unread for june 15th 2006
Rich (from Mass)
Just read that Cleveland plans to use Hafner at first base for the
first game of interleague play. But after that, who knows? Can you
run down the list of DH’s who are likely to miss most games during
interleague play? I believe that Oakland is considering putting
Frank Howard on the DL during interleague play since he has a sore
quad. I also believe that David Ortiz will get some starts at 1b. But
how about guys like Johnny Gomes, Giambi, and other DH’s?
Rich, of the primary DH’s who have any meaningful fantasy value, I would rank them in this order in terms of who stands to lose the most playing time in interleague play:
Frank Thomas (he might even go on the DL since they won’t use him at all at 1B)
Carl Everett (can he even play the OF any more?)
Jonny Gomes (a sore shoulder will probably prevent him from playing the field)
Travis Hafner (better than Broussard offensively, but not a real option in the field)
Shea Hillenbrand (he might give Overbay or Glaus a day off but otherwise he’ll pinch-hit)
Javy Lopez (he’ll give Ramon Hernandez a rest or two but isn’t really an option at 1B)
Jim Thome (probably still trustworthy at 1B, but Konerko is entrenched)
David Ortiz (they’ll probably rotate him, Youkilis and Lowell as they did last time)
Jason Giambi (Andy Phillips will get a game or two but Giambi should play most of the time)
I’ll be hoping Thome gets to play out there a little.
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