Replacing_Jose_Reyes_-_Copy[1]Finding a daily fantasy baseball replacement for injured Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes, who is expected to be out until the All-Star break, would be hard enough without the shallow shortstop pool already being depleted by injuries to Hanley Ramirez, Derek Jeter and Erick Aybar (who was injured April 9 and placed on the DL April 13).

The following players were available in over half of Yahoo! leagues as of April 14:

Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers (45% owned in Yahoo!)

Segura stole 37 bases and hit .304 in AA in 2012. After coming over from the Angels in July 2012 as the key piece in the Zack Greinke trade, Segura became the starting shortstop in early August. He stole seven bases and hit .343 in September. In his first ten games in 2013, Segura was hitting .417, but had no steals and three runs scored. On April 12, Segura was moved to second in the order, in front of Ryan Braun.

Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers (24%)

After hitting 21 homers in 2011 (his fourth 20-HR season), driving in 86 and hitting .299, Peralta slipped to 13-63-.239 in 2013. Through ten games in 2013, Peralta, who turns 31 in May, was hitting .310 with one HR and five RBI. Peralta is a career .265 hitter.

Pete Kozma, St. Louis Cardinals (21%)

Kozma, the 18th overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft, was hitting .232 in AAA when the Cardinals called him up at the end of August to replace the injured Rafael Furcal. Kozma hit .333 with a .952 OPS in 26 games, then had five RBI and a .955 OPS in the NLDS against Washington.  After ten games in 2013, Kozma was hitting .268 with one HR, five RBI and five runs.

Stephen Drew – Boston Red Sox (11%)

The Red Sox signed Drew to a one-year, $9.5 million deal even though his last good season was in 2010, when he hit .278 with 15 HR and 10 steals.  A concussion in spring training delayed Drew’s Red Sox debut until April 10. He got off to a slow start, hitting .077 (1-for-13) in his first four games.

Zack Cozart – Cincinnati Reds (26%)

As a 26-year-old rookie in 2012, Cozart had nine HR and 46 runs in the first half, but tailed off to finish with 15 HR, 72 runs, 35 RBI and a .246 BA. He had three HR in his first 11 games in 2013 but was hitting just .159. Cozart did get moved up from the seven spot to hit second, in front of Joey Votto, during the season’s second week. 

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