Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:47:55 -0700
Baltimore Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop likely will be sent down to the minor leagues when 3B Manny Machado (knee) is ready to return to the team. 2B Ryan Flaherty and 2B Steve Lombardozzi probably would share starts at second base.
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:02:08 -0700
Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy (back) has missed four of the team's last five games with back spasms, but he was "a lot better" Tuesday, April 8, and is available off the bench. The Orioles are optimistic that Hardy can avoid going on the disabled list and return in a day or two. INFs Ryan Flaherty, Jonathan Schoop and Steve Lombardozzi have been starting on the infield with Hardy and 3B Manny Machado (knee) out.
Fantasy Tip: Continue to keep Hardy on your bench until he returns to the lineup, which could be later this week. Flaherty, Schoop and Lombardozzi should all be owned in AL-only leagues until both Hardy and Machado are back in the lineup together on a daily basis.
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:12:26 -0700
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter would like to give 2B Jonathan Schoop, who can also play third base, the bulk of his starts at second base. Schoop has been working with coaches on his fielding at the keystone.
Fantasy Tip: Schoop should already be owned in AL-only leagues, and he could become a nice commodity for middle-infield depth in very deep mixed universes if he ends up being a favorite of Showalter's. However, he'll open the season splitting time with Steve Lombardozzi and Steve Pearce.
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:55:25 -0700
Baltimore Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop is expected to make the opening day roster, and he will alternate at second base with 2B Steve Lombardozzi and at third base with 3B Ryan Flaherty.
Fantasy Tip: Schoop is an intriguing prospect with raw power for a second baseman. He earned his spot with a strong spring showing, and he'll be that much more valuable in AL-only leagues if he can gain multi-position eligibility.
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:33:37 -0700
The Baltimore Orioles acquired 2B Steve Lombardozzi from the Detroit Tigers for SS Alex Gonzalez.
Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:01:15 -0700
Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias (shins) will miss four to six months with stress fractures in both of his legs. He will be re-evaluated in four months, and he'll be relegated to non-weight bearing exercises and upper-body conditioning for four to six months. The Tigers may decide to sign free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox) to replace Iglesias.
Fantasy Tip: This essentially means Iglesias is done for the year, and it might affect him for the rest of his career, sadly. If Detroit doesn't trade for Drew, Steve Lombardozzi may be the biggest beneficiary of playing time on the infield, but that's unlikely.
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:45:11 -0700
Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias (shins) is expected to be out at least until the All-Star break with significant injuries to both of his shins. He could wind up missing the entire season, according to a baseball source. INFs Steve Lombardozzi, Danny Worth, Hernan Perez and Eugenio Suarez have been playing shortstop in spring games, but the team doesn't have a clear replacement on roster. Free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox) and Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin could be options if Detroit decides to look outside the organization.
Fantasy Tip: Terrible news for Iglesias here. Fortunately for fantasy players, he likely was left undrafted in mixed leagues, because he's a defense-first player and isn't heralded for his skills with the bat. Drew seems like a real possibility, so if you could use an upgrade at shortstop and he wasn't drafted in your league, you might want to think about scooping him up.
Sat, 15 Mar 2014 20:34:03 -0700
Updating a previous report, Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias (shin) has significant injuries to both shins that are expected to keep him out at least until the All-Star break and could force him to miss most or all of the season, a source confirmed Saturday, March 15. The team has no clear replacement for Iglesias on their current roster. Utilitymen Steve Lombardozzi and Danny Worth and minor-leaguers Hernan Perez and Eugenio Suarez have been playing shortstop during Grapefruit League spring games while Iglesias has been sidelined.
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:28:56 -0700
Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias (shins) will visit with a second specialist to figure out a fix for the stress reaction in his shins. Manager Brad Ausmus said the meeting isn't a positive sign that Iglesias will return soon. Iglesias received orthotics that added extra cushion under the feet last week, and he's since resumed workouts and taken batting practice. However, he has not done anything more than light jogging, suggesting he's not close to returning to games. Iglesias could be running out of time in order to be ready for opening day. INF Steve Lombardozzi has been playing semi-regularly at shortstop with Iglesias out the last few weeks, and he'd likely fill in if Iglesias has a day-to-day injury. If Iglesias needs to start on the disabled list, the Tigers could call up SSs Hernan Perez or Eugenio Suarez.
Fantasy Tip: Iglesias isn't highly sought after in fantasy leagues, because he's a defense-first player. This news surely will have very few folks willing to take him. If he opens on the DL, none of his replacements are worth looking into, either.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:54:10 -0700
Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias (shins) is still receiving treatment on his shins. Though he's taking batting practice and fielding ground balls, he's not running.
Fantasy Tip: He did a bit of running a few days ago but hasn't progressed in that department. It's getting unclear as to whether he'll start the 2014 campaign on time. If Iglesias can't go, Steve Lombardozzi or someone else may have to step in for tepid AL-only filler value.