Roto Riteup: July 18, 2016

Today’s Roto Riteup is wishing for lasagna.

On the agenda:
1. Various News and Notes
2. Streaming Pitcher Options

Various News and Notes
Michael Conforto is back, everyone! After hitting .344 with three homers in 16 games at Triple-A, the Mets are recalling Conforto and he will be available starting today. Conforto displayed his classic approach at the plate while in the minors, and as long as his wrist is healthy, he should be much closer to 2015 than 2016 production. Brandon Nimmo will be the one sent down after hitting .235 with a .294 SLG in his 16 MLB games.

Rich Hill threw just a handful of pitches before being removed from his start against the Blue Jays, and there’s a chance he won’t be able to make his next one. Hill is suffering from a blister, and while it’s certainly not a long-term injury, it makes it nearly impossible for him to pitch. Hill is currently scheduled to start Friday against the Rays, but owners with weekly lineups should consider benching the left-hander just in case.

In perhaps his last start in Atlanta, Julio Teheran blanked the Colorado Rockies over seven innings, striking out five. While the deadline is still about two weeks away, Teheran will be in Colorado for his next start, and by then he could be a goner. With the Red Sox already acquiring Drew Pomeranz, the Rangers, Dodgers, and Marlins make some sense as a destination.

Dylan Bundy’s first big league start didn’t go well, as he allowed three homers and walked three, and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning. Perhaps the Orioles will give him another shot or two, but this is not the beginning they were hoping for. As a reliever, Bundy had an ERA around three this year, allowing three homers in 38 innings.

Mark Teixeira underwent an MRI on his left foot yesterday and all came back normal. Teixeira had fouled a ball off his foot on Saturday and didn’t play yesterday, and one expects he’ll get another day or two off, as well. Teixeira has been a disaster at the plate this year, hitting below .200 with a wRC+ around 50 in what will likely be his final season with the Yankees, as his contract expires after the season. If the Yankees had better options, they’d probably be using them already, so Teixeira has pretty decent job security when healthy.

Streaming Pitcher Options
If you enjoy streaming pitchers or play DFS, tune into the Roto Riteup for recommendations each and every day.

A pitcher for today: A.J. Griffin at LAA (Nick Tropeano)
Griffin still has problems with the long fly, which is why you should take opportunities to take him away from home.

A pitcher for tomorrow: Junior Guerra at PIT (Jeff Locke)
If Guerra is still available, snag him. Colin Rea (at STL) is another option, though he won’t bring the strikeouts.

Zach is the creator and co-author of RotoGraphs' Roto Riteup series, and RotoGraphs' second-longest tenured writer. You can follow him on twitter.

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6 years ago

Mark Teixeira, thy name is random injury.