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It has been a busy and eventful Week 4 of the fantasy baseball season. Some more big names have joined the ranks of the walking wounded, so let’s get right to the injury report for April 24, 2014.
Adam Wainwright (SP-STL)
Fantasy GM’s had a bit of a scare earlier this week when Adam Wainwright landed awkwardly trying to field a ground ball and was taken out of a game he was dominating. The Cardinals reported that Wainwright passed all of the tests and expect only mild soreness in his knee. The former Cy Young winner is expected to make his next start, so do not hesitate putting him in or keeping him in your lineup.
Mark Trumbo (OF-ARZ)
The Diamondbacks have placed slugging outfielder Mark Trumbo on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his foot. It will probably take at least a month for this to heal, so start scouring the waiver wire or look to make a deal to replace Trumbo’s home runs and slugging percentage. Keep him stashed on your DL and hope he is a quick healer...unlike his brother Rusty,
Shin Soo-Choo (OF-TEX)
Rangers outfielder Shin Soo-Choo sustained a high ankle sprain earlier this week and has missed a few games as a result. However, Choo and the Rangers are optimistic that he can avoid a stint on the disabled list. This is a touch and go situation, so keep him benched for the time being in daily leagues.
Gio Gonzalez (SP-WAS)
Despite being taken out of his last start after only 80+ pitches, Gio Gonzalez proclaims that his shoulder is fine and that the soreness he experienced was related to the weather conditions. He is a must start on your fantasy team, so expect him to make his next start without any complications.
Josh Johnson (SP-SD)
Captain Obvious reported during the off-season that Josh Johnson would be injured sooner rather than later after the Padres signed him. He missed most of the spring and started the season on the disabled list. Now, he needs Tommy John surgery…again. Drop him in any fantasy baseball league format and make a pledge to yourself never to draft him again. NOTE: I made a pledge never to draft him again coming into 2014, but he seemed like such a sleeper candidate rejoining the National League and pitching in spacious Petco Park. So now I must truly take my own advice and pretend Johnson never existed.
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