D.J. Short

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Thursday, May 23, 2013


DJ LeMahieu 2B/3B, Rockies (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

The Rockies made the surprising decision to send Josh Rutledge to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday, which leaves LeMahieu as his replacement at second base. The 24-year-old has a grand total of 11 home runs in 1,996 plate appearances between the majors and the minors, so don't look for much in the way of pop, but he makes contact and should provide a decent batting average. LeMahieu is not a long-term answer at the position, but go ahead and pick him up as long as he's getting regular playing time.  

Tim Stauffer SP, Padres (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

After being limited to just one start with the Padres last season due to flexor tendon surgery, Stauffer posted an impressive 3.16 ERA and 38/15 K/BB ratio over eight starts with Triple-A Tucson prior to joining the Padres' bullpen last week. The 30-year-old right-hander allowed just one run and struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings in relief of Burch Smith on Wednesday night against the Cardinals, so don't be surprised if he gets a chance in the rotation soon. Stauffer has a lengthy injury history, but remember that he had a 3.73 ERA over 31 starts with the Padres back in 2011. He's well worth the gamble in NL-only formats.


Vidal Nuno SP, Yankees (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

After opening some eyes during spring training, Nuno is getting a chance in the Yankees' rotation while Ivan Nova and Andy Pettitte are sidelined. Signed out of indy ball in 2011, the 25-year-old southpaw began his major league career with eight scoreless innings (including five scoreless innings against the Indians back on May 13) before he gave up a walk-off homer to Nate McLouth on Tuesday night. Nuno doesn't possess overpowering stuff and may be better suited a long reliever in the long-term, but he has an excellent changeup and throws plenty of strikes. Pettitte is still over a week away and the Yankees don't seem eager to bring Nova back, so Nuno could be useful in upcoming starts against the Rays and Mets.

David Lough OF, Royals (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

I was originally going to include Jarrod Dyson in my mixed league recommendations last week, but I had to pull him at the last minute after he sprained his ankle and ended up on the disabled list. However, Lough is worth considering in AL-only leagues now that he has replaced Dyson on the active roster. The 27-year-old outfielder hasn't done much in sporadic opportunities in the majors, but he has shown some pop and speed in the minor leagues. Let's hope that Royals manager Ned Yost actually gives him a chance to play over Jeff Francoeur, who simply doesn't deserve at-bats against right-handed pitching at this point. 

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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