Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
Frustrated with his team's lack of scoring, Nationals manager Davey Johnson told reporters on Wednesday -- following a three-game sweep by the Cardinals -- that he is going to make some tweaks to the starting lineup. One of the main changes involves getting Steve Lombardozzi more playing time. The talented 24-year-old is batting .345 with an .815 OPS in 14 games this season and is capable of playing a variety of positions. Lombardozzi doesn't have much power, but he can hit and get on base, and the added playing time gives him a nice boost in fantasy value for NL-only leaguers. Give him a shot.
Previous Pickup of the Days:
April 24: Andrew Cashner
April 23: Devin Mesoraco
April 22: Anthony Rendon