Another week and another slew of injuries. This week’s list contains some repeat offenders which means that you should have already been on notice of how susceptible they are to injury. Sure, anyone can sustain a freak injury. But there are some players that have a history of maladies which makes them inherent risks to draft and rely upon thereafter. Basically, you assumed the risk when you drafted some of these guys. Don’t blame them…blame yourselves. So without further adieu, here is the Week 5 edition of the Walking Wounded.
Giancarlo Stanton (OF-MIA).
Maybe Giancarlo should strongly consider changing his name back to Mike. The lone Marlin looked like he was starting to catch fire last weekend with three gargantuan homeruns. But during last Monday’s extra inning marathon against the Mets, Stanton felt his hamstring pop when he tried beating out an infield hit. He was diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain which isn’t the worst, but it also means he will miss significant time. The early estimate is that he will be out around a month, but hamstring injuries are very tough to nail down a specific time to. Stanton should most definitely be stashed on your bench or DL because he will be a great source for homeruns and RBI when he returns.
Josh Johnson (SP-TOR).
Well, Josh Johnson is on the disabled list. In other news, man invents fire. It seems like Johnson is always injured, and it didn’t take much time for that to come to fruition. The Blue Jays placed him on the DL with right triceps inflammation. The results haven’t been pretty thus far for Johnson who has yet to win a game and has an ERA just under 7.00 through four starts. He is worth holding on to assuming you have extra bench or DL slots on your roster. When healthy (which is rare), Johnson can be a very effective fantasy pitcher and also happens to be looking for a big free agent contract at the end of the season.
Carl Crawford (OF-LAD).
I have a self-created rivalry with Carl Crawford that began years ago when I became nauseous hearing lots of fantasy baseball experts wax poetic about him being a legitimate first round pick. He is one of the most overrated players in both real and fantasy baseball. The past couple years have been a disaster for Crawford who was returning from off-season surgery. Now he is suffering from a hamstring injury which could potentially cost him more time if he doesn’t show improvement soon. Crawford is still a player that relies on his legs and has fantasy value for his stolen bases and runs. With a bad wheel, his fantasy value goes down faster than a Kardashian in an NBA locker room. Monitor his progress daily and hope he can avoid the DL.
Kevin Youkilis (3B-NYY).
It never seems to end for the poor Yankees. After Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira all went down before the beginning of the season, Francisco Cervelli, Eduardo Nunez, Ivan Nova and Joba Chamberlain have joined them on the walking wounded list. You can now add Kevin Youkilis who was placed on the DL with a back injury. Youkilis has been banged up the past few years and this year is no different. He was becoming a solid starting option at third base with the revamped Yankees, but now he will miss a couple weeks. He is worth stashing on your DL because he will play almost every day when he comes back and the Yankees have proven they can score runs no matter who is in the lineup.
Jake Peavy (SP-CHW).
The oft-injured former Cy Young winner was scratched from his last start due to back spasms. Unfortunately fantasy owners missed out on Peavy pitching against the hapless Astros which likely would have been an automatic 10 strikeouts. Peavy has been very good thus far this season and is a solid starting option when healthy. Right now it looks like he will make his next scheduled start against the Mets which is another great matchup. The Mets strike out at an alarming rate so Peavy should have no problem getting back on track.
Brett Anderson (SP-OAK).
The nightmare continues for Brett Anderson who was placed on the DL after aggravating an ankle injury during a recent extra inning game in which he came out of the bullpen to pitch over five innings of relief. The ironic thing is that he was initially scratched from starting that game with the ankle injury and ended up making it worse after he came in to pitch anyway. Anderson has been brutal thus far and was marginally deserving of a bench spot on your roster. Unless you have a very deep bench or sufficient DL slots, Anderson isn’t worth stashing right now.
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