Ivan Nova – New York Yankees
Nova hasn’t thrown a MLB inning this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery nearly a year ago. But now Nova is running through rehab starts and looking healthy. His curveball has been slow to come around, but the Yankees coaching staff believes it’s almost there. Once Nova’s breaking ball is breaking again, the Yanks will likely shift Adam Warren to the pen. Nova is scheduled to throw just one more rehab start before rejoining the Yankees team. The relief comes at a perfect time for the Yankees, with Andrew Millers injury and Michael Pineda’s rising inning count. The Yankees are hoping for Nova to eat up solid innings and get back to the pitcher he has previously been. Nova shows a lot of promise and could be huge for your fantasy team. He is currently owned in only six percent of leagues.
Matt Cain – San Francisco Giants
I’ll stick with the theme of injured pitchers for number two on the list. Cain is a more obvious addition when coming off of the DL, but is still available in nearly 65 percent of leagues. He also hasn’t tossed an MLB inning this season. But, Cain has previously been huge for the Giants and may be the same for your team as we near the halfway point of the fantasy season. He threw a rehab start on Monday with no setbacks, but gave up three earned runs over 3 1/3 innings.
Ken Giles – Philadelphia Phillies
Over the Phillies last 15 games, Giles has pitched 5 2/3 scoreless with nine strikeouts and only three hits. On the entire season he holds a 2.00 ERA with 30 strikeouts and two wins. The reliever market is often heavily picked through in fantasy, but this may be a diamond in the rough. Giles is owned in only 24 percent of leagues, and could make a difference for your fantasy team.