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Roto Roundup: Tommy Hanson Hurting, Jose Reyes to DL

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The Braves are considering pushing back, or even skipping, Tommy Hanson's next start, after he got hit around in his last start. He is scheduled to pitch on Friday against the Cubs, who are hitting the ball real well of late. Mike Minor would start if Hanson needs to be pushed backed or skipped.

The Mets placed shortstop Jose Reyes and infielder Daniel Murphy on the DL yesterday. Reyes re-injured his hamstring and Murphy with a torn MCL in his left knee. There is no need to rush Reyes back, but I am sure he will seek to prove he is healthy going into the offseason. This injury could have impacted his next free agent contract, but certainly not to the extent that the S & P downgrade of the U.S. debt did to the world stock markets yesterday and overnight. Wow.

The Red Sox moved Carl Crawford into the 2 hole in the lineup last night, and he responded by going 1-4 with a run scored and 2 strikeouts. Crawford has been hot of late, as he is 15-41 with 6 extra base hits and 2 SBs in his last 10 games. He is now hitting .259-.294-.399 with 7 HRs, 38 RBIs, 46 runs and 14 SBs. A disappointing season for the Red Sox and fantasy owners for sure.

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Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 4-5 with a HR, 3 runs and 3 RBIs last night, and he must be trying to make a statement to the team, as he is upset that the team has not approached him about a new contract yet. He is hitting .295-.381-.548 with 22 HRs and 74 RBIs. I think it is a no-brainer for the Sox to re-sign him in the offseason.

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy went 3-5 with a HR, double, and 4 RBIs last night and is hitting .270-.317-.512 with 20 HRs and 52 RBIs in 326 at bats thus far in 2011. He is having a bounce back season after two disappointing seasons.

White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham was once a top prospect who had a breakout rookie season back in 2009 where he went 14-63-58-7-.270. But since then, he has underperformed expectations. He went 1-4 with a HR and 2 RBis last night, but is hitting just .245-.302-.354 with 9 HRs, 33 RBIs and 4 SBs. His K rate has increased each of the last two seasons and his BB rate has dropped over the same time period.

Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 3-5 with a run scored and 2 RBIs last night and is hitting .273-.337-.442 with 3 HRs and 24 RBIs. Duda will be the Mets first baseman for the rest of the season with Ike Davis out for the season, and should be their starting right fielder come 2012.

Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson is close to becoming an ace and he is just 24 years old. He held the Royals to a run on 6 hits, 3 walks and 7 strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work last night. He is 10-7 with an excellent 3.05 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He will have to cut down on the number of long balls he gives up, and could stand to strikeout a few more batters, but he has a bright future.

Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz went 3-4 with a HR, 3 runs and 2 RBIs last night and is now hitting .265-.314-.538 with 25 HRs, 74 RBIs and 50 runs scored thus far in 2011. The steals are down this season, but the power remains. Injuries have slowed him down on the basepaths.

As I write this, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is 3-4 with 3 runs scored and a SB. Since his call up he is hitting .354-.377-.415 with 4 RBIs and 4 SBs. The Astros are rebuilding, so Altuve is the team's second baseman in 2012 and beyond.

Altuve's teammate J.D. Martinez is 2-3 with a walk, HR, 3 runs and 3 RBIs and is hitting .290-.333-.645 with 3 HRs, 11 RBIs and 6 runs scored in his first 31 at bats in the big leagues. Martinez hit .338-.414-.546 with 13 HRs, 72 RBIs and 50 runs scored at AA Corpus Christi. He showed a solid eye at the plate as he had a 55-42 K/BB rate in 317 at bats this season. Martinez, like Altuve, will get plenty of at bats in the Astros lineup the rest of the season and in 2012.