Wow, the parentheses keys are worn off my keyboard now.
Usually there’s not much reason to dawdle about the big name players and even some of the marginal ones. They’re not available on the waiver wire and you know the kind of deal you’re going to have to throw out there to get an Albert Pujols after he goes 3-for-4 with a homer.
Still, this update is a star-studded affair with a lot of returning from or suffering a (thumb), (back) (shoulder), (etc.). Now I’m dawdling with the at-least-it-makes-me-laugh prose. … Let’s just get to the update:
Elvis Andrus — He’s owned in almost all Yahoo leagues (91%), but it’s worth noting that Andrus broke out of an 0-for-26 slump, according to the Associated Press, after going 3-for-4 on Sunday. He’s also not being as aggressive on the basepaths recently, according to a KFFL report, because of how hot the Rangers have been hitting. Now’s a good time to buy low, he brings elite speed and he’ll score runs as long as the Rangers are rocking pitchers. Don’t forget to check jzak’s second half buy low candidates for more options.
Russell Martin — Due to return from an injured thumb today. He has a terrible batting average and hasn’t been great but is still the 11th-best catcher in fantasy baseball and is available in 21% of Yahoos.
Mat Latos — Due back from his oblique injury on Saturday. Although not widely available (85% owned), it’s good knowledge for you and me because we both own Latos.
C.J. Wilson — Dumbfounded Wilson is available in 43% of Yahoo leagues. He struck out 10 in just six innings Sunday and is just murdering lefties (.093 BAA). He’s got a 3.23 season ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.
Matt Wieters — Should return from his hamstring injury on Sunday, July 25. He’s available in 35% of Yahoos. That’s not an astronomical number considering his poor play so far in 2010, but for someone with his pedigree/potential, it seems very high. Have an available roster spot? Check the wire, maybe the DL trip was all he needed.
Justin Mourneau — Big names keep coming. Mourneau is undergoing tests today to see if he’ll be able to return when he’s eligible on Friday.
Josh Beckett — Another big name. Boom. Well, Beckett’s been bust (zing!) in 2010. But he’s due back from his (back) on Friday. I still wouldn’t start him until you’re sure the rust is off.
Chone Figgins — Started 1-for-15 out of the break. Unfortunately it looks like more of the same for Figgins. Found an ESPN the Mag from around the time he signed with Seattle. They were talking moneyball, defense, etc. Bet Mariners fans feel a little differently right now. He still has time to right the ship, but he’s pretty far off course. Buy-low in 2011?
Andrew McCutchen — Sprained his AC joint while diving to make a catch Sunday and now officially has a (shoulder). He wasn’t in the lineup Monday, but there was no fracture according to his player notes at Yahoo.com, so expect him to return soon.
Matt LaPorta — A while back in this very space I suggested adding Matt LaPorta after he was recalled. I did so myself. In the last month he’s hit .321 with four homers. He’s hitting .346 with four homers and 12 RBI in his last 15 games. And he’s still available in 84% of Yahoos. That’s too high for a producing 1B this late in the season.
Vin Mazzaro — Improved to 5-2 after allowing one run in 7.2 innings. He wasn’t terribly impressive in allowing eight baserunners and only striking out five, but he’s been demoralizing pitchers for a month now (3-0 with a 2.06 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in his last four starts). He’s available in 96% of Yahoos and should be on your list of potential streaming starters right now.
Shaun Marcum — Released from the grasp of the DL on Saturday, picked up the win after hurling five innings on Sunday. He’s rosterable and at least a streaming starter (available in 34% of Yahoos). He has a 3.36 season ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and 92 Ks in 112.1 innings.
Brian Roberts — Mentioned in the previously linked to second-half buy-low article by jzak, Roberts is in AA today and could return by Sunday, July 25 or a day later. He’s available in 31% of Yahoo leagues.
Victor Martinez — Played catch for the first time since injury his thumb on June 27. The quote I saw on KFFL.com had V-Mart joking he was glad he could actually fit his thumb in the glove. Boston thinks he might be back sometime during the upcoming 10-game road trip. I think he’ll be a little while yet.
Dustin Pedroia — Will have his foot reevaluated at the end of the month. So don’t expect him for the aforementioned upcoming road trip.
That’s it for today. Some of the things that seemed a little less newsworthy got cut. Did I miss something big? Update us in the comments.