Well, it was another eventful week in the world of fantasy baseball injuries. At this point you should be focusing on acquiring depth on your roster because the injuries continue to pile up. The revolving door of closers continues to spin, so you need to pay close attention to which pitchers are most likely to see save opportunities in the foreseeable future. So without further adieu, here is the Week 6 edition of the Walking Wounded.
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Roy Halladay (SP-PHI).
It didn’t take a rocket scientist to know that there was something physically wrong with Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay. He has been abysmal for almost an entire year, but especially more so in 2013. After getting destroyed by the hapless Marlins, Halladay finally admitted he had discomfort in his shoulder. Sure enough, he requires surgery to remove a bone spur and also address a partially torn labrum. The Phillies and Halladay are optimistic that he can return at some point later in the season. Given he is a free agent, I am sure he wants nothing more than that. But it is anybody’s guess whether he can make a comeback in 2013. Right now, you should drop Halladay from your roster because he isn’t worth using a bench or DL slot unless you have an excessive amount of open slots.
Adrian Gonzalez (1B-LAD).
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has been suffering from a neck strain this past week which caused him to miss a few games. Gonzalez will probably avoid the disabled list, but any further aggravation of the injury could cause the Dodgers to rethink that. Gonzalez is no longer a viable source of power at first base, but he can be counted on for a solid batting average and run production. Keep a close eye on his daily progress and be prepared to stream him in and out of the lineup until the Dodgers decide what to do with him.
A.J. Pierzynski (C-TEX).
The infamous oblique muscle has claimed another victim as Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski has landed on the DL. Pierzynski was in the midst of a solid inaugural season in Texas thus far, so this could be a big loss to fantasy owners who were getting good production from the catcher’s position. Oblique injuries typically take several weeks to heal, so Pierzynski could be out for an extended period of time – especially at his age. Geovany Soto is expected to get increased playing time and could be a decent temporary replacement in terms of power. But don’t expect him to help at all in terms of batting average.
Joel Hanrahan (RP-BOS) and Andrew Bailey (RP-BOS).
The Red Sox have gotten off to a surprisingly great start to the season, but things should get interesting now that their two closers are injured. Joel Hanrahan was acquired during the off-season and anointed the new closer. However, he has been a disaster and now finds himself on the disabled list for the second time this season. However, this time could be for quite some time as team officials confirmed he would be out for quite awhile. In fact, there have been discussions of placing Hanrahan on the 60-day DL to be able to make a move on the 40-man roster.
Hanrahan’s replacement, Andrew Bailey, filled in admirably for him collecting five saves in a short amount of time. However, Bailey also landed on the DL with a biceps injury. He isn’t expected to be out for an extended period of time, but Bailey does have a significant injury history. In the interm, Junichi Tazawa will assume closing duties. He is worth taking a flyer on in the free agent pool as he could pick up some saves in the next couple weeks.
J.J. Putz (RP-ARZ).
You may feel like a Putz if you have been relying on him in your fantasy baseball league. Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz is now sidelined with a strained ligament in his elbow. It doesn’t appear that he will need surgery, but he isn’t expected back any time soon. Putz has been awful this year blowing almost as many games as he has saved. Former closer Heath Bell returns to 9th inning duties as he supplants Putz for Arizona. Bell was a disaster in 2012 with the Marlins, so it is questionable whether he regain his once dominant form. He picked up saves on back to back days since Putz went down, so that could be a sign he is back. He is certainly worth a waiver wire pick up.
Josh Reddick (OF-OAK).
It may have been humorous while Josh Reddick was having a competition with WWE superstar Daniel Bryan for having the longest, ugliest beard. But Reddick’s fantasy performance thus far has been anything but amusing. Reddick was stuck on one homerun and a batting average under .200. But now he finds himself on the DL with a wrist injury and could be out several weeks. Given how awful he has been, no one could blame you for setting him free instead of stashing him on your bench or DL. He had a great season in 2012, but he hasn’t done enough to justify keeping him through this injury.
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