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.
If you're playing in a two-catcher league and didn't get the job done on draft day, you probably have a need for production in that second catcher spot. Here's an idea for at least a part of April. Dodgers starting catcher Yasmani Grandal was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right forearm. There had been hope that he was going to be ready for the regular season -- Grandal began experiencing the forearm discomfort four weeks ago -- but his rehab process is still ongoing. That leaves the starting job to veteran A.J. Ellis, who produced a decent .758 OPS (112 OPS+) with seven home runs and 21 RBI in 63 games (55 starts) last season. He can provide some sneaky value for a couple of weeks in what should be a deep Los Angeles lineup. On the Grandal topic: lingering forearm discomfort is often an indicator of something serious.