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Alberto Callaspo, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The first of a couple of keep-on-alert pickups: Callaspo has started in each of the club's five games (and batted sixth) since their opener. While it'd no surprise to see him get semi-regular at-bats, the absence of Erick Aybar (strained ribcage muscle) is a glaring factor in this string.
Callaspo homered on Wednesday and is 9-for-20, with two ding dongs, to begin 2011. As long as his wood remains smokin', he'll be a factor in the lineup when the Halos are all healthy, too. Keep in mind what makes him compelling, though: When the Halos are all healthy, it's an uncommon state. In some leagues, he qualifies at second base, making him slightly more attractive.
Shallow mixed: Watch
Deep mixed: Consider
John McDonald, Toronto Blue Jays
The Jays don't even intend to put Yunel Escobar (mild concussion) on the handy new seven-day DL for sufferers of the head trauma, so it must not be considered serious. The staff thinks that he can return by early next week. This may be true. It seems, quite often, that MLB clubs and players tend to underestimate this kind of injury.
Just in case, if you're desperate for some PT contributions, have your FAAB change purse ready. Don't let his relative power outburst last season (six home runs in 152 at-bats) fool you; McDonald offers little more than filler ABs. Mike McCoy could factor in at short, too.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Pass
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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