Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 8, 2013 @ 09:14:56 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak is on an eight-game hit streak through Wednesday, Aug. 7. Smoak, who slumped badly in the first half of the season, is also batting .314 with 15 RBIs since July 1.

1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Lance Berkman (hip, knees) is taking batting practice Wednesday, Aug. 7.

1B | Andy Marte | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed free-agent 1B Andy Marte (Pirates) to a minor league deal Tuesday, Aug. 6, and released RP Mike Ekstrom in a corresponding move.

Second Baseman

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks (hamstring) said he felt a pop in his left hamstring and was helped off the field Wednesday, Aug. 7.

2B | Alberto Callaspo | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics 2B Alberto Callaspo (forearm) said he believes he will be able to play Friday, Aug. 9. Callaspo said he had some numbness in two of his fingers after the injury but is fine now.

2B | Omar Infante | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 2B Omar Infante (ankle) started his rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo Tuesday, Aug. 6.


SS | Nick Franklin | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Nick Franklin broke a string of 27 hitless at-bats when he tripled during his team's 9-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Franklin had been hitless in 30 plate appearances.

Third Baseman

3B | Michael Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Michael Young (hamstring) is out of the lineup Thursday, Aug. 8, due to a tight hamstring. He could return tomorrow.

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie has a 10-game hitting streak as of Wednesday, Aug. 7, which is a career high.

3B | Mark DeRosa | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Mark DeRosa was claimed off waivers by an undisclosed team Wednesday, Aug. 7. The Jays have until Thursday, Aug. 8, to work out a trade, let DeRosa go or pull him back. DeRosa is owed about $230,000 for the rest of the season.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez has officially appealed his 211-game suspension from the league for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. Rodriguez is the only one of 12 other suspended players to appeal his suspension, but the others only received 50-game bans. Rodriguez will be allowed to continue playing until the grievance is heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who isn't expected to make a ruling until November or December.

3B | Todd Frazier | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 3B Todd Frazier hit second in the lineup for the first time in his career Wednesday, Aug. 7, and he went 0-for-3 with a walk to extend his career-worst slump to 0-for-31. It's the longest hitless slump for a player on the team since former OF Drew Stubbs went 0-for-32 last year.


C | Ryan Doumit | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C/OF Ryan Doumit (illness) left the game Wednesday, Aug. 7, against the Kansas City Royals after he started to feel nauseous behind the plate. C Chris Herrmann replaced him.

C | Dioner Navarro | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs C Dioner Navarro (ankle) left the game Wednesday, Aug. 7, against the Philadelphia Phillies after a home-plate collision with 2B Chase Utley resulted in a right leg injury. Navarro had X-rays, and the tests were negative. He is being treated for a contusion.

C | Gerald Laird | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Gerald Laird (kidney) worked out Wednesday, Aug. 7, with the team's Class A affiliate in Rome (Ga.), getting his first baseball activity since undergoing a procedure to remove kidney stones last week. He is expected to play in a minor-league rehab game with Triple-A Gwinnett Friday, Aug. 9, and might return from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, Aug. 10, barring any setbacks.

C | Yasmani Grandal | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal (knee) had reconstructive surgery on his right knee Tuesday, Aug. 6, to fix his anterior cruciate ligament. Grandal is expected to be out nine to 12 months.

C | Salvador Perez | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez (concussion) has been cleared for light workouts, and he'll do some work on an exercise bike.

C | Corky Miller | Cincinnati Reds | Injury
Cincinnati Reds C Corky Miller (quadriceps) was forced from the game with a bruised right quadriceps Wednesday, Aug. 7, after he collided with Oakland Athletics 2B Alberto Callaspo.

C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia (knee) was scratched from the lineup with right knee soreness Wednesday, Aug. 7. C Josh Thole will receive the start.

C | Mike Napoli | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
An MRI performed on Boston Red Sox C/1B Mike Napoli revealed his degenerative hip condition, avascular necrosis, hasn't worsened. Napoli received the examination on July 21; it had been pushed back from sometime before the All-Star break. Napoli has played 103 games so far, the third most of any player, so his health hasn't been an issue.


OF | Jay Bruce | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce had a two-run homer and drove in three runs during his team's 6-5 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

OF | Wil Myers | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Wil Myers (chest) was removed from the game Wednesday, Aug. 7, against the Arizona Diamondbacks after having issues with his asthma while attempting to track down a ball in center field.

OF | Darin Mastroianni | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Darin Mastroianni (ankle, knee) left his minor-league rehab game with Triple-A Rochester Wednesday, Aug. 7, due to a hyperextended right knee. The initial report is that the injury is not too serious.

OF | Thomas Neal | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Thomas Neal (shoulder) suffered a right shoulder dislocation Wednesday, Aug. 7, against the Philadelphia Phillies. He was hurt on a throw from the outfield to second base to start the seventh inning.

OF | Jordan Schafer | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jordan Schafer (ankle) posted just one hit over his first 18 at-bats in four games with Triple-A Gwinnett. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Wednesday, Aug. 7, that Schafer's legs are fine, he just needs to get his timing back. The plan might be for Schafer to play with the G-Braves through Thursday, with a possible return from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, Aug. 10.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (neck) was back in the lineup for the game Wednesday, Aug. 7, against the Washington Nationals.

OF | Daniel Perales | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed free-agent OF Daniel Perales (Reds) to a minor league deal Tuesday, Aug. 6.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets activated OF Lucas Duda (intercostal) from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, Aug. 7, and optioned him to Triple-A Las Vegas.

OF | Jason Bay | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners recalled RP Carter Capps from the minors Tuesday, Aug. 6, and released OF Jason Bay in a corresponding move.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (finger) will be put on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right middle finger Wednesday, Aug. 7. In a corresponding move, SP Jeff Francis will be recalled from the minors. Gonzalez had been dealing with the finger injury since July 7. The DL stint will be retroactive to Aug. 5. Francis will pitch out of the bullpen.

OF | Dayan Viciedo | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo (thumb) is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday, Aug. 7.

OF | Ryan Raburn | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians have signed OF Ryan Raburn to a two-year contract extension worth $4.85 million. The deal includes an option for the 2016 season.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Carlos Martinez | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals recalled SP Carlos Martinez to make his first major league start Thursday, Aug. 8.

SP | J.A. Happ | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ gave up six earned runs over four innings Wednesday, Aug. 7, in a 9-7 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Happ, who had not pitched since May 7 due to a skull fracture and knee problems, did not get the decision.

SP | Aaron Harang | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Aaron Harang surrendered seven runs in two innings of work Wednesday, Aug. 7, but the Mariners got him off the hook for the decision by rebounding for a 9-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. RP Brandon Maurer (3-7) pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief, allowing three hits and five walks, to pick up the win.

SP | Eric Jokisch | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Eric Jokisch tossed a no-hitter for Double-A Tennessee Tuesday, Aug. 6. It was the first no-hitter for the Smokes' since June 21, 2007. He allowed four walks while striking out eight batters, and no player for Double-A Jacksonville, an affiliate of the Miami Marlins, went further than first base.

SP | Chris Archer | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Chris Archer (forearm) was lifted from his start Wednesday, Aug. 7, against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to tightness in his right forearm. The team said he was removed as a precaution.

SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals SP Shelby Miller (elbow) has been diagnosed with a right elbow contusion. He was forced to leave his start Wednesday, Aug. 7, against the Los Angeles Dodgers when he was hit by a line drive.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay (shoulder) might be able to return to the team's rotation by September, according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. He made just seven starts this season, the final year of a three-year, $60 million deal. He has a vesting option for 2014 that will not trigger, making him a free agent.

SP | Paul Maholm | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Paul Maholm (wrist) threw another side session Tuesday, Aug. 6, and worked his way up to approximately 50 pitches. He is expected to throw an extended bullpen session Friday, Aug. 9, and might head out on a minor-league rehab assignment or throw a simulated game after that. "(The wrist) is pretty much normal," Maholm said Wednesday, Aug. 7. "I just have to build back up and be ready to come in and go 90 plus pitches and not come in and be a burden on the bullpen."

SP | Ross Ohlendorf | Washington Nationals | Injury,
Washington Nationals SP Ross Ohlendorf (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, Aug. 7, and is expected to make a minor league rehab start Saturday, Aug. 10. The team thinks Ohlendorf can return to the team Aug. 16, but they want to see how his shoulder reacts first. He is 2-0 with a 1.85 ERA in 10 outings this year.

SP | Kyle Drabek | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction,
The Toronto Blue Jays activated SP Kyle Drabek (elbow) from the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, Aug. 7, and optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo.

SP | Danny Duffy | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals activated SP Danny Duffy (elbow) from the disabled list Wednesday, Aug. 7, and optioned P Will Smith to the minors in a corresponding move.

SP | Danny Salazar | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar will take SP Corey Kluber's (finger) spot in the starting rotation, and the Tribe doesn't feel the need to limit Salazar's innings down the stretch.

SP | Liam Hendriks | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Liam Hendriks will start the second game of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox Friday, Aug. 9.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese (shoulder) said he's ready to come off the disabled list and start against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, Aug. 11. Niese thinks he can throw 95 pitches in his first outing back, and the team will continue going with a six-man rotation when he returns. "I'm going to do a lot more rotator-cuff exercises, shoulder exercises, keeping it stronger, obviously to help prevent anything like this happening again," Niese said. "... It will eventually heal, they told me. That's probably something where the time this offseason will take to heal it. As for now, it's pretty much just keeping it strong, keeping the inflammation down. So far, so good."

SP | Bartolo Colon | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon (illness) was dealing with a stomach ailment during his start Wednesday, Aug. 7, which might have led to his off performance.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) will attempt a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday, Aug. 10.

SP | Marco Estrada | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction,
The Milwaukee Brewers have activated SP Marco Estrada (back, hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, the team optioned 2B Scooter Gennett to Triple-A Nashville.

SP | Yusmeiro Petit | San Francisco Giants | Transaction,
The San Francisco Giants have outrighted SP Yusmeiro Petit to Triple-A Fresno.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (forearm) attempted to throw Tuesday, Aug. 6, but felt some discomfort. He might not make it back from the disabled list when eligible early next week.

SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Jenrry Mejia told reporters Tuesday, Aug. 6, that his right elbow didn't flare up after his start against the Colorado Rockies the way it did against the Miami Marlins last week. He said he's holding back a bit of his velocity so he doesn't feel discomfort.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (foot) threw 31 pitches in a two-inning simulated game Tuesday, Aug. 6, and should participate in another one Saturday, Aug. 10.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Jason Grilli | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli (forearm) is scheduled to begin throwing this weekend and could return by the end of the month.

RP | Brian Wilson | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Brian Wilson (elbow) made his organizational debut Wednesday, Aug. 7, with Class A Rancho Cucamonga. He worked a scoreless inning in the start, posting a strikeout in a perfect inning of work. Wilson said he would likely head to Triple-A Albuquerque Thursday, Aug. 8.

RP | LaTroy Hawkins | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins expects to use RP LaTroy Hawkins to close for the second straight day if a situation arises Wednesday, Aug. 7. Hawkins picked up his first save of the year Tuesday, Aug. 6.

RP | Tim Wood | Minnesota Twins | Injury,
Minnesota Twins RP Tim Wood (shoulder) will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Aug. 22 and will miss the rest of the year.

RP | Eduardo Sanchez | Chicago Cubs | Transaction,
The Chicago Cubs optioned RP Eduardo Sanchez to the minors Tuesday, Aug. 6.

RP | Cesar Jimenez | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction,
The Philadelphia Phillies recalled RP Cesar Jimenez from the minors Tuesday, Aug. 6.

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Transaction,
The Cincinnati Reds activated RP Jonathan Broxton (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, Aug. 7, and optioned RP Pedro Villarreal to Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move.

RP | Octavio Dotel | Detroit Tigers | Injury,
Detroit Tigers RP Octavio Dotel (elbow) will start his rehab assignment with Single-A Lakeland Wednesday, Aug. 7.

RP | Michael Schwimer | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Toronto Blue Jays released P Michael Schwimer Wednesday, Aug. 7.

RP | Jose Cisnero | Houston Astros | Transaction,
The Houston Astros have optioned RP Jose Cisnero to Triple-A Oklahoma City. In a corresponding move, the team purchased the contract of RP Jorge De Leon from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

RP | Matt Thornton | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction,
The Boston Red Sox will place RP Matt Thornton (oblique) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, Aug. 7, and RP Pedro Beato will be recalled in a corresponding move.

RP | Jose Valverde | free agent | Transaction,
The Detroit Tigers have released RP Jose Valverde.

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