The season is not even two weeks old and already injuries are wreaking havoc on fantasy baseball teams everywhere. Sorry for such a brief introduction, but I sprained by left middle knuckle typing that last sentence. The doctors say I am day to day, but chances are I will need to book an appointment with Dr. James Andrews. So without further adieu, here is the next edition of the walking wounded.
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1. Drew Storen (RP-WAS). Nationals closer Drew Storen underwent surgery this week to remove a bone fragment from his elbow. Reports are that Storen should be back around the All Star break. This is great news considering there was talk about him visiting Dr. James Andrews. While he is out, look for Henry Rodriguez and Brad Lidge to get the opportunities to close games.
2. David Wright (3B-NYM). Mets third baseman David Wright sustained a small fracture on his right pinky finger diving into base earlier this week. Because this is the Mets we are talking about, Wright will likely need his spleen removed and could be forced to retire. Ok that was a joke…hopefully. Wright will not need surgery and can resume baseball activities so long as he can tolerate the pain. The Mets are hopeful he will be back in the lineup this weekend against the Phillies. If he is playing, he should be in your fantasy lineup.
3. Buster Posey (C-SF). Giants catcher Buster Posey has missed some time this week dealing with a case of shingles. He pinch hit in Wednesday’s game and should be back in the lineup by Thursday or Friday. During his time off, Posey went to the doctor to get some additional vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella. He is also working on an antidote for dysentery and cholera. Just be careful if one of his oxen goes missing as he may not be able to complete the Oregon Trail.
4. Brandon Phillips (2B-CIN). Fresh off a six year contract extension, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has been sidelined with a hamstring injury. These are tricky injuries which require sufficient rest in order to heal. Phillips hopes to be back by the weekend, but it remains to be seen whether Dusty Baker will take that chance. Watch this closely because even Phillips comes back soon, there is a chance he could re-aggravate the injury and be out even longer.
5. Lance Berkman (1B-STL). Reports out of St. Louis are that Lance Berkman will undergo an MRI on his lower left leg because of a calf injury that flared up while running the bases. Berkman considers himself doubtful for the weekend, which is not a good sign. At his age, leg injuries are a bigger concern and this could land him on the disabled list. Personally I think the injury flared up due to his shock at seeing a pink flamingo escort Jose Reyes onto the field during the first game in Miami last week.
6. Jeremy Hellickson (SP-TB). If there ever was a need for golf etiquette on the baseball field, it couldn’t be more true than for Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson. He was hit in the head by a homerun ball during batting practice earlier this week. He went for x-rays, a CT Scan, and concussion tests and says he should be fine to make his next start. However, it is still possible he may be held back depending on the test results and if Tampa Bay will want to be cautious with him. If he is pitching, then he should be in your lineup. Just make sure he wears a helmet at all times.
7. Doug Fister (SP-DET). Fister? I don’t even know her. Ok I had to go there. Tigers pitcher Doug Fister is on the disabled list with a rib injury and still hasn’t done any physical activity since going down the first week of April. He will likely need to start a throwing program and go on a rehab assignment before he comes back, so it could still be a few weeks before Fister takes the mound again. Keep him on your DL or stashed on your bench.
8. Michael Morse (OF-WAS). The news was not good for Nationals outfielder Michael Morse who has been on the disabled list since the season began. He felt discomfort earlier this week while rehabbing his injured lat. Test results will be sent to Dr. James Andrews which is never something you want to hear. While he may not need season-ending surgery, this injury appears more serious than initially thought. You should stash Morse on your bench and hope he can come back as soon as possible.
9. Jed Lowrie (SS-HOU). It appears that Jed Lowrie’s long-awaited debut for the Astros will come later this week. The Houston shortstop acquired in the Mark Melancon trade is finishing up his minor league rehab and should join the team by the end of the week. Lowrie is a decent SS or MI option in NL leagues, but he needs to produce over an extended period of time and stay healthy to have any value in mixed leagues.
10. Scott Baker (SP-MIN). If you were counting on Scott Baker for your fantasy team, not only does your team suck, but you will be sorely disappointed. Baker announced that he will undergo an operation on his elbow which will require six months of recovery meaning his season is over. He didn’t have much, if any, fantasy value before. But now there is no need to hold onto him because he won’t throw a pitch until next year.
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