After a traumatic few weeks with serious injuries to several star players, we have returned to some semblance of normalcy in the fantasy baseball universe. That isn’t to say that your teams aren’t impacted by the newest rash of injuries and the implications they bring. But that is the beauty of fantasy baseball. Everyone is subject to the same risk of their players’ health betraying them. But those who can compensate for injuries are the ones who will ultimately set themselves apart from the rest of the competition. So without further adieu, here is the Week 4 edition of the Walking Wounded.
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Justin Verlander (SP-DET).
Before anyone freaks out about this, let’s be clear that Justin Verlander has a blister. He removed himself after the seventh inning of his start on Thursday to prevent the blister on his right thumb from getting worse and jeopardizing his next start. This was an intelligent move by Verlander who has been one of the most dominant and dependable pitchers for several years. At this point there is no reason to think he won’t make his next start. But if for some reason the blister doesn’t heal, you can bet that Jim Leyland will be overly cautious with his ace.
Felix Hernandez (SP-SEA).
King Felix won his 100th game earlier this week but was removed after six shutout innings due to some back stiffness. There doesn’t appear to be any cause for concern at this point as Hernandez is on schedule to make his next start. But after signing such a lucrative long-term contract and seeing a dip in his velocity, any inkling of an injury would likely be met with an abundance of caution by the Mariners’ organization. However, Hernandez is a warrior and can be counted on to take the mound on his scheduled day.
Jason Heyward (OF-ATL).
Talk about a blessing in disguise. Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was placed on the disabled list after undergoing an appendectomy earlier this week. He is expected back once he is eligible to return, but be cautious with him. Heyward has gotten off to a horrendous start to the season and needs to show some consistent production before he can be trusted. Perhaps this time off will be the best thing to happen for Heyward who has some major adjustments to make if he wants to fulfill the expectations that many fantasy owners placed on him coming into 2013.
Ryan Zimmerman (3B-WAS).
Oft-injured Nationals’ third baseman Ryan Zimmerman made his annual trip to the disabled list with a strained hamstring. However the injury is considered minor as Zimmerman is already doing running and batting drills. Barring an unforeseen setback, he should be back when he is eligible to return in early May. For now, the Nationals top prospect Anthony Rendon has been called up to replace Zimmerman. However, this is merely a temporary stay as Washington’s management has stated that “even if Rendon hits .900 he is not replacing Ryan Zimmerman.” It’s been a rough start for Zimmerman so he is another player who could really benefit from this time off. Keep him on your DL and plug him right back into your lineup when he gets activated.
Derek Jeter (SS-NYY).
If you were expecting an 18th consecutive season of 150 hits from Derek Jeter, then you will be sorely disappointed. Jeter has been recovering from a fractured ankle sustained during the 2012 playoffs but has suffered several setbacks. It was originally thought Jeter could be back by May 1, but he reinjured the ankle and has been shut down again. The Yankees announced that they hope to have him back some time after the All-Star break. Many fantasy owners drafted him in the later rounds as a sleeper since he can still help with runs scored and batting average. Now the question becomes whether he is valuable enough to be stashed in leagues without deep rosters or DL spots. I would advise that he should only be stashed if you have sufficient slots available. Otherwise, set him free because there are more valuable players worth having.
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