Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: May 1, 2014
Michael A. Stein discusses the impact of injuries on fantasy baseball.
The fantasy baseball injury news certainly is not as depressing as it was just a couple days ago. But there are some significant players that have made it onto the list of the walking wounded. As a warning to GM's who own Billy Hamilton, please make sure you are sitting down when you read the news.
Jason Kipnis (2B-CLE)
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis left Tuesday night’s game with an abdominal strain and it appeared to be a foregone conclusion that he was heading to the disabled list. However, he might be able to avoid the DL after reporting improvement following his early exit from the game. Expect a decision to be made by the weekend, so cross your fingers that Kipnis won’t miss much time either way.
Matt Cain (SP-SF)
Matt Cain must be a big Bryan Adams fan because he was scratched from his last start on Tuesday due to cutting himself with a knife. He sustained a laceration on his right index finger prior to the game, so he was shut down so that the wound could heal. Fortunately this was nothing like what happened to Billy Chapel in “For Love of the Game” but it still cost fantasy GM’s dearly since Cain will not make another start during Week 5. Hey Marr Cain, you signed a contract worth over $100,000,000. Next time, pay someone else to handle your cutlery for you.
Matt Garza (SP-MIL)
If you need help putting your finger on a reason why pitchers shouldn’t hit, look no further than Matt Garza. He was injured during an at bat on Wednesday when he suffered a contusion in his right thumb and had to be removed from the game. There is no indication yet whether Garza will miss his next start. But the way he has pitched so far in 2014, not many fantasy GM’s will shed tears if Garza is sidelined at all.
Tony Cingrani (SP-CIN)
The Reds have placed Tony Cingrani on the disabled list against his will with tendinitis in his left shoulder. Cingrani insisted that he could have kept pitching, but multiple mediocre and below average starts have given the Reds enough motivation to shut him down for at least a couple weeks. Cingrani is a one-pitch pitcher who had great success in 2013. Now he must make adjustments as opposing hitters seems to have adjusted to him.
Billy Hamilton (OF-CIN)
Uh oh, Billy Hamilton got hurt. One of the most polarizing players in fantasy baseball, Hamilton sustained two sprained knuckles on his left hand and had to be taken out of Thursday night’s game. The good news is that there is nothing wrong with Hamilton’s legs. The bad news is that he is expected to miss at least a couple day with the injury. Daily fantasy players should seek their stolen bases elsewhere for the time being.
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