Roto Riteup: April 29, 2019

A real life representation of my fantasy baseball season:


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


Bruised Bombers
D.J. LeMahieu left Sunday’s game with pain and inflammation in his knee. He is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday after originally injuring it earlier last week. The Yankees are considering him day-to-day, but will get the scan as a precaution. The Yankees have a day of on Monday, but expect that he likely misses at least Tuesday.

Giovanny Urshela was removed from Sunday’s game versus the Giants after being hit by a pitch on the wrist. X-rays came back negative for Urshela after the game, so it appears he has avoided serious injury. With Miguel Andujar working his way through a rehab assignment, Urshela days at third base for the Yankees may be number anyhow, though with the amount of injuries the Yankees have, he should stay with the Major League club.


Various News and Notes
Ryan Pressly finished off the Indians on Sunday night for his second save of the season. Roberto Osuna pitched two innings on Sunday and was unavailable for Sunday’s contest, so this is not a committee or Pressly being elevated. However, it is clear that Pressly the first man up if something happens to Osuna and he should be rostered in most format anyhow as he has been fantastic for over a full year now.

Mark Canha was removed from Sunday’s game with a wrist sprain. Canha has struggled this year, hitting .200/.377/.375 with two home runs. If he hits the IL, Kendrys Morales will be in line for more playing time. Canha was likely going to be heading back to a reserve role soon with Matt Olson expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday.

Fernando Tatis Jr. left Sunday’s game after this play:

Tatis appeared to have injured his leg or groin in the less than graceful move. Consider him day-to-day at this time. If he were to hit the IL, Ty France would like to be in line for more playing time. France has hit .423/.500/.885 with nine home runs in just 19 games in AAA and has played some second and third base in the minors this year. Luis Urias could be brought back up as well, as he is having a hot streak in the minors as well with three home runs in the last two games.

Jed Lowrie started his rehab assignment on Sunday with the St. Lucie Mets, going 0-for-4, while splitting time between shortstop and second base. He is expected to see time at second, shortstop, and third base during his rehab assignment to prepare him for a full time super utility role with the Mets once he returns.

Miguel Sano is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday. Sano has missed the the beginning of the season with a heel laceration, but has looked like he is in excellent shape otherwise. The issue becomes that his role is unclear once he is ready to join the Major League club. Willians Astudillo is on the IL with a hamstring injury, but there is not a clear path to playing time for Sano with Marwin Gonzalez manning third base and Nelson Cruz being the everyday DH.

Christian Yelich left Sunday’s game with a back issue. He has already been ruled out for Monday’s game by manager Craig Counsell and could be out for longer if the Brewers to take a more cautious approach with the reigning MVP. Consider him day-to-day for now, but have a backup plan ready.


Streaming Pitching Options (Less than 50% owned)
Pitcher for Today: John Means at CHW
Means has been pretty good to start the season, keeping batters off balance with his changeup. He has a nice match up with the Eloy-less White Sox.

High Risk Options: Jeff Samardzija vs LAD
Daddy Shark has been pretty good so far this season, but has a tough match up and has only gone six innings or more once this season.

Pitcher for Tomorrow: Merrill Kelly vs NYY
Do the Yankees even have hitters left?

High Risk Options: Griffin Canning vs TOR
Canning si a top prospect getting his Major League debut versus a less than stellar Toronto lineup.

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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Tatis’s left foot slipped on the dirt. It’s not like he intended to do a full split – the ground gave way underneath his foot when he planted it. Pretty weak to make fun of his move when he’s hurt and especially since it was a result of poor traction rather than intentional.