Alex Gordon revealed yesterday that he would require hip surgery and would miss a few months. Willie Bloomquist owners rejoice! Obviously this isn’t great news for Gordon. That’s 99 red balloons for your fearless leader, Grey. I loved me some Alex Gordon. Though, as fate would have it, I didn’t actually get him on any team. Not by design. I luckily backed up into that one. You can DL him, but I’d cut bait if you have anyone else in the DL slot. Gordon’s not coming back for a while and even when he was around, he was tentative at best. It’s going to be real hard for me to sell anyone on drafting him next year. But I will try! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
LaTroy Hawkins – Notched a save as Jose Valverde was held out of the game because of a sore back. The Astros are making it sound like Valverde’s back isn’t much of an issue. Yeah, and the Orioles wanted Wieters to work on his D. And the Mariners brought Griffey back so they can win games not as a PR stunt. And the Rockies were happy with the value they received for Holliday. These clubs lie through their teeth. Valverde may be fine and Hawkins is a cuddle boy, but all that means nothing if Hawkins is getting the saves. If you have room, own him.
Alex Rodriguez – Took BP and hit the ball out of the park a few times. Afterwards he said he hadn’t felt that good since his cousin was sticking him in the ass with steriods.
Cliff Lee – 6 IP, 1 ER. Had a lot of baserunners to only give up one run. Am I always glass is half empty with Lee? Yes, yes I am.
Kosuke Fukudome – 3rd homer. Looks like a pattern is emerging. Someone likes to hit in the beginning of the year. Last year, Fukudome hit the ball well through June. So far, so same.
Ryan Franklin – Another save. I think he gets 20-25 saves this year as LaRussa occasionally works in other guys.
Sean Marshall – 5 IP, 3 ER and 4 Ks. Pretty much exactly what I would hope for from Marshall. He was in line for the Win when he left, but Aaron Heilman, obviously still upset about losing the 5th starter job to him, took care of that.
Kenji Johjima – Joe Geema to the DL. Keep an eye out if the Mariners are going to call up Jeff Clement, though Rob Johnson looks like he might take the majority of the PT. Johnson is actually more intriguing than Joe Geema. (<–not really a compliment)
Yunel Escobar – Out for a few days with a strained ab. Chipper says the left side of the bench is really comfy.
Vladimir Guerrero – In my daily roundups, I usually don’t mention guys that are owned everywhere unless there’s some kind of value change. So was it weird it was just two days ago that I decided to mention Vladdy for just randomly going 0-for-4? Or prescient? You make the call! All I know is the other day I saw a guy that looked really old and broken down. It was revealed he has a strained pectoral muscle. Glass half full? He’s not really as bad as he’s looked so far this year; he’s injured and will return healthy pounding the ball. But I think the glass is half empty. Even if he’s healthy, he’s old and getting older by the day. Unlike Benjamin Button.
John Danks – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 Ks. Mentioned in the preseason he’s one of the few AL starters I’m targeting. I kinda wish I would’ve highlighted him more. *SPOILER ALERT* He’ll be in the Buy/Sell coming later today. Stay tuned…
Barry Zito – 5 IP, 6 ER. At least one thing is constant. The greatest trick Billy Beane ever pulled was convincing the world Zito was good.
Emmanuel Burriss – 3-for-5 with a steal. If Webster gets hot, he can swipe 7 bags in a week. Might be the Nuevofacio.
Chase Headley – 4-for-4, 3 RBIs. I’d add him for this weekend in Philly.
Joe Saunders – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners. Great mysteries of the world… The origins of Stonehenge? Did CT and Shauvon have sex? And how is no one hitting Saunders? At some point, this ace in wolf’s clothes is going to rub its butt on your Domino’s pizza.