Every day throughout the Major League season a player is designated for assignment, another one completes a rehab start and others are placed on the DL.
Every one of these moves could impact your fantasy baseball roster. Here are just a couple notes from this morning that fantasy owners should pay attention to:
Jose Lopez, 1B/2B, Mariners
The Mariners 1B/2B could be activated at any time. He has been off on bereavement leave after the death of his sister in Venezuela. Lopez’s brother was killed in a motorcycle accident not too long ago.
Manager Don Wakamatsu is going to make sure the budding star’s head is in the game before starting him. When he is back, get him in your lineup
Lopez is hitting .314 with 7 homers and 21 RBIs in only 70 ABs this month.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Mariners
Beltre, who was previously heating up as a Stealthy Ninja, has bone spurs again.
Surgery is required, but the Mariners’ 3B will be able to play through it. How much it hampers his game will determine whether he’s going to help you assassinate the competition.
Beltre is hitting .343 with 14 runs, 2 homers, 11 RBIs and 4 steals this month.
Coco Crisp, OF, Royals
He was no ninja before he went on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. The torn right labrum and subsequent surgery means he’ll miss 6-to-12 months. That high-end (low, if he’s on your team) number means he might not have a chance to steal another base until well into the 2010 season.
Drop him now, even if you play in a dynasty league. You need the DL spot anyway, don’t you?
Matt Lindstrom, RP (Closer), Marlins
Lindstrom and his bloated ERA and WHIP numbers was still a source of saves for reliver-starved owners. But his elbow sprain is a six-week deal, so that’s gone.
Drop Lindstrom and search somewhere else — Leo Nunez and Dan Meyer are the candidates in Florida. Go with Nunez. When Kiko Calero returns from the DL he might get a shot, too.
Lindstrom’s ERA and WHIP so far this season: 5.52 and 1.90 respectively. Opponents were hitting .297 against him before mercifully getting hurt.
Oliver Perez/John Maine, SPs, Mets
The two Mets starting pitchers are set for rehab starts in Class A today.
Perez’s ERA and WHIP are well above his career numbers, so a correction is in the making. He’s also a good source of strikeouts, regardless of his other numbers.
Maine’s consistently mediocre-to-solid, so expect good strikeout numbers and him to post something close to his career ERA of 4.22.
Neither guy is going to single-handedly hand you your pitching categories, but half of you have worse pitchers on your roster right now. J.A. Happ anyone?
Maine’s available in 59% of Yahoo leagues, Perez in 86%.
Brad Lidge, RP (Closer), Phillies
Lidge has been activated off the 15-day disabled list. While I wouldn’t expect him to get a save tonight. His return is intriguing for me.
Did the knee injury affect his performance before he took the time off? Remember, he saved 41-of-41 tries last year, K’d 92 and posted a 1.95 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.
Maybe some other owners are fed up with him? Maybe, ninja, you could get him cheap before he heats up.