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Week 11 Fantasy Pitching Planner

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Another week of Fantasy baseball, another week of changes in the pitching landscape.

In Fantasy Week 11 (June 13-19), the disabled list's revolving door will keep turning. Wandy Rodriguez, Kyle McClellan and Jeff Niemann are just some of the pitchers set to return from the DL and unsettle their teams' rotations. It's not just injuries that are shifting our evaluations of whom to start and sit in Fantasy. Some starters, like Ted Lilly and Jonathon Niese have gotten over cold starts, while others like Max Scherzer and Fausto Carmona have taken recent turns in the wrong direction.

The Week 11 Pitching Planner attempts to make sense of all of these changes and others as well. The tool below includes ratings for every pitcher scheduled to make at least one start during the scoring period. The ratings are based on long-term trends, but also take the coming week's matchups and venues into account. Below the tool are analyses of every two-start pitcher and some of the one-start options who present the toughest lineup-making decisions.

Advisable Two-Start Pitchers (Standard Mixed Leagues)

A.J. Burnett, N.Y. Yankees: In getting clocked by the Red Sox on Wednesday, Burnett showed how vulnerable he can be, especially when facing a challenging lineup. His three worst starts this season have come against Boston, Tampa Bay and Toronto. However, he has been decent or better against lesser offenses, and with the Indians and Cubs on tap for Week 11, Burnett is a reasonable two- start option.

Trevor Cahill, Oakland: There's no doubt that Cahill is in a bad slump right now, registering a 7.25 ERA over his last four starts. In shallower leagues, now would be a good time to stash him, but standard mixed-league owners should run Cahill out there for Week 11. In facing the Royals' Danny Duffy and Matt Cain's offense-deprived Giants, Cahill could pick up a win or two. Also, while he was too wild during the three of the games during his slump, Cahill really just had one bad inning in his recent start at Boston. This is not a long or bad enough slide to bench the emerging Fantasy stud outside of shallow leagues.

Matt Cain, San Francisco: The worst thing about relying on Cain in Fantasy is that you can't count on him to get run support. He currently ranks 12th-lowest in the NL in that category, and he should have better than an 18-15 record over the last two seasons. He should be good for at least one win next week, though, as one of his starts is against the tepid A's.

Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland: Carrasco has been merely average so far this season, but sometimes that's good enough in a two-start week. He is enough of a ground ball pitcher to survive Yankee Stadium in his first start, and then he gets the Pirates later in the week. Expect Carrasco to squeeze out just enough production to be a viable low-end option in standard mixed leagues for Week 11.

Josh Collmenter, Arizona: I have yet to wrap my head around how Collmenter has managed to baffle big-league hitters over his first six starts when he got clobbered by Triple-A hitters in 10 outings last season. He ranks sixth in the majors in infield fly rate (minimum 100 batted balls), but no matter how many batters he pops up and how few walks he issues, he is unlikely to maintain his 0.72 WHIP. Still, he's doing enough right that he deserves to be kept active in a two-start week.

Ryan Dempster, Chicago Cubs: Though he has had a couple of rough outings over the last few weeks, by and large, Dempster has been back to his usual reliable self. The only concern that his owners should have is whether the hip pain that bothered him during Wednesday's start returns, either keeping him out of starts or rendering him ineffective. However, unless there is word about this happening, there should be no worries over using Dempster in a two-start week.

Gavin Floyd, Chicago White Sox: Floyd is starting in only 59 percent of our leagues, and in a one-start week, that figure is about where it should be. With two starts in Week 11, including one at Minnesota, many of Floyd's owners need to get him off their bench.

Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee: Gallardo had a rough go on Thursday, getting knocked out by the Mets in the fifth inning, having allowed four runs on 10 hits. It broke a string of six straight starts in which he earned a win and allowed no more than two earned runs in a game. Owners should forgive him for this difficult outing and continue to keep him active, especially with a two-start week ahead.

Jaime Garcia, St. Louis: After blistering his way through his first nine starts, Garcia's ride has been bumpier over his last four times out. Of course, there was a 12-run disaster on May 28 at Colorado, but he has also failed to make it beyond five innings in two other recent starts. Aside from the meltdown at Coors, Garcia hasn't been bad, but he just hasn't been great recently. If he struggles through what should be favorable matchups against the Nationals and Royals in Week 11, it might be time to reconsider Garcia's value, but for now, he's nearly a must-start in all formats.

Cole Hamels, Philadelphia: Hamels has failed to pitch seven innings or more just three times this season. In his 10 other starts, he has allowed three earned runs or fewer in every one of them. There have been few pitchers more reliable than Hamels this season.

Dan Haren, L.A. Angels: Haren doesn't need good matchups, but he gets a couple of them in Week 11 with the Mariners and Mets. With his back issues behind him, Haren should be active in all leagues for the coming week. Currently, he is benched in 15 percent of the leagues on CBSSports.com.

Jair Jurrjens, Atlanta: It's not clear where Jurrjens' extreme aversion to walks came from, but with Thursday's performance in Florida, he has now gone through all 11 starts this season without issuing more than two walks in a game. The last time Jurrjens issued a free pass was on May 29 against the Reds. According to xFIP, Jurrjens has been one of the majors' bigger overperformers, but his efficiency makes him a worthy play in any two-start week.

Most Added Pitchers
* as of June 12
Player % increase
1. Josh Collmenter, SP, D-Backs 24
2. Dillon Gee, SP, Mets 18
3. Philip Humber, SP, White Sox 18
4. Jonathon Niese, SP, Mets 18
5. Carlos Villanueva, SP, Blue Jays 15
6. Carlos Carrasco, SP, Indians 14
7. Derek Holland, SP, Rangers 11
8. Edinson Volquez, SP, Reds 10
9. Carl Pavano, SP, Twins 8
10. Mike Leake, SP, Reds 8

Hiroki Kuroda, L.A. Dodgers: Kuroda continues to struggle with the long ball, and receiving the majors' 10th-lowest level of run support has also contributed to a 5-7 record. These trends make Kuroda riskier this season as a one-start option, but he still offers enough to be useful in a two-start week.

Justin Masterson, Cleveland: Even though Masterson's ERA has crept upwards over the last few weeks, he has maintained sharp control and strong ground ball tendencies over his recent starts. The former is something we haven't seen much of from Masterson over his major league career, and it makes him a much more valuable Fantasy option. As long as he can continue to avoid excessive walks, standard mixed league owners can plan on using Masterson in most weeks.

Jonathon Niese, N.Y. Mets: After getting off to an inauspicious start, Niese has been mostly steady since mid-April. He has really heated up over his last five turns in the rotation, posting a 1.34 ERA with 33 strikeouts and 11 walks over 33 2/3 innings. In Week 11, he will compete against two very tough opponents in Jair Jurrjens and Dan Haren, but with the way that Niese is going, he could hold his own. For now, Niese is widely available, but at this rate, he won't be easy to get for very long. Just over the last three days, his ownership rate has surged from 44 to 55 percent.

Ricky Nolasco, Florida: Nolasco has had a few awful starts this season, and overall, he hasn't been good enough to trust as a one-start pitcher in standard mixed leagues. He has posted quality starts in nine out of 13 tries, and two quality starts are usually enough to get a pitcher by in a two-start week. That makes Nolasco a pretty safe bet in any week that he goes to the bump for a pair of starts.

Bud Norris, Houston: Norris' failed no-hit bid on Wednesday against the Cardinals was possibly more notable for what was bad about it than what was good. Norris walked five batters in his one-hit performance over eight innings, but it was the first time all season that he had walked more than three batters in a start. Given that control was one of the weaker parts of Norris' game coming into this season, it's encouraging that he hasn't had more games where walks were an issue. He should continue to roll with the Pirates and Dodgers on his Week 11 schedule.

Alexi Ogando, Texas: Increasingly, owners want to know if Ogando is the real deal. It remains to be seen exactly how good he will be over the course of a whole season, but already he has done something impressive. He has gone at least six innings in every start and has allowed more than two earned runs in only two of his dozen starts. That's enough reliability over a sufficiently long period that owners should be trusting Ogando nearly every week.

Wandy Rodriguez, Houston: Rodriguez (elbow) will be activated on Monday and is expected to make two starts for Houston in Week 11. Barring any setbacks in his recovery, he will face the Braves on Monday and pitch at the Dodgers on Saturday. Rodriguez had a 1.75 ERA over his last five starts prior to going on the DL, so he has continued to be a reliable arm for standard mixed-league owners.

CC Sabathia, N.Y. Yankees: Slowly, but steadily, Sabathia's strikeout rate continues to deteriorate. If not for a favorable strand rate, CC's Fantasy stats wouldn't be appreciably different from Madison Bumgarner's. Those stats would still be plenty good enough for Sabathia to be used in standard mixed leagues, but they wouldn't place him among the top 20 starters, where he currently resides.

James Shields, Tampa Bay: With a .345 BABIP last season, Shields appeared to be a bad luck pitcher due for a significant rebound in 2011. He has made up for his ill fortunes and then some. While Shields' BABIP has been corrected (or maybe even been a bit overcorrected), he has also done a much better job of avoiding home runs. The six-year veteran isn't just a luckier pitcher this year, but also a better pitcher who should be a permanent fixture in standard mixed league rotations.

Justin Verlander, Detroit: Since posting his first and only sub-quality start of the season on May 24 against the Rays, Verlander has come back with a vengeance. Over 23 2/3 innings since then, Verlander has allowed only three runs on 16 hits, 14 of which were singles. He has also struck out 20 hitters over the three starts. He is a must-start in any event, but he is as hot as ever right now.

Other Add/Activate Targets

Scott Baker, Minnesota: Baker has been allowing too many homers and line drive base hits, and even his normally sharp control has not been up to par. Baker will never get the benefit of facing the Twins (barring a trade), so without that plum matchup, there will be few weeks in which he is a recommended one-start pitcher. Through the wonders of interleague play, Baker gets something even better than a date with the Minnesota lineup: a matchup against the Padres. Turn him loose in practically all formats.

Zach Britton, Baltimore: Despite a poor K-to-BB ratio, Britton's affinity for grounders makes him a viable one-start pitcher in many situations. In opposing the Nationals on Friday, this could be one of those profitable one-start weeks.

Clay Buchholz, Boston: Buchholz had been on a roll before his back problems set in, but he couldn't get through the fifth inning on June 3 against the A's. He assuaged concerns that owners might have had about lingering effects of his injury on Friday when he easily dispensed with a hard-hitting Blue Jays lineup. Buchholz should be fine to use in standard mixed leagues for his Week 11 start at Tampa Bay.

Chris Capuano, N.Y. Mets: Capuano finished April with a 6.04 ERA and a .305 opponents' batting average, but he actually pitched decently, exhibiting strong command and not getting hit hard on contact. His results since then -- a 3.54 ERA and .249 batting average -- are more along the lines of what we should expect from the Tommy John survivor. With a 13 percent ownership rate, Capuano is widely available in deeper mixed leagues. Even with just a single start against the Angels next week, he should be owned and active in many of those leagues.

John Danks, Chicago White Sox: When Danks has been bad, he has been very bad, but more often than not, he has been somewhere between decent and good. It seems longer ago, but no more than a month back, no one was wondering what was wrong with Danks. He would have been a recommended one-start pitcher back then, and next week, with a start at the Diamondbacks, he is still safe to use.

Ted Lilly, L.A. Dodgers: Lilly was one of the worst bad-luck cases in the early weeks of the season, but things have started to even out over his last six starts. He never lost his ability to avoid walks or induce easy flyball outs, but a fluky-high BABIP resulted in some unusable Fantasy stats. From here on out, owners can expect Lilly to keep his ERA in the mid-3.00s and his WHIP close to 1.00, and those are stats you'll want on your active roster for most weeks.

Francisco Liriano, Minnesota: Between an extended string of ineffective starts and his more recent shoulder troubles, owners have had more worries with Liriano than they likely expected. He's been stashed in 34 percent of our leagues, but with his injury and performance issues behind him, it's time to get Liriano back in your rotation. Even before Sunday's near-no-hitter, he had been much tougher to hit, striking out 20 batters in 18 innings and holding them to a .190 average over his prior three starts.

Tim Stauffer, San Diego: Stauffer's latest conquests have consisted of a dominating eight-inning performance against the Rockies and seven shutout innings against the Nats, but Fantasy owners continue to be unimpressed. He can give owners a better-than-average strikeout total and ERA, but one thing he can't control is his meager run support. Stauffer should have no problem keeping the Twins' hitters in check, so he could come away with a win, even if the Padres don't score much off Francisco Liriano.

Josh Tomlin, Cleveland: Tomlin has a decent matchup with the Pirates next week, and even though he has slumped over his last four starts, many of his peripheral stats have actually been better than they were when he was streaking through his first nine starts. Specifically, he has improved an already robust strikeout-to-walk ratio and has been allowing fewer liners and more pop ups. With better luck, he could produce enough in his one start to be worth using in standard mixed leagues.

Travis Wood, Cincinnati: After being owned in more than 80 percent of our leagues earlier this season, Wood's ownership rate has crumbled to 44 percent, and he's being started in only 14 percent of leagues. Pitchers with a 5.00-plus ERA rarely have a place in standard mixed leagues, and Wood will have to improve to be viable in those formats. However, in deeper leagues, Wood is worth owning and starting, provided he is nowhere near the 513 area code. Fly-ball-prone Wood has been a disaster in homer-friendly Cincinnati, but he has some appeal when pitching on the road. In 19 career road starts, Wood sports a 3.55 ERA, and with a favorable Week 11 start at the Dodgers, now is a good time to get reacquainted with the young southpaw.

Inadvisable Two-Start Pitchers (Standard Mixed Leagues)

Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati: Arroyo has the highest home run rate of any qualifying National League starting pitcher, giving up a dinger less than every five innings. A matchup with the slugging Blue Jays is not good news for Arroyo, so even with two starts, owners should sit him.

Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay: Cobb is good enough to consider using in standard mixed leagues in two-start weeks. He has wound up on this "inadvisable starts" list because he may not be a two- start pitcher at all in Week 11. While Cobb currently lines up to take the mound against the Tigers and Marlins, he is on a collision course with Jeff Niemann, who is on track to be activated from the DL after making one more rehab start. Niemann could very well steal Cobb's second start, which would make the rookie callup more of an AL-only option.

Phil Coke, Detroit: Coke was miserable in his first start back from the DL, but that doesn't really affect his Fantasy value. As a contact pitcher, Coke doesn't have strong enough control to help owners in standard mixed leagues.

Aaron Cook, Colorado: Cook returned from a broken finger to make his first start of the year on Wednesday. He didn't pitch all that well, and he'll need to have at least a few good starts in a row to erase the memories of a poor 2010 campaign. Even at his best, Cook strikes out so few batters that it's hard to see using him in standard mixed leagues, even under ideal conditions.

Danny Duffy, Kansas City: Duffy could make two starts in Week 11, but with both Bruce Chen and Kyle Davies due to be activated from the DL, his Tuesday start at Oakland could be his last big league appearance for a while. Even with a pair of starts, Duffy has been too erratic to trust outside of AL-only leagues.

Zach Duke, Arizona: After his first three starts with Arizona, Duke's roller coaster career appears to be heading upward again. If he can maintain what he has started, Duke could be a useful two-start pitcher in a broad range of formats, but he has yet to face a truly fearsome lineup. Having disposed of the Astros and Pirates with ease, but getting hit around by the Nationals, it's still too early to trust Duke outside of NL-only formats.

Chris Jakubauskas, Baltimore: Jakubauskas filled in ably as a spot starter last Tuesday, holding the A's scoreless over five innings, so he gets another turn in the rotation Tuesday at Toronto. If all continues to go well, look for Jakubauskas to have a two-start week, also taking the mound next Sunday at Washington. Even if he does make both starts, consider him as a last resort in AL-only leagues.

Jeff Karstens, Pittsburgh: Karstens continued his surprising string of effective starts, holding the Diamondbacks scoreless for seven innings on Thursday. However, this was only the third time this season that he pitched more than six innings. Since he can't be relied upon to pitch deep into games, Karstens doesn't rank among the more attractive two-start options.

Derek Lowe, Atlanta: Lowe's flirtation with a no-hitter in Florida on Wednesday ended a skid of five starts in which he compiled a 5.40 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. He caught the Marlins in the midst of a terrible offensive slump, so he may not be out of his own tailspin just yet. While strikeouts aren't coming as frequently as they did earlier this year, Lowe's control has been worsening. There should be enough viable two-start options available that you shouldn't have to roll the dice with Lowe.

Paul Maholm, Pittsburgh: With a 3.39 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, Maholm looks awfully unlucky to be stuck with a 2-7 record. While he does have the misfortune of getting the fourth-least run support of any starter in the majors, he also has had the good luck of a .256 BABIP rate. In time, Maholm's stat line should come to resemble that of his recent seasons, meaning that owners shouldn't be looking to pick him up in mixed league formats.

Yunesky Maya, Washington: Maya had the best start of his brief major league career on Wednesday, holding the Giants to one run over six innings. One good start against a weak offense doesn't outweigh a string of seven nondescript performances. Even more to the point, Maya will probably be a one-start pitcher in Week 11, as Tom Gorzelanny could be activated from the DL in time to make the June 19 start against Baltimore.

Carl Pavano, Minnesota: Pavano has the lowest strikeout rate of any qualifying major league starter, and it's by a good margin. That's not a line a pitcher wants on his resume as he is looking for employment in nearly any mixed-league format.

Mike Pelfrey, N.Y. Mets: After a wretched April, most owners have given up on Pelfrey, as his ownership rate has been mired near the 30 percent mark since Week 5. Since the beginning of May, Pelfrey has actually been much better, posting a 1.13 WHIP and holding hitters to a .240 average. He hasn't been exactly good, though, as he has been homer-prone -- hence, his 4.11 ERA over the last seven starts. With Pelfrey being a big risk to give up the big fly, he shouldn't be active in standard mixed leagues, but he is someone to monitor and possibly stash during Week 11.

Jason Vargas, Seattle: Whenever Vargas has a pair of starts at home, owners should feel a temptation to use him, even in standard mixed leagues. Safeco Field does a good job of containing all of those flyballs that hitters launch off him, and Vargas could manage to limit the damage incurred by the Angels and Phillies next week. He'll be going up against Dan Haren and Cole Hamels, though, who should have an even easier time quieting the bats in the Mariners' lineup. With a good chance at whiffing on two chances for a win, this is one time that owners should sit Vargas with a two-start week at home.

Carlos Villanueva, Toronto: Villanueva has always had trouble keeping the ball in the park, and through four starts, he has a 4.84 ERA. And that's without having to pay for his flyball tendencies, as he has allowed just two homers over that span. Trouble likely lies ahead, especially with an upcoming start at Cincinnati.

Chris Volstad, Florida: Volstad has been better over his last two starts, but he continues to get hurt by homers. There have been some small signs of hope this season, but Volstad has yet to develop the consistency that would make him trustworthy as a two-start option outside of NL-only formats.

Tim Wakefield, Boston: Even at the age of 44, Wakefield can still shut teams down, like he did to the Cubs and Tigers last month. He can also be volatile, as he was in his two most recent starts, over which he coughed up nine earned runs in 11 1/3 innings. He is simply too inconsistent to be trusted outside of AL-only leagues.

Randy Wells, Chicago Cubs: Wells has the potential to be useful to standard mixed league owners in two-start weeks, but he's a long way from being there right now. He has not looked good since coming back from a forearm injury, and until he shows improvement, he should be limited to NL- only formats.

Randy Wolf, Milwaukee: Wolf's inconsistency can drive Fantasy owners batty, but there's one thing he does very consistently: serve up line drives. Though Wolf leads the majors in line drive rate, somehow opponents are batting just .600 when they hit liners off him. Given that the major league average is .719, it would seem that Wolf is due to give up more hits in his future. Since Wolf is borderline as a viable two-start candidate, the threat of an impending correction should lead you to go with other options in standard mixed leagues.

Other Drop/Stash Targets

Fausto Carmona, Cleveland: Carmona should have much better results than what he has been getting. For someone who keeps the ball on the ground frequently and isn't especially wild, an ERA over 5.00 shouldn't be even a remote concern. However, Carmona has one of the majors' highest home run per flyball ratios and he has been terrible at stranding baserunners. These developments may not entirely be Carmona's fault, but Fantasy owners don't need to take the risk of finding out with him on their active rosters. Especially with Carmona getting just one start in Week 11, there are many other reliable options to pursue.

Chris Carpenter, St. Louis: Coming into the weekend, Carpenter appeared to have turned a corner over his previous four starts, allowing just nine earned runs over 28 1/3 innings for a 2.86 ERA. There were still some warning signs, as opposing batters had hit .277 against him in those games. Saturday's ineffective outing at Milwaukee, in which he allowed five earned runs in six innings, confirms that Carpenter is not a safe option right now.

Kevin Correia, Pittsburgh: Correia has been just good enough in most of his starts to be relevant, at least in Head-to-Head leagues, but his season high for strikeouts is just five. In fact, Correia has struck out more than three batters in only five out of his 15 starts. With so few Ks, Correia is only an option in standard mixed leagues when he gets two starts, and this isn't one of those weeks.

Brian Matusz, Baltimore: In each of his first two starts, Matusz failed to pitch six innings or throw 90 pitches, and his third start was a 1 1/3-inning calamity. Even when he's getting batters out, manager Buck Showalter will likely work Matusz back slowly from his intercostal strain, so his production will not be up to standard mixed league snuff for awhile, at least in one-start weeks.

Brandon Morrow, Toronto: When a pitcher fans far more than a batter per inning, like Morrow does, you might think that would guarantee success in Fantasy. However, Morrow has been averaging an underwhelming 8.4 Fantasy points per start, and a high ERA and WHIP have sharply limited his Rotisserie value as well. At age 26, Morrow could still find a way to improve his command and be less hittable on contact, but he's been stuck in neutral over the course of his 51 career starts. He has not yet earned the distinction of being a standard mixed-league pitcher when he gets just one start.

Max Scherzer, Detroit: Before Saturday's outing versus the Mariners, Scherzer had not posted a quality start since May 16 against the Blue Jays. Over those four consecutive sub-quality starts, his ERA was a bloated 10.24. A four-game slump is not enough of a reason for standard mixed-league owners to dump Scherzer, but he had been bad enough prior to his mastery of a weak Seattle lineup that he should be stashed if at all possible.

Edinson Volquez, Cincinnati: Volquez pitched his best game of the year against the Cubs on Tuesday upon getting recalled after two starts at Triple-A. Maybe the demotion has given Volquez a new sense of focus, but after two months of consistently subpar performances, owners need to give him a little more time to get in a groove.

Might Not Start in Week 11

Jason Hammel, Colorado: It appears to be a very slim chance, but Hammel could potentially miss his next start, which is on Friday against the Tigers. He was removed early from Saturday's start against the Dodgers with a stiff back.

Matt Harrison, Texas: Harrison had to leave Sunday's game at Minnesota, as he was hit by a line drive. The lefty was diagnosed with just a bruised left triceps, so owners don't have to worry that he suffered any fractures. However, Harrison's Week 11 start at Atlanta is currently up in the air.

Vin Mazzaro, Kansas City: With both Kyle Davies and Bruce Chen set to return from rehab stints late next week, Mazzaro is probably headed back to Triple-A after Sunday's start at the Angels.

Dustin Moseley, San Diego: Moseley, who has a dislocated left (non-pitching) shoulder, may be placed on the disabled list. His next start has already been moved back from Monday to Tuesday, but there is a strong possibility that Cory Luebke will come out of the bullpen to make that start instead. If Moseley does avoid the DL, he will have two starts -- at Colorado and Minnesota -- in Week 11.

Hector Noesi, N.Y. Yankees: The Yankees placed Bartolo Colon on the disabled list on Sunday with a left hamstring strain. Noesi has been recalled and will probably take Colon's turn in the rotation, unless he is needed in the bullpen prior to Thursday's start against the Rangers.

Aneury Rodriguez, Houston: With Wandy Rodriguez coming off the DL on Monday as expected, the most probable move is for the Astros to demote Jordan Lyles back to the minors. However, they could potentially keep Lyles in the rotation by moving their "other" Rodriguez back to the bullpen. While unlikely, Rodriguez's Week 11 start against the Pirates is not a sure thing at this time.

Elih Villanueva, Florida: The Marlins will need an extra starter next week due to having a doubleheader against the Phillies on Wednesday and no days off. Villanueva was one of the starters considered to fill in for the injured Josh Johnson, and he would have had enough rest to be able to pitch on Wednesday. Chris Sampson is another potential option.

Vance Worley, Philadelphia: Worley is in the minors building up endurance, but by the time the Phillies need a starter for their June 18 game at Seattle, he could be ready.

DL Watch

Bartolo Colon, N.Y. Yankees: Colon, who left Saturday's game against Cleveland with a strained hamstring, was placed on the DL on Sunday. He expects to be back after the minimum 15 days, but he is out for Week 11.

Aaron Harang, San Diego: Harang has been dealing with a bruised foot and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. He has been replaced in the Padres' rotation by prospect Anthony Bass, who will make his major-league debut on Monday at Colorado.

Kyle McClellan, St. Louis: McClellan (hip) is slated to return for a June 15 start at Washington. Lance Lynn, who has filled in for McClellan, will lose his rotation spot and likely be optioned back to Triple-A.

Tom Gorzelanny, Washington: Gorzelanny (elbow) will make a Class A rehab start on Monday. If all goes well, he could return to the Nationals' rotation on June 19 against the Orioles. That would bump Yunesky Maya from his starting gig, robbing him of a two-start week.

Homer Bailey, Cincinnati: Bailey (shoulder) made his first rehab start on Saturday for Triple-A Louisville. He will make a second start sometime during Week 11. That will put him on pace to return to the Reds' rotation sometime during Fantasy Week 12 (June 20-26).

Bruce Chen, Kansas City: Chen made a Double-A rehab start on Wednesday and will make one more start next week. He is on track to return to the Royals' rotation by the end of Week 11.

Kyle Davies, Kansas City: Like Chen, Davies made a Double-A rehab start on Wednesday as part of a doubleheader. He, too, should be returning to the Kansas City rotation late in Week 11. He and Chen will likely displace Vin Mazzaro and Danny Duffy from their current starting roles.

Jeff Niemann, Tampa Bay: Niemann will make what is expected to be his final Triple-A rehab start early during Week 11. Then, barring any setback, Alex Cobb will make way for Niemann in the Rays' rotation, putting him in line for a return on June 18 against the Marlins.

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Germano, Lowe, Rivero sign minor-league deals with Mariners
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(3:41 pm ET) The Mariners announced Monday they signed pitcher Justin Germano, pitcher Mark Lowe and infielder Carlos Rivero to minor-league deals, which included invites to spring training.

Dodgers acquire Matt Long from Angels, then deal him to Brewers
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:38 pm ET) The Dodgers announced Thursday they acquired minor-league infielder/outfielder Matt Long from the Angels to complete the Dec. 9 trade for catcher Drew Butera.

However, Long wasn't with Los Angeles for long, as they traded him and pitcher Jarret Martin to the Brewers for minor-league catcher Shawn Zarraga.


Rockies sign trio of players to minor-league contracts Thursday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:37 pm ET) The Rockies have signed left-handed pitcher John Lannan, right-handed pitcher Justin Miller and catcher Audry Perez to minor-league contracts. Each of the players also received an invitation to the team's spring training. 

Lannan made five appearances in 2014 with the Mets, going 1-0 with a 15.75 ERA. He was also a member of the Nationals from 2007-2012, where in 2009 he threw 206 1/3 innings, going 9-13.

Miller made eight appearances for the Tigers in 2014, posting a 5.11 ERA with five strikeouts while Perez appeared in just one game last year with the Cardinals.


Agent: Outfielder Delmon Young hoping to remain in Baltimore
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:27 pm ET) Outfielder Delmon Young is reportedly not close to making a decision on where to play in 2015, but his agent said the Orioles "absolutely" remain in play, according to MASN.com.

The 29-year-old veteran is hoping to get a multi-year extension with the club, but is still keeping his options open, his agent said.

"Everything has been very positive," said Joel Wolfe of Wasserman Media Group, who met with the Orioles during the Winter Meetings in San Diego. "They value Delmon and realize what he brings to the table, and hopefully it's just a matter of getting it right."

Young hit .302 in 83 games, with 11 doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBI.


Jason Grilli's reps still talking to the Yankees
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:27 pm ET) Free agent reliever Jason Grilli and the Yankees are still open to discussions about the veteran reliever being part of the team's bullpen, one of Grilli's agents told NJ.com on Thursday.

"We last spoke during the (Winter Meetings) and the door is still open to discussions," said Xavier D. James, who co-represents Grilli with retired outfielder Gary Sheffield. "We will be patient."

The 12-year vet Grilli spent the 2014 season with the Pirates and Angels, going 1-5 with a 4.00 ERA and 12 saves in 62 appearances. He was an All-Star closer for the Pirates in 2013.


Kris Medlen lands two-year deal with Royals
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:15 pm ET) The Royals announced Thursday they signed pitcher Kris Medlen to a two-year contract, which includes a mutual option for 2017.

Medlen missed all of the 2014 season with the Braves due to Tommy John surgery. He became a free agent after he was non-tendered in early December. 

Medlen is 30-13 with a 2.96 ERA in 61 career starts and 4-7 with a 2.92 ERA in 91 relief appearances. Since the start of 2010, Medlen's .674 winning percentage (31-15) ranks third in MLB among pitchers with 40-plus decisions.


Report: Dodgers trade for Phillies shortstop Rollins remains in place
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:01 pm ET) The Dodgers acquisition of Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has yet to be finalized because of another Dodgers trade with the Padres is being reportedly held up due to an issue with Matt Kemp's physical. One of the players in the Kemp deal the Dodgers are acquiring -- Zach Eflin -- is expected to be part of the trade for Rollins.

However, whether or not Eflin eventually is part of the trade with Philadelphia, the Rollins deal remains in place, sources told CSNPhilly.com. The Phillies and Dodgers have discussed other players as part of the deal in case the Kemp trade to the Padres doesn't go through.

Although, despite the issues with Kemp's physical, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Thursday the trade with the Padres likely won't be derailed.


George Kottaras nets minor-league deal from White Sox
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:48 pm ET) The White Sox have agreed to a minor-league deal with catcher George Kottaras, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The deal includes an invite to spring training.

 
 
 
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