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Injury Report: Bucs Lose Wilson

April 7, 2008 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Luis Rivas is hitting well right now.
Luis Rivas is actually hitting very well with Jack Wilson sidelined. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Jack Wilson, coming off one of his most productive seasons, is hurt again.

A strained calf has landed the Buc’ shortstop on the 15-day DL, the third straight season he’ll miss action.

Despite missing about a month of action, he set personal bests in both homers and OBP last year, but was off to a slow start this season (1-for-12) before getting hurt Thursday. His DL stint was made retroactive to Friday, meaning he’ll be eligible to return on April 19.

In his stead, Luis Rivas, who hasn’t been valuable in quite a long time (okay, he’s never been valuable), could be worth a look. He’s been hitting up a storm, going 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI through the seventh inning of Monday’s home opener for the Pirates to raise his BA to .350.

Unfortunately, the natural second baseman is scuffling defensively, with two errors through six games.

As a result, look for Brian Bixler to get his chance by Wednesday. Called up from Triple-A to replace Wilson, Bixler is known for his defensive prowess at short, although he didn’t hit poorly at Triple-A last season (.274, five homers, 51 RBI) while showing great speed.

“We’re not calling him up to sit here. He’ll play,” says Pirates’ manager John Russell.

Bixler said he’d be okay backing up Freddy Sanchez at second base as well, but Pittsburgh only plans to employ Bixler at short.

So for the next two weeks, I’d suggest taking a look at Rivas as a decent short-term pickup, especially in NL-only leagues, but do note that if he continues to butcher things defensively, the Pirates will likely give Bixler more action at short.

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Boobie’s Back

April 2, 2008 | by RotoRob | Comments (3)
Delonte West should continue to man the point for the Cavs while Boobie Gibson tries to work his way back in shape. Daniel “Boobie” Gibson was able to return to action Wednesday night after being forced out early Sunday with a left ankle sprain. It’s great news for Gibson owners, who had to deal with the Cavs’ [...]
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V-Mart Going Under the Knife

April 1, 2008 | by RotoRob | Comments (1)
Oh crap…our worst fears have been realized with the announcement that Victor Martinez needs a hamstring transplant. After severely tearing the muscle in the season’s opening game, the All-Star catcher will undergo a rare procedure next week, whereby the hamstring of a cadaver will be infused into Martinez’s leg. It’s an operation that has only been [...]
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Sid the Kid Ready to Return

March 26, 2008 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Sidney Crosby is expected to be back in action Thursday night when the Penguins take on the New York Islanders. Let’s hope for his owners’ sake, Sid the Kid lasts longer than the last time he returned. After missing 21 games with an ankle injury, Crosby came back on March 4, but after just three games, he [...]
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Halo Rotation Suddenly Lack(ey)ing its Ace

March 15, 2008 | by Tim McLeod | Comments (1)
The Angels were dealt a rather harsh blow to their already depleted pitching corps, when it was announced Saturday that John Lackey will be shut down for at least a month with a strained right triceps. With Kelvim Escobar already going to miss most of April, it’s a damn good thing the Halos added some [...]
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