St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list today. He sprained his right middle finger in a start against the Houston Astros on Saturday and left the game shortly thereafter. They haven't said how many starts Wainwright expects to miss, but regardless this is a big loss in the fantasy realm. Joel Piniero will be coming off the disabled list himself this week, so he may be a short term solution if you find yourself in a tight spot.
Sharing is Caring
It looks like Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez and Brandon Inge will be sharing the catching duties for the Detroit Tigers from now on. According to the Detroit Free Press, Manager Jim Leyland said they will alternate days behind the plate regardless of who the team is playing. Pudge has had his fair of struggles at the plate this season, hitting only one homerun with a modest 21 RBI. Inge has five homers and 22 RBI in 30 less plate appearances than Pudge.
Bottom Line: With the two of them splitting time, it's going to be tough for you to count on them for consistent fantasy production. It may be wise to go find yourself another catcher or make sure you have both Inge and Pudge on your roster to create one funky looking catcher (and a complete waste of a roster spot).
Rocky Mountain High
Matt Holliday makes his triumphant return to the Colorado Rockies lineup tonight after missing the past 15 days on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. And wouldn't you know it, the San Francisco Giants and Pat Misch (0-2, 5.79 ERA) are in town to welcome him back. Scariest part about that statement is I'd rate Holliday's comeback even higher if it were Barry Zito on the bump tonight. Yikes.
Chipping the Pine
The Braves are in Chicago to play the first place Cubs and will be doing so without slugger Chipper Jones. A slight tear in his quadriceps has left him unable to run and therefore, unable to play. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones might be able to play later this week, so for now just play it cool. The guy was absolutely on fire up until this latest setback, and sits with a ridiculous .402 average on the season.
Time to Step Up
After losing DH David Ortiz for the next couple of months, the Boston Red Sox are in desperate need for the Josh Beckett from a year ago. The same holds true for those of you who drafted Beckett to be the ace of your rotation only to see him post an unimpressive 6-4 record with a trip to the DL in April. Tonight is going to be a true test for Beckett, going against an impressive Baltimore Orioles club when his team needs him most. Start him with confidence because Beckett thrives in these situations and seems to be better when the pressure is on.
Funniest Headline of the Day: Clemens: First 'roids, now Viagra?
Didn't get a chance to say this earlier, but congratulations to Ken Griffey Jr. for becoming the sixth person in history to hit 600 home runs in his career. I worshiped Junior throughout my misguided youth and to this day I am convinced if it wasn't for injuries, I'd be writing about him hitting his 700th home run. Without a doubt, Junior has the smoothest swing in baseball and is a sure fire Hall-of-Famer.
Even as a Sox fan, I have to admit, it would be pretty cool to have Mark Cuban become owner of the Chicago Cubs.