Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 26, 2012 @ 08:57:45 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman (calf) took swings in the cage for the second straight day Wednesday, April 25.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols went 0 for 3, including two strikeouts, extending his hitless streak to 19 at-bats Wednesday, April 25, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Pujols has not had a hit in five consecutive starts, which is the longest stretch in his big league career, but did walk in the eighth. Pujols, with 445 homers, has not gone deep in 18 games this season, a span of 72 at-bats.

1B | Brad Eldred | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 1B Brad Eldred has 13 home runs in 20 games with Triple-A Toledo. He is also batting .388 with 35 RBIs through the games Wednesday, April 25.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko hit a game-tying solo home run in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday, April 25, against the Oakland Athletics to force extra innings. The clutch homer was the 400th of his career, making him the 48th player in history to accomplish the feat.

1B | Chris Parmelee | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Chris Parmelee (head) left the game Wednesday, April 25, against the Boston Red Sox when he was hit in the head by a pitch. Parmelee was able to get up and walking into the dugout, and he appears to be OK. Parmelee will be re-evaluated Thursday, April 26.

1B | Kila Ka'aihue | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 1B Kila Ka'aihue delivered a game-winning bloop single in the bottom of the 14th inning Wednesday, April 25, against the Chicago White. "You relish that, you look forward to it when you're taking your BP and your work," Ka'aihue said. "You prepare to get that big hit. You don't work on grounding out and flying out. It wasn't the hardest ball I've hit in my life. It won the game for the team, that's all that counts."

1B | Bryan LaHair | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Bryan LaHair homered in a losing effort Wednesday, April 25, and he has four of the team's seven home runs this year. The Cubs' seven homers is the lowest total in the majors. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts, and he's hitting .364 on the season.

1B | Aubrey Huff | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants placed 1B Aubrey Huff (anxiety) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 25, with "an episode of anxiety." Huff is receiving treatment and is expected to rejoin the team Friday, April 27.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau is 0-for-16 against left-handed pitchers to begin the year.


Second Baseman

2B | Brad Emaus | New York Mets | Transaction, Free Agents
The New York Mets signed free-agent 2B Brad Emaus (Red Sox) and OF Fred Lewis (Indians) to minor league deals and sent them to Triple-A Buffalo.

2B | Ben Zobrist | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Ben Zobrist broke a string of 17 hitless at-bats when he homered Wednesday, April 25, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

2B | Ryan Flaherty | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Ryan Flaherty made the start at second base Wednesday, April 25, against the Toronto Blue Jays with 2B Robert Andino (personal) away from the team. Flaherty was hitless in two at-bats with a walk.

2B | Jose Altuve | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve recorded a career-high four hits in a winning effort Wednesday, April 25, and OF J.D. Martinez had three hits and three RBIs. Altuve scored three runs and drove in one to raise his average to .377. Martinez is hitting .313 on the year.

2B | Luke Hughes | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 3B Luke Hughes (flu) sat out Wednesday, April 25, with a 102-degree temperature. INF Eric Sogard started at the hot corner. Hughes is the starting third baseman for the time being.

2B | Ryan Raburn | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 2Bs Ryan Raburn (.091) and Brandon Inge (.100) are both taking the day off Wednesday, April 25, with INFs Don Kelly and Ramon Santiago in the starting lineup.

2B | Freddy Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez (shoulder) went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in his second rehab start with Single-A San Jose Tuesday, April 24. He is 3-for-7 in his two games.

2B | Daniel Descalso | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Carpenter has just two singles in his last 22 at-bats to drop his average down to .250. INF Daniel Descalso has 13 strikeouts in 44 at-bats, and his average sits at just .205.

2B | Jim Negrych | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent 2B Jim Negrych (Marlins) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, April 24.


Shortstop

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter went 2-for-4, stretching his hit streak to 15 games, in a 7-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, April 25. He has 11 multi-hit games this season.

SS | Zack Cozart | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart, who is 5-for-25 (.200) over his past six games, was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday, April 25, against the San Francisco Giants. He came on as a defensive replacement and saw one at-bat, striking out in his only appearance. SS Wilson Valdez started in his place and went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly.

SS | Brandon Crawford | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Crawford (elbow) was in the starting lineup Wednesday, April 25, against the Cincinnati Reds.

SS | Ryan Theriot | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants INFs Joaquin Arias and Ryan Theriot are both expected to receive a start Thursday, April 26. SS Brandon Crawford and INF Emmanuel Burriss will receive a day off.

SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins is taking the day off Wednesday, April 25, with INF Peter Orr starting at second and 2B Freddy Galvis moving to shortstop. Orr has three extra-base hits in his 11 at-bats this season.

SS | Nate Spears | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox outrighted SS Nate Spears to the minors Tuesday, April 24.


Third Baseman

3B | Scott Rolen | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 3B Scott Rolen is out of the lineup Thursday, April 26.

3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez hit a home run in each game of the doubleheader Wednesday, April 25.

3B | Ty Wigginton | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ty Wigginton extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a pinch-hit single Wednesday, April 25.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright hit a two-run homer Wednesday, April 25, to become the Mets' all-time RBI leader with 735 runs batted in. He surpassed former OF Darryl Strawberry on the franchise's list.

3B | Chone Figgins | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 3B Chone Figgins did not start Wednesday, April 25, against the Detroit Tigers. Instead 2B Dustin Ackley led off and SS Brendan Ryan batted second. IF Alex Liddi was the third baseman, batting sixth, and 1B Justin Smoak was back after a two-game absence. "Figgy needed a day off, we wanted to get Ackley up top and give Ryan a look batting second," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "We wanted Jesus Montero to catch Felix tonight and Miguel Olivo to catch Hector Noesi (today)."

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre hit a solo homer and drove in three runs Wednesday, April 25, as the Rangers beat the New York Yankees 7-3 in the finale of a three-game series.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera swatted his 76th career home run at Comerica Park Tuesday, April 24, pulling him into a tie with 3B Brandon Inge for the all-time ballpark record. Inge has hit the 76 homers in 719 games at the park, while Cabrera has done it in just 334 games.

3B | Mark Reynolds | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Mark Reynolds, serving as the designated hitter and batting in the eighth spot of manager Buck Showalter's batting order, had two hits in three at-bats Wednesday, April 25. The two singles snapped an 0-for-17 hitless streak.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval extended his hit streak to 18 games Wednesday, April 25, against the Cincinnati Reds with a single to right field in the top of the third inning in his second at-bat.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) is confident he won't miss extended time with inflammation in his AC joint in his shoulder. He could still land on the disabled list if he needs another anti-inflammatory injection. Zimmerman would be eligible to return May 6 if he does land on the DL. INF Tyler Moore and OFs Brett Carroll and Bryce Harper are options to be called up if Zimmerman goes on the shelf.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese had two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs in a winning effort Wednesday, April 25. Freese has four homers on the season and is hitting .339.

3B | Matt Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Carpenter has just two singles in his last 22 at-bats to drop his average down to .250. INF Daniel Descalso has 13 strikeouts in 44 at-bats, and his average sits at just .205.

3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Edwin Encarnacion will serve as the team's new cleanup hitter. He hit No. 4 in the lineup six times already this year, but all of those starts came against righties. "He has emerged as our four-hole hitter for right now," manager John Farrell said of Encarnacion. "The fact that he and Adam are one slot apart in the lineup, it's not that big of a deal, but whether it has been against right-handers or left-handers, Eddie has swung the bat very well and has provided more consistent protection behind Jose (Bautista) ... That's the way we're going to go right now."


Catcher

C | Bobby Wilson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Bobby Wilson has been with the team since 2008, appearing in 120 games, but he has never played against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. He grew up in nearby Seminole, Fla., and estimates there are 150 people to see him during the three-game series. C Chris Iannetta played in the first two games of the series, and with a day game following a night game, there is a good chance Wilson could get the nod Thursday. "It'd be nice to play in front of them," Wilson said. "Maybe. We'll see what happens. You never know."

C | Hank Conger | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Hank Conger was placed on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Salt Lake due to right elbow injury. "Just a light sprain in the elbow," Conger said via text message. "I'll be good. Should be back in a couple of weeks. Nothing serious." Cs Robinzon Diaz and John Hester will split time behind the plate for the Bees while Conger is on the shelf.

C | Taylor Teagarden | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles C Taylor Teagarden (back) will receive his third epidural shot in his back, which is the last one he will receive.


Outfielder

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo (hamstring) said he felt much better Thursday, April 26, and hopes to return in the next couple of days.

OF | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig (knee) will report to Triple-A Memphis to continue his rehab assignment Thursday, April 26. He could return sometime next week.

OF | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Logan Morrison is out of the lineup Thursday, April 26.

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson and C Alex Avila are out of the lineup Thursday, April 26.

OF | Tony Campana | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum likes OF Tony Campana hitting second. Campana, possibly the fastest player in the league, can be used to bunt in the two-hole for the purpose of sacrificing as well as bunting for a hit with his speed.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton hasn't homered in 58 at-bats.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (back) ran in the outfield and played catch before the game Wednesday, April 25. He should begin hitting off a tee this weekend.

OF | Mike Carp | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners have worked out a timetable for OF Mike Carp (shoulder) in Tacoma, and it includes playing a little first base, outfield and designated hitter in the next four or five days. "It might even be a week, depending on how he feels. He's had some soreness, but we checked him out and it's all good," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "We'll get him back soon, though not as soon as Mike would like."

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp hit his 10th home run of the season Wednesday, April 25, against the Atlanta Braves. Kemp now has 23 RBIs on the year.

OF | Drew Stubbs | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Drew Stubbs served as the leadoff hitter Wednesday, April 25, against the San Francisco Giants. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk.

OF | Cody Ross | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Cody Ross (knee) left the game Wednesday, April 25, against the Minnesota Twins due to a sore left knee. However, manager Bobby Valentine said Ross should be OK to play Thursday, April 26.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Despite their offensive struggles so far this season, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have no plans to promote OF Mike Trout from Triple-A Salt Lake. Manager Mike Scioscia said it is still "a little premature" to discuss adding Trout.

OF | Andy Dirks | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks (hamstring) remains limited due to a strained left hamstring he suffered a week ago, although he continues to take batting practice. "Dirks is probably really not available to go full-bore," manager Jim Leyland said. "So I have to be careful with that."

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored Wednesday, April 25, against the Detroit Tigers. It was his second straight three-hit game, and third consecutive multi-hit effort. He has raised his average from .266 to .316 as a result of the 8-for-15 run.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (illness) missed his second straight game Wednesday, April 25, against the Chicago White Sox due to an inner-ear infection.

OF | Alex Rios | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Alex Rios went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a run scored Wednesday, April 25, against the Oakland Athletics, raising his average to .362. He had an 11-game hitting streak halted Tuesday, April 24.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-5 with a big two-run, game-tying home run in the bottom of the 14th inning Wednesday, April 25, against the Chicago White Sox. "Yoenis is coming up in that situation and he's grinding hard every pitch, every out," manager Bob Melvin said.

OF | Adam L. Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Adam L. Jones went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and RBI Wednesday, April 25. The RBI was the 300th of his career.

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold (neck) appears to be improving, although he was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game Wednesday, April 25, and the fifth time in six games, due to neck spasms. He was able to take some swings in the batting cage Wednesday, but he has yet to throw. "Nolan's getting better, very close," manager Buck Showalter said. "(He'll) do some activities today and see if we cannot have repercussions from it. Then, hopefully, (we'll) be able to turn him loose."

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran doubled, walked, scored two runs and stole two bases Wednesday, April 25. He has five stolen bases this year, his most since the 2009 season. OF Shane Robinson had three singles, matching a career high, and stole a bag.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OFs Ryan Braun and Corey Hart and 1B Travis Ishikawa all went deep in a losing effort Wednesday, April 25. Braun now has four homers, Hart has six and Ishikawa has two. Braun drove in two runs in the loss.

OF | Jordan Schafer | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Jordan Schafer went 1-for-6 with a run scored and three strikeouts Wednesday, April 25, but he extended his streak of reaching base safely to start the year at 19 games.

OF | Aaron Cunningham | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo (hamstring) is out of the starting lineup Wednesday, April 25, due to an injury to his left hamstring. OF Aaron Cunningham is starting in right field and batting ninth.

OF | Lorenzo Cain | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (hip) will return to Kansas City to be evaluated after suffering a strained left hip flexor during his rehab assignment. He will be re-evaluated Thursday, April 26.

OF | Brian Bogusevic | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros manager Bradley Mills wants OF Brian Bogusevic, who is hitting just .189 this year, to be more aggressive at the plate. "I might be completely wrong here, but a lot of it comes with not being real aggressive, to where he's getting behind in the count and tries to make contact instead of being able to stay aggressive and let it fly," Mills said. "So what happens when you make contact? It's a little ground ball."

OF | Travis Buck | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Travis Buck (hamstring) appeared as a pinch hitter Tuesday, April 24. He said his left hamstring remains a little tight, but he expects to be able to play the outfield Friday, April 27.

OF | Kyle Blanks | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Kyle Blanks (shoulder) underwent surgery to fix a posterior labrum in his left shoulder Tuesday, April 24. He's expected to miss the rest of the year.

OF | Tyler Colvin | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Tyler Colvin is starting the first game of the doubleheader in center field Wednesday, April 25, and he could be working his way into the everyday lineup. Manager Jim Tracy said he's confident with Colvin in center field. He is 10-for-31 with one home run this year.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford (elbow, wrist) will visit with Dr. James Andrews to have soreness in his left elbow examined. He is out indefinitely and isn't close to returning, according to a source.

OF | Hunter Pence | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Hunter Pence's (shoulder) MRI results showed no structural damage in his left shoulder Tuesday, April 24.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Thad Weber | Detroit Tigers | Transaction
The Detroit Tigers purchased the contract of P Luke Putkonen from Triple-A Toledo and optioned P Thad Weber to Toledo.

SP | Danny Duffy | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Danny Duffy (elbow) will be skipped in the rotation this weekend due to elbow tightness.

SP | Vicente Padilla | Boston Red Sox | Injury
Boston Red Sox RP Vicente Padilla (side) felt pain in his left side during his outing Wednesday, April 25.

SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann helped set a club record for 26 consecutive scoreless innings by Nationals starting pitchers Wednesday, April 25. He allowed one run in six innings and fanned six.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 3B Scott Rolen's homer leading off the seventh inning sparked a four-run rally that lifted the Reds to a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, April 25. Rolen's first homer of the season knocked Giants SP Barry Zito out of the game and the Reds took the lead against RP Clay Hensley and RP Jeremy Affeldt.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes lasted just 2 2/3 innings and surrendered four runs on five hits in a 7-3 loss to the Texas Rangers. Hughes dropped to 1-3 this season. "It's been frustrating," Hughes said of his start to the season. "Something has to change."

SP | Adam Wilk | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Adam Wilk allowed six runs and eight hits in just two-plus innings Wednesday, April 25, against the Seattle Mariners, and he was optioned to Triple-A Toledo after the game. RP Brayan Villarreal was recalled from Toledo to take his roster spot.

SP | Jacob Turner | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Jacob Turner (shoulder) will make his second minor-league rehab start with Class A Lakeland Saturday, April 28. He was a candidate for the team's fifth starter job in the spring, but he was sidelined in mid-March due to shoulder tendinitis.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez allowed an earned run, four hits and three walks over seven innings in a win Wednesday, April 25, against the Oakland Athletics. He also struck out two batters in the 92-pitch quality start, throwing 53 pitches for strikes. Hernandez has a nine-game winning streak against the Tigers dating back to 2006, which is the longest by a pitcher since former Minnesota Twins SP Brad Radke won 12 straight against Detroit from 2000-04.

SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale allowed two earned runs, six hits and no walks over eight innings in a no-decision Wednesday, April 25, against the Oakland Athletics. He also struck out five batters in the 101-pitch quality start.

SP | Liam Hendriks | Minnesota Twins | Draft, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Liam Hendriks allowed seven runs over four innings in his start Wednesday, April 25, against the Boston Red Sox. Twins starting pitchers have combined for a 7.09 ERA this season, which is 78 earned runs over 99 innings.

SP | Jarrod Parker | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Jarrod Parker, making just his second major league start, and first for the A's, allowed one earned run with five strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision Wednesday, April 25, against the Chicago White Sox.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte made another conditioning start with Double-A Trenton Wednesday, April 25. He allowed three earned runs, seven hits and a walk over five innings, striking out three batters and throwing 59 of his 81 pitches for strikes.

SP | Bronson Arroyo | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Bronson Arroyo allowed two runs - one earned - and nine hits over five innings in a no-decision Wednesday, April 25, against the San Francisco Giants. He also struck out two batters in the 80-pitch outing, throwing 56 for strikes.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out seven batters over seven scoreless innings in a win against the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday, April 25. Hammel improved to 4-0 lifetime against the Blue Jays.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton (shoulder) is right on scheduled with his rehab program, according to manager Buck Showalter. The manager said there have been no setbacks, and Britton is moving closer to working from a mound.

SP | Kyle Drabek | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Kyle Drabek allowed two earned runs, five hits and three walks over six innings in a loss Wednesday, April 25, against the Baltimore Orioles. Despite the quality start, it was his first loss in three decisions.

SP | Chris Volstad | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Chris Volstad lost his third game of the season after going six innings against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, April 25, and he is 0-8 in 15 starts since July of last year. Volstad allowed four runs and six hits while walking none and striking out two.

SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn gave up six hits in eight innings to beat the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, April 25, to become the league's first four-game winner. His eight innings was the longest outing by a starter on the team this season, and he threw 110 pitches and lowered his ERA to 1.33. Lynn allowed one run while walking two and striking out seven.

SP | Doug Fister | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Doug Fister (side) played catch Wednesday, April 25, and will throw off a mound Thursday, April 26.

SP | J.A. Happ | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP J.A. Happ gave up four runs and seven hits while striking out eight hitters in five innings in a no-decision against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, April 25. The eight K's tied his season high. Happ walked two in the 103-pitch effort.

SP | Dan Hudson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Dan Hudson (shoulder) has yet to resume throwing but is scheduled to throw a bullpen session when the team returns home May 7. "He hasn't thrown yet, right now it's treatment and strengthening his shoulder to try to get the stiffness out," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We always take our time and make sure they're 100 percent. You don't want to rush him back, even as much as you want to sometimes. I want to make sure they can participate in their regular roles."

SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) will have season-ending shoulder surgery Tuesday, May 1.

SP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Neftali Feliz will have his next turn in the rotation skipped, but it has nothing to do with his health. He will make his next start Tuesday, May 1. Feliz will be available out of the bullpen Wednesday, April 25.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow), who was diagnosed with ligament damage, will receive a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum. Surgery is a definite possibility.

SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, April 25, but came away with a no-decision. He allowed one hit and a run in seven innings while striking out eight and walking three.

SP | Juan Nicasio | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Juan Nicasio gave up just one run and nine hits while walking one and fanning five in 6 2/3 frames in a no-decision against the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, April 25. He gave up one solo homer.

SP | Jeremy Jeffress | Kansas City Royals | Transaction,
The Kansas City Royals recalled P Tommy Hottovy from Triple-A Omaha Wednesday, April 25, and optioned RP Jeremy Jeffress to Omaha in a corresponding move.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright altered the grip on his curveball in his pre-game bullpen session before his outing Tuesday, April 24, and he remembered the grip that he used on his curveball in previous seasons. "Along the way I think there'll be more little things like that as I go this year pitching that I'll remember," Wainwright said. "The way I used to do things, or the way I do things now, based on the way I used to do them. There was some things I remembered about the past tonight."

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish was able to throw 66 percent of strikes with his two-seam and four-seam fastball in his dominating win over the New York Yankees Tuesday, April 24. He also threw strikes early in the count, helping set the stage for his 10 strikeouts. Darvish threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of 33 hitters Tuesday (63.6 percent).

He's starting to use a cut fastball more often, too. Darvish threw 20 of his 27 cutters for strikes Tuesday, making his "truer" fastballs more effective. He induced 15 swings-and-misses during the outing.

SP | Kyle Weiland | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Kyle Weiland (shoulder) will skip his next start due to shoulder soreness. SP Wandy Rodriguez will start instead on normal rest against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, April 27. Weiland is expected to make his next start in the No. 5 spot Tuesday, May 1, against the New York Mets.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price mixed up his pitches well and displayed excellent command in his complete-game shutout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Tuesday, April 24. Price threw 29 changeups in the outing and recorded a career-high 10 outs on at-bats that ended with the change. "Great command of all his pitches," manager Joe Maddon said after the game. "He pretty much brought out the kitchen sink. Probably one of his best performances as far as using his entire repertoire." Price is slowly relying on his changeup more since introducing the pitch in 2010.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Nick Masset | Cincinnati Reds | Injury
Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Reds RP Nick Masset's (shoulder) MRI revealed the strain in his right shoulder hasn't fully healed. He must wait to resume throwing.

RP | Javy Guerra | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said CL Javy Guerra will remain the closer.

RP | Robbie Ross | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Robbie Ross earned his fourth victory of the season Wednesday, April 25, when he threw 2 2/3 innings of relief for the victory in a 7-3 win over the New York Yankees.

RP | Rich Hill | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Rich Hill (elbow) worked a perfect seventh inning Wednesday, April 25, in the second day of a back-to-back rehab appearance with Triple-A Pawtucket. Manager Bobby Valentine said Hill will come off the 15-day disabled list "soon," perhaps as soon as Friday, April 27.

RP | Steve Edlefsen | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
The San Francisco Giants might recall RP Steve Edlefsen from Triple-A Fresno either Friday, April 27, or sometime over the weekend.

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
The San Francisco Giants are expected to need room on the 40-man roster Friday, April 27, so RP Brian Wilson (elbow) is likely to be moved from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

RP | Luis Marte | Detroit Tigers | Injury,
Detroit Tigers RP Luis Marte (hamstring) was able to play long toss before the game Wednesday, April 25. He is making his way back from a strained left hamstring.

RP | Matt Thornton | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox RP Matt Thornton struck out the side in the eighth inning Wednesday, April 25, against the Oakland Athletics, lowering his ERA to 0.93 on the season.

RP | Hector Santiago | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox RP Hector Santiago was clubbed for three earned runs and five hits in a blown save and loss Wednesday, April 25, against the Oakland Athletics. He took the loss and was charged with his second blown save, as his ERA mushroomed to 8.53. After the game, manager Robin Ventura said Santiago remains his closer.

RP | Sean Marshall | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Sean Marshall worked an efficient nine-pitch perfect ninth inning for his fourth save of the season Wednesday, April 25, against the San Francisco Giants. Marshall is a perfect 4-for-4 in save chances so far this season.

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Aroldis Chapman needed 16 pitches to get through the eighth inning Wednesday, April 25, against the San Francisco Giants, but he still hasn't allowed a run in 11 1/3 innings over eight relief appearances this season. Chapman secured his third hold of the season Wednesday.

RP | Pedro Strop | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Pedro Strop worked around two hits in a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday, April 25, against the Toronto Blue Jays for his second save in as many nights. He continues to fill in for RP Jim Johnson (illness), who remains hospitalized due to some sort of bacterial infection.

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Doctors have yet to determine the illness of Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson (illness), and he remained hospitalized Wednesday, April 25, as a result. "(They're) still running tests, eliminated some things, haven't completely identified it," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's getting a little frustrated." RP Pedro Strop stepped up again Wednesday, picking up his second save in as many nights.

RP | Edward Mujica | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Miami Marlins RP Edward Mujica (fingers) said his right middle and index fingers were feeling better Wednesday, April 25, and he might be available Thursday, April 26.

RP | Brett Myers | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros RP Brett Myers recorded his third save of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, April 25. Myers gave up one hit in the 15-pitch outing.

RP | Rafael Betancourt | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies RP Rafael Betancourt picked up his sixth save of the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 1 of a doubleheader Wednesday, April 25. He struck out one in the outing to lower his ERA to 1.12.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum isn't ready to remove RP Carlos Marmol from the closer's role after he blew his second save in three chances against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 24. Marmol came on for the four-out save Tuesday. "He's been pitching good," Sveum said. "That's just a case to me of a 2-2 slider that (a guy) we know is one of the strongest guys in baseball hit for a home run. Did (Marmol) do anything wrong? No. It was just another guy on the other side of the fence making a lot of money that does that quite often."

RP | Kerry Wood | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Kerry Wood (shoulder) threw off a mound Tuesday, April 24, and he's feeling good. "Everything's going good," manager Dale Sveum said. "He feels a lot better. We'll just keep building that up. We're not putting any timetable on his return or anything. We'll just make sure he's ready to go when we activate him."

RP | Fautino De Los Santos | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Oakland Athletics recalled Ps Jarrod Parker and Jim Miller from the minors Wednesday, April 25, and designated P Rich Thompson for assignment and optioned RP Fautino De Los Santos to the minors in corresponding moves.

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