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Diamond market: Tulowitzki back on DL


Diamond market: Tulowitzki back on DL

KEY

Discard - Drop player (in most circumstances)
Stash - Hold player if roster space is available; consider dropping if trend continues
Hold - Do not drop player (in most circumstances)

Catchers

Mike Napoli, Los Angeles Angels

Just when he was showing some signs of life, Napoli (shoulder) finds himself on the disabled list courtesy of inflammation in his right shoulder. Napoli started the season on fire and had a .258-10-23 line as of May 18, but he bottomed out after that going 2-for-38 with just one RBI over the next month-plus to drop his average to .197. However, a mini-resurgence at the end of June pushed his average back over the Mendoza Line. He's not worth retaining outside of AL-only leagues.

Shallow mixed: Discard
Deep mixed: Discard
AL-only: Hold

Shortstops

Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado

Two weeks to the day after returning from a lengthy stay on the disabled list, Tulowitzki (hand) put himself right back on the list when he slammed a bat out of frustration and sustained a deep cut when the bat shattered. Tulowitzki had gone just 9-for-46 since returning, but he had hit safely in six of his last seven games with a pair of home runs and five RBI. He's worth retaining if you can find a DL or bench spot for him.

Shallow mixed: Stash
Deep mixed: Hold
NL-only: Hold

Bobby Crosby, Oakland

It took longer than usual, but Crosby (hamstring) once again finds himself at his home away from home ... the disabled list. This marks Crosby's sixth trip to the DL in the past four seasons, and he had appeared in just 273 of a possible 486 games over the previous three years entering 2008. His numbers (.260-4-38) already made him a non-factor outside of AL-only leagues, which means he should only be kept in those league-specific formats.

Shallow mixed: Discard
Deep mixed: Discard
AL-only: Hold

Jeff Keppinger, Cincinnati

Off to a great start in 2008 before a knee injury sidelined him for over a month, Keppinger is just 8-for-46 (.174) since returning - including a 0-for-19 start to July. With Keppinger fighting for at-bats with several other players in the Reds lineup, any prolonged slump could result in a decrease in playing time. Without much speed or power, Keppinger's primary contribution to fantasy teams is his average. With his average now down to .289, Keppinger has become exclusively an option in NL-only leagues.

Shallow mixed: Discard
Deep mixed: Discard
NL-only: Hold

Jason Bartlett, Tampa Bay

Bartlett (knee) suffered a sprained right knee after swiping third base Wednesday, July 2, and was placed on the DL the following day. Bartlett has done a nice job for the Rays after a rough start, though his only value to fantasy owners comes courtesy of his 18 stolen bases. That's simply not enough to keep him in mixed setups.

Shallow mixed: Discard
Deep mixed: Discard
AL-only: Hold

Mike Aviles, Kansas City

After posting a .330-3-15 line for the month of June, Aviles has gone 0-for-16 to start July. The slump has dropped his average from .319 entering the month all the way down to .273. Growing pains are a part of life for most rookies, so those in deeper mixed leagues should look to hold on to Aviles and weather the storm. Owners in shallow leagues likely have better options available and can part ways with the rookie.

Shallow mixed: Discard
Deep mixed: Hold
AL-only: Hold

Outfielders

Elijah Dukes, Washington

Dukes (knee) is headed back to the disabled list after partially tearing a tendon in his right knee Saturday, July 5. The temperamental outfielder had really heated up in June, batting at a .292 clip with four home runs and 15 RBI, but is now expected to be out four to six weeks recovering from the knee injury. Dukes already missed more than a month with a hamstring injury earlier this year. He's not worth retaining in mixed leagues.

Shallow mixed: Discard
Deep mixed: Discard
NL-only: Hold

Starting Pitchers

Tom Gorzelanny, Pittsburgh

A 14-game winner a season ago, Gorzelanny was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis after allowing eight runs (seven earned) in 4 2/3 innings Friday, July 4. Gorzelanny was coming off by far his best month of the season (2-1, 4.66 ERA in June) but his overall totals this year are ugly, particularly his 1.83 WHIP and 6.57 ERA. He is definitely not worth keeping in mixed leagues, though some NL-only owners can consider stashing him in the event he can pitch himself back to his 2007 form in the minors.

Shallow mixed: Discard
Deep mixed: Discard
NL-only: Stash

Greg Reynolds, Colorado

The Rockies decided they had seen enough of the 2006 second overall pick after Reynolds was rocked for seven runs in just 1 1/3 innings of work Friday, July 4. Colorado fought back to win the game, which spared Reynolds his seventh loss of the year (and fourth in five starts). However, his ratios are poor (6.71 ERA, 1.58 WHIP) and his 18 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings are laughable. Discard him in all formats.

Shallow mixed: Discard
Deep mixed: Discard
NL-only: Discard

Mitchell Boggs, St. Louis

Boggs was reasonably effective in three of his first four starts, but he was lit up for 11 runs (10 earned) on 10 hits and six walks Thursday, July 3. His poor outing provided all the impetus needed for the club to thrust veteran pitcher Mark Mulder into Boggs' spot in the rotation, and the activation of infielder Cesar Izturis (hamstring) necessitated Boggs' demotion to Triple-A Memphis. Considering all the potential starting options on the horizon for St. Louis it seems Boggs can be released even in deeper NL-only leagues.

Shallow mixed: Discard
Deep mixed: Discard
NL-only: Discard

Relief Pitchers

Joe Borowski, Cleveland

After blowing his fourth save in 10 chances Tuesday, July 1, the Indians decided they had seen enough of last year's American League saves leader and designated the 37-year-old for assignment. He'll probably latch on somewhere else, but odds are it'll be in a setup or long relief role. Cut him loose in all setups.

Shallow mixed: Discard
Deep mixed: Discard
AL-only: Discard


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: July 9, 2008

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