Week 14 Rundown
With the All-Star game break approaching, week 14 is the last week before the three day break from the daily grind.
Key players will be returning to their respected lineups, including Aramis Ramirez, Erik Bedard, and possibly Raul Ibanez. Josh Hamilton is also slated to return to the Rangers' lineup sometime this week.
The all-star break will be July 13-15, so this week is very important to your fantasy leagues since week 15 is a shortened fantasy week.
Players to pickup for week 14
Mike Hampton, SP (HOU): Hampton is slated to pitch twice in week 14, and has very favorable matchups facing both the Pirates and the Nationals. He also pitched great in his first game back off of the disabled list giving up only one run and four hits over six solid innings last Tuesday.
He is a hit or miss fantasy player, but this week should definitely be a hit.
Ryan Sadowski, SP (SF): Sadowski was the best young arm in the Giants farm system this season. After pitching in two games for the Giants so far, he has yet given up a run giving him 13 scoreless innings to start his career.
This obviously will not last forever, but expect good things form this rookie stud.
Luke Hochevar, SP (KC): After a shaky start to his season, Hochevar is now starting to settle down and wins games for the Royals. In his last three games, he has recorded a win in each game.
Hochevar will have up and down moments for the rest of the season, so if you pick him up just use him in spot starts if he starts to pitch badly.
Howie Kendrick, 2B (LAA): After a poor start to the 2009 season, the Angels optioned Kendrick to Triple-A Salt Lake. He has since been promoted and did record a hit in his first game back.
Kendrick made this list because he was probably dropped in fantasy leagues across the fantasy world, and may be a good sleeper pick if he gets back to his 2008 form.
Miguel Olivo, C (KC): Over the past month of the season, Olivo has been the only player in the Royals lineup with consistent power numbers. He has seven home runs and 16 RBI over that time frame while batting a decent .263 BA.
He is definitely a great option if you are lacking a catcher and need more power form that position. I don’t know how long the power will last, but ride him now while he’s hot!
Nate Schierholtz, OF (SF): Schierholtz has been as close to perfect over the last month of the season as you can get. He is batting .384 over that time span with three home runs and 13 runs scored.
Schierholtz seems to have a locked down his position in the Giants outfield for the near future. He should finish out the season with a good batting average, but I don’t expect to see a batting average of .384 for the remainder of the season.
American league injury updates
After successful Tommy John surgery, Athletics pitcher Josh Outman will be shut down until at least the beginning of the 2010 season.
The Blue Jays have placed starting pitcher Scott Richmond on the disabled list after being scratched from his July 5 start.
The Blue Jays hope to have relief pitcher Scott Downs back in the bullpen this week after missing the last couple weeks with a sprained big toe.
Erik Bedard is set to take the mound on July 7 after a successful simulated game on July 3 in which he threw 54 pitches.
The Rangers expect to have slugger Josh Hamilton back in the lineup sometime during the week of July 6, after missing the last month and a half of the season.
Vincente Padilla is listed as day-to-day and is slated to pitch July 7 against the Angels after, after a successful bullpen session on Saturday.
The Rays second basemen Akinori Iwamura may return to the lineup sometime in August, after successful surgery on June 22 on his left knee.
Mike Lowell is scheduled to start batting practice this week after being sidelined last week with a hip strain.
The Royals third basemen Alex Gordon is now rehabbing in Double-A, and is expected to return sometime around the mid-season mark.
Carlos Guillen is set to take batting practice prior to the Tigers next game, and is believed to be returning after the all-star break.
The Twins' starting pitcher, Kevin Slowey, is scheduled to have his wrist examined Monday to determine the severity of his injury.
Chien Ming-Wang was pulled by the Yankees on Saturday after straining his right shoulder, and was later placed on the disabled list.
National league injury updates
Tim Hudson is slated to return to the Braves rotation sometime in August after missing the entire season thus far due to ligament damage in his elbow.
The Braves have pushed back Kenshin Kawakami’s next start to July 8, due to a sore neck.
Kyle Lohse had a shaky outing in his first rehab start but is still on track to return to the Cardinals' rotation Sunday.
After straining his left wrist, Mark DeRosa will have an MRI on Monday to determine if the injury is serious.
The Brewers' Dave Bush is scheduled for his first rehab start on July 15 after suffering right-arm fatigue.
The Cubs will be getting their cleanup hitter back this week, when Aramis Ramirez is activated from the disabled list.
After a specialist concluded shoulder surgery was not necessary, Brandon Webb announced he will forego surgery and be back sometime late in the season.
Jason Schmidt threw seven and two thirds scoreless innings in a Triple-A rehab start last weekend, and is slated to make his debut for the Dodgers sometime in the near future.
After hurting his shoulder swinging a bat on Sunday, Randy Johnson was taken out of the game and is now listed as day-to-day.
Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the Marlins lineup on Sunday after suffering form a tight hip flexor, and is listed as day-to-day.
The Mets hope to have Jose Reyes back after the all-star break, after missing him for over a month with a hamstring tear.
After a second opinion on his knee, Carlos Beltran is now certain that his injury is only a bone bruise and will not require surgery.
Oliver Perez threw a three inning rehab session on July 3, and is slated to return after one or two more rehab starts.
The Padres' ace, Jake Peavy, will now have to wear a boot for about two more weeks to help secure his partially torn ankle tendon.
The Phillies hope to activate Raul Ibanez off of the disabled list sometime this week, after missing the last couple weeks with a strained groin.
Ryan Doumit began his rehab assignment on Sunday after joining Triple-A Indianapolis, and is slated to return to the Pirates lineup sometime after the all-star break.
Yovani Gallardo (MIL): STL (Wainwright), LAD (Kershaw)
C.C. Sabathia (NYY): @MIN (Baker), @LAA (Weaver)
Javier Vazquez (ATL): @CHC (Dempster), @COL (Hammel)
Josh Beckett (BOS): OAK (Braden), KC (Chen)
Matt Cain (SF): FLA (West), SD (Silva)
Josh Johnson (FLA): @SF (Zito), @ARI (Davis)
Kevin Millwood (TEX): @LAA (Weaver), @SEA (Washburn)
Jered Weaver (LAA): TEX (Millwood), NYY (Sabathia)
Ryan Dempster (CHC): ATL (Vazquez), STL (TBD)
Johnny Cueto (CIN): @PHI (Hamels), @NYM (Santana)
James Shields (TB): TOR (Cecil), OAK (Gonzalez)
John Smoltz (BOS): OAK (Gonzalez), KC (Meche)
Jose Contreras (CWS): CLE (Sowers), @MIN (Baker)
Jason Marquis (COL): WAS (Stammen), ATL (Jurrjens)
Clayton Kershaw (LAD): @NYM (Pelfrey), @MIL (Gallardo)
Scott Baker (MIN): NYY (Sabathia), CWS (Contreras)
Adam Wainwright (STL): @MIL (Gallardo), @CHC (Wells)
Kevin Correia (SD): @ARI (Davis), @SF (Zito)
Jair Jurrgens (ATL): @CHC (Wells), @COL (Marquis)
Aaron Harang (CIN): @PHI (Happ), @NYM (Pelfrey)
Cole Hamels (PHI): CIN (Cueto), PIT (Ohlendorf)
Mike Pelfrey (NYM): LAD (Kershaw), CIN (Harang)
Ricky Romero (TOR): @NYY (Pettitte), @BAL (Hill)
Erik Bedard (SEA): BAL (Guthrie), TEX (Padilla)
Andy Pettitte (NYY): TOR (Romero), @LAA (Saunders)
Jarrod Washburn (SEA): BAL (Bergesen), TEX (Millwood)
Brad Bergesen (BAL): @SEA (Washburn), TOR (Cecil)
Mike Hampton (HOU): PIT (Vasquez), WAS (Zimmermann)
Other notable two-start options
Vicente Padilla (TEX), Doug Davis (ARI), Randy Wells (CHC), Jon Garland (ARI), J.A. Happ (PHI), Barry Zito (SF), Armando Galarraga (DET), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Gil Meche (KC), Sean West (FLA), Brett Cecil (TOR), Bruce Chen (KC), Gio Gonzalez (OAK), Walter Silva (SD), Jeremy Sowers (CLE), Craig Stammen (WAS), Virgil Vasquez (PIT).
Good luck to all this week, and check back next week for the weekly rundown!
This article was originally published on www.rotoinfo.com.