Jimmy Rollins still feels tightness in his calf and could be out until the end of the month. This is unfortunate for owners, as there is no timetable for his return. Juan Castro will continue to cover shortstop for the Phillies until Rollins is back. Castro is batting .281, but lacks power and is hardly a replacement for Rollins’ fantasy production.
|Alfonso Soriano has found new life this season after a rough 2009. Photo Credit: Fristle
Source: USA Today
Brad Lidge is back and Ryan Madson is out. Madson broke his toe after kicking a chair last week and now needs surgery, which will keep him sidelined indefinitely. Grab Lidge if someone else hasn’t.
Source: USA Today
Yunel Escobar hasn’t played since last Thursday after straining his left abductor. It doesn’t look likely that he will return to the lineup any time soon, and should be benched for another player for the time being. Omar Infante has been filling in at shortstop and could be a good pickup in deep leagues as he’s four-position eligible on Yahoo!.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jair Jurrjens will make his next appearance as scheduled on May 8th. He injured his hamstring last Thursday and the Braves were considering skipping his spot in the rotation. Jurrjens has gotten off to a rough start, so it might be wise to bench him for his first game back.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
NEW YORK METS
Carlos Beltran is getting closer to starting baseball activities, but it will still be some time before he gets back on the field. For the 68% of owners who have held onto him, hold tight, as it’s looking more like June for his return.
Source: NY Post
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Rookie third baseman David Freese has been heating up the last week posting three home runs and 10 RBIs over his last five starts. Freese is a great NL-only play right now, as his average is up to .355. Owners in deep mixed leagues with a hole at the corner infield slot should consider him as well.
Starter Chris Carpenter held the Reds to two hits over seven shutout innings Sunday, giving him his fifth quality start out of six this season. Fantasy owners are getting what they expected so far from Carpenter, but as a bonus, he’s averaging a strikeout per inning with 39 Ks in 38 innings pitched.
The Cubs were hot over the weekend, scoring 28 runs in their three games. Alfonso Soriano had an outstanding series, going 7-for-11 with four home runs. He currently ranks as one of the top outfielders on Yahoo!, and will be a hot target of many if he continues to do well this season.
After a shaky start to the season, starter Yovani Gallardo has rebounded nicely by striking out 30 batters over his last 24 innings pitched, while allowing only one run over his last three starts. There was a brief opportunity to buy low on Gallardo after he was roughed up in his second start, but that appears to be over, as he’s back to near ace status for the Brewers and fantasy owners.
The Brewers hope to get outfielder Carlos Gomez back as soon as Tuesday. He’s been out since Friday with a knee injury. Gomez has been a little inconsistent so far this season, but when he’s on, he has the ability to provide fantasy owners with speed and power. He should be a decent fourth outfielder in mixed leagues and possible starter in NL-only leagues.
The Astros continue to search for ways to bust outfielder Carlos Lee out of his season-long slump. Sunday they moved him up to the third spot in the order and he went 2-for-4, but still hasn’t hit a home run yet. Owners might as well ride this out because it’s unlikely you will be able to get a decent deal while his value is so low.
Andrew McCutchen is day-to-day with a mild ankle sprain suffered in Sunday’s game. At this point his ankle is a little stiff, but this is not a major scare. Play him as usual unless he is declared inactive.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
The Dodgers could have outfielder Manny Ramirez back by the weekend if his minor league rehab stint goes well. Ramirez is coming off of a strained right calf and is eligible to come off the DL on Saturday. The Dodgers will probably ease Ramirez back over the first few games, so fantasy owners should keep an eye on his status before putting him in their lineups.
Just about the only starter doing well right now for the Dodgers is lefty Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda turned in another gem Sunday, as he only allowed one run over eight innings, giving him four quality starts in five turns. Kuroda should provide low WHIP and ERA with decent strikeouts and is looking like a solid second starter in deep mixed and NL-only leagues.
Source: LA Times
The Rockies will likely find plenty of at-bats for speedster Eric Young Jr., provided he continues to get on base. Expect Young to play some in the outfield while Brad Hawpe is out, and also play some at second base, subbing in for the struggling Clint Barmes. Young is great addition for owners in need of speed in both NL-only leagues and mixed leagues.
Source: Denver Post
Rookie starter Jhoulys Chacin had seven strikeouts and held the Giants to one hit over seven innings Sunday. It’s likely Chacin will make a few more starts while Jeff Francis and Jorge De La Rosa are out, and if he pitches well enough he could force Greg Smith out of the rotation. At this point Chacin is a match-up play in NL-only leagues but should be monitored.
Source: Denver Post
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Closer Brian Wilson, out with a tight groin since Friday, should be available when the Giants resume play on Tuesday. Fantasy owners should note that in the Giants one save chance while Wilson was out, both Sergio Romo and Jeremy Affeldt pitched in the ninth, with Affeldt getting the save.
Center fielder Aaron Rowand returned from the DL and went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts on Sunday. This was Rowand’s first game since being hit in the head with a pitch on April 16. Rowand will go back to leading off for the Giants, which could mean a few extra steals and some decent run totals as a bench player in deep mixed leagues, and as a third outfielder in NL-only leagues.
Source: SF Gate
SAN DIEGO PADRES
The Padres outfield is a little crowded right now, but Scott Hairston is staking his claim for more playing time. Hairston stole two bases and hit a solo home run in Sunday’s win, giving him four home runs on the season in only 48 at-bats. The Padres have become a great source for speed/power players. So, NL-only and mixed league owners should take a look at Hairston and fellow outfielder Will Venable.
Source: Sign On San Diego
Injured starter Chris Young‘s first rehab start did not go well, as he gave up five runs in just two-thirds of an inning at Double-A San Antonio. Young only managed to throw 15 of his 35 pitches for strikes, but should get another start at Triple-A later this week. Fantasy owners should probably be shifting their focus away from Young and toward impressive rookie Wade LeBlanc for the time being.
The Diamondbacks have to be satisfied with the job catcher Chris Snyder is doing filling in for the injured Miguel Montero. Since he took over the starting spot, Snyder has four home runs, three doubles, and is batting .292. While Montero is out, Snyder should be a decent starter in NL-only leagues, while deep mixed leagues might spot start him if their regular starter is out.
Source: AZ Central
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