Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: May 29, 2014
Michael A. Stein discusses the impact of injuries on fantasy baseball.
The 2014 MLB season is over one quarter complete as we get ready to turn the calendar to June. The disabled list is already littered with a plethora of star players, but to add insult to injury there are several other players who are injured enough to miss a few games here and there but not injured enough to allow you to replace them on your rosters. Talk about mixed emotions…kind of like watching your mother-in-law drive off a cliff in your brand new sports car.
Carlos Gonzalez (OF-COL)
I'll be honest...I am sick of including Carlos Gonzalez in my injury reports. It seems as though he is here every few weeks. Gonzalez is one of the most talented players in baseball and an elite fantasy outfielder. However, he has a well-documented injury history and just cannot stay on the field consistently. He is currently dealing with a calf injury that has him listed as day-to-day. The injury does not appear serious enough to warrant a trip to the DL, but it is yet another instance of him missing a couple games. Fantasy GM's must be sick and tired of this because I sure as hell have had enough writing about him.
Buster Posey (C-SF)
After dealing with a back injury which cost him a couple days last week, Buster Posey has again been left out of the Giants lineup. It isn't known for sure whether he is still dealing with that injury, but there is some cause for concern given how badly he has been struggling. He is still a must-start in any fantasy league, but it might behoove you to look into trading him while he still will bring back top talent in compensation.
David Ortiz (DH-BOS)
It was reported that David Ortiz is suffering from tightness in his calf and was held out of Boston's lineup on Thursday. It doesn't seem to appear serious as Ortiz is expected back in the lineup in short order. Just keep checking for updates before putting him in daily league lineups.
Tim Lincecum (SP-SF)
No, Tim Lincecum is not pitching quite like he did before 2012. But he is also not pitching as bad as he was during 2012-2013. There have been a lot of positive signs that Lincecum has started to figure things out and make some adjustments at this stage of his career. Despite throwing five no-hit inning,s Lincecum was removed from his last start due to a blister on his right middle finger. He is confident he can treat the blister appropriately and make his next scheduled start. There is no reason to doubt that at this point, so plan on keeping Lincecum in your lineup for Week 10 when he is likely a two-start pitcher.
Carlos Santana (C-CLE)
After initially reporting this in the previous injury report, the Indians did in fact place Carlos Santana on the 7-day DL with a concussion. He was struck in the mask last weekend and had been feeling the effects of it ever since. Santana will have to ass all of the required concussion tests before he is given clearance to resume baseball activities. He can be benched for now in daily leagues and is a questionable start in Week 10 for weekly leagues.
Carl Crawford (OF-LAD)
I have never been a big Carl Crawford fan, even going back to his days in Tampa Bay. I always thought he was overrated, especially in terms of fantasy baseball. But he has been an unmitigated disaster since signing that ridiculous contract with the Red Sox a few years ago. Now he finds himself back on the DL with an ankle injury that will likely cost him significant time. If Andre Ethier is still floating around your waiver wire, you may want to grab him now as he will likely be getting regular playing time.
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