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Jed Lowrie, 2B/SS, Boston
The BoSox had to place Dustin Pedroia right
back on the disabled list. Pain from his not yet completely healed broken foot
was worse today than it was on Thursday, when he sat out for the first time
since his return.
Resurgence on bigger stage
The Red Sox won't let Pedroia rush back this time,
so Lowrie has a few weeks of significant PT in front of him, at least. He has
batted .304 with two homers and a steal in 56 at-bats, mostly while serving
as the primary replacement for Pedroia, thus far. The 26-year-old should continue
to hit in the two-hole at least occasionally.
Shallow mixed: Watch
Deep mixed: Consider
Austin Kearns, OF, New York Yankees
The Bombers placed Lance Berkman (ankle) on
the DL yesterday. The obvious beneficiary is Kearns, who has played in three
of the club's last four games, which have all come since Berkman was injured
on Sunday. Marcus Thames is the regular right-handed
bat at DH. Although he has hit righties well this year, Joe
Girardi has managed him carefully. Kearns is a better hitter against right-handers
in his career.
Since Kearns joined the Pinstripes, he's 11-for-35 with a homer and five RBIs. He has been a surprise of sorts for, first, the Cleveland Indians and, now, perhaps, the Yanks too. He should earn enough at-bats per week to warrant a look in deep formats.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Consider
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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