It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor, could you be mine, would you be mine? Hmmmm, why am I singing the Mr. Rogers theme (he was a creepy old guy we used to watch on TV for those of you under 30) to start the Rounding The Bases segment tonight? Well, we at Fantasy Alarm like to think that we are a nice, cozy, comfortable place to get your fantasy sports news. Like what happened in Stephen Strasburg's latest rehab start, or what's wrong with Brian Wilson, David Ortiz, and Josh Hamilton? Let me tell you the story of the news that you need to know from this Wednesday in tonight's edition of Rounding The Bases!
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Brian Wilson was given the day off to have his elbow checked out, but it seems that thankfully there isn't anything serious going on and it is possible that he could return on Thursday. Wilson did have surgery on that elbow ages ago, so there is more than a little concern, but outside of soreness and inflammation it appears that nothing is wrong. I would be very surprised to see Wilson back on the mound so quickly and wouldn't be the least bit surprised if he was out through the weekend. Sergio Romo is also injured, so does that mean that Jeremy Affeldt would close if Wilson needs time off? Scary, but probably true. Hopefully Wilson is ok, but keep your eye on this situation for sure if you have him on your team down the stretch.
Josh Hamilton was back in the lineup one day after missing a game due to back spasms, and go ahead Hamlton owners you can exhale now! Although given his history I might not do that just yet, as a small lingering injury has turned into a bigger problem with him in the past. Right now it appears safe to insert him back into your starting roster, but this is another situation that warrants monitoring. David Murphy would be a viable pick up if Hamilton is going to miss any more time.
David Ortiz is going to miss a week of action with bursitis in his heel although he won't be placed on the DL. Big Papi has been helping your team more than you ever hoped for coming into 2011, but he is going to sell you out right before the playoffs. Hopefully the big guy will just rest for the next week and be able to get back on the field as soon as possible to hit you some home runs in the fantasy playoffs. It doesn't appear that this is anything overly serious or they would be disabling him, so try to find some sort of viable replacement for the next few days.
Stephen Strasburg was hit hard in his latest rehab start, and was unable to get out of the second inning before reaching his pitch count of 50 against the Lexington Legends. However, he did still strikeout three and was still fine on the radar gun. Let's be honest. As long as he is hitting the mid-90s with the fastball and doesn't get hurt during this rehab, do the results really matter? The answer is a big fat NO! He is working his way back and trying out pitches, he isn't working counts and everything he will when he returns to the majors. Speaking of returning, he is expected to make three more starts before coming back to Washington. I think he is a reasonable late season add if you have a guy who is just sucking wind.
Paul Goldschmidt was getting some sporadic playing time for the Diamondbacks over the past couple of weeks, but with the fractured hand of Xavier Nady, he should be in the lineup most days and he is doing the best that he can with what he has been given. Goldschmidt hit his third home run of the season on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies and now has driven in six runs in the last seven games. He had 30 home runs in the minors before his call up in just over 100 games, and that was after hitting 35 last season. Goldschmidt is a golden pickup down the stretch and if he plays well at all, should get all of the at bats down the stretch.
Jose Tabata hit his first home run since coming off of the Disabled List for the Pirates, but before we all get too excited (which I was starting to get), don't forget that rookie phenom Alex Presley is back in the minors rehabbing his injury and should be back before too long. The way he was hitting I wouldn't be surprised to see at worst a platoon situation or Presley taking the majority of the at-bats. Tabata will have to continue to impress to try to get on the right side of that platoon. He is worth an add if he was dropped in your league, but do it cautiously as he could be riding the pine before too long.
Allen Craig hit two home runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but I urge caution again with thinking of adding Craig as not only is this likely a spot start, but Craig broke his knee cap earlier in the season and I don't think is fully recovered. This is a nice game and very encouraging for his future, but for fantasy purposes in 2011 I would call this a slight blip on the radar and nothing to get excited about. Craig could one day be a star for St. Louis, but that day is not now.
Jeff Niemann has been incredibly sharp since the month of July, but I have to tell you that I don't trust him as far as I can throw him, which to be honest isn't very far. Niemann has been a below average pitcher throughout his career, I really doubt he has figured it out at age 28 at the end of the season. I would not make the addition of Niemann because I really see the wheels coming FLYING off any time now, regardless of the complete game with ten strikeouts he threw yesterday. Niemann, well.......kinda sucks. Don't fall victim to a hot streak, it is going to end quickly.
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