Zach Britton (RP-BAL) – Any time a pitcher experiences soreness in the forearm the first thought is generally catastrophe as that is usually the precursor to a torn UCL leading to Tommy John surgery. Right now we have no indication that this is anything more than slight pain and discomfort, so hold off on panic mode for now. However, this injury will have a major impact in fantasy leagues because Britton is one of the top three closers in baseball. Brad Brach will likely get the save opportunities while Britton is sidelined, but it is anyone’s guess how successful he will be in the 9th inning. He is a lockdown closer so his absence puts Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman’s wins in jeopardy if he cannot protect leads.
Rich Hill (SP-LAD) – The Troy Tulowitzki of pitchers has once again landed on the disabled list with a blister problem on his left middle finger. That makes sense since he is basically flipping the bird to fantasy GMs who wasted a valuable draft pick on him. Hill is a late bloomer and clearly figured things out in the past couple years, but he has such a lengthy injury history that he almost makes Tulowitzki look like a pillar of health. Alex Wood will assume Hill’s spot in the Dodgers’ rotation which makes him an intriguing streaming option. Stash Hill on your DL or bench because he is too valuable to drop, but start exploring trade opportunities and see what you might be able to get for him.
Jake Odorizzi (SP-TB) – It isn’t easy being Odorizzi right now after he was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring injury that he aggravated over the weekend. It isn’t clear yet who will take his spot in the Rays’ rotation but the safest bet is Erasmo Ramirez who came in relief of Odorizzi after the injury. Hamstring injuries are always tough to predict recovery time for because they require sufficient rest to heal the muscle and then a period of time for rehab. This injury doesn’t appear to be too serious but it would be surprising if he returns as soon as he is eligible. Ramirez is not a viable replacement unless you are in a deep AL-only league.
Sam Dyson (RP-TEX) – This could likely be a pity DL stint for Dyson who has numbers that look like my brief pitching career in Little League. Dyson is already 0-3 with a 27.00 ERA and 4.38 WHIP so his grip on the Rangers 9th inning duties is looser than a college girl on spring break. Matt Bush is the logical choice to assume closing duties, but Jeremy Jeffress is also in contention with a little more experience.
Jon Gray (SP-COL) – For almost 25 years, being a Rockies pitcher has essentially been fantasy baseball syphilis – you just stay away from it. However, Gray looked like he might be an exception to the rule as the young starter is projected to be a stud pitcher. Unfortunately, he has landed on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his left foot and is expected to miss at least a month of action. The decision whether to stash him depends on how many bench or DL slots you have available. Any replacements for Gray in Colorado’s rotation are not worth rostering so move on.
Kendall Graveman (SP-OAK) – Just when you thought the A’s almost knew what they were doing when they traded Josh Donaldson, the one asset they acquired from Toronto landed on the disabled list. Graveman is dealing with a right should strain but the extent of the injury is not considered serious since Oakland is only planning on him missing one start. Graveman has started the year strong with a 2-0 record and a 2.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP through his first three starts and should be scooped up off the waiver wire while you can still get him.