Derek Jeter -- Just three days after Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Derek Jeter wouldn't be shut down, the Yankees went and did just that. Jeter was placed on the Disabled List yesterday and will miss the remainder of the season. It was a miserable season for Jeter, who spent most of it on the DL and struggled mightily while on the field, posting an embarrassing .190/.288/.254 triple-slash in 73 plate appearances. If he is healthy, Jeter could be a very undervalued shortstop option for fantasy players next year.
Felix Doubront -- Doubront, who had his last start skipped and seemed in danger of losing his rotation spot with the return of Clay Buchholz, apparently has not been bumped to the bullpen yet. Reports yesterday indicate that Doubront will indeed rejoin the rotation, perhaps as soon as next week. Doubront has been a solid pitcher in deeper mixed and AL-only leagues this year with a 4.15 ERA and 4.07, and I believe him to be a better pitcher than those numbers indicate. He struggled in his last two starts, so hopefully the rest will allow him to finish the year strong for fantasy owners. Special assistant to the general manager Pedro Martinez thought he noticed a glitch in his mechanics that could have led to the control issues in those starts, which he believes are minor and fixable before his next start.
Raul Ibanez -- There were some lingering concerns that Raul Ibanez could start ceding playing time to Michael Saunders in left field down the stretch given that the Mariners are out of playoff contention and Ibanez, at 41 years old, clearly isn't in Seattle's long-term plans. Manager Eric Wedge said yesterday that "I have a group over here that says I should play him more and I have a group over there saying I should play him less because of the younger kids. For me, it's all about the respect that he's earned. It is about the length of the season. I'm trying to walk that line to play him as much as I can, but also understand it's important to get the young kids in as much as we can too." That sounds like Ibanez is going to continue getting plenty of playing time down the stretch, which is great news for fantasy owners who have relied on him as a cheap source of power (27 home runs) this year.
Robbie Grossman -- Grossman, who left last Tuesday's game with an oblique strain, still does not have a timetable for a return. Houston managed Bo Porter said, "He's starting to increase his activity each and every day, but again you're talking oblique. Is he going to be able to swing pain-free? That remains to be seen." Grossman was batting .268 with 4 home runs and 6 steals in 288 plate appearances before getting injured and would be a great cheap speed play down the stretch if he can get back on the field. It's yet to be seen when that will be, but it doesn't seem like it will be overly soon.
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