Jordan Bastian, of BlueJays.MLB.com, reports Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Troy Glaus (foot) will have season-ending surgery on his left foot early next week. Glaus will have nerve decompression surgery performed by Dr. Phillip Kwong and should be ready to participate in spring training for the 2008 season.
With Glaus out for the season, it's time for owners to hit the waiver wire and look for additional help. Infielders Russ Adams and Hector Luna have both filled in for Glaus since he was injured on Monday, and the team has not officially announced how they plan to replace him in the lineup. It would be wise to avoid either player unless you are in a deep league.
Scan the waiver wire for players like Cincinnati Reds third baseman Edwin Encarnacion or Atlanta Braves infielder Yunel Escobar.
Encarnacion has been on a tear for the past month-plus. In August and September he is 45-for-128 (.352) with five home runs, 24 RBI and a steal. After a disappointing start to the year, he has really rebounded in the second half. Encarnacion is available in roughly 89 percent of leagues polled.
Escobar filled in admirably while shortstop Edgar Renteria was on the disabled list. Now he's manning the hot corner while third baseman Chipper Jones (oblique) takes a seat. Escobar is hitting .322 with five homers, 27 RBI, 47 runs and four steals. He has four hits in his last 12 at-bats, and two of them are homers. In that short span he has also collected three RBI and five runs. Chipper may be done for the rest of the regular season, so Escobar's playing time should remain steady. Escobar is available in about 94 percent of leagues polled.
There likely won't be many options on waivers that can fully replace the power bat Glaus brings to the lineup, but with the trade deadline long gone, the only option is to cut him loose for the best available bat with third base eligibility.
About Alex Resch
Resch has been a KFFL Hot Off the Wire Analyst since 2006.
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