Mariners fans were rejoicing when their squad secured the services of Cliff Lee this offseason.
However, a bulky abdomen has landed him on the DL, and he has yet to throw a pitch that matters this young 2010 season.
But the 63-pitch bullpen session Tuesday afternoon is the first real positive news we’ve gotten on Lee, who now will see several innings of a simulated game before likely going on a rehab assignment. There’s an outside shot that he’ll be taking the mound for the Mariners the last week of April, although it is more likely that he’ll be back in early May.
Carlos Beltran was expected to on the road to a return next month for the Mets. However, the oft-injured outfielder hasn’t even started running yet. The timetable for his return is looking more like an open-ended fiasco than something that will be cleared up anytime soon.
A right knee sprain has landed Rays catcher Kelly Shoppach on the 15-day DL. Dioner Navarro will handle the main catching duties, and the Rays recalled Jason Jaso for depth. This tidbit of news is just another knock against an already injury-savaged, slow-producing catcher crop so far this season.
Miguel Montero is already expected to miss around six weeks after shredding his knee … now news from Arizona suggests that the injury could be worse and he could potentially miss more time … like a couple months at least. Nothing official has been stated yet, but things are looking dicey for Montero at the moment.
The Blue Jays signed 21-year-old Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria … the same player who tried out for the Yankees and several other squads. Hechavarria is 6-foot and 170 pounds and has garnered comparisons to Alfonso Soriano. May be worth a quick add depending on when he starts getting regular playing time for the Jays.
The Angels will be activating Reggie Willits off the DL very soon, and plan to use the speedster in a variery of roles when he returns. If your team is in desperate need of a speed infusion, you could do worse than snag Willits off your waiver wire.
Joey Devine was at one point projected to be the A’s closer of the future. Some elbow surgery and tendenitis later, Devine is ahead of schedule for a return to the club. He’ll be used in middle relief roles, and could be a nice source of holds if the A’s offense can help keep the squad in close games.
Andres Torres is not a guy you should scour the waiver wire for in your respective leagues. He is the guy, however, who is keeping power-laden John Bowker from becoming an upside snaggable commodity in deep leagues as the two seem locked in a platooning situation despite Torres’ slow start to the season.
In a followup to yesterday’s news, Jimmy Rollins looks closer to a 15-day stint on the DL than he is to returning to shortstop for the Phillies. The reigning NL champs have blown out of the gates so far this season and there is no reason to push Rollins back too quickly. The squad will decide Rollins’ fate today, so stay tuned.
Carlos Delgado told reporters Tuesday that he wants to play this season. He is recovering from a hip injury and has aspirations to becoming the first Puerto Rican player to hit 500 homers in the majors. He has 472 currently. The problem is that the Mets have little to no interest in the aging and injury-prone Delgado, and no club is going to be excited about adding him until he can prove he’s fully healthy. At this point, he’s not worth a spot on your roster unless you have some crazy-big bench in a really deep league. Watch his situation, though, because he may help add a few homers down the stretch for fantasy owners if all the pieces fall into place. That’s a big if, by the way.