D.J. Short

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Waiver Wired: Coming Up McHuge

Thursday, May 29, 2014




AL ONLY

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

Grossman was optioned to the minors in mid-April when George Springer was called up, but he's back with the big club now that L.J. Hoes has been demoted to the minors. I was a fan of Grossman coming into the season, as he offers on-base ability to go along with some pop and speed. It wouldn't be surprising if he finds his way into mixed league relevancy before long.  

Nick Hundley C, Orioles (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

On the lookout for catcher depth due to Matt Wieters' elbow injury, the Orioles acquired Hundley from the Padres over the weekend in exchange for left-handed reliever Troy Patton. The 30-year-old backstop was seeing diminished playing time in San Diego this season due to the presence of Yasmani Grandal, but he has some pop in his bat and should enjoy leaving PETCO Park for the hitter-friendly Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Wieters is no sure thing to return this season and might be limited to DH duty even if he does, so Hundley is a smart pickup if he's still out there.

NL ONLY

Brandon Cumpton SP, Pirates (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

Handed a rotation spot after the release of Wandy Rodriguez, Cumpton allowed two runs (one earned) over six innings Monday in a win over the Mets. Yes, beating the Mets doesn't mean much these days, but the 25-year-old posted solid numbers in the minors and owns a 2.55 ERA and 32/7 K/BB ratio over his first 49 1/3 innings in the majors. He's not going to blow batters away, but he has a good slider and has a reputation as a ground ball pitcher. I think he has a good chance to stick.

Darin Ruf 1B/OF, Phillies (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

Could we soon see a first base platoon in Philadelphia? Ruf made the start at first base on Tuesday against Jorge De La Rosa and took him deep, after which Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he will continue to start against lefties if he produces. Howard owns a lousy .616 OPS against southpaws since 2011, so while he's making a ton of money, it should be a consideration if the Phillies want to put the best team on the field. Ruf has the power to take advantage if he's given the opportunity.



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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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