Plenty to talk about tonight as we begin week 3 of the fantasy baseball season in style. Tonight we saw some big name players go down with injuries, a couple big league performances from part time players and a young starting pitcher who just had to have some T-shirts from his local Macy's department store. We're also going to give out some updates on guys who have been on the disabled list all season and let you know what you can expect of them in the coming weeks. So let's get it on with the latest edition of Rounding The Bases...
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Let's begin tonight's fantasy baseball roundup by discussing a couple of players who have yet to participate in the 2011 MLB season due to injury. First on the list is Phillies second baseman Chase Utley who did some more light running this afternoon and also took infield practice. This is a very good sign as today was the second day that Utley ran on his injured knee and the fact that he was felt good enough and was allowed to do more means he is ahead of where many of us fantasy players thought he would be at this point. It will still be awhile before Utley is anywhere near Citizen's Bank Ballpark but it does appear that he will be back much sooner than expected.
The news wasn't as good for White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy who was beaten down in his AA rehab assignment and left the game due to shoulder discomfort once again. You can pretty much forget about Jake Peavy this season as he obviously has some lingering issues with his reconstructed shoulder and could very likely be lost for the season. I wouldn't even hold a DL spot for Peavy any longer as there are much more deserving players who will help your team at some point this season.
Now let's take a look at the top performers from today's games:
Kevin Youkilis -- Red Sox -- 2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 runs
Jed Lowrie -- Red Sox -- 4-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 runs
Sam Fuld -- Rays -- 4-4, 1 run
Felipe Lopez -- Rays -- 3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 runs
Ian Kinsler -- Rangers -- 2-3, 1 run, 2 BB
Nate Schierholtz -- Giants -- 3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 run,
Pat Burrell -- Giants -- 1-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 runs
Neil Walker -- Pirates -- 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 runs 1 BB
Ryan Braun -- Brewers -- 3-4, 2 RBI, 1 run, 1 BB
Grady Sizemore -- Indians -- 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 run, 1 BB
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Victor Martinez had to leave the game in the second inning after collecting a base hit due to an aggravation of his right groin injury that he suffered over the weekend. It doesn't look good for Martinez to be back in the Tigers lineup anytime soon so he should also be taken out of fantasy lineups for the time being as well. If Martinez winds up on the disabled list, consider Chris Snyder or Wilson Ramos as possible replacements for the short term.
Grady Sizemore had another good game tonight in going 3 for 5 for the surging Indians. Although Sizemore's start has everybody wound up I must caution you to pump the brakes a few times here please. This is the first time in over a year that Sizemore has played in back to back games so we'll have to see if his body can withstand the grind of an MLB season. Until then, I suggest steering clear of the lure of Grady Sizemore.
The Dodgers called up OF/1B prospect Jerry Sands in hopes that his hot bat would help their struggling offense and provide Matt Kemp some protection in the order. Sure enough Sands was inserted into the Dodgers lineup tonight and went 1-3 with a double and a sacrifice fly RBI in his first major league game.
Daisuke Matsuzaka -- Red Sox -- WIN, 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 1 BB, 3 K's
David Price -- Rays -- WIN, 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BB, 9 K's
C.J. Wilson -- Rangers -- WIN, 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 Hits, 1 BB, 9 K's
Tim Lincecum -- Giants -- WIN, 7.2 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 3 BB, 10 K's
Carlos Zambrano -- Cubs -- 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BB, 10 K's
Tim Stauffer -- Padres -- 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BB, 4 K's
I just can't figure Dice-K out. I went into fantasy drafts this season believing he was a great late round starter to fill out your rotation and thus I grabbed him in a couple of my deeper leagues. Then after his first two disastrous outings I dropped him in both leagues and gave him the deuces. Now he goes out and fires a 1 hitter against the strong hitting Blue Jays. Go figure...
Good news out of Cincinnati where Aroldis Chapman found the extra 10 MPH on his fastball that he had lost in his previous outing. Chapman hit 102 MPH on the radar gun tonight and worked a perfect inning while also collecting a strikeout.
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