The worries are starting in Philadelphia over their star second baseman along with some slight concern in New York over a surgically repaired knee. Minnesota fans though however are excited that their slugging first baseman is making some real progress from the concussions that cost him half of last season. Then of course, the big trade acquistion for the Brewers will end up missing some starts due to be a little too much competitive fire during a pick-up basketball game.
What the Phillies were hoping was just a bump in the road, it becoming a bigger problem for Chase Utley. He has not repsonded to treatments for his patella tendinitis. Utley will continue to get treatment over the next few days but it is becoming a reason possibility that the only way to fix the problem maybe to go in for some surgery to look around. This would surely mean missed time during the regular season for Utley. The team will learn more within the next week or so but as of right now the back-up would be Wilson Valdez who is decent fielder but is not in the same ballpark as Utley when it comes to the bat. This more bad news for a Philles offense that is already down the promising Dominic Brown for the next 4 to 6 weeks. Overall the offense needs Utley in that third spot in the order to help Ryan Howard rebound from a subpar season and the loss of Jason Werth to free agency.
Carlos Beltran is being rested while he deals with his achy knee. Initially it was reported, he would sit out the next 4 or 5 days but was able to practicipate in some drills on Wednesday. The Mets are going to take it easy with him as he had injury issues the last two seasons and they really need his bat in the line-up. Beltran was already being moved to right field to help ease the wear and tear on the knee. Fantasy owners would fill much more comfortable if he was a regular at in spring training. I personally believe that Beltran is over-hyped due to his post-season success early on in his career and playing in New York. The Mets invested heavily in him years ago and have not really gotten what they expected. They will likely rest him early on in the season to try to make sure he stays healthy.
The Twins got some very encouraging news when Justin Morneau was able to play the field and take some real major league pitching. He even managed a bases clearing double in his 2nd at-bat. Morneau was on fire before he went down last season and hopefully the concussion will not effect the mental side of his game. He will play every other day for the next week or so then be re-evaluated to determine his progress. Everything at this point seems positive and is looking more and more that he will be ready for opening day. I don't think he will have the monster season the way he started last year but is very capable of approaching 30 HR's and over 100+ RBI's.
Zack Grienke was hoping to part of a nice 1-2 combo along with Yovani Gallardo for the Brewers but that will be on hold for at least the first few weeks of the season. Grienke's rib injury turns out to be a bruised rib and a hairline fracture of another rib. He will be out till at least Mid-April from the injury he suffered playing basketball. This injury was not exactly a great way to endure himself to his new teammates. The good news is that he will hopefully be able to start a throwing a program in a few weeks so will likely only miss 2 to 4 starts. I still think he will turn out to be a very good acquistion and despite a few missed starts don't let this to drop Grienke on your draft board.
The Dodgers have lost Jon Garland for a few weeks with a side strain. Garland has been remarkably healthy throughout his career so he should recover in a few weeks unless tests show something more serious. He has managed 190+ innings in all of the last 9 seasons but unforunately while an innings eater he has never been a fantasy star. You know what you get with Garland so unless it is a real deep league he should not be on your radar. Garland is just too mediocre. He is a pitch to contact guy which tells you all you need to know when last season was his career high in strikeouts with 136.
No surprise out of Detriot, Joel Zumaya is dealing with yet another injury to his throwing arm. This time it is his elbow but after consultation with Dr. James Andews no structural damage was found at this point. Zumaya has some incredible stuff when healthy but unforunately that is not very often. He has not thrown for more than 35 innings in any of his last 4 seasons after lighting the world on fire during his rookie season. Zumaya is a guy to always keep on an eye on if healthy since he had dominant closer stuff but you are crazy to draft him and actually expect a full season from him.
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