Jhonny Peralta had his second consecutive three hit game and now has ten hits in his last five games. Peralta now has his average up to .246, and is getting closer to where we expected him to be. Obviously, we would love to see him show more power, but I believe that will come in the near future
. I've gotten a lot of emails about him being available in a good deal of leagues. I would try to find a spot for him on my roster if I needed any help at shortstop, or even just a bench spot for him to sit in until he is totally back.
Adam Rosales is really starting to come into his own. After struggling a little bit when he was called up, Rosales has started to hit over the last four days. He has three hits tonight, and is just a triple away from the cycle.
Rosales is making impressive contact, and didn't miss his second home run of the night by much. In a perfect season, he could get up to 20 home runs, but more likely to fall in the 15-17 range. He could also get over 10 steals as well.
Gavin Floyd has had a rough last four starts, including his worst start of the season tonight. Floyd only went five innings and gave up a whopping eight runs. He also walked three and struck out three.
He has now given up 22 runs in his last four starts, and his strikeouts have been dropping. I still think it is a bit too soon to give up on Floyd, but he is definitely now worth a closer look to see if he belongs on your roster.
Omir Santos has been playing great since being called up by the Mets due to their injury troubles at catcher. On Monday, Santos had just one hit, but drove in two more runs. In his 17 games he is hitting .302, with just one home run, but 10 runs batted in.
He actually never showed any real power in the minors, and his batting average wasn't even that great, but in the short term he is doing well. I can't recommend adding him, but keep an eye on him to see if this success can continue.
Jose Contreras has been sent down to the minors, although with his 0-5 record and his 8.16 ERA, I'm not sure how many fantasy teams he was on at this point. Jimmy Gobble has been called up to replace him, and I'm not sure how exciting that news is either.
According to reports, Bobby Cox flip flopped his closer Mike Gonzalez with eighth inning man Rafael Soriano because of matchups. The Phillies had three lefties due to come up in that inning. Although looking at his stats, it doesn't make much sense. Gonzalez has a 7.36 ERA against left handed batters. Either way, it looks like Gonzalez is still the man in the ninth inning.
Josh Hamilton is ready to come off of the Disabled List on Tuesday. In a two game rehab assignment, Hamilton was 2-5 with a double and three walks. It appears to be safe to get him back into your lineup on Tuesday.
If you are very conservative you can wait one more day, but it doesn't appear necessary. I plugged him into my lineup in a weekly league where I own him.
Dustin Pedroia looks like he will be back in the lineup for the Red Sox on Wednesday and will only miss the one game. Manager Terry Francona has called it "very realistic" that he would be back in there in the second game against the Angels in Anaheim, but nothing is set in stone.
Travis Hafner looks like he will need a rehab assignment after all, but the good news is he could start that soon. Hafner had been hoping to come off the disabled list when he was eligible on Thursday, but that isn't going to happen. It certainly appears his return isn't that far off though.
Chris Carpenter is due to throw off a mound twice next week, and after the second one on Friday it will be determined his next course of action. After that he could have to continue on the bullpen mound, go on a minor league rehab assignment, or it is possible that he would be able to return after that.
The original projection for Carpenter's injury was four to eight weeks, it has been just under four weeks to this point.
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