D.J. Short

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Waiver Wired: Take Jake

Thursday, June 19, 2014




AL ONLY

Brandon Guyer OF, Rays (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Guyer suffered a hairline fracture in his left thumb when he dove for a ball in late May, but the injury didn't require surgery and he was able to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham last weekend. He's hitting .400 (8-for-20) with more walks (six) than strikeouts (four) through five games and had a pair of triples on Wednesday night. Rays manager Joe Maddon said there's no set date for his return, so it sounds like they want to play it safe with him, but my guess is he'll be back before the end of the month. Kevin Kiermaier has been a nice surprise for the Rays, but Guyer could be pretty useful in AL-only leagues while Wil Myers is sidelined.

Brad Mills SP, Athletics (Yahoo: N/A)

The A's will have to make due without Drew Pomeranz for a little while after he broke his right (non-pitching) hand after punching a chair in frustration following a poor outing on Sunday. It appears that Mills is next in line. Acquired for one dollar -- yes one dollar -- from the Brewers on Tuesday, the 29-year-old has struggled in his previous stints in the majors, but he owns an impressive 1.56 ERA and 77/18 K/BB ratio in 75 innings over 12 starts and two relief appearances this year in Triple-A. A soft-tossing left-hander, Mills is best known for his changeup and solid control. I don't expect him to stick in the rotation for long, but he's worth a try with a possible home start against the Red Sox this weekend and another against the Marlins in Miami next week.

NL ONLY

Vance Worley SP, Pirates (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

Worley's stock dropped so far that the Twins let him go for nothing during spring training, but he looked great while filling in for Francisco Liriano last Sunday, tossing seven scoreless innings against the Marlins while striking out five and walking none. The 26-year-old right-hander was awful with the Twins last season, but he told Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he wasn't 100 percent after elbow surgery and also dealt with biceps tendinitis in the early part of the year. We've seen him have success in the majors before as a member of the Phillies, so he's worth picking up until Liriano is ready to return. He makes for a fine play against the Cubs this weekend.

Tommy Medica 1B/OF, Padres (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

Yonder Alonso is headed to the disabled list with a sore right wrist, which means that Medica should share playing time with Jake Goebbert at first base for at least the next couple of weeks. The 26-year-old has had trouble staying healthy during his career and is a little old for a prospect, but he posted impressive numbers in the minors and has held his own in the majors so far with a .270/.338/.453 batting line and six home runs over 53 games. I might opt for Miami's Jake Marisnick if I had my choice of injury fill-ins on the waiver wire right now, but Medica is a solid alternative.



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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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