You knew when you drafted Rangers’ outfielder
Josh Hamilton that you were living on borrowed time but not even the most pessimistic of owners would have thought that you’d only get a little over 10 games before Hamilton would bump into his shadow and be lost for what could be up to two months.
Hamilton suffered a non-displaced fracture of the humerus bone is his right shoulder on a head-first slide into home in the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Tigers. Rangers’ outfielder
David Murphy, who was worth owning in deeper leagues prior to Hamilton’s injury, should be the main beneficiary of the extra playing time created by Hamilton’s injury.
But the move with the biggest potential is the Rangers calling up first baseman
Chris Davis. Davis who had a monster spring with five home runs and 18 RBI was recalled from AAA Round Rock of the Pacific Coast league where was hitting .429 with four home runs and 11 RBI in only 21 at-bats. Davis is definitely worth stashing if you have the room and could provide huge dividends.
Jed Lowrie got the start at thrid base and collected two doubles as he went 2-for-4 raising his average to .438. Meanwhile starting shortstop
Marco Scutaro went 0-for-2 dropping his average to .172. Lowrie’s flexibility in the field should provide plenty of at-bats until he finds a permanent home in the Red Sox starting lineup.
Angel Sanchez went 4-for-5 on Tuesday raising his average to .395 and may have just Wally Pipp’ed
Clint Barmes before Barmes was ever able to put on an Astros’ uniform.
With two hits versus the Twins, Royals third baseman
Wilson Betemit raised his average to .400 and looks to have overtaken
Mike Aviles as the Royals third baseman as Aviles, who DH’d on Tuesday, went hitless dropping his average to .107.
Luke Hughes got another start at second base and picked up two hits and two RBI while raising his avevage to .273.
Sam LeCure was outstanding as he gave up one run on one hit while striking out eight in a no-decision versus the Padres. LeCure has now struck out 14 in 12.0 innings with an ERA of 2.25. LeCure is definitely worth a pickup for pitching needy teams.
Jim Bukowski is a staff writer for BaseballSharks.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.