Monday, July 18, 2011

postheadericon WELCOME TO THE SHOW, KID!

Zach Cozart – 2 for 4 with his first major league home run.  If youre in need for a short stop currently (looking at you Reyes owners) Cozart should be the guy to pick up!

Ryan Braun – Re-injured his calf and then to make matters worse injures his hamstring.  There are some rumors flying around that he could return today but don’t count it.  I think a DL stint is a real possibility here, even though he did pinch hit last night.

Grady Sizemore – Heading back to Cleveland to have his right knee looked at.  He is currently listed as day to day, but this appears to be a lot like this last knee injury.  Expect a DL stint.

Jose Reyes – Set to return on Tuesday as long as there are no setbacks.  Reyes is scheduled to start a one game rehab assignment with single – A Brooklyn Monday.

Joe Nathan – Replaced Matt Capps as the closer and promptly earns a save.  As with anyone being appointed a closer, he is worth a pick up.  Do note that there will be ups and downs with Nathan as well, but he should settle in nicely.

Carl Crawford – After completing a 2 game rehab stint for Triple-A, Crawford has now been cleared to rejoin the Red Sox.  Feel confident inserting Crawford into your lineups immediately.

Adam Dunn – 1 for 4 with a double and a run scored.  The start of a power streak? Doubtful!

Scott Baker – Placed on the DL, retroactive to July 7th.  Baker apparently had a setback in his rehab, which will cause him to miss a start.  Baker is only expected to miss 1 start.

John Axford – Picked up back to back saves on Saturday while K-rod was used in relief.  I don’t expect K-Rod to get many save opportunities.  Continue to roll Axford out there with confidence.

Jon Lester – Scheduled to return July 26th against the Royals.  You know my moto, if you own him, you start him!

Shaun Marcum  Pitched 5 innings and then hurt his neck.  These are the type of nagging injuries that drive fantasy owners crazy.  At this time he is not expected to miss any starts, but don’t be surprised if something else pops up.