Closing Time: Alabama getaway, getaway

Scott Pianowski

Everyone's hurt and no one's being traded - that's your theme from Monday night at the sandlot. Here's hoping the CT shifts to come later in the week have a little more buzz to them. Until then, I have a loaded gun and I'm not afraid to let the bullets fly:

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It was just 24 hours ago that Tim Hudson was talking about staying in the rotation and not missing a beat, but his status did a 180 on Monday. An MRI on Hudson's elbow revealed ligament damage, and he's headed to Alabama to be examined by Dr. James Andrews (you know what that means). It looks like Hudson's season is over, and if Andrews doesn't like what he sees, Tommy John surgery could be in the works.

For Atlanta fans, this will go down as the day the music died for 2008: Hudson and Chipper Jones (hamstring) both hit the DL Monday, and the club publicly admitted that it's aggressively trying to move slugger Mark Teixeira. The market is a little tricky given that not every contending club has an opening at 1B or DH, but a batter this talented should be able to solicit multiple bidders, even with free agency looming this winter.

A sore shoulder knocked John Maine out prematurely in the fifth inning at Florida, and he admitted the wing was bothering him in his last start. He'll have an MRI Tuesday, and a missed start or two appears likely. "You get soreness, but it's never felt like this before," Maine told Newsday. "It's just a steady thing. I felt like I could go out there and pitch [past the fifth], but they didn't want to take any chances."

Feel free to spin the Michael Young injury any way you like. On one hand, a broken finger sounds pretty bad. On the other hand, the Rangers are saying it's a small break, and Young might be able to avoid the DL and miss just 5-to-7 games. Wait a minute, does Young play for the Texas Rangers or the Dallas Stars? (Never mind - when hockey players break fingers, we don't even talk about it.) Ramon Vazquez will play shortstop while Young is out, making him a handy pickup this week while the Rangers are at home, caught up in the Arlington undertow.

The Pirates didn't have a save opportunity in Monday's 8-4 win over Colorado, but Denny Bautista's two perfect innings of work (with four strikeouts) will get him into the committee talk. There's a decent chance that John Russell will be matchup-driven for most of his late-game decisions, which would suck most of the fantasy value out of this bullpen. Still, we'll watch every pitch closely and try to figure out if there's anything worth jumping on. One thing I can guarantee you - I'm not letting Tyler Yates pitch for any of my teams, not unless I see multiple appearances that force me to re-evaluate him.

Roy Oswalt (hip) wasn't letter-perfect in his return to the mound, but he was good enough for a win, lasting five innings and and throwing 74 pitches (7 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 K). His only bad frame was the third, when Adam Dunn (sneaky 30 homers) clouted a mammoth grand slam to center field. Oswalt should be around 90 pitches or so when he gets the Mets on the weekend; he said his hip was fine Monday, it was more a case of his legs getting tired.

Dr. Behrens covered all the bases with the Jason Isringhausen news, so I'm not going to rehash. If you're taking a vote, put me down in the "not trusting Izzy" camp. Of course I have no faith in Ryan Franklin either; he's been throwing batting practice for a few weeks now.

Nomar Garciaparra has a knee sprain and is going to be out a few days, so if you can play shortstop and hit a little bit, head to Chavez Ravine. Angel Berroa got the call Monday and went 1-for-4 with a run and RBI, lifting his average to .207 on the year. As for Brad Penny (shoulder), he's going to make a rehab start Wednesday and if all goes well, he might be ready for the Dodgers on Aug. 9. I need to see some positive returns before I buy in.

Willy Taveras isn't much at the plate (.253/.307/.312), but he's doing all he can to run his way into your fantasy plans. He stole his seventh base in seven days Monday, giving him 46 for the year, easily the most in the majors. The Rockies would be open to moving the speedy CF if anyone inquires, but Colorado isn't always reasonable with its asking prices (they're reportedly asking the world for Brian Fuentes these days, and that's pushing teams away).

A.J. Burnett was absolutely filthy against the Rays Monday, allowing just one unearned run over seven innings and piling up 10 strikeouts (words don't do it justice - catch the video). And if you believe the word of the Toronto front office, Burnett is not going to be traded. While the Jays are still in fourth place in the AL East, they're at least within shouting distance of first-place Tampa (7.5 games).

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Zack Greinke's rocky start in Chicago on July 18 miffed the fantasy public, but let's be fair with the KC right-hander: he's done something useful in nine of his last 11 turns, and given state of pitching in the AL right now, that's pretty solid. Greinke was in fine form Monday at Oakland (7.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, career-high 11 K), cruising to his eighth win of the year. Given how long Greinke has been in the fantasy consciousness (making his debut four seasons ago), it's easy to forget that he's still just 24. He's likely to climb a level or two in the next few seasons, and I'm prepared to use him against any opponent right now.

Victor Martinez (elbow) began baseball activities Monday, playing catch and taking some dry swings. Mid-August remains the target for his return. Travis Hafner (shoulder) was scheduled to have a strength test Monday, but it was canceled due to a family emergency. The last time Hafner's shoulder was examined, it was judged to be at 65 percent.

Jeremy Guthrie isn't exactly a dominant type, but he's been fantasy-useful for eight straight turns, including Monday's strong effort at New York (6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K). The former first-round pick has been in my trustable file for a solid two months now.

Speed Round: Another collar for Mark Ellis, who's fallen into a 7-for-71 funk. Perhaps his shoulder problem hasn't healed 100 percent yet . . . Alex Gordon's homer was his first in 77 at-bats, and his first off a lefty all year (he's slugging .246 against southpaws in 2008) . . . After going 14 starts without a win, Greg Maddux recorded one Monday, mostly because his mates roughed up Micah Owings. Maddux worked into the sixth and allowed four runs . . . Chris Young has come alive over the last 10 games: 13-for-38, seven doubles, three steals. It's a start, anyway - .239 and rising . . . Ian Snell had another tease outing (7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 8 K), but while the strikeout numbers keep calling, the gopheritis and the inconsistency, especially on the road, keep me away . . . After watching Kevin Slowey get kicked around for three straight starts, I don't know how anyone could anticipate his Monday gem against Chicago (CG shutout, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K). Slowey needed just 102 pitches on the night . . . Nate McLouth went deep for the 22nd time, and I mention it in part so we can showcase the splashdown. Teammate Ryan Doumit continues to rake as well (4-2-3-2, with a steal thrown in) . . . Adrian Beltre's been nicked up most of the year and it's hard to feel great about his .260/.330/446 line, but at least he's quietly added 18 homers and seven steals to the mix. He knocked out a pair at Arlington Monday . . . Shhhh, keep it down, Adam Jones, you're killing your price for next year (6-3-3-5 line at New York, with a homer). Keep your eyes closed, maybe we can sneak you at a discount next spring.

More Injury Stuff: Jorge Posada has decided to have surgery on his right shoulder after all, so he's done for the year. The Yankees knew Posada wasn't going to catch again this season, but it will be interesting to see if the club decides to go after a backstop in the next few days (Gerald Laird is a name out there) . . . Bartolo Colon (shoulder) is about a week away from a rehab assignment, which means Brad Evans will be busy writing material for the next few days . . . Jose Contreras (forearm) had a solid 50-pitch session Monday and if all goes according to plan, he could be back with the White Sox attacking your ERA and WHIP next week . . . Scott Linebrink (shoulder) figures to be out until the middle of August, if you're looking for a non-closing reliever . . . Hank Blalock (stomach) was a late scratch Monday.

Andruw Jones was on the bench again as expected Monday, though Joe Torre got him into the game as a pinch hitter and Jones wound up going 1-for-2 with an RBI. Jones is nowhere near fantasy value in any format right now, but if he shows any signs of life, it mucks things up for Andre Ethier and maybe even Juan Pierre.

Handshakes feel good on the way out: Brian Wilson (28, radar gun was jumping); Carlos Marmol (5, closing out one of the most exciting games of the year); Jose Valverde (27); Brandon Morrow (10); Trevor Hoffman (22, keeps doing it); Joakim Soria (28); and of course Francisco Rodriguez (44, despite a monster shot by Manny Ramirez). And with that, I need a monster shot of my own - pick me up, Yahoo Nation, and keep it rolling in the comments.