How bad is the injury to a first round fantasy pick? Did the Pirates lose a starter for an extended peroid of time? A lesser known commidity also fell victim to an incident at second base while a collision at third base has cost a Toronto infielder some time. A possible waiver addition also loses some steam when he tweaks a knee. All of this in this edition of the Fantasy Alarm injury report.
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The Florida Marlins may have suffered a serious blow when Hanley Ramirez was taken out with leg injury while trying to turn a double play. Ramirez was not able to put pressure on his foot as he was taken off the field. At this point, it is being considered a leg cutsion and he is day to day. If he did indeed avoid a serious injury which appears the case, he is will likely only miss a few days. Ramirez could have some X-rays depending on his pain over the next day or two. Donnie Murphy took over for Ramirez after the injury and while he did deliver the game-winning hit he is not a wise fantasy choice while Ramirez is out.
Ross Ohlendorf had to leave his start in the 3rd inning with shoulder soreness. Ohlendorf missed the last six weeks last year with a muscle issue around his shoulder so it is possible it is related. He is not really much of a fantasy option anyway so he won't be missed on fantasy teams. Jeff Karstens replaced Ohlendorf and pitched well over 3 1/3 innings he threw. Karstens will likely get the start if Ohlendorf misses time but he too is not going to be the answer to those looking for a starter. Karstens has been below average since he has been in the majors so there is no reason to think that will change.
The Twins lost their Japenese import to a broken leg at yet another incident at second base this week. Tsuyoshi Nishioka will be out at least a month with a broken fibula. The good news is that he will not need surgery or even a cast so around four to six weeks is the likely timeline. Nishioka was not exactly lighting up the league to begin with a .208 batting average. He is probably only going to bat around .270 with little power and somewhere around 15 stolen bases so he was not exactly a must have commidity. The Austrialian Luke Hughes will likely get most of the starts at 2B while Nishioka is out. Hughes did manage 6 hrs during spring training and was one of the last cuts by Minnesota which some would think is encouraging. While he showed flashes in the spring, nothing in his minor league history shows he will continue that. Fantasy owners will need to look elsewhere for a replacement if they were counting on Nishioka which is a problem within itself.
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Yunel Escobar is out indefinitely with a concussion. Escobar has missed the last few games and will undergo some more testing on Saturday to see how he progressing. He was suffering from dizziness after sliding into third base headfirst. Escobar had a CT scan which came back negative which is a positive sign. The MLB did create a 7-day DL for concussions this season but he has yet to be placed on that. Concussions are near impossible to predict due to a focus in all sports to take them more seriously. It does not seem likely that you will need to make long term plans to replace Escobar but would never hurt to find one. John McDonald will replace Escobar for now while he is out but he has absoultely no bat and is only good for solid defense which means nothing to fantasy owners.
The Tampa Bay Rays lost Kelly Shoppach to an apparant knee injury against the White Sox. Shoppach appeared to tweak his knee while he was chasing down a wild pitch and had to leave the game. John Jaso replaced him and will get the majority of playing time while he is out. Shoppach had been getting more playing with the early struggles of Jaso but this could give Jaso more time to snap out of his hitting funk. Shoppach however provides more power than Jaso from the catcher position. With out Evan Longoria and now without Manny Ramirez due to his retirement, the Rays offense will be awful despite their 9 runs on Friday night. Jaso provides high on base but is only a slap hitter who when going well could bat some lead off while Shoppach ability to drive in runs. Neither are top end fantasy players but both would help the others fantasy value if one of them is injured for an extended time.
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