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- Red Sox lineup courtesy of Nick Cafardo (via Twitter): podsednik cf nava lf gonzalez 1b ortiz dh youk 5 salty c sweeney rf aviles ss punto 2b; Note Will Middlebrooks is not playing
- Tigers lineup courtesy of the Tigers’ official Twitter feed: Tonight’s lineup: Berry 8, Boesch 9, Cabrera 5, Fielder 3, Young dh, Avila 2, Peralta 6, Kelly 7, Worth 4. Scherzer p; Note Andy Dirks is out of the lineup again
- According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York (click here for the article), “Right-hander Elvin Ramirez, who has wicked numbers against minor league batters this season, and Josh Thole are expected to join the Mets on Friday for the series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Mets announced.” Ramirez will work as a middle reliever and Thole is an option only for the desperate in two-catcher formats.
- According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (click here for the article), “The Cubs are letting teams know that nearly everyone but starter Jeff Samardzija is available, two high-ranking team officials told USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because of competitive reasons. Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster are veterans starters who can fill out the top of a rotation for a contender. Shortstop Starlin Castro already is a star at 22 but can be obtained for two impact prospects. First baseman Bryan LaHair, a surprise bright spot with 10 home runs, can be cleared to make room for top prospect Anthony Rizzo.” This is a situation fantasy owners need to pay extremely close attention to, as fantasy appeal of some of these Cubs players could change dramatically over the next few weeks.
- Troy E. Renck of The Denver Post (click here for the article)is reporting that, “Josh Outman is expected to start Friday in Moyer’s spot. He’s likely keeping the seat warm for Drew Pomeranz or Jorge De La Rosa, whose forearm gave him no issues during or after his most recent rehab start, an encouraging development for a team that needs a veteran starter soon.” Outman has struggled out of the bullpen for the Rockies (9.64 ERA), gets the Los Angeles Dodgers and is clearly a short-term stop gap. In other words, outside of the deepest NL-only formats he can safely be ignored.
- According to Roch Kubatko (via Twitter), “Told that Adam Jones is icing his left wrist and should be fine after being hit last night. Only thing broken was his 20-game hitting streak”. Fantasy owners can exhale. On a night where Matt Kemp and Troy Tulowitzki both appear destined for the DL, Jones appears to have escaped unharmed. We’ll monitor the news, but 2012’s breakout darling appears to be a safe play.
- According to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News (click here for the post), “Feliz opened the season in the rotation and went on the disabled list May 19 because of a sprained elbow ligament. Feliz, speaking through an interpreter, said he still considers himself a starter, but he is likely to return to the bullpen when healthy.” It makes sense, with the recent addition of Roy Oswalt, and gives the Rangers a potentially dominant relief corps with Neftali Feliz joining Joe Nathan, Mike Adams and Alexi Ogando. Unfortunately, Feliz will be working in a setup role as Nathan has returned to a dominant closer. That means his fantasy appeal will be limited to those in formats the value middle relievers. Keep that in mind if you are in a roster crunch in yearly formats.
- The Atlanta Braves have demoted Tyler Pastornicky and are calling Andrelton Simmons to take his place as the starting shortstop according to Mark Bowman and Teddy Cahill of mlb.com (click here for the article). Simmons is better known for his defense, though he was hitting .292 with 3 HR and 10 SB in 171 AB at Double-A. He makes solid contact (20 K vs. 20 BB) and his 3 HR all have come in his last 7 games. That said, he is not likely to bring enough power or speed (at least not yet) to make a major impact in 2012.
- According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter), “Matt Kemp says he expects to be back on the DL once again with his nagging hamstring, and this time, could be out a month.” This is horrible news for fantasy owners, as Kemp was back from the DL for just two days before leaving yesterday’s game after scoring from first on a double. Luckily (if such a word exists in this type of situation) you have not likely moved on from the replacement plan they already had, so just stay the course for the time being. Look for the Dodgers to go with a combination of Bobby Abreu, Tony Gwynn Jr. and a returning Juan Rivera, though none of those options are obviously ideal replacements. Considering Jerry Sands wasn’t a factor the first time Kemp was out, I wouldn’t expect him to play a major role this time around, though owners in deeper formats will definitely want to monitor the situation.