Peavy on DL; Hudson, Garcia worth owning

Updated: July 8, 2010, 8:46 AM ET
By Eric Karabell

The Chicago White Sox, one of hottest teams in the league, placed Jake Peavy, one of their best starting pitchers, on the disabled list Wednesday with a detached lat muscle. The former NL Cy Young winner left Tuesday's start in the second inning with what he described as a sore right back muscle. Fantasy owners should now pick up top prospect Daniel Hudson, who is likely to start in Peavy's place on Sunday.

Colleague Jason Grey has been discussing the right-handed Hudson quite a bit this season, and last week he ranked him second on his list of prospects for the remainder of 2010, behind only Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. I've been paying attention to Hudson for a few years now, protecting him in a dynasty league and waiting for him to get an opportunity. He made two starts last season, and they seemed to go well, so I admit to being disappointed he didn't start 2010 in the rotation. Hudson has proven himself in the minors, with 108 strikeouts (and only 31 walks) in 93 1/3 innings for Triple-A Charlotte this season, and a 3.47 ERA. Call him a wise spot-start as well for this weekend, if he is indeed called up to fill Peavy's spot in the rotation.