Sat, 24 Aug 2013 13:03:16 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols and former teammate Torii Hunter, now of the Detroit Tigers, reportedly came close to fighting with each other during a team meeting last season. Not long before the meeting, Hunter had a confrontation in the dugout with SP C.J. Wilson. Pujols confronted Hunter during the meeting, unaware that the two players had already settled their differences. Pujols and Hunter exchanged words, with Hunter accusing Pujols of being a bad teammate even when the Angels won because of his tendency to pout if he didn't get any hits. After Pujols told Hunter to shut up, Hunter charged Pujols from the other end of the clubhouse but ended up being restrained by RP LaTroy Hawkins and OF Vernon Wells. Hunter and Pujols eventually settled the dispute and remain friends.
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 22:02:21 -0700
New York Yankees OF Vernon Wells made his first career start at first base in the game Monday, Aug. 5, against the Chicago White Sox. He didn't make any noticeable mistakes at first, and he was 3-for-4 at the plate.
Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:05:14 -0700
New York Yankees OF Zoilo Almonte is making his first career big league start Friday, June 21, and he could be in line for more starts over slumping OF Vernon Wells, who is batting .107 in June and .221 on the year. Manager Joe Girardi is taking it day-to-day. Almonte hit .297 with a .789 OPS at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Fantasy Tip: This is something to keep an eye on in AL-only leagues. Almonte must perform in order to continue taking time away from Wells in the outfield.
Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:19:08 -0700
New York Yankees OF Vernon Wells went 0-for-3 Thursday, June 20, and is 6-for-59 in the month of June.
Fantasy Tip: Wells' hot start to the year seems like ancient history at this point. Once Curtis Granderson (hand) returns, don't expect Wells to see much playing time. In fact, he's probably not even worth owning in deep mixed leagues right now.
Sun, 09 Jun 2013 23:02:47 -0700
Despite a 6-for-57 slump at the plate with just one run batted in, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi will stick with OF Vernon Wells in left field. "I still consider Vernon an everyday player,'' Girardi said. "I may spell him a day off for (Lyle) Overbay, but I still think he is an everyday player.''
Wed, 29 May 2013 10:20:42 -0700
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (finger) underwent surgery Wednesday, May 29, to insert a pin into the broken knuckle on his left pinkie finger. General manager Brian Cashman said this won't affect Granderson's original timetable.
Fantasy Tip: Expect Grandy to be out another four to six weeks. This solidifies the playing time for Brett Gardner, Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki. Brennan Boesch is only useful in AL-only setups.
Fri, 24 May 2013 19:20:45 -0700
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (finger) had X-rays after the game Friday, May 24, which revealed a fracture of the fifth metacarpal. In other words, he has a fractured knuckle on his left pinkie finger.
Fantasy Tip: It's uncertain how much time Granderson will be forced to miss, but fantasy owners should be prepared for another disabled list stint for the Grandy man. Friday night was only his eighth game of the season after missing the first 38 games of the season recovering from a broken right forearm he suffered early in spring training. Alex Rodriguez missed 36 games last year with the same injury.
This is good news for Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells owners that held onto them after the return of Granderson. They'll both return to consistent playing time in the outfield and should be owned in most mixed leagues, assuming Granderson heads back to the DL. Travis Hafner should return to full-time designated hitter duties for the most part, too.
Wed, 22 May 2013 15:06:34 -0700
New York Yankees OF Ichiro Suzuki was in the lineup Wednesday, May 22, because he has good numbers against Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel. The move shifted OF Curtis Granderson to center field. However, if there are no injuries, manager Joe Girardi is expected to settle on a specific outfield every day that should consist of OFs Vernon Wells, Brett Gardner and Granderson from left to right.
Fantasy Tip: This seems to indicate that Suzuki will lose out on playing time, unless he's in the designated hitter role, which he'd have to share with Travis Hafner. There's less incentive to hold onto Suzuki in mixed leagues now, especially since he doesn't run as much near the end of his career.
Tue, 14 May 2013 13:19:33 -0700
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (forearm) is making his season debut batting cleanup and starting in left field Tuesday, May 14. The team has decided that they are better defensively with OF Brett Gardner in center field. OFs Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki are both expected to continue seeing playing time with Granderson back. Wells is the designated hitter Tuesday.
Fantasy Tip: The biggest loser in this scenario is probably Travis Hafner. His limited positional eligibility also hurts his value in deep mixed leagues, too. Wells and Suzuki won't play as much as they were, but they should continue to see enough at-bats to remain valuable in cavernous mixed leagues.
Mon, 13 May 2013 16:36:56 -0700
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (forearm) has had at least one hit in four of his previous rehab games, including three hits Sunday, May 12, and he's batting .412 with a home run for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He could come off the disabled list Tuesday, May 14, barring any setbacks. "I've always said, 'when Grandy feels that he's ready, then come on,' said manager Joe Girardi. "We want him back in our lineup and if he feels that he's ready to go, he's ready to go. Whenever the conversation takes place, we're open arms."
Fantasy Tip: All signs point to Granderson returning tomorrow after the club optioned Brennan Boesch to the minors. It's unclear which outfield position Granderson will play, but all that matters is that he'll be in the lineup on a regular basis. Finding PT for Vernon Wells might be tougher, and he may be involved in an outfield platoon with Ichiro Suzuki, which will limit both players' value in mixed universes.