I know it has been a while since you have read Rounding The Bases, but we are back and better than ever as we close out the month of June and approach the All-Star Break. As always there is a bunch of injury news with both pitchers and hitters, both good and bad. Of course we cover the night's games too and give you the performers that you need to know about for your fantasy roster. And of course don't forget our world famous pitching streamers to help those of you who have a hole in your pitching rotation. It is good to be back and hopefully you enjoy Rounding The Bases.
Alex Rodriguez admitted tonight that he has been playing for the last week with a knee injury. He tweaked it last Sunday in a moment of indecision on trying to score on a sacrifice fly and hasn't been the same since. He has been hitting well of late so it doesn't seem that it is hurting him too much. Rodriguez says he is playing through this so I guess this isn't anything to worry about, but just hope that he doesn't do anything else to make it worse and Rodriguez should continue to be effective.
John Danks was only able to pitch an inning and two-thirds as he left the game with what appeared to be an oblique injury. Danks wanted to try to pitch through it but he admitted it was too painful for him to do. Oblique injuries are tough on hitters, but I think they are worse on pitchers with the torque that they are forced to put on their bodies. There has been no timetable announced for Danks' return, but you have to figure that this will land him on the Disabled List and I wouldn't be suprised to see him miss a month or more.
Shin Soo-Choo is all but set to have surgery on his broken thumb, suffered when he was hit by a pitch by Jonathan Sanchez. Choo will see a specialist on Monday, but you can write it down now that he will have surgery that will keep him out for at least six weeks and could be as much as eight weeks or more. Best case scenario you are hoping that Choo will be back in time for the beginning of September. So first he let you down with his play, and just as he started to do better, he is lost for two months with an injury.
Even in a utility role this season, Ty Wigginton was able to connect on his tenth home run of the season. Wigginton isn't a traditional guy that you draft and get excited about and think that all is well when you have him, but he has a ton of position eligibility and if one of your starters goes down for a short period of time, he can get you over and keep you in contention during an injury time. Jeff likes him more than I do, but I can't argue with the fact that Wigginton in small doses, isn't a bad thing.
Tyler Chatwood continues to impress lately, and the guy that I once flat out made fun of, then used as only a two start pitcher, has found a way to be a guy that I would have full time on my roster now. Chatwood won his fifth game of the season, allowing just one run over seven innings, walking three, and striking out five. He has had a couple bumps in the road along the way, but way more often than not, Chatwood has been a great option. It probably won't lsat the rest of the season, but right now I say it is safe to have Chatwood on your roster.
Jonathan Sanchez has been placed on the 15 day Disabled List with left biceps tendonitis, but there appears to bemore to this story than just what is on the surface. Sanchez insists that nothing is wrong with him, but the team says this is the best course of action. Couple that with the fact that he hasn't exactly been pitching well lately and this seems more like a way to get Barry Zito off the DL without having to take anyone off the roster, and possibly a demotion for Sanchez. Seems like Sanchez has fallen out of favor in San Francisco. If you don't have the injury spot on your roster to stash him, I don't think you are crazy to let him go.
Josh Collmenter has come back to earth after a good start to his Major League career, and he took it on the chin again on Saturday. In fairness his team offered no support as they ran into Justin Verlander. However, that still doesn't mean that he couldn't pitch well, and he definitely didn't do that. Collmenter allowed six earned runs over six innings, walked two and struck out four. He is now 4-4 on the season and I think right now he has to be viewed as a streaming option against weak teams as he has become too inconsistent to start regularly. I still like Collmenter, but while he is cold, you have to set him free unless you are in a deep or NL-only league.
And this is why we don't like Francisco Liriano. Sure the guy pitches a couple of gems here and there, but there are far too many starts like this these days that make it not worth having him on your team. Liriano couldn't get out of the fourth inning, while he gave up five earned runs, walked two and struck out three. I know he has a good name from past seasons in his career, and I know he threw a no hitter this season, but his ERA is just a HAIR under 5.00 and he walks too many guys. I have given up messing with him a long time ago.
Brandon Beachy (ATL) vs. Erik Bedard (SEA). I hate Bedard and am so surprised that he is actually still pitching at this point of the season and isn't hurt. Beachy has been up and down this season, but overall he has been pretty decent and should be able to beat an improving, but still weak, Seattle offense.
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