Two blog postings in less than 12 hours for two separate days. Yep. I have a day job. On to the Game Notes!
"OF Eric Byrnes was activated from the 15-day DL before the game after being sidelined with a right hamstring strain since May 27. OF Alex Romero was optioned to Triple-A Tucson. " Byrnes saw an uptick in ownership this week with his expected return from the DL. I think this is yet another case of a player being owned because of the familiarity of his name versus his on-field performance. Byrnes is hitting .213 for the year with 6 HR and 23 RBI. Certainly better and more productive options are available in even the deepest of leagues. His 0 for 5 start leaving 6 men on base does not bode well for his return.
"Braves SS Yunel Escobar made his first start after missing two games with a hip injury." Good news following the concern with the hip flexor from the Braves training staff. Escobar hit only .190 last week with no HR or RBI. Here's hoping that the time off improves his bat as well as his hip. Owners who have an option to sideline the Braves utility man might be well served to do so until his bat and that .300 average return.
"3B Chipper Jones missed his third straight start with a strained right quadriceps, but the Braves slugger reported his first day of improvement." Manager Bobby Cox seems inclined to keep Chipper on the bench until the Blue Jays series this weekend where he can DH. Since injuring his quad, the .400 candidate has lost 28 points to his batting average. The big decison for Chipper owners is do you take the '0' while he's off for the Brewers series or start a replacement?
"Mariners LHP Erik Bedard was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday against the Mets after leaving Friday's outing with back spasms. Miguel Batista will start instead." The Pilots training staff is making noises about Bedard going on the DL. Bedard has been a disappointment to owners who made an early pick of him. Reserve him if you can. Batista, by the way, is not a fantasy option. His 6.26 ERA, 1.90 WHIP and 43 K/47 BB ratio is a team killer.
"Rockie Jeff Baker was the National League player of the week, homering in four consecutive games, hitting in all six games and piling up a 1.043 slugging percentage." Baker's excellent week kept him in the game last week. He's the utility man who replaced the original utility man in Barmes when he went out. I doubt he will see much consistent playing time going forward.
Only five games played and still there was a streaker. "Angels OF Vladimir Guerrero extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the sixth inning."