This past week saw some serious injuries to critical players which will undoubtedly have an impact on your fantasy baseball teams. Get the bandages and MRI machines because the injuries are racking up. So without further adieu, here is the next edition of the walking wounded.
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1. Jacoby Ellsbury (OF-BOS). After his monster season in 2011, Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was one of the premier fantasy options coming into the season. Unfortunately, Ellsbury sustained a right shoulder injury that will keep him sidelined indefinitely. It does not appear Ellsbury will require surgery and he has vowed to return this season. But there is no way of knowing exactly how long he will be out which means you should start making arrangements to replace his production on your roster for the foreseeable future.
2. Justin Upton (OF-ARZ). Perhaps he was jealous of his brother, but Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton has become the second Upton to be sidelined this year. Upton has missed a couple games with a thumb injury and could possibly be headed for a stint on the disabled list if his condition does not improve soon. Upton is one of the top fantasy players in the game, so it would be a huge blow to lose him for an extended period of time.
3. Brian Wilson (RP-SF). The barrage of injuries to closers has finally caught up with Black Beard. Giants closer Brian Wilson has been initially diagnosed with a partial tear of his UCL and will seek a second opinion from the one and only Dr. James Andrews. Even if it is not a complete tear of the ligament, it is highly unlikely that Wilson will pitch again until the end of the season at the earliest. Keep him stashed if you have an available spot on your roster, but don’t expect much from him the rest of the year.
4. Joel Hanrahan (RP-PIT). In keeping with the injured closer theme, Pirates pitcher Joel Hanrahan is considered day to day with a hamstring injury suffered the last time he pitched. He was passed over for Juan Cruz for the team’s last save opportunity, so clearly the Pirates are being cautious with their all star pitcher. Keep an eye on his status because hamstring injuries typically require sufficient rest, especially for a pitcher who relies on his legs to generate the heat that Hanrahan brings.
5. Chris Young (OF-ARZ). It is a dangerous time to be an Arizona outfielder. Chris Young injured himself crashing into the wall making a catch and has been placed on the disabled list with a shoulder contusion. The severity of the injury will be revealed after his MRI, so it isn’t known for sure how long he will be out. Young is one of the few solid options who possess a legitimate power and speed combination, so his absence will be felt from fantasy lineups.
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6. Tim Hudson (SP-ATL). After making a rehab start for Triple-A, Bravers pitcher Tim Hudson will likely return to the rotation after one more minor league outing. Hudson has been one of the most consistent pitchers for a long time, so grab him if he is a free agent in your league for some reason. While injuries have taken their toll on him in recent years, he still should have plenty left in the tank for this year.
7. Brett Gardner (OF-NYY). The Yankees scratched outfielder Brett Gardner from the lineup on Wednesday due to a right elbow injury. There is no indication either way at this time whether he will miss any extended period of time. All you can do is monitor the situation to see how serious the injury is, but for now keep him in your lineup until more information is available.
8. A.J. Burnett (SP-PIT). Pirates head-case A.J. Burnett got shelled in his first rehab start after undergoing facial surgery to repair an orbital bone that was broken during spring training. Burnett was pegged to be Pittsburgh’s ace, but he looks like he is a ways away from being that. When and if he is physically and mentally healthy, he should benefit from pitching in the weak NL Central. He is worth stashing on your roster, but do not count on much from him until he proves otherwise.
9. Lorenzo Cain (OF-KC). Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was placed on the disabled list with a groin injury. Reports are that he should be back once he is eligible to be activated. He has yet to consistently produce at the major league level, but he has loads of talent and is worth keeping on your roster. The only concern is whether the groin injury will have any impact on his stolen base output.
10. Omar Infante (2B-MIA). The new Babe Ruth was scratched from the lineup with a groin injury but hopes to be back by the weekend. Amazingly, Omar Infante has been hitting with unprecedented power to begin the season, but that is unlikely to continue even when he is healthy. For now he is a decent option to start at second base, but this injury could bring his value back down to earth.
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