It has been a miserable year for pitching thus far as several big names have struggled mightily. Compounding that problem is the fact that so many pitchers have been dealing with injuries. This week is no different. It is clear that you will have to be very creative if you want to remain competitive in the pitching categories because there is very little depth available in the free agent pool. So without further adieu, here is the Week 7 edition of the Walking Wounded.
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David Price (SP-TB).
As if fantasy owners needed more bad news for their pitchers. Reigning AL Cy Young winner David Price has been placed on the disabled list with a left triceps strain that caused him to come out of his last start early. Price has not been right (see what I did there?) all season, so it is possible he has been dealing with some pain for quite awhile. Either way, according to Price and manager Joe Maddon, he should be back when he is eligible as neither expect an extended stay on the DL. Stick him on your bench for a couple weeks and then hope he regains his Cy Young form for the middle and latter parts of the season.
Felix Hernandez (SP-SEA).
King Felix left his last start against the Yankees earlier than he would have liked after tweaking his back. Hernandez was pitching a great game but came out after feeling some discomfort. All indications are that he is on schedule to make his next start this weekend. Hernandez has been stellar again and should be in your lineup no matter what. There is cause for concern with the back injury as something like that can tend to flare up again. But for now Hernandez appears fine so keep him in your lineup.
Bryce Harper (OF-WAS).
In case you haven’t seen the footage already, make sure you go find the video of Bryce Harper crashing into the right field wall against the Dodgers. No one can ever question Harper’s hustle or guts as he went face first into the wall. As expected, he missed a couple games but has already made an appearance as a pinch hitter later in the series. Harper should be back in the lineup for good any day, but if you play in daily leagues make sure you check the Nationals lineup and make sure he is in there. I don’t expect this incident to have any long-term effect on Harper who is having a terrific sophomore season.
Mark Teixeira (1B-NYY).
The saga of Mark Teixeira’s wrist injury has taken another turn as he proclaimed he will be back with the Yankees by June 1. That is a possibility assuming he has no setbacks and that he gets enough at bats and playing time during a rehab assignment. Wrist injuries for power hitters are concerning, especially since he didn’t have surgery to fix the problem. Teixeira will be a nice addition to your lineup if you have been stashing him, but don’t expect Teixeira-like power numbers right away. Remember, Teixeira is historically one of the slowest starters in baseball. So since June will be his April, you may not get much from him until close to the All Star break.
Josh Beckett (SP-LAD).
In what seems like an act of mercy for fantasy owners, Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett has been placed on the DL with a left groin strain. Beckett had to come out of his last start early and now becomes the latest Dodger pitcher to be sidelined with an injury. Beckett has been horrendous this season going 0-5 with an ERA over 5.00. If you have been starting him on your fantasy team, then your ERA and WHIP will immediately improve simply by his absence. He isn’t worth stashing so feel free to let him go if you can pursue someone else on the waiver wire.
Tony Cingrani (SP-CIN).
Rookie Reds’ pitcher Tony Cingrani has taken MLB and fantasy baseball by storm filling in admirably for Johnny Cueto. But Cueto is due back soon and Cingrani’s latest start has been pushed back with some shoulder soreness. Chances are he will be sent down to the minors so either stash him in a minor league spot if you have one or try and trade him while you can.
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