Bits: Dropping Chase Headley a bad idea


San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley homered and knocked in three runs Wednesday. Headley already has five home runs, after hitting four in 113 games a year ago. The switch-hitter isn't hitting for average, but he shouldn't be on ESPN's most-dropped list, either, yet he is. Headley is on pace for 21 home runs, 85 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz slugged his seventh home run Wednesday, quite a feat since he hit six all of last season and has never hit double digits in his career. Ruiz, occasionally hitting fifth in Philly's depleted lineup, is hitting .343 and looking like a top-10 catcher and National League All-Star.

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek held the New York Yankees to one run over seven innings Wednesday, lowering his ERA to 3.30. However, Drabek, who hadn't won in more than a month, walked four hitters, which is why his WHIP remains high at 1.42. At this point, Drabek is too risky for 10-team leagues, but if he cuts down on the walks, go get him.

Houston Astros right-hander Bud Norris dominated the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, striking out nine and allowing one run over seven innings. Norris used to have a problem with walks, but he's past that; Norris is on pace for 219 strikeouts, and his WHIP is a solid 1.21. Norris really should be owned in more than 62 percent of leagues.

Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson had two hits and scored twice Wednesday, raising his batting average to .331, but he left early with an abdominal strain. Jackson has nearly been an overall top-10 fantasy option this season, so his owners wouldn't want to see missed games. For now, the Tigers list Jackson as day-to-day.

Atlanta Braves left-hander Mike Minor was tagged for six runs in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday, raising his ERA to 7.09. Minor has allowed 27 runs in his past 20 2/3 innings, should be dropped by fantasy owners and seems headed to the minor leagues. Of course, who would replace him? Right-hander Jair Jurrjens gave up 11 runs (10 earned) on 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett against Buffalo on Wednesday. It might be Livan Hernandez time!