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Posts tagged ‘Josh Kinney’

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.

Kinney Likely Being Sent Down to AAA Memphis

The Cardinals plan to option reliever Josh Kinney to make room for Friday’s starter, P.J. Walters. Kinney has struggled with his command this season, posting a 4/1 K/BB ratio in 2 2/3 innings. He’ll try to get everything figured out at Triple-A Memphis. Kinney has two holds this year, but he’s struggled in all three appearances and served up a three-run homer Tuesday. He’s walked four and given up four runs in just 2.2 innings. He could be pitching for his job Thursday. (Rotowire, Rotoworld)

Kinney Blows Lead to Diamondbacks, Jackson

Josh Kinney served up a three-run homer to Conor Jackson to blow the Cardinals’ 4-3 lead in the eighth inning on Tuesday. The three runs allowed bumped Kinney’s ERA up to 13.50 in this early season. Any chance he had to sneak into the closer’s picture went by the wayside most likely. (Rotowire)

Meet the New Guy: Josh Kinney

In the mercurial St. Louis bullpen, Josh Kinney has an outsider’s chance at getting a few saves, but specifically, he should be a decent reliever. With Jason Motte’s blown save yesterday in the home opener, Kinney may have a chance to move up in the bullpen. Here’s his Rotoworld 2009 Outlook: The hope was that Kinney would be ready to pitch last April following March 2007 Tommy John surgery, but he was unable to make it back until September. At least he did impress when he finally returned, throwing seven scoreless innings down the stretch. Kinney throws 88-91 mph and has a pretty good slider that’s proven surprisingly useful against left-handed hitters. The Cardinals are essentially penciling him into Russ Springer’s old role, so the pressure will be on for him to become an effective setup man this year. He would be a possibility in the closer’s role if the younger relievers fail to secure the job, but he’s not a realistic long-term option there. (Rotoworld)

Roster Moves – April 7th – Week 1

FAAB Acquisition:

  • RP Josh Kinney, Cardinals ($0 bid, reserve)

Up:

  • SP Shairon Martis

Down:

  • RP Kyle McClellan

Cut:

  • OF Brandon Jones

Notes:

  • Need to figure a way to get Austin Kearns into the lineup
  • Also bid $0 on OF/DH Gary Sheffield of the Mets.  Misogynistic Padres also bid $0, and The Pi Train won him with a $17 bid.
  • As of 9:30 AM, the OnRoto Standings have not been updated for today with yesterday’s stats.