Player Notes - Tampa Bay and Minnesota
Tampa Bay
ColdDavid DeJesusLFAfter striking out in a pinch-hitting appearance Sunday against New York, Rays outfielder David DeJesus is now hitless in his last 24 at bats.Of all players with at least 40 at bats, DeJesus' .119 batting average is the lowest in the major leagues. DeJesus may not have a roster spot much longer if this keeps up.4/20/2014 7:12:00 PM
Alex CobbSPRays RHP Alex Cobb (oblique) is targeting late May or early June for his return, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.Cobb suffered a strained oblique last week and was given a timetable of 4-6 weeks. He's not going to make it back by the short end of that timeline.4/20/2014 2:20:00 PM
HotMatt JoyceRFWith lefty Vidal Nuno on the mound for the Yankees Sunday, Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce will take a seat.Joyce can't hit lefties and rarely starts against them. The 29-year-old is hitting .349 with two homers, seven RBI and a 1.044 OPS in 43 at-bats this year.4/20/2014 12:03:00 PM
ColdDavid DeJesusLFThe Rays scored 16 runs Saturday against the Yankees, but left fielder David DeJesus went 0-for-6 with two strikeouts.DeJesus had zero hits in his last 20 at-bats and is batting .122 this season. The 34-year-old outfielder has little power and little speed so there's no need to own him.4/19/2014 10:50:00 PM
HotEvan Longoria3BRays third baseman Evan Longoria belted his second homer of the season and drove in four runs Saturday against the Yankees.Longoria has gone 7-for-10 over his last three games and scored four runs in his last two after not scoring a run for 10 straight games before that. He's hitting .348 with 10 RBI.4/19/2014 10:22:00 AM
Ryan HaniganCRays catcher Ryan Hanigan hit two balls out of the park and drove in six runs Saturday against the Yankees.The 33-year-old Hanigan had no more than two homers in each of the last two seasons with Cincinnati but he now has three in his first 37 at-bats with Tampa Bay.4/19/2014 10:41:00 PM
Wil MyersRFTampa Bay right fielder Wil Myers exploded out of a slump with a double, two homers, four RBI, four runs and a walk Saturday against the Yankees.Myers has gone 6-for-9 with seven RBI in his last two games. He went 10 games without an RBI prior to that and didn't have a homer before Saturday.4/19/2014 10:37:00 PM
Chris ArcherSPTampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer was roughed up by the Orioles in his last start but he gave up just one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings Saturday against the Yankees. Archer has tossed three quality starts in four chances this year, but he gave up seven earned runs on 12 hits over five innings in his one non-quality outing. The 25-year-old is 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 24 2/3 innings.4/19/2014 10:33:00 PM
Desmond JenningsCFTampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings (groin) will not start Saturday or Sunday, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.Jennings has been dealing with a groin injury and will be limited to pinch hitting for the next two days.4/19/2014 5:07:00 PM
Desmond JenningsCFTampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings won't start Friday against New York.It's the first time he's sat out this season. David DeJesus (.156, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will fill in at center field with Matt Joyce (.324, 2 HR, 7 RBI) taking over in left.4/17/2014 6:51:00 PM

Trevor Plouffe3BTwins third baseman Trevor Plouffe bashed three hits Sunday in a win over Kansas City.All three of his hits went for extra bases. Plouffe is on pace for 117 RBI, which would easily be a career-high. He's owned in 66 percent of ESPN leagues.4/20/2014 5:39:00 PM
Sam FuldLFThe Twins were able to claim outfielder Sam Fuld, who was recently placed on waivers. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox SportsFuld was designated for assignment by Oakland about a week ago. Even if Fuld becomes an everyday player, which is certainly possible in Minnesota's lackluster outfield, he won't be much of a fantasy option (.233 average in 743 career at bats).4/20/2014 3:29:00 PM
Trevor Plouffe3BMinnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe is 8-for-24 (.333) with three homers and a 1.235 OPS versus Royals left-hander Bruce Chen.Plouffe is off to a solid start, batting .288 with an .801 OPS, but his long ball stroke is missing. He's hit one home run this season. He hit 24 homers over 119 games in 2012 and just 14 last season.4/19/2014 10:22:00 AM
HotKyle GibsonSPMinnesota starter Kyle Gibson threw all zeros Thursday in a win against the Blue Jays.Gibson might be one of the biggest fantasy surprises of the season so far with three victories and a 0.93 ERA in 19 1/3 innings. He's still available in 96 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, though it won't be that way for long.4/17/2014 10:00:00 PM
Josh WillinghamLFTwins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) has a hairline fracture in his left wrist, according to Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He won't undergo surgery.Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch last Sunday and was placed on the DL Saturday. The Twins hope he can return in two weeks.4/13/2014 4:05:00 PM
Ricky NolascoSPRicky Nolasco had his best start as a Twin Saturday against Kansas City.Nolasco (1-1) limited the Royals to just one run in eight innings of work. Even with Saturday's outing, Nolasco's ERA still sits at a disappointing 5.50. He'll have a chance to lower that Friday against these same Royals.4/12/2014 9:48:00 PM
HotJason KubelLFTwins OF/DH Jason Kubel is a career .391 hitter (9-for-23) versus Royals ace James Shields.Kubel is off to a hot start, batting .412 through the first nine games and has a six-game hitting streak. Add in a favorable matchup and he's a solid start on Saturday.4/12/2014 9:43:00 AM
Josh WillinghamLFTwins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, according to Tyler Mason of was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on Sunday and hasn't played since. The Twins must have felt he wasn't making enough progress to remain on the active roster.4/11/2014 8:28:00 PM
Josh WillinghamLFTwins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) will miss Friday's game, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on Sunday and hasn't played since. The team will place him on the DL if his wrist issue drags through the weekend.4/11/2014 6:06:00 PM
HotBrian Dozier2BMinnesota second baseman Brian Dozier is a .556 hitter against Royals starter Bruce Chen (5-for-9) with three extra base hits and a 1.822 OPS.After starting 0-for-13 to start the year, Dozier is starting to hit the ball with authority. He's homered in his last two games and leads the league in runs scored (9). Add in the favorable matchup and he's a solid play on Friday.4/11/2014 10:07:00 AM