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Brian Schneider, Philadelphia Phillies
Carlos Ruiz (lower back tightness) left the Phils' game on Wednesday after playing one inning and seems like a good candidate for the disabled list. He had been experiencing discomfort in his back prior to that contest; it may have been a culprit in his recent mini-slide.
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Schneider, 34, hasn't been the most durable backstop, either, so the backup role (mixed with occasional stretches of starting) has suited him. His .087 batting average may deter you, but he has played in only seven games (five starts) and accumulated just 24 plate appearances. He has already driven two balls out of the park, though. The lefty-hitting catcher is a capable replacement in deep leagues, where he can still deliver a .240 or .250 average and a dinger every 35 at-bats or so, if he's playing regularly.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Watch
Nick Punto, St. Louis Cardinals
Ryan Theriot has been dealing with soreness in his ribcage since Sunday, and he tweaked it on Tuesday, which has set back his return. The Cards don't seem to think it's serious, but we know how easily these nagging pains become acknowledged oblique strains that simply must involve extended rest and treatment (i.e., a 15-day DL stay). Skip Schumaker's arm injury (triceps, elbow, wherever) has facilitated some of that, but the possible combination of absences for the club's starting middle infielders bodes well for PT seekers.
Daniel Descalso and Tyler Greene will be in the mix, but Punto, it'd seem, is Tony La Russa's type of player. That is, the switch hitter may hit for a subpar batting average and rip few - if any - jacks, but he's a quality glove man. He has started in six of St. Louis' past seven games, and he returned from the disabled list just a little more than a week ago.
Punto dealt with injury issues that surely affected him at the dish in his past couple of seasons with the Minnesota Twins. He should draw walks about 10 percent of the time and makes contact on around 90 percent of the pitches he sees. Small ball is more his style. He can swipe a few, and he'll be eligible at multiple positions, if he's not already, in your league. Punto is due for a little positive BA correction. This isn't a ringing endorsement, but you could certainly do worse for depth in very deep leagues.
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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