Description: Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena is not is Friday's lineup versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Insight: Valbuena got off to an early quick start, with five homers and an .800-plus OPS thru May, but June saw his numbers falter as he batted .190 with zero homers and a .563 OPS. His replacement, Cody Ransom has hit eight home runs in just 96 at-bats.
5/13/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena is questionable for Monday's game against Colorado with a bruised right pinky finger.
Insight: Valbuena is hitting well over his career average, batting .272 with five homers, 13 RBI and an .874 OPS. Considering he's a career .228 hitter/.656 OPS, fantasy owners should not be fooled by his early quick start.
7/28/2010 11:18:00 PM
Description: Indians.com reports Valbuena has been recalled from Triple-A after Wednesday's trade of Jhonny Peralta.
Insight: Valbuena should immediately enter the mix for playing time at second base. He hit .313 in Triple-A Columbus after being demoted in late June. (SportsBuff.com)
5/12/2010 10:39:00 AM
Description: The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Valbuena's two game stint on the bench was a planned break and is not a sign he's lost the starting job at 2B.
Insight: Mark Grudzielanek has been more productive at the plate than Valbuena, but he is also nearly 40 years old and probably unable to sustain good production if he had to play every day. Valbuena is hitting just .167 in 66 at-bats this season. (SportsBuff.com)
5/4/2010 10:04:00 AM
Description: Indians.com reports Valbuena will remain the team's starting second baseman for now despite being dropped to ninth in the batting order on Monday.
Insight: Mark Grudzielanek is hitting just .237 as Valbuena's backup, so it's not like the Indians have a fantastic option waiting in the wings. Burt Jason Donald, who is hitting .337 and seeing time at 2B in Triple-A, could be a threat at some point. (SportsBuff.com)
4/12/2010 10:31:00 AM
Description: Valbuena hit a grand slam off Tigers' starter Justin Verlander on Sunday.
Insight: Valbuena is likely to be asset against right-handed pitching, which could make him an option in AL-only leagues. (SportsBuff.com)
4/5/2010 9:25:00 PM
Description: According to the Associated Press, Indians' manager Manny Acta said Valbuena (hand) will be the team's every day second baseman when he returns from his hand injury.
Insight: Mark Grudzielanek started at 2B on Monday, but Valbuena is expected to return sometime this week. Acta also dismissed any talk of a platoon by stating Valbuena will be the Indians' second baseman. (SportsBuff.com)
4/5/2010 10:31:00 AM
Description: Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports Valbuena (right hand) will be out of Monday's lineup but is still considered day-to-day.
Insight: Mark Grudzielanek will get the start in Valbuena's place, and this could turn into a platoon situation. (SportsBuff.com)
3/9/2010 11:54:00 PM
Description: Valbuena had three hits with a double and two runs scored on Tuesday against Seattle.
Insight: Valbuena should be the Indians' starting second baseman, at least against right-handers, and he could end up in a platoon with Mark Grudzielanek or Jason Donald. (SportsBuff.com)
9/9/2009 11:56:00 PM
Description: Valbuena went 2-for-4 with a double against the Rangers on Wednesday.
Insight: Valbuena extended his hitting streak to four straight games as he is 6-for-15 over that span. (SportsBuff.com)
8/25/2009 12:36:00 AM
Description: Valbuena went 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored against the Royals on Monday.
Insight: Valbuena has hit safely in six straight games and now has two homers and four RBI over that span. (SportsBuff.com)
8/23/2009 1:34:00 PM
Description: Valbuena went 1-for-5 with a home run, RBI and a run scored against Seattle on Saturday.
Insight: Valbuena has hit safely in five straight games and now has two home runs and three RBI over that span. (SportsBuff.com)
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