Roto Roundup: Chase Utley, Derek Jeter, Tim Lincecum and Others

April 23, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (44) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence sat out last night's game with the Diamondbacks with an injured left arm, which he hurt yesterday diving for a ball. He will be visit team doctors to determine severity, and is considered day-to-day per GM Ruben Amaro Jr. That means he will land on the 15 day DL tomorrow.

Giants starter Tim Lincecum won his first game of the season, but it wasn't pretty. He limited the Mets to just one run, but he gave up 4 hits, walked 5 and struck out 8 in just 5 innings or work yesterday. He is still not right as he walked 5 and threw 108 pitches in 5 innings. ESPN reported after the game that Mets hitters swung at just 11% of his pitches outside the zone, his lowest total of his career.

Speaking of the Giants, here is Andrew Baggarly from Comcast Sportsnet with quotes from Giants manager Bruce Bochy:

Andrew Baggarly ‏ @CSNBaggs

Bochy says Schierholtz has earned everyday playing time. Said Hector Sanchez making a case for more time too, with Posey at first.

So Aubrey Huff, Brandon Belt and Melky Cabrera will fight for time in left field? Trade Belt already. Houston needs an outfielder.

Nick Piecoro from the Arizona Republic tweeted that Dbacks outfielder Chris Young will not return when his 15 day stint on the DL is up, and manager Kirk Gbson did not know when he will return. It's ashame Young landed on the DL, as he was having a career year, hitting .410-.500-.897 with 5 HRs, 13 RBI, 8 runs and 2 stolen bases in just 39 at bats.

More Roto Roundup after the jump:

MLB.com's Todd Zolecki tweeted an injury update on Phillies second baseman Chase Utley last night:

Todd Zolecki ‏ @ToddZolecki

Utley said he has no pain when he swings. Took grounders today for first time. Said he felt some pain there, but he seemed pretty upbeat.

Utley took questions from the Phillies beat writers yesterday in Arizona, and here is an excerpt:

Q: Your body language indicates you’re feeling pretty good?
A: I’m not happy that I’m not playing. I’m looking at it from a positive, like I always have. I’ve definitely gained strength over the past three weeks. I’m able to run. I’m able to take some ground balls like I did today. Fairly light but it’ll be a progression to make them tougher. Hitting wise, it was uncomfortable during spring training. Right now it’s not.

It sounds like he is getting closer to joining the team, so if he i available in your leagues, go out and grab him as he won't be available once he goes out on a rehab.

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 4-5 with 2 runs scored and an RBI last night in the Yankees 7-4 win over the Rangers. He is now hitting .411-.436-.644 with 4 HRs and 13 RBI. And I thought $20 was too much to pay for him in my AL-Only keeper league.

Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia tossed a gem last night, giving up just one run on 6 hits and a walk in 7.2 innings, and was in line for the win but closer Jason Motte blew his first save of the season. Garcia is 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA and 1.42 WHIP, which should drop if Garcia can pitch like this on most nights.

Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves earned the save last night, giving up just one hit i a scoreless 9th inning. But, it will be Daniel Bard who gets all the headlines for coming in and getting two outs and walking one to close out the 8th. I think Bard could make it as a starter or as their closer, but I just hope that Bobby V. doesn't turn him into the next Joba Chamberlain.

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun went 3-4 with a HR, 2 runs, and 2 RBI last night, and is starting to catch fire. He has 5 hits in his last 10 at bats, with 2 HRs and 4 RBI. He raised his triple slash line to .288-.362-.559 with 3 HRs, 9 RBI and 3 stolen bases.

Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley shut out the Phillies, who doesn't these days, for 6 innings last night. He gave up just 2 hits, a walk and 7 strikeouts to win his first major league start. He is now 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 0.95 WHIP.

White Sox starter Jake Peavy tossed a complete game shutout vs the Athletics , giving up just 3 hits, walking 2 and striking out 5 to earn his third win of the season. He has been vintage Peavy this season, as he lowered his ERA to 1.88 and his WHIP to 0.74.

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