Welcome to Week 11 of the fantasy baseball season. This edition of the walking wounded is special because it does not contain an entry dedicated to Carlos Gonzalez. The reason for that is simple – because he is already on the disabled list. But I would be remiss if I did not remind all fantasy GM’s that their beloved first round pick is once again proving that he is overhyped, overvalued, overrated, and overly ginger. No, he is not redheaded. He is just more fragile than a 16-year old girl with daddy issues. Onward and such with today’s fantasy baseball injury report.
Miguel Cabrera (1B-DET)
As if watching the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball broadcast isn’t brutal enough, fantasy GM’s also had to endure watching two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera leave Sunday’s game with tightness in his hamstring. Cabrera did not look right legging out a double in his previous at bat, and then he hobbled to first base after lining a single to left field. The good news is that he is back in the lineup on Monday as Detroit’s designated hitter. Cabrera at 50% is better than most players at 100%. Just hope that he doesn’t aggravate the injury causing him to miss any more time.
Matt Holliday (OF-STL)
Matt Holliday has taken a holiday from hitting home runs thus far in 2014. He only has three home runs to date after averaging 24 long balls over the past three years. Holliday was scratched from the Cardinals lineup on Sunday due to tightness in his lower back. Right now the injury does not appear serious, but it is unknown whether he will miss any additional time. Consider him day to day for now and hope that he stops hitting like Jon Jay.
Gerrit Cole (SP-PIT)
The Pirates have placed ace pitcher Gerrit Cole on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue. There is no structural damage in his shoulder, so he should likely be able to return once his two week DL stint is over on June 19. Cole has been solid in his second season with a 6-3 record and a 3.63 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 76.2 innings.
Michael Cuddyer (OF-COL)
Whoever thought playing Michael Cuddyer at third base was good a decision will rue the day they made that call. Cuddyer injured his shoulder diving for a ball and has landed on the disabled list for the second time this season. He has only played 31 games so far and has been productive when on the field. Stash him on your DL and hope that he doesn’t miss much more than two weeks.
Dee Gordon (2B/SS-LAD)
Dee Gordon was removed from last Saturday’s game with a hip injury and he still remains sidelined as of Monday. Gordon has been a fantasy godsend since taking over second base for the Dodgers. He is currently batting .284 with 33 runs scored and an astounding 36 stolen bases to league the league. The hip injury does not seem serious, but if he continues to feel discomfort it could require an extended absence or perhaps limit his ability to run. There is no other reason to own Gordon but for his stolen bases, so monitor this situation closely to see how long he may be out or whether he curtails his stolen base attempts.
Jedd Gyorko (2B-SD)
Remember when Jedd Gyorko hit 23 home runs as a rookie and every fantasy GM salivated over him during drafts this year? Me neither. Gyorko has been abysmal in his sophomore season hitting just .161 with five home runs and 24 RBI. Now he finds himself on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. It is possible that this injury has contributed to his miserable statistics. He is droppable in redraft leagues if you have a shallow bench or limited DL slots. Despite his horrendous production, he should not be dropped in keeper leagues because there is still hope that he will emerge as a solid offensive source at second base in the future.
Mitch Moreland (1B-TEX)
Raise your hand if you added Mitch Moreland as a free agent after Prince Fielder’s season ended due to neck surgery. My hand is raised. Moreland was essentially given the Rangers’ first base job in Fielder’s absence, and he did not do much with the opportunity. Now he finds himself with an ankle injury which will require surgery of some sort. It was initially thought that Moreland would be undergoing reconstructive ankle surgery which would have sidelined him for three months. Now he is seeking another opinion and is considering a minor surgery which might only cost him three to four weeks. Either way, Moreland will be out for the foreseeable future which definitively qualifies him as a fantasy bust.
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