With all of the injuries in baseball, this could be a good week to make a move. Some players are returning after long absences, while others are stepping up to take an injured player’s place.
This week, you’ll either find yourself trying to replace an injured player, trying to pick up a player coming back from an injury, or maybe even trying to find a rookie making his major league debut.
Here is a list of guys who could fill those roles for your fantasy baseball team. And, no, Ken Griffey Jr. isn’t on the list.
Yunel Escobar missed all of May with a strained groin. He came back to the Braves lineup this weekend, and looks primed to have a good week. Despite batting right handed, Escobar has hit right handed pitchers better than lefties in his young career.
This week, he’ll get to face 5 generous righties between the Mets, Reds, and Pirates. It appears that many owners dropped Escobar when he went on the DL. Being available in more than half of ESPN leagues means that you have an opportunity to add a top 5 Short Stop to your team in the middle of May.
Brennan Boesch has made the most of his major league opportunity, thus far. He was brought up from the minors in late April, and has played himself into a starting role for the Tigers. He took over for Carlos Guillen at DH, and the Tigers are now saying that Guillen will play 2nd when he returns from the DL, securing a starting spot for Boesch in the outfield and at DH for the immediate future.
Angel Pagan has gotten a hit in 11 of his last 13 games. With news coming that Beltran won’t be ready to come back until at least early June, Pagan will be a mainstay in the Mets lineup for another two months.
Tyler Clippard has appeared in 18 games, yet managed to get 7 wins. Not only does this mean that the Nationals are winning games from behind, but it means that Clippard is being used in very crucial situations, as the Nationals are showing a ton of confidence in his young arm.
I wouldn’t expect him to continue to rack up wins at this rate, but with games against the Mets and Orioles this week, they could win a few more from behind.
Clayton Richard is making two starts this week in pitcher friendly ballparks. The Padres host the Giants, and over the weekend, he’ll visit the offensively struggling Mariners. He’s got an ERA of 3.21, and his 3.33 FIP tells us that it’s not due to luck. He’s a great pickup this week.