Finally, baseball is back. After what felt like the never-ending spring training because of the World Baseball Classic, we finally have games that mean something. The 2013 season is officially underway which means it is time to start worrying which one of your players is the next to get admitted to the infirmary. We are only a few days into the season and injuries are mounting already. So without further adieu, here is the first 2013 regular season edition of the Walking Wounded.
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Hiroki Kuroda (SP-NYY)
It has been said before but must be said again…it would not be a complete Injury Report without a New York Yankee. The sky is falling on the Bronx as another member of the Pinstripes has fallen. Hiroki Kuroda was struck on the fingers of his pitching hand on a ball hit by Boston outfielder Shane Victorino in the second game of the season. Kuroda was able to remain in the game but only lasted a short while longer after hitting two batters and walking another. Right now there doesn’t appear to be any significant damage and he should be able to make his next scheduled start during Week 2. But it can never make a fantasy baseball owner feel comfortable when one of his pitchers is hit on his pitching hand. Keep checking his status over the weekend and put him in your lineup assuming there are no lingering issues.
David Ortiz (DH-BOS)
Red Sox DH David Ortiz started the season on the disabled list as he recovers from his Achilles injuries to both heels. He could begin playing extended spring training games next week and optimistically could be back by Week 3 of the season. However, Ortiz must be able to demonstrate that he is healed sufficiently. Keep him stashed on your DL or bench until he comes back. When healthy, he is still a great source for power, run production, and batting average.
Brett Lawrie (3B-TOR).
It has been a nightmare for third baseman this spring in terms of injuries. You can add Brett Lawrie of the Blue Jays to that list as he begins the season on the DL with a strained oblique. Toronto seems to believe he will be back within a couple weeks, but as we know from experience with other players oblique strains can take awhile to recover from. Lawrie had a disappointing season in 2012 but should thrive hitting in the middle of the Blue Jays’ overhauled lineup. He is certainly worth stashing on your bench or DL, but be prepared to have an alternative option at third base for a few weeks until he can come back.
Scott Kazmir (SP-CLE)
After making a remarkable comeback during spring training and getting anointed the Indians’ fifth starter, Scott Kazmir finds himself back on the shelf for the time being. Kazmir is suffering from an oblique strain and was sent for an MRI. He hasn’t officially been placed on the DL at the time of this writing, but chances are he will end up there as oblique strains are hardly ever recovered from in a quick manner. Kazmir had minimal fantasy value coming into the season, so he would only be worth stashing if you have a very deep bench, unlimited DL spots, or if you own a Victor Zambrano voodoo doll.
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