Conflicting Piazza Reportsby Derek Carty
June 17, 2007
In last week's Waiver Wire, I said Mike Piazza should be back in the middle of June. In this week's Waiver Wire, I said that we shouldn't expect him back before the All-Star break. Well, now reports are saying Piazza should be back in an Oakland uniform next weekend. I apologize for the changing information; I'm just reporting it as I read it.
- His Rotoworld page first said "he is on target to return in mid-June."
- Then, just 4 days ago, his Rotowire page said that "Piazza (shoulder), who has started to take batting practice, is still unlikely to return before the All-Star break."
- Today, Rotoworld said that "Mike Piazza (shoulder) will be at Triple-A Sacramento on a rehab assignment until Wednesday and is expected to rejoin the A's next weekend against the Mets."
To be sure, I checked to see if he actually was rehabbing. Take a look at this Sacramento River Cats page, and you'll Piazza is set to begin today. So, after all of this confusion, Piazza should be coming off the Disabled List if all goes well in his rehab games.
What this all means is that you should pick up Piazza very soon if he is available in your league. If you already have a solid catcher, my advice would be to try and trade him for help at another position and take Piazza. Even if your catcher is Victor Martinez or Joe Mauer, chances are whoever you get back plus Piazza will make for a superior tandem than you have now. Of course there will be situations where this isn't the best course of action, so use your best judgment.
Derek Carty, 23, has also been published by NBC's Rotoworld, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, and USA Today. This season, he'll be contributing to FanDuel and will be linking to all of his work at DerekCarty.com. In his three years competing in expert leagues, he has won 2 titles with 4 top three finishes, including a LABR NL title in 2009, making him the youngest person to ever win a major expert league title. Derek is a proud graduate of the MLB Scouting Bureau's Scout Development Program and is a firm believer in the importance of combining stats and scouting. He welcomes questions via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.
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