Uncommon Thievery: League Notes

Updated: July 19, 2007, 12:51 PM ET
By Brian McKitish | Special to ESPN.com
National League speed notes

In a clear sign that his injured quad is fully healed, Willy Taveras nabbed two bases Monday night. Taveras missed four games after suffering the injury on June 29, and that, along with the All-Star break, has given the speedster the rest he needed to get his legs back into running shape. This, my friends, is exactly why I'd rather see my speedsters get the proper rest they need to recover from leg injuries rather than trying to play through pain.

Chris Burke might not be hitting that well, but the man can run, and those desperate for steals in NL-only or deep mixed leagues may want to take a look his way. Burke is hitting just .229 this season, but he's slowly starting to come around in the month of July with six hits in his last 18 at-bats. He may never be an asset in the batting average category, but if he can keep it respectable (around .280 or so), he'll be a nice addition for his speed. In his professional career, he's stolen 28 bases at a 78 percent success rate, and he should continue to be aggressive on the bases as long as he continues to earn at-bats in Houston.

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Brian McKitish is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com and is a two-time Fantasy Basketball Writer of the Year, as named by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

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