Rays 3B Evan Longoria is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a torn hamstring, which is a big blow for both the Rays and Longoria's fantasy owners. My colleague Joel Beall has some suggestions on replacing Longoria, and I'd like to add a couple of names to his list: Baltimore's Chris Davis (owned in 26.2 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) for mixed leaguers, and Oakland's Brandon Inge (0.6 percent owned) if you can still grab him in AL-only leagues.
Edinson Volquez had another terrific PETCO outing last night, raising our streaming starter record to 21-9 for the season. Today's pick is Washington's Edwin Jackson (25 percent owned) against the punchless Pirates oops, D-backs.
On to the rest of the news:
- Padres SP Cory Luebke will be skipped in the rotation due to a sore elbow. Luebke isn't expected to go on the DL, but it's unclear when he'll pitch again. Jeff Suppan will start in Luebke's place tonight.
- Indians SP Ubaldo Jimenez got rocked again last night. Jimenez walked six batters, gave up a couple of home runs, and his fastball velocity is still way down. This might not get better.
- Rangers C/1B Mike Napoli left Tuesday's game due to blurred vision, which reportedly improved by the time the game ended. Napoli is expected to see an eye doctor today, but with an early game, don't be surprised if he sits out. Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre might sit again today for the Rangers as well.
- All is well, Javy Guerra owners. Your guy got the save last night.
- Angels OF Peter Bourjos was on the bench again last night. Boooooooooo, Mike Scioscia!
- Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis missed another game last night due to his stiff back. The Sox apparently don't think Youkilis will go on the DL, but how much do you trust a 33-year-old guy who's had back issues for two consecutive seasons?
- There are five afternoon games today, with the Rangers and Blue Jays starting things off at 12:37 p.m. ET. Set your lineups early.
- Here's a link to yesterday's chat transcript, and here's another to this week's Fantasy 15 podcast with Mike Harmon, Joel Beall and me. We discussed Albert Pujols, some closer issues, and sell-high/buy-low ideas.
- Hot-starting Orioles OF Nolan Reimold has a bulging disk in his back, but got treatment on Tuesday and hopes to return to the lineup by Friday.
- Brewers 1B Mat Gamel left Tuesday's game with a right knee injury, and the team sounds worried. Stay tuned.
- Justin Morneau's wrist inflammation won't require a DL stint, and he might be back in the lineup by Friday.
- The White Sox let closer Hector Santiago pitch the ninth inning with a five-run lead last night. No problem, right? Santiago gave up a hit and two walks. He needs to straighten things out, and fast.
- Nats 3B Ryan Zimmerman is expected to start taking batting practice on Saturday, with an eye on coming off the DL early next week.
- Rays RP Kyle Farnsworth has been moved to the 60-day DL, meaning that the earliest he can return is June 5.
- Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman (calf) is eligible to come off the DL on Friday, but it doesn't sound like that will happen.
- Kila Ka'aihue is starting to take at bats away from Daric Barton in Oakland. If you can't win a competition with Barton to be a starting big-league first baseman, I mean, what's the point?
- Johnny Damon will lead off tonight for the Indians, who expect to get Shin-Soo Choo back in the lineup as well.
- The Royals have Felipe Paulino penciled in to come off the DL and start against the Yankees on Saturday.
- The Cubs will have to start thinking about getting Bryan LaHair and prospect Anthony Rizzo in the lineup together at some point, right? Here's an article that discusses the possibility, though it might not happen too soon. I've heard that LaHair is a bit of a nightmare in the outfield.
- Braves OF Jason Heyward (oblique) is aiming for a Thursday return to the lineup.
- Diamondbacks' manager Kirk Gibson thinks that 1B Paul Goldschmidt - who had three hits last night - might be breaking out of his early season slump. Just remember that Goldschmidt's high strikeout rate makes him a risky proposition, and I'm not someone who usually cares much about hitters striking out.
See you back here tomorrow morning.
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