BOSTON - MAY 19: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox watches his hit in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins on May 19, 2010 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Ortiz's hit was ruled a home run after review of the play. Victor Martinez of the Red Sox also scored on the play. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
First things first: While I will be talking about a couple of the players in last nights mega-deal, most of them are staying where they are in terms of majors versus minors, so I won't be going in depth on that deal. I will still be discussing the people who have landed on the disabled list and who have come up or been sent down in recent days. Let's get to it.
David Ortiz - Papi is back to a dramatically different lineup, but if he's healthy (and he should be at this point), he should be ready to produce immediately.
Jose Tabata - Tabata gets the call with Starling Marte headed to the DL. He's not exactly an exciting option and could struggle to see consistent playing time with Alex Presely, Andrew McCutcheon, Garret Jones and Travis Snider all hanging around.
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Daniel Nava - Not the most exciting option to play, but always exciting to watch, the little man was activated from the DL and given Crawford's surgery and impending departure, could see some playing time on the new look Red Sox.
Francisco Peguero - Peguero lacks a lot of things to be a viable major league outfielder, but he DOES have power and potentially opportunity with Melky Cabrera's suspension. He could be a decent power option for those in deep leagues if he gets the playing time, but it will come at a cost.
Starling Marte - Marte wasn't necessarily impressing with his approach at the plate, but he was getting the job done for fantasy owners providing a solid power speed combination. He strained his right oblique and by now we all know what that means. We'll see if the Pirates even bother to bring him back this season, as he won't have a minor league team to rehab with and it might be best to let him rest for a full offseason.
Alejandro De Aza - De Aza was day-to-day for a bit, but ends up on the DL with a rib injury. I expect he will be back when his time is up, though ribs are easy to aggravate, so it's a bit of a waiting game from here.
Carl Crawford - This one wasn't hard to see coming, as it had been discussed for a while. Crawford wasn't bad while he played, but he certainly wasn't healthy either. We'll see if he can come back as even 70% of his normal self next year in the national league.
Eric Young Jr - I didn't ever think Young would be good enough to include on a list like this, but here he is after a terrific start to August. EYJR has an intercostal muscle strain which is essentially an oblique injury for our intents and purposes. We won't see him until mid-September.
Devin Mesoraco - I've got to eat some crow on this one. I thought Mesoraco was ready to hit immediately, and even if he struggled, the bar at catcher is so low that he could have made a reasonable contribution. Well, I was wrong. He's been pretty terrible the entire season and was sent down to Triple-A, though I'm not sure what the play is as the minor league season is nearly ending.
Jaime Garcia - Now that is how you come back from the disabled list. Perhaps forgotten in the 19 inning marathon that ensued, Garcia was absolutely studly in his return to the Cardinals rotation. I'd be getting him in my lineup as soon as possible.
CC Sabathia - Sabathia was activated from the DL last night, and should be activated immediately.
Brett Anderson - Anderson didn't quite match Garcia's return to the mound, but given his layoff, he was just as impressive. He looked like the Anderson of old, and he's unowned in WAY too many leagues. If he's still available in yours, snag him now.
Zach Britton - Britton was recalled to "bolster" the Orioles "rotation". He'll be what he's been, which is solid but not as good as we wanted him to be based on the terrific start to his major league career. He's not a recommended option in fantasy leagues of any kind.
Tyler Skaggs - Skaggs overall line might not look pretty, given his 4 walks, but he pitched very well in his career debut, and showed us just how good his curveball was. It was announced he'd stick with the team in some capacity, and I like his chances of racking up K's. If you're making an upside play, Skaggs is your guy.
Jacob Turner - As predicted last week, Turner got the call up and faced Skaggs. While his overall line looked comparable, he didn't look nearly as good and looks much more like a back of the rotation guy than the frontline starter he appeared to be when drafted.
Dan Straily - Straily was optioned to make room for Brett Anderson, and while many (including myself) assumed he'd be the guy to replace Bartolo Colon following his shocking suspension, he's not eligible to be called up for 10 days after being optioned unless there's an injury. He may well get the call when those 10 days are up, but he hasn't as of yet.
Bartolo Colon - The husky one was suspended and will miss the rest of the season. Certainly not a dominating presence in fantasy, he'll still leave a sizeable hole in any rotation.
Rubby De La Rosa - I normally wouldn't include a player who was called up and sent down within the same week, as his roster status hasn't really changed since the previous Report. However, RDLR pitched poorly in an outing and was optioned. Not much to write about, right? Well, he was only optioned because it will allow the Dodgers to sit him out and include him as PTBNL in the trade with the Red Sox. He's my favorite talent that the Sox are receiving and he's got a truly special arm. He is the guy to target in AL Only leagues where you can start nabbing some of these guys.
Ivan Nova - He just knows how to win. I guess he doesn't know how to avoid the DL though, landing hear with inflammation in his rotator cuff. It's never good to hear a rotator cuff associated with a pitcher injury, so proceed with caution.