If you wanted something a little more exciting than a plain, ol’ update, blame Alex Burnett. The Twins reliever hit Troy Tulowitzki, breaking his wrist, on Friday.
We’ve got more on Tulowitzki and some of the other stuff going on around fantasy baseball on Friday, so let’s get to it.
Troy Tulowitzki — Placed on the 15-day DL with the aforementioned broken wrist. He’ll be replaced in the lineup by Clint Barmes. If you need a Tulo replacement, Barmes is an option at 84% available in Yahoo leagues. However, he’s hitting just .224 this season. There are probably better options on your wire.
Mike Stanton — Made his first homer a memorable one, grand-slamming it in the first inning of the Marlins win Friday. He’ll be a high pick in 2011 and be worthy of the hype.
Scott Kazmir — Won his fourth straight game. He hasn’t been dominant and doesn’t strike out batters at any rate close to what he used too. Don’t get too excited. Spot starts only.
Tyler Colvin — Hit leadoff for the Cubs Friday and reacted positively. His three-run homer sparked a ninth-inning Chicago rally. He went 2-for-4 to raise his season average to .315. He has a 1.1011 OPS. Too bad he can’t get full-time at-bats. If he did I’d say his 4% ownership rate was a joke.
Edinson Volquez — In the preseason I wanted to tell you to grab and stash Volquez but thought better of it. He touched 97 on the radar gun recently and pitched five scoreless rehab innings on Thursday. His tentative return date is July 1, but Ninjas would be smart to grab him now. He’s available in 91% of Yahoo leagues.
Dayan Viciedo — The 21-year-old will make his major league debut soon. The White Sox 3B prospect, a Cuban defector who signed for $10 million — had 14 homers and was hitting .290 in just 62 games in AAA. Last season, it took him twice as many at bats to hit 12 homers. He’s no sure thing, but owners who go prospecting should pick up Viciedo.
Jorge de la Rosa — He’s been collecting dust on two of my DL slots for a long time and is finally ready to begin his rehab assignment next week. Many owners (44% of them) weren’t as patient. Check your wire, but only if you’re interested in a 4.00 ERA pitcher who gets more than a strikeout an inning.
Doug Fister — Will start in the minor leagues on Sunday in the beginning to the end of his shoulder rehab. Fister was pitching out of his mind before he got hurt. It would be smart to see if we get super Fister or normal Fister befreo getting too excited about his return.
Justin Smoak — Drove in four runs, homered and scored twice Friday against the Astros. One reader found our site by searching “should I own Brennan Boesch or Justin Smoak(?)” I say Boesch, but Smoak is a nice consolation prize for the other guy.
Miguel Montero — Hit his first homer of 2010 on Friday and has hit safely in all five of his starts since returning from the DL (torn meniscus) on June 12. He set personal bests in almost all offensive categories last season, is hitting .394 with a 1.096 OPS this season and is available in 49% of Yahoo leagues.
Jose Guillen — Extended his hitting streak to 13 games, one short of his career high. He’s 18-for-51 (.353) during the string. He’s still available in 41% of Yahoo leagues and is one of the top 25 most valuable hitters of 2010.