- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Drew Stubbs came off the disabled list Monday and had two hits, stole his 14th base and scored two runs. Stubbs missed three weeks dealing with an oblique injury, and he's available in nearly 20 percent of ESPN standard leagues. Ignore the painful batting average and remember Stubbs produced 37 home runs and 70 stolen bases from 2010 to 2011.
Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis -- doesn't that sound odd? -- singled in four at-bats in his debut Monday, doing so out of the No. 2 lineup spot. Youkilis seems healthy these days, and thus should start to be productive, and we'll see if he continues to bat ahead of Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko. Youkilis remains available in a third of ESPN leagues.
Miami Marlins closer Heath Bell had a nightmarish outing Monday, allowing four runs in the ninth inning. He hadn't permitted a run in nearly a month and had 16 strikeouts and two walks over his past 9 1/3 shutout innings. He's not losing the closer role from this outing, so keep him owned.
Chicago Cubs left-hander Travis Wood tossed seven shutout innings against the New York Mets Monday, scattering five hits and a walk, and struck out six. Wood earned his second consecutive win after going winless in his first six starts, but he pitched well prior to that. Wood's WHIP is 1.20, and he's capable of helping in strikeouts. Just don't expect many victories.
Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb, one of the most-added pitchers in ESPN standard leagues recently, was lit up for eight earned runs by the Kansas City Royals Monday. Last week, Cobb shut out the Miami Marlins for seven innings and struck out 10; Monday, he fanned one Royal and his ERA ballooned from 3.82 to 4.73. Cobb settled down after a five-run third inning, and this was likely an aberration for those relying on him in deeper formats.
Meanwhile, Rays outfielder/designated hitter Luke Scott hit a pair of home runs for Triple-A Durham Monday in the first of his two-game rehab assignment for the Bulls. Scott has nine home runs and 35 RBIs in 51 games for the Rays, and the pop is legit. Look for Scott to return to the Rays this week, and both he and Hideki Matsui should play enough for AL-only formats.
Eric Karabell discusses the most interesting fantasy tidbits from Monday's action, including Drew Stubbs' return to action after a DL stint.