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Who will replace Jake Peavy if he is traded? Brett Lawrie done at second base? Another top pitching prospect undergoes Tommy John surgery.

Andre Rienzo could replace Peavy in the White Sox rotation if he is traded.
Andre Rienzo could replace Peavy in the White Sox rotation if he is traded.
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Notes

Joe Blanton will pitch in long relief for the time being. Garret Richards has taken his spot in the rotation. Richards is not a guy worth trusting in mixed leagues.

Brett Lawrie is likely done playing second base this season after committing two errors in six games played there. He has already gained eligibility there in any league with a 5 game eligibility rule.

Martin Perez is at risk of being removed from the Rangers rotation with the way he has pitched lately. He let up 6 ER against the Indians yesterday and will have to be better in his next start on Wednesday against the Angels.

Andre Rienzo could be the top option to replace Jake Peavy in the White Sox rotation if he is traded. I like Rienzo to be useful in deeper mixed leagues or AL-only leagues. He pitched in the futures game and has a 1.64 ERA with more than a strikeout per inning over his last ten AAA starts.

Alfonso Soriano was traded to the Yankees and should be an everyday fixture in their lineup the rest of the way.

Injuries

Mike Zunino could be out for up to two months with a broken hand. Jesus Montero isn't playing catcher anymore and isn't an option for a call-up unless the Mariners change their mind about him.

Albert Pujols' foot is getting worse and he may need to be placed on the DL.

Jason Vargas should be able to make his return in Mid-August. His surgery didn't have to do with his arm, elbow, or shoulder so he should come back at 100%.

Zach McCallister was activated to start against the Mariners this past Tuesday and he'll make his next start on Monday against the White Sox. He's worth a pickup in AL-only leagues.

Clay Buchholz has had multiple setbacks but he could be back in about a month if he keeps progressing.

Derek Jeter should make his return within a couple days.

Rays top pitching prospect Taylor Guerrieri will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Curtis Granderson is about a week away from returning to the Yankees lineup. At that point it will be interesting to see what the team does with Travis Hafner who has a shoulder issue and hasn't been producing for a while now.