Happy holidays to everyone as we celebrate America’s birthday. Nothing is more American than baseball, especially fantasy baseball. This week is no different than any other week with big names getting banged up and wreaking havoc on fantasy teams. Because of the holidays, travel, and other commitments, I am limited with time this week. So without further adieu, here is a truncated edition of the walking wounded.
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1. Dan Haren (SP-LAA). Angels pitcher Dan Haren has been uncharacteristically horrendous over the past month. He mentioned some back soreness as a possible reason for his struggles. This is not good news for fantasy owners as a stint on the disabled list is a good possibility. Haren is typically a reliable fantasy option, but this injury should cause you concern to start thinking of alternatives for the time being.
2. Giancarlo Stanton (OF-MIA). Slugger Giancarlo Stanton missed several games this week with a “loose body” in his knee. He is hoping to play this weekend and avoid having surgery until the off-season. Stanton has been streaky this year, but when he has been hot he has been a monster. He will try and play through the pain but acknowledges he will likely need an operation at some point to remedy the situation. If he misses any more time, he could land on the disabled list.
3. Andrew Cashner (SP-SD). Talk about bad timing. Padres’ rookie Andrew Cashner, the player obtained in the Anthony Rizzo trade last winter, had just been called back up to San Diego after being extended in the minor leagues for a spot in the starting rotation. In just his second start, he suffered a lat injury which has forced him to the disabled list. He likely won’t be back until sometime in August. Keep him stashed on your bench or DL because he will get a chance to pitch down the stretch. The hard-throwing youngster has shown he has the tools and talent to be a dominating starting pitcher.
4. Chris Carpenter (SP-STL). In case you were holding out hope that the former Cy Young Award winner might be back at some point this year, you can now cut your losses. Chris Carpenter is officially done for the year as he needs shoulder surgery. The oft-injured Cardinals pitcher has been through this before and been able to come back. However, at 37 years old, it is unknown what he will have left for next year after he recovers. You can drop him and clear a roster spot.
5. Will Middlebrooks (3B-BOS). The Red Sox seem to be struggling to decide whether to put rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks on the disabled list. He is suffering from a hamstring injury yet again and has missed several games this week. Middlebrooks also missed time back in May with a similar injury but was able to avoid the DL. Now that Kevin Youkilis has been traded, Middlebrooks is needed more than ever at the hot corner. Keep a close eye on his progress and don’t be surprised if he does end up on the DL because we all know that hamstring injuries require a sufficient amount of rest to fully heal. With Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury expected back soon, Boston should be able to withstand a lack of offense at third base for a little while.
HONORABLE MENTION: Jason Bay (OF-NYM). Jason Bay should be starting a rehab assignment later this week as he recovers from his latest concussion. Unfortunately this means he is not far away from a return to the Mets lineup. He has not shown any indication that he can be relied on as a viable fantasy option, so don’t bother wasting your time, energy, or free agent auction dollars on him until he proves he can stay on the field for at least three days in a row and actually hit a ball in fair territory.
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