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Posts tagged ‘Eric Hinske’

Say Goodbye to: Hinske, Hudson, Kinney and Romo

Eric Hinske, the Roadrunners’ 8th-round minor league pick, has seen little action in Pittsburgh. Hinske, who signed with the Pirates back in January, has only made two starts so far in 2009. He is hitting .200 in 10 at-bats. He’s been relegated to 5th outfielder, behind Craig Monroe, and hasn’t seen starts at 3B to spell struggling youngster Andy LaRoche. Hinske had a chance to win the right field spot in spring, but he missed the first three weeks with a ribcage injury and never recovered. He remains a nice sleeper in deeper NL-only leagues, because he might get a stretch of starts at some point this season, but don’t worry about him in mixed leagues just yet.

Tim Hudson, 4th-round minor league pick, opened the season on the 60-Day disabled list following elbow surgery. He’s not expected back until August, and will hopefully help the Braves in the stretch drive. We need the roster spot more than we can wait. The bad news from a protection standpoint is that he’ll be $10, and that he also has a player option in his contract, so he could leave the Braves (and the NL) as a free agent.

Josh Kinney, who was picked up as our FAAB selection back in Week One (April 7th), was lit up in several low-leverage bullpen appearances, and was sent down to AAA Memphis to work things out. Kinney had a 13.50 ERA over 2 2/3 innings this season. He won a bullpen spot out of spring training but simply couldn’t avoid giving up the long ball as he allowed home runs in each of his last two outings. Kinney should never be owned in any Fantasy leagues that don’t use middle men. He was never activated for the Roadrunners.

Sergio Romo is another casualty of the roster crunch. Our 9th-round minor league selection, Romo opened the season on the 15-Day DL due to a sprained elbow ligament, and isn’t expected back now until mid-May. Romo had an excellent 2008 season, posting a 2.12 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in 34 innings. He is an exceptional middle reliever when healthy and can be used in leagues that use true middle men. We’ll keep an eye our for him once he returns.

Roster Moves – April 21st – Week 3

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • OF Matt Diaz ($5 bid) – Reserves
  • IF Brian Barden ($3 bid) – Active at DH
  • SP Felipe Paulino ($1 bid) – Reserves
  • RP Juan Gutierrez ($0 bid) – Reserves

Down:

  • 1B Casey Kotchman

Moves:

  • OF Conor Jackson to 1B
  • DH Chris Duncan to OF

Cut:

  • RP Sergio Romo
  • RP Josh Kinney
  • SP Tim Hudson
  • OF Eric Hinske

Notes:

  • Bid $0 on Brewers RP Todd Coffey – Get Off Kong! got him for $3.  Gutierrez was the contingency bid.

Hinske Biding Time on Bench

Pirates OF Eric Hinske, who signed with the Pirates back in January, has only made two starts so far in 2009. He is hitting .200 in 10 at-bats.Hinske had a chance to win the right field spot in spring, but he missed the first three weeks with a ribcage injury and never recovered. He remains a nice sleeper in deeper NL-only leagues, because he might get a stretch of starts at some point this season, but don’t worry about him in mixed leagues just yet. (CBS Sports)

Hinske Now the Fourth Roadrunner OF with 1B Eligibility

Eric Hinske will start at first base Thursday afternoon in St. Louis, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Hinske has already started one game in right field and will make his first appearance at first. (Rotowire)

Hinske Getting the Start in RF Against Cardinals

Eric Hinske is getting the start in place of Brandon Moss in right field on Wednesday. Both Hinske and Moss bat left-handed, so this move is primarily about getting the Pirates’ reserves involved early. “We don’t want those guys to get stale on the bench,” manager John Russell said. “We’re going to try to get Craig [Monroe] in there in the next few days, as well as Ramon [Vazquez]. They’re going to be a huge part of our team, so we need to get them at-bats.” (Rotoworld)