Matt Kemp nearing a return, rosters expand, and more

by KFFL Staff on September 3, 2013 @ 09:09:27 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis (oblique) will travel with the team to Atlanta Monday, Sept. 2, and won't head to New York until Tuesday, Sept. 3, to have his oblique injury examined. The reason: the team has its fantasy football draft Monday.

1B | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 1B Logan Morrison (knee) said Sunday, Sept. 1, that he is fine after fouling a ball off his left knee Saturday, Aug. 31.

1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have activated 1B/DH Lance Berkman (hip, knees), SP Nick Tepesch (elbow), RP Neftali Feliz (elbow) and P Michael Kirkman (skin cancer) from the disabled list.

1B | Brandon Snyder | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have recalled C Ryan Lavarnway and P Rubby De La Rosa and selected the contract of OF Quintin Berry from Triple-A Pawtucket. They have also activated 3B Brandon Snyder (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, RP Daniel Bard has been designated for assignment.

1B | David Cooper | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians announced 1B David Cooper has opted out of his minor league deal at Triple-A Columbus and elected free agency. No reason was given by the team.

1B | Yonder Alonso | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B Yonder Alonso (hand) aggravated right hand injury, and he is expected to be sidelined anywhere from seven to 10 days, according to general manager Josh Byrnes.


Second Baseman

2B | Freddy Galvis | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies recalled P Tyler Cloyd, 2B Freddy Galvis, P Luis Garcia, P Mauricio Robles and SP Joe Savery from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Monday, Sept. 2.

2B | David Adams | New York Yankees | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Yankees have promoted 3B David Adams, C J.R. Murphy and Ps Dellin Betances, Cesar Cabral and Brett Marshall from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In corresponding moves, INF Jayson Nix (hand) was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list and OF Melky Mesa was unconditionally released.

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker batted leadoff for the first time in his career Sunday, Sept. 1, against the St. Louis Cardinals, with OF Garrett Jones placed in the No. 2 spot in the batting order.

2B | Jemile Weeks | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics have called up OF Michael Choice, 2B Jemile Weeks, INF Andy Parrino and RP Pedro Figueroa from Triple-A Sacramento.

2B | Michael Martinez | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have recalled INFs Cesar Hernandez and Michael Martinez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.


Shortstop

SS | Nick Noonan | San Francisco Giants | Transaction
The San Francisco Giants will recall SS Ehire Adrianza, P Jake Dunning, RP George Kontos, C Johnny Monell, SS Nick Noonan, OF Francisco Peguero and OF Juan C. Perez from Triple-A Fresno Tuesday, Sept. 3.

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said Sunday, Sept. 1, that he doesn't expect SS Elvis Andrus (back) to play Monday, Sept. 2. He is hopeful the shortstop will be able to return Tuesday, Sept. 3, against the Oakland Athletics.

If you have healthier alternatives, it might be a good idea to use them heading into the new scoring period. Andrus is likely to miss at least one game, and there is no guarantee he'll be ready Tuesday, especially since rosters have expanded and teams have more flexibility.

SS | Dee Gordon | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers have recalled SP Stephen Fife, RP Peter Moylan, INF Dee Gordon, OF Scott Van Slyke and C Drew Butera from Triple-A Albuquerque.

SS | John McDonald | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction,
The Boston Red Sox transferred P Alex Wilson (thumb) from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list Saturday, Aug. 31. His spot on the 40-man roster was needed for the addition of INF John McDonald.


Third Baseman

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera (abdomen) is out of the lineup Monday, Sept. 2.

3B | Chris D. Johnson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chris D. Johnson (leg) was held out of the lineup Sunday, Sept. 1, against the Miami Marlins due to what manager Fredi Gonzalez said was "a little leg issue." Johnson was able to make a pinch-hitting appearance in the ninth inning.

If you normally depend upon Johnson for fantasy purposes, his injury doesn't appear to be something which will hold him out for long. Keep him active.

3B | Luis Valbuena | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs have activated OF Ryan Sweeney (rib) and 3B Luis Valbuena (oblique) from the disabled list and recalled P Alberto Cabrera from Triple-A Iowa. In a corresponding move, P Eduardo Sanchez was designated for assignment.

3B | Nick Castellanos | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers have purchased the contract of OF Nick Castellanos from Triple-A Toledo. They have also recalled P Evan Reed and INF Danny Worth from Toledo.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley (back) was out of the lineup for a third consecutive game Saturday, Aug. 31, due to a stiff back. Headley's return date is uncertain. Manager Bud Black said Headley hasn't made "a whole lot of progress."

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas went 2-for-4 with a double against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, Aug. 30. He had missed the previous three games because of an illness.


Catcher

C | Rob Brantly | Miami Marlins | Transaction,
The Miami Marlins will call up C Rob Brantly, RP Arquimedes Caminero, SP Brian Flynn and SP Brad Hand from Triple-A New Orleans Tuesday, Sept. 2. Flynn will start Wednesday, Sept. 3, against the Chicago Cubs.

C | Jason Castro | Houston Astros | Injury
Updating a previous report, Houston Astros C Jason Castro (knee) left the game Monday, Sept. 2, because of a right knee sprain.

C | Tyler Flowers | Chicago White Sox | Injury
Chicago White Sox C Tyler Flowers (shoulder) is scheduled to undergo exploratory shoulder surgery and is expected to be sidelined three to six months.

C | Derek Norris | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said C Derek Norris (toe) will come off the 15-day disabled list when he is eligible Thursday, Sept. 5.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (wrist) left the team's game early Monday, Sept. 2, because of left wrist soreness.

C | Sandy Leon | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals have promoted Ps Erik Davis and Ian Krol from Triple-A Syracuse and C Sandy Leon from Double-A Harrisburg. More call-ups are expected later this week and manager Davey Johnson said the team could add as many as eight total players for the last month of the season.

C | Bryan Holaday | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said P Luke Putkonen would be recalled Monday, Sept. 2, with Ps Jeremy Bonderman and Jose Alvarez and C Bryan Holaday being recalled Tuesday, Sept. 3.

C | Chris Snyder | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles have promoted Cs Chris Snyder and Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk. In addition, SP Wei-Yin Chen was recalled from the organization's Gulf coast League affiliate. In corresponding moves, C Taylor Teagarden and OF Eric Thames were designated for assignment.

C | Robinson Chirinos | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have recalled RP Cory Burns and C Robinson Chirinos from Triple-A Round Rock. In corresponding moves, RP Justin Miller was unconditionally released and OF Joe Benson was designated for assignment.

C | Chris Robinson | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres have called up C Chris Robinson and RP Tom Layne from Triple-A Tucson.

C | Mike Zunino | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Mike Zunino (wrist) will be recalled from his injury rehab assignment Monday, Sept. 2. He is expected to start behind the plate against the Kansas City Royals, with SP Felix Hernandez pitching.

C | Tony Cruz | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals have activated C Tony Cruz (forearm) from the 15-day disabled list to serve as emergency protection behind the plate. However, his baseball activities have been limited to throwing and he hopes to receive clearance to resume swinging a bat Wednesday, Sept. 4, or Thursday, Sept. 5.

Rob Johnson will continue serving as the No. 2 catcher behind Yadier Molina while Cruz's condition improves. Neither Johnson nor Cruz have any fantasy value.

C | Bryan Anderson | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox have recalled SP Charlie Leesman and purchased the contract of C Bryan Anderson from Triple-A Charlotte. P Erik Johnson and INF Marcus Semien are possibilities to be promoted in the next few days.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said C Joe Mauer (concussion) is hoping to return to action Friday, Sept. 6, although it's too early to be sure.

C | Ryan Lavarnway | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have recalled C Ryan Lavarnway and P Rubby De La Rosa and selected the contract of OF Quintin Berry from Triple-A Pawtucket. They have also activated 3B Brandon Snyder (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, RP Daniel Bard has been designated for assignment.

C | Mike Nickeas | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays are expected to add a catcher now that rosters have expanded. C A.J. Jimenez (elbow) is bothered by a sore elbow, so C Mike Nickeas could be in line to be promoted.

C | Josmil Pinto | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins will call up C Josmil Pinto to replace 1B Justin Morneau on the 25-man roster. OF Alex Presley will be activated when rosters expand Sunday, Sept. 1.

C | Brett Hayes | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals are expected to recall RP Francisley Bueno and select the contract of C Brett Hayes from Triple-A Omaha Sunday, Sept. 1.

C | Carlos Corporan | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros C Carlos Corporan (concussion) said he is no longer being bothered by concussion symptoms. He has been doing individual work but doesn't know when he'll return.

C | Chris Gimenez | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said C Chris Gimenez, DH Luke Scott (back) and OF Delmon Young are expected to be added to the active roster Sunday, Sept. 1. However, he is uncertain who will pitch against the Oakland Athletics Sunday.

C | Evan Gattis | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves have optioned C Evan Gattis to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Gattis' stay in the minors will be short-lived, with Gwinnett only having three games remaining in their season. He's expected to receive approximately 12 plate appearances before rejoining the parent club after rosters have expanded, so this moves appears to be a way to give him some extra playing time.


Outfielder

OF | Engel Beltre | Texas Rangers | Transaction
The Texas Rangers will recall OF Engel Beltre, OF Joey Butler and RP Ross Wolf from Triple-A Round Rock Tuesday, Sept. 2.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton (shoulder) returned to the lineup Monday, Sept. 2, against the Tampa Bay Rays. He finished 1-for-5 with an RBI and three strikeouts.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (knee) is improving, and he might be able to return to the lineup soon.

OF | Corey Dickerson | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Corey Dickerson (knee) is dealing with left knee tendinitis, and the injured area is in the hamstring behind the knee. He left the game Monday, Sept. 2, against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
The finger injury for Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (finger) is no worse, and the pain is the same as before. He is going to need to grip the bat differently, and adjust his bat weight. There are no plans for Gonzalez to undergo an MRI.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Monday, Sept 2, that he found out OF Bryce Harper (hip) has been getting treatment on his hip. The skipper said he was "disturbed I wasn't informed." Johnson said he expects Harper to play Tuesday, Sept. 3.

OF | Yasiel Puig | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig (knee) is dealing with stiffness behind the knee. Manager Don Mattingly said the plan is to sit Puig Tuesday, Sept. 3.

If you're in a fantasy league which allow daily transactions, reserve Puig immediately.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (shin) left the game Monday, Sept. 2, against the Texas Rangers after fouling a ball off his right shin.

OF | Jordan Schafer | Atlanta Braves | Injury
Atlanta Braves OF Jordan Schafer (back) left the team's game early Monday, Sept. 2, because of a lower back strain. Schafer said he expects to play Tuesday, Sept. 3.

OF | Carlos Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Carlos Gomez (knee) was not in the starting lineup Monday, Sept. 2, because of general soreness in his knee and other areas of his body.

OF | Ryan Raburn | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Ryan Raburn (foot) hit in a cage Monday, Sept. 2, and hopes to come off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, Sept. 3.

OF | Billy Hamilton | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds called up OF Billy Hamilton from Triple-A Louisville.

He's not in the lineup today, and Cincinnati is facing Yadier Molina for four games. Molina neutralizes the running game like no one else in the game. Pick him up, but be patient.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury (thumb) suffered a jammed thumb Sunday, Sept. 1, and he was dealing with slight swellings after the game. However, manager John Farrell said he expects Ellsbury to play Monday, Sept. 2.

OF | Jake Marisnick | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Jake Marisnick has been working with interim hitting coach John Pierson on his swing. Despite a .184 batting average, manager Mike Redmond said the club intends to give Marisnick chances down the stretch. "We'll give him his reps," Redmond said. "At the end of this year, he will be able to go home and realize what it takes to sustain his swing up here in the Major Leagues, and what to work on."

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (ankle) might miss the game Monday, Sept. 2, against the Chicago Cubs due to an ankle injury. He tweaked his right ankle in the game Sunday, Sept. 1. "Working against me is it's a day game," Stanton said. "We'll see in the morning."

If Stanton is forced out Monday, he is still a decent fantasy play for the week. Daily owners should reserve him, but weekly owners should keep him in the active fantasy lineup.

OF | Justin Ruggiano | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Justin Ruggiano (calf) did not start the game Sunday, Sept. 1, against the Atlanta Braves due to slight tightness in his calf, according to manager Mike Redmond. Ruggiano was available off the bench.

OF | Justin Upton | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Justin Upton (hand) was back in the starting lineup Sunday, Sept. 1, against the Miami Marlins. He finished 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.

OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (hip) is listed as day-to-day after suffering a left hip contusion Sunday, Sept. 1, against the Chicago White Sox.

OF | Chris Coghlan | Miami Marlins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins have activated 3B/OF Chris Coghlan (back, calf) from the 15-day disabled list. They have also recalled Ps Chris Hatcher and Zach Phillips from Triple-A New Orleans.

OF | Jim Adduci | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have purchased the contract of OF Jim Adduci from Triple-A Round Rock.

OF | Travis Snider | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled SP Kris Johnson and RP Kyle Farnsworth from Triple-A Indianapolis. In addition, they have activated OF Travis Snider (toe) from the 15-day disabled list.

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran (back) was not in the starting lineup against the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, Sept. 1, because of lower back tightness. He suffered the injury during the game Saturday, Aug. 31, and had to leave during the seventh inning. OF Shane Robinson started in right field Sunday, and Beltran is available off the bench as a pinch hitter.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (ankle) may have his rehab assignment extended beyond this weekend, after originally being projected to return to the majors Monday, Sept. 2. Even though Kemp has not reported any discomfort in his injured left ankle, he went hitless in his first eight minor league at-bats and only hit one ball out of the infield. "Baseball-wise, he isn't comfortable yet," manager Don Mattingly said. "I don't think we're worried about center field. His timing doesn't sound very good yet." Kemp will serve as the designated hitter for Class A Rancho Cucamonga Sunday, Sept. 1.

OF | Adron Chambers | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals have recalled OF Adron Chambers from Triple-A Memphis. The team may also consider promoting 1B Brock Peterson, INF Jermaine Curtis and SS Ryan Jackson later this month.

OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (wrist) is no longer experiencing pain in his right wrist. He is scheduled to take swings in the batting cage Monday, Sept. 2, and hopes to return from the disabled list when he is eligible.

OF | Darin Ruf | Philadelphia Phillies | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B/OF Darin Ruf will get the bulk of the playing time at first base while 1B Ryan Howard (knee) remains sidelined, as a result of the team trading INF Michael Young to the Los Angeles Dodgers. INF Kevin Frandsen and 1B/OF John Mayberry Jr. are also capable of playing the position. Minor league 3B Maikel Franco, who has recently started playing first base, remains a long-shot to be called up this season.

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (Achilles') will undergo an MRI exam on his right Achilles' tendon Monday, Sept. 2, in Philadelphia.

OF | Kyle Blanks | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres have activated 1B/OF Kyle Blanks (Achilles') from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, P Anthony Bass was optioned to Triple-A Tucson.

OF | Jose Constanza | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves have recalled OF Jose Constanza from Triple-A Gwinnett.

OF | Mike Morse | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Seattle Mariners will receive OF Xavier Avery from the Baltimore Orioles, in exchange for OF Mike Morse.

OF | Abraham Almonte | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners P Erasmo Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma. In a corresponding move, the team selected the contract of OF Abraham Almonte.

OF | Andres Torres | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants have transferred OF Andres Torres (Achilles') from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.


Starting Pitcher

SP | James Paxton | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners recalled SP James Paxton from Triple-A Tacoma.

He had a 4.45 ERA in 28 games, 26 starts at Triple-A Tacoma. The lefty struck out 131 batters and walked 58 in 145 2/3 innings. It's unknown what his role will be, but it's hard to imagine he'd make more than a couple of starts with the amount of innings he has thrown thus far. He's worth a pickup in AL-only leagues and is a matchup play in mixed leagues.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday, Sept. 2, that SP Daisuke Matsuzaka will make another start for the team. Matsuzaka was tuned up for six earned runs, seven hits and two walks in just three innings, falling to 0-3 with a 10.95 ERA on the season.

SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson (rib) will have an MRI Tuesday, Sept. 3, according to manager Terry Francona. If the tests reveals that he also has an oblique issue, his season could be over.

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran has had his next scheduled start pushed back to Sept. 10.

The team obviously wants to be careful with Teheran's innings total, especially if they plan to use him in the postseason.

SP | Edinson Volquez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Edinson Volquez will get the start Wednesday, Sept. 4, against the Colorado Rockies.

Volquez is 0-4 with a 13.08 ERA in five starts against the Rockies this season, walking 13 batters, striking out just 11 and allowed 43 hits in 21 1/3 innings. The Rockies are hitting .406 against him this season, so if you're in a daily NL-only fantasy league, he should be avoided.

SP | Henderson Alvarez | Miami Marlins | Injury,
Miami Marlins SP Henderson Alvarez (hamstring) left his start early Monday, Sept. 2, because of a tight right hamstring.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez (side) left his start early Monday, Sept. 2, because of a muscle spasm in his side. Hernandez said he was fine after the game.

SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants head coach Bruce Bochy said SP Matt Cain (forearm) threw 90 pitches during a bullpen session Monday, Sept. 2, and felt great.

SP | Aaron Harang | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets signed SP Aaron Harang to a minor league contract on Sunday, Sept. 1 and assigned him to Triple-A Las Vegas. Harang had been released by the Seattle Mariners earlier that day.

SP | Tyler Chatwood | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Tyler Chatwood (thumb) suffered a bruised thumb Sunday, Sept. 1, against the Cincinnati Reds after trying to field a line drive with his bare pitching hand. The team announced he is day to day.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) is dealing with arthritis in his pitching arm. He is expected to resume his throwing program this week after a visit with renowned Dr. James Andrews revealed no structural damage to his forearm. General manager Neal Huntington said he is hopeful Rodriguez can return in some capacity this season.

SP | Jeff Locke | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Sunday, Sept. 1, that SP Jeff Locke will not pitch again until at least next weekend at the earlier. Locke is 1-2 with a 6.88 ERA in the second half, and the skipper is giving the left-hander some time off to work on his mechanics and get some rest.

If you normally depend on Locke for fantasy purposes, reserve him immediately.

SP | Jose Fernandez | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
The Miami Marlins have decided to push the start of SP Jose Fernandez back from Wednesday, Sept. 4, to Friday, Sept. 6. The team is watching Fernandez's innings, and there is not believe to be any type of injury.

SP | Michael Wacha | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals have tabbed SP Michael Wacha for the start Tuesday, Sept. 3, against the Cincinnati Reds.

SP | Freddy Garcia | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves P Freddy Garcia made his first appearance Sunday, Sept. 1, after being acquired from the Baltimore Orioles Aug. 23, for cash. He worked 4 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing three hits and a walk. "Freddy did a good job saving our bullpen," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Garcia is expected to be sided as a long reliever, but the skipper also indicated Garcia could see a spot start at times in the final month of the regular season. Either way, he is only worth a look in deepest of NL-only fantasy leagues.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price will start against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Thursday, Sept. 5.

SP | Matt Moore | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore (elbow) will start Tuesday, Sept. 3, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays have not yet announced who will pitch Wednesday, Sept. 4. SPs Jeremy Hellickson, Roberto Hernandez and Jake Odorizzi are all in the running to get the starting nod.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (lat) has continued to throw free and easy. He will be examined in Cincinnati Monday, Sept. 2. If he checks out fine, the next step in his rehab will be determined.

SP | Stolmy Pimentel | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction,
The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled P Stolmy Pimentel from Triple-A Indianapolis Saturday, Aug. 30, and they optioned P Jared Hughes and OF Andrew Lambo to their top minor-league affiliate.

SP | Jake Peavy | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Jake Peavy faced his former teammates, the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, Aug. 31. He allowed two runs and five hits with a walk and four strikeouts over seven innings in a win.

SP | Carlos Martinez | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals minor league SPs Michael Wacha, Tyler Lyons and Carlos Martinez are expected to join the parent club Tuesday, Sept. 3, and all three are possibilities to be named the starter for the game against the Cincinnati Reds.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook (back) threw his second bullpen session since being placed on the disabled list Friday, Aug. 30, and said he felt better. He could be activated as soon as Friday, Sept. 6.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
Struggling New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes has had his next scheduled start pushed back one day. SP Andy Pettitte will start the series finale against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, Sept. 1, with Hughes pitching against the Chicago White Sox Monday, Sept. 2.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings in a no-decision against the Chicago Cubs Friday, Aug. 30, with two walks and a strikeout. He said he had difficulty holding onto the ball because of the muggy conditions in Chicago, where gametime temperature was listed at 91 degrees. "After about the fourth inning, you would try to dry it off and it would come right back and would just drip right off," he said. "After that point, it was just kind of hard to hold on to it." Halladay allowed four of his five runs over his last two innings of work.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Kameron Loe | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves P Kameron Loe has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett, and he will make the start Wednesday, Sept. 4, against the New York Mets.

RP | Mark Lowe | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Free Agents,
Washington Nationals RP Mark Lowe opted out of his contract with the team Monday, Sept. 2, and he is now a free agent.

RP | Heath Hembree | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Francisco Giants plan to recall RP Heath Hembree from Triple-A Fresno Tuesday, Sept. 2.

RP | Jordan Walden | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves RP Jordan Walden (groin) was still sore when throwing a bullpen session Monday, Sept. 2, and could miss another week. "He threw a bullpen today, about five pitches, and it wasn't good," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "So we're still waiting. Hopefully he can bounce back in another week or so, five days. I'm not sure where we're at as far as (time)."

RP | Tom Gorzelanny | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury,
Milwaukee Brewers RP Tom Gorzelanny (shoulder) left the team's game early Monday, Sept. 2, because of left shoulder tightness.

RP | Chad Gaudin | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said SP Chad Gaudin (hand) will begin throwing later this week.

RP | Jeremy Affeldt | San Francisco Giants | Injury,
San Francisco Giants RP Jeremy Affeldt (groin) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Tuesday, Sept. 3.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Neftali Feliz (elbow) worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts Sunday, Sept. 1, against the Minnesota Twins in his first appearance since May 2012. "He threw all his pitches. He looked comfortable," manager Ron Washington said. "All we can do is build off it." Feliz had Tommy John surgery, and missed 14 months.

RP | J.C. Gutierrez | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP J.C. Gutierrez (biceps) said Sunday, Sept. 1, that he thinks he will be out a few more days due to a biceps issue. He has been unavailable for a week.

RP | Nick Hagadone | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have called up Ps Preston Guilmet, Nick Hagadone and Blake Wood and C Kelly Shoppach from Triple-A Columbus. They have also purchased the contract of INF Jose X. Ramirez from Double-A Akron. In corresponding moves, INF Juan Diaz and OF Tim Fedroff have been designated for assignment.

RP | Octavio Dotel | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers have transferred RP Luis Marte (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. They have also recalled the injury rehabilitation assignment of RP Octavio Dotel (forearm, elbow, thigh) but expect him to miss the remainder of the season.

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled SP Kris Johnson and RP Kyle Farnsworth from Triple-A Indianapolis. In addition, they have activated OF Travis Snider (toe) from the 15-day disabled list.

RP | Jason Grilli | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli (forearm) allowed one hit in one scoreless inning in a rehab outing for Double-A Altoona Saturday, Aug. 31, while throwing 13 pitches. He will make another appearance Monday, Sept. 2.

RP | Tom Wilhelmsen | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners have recalled RP Tom Wilhelmsen from Triple-A Tacoma. He will be used as a middle reliever, with RP Danny Farquhar having secured the closer's role.

RP | Sean Marshall | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds RP Sean Marshall (shoulder) was pleased with the results of his 25-pitch bullpen session Sunday, Sept. 1. "Very encouraging," he said. "Threw a lot of strikes."

RP | John Axford | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers have received P Michael Blazek from the St. Louis Cardinals, to complete a trade for RP John Axford.

RP | Steve Delabar | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays have activated RPs Steve Delabar (shoulder) and Dustin McGowan (side) from the 15-day disabled list.

RP | Chris Withrow | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to recall RP Chris Withrow from Triple-A Albuquerque Tuesday, Sept. 3.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
Although New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (elbow) has advanced to Double-A Binghamton in his rehab, the expectation among at least one team insider is that Francisco will not pitch for the Mets this season. The primary benefit of Francisco pitching for the Mets in September would be allowing him to increase his value to sign elsewhere as a free agent during the offseason, which makes the team inclined to cut Francisco loose before he can reappear with them in a major league uniform.

RP | Kevin Gregg | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox are reportedly not interested in trading for Chicago Cubs CL Kevin Gregg.

RP | Phil Coke | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers have recalled RP Phil Coke and INF Hernan Perez from Triple-A Toledo.

RP | Brandon Gomes | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled RP Brandon Gomes from Triple-A Durham. In a corresponding move, SP Jake Odorizzi was optioned to Durham.

RP | Zach Duke | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds have recalled RP Zach Duke from Triple-A Louisville. In a corresponding move, P Nick Christiani was optioned to Louisville.

RP | Ryan Webb | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond said RP Ryan Webb (back) is fine after he was hit in the back by a batted ball during batting practice Thursday, Aug. 29.

RP | Craig Kimbrel | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves RP Anthony Varvaro recorded his first career save against the Miami Marlins Friday, Aug. 30. CL Craig Kimbrel was unavailable because he had pitched in three consecutive games.

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