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Thursday, April 11, 2013




AL ONLY

Alexi Casilla 2B, Orioles (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

It was a shame to see Brian Roberts go down last week with a ruptured tendon in his right knee, but the early word is that he may only have to miss 2-4 weeks. Of course, given his injury history, any timetable should be taken with a grain of salt. Casilla and Ryan Flaherty will share playing time at second base during his absence, which isn't the most inspiring combo. However, Casilla swiped 21 bases in 106 games last season and owns the second-best stolen base percentage of all-time behind Chase Utley. Thanks for that tidbit, Aaron Gleeman. Speed doesn't come much cheaper than this.

Jason Bay OF, Mariners (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

Michael Saunders is likely headed for the disabled list after he sprained his right shoulder Wednesday by crashing into the right field fence, so we should see more of Bay in the days ahead. Of course, that hasn't been a good thing lately, as the 34-year-old owns a miserable .689 OPS since the start of 2009 and batted just .165/.237/.299 in 215 plate appearances last season. I still think the Mariners would have been better off keeping Casper Wells over Bay, but the at-bats should be there, so a few homers and stolen bases wouldn't surprise me.

NL ONLY

Alfredo Figaro RP, Brewers (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

John Axford is struggling and Jim Henderson figures to benefit in the short-term, but what if he also fizzles out? That's where Figaro could figure in. After spending the past two seasons with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan's Pacific League, the former Tigers' farmhand made the Brewers' bullpen out of spring training and owns a 1.50 ERA and 6/1 K/BB ratio over his first six innings. While the 28-year-old has pitched almost exclusively as a starting pitcher during his pro career, he's averaging 94.7 mph on his fastball out of the bullpen. Stash if you have room to speculate.

Nick Hundley C, Padres (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Hundley has fallen off the map following a nightmare 2012 season, but this might be time to give him another look. The 29-year-old backstop went 4-for-4 on Wednesday night against the Dodgers and is now hitting .318 (7-for-22) with a homer and two doubles over his first six games this season. While injuries have been an issue for him during his career, he hit at least eight home runs every season from 2009-2011. Hundley should continue to see the bulk of the playing time until Yasmani Grandal returns from his 50-game PED suspension in late May, so there's no reason he shouldn't be owned in all NL-only leagues at the moment.



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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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