The purpose of today’s Roto Riteup is to help you believe in miracles.
Cain dealing. Words I never thought I’d tweet again.
— Vlad Sedler (@RotoGut) April 13, 2017
That’s right folks. Matt Cain pitched well.
Miracles do exist. You’re welcome.
On the Agenda:
1. Weeks and Gardner Collide
2. Kipnis Drilled
3. Various News and Notes
4. Streaming Pitcher Options
Weeks and Gardner Collide
With about two weeks until the NFL Draft, Rickie Weeks might want to think about a future at strong safety with this stick on Brett Gardner:
— Thad Brown (@thadbrown7) April 12, 2017
Manager Joe Girardi stated that there was no plans to put Gardner through concussion protocol and he is considered day-to-day for now until he is re-evaluated on Thursday.
While rehabbing his injured shoulder in his minor league assignment, Jason Kipnis was hit on the hand during an at bat. He will not be able to play the next couple of days due to the injury. This is not the news Kipnis owners were hoping for. Already dealing with a shoulder injury is bad enough news for a hitter, so to add in a hand injury that could further delay his return is frustrating.
Various News and Notes
While Sam Dyson and Jeremy Jeffress have been falling apart on the field, Matt Bush returned to Texas because of pain in his AC joint. Supposedly Bush dealt with this issue last year and it was relieved by a shot. Bush is expected to miss a few days, but this is something to monitor as he could become the Rangers closer soon, if he is healthy.
If you have Tyson Ross stashed somewhere, you may be waiting a tad longer. He was scratched from a rehab start due to back spasms and will not throw again for another 5-7 days. Good news is that it doesn’t appear to be serious or related to the offseason surgery.
David Price threw a 35 pitch bullpen session on Wednesday. Price stated that he was pain-free during and after the session. While he is on pace to rejoin the Red Sox in late April or early May, he has yet to throw a breaking pitch since going on the DL.
While he didn’t play, Greg Bird was officially available for Wednesday’s game vs Tampa Bay. Now that he is healthy, it will be interesting to see if he sits vs. lefties on a regular basis. Bird has started the season hitting .063/.167/.125, though Chris Carter has not hit much better.
Streaming Pitcher Options
A pitcher for today: Jesse Hahn (1% owned in Yahoo) @KC
Hahn has looked good in relief so far this year and will need to pitch well to hold this spot for very long. Available everywhere.
A pitcher for tomorrow: Adam Conley (8% owned in Yahoo) vs NYM
The slate for low owned guys is pretty weak. Conley is at home and I have been a fan of his in the past.
Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as random topics that float into his juvenile brain. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and a fantasy football and baseball writer for Fantasy Alarm. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.