A few tidbits to get us going this morning:
- Marc Lancaster of The Tampa Tribune (click here for the post) is reporting that Evan Longoria was taken for x-rays following last night’s game, after he “was hit on the underside of his wrist while trying to avoid an up-and-in pitch from J.J. Putz”. The x-ray was negative. That certainly is great news for owners, as Longoria has emerged as a great option in all formats. He probably won’t miss any time, so monitor the pre-game line-ups, but expect to use him today.
- According to David O’Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (click here for the article), Bobby Cox has said that Chipper Jones may not be thrust back into the starting line-up when he returns from the DL today. Jones wants to play, so we’ll see what happens. You’ve been without him for two weeks, you may want to wait another day or two, just to make sure he is actually playing, before returning him to your line-up.
- Gary Sheffield is quoted in an article by Steve Kornacki of mlive.com (click here for the article) saying “I am limited in no way”. Kornacki also says that “Now he’s looking for payback, saying he has not felt this good since the first half of 2007”. That’s great news for fantasy owners. I am a believer in Sheffield, so I would certainly recommend using him in all formats if you had him on your bench, especially in formats that require 5 OF’ers. He has the potential to certainly help your team from here on out if he truly is healthy.
- According to Jack Magruder of The East Valley Tribune (click here for the article), Justin Upton took batting practice outdoors for the first time since July 9. Upton is quoted as saying “I wasn’t manipulating my swing in any way. I had no pain from it”. His return is still not immediate, since he’s going to play in a rehab assignment before returning to the Diamondbacks. If you are waiting on him, just keep on waiting at this point.
- Brandon McCarthy could return to the Rangers by September 1, according to The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (click here for the article). He threw yesterday and said “it was the best he’s felt in more than two years”. He doesn’t bring much value to fantasy owners, however, so you can just ignore him.