Summer is here! If you are still getting into bikini shape, feel free to use the Roto Riteup’s workout program:
— MLB (@MLB) June 9, 2018
On the Agenda:
1. Reshuffling Rays
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitchers
According to Marc Topkin, the Rays will likely call up Willy Adames shortly. Admaes was up briefly last month when Joey Wendle was placed on paternity leave and he went 2-for-12 with a home run. Adames has been good in AAA, hitting .286/.356/.424 with four home runs and three stolen bases in 54 games. With the news today that the Rays have traded Brad Miller to the Brewers for Ji-Man Choi, they now have an opening on the roster for Adames. Miller has been decent offensively, hitting .256/.322/.429 with five home runs in 48 games, but struggles defensively. If he can find regularly playing time in Milwaukee, he could become very interesting in Miller Park.
Various News and Notes
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets are considering demoting Michael Conforto. Conforto is hitting .219/.340/.365 with seven home runs and one stolen base in 52 games this year and has not looked the same since returning from offseason surgery. The Mets don’t appear too concerned with his previous injury woes, but want to keep giving Brandon Nimmo full time plate appearances once Yoenis Cespedes returns from the DL and they don’t appear to be ready to admit that signing Jay Bruce was a colossal mistake.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr has been placed on the DL in the minor leagues. He has suffered a strained patellar tendon in his left knee and will be shut down for about a month. While some on twitter insinuated that this was a ploy by Toronto to continue to hold Vlad in the minors, patellar tendon injuries are no joke. They can severely limit lateral movement and if serious enough, they can disrupt careers. Most recently, Victor Cruz of the New York Giants football team’s career was destroyed by this same kind of injury, though a more severe version. The Jays will be cautious with him to not put his future at risk.
The Nationals placed Stephen Strasburg on the 10-day DL with shoulder inflammation. He underwent an MRI that revealed no structural damage. Erick Fedde will likely take his spot in the rotation for now.
Zach Britton will be activated today. Britton has been working his way back from a ruptured achilles tendon. He will likely start off in less stressful situations for now, but could regain the closer’s role fairly quickly.
Streaming Pitchers Options
A pitcher for today: NONE
Hail Mary Option: Sam Gaviglio at TB.
Gaviglio has been pretty good as of late, but it is risky.
A pitcher for tomorrow: Blaine Hardy vs MIN
Hardy has a great two start week against the Twins and the White Sox, who both strikeout at high rates versus left-handed pitching.
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.