MLB Quick Hits: Mets’ Wright added to DL
Mets 3B David Wright left Tuesday’s game shortly after pulling his right hamstring while stealing a base in the eighth inning. Wright will have an MRI today, but the team’s website and both NYC tabloids report that a DL stint sounds likely.
Wright’s real-life replacement would be Eric Campbell, and those of you in NL-only leagues can consider him despite a lack of power. If you’re in a shallower format, look toward Yankees Chase Headley (owned in 36.4 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) and Alex Rodriguez (31.4 percent owned), or Detroit’s underrated Nick Castellanos (6.9 percent owned). The ZiPS projection system at FanGraphs pegs Castellanos for a .272 BA with 17 home runs this season.
In other news …
Indians SP Carlos Carrasco faced just two batters on Tuesday, because the second one (Melky Cabrera) hit him in the face with a line drive. Carrasco’s X-rays showed only a bruise, and his status is TBD.
Adam Ottavino got Tuesday’s save for the Rockies, and has been named as the team’s new closer. Ottavino is owned in just 3.5 percent of FOXSports.com leagues, so hurry if you want to grab him.
Buster Posey (sore neck) got Tuesday off, but is expected to play first base tonight.
Ryan Fowler took a look at the fantasy impact of Alex Rios’ hand injury. Run, Jarrod Dyson, run!
The Indians seem to think that OF Michael Brantley (back) will return to the lineup on Friday. Today is possible, but manager Terry Francona said that Brantley would need to be "perfect" for that to happen.
Today’s White Sox-Indians game is at 12:10 p.m. ET, as is Marlins-Braves. Set your lineups early.
Kevin Jepsen got Tuesday’s save for the Rays. There doesn’t seem to be a reason why Brad Boxberger got the night off from closing, but let’s assume that’s what it was since nobody has said anything about a committee or job change.
Marlins OF Christian Yelich was scratched Tuesday due to back tightness, and is considered day-to-day.
Shane Greene had another terrific start on Tuesday, and is owned in 55.6 percent of FOXSports.com leagues. If you want him, the window is closing.
Billy Hamilton stole his eighth base in his seventh game of the season on Tuesday. Remember last year, when we thought he might steal 80-100 bases? Hmm …
Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts is day-to-day after missing Tuesday’s game with a knee injury. 3B Pablo Sandoval, who left that game after getting hit in the foot by a pitch, has a similar timetable. These guys might play this afternoon, but make sure you see their names on the lineup card before starting them.
Denard Span (core muscle surgery) started a rehab assignment on Tuesday, and estimates that he’ll need three weeks of games before joining the Nationals’ lineup.
Mets RP Bobby Parnell (Tommy John surgery) allowed two hits and whiffed a batter in his initial rehab appearance on Tuesday. If all goes well in Parnell’s rehab, he could be closing games for the Mets within a month. Jenrry Mejia’s suspension helped clear a path for Parnell, but the team has been pretty clear about wanting Parnell to reclaim the job.
The Angels’ website reports that OF Kole Calhoun (calf) is expected to be "out until at least Friday." Teammate Garrett Richards tossed five-plus innings in a Tuesday rehab start, and appears ready to join the Angels’ rotation on Sunday or Monday.
Who suggested streaming Justin Masterson last night? Me? Dammit – that was awful. Two options look solid today: Jon Niese (4.5 percent owned) against the terrible Phillies, and Wade Miley (7.9 percent owned) versus the Nationals. Miley should be owned in more leagues – he’s pretty good.
DFS players: If you’re into lineup stacking and plan to play the afternoon slate, using some Angels against Rangers SP Anthony Ranaudo seems like a good idea. Mike Trout ($6,300 on DraftKings) would be a high-priced option, while Matt Joyce ($4,200) is more middle-of-the-road. If you like BvP stats, Reds OF Jay Bruce ($4,900) has three homers in 21 career at bats against Cubs SP Travis Wood.
See you back here tomorrow morning.