Fantasy Buzz Update: Votto's knee is a mess
Update 7PM EST: Votto's MRI showed a quad strain and he's out Friday, but the Reds would not provide a timetable beyond tonight (Kevin Goheen - FS Ohio).
As if there weren’t enough fantasy baseball assets on the disabled list, one of the most consistent bats in the game is about to hit the shelf. Ken Rosenthal reported Friday that Joey Votto’s surgically repaired knee (2012) is giving him fits, he’s having a MRI, did not travel with the Reds, and will land on the DL soon. Granted, Votto’s .257 batting average and subpar rotisserie statistics leave owners frustrated, but most waiver wires offer few first base rental replacements:
Top Joey Votto Fantasy Replacements
Garrett Jones – available in 95 percent of leagues
If you can eat his Mendoza-esque batting average, Jones’ power stats within an improved Marlins’ offense could be worthy of the waiver wire claim. Remember, as of right now, this move isn’t forever.
Jon Singleton (MLP, for now)
For those ready to gamble on a replacement for Votto should look to the Astros’ minor league system. Singleton is on the verge of a call-up as Houston’s offense could use another spark alongside George Springer (who is starting to hit). Singleton is hitting .294 with a OBP above .400 with 12 homers, 30 runs and 34 RBI in 39 games.
Speaking of the minors, Indians’ Salazar demoted to Triple-A
It took Cleveland's Danny Salazar 98 pitches to get through four innings against the Blue Jays on May 15. Ouch. His eighth start of the season was a microcosm of a tragic flaw in the young flamethrower’s game. For as great as he was last September, Salazar posted a 5.56 ERA in 40-plus innings of work.
So, the question becomes is Trevor Bauer about to join the big league squad again? Well, the Tribe called up 2013 MLB amateur draft pick Kyle Crockett from Double-A Akron. Crockett has only worked out of the bullpen this season for the Rubberducks. Despite a hot start for the Columbus Clippers, Bauer got rocked for six earned runs in his last outing. He had only surrendered five earned runs in his previous six starts. Bauer is 4-1 with a 2.15 ERA and 8.61 K/9 rate. I'd say Bauer is worth a wavier wire claim as a SP4 with upside.
Update: Bauer will start this Tuesday vs. Tigers