Another appendectomy has struck. This time it’s slugger Adam Dunn who will miss some time. On the pitching side, Ubaldo Jimenez has hit the DL due to a thumb injury. While neither can be “replaced”, there might be some interesting options available on your wire that can help for the time being.
Garrett Jones 1B/OF – 16% owned - Jones may be in a platoon situation, but if you can make daily roster moves and have a space open, he’s worth starting against right-handers. Jones hit .262 with 15 home runs in 378 at-bats against right-handed pitching in 2010.
Travis Hafner DH – 7% owned - A shoulder injury has sapped most of Hafner’s power for the past few seasons. Claiming to feel healthier and stronger to start this season than he has over the past three, Hafner may be an intriguing name to look at. He’s off to a hot start, hitting .375 with one home run and one double in 17 at-bats. If nothing else, you can try and ride out the hot streak.
Pat Burrell OF – 5% owned - Burrell is basically Adam Dun minus about 20 home runs over a full season. Both players are unlikely to hit for much AVG, but they both take a good amount of walks and hit for power. Burrell isn’t the type of players you’ll start everyday over a full season, but he has two bombs already on the year and is worth using as a fill-in.
James McDonald – 11% owned - Last season, McDonald posted a well above average 8.54 K/9 in 71.2 major league innings. His minor league strikeout totals were also above average. Control will be his biggest issue. He K’d four, but walked four in only 4.2 innings of work in his 2011 debut.
Chris Narveson – 3% owned - Narveson K’d five in his first start (6 IP) and posted slightly better than league average K/9 rate while starting 28 games last season. Keeping the ball in the yard will be the key to his success or failure in 2011. If there is a lack of options on your FA wire, give Narveson a look as he faces the Cubs and Nationals in next two outings.