It is another exciting Monday in fantasy baseball, and I know a lot of you are thinking that Monday and excitement shouldn't be in the same sentence, but believe me every day is exciting during baseball season. With the beginning of June comes the wave of prospects being called to the majors, and we got another good one called to the Big Show today that is especially exciting if you need speed. We had one elite player finally go on the DL, and an above average pitcher going to get his elbow checked out. Finally, a hard luck loser finally gets his win. That and so much more on tonight's version of Rounding The Bases.
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Hanley Ramirez has finally officially gone on the 15 day Disabled List for the first time in his career with a back strain. It doesn't seem that this is going to be a long term injury for Ramirez, but it is a little concerning that he has been unable to play for a week and now is placed on the DL. Hanley is going to be shut down for any baseball activity for three or four days to see how his back responds to some rest. However, this move was made retroactive to May 30th, so he will be available to be activated just over a week from now. Join me Ramirez owners in holding our breath in the hopes that he is just fine.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have called up one of their best prospects in shortstop Dee Gordon. This is a guy who has been nicknamed "Mr. Excitement" for his ability to make things happen on the basepaths. Gordon won't bring you power, but damn it this kid can run. The son of former major leaguer Tom Gordon, Dee stole 126 bases in the past two seasons in the minors, and already had 22 this season before getting the call. He didn't start today, but he did come in as a pinch runner and went first to third on a single to right and then scored shortly after. So there you have it. Do you need speed? Do you need help at middle infield? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then Mr. Excitement is the guy for you. If you need speed AND middle infield help, you should already be on your waiver wire.
Bad news came out of Oakland today as one of their "Big Three", Brett Anderson will need his elbow checked out to see why he has been ineffective and not to mention a loss of velocity. This is horrendous news, as this kind of story where a pitcher gets his elbow checked out is generally followed two or three days later by said pitcher going to visit Dr. James Andrews, and a few days later by the guy needing Tommy John Surgery. While that hasn't been confirmed yet, there are already grumblings that Tommy John is in his future. If you are an Anderson owner (which I am on a team where I already have David Wright and Buster Posey), the best you can hope for is he is going through a "dead arm period" but that is generally more of a shoulder issue. This is likely going to be season ending, but we will wait to make it official.
Delmon Young is starting to show signs of life after a really rough start to the season that also included an injury. Young had two hits on Monday and now has five hits in the last four days and hopefully this is the start of a resurgence for Young and he can get back to what he was doing last season. Young is an immensely talented player and I still believe that he is going to keep this streak up and get his numbers back to a respectable level, and even more than that. I think it is safe to put Young back in your lineup if you had put him on your bench.
It has been a roller coaster season for Mike Leake as he started out the season by running his record to 3-0, he was then arrested for shoplifting t-shirts a month or so back, and he was also sent to the minors. Well, Leake is back now and he is really looking sharp. In his third start back with the big club, Leake allowed just two runs over eight strong innings and three. He isn't a huge overpowering guy so you won't see a ton of strikeouts, but at worst he is a streamer and I even think that Leake is worth having on your roster until this hot streak wears off.
Boy if he could only do this more consistently. Brennan Boesch was 4-4 with a double and two home runs for the Tigers to bring his season totals to seven home runs and 32 RBI. He is also hitting .276 so he has turned himself into a decent fourth outfielder or perhaps a utility guy for your roster, but just be wary of him falling off the cliff again like he did last season. Don't give him too much longer of a leash than say a couple of weeks of no production before sending him packing to the waiver wire.
FINALLY for John Danks! After being tortured for two months without a win despite pitching well enough numerous times to win, Danks was rewarded with his first "W" of the season against the Mariners. He allowed just one run over 7.1 innings and struck out six. I told you a while back to try to steal Danks from his owner while he was going bad because this was going to turn around, and don't be surprised if he goes on a nice little run now. Danks is a better pitcher than this, and I believe this is the start of something good from him.
Dustin Moseley vs. Aaron Cook (COL). I have never really been a big fan of Cook, and Moseley is coming off of four straight pretty good starts. You aren't going to get a lot of strikeouts out of Moseley, but I like him in this matchup at home, even though the Rockies are a good offensive team.
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