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Thursday, September 13, 2012


Jenrry Mejia RP, Mets (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

After spending the past week or so in the Mets' bullpen, Mejia will make his first major league start of the season on Saturday against the Brewers. The 22-year-old right-hander struggled in a relief role with Triple-A Buffalo this season, but had a 2.75 ERA over 10 starts. It would be nice to see him miss more bats, but his velocity has been pretty encouraging in his first year back from Tommy John surgery. Chances are he'll begin 2013 in the minors, but he should stick in the rotation down the stretch as the Mets continue to evaluate his future role.

Travis Ishikawa 1B, Brewers (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

The Brewers are currently dealing with a bit of uncertainty at first base, as Corey Hart is sidelined with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. He was fitted for custom foot support earlier this week and hopes to return this weekend, but he's going to have to deal with the pain in order to stay in the lineup on a regular basis. Ishikawa is a .266/.329/.407 hitter in the big leagues, so he doesn't bring a lot to the table offensively, but he would likely get most of the playing time if Hart can't go.

Oscar Taveras OF, Cardinals (Yahoo: N/A, ESPN: 0 percent)

Taveras is regarded as one of the best hitting prospects in the game and his major league debut may not be far off. The 20-year-old outfielder is currently playing with Double-A Springfield in the Texas League playoffs, but they could be over as soon as Friday. The Cardinals have already hinted that he could get a look this month, but with Carlos Beltran struggling through knee and hand injuries, he could play a bigger role than originally expected. Keep an eye on this situation.


Erasmo Ramirez SP/RP, Mariners (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 1 percent)

One of the Mariners' September call-ups, Ramirez was brilliant against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night, allowing two runs over seven innings while striking out six and walking just one. The 22-year-old right-hander now has a 3.49 ERA and 33/8 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 innings at the major league level this year. With his excellent control, he has the look of a competent backend starter and innings-eater. As for the short-term, he currently lines up for a start against the Orioles at home next Monday. That should be a pretty easy call for AL-only owners.

Daniel Nava OF, Red Sox (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 2.4 percent)

Nava was activated from the disabled list this week after missing the past six weeks with a sprained left wrist. The 29-year-old switch-hitter was really scuffling prior to the injury, but he has a solid approach at the plate and should see plenty of at-bats down the stretch between the DH spot and left field. He's worth a look if somebody dropped him on the waiver wire.

Eduardo Nunez 2B/3B/SS, Yankees (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Nunez hasn't played much since returning from the minors earlier this month, but he's worth keeping an eye on with Derek Jeter nursing a bone bruise in his left ankle. Jeter has no plans on sitting down, but perhaps he could see some time at DH in the next few days to get a bit of a rest. Nunez is very shaky defensively, so Yankees manager Joe Girardi may just go with Jayson Nix if he needs a temporary fill-in, but there's no question that he's the better option from a fantasy perspective. Keep him on your watch list at the very least.

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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