Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
Shin-Soo Choo sat out Saturday and is status going forward is up in the air due to a right calf strain. The possibility of a Nomar Mazara call-up exists if Choo winds up needing a disabled list stint. However, Ryan Rua started in right field Saturday and the Rangers could stick with him at the position for a while if they feel Mazara isn’t ready yet. Rua’s .245/.271/.403 career line in the majors is less than impressive, but the 26-year-old has put up big numbers in the minors at times and could be worth a shot in deep fantasy leagues.