Justin Morneau Hitting the Minnesota Twins' DL: Now What?
Justin Morneau is next in a long line of DL members; he is about to be added on Friday with a concussion he sustained nearly a week ago.
Morneau said he “still felt woozy” after the initial knock on the noggin according to Joe Christensen on Twitter.
And so Michael Cuddyer will fill in. So far this year, Cuddyer has done an admirable job in the Twins' lineup, batting .334/.432/.766 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 322 at-bats. He walks almost as much as he strikes out (49/33 K/BB ratio), but Cuddyer might not be easy to get your hands on, so let’s see what’s out there.
One option out of Minnesota is DH Jim Thome, who is hitting .255/.377/.522 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI.
While Thome has an average five percent ownership in most leagues, he could provide some support for your team if you own Morneau, since the waiver wire is getting very thin and the Twins will inevitably give the big bat a little more playing time.
Jason Kubel is another intriguing option who has an average ownership in Yahoo! leagues of 53 percent.
Kubel is hitting .264/.345/.442 with 11 HR and 49 RBI in 276 AB. In 2009, Kubel found himself in a similar situation before earning more time and finished with a batting line of .300/.369/.539 with 28 HR and 103 RBI.
After the initial series against the red hot White Sox, the Twins face the Indians, Orioles, Royals, and Mariners before August hits. Those are all prime hitter-friendly situations for anyone to take advantage of.
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