Another season, another big time injury for Josh Hamilton and we will chronicle that as well as who is the man to replace him in that lineup. There is also more injury news from California and New York as well as a returning slugger in America's Heartland. From the pitching angle we have a great young pitching duel, a hot start that starts to cool, and one that keeps going pretty strong. And of course we also give you the top performers of the night. With all of this injury talk it is the perfect time to remind you to head to the home page and sign up for Fantasy Alarm and NEVER start a benched player again!
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Jayson Werth, WAS -- 2-3, 2B, HR (2), RBI (2)
Alexei Ramirez, CWS -- 2-4, 2 HR (3), 4 RBI (8)
Michael Cuddyer, MIN -- 4-4
Hunter Pence, HOU -- 3-5, 2B, 4 RBI (9)
Hideki Matsui, OAK -- 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI (6)
Chris Young, ARI -- 3-5, HR (3), 3 RBI (10)
Josh Hamilton will miss a significant amount of time as he fractured his shoulder sliding head first into home plate in the first inning of today's game against the Detroit Tigers. Hammy is expected to miss six to eight weeks, but given his injury history, you can't really be too surprised if it turns out to be more. In a class move, he also took the time to throw the third base coach under the bus for sending him home on the play, because apparently Hamilton can't think for himself and must run whenever a coach tells him too. C'mon Josh, enough sour grapes. David Murphy should take his spot in the starting lineup and is an immediate must add if you own Hamilton. Murphy has given good production in the past when given regular playing time, and could hit 20 homers in a full season.
Rafael Furcal broke his thumb and will be on the disabled list for the next four to six weeks. He suffered the injury on a head first slide into third base, and apparently major league players have forgotten how to slide this year, as I don't know how many have gone down at either second or third base this season. The Dodgers have brought up Ivan DeJesus, Jr from the minor leagues, but look for Jamey Carroll to get some starts at short. Carroll can be a short term fix, but he isn't going to bring you much more than a handful of stolen bases.
Jason Bay is at least two more weeks away from returning to action for the New York Mets, in what has become a disturbing trend from the boys from Flushing. For some reason, no one on the Mets' staff is able to predict how long a player is going to be down due to injury as the past two seasons have been a nightmare in that department. This two week prediction seems to be the best case scenario, so if you own Bay, don't be surprised at all if it turns out to be much longer.
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Livan Hernandez, WAS -- 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 6 Ks (W, 1-1)
Dan Haren, LAA -- 9 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 8 Ks (W, 3-0) Wow, making me look dumb so far
Kyle Farnsworth, TB -- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 Ks (S, 2)
Tommy Hanson, ATL -- 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 5 Ks (W, 1-2)
Brett Myers, HOU -- 7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 5 Ks (W, 1-0)
Sam LeCure, CIN -- 6 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 8 Ks (ND)
Michael Pineda, SEA -- 7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7 Ks (W, 1-1)
David Price outdueled Jon Lester in a battle of two of the more exciting young pitchers in the American League as the Rays collected just their third win of the season. Lester allowed just three runs over seven innings and struck out eight, but Price gets the win giving up just two runs over 7.2 innings even though he struck out only three. Both of these guys should be high end fantasy starting pitchers this season and both should be in your lineup regardless of matchup.
The sheen on Edwin Jackson dulled somewhat on Tuesday, a trend I expect to continue in the future. Jackson threw 100 pitches in just 4.2 innings, allowing three runs and striking out four. I'm not sure how he threw so many pitches considering he walked only two guys, but the stats don't lie. Jackson got off to a hot start and everyone got excited, but I think this is a more realistic expectation for him than his 13 strikeout effort his last time out. Also from that game, Sergio Santos, who we have been talking about pitched two hitless innings and struck out three. Definitely keep him on your radar as the possible future closer for the White Sox.
Jeff Francis continued his nice start for the Royals as he gave up just three runs over seven innings of work for Kansas City, in what was surprisingly his worst outing of the young season. Francis struck out five in the game as well, against just one walk, and perhaps now that he is healthy he can recapture some of that magic that he showed us a few years ago. If you are in need of pitching I might give him a look, just don't give him too long a leash if things start to unravel for him.
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