Roto Riteup: April 2, 2019

Man, I thought I missed baseball…


On the Agenda:
1. Broken Bombers
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitching Options


Broken Bombers
Giancarlo Stanton was placed on the 10-day IL after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 bicep strain. The move came suddenly on Monday morning without much notice. Stanton stated that while he was disappointed in the timing of the injury, that he was hopeful he would be back fairly soon. Manager Aaron Boone echoed that sentiment, stating that Stanton could be back within a couple of weeks. Clint Frazier was recalled from AAA and he and Mike Tauchman will likely be in line for added work.

Miguel Andujar has been diagnosed with a small tear in his labrum of his right shoulder. The Yankees are hoping he can avoid surgery, which would likely end his season, and will try and do rest and rehab. This is awful news for the Yankees who have already lost Stanton, Aaron Hicks, Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, and C.C. Sabathia various injuries this year already. D.J. Lemahieu is in line to get more work with Andujar out.


Various News and Notes
Cincinnati Reds prospect Hunter Greene has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery after experiencing a setback in rehabbing his sprained UCL. This is not surprising news as typically this is the outcome when players try the “rest and rehab” route. He will miss all of 2019 and hope to return to the mound in the minor leagues in 2020.

Andrew Heaney has been diagnosed with “chronic changes” in his elbow. He received a cortisone shot and is expected to start a throwing schedule in about 7-10 days. While this sounds bad, apparently it is not according to Angels GM Billy Eppler. Eppler said that this is just normal “wear and tear” and he is expected to resume his rehab schedule in the suggested timetable.

Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Thursday with AAA Oklahoma City. Kershaw had a successful bullpen on Monday and will not try and pitch four to five innings in the minors before rejoining the Dodgers, possibly as early as next week.

Tim Anderson was a late scratch for the White Sox after leaving the team for the birth of his child. Anderson is likely going to miss the next few days as he is afforded paternity leave.


Streaming Pitching Options (Less than 50% owned)
Pitcher for Today: None

High Risk Option: Jason Vargas at MIA
Vargas isn’t a good pitcher, but the Marlins struggled mightily versus left-handed pitching last year, putting up the worst wOBA in the Majors against southpaws. They haven’t improved much this season, already sporting the seventh lowest wOBA against lefties.

Pitcher for Tomorrow: Matt Shoemaker vs BAL
I feel like I could get burned by this one, but Shoemaker looked good in his first start of the season and Baltimore is a team that can strike out a ton.

High Risk Option: Derek Holland @ LAD
Holland struggled in his first start of the season, but the Dodgers struggled against lefty Pomeranz on Monday (until he went full Pomeranz and gave up some bombs.) This could be an interesting stream, but there’s a bit of risk to it.

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, 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.

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