shelf.

C | Mike Rivera | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers C Mike Rivera (hamstring) is day-to-day with a right hamstring strain.

C | Salvador Perez | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez (knee) has been diagnosed with a left lateral meniscus tear in his knee that will require surgery. It's unknown how long he will be sidelined.

C | Billy Killian | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins signed free-agent C Billy Killian (Rangers) to a minor league deal Wednesday, March 14.

C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said he plans to use C Mike Napoli more behind the plate this year than he did last year. "He's going to catch more than he did last year, but I certainly can't overlook (Yorvit) Torrealba. He was a part of that World Series team also. Mike produced the way he produced because of the way we used him and I don't see why we shouldn't continue to use him that way," Washington said.


OF | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig (knee) took batting practice Thursday, March 15.

OF | Luke Scott | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury
Tampa Bay Rays OF Luke Scott (shoulder) won't play in the field in spring training after offseason shoulder surgery.

OF | Laynce Nix | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury
Philadelphia Phillies OF Laynce Nix (rib cage) was scratched from the lineup Thursday, March 15.

OF | Jonathan Singleton | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros reassigned P Paul Clemens, RP Lance Pendleton, P Gabriel Garcia, C Chris Wallace, IF Diory Hernandez, OF Jonathan Singleton, OF Brandon Barnes, OF Jacob Goebbert and P Erick Abreu to minor league camp.

OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher (groin) was not scheduled for the Grapefruit League game Thursday, March 15. Swisher was injured Wednesday, but his exclusion from Thursday's game was already pre-determined. Manager Joe Girardi believes Swisher's injury is minor, and he said he won't even go for any additional tests.

OF | Felix Pie | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Felix Pie (neck) returned to the lineup for the Grapefruit League game Wednesday, March 14. He was hitless in three at-bats.

OF | Raul Ibanez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Raul Ibanez is just 2-for-24 with no walks and five strikeouts in eight spring games, but he isn't worried about the results. Ibanez is still working on his timing at the plate. "To me, it looks like a little bit of a timing issue. He's a little bit late," manager Joe Girardi said. "That's something that's very correctable, and you hope when they start playing two and three days in a row, they kind of get that timing better. Some guys take a while to get going in Spring Training, and right now at times, I think he's just a little late."

OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Denard Span (neck) went 3-for-4 in his return to the spring lineup Wednesday, March 14. He is batting .471 in six Grapefruit League games. INF Tsuyoshi Nishioka (finger) also returned and went 1-for-4 with a single.

OF | Brett Jackson | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Brett Jackson will begin the 2012 season with Triple-A Iowa despite hitting .385 in eight spring training games so far. "It's just at-bats sometimes," manager Dale Sveum said of what's needed. "Some of these guys get to the big leagues now before they get 2,000 at-bats in the minor leagues. You learn with more at-bats, tinkering. He's got a pretty good understanding of the strike zone. The only time he swings at bad pitches is when he has two strikes on him."

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton's (heel) foot injury isn't considered serious. Hamilton went 0-for-1 in the game Wednesday, March 14, and is 3-for-19 this spring.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (abdominal) went 0-for-2 with a walk in his spring debut Wednesday, March 14, as the designated hitter. He's pain-free but will take two days off before serving as the DH Saturday, March 17. "Yeah, I'd say so," Markakis said, when asked if roaming right field is the biggest hurdle. "(To) get my natural reaction of going side to side and see how I feel. Everything's fine right now, it's just a matter of getting in that situation and testing it."

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (calf) will play center field in his return to the spring lineup Wednesday, March 14, with OF Rick Ankiel (hamstring) still sidelined. Ankiel took batting practice Friday.

OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Brennan Boesch (back) is dealing with lower back soreness after tweaking something in batting practice recently. Manager Jim Leyland expects Boesch to be back Thursday, March 15.

OF | Logan Schafer | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said he will not be trading OF Logan Schafer, who has looked really good in spring training.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout (legs, shoulder) has yet to get into a spring training game this year, first due to a flu bug and now because of body stiffness. He's had stiffness in his legs after running Tuesday, March 13, but manager Mike Scioscia said he's also dealing with some tendonitis in his right shoulder. Trout is expected to make his debut as the designated hitter in a few days.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton (back) said he's dealing with a sore back after colliding in the outfield with OF Desmond Jennings Wednesday, March 14. Upton may return in a day or two.

OF | Desmond Jennings | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays OFs B.J. Upton and Desmond Jennings are both fine and are dealing with general soreness after colliding in the spring game Wednesday, March 14. They were both removed from the game as a precaution.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals prefer to be cautious with OF Mike Morse (lat). He's receiving some at-bats in an intrasquad game Wednesday, March 14. "There's no reason to play in Orlando," Morse said. "I'd get three at-bats there, where if I stay I can get six or eight and actually work on stuff rather than worry about hitting. I can take every pitch if I want to." The concern is with throwing for him, not hitting, and he hasn't stretched it farther than 90 feet so far.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward is just 4-for-28 (.143) with one double, three RBIs, two walks and 10 strikeouts in spring training. He went 0-for-4 with two punchouts Tuesday, March 13. "It feels like piece by piece, everything's coming," Heyward said. "Now my eye is starting to come back and I'm starting to take some pitcher's pitches. Just feel like I'm just missing my pitch right now. Just to be consistent up there in an approach and be ready to hit a fastball, and adjust to everything else. That's coming back, step by step."

OF | Craig Gentry | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Craig Gentry (wrist) will miss three to five days with a mild sprain in his left wrist.

OF | Roger Bernadina | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse (lat) was scratched from the team's spring game Wednesday, March 14. 1B Chad Tracy will replace Morse in the lineup. OF Roger Bernadina (tooth) did not play Tuesday, March 13, because he had a tooth pulled. He is expected to return Wednesday.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Drew Pomeranz | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Drew Pomeranz (hip) was pushed back four days to Wednesday, March 21.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (neck) is throwing long toss Thursday, March 15.

SP | Aaron Thompson | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins optioned P Deolis Guerra, P Lester Oliveros, SP Scott Diamond, P Tyler Robertson, 2B Darin Mastroianni and OF Oswaldo Arcia to Triple-A Rochester. They also reassigned P Aaron Thompson, 1B Steve Pearce and C Danny Rams to minor league camp.

SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson (back) threw off a mound for the first time Wednesday, March 14. Hudson received a glowing report from his doctor and said he may return sooner than the May 1 projected date.

SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Free Agents
The San Francisco Giants aren't making progress in talks with SP Matt Cain about a long-term deal. No further discussions are planned, sources said, increasing the possibility that Cain could become a free agent at the end of the season.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay topped out at 89 mph in his start Wednesday, March 14. A scout said he threw from a lower arm angle and lacked bite on his changeup and sinker.

SP | Freddy Garcia | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday, March 14, that there is no timetable for when SP Freddy Garcia (hand) will pitch again. Garcia was hit on the top of his hand, between his thumb and index finger, Wednesday.

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer allowed three earned runs, four hits and two walks over 2 2/3 innings in a Grapefruit League outing Wednesday, March 14. He reached his 65-pitch limit and was lifted.

SP | Dillon Gee | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Dillon Gee allowed two earned runs, three hits and a walk while striking out five batters over four innings in a Grapefruit League start Wednesday, March 14, against the Detroit Tigers.

SP | Derek Lowe | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Derek Lowe allowed just one earned run, two hits and a walk over four innings in his Cactus League start Wednesday, March 14, against the San Francisco Giants.

SP | Jeanmar Gomez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Jeanmar Gomez appears to be in the lead for the fifth rotation spot. He is competing with Ps David Huff, Zach McAllister and Kevin Slowey. Manager Manny Acta said Gomez continues to have good movement on his fastball and has improved his slide from when he made his major league debut in 2010. "Gomez is throwing the ball the best out of all those guys," Acta said. "It's still very early, but he's not hurting his chances."

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday, March 14, that he was pleased with SP Ryan Vogelsong's (back) pregame bullpen session. He has yet to throw in a Cactus League game due to a strained back. He threw a simulated game action, taking breaks in between "innings."

SP | Brad Lincoln | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates Ps Brad Lincoln (calf) and Kyle McPherson (arm) are both improving after going through normal workouts Wednesday, March 14. Both pitchers will pitch in a spring game soon.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jake Arrieta looked good in his latest Grapefruit League start Wednesday, March 14, and he was consistently hitting 95 mph with his fastball. He was charged with four runs and five hits in the outing, with all of the damage coming in the second inning. He walked one and struck out four in 2 2/3 innings.

SP | Ervin Santana | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Ervin Santana (arm) appears to be fine after taking a line drive off his arm Wednesday, March 14. He is not scheduled to undergo X-rays.

SP | Matt Torra | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction,
The Tampa Bay Rays assigned RP Bryan Augenstein, SS Hak-Ju Lee and P Matt Torra to minor league camp Wednesday, March 14. Also being sent down are Ps Alex Colome, Wilking Rodriguez and Albert Suarez.

SP | Alfredo Simon | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles P Alfredo Simon (groin) will have his schedule adjusted due to some groin tightness.

SP | Jason Marquis | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Jason Marquis allowed four runs and eight hits in four innings in his Grapefruit League start against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, March 14, and he has a 9.35 ERA in spring training.

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald surrendered five runs and six hits, including two home runs, in three innings in the spring game Wednesday, March 14, against the Baltimore Orioles. He has a 9.00 ERA in three spring starts.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) tossed two scoreless innings while giving up two hits against the Tampa Bay Rays in his spring debut Wednesday, March 14. He struck out four and threw 20 of his 29 pitches for strikes. "I feel good, (and) that's the most important thing," Sanchez said. "I know that's what they're looking for in this outing, how I feel. I didn't try to do too much. Everything was working good, (and) the pitches moved a lot today. ... I threw everything - a lot of fastballs. ... Everything's working good."

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson allowed four runs, including two homers (one inside-the-park job), and four hits while walking one and striking out three against the Miami Marlins Wednesday, March 14. "I felt really good again, pretty much the same thing as last time," Hellickson said. "I'd like to pitch a little bit better. (I) felt really good, and that's the main thing right now."

SP | Dontrelle Willis | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Dontrelle Willis (arm) will pitch in the team's Grapefruit League game versus the Atlanta Braves Thursday, March 15.

SP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said he likes what he's seeing from SP Aroldis Chapman as he makes the move from the bullpen to the starting rotation. "This year it looks like he has his mechanics down," Baker said. "He's working quicker. He was already good. When a guy's young like that, you don't know when they'll go from good to great. Once they find the formula they'll stay there for a while." Baker admitted that Chapman dealt with personal issues that may have affected his performance last season.

SP | Manny Parra | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury,
Milwaukee Brewers Ps Manny Parra and Zach Braddock are favorites to win spots in the bullpen this spring, especially after Juan Perez (lung) was hospitalized with a collapses lung. Perez was released from the hospital Tuesday, March 13, but will be rested for a week.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Freddy Garcia (hand) is going for X-rays after taking a line drive off his right hand in his spring outing Wednesday, March 14. Garcia is battling with SP Phil Hughes for a rotation spot.

SP | Roberto Hernandez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians restructured SP Roberto Hernandez's deal after the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona was charged for illegal using a false identity in the Dominican Republic. Cleveland will pay Hernandez much less that the $7 million he was due to make in 2012, and the team has eliminated one of their options on the contract, which originally included a $9 million option for 2013 and a $12 million team option for 2014. Hernandez remains on MLB's restricted list.

SP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers skipper Ron Washington said the team is very pleased with SP Neftali Feliz's transition from a reliever to starter this spring. "He's doing exactly what we want him to do. He's moving the ball around, throwing inside, using his changeup and breaking ball. The arm strength will come each time he goes out there. Some balls that they have centered on him the first game, they might not be centered as much because of the velocity. He's learning, he's working hard and he's taken to being a starter. That's what he wants to do," Washington said.

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington was impressed with SP Yu Darvish's improvisation when his fastball didn't have good command in his second spring outing Tuesday, March 13. "His bread and butter is his fastball and he couldn't command it (Tuesday), so he had to try to do other things to get outs. I was very pleased with what he did. Sometimes you have to deal with what you have when you go out there like he did yesterday. … It's an experience and he'll learn from it. We're pleased he got out of it healthy," Washington said.

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Dallas Braden (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session Wednesday, March 14.

SP | Andrew Miller | Boston Red Sox | Injury,
Boston Red Sox P Andrew Miller (elbow) threw batting practice Tuesday, March 13, and could pitch in a Grapefruit League game Friday, March 16.

SP | Vicente Padilla | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox Ps Felix Doubront and Vicente Padilla both had scoreless outings in the team's spring game against the New York Yankees Tuesday, March 13. Doubront tossed four shutout innings and Padilla went for three hitless innings.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova tossed four shutout innings in his Grapefruit League outing Tuesday, March 13, against the Boston Red Sox.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) threw a two-inning simulated game Wednesday, March 14, and he could pitch in a spring game Sunday, March 18, or Monday, March 19.

SP | Josh Collmenter | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Josh Collmenter (forearm) will make a Cactus League start against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, March 14.

SP | John Lannan | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox have not made an offer in an attempt to trade for Washington Nationals SP John Lannan as was previously reported.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Jesse Crain | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox RP Jesse Crain (oblique) did not pitch in Cactus League action Wednesday, March 14, due to a slight strain of his right oblique muscle.

RP | Joe Nathan | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan is locked in as the closer, according to manager Ron Washington. "Once again we're in spring training," Washington said. "He has to develop his arm strength. He has to get a feel of what he's trying to do." Nathan struggled in his inning of work Monday, March 12.

RP | Willie Eyre | Baltimore Orioles | Injury,
Baltimore Orioles RP Willie Eyre (groin) made his first spring appearance Wednesday, March 14. He worked two-thirds of an inning, allowing unearned runs and four hits with a strikeout.

RP | Rafael Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury,
Cleveland Indians RP Rafael Perez (shoulder) is scheduled to throw to live hitters Thursday, March 15. He is returning from a left shoulder injury.

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (elbow) worked a hitless, scoreless fifth inning in his second spring appearance Wednesday, March 14. "The motion feels good, another pain-free outing," Wilson said.

RP | David Robertson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP David Robertson (foot) ran on a treadmill for 30 minutes Wednesday, March 14, and could be back on the mound this weekend. He ditched his walking boot and crutches Monday, March 12, and resumed throwing. He is expected to be ready for opening day.

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson (back) allowed three runs and four hits in one inning against in his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday, March 14. "Right now, everything feels fine," Johnson said. "Like I told (pitching coach Rick Adair), I was like, 'It feels like I'm kind of pitching underwater.' Kind of a slow motion. It's not really that fast-twitch stuff yet, but that will come for sure."

RP | Ryan Madson | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Ryan Madson (elbow) threw long toss Wednesday, March 14. RPs Bill Bray (groin) and Nick Masset (shoulder) threw bullpen sessions and didn't suffer any setbacks.

RP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals P Lance Lynn gave up two singles and no runs in three innings while striking out three and walking none in his first Grapefruit League start against the Houston Astros Wednesday, March 14. He threw 29 of his 40 pitches for strikes.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joel Hanrahan hit 98 mph on the radar gun during his scoreless Grapefruit League inning against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, March 14. He struck out two in the outing. Hanrahan has struck out six without giving up a hit in three innings this spring.

RP | Mitchell Boggs | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Mitchell Boggs is using a modified split-fingered pitch that goes along with his hard sinking fastball. Manager Mike Matheny is approaching Boggs with a "blank slate" approach with RP Jason Motte entrenched as the closer. RP Fernando Salas is most likely to serve as the eighth-inning setup man over RP Eduardo Sanchez. RP Kyle McClellan is another setup option, but he could be used as trade bait in spring training. RPs Scott Linebrink and Marc Rzepczynski are other candidates for setup work, but Matheny isn't making any assumptions.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez (oblique) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, March 16, and he is on pace for five or six appearances in spring training. Perez thinks he'll be ready for opening day after throwing long toss without any setbacks Wednesday, March 14.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum plans to sit and talk with RP Carlos Marmol, who after giving up three runs Monday, March 12, has an ERA of 23.63 in three Cactus League outings. "I'll talk to him and see what's going on," Sveum said. "But concerned? No. Breaking balls like his aren't going to do a whole lot here in Arizona. You're always going to struggle with it and you're going to throw it harder and make it spin more and it's actually a counter effect."

RP | Chad Bettis | Colorado Rockies | Injury,
Colorado Rockies RP Chad Bettis (shoulder) remains shut down in spring training with right rotator cuff inflammation. He will not resume throwing until he is symptom-free.

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