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Daily Box Score Review – April 9, 2011

It looks like the owners of
Hanley Ramirez have avoided disaster as what most assuredly looked like a serious injury has turned out to be a left leg contusion.  Stay tuned for updates over the weekend as things could change.

In the meantime you’re going to need need a replacement at shortstop and there are a couple of nice ones that should be available. 
Willie Bloomquist of Arizona recently received shortstop eligibility in Yahoo! and is only owned in 46% of leagues.  With two more hits on Friday night Bloomquist is now hitting a robust .357 with five stolen bases on the season. The Phillies
Wilson Valdez, who has been filling in for the injured Chase Utley and has both second base and shortstop eligibility, is hitting .375 and is owned in only 5% of Yahoo! leagues.

By the way, with Arizona shortstop
Stephen Drew making his first start of the season, red-hot Willie Bloomquist moved to left field.  Expect D’Backs manager
Kirk Gibson to find at-bats for Bloomquist as he’s just too hot to sit.

With three hits on Friday the Royals
Chris Getz upped his average to .391.  With Mike Aviles off to a slow start Getz should continue to see consistent playing time and could be a nice source of steals as he did steal 25 bases in 2009.

Luke Hughes, who was called up to replace the injured
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, got the start at second base for the Twins and went hitless in three at-bats.  Hughes has some pop, but it will cost you in batting average.

As a
Ryan Franklin owner I must admit that his two blown saves in three opportunities is starting to make me a little nervous.  But with the alternatives being
Jason Motte and
Mitchell Boggs Cardinals’ manager Tony LaRussa really doesn’t have any better options at this point.

Giants’ reliever
Brian Wilson blew his first save opportunity of the year on Friday and after throwing 34 pitches said that he may not be ready to go on Saturday.  Hopefully Wilson’s oblique is completely healed and he just needs a few outings to get back into the groove.

White Sox closer
Matt Thornton blew his second save of the season but didn’t allow an earned run.  The defense failed him by committing two errors, although he did give up four hits in just 2/3 of an inning of work.  With
Ozzie Guillen calling the shots you never what might happen so if
Chris Sale is available in your league…pick him up.

Jim Bukowski is a staff writer for and can be reached at


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