A few innings before Felix Hernandez was spiked pretty bad by Ricky from My So Called Life, he hit a grand slam off Johan Santana. (Grey, insert profound comment on how you can be on top of the world one moment and the next moment you’re limping off the field. Also lookup “profound” so you know what it means. –Rudy) The spiking looked like he also hurt his ankle, twisting it. I’d be very surprised if Hernandez avoids the DL. When Felix tried to take a warm up pitch after the incident, he nearly collapsed, then was helped off the field. Tough break for Felix Hernandez and his owners. I’d hope for only a 15-DL stint, I’d expect more. Also, prior to complaining, just think of the Mariners fans who now have no reason to watch any game. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Brandon Morrow – Will supposedly be available tomorrow. Yesterday Arthur Rhodes got the save. Don’t run out and sign Rhodes. Tomorrow’s Morrow. I love ya…nah, he isn’t worth quoting Annie.

Jeff Clement – (Another Mariners blurp! This is the biggest day in Seattle news since Stephen slapped Irene.) Stayed in really well against Johan. Not an easy task for a lefty. Almost had a double down the 1st base line, but he was robbed by Carlos Delgado.

J.J. Putz – (4 Mariners items! Can you tell it was a slow day in fantasy baseball?) It was announced that Putz would be back sometime in late July. Prediction, he’ll return to pitch poorly then he’ll complain of soreness and the Mariners, hoping he can come back in ’09, will DL him for the remainder of the year.

Jo-Jo Reyes – Bobby Cox gave Jo-Jo a quick hook in the 3rd inning, perhaps suffering from bad flashbacks of Horacio Ramirez or the Alamo. As I mentioned yesterday about fifth starters, sometimes you gotta take some lumps. Also, Prince Fielder nearly went deep, which, obviously, would’ve made this much worse.

Ben Sheets – Threw his third complete game of the season. It’s as if the Brewers think that he’s predestined to be hurt by a certain date so they want to get everything they can get out of him before it happens. “Ben Sheets has only 6 more weeks to pitch.  Let’s make it count!”

Mike Cameron – I just traded him away, so of course he hit a home run yesterday.

Adam Dunn – Call it a hunch, but never underestimate the will of a player going against the team that traded him or, in this case, a GM who crapped all over him on local radio. Dunn’s about to go country crazy!

Eric Byrnes – Prior to the Red Sox game, the Diamondbacks activated Eric Byrnes from the DL.  This entailed letting him out of his body splint and dog cone that prevented Byrnes from reinjuring himself.  After 30 minutes of stop-and-start sprints and pats on the heads from teammates, he was ready to go.

Dan Haren – Meet the best pitcher (at least so far) for the Diamondbacks.  3 base runners in 7 IP now moves his ERA below 3.00 and his WHIP below 1.00.  We’ll see if Webb regains his throne by overcoming the dead arm and having his typically strong 2nd half or if Haren just has his normal subpar 2nd half.

Emmanuel Burriss – With Omar Vizquel hitting .171, there are reports out of the Bay Area that Burriss might take the starting job.  Mr. and Mrs. Poppadopolous are going to be so proud. Burriss is really fast so maybe he could deliver what Eugenio Velez promised this spring. Or not. You make the call!

  1. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    Young Mr. Clement* showing his stuff, and Dunn about to put the “yard” in “Ricciardi.”

    Oh, I see a good week ahead for my RCL Indifferent Fielders.

    *Suggested nickname: Jeff “In”Clement “Weather.” You know, ’cause it’s Seattle.

  2. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: What do you mean ‘fix’?

    Okay, I admit my staff isn’t the most intimidating in the league, but if a few things break my way, I think the law firm of Cain, Lilly, Joba, and Garza can keep me top-third-of-the-pack competitive. Again, I’m following the players-who’ve-underperformed-so-there’s-nowhere-to-go-but-up philosophy. First time through the rotation they’ve all been better than adequate. They sure do K a lot of folks, at least.

    As for Ollie Perez, the jury’s out, though I fear the jury will come back and return a verdict of “Sucky.”

    @YYZ: Nice call on Dante Gonzo. You’re from Toronto, no? T-DOT REPRESENT.

  3. what do you think braun and duchsherer for beltran and beltre?

  4. jph says:

    Real World: Seattle was gold…who has Lyme’s disease anyway. Funny thing is, Irene was spot-on when she said she thought Stephen was gay. If only Greg bitch slapped Brianna…

  5. Frank Rizzo says:

    @danimal35: Bad deal if you’re giving up Braun/Duscherer IMO unless you need a 3b bad.

  6. KarlJ says:

    “Emmanuel Burriss – With Omar Vizquel hitting .171, there are reports out of the Bay Area that Burriss might take the starting job. Mr. and Mrs. Poppadopolous are going to be so proud”

    Haha- It’s your fault that I just pictured Burriss sitting on Bochy’s lap with the Webster theme song ” Then Came You” blaring in the backround

  7. Celebration Steve says:

    Wow, great site guys…

    I’ve been offered this trade. I’m on one of these sides.

    Ellsbury, Theriot and Derrek Lee for A-Rod.

    Who Wins? Who should click “accept?”


  8. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @danimal35: In Yahoo Braun qualifies at 3rd anyway.

    I agree with Rizzo. If you’re giving up Braun/Dook, that’s not a favorable deal for you. If it’s the other way round, then sure.

  9. Frank Rizzo says:

    Is it time to go after Big Papi yet? I’ve currently got an offer into the owner giving him Abreu straight up for Ortiz.

    Abreu’s slumping hard, I’ve got McLouth and Victorino, and guys like Hawpe and Hermida are actually still on our wire. I’m seriously thinking about picking up Hermida right now.

    Also, how long do I waste a DL spot on Wainwright? I’ve heard nothing about him other than he’s out indefinitely.

  10. scott says:

    @YYZ — that shizz is funny;
    @ Baron — just don’t start Garza on the road. Is it me or are there way too many pitchers that have crazy home/road splits — Wolf, Maddux, Garza, Parra, McGowan, Contreras, Wandy. It actually might be a good subject for a post Mr. Grey. It’s not easy trying to manage a staff full of 1/2 pitchers.

  11. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I like the nickname, but since he’s from Marshalltown, Iowa, couldn’t it take on more of an Iowa feel? Something like Floody or Sir Sandbags or something?

  12. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Frank Rizzo: I would be very wary of speculating on Big Papi. Wrist injuries are a bitch to power hitters, especially ones that have been “healed” through “rest.” There’s always a chance he comes back, doesn’t feel right for a week, then goes back on the DL. Or opts for surgery. Or struggles through six weeks of bupkus.

    A guy in my league last year needed HRs, so he traded Ichiro for Manny in early August. Then Manny’s nagging non-injuries kept him out of the lineup basically until the playoffs. Unless the Sox are in a heated race, they’ll likely treat Papi with similar kid gloves. This is a “wait and see” situation, and I think we’re still in the “wait” period.

    @IowaCubs: Too soon! Too soon!

    Then again, this is the site making Sydney Pollack jokes the day BEFORE he died. Now that’s too soon.

  13. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Jokes about people losing their homes and farms and stuff through flooding are okay because we have FEMA to the rescue. FEMA’s like the Jay Bruce of natural disasters.

    I placed a speculative Papi trade offer to a guy for Torres and Bruce. I’m not really giving up anything here since Torres was a waiver wire pickup, and I’m okay in closers otherwise, and Bruce is on my bench. So I make a low risk move for him and keep him in the DL slot until, or if, he comes back. The worst I could do is wait until he comes off the DL, at which time I could package him for a better closer or above average SP.

    I’m not a huge risk taker normally, but this is David Ortiz we’re talking about here. I like the idea of moving for him now before he either gains or loses value… I’d say that this is probably the lowest his value has been in years, and waiting around will only make his price go up. If someone offers him to you for pennies on the dollar, you have to buy, buy, buy!

  14. Grey

    Grey says:

    @YYZ: Wow. That’s wonderful. Now I wanna see Adrian Gonzalez and Khalil argue about Star Wars.

    @jph: The thing is Stephen probably told all the castmates that he was gay but said he didn’t want to come out on national TV. So Irene outed him and he slapped her then threw her teddy bear into the lake. One of the best episodes ever. Not sure if you’re currently watching the new season but it’s up there for most bizarre. One of the castmates is actually dating a castmate from another season.

    @KarlJ: Ha

    @Celebration Steve: Kinda depends who Theriot and Lee is replacing and how bad they need Ellsbury’s steals. So it’s fair on either side, depends on need.

    @Frank Rizzo: If Wainwright is clogging up your DL, I could see dropping him. I agree with the Baron. On Papi, but I like him for Abreu. Just know, the Sox need him for the playoffs so he could be babied.

    @IowaCubs: I like getting Papi there, as well.

    EDIT: Typo.

  15. shmetts says:

    Drop E. Encarnacion for Fred Lewis?

  16. Grey

    Grey says:

    @shmetts: Since it sounds like position doesn’t matter, sure I can see making that move.

  17. SaltyBiscuits says:

    Looking towards next week:

    Which 2 Starter do I go with?

    Wandy VS LA (Kershaw), @ ATL (Morton)
    Kershaw @ HOU (Wandy), @ SF (Cain)

    If Kershaw, would you recommend dropping Wandy for Josh Johnson or Carpenter? If Wandy, would you recommend dropping Kershaw for J.J. or Carp?

  18. Grey

    Grey says:

    @SaltyBiscuits: I don’t want Carp or JJ on any team. I’d go with Kershaw out of those two, but only because those are the only two to choose from.

  19. Celebration Steve says:

    Thanks for the response, Grey. I have Juan Pierre and Carlos Gomez on my bench so I should be fine for steals if I lose Ellsbury. Theriot is my MI along with Michael Young at SS and Kelly Johnson at second. I’ll replace Theriot with a Barmes/Baker platoon. 3B is by far my weakest position, since I’m currently starting Blake and occasionally Feliz (at home). So basically, I get A-Rod and upgrade there, and I’m able to make up for the loss of the other positions in other places.

    So basically, it’s a loss of Lee’s production in exchange for A-Rod. I still have Connor Jackson at CI and Prince Fielder at 1B. It’s a solid offense just lacking a solid 3B.

  20. wakeNbake says:

    Harang or Billingsley the rest of the way?

  21. Grey

    Grey says:

    @wakeNbake: Harang, but they’re close.

  22. jph says:

    @Grey: Oh, I’m watching alright. I agree, this season is quite bizarre. Joey was a such a skirt about his whole “addiction” problem. He was on the top of his game when he was running around the house yelling, “Oops, Oops” like a complete jerkoff, that was funny. From what I gathered watching this week’s trailer it is possible we get to see some physical contact between that feminist (whose boyfriend got bitched around by Greg) and that new dude who brought Greg’s leftovers to the house last episode.

    FYI,Just saw an ad for VH1’s new show “I Love Money” coming out in July-and yes it looks $. A simple wikipedia search produced a list of contestants and here are the standouts:
    Mr. Boston
    Midget Mac

  23. Grey

    Grey says:

    @jph: I’m already Tivoing “I Love Money.” Since $ was all they were after anyway it will be interesting to see now that the illusion of love is out of the picture.

    I already miss Greg. Gotta love a guy that absolutely goes out of his way to be a prick. Calling people either a peasant or an associate, and either way he was a good drama.

    Don’t miss Joey at all. Would’ve loved to see the first rehab meeting when they went around the room and talked about their addictions. “Yeah, I sold my daughter into white slavery for crack.” “I used to sell my blood three times a day for uppers.” “My name is Joey, and I did too many Alabama Slammers.” Aww… Poor Joey.

  24. SaltyBiscuits says:

    Aaron Laffey or Scott Baker the rest of the way?

  25. RT says:

    I give: Bruce/Headley/Mahay
    I get: Lacky/Keppinger/Vidro
    Do I do this? My current rotation is Parra/Sanchez/Maine/Burnett
    I have Smoltz/Carmona/Marcum dropped or DL’d
    I am bottom three in all P categories.

  26. p0rk burn says:

    @RT: I’d do it. Three schmoes for Lackey. You can’t bank on Bruce or Headley being Braun this season (as an aside, I wonder how much Braun’s season last year has inflated the trade value of prospects – “Hey, you would have laughed if I offered you Braun in May last year but then you’d feel like YOU ripped me off”) and Bruce’s trade value might not be this high again in ’08.

  27. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @RT: I agree — do it. You need some pitching, son.

    With Lackey, and Marcum and Faustonian Bargain back from the DL, your rotation will be formidable.

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