Sour On September CallupsFriday, September 02, 2011
I run an MLB fantasy chat every Tuesday evening here at Rotoworld, and I’ve been asked recently in those chats to predict which September callups could have a fantasy impact down the stretch. My answers have varied from “none of ‘em” to “only Matt Moore,” the Rays’ stud left-hander and the top pitching prospect in the sport.
With the Tampa Bay front office giving no indication that Moore is headed to the majors this month, we’re left picking from the scrap heap.
The Reds promoted top catching prospect Devin Mesoraco on Thursday, but they don’t intend to give him many starts down the stretch. Chris Johnson and Brett Wallace are back on board with the Astros, but neither proved worthy of fantasy consideration earlier this year and that’s not likely to change over the final four weeks of the regular season schedule.
Jesus Montero is likely to draw frequent starts at designated hitter for the Yankees, but he went 0-for-4 and left six men on base Thursday night in his major league debut. Pair that with the underwhelming .814 OPS that he registered in 109 games this season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and we’re having a difficult time getting excited about his 2011 fantasy value.
Unless Moore gets the nod, this group of September callups can be ignored.
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* If the Cardinals are going to overcome their 7.5-game deficit in the National League Central or their 8.5-game deficit in the National League Wild Card, it’s going to take a number of heroic individual efforts. Albert Pujols did his part Thursday, going 4-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored and five RBI as the Redbirds finished off a sweep of the first-place Brewers at a frustrated Miller Park. Pujols’ first big fly sailed over 460 feet to left field and his second homer was a grand slam to right. El Hombre raised his OPS a whole 21 points, from .896 to .917, in the 8-4 afternoon victory. He’s cruising toward the 40-homer plateau and could reach 100 RBI by the end of the regular season if enough things bounce right.
* The Marlins finally gave acknowledgement to a looming and unfortunate news item Thursday, announcing that ace right-hander Josh Johnson will not be returning to the major leagues this season. Johnson hasn’t pitched in a big league game since the middle of May due to ongoing issues with his throwing shoulder and will now focus on getting himself back to 100 percent in time for the start of spring training next February. He posted a 1.64 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 56/20 K/BB ratio in 60-plus innings this season before the injury bug bit him hard and refused to let go.
National League Quick Hits: Braves starter Jair Jurrjens will visit a knee specialist this weekend in Vail, Colorado and is in danger of missing multiple starts ... Hanley Ramirez has been diagnosed with left shoulder "instability” and could be facing season-ending surgery … Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo gave up eight runs and a career-high four homers Thursday in a loss to the Cardinals … Freddie Freeman is day-to-day with quad soreness … Nationals prospect Bryce Harper ran Thursday for the first time since straining his hamstring in mid-August … Adam Wainwright (elbow) is aiming to throw a bullpen session within the next two weeks … Nationals outfielder Laynce Nix is day-to-day with a right groin strain … Prince Fielder slugged his 30th home run of the season Thursday … Mets infielder Ruben Tejada is day-to-day due to a left hand contusion … Miguel Batista limited the Marlins to two runs in six innings Thursday in his first start since last July … Emilio Bonifacio went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two steals Thursday in a loss to the Mets … Braves catcher Brian McCann hit his 23rd home run of the year in Thursday’s defeat of the Nationals … Josh Thole is considered day-to-day with a wrist contusion … The Braves activated infielder Jack Wilson from the disabled list … Casey Blake will undergo season-ending neck surgery next week.
American League Quick Hits: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is day-to-day with a bruised right knee … Blue Jays youngster Brett Lawrie went 3-for-5 and hit a go-ahead two-run homer in Thursday’s defeat of the Orioles … J.D. Drew expects to miss “more than a couple of days” after injuring his middle finger this week at Triple-A Pawtucket … The Rangers activated third baseman Adrian Beltre from the 15-day disabled list … Jeff Francoeur went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Thursday in a defeat of the Tigers … Tommy Hunter was sent to the hospital following Thursday's game due to an illness but is expected to be fine … Twins pitching prospect Kyle Gibson will undergo Tommy John surgery on September 7 ... Brian Matusz will be skipped in his next turn through the Orioles’ rotation … The Indians placed outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique … Vladimir Guerrero homered, doubled twice and drove in four runs Thursday against the Blue Jays … Angels shortstop Maicer Iztruris suffered a right thigh contusion in Thursday’s game against the Mariners … Jason Kipnis (hamstring) is aiming to return to the Indians’ starting lineup next week … The Tigers activated second baseman Carlos Guillen from the 15-day disabled list.