It hasn’t taken long for me to warm to Sean-Rod, as I’m sure he’ll be nicknamed very soon.
OF Sean Rodriguez started at 2B Tuesday in the Rays season-opener. He ripped up opposing pitchers in the spring, but his 2010 regular season start wasn’t glorious. Let’s call a start a start. He went 1-for-4 with a run and two strikeouts.
Who knows if it’s Rodriguez or Reid Brignac starting in the second game. I’d put money on Rodriguez. If you read this update, you’d know why.
Plenty of other fantasy baseball news to discuss, let’s get to it:
Rafael Betancourt — Will be used as the primary setup man for Franklin Morales. Saw another report that former closer Manny Corpas might be optioned. Consider the Betancourt news a cut on Corpas. If Morales is ineffective, like in his opening day performance, don’t be surprised if Betancourt, not Corpas, gets a shot.
Lance Berkman — Had fluid drained from his still swelling knee for the fifth time Monday. He also had what is believed to be the first cortisone shot of his career. Don’t expect him back by April 10 as previously reported.
Joel Zumaya — Comeback from shoulder surgery seems complete. He hit 103 on the gun. He allowed one hit and struck out one to earn the Tigers’ first win of the season. He’ll pile up the holds in front of Jose Valverde this season. If Valverde falters — an unlikely scenario — Zumaya has the skills to close.
Bobby Abreu — Went 0-for-4 on opening day, breaking a string of 13 seasons in a row with a hit. The record was 14, set by Will Clark and matched by Frank Thomas. It’s only one game, but at some point age catches up with Abreu and his decline won’t be pretty.
Jose Reyes — Went 1-for-3 with a run and two stolen bases in an extended spring training game. Huge impact when he gets back to the majors. Huge.
Nolan Reimold — Orioles aren’t ruling out some playing time at first base for the prospect. He was taking grounders at first during practice this week. This is a smart move. They need to get his bat into the lineup and it’s going to be difficult to sit anyone already in that Baltimore outfield.
Huston Street — Rockies got word from James Andrews that his shoulder is structurally sound. That’s good news for all those owners — autopick or otherwise — who ended up with a busted up Street on their rosters.
Corey Hart — Started in right field for the Brewers and responded in his own way. He did walk once and score a run, but he went 0-for-3. Jim Edmonds, your starting spot is waiting.
Samuel Gervacio — Was reportedly “nasty” in the season opener. All I’ve got to go on is his 2 Ks in 1 IP and a report from Fangraphs that he’s one of the Astros’ top 5 prospects. He’s had killer K rates in the minors and was at 10.71/9 in 21 IP in 2009. If he’s as good as advertised, Gervacio could surpass closer Matt Lindstrom and setup man Brandon Lyon by the end of the season.
Which of these is the biggest news of the day? Are you as sold on Rodriguez as I am? Let us know in the comments.