It seems fitting that the 50th anniversary of General Hospital just passed because the fantasy baseball world has become an infirmary. Thousands of fantasy baseball teams saw some of their star players go down with devastating injuries during Week 2. Even though it is still very early in the season, you need to be aggressive when trying to compensate for the loss of some of your players who may be out for quite some time. You must scour the waiver wire religiously and be persistent when trying to make trades. So without further adieu, here is the Week 3 edition of the Walking Wounded.
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Jose Reyes (SS-TOR).
After the Blue Jays acquired Jose Reyes in the offseason blockbuster trade with the Marlins, there were questions about whether he would be able to stay healthy playing 81 games on the turf at the Rogers Centre. The good news is he didn’t get hurt playing on the turf. Instead, Reyes suffered a bad case of indecision as he made a late attempt to slide into second base on a steal attempt. As a result, he badly injured his ankle which prompted screams of pain and an outburst of emotion. It was initially thought that Reyes could miss up to three months, but a recent MRI revealed no fracture or structural damage. Given the severity of the injury, Reyes will miss at least 4 weeks and likely more. For a player who relies so heavily on his speed, this is a huge cause for concern for fantasy owners who were depending on 100 runs scored and 50 stolen based. You should seek an alternative if you can because it is unknown when Reyes will be back and whether he will be at full strength.
Zack Greinke (SP-LAD).
Zack Greinke sustained a broken collarbone in a bench-clearing brawl with Carlos Quentin and the San Diego Padres. This was one of the most unfortunate and unnecessary injuries I can think of in recent memory. Greinke hit Quentin on a 3-2 pitch in a one-run game. Anyone who knows baseball would know that Greinke was NOT intending to hit Quentin despite their history from the American League. Nonetheless, Quentin charged the mound and Greinke lowered his left shoulder to take the hit. Now Greinke will be out 6-8 weeks. Stash him on your bench and find a replacement.
Giancarlo Stanton (OF-MIA).
The lone Marlin has yet to hit a homerun this year, and now he finds himself on the Injury Report. Stanton injured his shoulder diving for a ball in the outfield and then missed several games last week. An MRI didn’t reveal any damage and Stanton is expected back later this week. Even without any protection in the lineup, Stanton will still hit 30 homeruns this year assuming he is healthy. Keep an eye on whether his shoulder causes any ongoing issues in terms of his power output.
Jose Bautista (OF-TOR).
First it was his ankle. Now it is his back. I was one of the people during mock draft season who was waxing poetic about Bautista being a great value pick in the early to middle second round of most 12-team leagues. People were concerned about his wrist injury sapping his power. Well, his wrist seems fine. It’s the rest of him that can’t stay healthy. Bautista will likely gain eligibility at third base while Jose Reyes is out, so that is good news. He just needs to get himself on the field in order to do that. Bautista has become quite frustrating for weekly fantasy leagues.
Dexter Fowler (OF-COL).
I pegged Dexter Fowler as a breakout candidate heading into the 2013 season, and he was proving me right during the first 10 games. But then he fouled a ball off of his foot which has caused him to miss some time during Week 3. Fortunately x-rays came back negative so Fowler should return to action soon. As he matures and gets stronger, he will rely less and less on his speed and become more of a slugging percentage type player. He is certainly someone to target in a deal if you want to pounce on a fellow league member’s fear of this current minor injury.
Johnny Cueto (SP-CIN) – placed on the DL with a strained right lat and should miss 3-4 starts. If you can, pick up rookie Tony Cingrani who will replace Cueto in the Reds’ rotation.
Aaron Hill (2B-ARZ) – placed on the DL with a broken left hand. He should miss 4-6 weeks and is questionable whether he is worthy of being stashed on your DL.
Michael Bourn (OF-CLE) – he will miss up to a week after sustaining a laceration on his hand while sliding. He will be back once the stitches are removed, so just keep track of when that will be later in the week.
Joel Hanrahan (RP-BOS) – it has been a struggle thus far for Boston’s new closer who was placed on the DL with a sore hamstring. It is not a given that he will have the closer’s job when he returns, so consider Andrew Bailey as an alternative.
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