Will an Angels injury allow a once promising prospect to get another a chance? The Blue Jays and the Brewers look to get one of their best starters back. The Cubs lose not just one but two starters to injuries in first starts. Tampa Bay loses their best player for at least 3 weeks. The Rockies watch their ace get rocked then have to throw him on the DL while the White Sox lose their newly acquired slugger. All in this edition of the Fantasy Alarm injury report.
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Erick Aybar has missed 3 straight games with a strained oblique. The injury is not believed to be serious but he is scheduled for an MRI to check the severity. Aybar believes he will be back in a few days but in the meantime it could be mean a chance for Brandon Wood to get another shot to show what he can do. Wood struggled badly last season in extended playing time to go along with a rough spring. Wood has shown great flashes of power in the minors but none of that has transferred to the majors. Aybar will return soon but he provides very little fantasy value but the injury may give Wood a few extra chances to show something before the team gives up on him for good.
The Blue Jays hope to get back Brandon Morrow in a few weeks. He is scheduled for a rehab start and if all goes well should make another rehab start before being ready to return to the big leagues. Morrow produces a great amount of strikeouts and provides a good starting option when he returns. Jo-Jo Reyes and Jess Litsch will battle it out to see who stays in the rotation. Reyes was rocked in his first outing since coming over from the Braves where he never lived up to what they had hoped while Litsch will make his first start tonight. Litsch has not pitched much in the last two seasons due to injuries but did preform decently in the two years before his injuries with the exception being that he has poor K's per 9 innings. No matter who sticks in the rotation neither brings fantasy value.
Zack Grienke is getting closer to returning to the Brewers. He will start a throwing program to build-up his arm strength but still likely leaves him out till the end of April. The Brewers could really use and I do think the will be a top fantasy pitcher when he returns. Marco Estrada will fill-in while Grienke rehabs but he is nothing to get excited about. He will remain on the waiver wire. The bad news for Brewers is that if they don't play better soon and get Grienke & Shaun Marcum back it will be a long season. Pitchers like these two are more likely to preform better in games that mean something vs. playing for a bottom dweller.
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The Cubs had a bad opening week as they watched two of their starters go down with injuries. Andrew Cashner has shoulder issues while Randy Wells has a forearm strain. Both pitchers were placed on the DL and will be re-evaluted in two weeks to see where they stand. Wells is a back end of the rotation guy that is only good for fantasy teams as a waiver pick-up here and there while Cashner provides much more upside Cashner was poised to be a nice sleeper candiate based on his potential and his first outing but for now will stick on the waiver wire in most leagues until he is healthy enough to pitch.
The struggling Rays had to put Evan Longoria on the DL with a oblique strain. Longoria could be out 4 to 6 weeks so Sean Rodriquez and Felipe Lopez will fill-in. Rodriquez provides more upside of the two while Longoria is out but initials indications are that Rodriquez will play vs. lefties while Lopez will play vs. righties. Longoria should return to form when he comes back but you will have to look elsewhere to find his replacement unless Rodriquez can catch fire and gain most of the playing time. The loss of Longoria will hurt his owners significantly.
Ubaldo Jimenez had to placed on the DL with a cut cuticle on the throwing hand thumb. Jimenez should be able to return when the cut heals but it does not get the bad taste his owners had after he struggled on opening day. Greg Reynolds was called up to replace Jimenez but the former second overall pick has battled numerous arm injuries the last few years and struggled in the minors. He is not going to be anything more than a filler for the Rockies and will not threaten anyone's spot in the rotation. His days of being a promising prospect are way behind him due to his injuries and lack of production.
There must be something going around the majors as yet another star fantasy preformer is shelved with an appendectomy. Adam Dunn underwent emergency surgery on Tuesday night and will be out around two weeks. Every player heals different but a good gauge for his progress is seeing how Matt Holliday responds to his most recent surgery. The White Sox are likely to use a rotation of players at the DH spot while he is out which leaves no one to go after at this point. Dunn should be fine in a few weeks so his owners will just have to find a replacement on their bench for a short time.
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