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Thursday, April 25, 2013


Robbie Erlin RP, Padres (Yahoo: N/A)

The Padres made an interesting move on Wednesday, promoting left-hander Robbie Erlin from Triple-A Tucson. Acquired from the Rangers in the Mike Adams deal in 2011, the 22-year-old has compiled a 2.73 ERA over 340 innings in the minors, averaging 10.0 K/9 and 1.5 BB/9. Checking in at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, he succeeds more by changing speeds and throwing strikes rather than blowing hitters away. It appears that he'll pitch in relief initially -- and some think that's where he could end up in the long-term -- but given that Padres' starters have an ugly 5.48 ERA through 21 games, his role could change at any time.

Jordan Schafer OF, Braves (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

The Braves will be without Jason Heyward for the next couple of weeks after he required an emergency appendectomy on Monday night in Colorado, so Schafer and Reed Johnson are expected to split playing time in right field for now. Schafer has been a bust in the big leagues, compiling a lousy .226/.331/.305 batting line, but he stole 27 bases in just 106 games last season with the Astros. The former top prospect bats left-handed, so there's a good chance he'll see more playing time than Johnson until Heyward is ready. Take a chance on his speed, but don't expect much more.


Robbie Grossman OF, Astros (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Justin Maxwell landed on the disabled list this week with a fractured left hand, so the Astros called up Grossman to provide some depth in the outfield. Acquired last July from the Pirates in the Wandy Rodriguez deal, the 23-year-old switch-hitter owns a .269/.381/.389 batting line over 530 games in the minors. While there are doubts about his ability to stick in center field, he gets on base and offers some speed and modest pop. Astros manager Bo Porter used Grossman out of the leadoff spot for his major league debut on Wednesday and he responded by going 2-for-4 with two doubles, so he should be relevant in AL-only leagues as long as he receives regular playing time.

Luke Scott 1B, Rays (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

Scott began a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte this week as he continues to work his way back for a right calf strain. The 34-year-old is expected to play through Sunday before being reevaluated, but there's a chance he could join the Rays on Tuesday if all goes well. Injuries have limited him to just 160 games over the past two seasons, but he produced 23 home runs during that time. This could be a good time to stash him in AL-only formats and deeper mixed leagues.  

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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