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Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:43:09 -0700
Oakland Raiders DE Justin Tuck said he felt disrespected by his former team, the New York Giants. Tuck wishes the team would have been more up front with him during the process. "Exactly," Tuck said. "That's the disrespect part. I don't want people to think I'm bad-mouthing the Giants. I'm not. I understand the business and I have so much gratitude for them giving me the opportunity to have my presence felt in New York and be the man I've become.
"I'm just frustrated with how it ended. I'm upset about it. But I'll move on and hopefully one day time will heal all wounds. Right now, I just don't understand a lot that's gone on and how they strung us along."
Source: New York Daily News - Ralph Vacchiano |
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:20:58 -0700
The Los Angeles Dodgers' fifth rotation spot isn't sealed up yet with SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) returning from Tommy John surgery and SP Josh Beckett (thumb) dinged up. SP Paul Maholm went only 2 2/3 frames Thursday, March 13, and allowed six runs on six hits on a pair of home runs. Maholm will likely be in the bullpen if he cannot beat out Beckett for the final spot. Los Angeles won't need a fifth starter until the middle of April, however. SPs Stephen Fife and Seth Rosin may be options for the rotation if Beckett or Maholm don't work out.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Steve Dilbeck |
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:15:30 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (hamstring) continues to be delayed from playing in spring games with a hamstring injury he suffered March 2. Manager Rick Renteria won't provide a firm timetable on when Castro will be back. Renteria is saying Castro won't play before Monday, March 17, although Castro thought he might be able to return this weekend. "He knows his body more than I do," Renteria said. "He could be 75-80 percent in 3-4 days. We just don't know."
FANTASY TIP: Castro is on the cheap this year because of his disappointing 2013 campaign. This lingering hamstring issue isn't exactly endearing him to those that are expecting a bounce-back, either, so his draft stock may continue to plummet slightly. There isn't extreme worry that he will open on the DL just yet, but this injury could cause him to be slow out of the gates.
Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jesse Rogers |
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Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:28:56 -0700
Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias (shins) will visit with a second specialist to figure out a fix for the stress reaction in his shins. Manager Brad Ausmus said the meeting isn't a positive sign that Iglesias will return soon. Iglesias received orthotics that added extra cushion under the feet last week, and he's since resumed workouts and taken batting practice. However, he has not done anything more than light jogging, suggesting he's not close to returning to games. Iglesias could be running out of time in order to be ready for opening day. INF Steve Lombardozzi has been playing semi-regularly at shortstop with Iglesias out the last few weeks, and he'd likely fill in if Iglesias has a day-to-day injury. If Iglesias needs to start on the disabled list, the Tigers could call up SSs Hernan Perez or Eugenio Suarez.
FANTASY TIP: Iglesias isn't highly sought after in fantasy leagues, because he's a defense-first player. This news surely will have very few folks willing to take him. If he opens on the DL, none of his replacements are worth looking into, either.
Source: MLB.com - Jason Beck |
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:11:06 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks C Henry Blanco was very impressed with SP Archie Bradley's outing Monday, March 10, in which he struck out six in three scoreless innings against the Colorado Rockies. Bradley was hitting 96 mph with his fastball and had a swing-and-miss curveball. "He's going to be good. I think he's good already and he'll get even better. I think if he keeps working on his release point and keeps working on pounding the strike zone, that's what he's going to need," Blanco said.
FANTASY TIP: It's encouraging that Bradley's offspeed pitches were spot on, since they have been a work in progress for him. He'll need to be more consistent with his control, but this Snakes top prospect will be pitching in the bigs this season, and it could be relatively early in the season.
Source: The Arizona Republic - Nick Piecoro |
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:07:16 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Brandon McCarthy was sitting between 91 and 95 mph with his fastball in his outing Monday, March 10, where he allowed three hits and a walk in five scoreless innings, and he was receiving strong reviews from the coaching staff. "That's shown up early. I feel like myself again. With that, in games I'm sharper, more focused, and the results kind of follow that. Now it's just staying in that same place," McCarthy said. McCarthy said the after-effects of being struck in the head by a line drive in 2012 lingered into last season.
FANTASY TIP: Health issues have eroded McCarthy's dominance the past few seasons, but if he is past all of that, there could be something here. His fastball life is a positive development, and he still remains an elite ground-ball pitcher. There could be value here off the waiver wire and in NL leagues.
Source: The Arizona Republic - Nick Piecoro |
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:58:41 -0700
Updating a previous item, the Tennessee Titans are signing LB Wesley Woodyard to a four-year, $16 million deal, according to his agent. "Wesley is a player who has experience playing in both 3-4 and 4-3 systems and in our new scheme he fits as one of the inside linebackers," general manager Ruston Webster said. "He is smart and fast. He also brings the leadership qualities and intangible that we look for in a player, which makes him a good fit for us."
Source: ESPN.com |