Another day, another rash of news in fantasy baseball. Tonight we have a couple of guys going to the Disabled List, a closer in danger of losing his job and the next guy in line. WE have a couple of injureid players, some more easier to predict than others. And as always we feature the top perfomers of the day. Feel free to contact Fantasy Alarm for all of your questions, and of course don't forget to sign up for the secret weapon, or text/email service that lets you know when your guys are out of the lineup.
Dallas Braden, OAK -- 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7 Ks (ND) Take that A-Rod!
Mark Buehrle, CWS -- 8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 K (ND) Thanks Juan Pierre!
Kyle McClellan, STL -- 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 4 Ks (W, 1-0)
Clayton Kershaw, LAD -- 6.2 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 7 Ks (W, 2-1)
Mitch Talbot, CLE -- 8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 4 Ks (W, 1-0)
Once part of the plans for the Rangers' closer, Alexi Ogando is now making a seamless switch to a starting pitcher and looked really good today. He allowed only two hits over seven shutout innings and struck out four. He has now gone 13 innings without giving up an earned run and right now this is a guy that I think you should be adding to your fantasy teams. He has developed a blister which took him out of today's game, but based on his career, I think that this production can continue. My one concern is that he has always been a reliever so I wonder how long he can keep this up, but C.J. Wilson did it last year in Texas, so why not Ogando.
Ouch, Dice-K, OUCH! Matsuzaka's second start was actually worse than his first, as the offensively challenged Tampa Bay Rays battered him around like the proverbial red headed stepchild. Dice allowed a ridiculous seven earned runs in just two innings, walked two and struck out two. This was a guy that I was hoping could find his old form in 2011, but so far there is no sign of that. If you have Matsuzaka and there is someone on free agency that really catches your eye maybe go for it, but I think I would give Dice one more start.
Ubaldo Jimenez threw a successful bullpen session and is apparently back on track to return from his cracked cuticle. Wow, I still can't get past that injury. In other news, Jimenez just got his period too, completing his transition into a woman. C'mon dude, man up! You go to the DL for a cracked nail? He will throw a minor league game but looks like he will return to the team next Monday.
Matt Thornton will be charged with another blown save, but this one was not entirely his fault. With a man on second and one out he have up a long fly ball to left field that Juan Pierre should have made the play on, but didn't and the tying run scored. This is sure to be another nail in Thornton's coffin, and I know there will be a mad dash to grab Chris Sale, but Jeff and I stand by our stance that Sergio Santos will eventually be the closer for the White Sox and will be very effective at it. He has nasty stuff and is a strikeout machine.
Jeremy Hellickson collected his second win of the year, but he was far from impressive against the Red Sox. He again wasn't able to go deep as he threw just 5.1 innings, mostly because he walked five batters. He only struck out one batter, but he also only allowed two earned runs. So for the second start he isn't all that effective but gets the win. I stand by my call that Hellickson was overrated this season.
Sam Fuld, TB -- 4-6, 2 2B, 3B, HR (1), 3 RBI (3)
Johnny Damon, TB -- 3-5, HR (2), 3 RBI (5)
Darwin Barney, CHC -- 2-2, 3B, 2 BB, RBI (3)
Troy Tulowitzki, COL -- 2-4, HR (4), 3 RBI (9)
Seth Smith, COL -- 3-4, 2B, 3B, SB (1)
Kurt Suzuki, OAK -- 2-4, HR (1), RBI (2)
Lance Berkman, STL -- 2-5, 2 HR (2), 3 RBI (4)
Ryan Zimmerman is going to the Disabled List for the Washington Nationals with an abdominal strain. Apparently he is good when he is swinging the bat or playing defense, but he made a head first dive running the bases and that reaggravated the injury he suffered during Spring Training. The fact that he can do most baseball activities makes me a little less concerned than I am with most injuries of this type, but as we see here, abdominal problems are so easy to reaggravate and this could stick with him for a while. If you need help finding a replacement, feel free to shoot some options to me at email@example.com.
Rajai Davis reaggravated a previous ankle injury and will be headed to the 15 day Disabled List. This shouldn't be devastating news to your fantasy team, and it also doesn't seem like it will be something that keeps him out for an extended period of time. Stash him away and be ready to activate him in a couple of weeks.
Magglio Ordonez will miss the next few days with an achilles injury, which is different from the ankle problem that has been bothering him on and off this year. These nagging injuries will stay with him all year long which is going to be frustrating to deal with. Ordonez is not someone you want on your team, but the problem is he is likely more talented than anyone on your waiver wire. Guess you are going to have to deal with this all year, because I would be shocked if someone would take him in a trade.
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