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Written by Robert Democh (Contact & Archive) on April 10, 2009
A-Rodâ€™s return approachethâ€¦Rodriguezâ€™ return date from hip surgery, tentatively thought to be around May 15, is now being moved up to April 30 based upon his highly encouraging rehab progress.Â If the A-Rod owner in your league is anxious, see if you can strike a deal.Â Five months of A-Rod beats six months of most anyone else.Â
Slithering Scherzerâ€¦Currently residing on the DL, Max Scherzer will be activated next week when the D-Backs require a fifth starter.Â He will likely remain on pitch counts and inning limits this season, which slightly diminishes his value in standard Roto leagues.Â Capitalize on that, because Arizonaâ€™s top pitching prospect and his major league approvedÂ heater should provide excellent returns in strikeouts, ERA and WHIP.Â
Swinging Sheffâ€¦It was a mild surprise when Gary Sheffield was released by Detroit on March 31 and an even bigger one when he landed with the Mets four days later.Â Heâ€™s 40 now and the bum shoulder isnâ€™t going anywhere.Â Sheffield lands in a great lineup in a new home park that projects to be at least neutral for right handed hitters.Â Without the ability to DH, however, itâ€™s difficult to see him getting sufficient at bats to be a fantasy mainstay unless one of the Mets starting outfielders gets hurt.Â More likely, heâ€™ll assume a role similar to that of Arizonaâ€™s Tony Clark: a capable pinch hitter and occasional outfield fill-in.Â Sheffield should easily acquire his coveted 500th career home run before hanging up the cleats for good.
The best laid plansâ€¦former White Sox great Frank Thomas used to hang a sign on his clubhouse locker bearing the letters DBTH, shorthand for â€śDonâ€™t Believe the Hype.â€ťÂ It was his method of keeping things in perspective during good times and bad.Â My DBTH advice for you?Â Avoid the urge to chase the current hot hand.Â Emilio Bonifacio is a decent ballplayer but heâ€™s not likely to bat .300 and steal 40 bases.Â Yet he has been scooped up in every one of my Yahoo leagues.Â If you did your homework and came to your draft prepared, sit tight.Â The fantasy baseball season lasts six months.Â Inevitably, patience will prove to be your ally and impulse your enemy.Â