Yovani Gallardo close to returning, Brandon Belt heating up, and more

by KFFL Staff on August 14, 2013 @ 08:41:11 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Lance Berkman (hip, knees) will continue his rehab with Double-A Frisco Tuesday, Aug. 13, and Wednesday, Aug. 14. He is 3-for-7 with a home run in two games with Triple-A Round Rock, but he's had problems running on his left hip and right knee. "He swung the bat well," manager Ron Washington said. "He's still having issues with the running. We'll see if it's getting better with two games in Frisco."

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1B | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt was named the National League Player of the Week after hitting .440 (11-for-25) with two home runs, five RBIs and eight runs last week. Manager Bruce Bochy has the utmost confidence in him, too, starting him against all left-handed pitchers and hitting him third in the lineup, including Tuesday, Aug. 13.

Fantasy Tip: This was bad timing for Brett Pill, who has been relegated to a bench role thanks to Belt's hot hitting. Don't expect Pill to see much time until Belt cools off. It looks like Pill's time with the team could be coming to an end soon, too.

1B | David Cooper | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians signed free-agent 1B David Cooper (Blue Jays) to a minor league deal Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox put 1B Paul Konerko on waivers Tuesday, Aug. 13, but he's likely to clear waivers. He's due roughly $3.25 million the rest of the season, and he can block any trade because of his 10/5 status.

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Second Baseman

2B | Jose Altuve | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve (quadriceps) and C Jason Castro (hip) both were able to return to the starting lineup Tuesday, Aug. 13, against the Oakland Athletics.

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2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners acting manager Robby Thompson said Tuesday, Aug. 13, that 2B Dustin Ackley will continue to receive an extended look in the outfield in the coming weeks. "We have to see what we have out there with Ackley in center field," Thompson said. "We kind of know what we have with (OF Michael Saunders) in center and the corners. There's a chance we'll have (OF Franklin Gutierrez) coming back - and where he's going to fit in. So we're just trying to get Ack in there."

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2B | Wilmer Flores | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Wilmer Flores' (ankle) sprained right ankle was worse Tuesday, Aug. 13, and he may need to go on the disabled list. He twisted his ankle running the bases Monday, Aug. 12, and was limping badly. The team will make a decision in a couple of days.

Fantasy Tip: If Flores goes on the DL, some combination of Josh Satin and Justin Turner will likely fill in at the hot corner. If you're speculating in NL leagues, Satin should be your first target.

2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro (back) was scratched with a stiff back Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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2B | Howie Kendrick | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B Howie Kendrick (knee) took swings in the cage Tuesday, Aug. 13, for the first time since spraining his knee last week.

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2B | Dan Uggla | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves 2B Dan Uggla (eyes) had Lasik surgery on his eyes and is expected to be back before the end of the season.

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Shortstop

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar (calf) was walking fine after leaving the game Tuesday, Aug. 13, against the New York Yankees due to a cramp in his calf. He said he feels he will be ready to play Wednesday, Aug. 14.

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SS | Nick Franklin | Seattle Mariners | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Nick Franklin and SS Brad Miller have made 29 starts together this season, the third-most starts by a rookie middle-infield combination in franchise history. That number is tied for the most in the American League since 1995, when 2B Andy Fox and SS Derek Jeter made 35 starts together.

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SS | Tyler Pastornicky | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves placed 2B Dan Uggla (eye) on the 15-day disabled list due to eye surgery Tuesday, Aug. 13, and recalled SS Tyler Pastornicky from Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding move.

Fantasy Tip: Pastornicky and Paul Janish could split time at second base with Uggla sidelined, but they should only be considered in NL-only leagues for now. Uggla was hitting under .200, although he has 21 home runs.

SS | Tommy Manzella | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox signed free-agent SS Tommy Manzella (Rockies) to a minor league deal Tuesday, Aug. 13, and assigned him to Double-A Birmingham.

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Third Baseman

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas (calf) is improved but remains out Tuesday, Aug. 13. He's listed as day-to-day and is unlikely to play Wednesday, Aug. 14.

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3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers activated 3B Aramis Ramirez (knee) from the disabled list Tuesday, Aug. 13, and optioned OF Caleb Gindl to Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move.

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Catcher

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (hamstring) aggravated his left hamstring injury Tuesday, Aug. 13, and was forced to leave the game. Manager Davey Johnson said the injury isn't too bad, and Ramos is considered day to day.

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C | Derek Norris | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday, Aug. 13, that C Derek Norris (back) might return to the starting lineup Thursday, Aug. 15. "If I had to, I could use him either today or tomorrow," Melvin said.

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C | Ronny Paulino | Detroit Tigers | Transaction
The Detroit Tigers acquired C Ronny Paulino from the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, Aug. 13, and he'll report to Triple-A Toledo. It's unclear what the Orioles received in return.

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C | Drew Butera | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction,
The Minnesota Twins will acquire P Miguel Sulbaran from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the trade that involved C Drew Butera.

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C | Dioner Navarro | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs C Dioner Navarro (ankle) is back in the lineup Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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Outfielder

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (knee) returned to the starting lineup Tuesday, Aug. 13, against the San Francisco Giants. He left the game Sunday, Aug. 11, after suffering a right knee injury. "He looked like his cheerful old self today," manager Davey Johnson joked.

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OF | Cody Ross | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said Tuesday, Aug. 13, that doctors told OF Cody Ross (hip) that he could be ready for the start of spring training. He cannot do any weight-bearing activities for a couple of months.

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OF | Chris Coghlan | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Chris Coghlan (calf) is beginning his rehab assignment with Single-A Jupiter Wednesday, Aug. 14, and he'll play five innings at third base. Coghlan hasn't played third regularly since 2009 in the minors. "I like what he does offensively. I like what he brought to the team before he got hurt, so we'll see. Hopefully he'll stay healthy and we'll get him up here and see what he can do," manager Mike Redmond said. The team is hoping to have Coghlan around Sept. 1.

Fantasy Tip: Placido Polanco is neither the solution nor the future at the hot corner in Miami. Perhaps Coghlan can convince the team to keep him there in spring training next season. He won't have much time to contribute there when he returns, but keep him in mind for third base eligibility next season.

OF | Colby Rasmus | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus (rib cage) is dealing with an injury to his rib cage near his left hip, and he could land on the disabled list. "If it keeps bothering me, I'm just going to shut it down," he said.

Fantasy Tip: With Melky Cabrera (knee) already on the DL, Anthony Gose would be the likely call-up if Rasmus needs to be sidelined. You can probably expect Rajai Davis to be an everyday outfielder for the team for the rest of the season. Gose is attractive to AL-only leaguers.

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz will spend the next 12 days training at his home gym in the Dominican Republic, and he could return to the team for a playoff run when his 50-game suspension is up. The team has not decided if they will let Cruz play if the team makes the postseason.

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OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (hamstring) could start rehab games in Arizona later this week since he's been hitting, running an fielding. He could rejoin the team by Sept. 1.

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OF | Jose Tabata | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Jose Tabata (flu) was scratched from the lineup with flu-like symptoms Tuesday, Aug. 13. OF Andrew Lambo will make his major league debut.

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OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier (calf) is out of the lineup with left calf tightness Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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OF | Peter Bourjos | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Peter Bourjos (wrist) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts for Triple-A Salt Lake Monday, Aug. 12, and he's likely to be activated from the disabled list within a couple of days.

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OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran (foot) is back in the lineup Tuesday, Aug. 13, after making a recovery from a bruised right foot. Beltran left the game early in the sixth inning after fouling a ball off his foot Sunday, Aug. 11.

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OF | Jorge Soler | Chicago Cubs | Injury
The Chicago Cubs aren't expecting OF Jorge Soler (shin) to play in the minors again this year, but he might play in the Arizona Fall League.

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OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (illness) is out of the lineup Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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OF | Desmond Jennings | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings (finger) is feeling better and was cleared to swing Monday, Aug. 12. He's hoping to come off the disabled list when he's eligible.

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OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (flu) is out with the flu Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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OF | Manny Ramirez | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Texas Rangers released OF Manny Ramirez from Triple-A Round Rock Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (wrist) and C Derek Norris (back) remain out of the lineup Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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OF | Engel Beltre | Texas Rangers | Transaction
The Texas Rangers optioned OF Engel Beltre to Triple-A Round Rock Tuesday, Aug. 13, to make room on the roster for INF Adam Rosales.

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OF | Ryan Kalish | Boston Red Sox | Injury
Boston Red Sox OF Ryan Kalish (neck) will undergo cervical fusion on his neck Tuesday, Aug. 13. Kalish did not play this year and missed most of last year recovering from surgery on his left shoulder. He also had surgery on his right shoulder in January.

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Starting Pitcher

SP | Philip Humber | Houston Astros | Depth Chart Tidbit,
Houston Astros P Philip Humber has re-joined the big club, and he will pitch out of the bullpen. He was 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA over his past seven appearances with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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SP | Mark Appel | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Mark Appel is expected to make two more starts for Class A Quad Cities before being shut down for the season, including the playoffs, general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday, Aug. 13.

Fantasy Tip: The No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft is a stud in long-term fantasy keeper leagues, but those in re-draft formats will want to avoid him even in 2014.

SP | Nick Blackburn | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Nick Blackburn (elbow, knee), who is making his way back from an elbow injury, will have his knee examined Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the Twin Cities.

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SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (forearm) will resume throwing Friday, Aug. 16, before the game against the Colorado Rockies.

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SP | Ross Detwiler | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Ross Detwiler (back) has not resumed baseball activities, and he will not do so for at least another week. However, he was running sprints in the outfield before the game Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo (hamstring) did not report any problems during his second bullpen session Tuesday, Aug. 13, and he is expected to be ready to re-join the rotation, perhaps Tuesday, Aug. 20, against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Fantasy Tip: Keep Gallardo reserved in all fantasy formats until he can officially return and prove his health in at least one full start without any setbacks

SP | Tyler Thornburg | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers P Tyler Thornburg might be the odd-man out when SP Yovani Gallardo (hamstring) is ready to return from the 15-day disabled list. Thornburg will start Wednesday, Aug. 14, against the Texas Rangers, and then he could be sent to the minors.

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SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated Tuesday, Aug. 13, that the team might bring SP Brett Anderson (foot) back as a reliever.

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SP | Esmil Rogers | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Either Toronto Blue Jays Ps Esmil Rogers or Thad Weber will make the start against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, Aug. 14, in place of SP Josh Johnson (forearm).

Fantasy Tip: Rogers and Weber would be short-term solutions in AL-only leagues at the most. Johnson, depending on how his MRI exam turns out, could be in danger of missing the rest of the season. You shouldn't have any reason to hold onto him.

SP | Alex Cobb | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Alex Cobb (concussion) is expected to return to start Thursday, Aug. 15, for the first time since being struck in the head by a line drive in June. Cobb is 6-2 with a 3.01 ERA in 13 starts this year.

Fantasy Tip: Grab Cobb off your waiver wire if he's still available.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (hip) will undergo a hip resurfacing procedure next week, which is similar to hip replacement surgery. The surgery will have a longer recovery time than it takes to recover from bone spurs.

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SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous item, Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison (back, elbow) was diagnosed with left elbow inflammation after he left his last rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock experiencing numbness in his left hand. Doctors have advised him to shut it down for the rest of the season, although there is nothing structurally wrong with his back, and the team isn't worried about his elbow, either. "It was a significant injury, real surgery and we have every expectation he'll be 100 percent by this offseason and certainly by spring training. We were hoping to have him back this season, but it's not going to happen," manager Ron Washington said.

Fantasy Tip: Now that Harrison and Colby Lewis (hip) are done for the year, it appears that Martin Perez and Alexi Ogando are safe in the starting rotation. The team might look to limit them down the stretch by skipping the, though.

SP | Paul Maholm | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Paul Maholm (wrist) will throw six innings or 90 pitches for Single-A Rome Saturday, Aug. 17.

Fantasy Tip: Maholm could make spot starts in the rotation to rest the current starters down the stretch, but it's unclear if he'll have a permanent spot in the rotation when he's ready. As a result, he shouldn't be a candidate to own in mixed leagues.

SP | Jason Vargas | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim activated SP Jason Vargas (armpit) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, Aug. 13, and optioned SP Tommy Hanson to the minors in a corresponding move.

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Relief Pitcher

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz (elbow, triceps) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Aug. 14, and the team still expects him to return this year. It's possible that he'll return in September.

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RP | Casey Janssen | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Casey Janssen (shoulder) has been fighting his way through shoulder issues all season after he had surgery in the offseason to shave down the collarbone in his right shoulder. "I'm managing it," Janssen said. "I think this whole season is going to be a grind, but I have more good days than bad days. Every once in a while, I'll wake up for no reason and not feel amazing, but no one feels amazing now that we're into August. I'm no different, but we're just coming out and competing." Janssen has missed games here and there, and manager John Gibbons doesn't like to warm up his closer unless he's coming into the game. He plans to do rigorous workouts in the offseason to increase the strength in his shoulder.

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RP | Luis Perez | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Luis Perez (elbow) has been working out at the team's minor league complex and could start a rehab assignment next week. Perez could return before the end of the season, and the team would prefer to see how he looks in a major league setting before next year. Perez is a candidate to fill a left-handed spot in the bullpen next season.

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RP | Drew Carpenter | Oakland Athletics | Transaction,
The Oakland Athletics signed free-agent RP Drew Carpenter (Cubs) to a minor league deal Monday, Aug. 12.

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