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FAAB Factor - NL: Cheap Speed on the Way

Jan Levine

Jan Levine

Levine covers baseball, basketball and hockey for RotoWire. In addition to his column writing, he's the master of the MLB and NHL cheatsheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets.

National League - FAAB - 5/5/13

Starting Pitching:

Scott Baker, Cubs - Baker (Tommy John surgery) resumed playing catch Wednesday. After he was shut down in spring training, Baker has begun starting up his program again after resting his elbow for the season's first month. It will likely be a long process for Baker to regain all the progress in his recovery he had made in the spring; making it likely he won't return until midseason. Mixed: $1; NL: $4 (speculative early stash bid)

Brandon Beachy, Braves - Beachy (Tommy John surgery) threw a bullpen session Friday. The plan is for Beachy to throw two more bullpens before embarking on a rehab assignment consisting of six or seven starts. A return by late June or early July still seems like a possibility. Despite coming up primarily as a reliever in the minors, Beachy has only started for Atlanta since being called up. He has made 44 career starts with a 3.07 ERA and 3.25

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