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MLB Fantasy Fixer-Uppers May 28th
There has been a lot of news on the injury front lately. Jered Weaver, the ace of the Los Angeles Angels, will start Wednesday after being out nearly two months due to a broken elbow. Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees is slated to begin throwing again today in hopes he can return in about a week. Not everyone is so fortunate. The Yankees lost outfielder Curtis Granderson to the disabled list due to a broken pinkie knuckle. Cleveland placed closer Chris Perez on the DL and Tampa Bay doesn't expect ace David Price to return anytime soon even though he is eligible to be activated Friday. What does it all mean? It means your roster is probably affected by injuries. If it isn't you should still be ready to swoop in and pick up a player who's value might have just gone up because of an injury. Who should you add? I'm glad you asked.
Domonic Brown, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (73% owned ESPN leagues)
What can Brown do for you? Well, lately it seems to be everything. Over the past two weeks he has blasted four home runs, driven in 11 runs and swiped four bags while posting an OPS over .900. Not too shabby. It seems like Brown is starting to come into his own in Philly now that he has been given the opportunity to play every day. He was drafted in almost all leagues but his sluggish start prompted a few antsy owners to drop him. If he is still unowned in your league you should grab him now because he won't be available for long.
Francisco Rodriguez, RP, Milwaukee Brewers (49% owned)
Jim Henderson was one of the few bright spots this year for Milwaukee shutting the door on all of his save chances and not allowing many base runners to boot. That all changed this week when he came up lame with a hamstring injury. Insert....Francisco Rodriguez? Yes, that Francisco Rodriguez who was an elite closer for the better part of the past decade. While the Brewers appear like they are going to be a bad team this year it will be K-Rod closing things out whenever a save opportunity arises. Given his trouble finding a closing job this past offseason this is his chance to audition for a gig next year. He has yet to allow a hit in his five appearances and should average a strikeout per inning. Closers are valuable in fantasy. Go get him.
Jorge De La Rosa, SP, Colorado Rockies (40% owned)
It wasn't long ago that De La Rosa looked like the ace of the Rockies. Then he went under the knife for Tommy John surgery. De La Rosa is back this year and looking strong. He has given up two or fewer runs in seven of his 11 starts this year and hasn't lost since April 30th. He isn't striking people out like he did before the surgery, only 5.5 k/9, but those numbers could increase as the season goes on. For now he is a good pitcher on a surprisingly good team in Colorado. You could do a lot worse.
Vinnie Pestano, RP, Cleveland Indians (25% owned)
Like K-Rod, Pestano inherits the ninth inning duties due to Chris Perez winding up on the disabled list. Pestano has been an underrated setup man in Cleveland posting a sub 2.75 ERA the past two seasons but he has been anything but automatic this year. In 12 innings he has allowed seven runs and his K/9 has decreased each of the past three seasons. That said, the closer's job is his until Perez returns. Cleveland is a good team and they win close. The opportunities will be there. Odds are Pestano will be there too if you search your waiver wire as he is only owned in 25% of ESPN leagues.
Michael Wacha, SP, St. Louis Cardinals (8% owned)
Stop me if you've heard this one before. A Cardinals pitcher is hurt. John Gast left his last start and that means St. Louis needs a fill-in for the fill-in. Enter Wacha. The righty is set to make his major league debut Thursday against the lowly Kansas City Royals. Wacha is a top prospect who was not expected to see the pros this early but injuries have forced him into action. He has been dominant in the minors going 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA while holding right-handed hitters to an abysmal .151 batting average. Fozzie ain't no joke. Pick him up now while you still can.