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It is hard to believe but we are more than half-way done with Week 10 of the fantasy baseball season. Several injured players are heading on their way back which is good news. But of course we can’t go a few days without seeing some new or re-occurring injuries pop up here in this edition of the walking wounded.
Edwin Encarnacion (1B-TOR)
Fantasy GM’s held their collective breaths on Wednesday when Edwin Encarnacion was taken out of the game with back spasms. He was given another day off but the injury does not seem to be serious. He should be back in the lineup within a day or two, so fear not. Honestly, can you blame him for having back spasms after carrying the Blue Jays into first place over the past month?
Carlos Gonzalez (OF-COL)
I could go on a Jeff Mans-like rant about Carlos Gonzalez. This guy has all the talent in the world and is consistently regarded as a legitimate first round pick in any fantasy baseball league format. But let’s face the facts – he is a complete injury risk and an utter disappointment. He is now on the disabled list with a finger injury which could potentially require surgery. Even when he has been playing, his numbers have been pedestrian with a .265 batting average with only eight homeruns and 31 RBI. All I know is that I would never draft him unless he slipped to me in the third round.
Wil Myers (OF-TB)
We previously reported that Wil Myers was placed on the disabled list with a wrist injury. But now we have subsequently learned that he has a stress fracture and will be in a cast for over a month. This means we can expect Myers to be sidelined at least two months depending on whether he has any setbacks and is able to fully rehab. Myers had been disappointing fantasy GM’s anyway, but this essentially makes it a lost season for him and the GM’s who spent high draft picks or auction dollars on the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year.
Michael Pineda (SP-NYY)
The Yankees transferred Michael Pineda to the 60-day disabled list, but the reason for doing so was to open roster space for Wade LeBlanc. Pineda had suffered a setback during his rehab, so he is being shut down for another week or so. It is expected that he will be back at some point in July, so keep him stashed on your DL if you have available slots. Pineda had pitched well during his first few starts. Now we can only hope he is just as effective without pine tar when he returns.
Johan Santana (SP-BAL)
Talk about a feel good story, Johan Santana is currently on track to make his return to the big leagues in a few weeks. He will pitch in extended spring training games and then have some minor league starts before joining the Orioles in their proposed sic-man starting rotation. I am not saying that you should run out and add Santana off the waiver wire just yet. It is highly questionable how effective he will be and whether he can remain healthy. But the fact is that Santana was once one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball and he has proven he can come back from this shoulder injury before.
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