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.
Rays infielder Nick Franklin suffered an oblique strain near the end of spring training and missed the entire month of April, but he has finally been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday at Triple-A Durham and he should make his 2015 regular-season debut sometime next week. Franklin was a disappointment in Seattle and he didn't hit well after last July's trade to Tampa Bay, but the 24-year-old former first-round pick is someone worth betting on in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Franklin was a .284/.361/.450 career hitter in the minors with good power and speed, and he should be Tampa Bay's primary second baseman when he's activated. He once tallied 23 homers and 25 steals in a single minor-league season.