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Thursday, August 08, 2013


Scooter Gennett 2B, Brewers (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Rickie Weeks injured his left hamstring running to first base in Wednesday's game and later told reporters that he felt "a little pop," so a trip to the disabled list appears inevitable. This likely means that Gennett will get an extended opportunity at second base. Standing at 5-foot-10, the 23-year-old is hitting just .231 (12-for-52) through 22 games with the Brewers this season, but he makes consistent contact and regularly hit for a high average in the minors. He's a fine stopgap option.

Dee Gordon SS, Dodgers (Yahoo: 2 percent owned)

Called up from Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday, Gordon made the start at shortstop on Wednesday night and should continue to get semi-regular playing time until Hanley Ramirez's jammed shoulder is closer to 100 percent. The slender 25-year-old owns a weak .253/.298/.310 batting line in the majors, but he's also 61-for-80 in stolen base attempts over 163 career games. It goes without saying, but that sort of speed shouldn't be sitting on the wire in NL-only leagues.  


Chris Nelson 2B/3B, Angels (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

The Angels traded Alberto Callaspo to the Athletics last week, which leaves Nelson as the favorite to get the majority of the playing time at third base the rest of the way. Fortunately for fantasy owners, he's still eligible at second base. Don't look for the numbers Nelson posted in Colorado last year, but he's capable of hitting for a decent average thanks to his line drive approach and may even hit a few homers.

Sonny Gray SP, Athletics (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

Gray made a pair of relief appearances for the Athletics last month, but he appears poised to get his first chance in Oakland's rotation. The Athletics have yet to make an official announcement, but the expectation is that Gray will be called up to make his first major league start Saturday against the Blue Jays. Drafted 18th overall in 2011, the 23-year-old right-hander owns a 3.42 ERA and 118/39 K/BB ratio in 118 1/3 innings over 20 starts this season in Triple-A. While Brett Anderson is making his way back from a foot injury and Tommy Milone figures to return from the minors at some point, Gray could make a big impact down the stretch. He's a must-own in AL-only leagues and should even have some appeal in mixed leagues assuming he gets the opportunity.

Michael Choice OF, Athletics (Yahoo: N/A)

With the Athletics' offense sputtering in a big way, don't be surprised if we see Choice at some point down the stretch. Selected 10th overall in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, the 23-year-old outfielder is batting .297/.387/.452 with 14 home runs through 109 games this season with Triple-A Sacramento. He's off to a slow start in August after a red-hot July and we're still waiting to see more of the power he displayed in the California League in 2011, but put him on your watch list in AL-only leagues in case he gets the call.

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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