Fantasy Baseball: Week 10 Rundown

Matthew BeckCorrespondent IJune 8, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 16:  Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets pitches to the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 16, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  The Mets won 9-6.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Week 10 Rundown

This week gets started off with one of the best rivalries in all of sports; a three game series at Fenway Park between the Yankees and the Red Sox.  With the Yankees a half game in front of the Red Sox, this series will have a playoff atmosphere full of action.  Two former teammates, Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett, will be dueling against one another to start up the series on Tuesday.

Later in the week, interleague play will be back for the weekend.  For the first time this season, the Yankees and the Mets will meet for a series for bragging rights, which will be played in the Bronx.  This means that some of your players may be losing at bats or gaining at bats due to the designated hitting rules.

American League injury updates

Asdrubel Cabrera received good news this week, after an MRI revealed that surgery was not necessary for his left AC joint sprain.

Grady Sizemore may need surgery on his injured elbow, if his elbow doesn’t start to improve.  He was placed on the disabled list last week.

The Orioles hope to have Koji Uehara by the middle of the week.  Uehara is slated to throw a bullpen session on June 7, which will determine when he will be back in the Orioles rotation.

The Rangers are trying to avoid putting Frank Francisco on the disabled list, by not pitching him the last three games.  He has right shoulder stiffness, which has been aggravating him for over a month now.

Josh Hamilton was placed on the disabled list last week, with an abdominal strain.  He is set to be re-evaluated later this month to determine how long he will be sidelined.

The Rays are hoping to activate Jason Bartlett from the disabled list on Wednesday.  He has been sidelined with a sprained left ankle for two weeks now.

Evan Longoria has now missed four games in a row, but says that he is about 85 percent, and may return to action on Monday.  He left Tuesday’s game early with left hamstring tightness.

The Rays have no timetable set for the return of pitcher Scott Kazmir.  He has been out of the lineup for two weeks now with a right quadriceps strain.

The Red Sox hope to have pitcher John Smoltz for their weekend series with the Marlins.  Smoltz has been sidelined with structural shoulder damage.

Mike Aviles has ceased all baseball activity, after aggravating his already injured right forearm.  He is set to start back up baseball activities in a few weeks.

The Royals received good news on their rising star, Alex Gordon.  Gordon, who has a labral cartilage tear in his hip, is ahead on his rehab schedule and may return before the All Star break.

Jeremy Bonderman will start his first game of the season on Monday against the White Sox.  Bonderman has been recovering from thoracic outlet surgery.

Xavier Nady, who has been on the disabled list since April 15, will be used as a designated hitter in an extended spring training game on June 8.  The Yankees are hoping to have him back within a few weeks.

National League injury updates

The Astros Jose Valverde thew a 40-pitch simulated game June 7.  He has been sidelined with a strained right calf for over a month now.

Casey Kotchman has been placed on 15-day disabled list with a right shin contusion.  The Braves seem to think this disabled list stay will be a short one.

The Cardinals received bad news in regards to Kyle Lohse.  He was placed on the disabled list with right forearm tightness and is expected to miss more than 15 days.

Rich Harden will pitch in a rehab assignment on June 8 after being scratched from his scheduled start June 7 with a stomach virus.  If all goes well Monday, expect to see Harden back in the rotation within a week or so.

It is still looking like the Diamondbacks will have Brandon Webb back at some point this month.  Webb hasn’t pitched since opening day, and is participating in baseball activities.

The Dodgers have placed pitcher Eric Milton on the disabled list after he felt tightness in his back during his June 5 outing.  He is expected back by June 21.

After a few poor outings, the Mets have now placed J.J. Putz on the disabled list a broken bone spur in his elbow.  He is expected to miss a large amount of time, and could return by late-July.

The Mets are now saying that shortstop Jose Reyes will be out for six weeks due to his calf injury.  Originally it was only supposed to be a short stint on the disabled list, but after the discomfort didn’t go away, it forced the Mets to keep him sidelined for a long period of time.

The Padres have placed Scott Hairston on the disabled list on June 3, with strained left biceps.  He has been a spark to the Padres offense this season, and should return by the end of the month.

Catcher Chris Ianetta is expected to be activated from the disabled list, after missing the last few weeks with a strained right hamstring.  The Rockies could really use his offense after the team has been lacking power.

Edinson Volquez has found himself on the disabled list once again, with elbow tendinitis.  This is his second time on the disabled list this season, and will begin baseball activities at some point this week.

Two-start pitchers

Great options

Johan Santana (NYM):  PHI (Happ), @NYY (Burnett)

Chris Carpenter (STL):  @FLA (Johnson), @CLE (Lee)

Chad Billingsley (LAD):  SD (Young), @TEX (McCarthy)

Josh Beckett (BOS):  NYY (Burnett), @PHI (Happ)

Good options

Cliff Lee (CLE):  KC (Bannister), STL (Carpenter)

Matt Cain (SFG):  @ARI (Buckner), OAK (Anderson)

Jered Weaver (LAA):  @TB (Shields), SD (Geer)

Johnny Cueto (CIN):  @WAS (Zimmermann), @KC (Bannister)

Josh Johnson (FLA):  STL (Carpenter), @TOR (Tallet)

Derek Lowe (ATL):  PIT (Ohlendorf), @BAL (Hernandez)

Ted Lilly (CHC):  @HOU (Moehler), MIN (Baker)

A.J. Burnett (NYY):  @BOS (Beckett), NYM (Santana)

Mark Buehrle (CWS):  DET (Willis), WAS (Zimmermann)

Scott Baker (MIN):  @OAK (Anderson), @CHC (Lilly)

Zach Duke (PIT):  @ATL (Kawakami), DET (Galarraga)

OK options

Jeff Niemann (TB):  LAA (Weaver), WAS (Zimmermann)

Josh Outman (OAK):  MIN (Swarzak), @SF (Lincecum)

Scott Feldman (TEX):  TOR (Janssen), LAD (Wolf)

Andy Pettitte (NYY):  TB (Sonnanstine), NYM (Hernandez)

Jon Garland (ARI):  @SD (Geer), HOU (Paulino)

Other notable two-start options

Braden Looper (MIL), Andy Sonnanstine (TB), Brandon McCarthy (TEX), Brian Bannister (KC), Sean West (FLA), Jaosn Marquis (COL), Kenshin Kawakami (ATL), J.A. Happ (PHI), Clayton Richard (CHW), Billy Buckner (ARI), Anthony Swarzak (MIN), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Josh Geer (SD), Brett Anderson (OAK).

Players to pick-up for week 10

C.J. Wilson, RP (TEX):  Wilson has been filling in for the injured Frank Francisco, who will most likely land on the disabled list.  Wilson has plenty of closing experience, so if he is available in your league pick him up for instant help to your relief staff.

Ben Zobrist, SS, OF (TB):  I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again.  Pick this guy up!  He had three more home runs this past week, and will continue to get normal playing time once Jason Bartlett comes off of the disabled list.  He is still available in some leagues, but the window is closing.

Andrew McCutchen, OF (PIT):  With the trade of Nate McClouth, the Pirates opened the door to call up their top prospect McCutchen over the weekend.  He is a speed demon on the base path and will have a pile of runs scored as well.  His power number will be there eventually, but not quite yet.  If you have an open roster spot pick him up to help out in runs and stolen bases.

Randy Choate, RP (TB):  The Rays have been calling on Choate to finish out games this past week, and he recorded three saves last week.  Manager Joe Maddon has yet to name a closer in the Rays bullpen, but he seems to like Choate.  It is a bit of a gamble picking this guy up, but if you need help in the saves category, he is the next best option behind C.J. Wilson.

Good luck to all this week, and check back again next week for the weekly rundown!

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