Dude, let's go get an appendectomy! Yeah, that's right you heard me, all the guys in the major leagues are doing it, it is all the rage! It's just a few puncture wounds and bam, in a week you are back in business. That might sound ridiculous, but we have another slugger whose abdomen will keep them out, as well as a pitcher whose fingernail lands him on the DL. On a positive note, one of the best closers in baseball is coming back from injury, and we talk about a handful of guys who continue to bang the baseball around. Finally there is some news on some starting pitchers, some with mixed results and a former Cy Young winner who DOMINATED.
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Adam Dunn is the second major leaguer in a week to have his appendix out and the White Sox slugger will be out of the lineup for a while. Unlike Matt Holliday, the prognosis for Dunn is that he isn't going to miss much time, and I don't see him being out longer than a week. Dunn stated he wanted to play on Thursday, and while that is very valiant, it is also impossible. He will surely be out through the weekend and we will give more updats as they become available.
The Colorado Rockies have placed ace pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez on the 15 day DL with that cracked cuticle and I have to say that I applaud the move. You know as well as I do that he doesn't want to miss any starts, so chances are he would have tried to rush back before the injury healed, and that could have led to many more problems in the future. Jimenez could have tried to change what he does to compensate for the pain he would experience due to the injury and that could have led to a different and more serious injury. Now he sits for two weeks, misses a couple of starts and should be fully healed when he returns and he can be the dominating pitcher he was in 2010 again.
The San Francisco Giants have activated their closer, Brian Wilson, from the Disabled List and he is ready to rejoin his team and help them defense their World Series title. Wilson was dealing with an oblique injury, but has declared himself ready to go again. There is no reason not to put Wilson right back into your lineups starting on Thursday, the Giants are not going to ease him back into the role or anything like that. The next save opportunity that comes up, will be his I assure you.He might have looked terrible in his first outing today, but remember he hasn't pitched since March 17th. He will be just fine.
"Hellboy" Jeremy Hellickson might have taken his first loss of the season, but he certainly missed a lot of bats for the time he was in the game. He was motoring through the Angels lineup, but hit a few hiccups along the way and ended up giving up three runs in 5.2 innings, but on a positive note he did strikeout ten guys. Anytime I see double digit strikeouts I always get a little excited, so while I think Hellickson was drafted a little early this year, I still think he will have a successful season, maybe just not quite as successful as others think he will. I honestly believe you are going to see a lot of this type of outing. Not very deep into the game, a lot of strikeouts, and giving up three or four runs.
Does Carlos Quentin come to the plate with flames coming off of his back? I mean obviously he is going to have to cool down at some point, but it is almost impossible to get this guy our right now! Quentin collected four more hits on Wednesday and is now hitting a robust .500, including his second home run and he has now driven in ten runs already. I know you might be tempted to not believe that he is capable of this, but whenever he has been healthy Quentin is a masher. Like I said he has to cool down some, but if he plays 155 games, he could bash 38 homers and drive in 120 runs.
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A pair of Royals are also impressing as Billy Butler, and this guy you might remember named Alex Gordon are also out of the gate successfully. Both collected two hits today, and both drove in their fourth runs of the year. Gordon already has five doubles, while Butler has two home runs. Both have amazing offensive potential, and both are worth having on your roster right now. Butler was certainly drafted and is a low end starting first baseman, while Gordon still could be out there for you, and I would make the move to pick him up ASAP.
Raise your hand if you were a little worried about Tim Lincecum coming into the season after he didn't win his third straight Cy Young Award last year. No hands? Really? I heard a lot of grumblings about him not being as good this year. Well, you can ask the San Diego Padres about this as he absolutely mowed them down to the tune of 13 strikeouts over seven innings. He allowed just one run on three hits in his appearance on Wednesday and all I can say is DAMN! Kid's got some nasty stuff. There's no falling off with Lincecum, he will be one of the top five pitchers in fantasy this year, with the absolute chance of being the best.
What in the world kind of line was this for Edinson Volquez? He collected the win and struck out eight batters in just five innings, but he also allowed four runs and walked five guys. Overall, as a Volquez owner I am not particularly pleased by this performance, but at the same time there is some positives to look at as well. If he is still available in your league I wouldn't pick him up unless it was for an injury replacement, but if you do own him, I wouldn't pull the plug on him based on this performance either. Let's all let him have a few more starts to see what he has and I will report on him the next time he takes the mound again.
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