Interleague play gives you an excuse to bench that horrible DH

There was a time when interleague play was a big deal in the fantasy community. But that was way back in the days when designated hitters could, well...hit.

You'll want to find weekend replacements for a few widely-owned DHs, though it's not like any of them have been carrying you. Or even helping you. This year, interleague play seems less like a nuisance and more like a favor.

Billy Butler is expected to play first for the Royals at Florida, so he's safe, even if that whole batting title/90 RBI-thing isn't working out too well. Jose Guillen, who's on a 13-for-24 tear, should play the outfield.

Frank Thomas (.222, 3 HR, 21 RBI) and the oddly delicate Jim Thome (.204, 7 HR, 23 RBI) won't get any time at first base. Here's Ozzie Guillen on Thome, via the News & Notes page:

"Right now, I'm not going to play him," Guillen said. "Last year we did and then he lost a couple of games because he was sore. He lost a couple of games because playing in the field was tough. I talked to him and hopefully we'll get him one bat here and there.

Travis Hafner (.222, 3 HR, 19 RBI) shouldn't be relied on this weekend, either, although he could at least make an appearance at first:

"We'll see how he feels physically," manager Eric Wedge said. "But he's been taking some ground balls and throwing a little bit." Hafner said that his arthritic right elbow, which limits him from playing first base with any regularity, is feeling fine. He has been taking ground balls in the infield for about two weeks.

Gary Sheffield (.196, 2 HR, 8 RBI) is a five-tool liability for the Tigers right now. Here's Jim Leyland discussing Sheffield's limitations in the field:

"By his own admission, he can barely lob the ball in. We can’t go on worrying if he can make a throw or if he'll have to make a throw. I can't really justify that. It's a very awkward situation with nobody really to blame ... I don't know if that's smart even playing him one game (in Arizona), but I hate to sit him for four out of five days and say I'm trying to get his bat going."

It doesn't seem like the Blue Jays can afford to send arguably their most useful hitter to the bench, and Stairs is 10-for-32 against today's starter, Jamie Moyer, despite the lefty/lefty thing. So of course Shannon Stewart will probably get the nod.