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Thursday, May 01, 2014




NL ONLY

Randal Grichuk OF, Cardinals (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

With Peter Bourjos struggling, the Cardinals called up Grichuk this week to see if he can provide a jolt for their surprisingly sagging offense. Acquired from the Angels in the David Freese deal, the 22-year-old dealt with all sorts of injuries early on in his pro career, but he has managed to stay on the field since 2012 for the most part and had 22 home runs and nine stolen bases last season in Double-A. With his plate discipline, I wouldn't expect a high batting average, but he could be a decent stopgap option until the Cardinals decide Oscar Taveras is ready.

Ed Lucas 1B/2B/3B, Marlins (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

A career minor leaguer, Lucas finally got the call to the majors last May and hit .256/.311/.336 with four home runs and 28 RBI in 94 games while playing all over the infield. The 31-year-old entered spring training with a roster spot to lose this year, but he suffered a broken hand in late March and finally made his season debut earlier this week. With one setback after another for Rafael Furcal, Lucas should see a lot of time at second base in the coming days. For what it's worth, he has hit second in each of his first two games. He's not someone I would rely on as starter in NL-only leagues, but the ability to plug him in at multiple positions can be useful on days when your regulars have an off-day.

Jace Peterson SS, Padres  (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Despite being used almost exclusively at shortstop in the minors, Peterson has seen the majority of the time at third base since his call-up from Double-A last week as he fills in for the injured Chase Headley. As far as the fantasy impact goes, the big thing to know about the 23-year-old is his speed, as he has swiped 136 bases over 321 games in the minors. There's not much pop here, but he makes contact and knows how to draw a walk. Keep in mind that he has only played 18 games above High-A, so don't count on things clicking for him right way. Headley could be back right around when he's eligible on May 10, but Peterson is relevant in the short-term and is a name to watch for the future.

AL ONLY

Chris Getz 2B, Blue Jays (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

The Ryan Goins experiment came to an end this week, as the 26-year-old was demoted to Triple-A Buffalo after hitting a paltry .150/.203/.217 through 24 games. Getz took his spot on the roster and should see significant playing time at second base in the short-term. While the 30-year-old owns an underwhelming .252/.311/.310 batting line in the majors, he has stolen at least 15 bases in each of the last four seasons and owns an 83 percent career success rate. He's a no-brainer pickup in AL-only leagues right now.

Robbie Ray SP, Tigers (Yahoo: N/A)

The centerpiece for the Tigers in the Doug Fister trade during the offseason, Ray will be called up to make his major league debut next Tuesday against the Astros. Coincidentally, Fister will come off the disabled list to make his season debut one day later. Ray earned his call-up with a 1.59 ERA and 21/5 K/BB ratio in 28 innings across his first five starts in Triple-A this season, but this is mostly a move of necessity with Anibal Sanchez on the disabled list with a blister on his right middle finger. The 22-year-old left-hander profiles as a potential mid-rotation starter down the line, but he isn't a finished product yet and will likely head back down to the minors after one or two starts. Still, he isn't a bad streaming option in AL-only formats.



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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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