Roto Riteup: April 17, 2013

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On today’s agenda, a bevy of injury related transactions:
1. Brett Lawrie back to the bigs
2. Aaron Hill hurts himself
3. Michael Bourn lands on DL

Brett Lawrie back to the bigs
After missing the first couple of weeks due to an injury afflicting his rib cage, the Canadian slugger returned to the Blue Jays’ lineup yesterday. Lawrie hit 11 homers last season, and while most rightfully considered it a disappointing campaign, the right-hander is still just 23 years old and overflowing with promise.

With Jose Reyes on the DL, Toronto has been toying with the idea of using Lawrie at the keystone instead of the hot corner. Having Lawrie at second would allow Jose Bautista to shift back to third base, and would result in either in increased usage of Rajai Davis, or the recall of Anthony Gose. The Blue Jays did not utilize this lineup on Lawrie’s first day back, but regaining 2B eligibility would be huge for Lawrie’s owners, both current and prospective.

Aaron Hill hurts himself
Hill broke his hand when he was plunked over a week ago, but he has been playing through the injury over the past couple of days. Hill started the season on a high note, but now he’s going to have to wait at least a month to pick up where he left off. While he’s out drinking and enjoying the Arizona sunshine, prospect Didi Gregorius will step in and make his Diamondbacks debut.

Gregorius came to the D’backs in the Trevor Bauer deal during the offseason, and while the left-handed hitting shortstop is known more for his work with the glove, there are some who don’t mind what he does with the bat, either. Gregorius’ best chance to be a quality fantasy option will come from his batting average, because he won’t be hitting many homers or swiping many bags. If you need a SS or MI option in NL-only leagues, odds are Gregorius is already spoken for, but be sure to check the wire.

Michael Bourn lands on DL
The Cleveland speedster has been forced to the sidelines due to cut on his finger. Bourn acquired the boo-boo when his hand was stomped on while sliding into first base, and the injury ended up requiring a handful of stitches. Bourn may not have been walking much in the first couple of weeks, but he has already treated owners to a couple homers without the aid of any disturbing patterns. While Bourn is on the DL, we’re likely to see more of both Ryan Raburn and Mike Aviles, neither of whom is any great shakes for fantasy players. Bourn should be back as soon as his 15 days are up




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15 Responses to “Roto Riteup: April 17, 2013”

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  1. Max Powers says:

    Pretty epic typo on how Joey Bats is getting back to third.

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  2. Tony Starks says:

    Sounds like he shifted himself over the wknd and now has been forced to sit out a few games to clean his act up

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  3. Wally says:

    Get the the plunger, Bautista plugged up the hole in Toronto’s infield again.

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  4. Zach G says:

    The part about Joey Bats going back to 3rd was crap.

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  5. Zach Sanders says:

    You guys never do disappoint.

    Almost left it in there for the West Coast crowd to enjoy, but thought better of it.

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  6. AWG says:

    Bourn actually injured his finger sliding headfirst into _first_ base. As if players need another reason not to do something that’s been proven not to work.

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  7. KMen says:

    Can we do topic requests here? Is there some kind of forum where we can request things?
    Obviously I’d like to hear something about Haren after last night. But also some things maybe other people haven’t picked up on:
    1) Mat Latos has decreased velocity from 93 to 91mph over first 3 starts. Apparently velocity is pretty much stabilized after 3 starts, so that’s a significant drop. However, his SwStr% is just as good as always, and he’s definitely still getting the results (off to best start in his career). What do we make off all of this?

    2) Carlos Beltran is off to a slow start, and playing through a toe injury. However, his plate discipline so far seems to actually be pretty good (people were worried about his bad plate discipline in the 2nd half of last year). His O-Swing% is a bit high, and he seems to be making more contact on pitches out of the zone rather than in. However, he is sporting about a 35% LD%, good for top 5 in all of baseball (or so), and therefore although his BABIP is low right now, I did a quick calculation of his xBABIP and it sits around .370 or so right now. It’s still all a small sample for now, but do you think he’s just making weak contact on pitches out of the zone, or is he actually making good contact and getting bad luck, or is his toe injury playing a role here?

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  8. beavis says:

    As a Reds fan, I know to temper expectations for Didi, but as an Aaron Hill owner do I pick him up? Slide Zobrist to 2nd and put Hardy in at SS? Leave Zobrist at short and start Gyorko?

    Man, I must have drafted the All-Glass All-Stars….

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    • Dancing Homer says:

      At least you have what seem to be reasonable options. I had to go and pick up Jordany Valdespin. It was a choice between him and Mark Ellis. Sigh.

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      • Cecil Cooper's Love Child says:

        I had to choose between Mark Ellis and Omar Infante. Ugh!

        75% of my starting IF is now on the DL…Hill, ARam and Reyes. Infante, Plouffe and Andrelton Simmons are the replacements.

        I should probably just donate my $60 and move on, but I’m not that bright. I’ll keep making roster moves ($1/move in my league) until I am up to $100 for the year and miss the playoffs by 1 win.

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