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.
Jay Bruce underwent surgery Monday to repair a partially-torn meniscus in his left knee and is expected to miss around a month. While the injury is a tough blow for the Reds, who open play Tuesday at 15-16 on the year, it presents an opportunity for Chris Heisey to receive regular playing time. The 29-year-old outfielder took a step back with his plate discipline last year, but he managed to hit nine home runs in just 244 plate appearances. That's a pace of 20-plus homers if he had regular at-bats. We've also seen that he's capable of stealing a few bags. Give him a shot in NL-only and deeper mixed formats.