Manager Dave Roberts insists the decision to give Yasiel Puig a day off was made before he removed the outfielder from the game on Tuesday night. ‘It’s not punitive at all,’ Roberts said. ‘After the game we talked. He received everything well, so it’s just moving forward.
VerHagen was recently demoted to the minors so he can continue to be off the radar for fantasy owners. The right-hander pitched to an ERA of 7.11 in 19 games and will now look to get healthy to become an option for the Tigers later in the season.
It wouldn’t be an off-season unless Ebron garners hype of becoming an every week tight end. Along with the weight loss, if you factor in the retirement of Calvin Johnson, the hype train will continue to roll. The opportunity for Ebron will be there as one of the top targets for Matt Stafford and as long as he stays healthy, he should be productive, However, fantasy owners should have a decent backup in case he disappoints again.
Moscot has missed most of the month with left shoulder discomfort and is coming off a rehab start where he allowed nine runs and 11 hits over four innings. It will be interesting to see what the Reds do if Moscot struggles again, but for now, it appears he is close to returning to the big league team. Fantasy owners can look elsewhere as there isn’t much upside with Moscot.
Duffy continues to build up his pitch count after being inserted into the rotation from the bullpen when Kris Medlen went down with a shoulder injury. The left-hander has pitched well as he has yet to give up a run in his two starts. Unfortunately, due to the pitch count limit, he hasn’t been able to complete five innings. Duffy could be an option soon for fantasy owners, but until his pitch restriction is lifted, there are better alternatives.
The drama continues with the Dodgers and Puig and it would be a lot easier to handle if the outfielder was performing. However, a horrible slash line of .246/.287/.380 with five homeruns and 19 RBIs has made it difficult to accept his antics. Fantasy owners’ patience have worn thin and if they haven’t traded Puig already, the only choice is to stash him on the bench and hope he turns his season around.
Ryu has now made three rehab starts and continues to be on track to return in the middle of June. The left-hander struck out three and walked none in those four innings which is a positive sign as he attempts to battle back from a shoulder injury that has kept him out for a season and a half. Ryu has a career 3.17 ERA so he is a pitcher fantasy owners who are in deeper leagues should stash away as he could help in the second half of the season.