Victor Martinez, Chase Utley disabled, Prince Fielder hitting like a king

I can’t even read the D and the L on my keyboard anymore I’ve typed DL so much in 2010.

Luckily today there is some news on players coming off the DL as well as new additions to the shelf. Let’s get to it.

Chase Utley — The biggest addition to the disabled list today. The Phillies second baseman is seeking a second opinion on his sprained thumb. He is not eligible to come off the DL untiil July 14.

Huston Street — Pitched a perfect ninth for his first save on Tuesday. He’s still available in 24% of Yahoo leagues. Make it 100% if you can.

Victor Martinez — Think they call him DL in the clubhouse? Placed on the 15-day DL, but Martinez’s fractured thumb will not need surgery.

Edinson Volquez — OK, ninjas. You need to drop that one guy we recommended a few months ago who hasn’t panned out and pick up Edinson Volquez. He’s still available in 81% of Yahoo leagues and needs to be on a roster before he hits the majors. In his last rehab start he allowed two runs, three hits, walked two and struck out seven in six innings. He’s expected back by July 6.

Cliff Lee — The Mariners want a blue chip prospect for the lefty, and some teams are already making offers. After what Lee did for the Phillies last season, teams should be willing to pay. On Tuesday, Lee pitched his third straight complete game.

Dustin Pedroia — Since we talked last about Pedroia — I found a really terrible typo in the last post about him — the second baseman’s surgery situation was uncertain. He won’t need a pin in his foot, but it will take the full six weeks for recovery.

Felipe Lopez – He’s not a long-term option, but with injuries aplenty — especially the two 2Bs mentioned above — I’m sure some of you could use the help. He qualifies at 2B, 3B and SS and will take over at third base with David Freese going on the DL. He was 4-for-5 on Tuesday, has a hit in seven of his last eight games and is available in 80% of Yahoo leagues.

Prince Fielder — Hit a pair of homers on Tuesday. He has hit 10 of his 17 homers in June. The time to buy-low has passed.

Mike Leake — Roughed up by the Phillies. Leake gave up six earned runs in six innings pitched. Sometimes when pitchers get skipped or taken out of their routine it can hurt performance. Also, as a rookie, Leake was bound to hit a wall, especially after pitching so many innings early in the season. Unlike peanut butter, jelly, and barbecue potato chips, those circumstances don’t mix well for pitchers. Unless you’re in a keeper or dynasty league, Leake might not have much more than spot start value for the rest of 2010. Pick him with confidence in 2011.

Manny Ramirez — Know what we haven’t had in two whole notes? Injury news. Oh, hi, Manny and your right hamstring, thanks for playing.

Dontrelle Willis — This is not a good update for fantasy pitchers. Willis, likely among the season leaders in not good updates across the Internet, walked six batters in just four innings on Tuesday. He’s going to the bullpen and has zero fantasy value, even in dynasty and NL-only leagues.

Dustin Moseley – I’ve seen too many headlines about Moseley this week. Because of a clause in his contract Moseley can leave the Yankees if he doesn’t get called up. On Monday, he was scratched from his AAA start, likely so New York can call him up. However, there’s no reason to get too excited as a fantasy owner. Yes he was a first-round pick, but that was in 2000 and it was three organizations (picked by Reds, sent to Angels) ago. He’s 28 years old, has logged more than 1,000 innings in the minors and sports a career 4.35 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. Speculative owners with roster space should add Volquez, not Moseley.

John Axford — Now 8-for-8 in save opportunities after a shaky outing Tuesday. Axford is still available in almost 60% of Yahoo leagues. He’s the closer. He’s got a 3.00 ERA. There is no way he should be that available in 5x5s. Cue up broken record: This is why you never pay for saves (skip noise) this is why you never pay for saves.

Delmon Young – He hasn’t been a fantasy force, but the Twins are moving him to third in the batting order for today’s game. If this is a long-term move it should provide more opportunities to add to the impressive 50 RBI and 33 runs he has scored from the No. 7 and 8 slots. He only has eight homers, but will likely see more pitches to hit at No. 3. He’s owned just 43% of Yahoo leagues so monitor this situation.

Bobby Jenks – Will return by Friday at the latest. One report said Jenks could resume closer duties for the White Sox today.

Rick Porcello — Rocked in AAA start. Porcello gave up five runs, 10 hits and walked three while striking out three in six innings. You can’t give up on him in deep dynasty leagues, but I don’t blame you for thinking about it.

Brian Matusz – Is 0-9 in his last 13 starts, dating back to April 18. He allowed three runs and seven hits in 6.1 innings of a tough-luck loss on Tuesday.

James Shields – Keeping with the struggling pitchers theme, Shields allowed five runs and seven hits while walking two, hitting a batter and striking out six in five innings Tuesday. That was his seventh straight loss. Keep him on your roster, but you shouldn’t be starting him at this point.

Rafael Furcal – It’s hard to believe that owners in only 78% of Yahoo leagues have a use for a shortstop who is 12-for-25 (.480) with five RBI, eight runs and three stolen bases in his last six games. Are that many Yahoo leagues abandoned already?

Placido Polanco – He hasn’t been lights out, but Polanco has been a serviceable option for fantasy owners in deep mixed leagues this season. He was placed on the 15-day DL because of his (elbow).

Felix Pie – Believes he’ll be back from his (back) and with the Orioles by Friday. It’s already been said that he’ll return as the everyday left fielder and leadoff hitter for the Orioles. Pie was 8-for-20 (.400) with four runs and a solo homer before getting hurt April 16. He’s available in 99% of Yahoo leagues. You there, with the crappy No. 5 OF you’ve been hanging onto for weeks, swap him for Pie.







3 Responses to “Victor Martinez, Chase Utley disabled, Prince Fielder hitting like a king”


  1. Allen

    Maybe the other guys in my league know something I don’t. I have been laughed at for the Volquez pick up(which I followed your advice on last week), and Axford WAS sitting on the waiver wire. What are your thoughts on A. Laroche, J. Loney, and B. Butler as utility/back up. All three are on the wire. Should Laroche have a better second half than the others?

  2. ep

    @Allen: Volquez reaction is jealousy. Wait til he starts doing well.

    LaRoche’s second-half history is enticing. But Butler’s second half splits are impressive, too.
    I’d go Butler, LaRoche and Loney in that order.
    I was down on Butler in the preseason because he was overvalued, but off the waiver wire he’s a great value even if he plays for Kansas City.

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