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Second Chance For Stewart?

Thursday, May 05, 2011




AL ONLY

Trevor Plouffe SS, Twins (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

Twins' shortstops have combined to bat just .189 with zero homers and a .509 OPS this season. They had to do something to shake things up, so Alexi Casilla was moved to second base this week while Plouffe was called up from the minors on Wednesday. The former 2004 first-round pick struggled in his first taste of the big leagues last season and his .255/.317/.396 batting line in the minors doesn't give much room for optimism, but he was batting .282 with six homers and 13 RBI over his first 91 plate appearances for Triple-A Rochester this season. He's at least worth a shot until Tsuyoshi Nishioka returns from the disabled list.

Ben Revere OF, Twins (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

Another part of the Twins' roster shakeup, Revere was called up from the minors Wednesday after outfielder Jason Repko was placed on the disabled list. The main reason you should pay attention to Revere is for his plus-speed. The 23-year-old has stolen at least 36 bases in each of his last three seasons in the minor leagues. One potential scenario is that the Twins could continue to play him in left field once Delmon Young returns from the disabled list, which would move Michael Cuddyer to second base, at least until Tsuyoshi Nishioka returns. Not saying it will happen, but the opportunity is there.

Alex White SP, Indians (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.9 percent)

I immediately kicked myself for not recommending White last week, as he yielded two runs over six innings in his major league debut while filling in for the Carlos Carrasco against the Tigers this past Saturday. Carrasco and Mitch Talbot are both on the comeback trail from their respective injuries, so White's initial stay in the big leagues might not be a long one, but he's at least assured another start Saturday against the Angels. The 2009 first-round pick should be filed away just in case he sticks around.

Kevin Slowey SP, Twins (Yahoo: 2 percent owned, ESPN: 0.3 percent)

This is my final Twin of the day, I promise. Slowey is expected to be activated from the disabled list for this weekend's series against the Red Sox, where he'll return in a middle relief role. That may be the case for now, but the Twins stretched him out as a starter in the minor leagues and Nick Blackburn has looked pretty vulnerable of late. Ron Gardenhire's logic can be frustrating at times, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Slowey back in the starting rotation sometime in the next couple of weeks.

NL ONLY

Jay Gibbons OF, Dodgers (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

Gibbons was activated from the disabled list earlier this week after Marcus Thames went down with a quad injury. The 34-year-old outfielder is over the vision issues that plagued him during spring training and hit safely in six out of his final seven games with Triple-A Albuquerque before getting the call from the minors. Jerry Sands is probably still the man in left field, but he's in a bit of a funk right now, so Gibbons could steal away some playing time should he continue to struggle.

Tom Gorzelanny SP, Nationals (Yahoo: 2 percent owned, ESPN: 1.2 percent)

How is this guy not owned in more leagues? Perhaps Gorzelanny is flying under the radar by virtue of playing for the Nationals, but he has a 2.93 ERA and 23/9 K/BB ratio over his first five starts this season. Throw out his clunker in his season debut against the Mets and he looks even more impressive. Sure, Gorzy has benefitted from a low batting average on balls in play and his command isn't great historically, but he should stick on your roster for most of the year in NL-only formats.

Mike Fontenot 2B/3B/SS, Giants (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Mike Fontentot, No. 3 hitter. I'm not sure how many more chances I'll get to say that in my life, so I just wanted to put it out there for posterity's sake. Pablo Sandoval required hamate bone surgery earlier this week, which moved Miguel Tejada over to third base and Fontenot, who is a natural second baseman, to shortstop. The return of Mark DeRosa could change things in a hurry, but Fontenot should put up respectable numbers from either middle infield spot right now, especially against right-handed pitching.

Allen Craig OF, Cardinals (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

Craig was activated from the disabled list earlier this week following the injury to David Freese. Nick Punto and Daniel Descalso will also likely see time at third base during his absence, but Craig got the start on Wednesday night, going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Craig, 26, has a modest .265/.329/.430 batting line over his first 163 major league plate appearances, but he undoubtedly has the most offensive potential of the group. He'll be more useful once he gets eligibility at third base, but with Freese likely sidelined until late-July, that's probably not far off.


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D.J. Short is a Rotoworld baseball editor and contributes to NBCSports.com's Hardball Talk blog. You can also find him on Twitter.
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