Adrian Beltre hits the DL with Jockular Sphincteritis as a grounder clipped one of his testicles.  It’s the best contact he’s made all season.  When reached for comment, Beltre said, “Aw, nuts!”  After being badgered, he yelled, “Stop busting my balls!”  Turns out, Beltre doesn’t wear a protective cup.  He claims it’s uncomfortable.  You know what else is uncomfortable?  A bleeding testicle.  Beltre could be out for the season, but he hasn’t really been much use this year so his owners shouldn’t worry.  On a related note, I wonder if he’ll let his teammates sign his cast.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jonny Gomes – 3 HRs.  Half of me (the Lily Tomlin half) wishes Dusty would start benching Gomes again for no good reason, because I don’t own him anywhere.  – Quote from Grey after he picked up Wladimir Balentien for Thursday’s short schedule day.

Bronson Arroyo – 9 IP, 3 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Arroyo was on my list of pitchers to watch in the 2nd half, and he now has 4 straight solid starts and only one poor start since the All-Star Game.  MLB’s Non-approved supplements + marginal pitchers = fantasy gold.

Jorge Cantu – HR yesterday.  He is so long overdue for a hot streak it’s not even funny.  Man, the hot April guys are the hardest to cut, aren’t they?

Hideki Matsui – 2 HRs yesterday to bring his total to 19.  He just needs about 6 more homers to really confuse people next year when it comes time to draft.  “Hmm… need one more outfielder… Screw it, I’ll grab Matsui.  He’s good for 25 homers.  That’s Jason Kubel-ish!”  Slot Matsui in for two weeks, snooze alarm goes off and drop him.

Jake Peavy – Three shutout innings in his rehab start and two baserunners.  His Sox debut is set for the 28th vs. the Yankees.

Kevin Kouzmanoff – 5-for-5, as he bats .283 away from Petco.  Do you think any Padres hitters have a no trade clause?

Mike Rivera – 2 HRs yesterday.  I saw the homers listed next to M. Rivera and I really thought Mariano hit two homers for the Brewers.  I’d prefer to own Mariano.

Victor Martinez/Ryan Howard – Both stole bases yesterday.  According to Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first time two slow guys stole a base on the same day since Bob Horner and Steve Balboni stole a base in 1985.  Actually, they didn’t say that, but here’s something that was overheard this week at the Elias Sports Bureau compound, “For a record five times this week, Ken, in the mailroom, advised the company to save money by putting the intended address in the return address field and leaving off the postage, so the Post Office ‘returns’ the mail where it’s supposed to go.”

Matt Capps – 2/3 IP, 3 ER.  Kazaam!

Dexter Fowler – 4-for-5 yesterday.  Nice, but it’s not HAGNOF, it’s SAGNOF!

Jason Marquis – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 Ks.  If you started him here, nay, if you own Marquis, you have cojones.  Speaking of Joneses.

Garrett Jones – 0-for-4, 4 Ks.  Me and Mr. Jones, our thing is no longer going on.

Prince Fielder – 2 HRs.  Okay, but Ryan Howard and Victor Martinez stole bases.

Gil Meche – 5 IP, 4 ER, in his return.  He’ll be covered more in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  If you’re a time traveler from the future, don’t spoil it for anyone.

Justin Verlander – 8 IP, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks.  My head is spinning from how many Ks Verlander is racking up?  My head isn’t meant to spin!

Clay Buchholz – 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 Ks.  He has enough major league innings under his belt that I would give him a chance if he were on waivers, but beware the unbalanced schedule.

Ryan Dempster – 7 IP, 6 ER.  I wouldn’t own Dempster.  I said it in the beginning of the year and I haven’t wavered on him once.  (Clever pun point for Grey.)

Shane Victorino – 2-for-5 as he filed charges against the guy who threw beer on him.  I could see if he threw the beer on Josh Hamilton, but c’mon, it’s Wrigley.

Neftali Feliz – Has 13 Ks in 6 innings and only one baserunner (a solo homer to Adam Kennedy).  MR. B’s unite.

Josh Hamilton – 4-for-4, 2 RBIs and 1 Run.  Let’s hope this good day doesn’t send him on a misbehavior spiral.  Hopefully he just gets another tattoo and calls it a day.

  1. inertiatic says:

    As much as it hurts me to let The Robot go, it has to be done. Goodbye, Garret. You will always hold a dear place in my heart for all the good times we had, and all the monster homers you hit for my team. Farewell Mr. Roboto.

    Shit somebody get me a tissue. I’m a mess over here. Breaking up is so hard to do.

  2. anoraxx says:

    5K in 2IP yesterday for Naftali, nice pickup on my part. Grey, do you consider Arroyo more of a sport starter than throw-him-at-anyone kind of guy?

  3. Jay says:

    Feliz or Tim Hudson??

  4. anoraxx says:

    Yeah I am also a proud owner of Garret Jones who along with FraGu makes perfect dynamic duo to be dropped. The problem is who to pick up. I am thinking Arroyo and Carlos Gonzalez (who?), maybe Escobar to see what he can do. I would preferably want some closer but at the moment they´re hard to get.

    Sandoval, Morneau, Cano, Wright, H. Ramirez, Podsednik, A. Jones, Kemp and S.Drew at util


    Chad-B, Wainwright, Jered Weaver, Josh Johnson, Lackey, Hanson, Buchholz, Jenks, Broxton, Qualls and Naftali pitching.

    And Beltran coaching it from the DL spot.

    Seriously, could I pick up any patches for FraGu to make Beltran playing or maybe change Garret for some Wright-o-matic booster?

  5. big o says:

    a bleeding testicle ?
    i can’t imagine .
    to make matters worse , according to yahoo sports , it’s his right testicle .
    since he bats and throws from the right side ,
    i imagine the 15 days on the dl will have a lot of “quiet” time .

    what kind of balls do i have to have , in order to start latos today against pujols and the gang IN st. louis ??

  6. BSA says:

    @big o: You know what is bad with this DL stint is very personal for men and his injury is included with every headline.

    You know someone goes on the DL, they just tell you DL in the hypewrlink and make you go read it.

    Not Beltre’s injury they added the three extra painful and embarrasing words to the hyperlink for the whole world to see.

    Just so the women know what they are getting into.

  7. Antrim Warriors says:

    I would almost say Capps I can drop CApps? He really blows and there must be something wrong with him. Surprised the Pirates have stuck with him for so long.

  8. TYY says:

    I had a buddy in college who slept wrong and his testicles switched sides, i guess he hadda have some minor surgery to get the flip flopped back to their respective sides….. EWWWW

    Anything that has to do with the testicles, IS NOT GOOD…..

  9. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Ok, so I just broke a cardinal rule of fantasy baseball — I forgot that I had a trade offer sitting out there.

    About a week ago (when Hamilton was still grounding out weakly), I offered:

    Brian Roberts and Josh Hamilton for Chad Billingsley and Andre Ethier

    Now, I’m not so upset that the other owner waited till Hamilton had a couple good games under his belt. That happens. But I do feel a little annoyed that he accepted the offer after the news of Billingsley’s hamstring broke.

    Good deal? Bad deal? My own fault? Something to protest as bad juju?

  10. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @BSA: Maybe Beltre can join Kaz, Guillen, and Chris Snyder in a Support Group…

  11. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:


    You could see if the Commish has a sympathetic ear, especially since the other guy did not accept the deal until after Bill was hurt. Perhaps there’s already a precedent set in your league regarding it.

    But for the most part, it’s your own fault for not keeping track.

  12. nmdunkel says:

    “Man, the hot April guys are the hardest to cut, aren’t they?”

    You F-ing said it, man. Damn that Jose Reyes….

    And I’d drop that darn Garrett Jones but we’re like Bob and Walt Tenor now. What am I gonna do? I can’t cut the guy off, might lose my liver…

  13. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @mgeoffriau: Very bad Fantasy Etiquette; I would explain the circumstances to your league managers, and request that the league veto your own trade. One thing nice about ESPN is that it will cancel a trade offer in two days, unless you change the time limitation.

  14. BSA says:

    bad play on the other team’s part
    How long do your trade offers sit on the table?
    I had a package on the table that someone offered me Kazmir/McCutchen/Ross for Hamilton/DeLarosa (pre Ross going down).

    Now if I was drunk enough to accept the offer I would have been pissed because it was bad luck Ross going down after the injury. Kind of like me trading for Hamilton and Percival and they both went down within 24 hours.

    I wouldn’t want them in the league next year.

  15. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): @Paulie Allnuts: Well, compounding my problem is that I’m the league commish — so there’s a conflict of interests involved. If I decide that his accepting the deal after the injury is really dirty pool, I might (as a player) beseech the other owners to veto the trade; but I’m not comfortable using my commish power to cancel it, or even asking for vetoes as the commish.

  16. brett says:

    I guess I’m out of the loop but is there any chance Neftali Feliz gets moved into the rotation this year?

  17. brett says:

    @mgeof: That’s a tough call. Can you put it to a league vote?

  18. BSA says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: Just painful thinking about it.

    @mgeoffriau: I would put out a general message on your board and/or email the teams. If it is a 12 team league than you should ask for votes as to veto or not; require 6 out of 10 votes be emailed to you or posted in the message board, that way the other team cannot vote in support of trade, before veto.
    Then let the cards fall and not invite that other team to participate again.

  19. That Hamilton 4-fer-4 is the sound of my buy-low window slamming shut. Nothing like someone coming home to a trade offer, then clicking on their team and seeing the targeted player suddenly got hot. Dangnammit!

    I also tossed Mr. Jones into the sea. Ah. We all want to be big stars, but we don’t know why and we don’t know how…. I know have Gomes and the Australian. Which sounds like an 80s-era cop show on ABC.

    My team is boring and in 6th place. All my busts have come home to roost. Capps is crapps. Wieters is a wiener. Wright is wrong.

    @mgeoffriau: It’s slightly fish-scented, but unless a guy goes on the DL for something serious, I don’t think you can protest.

  20. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @brett: @BSA: It’s a yahoo league, no “support” votes, just a veto button.

    So, the general consensus is that it’s a bad trade, and should be canceled if at all possible? If I knew that Billingsley would be ok, I like the trade — I don’t need Roberts, Ethier’s a cheaper keeper than Hamilton for next year, and Billingsley would be a legit ace for my staff.

  21. mrbaseball says:

    Erik Bedard was dropped in a 20 team Keeper League
    I been holding on to the number 3 waiver pick all season
    Is it time to use the waiver pick and gamble on Bedard or still hang out and see what will come my way

    Adrian Beltre – 2 balls – 1 strike

    Steve Balboni stole a base in 1985 – that was an important steal for me that week – Mickey Rivers walk around the bases faster than Balboni ran – his nick name was steve bye bye balboni not steve Crazy Legs balboni

  22. BSA says:

    @mgeoffriau: All in all it sucks, you’re getting doinked for two weeks.

    If your league stays together think twice about that manager being invited back.

    Worst case: Veto as Commish and offer everyone the opportunity to protest via email or message board. 6 protests in those areas from the other managers means you put the trade back through.

  23. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @mgeoffriau: i think you just gotta roll with it, unless you have a compelling argument like “news of billingsley’s hammy broke and i was without internet, i went to cancel the trade asap and it had suddenly been accepted before i could get there”.

  24. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @mrbaseball: doubt you get anything from bedard this year, but i guess he could be a cheap keeper source of half a good season next year.

  25. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @BSA: @ThePoonTycoon: I wish you guys would come to a consensus! I think I’m going to shoot an email to my assistant commish — he’s supposed to rule in cases where I might have a conflict of interests — and see what he thinks about it.

  26. PhillyYorker says:

    I’m not buying Hamilton’s resurgence. Unless you are looking for David Wright numbers minus the steals, Josh doesn’t seem to have the value he once had. Apart from 1 HR, he has displayed almost no power in the last few weeks.

    As for the propriety of the trade, it depends on the league. If the league is cutthroat, it’s your fault. If it is a friendly league, at least, you should bring it to the attention of your fellow teams. Even if recission of the trade is not possible, it would at least set a precedent that accepting a trade after an injury is unacceptable. FWIW, my league is fairly cutthroat but I am positive the commish would reject a trade made in this manner. Your negligence, their bad act.

    If Neftali is half as successful as a starter, surprise, surprise, the Rangers might have a killer staff next year.

  27. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @PhillyYorker: i will take all the 2Bs hamilton has been hitting lately though. sure i’d love the HRs, but i’ll take a solid avg, some 2Bs, and the RBIs from here on out. i lead my league in HRs anyway.

  28. BSA says:

    @PhillyYorker: same boat as poontycoon, I lead in RBIs and HRs, so the average he is providing with the occassional dinger only makes my team better.

  29. bobbo says:

    @mgeoffriau: Hate to say it but I don’t think you can look to this forum for a consensus on this one. Yeah it sucks that he made a shady acceptance after the news broke, and it’s probably borderline ‘unethical’ but I would seriously doubt that if you had an offer out there for you and negative news came out you wouldn’t be the first to hit “accept” as well. I’d probably put it to a league vote, but the real issue is that you left the trade out there for that long. You can’t really blame a guy for capitalizing on your mistake.

  30. Dingo says:

    Hilarious wrap today. What do Dexter Fowler and Prince Fielder have in common? They both never fail to disappoint dear old Grey with their lack of stealing. He doesn’t ask for much!!

    I’m ready to drop Robot Jones for a MI supplement. Any word on Orlando Hudson’s day-to-day-ness? Is he ready to get back into the prime 6/7 spot in the Dodgers’ lineup?

  31. Dingo says:

    @mgeoffriau: I hate to say it, but I think there’s a statute of limitations on post-injury-news trades. If the guy hit the accept button immediately after the news broke, then I’d say you have a good case for requesting a veto of the trade. But if, as it sounds like, you forgot you had the trade out there and it was just accepted today or yesterday, then I think you have to live with your mistake.

    I’d say that a post-injury trade veto is based on the assumption that any attentive owner would immediately cancel a trade offer for an injured player. If the trade partner does something sneaky like accepting the offer at 3:00 A.M. after getting a news break, then I’d argue for a veto. But if the trade partner waited for a day or two before accepting the trade, then you’d have to have a pretty good reason for not having access to the internet (getting married, going camping, getting kidnapped by drug gangs in Mexico) in order to have a case for a veto.

  32. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Yeah, I guess if it had been a clear cut situation (ie, horrific injury requiring an immediate DL trip, trade accepted immediately after news broke), I’d be more upset. As it happened (injury news somewhat unclear and gradually getting worse, trade accepted a day later), I’m just going to suck it up and keep my mouth shut. I’m keeping my fingers crossed Billingsley is ok.

    This however, leads to another question. This is a keeper league. 5 keepers, and you must keep at least 2 hitters and 2 pitchers. Keepers cost the average between last year’s actual draft position, and next year’s Yahoo ADP.

    I was planning on keeping 3 hitters and 2 pitchers (ie, minimizing risk). My 2 pitchers would be Scherzer and Kershaw, both drafted relatively low this year, so would be nice low cost high upside keepers for next year.

    Now with Billingsley (drafted in round 5 this year), I’m wondering if I should bump either Scherzer or Kershaw out of my keepers, or maybe keep all 3 and only 2 hitters. Locking up those 3 pitchers for next year would go a long way to a great high-strikeout pitching staff.

  33. Razzin says:

    True or false from ESPN?
    “Since allowing six runs in consecutive starts, Andy Pettitte has been lights out, with one run or fewer allowed in four of his next five starts. Since July 11, he’s lowered his ERA from 4.85 to 4.14, with a significant increase in strikeout rate; he’s fanned 33 batters in his past 33 2/3 innings. He has been the victim of poor run support, with just one win during this stretch, but odds are that will change since he is backed by the game’s best offense. Pettitte should feast on the Mariners.”
    To Pettitte or not pet it….

  34. Lava says:

    Speaking of Arroyo, would you want him over Sanchez, DLR, or Hochevar in a weekly league, or, as anoraxx asked, do you see him more as a spot starter?

  35. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Dingo: i agree here. if the other guy was watching the dodgers game and billingsley goes down and he immediately races to accept said offer, then i think you got a case, but if it was something you left on the table a few days and knew that there was some kind of injury risk out there, then you kinda took the risk.

  36. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Lava: if he’s pitching at petco or metco maybe, otherwise i’d probably want the other guys. especially dlr who has been a staple in both my rotations the last month.

  37. Razzin says:

    @mgeoffriau: Conflict of interest indeed. But if you didn’t have Commish status you’d request a veto. I’d post/email the situation to all managers, not asking for a veto, only explaining the situation and timeline and let the masses decide your fate. While it’s true you were responsible in forgetting it was out there, the deal isn’t completely fair.

  38. For the bulk of us prepared to release with gratitude The Robot, and for some of us who through clenched teeth must sympathetically send Beltre off with an icepack [ I defy anyone to read the far too descriptive (you’re right BSA) account of his DL stint without grinding the upper & lowers ], maybe a few ranked replacement picks would be helpful (“Buy” portion of Buy/Sell this afternoon?). Understanding that it depends on need, does anyone stand out for a decent stretch run from vets like Burrell, Hafner, Guillen, Nickie J., or take a flier on some youth like Coughlan, Oeltjen, Venebal, Dukes, Span, or am I missing someone? Thanks Robot & Good Luck with the nut Adrian.

  39. Lava says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Kind of what I was thinking. DLR probably shouldn’t have been included, as he has been a pretty solid rock.

    Thanks for the advice!

  40. jamiesonmj says:

    would you start Latos today @Stl (vs wainwright)? Shields @TB (vs halladay)?

  41. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @jamiesonmj: im wanting that answer alo,he has been great but the cards seem to bust young pitchers

  42. Add a probable DL stint for Nelson Cruz as another reason to scour the waiver wire…HATE when they delay these decisions with no regard for our Fantasy lineups! Might Jake Fox also be a decent option despite Aramis’ return tonight?

  43. Grey

    Grey says:

    @inertiatic: Ha!

    @anoraxx: I guess, no idea who the other guys are.

    @Jay: Feliz for a week or two until Hudson, then Hudson.

    @big o: I wouldn’t start him.

    @Antrim Warriors: Not sure if that’s a question for me.

    @TYY: Could’ve done without ever hearing that.

    @nmdunkel: Ha!

    @brett: Doubtful on Feliz.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: The show sounds sad, but amusing.

    @Dingo: Ha, yeah, guess that’s true. Hudson should be back any day now.

    @Razzin: I wouldn’t touch him.

    @Lava: Over Hochevar.

    @zombie: Grab Venable for now. You need to just ride the hot player from here to the end.

    @jamiesonmj: I’d start Shields.

    @zombie: Nope on Fox, if Aramis returns.

  44. Lava says:

    With Beltran and now Cruz down, my outfield is in poor shape. Werth and Kemp have been decent, if inconsistent in power numbers, which has been killer in a h2h league.

    Now that Robot Jones is droppable, my power is pretty much going with him.

  45. a winner is you says:

    I give Cody Ross, I get Jim Johnson. What side do you like? Just gave up Edwin Jackson for Kendry Morales, so I added a good bit of power.

  46. airlifting says:

    [email protected]a winner is you: johnson has what, two or three saves since being the closer? i guess that doesn’t really matter, and if you have the OF strength to trade ross, it’s not a bad deal. orioles are a bad team with a tough schedule, though. might not been many opportunities for johnson throughout.

  47. a winner is you says:

    Current outfield in a deep 12 team mixed league is Carlos Lee, Kendry Morales, Carl Crawford, Brad Hawpe and Ross. I could substitute either Rajai Davis or Ben Zobrist for Ross.

  48. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: you starting latos vs cardinals

  49. Dingo says:

    Rajai Davis has been a SB machine lately, but I’ve got Holliday/Granderson/Vlad in the outfield and Berkman/Votto/Fielder in my UTIL/1B slots. Who’s the best candidate to sit back and let the Raj do his thing? I’m thinking Granderson, since he’s facing Greinke today.

  50. Curly Day says:

    Is A-Ram coming back to form? I have him, Votto, Huff, and R Howard to fill up 3 CI spots (no util). So I’m negotiating to trade Howard for Crawford – should I do it – obviously need Huff and A-Ram to make up for the lack of production. Or I can stick to Raja Davis for speed.

  51. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Curly Day: I wouldn’t trust A-Ram to stay healthy. Go with Davis.

  52. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Oh man….just wanted to update for anyone who was helping me earlier.

    I decided to go passive-aggressive with my response….I updated my “smack talk” to read, “Billingsley’s hamstring is the final piece of my championship puzzle.”

    The owner who accepted the trade just updated his to read, “Honestly I didn’t know anything about a hammy.”

  53. @Grey: Just got offered Soriano for my Frank-Frank.

    Soriano looks old this year, but I need a power-hitting OF. I have 5 closers (FF, Crapps, Nunez, Frasor, Jim Johnson) but there’s also many points to be made up in saves.

    I’m in 6th and my only real shot is to sneak into the top 4, i.e. the money.

    Do this trade? Does anyone think Sori’s got a hot month in him?

  54. BSA says:

    ****Alex Gonzalez****
    Red Sox just picked him back up. From a fantasy position not news but MLB move nonetheless and may effect those of you still holding onto Lowrie. Anyone, Buehler, Buehler?

  55. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: Thanks for the heads up!

  56. Corey says:

    who would you rather have for the rest of the year – ARod or Ryan Howard? And how much of a difference do you think there will be – ARod is cheaper for me to get – either one will just be playing Util for me for the playoff push and not on the team next year.

  57. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Corey: They’re close. Grab A-Rod if he’s cheaper.

  58. @Grey: strasburg worth a flier in case he signs monday?

  59. a winner is you says:

    How ’bout I trade Zobrist and Hawpe for Holliday? Silly or worth a shot?

  60. sucklingduck says:

    I put Shields on the trading block and someone offered Jermaine Dye. I yawned. But I’m sick of Shields and could uses some power. But I’d rather watch the new Ashton Kutcher movie than track Dye and his boring stats. Hold out for someone better or pull the trigger?

  61. Schatzi says:

    Think I could get this trade done?I give Howard/J.Upton/S.Drew for Victorano/H.Ramirez/Peavy

  62. Probable Party Starter says:

    Yeah mutha. I got those Howard and V-Mart SB’s. SAGNOF!!!! Then promptly traded V-Mart. Sell high!

  63. Dingo says:

    Anybody know what’s up with Doumit? Second day off in a row, and Yahoo’s not offering any explanation.

  64. Grey

    Grey says:

    @sucklingduck: Dye’s been terrible, but he could surge and get some power for you. It’s a fair trade either way.

    @Schatzi: Sure

    @Dingo: Not sure

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  65. a winner is you says:

    “According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ryan Doumit was held out of Friday’s lineup with mild tightness in his right wrist.”

    -from Rotoworld update

  66. mrbaseball says:

    Erik Bedard was dropped in a 20 team Keeper League
    I been holding on to the number 3 waiver pick all season
    Is it time to use the waiver pick and gamble on Bedard or still hang out and see what will come my way do you think ther is any future in owning Bedard

  67. Morat says:

    Any insight on who’s the closer for Florida? Fredi says he’s gonna ease Lick-Butt Lindstrom back into the role but Nunez keeps getting the call two weeks after Lindstrom’s return. I’m wasting roster spots on these two ding-dongs. Jim Johnson is available…

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