Player Notes - Chicago WSox and Tampa Bay
Chicago WSox
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Jose Abreu1BWhite Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is getting the night off Thursday against the Red Sox. SOURCE: Doug Padilla, ESPN ChicagoHe's ice cold at the moment with just one hit in his last 20 at bats. Paul Konerko (.111, 0 HR, 1 RBI) will get the nod at first base.4/17/2014 6:51:00 PM
Adam Dunn1BWhite Sox DH Adam Dunn walked three times and hit a solo homer Tuesday against the Red Sox.Dunn has a 14/11 K/BB, three home runs and eight RBI in 11 games this season. He's hitting .294 due to a .389 BABIP. Dunn had a BABIP of .266 or lower in each of the previous three seasons.4/16/2014 9:39:00 AM
Erik JohnsonSPWhite Sox right-hander Erik Johnson took a step in the right direction Tuesday against the Red Sox.Johnson struck out a career-high nine batters and allowed one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old gave up 11 earned runs on 19 hits over 10 1/3 innings in his first two starts.4/16/2014 9:31:00 AM
HotAlexei RamirezSSWhite Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez hit another homer Sunday against Cleveland.Ramirez went 2-for-4 and is now hitting .420 with three home runs, 12 RBI, 11 runs and three steals despite batting mostly out of the seven- and eight-hole. His home run total declined in each of the last three years down to six in 2013 but his steal total increased in the last two up to 30 in 2013. Maybe he can finally put the 20-homer power he flashed as a rookie in 2008 together with baserunning ability he displayed last year.4/13/2014 10:04:00 PM
HotTyler FlowersCChicago catcher Tyler Flowers is not in Saturday's starting lineup. Adrian Nieto will be behind the plate.He's hitting .419 this season but don't expect it to last. Flowers is just a .213 career hitter in 201 major league appearances. Nieto is 2-for-9 this season without a home run or RBI.4/12/2014 10:51:00 AM
Dayan ViciedoLFWhite Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo is still searching for his first hit against Cleveland starter Justin Masterson after 14 at-bats.Viciedo has a chance to play almost everyday with Avisail Garcia sidelined, but Saturday isn't likely to be a good one. Avoid him.4/12/2014 9:39:00 AM
HotAlexei RamirezSSWhite Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez has started the season on fire.Ramirez is 16-for-38 (.421) with four doubles, two homers, nine RBI, two steals, eight runs and a 2/3 K/BB. He has driven in seven runs over the last five games. The 32-year-old's homer total decreased in each of the last three seasons down to six last year but his steals increased from seven in 2011 to 30 last season.4/10/2014 11:03:00 PM
HotJose Abreu1BChicago first baseman Jose Abreu had his second two-homer game in three days Thursday against the Indians.Abreu is the latest Cuban position player to get off to a fast start in the majors, following Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig. He's hitting .300 with three doubles, a triple, four homers, an MLB-leading 14 RBI and seven runs in 40 at-bats.4/10/2014 11:00:00 PM
Avisail GarciaRFWhite Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia (torn labrum) is done for the season, according to the Chicago Tribune.Garcia will undergo surgery within the next week after suffering the injury while trying to make a diving catch Wednesday. The promising 22-year-old won't be seen again until 2015. His absence will open up more at-bats for Dayan Viciedo and Paul Konerko.4/10/2014 5:43:00 PM
Dayan ViciedoLFWhite Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo should see more playing time with the injury to Avisail Garcia.Viciedo has seen limited time as Chicago's fourth outfielder, but is batting .316 in 19 at-bats. 4/10/2014 3:08:00 PM


Tampa Bay
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
ColdJose MolinaCRays catcher Jose Molina is hitless in 19 at-bats versus Yankees lefty C.C. Sabathia.Molina (.111, 0 HR, 0 RBI) has no fantasy value.4/17/2014 10:25:00 AM
Evan Longoria3BRays third baseman Evan Longoria is a .395 hitter with six homers, 12 walks and a 1.364 OPS versus Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia.Longoria is batting .286, but without much power (.748 OPS) through 15 games. This historically favorable matchup could help.4/17/2014 10:22:00 AM
ColdDesmond JenningsCFRays center fielder Desmond Jennings has only four hits in 18 at-bats (.222) against Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez, but three left the park.Jennings will try to snap out of a 3-for-20 slump Wednesday against Baltimore.4/16/2014 11:27:00 AM
Matt MooreSPAccording to Marc Topkins of the Tampa Bay Times, Rays left-hander Matt Moore has scheduled Tommy John surgery for next week.Moore was diagnosed with a torn UCL in his elbow which almost always means going under the knife, so this isn't a surprise. Moore was a fantasy stud last season going 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA and 143 Ks in 150 1/3 innings pitched. He was 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA before the injury.4/15/2014 2:21:00 PM
Ben Zobrist2BRays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist is a career .105 hitter (2-for-19) versus Baltimore right-hander Miguel Gonzalez.Zobrist is a career .277 hitter left-handed (.256 right-handed), but hasn't had any success versus Gonzalez. Add in a strong wind blowing in from left field on Tuesday and you have all the ingredients for a low output evening.4/15/2014 9:34:00 AM
Jake OdorizziSPRays RHP Jake Odorizzi (illness) was sent back to the team hotel Monday, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune.Odorizzi (1-1, 5.73 ERA, 1.55 WHIP) is scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Orioles. The team still expects him to make that start.4/14/2014 5:56:00 PM
David DeJesusLFTampa Bay left fielder David DeJesus is not in Monday's lineup.Btandon Guyer will get another start. DeJesus is batting just .172 this season. Guyer is just 1-for-8 with one homer. Neither is fantasy worthy at this time.4/7/2014 10:16:00 AM
ColdDesmond JenningsCFRays center fielder Desmond Jennings is just 2-for-18 (.111) versus Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen.Jennings was off to a nice start beginning the season with a pair of multi-hit games, but is batting just .167 over the past 11 contests and should be avoided on Monday.4/14/2014 9:54:00 AM
HotBen Zobrist2BRays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist is a career .435 hiiter (10-for-23) versus Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.Zobrist is coming off a two-homer afternoon and has hit safely in six of his last seven games to raise his average to .277 with an .871 OPS. Add in a strong wind blowing out to left field on Monday and you have all the ingredients for another solid day with the bat.4/14/2014 9:51:00 AM
Ben Zobrist2BRays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist went yard from both sides of the plate and drove in four runs Sunday at Cincinnati.Zobrist is batting .277 with three homers, six RBI and an .871 OPS so far. As usual, he's walking a ton (8 BBs, 7 Ks). The utilityman is a career .238 hitter in April, but he's off to a nice start for a change.4/13/2014 7:45:00 PM