Guess what day it is, Roto Riteup readers?! It’s the day after Earth Day, when I take a giant bag of paper and shove it into the garbage can to offset all the good everyone did yesterday because I don’t like change.
Gordon Beckham on the mend
Beckham has missed the entirety of the 2014 season to date, but he’s ready to be activated from the DL this weekend. In his absence, Marcus Semien has hit a paltry .225, so odds are he’ll be the casualty and be forced back to the minors for another go-around in Triple-A. Some may call for Conor Gillaspie to be out of a job so that Semien can continue to develop, but after some serviceable play last year and a .302 average in 2014, I can’t see Robin Ventura making that call.
2013 was Beckham’s best year since he broke into the league in 2009, and since he’s only in his age-27 season, there’s still a tiny glimmer of hope that he’ll become an average hitter this season.
Hishashi Iwakuma’s almost ready
Kuma will start his rehab assignment over the weekend despite developing a blister on his right middle finger. Kuma has had these blisters in the past as a result of throwing sexy splitters, and he’s not even remotely concerned that this incarnation will bother him. Throwing the other day, Iwakuma’s fastball was sitting at its normal 89-90, so after building up some stamina, the right-hander will be back in the Mariners rotation at the beginning of May.
Another SP likely lost to TJ
Brewers “prospect” Johnny Hellweg has been diagnosed with a torn UCL, and once he gets the word from Dr. James Andrews, he’ll head someone cold for Tommy John surgery. Hellweg isn’t much of a prospect anymore, and he got absolutely rocked in the majors last season, but it’s still never fun to lose a young guy to a serious injury.
Manny Machado to begin rehab assignment
The phenomenal third baseman will start at High-A on Friday in his path back from a super serious knee injury. He’ll then head on up to Triple-A when the weekend is over, then slide back down to Double-A to stay closer to home base in Baltimore. Like Iwakuma, Machado should be back in early May, and hopefully he’ll be in semi-top form.
The Fresh Five
SP: Jarred Cosart, $6,800
I don’t like Cosart, but I don’t like the Mariners offense stuck in Safeco, either.
SP: Wade Miley, $8,400
I like Miley outside of Arizona.
2B: Jose Altuve, $4,200
OF: George Springer: $3,400
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