D.J. Short

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The Home(r) Stretch

Thursday, September 20, 2012




AL ONLY

Jake Odorizzi RP, Royals (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

Triple-A Omaha was eliminated from the Pacific Coast League playoffs over the weekend, so the Royals called up Odorizzi this week to give him his first taste of major league life. Odorizzi, who was acquired from the Brewers in the Zack Greinke deal, posted a 3.03 ERA and 135/50 K/BB ratio over 145 innings this season between Double-A and Triple-A and was ranked as baseball's No. 29 prospect on Baseball America's midseason list. It was initially thought that he would get his feet wet with a relief appearance or two, but he's now expected to start Sunday against the Indians. There's some risk involved with trusting a pitcher in their first major league appearance, but that's a pretty favorable matchup. And guess what? Assuming all goes well, he'll face the Indians again next weekend.

Endy Chavez OF, Orioles (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

Chavez was designated for assignment by the Orioles earlier this summer, but he's playing every day in right field now that Nick Markakis is done for the rest of the regular season with a broken left thumb. The veteran outfielder owns a lousy .209/.245/.291 batting line in 54 games this year, but he's hitting .296 (8-for-27) with a double, three RBI and a stolen base in seven games since returning from the minors. Remember that he batted .301 with five homers and 10 stolen bases in 83 games with Texas last year, so don't be surprised if he ends up being pretty useful over the final couple weeks of the season.

NL ONLY

Jorge De La Rosa SP, Rockies (Yahoo: 2 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

De La Rosa was originally expected to rejoin the Rockies earlier this summer, but his rehab from Tommy John surgery hit a bit of a snag due to some forearm tightness. However, he made it through some rehab appearances earlier this month without incident and is slated to make his return Thursday afternoon against the Giants. The 31-year-old will be subject to a pitch count and has never been much of a control guy to begin with, so it's tough to trust him over the final two weeks of the season. Still, just about anybody is relevant in NL-only leagues at this point.

Jeurys Familia RP, Mets (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

Familia has pitched well out of the bullpen since getting his first call-up to the majors earlier this month, allowing two runs over five innings while striking out five and walking none. The hard-throwing 22-year-old was originally slated to make his first major league start this week, but the Mets will keep him in the bullpen for now as that's likely where he'll fit with the big club in 2013. Still, Mets manager Terry Collins hasn't ruled out the possibility that he could make a start during the final week of the regular season. He's someone to keep an eye on at the very least.



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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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