- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Daniel Hudson was lit up for five runs and seven hits while recording only five outs Tuesday and left early with right forearm tightness. For Hudson, a 16-game winner last season and 10th-rounder in ESPN average live drafts, it's looking like a lost year. His ERA is 7.35. Fantasy owners should move on and not even wait for the injury results to be announced.
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo made his season debut for his new team Tuesday with a single, double and RBI in four at-bats. Rizzo, who was batting in the No. 3 lineup slot, hit .342 for Triple-A Iowa with 23 home runs in 70 games. Don't expect that type of production the final three months, but he shouldn't hit .141 as he did for the Padres, either.
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against Milwaukee Tuesday. He ultimately allowed three hits and three runs that frame and left with a no-decision, leaving the somersaults to Aroldis Chapman. Arroyo, owned in less than 5 percent of ESPN standard leagues, has improved from last season, notably in strikeouts and home run rate, and a case can be made for him in deep formats.
Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts was hitless in four at-bats Tuesday, and he's batting .229 after 12 games and 48 at-bats. Roberts has scored only one run and hasn't stolen a base, despite leading off all games. While his return to the big leagues from concussion issues is worth rooting for, fantasy owners need to look elsewhere.
Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley singled and homered in five at-bats for Triple-A Lehigh Valley Tuesday and is expected to be in the big league lineup for Wednesday's game in Philadelphia. Utley claims his worrisome knees are healthy; for those concerned about production, note that while averaging only 109 games in 2010 and 2011, Utley contributed a combined 27 home runs and 27 stolen bases. Expect production along those lines the second half of 2012.
And finally, Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde threw a perfect inning in Texas Tuesday, inducing two fly balls and fanning outfielder David Murphy. Valverde hadn't pitched since June 15, and while his season numbers aren't attractive, if healthy, he'll certainly accrue saves. Valverde was dropped in more than 3 percent of ESPN leagues recently, which is a mistake.
Eric Karabell discusses the most interesting fantasy tidbits from Tuesday's action, including Daniel Hudson's injury-shortened outing and Anthony Rizzo's Cubs debut