It's getting harder and harder to keep up with all of the injuries happening around the league these days. It seems like almost every player has some sort of nagging symptoms that keep them out of the lineup for days on end. This is the place to come however for the most up to date and detailed fantasy baseball injury updates. Tonight we will talk about some impact players that are on their way back to the starting lineup and also a few players who won't be on the field anytime soon. Let's get down to business.
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Just when it looked like David Aardsma was set to rejoin his Mariners teammates, an MRI has found a grade 2 sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and he is likely done for the season. This injury is usually solved with Tommy John surgery but there is a chance that Aardsma may opt to avoid the surgery and let it heal naturally. Either way he will not help your fantasy team this season and it is definitely time to cut bait on him right now.
Vernon Wells disappointing season just took another bad turn as the Angels placed him on the 15 day DL with a strained right groin. Even though he had hit 3 homeruns in the past week, Wells is still greatly underperforming this season and can use the time off to heal mentally and physically. It will be interesting to see who the Angels use in left field now as Mark Trumbo, Reggie Willits and even Howie Kendrick have been mentioned as short term solutions. Could this be the perfect time for a Mike Trout call up? It is a long shot but I wouldn't completely rule it out just yet. If this were a month later into the season it would happen but with the Angels still competing at a high level, the desperation just isn't there right now for them to make so bold of a move.
Mets starter Chris Young had an MRI on his sore throwing shoulder Monday which showed a re-tear of an anterior capsule. Young will be shut down indefinitely and surgery could be on the horizon for the often injured hurler. Dillon Gee will officially move into the Mets rotation for the time being and will likely remain there for quite awhile.
Just when Astros OF Jason Bourgeois was starting to see time at second base, he goes down with a left oblique strain. The Astros were trying whatever they could to get Bourgeois in the lineup more often and take advantage of his speed.
The Orioles expect shortstop J.J. Hardy to return this week from a strained oblique suffered in early April. Hardy is not a great fantasy option though he does have above average power for his position. Still, between the lack of production, the constant injuries and the fact he plays for a weak Baltimore lineup all point to keeping Hardy off of your fantasy roster.
Ty Wigginton will return to the Rockies later on this week and may have a chance to reclaim the starting 3B role from Ian Stewart. Stewart once again went to AAA Colorado Springs and smashed the ball only to be recalled and wet the bed yet again. The team is growing tired of this act and manager Jim Tracy even went as far as to call Stewart out over the weekend for his lack of performance. Wigginton is a nice stash player when he is activated as he is eligible at 1B, 2B & 3B and can provide nice power numbers over the course of the season.
The Giants will welcome Andres Torres back with open arms this week as he hopes to make his first appearance of the 2011 season. Even though Aaron Rowand has been doing well in his place, the Giants can use Torres' ability to work pitchers and run up their pitch count while providing a nice spark at the top of a currently inept lineup. Torres is a nice fourth outfielder to have on your team as he has nice speed and occasional power as well. The Giants lineup can't really be this bad all season, can they?
Rafael Furcal took batting practice on Saturday and announced no pain in his broken right thumb. He will likely head out to a rehab assignment this week and could be activated as soon as next weekend.
I will be excited to see Brian Matusz when he returns from to the Orioles next week. Matusz was the Orioles best pitcher last season and should build on those accomplishments this year. He has been out since Spring Training with an intercostal strain. It isn't clear if this is something that will flare up on him this season but by all accounts he is feeling good and throwing well in extended Spring Training. Matusz has the tools to be an effective top of the rotation starter in the mold of Brett Anderson.
Jake Peavy is slated to make his debut on Wednesday against the Angels. Of course we've heard this about half a dozen times or so this year but this time it does appear that Peavy will at least begin the game this Wednesday. Now, if he can go 5+ innings in this game I will start to entertain the idea of adding him to one of my fantasy teams but not a moment before then. I would strongly recommend letting one of the other guys in your league risk his pitching numbers on the fragile ex-Cy Young Award winner. Peavy just isn't the player he was back with San Diego and at this point his body might never let him pitch regularly again.
It might not be soon but Phillies 2B Chase Utley is back in action and on a rehab assignment with class A Clearwater. Utley will be taking things slowly with his arthritic knee, but he has been hitting real well in the extended Spring Training games so far and there is finally reason to believe he might be able to help someone in fantasy baseball this year. If you have an extra DL spot and Utley is not owned in your league, go ahead and add him now. Risking using a DL spot for a month is well worth the potential reward if Utley can come back fully healthy this season.
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