One week is in the books as we start Week 2 of the fantasy baseball season. It hasn’t taken long for impact players to sustain injuries that will affect your teams in both the short and long-term. Amazingly, this week’s Injury Report does not contain a New York Yankee, so that is good news for those of you relying on the backup Bronx Bombers. So without further adieu, here is the Week 2 edition of the Walking Wounded.
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Freddie Freeman (1B-ATL).
This seemingly came out of nowhere and surprised Freddie Freeman as much as fantasy owners. Freeman got off to a great start during Week 1 but appeared to grimace in pain as he ran to first base over the weekend. He suffered a mild oblique strain at the end of spring training but seemed willing and able to play through it. But the Braves decided to be overly cautious and placed him on the disabled list hoping to prevent a sustained trip to the DL later on. While that makes sense, it is frustrating for fantasy owners who are relying on Freeman to be a great source of power, run production and batting average in a loaded Atlanta lineup. Absolutely stash him on your DL or bench. In the interim, look for Chris Johnson to play first base with Juan Francisco getting most of the playing time at third base.
Jered Weaver (SP-LAA).
On Tuesday, it was revealed that Angels ace pitcher Jered Weaver sustained a fracture in his non-pitching elbow and will be sidelined between 4-6 weeks. The good news is that it isn’t his pitching arm. But that won’t help fantasy owners who drafted him as a staff ace. Clearly he should be stashed on your bench or DL. If you need a short-term filler in your starting rotation, Garrett Richards is the most likely candidate to replace Weaver on the Angels’ staff.
Yu Darvish (SP-TEX).
After coming one out away from a perfect game in his first start of the season, Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish looked human again during his second start. It turns out he had a blister on his pitching hand which could have affected his performance. Texas anticipated that Darvish will make his next start and doesn’t expect the blister to be a lingering problem. It is anybody’s guess whether or not that is true, but it is something to consider if you are expecting dominant performances like he had in his first start. However, keep in mind he was facing an awful Houston lineup that couldn’t against Henry Rowengartner before he broke his arm. Darvish is a solid fantasy pitcher with tremendous potential, but temper your expectations to fall somewhere in between the results of his first two starts. Keep an eye on him to see whether he struggles again in his next start or if the blister becomes an ongoing problem.
Aramis Ramirez (3B-MIL).
It has been a rough few months for third basemen. After missing a couple weeks during spring training, Aramis Ramirez re-aggravated a left knee injury and was placed on the disabled list. Ramirez has been one of the most consistent fantasy performers over the years and was off to a good start this season. Hopefully he will only miss a couple weeks, but at this point the length of his absence is unknown. There are no viable fantasy alternatives on the Brewers, so you will have to look elsewhere for a replacement at third base. Keep him stashed and hope he is able to stay healthy once he comes back.
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